Google got off easy in antitrust case by pressuring regulators to relent
Many critics both large and small have been vocal about the mere wrist slapping Google received after a lengthy antitrust probe by the FTC into its practices, which are said to be harmful to its competitors. The debacle has been called a failure on the agency’s part to protect the American consumer, among other things. As it turns out, however, the FTC was relentless in its investigation, but Google was just as relentless back. At the core of the issue is whether Google’s practices...
Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze
The rumorsphere is alight with speculation that Apple is in advanced acquisition talks with Waze, with sources saying that Apple is trying to talk the company’s price down to somewhere in the half-billion dollar range. Apple already uses Waze as a data partner with its monumentally flawed Maps application. Waze is unique in that it provides social traffic data gathered from drivers. Initially, the rumors stated simply that Apple was in talks with Waze, with neither company offering any c...
Sony reportedly plans to launch its own online TV service
Sources have told Variety that Sony is working on its own online TV service that we might see go live later this year. This comes after news that Intel will be launching a set-top box that is part DVR, part content delivery system. Not a lot of information is available, but what has been revealed is a plan to likely undercut traditional cable and satellite providers while giving consumers a broadband-delivered television experience. The service is expected to be a packaged content sort of subs...
SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013
Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Google settled its antitrust case with the FTC, avoiding fines in return for agreeing to license its standard-essential patents and removing advertising limits. The BlackBerry Z10 has leaked for Verizon and AT&T, while the ZTE P945 phablet has been revealed in leaked renders. Samsung has confirmed its oft-rumored Tizen handsets for 2013, with ASUS announcing a Leap Motion partnership today that will bring gesture controls to its PCs. RIM and T-Mo...
Polaroid unveils Android tablet for kids, will show it off at CES
Polaroid, best known for its beloved instant-film cameras, has unveiled an Android tablet for kids. The slate has a 7-inch display, fun white and blue design, and is crafted to be rugged enough to withstand the endless dangers young children will subject it to. The PTAB750 model tablet will be on display at CES 2013 in the coming days. The tablet has decent hardware with a 1GHz Cortex A8 and 512MB of RAM. There’s 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, a 2MP rear camera, and 8GB of internal storage s...
Analyst: Wii U underperformed at GameStop during holiday season
With the holiday shopping rush comes the expectation that console and game sales will enjoy a boost. According to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, however, that wasn’t quite the case for the Wii U. Bhatia said in a note today that sales of the Wii U and its games at GameStop have come in under expectations, which is a bit surprising considering that Wii U sales have seemed generally healthy so far. Indeed, the Wii U sold 400,000 units in its first week on the shelves in the US, and whi...
Samsung fixes Exynos security hole in latest Galaxy S III software update
IF you’re a Galaxy S III user, then we hope you heard about the Exynos 4 security hole that was discovered a few weeks back. While this flaw allows users to root their device with a single click, it also could potentially let malicious apps take full control of those devices, as it grants access to all of the phone’s physical memory. So, there was a plus side, but the negatives to this security issue far outweighed that little perk. Obviously, we can’t have a slew of Galaxy S...
The Bonsai Is A Shaving Accessory That Hopes To Be One Designer’s Contribution To Water Conservation
The Bonsai is gadget with a soul, one that hopes to make a global difference by changing the way we go about an activity many do on a daily basis. It’s a shaving accessory, and it’s being funded via Indiegogo right now, with creator Craig Battin and his team looking for $125,000 to turn their final prototype into a production shipping device. The Bonsai is a razor rinsing device, one that can save up to 99 percent of the water the average person uses rinsing out their blade under a r...
Behringer to launch OMNI AirPlay System, iNUKE Boom Jr. at CES 2013
Audiophiles take note, because Behringer is set to officially unveil its new OMNI AirPlay sound system during CES 2013 next week. The OMNI AirPlay system, as you might have already guessed, takes advantage of Apple‘s AirPlay technology to bring the task of creating a home sound system into the wireless realm. By connecting the speakers and components in the OMNI system to your wireless router, you’ll be able to stream music over your Internet connection from your iPhone or iTunes. ...
LG Optimus G2 rumored for CES 2013
By now, it’s obvious that LG will be unveiling something at CES this year, but as far as what they have up their sleeve is still a mystery. The company released a new YouTube video that teases their upcoming press conference at CES 2013, and they provide a very quick and vague look at their upcoming smartphone, which could possibly be the Optimus G2. We’ve already heard about the successor to LG’s Optimus G, rumored to sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a new Snapdragon S4 “P...
Facebook adds free Voice Messaging and limited VoIP to Messenger app
Both iOS and Android users will be seeing an update for their Facebook Messenger app starting today, one that will allow them to begin use Facebook’s own flavor of Voice Messaging. This feature is included in the download for all while Canada specifically gets a unique opportunity to work with VoIP in a sort of beta test of the service. The Canadian VoIP test will be working with iOS only (at the start) while Voice Messaging is set to hit Android and iOS all at once. This release allows ...
HTC One VX Review
HTC recently made their case for a top-tier handset back in November, with the DROID DNA boasting the highest-resolution display of any smartphone. However, in order to balance out its offerings, HTC has a new budget-friendly handset in town. The One VX is the company’s latest mid-range smartphone added on to their One series of devices, and priced at only $49 on AT&T’s network (after signing a two-year contract, of course), we simply had to get our grubby little hands on this device to see ...
Nokia Said To Be Prepping An Aluminum-Clad Lumia For Release Later This Year
Nokia’s been awfully fond of slapping its high-end hardware into polycarbonate bodies, but that trend may soon come to an end if a new report from The Verge holds true. According to unnamed sources within Nokia, one of the Finnish phone company’s new top-tier Windows Phones (codenamed “Catwalk”) will be clad in lightweight aluminum instead of the usual colorful plastics. Of course, the key words there are “one of” — The Verge’s Tom Warren points out that two Windows Phones are being ...
City of Chicago signs deal with Microsoft for city-wide cloud services
In an effort to move into the 21st century, the city of Chicago has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring the company’s Office 365 cloud services to city employees. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the news today, and the city will move 30,000 employees to Microsoft’s Office 365 for cloud-based email and other productivity apps. The City will consolidate its three disparate email systems into one Microsoft Office 365 environment in an effort to improve collaboration, enhance security, ...
DIY Google Glass puts iOS in front of your eyes
Google may be beavering away on the last stages of Project Glass before the Explorer version arrives with developers, but meanwhile DIY wearable computers are springing up, some with Apple’s iOS at their core. A straightforward combination of an iPod touch, off-the-shelf wearable display, Bluetooth camera and a set of safety goggles was enough for AI researcher Rod Furlan to get a glimpse at the benefits of augmented reality, he writes at IEEE Spectrum, though the headset raised as many qu...
Orange Adding Motion Controls To New Livebox Play TV Set-Top Box Beginning In February, Thanks To Movea
Motion control, ever since you were introduced in a relatively usable and broadly accessible form with the Wii Remote, the public has had a bit of a crush on you. Recently, that crush has turned into a full-fledged infatuation, and now Orange is bringing motion control to its Livebox Play TV service in France via Movea’s gesture-based tech and a motion-sensitive remote. Microsoft’s Kinect proved their was a broad appetite for the use of motion controls integrated with home entertainm...
Now Android Smartphones will run on Ubuntu Operating System
The biggest game changer of the current year is soon to be launched. Ubuntu, a touch friendly version uses the Linux operating system. The founder of Ubuntu enunciated that the priorities of 2013 are to put into use the operating system integrated with the cloud system. Firstly, the code will be available which can be [...]Now Android Smartphones will run on Ubuntu Operating System is a post from: New Gadget ...
Samsung confirms Tizen handsets for 2013
With Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility last year, manufacturers of Android-based devices such as Samsung are, as evidenced by their announcement today*, making moves to cut down their reliance on the big G. This announcement comes straight from Samsung in Suwon, South Korea, where Samsung has made it clear that they’re moving forward with Tizen on a real significant scale. *Note: today’s announcement did not specifically note that the Motorola deal with Google had an...
Canon’s 5200mm prime lens is super rare and quite massive
When you absolutely, positively need to take pictures of something really far away, look no further than this 5200mm Canon ultra-telephoto lens. The Canon 5200mm F14 Prime is the worlds largest known SLR lens, and you’ll probably never see one in real life. It is believed that only three of these monster lenses were ever [...]
Apple Patent Application Gives A Glimpse At The Computer Brain Running Its Retail Stores
A new patent application filing Thursday presents a detailed look at how Apple manages its retail floors, offering a behind-the-scenes perspective on a lot of elements that are likely already in use at Apple’s physical stores, as well as things that could potentially be introduced at a later date. Overall, Apple’s stores seem to operate like one giant hive mind directing an army of interactive display drones. You’ve likely seen elements of this system in action at your local st...