Archive for July, 2012

Microsoft Hardware brings on Sculpt and Wedge mobile keyboards for tablets

Microsoft Hardware brings on Sculpt and Wedge mobile keyboards for tablets

If you have issues typing on a tablet's touchscreen, then Microsoft has a pair of new keyboards aimed directly at you. The company revealed the Sculpt and Wedge mobile keyboards today, two new travel-friendly keyboards meant to make typing on the go a smoother experience. Both keyboards have a lot in common, but there a few key differences between both that consumers will want to pay attention to.

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Microsoft unleashes collection of Windows 8 gesture mice

Microsoft unleashes collection of Windows 8 gesture mice

This week Microsoft has revealed a collection of hardware that's made specifically for the next generation of software, Windows 8, including several new mice. Three new mouse units are coming your way to Microsoft stores immediately if not soon, the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. The Microsoft Touch Mouse specifically has been out before, but is this summer prepared to be updates for gesture settings with Windows 8.

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If this is the iPhone 5, Android has a problem

If this is the iPhone 5, Android has a problem

Apple isn't due to show us the new iPhone 5 for another few months, but a purported leak of the next-gen smartphone could well indicate the extent of the headache Android has fast approaching. Taller and thinner, with a more engineered, structured design than the delicate glass and metal sandwich of the current model, if the leaked shots are to be believed then this could be the most significant outward evolution of the iPhone to-date. Nonetheless, there'll undoubtedly be those that look at the slightly larger display and aesthetic tweaks, and dismiss the iPhone 5 as "more of the same." In some ways, the spec-sheet arms race of Android devices has left us spoiled overall. If it hasn't got twice as many cores as before, a vast display, and more megapixels than the latest Canon DSLR, then it's hardly worth us paying attention to, right?

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iPhone 5 pictures and parts leaked

iPhone 5 pictures and parts leaked

Apple's sixth generation iPhone conveniently has leaked again this afternoon. Between the countless pictures and videos that have leaked over the past month we have a pretty great idea of what to expect. Today however the folks at The Verge uncovered a full gallery of breakdown and assembly from iLab. This could be our first full look at the all new iPhone.

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No deal for Apple’s $10bn Twitter takeover

No deal for Apple’s $10bn Twitter takeover

Apple's negotiations with Twitter for a possible takeover of the microblogging social site ended with no deal agreed, according to rumors, with both firms arguably getting all they needed from Mountain Lion. Reports of the discussions - along with a possible separate investment deal, which tipped a potential valuation of over $10bn - broke last week, but according to Bloomberg's two insiders both approaches failed to result in an agreement.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD rockets to 120,000 sales

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD rockets to 120,000 sales

Nostalgia is proving to be a powerful thing for gamers, with developer Robomodo confirming that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has sold around 120,000 copies in its first week of availability. That number is pretty impressive on its own, but what makes it even more impressive is the fact that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD hasn't yet launched on PC and PS3, meaning those numbers are for the Xbox 360 version alone. Robomodo's Josh Tsui tells Gamasutra that day-over-day sales of the downloadable title have been "staying very consistent" throughout its first week.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. It's the end of the final full week of July; can you believe it? This year is flying by, and so are the tech stories of summer so let's get to it. So we’ll start with this – Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion racks up over 2 million downloads in 48 hours. And the next big story comes from Google – Project Glass details and Google+ hangout coming Monay. And moving right along, here’s something Microsoft probably doesn’t want to hear – Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe.

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Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple is reportedly planning to make a huge splash in the social networking arena, but it doesn't want to build something from the ground up. It would be impossible to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, so apparently the company is willing to dole out a bucket of money to Twitter and become a strategic partner with the microblogging site.

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Wii U price point may not be revealed until September

Wii U price point may not be revealed until September

We're all still anxiously awaiting the announcement of what Nintendo will charge consumers for its upcoming Wii successor. And it's not time to start holding our breath just yer. According to the latest analyst putting his neck on the line to make a prediction about the console, we might not get an official price point until September. Good news or bad news?

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ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

Last year, there was one subject that nobody could get enough of in the mobile industry: near field communication (NFC)-powered mobile payments. Google launched its digital Wallet service, and Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T announced an unparalleled joint venture to get in on the action as well. So a company trying to get in on the ground floor of NFC sure seemed like a good idea, but the problem is you never know what the future will bring.

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