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Google’s Overhauling Search to Make It Semantic [Google]

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Mobile World Congress is a dignified affair held yearly in Barcelona that companies take very seriously. For example, unlike CES, there are lots and lots of suits — after all, this is a congress. Here, some of the most unique and desirable handsets meet the eyes of press, analysts and buyers for the very first time. Accordingly, anxieties were high among company leaders as they put their best foot forward and held their breath for the first round of impressions. This year’s show has been a wild ride, and we’ve seen many devices stretch the boundaries of our imagination. There were more than a few stunners, and as the dust settles, companies such as HTC, Nokia, LG, Huawei and Asus can all hold their heads high. Join us after the break as we reminisce the most notable smartphones from Mobile World Congress.

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Live from Samsung’s CES 2012 press conference

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We saw a few new Samsung phones revealed during AT&T’s press conference Monday morning. Coming soon to AT&T’s smartphone lineup are the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, but the South Korea-based vendor has much more in store for us at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Smartphones, tablets, computers, HDTVs and more will debut from Samsung this week at CES, and Monday’s press conference is where we’ll get our first live taste of what’s in store. The event is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific, so hit the break for all the action as it unfolds.


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4:55PM:Ok guys, we’re inside and seated and the show should start in the next few minutes. The room is absolutely packed — and when we say packed, we mean there are probably 1,000 people in a room that holds 600.
4:57PM:According to an announcement that just came over the PA, we’ll be starting on time in about 4 minutes. We’re not buying it.
5:01PM:Wow, looks like we’re starting on time! Light are down, music is loud… Here we go.
5:02PM:“Pushing Boundaries” is the name of the event, and samsung’s Boo-Keun Yoon is on stage.
5:03PM:Samsung is the world’s No.1 TV brand for the sixth consecutive year. It sold 2 TVs per second last year. Samsung also sold more than 300 million mobile phones last year.
5:04PM:For the third straight year, Samsung was also the world’s top refrigerator brand. “That was our past, but were here to see the future of electronics products.”
5:04PM:“We must break down the walls that exist between devices.” Just like we all could have guessed, Samsung is all about connected devices this year.
5:05PM:Samsung wants users to enjoy and share content across multiple devices any time, anywhere. TVs, tablets, phones and so on.
5:06PM:Samsung is updating its TV lineup and Smart TVs are the focus. Samsung’s smart TVs can “listen, see, and do what it wants” and you never have to touch a control.
5:07PM:Sharing from TVs to other personal devices is also a huge focus for Samsung’s new lineup. And, of course, 3D is still a big focus. There will be a lot of new 3D content as well.
5:08PM:Samsung also wants to make sure that its new TVs are smart enough to keep evolving and “getting smarter every year.”
5:10PM:“We’re now watching a demo video. Samsung’s new TVs can be controlled by voice or using tons of different gestures. Not quite Minority Report, but very cool none the less. Users can drag menu items around and make selections just by waving and poking.
5:11PM:Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics in the U.S. is on stage now. Samsung’s new lineup is all about content, services and technology. Connectivity to other devices and to the cloud are obviously a big deal as well.
5:12PM:Samsung’s ES8000 LED TV is the company’s flagship model for 2012.
5:13PM:It is absolutely gorgeous. “You won’t find a more powerful TV.” It packs a dual-core processor and it supports multitasking.
5:13PM:Users can jump from app to app just like they can on a tablet, and the app’s state will be saved.
5:14PM:The bezel around the screen is very, very thin, and it’s available in sizes up to 75 inches. Yes, 75 inches.
5:14PM:The ES8000 also features an integrated camera for web conferencing and more.
5:16PM:25,000 companies are now building apps for Samsung’s smart TVs.
5:17PM:Samsung will be putting Media Hub on its TVs this year as well. Buy content on one device, watch on all devices.
5:18PM:Since 2010, Samsung has sold more than 12 million 3D TVs. In 2012, half of Samsung’s TV lineup will be 3D.
5:19PM:This year, Samsung is focusing on bringing much more 3D content to its TVs. One example is NBCUniversal’s Battlestar Galactica, which will be coming to Samsung’s TVs in 3D this year.
5:20PM:Angry Birds just invaded the press conference. They’re hoping around the screen and, obviously, the app will be coming to Samsung’s TVs this year.
5:21PM:Samsung is even adding a channel dedicated to animated Angry Birds content. Seriously.
5:23PM:Joe Stinziano, Samsung’s SVP, is on stage now. Samsung held a competition recently for developers to bring apps that provide interaction between TVs and smartphones. The winner, a dev who build an app called Party Shots (drink with friends, snap pics, share on a social network) just won 0,000!
5:24PM:Samsung is introducing new signature services for 2012. The first one, Family Story, allows users to upload images and more from a Samsung device and add it to a stream on a TV. Another service provides enhanced parental controls.
5:25PM:Smart Interaction allows users to interact with Samsung’s smart TVs using their voices, gestures and even their face.
5:26PM:Users can say things like “channel 2″ or “play Black Eyed Peas” and the TV obeys. The TVs will also recognize users by their faces, and display each user’s home page and apps automatically.
5:27PM:A new “Smart Evolution” feature in Samsung’s 2012 TVB lineup will include open slots in the back of the unit that will allow users to install “kits” in the future to add new features.
5:28PM:And now, another new TV. The Samsung 55-inch “Super OLED” TV. It. Is. Gorgeous.
5:29PM:The TV is out on stage right now and even from the back of the room, we can see how gorgeous the display is. The colors are absolutely remarkable. And since it’s OLED, there’s no need for color filters. It also eliminates blur, is nearly borderless and is remarkably slim.
5:30PM:And despite being ridiculously thin, it doesn’t skimp on features at all. A dual-core process and 3D are packed within this gorgeous set, and it also includes an integrated webcam.

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Motorola announces MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI Android phones

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced two new smartphones to launch this spring, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI. Both devices will be available in China, Europe and Latin America, with no word on U.S. launch. The MOTOLUXE features a 4-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1,400 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. The “life proof” DEFY MINI is water resistant, and dust and shock proof. The device also features a 3.2-inch display with a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1,650 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. Both devices will be on hand at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show and will be running Android 2.3 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR skin. Read on for a copy of Motorola’s press release.

Motorola Mobility Introduces Two Stylish Smartphones That Break Boundaries, but Won’t Break the Bank
Motorola MOTOLUXE and Motorola DEFY MINI coming to Greater China, Europe and Latin America this spring

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Jan. 5, 2012 – This spring, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) is helping you flaunt your individuality by adding two stylish and unique Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) powered smartphones to its growing budget-friendly portfolio. MOTOLUXE is a hip, slim touchscreen device and Motorola DEFY MINI is dustproof and water-resistant, making it the ideal “life proof” phone for active users. And they come in different shapes, sizes and colors – so you can choose a phone that best reflects your personality.

No matter what device you choose, Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface changes the way you manage your life. With MotoSwitch, your smartphone learns who you talk to and which apps you use and keeps all of that information front and center. The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. With Music Now you can easily play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery displays your favorite pictures as collections.

With Google Mobile services you’ll be able to search for anything with Google Search, chat with your friends using Google Talk, or find your way anywhere you want to go with Google Maps with navigation.

Strike While the Iron Is Hot

The ultra-vogue, very-slim, MOTOLUXE sets the bar high in terms of style with a 4-inch edge-to- edge touchscreen display. This hip device is perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies. And, for the amateur photographers out there, the 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro and capture life clearly and fully.

MOTOLUXE also sets itself apart with a lanyard slot that has a lighting effect. So you can see when you’ve missed a call, received a text or have an email waiting for you.

Other cool stuff includes:

  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Available in licorice or white
  • 1400 mAh battery for up to 6.5 hours of talk time, 19 days of standby time

Strong and Sturdy

Water-resistant, dust-proof and with a scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, Motorola DEFY MINI is the ideal smartphone for active users who need a device as resilient as they are. With a 3.2-inch touchscreen good for emailing, texting and browsing the Web, and a long battery-life, you can keep this phone on and by your side all day long no matter where you go, so you’ll never miss a beat.

But wait… there’s more:

  • 3MP rear-facing camera with flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Easy access to all your favorite outdoor apps with the “Instrument Dashboard”
  • 1650 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of talk time, 21 days of standby time

You can get your hands on MOTOLUXE and Motorola DEFY MINI at Motorola’s booth (LVCC, Central Hall, Booth NO. 8644) at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 10 – 13, 2012.

Pricing and Availability
Both devices are expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting this spring. MOTOLUXE is already available in China under the name Motorola XT615 and is expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting in February. Motorola DEFY MINI is expected to be available in China under the name Motorola XT320 and in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting in February.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review [video]

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I haven’t turned on my Xbox 360 in almost a year. I did to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, though.

Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t differ greatly from previous editions of the game, though that’s not always a bad thing. The story events pick up right where Modern Warfare 2’s storyboard ended and you’re plopped right in the middle of downtown New York City, which is under siege and swarming with Ruskies. The storyline itself doesn’t have much depth, but for something you can get through in around five to six hours, it doesn’t exactly need to. Besides, the gameplay and graphics surely pull the weight here.

As far as multiplayer mode, it’s more focused than ever before but there are a few additions to multiplayer like Team Defender and Kill Confirmed. Team Defender is a version of capture the flag, except, you know, with grenades going off and buildings crumbling around you. Kill Confirmed is based around a quest to retrieve dog tags of your friends and enemies, and just as you can collect them from fallen players around you, your opponents can try to grab them before you can. There are other new additions like killstreak rewards that are now baked into Strike Packages, allowing you to customize them, and there are new customizable weapons as well.

I didn’t play co-op mode that much, though, but the new survival mode was insanely difficult. You basically stand there while an endless surge of enemies come at you, but each wave gets harder and harder for you and the other players.

Infinity Ward and Activision’s Call of Duty and Modern Warfare titles have consistently pushed the boundaries of what a first-person shooter can be, and I don’t think Modern Warfare 3 is any different. I’m not a serious gamer, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to pick up a copy and review this game. Multiplayer mode is obviously the big draw here, and for good reason — it’s excellent. While single-player mode is fun, the story definitely isn’t going to win any Oscars. But the gameplay and the graphics are incredible, and this is probably my favorite first-person shooter ever.

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Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ update to land this fall

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its forthcoming major update to its Windows Phone platform — Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango.” We gave you live coverage of the event as well a hands-on look at the update, and now that the dust has cleared we can finally sit down and collect ourselves. In short, Mango looks awesome. We’ve seen plenty of promise in the Windows Phone platform right from the start, but we also thought Microsoft rushed the OS to market — understandably — and a lot of key features and functionality were missing as a result. Mango goes a very, very long way in bringing the emerging platform up to date, and Microsoft has named HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu Limited, ZTE Corporation and of course Nokia as partners moving forward. Windows Phone 7.1 will be the launch platform for upcoming Windows Phones from Nokia, by the way, and Microsoft confirmed that Nokia has already built devices running Windows Phone 7.1 that are currently being tested in its labs. Mango will add more robust multitasking support, messaging threads, deeper social integration, a unified email inbox, voice-to-text and text-to-voice support, and about 500 other enhancements to the Windows Phone platform when it launches this fall. Hit the break for Microsoft’s full press release along with a video of some of the new features Mango will bring to the Windows Phone platform.

Microsoft Previews Next Release of Windows Phone

“Mango” to deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences and bring Windows Phone to more customers around the world.

REDMOND, Wash. — May 24, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets.*

“Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more,” said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. “With ‘Mango,’ Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort.”

Communications: Easier to Connect and Share

The smartphone experience can be complicated by a sea of disconnected apps and accounts as people attempt to keep pace with all the ways they communicate — from calls, texts, email and instant messages (IM) to status updates, Tweets, check-ins, photo posting and tagging. To help people stay on top of that growing complexity, the “Mango” release organizes information around the person or group people want to interact with, not the app they have to use.

Threads. Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
Groups. Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start Screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.
Deeper social network integration. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and “Mango” includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.
Linked inbox. See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.
Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

A Smarter Approach to Apps

Windows Phone will challenge the way people think about apps. Today their usefulness is measured by what can be done within the app, but Microsoft sees the promise of apps in how they can be integrated directly into the core experiences of the phone. In addition to making it easy to get timely notifications and updates from apps right from the Start Screen, the “Mango” release also will surface apps as part of search results and within Windows Phone Hubs. As a result, a useful app is more likely to be right there when needed.

App Connect. By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Video and Pictures, “Mango” allows apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.
Improved Live Tiles. Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Live Tiles can be more dynamic and hold more information.
Multitasking. Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, helping to preserve battery life and performance.

Taking the Internet Beyond the Browser

In addition to including Internet Explorer, the “Mango” release will connect the power of the Web to the unique capabilities of Windows Phones, such as location awareness, camera and access to apps, to present a way of viewing the Web that is more localized, actionable and relevant.

Internet Explorer 9. A browser based on the powerful Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration.
Local Scout. Provides hyperlocal search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide.
Bing on Windows Phone. More ways to search the Web, including Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice so it’s easy to discover and decide.
Quick Cards. When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.

Strengthening the Ecosystem

The Windows Phone ecosystem has grown steadily since Windows Phone 7 first launched in October, with more than 17,000 apps currently available on Windows Phone Marketplace and Windows Phone handsets available from a range of partners worldwide, and Microsoft’s recently announced partnership with Nokia. “Mango” will further expand and strengthen the Windows Phone ecosystem through new partnerships with Acer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and ZTE Corp., which today announced plans to deliver new Windows Phone devices in markets around the world. Furthermore, Microsoft announced it will support additional languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, and will greatly expand the list of countries where consumers have access to apps via Windows Phone Marketplace. As well, a beta release of the free Windows Phone Developer tools, which will be used to create the next generation of “Mango” apps and games, will be posted for public download to Microsoft’s website within 24 hours of today’s events. More information about what “Mango” means for developers, the tools and a link to the public download page is available at

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Fling joystick lets you get physical with Super Megaworm on the iPad

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

You know, some people take gaming very seriously, and there’s no doubt that a good portion of them will be picking up this new peripheral from Ten One Design. For $24.95, the Fling tactile game controller promises to enhance some iPad games by overlaying their virtual D-pad with a physical mini joystick. And that’s not it — the funky spiral mechanism also provides resistance to simulate force feedback, meaning your thumb will always know its boundaries. Check out the video demo after the break.

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Wi-Fi Sync app rejected by Apple, headed to Cydia for $9.99

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Can’t say we’re surprised to hear that Apple rejected Greg Hughes’ Wi-Fi Sync app. You know, the app that allows you to wireless sync your iPhone / iPod touch with iTunes without having to USB tether to your computer. Messing with Apple’s synchronization technology is a pretty big no-no as demonstrated by Palm’s webOS bluff. Here’s the rejection as explained by Greg from an unnamed Apple rep over the phone:

“While he agreed that the app doesn’t technically break the rules, he said that it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns.”

So while you won’t find it in Apple’s App Store, it will make its way to Cydia as expected for a cool $9.99. You have jailbroken your device haven’t you? Don’t make us get all MuscleNerd up in here.

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ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 steal away reviewers’ hearts

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The ATI onslaught of 40nm DirectX 11 parts continues today with two even cheaper variants coming from its Evergreen family of chips. Based on the Juniper core, the HD 5770 and 5750 represent ATI’s mainstream value proposition, with compute performance of more than 1 TFLOPS and pricing between $109 and $159. There’s a significant dropoff in specs from the world-conquering HD 5870 and similarly potent HD 5850, but reviewers found the latest cards were still up to the task, with the 5770′s performance said to be “just shy” of the very recent top dog for ATI, the HD 4890. With low power consumption, competitive pricing and added features like Eyefinity and 7.1 HD audio, the new cards might not push performance boundaries, but they also leave you with little reason to look elsewhere for your next GPU purchase. Hit up the reviews below for more detailed impressions.

Read – Hot Hardware review
Read – PC Perspective review
Read – HardOCP review
Read – TweakTown review
Read – Techgage review
Read – AnandTech review
Read – Hexus review

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