Archive for March, 2012

Ford unveils new twin turbo 2013 Explorer Sport

Ford unveils new twin turbo 2013 Explorer Sport

Yesterday Ford unveiled a new Explorer model that brings back the Sport nameplate. Years ago, the Explorer Sport could be had as a two-door version but this time out it appears the Sport is a four-door only. The big difference between the normal Explorer and the Explorer Sport is the engine. Ford is fitting the Sport model with a 3.5-liter V6 twin turbo EcoBoost power plant.

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Samsung apes Apple with store-in-a-store

Samsung apes Apple with store-in-a-store

Samsung has borrowed a leaf out of Apple's retail guidebook, announcing a deal with UK handset merchants Phones 4u to put a special Samsung-branded store inside its flagship London location. The new concession will open on Friday this week, and offer what's promised to be the largest range of working Samsung demo hardware available to the public. Meanwhile, Samsung and Phones 4u have apparently been coaching staff to levels of Samsung enthusiasm that presumably match Apple retail fervor.

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Nokia Lumia 800 battery fix firmware released

Nokia Lumia 800 battery fix firmware released

The near-magical update for the Nokia Lumia 800, tipped to hugely increase battery life for the Windows Phone, has been officially released. The new firmware "shows significant improvements" in the Lumia 800's runtime, Nokia says, along with improvements to audio quality and some other tweaks. However, there's still no WiFi tethering, and not every Lumia 800 user will get the new firmware immediately.

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LG flexible epaper devices promised for April launch

LG flexible epaper devices promised for April launch

LG Display has launched a new, 6-inch flexible epaper display that the company expects to show up in bendable products by the beginning of next month. The panel, a 1024 x 768 monochrome sheet, can be bent up to 40-degrees without breaking; in addition, because LG Display has used a flexible plastic substrate rather than the more traditional glass, it's less than half the weight of a traditional epaper panel.

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Box’s OneCloud pushes enterprise to the cloud

Box’s OneCloud pushes enterprise to the cloud

It looks like Box is the first to truly tackle the issue that we all know is the current problem with cloud-based storage services - an unnecessary emphasis on proprietary platforms and a lack of universal access. The innovative cloud provider Box wants saving something to the Internet as easy as, well, clicking the "save" button. Enter OneCloud, a product that is not a new cloud platform, but an entire cloud infrastructure.

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Disney’s Epic Mickey on 3DS will be Castle of Illusions sequel

Disney’s Epic Mickey on 3DS will be Castle of Illusions sequel

The addition of the new, uniquely addicting Mickey Mouse video game franchise to Nintendo's glasses-free 3D device will bring back memories of a bygone era of gaming. The new game, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, is set to be a direct sequel of the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion. Anyone who played the game is no doubt getting flashbacks of it at this very moment. If you haven't played it, you're missing out.

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OnStar Family Link service launched

OnStar Family Link service launched

General Motors has rolled out a new addition to its already-successful OnStar platform. Called Family Link, the new service lets users track other family members who have access to your car, allowing you to sign up for text messages and e-mail alerts when the vehicle arrives at a specific location or to let you know where it is at a specific time. Yeah, it's a double-edged sword, but it's a feature that customers want.

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Atlus PSP games get price drop on PSN

Atlus PSP games get price drop on PSN

Atlus, the publisher best known for its quirky and perhaps even too-far-off-the-wall role-playing games, has announced that it is decreasing the prices of all its downloadable PSP games that are currently available on the PlayStation Store. The discounts range from $5 to $20 off what the previous prices were, with many titles getting 50% discounts or more. The company is calling it the "ReVITAlized" sales event, encouraging sales of the PSP classics on Sony's new Vita handheld system.

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Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

If you're a streaming-only Netflix customer, the way you interact with the site is becoming increasingly different than those who have both instant and DVD-by-mail services on their account. Perhaps it's a good thing if you have no intentions of ever adding DVD support to your account, but then again, it looks like the site is trying to slowly weed out that side of its business altogether.

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