Archive for Nov 29, 2013

PlayStation 4 availability in-store and online turning up bleak

PlayStation 4 availability in-store and online turning up bleak

This week folks just beginning to seek out a PlayStation 4 gaming console are finding themselves in for a world of disappointment as stores across the United States have turned up empty in the wake of Black Friday. While initial sales of the device have proven Sony to be pushing what may be their most successful console to date, it would seem that production levels so far haven't been able to keep up with monstrous demand.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster shows Green Goblin, Rhino, Electro face-off in NYC

Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster shows Green Goblin, Rhino, Electro face-off in NYC

Everyone knows that the Amazing Spider-Man does battle in New York, but up until today, we've not really gotten that excellent a glimpse at the newest couple of villains (of three) appearing in the next big film. While the next big trailer is set to reveal one whole heck of a lot more information on the film before its May 2nd, 2014 theater release, today we're having a peek at the next best thing, straight from a movie theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Review

Lenovo has launched a new addition to its X-Series of laptops, the business-chic X240. This small laptop features a 12.5-inch display and some new perks in the lineup, among them being a very large trackpad, new cover paint, and some Windows 8-related keys. Despite its small size, the X240 makes some big claims, and we've put it through the rounds to see how it fairs compared to its older siblings. Read our full SlashGear review to find out how it held up.

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Leaf EV could power your employer Nissan research suggests

Leaf EV could power your employer Nissan research suggests

Plugging in an EV to recharge while you're at work is commonplace for electric car drivers, but Nissan wants to take things the opposite way with its Leaf, with a "Vehicle-To-Building" system that can turn a small fleet of cars into a power source for business infrastructure. The feature, currently in early field testing, sees up to six of Nissan's Leaf - which it's now calling the best-selling electric vehicle in history - connected to a building's power distribution board, and able to feed energy back in when peak supply rates make traditional sources inefficient.

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Adidas Climawarm+ tech combines Thermolite and hollow yarn for light warmth

Adidas Climawarm+ tech combines Thermolite and hollow yarn for light warmth

This winter there's an Adidas-branded technology out there by the name of Climawarm+, one that will allow wearers to retain heat in their garments without an overly abundant amount of weight. While most users will see the branding and take the obvious for granted, those of you wanting to know a bit more about how the company makes this simple combination work are in luck - we've done just a bit more digging, with some firsthand experience for good measure.

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Apple blasts ebook price fix monitor for fee extortion

Apple blasts ebook price fix monitor for fee extortion

Apple is protesting against the court-appointed antitrust monitor it was forced to pay for as part of the guilty ebook price-fixing verdict, arguing that the lawyer selected is extortionate in his fees. Former US Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich was elected by the US District Court to track Apple's compliance around avoiding potential antitrust behaviors, after the Cupertino firm was ruled to have colluded with publishers to drive up ebook pricing. Ironically now, however, Apple says Bromwich is himself taking advantage of missing competition to gouge with fees that amount to $1,100 per hour.

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Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Google's Nexus smartphones are susceptible to a messaging glitch that can force them to reboot or disconnect, security researchers have discovered, with handsets running recent versions of Android falling victim to special SMS messages. When around 30 so-called Flash SMS messages - which are displayed on-screen but not stored - are sent to a Nexus 5, Nexus 4, or Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.x versions, Bogdan Alecu found, the phones can either unexpectedly reboot or drop its data connection.

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SlashDeals Black Friday 2013: Alienware 17, Apple networking & LG plasma TV

SlashDeals Black Friday 2013: Alienware 17, Apple networking & LG plasma TV

It's Black Friday, and that can only mean one thing: more tech deals than you can shake a stick at. You could head down and face the crowds at the stores, or you could grab your bargains online instead, and spend the rest of the day enjoying turkey leftovers. On past the cut, monster TVs and displays whether you're a gamer, a PC pro, or just looking to give your living room a makeover; a rare price cut on Apple's much-loved networking gear; super-fast Core i7 laptops and desktops; and more!

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Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

There's no doubt now that the folks at Dead Zebra have a solid combination of style and pop-culture connection on their hands with their officially licensed Android Figurine series. They've been released waves of these guys for several years now, finding their way in to Google device releases (the official first showing of Honeycomb) and international conferences (CES 2012, MWC 2011) alike. They're on their 4th series now, coming in smooth with a caveman, gold, and burger for good measure.

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LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

The hip thing for hardware brands to announce this week appears to be their schedule for updating their smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat, and LG is aboard right alongside the rest with its G2 for Q1 2014. The LG G2 is the current hero smartphone for the company, with the curved LG G Flex coming in only slightly more recently. The LG G2 has ben pegged for the month of March inside 2014 for a full upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, to be precise.

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