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Exent’s GameTanium Mobile launches for Android tabs

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

OnLive users may have been dining at the all-you-can-eat gaming table since December, but now it’s time for the GameTanium crew to pull up a chair. Game provider Extent has brought its subscription platform to Android tablets and offers unlimited access to titles such as Fruit Ninja, Baseball Superstars and T-Racer HD. The service rolls in at a cent under six dollars a month, and there’s a three-day free trial for those with commitment issues. The new mobile service is available right away via a direct .apk, so if you want in, skip past the Android Market and take a peek at the press release after the break instead.

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Exent’s GameTanium Mobile launches for Android tabs originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E Ink revenues nose dive 60% in January

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

E Ink, the popular company that provides paper-look gray-scale displays for eReaders, reported consolidated revenues of $48.02 million in January, down 63.6% from the same month last year and 11% sequentially. The growing popularity of media tablets with full-color displays likely played a big role in the decline — sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet are thought to be eating into the companies’ respective dedicated eReader businesses to an extent. Even though E Ink’s revenue took a nose dive in January, the company said that it expects to post revenues of $1.35 billion this year, up 5% from 2011.

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Carrier IQ Speaks! And of Course It Denies All Wrongdoing [Carrier Iq]

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Apple may overhaul all product lines in 2012

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

A new rumor from DigiTimes suggests Apple will “overhaul” all of its products next year. The site’s sources specifically named the iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air as lines to receive significant refreshes, though each was upgraded to some extent this year. A slightly refreshed iPad 2, with a thinner design and better battery life could land as soon as March, while a brand new iPad 3 is rumored to make its debut during the third quarter of 2012. DigiTimes said a new iPhone and iMac will be launched during the second quarter, which means a June launch for the thinner, lighter and more powerful iPhone 5 is apparently possible. The MacBook Air was last refreshed in July and it is unclear when an upgrade for that, or Apple’s other products, might be announced.

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Survey: 29% of smartphone owners, 47% of iPhone 4 owners disappointed in iPhone 4S

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The idea that consumers were disappointed in the iPhone 4S has been tossed around quite a bit since Apple took the wraps off its latest smartphone last week. Looking beyond knee-jerk reactions, we thought it was pretty peculiar to suggest that that the iPhone 4S was disappointing, and we said the numbers would soon do the talking. The numbers have spoken, of course, and the iPhone 4S will be Apple’s biggest iPhone launch yet when the handset becomes available on Friday. In fact, pre-orders have now sold out from all three major U.S. carriers that offer the new iPhone. Despite the phone’s popularity right out of the gate, however, it looks like there are still a substantial number of consumers who were hoping for more out of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. Read on for more.

According to Retrevo’s survey of more than 1,300 U.S. consumers, 71% of smartphone owners said they were not disappointed in the iPhone 4S while 29% were disappointed to some extent. 7% of those disappointed in the phone wanted it to have a larger display, 11% wanted a new design and 17% were hoping for a 4G-enabled iPhone. Respondents were able to indicate more than one area of disappointment.

More interestingly, perhaps, 47% of current iPhone 4 owners said they were disappointed in Apple’s new iPhone 4S following its unveiling. 12% were hoping for a bigger display, 21% were sad the new iPhone didn’t feature a revamped design and 29% wanted 4G.

“Although some expressed disappointment in the lack of ‘iPhone 5′ features it appears that interest is high and demand will be strong for iPhone 4S especially among current iPhone owners,” Retrevo’s Andrew Eisner wrote on the company’s blog. “It also doesn’t appear likely that you’ll see many customers camping out in front of Apple stores around the country like we have for products in the past.”

Retrevo’s survey also found that of those respondents who plan to purchase the iPhone 4S, 44% are iPhone 3G or 3GS owners, 42% are iPhone 4 owners, 24% currently own BlackBerry handsets and 12% own Android smartphones.

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Scientists build WiFi hunter-killer drone and call it SkyNET… Viene Tormenta!

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
You’d think scientists would proscribe certain names for their inventions — you wouldn’t be taken seriously if your supercomputer was called HAL 9000, WOPR or Proteus IV would you? Well, a team from the Stevens Institute of Technology isn’t listening, because it’s developing an aerial drone and calling it SkyNET. A Linux box, strapped to a Parrot A.R. Drone, can fly within range of your home wireless network and electronically attack it from the air. Whilst internet-only attacks are traceable to some extent, drone attacks are difficult to detect until it’s too late — you’d have to catch it in the act and chase it off with a long-handled pitchfork, or something. The team is working on refining the technology to make it cheaper than the $600 it currently costs and advise that people toughen up their domestic wireless security. We advise they stop pushing us ever closer towards the Robopocalypse.

Scientists build WiFi hunter-killer drone and call it SkyNET… Viene Tormenta! originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 10 Sep 2011 05:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony misses promised PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration date, begs for more patience

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Whoops. If you’ll recall, Sony held what can only be described as an emergency press event in Japan a week ago in order to issue a number of assurances about the resumption of service as it relates to the PlayStation Network and Qriocity. Seven days later, things are still as dead as they were pre-Cinco de Mayo. This evening, the company’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold punched out a quick update to let the world know that they could actually leave the house and find something else to entertain ‘em — like it or not, PSN isn’t coming back online today. The reason? On May 1st, Sony was apparently “unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers,” and now, it’s spinning its wheels in order to restore security on the network and “ensure” that user data is safe. Mr. Seybold seems to understand that you’re overly anxious about getting back into the swing of things, and he’s even going so far as to ask your trust that Sony’s doing “everything [it] can” to get the lights blinking once more. Oh, and if you were planning on visiting that source link just to find the new ETA… don’t. Sony’s planning to update you “as soon as it can.”

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Sony misses promised PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration date, begs for more patience originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 May 2011 03:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change LG’s Ally?

Friday, July 16th, 2010

LG didn’t hold back when it came time to market its Ally, but was a tie-in with one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters really enough? We found some rather unforgivable flaws during our testing, but that’s honestly beside the point — we’re here to hear about your thoughts on the device. Priced initially at just $100 on contract, it was (and still is, to an extent) one of the best deals going for an Android-based smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, but has it really lived up to your expectations? Are you wishing you had held out a bit longer? Is the keyboard really a winner? How do you like / dislike the UI overlay? How’s it handle when held left-handed? Go on, get really real in comments below. We’re all ears.

How would you change LG’s Ally? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Romance [Comics]

Friday, June 25th, 2010

New Pentagon Policy Lets Troops Overshare Like the Rest of Us [Socialmedia]

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Yesterday the Department of Defense released a memo outlining the government’s first official policy for social media access by military personnel. Somewhat surprisingly, it gives them unrestricted access to blog, Tweet, poke and ping just like everyone else.

Effectively immediately, Department of Defense personnel across the board, including civilian employees and troops alike, have full access to popular new media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the rest.

Before the new policy was announced, appropriate internet usage was determined individual commanders, many of whom barred those in their charge from posting on blogs or accessing social media networks.

Of course, there are still some measures in place to ensure that new media activity doesn’t take up bandwidth when it’s limited or compromise mission security—”cleaning my rifle on the john, lol!” is a good troop overshare; “cleaning my rifle before we storm this Taliban bunker in Marjah, lol!” is a bad troop overshare—but the Pentagon’s new policy gives the OK for uses both personal and official.

It’s always heartening when our government shows itself to be forward-thinking on matters of the internet, and allowing DoD employees to use the internet to its full, inane extent is definitely a step in the right direction. There’s no word on the Pentagon’s official Farmville policy at this time, however. [Defense.gov via BusinessWeek and Fast Company]


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Motorola files another small profit in fourth quarter

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Moto appears to be continuing its long, arduous road toward recovery on news of its financial results for the fourth quarter of ’09 — or, at the very least, it’s not losing any ground. Overall, the company posted a meager profit of $142 million for the quarter on revenue of $5.723 billion, $14 million better than a quarter prior and a staggering $3.799 billion better than the same quarter a year ago. Breaking it down by division, Mobile Devices is still in the red, but not by terribly much — it did $1.8 billion in sales with an operating loss of $132 million, while Home and Networks Mobility (the guys responsible for wireless infrastructure and set-top boxes) made $91 million on sales of $2 billion. Some 12 million handsets were shipped in the quarter alongside 3.4 million set-tops; that marks a downtick of 1.4 million phones from the third quarter, but as the company shifts focus to smartphones, it makes sense that would happen to a certain extent — provided the company can keep margins high. The company expects to lose somewhere between 1 and 3 cents per share in the first quarter of 2010, so the recovery isn’t complete yet — but stemming the bleeding was an important first step.

Motorola files another small profit in fourth quarter originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft Improves Consumer Search Privacy While Google and Yahoo Stay Terrible [Search]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Microsoft has agreed only to hold your personal information (read: darkest secrets] for six months, while Google and Yahoo will continue to keep them much longer to “improve search quality.” By which, of course, they mean “ad revenue.”

Granted, the Bing move comes after pressure from the European Union, who’s fined Microsoft so many billions of dollars in the past that the latter is understandably twitchy. It’s still a policy that should be applauded, though, to the same extent that Yahoo and Google’s lack of improvement should be roundly booed. Google stores cookies for a year and a half, far longer than they should need it for any purpose other than sending you the perfectly targeted Bowflex ad.

If Google and Yahoo continue not to comply with the EU’s wishes, the outcome could be fun to watch: more comically large fines for them, a less invasive search experience for you. Here’s hoping. [WSJ]



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Remainders – Stuff We Didn’t Post (and Why) [Remainders]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Google Cuts Price of Online Storage by 800%…Apple Updates Genius Bar Reservation System…Gold-Dipped PS3 Slim: The Hot Holiday Gift (in Donald Trump’s House)…Sanyo’s “Stick Booster” Looks and Sounds Far Dirtier Than It Is…

Google Cuts Price of Online Storage by 800%

You know how sometimes the new version of a product will offer 50% more, for the same price? And how you think that’s such a great deal? Well, Google just stomped all over your puny 50% upgrade by bumping their online storage to a ridiculous extent. Now you get twice the amount of storage for a quarter of the old price. That’s right, that’s eight times more for the same amount of money. For those that are having trouble with math, that means the storage now costs $5 a year for 20GB of space, and you can buy up to 16TB at that rate. If you’re looking to store stuff in the cloud, this is a pretty killer deal. [Google]

Apple Updates Genius Bar Reservation System

Apple’s Genius Bar is a pretty good system, although the first time I went they told me to arrive 15 minutes before my appointment, like the fact that their 6-week-old, $1500 product spontaneously broke was somehow my fault and not something for which they should accommodate my schedule. They’re tech support guys, not doctors, right? ANYWAY, they’ve redesigned their online reservation system, and while I have screenshots of the new version, I never cared enough about the system to be able to notice what’s different. It’s in Remainders for pretty obvious reasons, I think. [Thanks, Grant!]

Gold-Dipped PS3 Slim: The Hot Holiday Gift (in Donald Trump’s House)

The dudes at Computer Choppers have dipped a PS3 Slim in 24kt gold (along with two controllers) and will be selling them for an undisclosed price in a limited run of 5. To the only person reading this: Hey, Mr. Trump! More photos and price will be coming soon, so if you just toss me your email I’ll be sure to let you know when you can finally get the current-gen gaming console to match your skyscraper. [Geeky Gadgets]

Sanyo’s “Stick Booster” Looks and Sounds Far Dirtier Than It Is

Sanyo’s “Stick Booster” name sounds like the kind of product you hear about in spam emails, and it looks mostly like a vibrator. But it’s actually a pretty nice-looking gadget charger, once you realize what it’s for, taking two AA batteries (rechargeables, of course; it’s in Sanyo’s green initiative line) and offering a USB port to charge your phone, camera, or whatever for about 90 minutes. It’s available now for about $35. It winds up here in Remainders because it’s definitely not the first AA-USB charger we’ve seen, although it might be the prettiest. [CrunchGear]



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