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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Users watching more online videos on TVs than computers

Users watching more online videos on TVs than computers

With the rapid growth in media-streaming set-top boxes for televisions, it's said that more people are using their TVs to watch online videos instead of their computers. Market research firm NPD Group reported that televisions are now the “primary screen for viewing paid and free video streamed from the Web.”

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AT&T MiFi Liberate shares 10hrs of LTE with touchscreen simplicity

AT&T MiFi Liberate shares 10hrs of LTE with touchscreen simplicity

AT&T has revealed its latest mobile hotspot, the MiFi Liberate, the first to include a color touchscreen. Running on AT&T's LTE network, the Novatel Wireless-made gadget has a 2.8-inch multitouch display and can share its 4G data connection with up to ten WiFi-connected devices, while the battery is said to last for up to 11 hours of active use.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who is currently on tour in Asia where he announced the company’s Nexus 7 tablet in Tokyo recently, had some time to talk about Google's relationship with Apple. Schmidt mentioned that while Apple and Google are very good friends, he doesn’t agree with patent wars and feels that they prevent innovation.

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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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Astronomers discover new comet that may put on a show in late 2013

Astronomers discover new comet that may put on a show in late 2013

Two Russian astronomers recently discovered a previously unknown comet. The discovery was made using CCD images, and scientists believe the comet may become very bright late next year. The comet is expected to be bright because it will pass extremely close to the sun and then pass "somewhat" close to the earth.

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AMD AppZone Player puts Android apps on APU PCs

AMD AppZone Player puts Android apps on APU PCs

AMD will bring Android apps to PCs based on its processors, the chip company has revealed, with the new AMD AppZone Player offering thousands of titles as well as remote smartphone control. The deal with BlueStacks uses a specially optimized version of the virtualization software tailored for AMD Radeon graphics, and allows Android apps to run as if native to x86 systems.

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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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ZAGGsparq 1220, 3100, and 6000 portable batteries debut

ZAGGsparq 1220, 3100, and 6000 portable batteries debut

ZAGG has been producing some interesting accessories for tablets and smartphones for a while now. The company is perhaps best known for its line of super-strong protective films for the screens of smartphones and tablets. The company also has a line of external batteries called the ZAGGsparq.

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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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