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12Jun/11Off

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

Last week’s tech news was filled with developments from two major events—Apple’s WWDC 2011 developer conference and the E3 2011 gaming conference. And so, in this week’s video we’re going over all the details on the Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud. We also roundup all the E3 announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. But since today is a big game day for my home team, the Dallas Mavericks, we’ll just leave it at that. Go Mavs! Beat the Heat!

This week’s video is a bit longer than usual, but goes through everything WWDC and E3 fairly thoroughly. However, if you’d like to read more about all the news for yourself, you can check out all the WWDC news here and all the E3 news here. Also, do make sure to take a look at our Motorola TRIUMPH and PHOTON 4G hands-on. We also did a review this week on the “Facebook phone”, the HTC Salsa.


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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. This week we covered both E3 and WWDC making for a very busy week focused on Apple and gaming. WWDC was all about software with no hardware unveiled. We rounded up ten of the cool new features of Mac OSX Lion in one story, and they are cool features. A really cool and expensive custom home theater with a pirate the more surfaced early in the week. The photos are renderings that show what the theater that is under construction right now will look like.

During WWDC iCloud went official and we learned all of the details on the new offering. You can learn all about the features of iCloud and they sound really cool in this story. During WWDC we also learned that OS X Lion would be offered in the Mac App store next month for only $30. I wish we could expect Microsoft to try and match that price with Windows.

The HTC Sensation is rumored to have a “Death Grip” issue like the iPhone 4 had. HTC has naturally denied any such issue with the smartphone despite some user reports to the contrary. Ben did his analysis thing with the new features that Apple is offering on iOS and OS X. The features will certainly be enough to keep Mac and iOS fans happy.

At E3 the Xbox 360 was announced to come in a new limited edition Gears of War 3 design. The bundle will include the console, a controller, and a copy of the game and the design looked really cool. After only a few hours of being available to download iOS 5 was jailbroken. The tethered jailbreak used the limera1n exploit and a tethered boot.

Apple unveiled the iMessage feature that will not be liked by carriers. The new feature allows for free SMS messaging and will mean that some users kill off their texting plans. Vince went hands on with the cool Nintendo Wii U at E3. You can check out the hands on video here.

Nintendo offered the full features and details on the Wii U at E3. If you want to learn all there is to know this side of pricing and availability in one story, this is it. Steve Jobs revealed a new campus for Apple that is planned for construction in Cupertino. The campus is described as a spaceship and looks like a big ring.

The OnLive Player for iPad and Android tablets broke cover at E3 last week. The OnLive Player will allow the tablet users to play any one of about 100 games on the tablet. HTC promised an unlocked bootloader for the Sensation smartphones. The Sensation devices were ready to ship before HTC promised to deliver the unlocked loaders on its devices.

We rounded up all the announcements for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo at E3 and put them into one article. This is the cheat sheet to all the cool unveilings. If you want a short and to the point overview of WWDC 2011 in a few minutes we have that too. You can get the highlights from WWDC here.

HP’s TouchPad is set to hit the US on July 1 from $500. This tablet runs WebOS and is the first tablet to use the new operating system. Citi has admitted that hackers gained access to its servers. The hackers stole data on about 200,000 cardholders.

Microsoft announced that it would sell three HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones for only a penny. The devices include the HTC Trophy, Arrive, and HD7. A man has invented an awesome Hoverbike that is classified as an ultralight. The thing reminds us of the Star Wars bikes that raced around the forest in Return of the Jedi.

Last year Apple rejected an app called WiFi Sync over security concerns and other things. The same exact feature with the same name and a very similar logo has now turned up in iOS 5. Samsung has launched the first commercial for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It makes fun of the iPad 2′s lack of Flash support.

Chris posted up his review of the HTC Salsa late in the week. Chris thinks the Salsa is an odd phone and the Facebook button makes little sense this time around. Geeks digging into iOS 5 have found confirmation that the iPhone 5 will have 1080p video export and an 8MP camera. That 8MP camera has been rumored by several sources.

LulzSec has taken its collective hacker eyes off Sony for a bit and used them for something else. The hacker group has taken down the terrorist site Aljihad.com. Thanks for reading this week’s edition of the Week in Review, see you next time!


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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2011 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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12Jun/11Off

Twitter Leak Confirms Apple Partnering with Nuance for iOS Speech Recognition

These screenshots posted on Twitter by @ChronicWire uncovered Nuance settings in the latest internal iOS build. This confirms that speech recognition is on the way, possibly as soon as iOS 5 this fall. This is great news for anyone that is currently texting while driving. We are definitely in favor of making the iPhone better, and making the roads safer.

Lots of rumors about a Nuance-Apple partnership were flying around before WWDC, but nothing was mentioned during the keynote. It seems that Apple and Nuance had been working on a deal for quite some time, it just wasn’t ready in time for the WWDC. These screenshots are all we have to go on at the moment, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

Speech recognition technology has been around for years, but it has also been fraught with problems every step of the way. Anyone that has tried speech recognition software has probably experienced a wide range of results while using it, everything from the occasional humorous typo, to the output resulting in compete gibberish. Do you think speech recognition has improved enough for iOS integration, or do you think it is best left in science fiction for the time being?

[via Macrumors]

Twitter Leak Confirms Apple Partnering with Nuance for iOS Speech Recognition is written by Ammon Carpenter & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Next Generation MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge Processor to Begin Production This Month

Anyone who recently purchased a MacBook Air may soon be kicking themselves as the next generation of Macbook Airs with Sandy Bridge processors could launch as early as July. A note obtained by AppleInsider from Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that Apple has placed an order for about 400,000 of these next generation MacBook Airs. They are also expected to include Apple’s relatively new Thunderbolt data transfer ports.

The new models will include the option for the Core i5 or Core i7 chips. About 55 percent of the new units will be the 11.6 inch model, and the remainder of the them will be the 13.3 inch version. Kuo also reported that Apple has scaled back production of its current McBook Air models. A final run of 80,000 of the old units is scheduled for this month. With all the talk at Apple’s WWDC about iCloud, and OS X Lion, it is clear that Apple is focused on mobility. The move to switch to the Sandy Bridge processor will undoubtedly strengthen the position of the ultra-slim MacBook Air.

News and rumors have been circulating for months about the release of the next MacBook Air. Rumors about the Sandy Bridge processor and the MacBook seem to have first surfaced in April. Around the end of May, bloggers in Japan reported Apple had begun testing the MacBook Air with an A5 chip.
Even though many prefer the MacBook Pro, Kuo said about 1.1 million MacBook Airs were shipped in the last three months of 2010. Were you considering buying a MacBook Air? Are you going to wait a little longer, or just make the jump to the MacBook Pro?

[via AppleInsider]


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Next Generation MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge Processor to Begin Production This Month is written by Ammon Carpenter & originally posted on SlashGear.
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