Archive for Jan 27, 2012

Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 in-vehicle technology and apps hands-on

Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 in-vehicle technology and apps hands-on

The folks at Mercedes-Benz have given us a demonstration and hands-on look at their second-generation in-car technology environment mbrace2, here with a set of built-in apps as well as a mobile application working on an iPhone connected directly with the vehicle. In the group's brand new SL-Class we get to check out how a fabulous looking set of menus will bring us everything we could possibly need or want to the drivers seat of our car. No need for a dongle anymore also, as mbrace2 brings with it a brand new mobile application that is able to control your car from your iPhone.

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Facebook IPO filing as soon as next week

Facebook IPO filing as soon as next week

According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook could file its initial public offering as early as next week. The social network is currently being valued between $75 billion to $100 billion with Morgan Stanley close to winning the lead against rival Goldman Sachs as underwriter for the IPO.

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Lumigon promises a whole new Android at Mobile World Congress

Lumigon promises a whole new Android at Mobile World Congress

Not since their last brief appearance in early 2011 have the folks as Lumigon A/S come forth with any details on their first near-invisible Android device, the Lumigon T1. Now we're seeing that they're most definitely going to be making an appearance at no less than Mobile World Congress 2012. The countdown has begun on an Android phone that last looked to have more buttons than any average Android-loving smartphone user could possible make use of.

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PS Vita gets special launch day bundles

PS Vita gets special launch day bundles

The PlayStation Vita portable is set for a US launch in less than a month and to ensure a good lineup on opening day, Sony has announced two limited edition bundles. These bundles are being called "extremely limited" and will be available only to those "who brave the cold to stand in line on February 22."

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Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Today there's a story floating around about an online dealer of products in auction websites known as "VIP Deals" which has been knocked out of business after its owner was found to be giving products away in exchange for good product reviews. While this might seem like a fair deal to those who come into said auction and multi-item sales just for the one item and out, the rules behind such sites expressly forbid such an action. Because this sort of situation leads to scams in which great ratings are trusted when they're not precisely true, researchers like Bing Liu [seated at his desk in the image below] are on the case to stop the problem before it advances further.

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NEOShield international asteroid threat-reduction group forming now

NEOShield international asteroid threat-reduction group forming now

A group created by scientists and research institutes, universities and industrial partners in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, and the USA has been formed and called NEOShield, created for the express purpose of investigating and executing asteroid threat-reduction techniques to avoid the apocalypse. Not necessarily the end of the world, mind you, but the prevention of massively negative events in the face of humankind upon impact of asteroids from space. This commission hasn't issued any threats thus far, and they've not formed because there's an inordinate amount of asteroids headed for Earth right this second, but they are formed, and they are preparing.

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Blue Spark Digital condenser microphone for iPad revealed and detailed

Blue Spark Digital condenser microphone for iPad revealed and detailed

There's a brand new studio-grade condenser microphone in town for both USB and iPad, and it comes from Blue Microphones. This mic goes by the name Spark Digital and is able to produce darn-near completely excellent sounds with a the same amount of high-quality craftsmanship that went into the company's other excellent comparable mic, the Spark XLR. What this Spark Digital unit does is take the same studio-grade condenser capsule plus hand-tuned components and sets you up for whatever you want to record - be it a podcast, music, location recording and more!

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Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

There's nothing quite like a lazy afternoon flying your remote-controlled airplane, helicopter, or in this case, ornithopter, around the back yard. The airwaves are aflutter today as everyone outside the RC circuit realizes that not only are ornithopters a reality now for at-home enthusiasts, they've been around for over a decade. The video you're about to see, in fact, features an original model Sean Kinkade Park Hawk, originally released all the way back in 1993 and purchased just this week by RC lover, Nuvaero Flight System's Robert Eaton.

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Mercedes-Benz DICE interior concept hands-on

Mercedes-Benz DICE interior concept hands-on

Attendees exploring CES 2012 earlier this month traveling through the automotive section of the convention would have had a difficult time not at least glimpsing the Mercedez-Benz DICE Interior Concept. In a giant mirrored box sat a completely cushiony set of seats with car dashboard and driving wheel as well as a front windshield, both the windshield and the dashboard proving themselves instantly to be more than meets the eye. This was the DICE, or Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience, and it was with gestures that one controlled this futuristic dream technology.

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ZTE mystery tablet V66 revealed via FCC

ZTE mystery tablet V66 revealed via FCC

The FCC has revealed a bit on ZTE's upcoming strategy in the mobile department, notably with a 7-inch tablet that looks to be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Android is certainly running on this device tentatively titled ZTE V66, and it's definitely got Bluetooth, and not one whole heck of a lot else has been dropped in this newest leak but the image. What we've heard in the past, on the other hand, is that this device is coming to the market with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (likely Texas Instruments OMAP in kind) and a 7-inch 1200x800 pixel resolution display.

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Steam mobile may capture a whole new audience for both ecosystems

Steam mobile may capture a whole new audience for both ecosystems

If you've ever used Steam to purchase games, converse with your friends, or get information and news on the developers you love, you know that it lends itself to a mobile environment without even asking about it. Thats why now that Steam is moving into the mobile environment with both iOS and Android, it seems as though both mobile and gaming are in for a mash-up that's destined for winning glory. What we've got here is a trusted environment for gamers, one that hordes of gamers trust, inserted into the smartphone and tablet world where it can thrive on a whole new level.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27, 2012

We're going to start this morning off with a look at what we did last night, in the form of a WAR between three iPad 2 accessories: stand, keyboard, and case. Next of course we've got to hit up the Samsung sales call and the fact that Twitter is now censoring while Steam goes mobile. This morning then we started off on a bit of a sad note with the death of B9 Robot from Lost in Space.

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