Archive for September, 2011

Isis NFC tech gets the nod from HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, and more

Isis NFC tech gets the nod from HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, and more

The world of NFC for payments using a mobile phone is growing rapidly with Google Wallet going official and already in use in some stores. Another competing offering that is in the NFC fight against Google is Isis. Isis is a NFC joint venture between some of the largest companies in the mobile sector including AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. Isis previously vowed to rival Google Wallet and to support Android devices as well.

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Sony to stop paying for 3D glasses in 2012, watchers to foot bill

Sony to stop paying for 3D glasses in 2012, watchers to foot bill

Sony is pulling a douche bag move that fans of 3D films at the theater will not like one bit. The company has sent letters out to theaters that show its 3D films to tell them that it will no longer pay for the 3D glasses that are required for viewers to see the films it produces as of May 1, 2012. That means next summer when the blockbusters are out in 3D like Men in Black III and The Amazing Spider-Man the cost of your 3D ticket will go up if Sony doesn't change its mind.

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Apple iPod shuffle and classic might get the axe this year

Apple iPod shuffle and classic might get the axe this year

Scuttlebutt going around the web says that Apple might be planning to kill off a couple of the iPods in its lineup that have been around for a long time. According to TUAW the two iPods that its source says are getting the axe are the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle. Apparently on the last earnings call Apple dropped a mention that there would be a product transition. What products would be in transition weren't specified on the call. I think many of us though the talk was of the new iPhone 5.

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Wacom Inkling hands-on [Video]

Wacom Inkling hands-on [Video]

Wacom's new Bamboo tablet range allows you to cut the cord between your artwork and your computer, but the company's Inkling digital pen allows you to walk out the door and sketch anywhere. Announced last month, the chunky stylus - and its companion clip-on receiver - can turn any regular notepad into a digital art studio, not only wirelessly memorizing your drawings but throwing in pro-level features like layer support too. We grabbed some hands-on playtime with with Wacom Inkling to see if it's really a doodler's dream; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Mango WiFi sharing to require drivers and feature hardware, carrier restrictions

Mango WiFi sharing to require drivers and feature hardware, carrier restrictions

With Mango finally rolling out as an update to some handsets like the HTC Trophy Microsoft is finally coming clean with some more details on the Mango update and new features. The WiFi data sharing feature is one that we knew was coming , but were light on details on what the feature would entail. As it turns out there are some restrictions to the feature that will mean some folks can’t take advantage of the sharing capability inside the phone.

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DIY toilet paper printer, tweets for your butt

DIY toilet paper printer, tweets for your butt

The 90's ruined me, I find it hard to think about TP today without thinking about The Great Cornholio. I bet had our pal Beavis not been a raving idiot, he would have used this TP printer that writes tweets or content from a RSS feed directly onto your favorite paper. Apparently this printer contraption was invented by a German dude named Mario Lukas to enter some sort of tech competition.

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Wacom Bamboo hands-on

Wacom Bamboo hands-on

Wacom's tablet heritage is well known to anybody who has gotten serious about computer artwork, and with a range of Bamboo models freshly announced we caught up with the company to see what was new. Targeted at the entry-level and mid-tier markets, with prices kicking off from $79.95, the Bamboo Connect, Bamboo Capture and Bamboo Create (aka the Touch & Pen range in Europe) attempt a double-whammy of not only courting artists but replacing your mouse, too.

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MeeGo morphs into Tizen as Intel and Samsung take charge

MeeGo morphs into Tizen as Intel and Samsung take charge

Confusion around MeeGo continues, with the news that the open-source platform is to transition into Tizen, a new, similarly open-source OS targeting smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and ICE systems. Hosted by The Linux Foundation and with development powered by Intel, Samsung and the MeeGo team itself - which promises that MeeGo users and developers should have a relatively easy time of it, shifting across to Tizen - the new platform is expected to be released in Q1 2012 in both OS and SDK form.

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OnStar backtracks on GPS tracking

OnStar backtracks on GPS tracking

OnStar has bowed to public and governmental pressure, and reversed its controversial decision to track ex-subscribers using its in-car GPS navigation and support system. Having announced - via a change in its terms & conditions - that from December it would be tracking the location of those with OnStar systems installed, even if the individuals were non-subscribers, OnStar has now backtracked and said it would now make any data collection opt-in rather than opt-out.

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Toshiba Thrive 7″ Tablet takes Honeycomb smaller, rubbery

Toshiba Thrive 7″ Tablet takes Honeycomb smaller, rubbery

Toshiba has revealed its latest Android Honeycomb tablet, the Toshiba Thrive 7", as as the name suggests it's a 7-inch version of the existing 10-inch Thrive. Running at 1280 x 800 resolution and using what Toshiba calls AutoBrite, Adaptive Display and Resolution+ technology for better graphics and outdoor visibility, the Thrive 7" runs Android 3.2 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 paired with twin cameras and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.

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