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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 5th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 5th 2011

This morning, we are looking forward to the Samsung Event at 4pm EST. Will it be the Infuse? Will they announce a date for the Galaxy S II for the US? The hot new phone has been selling like crazy in South Korea, and our review unit knocked our socks off. We'll be sure to let you know what happens at the event. Meanwhile, Samsung has revealed a "hybrid tablet" with SENS-240 navigation. But how useful is it, really? The incomparable Chris Davies has a great column this morning analyzing Verizon's Bliss "phone for ladies". Really Verizon? Aren't we ladies smart enough to download our own apps? Also, Acer news, ARM chips, Microsoft denying updates and taking on Apple (again), the NOOKcolor 3G, Anonymous and other hackers, and much more after the cut.

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OS X Lion release via Mac App Store as Apple puts DVDs on notice?

OS X Lion release via Mac App Store as Apple puts DVDs on notice?

Apple is already delivering developer version of OS X Lion via the Mac App Store, but according to the latest leaks the company plans to distribute the full version through its download store too. AppleInsider's sources claim Apple intends to make the Mac App Store the "preferred method" for distributing OS X 10.7 Lion, the Mac OS update expected to arrive this summer, with a physical version only for those with connections too slow for the download or who, for whatever reason, prefer not to download.

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Apple offers up new OS X Lion build for devs

Apple offers up new OS X Lion build for devs

If you are an Apple fan, you have undoubtedly heard at this point that the focus of WWDC this year will supposedly not be hardware but the OS X Lion operating system for Macs and iOS for the iPhone and iPad. Apparently, the first version of Lion that was offered up for devs to check out had a lot of bugs in it. Apple is also said to consider this new build to be a GM1 revision.

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Mac OS X Lion HiDPI support bringing Retina Display to the desktop?

Mac OS X Lion HiDPI support bringing Retina Display to the desktop?

From everything Apple told us about the developer release of Mac OS X Lion yesterday, we were already excited. The AirDrop instant sharing tool promises the sort of straightforward simplicity we've grown to expect from the company, and the various usability tweaks carried over from iOS should see the platform become an interesting hybrid of sorts. Still, there's more to be revealed under the hood; MacRumors has learnt that the long-anticipated "Resolution Independence" has made it into OS X Lion, paving the way for ultra-high-resolution Retina Display style screens on MacBook Pro and Cinema Displays.

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GameProm Sends Pinball HD for iPad to Mac OS

GameProm Sends Pinball HD for iPad to Mac OS

Mobile developers GameProm, creators of the highly successful Pinball HD game, have taken steps toward porting the game to the desktop version of Apple's operating system. This Mac OS version of the game will feature all of the tables that are operational in the iPad version of the game, but in a manner that should always be standard, they've added features to each and every level. This game will be available for Mac OS within the next few months and is available for iPad now.

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Apple Confirms no Trial Software or Demos in Mac App Store

Apple Confirms no Trial Software or Demos in Mac App Store

Apple has confirmed, over the course of Thursday night, that their upcoming Mac App Store will not feature demos, or any trial software for the applications therein. It's a distinct step in the opposite direction that the Cupertino-based company has utilized in their App Store since its debut. The news was made known by Apple recently via their News and Announcements for Apple Developers. The Mac App Store, which is set to debut by the end of January, will launch on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

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MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

Steve Jobs' views on budget ultraportable are pretty clear. "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk,” he told investors back in 2008, and so the new 2010 MacBook Air is neither of those things. Instead, it's a $999+ slice of instant-on notebook and, if you believe the hyperbole, pulls together the best of Apple's MacBook range and their best-selling iPad. It doesn't hurt that it's almost indecently fabulous looking, too. Check out the SlashGear review of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air 2010 after the cut.

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