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25Jan/120

Google Maps now displays emergency alerts

Emergency alerts have now been subtly added to Google Maps, and are now live across the United States. Never again will you have to navigate from page to page looking for specific information on flood warnings, earthquakes, or even snowstorms. Maps will now show all the specifics: from the warning duration, to even how severe it may be.


Google uses more than one source to gather this new information. Warnings are provided by the National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If you are curious as to what the latest alerts are, navigate here to see areas under watch around the US. As you can see, the rest of the world has been left out. But after Google adds more services from other countries, it will easily populate imminent disasters around the globe.

It seems natural to add these warnings to Google Maps, and hopefully it sees mobile devices soon as well. It could prove to be very useful on long trips to avoid entering some nasty weather. You will likely start seeing alerts for your immediate area when using their other services like standard Google Web Search too. After all, who wouldn’t want to know of about an impending disaster before it actually happens?

[via Electronista]

Google Maps now displays emergency alerts is written by Sam Koutroulakis & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Acer Iconia Tab A700 priced and detailed

We know that Acer’s impending Iconia Tab A700 will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We know it’ll have a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 progressor. We know that HDMI, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, and a 9,800 mAh battery are all in its feature list. And we know that is should be out in the second quarter of this year. But until now, we didn’t know anything about the price.

Enter German website Tablet Test, which has listed a price of €549 for the entry-level 16 GB version of the device and €749 for the 64 GB model. In American currency, that works out to around $719 and $981, respectively. These are admittedly a bit steep, but the power that comes packed in these monstrous devices is worth it. The question is whether or not they’ll sell.

Obviously these are not official prices. Acer hasn’t confirmed pricing in any territory yet. To that end, it also hasn’t confirmed a release date. However, the company has slated a vague second quarter time frame. The A700 is perhaps Acer’s biggest push into the tablet market to date, and there are many eyes wondering how it will fare.

[via Tablet Test]

Acer Iconia Tab A700 priced and detailed is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Microsoft likely to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS

The Xbox 360 is well on its way to becoming an all-encompassing entertainment hub. From live TV to on-demand streaming, to social networking and music, Microsoft’s strategy is clearly to make Xbox a central part of your life. And now it’s looking to continue that mindset even when you’re not at home. Yep, it’s time for Microsoft’s gaming platform to be fully immersed in the mobile world.


A Microsoft spokesperson was recently quoted as saying, “While the Xbox Live experiences and games always work best on the Windows platform, we understand that some Xbox fans may be using other types of devices. To satisfy that need, we are working to extend a few of our Xbox experiences and titles to other platforms.”

It’s pretty obvious what platforms Microsoft is eyeing. The company is no doubt preparing to bring a fully integrated Xbox Live experience to Android phones, iPhones, and tablets to make the Xbox brand something that extends well beyond the living room. It’s a move that could bring potentially millions of new users to the world of Xbox Live.

But it will also foreseeably erase one of the biggest selling points of Windows Phone, which is its heavy integration with Xbox Live. If consumers want an “Xbox Phone” today, they need to go with Windows Phone, but if that experience is translated to Android and iOS, then Windows Phone loses that competitive advantage. Nevertheless, Microsoft knows that the Xbox name is only continuing to gain value and it will seize any opportunity it can to build on that momentum.

[via Forbes]

Microsoft likely to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

T-Mobile document: unlocked iPhones have poor network performance

A leaked internal document from T-Mobile shows that there’s a good reason it remains the only major carrier left out of the iPhone race. Although one million customers have still managed to take their unlocked iPhones on the T-Mobile network, the company seems far more interested in peddling its superior-performing Android products. That is, at least for the time being.


According to the document, “iPhones will only be capable of reaching Edge (2G) upload and download speeds on the T-Mobile network because the devices does not include the WCDMA 1700/2100 band.” So the current iPhone architecture just doesn’t work with T-Mobile’s network. Period.

The carrier classified the experience as “Poor” for anyone using an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPhone 4S on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, it grouped its high-end Android phones as all delivering “excellent” customer experiences. As such, the internal communication goes on to tell its employees to “free” customers from the iPhone and “right-fit” them to an Android HSPA+ compatible device.

Of course, it’s believed that Apple will, in time, tailor an iPhone to T-Mobile’s specifications. And of course, at that time, T-Mobile will start bending over backwards to peddle the Apple gadget to everyone. That’s just the way the world works. For now, though, if you’re stuck in T-Mobile contract land, you’ll just have to wait.

[via TmoNews]

T-Mobile document: unlocked iPhones have poor network performance is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Leaked Verizon MAP Shows Motorola DROID 4 Price Drop Before Its Release – BIONIC and RAZR Discounted Too

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The Motorola Droid 4 has been sitting on Verizon’s backburner for weeks now, with no real release date in sight. So just when is Big Red planning on pulling out that ace from their sleeve? Well, according to the latest leaked MAP from Droid-Life, the Droid 4 could be released any day now with the date dancing around all of January. What’s more is the device could launch at a discounted $200 — $50 less than we saw it leaked for back in December. Of course, given the device has been pushed back almost a full month, this discount could also find itself being pushed back as well.

You’ll also notice a few more devices on the MAP getting their prices slashed. The Motorola DROID BIONIC will drop to $150, while the Motorola Droid RAZR in both white and black will drop to $280 on contract.


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25Jan/120

Cross Platform Smash Hit “Anomaly Warzone Earth HD” Now Available For Android

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Anomaly Warzone Earth is the creme de la creme of tower defense games. Having been released on every platform with a processor, developer 11 Bit Studios is finally bringing the game to the Android Market. Featuring a role reversal to the traditional tower defense genre, AWE HD actually puts you in control of the sieger, using your skills to go on the offensive and build an army to battle the alien invasion. You choose your squad, plan your route, equip your weapons and attack. There’s even a story mode — how many times can you say you’ve seen that in a TD game in the Market?

AWE HD brings an incredible amount of depth to the tower defense genre and even features a story mode, adding to the console like feel. There’s pretty much nothing to not like here and if you’re into big weapons, explosions and tower defense, you’re going to feel right at home with AWE HD.

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is available right now for all devices running Android 2.2 and up (no stinky Tegra exclusives here) and can be downloaded for $4 from the Android Market.

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25Jan/120

Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

If you still can’t figure how much that Zune download or Call of Duty map pack costs in actual US currency, there might be some hope for you. It’s being reported that Microsoft wants to nix its Microsoft Points platform and will start showing prices in local currency for digital content. That’s right; the days of consulting a calculator to figure out how much digital money you have might soon be coming to an end.


Microsoft changed its virtual currency structure in 2010, when it allowed customers to add funds to their account in increments of 400 points ($5) instead of 500 ($6.25). This was in reaction to complaints from users who were always stuck with a handful of leftover points that could not be spent.

Microsoft has made previous comments about wanting to be more transparent with the cost of digital content, but clearly still operates with the confusing ratio of 1 MP = 1.25 cents. Nintendo’s digital point system is simple enough; $1 = 100 points. And the PS3 actually has the novel idea of showing content prices in US dollars and cents, or whatever the user’s local currency is.

Under the reported new plan, Microsoft would follow in Sony’s footsteps. As mentioned, MS has made similar comments about creating a transparent system before and nothing ever materialized, but maybe the time has finally come. This latest report says the adjustment will happen by the end of 2012. Stay tuned.

[via Inside Mobile Apps]

Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Mackie Designs DL1608 iPad-powered mixer revealed

Mackie Designs, a company that has for years been offering some of the highest-end audio mixers in the industry, has introduced a new 16-channel mixer that relies on the power of the iPad. If you believe the literature, it will “redefine” the mixing medium. The company is showing off this powerful audiophile dream at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, CA.


The Mackie DL1608 uses the standard high-end components that you would expect from a hardware component, but when it comes to software, it is all about the iPad. Mackie is taking full advantage of the touch-screen capabilities and the ability to add plug-ins as needed. And it also plays nice with all the iPad’s wireless functionality.

Oh, and if that’s not enough for you, the company says it supports up to 10 iPads mixing simultaneously. Now that’s a YouTube moment waiting to happen. In an official video teasing the new gadget, the price is unveiled at $999. It should be available for sale in May or June. Check out the video below, if you don’t mind a little trippiness:

[via Gear Diary]

Mackie Designs DL1608 iPad-powered mixer revealed is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Toyota TS030 race cars revealed, prove hybrids aren’t boring

Who says automotive ingenuity is dead? Toyota is planning on making its way back to world of Le Mans and is bringing with it a pair of brand new racers. But these aren’t your grandma’s sportscars. They’re fully decked-out and sexified hybrids. And what’s even more surprising is that they’ll be ready to hit the professional circuit in less than four months.

While you might readily laugh at your neighbor’s Prius, this puppy from Toyota – the TS030 – can play with the big boys. It will become the first hybrid vehicle to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship. We first saw this guy earlier this month but we had little more than a couple glitzy pictures. At the time, it was classified as a prototype. Creating a hybrid vehicle that would be accepted into the Le Mans meant developing a new kind of energy system.

Even though it’s still nascent technology, though, Toyota is ready to bring it out on the race track. It will only be a matter of months before the hybrid debuts on the professional circuit. Specifically, the TS030 will makes its premiere showing at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May but Toyota is looking to Le Mans, which occurs the following month, as the spot where it can really make its mark.

Team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita said in a statement, “Of course we would love to win Le Mans; that is the dream for all competitors in this race. But we are realistic and we know we need to develop and to learn in order to compete with some very strong competition. Our target this year is to show the performance level of our car and particularly the THS-R powertrain.”

[via Wired]

Toyota TS030 race cars revealed, prove hybrids aren’t boring is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Jan/120

Apple-PC divide worse than originally reported

People didn’t buy nearly as many Windows computers in the fourth quarter of 2011 as they did the year before. We already knew that, but now there’s a footnote that presents an even worse picture for the PC market. It was originally presented that Apple computer sales grew by 20.7% from Q4 2010 to Q4 2011, and that PCs on the whole declined by 5.9%. When you look more closely, though, that latter number should be even worse.

Earlier this month, research firm Gartner released stark numbers that demonstrated massive growth for Apple in the 4th quarter of 2011 while PC numbers were in an unequivocal decline. Specifically, Apple computer sales jumped by 20.7% while HP, Dell, Toshiba, and Acer all saw declines. When this chart originally made its way around the Net, everyone pointed to that 20.7% figure and compared it to the summary at the bottom, which showed a -5.9% growth for the PC market in general.

The caveat, though, is that Apple computers are included in that final number. When you remove Apple from the equation, it actually becomes -8.5%. Ouch. If there is a silver lining, though, this all refers to sales in the US. On a global scale, Lenovo, Dell, and Asus all saw significant growth, so Windows is still popular in some areas. And when you look at pure market share values, Apple only accounts for 11.6% in the US. If these numbers are anything to go by, though, that number will continue to soar.

[via The Small Wave]

Apple-PC divide worse than originally reported is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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