Archive for May, 2012

Google+ Local adds Zagat reviews

Google+ Local adds Zagat reviews

Google purchased Zagat, the restaurant rating company, back in September 2011, and things have been quiet as to what Big Goog would do with the acquisition. All has been revealed, as Zagat reviews have been incorporated into Google+ Local. It’s part of Google’s push to a more social system, with the Zagat reviews adding on top of recommendations from your friends.

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Flipboard beta for Android coming soon

Flipboard beta for Android coming soon

Back when the Samsung Galaxy S III was announced, it was discovered that Flipboard for Android was preinstalled on the device. Not only that, but the app would be an exclusive to the Galaxy S III for an unannounced period of time. Turns out that may have been a strategic decision on Flipboard’s part too, as Engadget has discovered that the company wanted to test one single screen size before rolling out the app to an assortment of different devices.

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Japanese MH-2 shoulder bot is just plain weird

Japanese MH-2 shoulder bot is just plain weird

This is one of the strangest robotic inventions I've ever seen. What you're looking at is a small shoulder mounted robot that you can wear. It reminds me of one of those good angels that sat on the shoulder of the cartoon characters of my youth. You know the sort that popped up when someone wasn't sure if they should do something good or bad.

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Creative reveals Sound BlasterAxxT wireless speakers

Creative reveals Sound BlasterAxxT wireless speakers

Creative hasn’t exactly been making headlines as of late, but the company is hoping its latest products will bring you back to the brand. Today Creative has announced the Sound BlasterAxxT, a wireless speaker powered by Bluetooth that’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. On top ofspeaker duties, the BlasterAxxT also includes a dual-array digital microphone for voice calls.

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New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

It has been a while since we've heard anything in the case against Megaupload and its managers brought by the United States. The US has been trying to extradite Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom and other managers to stand trial over alleged copyright infringement among other things. Dotcom and the other Megaupload principles are still in New Zealand and have yet to be extradited.

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Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

We’re edging closer to the Release Preview of Windows 8, promised to be made available during the first week of June, but the Chinese version of the preview has leaked out onto the internet. The 64-bit operating system weighs in at a hefty 3.34GB download, but doesn't include any English language capabilities. Users have already downloaded the build and confirmed it to be legit.

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Technicolor powers up the patent trolling machine

Technicolor powers up the patent trolling machine

Typically, by the time we hear about a patent troll, the case is filed. I can't recall the last time a patent troll was mentioned before the trolling commenced. If you've ever watched an old movie that was colorized, you may have seen something to the effect of "Color by Technicolor." Technicolor is a company based in France that invented the process for color on movies that was used in classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" and many others.

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Nokia Lumia 610 launches in UK

Nokia Lumia 610 launches in UK

Those of you looking for an affordable Windows Phone will be happy to know that the Nokia Lumia 610 is now official available in the UK. Noia say that the phone will be offered by O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, and Virgin Mobile, as well as through third-party retailers like the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. There are several colors to choose from too, with black, white, cyan, and magenta options, which hopefully won't clash with your snazzy red pants.

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VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

If you're the sort who likes to roll your own media computers, VIA has a new and slim fanless offering that might catch your eye. The machine is called the ARTiGO A1200 and the machine is only 3 cm thick. The overall dimensions are 24.3 cm x 12.4 cm x 3.0 cm, and it runs a 1 GHz VIA Eden X2 dual core processor.

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Twitter talks performance boosts

Twitter talks performance boosts

This week twitter announced that it was implementing some changes to improve performance on twitter.com. The company is focusing on increasing the speed and optimizing operations for improved performance. Twitter notes that its September 2010 update centered on web application architecture to push all the UI rendering and logic to JavaScript running on the user browsers, but that limited support for optimizations available on servers.

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