Archive for July, 2012

Philips FWP3200D DJ-Dock makes you the communal deadmau5

Philips FWP3200D DJ-Dock makes you the communal deadmau5

"Music," the wise Madonna once sang, "makes the people come together," and although it may look like the tail-end of a Pagani Zonda, the Philips FWP3200D DJ-Dock attempts to do just that. A combination speaker system and dual-deck docking station, the DJ-Dock takes two iPhones or iPods in its rotatable bays - which can be swiveled for either a user standing behind, or positioned for communal control at a party - and includes integrated lighting effects.

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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Dropbox hack confirmed while company assures renewed security

Dropbox hack confirmed while company assures renewed security

It's time to double-down the locks on the Dropbox factory as today the company confirms that there was indeed a break-in and that a "small number" of account names and passwords have been stolen. This news comes after several hundred users reported spam being delivered to email addresses only associated otherwise with Dropbox, this thusly meaning that the Dropbox forums and/or larger database had been broken into. Dropbox today is confirming the attack and is making sure it never happens again.

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Take-Two Q1 financial results ‘below expectations’

Take-Two Q1 financial results ‘below expectations’

With company after company issuing excellent quarterly financial reports lately, it was only a matter of time before one of them reported less-than-stellar results. That company is Take-Two, which today reported GAAP losses of $110.8 million, ballooning from the reported loss of $8.6 million in the same quarter last year. Net revenue took a dive too, falling from Q1 2012's $334.4 million to $226.1 million for the period ended June 30.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

The Sun may be setting on the final day of July, but it's also setting on the second day of the patent trial between Apple and Samsung. Today Apple gave its opening arguments while successfully getting a Google employee off the jury. Apple's lead attorney seemed to think that Samsung would be taking a "devil made me do it" approach to its defense, while the Galaxy S manufacturer (which has a lot at stake in this trial) instead said that the iPhone was "inspiring to everyone." Though it initially seemed that this trial would be nothing but boring patent talk, it now appears that it will be quite entertaining, so long as Apple and Samsung continue taking swings at one another like they did today.

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Google Chrome 21 stable download for Retina MacBook Pro released

Google Chrome 21 stable download for Retina MacBook Pro released

This week the folks at Google are bringing on the version of Google's Chrome web browser that MacBook Pro with Retina display users have been waiting for. This version is ready in a fully prepared downloadable and stable release for you to grab right this instant. With this release, also known as Chrome 21, you'll find clarity in your display like you've never seen from Chrome before - because quite simply, it wasn't prepared for the jump - now it certainly is.

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Legend of Zelda prototype cartridge comes with hefty price tag

Legend of Zelda prototype cartridge comes with hefty price tag

We all know about the ultra-rare and super-valuable Nintendo World Championship cartridges that pop up from time-to-time, but this prototype cartridge for The Legend of Zelda you see pictured below has a price tag that will make even the serious game collector cringe. Currently available on eBay, the cartridge comes with a Buy It Now price of $150,000.00. To be fair, seller tjcurtin1 is also including a factory sealed and graded copy of The Legend of Zelda, but the main star of this listing is clearly the yellow prototype cartridge.

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TAT founder abandons RIM well before BlackBerry 10 unleashed [UPDATE: RIM comments]

TAT founder abandons RIM well before BlackBerry 10 unleashed [UPDATE: RIM comments]

In a sign that's certainly not good for the upcoming software release, the founder of the developer group behind the user interface improvements that'll be found on BlackBerry 10 has left RIM. Hampus Jakobsson has made his exit from the company with little more than a tweet this week, noting that he leaves BlackBerry 10 in the capable hands of TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) and RIM. At the moment it seems that Jakobsson will pursue other projects in the startup realm of software.

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Battlefield Premium hits 1.3 million subscribers

Battlefield Premium hits 1.3 million subscribers

Despite all of the whining we've been hearing about Battlefield Premium, the service is still proving to be quite popular with players. Electronic Arts announced today that Battlefield Premium has reached 1.3 million subscribers after only being available for about a month and a half. The service got an official reveal at E3 2012, with Electronic Arts launching it later that same month.

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