Archive for December, 2011

Take your Twitter Kid’s gifts back NOW

Take your Twitter Kid’s gifts back NOW

If you've not yet experienced the unmitigatedly satanic screaming of the hoards of ungrateful kids across the nation at not getting the iPhone they wanted for Christmas, now's your chance - and if you're a parent of one of these whining little pukes, you've got one option, and one option only: take back everything else you gave them. There's a song that goes with this sudden collecting of Twitter status updates that sums it all up quite nicely, you can watch it below. When you do, please, for the love of Pete, check your kid's Twitter account and make sure they're not a horrible, horrible person.

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Verizon users see third December data downtime: are you connected?

Verizon users see third December data downtime: are you connected?

We've seen several downtimes this month in just about the least opportune time for Verizon of the entire year, this most recent downtime (today) being just between Christmas and the New Year, without a doubt a time when masses of everyday citizens are on holiday break and would rather be browsing the web than doing their post-Yule cleanup. Users from everywhere, from San Francisco to New York City, are experiencing downtimes in data and are pointedly noting 4G LTE to be the pressure point for this outage. Verizon has confirmed this status and tells us to remain warm.

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Age of Wulin pre-release auction nabs $16k for a virtual sword

Age of Wulin pre-release auction nabs $16k for a virtual sword

There's no denying that the virtual world is one lucrative enough for people on both sides of the equation to dedicate their lives to it - and in no more relevant a place today than a pre-release auction of virtual goods for a game by the name of Age of Wulin, this auction selling a man a sword for $16,000 USD. Of course he didn't drop USD on this weapon, and the only physical representation of it he'll see is a plaque (generous of them!) that he can hang in his room while he uses the "real" thing in the game when it's released in the Spring of 2012. This game will also be released in the USA soon after the Chinese Beta, but it'll only be this one lucky fellow who'll be slaying his opponents with this one sword.

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Intel 32nm Medfield SoC Reference Tablet spotted in the wild

Intel 32nm Medfield SoC Reference Tablet spotted in the wild

Earlier this week we were treated to some basic numbers on what it means to own a device with the upcoming Intel 32nm Medfield chip on it, and today we've got our own source stepping forward with a few images and a hands-on account of the Intel reference tablet that'll be showing off the SoC in the near future to developers. What our source has here is a lovely tester tablet he's picked up from either a very foolish Intel worker or someone who found it and had no idea what it was worth because a mere $50 USD brought this tablet to our new buddy's hands. What you'll see here is a few slightly blurry photos (taken with a Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, mind you) of the tablet in all its glory along with a few words on its quality.

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Raspberry Pi $25 USD computer coming in January

Raspberry Pi $25 USD computer coming in January

We've spoken about the Raspberry Pi computer a few times before, earlier this year it seeming to get closer and closer to a real release: the time is now essentially set in stone, and the ultra-cheap PC is upon us: $25 for Linux on an ARM processor toting computer with USB, HDMI out, video and audio out, and an SD Card slot, coming this January! Can you imagine such a thing? Its creators have spoken again of this magical device as being available in the first month of 2012 with only tiny software and hardware testing required before that release date - joy!

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HP TouchPad Go reviewed in full despite dead production status

HP TouchPad Go reviewed in full despite dead production status

It's an odd situation we're in here with HP's webOS mobile operating system now being open sourced and its TouchPad tablet having had such a summer that we'll never forget - and it's all come to a new strange point as the folks at webOSNation have gotten their hands on a tester unit of the smaller version of the tablet for a full review: HP TouchPad Go for the win! What's found, in short, is that this is essentially the same tablet as its larger relative, it's just presented here in a smaller package and at much cuter ratios. They're running webOS 3.0.5, Beats Audio is fully incorporated, and this device's dual-core 1.5GHz processor is in full swing.

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Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Even though the bulk of the population out here in Android Land aren't yet updated to the newest version of Google's Mobile OS, modifications on the basic user interface of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are in full force, shown here with the CyanogenMod team's Trebuchet launcher, made to make your experience as lovely as possible. What you're seeing is a hacked version of the newest version of Android made perfect as the developer / hacker team CyanogenMod sees it. They've got their newest version, CyanogenMod 9, under development now, and inside you'll find this new look at Ice Cream Sandwich complete with improved widget resizing, auto-rotate, home screen modification, and a whole lot more!

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Those of you pumped up by yesterday's news that Samsung was reconsidering their decision to not update their original Galaxy S line and their Galaxy Tab original to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may have reason to be a bit confused by the manufacturer's most recent proposition: a "Value Pack" update that, while not entirely ICS, would bring many of the same features. This is what we're hearing out of Asia as Daum drops the beats. For those of you on the original Galaxy S team or rolling with the original Galaxy Tab: does this sound like the news you were waiting for?

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