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2Jun/11Off

HTC Evo 3D Passes Through the FCC and Bares All

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Right on time for that recently leaked June 24th launch date, HTC’s Evo 3D has gained FCC certification today. What’s particularly interesting is the fact that the FCC documents are showing off complete schematics for the device.

While there’s not too much here we didn’t already know, the spec I found most interesting was the inclusion of a three-axis gyroscope found in devices like the Blackberry Playbook and iPhone 4 (thanks Earlymon!). This will definitely help in the gaming department. Just gets better and better!

And now we play the waiting game as we wait for the official release date from Sprint.

[Via WirelessGoodness]


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2Jun/11Off

Recently Leaked Sharp “Sidekick” Phone is Actually an AT&T Device

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Pocketnow is reporting that the recently leaked Android 2.2 powered Sharp phone and was speculated as being the next Sidekick is, in fact, the ADS1 “Capa” for AT&T. Despite looking near identical to the Sidekick LX ’09, apparently the device’s Bluetooth SIG gave it away. Not much else is known for the device except that it’s rumored to have a 600MHz processor and come with 512MB of RAM.

No worries though, I’m sure all the T-Mobile qwerty fanboys will be more than happy receiving the recently leaked, dual-core Mytouch 4G Slide (or is it Mytouch Slide 4G?) later this year.

[Via Pocketnow]


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2Jun/11Off

The Toshiba Thrive with Android 3.1 Gets A Ship Date and Pricing

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I guess Toshiba was feeling left out of the tablet market and who can blame them? Just about everyone has an Android tablet these days (saw a pretty nifty one at Kohls the other day) and if its one thing that makes Android great, it’s options. Say hello to the Toshiba Thrive.

So what exactly makes this Honeycomb tablet so special? Well, the fact that it comes in a wide array of options (there’s that word again) like an 8GB version for $430, 16GB for $480, and 32GB for $580. I personally think the 8GB version would more than do the trick seeing how it is the only tablet I’ve seen thus far offering a full sized SD card slot (no micro) and even full sized HDMI and USB connections. Wowzers.

Other notable specs include a removable battery (good for when Honeycomb freezes up on you), standard dual-core Nvida Tegra 2 processor, 5MP rear/2MP front facing cameras. Toshiba has also included some handy apps like Swype and upscaling software Resolution +.

The Toshiba Thrive will be the company’s first Honeycomb powered Android tablet to hit the U.S. and Best Buy will allow you to pre-order the device as early as June 13th with a rumored launch date of somewhere around July 10th.

This tablet sounds like a true winner to me (just hate the silver thing around the camera) hitting all the requirements I would look for in a tablet. But what about you guys? Out of all the Honeycomb tablets hitting this summer, which one will/would you pick up?

[Via Engadget]


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2Jun/11Off

HTC Announces New OpenSense SDK for Developers – Wants Moar Apps

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It’s been a few years since HTC first unleashed their beautiful “Android skin” known as Sense UI. We first saw it on the HTC Hero and since then, it has evolved, matured and even become the central focus for HTC and the reason, they feel, consumers would want an HTC device over all the rest. There’s no denying the beauty of Sense and the amount of polish all the native apps have about them but that was offset by the majority of apps having a stock “vanilla” Android UI to them. But after years of honing Sense on a plethora of devices and refining it to what we see today, HTC has formally announced their commitment to the developer community and has opened up their new site HTCdev.com.

Now, using their OpenSense SDK, developers from all over the world now have the API’s they need to tinker around and create apps built around and tailored to HTC’s custom UI. One of the cool API’s devs now have access to is the Scribe Pen API which could lead devs to creating some interesting and unique apps using HTC’s Scribe Pen in gaming apps and/or note taking apps. Or how about about HTC’s 3D API devs can use in their apps to create eye-popping 3D visuals in their apps? Pretty exciting stuff.

HTC is hoping this new move will help distinguish their UI from the multitude of devices from OEM’s all over the globe by giving them the edge where it matters most – apps. App exclusivity seems to be a hot topic going around these days and it looks like we’re just getting started. I, for one, am excited to see what developers will come up using the OpenSense SDK. Viva, la Android!

[Via Twitter]


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2Jun/11Off

Crayola’s ColorStudio HD now available, iMarker at Best Buy

Griffin announced via its Facebook page that its collaboration with Crayola, ColorStudio HD for iPad, is now available. We first heard of it just before CES, when news of the app along with the new iMarker stylus came out. The US$29.99 marker-styled accessory allows kids -- or any other coloring enthusiast -- to color more than 50 interactive coloring pages. A trial mode, available if you download the map but do not own the stylus, allows you to paint three pictures with your finger.

iMarker is now available through Best Buy and Griffin's site, and we will be getting our hands on it to give is a good run-through.

TUAWCrayola's ColorStudio HD now available, iMarker at Best Buy originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2Jun/11Off

AirPort devices out of stock in many Apple Stores, refresh imminent?

We've received reports from several Apple Stores across the US stating that some AirPort devices are either low in stock or out of stock altogether.

A reader let us know that all of the Apple Stores in his area are out of AirPort Express models, and one of our sources confirmed the Apple Store in his area is out of stock on not just the Express, but the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule as well. Another source says supplies at one store are not constrained and never have been, but the store "may have" received a notice to send its AirPort device inventory back.

We've heard nothing in the tech grapevine about upcoming refreshes to the AirPort line of products, but generally when Apple's inventory channels get constrained like this, it's a good sign a product update is imminent. It's worth noting that this year's WWDC is widely expected to be a software-only event, so if the AirPort line is indeed being updated, it's unlikely we'll hear about any upgrades then... unless Apple plans on somehow tying an updated AirPort line in with its iCloud offering. Shared data running off of local storage like a Pogoplug? Could happen.

Of course, Apple doesn't have to unveil any such hardware updates at a conference, and if the updates are going to be nothing more than modest feature bumps, they may just appear out of the ether the next time the Apple Store goes down.

Apple's online store still offers "within 24 hours" shipping times for all of its AirPort products, and not every Apple Store we've contacted has been able to confirm device shortages. However, it has been nearly two years since the last upgrade to the AirPort line, so it might be due for an update.

TUAWAirPort devices out of stock in many Apple Stores, refresh imminent? originally appeared on TUAW on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2Jun/11Off

Sony NGP Select Games Get Early Preview

Just earlier today, Sony confirmed that the NGP handheld will be backwards compatible with all those PSP games you’ve purchased in the past. The company also decided to do an early preview of select NGP games during its private event at the Sony Pictures soundstage in LA.

Sony demoed a good roster of titles including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Hot Shots Golf, Wipeout, Hustle Kings, Soundshapes, and Super Stardust Delta. These titles will all be a part of the NGP’s diverse launch lineup.

“We’ll talk more about social connectivity features down the line – today is about showing off the core games and getting you hands-on time,” said SCE president Shuhel Yoshida. “I’m sure you have burning questions on launch date, pricing, 3G data plans, and we’ll be very happy to share all those with you moving forward.”

Of the titles demoed, the most high profile one would be the Uncharted: Golden Abyss, developed by the same team that made the best PSP shooters including Resistance Retribution and Syphon Filter.

The following video shows some of the games in action. However, the demo unit shown is not how the final NGP handheld will look like. There is noticeably no marking of a device name anywhere on the unit, suggesting the company’s keeping the official name top secret until the E3 2011 reveal. Recent reports claim that the NGP could be called the Vita.

[via PlayStation Blog]


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2Jun/11Off

Uplinq Daily Show On Qualcomm LIVE! Cali Lewis Interviews SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen

SlashGear’s very own Vincent Nguyen has been busy reporting live from Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2011 conference. He’s been keeping us on top of the latest developments there spanning a wide range of topics including gaming optimization, augmented reality, NFC, cloud data, 4G, and much much more. He also managed time to do an interview with Cali Lewis. Check out the video after the cut.

Uplinq 2011 is a two-day event hosted by Qualcomm in San Diego. Yesterday, we covered the first keynote, which discussed the topics of 3D, peer-to-peer gaming, and augmented reality. A new Snapdragon “Game Pack” was also revealed as part of Qualcomm’s plans to support developers in optimizing games for its processors.

A keynote by HTC touched upon NFC technology, cloud data, and 4G, with Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop later taking the stage to outline five basic points for success. Various other demoes took place including HTC EVO 3D video recording and playback and HD games on the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO.


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Uplinq Daily Show On Qualcomm LIVE! Cali Lewis Interviews SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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2Jun/11Off

Sony Pictures Hacked, Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised

Just when you think it’s the last chapter of the Sony versus hackers saga, something new turns up. It’s now being reported that Sony Pictures has just gotten attacked by the infamous hacker group LulzSec, the same group responsible for a recent SQL-injection attack on the PBS front page.

After the successful breach, LulzSec announced that it had “compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information.” The group also claims that it was able to breach the system using “a very simple SQL injection” attack. This was the same way that Sony Music Japan and Sony Music Greece were hacked in previous weeks.

However, unlike the PlayStation Network breach, Lulzsec has actually released samples of the compromised personal data. The group published about 39,000 email and password combinations along with 12,500 more with email, password, home addresses, and dates of birth.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has so far only issued a statement from EVP of Global Communications Jim Kennedy saying “We are looking into these claims.”

[via ThisIsMyNext]


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Sony Pictures Hacked, Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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2Jun/11Off

ASUS Eee Pad MeMO Shows off HD Games at Uplinq 2011

At Uplinq 2011 in an event by the name of Technical Super Session: What Your Apps Can Do When You Target Snapdragon, Qualcomm demonstrated two Gameloft games, one by the name of Real Soccer 2011 HD, the other by the name of Spider-Man Total Mayhem HD. Both of these games you can expect to be listed amongst the rest of the the team on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Game Pack – click that link for more information in a 101 article of ours. Both of these games are shown working at over 30 frames per second and both are being shown off on the brand new ASUS Eee Pad MeMO – 3D tablet sweeness playing some Snapdragon-optimized games for the win!

Real Soccer 2011 HD

This is, as the title implies, a soccer game that relies on virtual buttons and a joystick on the display’s screen, showing off both tiny-person gameplay running across the screen kicking the ball in a seamless interactive environment, plus instant cinematic once a goal is scored. This does look like an impressive game to be sure, but we’re definitely hoping for a longer look soon down the line.

Spider-Man Total Mayhem HD

This game is certainly the start of something gigantic as Marvel Comics are no small name in video games, the first of a long line of amazing comic book games to be sure. Again massively impressive and smooth gameplay as well as cinematics all controlled via virtual buttons and joystick on the display.

Ramping up for a great year in Qualcomm Snapdragon optimized games!

Stay tuned to SlashGear for all the Qualcomm Uplinq 2011 news you can handle – comin at ya from all angles!


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ASUS Eee Pad MeMO Shows off HD Games at Uplinq 2011 is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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