Archive for Sep 25, 2012

RIM launches BlackBerry 10 development tools beta update

RIM launches BlackBerry 10 development tools beta update

Today was a big day for RIM. The struggling company took the stage today to talk about all things BlackBerry 10, announcing a number of new features and telling us that carrier testing for the incoming OS will begin next month. For the BlackBerry faithful, today was a exciting day, but RIM didn't stop at showcasing the new features of BlackBerry 10, launching a new update to its BlackBerry 10 development tools beta today as well.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

We've had a rather interesting Tuesday here at SlashGear, thanks in no small part to RIM. The company held its BlackBerry Jam today, introducing us to new BlackBerry 10 features like Peek and Flow. We also learned that BlackBerry 10 will come with support for your favorite social networks, even offering a native Facebook app. Carrier testing on the new mobile OS will begin next month, and RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry has a good shot at becoming number three behind Android and iOS.

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Ken Goldman becomes new Yahoo CFO

Ken Goldman becomes new Yahoo CFO

Looking at the business side of things for a moment, Ken Goldman has been named Yahoo's new Chief Financial Officer. He joins the Yahoo from threat management company Fortinet, where he held the same title. Goldman won't start his new gig at Yahoo until October 22, but when he walks through Yahoo's doors that day, he'll be in charge of overseeing the company's "financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations."

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Google Voice update lands on iOS

Google Voice update lands on iOS

We've been writing a lot about new updates for iOS apps lately, but for the first time in recent memory, we finally have more to talk about than the fact that an app has been updated to support iOS 6 and iPhone 5. Google has unleashed a new update for Google Voice on iOS, and though the changelog is still painfully short, it does come with a pair of exciting new features in tow.

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Kindle Fire HD faces stiff competition from Nexus 7 according to reports

Kindle Fire HD faces stiff competition from Nexus 7 according to reports

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD tablet has only been available commercially for the better part of a week, and new reports are already coming out showing just how stiff their competition will be against Google's Nexus 7. The popular ad tracking and analysis firm Chitika just released some new data showing the Fire's already taking 11% of all Kindle Fire web share, but that the Nexus 7 is much higher.

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Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

We've seen amateur and professional developers alike do some really cool things with Microsoft's Kinect since the motion control peripheral launched in 2010. Interestingly enough, many of these cool things have nothing to do with video games, but that's another story for another time. The latest in a long line of cool gadgets that put Kinect in the spotlight is a new wearable device that has the ability to make maps in real time.

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