The Daily Slash: March 24th 2010

Mar 24, 2010
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We do our very best here at SlashGear to bring you the latest intelligence from the huge, and still growing world of the tech industry. But, as it stands, we’re only human, and sometimes we’re just not able to bring you every single piece of information we get our hands on. It’s unfortunate, but we also don’t want to give you any kind of sensory overload throughout the day. We realized that there were still a lot of great stories out there, so we wanted to bring them to your attention, in a nice, orderly fashion. That’s why we have the Daily Slash, where we’ll bring you a daily wrap-up of all the cool, interesting, or just plain shiny stuff we find.

AT&T's Dell Aero Follows Backflip, Says No to Unsigned Apps: Part of the greatness that is Android, is the fact that if you want, you can download as many applications as you want. Doesn't mean you need to get them from the Android Market, either. Just find the application that you want, download the .apk file, and you're good to go. (Well, as long as you have the appropriate settings activated on your phone.) But, as AT&T did with the Backflip, it looks like the Dell Aero is going to fall in the same step: no unsigned applications allowed. Which, while it doesn't necessarily cripple your device, it does take away a big chunk of the features. Not that everyone is using it, but it's like taking the liver out of the little Android. And that's just not right. [via PhoneNews]

The Binary Flow: Makes Knowing What Time it is Not Worth it: The whole point of a watch, at least we were told when we were shopping for watches, was to know what time it is. Apparently, the creator of this watch -- the Binary Flow -- doesn't care about all of that. In fact, it seems that they want you to suffer to know what time it is. Sure, their blog says that the whole thing is "simple to read," but let's be honest here -- this is a test in patience. And, we don't think anyone will win. Head on over to the link and look at the chart, and see if you can figure it out for yourself. But hey, if you get this watch, it's pretty much the best way to get out of telling people what time it is, right? [via DVICE]

Microsoft's Project Natal Will Adapt to Your Room, Might Adapt to You: The big talk on the block is motion-based gameplay. Yeah, it's awesome. Like 3D TV. Yeah, Walmart is probably going to sell this thing, too. But, with some talk earlier in the week, it sounded like the new hardware from Microsoft wasn't going to be able to be played in "normal people's rooms." Basically, it was sounding like the system needed 4 metres to play. That's a big space. And, well, not like many living rooms in places like Great Britain, or Japan. So, Microsoft finally commented on the whole ordeal, and detailed that the system will actually adapt to your room. Any room that you're in. That's a pretty advanced system, and we can't wait to get our own hands-on time with the hardware. [via CNET UK]

Inductive Heat Could Warm Up Your Pots While You're Camping: We love ways to make our lives easier, while we're camping. After all, who wants to go all rugged while they're in the great outdoors anymore, right? Thankfully, we've got things like SolarFans to charge our phones, and WrapStove to heat all our pots in an easy, really cool way. While we've seen inductive charging for cell phones before, this thing uses inductive heat, and magnets placed in the sleeve so that it attaches itself to the pot in question. Really simple to use, and really easy to heat what you need to be heated, all quick like. It's just a concept right now, but we're hoping this gets launched sooner than later. [via Yanko Design]

Vibrations in the Air Could Keep Your Watch Charged, Long After You Aren't: We love new, interesting, and absolutely out of this world ways to do anything, and charging batteries definitely falls into that category. We'd like to draw your attention now to the coolest thing we've heard all day, other than a certain scooter: Parametric Frequency Increased Generators (PFIGs). These things actually use the ambient vibrations in the atmosphere to charge devices, such as your wristwatch. The generators bring in about 500 microwatts, pulling energy from the vibration of the human body. Which is more than enough for the 10 microwatts that a watch needs, and even a pacemaker, which needs anywhere between 10 and 50 microwatts. Welcome to the future! [via TG Daily]

TiVo Premiere Gets Reviewed, Generally Accepted: The new TiVo is just around the corner, and it looks like the reviews for the reintroduced, new stylized gadget have begun to make the rounds. And, while it may be generally accepted for the purpose it's supposed to serve, it can apparently be pretty slow, in the awful sort of way. And, when it gets slow, it gets ugly, and that's never good for a service that's basically served up by a constant stream of aesthetics and User Interface elements. We definitely suggest the reviews, especially if you're looking at getting the new version of TiVo, which is coming on the 28th of this month, for about $300. [via Gizmodo]

Alienware M11x Gets Reviewed, Has More Power in a Small Shell: There's nothing like a new laptop to review. Actually, to be accurate, there's nothing like getting a new piece of tech to review in general. Oh, and we love to unbox them, too. Luckily for the Alienware M11x, the laptop of choice this time around is a great piece of tech to review. To cut to the chase, even though we still recommend you read the full review, the entire system is all power, in a small package, and definitely worth the money. If you're looking for a powerful gaming laptop, it looks like this might be the system for you. [via LaptopMag]


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