Meet RIM’s new CEO [video]

By on January 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

Meet RIM’s new CEO [video]

After months of investors unrest, Research In Motion on Sunday announced that Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were stepping down from their roles as co-CEO and co-Chairmen. Barbara Stymiest was named RIM’s new chairperson of the board, in line with rumors, and former Ericsson executive Thorsten Heins was named president and CEO. Heins and Stymiest hosted a conference call Monday morning, with Heins leading the show, and the company took its first steps in a long climb toward regaining shareholder confidence and customer confidence. Read on for more. More →

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$35 Raspberry Pi Model B computer shows off AirPlay capabilities [video]

By on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

$35 Raspberry Pi Model B computer shows off AirPlay capabilities [video]

Not long ago we published a story about Raspberry Pi, a $35 Linux-based single board computer that is still in development. Now, a Model B version of the device is being demoed and it shows off the small computer’s AirPlay streaming capabilities. The video shows one of Raspberry Pi’s developers using an iPad to stream a video clip to the Raspberry Pi Model B device using AirPlay without a hitch. The developers behind the tiny and affordable computer have said they hope the gadget will eventually be used in schools, although it’s still unclear when the company will begin shipping devices to consumers. A video of Model B working seamlessly with AirPlay follows after the break. More →

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iPhone owners get ‘Samsunged’ in new Galaxy S II ad [video]

By on January 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

iPhone owners get ‘Samsunged’ in new Galaxy S II ad [video]

Following Samsung’s recent run of television advertisements depicting iPhone users as mindless hipster sheep, the company’s ad firm is back with another spot that again takes aim at Apple fans. The new ad shows iPhone 4 owners camped outside an Apple Store waiting for the latest iPhone model to finally go on sale. As people in line watch the first iPhone 4S unboxing video from London, they’re disappointed to learn that the phone “looks like last year’s phone.” Then when a Galaxy S II user comes by to bring his roommate a charger, two iPhone users admire the voice-guided navigation the man used to find his way to the Apple Store. When they find out that the navigation service is free on the Galaxy S II and not part of a paid app, they apparently get “Samsunged.” The full ad can be viewed after the break. More →

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BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

By on December 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM.

BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

We recently sat down with Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett to discuss the company’s future as a wholly-owned division of Sony Corporation, its upcoming smartphones and strategy pertaining to the U.S. market, Sony Electronics’ “four screen” opportunity, and much more. Check out the full video interview after the break. More →

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BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

By on December 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM.

BGR Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the company’s future, U.S. plans

We had a chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop a few weeks ago in New York City to get a the skinny on Nokia’s strategy straight from the top. We covered the company’s upcoming push (and hopefully valiant return) in the United States, Nokia’s latest smartphones, potential new Nokia tablets and of course the company’s new Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Windows Phones. Catch the full video interview after the break. More →

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YouTube videos viewed 21 billion times in October

By on November 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM.

YouTube videos viewed 21 billion times in October

YouTube served up more than 20 billion video views during the month of October — 49.1% of all 42.6 billion video views on the web during the month. The research was recently published by comScore, which also found that Google and YouTube had a total unique audience of 161 million viewers, nearly three times that of Facebook, which served up the second most video views during the month. Facebook had 59 million unique viewers and 346 million video views. VEVO, the popular music video website, was the No.3 site with 56.9 million unique viewers but a greater 827 million video views. Additionally, comScore found that the average YouTube viewer watches more than 7 hours of video each month. More →

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Samsung ad depicts iPhone owners as mindless hipster sheep [video]

By on November 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM.

Samsung ad depicts iPhone owners as mindless hipster sheep [video]

Despite continued confusion, early complaints of weak battery life and a new phone that looks exactly like the previous-generation model, flocks of hipster sheep lined up outside Apple Stores to buy the iPhone 4S simply to be part of the cool crowd. This is the picture Samsung paints in a clever new ad for the Galaxy S II, which is billed as the free thinker’s alternative to Apple’s herd-hooking iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy S II features 4G speeds, a big bright display and a fresh new look, but even though it’s clearly the superior handset from where Samsung is sitting, some Apple fans will never relent. “I could never get a Samsung,” a delusional barista mutters in the ad. “I’m creative.” Samsung’s full ad follows below. More →

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Nokia Lumia 900 revealed in leaked promo [video]

By on November 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM.

Nokia Lumia 900 revealed in leaked promo [video]

Nokia’s upcoming flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900, has been revealed in a leaked promotional video aimed at developers. First discovered by Netherlands-based All About Phones, the video was accidentally posted to Nokia’s public YouTube channel before being marked private. The video offers very little in the way of details, though it does show an image of the sleek Windows Phone next to the text, “When you bring together Nokia’s stunning new hardware and a dynamic Microsoft OS you get amazing every day.” Nokia’s Lumia 900, code-named Ace, is expected to feature a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. Nokia France boss Paul Amsellem on Wednesday alluded to the device while speaking with a French newspaper, but Nokia responded to reports by saying it had nothing to announce at this time. Nokia’s full promotional video follows below. More →

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Skype adds Facebook video calling to beta desktop clients [video]

By on November 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM.

Skype adds Facebook video calling to beta desktop clients [video]

Skype on Thursday announced that its Mac OS X and Windows beta clients now support video calls to Facebook users. Skype introduced a Facebook-to-Facebook video client for the social network in July, but now users on both platforms can video chat with one another. Users who choose to download Skype 5.7 Beta on Windows or Skype 5.4 Beta on Mac will be prompted to enter in their Facebook credentials. Once logged in, Facebook friends will be presented on the Skype buddy list and a video chats can easily be initiated. Skype also said it has added a group screen-sharing feature for its Skype Premium Windows users, an option that was released in an earlier Mac OS X update. A video of Skype’s Facebook calling integration follows after the break.

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BGR Interview: Lighting Science Group CTO Fred Maxik Chief on the future of light

By on November 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

BGR Interview: Lighting Science Group CTO Fred Maxik Chief on the future of light

BGR recently caught up with Fred Maxik, Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group, to talk about what the company is doing in the lighting industry. Not many consumers are familiar with Lighting Science Group yet, though some might remember the company from last year’s Google I/O conference as it was the first partner Google teamed up with for its Android @ Home initiative. What really interests me about Lighting Science Group is the company’s vision on the future of light, and what it is doing to change and reinvent lighting. A mesh network of lights that talk to each other, sense your presence, remember your preferences, and even image sensors built into light fixtures are some of the things that Lighting Science Group is working on. Check out our full interview with Fred Maxik after the break. More →

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Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’

By on October 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM.

Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’

Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800. Rudolph and Harlow had a great chat, but the meat of the interview certainly hits toward the end. When asked why a consumer would buy Nokia’s new high-end smartphone over the competition, Harlow didn’t mince words. “Yeah, the iPhone is simple to use. IPhone has a beautiful design. [The Nokia Lumia 800] is a gorgeous design, but the integration of the UI sets this apart. It is by far the best experience.” Read on for more. More →

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Smart Cover can be used to unlock an iPad 2, security flaw reveals [video]

By on October 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

Smart Cover can be used to unlock an iPad 2, security flaw reveals [video]

The iPad 2 Smart Cover accessory can be used to gain access to a locked iPad, 9to5 Mac reported on Friday. Here’s how it works: take a locked iPad 2 and hold the power button until the “Slide to Power Off” message appears, and then close the Smart Cover. When you lift the Smart Cover again and tap “Cancel,” the iPad 2 will allow you to access the last application that was open. This could be a big threat for anyone who was accessing contacts, viewing a website or checking email before he or she locked the iPad. The good news is any would-be thief does not have full access to the tablet, only the last application used. The bug has been spotted in iOS 5, although 9to5 Mac said it has also received reports from users noticing the flaw in IOS 4.3. Currently, the best fix for concerned users is to turn off Smart Cover unlocking entirely. A video of a Smart Cover unlocking an iPad 2 follows after the break.  More →

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‘Say hello to the most amazing iPhone yet’ [video]

By on October 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM.

‘Say hello to the most amazing iPhone yet’ [video]

Apple’s first television advertisement for the iPhone 4S began airing on Thursday and it bills the new smartphone as Apple’s most amazing iPhone yet. Titled simply “Assistant,” the ad places Apple’s new virtual personal assistant Siri front and center as it rapidly passes through a montage of iPhone 4S owners calling on Siri for help. One man asks Siri how to tie a bow tie, while a concerned woman asks for the fastest route to Hartford Hospital. A businessman asks Siri to reschedule his meeting and a young girl asks what a weasel looks like. The commercial runs through a dozen scenarios where Siri comes in handy, wrapping things up with a woman who locked herself out of her home. The woman simply states, “I’m locked out,” and Siri quickly uses her GPS location and a web search to replies with “I found 3 locksmiths fairly close to you.” Siri is the gift that keeps on giving, of course, and this is the first of many ads we’ll see touting the iPhone 4S’ most compelling new feature. A video of Apple’s Assistant spot follows below. More →

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