Archive for October, 2011

USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

This week the United States Postal Office has decided to go with a commercial made to warn against the many dangers of using the Internet for daily communication. In a move that's sure to have the masses seeing this commercial on the Internet saying "this can't be real," the USPS brings a message that clearly states that they're trying to win back customers who've moved to much more environmentally friendly means of sending letters. But hey, who are we to put such a move down, there's nothing more classic in this country than the pony express!

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Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing

Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing

Now that was quick: announced on Wednesday last week, already the Nokia Lumia 800 is here on the SlashGear test bench. Availability in-store will take a week or so more, but we couldn't wait to get to grips with the Finn's first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset. The smartphone on which much of Nokia's future rests, there's a whole lot riding on reviewers - and shoppers - falling for the polycarbonate unibody allure.

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Motorola Lapdock 100 Review

Motorola Lapdock 100 Review

Motorola has since the first ATRIX device been pushing a mobile environment it calls Webtop, and here in one of two of its newest Webtop-based devices, the Lapdock 100, working in this world is a strangely enticing option. One of the set of tests I'm putting this Lapdock through is actually creating this post using the Lapdock itself NEARLY exclusively. I've not quite been able to bring myself to use it for any sort of image processing yet, but everything inside typing, highlighting, right-clicking, and the basics of blogging seem to be working just fine thus far. How's this device hooked up with a Motorola smartphone work out for the rest of an everyday set of activities? We shall see!

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PoisonIvy RAT used to hack chemical firms by man in China

PoisonIvy RAT used to hack chemical firms by man in China

The nation of China has been getting a bad rap in these last couple of weeks due to more than one allegation of the country's government hacking sensitive equipment internationally - today it appears that a single man inside the country might extend that press with an unrelated cyber attach of chemical firms in the USA, Bangladesh, and the UK. As China has emphatically denied any hacking on the part of the government in any way at all for the last incident, so too must it made clear here before misinformation is spread: the suspect is a man living in China whose computer system apparently used for the attacks was traced to the United States.

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Sheriff uses Facebook to deputize entire county

Sheriff uses Facebook to deputize entire county

While Sheriff Al Lamberti's 10,000+ Facebook fans don't technically have any power to do anything like making an arrest, it's been with their help that he's brought justice to a collection of crimes that might otherwise have never been solved. Lamberti's beat is Broward County, Florida, and he's been on the force in that sector for 34 years. A crime solved in this vein recently was an air conditioning theft and resale group whose description and car make were posted by Lamberti and thusly seen by his 10k fans. Inside 2 days of the post, a homeowner called 911 and said "I think they're at the house next door," this resulting in four arrests. Lamberti for the win?

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Apple Store iOS app tipped for self-checkout update this week

Apple Store iOS app tipped for self-checkout update this week

Apple is readying a self-checkout update to its Apple Store iOS app [itunes link], reports suggest, allowing shoppers to pick up and pay for accessories, peripherals and gadget cases in Apple Stores without needing any assistance from staff. The new retail store iOS app will charge purchases to a customer's iTunes account, MacRumors' sources say, while more expensive items such as Mac computers, iPhones and iPods will support pre-payment and require staff assistance to bring them out of the stock room.

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Eee Pad Transformer Prime on Nov 9 tips ASUS doc

Eee Pad Transformer Prime on Nov 9 tips ASUS doc

ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime will launch on November 9, according to an investor conference presentation, with two further Eee Pad "hero products" expected in Q1 2012, as the company attempts to build on the success of the first-gen Transformer. Meanwhile, Windows 8 tablets are set to follow on later in 2012, according to the slide desk [pdf link], though the first such models won't arrive until Q3 next year.

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Synology DiskStation DS712+ NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS712+ NAS Review

With services like Apple's iCloud and Google Cloud Music, it's easy to assume that the future of our data is putting it safe on someone else's servers. There's another option, however, in hosting your own cloud - and backup system - with a NAS. Synology has made a name for itself with flexible, affordable Network Attached Storage that doesn't fall short on performance, and the DiskStation DS712+ is the latest to target home and small business users. Twin drive support, copious multimedia streaming options and the promise of super-fast data rates: there's a lot to like about the DS712+ on paper at least. Check out how it holds up in the full SlashGear review.

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Warpia unveils Value Edition StreamHD PC to TV streaming kit

Warpia unveils Value Edition StreamHD PC to TV streaming kit

We have talked about the company Warpia before. This company makes a bunch of different video streaming systems that help you get content from your PC over to your TV for viewing on a larger screen. This is the perfect device for shooting your streaming video from the computer to the TV. Warpia has just announced a new and cheaper version of its StreamHD system called the StreamHD Value Edition.

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