SlashGear 101

SlashGear 101: What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion?

SlashGear 101: What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion?

Those of you considering upgrading your Mac to OS X Mountain Lion from an earlier version of the system like OS X Lion should be asking: what's new? That's why SlashGear has the simple guide you're about to look over, complete with a collection of the most important set of changes and updates that play a big part in Mountain Lion's "200 new features" touted by Apple. This system is the next big step towards perfect integration between your Mac, your iPhone, and your iPad - that's the first thing to keep in mind.

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SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

Where before this week there were a variety of Microsoft Surface devices, each of them made on a large table-sized scale, now we've got that brand dedicated to tablets. The Samsung device known as SUR40 has now had its operating system re-branded "Microsoft Pixelsense" where just yesterday it had the shorter iteration of said name. Microsoft has now taken the "Surface" brand and has given it to their new tablet lineup - have a peek at what it all means for you!

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SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

You couldn't move this past week for talk on Apple's new hardware for WWDC, with the main attention centering on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 2012 MacBook Air. Both citing portability as key to their ethos, and both grabbing Intel's newest third-generation Core processors to back that up with power, each makes a compelling case to be included in your briefcase or bag. But which new notebook is the tastiest Apple for you? Read on for everything you need to know.

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SlashGear 101: What is Xbox SmartGlass?

SlashGear 101: What is Xbox SmartGlass?

With the "Xbox 720" next-gen console still somewhere just over the horizon, and a multi-screen strategy to chase, Microsoft is squeezing as much as it can out of the Xbox 360. Latest string to the console's bow is Xbox SmartGlass, revealed at E3 2012 this week, and set to spread your content between home and mobile devices as you game and consume multimedia. Read on for all the details you need to know.

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SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

What is this mysterious new service that Google has suddenly started offering to the public here on this lovely spring afternoon? It's Google Drive, and it's essentially just a bunch of space that Google is allowing you to use on their servers. Of course it's not quite as simple as that, and the ecosystem of apps you'll be using to access it are as much an adventure as Google's version of the cloud is itself - let's have a look at what this system means for you!

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SlashGear 101: Liquidmetal and Metallic Glass

SlashGear 101: Liquidmetal and Metallic Glass

This week there's quite a bit of talk surrounding Apple's newest iPhone model, likely to be called the iPhone 5, and its relation to a technology called Liquidmetal. Apple originally gained the rights to use Liquidmetal technology back in 2010, and it's basically what consists of a mixture of nickel, zirconium, titanium, and a few other metals in an alloy which makes for a damage-resistant material like no other. The term Metallic Glass has, like Liquidmetal, been associated with the next-generation iPhone as well - this term is essentially a broader term which includes mixtures that cool from a liquid to a solid without crystalizing in a "nearly random" arrangement - Liquidmetal is just one kind of Metallic Glass.

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SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

So, fellow Windows users, who among you can't wait to run to your local electronics store this fall and install Windows 8 - on your three-year-old home built benchmark buster? As exciting as a new version of Windows can be, this time the excitement's all about the ARM-based opportunities that an entirely new hardware and software platform can provide. Microsoft's been a little squirrely on Windows 8 for ARM hardware (Which they're referring to as "WOA" for short), but Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows division broke it all down in a massive article at MSDN. If you're a Windows developer it's required reading, but we're breaking it down here for the consumer side of things.

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SlashGear 101: Android@Home

SlashGear 101: Android@Home

Google's vision for a network of accessories connected to one another and running on Android as their operating system is what they call Android@Home. This system was first presented at Google I/O 2011 at their Day One Keynote and stood to extend the Android OS to include new services and apps to discover, connect, and communicate with appliances and devices in the home. The following is a basic guide of what this project, Android@Home or the Android at Home Framework, entails as of today.

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SlashGear 101: SOPA and PIPA explained in plain English

SlashGear 101: SOPA and PIPA explained in plain English

If you've not heard of either SOPA or PIPA in the last few weeks and months in your journeys through the internet, now's the time to get educated, and quick. While the most recent news has been that the White House reaction to the SOPA bill specifically has effectively curbed it, there's no reason why it can't pop up again with a different name or a couple of simple changes that allow it to pass silently. These two bills, SOPA and PIPA, are amongst the most dangerous pieces of legislature ever to be written up for passage by the United States government in regards to innovation and the free market on a global scale today: this post will tell you why.

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