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Did The Droid Bionic Just Pass The FCC?

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We’re already counting down the days until Verizon launches the Motorola Droid 3… July 7th if you didn’t know. Now we’re hoping the Droid Bionic will face a similar fate, get a launch date, and leap into our hands. After all, it will (god willing) be the first 4G dual-core Android device to launch on big red.

The above picture comes from the FCC and looks to be the Droid Bionic. If it is that means its one step closer to seeing store shelves. Of course the Droid Bionic has been delayed and delayed so at this point, nothing quite suffices as imminent. But let’s put all that behinds us and get the dual core 4G action into the public’s hands once and for all- whaddaya say, Verizon?

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Could Google’s Pi Billion Dollar Bid For Nortel Have Won The Auction Afterall?

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Google has a pretty interesting track record when it comes to heated public auctions of technology assets, but this time around they’ve really outdone themselves. As we earlier reported, Google lost the auction for Nortel’s assets to a consortium of tech powers, but along the way Google raised eyebrows with several interesting bets including one for $3.14159 Billion Dollars.

Yep… Pi Billion Dollars.

They also placed bids awkward bids of $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128, representing Brun’s Constant and Meissel-Mertens constant, two prime number related mathematical rules.

One source as reported by Reuters claimed, “”Either they were supremely confident or they were bored.” Or perhaps they were really, really smart.

Reuters stated that “Google’s shenanigans did not work,” but only two sentences later claim that the successful $4.5 Billion dollar bid was 3 times the expected sale price. Perhaps Google’s shenanigans worked exactly as they hoped.

Maybe next time, they’ll wear the t-shirts seen left to the actual auction.

What if Google’s goofy bids were made for the purpose of instigating a sense of utter irreverence. Maybe Google bidding in a light hearted and funny manner was meant to humiliate the competition into overbidding for Nortel’s assets, turning a financial decision into an emotional auction. Do you think Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony really want Google making a joke of the situation? Don’t you think maybe – just maybe – these companies took Google’s bids as a disrespectful slap in the face of sorts?

Relatively speaking, Google is the newcomer of the bunch. Think of the bidding situation like this: the adults are bidding at auction and some punk teenager comes in and totally disregards the traditions and rituals, turning the auction into their personal little spectacle.

Google is no stranger to playing games at auction. In 2008, Google lost the 700MHz spectrum auction to Verizon but walked away the winner. They never intended to win, instead only desired to push the price above $4.64 billion dollars at which point the spectrum would face an openness requirement regardless of the winner.

This could be a very similar situation as 2008. It’s very likely that Google never intended to win the auction, but instead artificially inflate the price, forcing their competitors to overpay for the assets and perhaps even complicate things with the newly formed “consortium”.

We’ll probably never know about the backroom discussions and bidding strategies, but it sure is fun to speculate. Over the next few years, it’ll be interesting to see how these intellectual assets are leveraged by the consortium and if failing to win the auction ends up biting Google in the butt.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – July 3, 2011

Happy July 4th weekend to everyone in the U.S. But there’s more to celebrate than Independence Day, SlashGear is having our first Tabletpalooza Giveaway as well as sending out invitations for the new Google+ social platform. Google+ was certainly big news this week and we’ll be going over that and more in our SlashGear Weekly Roundup video after the cut

SlashGear 101: What is Google+, Circles, Huddle?
What Google+, Circles, Sparks, and Huddle will Mean for Me and You
A Google+ Guide from Top to Bottom
Google+ Mobile App Review and Hands-On [BETA]
Gmail and Calendar refreshed with Google+ matching themes

Facebook To Thwart Google+ Excitement With An “Awesome” Launch Next Week?
Facebook To Launch In-Browser Skype Video Chat Next Week?

Windows Phone Mango seeded to developers from today
HTC Eternity leaks: 4.7-inch 1.5GHz WP7.1 Mango superphone?
Microsoft breaks 25,000 Windows Phone app barrier
Windows Phone Mango Won’t Require Physical Buttons?

Nokia sells off Messaging service as Finns continue to slim
Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 Apps Will Work On Rival Devices
Nokia N9 photos look REALLY good

RIM ignores users and has lazy marketing accuses senior exec
RIM’s Damage Control was Blandly Inevitable
RIM To Consider Splitting Co-CEOs
BlackBerry Playbook 10-Inch Version Axed?

HP confirms webOS licensing talks; Samsung tipped as suitor
HP TouchPad Review
webOS 3.0 Review

OS X 10.7 Lion Golden Master Version Seeded To Devs
OS X Lion And New MacBook Airs To Be Released July 14?
Apple To Ship 12-14 Million iPad 2s In Q3
Apple App Store Hits 100,000 iPad Apps Milestone
Happy 4th Birthday To The iPhone

Ricoh buys Pentax digicam business: Plans interchangeable lens cameras
MySpace Sold For $35 Million To Specific Media
Justin Timberlake To Bring MySpace Back?
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo All In Early Talks To Buy Hulu

Samsung Exhibit 4G
Acer Timeline X AS5840TG-640
WebOS 3.0
HP TouchPad
Google+ Mobile
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo
Neato XV-15 Robot Vacuum

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – July 3, 2011 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Should Kinect Play A Role In the Xbox 720?

When the Nintendo Wii launched, the future of motion gaming was in doubt. Some speculated that the console would die as soon as it launched, since they suspected gamers wouldn’t want to jump around to play titles. Others said that motion gaming was the future.

Now, several years later, it’s clear motion gaming did work, and looking ahead, it will seemingly play a key role in all Nintendo products.

But Nintendo isn’t the only company that’s doubling down on motion gaming, as we saw last year when Sony launched its PlayStation Move motion-gaming peripheral to some success.

But it was Microsoft’s controller-free Kinect motion-gaming device that stole the show.

When Kinect launched, the Xbox 360 seemed ripe for a refresh. The platform was losing ground internationally to the PlayStation 3, and it was trailing far behind the Wii in the U.S. But after the Kinect launched, the Xbox 360 got a new lease on life, and given sales of the console as of late, it likely won’t be replaced anytime soon.

Like it or not, Kinect has been integral to the Xbox 360’s success. The device has caught on with casual gamers that are intrigued by the idea of playing a video game with only the movement of their bodies.

But as we look into the future of the Xbox franchise, we now need to determine if Kinect should work with the Xbox 720 (or whatever the device will be called at launch). Undoubtedly, casual gamers will want to see it. But what about the hardcore segment?

Yes, games are launching in the coming months with Kinect functionality that might appeal to those folks, but so far, the hardcore segment hasn’t been so quick to jump on the motion bandwagon.

Inevitably, Microsoft will need to determine if Kinect makes sense with the Xbox 720 by evaluating how much value it could add to its next console. And that can only be determined by properly estimating consumer response.

Since I’m a consumer who will undoubtedly buy the Xbox 720, allow me to make my opinion known right now: I don’t want to see the Kinect make its way to the upcoming console. I don’t like motion gaming, I see no value in it, and I’m willing to bet I never will.

I am an old-fashioned, hardcore gamer that enjoys sitting on my couch, and using a controller to play video games. Though the Kinect wouldn’t stop me from buying the Xbox 720, I wouldn’t be happy to see it included.

Do I think Kinect is a neat technology? Absolutely. Do I think it has potential? Of course. But motion gaming isn’t for me. And if the Xbox 720 relies heavily upon it, I won’t be happy.

But that’s just my opinion. Should Microsoft’s Kinect play a role in the Xbox 720? Let us know in the comments below.

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Should Kinect Play A Role In the Xbox 720? is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Tabletpalooza 2011 Giveaway Week 1: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1!

Welcome to our very first annual Tabletpalooza giveaway for July of 2011! This contest is one where you’ll be able to win one of several brand new NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor powered Android tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and SlashGear! Each of these tablets is unique and powerful in its own way, and between SlashGear and Android Community we’ve got five of em! Each week a new tablet will be revealed here on SlashGear and over on our sister site Android Community, available for you to win for free! What’s our first tablet going to be, you might ask? Why, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 of course!

On Android Community they’re giving away an equally awesome Acer Iconia Tab A500, a full review of which you can grab there as well. As for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 we’re giving away here on SlashGear, you can grab a full review here on SlashGear and note, the review shows a slightly different version of the tablet in a Limited Edition Google I/O state, the one you’re going to win below is the newest standard Wi-Fi edition – clean and fresh! You can get a review of this edition on Android Community.

Now for the rules!

To win one of these fabulous tablets, you must:

1. “like” us on Facebook:
2. Comment on the wall so we can see you’re connected
3. Submit your email and name to [email protected] so we can connect to you with Google+!
4. If you’ve already got a G+ account, add Vincent Nguyen (right here) to your SlashGear Circle and send him a message so he knows you’re in!

If you do not have early beta access to G+, don’t worry, we’ll invite you when we get more invites to send out! Double win! Full rules are as follows:

Contest begins July 3rd, 8AM PST, and ends July 25, 2PM PST barring any complications finding winners. A winner will be announced every Monday (except for the 4th) here in the main news feed and at our official Facebook page.

WINNERS will be given the opportunity to submit a review of their tablet and have it posted on the front page of SlashGear or! *Reviews may be edited or modified before publication and are considered works for hire under the 1976 Copyright Act. Submissions will be ineligible for payment or remuneration.

Competition is open to residents of the US or UK over the age of 18. One entry per contest per person. Family members of Google and SlashGear/Android Community are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted via the specified SlashGear Facebook page; entries left in the comments section of this or any other post will not be recognized. One entry per person (and yes, we check). Winners of the July 2011 Android Community Tabletpalooza giveaway are ineligible to win the July 2011 SlashGear Tabletpalooza giveaway, and vice-versa.

The winners will be announced on SlashGear and will be expected to contact SlashGear via the following email: [email protected] ; they will be expected to respond within 24 hours else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winner agrees that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to, NVIDIA, SlashGear, and Android Community.

Prize consists of five NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered tablets to be announced at the start of each weekly contest period, distributed between SlashGear and Android Community. One prize per winner. There is no cash alternative or any other alternative for prize winners unless this prize should become unavailable, in which case SlashGear and NVIDIA reserve the right to substitute another prize of equal or greater value.

Contest provided by SlashGear/Android Community. Prizing provided by NVIDIA. Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to [email protected]

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Tabletpalooza 2011 Giveaway Week 1: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1! is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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