editorials

Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

The set-top box market picked up in the past year. A slew of companies joined the fray, like Boxee, while others, including Roku, Apple, and Western Digital, improved their line of products to better appeal to consumers.

Aside from the Apple TV, perhaps the most notable addition to the set-top box market last year was Google TV. The platform was made available on the Logitech Revue and some Sony HDTVs, and was expected to captivate audiences.

But it didn’t. And all the while, the Apple TV performed quite well.

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My First CES, & Why I’m Scared Out of my Mind

My First CES, & Why I’m Scared Out of my Mind

Despite the fact that I've been writing about technology for a while now, I consider today a big day for me. Actually, I consider today a day that will be one that I remember for the rest of my life. Sorry for beating around the bush, but I imagine that the title of this column probably gave it away: this is my first visit to Las Vegas while the Consumer Electronics Show is in town. Why is today such a big day? Because today's the day I'm taking my flight to Vegas, and teaming up with the rest of the SlashGear and Android Community crew, where we're going to run around with a chaotic purpose to do just one thing: bring you images, stories, and videos of what's happening at this year's show. But, while we're doing that, here's the truth: I'm going to be scared out of my mind.

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CES 2011: The Tablet Reboot

CES 2011: The Tablet Reboot

We're having a do-over. 2010 was meant to be the year of the tablet, but it turned out to be something of a flop unless you love iOS. Predictions that we'd see dozens of Android slates turned out to be only partially true: yes, there were tablets a-plenty, but recognizable brand names were generally absent and the flush of OEM models seldom made it onto store shelves. Samsung pushed ahead with the Galaxy Tab, and succeeded in showing us that, while there's room for more than just the iPad on the market, you really need to have a team of software engineers on hand to fettle Android in order to claim your place.

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I’m Bored With Nintendo’s First-Party Games

I’m Bored With Nintendo’s First-Party Games

Allow me to just state the obvious right now: Nintendo fans are going to read this headline and the following column and immediately take me to task for supposedly inciting some kind of war between them and those who can’t stand their favorite game company.

I can assure you that such a result isn’t my intention. As I’ve expressed on these pages before, I’m a huge Nintendo fan. I was someone who defended Nintendo back when the company was waging war against Sega. And every single first-party title that I could get my hands on, I played with absolute enjoyment.

But something is changing.

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SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up

SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up

We've already told you what to expect from 2011 and the imminent CES 2011 show next week, courtesy of Tim Bajarin's excellent editorial, but it wouldn't be fair to the departing twelve months to let them pass without a SlashGear wrap-up. 2010 has seen its share of highs along with a fair few worrying lows, with Apple extending its much-coveted brand to include a best-selling tablet, Android growth bursting through the roof, and privacy becoming the buzzword seldom from headlines.

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The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3

The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3

When I was a kid, my dad would clobber me at video games. He's not a gamer. He didn't grow up playing games, and he didn't have much interest once games became popular. But we had an Atari 2600, and I remember spending rainy days playing games with my dad. We would play Basketball, which consisted of two jagged stick figures bouncing a square. I was probably 10 years old, or so. We would play for money. He would beat me out of a month's worth of allowance, then I would cry until he let me welch on our bet. So, obviously when I had a son of my own, I couldn't wait to get him started playing games.

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The importance of CES and what to expect in 2011

The importance of CES and what to expect in 2011

Next week, over 110,000 people from all over the world will head to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics show, (CES) the largest gadget show in the US. I attended my first CES in 1976 and in those days, this show had everything from watches to refrigerators on display besides TVs, stereos and car audio systems.

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What I Learned From a Year in 3D

What I Learned From a Year in 3D

As SlashGear's self-appointed movie reviewer, I've seen about a half dozen 3D movies this year on behalf of the site, and another half dozen on my own recognizance. After Avatar, it was clear that 3D was more than just a fad, that the new technology was a potential cash cow and definitely here to stay. But has it finally become mainstream? Is this really the year that 3D finally took off, or was the glut of 3D movies just another flash in the pan? After enjoying some of the best - and suffering the worst - that 3D has to offer, here's what I've learned this past year.

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2011: The Year of Pentaband?

2011: The Year of Pentaband?

When Dell's Streak 7 "Looking Glass" tablet crossed the FCC earlier this week, the surprise wasn't that the 7-inch M02M slate existed but the radio it used. Boasting both AT&T and T-Mobile USA UMTS/WCDMA compatibility, the Streak 7 looks set to join the exclusive club of pentaband 3G devices. In a market where more - whether more CPU cycles, more megapixels or more screen inches - is generally the easiest fight to compete in, cellular radios seem to have been left behind. Could 2011 be the year pentaband goes mainstream?

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Anti-Tech Resolutions for the New Year

Anti-Tech Resolutions for the New Year

As the new year approaches, I decided to make a different kind of new year's resolution list. Instead of a cheesy list of things to watch or things I'd like to see, I thought I would make a list of the things I will resolve not to do in 2011. As a columnist writing about digital living for the last half of the year, I think the ways in which we remove technology from our lives can be as important, if not more so, than the ways in which our lives collide with the digital frontier.

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In Praise of Anticipation (or, A Geek’s Christmas)

In Praise of Anticipation (or, A Geek’s Christmas)

December 25, and a fair chunk of the SlashGear audience is probably ripping off brightly covered wrapping paper and getting to grips with a new toy or two. It's a day when crossed fingers, letters to Santa and heavily dropped hints finally come to fruition, and the tech plaything of your dreams hopefully ends up in your sweaty grasp. All that anticipation, building up to something shiny to play with. Maybe I'm unusual but for me, sometimes, the anticipation is better than the gadget itself.

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Baby’s First iPad

Baby’s First iPad

The first thing my son says when I come into his room in the morning is "iPad." He's not quite 2 years old. He can talk in some basic sentences, and will repeat just about anything you say. He can't dress himself yet, except for his shoes, a pair of Crocs, which are easiest for toddlers to put on themselves. He's a wiz with the iPad. At first, I was impressed when he could simply unlock the screen. Now he can navigate to his favorite apps, open the photo album, and even manage some pinch-to-zoom gestures when he wants to see faces up close. He can't yet peddle a tricycle, but he can already catapult an angry bird, though he hasn't yet killed any pigs. Any day now, those pigs will pay.

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