SlashGear Week in Review – Week 22 2011

May 29, 2011
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Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Monday we put up our review of the HTC Flyer WiFi tablet. We figure that the tablet will win over many people that want something smaller than the iPad with a pen stylus. Monday reports came in that a third worker had died from injuries sustained in the explosion at the Foxconn plant in China. The explosion is thought to be the result of combustible aluminum dust but the investigation is ongoing.

The HTC EVO 3D smartphone pricing landed thanks to a RadioShack ad. The smartphone is going to cost $199.99 after a $100 trade-in savings from turning in your old phone. We put up our review of the HTC Sensation smartphone Monday and it is a very nice smartphone. We think of the Sensation as the consumers Android phone next to the Galaxy S II as the Android fans phone.

President Obama and the First Lady were touring Ireland in the armored limo called "The Beast" when it ran aground on a hump leaving the Dublin Embassy. The Pres and First Lady had to leave the car for a second vehicle. Apple won the case against Samsung in court and has been granted early access to Samsung smartphone and tablets. The ruling comes amid allegations from Apple that Samsung is stealing its designs.

The first full trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been unveiled and the game looks really cool. Previously trailers showing all of the regions where the game plays were offered, but this is the first full reveal trailer. Windows Phone Mango went official Tuesday. Microsoft announced that Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE would be making handsets using the new OS.

Police in Hampshire UK scrambled a helicopter with tranquilizer dart teams to capture a tiger reportedly prowling near a golf course. The tiger turned out to be a stuffed toy. The PlayStation store was rumored to be launching again last Tuesday. That launch didn’t happen on Tuesday.

YouTube turned six Wednesday. The website now serves 3 billion views per day and still can’t figure an ideal way to make money off all that traffic. Pioneer officially unveiled the AppRadio car stereo this week. The radio mirrors content from your iPhone to the radios larger touchscreen.

We unboxed the LG Revolution and spent a little hands on time with the phone. The device is positioned as an entertainment phone and has a big 4.3-inch screen. An artist built a pyramid at the KW institute for Contemporary art out of cases of beer. When the exhibit opened, the artist let viewers climb the pyramid and drink the beer.

Thursday we learned that some prisoners in labor camps in China were being forced to gold farm in World of Warcraft. Prison bosses are said to make more from selling the virtual currency than forcing the prisoners to dig ditches and break rocks. Google officially unveiled its Google Wallet project Thursday. The projects main partners are Citibank, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 is in development. Sony's CFO Masaru Kato would not give any time frame on the new console and only said it was in the works. A guy built his own ukulele out of LEGO bricks on Friday. The LEGO instrument can be played and tuned just like the real thing.

HTC has officially announced that it will be unlocking bootloaders on its smartphones. HTC found that users were not happy at all about having locked down bootloaders when most of the market is going to unlocked loaders to allow hacking. Friday we put up our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone. This is the phone that is focused on gaming across the board. The problem is that the phone doesn't standout as a phone or as a gaming system. Thanks for reading this week's edition, see you next week!


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