Archive for Mar 30, 2012

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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Sony’s new ICS update timeline: roll out begins mid-April

Sony’s new ICS update timeline: roll out begins mid-April

Sony let the world know back in December that its entire 2011 line of Android smartphones would be receiving an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. At the time, they said we could expect updates to land at the end of March or beginning of April. The company has now taken to its blog to let the world know that the ICS updates will be rolling out starting from the middle of April. A minor delay, but not long to go now.

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Foxconn workers unconvinced by FLA overtime limits

Foxconn workers unconvinced by FLA overtime limits

High profile campaigns pushing Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn to slash working hours for production line staff may be perceived as a win for worker rights, but employees themselves are objecting to the sudden mandatory cut in overtime. "We have just been told that we can only work a maximum of 36 hours a month of overtime. I tell you, a lot of us are unhappy with this" one Foxconn worker told Reuters in the aftermath of the policy change. "We think that 60 hours of overtime a month would be reasonable and that 36 hours would be too little."

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T-Mobile upsets customers with notification bar ads

T-Mobile upsets customers with notification bar ads

While you could argue that Android is inundated with adverts in free games, apps, and search results, one area of the OS that has been off limits for the most part is the notification bar. KDDI infuriated Japanese users of Android handsets with push advertisement notifications from the Au One Market. The nightmare has apparently made its way to the U.S, with some T-Mobile users being struck with a similar fate.

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SEGA sees massive ¥7.1 billion loss

SEGA sees massive ¥7.1 billion loss

SEGA hasn’t been struggling in the gaming market lately, and now SEGA Sammy has announced its latest financials. Most notably, last year’s operating losses are so huge that planned games will need to be cancelled, as well as a restructuring of the company. Total losses are said to reach as high as ¥7.1 billion (~$86.5 million).

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Ditch BB10 and rebuild on Windows Phone rants RIM insider

Ditch BB10 and rebuild on Windows Phone rants RIM insider

RIM may have no intention of exiting the consumer market, despite its appalling recent quarter, but the consumer market itself looks like it's inescapably drifting away from BlackBerry. CEO Thorsten Heins is still apparently wedded to BlackBerry 10, the company's next-gen OS, suggesting during yesterday's financial release that RIM would consider licensing it out to rivals. However, insiders at the firm are growing increasingly outspoken, with calls that RIM should abandon the platform "experiment" and instead follow Nokia in leaping to Windows Phone and Microsoft's warm embrace.

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Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

So far, everyone scrambling to get their hands on the much sought after Raspberry Pi seem to be hoping to use it as a media player. The cheap Linux computer is capable of decoding 1080p video, and its low profile makes it ideal for the living room. Clearly, everyone needs to think a little bigger. One enterprising user has managed to port a ZX Spectrum emulator to the computer for some retrotastic gaming.

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