Archive for Jan 30, 2012

iPhone 4S GLAS.t adds another layer of glass for protection

iPhone 4S GLAS.t adds another layer of glass for protection

The folks at Spigen have a brand new accessory for the iPhone 4/4S that they'd love for you to try out: the GLAS.t premium tempered glass screen protector. What makes this particular screen protector different from the hundreds of alternatives is it's makeup: it's not plastic, it's Oleophobic Coated Chemically Treated Glass, their own formula! The front is transparent and the back is covered with a just-as-transparent silicon adhesive, and when properly applied, the entire shield has absolutely no effect on the touch sensitivity of your device.

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Xbox 720 set for two versions, 2013 release, E3 reveal

Xbox 720 set for two versions, 2013 release, E3 reveal

Microsoft France has revealed that there are no plans to release a brand new Xbox inside 2012, saying that they're not "convinced" that the device we've been calling the Xbox 720 will be happening this year. This information comes from the marketing director for Microsoft in France Cedrick Delmas interviewing with Lepoint and brought to us by Eurogamer. Delmas notes that the proof of this notion comes in the lack of a price drop in the Xbox 360 thus far, he then noting that the life cycle for the Xbox 360 is far from over.

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Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

There's a whole lot of malware going down right now in the Android Marketplace, and aside from scaring the bajeesus out of new Android users everywhere, the situation has highlighted a basic mis-step on the part of both consumers and Google. What Google has fallen under fire for many more times than here and now is that their Android Market has next to no curation process for apps, this allowing the possibility for malicious apps to be dropped and run rampant as they are today. As far as consumers go, there's a fantastically large amount of people out there who have no idea what they're doing.

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Could “Unlimited” Save T-Mobile USA?

Could “Unlimited” Save T-Mobile USA?

T-Mobile USA has a problem: uninterested subscribers, patchy "4G" coverage and, with the collapse of the AT&T acquisition deal, sole responsibility for digging itself out of the whole mess. The carrier - or more accurately owners Deutsche Telekom - had envisaged AT&T taking over responsibility for US operations, leaving the German parent company to handle the European market it's far more familiar with. Those schemes have been left in disarray, but could T-Mobile's UK cousin have shown it the way to shock-style market salvation?

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Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

In a leaked set of key points from a developer event in India this week, codesters were given a bit of information on the upcoming hero version of Windows Phone, that being code-name Tango. This version of Windows Phone will first of all be supporting C++ code use by developers, this giving them a much more low-level bit of control for their apps in the pipeline. Then there's language support: here moving the current support for 35 languages in Windows Phone Mango up to 120 languages for Tango - that's a boost!

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Spark Plasma Active 7-inch tablet revealed, set to take on Android

Spark Plasma Active 7-inch tablet revealed, set to take on Android

When you see a tablet that's less than $350 on the market these days, you must first always figure out if it's a "crap" tablet or not - in the case of this brand new $265 Spark tablet running Plasma Active Linux, we're hoping for the latter. This tablet has been revealed to be running an open-source Linux-based operating system (not Android) with KDE Plasma Active user interface running on top. With its single-core 1GHz processor and 7-inch capacitive display it's certainly not going to set the world on fire, but the combination is unique, and may open up a whole new door for mobile operating systems worldwide.

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Nintendo struggles made hilarious with Chinese 3D animation

Nintendo struggles made hilarious with Chinese 3D animation

If there's one thing the Chinese news service NMA is good at, it's presenting these ultra-strange 3D animation videos made to help people visualize the situations groups like Nintendo have gotten themselves into. Today's animation takes Nintendo's earnings presented last week and skewers them on several levels, showing Mario being smashed by an original GameBoy while a happy-go-lucky teen plays Angry Birds on his iPhone. Nintendo also faces off against Sony and Microsoft only to get beaten down by the consoles they each have held high above their heads.

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Obama post-State of Union Google+ hangout tonight

Obama post-State of Union Google+ hangout tonight

Tonight the President of the United States will rely on the power of Google+ Hangouts to address the people of the internet. This address has previously been billed as a post-State of the Union talk, but now appears to be more of a question and answer session in which questions submitted via the web have been voted upon by non-White House officials - voted upon by Google users, in fact. These questions will be answered by the President one by one in turn while the world watches from their computers, smart TVs, and mobile devices at home.

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A week with iPhone 4S: my first 10 apps

A week with iPhone 4S: my first 10 apps

For those of you just joining us for this adventure, you should know that I'm taking part in a real-life experiment in which I'm using an iPhone 4S for a week exclusively as my one and only smartphone. You should know, for context, that I generally use Android devices, having used the Samsung Galaxy Nexus essentially exclusively since it was released with Verizon, switching back and forth between it and whichever phones I've reviewed since. Though I've handled and worked with an iPhone a minor amount before, I've never before now had one as my own personal device - what follows are the first ten applications I found myself downloading right out of the box.

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MegaUpload host denies data delete ultimatum: “Don’t call us”

MegaUpload host denies data delete ultimatum: “Don’t call us”

Carpathia Hosting, one of MegaUpload's server companies, has responded to US federal investigator suggestions that user data will be deleted from Thursday February 2, pointing out it has no access to any files and denying it supplied the cut-off date. "Carpathia Hosting does not have, and has never had, access to the content on MegaUpload servers" a company spokesperson told us this morning, "and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to MegaUpload’s customers."

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 30, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 30, 2012

This morning we must begin with two hard-hitting columns, the first being one posted this weekend by Don Reisinger entitled Why I’d Take An Xbox 360 Over An Apple TV Any Day. Next the all-important introduction to a week-long exploration by your humble narrator called I'm Switching to iPhone 4S for a week. You're all encouraged to take part in this week-long set of hands-on reviews and see what it really means to switch from years of using nothing but Android, Windows Phone, and the rest to straight up iPhone exclusivity.

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Bee deaths down to agriculture not armageddon say researchers

Bee deaths down to agriculture not armageddon say researchers

Dramatically falling bee populations aren't a sign of the impending apocalypse or even a hive-mind abandoning Earth but the side-effect of neonicotinoid insecticides discovered to be highly toxic to honeybees. Researchers at Purdue University found the insecticides - which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds prior to planing, Science Daily reports - cause tremors, loss of coordination and convulsions, before eventually death, in bees. However, discovering the cause of the decline is only part of the problem: bee populations in the US continue to dive by around a third each year, the Purdue team believes.

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