Archive for Apr 27, 2012

Blackberry Foursquare app gets NFC support

Blackberry Foursquare app gets NFC support

Here's something we don't get to say very often - the Blackberry version of a popular social app is trailblazing the way for new technology. Yes, the Foursquare app on Research in Motion's dying smartphone platform has just been updated, bringing with it support for a whole portfolio of Near Field Communication (NFC) features. This widely expands NFC Foursquare functionality, which is currently only available to Android Ice Cream Sandwich phones.

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PlayStation Vita attracting only 30% of PS3 owners: survey

PlayStation Vita attracting only 30% of PS3 owners: survey

Out of an audience that you might expect to be just about the most captive audience you could imagine, only 30% are flocking to Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld. That audience is the world of PS3 owners. And not just any PS3 owners, but some of the most ardent PlayStation fans on the market. It isn't great news for Sony, but there is still much room to grow. Will it be able to, though? That's the question.

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TGI Friday’s embraces mobile payments

TGI Friday’s embraces mobile payments

The next time you're out enjoying some wings and an over-priced hamburger, don't worry about opening up your wallet. You'll be able to pay your bill with your iPhone or Android phone. That is, if you're lucky enough to be at one of the 350 TGI Friday's locations that offers the new mobile payment technology. The special app for the restaurant is available on the App Store and Google Play.

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Galaxy S III fake appears in the wild

Galaxy S III fake appears in the wild

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III rumors have ramped up considerably, now that we're literally less than a couple weeks away from the release of this device, the fakes have been piling up as fast as the real leaks. There's not a whole lot of difference between the "real" leaks and the "fakes," but there's fabulous examples of both right here, Samsung for everyone. Have a peek at this newest creation we've received in the mail just today from an anonymous donor.

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Mass Effect 3 multiplayer challenges finally approved for PS3

Mass Effect 3 multiplayer challenges finally approved for PS3

After months of injustice, the same online multiplayer challenges that Mass Effect 3 players on the Xbox 360 and PC have been taking for granted are now confirmed for the PS3. BioWare recently confirmed that it was because of Sony, not BioWare, that these online challenges were not being offered through the PlayStation Network. Sony responded to say it was looking into figuring out a solution.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 27, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to the end of the work week, the last full week of April. So what kind of news are we rounding out the week with? For starters, Mac App Store hits 10,000 apps: here's the best. Moving on, in the world of mobile there is a new update in the world of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) - Verizon roadmap leak reveals ICS updates in May. And we also have some sobering news for American ingenuity - Kodak continues downward spiral, posts $366 million loss.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 confirmed by Target, coming November 13

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 confirmed by Target, coming November 13

Today we have some excellent news for all the die-hard gamers or Call of Duty fans. We obviously knew that November was a likely release date since most other titles have followed a similar time-frame, but today it's been confirmed premature. Thanks to the folks at Target and IGN we can confirm the next Call of Duty will in fact be called Black Ops 2, and pre-orders start May 2nd.

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Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

This week Apple's plant in Hollyhill in Cork, Ireland, has received a rare visit from the country's Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny. This visit represents a bid of confidence in the workers in the area to use Apple to bolster their economy both in the immediate area and across Europe. Apple this month announced that they'd be adding another 500 roles across Europe to the 2,800 people working at the Hollyhill facility, Apple's very first plant opened outside the USA several years ago.

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Sony Xperia Android ICS machine gets fat

Sony Xperia Android ICS machine gets fat

Now that Sony no longer has Ericsson to hold them back, they've become free to make phones such as the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-toting ST21i, a chunky little beast of a device. The images you're seeing here come from TechBlog where they've also picked up a few details on the next-generation handheld. You certainly wont be winning any top-phone awards with this smartphone, but it'll get the job done if you've got no other choice - that's what 3.2 inches of display says directly.

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Obama administration ‘opposes Cispa’ assures White House

Obama administration ‘opposes Cispa’ assures White House

There's no way the bill currently going through Washington by the name of CISPA, just passed by the House of Representatives, will be allowed to be passed into law if the Obama administration's claim today holds true. CISPA can be metaphorically represented by a bar of soap created by government agencies claiming to open lines of communication between large internet companies with clean intent, but as you'll find if you read any of our past posts on CISPA you'll know - the main ingredient here is acid for privacy. The bill uses broad terms like Internet Security and the safety of children to push the abilities of the government to capture any information on web-browsing citizens they like, essentially whenever they like - and the White House this week is voicing opposition.

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Incase Box Case makes your iPhone flat

Incase Box Case makes your iPhone flat

In a move that might have you wondering if Incase simply had a problem with the mold this month, they've released a new iPhone unit called the Box Case - and it's flat. It's got flat edges all around, has a giant Incase logo on the back, and spaces carved out in the several locations you'll want to be able to access your smartphone's buttons and ports. The iPhone never looked so… boxy.

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Firefox 13 Beta turns on SPDY and tabs on demand

Firefox 13 Beta turns on SPDY and tabs on demand

Mozilla had just released Firefox 12 and it's already getting ready for Firefox 13, which is due in six weeks. The beta version of the next browser update has been made available to developers today and reveals some welcome new changes that include "tabs on demand" and Google's SPDY protocol enabled by default.

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