Archive for June, 2012

Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

It's time for the inevitable comparison between the newest tablet on the market, the Google Nexus 7, and the dominant device in this category: the iPad. While the comparison might seem like the obvious thing to do, it's much more sensible to compare to the Amazon Kindle Fire - and before we get too deep into the specifications on either end, you need to know: Google is in a much better position right this second than Amazon. While the Kindle Fire has been a relatively giant force on the market over this past holiday season, it's had nothing on the iPad's market share in the entire time it's been on the market. As for the Nexus 7, you've got a beast that's ready and willing to be a competitor for both tablets.

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Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski wants to have better Kinect

Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski wants to have better Kinect

Game development genius Cliff Bleszinski, known colloquially as "Cliffy B," has spoken out about his feelings on Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral. In a recent interview, he said, "There are not a lot of things that wound up in there. There’s one thing actually that you just reminded me of though, is that we are not supporting Kinect in Gears Judgment."

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Nintendo $100 Wii U game pre-orders denounced

Nintendo $100 Wii U game pre-orders denounced

Nintendo is saying that no one should pay attention to any sort of pre-order prices that online or brick-and-mortar retailers attach to anything related to the Wii U. The company has not given any indication about the price of games or hardware - something that has made a lot of analysts worried since the device is launching later this year - but it is doing its best to quash any floating rumors.

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Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

If you haven't heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It's a unique 'social GPS' platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features that you simply don't get with your vintage Garmin or even your standard smartphone maps app.

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Super Smash Bros head to deliver coveted keynote

Super Smash Bros head to deliver coveted keynote

In what could be a move for Nintendo to drum up last-minute excitement for the Wii U, the man at the head of the Super Smash Bros franchise will give a rare public keynote address at a game developer conference later this summer. Masahiro Sakurai gained Internet fame in the months leading up to Super Smash Bros Brawl because of his constantly-updated blog that became the source for all Brawl-related news.

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VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

After what one would assume was a successful launch on Android last month, VeriFone has decided to bring its mobile point-of-sale credit card swiper to Android phones. It marks the first truly established player in the retail point-of-sale world to launch a device for small businesses for the mobile Google platform and will compete directly with Square.

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Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting beta promised soon

Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting beta promised soon

Sony wants to let you know that the latest adventure for its easily recognizable Sackboy mascot is heading out to fans soon. And if you can't wait for it to come to stores, you may be lucky enough to grab an early shot at LittleBigPlanet Karting when it arrives in beta form. Sony is encouraging players to keep an eye on the PlayStation Blog for their chance to get into the beta.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 27, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. So let's get right to it - today kicked off Google's annual I/O conference, and it was chock full of announcements, including hardware from Asus - Asus CEO: Building Nexus 7 is like torure. Here's another nugget from the show - Google Offline Maps update now live, YouTube adds preloading. And yes, Project Glass also made an appearance - Are $1500 Google Glasses a bargain? Keep reading for more I/O news...

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Modbook teases new Mac tablet conversion

Modbook teases new Mac tablet conversion

It's been a long time since we've heard from the Modbook team - back before Apple's original iPad, in fact - but the MacBook Pro conversion company is apparently back with a new offering. A new Facebook teaser campaign promises a product announcement on Thursday this week with the tagline "Imagination goes pro", and indications that there could well be a new Pro-based artists tablet in the offing.

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