Archive for April, 2012

Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

NASA this week has delivered the next of several shuttles from their now-complete program, this most recent perhaps being the most famous in its name and history: The Space Shuttle Enterprise. This particular shuttle was never actually flown into space, instead reserved for test missions vital to the success of the NASA shuttle program. This shuttle was named after the popular 1960's Star Trek Original Series ship, the Starship Enterprise, and was greeted at its birth and here at its final resting place by no less than Mr Spock himself!

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Kodak continues downward spiral, posts $366 million loss

Kodak continues downward spiral, posts $366 million loss

Kodak has posted yet another disappointing quarter despite its efforts to cut costs, sell patents, and jettison its unprofitable businesses. For the first quarter of 2012, ending March 31, Kodak reported a $366 million loss with total revenue at $965 million, which is down 27 percent from the same quarter last year.

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Steve Wozniak actor tipped for Jobs biopic

Steve Wozniak actor tipped for Jobs biopic

This week the actor known as Josh Gad, aka the star of the hit Broadway play The Book of Mormon, has been tipped to be playing Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. Though we generally try to stick to the technical background behind a film when we cover such Hollywood news bits here on SlashGear, it's always fun to pop in a little actor action, especially when it has to do with casting a major role in our everyday consumer gadget environment. Now that we've got Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs and the South Park creator's play star as Woz, who will they find to play Jonathan Ive?

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Samsung denies staging “Wake Up” anti-Apple flashmob

Samsung denies staging “Wake Up” anti-Apple flashmob

Samsung has denied any involvement with the "Wake Up" flashmob staged outside an Apple Store in Australia, despite suggestions that it was an escalation of the company's anti-iPhone campaign. Reported earlier this week, the flashmob saw dozens of black-clad men and women holding "Wake Up" signs converge outside of the Sydney Apple Store. However, "Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the 'Wake-Up Campaign" the company told SlashGear today.

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Clearwire announces first 31 LTE cities

Clearwire announces first 31 LTE cities

Clearwire has announced the first round of cities that will be receiving its LTE service when it launches in early 2013. A total of 31 will be served, including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. Clearwire say that whey will be targeting areas that have the most demand for LTE service, as well as locations where it can accommodate the necessary capacity resources.

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HP Slate 8 shown as first Windows 8 business tablet

HP Slate 8 shown as first Windows 8 business tablet

A brand new slide prepared for what appears to be HP internal presentation today has revealed HP's business-minded plans for Windows 8 tablets. This HP Slate 8 (different from the HP Slate 500, mind you) will bring enterprise functionality to the masses with a 10.1-inch display, enterprise level docking, and of course Windows 8 Professional OS, complete with touch controls. The slide this tablet is featured in also shows an EliteBook, making this tablet a likely candidate for the Elite line of HP products, their highest-level consumer line of products.

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Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple has slashed Android support from its Chomp app discovery engine acquisition, excising Google's open-source OS and making the service iOS-only ahead of a tipped App Store revolution. Bought back in February, Chomp uses a custom algorithm to organize and recommend mobile apps by their functionality; until now, it has offered suggestions for iOS and Android, but the latter option has now been removed.

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Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

The Alienware M11x will soon reach end of life, and although it was an interesting idea to try and pack as much power into a small footprint as possible, ultimately it didn’t gain much traction. That doesn’t seem to prevent others from walking down a similar path. Engadget has the details of the Maingear Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming laptop that seeks to continue the small yet powerful legacy.

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Smartphone stars leave analysts addled

Smartphone stars leave analysts addled

Samsung took the smartphone sales crown in Q1 2012, unless of course it was Apple: turns out, analysts aren't entirely sure who's sitting top of the pile for high-tech phones. Conflicting sales numbers for the two firms from research companies IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics show a yawning 12.5m difference in estimates for Samsung's smartphone sales for the first three months of the year, enough to throw the rankings into confusion.

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