Archive for April, 2012

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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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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