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Thoughts from the Sidelines. Technology, Gadgets and Curiosities, from cutting edge, to over the edge, to the truly bizarre.
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iPhone 4S Siri Recommends Windows Phone [Users Discover That Siri Suggests
2012-05-12 08:38:00
I have to stress this every time we do a Siri story, but the iPhone 4S? new digital assistant, Siri, is not actually a person, nor any kind of artificial intelligence. It is a pretty advanced program that processes your voice queries and does simple tasks for you, but there ...
More About: Windows , Mobile , Cell Phones , Iphone
Nintendo Cancelling 3D TV Video Service In Japan [Japanese Nintendo 3DS No
2012-05-12 08:05:00
Mobile TV (D-TV) is a bit more popular in Japan and South Korea here, and to promote the 3D craze via their Nintendo 3DS gaming handheld, Nintendo had been running their own 3D video service through Japanese Nintendo 3DS. However, what may be a portend of bad sales, Nintendo has ...
More About: Video , Computer , Service
EA Not Shutting Down Official Battlefield 3 Servers [Disappearing DICE Serv
2012-05-12 07:41:00
If you?ve played Battlefield 3 lately, you may have noticed a lack of official servers from the folks at EA and DICE. Oh sure, there are thousands of servers being run by other people, but the DICE/EA official ranked servers are disappearing. Despite some fears that Battlefield 3 was waning ...
More About: Servers , Computer
Angry Birds Successor to be Called Amazing Alex [After 1 Billion Angry Bird
2012-05-12 06:31:00
Rovio has apparently learned from those Angry Birds that placing all one?s eggs in the same basket is not always a good business strategy, not that the Angry Birds series is in any danger of losing popularity with the crowds yet. But the game maker is finally ready to launch ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Computer , Alex , Computing
Virgin Atlantic Brings AeroMobile Service to London-New York Flights [In-fl
2012-05-12 05:57:00
Frequent fliers certainly appreciate the fact that more and more airlines are ready to offer mobile and Wi-Fi services aboard their flights. And while such services were initially available only on certain domestic flights in certain countries, it looks like Virgin Atlantic Airways is ready to bring them to some ...
More About: Mobile , New York , Cell Phones , London , Flights
Beta Website Tells Us that Notes & Reminders Are Coming to the C
2012-05-12 05:27:00
A few days ago we saw a potential new feature – banner notifications – for Apple?s iCloud cloud-computing solution that could become official once iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion are released. Now, thanks to a new leak originating from Apple?s own servers, we have a few more details ...
More About: Mobile , Website , Cell Phones , Beta , Notes
GameStop Phasing Out PSP In 25% Of Stores [GameStop To Begin Phasing Out PS
2012-05-12 04:52:00
Now that the PS Vita is on the scene, the hope is that gamers will upgrade from their PSPs. The now-outdated handheld is becoming less of a priority at retailers, with GameStop announcing today that it will cease selling PSP games at 25% of stores. Before you begin saying that ...
More About: Computer , Stores
Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Taking Place Next Week For Pre-Purchasers [ArenaNe
2012-05-12 03:38:00
If you didn’t get enough time with Guild Wars 2 during the first beta weekend that took place back at the end of April, then you’ll be pleased to know that ArenaNet has invited all who have pre-purchased the title to participate in a stress test next week. Hit the ...
More About: Guild Wars , Computer , Week
New iOS 6 Apple-made Maps With 3D Support Confirmed by Another Source [Goog
2012-05-12 03:04:00
Earlier today we picked up a new report claiming that Apple is finally going to ditch Google Maps in favor of an in-house mapping solution built by the mapping companies purchased by Apple in recent years including Placebase, Poly9 and C3 Technologies. And it looks like the initial report published ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Source , Support
GameStop To Begin Buying & Selling Used MacBooks? [Leaked Image Suggests Th
2012-05-12 02:56:00
Lately we’ve been seeing massive US retailer GameStop begin to branch out from selling only games and consoles. Used games and gaming hardware are still a huge part of GameStop’s business of course, but with the boom in smartphones and tablets, GameStop has decided it was time to get in ...
More About: Buying , Selling , Computer , Computing , Image
iPhone 5/6 Design Not Yet Final? [New Report Claims Apple Has Not Finalized
2012-05-12 02:17:00
Now that the Galaxy S III has been officially announced, we?re waiting for the other flagship smartphone of 2012, the sixth-generation iPhone to be unveiled, a handset that will probably turn out to be a best-selling device, just like its predecessors. The new iPhone, currently called the iPhone 5 or ...
More About: Design , Mobile , Apple , Cell Phones , Iphone
Blizzard & Valve Settle Dispute Over DOTA Trademark [Blizzard DOTA To Be Re
2012-05-12 01:40:00
Blizzard and Valve have settled their legal dispute over Valve’s use of the DOTA trademark, which is definitely good news for gamers who were worried that a lengthy legal battle would make the wait for these two games even longer. After all, neither Valve nor Blizzard are known for getting ...
More About: Computer , Blizzard , Settle , Dota
Capcom Hoping Resident Evil 6 Will Ship 7 Million Copies [Capcom Hoping Tha
2012-05-12 00:54:00
Fiscal year 2012 is going to a big one, Capcom is hoping. In the company’s latest financial briefing, it outlined plans for four million sellers throughout the year, putting the spotlight on Resident Evil 6 in a big way: Capcom is counting on Resident Evil 6 shipments to top 7 ...
More About: Computer
Netflix Recovers From Previous Reputation Losses, Says Survey [After A Stri
2012-05-11 22:50:00
Let’s face it, folks, 2011 was not Netflix ’s year. With a series of misadventures better suited to an 80s movie involving wacky college kids and their evil dean, topped off by the fact that they made the annual JibJab year in review video with footage of a Netflix envelope getting ...
More About: Audio , Survey , Visual
NEC LaVie Z Ultrabook Offers Unexpected Advantage [In A Market Stuffed With
2012-05-11 22:18:00
With a host of ultrabooks already out there looking to take some shine away from the substantial market that’s out for Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, seeing one more come along doesn’t seem like it would be much worth considering. But road warriors everywhere should be very glad to ...
More About: Market , Computing , Notebooks , Offers , Tablets
Unlocked Nokia 808 PureView May Hit United States After All [Earlier Report
2012-05-11 21:33:00
Exciting news for those of you who wish you could have laid hands on one of Nokia ’s impressive new camera phones in the 808 PureView: while earlier reports unearthed by our own Kevin Schram suggested that the Nokia PureView 808 wasn’t going to be arriving in the United States after ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Report
LG LS970 Smartphone May Be Coming Soon [LG's Rumored New Smartphone Said To
2012-05-11 18:47:00
New word has emerged over a new smartphone said to be in the works out at LG, and it’s clear that LG doesn’t mean to take the smartphone wars lying down. No, the current word suggests that LG’s potentially-upcoming LS970 smartphone is going to be a fairly powerful piece of ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Smartphone
Sony Xperia S Now Available Direct From Sony Canada [Sony Canada Now Sellin
2012-05-11 17:47:00
The Sony Xperia S smartphone has just gotten a bit easier to purchase in Canada . Simply put, the handset is now available online. And while that may seem like a simple thing — while the handset launched with Sony Canada last month, it was only available at select retail locations. ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Direct
Apple Television Preparations In Progress, Says Foxconn [Foxconn CEO Terry
2012-05-11 17:33:00
You’ve got to applaud Terry Gou for his stance on being ready to provide what his primary customer–Apple –needs pretty much whenever Apple needs it, but his eagerness to provide may have unintentionally tripped up some plans to keep the Apple television quiet thanks to remarks recently spilled during an interview. ...
More About: Television , Audio , Visual , Progress
Spotify Desktop Apps Updated For Mac & Windows Users [Spotify Rolls Out Som
2012-05-11 17:14:00
If you happen to be a Spotify user that takes advantage of either the Windows or Mac desktop app, you may want to check for the most recent update. Yup, the folks at Spotify have not only announced but also released an updated version of the desktop apps for Windows ...
More About: Desktop , Computing , Notebooks , Tablets
iOS 6 Features End To Google Maps, Say Reports [The Strange Alliance Of Goo
2012-05-11 17:03:00
If anyone else ever thought it strange, as I did, that Apple’s go-to mapping function in iOS was Google Maps, despite the fact that Apple and Google have been at each others’ throats for years in terms of iOS and Android, then you’ll likely enjoy the fact that reason seems ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Features , Google Maps
Instacanvas Enables You To Buy & Sell Your Favorite Instagram Photos [Get A
2012-05-11 16:33:00
There are plenty of places online where you can sell things. In this case I am getting to the ability to sell your images. More specifically, the ability to sell your Instagram images. And perhaps more important — a place where you can sell them in a nice looking gallery ...
More About: Photos , Computing , Sell
USPS No Longer On Good Shipping Terms With Lithium-Ion Batteries [USPS Poli
2012-05-11 15:51:00
Those looking to ship any gadgets overseas using the United States Postal Service may soon need to use another service. Effective May 16th, the USPS will put some new rules in effect that will restrict overseas shipments (including APO, FPO and DPO) with lithium-ion batteries. Simply put, those looking to ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Batteries , Terms , Computing
Samsung Galaxy S III Now Available For Pre-Order With Expansys [Online Reta
2012-05-11 15:22:00
Ah, the interwebs. Which more often than not lately is becoming the place where you can pre-order a gadget that while officially announced, has not been given an official release date. On that note, online retailer Expansys has officially begun accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. That ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Online
Samsung Omnia M Windows Phone Announced [Samsung Unveils The Omnia M With W
2012-05-11 14:56:00
It looks like Samsung has come forward with another smartphone announcement. This one of course, comes with considerable less hype than what we say with the Galaxy S III. That said, perhaps it has to due with the release details or perhaps it has to do with the OS — ...
More About: Windows , Mobile , Phone , Cell Phones
Redsn0w iOS Jailbreak Tool Updated to Version 0.9.11b1 [Redsn0w 0.9.11b1 Av
2012-05-11 14:14:00
Earlier today we saw a video showing pod2g?s untethered jailbreak for a new iPad running iOS 5.1, and now we hear that the iPhone Dev Team has issued another update for its well-known Redsn0w iOS jailbreak tool. While the new Redsn0w update (version 0.9.11b1) can?t jailbreak the iPad 2, iPhone ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Tool , Computing , Notebooks
iPad 3 iOS 5.1 Untethered Jailbreak Achieved Already by Pod2g [New iPad Run
2012-05-11 13:57:00
Apple?s newest iOS devices running iOS 5.1 – the 2011 iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and the 2012 iPad 3 ? can?t be jailbroken using the current jailbreak programs out there. Nevertheless, we already know that the new iPad has been independently jailbroken by three hackers right after launch and ...
More About: Mobile , Cell Phones , Computing , Notebooks , Tablets
Ubisoft Releases First Assassin?s Creed 3 Gameplay Trailer [First Assassin'
2012-05-11 05:47:00
After being jerked around by Ubisoft for nearly three months, the company has finally given us some meaty Assassin’s Creed 3 media to sink our teeth into. Sure, we’ve read about, seen pretty screenshots, and even watched a trailer or two, but today we received the first gameplay trailer for ...
More About: Trailer , Computer
Worldwide PS Vita Sales Close In On 2 Million [Worldwide PS Vita Sales Stil
2012-05-11 01:53:00
Ever since the Vita ’s slow start in Japan, it seems that everyone wants to know how the PS Vita is selling. Unfortunately, Sony has remained largely silent on PS Vita sales, leading many to believe that the PS Vita isn’t selling as well as Sony (or its investors) would like. ...
More About: Computer , Sales , Close , Stil
Rockstar Handing Out Free Copies Of Midnight Club 2 Via Steam [Rockstar Giv
2012-05-11 01:30:00
You like free games, right? Of course you do. Everyone loves getting games for free, unless those games happen to nag you to spend money in their in-game stores after you download and install them. Luckily for you, we’ve found a game that’s completely free, doesn’t suck, and won’t require ...
More About: Computer , Free , Club , Rockstar
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