Archive for June, 2012

Nike+ FuelBand now integrates with Path

Nike+ FuelBand now integrates with Path

Path, the private social network with iOS and Android apps, has today announced that its adding Nike+ support to its apps. Anyone owning a Nike+ FuelBand will be able to post FuelBand score updates to the app, giving your friends the piece of mind that you’re a healthy and active individual. On top of that, the Nike+ FuelBand app for iOS has seen an update that adds some new features.

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So long, RIM, and thanks for all the phones

So long, RIM, and thanks for all the phones

Oh RIM. Where did it all go wrong? The company has been flailing for some time now, but its dismal financials on the latest earnings call paired with the announcement that BlackBerry 10 won’t make an appearance until the first quarter of next year has almost certainly sealed RIM’s fate. It’s not quite the end of the road just yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel is growing dimmer with each passing day.

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Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Things aren’t looking good for RIM. The Q1 2013 fiscal results showed a massive loss, 5,000 jobs need to be cut from the company, and BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until next year. Reuters reported earlier this morning that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer approached the troubled company in the past, courting them for a potential Windows Phone tie-up. RIM could turn towards Android too, with Google’s Matias Duarte believing the company could make some great Android hardware.

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Star eruption likely caused distant planet’s atmosphere to evaporate

Star eruption likely caused distant planet’s atmosphere to evaporate

Scientists have been studying an exoplanet dubbed HD 189733b as it passes in front of its parent star dubbed HD 189733A. The reason scientists and researchers are scrutinizing this planet and star pair with the Hubble space telescope is because the planet appears to have an atmosphere that is quickly evaporating. The planet and star were first discovered in 2010 and was observed again in 2011 following a large solar flare from the star.

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Google: Nexus 7 is proof we won’t give Motorola special treatment

Google: Nexus 7 is proof we won’t give Motorola special treatment

Google has explained why it selected ASUS rather than Motorola Mobility for the Nexus 7 tablet, arguing that the good of the Android ecosystem is more important than giving the US company preferential treatment. "We acquired Motorola to help the ecosystem in terms of patents and intellectual property" director of Android partner engineering Patrick Brady told CNET, though conceded that he could understand other partners looking on with some skepticism and fear.

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BMW and Toyota working on new sports car and eco-tech

BMW and Toyota working on new sports car and eco-tech

BMW and Toyota have inked an extension to their collaboration agreement, working together on fuel cells, electric powertrains, lightweight components and, most excitingly, "a future sports vehicle." The new memorandum of understanding (MoU) will see the German and Japanese companies team up for "long-term strategic collaboration" with BMW bringing its sportscar prowess and Toyota its green technologies expertise to the table.

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Samsung WB100 packs 16MP and 24x optical zoom

Samsung WB100 packs 16MP and 24x optical zoom

Samsung has today introduced a new camera into its range, the WB100. It’s designed to capture high quality images while maintaining a compact form factor. The camera comes with a 26x optical zoom as well as a 22.3mm wide angle lens, with the sensor capable of capturing 16.2-megapixels. On top of that, there’s 720p/30 video recording, and Samsung has included a Dual Image Stabilisation mode to reduce soft photos as a result of shaky hands.

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AT&T approached RIM for an iPhone competitor in 2010

AT&T approached RIM for an iPhone competitor in 2010

A new report is going around the claims AT&T approached BlackBerry maker RIM back in 2010 seeking a competitor to the iPhone. This is notable because in 2010 AT&T still had the iPhone exclusive. If the report is accurate, that would indicate that AT&T saw the writing on the wall and new it would be hard-pressed to be as successful as it had been in previous years once it lost iPhone exclusivity.

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Olympus to suitors: We’ll take your cash but not your name

Olympus to suitors: We’ll take your cash but not your name

Olympus has been struggling recently, reporting massive losses while those within the company have been struggling to get the brand back to profitability. There have been rumors that Panasonic was a potential saviour for the company, with a plan to invest around $635 million in Olympus as part of a rescue package. Panasonic quickly denied the rumors, saying there were no plans to invest. Now an Olympus executive has said that even if it does acquire much-needed capital from another firm, the company will try to retain its brand.

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