Archive for Mar 29, 2013

HDC clones HTC One with new smartphone, offers it for $160

HDC clones HTC One with new smartphone, offers it for $160

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but imitators usually have a degree of separation between their clone and the authentic product. Such is the case with HDC, which has cloned the HTC One with its own handset named - you guessed it - the HDC One. The handset is priced at $160, and at a quick glance is the same in appearance to its counterpart, but the hardware doesn't live up to the real deal.

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Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

New Jersey Institute of Technology's Simon Garnier and other researchers have used tiny robots called "Alices" to mimic the behavior of ants, something they say could help improve modern transportation. Ants are notorious for their colony-wide behavior, acting as one when assembled in groups and using the shortest paths to navigate to their food, forming a so-called superorganism.

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The Mill LA teams with Sonos Studio for “Bugs” interactive multimedia experience

The Mill LA teams with Sonos Studio for “Bugs” interactive multimedia experience

This week the folks behind VFX studio The Mill LA have joined with Sonos Studio for an interactive multimedia installation event that'll be going by the name of "Bugs!" This installation will be living in Sonos Studio from the 5th of April until the 5th of May. This installation will mash together the greatness that both groups can provide: six massive displays combined with six Sonos PLAYBAR units, each of them depicting a Bug that'll blow your mind.

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Verizon BlackBerry Z10 hands-on and unboxing

Verizon BlackBerry Z10 hands-on and unboxing

It's finally time to take a peek at BlackBerry 10's first big smartphone presentation here in the United States with the Verizon iteration of the BlackBerry Z10. This device is an all-touch smartphone - that feature a given on most other mobile operating systems, but a relatively new concept for BlackBerry - and works with Verizon's rather speedy 4G LTE network. What we're looking at here on day 1 are just the basics: what's different from the international edition?

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iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

Take today's latest iPhone news with a grain of salt, folks, but it looks like Apple's next iPhone could be announced on June 20, and be released a couple weeks later sometime in early July. This isn't an odd time frame for Apple, however, as they've made announcements in June in the past. This would then point to a fall launch of a possible lower-cost iPhone that, according to a new patent, could come with a ceramic body.

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Diablo III’s next big “oops”

Diablo III’s next big “oops”

This week it's been revealed that Blizzard Entertainment's own Diablo III will be coming to the PlayStation 4 without access to the Real Money Auction House still present in the desktop PC iteration. Though this might have some odd effects on those hoping to play the game with access to weapons, armor, and everything in-between with their own real-world cash, Blizzard is presenting a firm "not a chance" as they suggest that, if they could, they'd take the whole mess out of the game entirely.

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Ford Winter Technology Drive in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Ford Winter Technology Drive in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Watch the commercials and you'd assume all cars are only designed for long, sweeping roads on scenic mountain routes and by sun-blessed beaches. As plenty of drivers have discovered this winter, however, snow, ice, and similarly treacherous conditions can make getting behind the wheel far more intimidating. SlashGear joined Ford in the cold of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to see what good behavior we could coax from the Ford Escape, Fusion, and Explorer Sport when the conditions get bad.

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HTC “Facebook phone” Android software integration tipped

HTC “Facebook phone” Android software integration tipped

When the original Facebook phone was introduced, it was created by HTC, and it certainly didn't do very well on the market. With both the HTC Salsa and the HTC ChaCha having been released and selling so few units that they didn't warrant a follow-up in the many, many quarters that followed, it doesn't seem very logical that the social network and the manufacturer would want to create such an amalgamation again. And it's not as if HTC is swimming in cash at the moment, either.

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AMD Radeon HD 7990 makes an appearance at GDC 2013

AMD Radeon HD 7990 makes an appearance at GDC 2013

GDC 2013 has been pretty eventful all week long, and a lot of announcements have been made on new hardware and video games. However, AMD made an appearance but didn't quite announce anything, but they did tease their new Radeon HD 7990 graphics card, which has unofficially been out on the market from a few third-party vendors, but AMD has never made it official.

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Weekend Watching: 1985 “Computer Chronicles” discusses the all-new Macintosh

Weekend Watching: 1985 “Computer Chronicles” discusses the all-new Macintosh

Back when Apple's first Macintosh computer was introduced, there was an explosion of interest from not just geeks and nerds, but "the rest of us" too - that's what this television program explores. What you're about to see is an episode of the legendary Computer Chronicles, a show here dug up from the archives by Wired for your enjoyment. This episode goes by the name "MACINTOSH", was directed by NICHOLS, and is program number 210, and is approximately 29:03 in length - there's even a countdown beeper before it begins!

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