Archive for September, 2012

Kindle Paperwhite technology explained by Amazon in simple video

Kindle Paperwhite technology explained by Amazon in simple video

Amazon has released a video showing their team of engineers that've worked on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite explaining the technology that makes it a top of the line device in the e-reader universe today. What you've got here is sharpness and brightness enough to view in many conditions - but it's more than that. Because it's not optimal to look at a book with the area around the letters shining brightly directly into your eyes, the Kindle crew here has turned the whole show on its head, shining light from the side of the screen across it, down toward the display through a reflecting film layer just 0.5mm thin.

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New PlayStation 3 “Superslim” ad tips Zombie 3D hardware update

New PlayStation 3 “Superslim” ad tips Zombie 3D hardware update

A brand new PlayStation 3 updated hardware release has been advertised (after a reveal earlier this year) with just about as strange a 15-second commercial as you're ever going to see. This ad spot has the gaming console rotating in space with a couple of specification updates, first of all - no big deal. Then there's a freak-out session with a zombie that bursts forth from the device and grabs directly at your face in 3D.

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iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

A lovely bit of news mixed with a bit of a downer for the first owners of the iPhone 5 has come down today from the NYPost where they've got an inside track on deals between Apple and Sony/ATV for streaming music rights. It appears that though Apple had been working on a competitor for the most popular streaming music radio app Pandora, but ran into a last-minute snag in negotiations with Sony/ATV. The Sony/ATV group is the world's largest music publisher and is currently in the process of buying EMI Music Publishing, this eventually placing them in control of 2 million copyrights that span the globe.

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SmartStick by FAVI brings Android to your HDTV for $50

SmartStick by FAVI brings Android to your HDTV for $50

There's about to be a brand new smart TV in your living room with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, wireless streaming abilities, and no more than a $50 price tag, all of this in a tiny dongle: FAVI's Streaming Stick. This little device comes in white or in black - though it wont matter as it'll be plugged in to the back or the side of your television in your HDMI port the entire time its in operation. Plug it in to the HDMI port, plug a mini-USB cord into the side of the stick for power, and connect your wireless keyboard and mouse for next-level Android-based media engagement!

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AT&T 4G LTE expands with four new Samsung smart devices

AT&T 4G LTE expands with four new Samsung smart devices

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 have all been added to the AT&T 4G LTE family with a beastly wave of Android goodness. These devices have all appeared in one form or another in the past, here coming with their most powerful set of features and builds ever for AT&T's ever-growing LTE connectivity environment. The Samsung Galaxy Note II will likely be the most noted device of the family, taking the original Galaxy Note (also on AT&T's LTE network) and boosting its greatness with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and a massive 5.5-inch display.

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Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

If you've got a collection of videos up on YouTube right this minute that you'd just love to have in a folder in your secure harddrive back home in their original format, Google has just answered your prayers today. In another lovely update to their Takeout menu, the Data Liberation Front has added the ability for users to download the videos they've uploaded to YouTube back down in their original format: "your videos in. your videos out".

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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