Archive for December, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 27, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone! Today a collection of BlackBerry 10 slides outed video chat and screen sharing through BBM, and we learned that smartphone and tablet activations rose to huge numbers of Christmas day earlier this week. There's a new survey from Pew and NPD that suggests tablets are beginning to replace eReaders and print, while we heard that Apple might be thinking about producing the Mac Mini here in the US.

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Iron Age temple discovered in Israel amid road construction

Iron Age temple discovered in Israel amid road construction

When you're planning on building a road in Israel near Jerusalem, you have to make more preparations than just flattening the land - case in point: a 2,750 year old temple discovered before a new section of highway was delivered here near the end of 2012. The discovery made here was a ritual building at Tel Motza, dating back to a period in time when not many such structures were built - the site has also shown more than a few bits of pottery and figurines of human forms and heads, as well.

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Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

According to NPD analyst Stephen Baker, it's "the beginning of the end" for traditional e-readers, and according to Pew Research's most recent findings, it's full-color tablets that are replacing the segment - with traditional print dying out as well. According to Pew's newest survey, 23% of Americans ages 16 and older say they've read a real e-book over the past 12 months, this number jumping 16% compared to last year. This number becomes especially significant given their finding that number of people (16 and up) that read a printed book in the same amount of time fell 5% year-over-year.

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Mercedes-Benz unleashes 2014 CLA-class promotional shots early

Mercedes-Benz unleashes 2014 CLA-class promotional shots early

Mercedes-Benz fanatics are in for a treat, as the company has apparently released new shots of its upcoming 2014 CLA-class sedan. We're pretty sure these shots - which were originally posted on AutoMonthly - are official shots from Mercedes, and at least they look the part, showing off the exterior and interior of the car with a professional flare you won't often find outside the realm of promotional images.

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Hyundai concept uses smartphone NFC to lock and unlock vehicle

Hyundai concept uses smartphone NFC to lock and unlock vehicle

This week the folks at Hyundai have previewed a concept vehicle system in which you'll be able to use your smartphone to unlock your vehicle with a physical tap. This system uses NFC tags to make the connection between your smartphone and your vehicle, taking away the need for you to use a key at all, whatsoever. This system is called "Connectivity Concept" quite simply at the moment and is being previewed at the moment only at the manufacturer's European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany - but we're expecting more up close and personal looks here in the USA soon.

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American Experience “Silicon Valley” special hitting PBS in 2013 [Time/Date update!]

American Experience “Silicon Valley” special hitting PBS in 2013 [Time/Date update!]

On the Tuesday, February 5th at 9PM, a new entry into the always-excellent documentary series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will take on the information age: Silicon Valley. This made-for-tv documentary entry into the series will take on rural Santa Clara County's transformation into the "hub of ingenuity" of the modern age, also known as Silicon Valley by the whole entire planet. This film will begin back and the beginning: the creation of Fairchild Semiconductor and the rise to prominence of none other than Robert Noyce.

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