Archive for Feb 28, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen app contest announced

Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen app contest announced

Samsung's new Galaxy Note device is turning a lot of heads, not only because of its large display but also because of the "S Pen" that comes with it, turning it into more of a tablet/PDA hybrid than a traditional phone. The only problem with launching something like that is that it isn't a universal accessory and so developers need to have intense confidence in that one product if they want to incorporate it. Well, that, or Samsung could just bribe them with the chance to win $100,000.

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Sony Tablet P heading to AT&T with 4G on March 4

Sony Tablet P heading to AT&T with 4G on March 4

Sony has announced the arrival date for its unusual dual-screen Tablet P, a small Android tablet with a clamshell form factor first unveiled in the fall of last year. We played around with the tablet back in August and have known that it would be heading to AT&T with 4G HSPA+ connectivity, but have heard little about the tablet since except for its UK launch. And now, Sony's finally ready to bring it over to the states, starting March 4.

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P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

Upon being asked a question about mobile payment - or being pitched an idea about doing peer to peer payments, as it was, Google's Eric Schmidt responded with a treat of a forgone technology not oft, if ever, spoken about in public. It's Google Bucks, and though it was only tested internally apparently, it was a peer-to-peer payment system that may well have been ready to take place in the real world had such a technology been rendered essentially useless via laws restricting payment in such ways.

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Google’s Schmidt gleeful at 3D-capable personal robots

Google’s Schmidt gleeful at 3D-capable personal robots

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has presented his vision of the future and technology, describing a world where people have their own personal robot that can represent them remotely and from which they can see a remote 3D visual stream. "We're beginning to see science fiction become a reality" Schmidt said during his MWC 2012 keynote. "Look at Star Trek or, my favorite, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."

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Global Community of Equals foretold by Google’s Schmidt

Global Community of Equals foretold by Google’s Schmidt

Eric Schmidt spoke this week at MWC about the growth of the mobile world, focusing on the developing world, the "digital oasis," where access to the internet is still a rarity, but where technology will bring it to them at an exponential rate. "Smartphones do not have to talk to a central hub," he said, "they can just talk to each other." Using Bluetooth and other technologies you can use Mesh Networks to connect - "Mesh is a stepping stone for connectivity." Schmidt continued hoever that "Noone is suggesting that technology will suddenly transform the social political and economic situations of peoples lives. But it certainly can improve them."

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Apple iPad 3 event March 7 confirmed

Apple iPad 3 event March 7 confirmed

Apple has confirmed a press event on Wednesday, March 7, where we're expecting to see the iPad 3 make its official, and much-anticipated, debut. Rumored for the first week of March for some time now, the event will kick off at 10AM PST in San Francisco, and we'll be liveblogging it as usual! According to Apple's invite, "We have something you really have to see. And touch." Catch up with all the rumors and speculation around the new iPad after the cut.

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Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

This week at MWC 2012, Eric Schmidt stood on stage with Hugo Barra, speaking about Chrome for mobile, a web browser that allows you to connect to your own profile. Barra took the opportunity to show off Chrome web browser on stage to show off the excellence of the browser in real time - fast as can be. He made sure to note that though this browser is working on a mobile platform, it's still Android, and as he says, it doesn't really matter that it's mobile because "Android is a real operating system."

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Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Among everyone who visited Google's nascent social network over the last few months, the average amount of time they spent there during the entire month was three minutes. Yeah, you read that right - three minutes out of the entire month. By comparison, those who visited Facebook spent an average of 405 minutes per month, or nearly seven hours.

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Sony PS VIta sales surpass 1.2 million units worldwide

Sony PS VIta sales surpass 1.2 million units worldwide

Sony's PlayStation Vita next-gen portable gaming console recently launched in the US and seems to be doing quite well, despite previously nose-diving sales numbers following its release in Japan. The company announced today that PS Vita sales have surpassed 1.2 million units worldwide. That's finally some good news for Sony, which has suffered an estimated $2.9 billion loss in revenue this past year.

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