Archive for May, 2012

Sony PlayStation 4 tipped for 2013

Sony PlayStation 4 tipped for 2013

With games such as Doom 3: BFG Edition still making waves in the industry of what some would call a fading wave for console gaming, Sony's PlayStation 4's release in 2013 is sure to be a hit. That's what "sources close to the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Jounral are saying in hopes that the news this week that an ultra-slick disk-less cloud-based PlayStation was being released was bashed by early critics. This situation reflects essentially what happened when the PSP Go was released, failure that it was with downloadable content only, ditching physical game units altogether.

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Doom 3: BFG Edition demo trailer unleashed

Doom 3: BFG Edition demo trailer unleashed

This week it's become clear that the folks at Bethesda are not going to leave the world's most classic first-person shooter alone for long: Doom 3, BFG Edition will be unleashed soon. That's what the game makers are blasting forth this morning, a release of the 2004 classic Doom 3 in a special edition coming both to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. This game will have not just previously released DLC content, but a host of improvements and additions that'll have you screaming for more.

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Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google released an update today for its Google Voice online calling and voice message management service that will help you better control the calls you receive. It recently integrated Google+ with the service so that you could customize the answering rules for your different Groups and Circles. Now, they are extending that customization to calls you receive from people not already in your address book and anonymous calls.

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Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

This week Tim Cook spoke at the most recent All Things D conference in their opening ceremony about a great many things, not least of them on how Apple plans on continuing their pattern of purchasing smaller companies. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg inquired with Cook as to why companies like Facebook and Twitter have different amounts of integration with Apple's mobile products, this leading Cook to note that as far as Facebook goes: "We have great respect for them. I think we can do more with them. ... They have their way of doing things, but people could say the same thing about us." This lead directly into Swisher's next question on whether or not Cook saw Apple making more acquisitions of companies in the future.

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Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon announced today that it will be doubling the speed of its already blazing FiOS home Internet service. The fiber optics service was boasting 150Mbps downlink and 35Mbps uplink speeds, but soon those speeds will be boosted to 300Mbps downlink and 65Mbps uplink. That's much faster than any other cable offering and faster than many of the wireless routers in our homes.

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Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel is planning to add "enhanced connectivity" to some of its Ultrabooks and tablets. It has partnered with Devicescape to offer its WiFi management tool, which will make it easy to connect to nearly 8 million public WiFi hotspots. This means that Ultrabooks and tablets that feature Intel's Smart Connect Technology will be able to automatically connect to Devicescapes Curated Virtual Network (CVN).

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Where Tim Cook Goes, the Industry Follows

Where Tim Cook Goes, the Industry Follows

Like it or not - approve of Apple or otherwise - but when CEO speaks he shapes the direction of the whole electronics industry. Cook's appearance at the All Things D event this week wasn't the first time the chief exec has taken the stage at a high-profile event, but if past evidence is anything to go by, his comments will already be causing ripples among an industry that's by turns envious, admiring and aggressively anti the Apple behemoth.

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Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 tablet brings 9.7-inches of ICS

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 tablet brings 9.7-inches of ICS

This week the folks at Lenovo have announced a lovely new sleek ta blet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 9.7-inch display. This tablet weighs in at an amazing 1.27 pounds light, is 1/3-inch thin, and has what Lenovo says is 10 hours of battery life packed inside. This device works with SRS surround sound speakers built-in as a feature we've seen on no other tablet yet released - could be fantastic!

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SlashGear Android App of the Week: Gifboom

SlashGear Android App of the Week: Gifboom

This weeks' Android App of the Week, Gifboom, is one of a burgeoning family of camera-focused programs that have suddenly come into prominence upon the sale of Instagram to Facebook. It has a simple camera interface, photographs a series of images through your smartphone or tablet's main camera, and combines them as frames into a single GIF, an animated image made to be presented exclusively on the web. GIF images were amongst the first forms of high (or low, however you want to view it) art on the internet, well before Flash and the onset of Web 2.0 and beyond. Has it reached a new level of greatness here as an undeniably simple-to-create beast via mobile app?

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