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23Aug/11Off

Nintendo Holding Private 3DS Event in September, New Hardware Possible

For those of you already in possession of the now price-slashed Nintendo hand-held 3D gaming unit, you should know that even though Nintendo has apologized for the cost reduction to early adopters who’d payed more in the first place, Nintendo may indeed be taking a loss on every unit BUT they’re not giving up yet! As evidenced by the flame red 3DS and the oncoming release of flagship game Star Fox 64 3D as well as what’s been announced today: a trade event in September centered around the Nintendo 3DS gaming unit.

What Nintendo is planning here is a trade event scheduled for September 13th, 2011, just days before the official Tokyo Games Show. This trade show is not for the public, open instead only to investors, analysts, and journalists of all kinds. What this event will more than likely play host to is a brand new flagship game or two, a show of support for the already released 3DS hardware, or MAYBE a new device. On the other hand, there is another rumor surrounding a potential add-on to existing hardware that’d make this device much more versatile as far as joystick games go.

We’re to understand that the same source which gave us all information on the Wii U two months before it was officially unveiled by Nintendo has dropped another bit of potential release information: a $10 right analog stick attachment. How this little bugger would actually attach to your existing device or how on earth you’d be able to keep it attached while you’re having awesome joystick fun is not yet known.

With this second stick addition comes another rumor that a whole new gaming system will be released in the same or a similar form-factor that the 3DS has but this time with the right analog stick attached by default and either a lowered or completely axed 3D capability on both displays. Aka a 2DS, if you will. A decision to release the 3DS in an entirely new way here we’ve got to say might not be in Nintendo’s best interests – this sort of move will almost certainly create another environment in which Nintendo would have to “apologize” for betraying those who adopted the gaming system in the first place.

What do you think? Do you have a 3DS right this minute? Would you feel betrayed by another major change in the 3DS ecosystem?

[via Geek]


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23Aug/11Off

Facebook August Privacy Changes Rolling Out Now

Facebook today announced a series of privacy-related changes to its social networking site, several of which address the question “who can see this?” Facebook has for several years (or I suppose we can go ahead and say “since inception”) been the subject of questions about privacy and what it constitutes as fair game as far as user-entered information goes. The two main subjects of this newest release cover broadly what will appear on your profile from here on out as well as what happens when you share something on Facebook in many manners.

On Your Profile

First note that now on your profile you’ll be able to see a pull-down menu that allows you to select everything “from your hometown to your latest photo album” and decide whether or not you’d like that element to be seen publicly. These settings (or some of them at least) have been available before on your Settings page, this page now being much cleaner and less full of wackiness.

Along with what appears on your profile, the photos you’ve been tagged in, while before simply appearing on your profile instantly, you’ll now have the power to approve or disapprove before they take action. With this comes (back) the idea that you should have control over your own photos, your ability to keep your photos private – both in sight and in tagging – from friends or random onlookers.

Finally there’s a “View Profile As” button in play, as it’s been for some time now, but it’ll be moved to the top of your profile and visible only to you so it’s easy to see how anyone else (be it a stranger, friend, or foe) sees your profile.

When You Share

Your ability to direct where your shared content goes is now inline rather than behind the scenes – see a trend here? Where before you had to go into your settings to change who was able to see posts you made, you can now select who is going to be able to see your content each time you post it with a simple pulldown menu next to the post button. At the moment you’ve only got a few options for what you’re able to do with this list, but it’ll be expanding over time.

removetag
location
publicshare
phottotag

There’s a simple word change in play now: “Everyone” has been changed to “Public,” this clarifying things a bit. Along with this is the ability to change settings on a status update once you’ve posted it. Thus far they’ve only added the ability to change who can see a post, but we’re hoping for more editing abilities in the future.

Tagging has been updated so that you no longer have to be friends with a person or “like” a page if you want to mention it, though you can still, as mentioned above, have the ability to disapprove of a tag if you don’t like it. Finally, there’s the ability to tag your location in any post. Where before you were only able to “check in” to locations with a smartphone, you can now make it work from your PC. Neato!

All of these changes should be rolled out inside the next few days to you and yours.

[via Facebook]


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23Aug/11Off

Sony S1 renamed Tablet S, launching mid-September

More details are surfacing on Sony’s first Android tablets now that we’re getting closer to launch time. Despite several teaser videos and some hands-on time with the tablets, very few details have been revealed. But Engadget now has word that the larger of the two Sony tablets, codenamed the S1, will be officially named the Tablet S and is set to launch within the first two weeks of September.

The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4-inch 1280×768 screen and will come running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The key features for the tablet are focused on its integration with home entertainment, such as being able to control home theater devices via the integrated IR blaster, similar to what’s available on the Vizio Tablet. However, the Sony Tablet S also offers the ability to “Throw” media to other DLNA-compatible hardware.

The Tablet S will have a front-facing 3-megapixel camera with a rear=facing 5-megapixel camera as well as various accessories such as a wireless keyboard and dock and connector dongles. It will also be PlayStation Certified meaning it has access to console quality gaming in addition to music, movies, and books. Pricing, however, is still uncertain although the number $599 has been brought up before.

[via Engadget]


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Sony S1 renamed Tablet S, launching mid-September is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Aug/11Off

Tablet Computer Spotted in 1968 Kubrick Classic, Cited in Samsung Case

It appears that the very first place one might see a tablet computer in action, at least one looking so minimalistic as an iPad, is in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick. This movie features at least one scene in which a couple of tablets are used to compute while breakfast is being consumed by their users. What this particular scene is being used for at this very moment is so-called evidence that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet design does not use the iPad 2 for inspiration, that instead a single screen with little border surrounding it used for computing has been a common design for a “tablet” computer for quite some time.

The funniest bit about this entire situation is that Samsung literally attached a YouTube clip to a court case file as evidence that as far back as 1968 (in the Kubrick film) tablets have had a rather chopped-down look to them. Whether or not this actually holds up in the case is yet to be seen – what’s interesting here is that by including a YouTube clip, Samsung has made this part of the case viral.

Another item of note is that the interior of the spaceship Discovery, this “tablet” scene included, was conceived several months before it was actually filmed, filming taking place somewhere inside 1965, pushing this “invention” date back even further. The officers aboard the ship, Bowman and Poole, also should be noted as using 9×16 ratio tablets, much larger than what we’re seeing in 10-inch tablets today. The YouTube user septemberX uploaded this video back on February 11, 2010, so we can guess that he had no original intent on it being used for this court case.

Samsung’s note includes the following:

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

Science Fiction always, always paves the way for the future. Though “true” Sci-Fi always shows a bleak, dark look at the future, here we see our present played out through the tablet computer. Whether or not it’s actually the first iPad-esque tablet or not, we’re not sure. What we can be sure of is that the idea has always been awesome.

[via FossPatents]


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Tablet Computer Spotted in 1968 Kubrick Classic, Cited in Samsung Case is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Aug/11Off

Samsung Series 7 700G Gamer Laptop Announced

When you’re getting prepared for Diablo III which, for the record, we still expect to be coming out sometime before the end of 2011, you’ve got several things to think about. One of these things is: how will you earn enough money in the real world so that when the game is released, you’ll be able to call in sick for several months? Second, and MAYBE more importantly, what kind of computer will you be playing the game on? Samsung has your answer – and you can play other games here too – with the Series 7 Gamer.

This gaming tablet is made for the most evil of barbarians, not for those of you who would just like to play some little ol’ G+ games – no way! What this device does it takes your love of games and stomps on it, creating a whole new love with pain! This is a laptop full of power! Inside you’ll find an fully awesome Intel i7 quad core chip with a minimum of 8GB of RAM (up to 16GB), and that’s only the beginning!

We’re talking about the AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5 graphics card, Full HD and 3D playback on its 17.3-inch display at 1920×1080 pixel resolution. Inside you’ll find freaking 3D surround sound compatibility with Dolby Home Theater as well as several optimization modes for “ultimate versatility.” The first mode is “Gaming”, this offering CPU performance at peak, turbo cooling system operated to 100% fan speed, and touch pad de-activated. Next there’s “Balanced” mode which is basically an everyday set of settings, “Library” mode in place for quieter environments, and “Green” mode for max battery performance.

Even your keyboard is optimized for a gosh-darn awesome experience. U-shaped key caps, a d2.7mm keystroke, and fully separated arrow keys for precise control. The keyboard is also backlit, of course, lighting up in white for dark environments OR blue in “Gaming” mode with the main gaming keys highlighted in red plus the Windows key completely disabled so you don’t gank yourself.

At the moment this laptop is only available in the UK from PC World, Amazon, John Lewis, and several physical locations that are in the know for RRP £1,499. You gonna grab it?


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23Aug/11Off

Windows Phone Marketplace open for Mango app submissions

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has opened up its doors to app submissions for the upcoming Mango update. Back in July, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace Senior Director Todd Brix had promised to start accepting submissions in late August and here we are with the Mango update rumored to launch in less than two weeks.

In the announcement today, Brix says that they will begin accepting and certifying Mango apps through the App Hub that use Mango’s new fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double-sided Live Tiles and better Search integration. This means that these new Mango optimized apps could be published within a matter of days. But he quickly adds that it doesn’t mean the Mango update itself will arrive on existing devices in the coming days. Instead, developers with Mango builds will start seeing these new apps in the Marketplace. The current 30,000 Windows Phone apps and game titles will also be able to run on Mango.

Brix also adds that they have updated and enhanced the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 with a Release Candidate of the SDK available in English and Japanese and a “Go Live” license for publishing to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Game developers are also now encouraged to submit their games to the 19 new Mango markets, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The Mango update is a major overhaul of the platform with more than 500 new features. For more details on what to expect with the update, make sure to check out our Windows Phone 7.1 Mango technical preview. The update is rumored for a September 1 launch, with new Mango devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Acer, and ZTE potentially unveiled at the upcoming IFA 2011.

[via Windows Team Blog]


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23Aug/11Off

Leaked Roadmap Outs Launch Dates for Some of AT&T’s Finest

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A leaked roadmap found itself on PocketNow outing some vague release dates for some of AT&T’s finest. The more notable out of the bunch are the Samsung SGH-i777 (Attain) which will be AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S II and its qwerty keyboard cousin, the Gidim SGH-i927. Both of these devices are slated for a Q3 release.

Also leaked in this doc was the Motorola Fauth MB865 which popped up not too long ago as the mysterious sequel to the Motorola Atrix. Oh — and don’t forget the pair of Pantech devices namely, the Nuli p9060 which recently passed FCC certification packing an 800×600 resolution display. Looks like Pantech will be stepping out of the kiddie pool with some higher end Android devices this year. Let’s hope one of these devices is the North American debut of the Pantech Vega Racer we saw released earlier this year in Korea.

You may have noticed left out of this leak was the HTC Holiday and the Sony Ericsson Xperia play. Both those device are also due to hit AT&T later this year. So tell me guys, which of these are you most looking forward to?

[Via PocketNow]


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23Aug/11Off

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Gets a Quick Maintenance Update (Netflix Works)

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The ASUS Transformer has gotten itself a pretty decent OTA update. Version 8.6.5.9 is said to have allowed people to use Netflix to its full capabilities, however it’s not going to show up in the market. You’ll need to grab the Netflix APK, but from there you should be on your way to streaming all your favorite content. The great part is that root isn’t required so everyone can get in on the fun. PS: those of you with docks should hook your tablets up to it as it too has gotten a bit of love in this update (though we’re not exactly sure what sort of love that is). [Droid-Life]


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23Aug/11Off

Apps of the Day: Ask.com and Drawdle

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Remember when Ask Jeeves was cool? And you wanted the actual Jeeves character to be your uncle or something? Yea, me neither. Sorry about your misfortune in the search engine market, Ask, but Google’s got that locked up for the time being. We love what you’ve done with the new place, though, getting back to the roots of your name and allowing a self-propagating community to spread knowledge to anyone who seeks it. Kudos. Apps of the day is below.

Ask.com – Ask.com slowly transformed into a questions and answers portal after Google pimp-slapped all search competitors out of the game a while ago. Jeeves wasn’t at all happy about that. But as Ask looks to go up against Yahoo Answers, they have decided to take their platform mobile. Ask questions, get answers. Or answer them if you feel you’re up to it. And some questions will even garner instant answers like “what’s the weather in New York?” Go ahead and download it for free. [Market]

Drawdle – Doogle games are fun, but when you’re doing the doodling yourself, well, they become a lot more fun. That’s why Drawdle drew me in as soon as I laid eyes on it. (See what I did there?) In Drawdle, you drop shapes – doesn’t matter what, really. You can then fling those shapes into a paint balloon that’ll paint other shapes. Spikes will spoil your artistic side if you aren’t careful, and rubber bands are at your disposal to help you out in your quest to be the next Picasso. Free version is available at the link ahead. [Market]


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23Aug/11Off

Samsung’s New Ad Reveals September 9th Launch for Galaxy S II On Sprint?

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It was only 4 days ago that we posted on article on the a possible September 9th launch date for the Sprint Galaxy S II (Epic Touch 4G) on Sprint. This would make ‘ol #3 the first out of the gate to offer the Galaxy S II here in the states. The guys at SprintFeed claimed to have an anonymous source providing them with this info and like most things, we took it with a grain of salt.

Fast forward to today, where Samsung released an ad spot on their YouTube channel announcing the impending arrival of their Galaxy S II here in the states. At the end of the video, they prominently display the U.S. version of the GS2 (complete with 4 capacitive buttons) but upon closer inspection — the date on the device’s clock widget is set to Friday, 09/09. Interesting… After seeing a similar stunt when HTC sent out press photos of the Sensation 4G displaying that device’s rumored launch date in their clock widget, this adds just a little more weight to that September 9th launch date we’ve been hearing.

**UPDATE: One of our readers, Ben Taiber, points out that the location in the weather widget also just so happens to be the location of Sprint’s HQ in Kansas City. Nice one!

Of course, we wont know anything until Samsung gives us the official launch dates and details for the U.S. Galaxy S II variants (hopefully) at their August 29th event. But if you’re as excited as I am about Sprint being the first U.S. carrier to offer the Galaxy S II, you may want to plan ahead and take that vacation day come Friday, September 9th, 2011.


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