SlashGear 101

SlashGear 101: Basic Password Security

SlashGear 101: Basic Password Security

This morning there was a rather large break-in of a couple of sites related to online sales of clothing and shoes, Zappos and "6pm" amongst them, and one theme sticks out as a beacon to us as far as how users can avoid being smashed by this situation: password safety. Ironically it's not that you need to change your personal details, not your credit card numbers, your phone numbers, any sort of address information at all, but your password itself, and not necessarily on the site that got hacked. The simplest way to keep yourself secure on the internet is to use different passwords on each "secure" site you interact with.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich complete guide

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich complete guide

It's time we learned about a whole new version of the Android mobile operating system from Google, this one numbered 4.0 and titled Ice Cream Sandwich. Google describes this version of Android as having improved multitasking, brought resizable widgets, added rich notifications and customizable home screens, and increases interactivity to a much deeper level. Google chose Samsung to represent this version of Android with the Galaxy Nexus, a device that will be the next hero device running vanilla Android, here with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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SlashGear 101: What is iCloud?

SlashGear 101: What is iCloud?

The idea that the device in your hand is a fleeting thing and that the data its accessing is now and forever will be paramount is at the forefront of Apple's thinking. Steve Jobs stood up on June 6th at an Apple keynote speech during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (aka WWDC) and showed of the company's then-brand-new service by the name of iCloud. This service is a "cloud" based service that allows you, the user, to store data for access by their Apple and non-Apple devices. This service acts as a hub for music, photos, applications, documents, eBooks (iBooks), contacts, and email and calendar data.

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SlashGear 101 : Windows Phone 7.1 Mango

SlashGear 101 : Windows Phone 7.1 Mango

Welcome to SlashGear 101, a place where you're going to be able to learn everything you wanted to know about every little subject that matters most in the tech world. Today's subject is the brand-spanking-new Windows Phone version 7.1 Mango, a system that will be available for free to all eligible Windows Phone customers by the fall of 2011. This newest system improves the Windows Phone experience by Extending the App Experience, making "A Smarter Smartphone" with predictive features and multitasking, and adding Internet features that include Music Search, Visual Search (with photo recognizing abilities,) and Local Scout which shows you businesses and etc around the area you're physically located. Sounds great! Let's have a look!

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SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

It's said that what's so amazing about spaceflight is that how fast man has accomplished it. It took less than 60 years from the time that the Wright Brothers stretched their wings at Kitty Hawk to when Yuri Gregarin became the first man to orbit the earth. Less than nine years after that, Neil Armstrong to that one small step, putting man on the moon by the end of the decade. Since then, manned space flight has be confined to low earth orbit, but man has reached far outside it's solar system with various unmanned probes which have reached the boundaries of interstellar space. So what is spaceflight, how risky is it and is it worth the billions spent every year by taxpayers? This SlashGear 101 will answer some of those questions.

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SlashGear 101: What is a Jailbreak?

SlashGear 101: What is a Jailbreak?

Almost for as long as Apple has made the iPhone, owners of the handset have hoped to coax more features out of it than are officially supported. That desire spawned the jailbreak scene, hacking the iPhone - and, since then, the iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV - to bypass some of Apple's limitations. So what's a jailbreak, why should you do it, and will Apple confiscate your iPhone if you try? Read on as SlashGear 101 brings you up to speed.

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SlashGear 101: What is the Sony NGP?

SlashGear 101: What is the Sony NGP?

Hard to imagine, but the Sony PSP is almost seven years old. Announced back in May 2004, Sony’s gaming handheld was described as the "Walkman of the 21st Century" and proceeded to spawn several generations of hardware in the fight to take on Nintendo’s DS. Now, the PSP is giving way to the Sony NGP, the Next Generation Portable. Read on as SlashGear 101 takes you through everything you need to know.

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SlashGear 101: What is Android 3.0 Honeycomb?

SlashGear 101: What is Android 3.0 Honeycomb?

Google is well known for search and for its advertising program, but over the past few years the company's phone software, Android, has been making waves in stores across the world. Flexible enough to be easily modified by handset manufacturers and powerful enough to take on Apple's iPhone, Android has carved itself a growing niche in smartphones; now Google is turning its attention to tablets, and it's using Android 3.0 Honeycomb to do it. Read on for the full SlashGear 101 rundown.

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SlashGear 101: What is Android?

SlashGear 101: What is Android?

Step into a cellphone store these past few years, and it's hard to miss Android. From a surprise public announcement back in 2007, to occupying the smartphone top-spot today - depending on which analysts or researchers you talk to - Android has managed to carve itself a niche as the Apple iPhone's key rival. Venture after the cut as Android gets the full SlashGear 101 treatment!

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple FaceTime?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple FaceTime?

Video calls were a mainstay of classic sci-fi films, and even today there's something almost magical about seeing your friends and family on the screen of a portable device. Video calling has been around for some time, but it's only really in the past year or so that its got more attention among regular users. That's thanks in no small part to Apple and FaceTime, as found on the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and other gadgets from the company's range. Read on as we give FaceTime the full SlashGear 101 treatment!

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