Archive for May 29, 2012

Expect these three things at Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote

Expect these three things at Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote

On the 11th of June at 10AM PST, we'll be liveblogging the Apple WWDC 2012 official keynote, but before we get there, we've got some educated hypothesizing to do. First we must decide if its possible that Apple would release one or several new devices or device refreshes at that event. Next, we've got to assess how important it is that Apple push forward with new software in this ever-changing mobile-minded world of ours. Finally, we've got to set the stage for the event itself - gotta get prepped!

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Redux: Dark Matters for Sega Dreamcast surpasses funding goal

Redux: Dark Matters for Sega Dreamcast surpasses funding goal

A Kickstarter campaign for a brand new video game called Redux: Dark Matters has managed to surpass its funding goal, now reaching just over $40k. What's unique about this video game project is that the developers are promising to offer a version of the game for the Sega Dreamcast. Fans of the retro console can pledge $65 to receive the limited edition Dreamcast version, only 1000 copies will be made.

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SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Music Hub?

SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Music Hub?

This week Samsung has released a brand new ecosystem and app which will take their involvement in the music industry to a new leve: Music Hub. This new service will be working on the Samsung Galaxy S III exclusively when it is first launched, and will only be working in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK - and eventually the USA. Eventually Samsung hopes to extend this service, which can be compared directly to Spotify and Google Music in its scope, to more phones than just the Samsung Galaxy S III and to the whole music-loving planet.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

This week Samsung has released information and availability on their next two big Google Chrome OS-toting devices, namely the Chromebook Series 5 550 and the Chromebox Series 3. Both of these devices have been given an upgrade in look as well as in hardware, most notably in their upgrade to Intel Celeron processors (Sandy Bridge) for a major boost in power. The Chromebox totes a lovely 1.9GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840 (Sandy Bridge) CPU while the Chromebook comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867.

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Ematic reveals $119 Android 4.0 ICS tablet “Steal”

Ematic reveals $119 Android 4.0 ICS tablet “Steal”

As its own name suggests, the tablet released today by the relatively new manufacturer known as Ematic does appear to be a "Steal." This device's full name is eGlide Steal and will bring you a 7-inch display and no less than the newest (and rarest) of Google mobile operating systems: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With the software and the price being the main draws here with this new monster, can we trust the build quality?

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale coming to PS Vita next

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale coming to PS Vita next

The game known as the Super Smash Bros of the Sony world is coming soon, and now not just for the PlayStation 3. It's PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and if that name wasn't long enough for you, try PlayStation Vita All-Stars Battle Royale on for size! This game has been tipped by several domain name registries and a job listing that have popped up this week in the wake of the excitement that the intitial title provided.

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Eric Clapton’s one-off Ferrari is turning heads

Eric Clapton’s one-off Ferrari is turning heads

This week the folks at Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari have released information surrounding musician Eric Clapton's own $5 million dollar one-off SP12 EC. This vehicle does not have a specific price tied to it officially, but $5 million USD is what estimates are leading us to believe - and that's not nearly the most fabulous part about this one-of-a-kind vehicle. This vehicle goes by the name Ferrari SP12 EC and was built in cooperation between Pininfarina and Ferrari's Special Projects program.

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Facebook stock crashes to sub-$30

Facebook stock crashes to sub-$30

This week the Facebook stock, opened just this month in the second largest IPO in history, is crashing to its lowest value yet. The stock offered on Nasdaq for the first time less than two weeks ago began at $38, hovered around $40 on its first day on the market, then began its rapid descent the following week. The stock value for Facebook is currently at $29.16 when this post is published and it does not appear that it will rise above $30 again by the time the market closes today.

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Flame virus abilities expand with Bluetooth

Flame virus abilities expand with Bluetooth

This past week the web has been on its toes as one of the most massive cyber infections to hit the web has taken effect in areas throughout the Middle East. Today this malicious software, dreadfully named "Flame", is having its Bluetooth capabilities touted by those who would warn against it. Professor of computing at the University of Surrey in southern England Alan Woodward spoke on the next-level capabilities of this virus, noting that this software can turn an infected computer into an "industrial vacuum cleaner."

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Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Inventor / developer Arthur Wait of Silicon Valley took home $10,000 this week for winning Microsoft's most recent Robotics @Home Competition with his fabulous new Smart Tripod. This device takes several components such as the Eddie Robot Platform, a Kinect, and a Microsoft RDS 4, and creates a perfect companion for the at-home do it yourself aficionado. This tripod is a robot we would not mind keeping in the corner for daily use, that's for certain!

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Diablo III summer patches and hotfixes announced

Diablo III summer patches and hotfixes announced

The folks at Blizzard Entertainment have released a gigantic update to the game Diablo III that will have all gamers jumping for joy - unless you're a Monk. This update will have the Monk class pushed back in several ways - specifically in the rune department where what you love and know as Overawe is, as Blizzard says, "good, but we don't think it's so far out of line that we're going to swoop in and hotfix it out of existence." As for the rest of the fixes, they're all coming for the same reason as this first hotfix: balance.

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Dell Inspiron One 23 and 20 all-in-one PCs revealed

Dell Inspiron One 23 and 20 all-in-one PCs revealed

This week Dell is bringing the heat with several all-in-one device to adance their extended family, here with the Inspiron One 23 and the Inspiron One 20. These two machines come at the same time as the XPS One 27, a massively powerful machine of note. The One 23 will be available with 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core processor options, while the One 20 will be available with 2nd generation Intel Core processors only.

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