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The Daily Slash: December 16 2010

We know how you love to see things ripped out of their packages, so let me show you a LG Optimus U Hands-On and Unboxing for your pleasure. It’s a nice inexpensive (basically free) Android phone that comes in blue! Take a quick peek at the new-to-Android ComiXology App, see as PlayStation releases an app for both Android and iOS, and get mysterious with a strange Droid de-shelving at Best Buy. Discover Why TIME Got It Right with Philip. Check out our full fledged review of the brand-spankin-new Nexus S by Ewdison, grab a quick Google Maps 5 for Android Hands-On from Ewdison again, and take a double look at the continuation of our Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector with today’s subject: Everyday Use with yours truly. Then if you’ve got a mind for winning a free Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop take a walk over to Android Community or kick it right here on SlashGear. Win win win!

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Editor’s Choice
Nexus S Ninja unboxing concentrates on mayhem [HINT: NUNCHUCKS]
iPad multi-user UI concept is super-simple and much needed [UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT]
Motorola Applies for Trademark Patent Over “Stadia” for New Device [MYSTERY]
Blakemedia’s iPhone 4 Speak & Spell Decal is $6.99 of Greatness [CUTE]
EA Games Debuts Batch of Apps for iOS Including Scrabble and Mortal Kombat [IT HAS BEGUN]

SlashPhone
LG Optimus 2X Has Dual Core CPU Inside
Android Voice Search Now Recognizes Your Personal Voice
Huawei Ascend Android Smartphone Launched on MetroPCS

Android Community
Ninja Nexus S unboxing is perhaps best ever
Nexus S goes on sale – Who’s buying?
Dell Venue official in Korea: Android 2.2 and curved glass AMOLED
Google App Inventor now open for all
LG’s Tegra 2 Optimus 2X official: due from Jan 2011
Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway REMINDER [REMINDER REMINDER]
Yahoo! Messenger App For Android Updated, Now Includes Free Voice Calling
LG Optimus U Hands-On and Unboxing [FEATURED]
Velocity Micro Release Cruz T301 Tablet
Motorola Applies for Trademark Patent Over “Stadia” for New Device
Leaked Images of LG B Smartphone Show Super-Bright Screen
Chumby Application for Android Available Now
ComiXology App Now for Android
Android 2.2.1 XXJPU ROM for Galaxy S Leaked [One Fabulous Froyo Build]
Free Android Phones at RadioShack
Technicolor Tablet Finds Its Way Through FCC
Official PlayStation App Coming to Android (and iOS)
Verizon Says No Recall on Droid 2 Global and Moto Droid Pro
Nexus S [REVIEW]
Fring Sees Staggering Revenue from fringOut

SlashGear
IE9 5x more malware secure than Firefox say researchers
Microsoft Bing refresh adds Facebook support; Bing 2.0 for iOS released
Mac App Store launches January 6 2011
iBooks 1.2 released: AirPrint, Collections & more
Google Nexus S on sale now
Sony grab Nobel Prize winner for OLED, organic battery & solar panel research advice
JVC LSI 2D/3D camcorder chip promises Full HD 60fps 3D, 4K2K & more at CES 2011
OpenBSD coder denies FBI backdoor allegations
Facebook photo auto-tagging makes ID’ing friends easier
Apple app sharing patent application makes try-&-buy personal
iPad multi-user UI concept is super-simple and much needed
Nintendo 3DS Euro launch details at Jan 19 2011 press conference?
Dell Venue Android 2.2 version of Venue Pro hits Korea this month
Android 2.3 headed to AOSP imminently confirms Google; custom ROMs ahoy!
MacBook Pro and “mainstream” new size iMac tipped for 1H 2011
Google’s Android App Inventor opens for everybody [Video]
LG Optimus 2X official: Tegra 2, HDMI & 1080p HD
SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway REMINDER [REMINDER REMINDER]
A Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector : Everyday Use [REVIEW]
Nexus S Teardown
Self-Powered House Generates Income for You
SkyKap Advisor is a Hat with Integrated GPS, Costs $300
Vizio XVT3D650SV Unveiled, Brings 3D to 65-Inch $3,500 TV
Scooterputer Features a Thermaltake Element V Case on a Scooter [Video]
Google Maps 5 for Android Hands-On [FEATURED]
Fujisoft PALRO Humanoid Shows That Remembers Places and Things on Video
Court in Spain Rules It’s Legal to Own, Advertise, and Sell Jailbroken PlayStation 3s in Spain
SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California
Why TIME Got It Right [COLUMN]
EA Games Debuts a Batch of New Games for iOS Including Scrabble and Mortal Kombat
Self-Sterilizing Door Handle Wins Concept Design Award, Needs to be Real
Blakemedia’s iPhone 4 Speak & Spell Decal is $6.99 of Greatness
T-800 Terminator Bust Made from LEGO
Nokia accuses Apple of infringing 13 more patents
Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets Hotfix for Online Connectivity

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Helicopter helps nab suspected iPhone thief

In a scene resembling the chase for O.J. and his white Bronco, a police helicopter assists in following an Australian teen suspected of stealing an iPhone.

Originally posted at Technically Incorrect

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A Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector : Everyday Use

Welcome back to our “Week With” series starring the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector from AAXA. If you’d like to see this little monster being taken out of its box, head back to the Unboxing and Hands-On post – if you’d just like to see it in action, feel free to proceed below. In this first review post we take a look at everyday uses of this device from bringing it to school to keeping it at home to watch a movie on your wall (or projector screen.) Keep your eyes peeled for usability and functionality.

Hardware

If you take a look back at our original post announcing availability of this projector, you’ll see that this device is a three-color laser light source projector, one they call “revolutionary.” It also includes proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to produce 800 x 600 resolution and 20 lumen output. It has a built-in speaker, ports for VGA, A/V, USB, and power (for both charging and using whilst plugged in,) plus there’s a headphone jack on the other side.

It fits right in the palm of your hand and all the controls are in plain sight. Once you get into working the menu, you’ll more than likely have a short learning session as the UI is slightly imperfect. But just speaking on behalf of the hardware here, everything seems really slick, all buttons extremely responsive and hearty. Once the projector is running, you’ll hear that the fan has its work cut out for it. You will hear the fan running more than 60% of the time you’ve got the device on. It’s not the quietest fan I’ve ever heard, but you’ll probably get used to it quick after you hear it.

As far as cords go, you’ll have to see what your situation is when you get to the point where you’re going to decide what to use this device for. You’ve got a few cords included in the package, but there’s definitely room for want. For instance you might want a USB to USB cord to connect the device to your computer to add files to the device’s onboard storage.

Software

Once you have the device in your hand and you’d like to start playing some movies or looking at some photos projected high up in your classroom when the teacher isn’t looking, you’ll notice that there’s no screen from whens you can see selections. Wait a second, you’ll say, of course there’s no screen, this is a projector! So you turn the device on and sure enough, the menu is staring you right in the face, right over there on the wall.

The menu is confusing. Apple didn’t design this user interface, and sure as heck Google and the people at Android didn’t take a whack at it. It’s got five different items on the screen that you can highlight – four of them around an image of your controller (same as on the device,) and two more to the right. Around the controller are Documents, Photos, Video, and Music. To access each of these, you’ve only to press up, down, left, or right. When you’ve highlighted an item, its name is also highlighted at the top of the screen. This would be great, but the rest of the names are up there too, flanking the highlighted name. Say what? Confusing, very confusing. Then to get to the other two options: Sources (Input) and Settings, you’ve got to press right two times. You’ve got to select movie, but continue moving to your right to access these two additional items. Weird. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it though, and the confusion doth never return.

A couple of the greatest things about this device are it’s ability to play and project all sorts of files and its ability to hold files inside itself for playing without anything connected. The most convenient way you’re going to end up using this device is to bring a USB stick along with all the content you’d like to display. Your stick plugs right into the side and your files appear basically instantly.

Picture

The picture is really nice, especially for such a tiny projector. I’ve used it to watch a couple of movies in my wife and I’s living room in the dark and have had basically no complaints. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to getting certain movies and etcetera to project at full quality, but it’s nothing a person who can read the instructions manual (a very nicely laid out manual I remind you) wouldn’t be able to understand quite quickly. The picture is bright, the picture is colorful, and the picture is always in focus. Always always always. As I mention in the video, I remember the teachers and professors at the schools I went to constantly having to set the projector up to focus on the screen. No more of that, I say.

The picture projects as well as you’d expect it to in light and dark. Projected images obviously look better in the dark than they do in the light because, you know, there’s no competition. On the other hand, this projector deals a better game than they speak of in the advertisements as far as displaying in the light goes. NOTE: In the video when you see lines (or “waves”) moving through the projected image, note that these are only the result of my video camera having a different frame rate than the projector projects. The video is indeed clean.

Everyday Use

In most instances you’ll end up placing this device down while you’re displaying the media you’d like to display. This device is small though, and was clearly designed to be brought along for presentations in the office, school, or otherwise to be held in the hand. When you do either of these, your primary concern should be the heat. This device does get pretty hot pretty quick. You’re not going to be wanting to hold the projector in your hand for the entirety of its battery life (about an hour, a little more), because your hand will thusly become uncomfortable. The device does not become so hot though that you should worry about it overheating and breaking, but don’t go wrapping it in a warm towel just to test it.

We (my wife and I) have used the projector at home now to watch a couple movies up on the wall before we go to bed. We generally like to watch terrifying horror movies so we can’t sleep for weeks, so we watched one of those and Anchorman, a comedy movie you may have heard of, and both worked out really well. We of course turned the lights down for both (got some popcorn too), and definitely recommend doing this when watching anything on the projector if you’ve got the option. Poltergeist is, of course, terrifying either way. This device is clean.

A Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector from AAXA

Take a look at all of our “Week With” posts for the L1 v2 projector in this ever-growing list right here, starting with the first announcement and ending with the final word:

L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector Revealed by AAXA [Original Press Release]
A Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector : Hands-on and Unboxing
A Week With the L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector : Everyday Use

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Nexus S Teardown

Oh those folks at iFixit, they’re so wild in their need to take everything apart. Come with me and see their unscrewing and note with me how they find Nexus S to be more of a gimmick than a feature-filled device. Ruh roh. Did they say gimmick? They sure did. They note first and foremost the fact that it’s got a curved display and is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, saying basically that these shouldn’t be enough to convince someone to purchase the brand new phone. They do say some nice things though! Or maybe they’re just funny. They note that once the back of the phone is off, it looks like something out of Tron: Legacy. Then they say that you shouldn’t give the battery to a baby. And you know good and well that it only gets better from there!

Some of the interesting finds iFixit uncovers are on the motherboard: Skyworks SKY77529 Tx Front-End Module for Dual-Band GSM / GPRS / EDGE, SanDisk SDIN4C2 16GB MLC NAND flash, Samsung KB100D00WM-A453 memory package and S5PC110A01 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Processor (duh, but look at all those extra numbers and letters!), Infineon 8824 XG616 X-Gold baseband processor, Wolfson Microelectronics WM8994 ultra-low power audio codec. Lost yet?

They speak of the smile-screen as well. Smile-screen because it’s curved. They mention that Google saying this phone has a “curved glass screen” might be misleading, some people believing that meant it was a curved Super AMOLED screen, which it isn’t. As you can see in the photo they took above, the front glass panel is definitely curved, while the rest of the components are as flat as the board. They mention also that the LCD is fused to the front glass panel, making it a bit more difficult to repair should the front panel ever be shattered. Watch out for phone crushers.

[Via iFixit]


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Self-Powered House Generates Income for You

This is a concept project that’s on its way to real reality. I say real reality because not only are there hopes to turn this project into a reality, there’s money moving towards that end. In Germany, this “Plus-Energy” house is designed by Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), headed by Werner Sobek (who succeeded the great Frei Otto, a master of lightweight structures.) – thanks for the info, TreeHugger. There’s a bit of credibility right there that lends itself toward thinking this is a project on its way toward the real world. What is it? Why, it’s a square house completely covered in photovoltaic panels and solar thermal systems that generate electricity and hot water.

What else would it be?

Of course the whole interior of the house is green as it can be, designed to make the most of everything including energy and light (hence the giant windows.) Two electric cars “come with” the house too, both of them getting all the power they need from the houses energy intake. After that as well as all the energy you’ve used in your day-to-day, apparently there’ll be even more left over, this energy then available for you to sell to the city power companies for a profit. Basically it seems like this house is the greatest thing since solar power was harnessed in the first place. Will it work the way they say it’ll work? Check back in the middle of next year – that’s when they say it’ll be done and ready to go.

[Via DVice]


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SkyKap Advisor is a Hat with Integrated GPS, Costs $300

Having GPS in all sorts of things is becoming all the rage. Knowing where you are, where others are, or any other useful things that GPS can be used for, are all getting closer to the chest, thanks to smaller chips, and better technology. One sport that needs GPS, if you’re someone who doesn’t like to gauge distances with just your eyes, is golf. And that’s where the brand new SkyKap Advisor comes in, thanks to its integrated GPS, and voice-activated processor.

The chip and processor are integrated into the brim of the hat. The voice-activated processor comes in handy when you’re on golf course, and you want to know how far away the hole is to your current position. It will then judge where you are, to whatever point you are querying about. It will tell you how far you are from the green, the hole, or even hazards, like sand pits.

It does this, because you’ll have to plug your hat into your computer at home, and download information about a particular golf course you’re playing at. And, if by the off-chance the software doesn’t have the course you’re playing at, you can actually just walk around the course, and it will collect the data for you, which you can use at a later time. The SkyKap Advisor is available right now, but you’ll have to shell out $300 to get your hands on it.

[via InventorSpot]

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More arrests in tech insider-trading scheme

Justice Department unveils charges against five more, including an employee of an Apple supplier who's accused of leaking information about an unannounced iPhone as well as the internal name and details of the project that became the iPad.

Originally posted at Circuit Breaker

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Velocity Micro Updates Cruz Tablet

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Velocity Micro’s Cruz tablet was just quietly refreshed, altering its specs but gaining to real improvements. The 16:9 800×480 sreen and 512MB of RAM featured in the Cruz T103 give way to a 4:3 800×600 screen and 256MB of RAM in the updated Cruz T301. Other specs remain similar and pedestrian, and the tablet boasts 10 hours of battery life.

The Borders eBook app present on the original is replaced with the Amazon Kindle app, and the only other place you will be finding new software is in the Cruz apps market. There are 4GB of internal storage plus USB and SD card expandability. The whole kit and caboodle costs a low $249.99.

[via Laptoping]

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Explore the Curves of the Nexus S Inside-Out in this Teardown

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For those with a teardown fetish, iFixit has your fix once again. The innards of the Nexus S have been laid out right before your lustful eyes. If the curves of the phone’s screen had you going gaga, though, you may want to look away. The rest of the components are on your standard flat motherboards, and all are pretty standard (especially if you have seen the Galaxy S torn down). Full teardown at the source link below.

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[iFixit via Engadget]

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AndFriends Tackles Social App Discovery by Gathering Suggestions from Friends

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Yet another application is taking a stab at making app discovery easier by approaching recommendations as a new phone buyer would: by asking their friends which apps they use. Once signed up with your Google account, AndFriends trawls your contacts (it can link up via Twitter and Facebook, too) and creates a list of suggestions based on the info gathered. You can then download apps via the Android Market.

You can choose apps to share or keep private, review them, post them to Twitter and Facebook, sort them by a wide range of filters, and store your favorites in a widget. The app will even notify you when friends install new applications so you will never be the lame dude at the party saying “Wha? What’s Angry Birds?”

Oh, the app also implements a badge system similar to foursquare to encourage engagement and sharing. You can find it in the Android Market now.

[via TechCrunch]

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