Archive for November, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 28th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 28th, 2012

This morning we're having a massive influx of automobile news because of the LA Car Show that we're also in attendance of. Have a peek at our Chevrolet Sonic and Siri integration hands-on courtesy of our own Vincent Nguyen. Then move on to such a beauty as the BMW i3 Concept Coupe with a complete ditching of steel for intelligent EV. Also spotted is the new Fiat 500L and 500L Trekking for North American release.

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Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon's Appstore has gone live in Japan, giving Japanese users the chance to download Android apps to their smartphones, tablets, and new Kindles. The store will include the same apps as available elsewhere in the world, as well as Japan-specific titles from regional carriers and developers.

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BMW i3 Concept Coupe ditches steel for intelligent EV

BMW i3 Concept Coupe ditches steel for intelligent EV

BMW has taken the wraps off of its latest eco-friendly car design, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe, with an innovative carbon fiber cabin, clever inter-car communications system, and smartphone connectivity. Debuted at the LA Auto Show this week, the i3 Concept Coupe follows BMW's LifeDrive ethos, packaging a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell - lighter than steel, but stronger - on top of a 170HP electric motor slice with li-ion batteries.

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Vimeo for iPhone updated with easier video creation

Vimeo for iPhone updated with easier video creation

Vimeo has released a new app for iPhone, allowing users to film their own videos and upload them while on the move, as well as browse through the video library. The free app, v3.0, introduces a new tab-based UI for easier navigation between the new Feed view, video searches, and the Watch Later queue; it's also possible to shoot videos within the app, and then upload them in the background.

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Skype for iOS updates with Microsoft account login, animated emoticons

Skype for iOS updates with Microsoft account login, animated emoticons

After updating their Android app with Microsoft account login abilities, Skype is doing the same for its iOS app today. The company has issued an update for the app that follows along with their plans to merge Windows Live Messenger with Skype. Along with the Microsoft account login, the app adds animated emoticons and a few other welcomed additions that users will find useful.

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Curiosity’s whole Mars mission is “history books” worthy clarifies NASA

Curiosity’s whole Mars mission is “history books” worthy clarifies NASA

NASA's teased data "for the history books" from the Curiosity Mars rover has all been a huge misunderstanding, the space agency now says, with the reference apparently encompassing the mission as a whole - not a specific finding. Anticipation was built earlier this month when principal investigator John Grotzinger told NPR that "this data is gonna be one for the history books" and that "it's looking really good"; his comments were interpreted as specific to a set of soil sample results Curiosity's onboard labs had just beamed back to Earth, but NASA says it was all a case of confusion.

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Nuclear engine could power future deep space exploration

Nuclear engine could power future deep space exploration

The distances a spacecraft has to travel for deep space exploration are enormous. The engines used to power spacecraft currently simply aren't up to the task of exploring deep space or even our own solar system in a reasonable timeframe. Another problem with spacecraft currently is that they rely mostly on solar power to operate sensors and scientific equipment.

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