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42" Nexus S smartphone on display at Best Buy

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 5:25 am

Think your smartphone is just awesome, but would like a larger screen? A Best Buy in San Carlos, CA has taken the Nexus S to the extreme with their 42" screened monster display version on their floor to play with.

 

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Now I'm pretty sure the older folks out there are going to say "heh heh, I remember when cell phones were actually that big." The giant Nexus S, powered by an actual life sized Nexus S with special video out capability, didn't seem to be quite as responsive as the original but is still fun to watch. This is a test run for Google, who says if the demo is successful more of these giant testers will roll out to more stores. Check out TechCrunch's demo video at the Source Link.

AT&T introduces mobile billing for Android Market purchases

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 4:54 am

Up until now, T-Mobile was the only major U.S. mobile carrier to allow Android Market purchases to be paid for via direct carrier billing. Well move over guys, AT&T is now allowing direct carrier billing as well through their latest Android Market update.

 

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That's right AT&T fans, no more Google Checkout needed for your app purchases. There's a 15 minute window where you can get a refund on a purchase without it hitting your bill. Not only can you pay via your bill, you'll also notice new categories in the Android Market like "Media & Video," "Music & Audio," "Business," and "Sports" among others.

Mobile security becomes focus for many companies

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 4:30 am

Smartphones are becoming a lot more prevalent with the general public, and we are also asking them to do a lot more things. Store our contacts and all of their information, email, and tons of other things with data we probably don't want to share with the world at large. Getting the jump on hackers that may try to take advantage of how phone-centric our lives have become has become the focus of several mobile companies.

 

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The Wall Street Journal outlined quite a few of the companies looking to put the lockdown on data theft. Verizon and San Francisco based company Lookout are working together with their BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile device remote backup and geolocation apps. RIM has announced BlackBerry Protect which can remotely put the lockdown or completely wipe a lost phone while also helping you find it. AT&T is even working with MobileIron and McAfee to open a mobile security lab in New York specifically to research malware, worms, viruses, and other developing threats. Mobile security is being taken seriously, and that's something I think we can all get behind.

Apple possibly looking to place antenna behind logo of future devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 3:54 am

As intensely popular as the iPhone 4 is, the antenna issues that plagued the phone was enough to turn many buyers away that didn't want to have to use a bumper to better their call signal. It looks like Apple is searching for ways to avoid this mess in the future with their latest patent filing.

 

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According to the filing, it looks like Apple is attempting to find a way to install the antenna behind the Apple logo both on the iPhone and Macbooks. With this new "logo antenna," the device's signal should be unaffected by the way a user grips the phone on the sides. But what about the bighanded types that cover up this new logo antenna with the back of their hands? Apple has thought of this, haven't they? We'll have to wait and see.

Facebook blocks j.mp links from use on their site

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 3:47 am

Tons of people every day use bit.ly to provide nice and short links to webpages that have obnoxiously long original links. Bit.ly also provides j.mp which is very similar, but Facebook is allowing none of these links to be used. If you try, you get this popup:

 

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A Facebook spokesperson provided the following explanation to TechCrunch: "As part of our effort to keep Facebook and the people who use our service secure, we closely monitor the content shared on the site for spam and malicious content. At the time we blocked j.mp, more than 70% of j.mp links pointed to spam or other security issues. We are working with bit.ly to resolve the issue." Bit.ly uses several measures to try to avoid spam sites from being used in the service, but there's obviously only so much they can do. For now, if you must shorten site names, just go with the original bit.ly until this is all hashed out.

iPad 2 to be flatter, include better speakers?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 2:50 am

More leaks are coming out about Apple's iPad 2 with one of them saying the next-gen iPad will have a smaller, slimmer, flatter case, all while including rear-facing, improved speakers.

 

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According to a Japanese blog, an anonymous Chinese source has revealed that the new case shaves 3mm from the length and width which results in a slightly smaller bezel. The source says the 9.7" LCD display will remain.

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The future of FPS gaming is in this video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 12:16 am

Well, the title is deceiving, isn't it. A funny "FPS IRL" video from Freddie Wong of "Behind the Scenes" fame. Give it a watch below:

 

 

It's a well done video, surprisingly made in just a week! The ending is actually quite good and I enjoyed the kill cam shots - they've done a good job.

RumorTT: Microsoft to push PC gaming with Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 11:48 pm

Everyone talks about this - PC Gaming is dead/dying. It will always be here, but whether we get AAA+ titles that can only be played on PC and are not gimped or cut down because of console hardware limitations and their ports is the main argument.

 

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Microsoft are stuck - they have on one hand the super successful Xbox 360, on the other, 100's of millions of Windows-based users. Windows 8 is meant to be a push in the right direction for gamers.

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DC Universe arriving on January 11, 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 11:41 pm

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have given a release date for their highly-anticipated MMO based in the DC Universe, DC Universe Online. The game has reached gold master status and will be available at retail outlets for PC and PlayStation 3 on January 11, 2011.

 

 

DC Universe Online will cost $50 for PC and $60 for PS3 in the US - this will give you a 30-day game membership with monthly subscriptions costing $15 per month afterwards. SOE have said they will update the game regularly with new episodes featuring DC Comics characters, new instances and major "in-game events".

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Pioneer ships new 3D Blu-ray player line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 8:00 pm

I think it really sucks that there are still very few 3D Blu-ray flicks on the market today and it sucks even more that the really cool 3D flick Avatar can't be purchased at all without buying Panasonic gear to get the flick. If you still want a 3D Blu-ray player despite the lack of content on the market right now and you like the Pioneer brand the company is shipping its 3D players now.

 

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The line includes the new Pioneer BDP-430, the BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD players. All three of the players are 3D ready with HDMI 1.4a outputs. The devices come with wired Ethernet ports for connectivity and can be fitted with an optional WiFi adapter as well. All three naturally support Blu-ray 3D and use Pioneer PureCinema tech for upscaling standard resolution video to 1080p.

 

One of the cooler features that all three support is the iControlAV App. This app allows the iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a full function remote control of the players. The devices also support 36-bit deep color. The BDP-430 sells for $299, the BDP-41FD sells for $399 and adds a RS-232 port for custom installs and the BDP-43FD sells for $499 with better components and a rugged chassis.

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