Archive for March, 2012

Foxconn pay hike has other companies worried

Foxconn pay hike has other companies worried

Following the highly public report on the working conditions and labor law violations at Foxconn's factories in China, the major Apple supplier promised to make several improvements, including reducing work hours and increasing wages. Although it was surprising that workers were actually more concerned than elated, it's quite understandable that other factories now worry that they'll have to follow suit.

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Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

With a purchase of the ubiquitous domain name DVD.com, Netflix has this week proven that they'll not be letting go of their DVD-centric business model any time soon. This comes after talk this week that Netflix will continue to set up a wall between DVD and streaming content users, and the company's expansion of their streaming-only library with the original series Hemlock Grove. The company also recently upgraded their iPad application for streaming media with "Retina quality" graphics, but this week will continue their drive with an announcement of the purchase of DVD.com.

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LG User Interface change keeps Android interesting

LG User Interface change keeps Android interesting

The folks at LG are once again attempting to prove that it's not just 3rd party developers that bring the fury when it comes to software differentiation. We've had some time with the Lucid by LG, a 4G LTE device being carried by Verizon starting this week, and it seems as though LG has silently improved their software once again. Will such interesting bumps in the way you're able to instantly change your experience bring LG to the forefront of Android usage news?

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BlackBerry ‘not a toy’ ads may save the company

BlackBerry ‘not a toy’ ads may save the company

In an earnings call detailing an abysmal quarter for BlackBerry, Research in Motion (aka RIM) this week made a perfect case for the necessity of their "toy" ads out on the airwaves now. These advertisements are representing the BlackBerry Bold line of devices and have celebrities as well as unnamed users stating "We need tools, not toys." As RIM stated this week, it's time for a shakeup, and the ad campaign we're seeing right here may well be it.

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Siri pairs with MacBook Pro this summer

Siri pairs with MacBook Pro this summer

In a move that may well portend this summer (or winter) reveal of the iPhone 5, Apple has had a patent revealed which shows an iPhone connecting to a Desktop computer for the sharing of Siri. Since Siri became wildly popular and was picked up by Apple for the iPhone 4S, forums across the web have been filled with the same question: when will this functionality come to the Mac desktop? If what we're seeing today turns out to come to fruition, Siri may never come directly to the Mac, but will be able to control your Mac via your iPhone.

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Lucid by LG Review

Lucid by LG Review

We're taking a look at a smartphone being released by Verizon this week as the newest addition to their 4G LTE lineup: the inexpensive yet surprisingly powerful Lucid by LG. This device features a dual-core Qualcomm processor, a lovely IPS LCD display, and LG's newest user interface which brings out LG's choice bits of potential from Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Is this device set up to be the winning high-end tip of the mid range of LTE devices for the biggest mobile carrier in the USA?

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Nielsen: first time Smartphone and Feature Phone usage equal

Nielsen: first time Smartphone and Feature Phone usage equal

It's the first time this has ever happened folks, so mark it on your calendar: Nielsen Wire has reported that they've found both Smartphones and Feature Phones (every kind of cell phone other than Smartphones) are being used an equal amount in the USA. This finding covers February, a point at which - as you can see on the chart below, Smartphone use has moved up to 50% while cellphone use other than Smartphones has leveled down to 50%. In addition to this, it appears that over the past three months, new acquirers of Smartphones specifically picked up an iPhone nearly as much as they did any Android device on the market - with BlackBerry and "Other" down in the dust.

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Sony PlayStation Orbis ‘dismisses legacy games’ altogether

Sony PlayStation Orbis ‘dismisses legacy games’ altogether

This week we've seen quite a bit of fury over the idea that not just the next PlayStation, but the Xbox 720 too, would possibly do away with "used" game use. Have a peek at the post PlayStation Orbis and Xbox 720 both restrict "used" games and hear this: we've got another anonymous tip on the PlayStation side of things that may very well make you even more wild if that first news bit got your goat. According to a source we're speaking with, the Orbis will not be working with any games from previous consoles at all, depending solely on games that are release after the console itself.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 30, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 30, 2012

This week we're getting to a point where the new iPad has seen its initial run of insane popularity and we're easing back into news about all other things electronics. That said, it appears that there's quite a bit of shakeup in the rest of the industry over the past few weeks, a lot of items coming to a head in the past 24 hours. Over at Foxconn in China, the FLA is investigating and subsequently making workers mad at their findings - less overtime for you! T-Mobile is being punched in the stomach over some un-asked-for ads in the status bar and SEGA is seeing one gigantic loss in their most recent earnings call. Meanwhile BlackBerry isn't doing so well either.

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