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5Mar/120

iPad, iPhone assembly lines to get X-ray inspections

Apple’s long-time iPad and iPhone manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is adding X-ray inspection to its assembly lines. Citing a source with first-hand knowledge of the new development, CNET reports that Foxconn has begun purchasing these X-ray machines in “unprecedented quantities.” However, it’s unclear whether this means the company is attempting to reduce labor costs or trying to cut back on rising production defects.

The X-ray inspection machines are said to rely on software algorithms to quickly inspect solder joints and printed circuit boards at speeds that keep production flowing. Foxconn, which currently employs 1.2 million workers in China and is Apple’s primary manufacturer, is believed to be buying massive quantities of these new systems as part of its plans to increase automation in its assembly lines. In a recent inside look at the factory by ABC News, it was revealed that the iPhone is essentially handmade by workers in a process that takes 141 separate steps.

Faced with increasing criticism on working conditions, Foxconn raised wages by as much as 25 percent last month. Its move to invest more in automation may be a response to the pressures from increased labor costs. However, it could also suggest a rise in quality issues on the production line.

Apple’s orders for the iPhone and iPad continue to rise as demand seems never satiated. Last quarter, Apple’s iPhone sales grew 128 percent, while iPad sales grew 111 percent. The next-gen iPad, possibly called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, is expected to debut at an event on Wednesday, March 7. We’ll be covering the event live, so be sure to stay tuned here on SlashGear.

[via AppleInsider]

iPad, iPhone assembly lines to get X-ray inspections is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Acer’s H6500 DLP projector brings 24fps 1080p viewing to home cinemas

Acer today announced its latest DLP home theater projector, called the H6500, that offers true 24fps 1080p Full HD projection of up to 300 inches. With such high-definition projection and massive screen size support, the Acer H6500 projector promises to bring the viewing quality of commercial movie cinemas to the comforts of your own home theater.

The H6500 will work perfectly for projecting video content from Blu-ray Disc players via HDMI or for viewing other HDTV content. It provides crisp, rich visuals with a brightness of up to 2,100 ANSI lumens that can be dimmed to 1,680 to save power. It has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a native 16:9 aspect ratio, adjustable to 4:3.

Using Acer’s eColor Boost II+ technology, the H6500 will project images with colors that “pop” even on tinted wall surfaces. The projections can be seen even with bright ambient light, allowing you to enjoy film quality viewing both outdoors at night or indoors without having to draw the shades or turn off all the lights.

The projector also boasts easy setup and a long lamp life. It can provide up to 3,500 hours of standard lamp life, up to 5,000 hours of ECO mode, and up to 6,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode. It is available for sale now, priced at $899.99 with a one-year warranty.

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[via eCoustics]

Acer’s H6500 DLP projector brings 24fps 1080p viewing to home cinemas is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Angry Birds outs Galaxy Note update, Android 4.0 ICS missing

It appears that the possibility that Samsung will be pushing another “Premium Suite” upgrade to their devices instead of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update promised weeks ago may be getting very real. Though we’ve yet to hear back on the oddity of this particular tip, the words are there for everyone to read, and right at the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note’s very own Angry Birds Space teaser 2 video, of all places. We’ve been teased with this game for some time now, hearing that Rovio is working with Samsung for a release on Samsung smartphones exclusively, that they’re working with NASA and National Geographic for cross-promotion, and now that the Galaxy Note will be the first device to roll out with the update.

What’s much more important to the vast majority of Galaxy Note owners though, I’m afraid, is the idea that they will not be getting an update to the newest version of Android. Samsung has promised that within the first couple of quarters here in 2012 at least the international version of the hardware would be upgraded to Android 4.0. What you must recall though here is that Samsung also changed their mind several times on the Galaxy S line for that same upgrade – they called it a “Value Pack” back at the beginning of this year.

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So what you’re seeing here is mostly about the Angry Birds Space upgrade, of course, but the ending is what you’re looking for. The other idea here may be that Rovio is bringing a special version of the game to the Galaxy Note for the launch of the game, giving that device access to that version exclusively. This special version could have a new bird, perhaps a few more levels than any other version, or it could just have the Galaxy Note branding splattered across its face. Any way you look at it, there’s a Premium version of some cross-branded software coming soon from Rovio and Samsung, and it’s coming to the Galaxy Note on the 22nd of March.

Angry Birds outs Galaxy Note update, Android 4.0 ICS missing is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Lamborghini debuts Aventador J for extreme speed

Lamborghini is debuting the new Aventador J roadster at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The vehicle features a radically open design that’s made with pure speed in mind. In fact, the car is so open, it doesn’t include a roof nor a front windshield, meaning drivers will have to wear a helmet in order to ride the two seater, which has been likened to a “sportsbike made for two.”

The Aventador J features the same 700hp 6.5 liter 12 cylinder engine as the Aventador LP700-4 coupe, but has eliminated almost everything unnecessary for boosting speed, such as climate control and a navigation system. The company has also decreased the weight of the vehicle through the use of a new carbon fiber fabric called “Carbonskin.” The supercar can reach speeds over 300kph or 186mph.

Lamborghini is haling the vehicle as the most radically designed open super sportscar in the company’s history and says the model is a one-off, meaning it’s a one-of-a-kind art piece. However, it will be available for sale following the Geneva Motor Show and it will truly be the one and only masterpiece, not even the Lamborghini Museum will have a copy.

[via AutoBlog]

Lamborghini debuts Aventador J for extreme speed is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Assassin’s Creed 3 official trailer released, Wii U version coming

Ubisoft finally released the official launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 along with the first details on this new game, following numerous leaks last week. This third installment in the popular franchise continues the long-standing feud between the Assassins and Templars, but is set against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

Our new hero is an assassin of Native American and English heritage by the name of Ratohnhaké:ton. Luckily, he also goes by the more easily pronounceable name of Connor. And although the new colonial setting offers more forests than scalable structures as we’ve seen in the Mediterranean cities of previous games, there’s still plenty of sneaking around in the woods along with more offensive combat.

The game will be launching worldwide on October 31 and will be heading to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Ubisoft revealed today that the game will also be heading to the Wii U, although details on how the game would integrate with the Wii U’s unique gameplay have not been detailed yet. Gamers that pre-order through GameStop, Best Buy, or Amazon, will receive a Limited Edition collectible case with artwork by award-winning comic book artist Alex Ross.

Check out the official trailer and newly released artwork below.

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[via PlayStation Lifestyle]

Assassin’s Creed 3 official trailer released, Wii U version coming is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Beats by Dr Dre Beatbox announced for AT&T

There’s a brand new type of device being carried exclusively by AT&T starting on the 11th of March, a boombox from the same folks that bring you Dr Dre’s Beats! This “high performance wireless audio system” will be coming in either white or black only from AT&T company-owned stores and from att.com for $399.00 with no data contract (because it’s not connected to mobile data in the first place.) This device is meant to connect your smartphone devices, in particular the massively awesome HTC One hero device HTC One X, announced this past week, to quality sound explosiveness.

This unit will be featured by Beats by Dr Dre co-founder Jimmy Iovine uses it in his coaching sessions on American Idol on the 14th of March, so you know you’ll want one because he’s such a radical dude. This unit has portable inputs including a built-in dock connector for all smartphones and portable music players as well as Bluetooth integration for wireless connections to your Bluetooth-enabled devices too. Physical buttons include On/Off, Volume, Mute, Scan, and Skip.

There are easy-carry handles on both sides of this device, and the whole unit is powered either by 6 D-cell batteries or one computer power supply – plug it in! Inside you’ll find one 5.25-inch woofer as well as a 3.5 MM input for even more connectivity options. We’ll see how much this device connects with the fans of Beats in the near future – with tinier devices and much more friendly pricing on a vast selection of speakers already released on the market, Beats and AT&T will be relying on the branding almost exclusively here to push this speaker out unto the masses.

Beats by Dr Dre Beatbox announced for AT&T is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Mar/120

Google Introduces Local Search Results History Across All Devices

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Google’s just introduced a simple, yet useful feature for their Google Search product today. When searching for and looking at a local place on, say, your desktop, that result will be saved in your history and can be viewed if you switch to mobile. I’ve always had the problem of forgetting an address en route to a place I’m not familiar with. While I never had much of a problem with just searching for it on Google Maps, it’s there if you need it. Again, nothing exciting or revolutionary, but it’s there if you need it. Be sure to sign into your account and have web history enabled to be able to use it. [Google]


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5Mar/120

Google Wallet Warns That Rooted Users Are Unsupported, Vulnerabilities Still Run Wild

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Faced with reports and evidence that some pretty nasty vulnerabilities have plagued the Google Wallet experience, Google naturally set out to make things right. While they work to implement a more proper fix for some of these things, Google will opt to simply warn rooted users that they are not supported. Despite this fact, everything works just as it always has on Google Wallet. As the most serious vulnerabilities only affect root users it’s natural for Google to allow those knowledgeable enough to have rooted devices to continue on. We would prefer it if they got a move on getting those proper fixes in place, though, so we’re not totally satisfied yet. Continue to use it at your own risk. [The Verge]


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5Mar/120

AccuWeather for Android Updated for Push-Enabled Severe Weather Alerts

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While some of us living in the old ages are still relying on our weather radios for severe weather updates, AccuWeather is steadily aiming to help modernize severe weather alerts. They’ve upgraded their Android application to add push alerts for severe weather updates. With the recent wave of tornadoes sweeping the country, it would be an understatement to say that this is one highly desirable update.

Above that biggie, there’s now a lifestyle section “to help you make better decisions (tells you which activities are feasible for the day), an option to exit, the ability to upgrade to the premium version of the app using in-app purchases, and some design changes to make it look more like other Android applications. I urge you to grab this update ASAP if AccuWeather is your weather app of choice. [Android Market]


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5Mar/120

Limbo May Be Coming to Android [Video]

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Another one of my favorite Xbox Live Arcade games (also on PC and the Playstation Network) may be coming to Android, according to recent rumors. The folks at Destructoid found a job listing from Playdead on Gamasutra looking for game developers with iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 experience. Playdead makes the hit puzzle game “Limbo,” a beautiful side-scrolling mind exerciser which, at least for me, never gets old. The job description states that they’re looking to port existing titles to mobile platforms, so that rules out any suspicion of a new IP (although Playdead is working on something new). We’ll be first in line if that is, indeed, what Playdead is bringing to Android. Check out a gameplay video of the console and PC versions above.


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