SlashGear 101

SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

The original Nike FuelBand works with a rubberized body with the ability to rack up NikeFuel Points with a companion app for iOS devices - the Nike+ FuelBand SE isn't all that different. What you're seeing here is the next-generation device detailed by Nike this week in an effort to reboot the wearable for the next season of fitness fanatics. This device may not look a whole lot different from the original, but it's got a suite of updates in both hardware and software making it an incremental change-up ready to take on 2014.

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SlashGear 101: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, what’s new?

SlashGear 101: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, what’s new?

There are two major paths you might go down when you're attempting to see what's different in the change-over from Android 4.2 or 4.2.x over to 4.3 Jelly Bean: one is behind the scenes, the other - right up front. What we're going to be doing is taking a mostly up-front approach, sourced straight from Google's guides, tuned here for the common user while we keep the developer back end in mind: those bits and pieces are put in place for your machine to work well - here's what you'll be well off knowing.

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SlashGear 101: Nokia Lumia 1020 Oversampling and the 5MP “Sweet Spot”

SlashGear 101: Nokia Lumia 1020 Oversampling and the 5MP “Sweet Spot”

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera introduced by the company with intent on having it carried by AT&T here in 2013. This device works with a unique blend of abilities, tending not only to the massive photos produced when it takes 34MP and 38MP photos, but 5 megapixel photos as well. And why would Nokia suggest taking 5 megapixel photos when they've got a 41 megapixel sensor on this camera? It's the sweet spot!

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SlashGear 101: Nokia PureView

SlashGear 101: Nokia PureView

Smartphone buyers pick handsets on the basis of cameras, that's what the big manufacturers have realized, and Nokia is determined not to be left behind. As well as transitioning to lead the Windows Phone charge, the Finnish company is also positioning itself as the most imaginative firm in mobile photography, putting snapshots at the core of every recent device. One name stands out as special to any mobile photo pro, however, and that's PureView, expected to crop up again with the imminent launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020. There's a lot to be said for 41-megapixel cameras: read on, as we walk you why PureView is special, and what might come next.

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SlashGear 101: Mac Pro 2013

SlashGear 101: Mac Pro 2013

Apple doesn't normally preview upcoming hardware, so when Tim Cook & Co. whipped out the new Mac Pro 2013 at WWDC 2013 this week you knew the company was particularly proud. Throwing away the old-style tower and completely rethinking not only the design, but the internal architecture, cooling, expansion, and ethos of a workstation, the Mac Pro 2013 will demand a new approach to computing from users, too, when it hits stores later this year. Read on as we break down what makes this Mac particularly special.

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SlashGear 101: The Samsung GALAXY S 4

SlashGear 101: The Samsung GALAXY S 4

With the Samsung GALAXY S 4 the company has focused on four key areas that they've found are most important for everyday life fulfillment, the first being Enjoyment. Creating and nurturing relationships is the second, Everyday Convenience is the third, and the fourth and final pillar is Health and Wellness. With this release, Samsung isn't just creating a smartphone that you'll integrate into your life, they're creating a conduit through which you'll be living your life in a more pleasant, healthy, and convenient way.

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SlashGear 101: this week’s Facebook News Feed redesign

SlashGear 101: this week’s Facebook News Feed redesign

The changes that are coming to your Facebook News Feed are numerous - but they're not going to interrupt the way you do business on a daily basis. Instead you're going to find the features added this week by the Facebook crew to be just that - Features: helpful and (hopefully) rather intuitive to use. For those of you working with the mobile app version of Facebook on either iOS or Android, this change-over will be extra simple: it is, at its core, a bridge between the mobile and desktop experience.

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SlashGear 101: HTC UltraPixel Camera Technology

SlashGear 101: HTC UltraPixel Camera Technology

This week we're seeing HTC come into the light with a massively important new device by the name of HTC One, and with it, a new collection of features included under the "HTC UltraPixel Camera" umbrella. With the features we're working with here on the HTC One hero phone's implementation of HTC UltraPixel Camera, you'll find that image quality is, first and foremost, not solely dependent on the amount of megapixels a camera has. HTC UltraPixel Camera technology is here demonstrated with an UltraPixel Sensor, HTC ImageChip, f/2.0 Aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

With NVIDIA's reveal of the Tegra 4 System-on-Chip we saw the next generation of processing power with the ability to work with a separate piece of architecture for 4G LTE connectivity - with the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA integrates it all onto one single-chip solution. What you'll see here is a smaller footprint made for smartphones on the mass market with a whole lot of next-generation power, but on such a level as you'll find on the Tegra 4. Tegra 4i is NVIDIA's way of pushing the latest and greatest in Tegra processing power to smartphones in a big way.

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SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

Just yesterday the 2013 Super Bowl revealed the very first glimpse most of the world had at Apple's URL-shortening "AppStore.com" in the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser - and lucky you, you're already signed up! The AppStore.com structure is not one where there will be a massive "land grab" as often is the case with these sorts of things, instead Apple has opted for a more automatic sort of push, with URLs like http://appstore.com/slashgear being active automatically. That particular address will bring you straight to the iTunes App Store listing of the SlashGear app - easy as pie!

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