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Movie Review: Source Code

Movie Review: Source Code

"Source Code" is not just good science fiction, it's also a good movie. This has been a solid season for movies with sci-fi-like concepts that did not rely heavily on special effects. "The Adjustment Bureau" was a solid film. "Limitless" may not have been as bright as its main character, but it was a fun ride throughout, and even if I wanted to complain about the Hollywood ending, I have to admit that sometimes it's nice to see the good guys win. I'm not going to tell you who wins in "Source Code," but needless to say, if you've seen the previews and the commercials, you've only started to unravel the layers of this movie.

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Forget apps, Apple’s core iPad 2 experience needs to grow up

Forget apps, Apple’s core iPad 2 experience needs to grow up

Shiny shiny, shiny Apple iPad; whiplash tablet in the dark. Forgive the Velvet Underground, but sometimes it really does feel like being a masochist would make the iOS user experience easier to stomach. Yes, Apple's App Store may be the most bulging around, offering hundreds of thousands to titles whether you want to turn your iPad 2 into a recording studio, games machine or digital recipe book. Problem is, there's still no way to turn the iPad into a proper, multi-user, family tablet.

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Smartphone Screens: How Big is Too Big?

Smartphone Screens: How Big is Too Big?

I head up the Consumer Devices group at Current Analysis, where we have two complementary products: data - we track product pricing, availability, and specs - and analysis - our assessment on how competitive various products and initiatives are. I recently had a client ask a question that crossed both: how many smartphones today have super-sized screens, and how big is too big? (I warned them that the answer would make a great SlashGear column.)

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How Apple Can Become the Next Gaming Giant

How Apple Can Become the Next Gaming Giant

Apple has proven itself in the technology industry. It delivers some of the best computers in the world, it has the top smartphone, and its tablet is setting the benchmark by which all other devices are judged. All that has combined to make the company one of the most financially successful firms in the world.

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Google’s Android anti-fragmentation push is vital

Google’s Android anti-fragmentation push is vital

Reports earlier this week painted an ominous future for Google's open-source strategy with Android, the company's mobile device platform. Gone, insiders at OEMs and carriers suggested, was the eager-to-please ambition and flexibility of the early days, back when Google was desperate for market penetration and manufacturer support. Instead, they claimed, Android head Andy Rubin had become a harsh gatekeeper, doling out early access to new iterations of the OS only to those who'll toe the Google line, attempting to trip handsets that used rival services, and doing it all under the banner of "non-fragmentation." Open-source lovers wrung their hands; iOS addicts basked in a righteous glow.

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Apple’s Big Success: Devaluing Everything

Apple’s Big Success: Devaluing Everything

It was while writing SlashGear's Nintendo 3DS review that it really struck me, the disparity between "traditional" software - whether that's for your desktop or a game for your console - and the new "app" ecosystem is Apple's biggest accomplishment. Where once computer software was a $40+ boxed product - and where 3DS games, and those for other consoles, are still $40+ boxed cartridges - it's now a $0.99 download, instant gratification at a cost that won't wrinkle your conscience. Tech is cheap, apps are throwaway, and Apple is to blame.

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Changing My Relationship Status

Changing My Relationship Status

I found out that my sister broke up with her last boyfriend because Facebook told me. Not a Facebook friend, the Web site itself. She had linked to him as her "relationship," so when you went to her profile page, it said that she was "in a relationship with . . . " that guy. Then they broke up. Being children of a digital age, they decided to tell Facebook before they told actual humans. They both changed their relationship status to "single," and Facebook sent out a message to all of their friends. The message said they were "no longer in a relationship." Facebook is a bit too smart for its own good. It saw their relationship status change and put two and two together. Or rather, it subtracted from two, and came up with zero.

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I’d Pay $20 A Month For Netflix Streaming

I’d Pay $20 A Month For Netflix Streaming

I was sitting in my living room last night thinking about what I wanted to be entertained by. I looked at the programming guide on my DVR and I was unimpressed. I thought about popping in a Blu-ray and watching a movie for a couple hours, but I had seen all the films I had on-hand. So, I turned to Netflix streaming.

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Why Is Redbox Helping Someone Steal My Identity?

Why Is Redbox Helping Someone Steal My Identity?

I'm a movie fan, and a Netflix subscriber. In fact, I've been a subscriber for a long time, since the first year the service started mailing DVDs. It's my preferred method for getting new movies and watching them at home. Sometimes I'll rent from iTunes, usually if I can't get the wife to agree to watch one of the three movies I've received from Netflix, or one of the long list of films I have in my instant queue. I don't use Blockbuster anymore, and I certainly don't use Redbox. I've learned that I'm very lazy about returning movies, so I prefer the flexibility that Netflix and iTunes offers me.

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