Archive for Apr 26, 2012

Netflix believed to be hurting Nickelodeon

Netflix believed to be hurting Nickelodeon

Despite Viacom's assertions that streaming video site Netflix is doing nothing to hurt its Nickelodeon cable channel, the firm Bernstein Research says it has "hard data" to show otherwise. There is no argument that streaming media has had an impact on traditional video distribution channels. There have been studies to show significant numbers of people are actually cutting the cord for Hulu and Netflix.

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Sony PS One Classics teased on PlayStation Vita

Sony PS One Classics teased on PlayStation Vita

For a brief moment, there was a PlayStation One title available in the European version of the PlayStation Vita version of the PlayStation Store. Anyone who's ever ventured into the digital download Playstation Store on a PS3 or PSP knows there is a huge list of "PS One Classics" available to purchase and begin playing instantly. It's a different story, though, when it comes to the newest Sony handheld.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 26, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're coming up to the end of April, with bright hopes for amazing weather and happiness around the corner. And for one company, that's a pretty poignant analog to make right now - Nintendo. It just posted its first annual loss. But it's seen mostly as a fluke, as the next year will include the Wii U launch, which incidentally, is also in the news: Wii U with Android tipped for launch. Not all the news today was about Nintendo, though. There's still one particular smartphone thar's still making headlines - Galaxy S III guide appears in the wild.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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Sun vs Sun at Google Oracle case

Sun vs Sun at Google Oracle case

Two former Sun leaders have sparred off this week in the Oracle vs Google case that's shaking the Android universe to its knees with its implications. Though we first heard about this Oracle business with Google over a year ago, the case has only just started officially this past month, today showing Oracle's case for Java code used by Google in Android to perhaps have been the non-free-use property of Sun (now part of Oracle), but perhaps not. Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz as well as Sun cofounder and chairman Scott McNealy have testified this week, each having their own rather different view of the situation.

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Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Today Nintendo's next gaming console Wii U has been tipped to be running Android applications right out of the box. This situation is not unfounded, as Android apps have been integrated into other systems, sort of, in the past, but this time it could be much more simple than what we've seen before. Where before we've seen systems such as BlackBerry attempt to integrate Android by making the process to port apps over to their system appear relatively easy, this time Nintendo may be building Android into their system, for real, to work right alongside their own user interface and software.

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Twitter Update: Hands-on with push notifications galore

Twitter Update: Hands-on with push notifications galore

The omnipotent tiny-update application known as Twitter has had both its iPhone and Android apps updated with several fabulous changes. First and perhaps most important is the fact that you can now get push notifications on your device for Twitter Interactions. You've also got a brand new Search function that works better than ever for exploring the wide world of Tweets, and Twitter has integrated more "Discover" features so you can connect with Twitter easier than ever as well.

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Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

When a company gets much too rich for it's own good, it's time to do as Seagate is doing today: repurchasing a whole lot of shares in their own company. Here Seagate has decided that because of their confidence in their own ability to generate cash at this time, they'll pick up $2.5 billion (of the $3.5 billion they're actually authorized) in outstanding ordinary shares. Seagate will be repurchasing this stock with a combination of cash on hand, future cash flow from operations, and "potential alternative sources" whatever that ends up being.

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Galaxy S III guide appears in wild

Galaxy S III guide appears in wild

A service manual being touted as the GT-I9300, aka the Samsung Galaxy S III, has popped up today complete with specifications galore. This very short and sweet couple of pages comes from Sam Mobile and have not only items such as the supposed Samsung Exynos quad-core 1.5GHz processor embedded within them, they've got a couple of sketches of the next-generation device as well. This smartphone here conflicts in several places with what we've heard thus far for camera size, processor speed, and more.

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Project Glass snaps Charlie Rose photo

Project Glass snaps Charlie Rose photo

The Google Project Glass team is aspiring to change the way we work with mobile devices, says Sebastian Thrun taking a photo without so much as a tap and a couple of nods. What we've got here is an interview Google X's leader Thrun took with Charlie Rose, he using the opportunity to wear and show off the glasses to the world once again. He not just took the photo, he posted it on Google+ during the interview - it showing up instantly, or so he said, and shared with the world via his online profile. This interview also had Thrun noting that it's not photography but the sharing of everything that's been seen thus far as the most compelling use-case for the project thus far.

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Why There’s No Stopping iTunes

Why There’s No Stopping iTunes

Quite often when I buy a product on Amazon, the retail giant offers me the opportunity to download some free tracks from its MP3 store at no charge. And yet, I can’t remember a single time when I’ve taken advantage of the offer. I like free music like the rest of us, but to me, there’s only one multimedia store worth using: iTunes.

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Samsung attacks 7-inch opponents to Tab 2

Samsung attacks 7-inch opponents to Tab 2

When reviewing the 7-inch tablet known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, we mostly stuck to describing its graces and faults in and of itself, but this week Samsung has released several charts comparing the device to two of what they see as its main rivals. You'll find that Samsung has quite a few areas it's eager to show off as superior here in the Galaxy Tab 2 that, shown here, certainly seem to be lacking in the competition. Is it time for e-readers to step up their game and go Android without the extra skin, or will the two other champions of text-based media here in the tablet universe beat out Samsung's newest effort?

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