Archive for Sep 26, 2012

O2 and HTC to sell new smartphone without charger

O2 and HTC to sell new smartphone without charger

How many chargers do you have lying around the house from all of the different devices you bought? Now, how many of those are you actually using? You probably have a few chargers tucked away in a drawer somewhere because you already have a couple that you're currently using. To cut down on the amount of unused chargers circulating around the world, O2 and HTC are teaming up to release a new smartphone that won't come with a charger in the first place.

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HiddenRadio wireless speaker Review

HiddenRadio wireless speaker Review

There's a brand new wireless Bluetooth speaker and FM radio on the block, and it's name is HiddenRadio - and we've got one right here to take a look at, as it were. This device works in several different ways, the first and most important of these being via Bluetooth 2.1. You'll be connecting to your smartphone, tablet, or whatever other device you've got that has the ability to work with Bluetooth and cranking out the tunes will be as easy as twisting the device's top.

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Amazon launches Vine.com shopping site for environmental activists

Amazon launches Vine.com shopping site for environmental activists

If you love Amazon (especially their free two-day shipping for Prime members) and are environmentally friendly, Amazon has launched a website just for you. Vine.com is a shopping site that only sells organic and environmental-friendly products. The site sells all sorts of fun stuff, from organic groceries all the way to all-natural skin care products.

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Xbox Music pricing details outed in Windows 8 app

Xbox Music pricing details outed in Windows 8 app

Microsoft is beginning to pare back its Zune offerings to make way for Xbox Music, a brand new service that is still a mystery for the most part. Today, however, we're getting some details on Xbox Music's pricing and an ever-so-brief glimpse at the user interface it will sport on Xbox 360. The pricing information comes courtesy of the Windows 8 Music app, while the look at the UI is the doing of some Xbox dashboard beta testers, who spilled Microsoft's secrets in sharing a screenshot with The Verge.

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Remote wipe hack not limited to Samsung devices

Remote wipe hack not limited to Samsung devices

Yesterday we talked about a huge hack that made its way to some Samsung devices, in which visiting a link that contained a line of malicious code would automatically send your phone into factory wipe mode without it being stopped. However, it looks like this hack isn't just isolated to Samsung devices. It turns out the hack was able to be replicated on HTC, Motorola, and Sony devices as well.

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NOOK HD and the B&N ecosystem gamble

NOOK HD and the B&N ecosystem gamble

The tablet market is heating up, and for once it's not Apple, or Google, or Samsung doing the shaking, but booksellers Barnes & Noble. The new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ may carry the same name as B&N tablets of before, but they're worlds apart in hardware and clarity of software ecosystem. Not content to chase Amazon and Apple on price alone, there's an apparently legitimate attempt on B&N's part to tune each model to the audience most likely to be interested in it, rather than chasing some imaginatively aspirational but likely non-existent "perfect" consumer.

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Boost Mobile LG Venice launches with 4.3-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich

Boost Mobile LG Venice launches with 4.3-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich

Boost Mobile has been a big name in the wireless market recently, offering some pretty sweet unlimited deals. For being sort of a B-list carrier, though, they offer quite the selection of smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S II. However, the carrier announced a new phone today that's coming to their lineup, and it's called the LG Venice.

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Nintendo to release 23 games on Wii U launch day

Nintendo to release 23 games on Wii U launch day

Nintendo announced a lineup of 23 games today that will launch simultaneously with the Wii U on November 18. Nintendo plans on releasing more than 50 titles total for the Wii U between November 18, 2012 and March 31, 2013. However, we now know that nearly half of those games will be available right on launch day.

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Facebook integrates Dropbox for group sharing of large files

Facebook integrates Dropbox for group sharing of large files

If you were wondering how Facebook was going to take their Groups platform to the next level, look no further - they've tied the knot with Dropbox for massive amounts of storage space for all. What you'll be able to do with this storage space is share your larger files with your buddies, make it simple for your Group surrounding your business or club to share files - perhaps a PDF guide for your next big showing! You'll be able to upload large files of all kinds - videos, packs of notes, your new photo collection, whatever you need!

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Google Maps iOS app rumored to arrive by the end of the year

Google Maps iOS app rumored to arrive by the end of the year

Yesterday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company has yet to start work on a Google Maps app for iOS. It certainly bummed a lot of iPhone and iPad users out since it would now be a while before they could be saved from the Apple Maps fiasco. However, the New York Times is reporting that Google is indeed currently working on a Maps app for iOS after all.

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Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

A bit of investigation done on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Lightning cord and docking port this week has turned up an oddity: the pins on both sides are not the same as one another. It would appear, according to Double Helix Cables' own pro Peter that the 8-pin lineup is not in the same order on both sides of the cord's head. Because of his discovery that one pin does the same as the pin that's directly behind it, Peter has proven that Apple must be using some sort of process to dynamically identify which pin order the cord is currently using - depending on which side is up and which is down, that is.

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Nook Video aims to jab Netflix and Amazon all at once

Nook Video aims to jab Netflix and Amazon all at once

If you were looking for another reason to pick up a new Nook tablet - revealed earlier today - you'll find it in Barnes & Noble's announcement of Nook Video, a streaming service they're set to release to fight Netflix and Amazon's efforts in the video universe. While Amazon does indeed have a tablet competitor for the Nook line in their own Kindle Fire HD (and the rest), they don't have the same key-word that Barnes & Noble is coming up with: UltraViolet - and the same, basically, goes for Netflix. With HBO, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros, and Starz already signing up for the Nook Video team, there very well could be some clout to the book company's claims.

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