Archive for October, 2011

Nokia World 2011 Wrap-up

Nokia World 2011 Wrap-up

Nokia World 2011 has come and gone, a pivotal event for the cellphone giant and one which, while not answering every question we had about the company's Windows Phone future, at least demonstrated that it's taking its evolution very seriously. Vincent has already shared his opinion of the show from a US perspective, highlighting the wins and near-misses Nokia made in convincing a North American audience it has legs; now it's time for our customary Nokia World wrap-up.

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Siri iPhone 4 hack gets Apple server support

Siri iPhone 4 hack gets Apple server support

Apple disappointed many iPhone 4 owners with the news that Siri, the digital personal assistant technology, would only be available on the new iPhone 4S, and efforts quickly began to hack Siri onto the older smartphone. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith got the local app running with no problems, but faced Apple's servers refusing to play ball with anything but the newest iPhone. Now, with the judicious application of some validation tokens from an iPhone 4S, it's possible to get Siri on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch up and running, even without official support from Apple itself.

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Apple acquires C3 Technologies for next-generation 3D mapping

Apple acquires C3 Technologies for next-generation 3D mapping

This week its been revealed that Apple's newest investment into its in-house-built Google Maps application is 3D mapping firm C3 Technologies. This is the second business Apple has purchased in the same vein, the first being Poly9 - C3 having been purchased and shut down by its buyer this summer, that buyer now confirmed by 9to5mac to be Apple. C3 is in the business of creating photo-realistic models of our modern city environments using declassified missile targeting methods previously part of aerospace and defense company Saab AB. Thusly this situation is about to get hardcore.

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Complete Ice Cream Sandwich Launch Q and A with Android Authorities

Complete Ice Cream Sandwich Launch Q and A with Android Authorities

Now that the Galaxy Nexus is being revealed to the world in more places than one and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is about to hit the public in a very big way, there's certainly a few questions you, the Android user, might want answered. While in Hong Kong earlier this month, we took part in an early Q and A session with several of the head product managers of Android itself. What follows is a transcript of that session. The first question comes from no less than our very own Vincent Nguyen who decidedly cracks the silence with a question about the lockscreen on the new Nexus running Android 4.0.

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Panasonic Lumix GX1 with X-series lens appears in leaked photos

Panasonic Lumix GX1 with X-series lens appears in leaked photos

The next in one of SlashGears camera series of choice has appeared in a couple of photos straight out of Taiwan - this is the DMC-GX1, and depending on how awesome it ends up being, we might have to switch up our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide - you never know! Of course it would be from previous Panasonic models to this new one, note that - what we've got here is a Lumix GX1, a Micro Four Thirds shooter that's sporting one of those fabulous X-series lenses we saw in August of this year. Is this our next every-event device?

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Best Buy offers new HP TouchPad bundle deal

Best Buy offers new HP TouchPad bundle deal

Best Buy announced today that it will be offering a new deal on the HP TouchPad starting on November 1. The tablet was originally priced $599 at launch and went for $99 during a short fire sale period at HP and select retailers, but has since gone back to an average price under $300. Starting next month, Best Buy will price the 32GB TouchPad for $149.99 when purchased with an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer.

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Samsung Focus S and Flash WP7 Mango phones headed to AT&T on November 6

Samsung Focus S and Flash WP7 Mango phones headed to AT&T on November 6

AT&T will be launching Samsung's upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets, the Focus S and the Focus Flash, on November 6. The carrier made the announcement today via its Facebook page, revealing that the Samsung Focus Flash will be priced at a very budget-friendly $49.99 while the Samsung Focus S will be priced at $199.99. And of course that's each with a new two-year service agreement plus a $15 minimum data plan.

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Facebook Messenger replaces Beluga starting November 11

Facebook Messenger replaces Beluga starting November 11

When the slick group messaging app Beluga was acquired by Facebook back in March, we knew it was only a matter of time before the service would get assimilated and shutdown. Now, we have the official deadline for when still loyal Beluga users will have to make the transition to something else. And that will most likely be Facebook's version of the service, a standalone app launched back in August called Facebook Messenger.

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GameStop now selling game-packed Android tablets from Samsung, Acer, and ASUS

GameStop now selling game-packed Android tablets from Samsung, Acer, and ASUS

Starting today it appears that GameStop is taking their mobile initiative through a whole new door, not just offering one single tablet (the iPad), but four, the other three being special edition Android tablets from Acer, ASUS, and Samsung. While each of the tablets will be essentially the same sticker price they would be at competing retailers, each comes with a set of seven free games including Dead Space and Madden 12. These tablets are not brand new models, but the game deal certainly is.

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