Archive for June, 2012

RIM mulls Windows Phone partnership amid squashed BlackBerry

RIM mulls Windows Phone partnership amid squashed BlackBerry

RIM reported a disastrous Q1 2013 financial result in an earnings call yesterday, with the company still resolute in preparing BlackBerry 10 despite yet another delay. RIM also noted how it would be exploring all available avenues, and Reuters is reporting that the company’s board is coming under increasing pressure to sell its software services or partner with Microsoft on Windows Phone.

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Nexus 7 pre-orders hit UK retailers

Nexus 7 pre-orders hit UK retailers

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet has begun to spring up for pre-order at UK retailers, with Ebuyer offering the 16GB version of the Jelly Bean slate. Priced at £199.99, though - unlike through Google's own Play store - with free shipping to save you a tenner, only the larger Nexus 7 is available, as will be the case with other retailers. Google is keeping the entry-level 8GB version for itself.

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RIM reports dire Q1 2013: $518m loss and BlackBerry 10 delayed

RIM reports dire Q1 2013: $518m loss and BlackBerry 10 delayed

RIM's Q1 2013 results are out, and it's dire reading for the BlackBerry maker: a net loss of $518m for the three month period, and the confession that BlackBerry 10 will miss its launch window. Instead, the first device running the new platform is now only expected in the first calendar quarter of 2013, rather than Q4 2012 as previously promised, though that will shrink the period between the initial all-touch handset arriving and a QWERTY device due to drop shortly after. Between then and now, though, there'll be even more job losses.

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Chinese government to launch Netflix rival

Chinese government to launch Netflix rival

Although Hollywood doesn't exactly have a chummy relationship with China, the nation is hoping it can start changing that by promising revenue deals for studios that opt to be a part of a new government-run streaming movie service. The idea sounds like something most Americans could never even imagine, but it could be a huge thing for those in China.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 28, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. Yes, if you're wondering, we are still chock full of Google I/O news and analysis today. So we should step right into it - Can't wait for Google Glass? Recon's Mod Live has you covered today. But if you can wait for all the new Google stuff, check this out - Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O. And just to prove other companies are in the news - Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify.

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Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo has added a new member to its team, a man who held a leading position at Disney's video game department. Are you asking, "So what?" right now. You should be. Companies hire new people all the time, but what's interesting about this situation is what Duncan Orrell-Jones is expected to bring to the table. He will be heading up the "development and evolution" of Nintendo's digital strategy.

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Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

This week Google has released the first public build of Google Earth's 3D flyover features, and at the Google I/O 2012 developer event, we got the chance to take a peek at a relatively massive set of four HDTV units combined to bring on one giant vision of the future. This 3D mapping feature is currently out for Google Earth on Android and will be coming soon to iOS as well, as our Google hosts note in the video below.

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Google Now hands-on

Google Now hands-on

This week Google has introduced a new component to their search and location-aware ecosystem in the mobile realm called Google Now. This system sits at the heart of Android, with your ability to access it sitting right in your lock screen. Google Now is effectively an add-on to the Google Search experience, adding a selection of "cards" that show you where you are, how you'll be getting to the next place you're going, and where you might very well want to go.

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