Archive for Dec 27, 2012

Samsung releases teaser video for CES 2013 Smart TV unveiling

Samsung releases teaser video for CES 2013 Smart TV unveiling

Earlier today, we reported that Samsung gave a nice peak at its updated Smart TV user interface, which it plans to show off at the upcoming 2013 CES tech event. A few hours later, the Korean company then dropped a teaser video on YouTube also hinting at the unveiling, featuring awestruck TVs traveling to behold a Smart TV draped in cloth. Check out the video after the jump.

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LG announces its 2013 CES A/V devices, boasts 9.1-channel audio and NFC support

LG announces its 2013 CES A/V devices, boasts 9.1-channel audio and NFC support

LG has been flaunting the products it will be showing off at CES 2013, the latest round of which is its A/V devices. The lineup includes a 9.1-channel home theater audio setup with NFC integration for simple pairing with a smartphone. Also included in the announcement is a Blu-ray player that includes - you guessed it - NFC connectivity.

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Michael Goddard, AMD employee since 1988, leaves for Samsung

Michael Goddard, AMD employee since 1988, leaves for Samsung

AMD's financial woes have been ongoing for awhile now, and it is no secret that employees are jumping ship as the issue worsens. It seems that Michael Goddard is one such employee, who after having worked at AMD for nearly 25 years, has left the company to work for Samsung instead. He now works as a system architect at a Samsung office in Texas.

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Landsat 5, a satellite that has been observing Earth since 1984, to be shutdown

Landsat 5, a satellite that has been observing Earth since 1984, to be shutdown

The United States Geological Survey is poised to shut down the Landsat 5, an observational satellite that has been circling our fair planet since 1984. The announcement comes about 25 years after when the satellite was originally slated for deactivation. During its life span, Landsat 5 has taken over 2.5 million snapshots.

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Canon rolls out the EOS-1D C in Japan, will bring it to the US soon

Canon rolls out the EOS-1D C in Japan, will bring it to the US soon

Canon has launched its uber-expensive EOS-1D C in Japan, and will be following it up with a launch in the United States rumored to take place in the next couple days. The 1D is priced at $11,999 and offers 18 megapixels in addition to a host of other features. For now, Japanese photographers can pick it up from Canon.jp. You can check out a video shot by the 1D after the jump.

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Marvell Semiconductor slammed with $1.17 billion in damages for patent infringement

Marvell Semiconductor slammed with $1.17 billion in damages for patent infringement

A jury has found Marvell Semiconductor to have infringed on two of Carnegie Mellon University's patents after a four week back-and-forth legal battle. The end result is $1,169,140,271 in damages that Marvell has been ordered to pay. If it sticks, this will prove to be the biggest patent-related verdict ever, a title currently held by Samsung, which was ordered to pay over a billion in damages earlier this year.

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Google lists best Android apps of 2012

Google lists best Android apps of 2012

With Apple recently releasing a list of what it considers to be the best iOS apps of 2012, we've been waiting with bated breath for Google to reveal its own list. The wait is over, as today Google named the best apps to land on the Google Play Store in 2012. The apps range to ones that probably everyone has installed on their Android device to ones that will be relatively unknown to the mainstream crowd, so you could potentially use Google's list to discover your new favorite app.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 26, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone! We're back from a brief holiday break and there was plenty of news waiting for us when we returned, so let's jump into the Wrap-Up. Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi found herself with a semi-private photo being shared publicly today, which brought up some debate about Facebook's privacy policy. Samsung is expected to ship 500 million smartphones in 2013, while we saw a leaked image of a white BlackBerry X10 handset with a QWERTY keyboard. Instagram is facing a class action lawsuit over the controversial changes to its Terms of Service, despite the fact that it has tried to ease users' minds since the new Terms were announced.

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SpaceX’s latest reusable rocket test sends Grasshopper 131 feet

SpaceX’s latest reusable rocket test sends Grasshopper 131 feet

Back in September, SpaceX posted a short video showing a glimpse of its reusable rocket, the Grasshopper. The company has released a new video of the rocket, this time sending it to its latest record of 131 feet. While not quite the two miles that was hinted, it was still an impressive distance. Check out the video of it after the jump.

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iPad mini component yield issues persist, but things are looking up

iPad mini component yield issues persist, but things are looking up

Apple frequently has issues producing enough new devices to meet demand, and with the iPad mini it's been no different. A new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple will sell 8 million iPad minis in Q4 2012, despite the fact that the company's manufacturing partners have the parts for 10-12 million iPad minis ready to ship. The problem? Screen yields still aren't where they should be, which is preventing Apple from shipping more iPad minis this quarter.

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NVIDIA TegraZone hits Windows RT: beastly tablet gaming unveiled

NVIDIA TegraZone hits Windows RT: beastly tablet gaming unveiled

As it has been for many moons with the Tegra-enhanced Android universe, so too does Windows RT get the NVIDIA TegraZone treatment: a listing of games made great for your Tegra processor-toting tablet! This listing of games opens in an extremely simplified display with touch-friendly pushing and pulling in mind. What you're getting here is a guide to games that will work fabulously on your device that's working with both Windows RT (that Windows 8 operating system made for your tablet specifically) and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under the hood - like the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, for example - hot stuff!

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Toyota paying out $1.1 billion to settle acceleration lawsuits

Toyota paying out $1.1 billion to settle acceleration lawsuits

There's more closure in the case of some Toyota cars falling victim to "unintended acceleration," as the company has agreed to pay out a whopping $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits centering around the flaw. For those who have forgotten, Toyota was forced to recall a ton of 2010 Lexus RX 350s and 450s after it was discovered that the floor mats can entangle the pedals and force the cars to accelerate. Unfortunately, a flaw like this is normally discovered after drivers have accidents, which is why Toyota was hit with a number of lawsuits.

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