Archive for Dec 26, 2011

Action Movie FX for iPhone lets you blow everything up with your camera

Action Movie FX for iPhone lets you blow everything up with your camera

It's time to get serious about blowing up everything from your car to your pet dog to your swingset and back down to your salt and pepper shakers - with Action Mobile FX for iPhone, you can do such a thing with the greatest of ease. This application was released on the 22nd of December, right before the holiday rush, and is set to set the virtual world on fire directly through your device's camera. You select your effect (the missile is best), hit GO for your camera, film a short scene, and the effect is added automatically: fire, fire for everyone!

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Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Holidays are generally a time for high blood-pressure, so it's always nice when technology steps in to smooth frustrations and make things easier. Unfortunately, time with family - or indeed away from them - can also introduce its own electronic headaches. Many of us make the annual pilgrimage to the family home with a bag full of cables, gadgets and thumb-drives loaded with anti-malware software, along with the apprehension that we'll be the unpaid Geek Squad while we're there. Some things, though, should be simple: talking to distant family via Skype, for instance. Unfortunately, as I discovered myself this Christmas, that wasn't to be the case.

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Spinner 360 Leather Edition camera takes lomography to a strange new place

Spinner 360 Leather Edition camera takes lomography to a strange new place

There are two main hero features on the camera you're about to witness: the first being that it's essentially got a drawstring that'll blast the lens around in a 360 degree circle so you can capture the area you're in in a full panorama scene. The second bit is that this camera is clad in Italian Toledo leather, complete with a lovely thatched pattern so you're in style in the field. Take it out to a field full of cows for ultimate odd artistic appeal.

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LG Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule dropped

LG Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule dropped

The folks at LG have let known today what and when they plan on doing with their active line of smart devices in regards to the newest Google-made mobile operating system Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What they've got on the books as of today is a "global upgrade schedule" beginning in the second and third quarters of 2012, followed then by a "global roll out." There is a list, of course, which we're hoping LG will follow implicitly, as they promise that they're "taking all possible measure to offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner." On the other hand, they do not that exact start dates very well could vary by market as each country, carrier, and smartphone model have different requirements.

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Nokia 3-inch buttonless wonder tipped for CES 2012 event

Nokia 3-inch buttonless wonder tipped for CES 2012 event

Get your salt out, ladies and gentlemen, because although this device may well be a real-deal object set for the 2012 event already set in place by Nokia for CES, it's also only appearing in a single photo which very well could have been doctored to look like an attempt by Mr Blurrycam at capturing a unique glace for himself. The story that goes along with the image you're about to see is that someone at Boored@Work got Nokia's Chris Weber to show off a piece of the "Amazing Everyday" event early: this piece being a business card sized device made by Nokia and set to bust apart the idea that your smartphone is the only device you need.

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MotoACTV Rooted, torn down, Android Market live

MotoACTV Rooted, torn down, Android Market live

Just this past week I was speaking with my colleague Cory about how I'd wondered if anyone would take the time to root the MotoACTV, what with its 1.6-inch display and unique housing for Android complete with accessories: turns out that wonder / wish is now a reality, and the games have begun! Using developer Revolutionary's "zergRush" exploit, we've got Android 2.3 with the instant ability to seek out apps on the Android Market and, of course, play Angry Birds. This watch is one of a new breed of tiny-screened Android devices with the added bonus of a touchscreen, so we're excited about the future of teeny-tiny droid-ing, starting here!

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Samsung buys out Sony S-LCD share in $940m TV deal

Samsung buys out Sony S-LCD share in $940m TV deal

Sony will sell its shares in the LCD panel joint-venture S-LCD to partner Samsung, the two companies have announced, in a deal worth $940m, as the Japanese firm struggles to coax profit out of its TV line. S-LCD Corporation had been established in 2004 by Sony and Samsung, with this new deal - that will leave S-LCD a wholly owned Samsung subsidiary - expected to close by the end of January 2012. Sony will continue to source displays for some of its TVs from S-LCD.

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Ten apps for your brand new iPad 2 : Christmas 2011

Ten apps for your brand new iPad 2 : Christmas 2011

Should you receive or if you've already received a brand new iPad or iPad 2 for the holidays here at the tail end of 2011, the first thing you'll want to do is download a few fabulous and essential apps. What follows is a list your humble narrator has put together for you, the informed reader, detailing what a set of 10 may well be for your instantly impressive apps collection. Everything from high-powered music software to pinball and back down to news reading apps. You'll be set by the end of this post!

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Ten Android apps for your new smartphone or tablet: Christmas 2011

Ten Android apps for your new smartphone or tablet: Christmas 2011

So it's Christmas day (or something similar here at the tail end of 2011) and you've just received a fine Android tablet or smartphone to get you started on your way to smart device heaven: what do you do? You first take a look at the apps you've already got, realize there's not just one whole heck of a lot of fun stuff there, then head to the Android Market. Your device likely has a little white bag icon with an Android head on it in green titled "Market" - this is where you want to go to get the goods. In this post you'll find a find handfull of apps I suggest to you to pick up immediately.

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Happy Holidays from SlashGear

Happy Holidays from SlashGear

Today and tomorrow you'll hear just a little bit less from the team here at SlashGear than you normally would because we're out having a fabulous time celebrating Christmas (or something like it) at each of our various family abodes. What you will find is a couple of guides on what to do with your gifts, specifically if they come from the Apple or Android families, and some surprise posts as well. We're hoping you find this holiday set of days as relaxing as we are, taking a break from everything, including news about the ever-expanding future of gadgetry.

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RIM hit with BBM trademark lawsuit

RIM hit with BBM trademark lawsuit

RIM has been hit with another trademark-related lawsuit. The company has already surrendered its efforts in using BBX for its QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform, but this time around the target is its use of BBM for its BlackBerry Messenger service.

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