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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YouTube-funded TV show will air on ABC in October

YouTube-funded TV show will air on ABC in October

There are tons of YouTube channels that crank out awesome videos every week (The Slingshot Channel being one of my favorites), and we wish that some of them would become full-fledged TV shows. It looks like that's about to become a reality for one YouTube channel in particular. Everyday Health will receive its own TV show starting in October.

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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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Instagram updates with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support

Instagram updates with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support

Ever since the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 released last week, many apps have been updated to support the two. Google Chrome and Sparrow (coming soon) are just a couple big apps that support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 now. Added to that list is Instagram, the popular photography app that lets users take and share heavily-filtered images.

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Intel CEO claims Windows 8 is being released with bugs

Intel CEO claims Windows 8 is being released with bugs

If you've been waiting anxiously for the release of Windows 8 come late October, it might not be as great as you dreamed it would be. Intel CEO Paul Otellini told fellow employees that Windows 8 is being released before it's ready for the masses. Otellini said that improvements still need to be made before Microsoft officially releases it to consumers.

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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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Apple Lightning cables have an authentication chip inside

Apple Lightning cables have an authentication chip inside

If you've always relied on places like Monoprice to deliver your super-cheap Apple accessories like cables and adapters, it might be a little trickier to use those accessories if you upgraded to an iPhone 5. It's said that Apple's new Lightning connector has some sort of authentication chip inside that prevents third-party Lightning cables from working.

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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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Samsung rumored to launch Tizen-based Galaxy smartphone

Samsung rumored to launch Tizen-based Galaxy smartphone

It looks like Samsung is looking to break away from the Android game just slightly with one of their upcoming Galaxy handsets. The South Korean company is rumored to be working on a Galaxy smartphone that will run Tizen, an open-source Linux-based mobile operating system. If this turns out to be true, it'll be the first time that a Galaxy device will be Tizen-based.

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New York City experiencing rapid growth in Apple thefts

New York City experiencing rapid growth in Apple thefts

For a place known as The Big Apple, New York City doesn't seem to be a place that's friendly to Apple users. The New York Police Department has reported that crimes involving Apple products have increased by 40% over the last year, which is a rate increase that’s 10 times more than the overall crime rate increase of 4%.

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