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Apple to shutter on July 31, moving to the iCloud

Apple today announced that it will be shutting down its document sharing service on July 31. The service was first launched in 2009 as Apple’s version of Google Docs but it has remained in beta ever since. It’s fate was sealed, however, when Apple launched the iCloud last year.

If you’re currently using iWork and would like to retain all your documents stored on the service, you’d better retrieve them before July 31. After that date, you will no longer be able to access any documents from the site or view them on the web. Apple has provided the full instructions on how to do so here.

Although the iWork service never got nearly as popular as the iCloud, some business users feel that many features in the service are still lacking in the iCloud, such as the ability to automatically sync files created on Macs, collaborate on documents, and share presentations directly via the browser.

However, those features shouldn’t be missing for long. Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Mountain Lion will begin to merge the features of the iOS and Mac platforms, so that the Mac will also get to enjoy many of the iCloud syncing capabilities for iOS devices.

[via MacRumors]

Apple to shutter on July 31, moving to the iCloud is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 9, 2012

Congratulations, all. We made it through yet another work week. As you’re getting comfortable and relaxing from the past four days, here’s a look at what we covered today – for starters, check this out: Titanic mapped in full with SONAR imaging. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the epic disaster. For something that is perhaps a bit more relevant to your daily life, we also have an article up about the new Vevo redesign, which requires a Facebook login.

Featured: Our editors are still weighing in on this week’s Apple news, and Don Reisinger takes a look at the announcement that was secondary to the new iPad in his column, Why Apple shouldn’t have launched the new Apple TV. For those who want to see something that isn’t Apple relate, we have a review of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 full-size keyboard dock. Also, this is pretty interesting – Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve.

Other Stuff: In other news today, if you’re just now getting curious about the new iPad, you’re already late to the party – iPad pre-order ship dates slip to March 19. Speaking of being late, that’s how we’d describe the Galaxy S II’s Android 4.0 upgrade. It’s been delayed. In corporate news, Apple has just poured $304 million into Texas for chip research. And if that makes you feel poor, then check out the ZTE Fury phone, which will be available March 11 for $19.99. Well, that’s about all for now. Have a great weekend.

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 9, 2012 is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Neato XV-21 autonomous cleaning robot released

The next big thing in robot cleaners have arrived, and it comes from Neato Robotics, a group known for their ability to create strange and wonderful devices galore. This device is an automatic vacuum cleaner made specifically for pet owners as well as allergy sufferers. This robot has a bristled brush to pick up pet hair, dander, and fibers across any floor type you have to throw at it. This newest model has increased airflow and suction over past models, three times the fine dust that the company’s standard model was able to pick up in fact, all of this due to its updated filter.

To see what the previous model looks like, have a peek at our own Chris Davies’ full review of the Neato XV-15 Robot Vacuum. This newest version comes in at least one fabulously fashionable color combination, Misty White with purple highlights, and is made to be your ticket to “that neat, ‘just cleaned’ look” on surfaces throughout your home. As Warren Flick, CEO of Neato Robotics, Inc. notes,

“Our customers have increasingly asked us for a better way to pick up even more pet hair, dander and fine dust in their homes. The Neato XV-21 delivers on that market need with a combination of increased suction power and airflow and more than three times the fine dust pick-up of our standard filters. We continue to focus on delivering new, innovative products that save customers time and keep homes neat, clean and healthy.” – Flick


This device will be available for purchase for $429 MSRP at the end of April and you’ll be able to pick it up straight from Neato Robotics website at first and retail partners soon after. You’ll be able to pick up the new pet and allergy filter for $29.99 MSRP and the Pet and Allergy Upgrade Kit with new bristled brush for $59.99. Both of these additions can be used with all other existing Neato Robotics automatic vacuum cleaners with a simple download of the version 2.6 firmware upgrade which you can get direct from Neato Robotics and install through the back of the device via USB.

Neato XV-21 autonomous cleaning robot released is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T delayed until April 22

Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone was originally rumored to hit AT&T in mid-March, but now the launch of the handset has reportedly been pushed back to April 22. The device will still be heading to AT&T with 4G LTE connectivity for just $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement. The delay is believed to be related to the carrier’s technical testing approval process.

The Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3-inch 800 x 400 AMOLED touchscreen in a gorgeous polycarbonate unibody housing along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. It runs on a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage.

Previous reports suggested that the Nokia Lumia 900 would arrive March 18, but also indicated that the lack of technical approval by the carrier meant the date was still open to slide. But even if it had been approved, next week would be horrible timing given Apple’s new iPad launch on March 16, which will undoubtedly be the center of all media attention.

[via BGR]

Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T delayed until April 22 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Why Apple Shouldn’t Have Launched the New Apple TV

Are you excited about the new Apple TV? Are you planning to buy one the minute you can get your hands on it? Are you drooling at the thought of hooking it up to your television?

No? Me neither.

As an Apple TV owner, I’m more than a little disappointed with the new version of Apple’s set-top box. After reports of dwindling stock cropped up, I figured Apple was planning a major improvement to the Apple TV. I expected everything from App Store integration to gaming. And yet, all I got was a device that looks the same, comes with the same price tag, and now supports 1080p.

So, perhaps the question is, why did Apple even launch the new Apple TV?

Yes, yes, I know that the company’s fans will say that Apple was forced to launch a new model with a better processor to handle the higher-quality video. I’ll also acknowledge that the new software design is a welcome addition. But that could have been added to my Apple TV. And the 1080p video? Well, I’m not too sure I care.

There’s nothing worse to me than a company packaging what amounts to be the same old device and calling it an update. The new Apple TV is basically the same old set-top box with a couple additions here and there that I don’t particularly care for.

"Luckily I already own an Apple TV and don’t have to waste another $99 to get this one"

Luckily, I already own an Apple TV so I don’t have to waste another $99 to get this one. But what about those who don’t know what I know? What about those folks that see a new Apple product and expect the world? Those people will be saddened to find that the $100 they just dropped was for a black box that really should only cost $50.

If I sound angry in this column, there’s good reason for it: I am angry.

For years now, I’ve been calling on Apple to make its set-top box impressive. I’ve wanted a host of features that the company is seemingly against offering. And time and again, it delivers products that in no way impress us. At what point will Apple finally understand the needs of today’s “living room” customers and deliver to them what they want?

I think I might have the answer. But it won’t be coming in the form of a set-top box. No, the next big launch in the home-entertainment space is the Apple Television. I believe it’s coming later this year. And when it does, I, and all those who are attracted to the Apple TV now, will be buying that device.

After all, the television will come with all the features we want. Why shouldn’t we buy something that has what we want — and not something that doesn’t?

Why Apple Shouldn’t Have Launched the New Apple TV is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Full Size Keyboard Dock Review

Just this past week we got our hands on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, a perfectly excellent tablet from Samsung carried by Verizon and reviewed and full by us. This week we’ve got our hands on the official Full Size Keyboard Dock, as it were, and it’s looking to be the perfect companion for this already pretty nice little device. What we’re going to look at here in this relatively brief review is build quality, speed of connection, and expansion abilities – spoiler: it does pretty good in all these categories.

Build Quality

This device looks and feels every bit as high quality as a Samsung smartphone. It’s not made with a lot of aluminum as the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is, so it doesn’t match up perfectly as far as materials go, but it feels right nonetheless. This is a keyboard dock I plan on using until I’ve got to send the Galaxy Tab 7.7 review unit back, I guarantee you that.

Ease in Use

You open the box, you place your Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the dock, and… oh that’s it. Really that’s all you need to do – just so long as your Galaxy Tab is charged up, the keyboard dock will be charged up out of the box and you’ll be able to go with it right away. After you’ve used it for a while you may have to plug the dock in to the wall with the 30-pin Samsung jack on the side using the cord you got with your Galaxy Tab, but other than that it’s perfectly simple. There’s no software you have to download, no options you have to tap, nothing like that – it just works instantly.


There are three ports on this device, and one of them is right up top where the tablet connects to the keyboard. When you connect to the tablet, it is, again, an instant connection with no configuration, but just as important is this: it’s not to loose and its not too snug. Samsung has had some experience with making docks for their billion different sized smart devices over the past couple of years – and it shows here in this excellent glove of a device.

On the back of the device there’s a headphone jack that’ll double as a speaker jack since you’ve already got a headphone jack up on top of your tablet, and on the side there’s another 30-pin Samsung port so you can plug into the wall or your larger computer to transfer files. There’s no USB ports, Samsung’s own USB Connection Kit for the Galaxy Tab line being the one responsible for that action. We’d prefer a USB port in the first place to avoid the middle-man, but perhaps Samsung is attempting to keep everything clean and simple.


This keyboard dock is made to be just as high quality as the tablet is, and it looks and feels just like it was made to hook up with the tablet as one full product. There’s no knowing whether you’re going to use the dock on a daily basis unless you’ve had a similar experience with tablets in the past, but here’s another spoiler for you: it’s fun enough to use that you might as well just drop the cash on it right now. Key on into the future of convertible tablets!

This device is available from Verizon today for $79.99 online – grab it!


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Full Size Keyboard Dock Review is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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New iPad pre-order ship dates slip to March 19

The delivery date for new iPad pre-orders in the US have now slipped to Monday, March 19. If you were hoping to be among the first to get your hands on the device, you’ll now have to brave the long lines outside Apple stores on Friday, March 16, or try your luck with RadioShack’s pre-order queue.

Take a quick glance at the Apple online store and you’ll see that the delivery date for all models are set back to March 19. Although it’s only a 3-day delay, it may just be enough to get more people to camp out next Friday. But unless you were truly hoping to spend that first weekend with the new iPad, the slight delay isn’t too bad compared to the 2 to 3 weeks that UK customers now have to wait.

And there’s plenty worth lining up for with the new iPad that boasts a Retina display, 4G LTE connectivity, improved camera, faster graphics, and uncompromised battery life. For more details on all the new improvements, make sure to check out our hands-on with the device as well as our coverage of its debut event.

New iPad pre-order ship dates slip to March 19 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Google Maps updated with new Navigation menu UI

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Google Maps has received a minor update bringing along a simplified menu UI when using Navigation. Gone is the standard ICS menu button. In its place is a menu launcher build directly into the Navigation UI. When accessed menu items are now displayed in a grid along with graphics as opposed to the list format of the previous release. The new look harkens back to pre-ICS versions of Google Maps. The larger buttons and visual elements should make for easier access to Navigation features while driving (not that we should be playing with our phones while driving in the first place). Head over to Google Play to update to the latest version now.

Google Play Link: Google Maps

[via DroidLife]

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Fisker Karma breaks down in Consumer Reports testing

A Fisker Karma luxury hybrid, purchased brand-new for testing by Consumer Reports, embarrassingly broke down this week before official testing even began. Consumer Reports paid over $100,000 for the vehicle and was perplexed that it stopped working just a few days into the check-in process.

Consumer Reports said that they had owned the Fiskar Karma for only a few days with less than 200 miles on the odometer. It was during a speedometer calibration run on their test track, when an error message appeared and the car would only shift into Park or Neutral. After letting the car rest and attempting to restart, the same error message reappeared. The testers let the car sit again and went through the process a couple of times before calling the dealer to get the Karma towed.

“We buy about 80 cars a year,” says Consumer Reports tester Tom Mutchler, “and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.”

Fisker has released an official statement today in response to the incident, saying the problem is being looked into and that its technician are working closely with Consumer Reports to understand the cause and resolve the issue. The company also said that the dealership that recovered the vehicle was able to start the car and drive it off the flatbed truck and that it has since been operating normally.

Only 2,000 Karmas have been built to date with 1,000 at retailers and 500 in customers’ hands. Fisker is still a relatively new auto maker and has been struggling with production delays and poor sales despite high-profile celebrity customers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber.

[via USA Today]

Fisker Karma breaks down in Consumer Reports testing is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Titanic mapped in full with sonar imaging

For the first time in the short history between the sinking of the luxury ocean liner Titanic and now, the wreck site has been completely mapped out using sonar imaging. This feat was accomplished with a series of underwater robots sent to document the wreck starting back in 2010, and the results will be seen by the whole world soon thanks to the History Channel. A documentary is currently in the works surrounding the new findings and renewed sense of understanding this project offers and will be released mid-April.

The robots sent to the icy depths around two full years ago took more than 100,000 photos of the site. These photos were then stitched together by an expedition team with sonar imaging, this map then constructed into the most detail-oriented amalgamation of the ship yet produced. One example of a finding made by this particular project already is the idea that the entire stern of the ship rotated several times on its way down to the bottom of the sea rather than shooting straight down – this type of detail not accurately hypothesized before this series of events.

As Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian, told the AP this week:

“With the sonar map, it’s like suddenly the entire room lit up and you can go from room to room with a magnifying glass and document it. Nothing like this has ever been done for the Titanic site.” – Stephenson

The documentary sharing the details of the findings made between when the ship was re-constructed using this process and now will be shown off in a History Channel special on the 15th of April, 2012. As History Channel’s Dirk Hoogstra noted to the AP, this show will display “groundbreaking, jaw-dropping stuff.” Can’t wait to see it!

[via AP]

Titanic mapped in full with sonar imaging is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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