Archive for July, 2012

Clarion Next GATE in-car iPhone dashboard controller now available

Clarion Next GATE in-car iPhone dashboard controller now available

Clarion has announced pricing and availability of the Next GATE, a touchscreen navigation and multimedia interface that puts iPhone apps at easy reach on your car's dashboard. Launched back at CTIA, when we snatched a quick fondle, the Clarion Next GATE hooks up to the iPhone via a wired connection and spreads its display across a 7-inch LCD touchscreen, with support for Pandora and TuneIn streaming media, Vlingo voice recognitoin and more.

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Sony: Don’t rule out Jelly Bean updates just yet

Sony: Don’t rule out Jelly Bean updates just yet

Sony has been working to brings an Ice Cream Sandwich update to the vast majority of its 2011 smartphone lineup, but news emerged yesterday that the company wouldn’t be extending support for those same devices to Jelly Bean. A product manager in the UK posted up the information on Facebook, saying that the Arc S and Mini Pro would not be receiving updates to Jelly Bean. Now Sony has taken to the official Xperia blog, saying that the information is incorrect.

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Apple TV Hulu Plus is here, but what caused the hold-up?

Apple TV Hulu Plus is here, but what caused the hold-up?

Hulu Plus may have arrived on the Apple TV today, popping up unexpectedly on the company's set-top box, but there's no word on what held up the release of an app that was supposedly functionally ready eight months ago. According to rumors back in November 2011, Hulu had already finalized its Hulu Plus software for the Apple TV and was merely waiting for the Cupertino company's own approval for release, something which Apple was oddly reticent to grant.

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Apple forces Google employee off jury in Samsung case

Apple forces Google employee off jury in Samsung case

After some arguments and the forced removal of a Google employee, the jury for the Apple vs. Samsung trial has been selected, with the ten people now facing opening statements when court reconvenes today. Of the 74 individuals pared down, the final list includes a mechanical engineer, an AT&T supervisor, and an unemployed would-be video came designer, Fortune reports. However, Apple had to use one of the four preemptory challenges it can make to have a Google employee removed from contention.

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FreedomPop gives iPod touch 4G with free data sleeve

FreedomPop gives iPod touch 4G with free data sleeve

4G iPhone sleeve company FreedomPop has returned with a new model, this time turning the iPod touch into a pseudo-iPhone complete with free mobile broadband access every month. The new Freedom Sleeve for iPod touch, up for pre-order now, clips onto the back of the media player like a speedy data barnacle and gives it a WiFi connection to play with, allowing for streaming music services like Spotify, FaceTime video calls on the move, and voice calls over VoIP services like Skype.

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Hulu Plus lands on Apple TV

Hulu Plus lands on Apple TV

Apple may be calling the Apple TV a hobby, but there’s no doubt that the minature streaming media box has garnered some attention from various content providers. Netflix has been available on the Apple TV for some time, but Hulu has been noticeably missing. It looks it won’t be missing any more, as multiple users have taken to Twitter to show off the new Hulu Plus app that has been pushed out to Apple TVs across the United States.

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Final Fantasy III coming to Ouya

Final Fantasy III coming to Ouya

This week we saw Ouya gain support from OnLive, the online game streaming service, and now the company has found another ally in the gaming industry. Ouya has taken to its Kickstarter page to announce that it has partnered with Square Enix, with the developer intending to bring Final Fantasy III to the Android-based console when it eventually launches. Ouya say that this is the first time gamers outside of Japan will be able to play Final Fantasy III on a television via a console.

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New SKYFALL trailer: 007, guns, bombs and anticipation

New SKYFALL trailer: 007, guns, bombs and anticipation

The latest trailer for the upcoming James Bond film SKYFALL has been released, with as much moody lighting, gun fighting, nail biting, and henchman smiting as you'd expect from the blockbuster franchise. The 2m30 clip fleshes out a storyline that has been a source of huge rumor and intrigue over the past months, with 007 rising from the dead to take on another supervillain.

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Apple bias identified in Grand Central Store negotiations

Apple bias identified in Grand Central Store negotiations

Apple's New York Grand Central store is at the heart of a debate over preferential treatment, with claims that the company and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) acted uncompetitively in planning the new location. The Apple Store, which takes pride of place in the cavernous station, opened to huge response in December 2011, but according to an investigation by the New York State Comptroller was the culmination of more than a year of exclusive negotiations that contravene fair practice recommendations.

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