COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: ASUS! They've done it, something truly original in a market full of products that are so similar it's hard to choose between them. The ASUS PadFone consists of an Android-powered smartphone and tablet to dock the smartphone with. When the phone is 'docked', the tablet is able to be closed and the phone is then not visible.
Details are not available on exactly how this will work but full specs and functionality should be revealed tomorrow at Computex Taiwan.
More than 7,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, What is the best browser?
Almost half of the TweakTown readership believe that Firefox 4 is the best browser on the planet.
Next up trailing somewhat behind was Google Chrome 11 (that is now up to beta 13 mind you) and then Opera 11, IE9 and Safari 5 in that order.
If you haven't got Battlefield 3 on your wish list, haven't been up with the 12 minute gameplay footage or have to remove the rock you've been living under from your back, then you should know Battlefield 3 is going to redefine FPS gaming as we know it in the next 6 months. DICE have pushed their new graphics engine, Frostbite 2 into this game and the results are simply awe-inspiring.
EA's PWNED gets exclusive access to DICE (jealous!) and get to look under the hood at Battlefield 3. The video above shows off some never-before-seen footage and there's multiple interviews from Lead Designers down to the original map designers from Battlefield 2. I don't want to spoil too much, but the video is well worth it if you're interested in Battlefield 3, for those of you who aren't, feel free to google Justin Bieber.
Though Japan had initially bristled at having the troubled and user-compromising PlayStation Network go live again in Japan, Sony announced today that the PSN is back in its homeland, as well as the rest of Asia.
(graphic courtesy of Engadget- it was just too pretty / topical to not use)
After having lost an estimated $171 million in revenue from what will surely be known as the PSNightmare of 2011, this is at least somewhat good news. Tomorrow, the service will be up and running again in most of Asia, even Reluctant Japan- but users in South Korea and Hong Kong will have to hold their horses until the end of the month before they can expect the online service to return.
Either way, I'm sure sighs of relief are being heard all around Sony's offices as, hopefully, we come to the close of this ordeal. Press release after the break.
Netflix is in the final negotiations with film studio Miramax to add over 700 films to its content streaming service, according to the Wall Street Journal (sorry for non-subscribers- I do not, repeat do not support paywalls). Miramax has a substantial and fairly solid list of films, so this will mean all sorts of goodies for current Netflix subscribers. Negotiations will continue, as newer films such as Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men will not be immediately available.
Lately, online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and even cable-to-mobile services offered by Time-Warner and Comcast have suffered from annoying disputes over rights to deliver content to devices, including the "number of screens", specific new content, and advertising rights. In my opinion, shouldn't we be moving towards a mobile-streaming model? With everything in the cloud these days, why wouldn't users be able to stream films for which they've already paid on every device they own? We should be able to use NFC technology to scan media or receipts for media that we've already purchased in order to obtain the right to stream that content, well, anywhere. Also, if, as a Netflix subscriber, you can already request pretty much any film in their library as a DVD mailed to your home, why can't you just opt to stream the film instead?
Hours after Google unveiled their new "Google Wallet" mobile payment system, both online auction site eBay and online payment provider PayPal slapped the Search Giant, as well as former PayPal employees like Osama Bedier with a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The court filing reportedly alleged the following on Thursday evening:
By hiring Bedier, with his trade secret knowledge of PayPal's plans and understanding of Google's weaknesses as viewed by the industry leader, Google bought the most comprehensive and sophisticated critique of its own problems available. Google put Bedier in charge of its mobile payment business, virtually ensuring that Bedier would misappropriate PayPal's trade secrets concerning planning and competitive assessments in mobile payment.
Bedier had evidently been drawn to Google at the behest of a Stephanie Telenious, a former eBay executive herself. When a former executive of a company that used to exclusively utilize a payments service from a company of which said executive lures to her current company of employment just in time to launch a service in the exact same domain- yeah, that's pretty dodgy guys, not going to lie.
Brought to in conjunction with Haus of Gaga (if that doesn't sound like a brothel for babies, I don't know what does), Polaroid has announced for June the first in their Gaga-designed "Grey Label" (GL) product line: the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. The device utilizes Polaroid's "Zink" technology (zero-ink) to instantly print high quality 3"x4" pictures straight from your mobile device. If there were any doubt about Gaga's involvement, note the marketing speak in the press release:
...frees digital images trapped on hard drives and cell phones.
The GL10 retails for $170, available now through pre-order. Next up, hopefully we see Polaroid/Gaga's photo-snapping glasses originally spoken of at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show that will surely pair quite nicely with this printer. See below for product specs, or hit the site above to preorder.
The White House announced Thursday that President Obama will be appointing Dick Costolo, former COO and current CEO of Twitter to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Costolo, who replaced founder Evan Williams when the latter stepped down this past October, will join Scott Charney and David Dewalt, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group and President of McAfee, respectively.
The Blackberry-sporting President Obama has made numerous forays into the tech-world lately, including name-dropping both Google and Facebook in his State of the Union address and in February dining at Silicon Valley VC John Doerr's home with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and everyone's "favorite" Social Media icon, Mark Zuckerberg.
The US Government has been historically ignorant of technology in the telecomm space, so it's refreshing that the Obama administration is making an effort to integrate the luminaries of the tech space into policy and logistics debates. Even so, do you not feel a cold chill run down your back when you hear Twitter and National Security used in the same breath?
Stereoscopic 3D is slowly making it's way everywhere, the limits of this are not known as now it has made its way to your browser and more specifically, YouTube. NVIDIA, Mozilla and Google have all combined their powers (minus Captain Planet) and have made stereoscopic 3D videos on YouTube to work with systems that are NVIDIA 3D Vision-powered. The feature is supported through a new HTML5-based 3D playback mode that works in Firefox 4.
Mozilla products VP Jay Sullivan said in a statement:
Firefox with 3D Vision creates a stunning and smooth 3D video experience using HTML5 video based on open standards. 3D Vision from NVIDIA is a great example of the rich, innovative experiences that are being built on top of the speed and graphics power that Firefox delivers to the Web.
Sure, right now the audience is small, but every little bit counts, right? What gets me, is Google are partnered in this (because of YouTube), which is surprising as they left out their own growing browser, Chrome.
Google's Wallet has finally been unveiled, with Google saying "Your phone will be your wallet". This is what Google Wallet and Google offers will be capable of, by combining payments and deals into one package. It's the future of paying for things, really. Google Wallet is not a single thing, it's a cake mix of multiple products rolled into a single thing. It's an Android app, it's a way of paying for things with credit or debit cards by using your phone.
It's a coupon collector and loyalty card system, it's another way for merchants to let you pay and offer up deals. It has tentacles into other Google services such as Shopper and Google Offers. The core technology uses wireless NFC and more specifically, MasterCards's PayPass system, so you'll be able to use it anywhere that offers PayPass.