Archive for October, 2012

Archos announces 80 Cobalt Android tablet

Archos announces 80 Cobalt Android tablet

Just in case the world doesn't have enough lower-end tablets, Archos has launched the 80 Cobalt, a dual-core Android slate with a yet-unannounced price tag that will probably be relatively inexpensive, if the specs are any indication. There's no information on launch date yet, but we're guessing it'll be out in time for the Christmas rush.

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Stolen cellphone database goes live in the US

Stolen cellphone database goes live in the US

Cell phones, smartphones in particular, have this unfortunate combination of high cost and ease-of-theft. Once a cell phone is snatched, it can easily be used by swapping out the SIM card with a new one, at which point identifying the phone as stolen becomes all but impossible. To help curb this problem, a database of stolen cell phones has been launched in the U.S.

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Apple’s 2012 annual report shows substantial growth

Apple’s 2012 annual report shows substantial growth

Apple has filed its 10-K with the SEC, displaying the company's growth for all to see. The report shows fairly monumental growth on Apple's part, with the company expanding its research and development (R&D) costs $1 billion, coming in at a total of $3.4 billion for 2012. Retail store numbers, per-store revenue, and workforce numbers have also increased.

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Wikipad hit with a delay on launch day

Wikipad hit with a delay on launch day

Today was the day that the Wikipad Android gaming tablet was scheduled to launch. Sadly, October 31 is almost gone and there's still no sign of the rather interesting looking tablet. As it turns out, the Wikipad has been delayed, with the device's developers issuing a statement to announce that it has been pushed back. Bad news if you were looking forward to it too, as the developers didn't give a new release date for the Wikipad.

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Zombie Driver hits TegraZone and hands-on with buckets of blood

Zombie Driver hits TegraZone and hands-on with buckets of blood

It's time to have a peek at the next big smash gaming experience developed for the Tegra 3 quad-core environment on Android: Zombie Driver THD! This game brings on what the developers at Exor Studios make clear is "massive amounts of zombie carnage and unprecedented destruction effects." And that it is, folks, we've had our own peek at this game and can readily assure you - there's no better way to spend your late night candy-filled sugar coma this Halloween (tonight or whenever you just so happen to want do down a bunch of Snickers bars) than to slay some zombies in a destruction derby-style massacre.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Evening Wrap-Up! The Halloween edition is pretty much the same as regular Wrap-Ups, the only difference is that I'm dressed as Ginger Spice as I type this. Let's spice up our lives with a recap, shall we? Microsoft is being sued over its Windows 8 live tiles, and Apple has removed delivery dates from iPad Mini LTE pre-orders, leading some to suspect that the company has been forced to delay them. T-Mobile and AT&T have opened up their networks in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, letting customers of both carriers use either network - a respectable move by the two carriers in this time of need.

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BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

While there's still a lot we don't know about BlackBerry 10 (like its release date), RIM CEO Thorsten Heins delivered some very encouraging news today. In a new statement, RIM's head honcho said that the new mobile operating system and some of the devices it runs on have entered testing with a number of the company's carrier partners. This suggests that RIM is still on track to launch BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013.

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