Archive for Sep 27, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: September 27, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: September 27, 2012

This morning it's time to jump on in to games and the innards of devices, and don't forget the fabulous newness of HiddenRadio, a device we've just added a review of up in the last 24 hours and that's not quite for sale yet - soon! You'll be interested to hear why Apple ditched Google Maps - it has to do with navigation - surprise! It's time to break on through to the undead side with Black Ops II Zombie mode now in a brand new first ever gameplay-included preview video.

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Bad Piggies released for iOS, Android, PC and Mac

Bad Piggies released for iOS, Android, PC and Mac

Bad Piggies, the much-anticipated follow up to Angry Birds from developer Rovio, has been released, available across multiple smartphone and desktop platforms. Themed around helping the Bad Piggies build a flying machine and pilot it to steel the Angry Birds' eggs, the game offers over 60 levels in its initial release, and with the prospect of a further 30 levels if they do well.

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Fisker retorts to Consumer Reports amid new $100m equity round

Fisker retorts to Consumer Reports amid new $100m equity round

Electric car manufacturer Fisker has hit back at Consumer Reports criticisms, which described the Karma as "plagued with flaws," and simultaneously announced a new round of private equity funding. The firm - now more than $100m better off, thanks to investment from unnamed benefactors - was quick to cite the list of accolades and successes the Karma has achieved so far, taking issue with all but a couple of Consumer Reports' problems with the slinky sedan.

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Microsoft faces up to $7.4bn fine in EU browser punishment

Microsoft faces up to $7.4bn fine in EU browser punishment

Microsoft is facing the unpleasant end of the European Commission antitrust blunderbuss, with the company now in line for a potentially huge fine over browser choice missteps. The EC confirmed it was investigating the software firm back in July, after an agreed-upon browser choice page failed to be shown to 28m PC users; now, Reuters reports, the EC will open a formal proceeding that will decide the extent of the penalty.

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smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

What's that, your car doesn't have a projector hidden in its hood? You're obviously not as achingly cool as smart, with the German car brand outing its forstars SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) at the Paris Auto Show today. Tipped to offer "a glimpse of the brand's future design idiom" the electric two-seater features a 60 kW magneto-electric motor, replaces the rear-view mirror with a smartphone dock hooked up to a camera, and hides a projector in the grille for impromptu screenings.

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Garmin adds Nokia-powered Urban Guidance to iOS and Android apps

Garmin adds Nokia-powered Urban Guidance to iOS and Android apps

Maps and mobile-navigation extras are high-profile news right now, given the Apple Maps saga, and now Garmin has inked a deal with Nokia to break its esteemed pedestrian tools off of Symbian and Windows Phone. Garmin Urban Guidance will be added to its StreetPilot Onboard and Navigon apps for iOS, and to Navigon for Android, as an in-app purchase, introducing Nokia-powered mass transit and walking directions complete with points-of-interest.

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