Archive for Nov 30, 2011

Context, not Cores, is the Tablet Industry’s Challenge

Context, not Cores, is the Tablet Industry’s Challenge

Samsung showed off what makes it special this morning, with the new Exynos 5250 mobile chipset getting official ahead of its debut in next-gen smartphones and tablets next year. A 2GHz dual-core - with what Samsung reckons is twice the overall grunt of the company's current 1.5GHz dual-cores and four times the 3D graphics prowess - the Exynos 5250 is also interesting because, unlike NVIDIA, Samsung has opted for a pair of ARM Cortex A15 cores, rather than four A9 cores as in the Tegra 3. That's going to raise plenty of questions about comparative performance, heat output and power frugality, but perhaps most importantly - in the marketplace, at least - it's going to prompt an interesting marketing challenge for every company pushing a tablet or phone.

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iPad iStation turns your tablet into an Apple I

iPad iStation turns your tablet into an Apple I

When it's time to get hooked up with the billionth iPad station you've owned in a week, you know you're going to want something unique - and with what MIC Gadgets has up for sale in the iStation, you'll be more than ready to impress your Apple fanboy friends and family with woodgrain exteriors and a fully functional take-out keyboard. What this device is meant to replicate is the look and feel of the original built-it-yourself Apple I, the one you may have seen stuck in a fully wooden chassis in the classic photo you see before you. This new dock connects to your iPad and the wireless keyboard included in the box via Bluetooth - just a few taps and you'll be on your way!

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Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

What you're about to see may send you into a fireball of fury, but before you have a triple heart attack, know this: though this app you might never have heard of is likely currently logging every keystroke you make, they're almost certainly not using your information for anything ill-willed. Of course that's no consolation for the idea that a number of HTC, Samsung, Nokia, and RIM (BlackBerry) phones have this software embedded in them, this perhaps proving the late Steve Jobs right when he said Android keeps track of everything you do -- and what is the response on the part of the Carrier IQ crew? They've tried to sue the fellow who exposed how their application works.

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DJ Girl Talk prepares for longest music video on earth

DJ Girl Talk prepares for longest music video on earth

When it comes to taking music to a new level with video on a grand scale, there's such examples as The Who's Tommy, Daft Punk's Interstella 5555, and Michael Jackson's Ghosts - but while the longest video thus far is indeed the latter of that list at 39 minutes, Girl Talk's newest video for his mixed-up musical album-long track All Day is set to be a massive 71 minutes! This week a preview for the epic soon to be released music video cum docudrama dance fest has been released and you can get a taste of it right here. The plot follows a lovely dancer as she drops out of ballet class, moves to New York City, and is stalked by an evil man, all of this leading up to a grand spectacular finale in which the whole city dances.

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Sky testing huge cable & WiFi broadband roll-out

Sky testing huge cable & WiFi broadband roll-out

Sky has trialled its own cable installations, the company has confirmed, experimenting with the possibility of bypassing BT in the UK and operating its own broadband network over which it would have full control. Another possibility - though only rumored at this stage - is using a huge expansion of The Cloud, a UK WiFi hotspot service, Electricpig reports, to bring high-speed communal wireless internet access directly to subscribers' homes.

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Spotify Platform apps start with LastFM, TuneWiki, SongKick

Spotify Platform apps start with LastFM, TuneWiki, SongKick

This week Spotify was revealed by CEO Daniel Ek as being ready to expand with what they call a brand new Music Platform, and with this came a set of new apps made by developers ready to work with Spotify right out of the gate. What Ek had to show off was Spotify working with the first set of apps developed with their streaming music service integrated including LastFM, TuneWiki, and SongKick. What we're finding here is that while these applications are connected with Spotify to stream music, they retain their original abilities to work with music in a variety of ways.

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Spotify introduces Music Platform

Spotify introduces Music Platform

This week Spotify stepped out from the streaming music business into the greater world of the music industry as a platform - third party developers streaming in to work with Spotify to continue to change the world from one where piracy is king to one where people's options to get to that music easily reigns supreme. Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify stepped to the stage with a plan to outline Spotify's backround and mission, their move into social, and their big announcement for the day. What his and Spotify's mission was and is, Ek said, was to find the best solution outside of piracy for getting music to people's ears in as "good for everybody" a way as possible.

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HBO: No shows for cord-cutters

HBO: No shows for cord-cutters

HBO has warned cord-cutters looking to escape the tyranny of cable not to ever expect to see its shows on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, with the company having no plans to offer its HBO Go app to non-subscribers. HBO co-president Eric Kessler reiterated that the company would continue to offer its programming solely as an upgrade to traditional cable and satellite subscribers, mocoNews reports, arguing that the trend of canceling such services would turn around when the economy improves.

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Sony Ericsson accidentally reveals XPERIA 50GB Box.net perk

Sony Ericsson accidentally reveals XPERIA 50GB Box.net perk

Sony Ericsson has announced - and then temporarily backtracked from - a partnership with cloud company Box.net, first revealing that buyers of its Android smartphones would get 50GB free storage before clarifying that the offer wasn't ready for primetime. According to a hastily yanked post on the Sony Ericsson blog, simply by downloading the Box.net app smartphone users would get 50GB of space to store video, music, documents and other files.

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Chanel wins court order in US to transfer domains and more

Chanel wins court order in US to transfer domains and more

A US judge has granted Chanel a massive win in a case where the luxury goods company was trying to put sites selling counterfeit products out of business. There are some issues with the court ruling though that some people will find disturbing. The judge granted Chanel the right to seize and transfer access of domains from counterfeit sellers to GoDaddy into Chanel's name.

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HP webOS decision within two weeks

HP webOS decision within two weeks

HP will announce a decision regarding the future of webOS within the next two weeks, CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed, as the company attempts to hold off Apple and readies its first Windows 8 tablet. Apple could well overtake HP in 2012, Whitman said in interview with French paper Le Figaro, though the chief exec said the products she has introduced into the pipeline should make the company more competitive when they arrive in 2013.

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