Archive for Mar 28, 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with China’s vice premier

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with China’s vice premier

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this week, meeting with the country's leadership to discuss intellectual property issues and to strengthen ties for greater cooperation, according to a report by the WSJ. Cook met with China Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday at Zhongnanhai, a location reserved for visiting foreign dignitaries.

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Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

For those of you with Google Maps on your Android device (every single one of you with an Android device), you're about to get an update to that app, and it's a big one! The actual file size of the app is not what's big, its the features you're going to get now with this update for the most advanced devices on the market. In addition to High Definition support for devices like the Galaxy Nexus, this app also has preferred public transit mode and route options and a new look for Android 4.0+ devices.

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LG Lucid Hands-on and Unboxing

LG Lucid Hands-on and Unboxing

This week LG and Verizon have announced a cute little addition to their 4G LTE lineup with the "Lucid by LG", complete with a lovely 4-inch IPS LCD display and dual-core processor inside. This device fits rather nicely in the hand, is made to be a big competitor in the mid-range for LTE speed on smartphones, and has a 1080p-capable camera on the back. This camera will go well with built-in video editing software by the name of "Video Producer" - included on a smartphone for the first time by LG here today.

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Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Here in the first half of 2012, we're ramping up to use Window 8 after its first consumer preview was released early this Spring, and now Microsoft is delivering Internet Explorer 10 to bring the web to our near-complete experience. Windows 8 offers a new way to work with your computer - or tablet, or odd in-between device - with "Metro" UI. This user interface has "Tiles" not unlike what you may be familiar with in Windows Phone for smartphones - Internet Explorer 10, or IE10 if you prefer, has more than one mode to compensate for this differentiation.

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MacBook Pro goes slim with quad-core this Spring

MacBook Pro goes slim with quad-core this Spring

This summer we're very likely going to see MacBook Air slimness on Apple's line of heavier-duty MacBook Pro units, complete with Intel's Ivy Bridge quad-core processors in-tact. This information is gleaned from no less than Intel themselves, with news coming through that April 29th will be the date that they're ready to show the world what they're made of in both the mobile and desktop world. CPU World lets us know that two separate and trustworthy sources have now confirmed that this date late in April will be the delivery time for for desktop portion of this equation, with quad-core models Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families in the pipeline.

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Max Payne 3 online multiplayer video demoed in-depth

Max Payne 3 online multiplayer video demoed in-depth

One of the more offbeat big-name shooting drama games in the industry is about to have it's next chapter, and Max Payne 3's multiplayer mode is about to get its first video demo. This game is one known for its in-depth and often gruesome storyline, cop-drama-like action, and in its most recent iteration, Big Lebowski-like feel. What Rockstar Games is offering up today is a glimpse of what it'll look like to play multiplayer dude action.

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Billions of Super-Earths with 41% in ‘habitable zone’

Billions of Super-Earths with 41% in ‘habitable zone’

Grenoble University is today reporting that their international team of astronomers has taken data they've collected on Super-Earths and figured that additional discoveries could number "in the billions." Over the past few years and the past few months especially, we've been hearing an unbelievable amount of reports of newly-discovered Earth-like planets, this most recent announcement showing that of these "billions" of Super-Earth planets, a whopping 41% sit inside a zone orbiting their stars where they could potentially support life. The HARPS high-precision "Planet Hunter" device works with a 3.6m telescope at the Silla Observatory in Chile to bring us these results today.

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Nikon D800 takes on Canon 5D Mark III for video quality

Nikon D800 takes on Canon 5D Mark III for video quality

In the war to create the greatest handheld camera of the day, both Nikon and Canon have come out swinging with video-ready units under the names Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. What we'd like to know is if the difference between video qualities on these units is one to be concerned about, and/or if it'll be a deciding factor in choosing one or the other to purchase brand new from the camera shop. Gizmodo's Michael Hession took the opportunity to film several scenes using both cameras with the same settings this week, and his results basically seem to bring the discussion to a head.

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Non-ASUS tablets ask: Where is my Android 4.0 ICS?

Non-ASUS tablets ask: Where is my Android 4.0 ICS?

This week the folks at ASUS are pushing an update to their current hero tablet, the Transformer Prime, this being a firmware update to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to a new level of potential. The ASUS Transformer Prime is the first tablet on earth to be certified for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by Google while clones and lesser-quality tablets struggle to keep up. There's a line of high-powered tablets out there at this moment as well which consumers are waiting patiently to have updated to the newest version of Android, asking why, if it's the mobile carrier that smartphone users usually have to wait for, they're having to wait without one?

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Proview will take “all legal measures” to stop iPad sales in China

Proview will take “all legal measures” to stop iPad sales in China

If you recall, there’s been some legal trouble over in China between Apple and Proview. Proview claim that Apple don’t have the proper rights to the iPad name in mainland China, while Apple disagree. Previously, Proview sent a bizarre letter to local vendors threatening litigation if they continued to sell iPads. Now the company is looking to block a potential new iPad launch after the latest version has been cleared for sale by the China Quality Certification Center.

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Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast announced their Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 not long ago, allowing you to stream content from Comcast for free as part of your internet and TV package. The company also said that whatever you stream to your XBox 360 won’t count towards the 250GB data cap. Good news for customers planning to make use of the service, but what about the deeper implications to net neutrality?

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

First let's talk about the ASUS Transformer Prime - this device has an awesome update coming with ethernet and face unlock included! The new iPad with 4G connectivity has Apple giving refunds in Australia. Then as is best, I'd like to offer you a third news story which has nothing to do with the first two: South Park: Tenorman's Revenge is coming out for Xbox Live -- you'll be smashing the most evil South Park character up for hours!

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