Archive for Apr 27, 2012

The Pirates! Key Animator speaks: Claymation machines forward

The Pirates! Key Animator speaks: Claymation machines forward

This week we've had a talk with Key Animator Ian Whitlock from the brand new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, he giving us the lowdown on why this claymation epic sticks to its roots while exploring a new scale for the genre. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is directed by Peter Lord, features Hugh Grant in his first animated role as the Pirate Captain, and has superstars like Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven voicing the bad guys. What we're interested in though isn't the voices, it's the technology behind the film itself - how does a next-generation claymation movie compete with the high-definition environment of special effects here in our modern Hollywood world?

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Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

As the Mac App Store passed 1 year in business earlier this year, so too has the store this month passed the 10,000 applications - with some surprising entries sitting at the top of the charts this week. Some unsurprising entries into each of the three "top" lists on the Mac App Store are Apple-made apps OS X Lion, iPhoto, and Keynote. You'll find several apps you may have never heard of before today as well, especially in the "Top Free" section of the store. This digital app store is distributed with all Mac OS X installs, and takes cues from the iTunes App Store on how the software business is evolving to a click-and-download model as fast as you can say environmentalism.

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MIT develops self-cleaning, fog and glare free glass

MIT develops self-cleaning, fog and glare free glass

MIT researchers have developed a super clear, self-cleaning glass that is resistant to fog and glare. The new glass could be used in future smartphones, tablets, cars, and buildings, eliminating unwanted reflections and staying smudge-free. Water droplets that fall onto this new glass surface are said to bounce off like "tiny rubber balls."

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Huawei to boost R&D for touch-free smartphones

Huawei to boost R&D for touch-free smartphones

Huawei may be more of an OEM manufacturer for various wireless carriers at the moment, but the China-based company is serious about expanding into the consumer market with its own branded devices and even beyond the realm of hardware. Huawei North America's general manager John Roese revealed that the company plans to increase spending in research and development in order to introduce "disruptive" technologies, which include touch-free devices.

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Google Easter Eggs live on in infamy

Google Easter Eggs live on in infamy

This week the Starcraft fans amongst us are being treated to Google's newest Easter Egg hidden in their own fun-loving search engine - newest as in there's a whole lot more where that came from. Google has for years added little bits of intelligent oddity in with their everyday set of powerful services for search, mapping, and media managing. Today you'll want to head to Google and search for the term "zerg rush" and see what happens - then have a peek below at the rest of the eggs hidden all over the big G all day long - bring on your ships, kekeke!

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Verizon roadmap leak reveals ICS updates in May

Verizon roadmap leak reveals ICS updates in May

Users of select Android phones on Verizon will soon be receiving an update to Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. A screenshot of what's purported to be a Verizon roadmap has leaked, revealing the schedule for the carrier's upcoming software updates, which will be heading first to the HTC Rezound followed by the Motorola RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and the Xoom.

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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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