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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2011

The next version of the iPhone is said to be in the final stages of testing and set for a September launch. We are still wondering if the Verizon version will get LTE support or not. Chris put up his review of the HTC ChaCha Facebook smartphone. He figures the Facebook button has little purpose in this iteration.

The unlocked iPhone 4 landed for sale in the US this week. The device is priced from $649 making it quite expensive. Apple settled the Nokia patent battle last week and ended up paying licensing fees to Nokia. Apple will also pay ongoing royalties as well.

Sources claimed that a new MacBook Air would be landing this month. The machines are expected to get Intel Sandy Bridge processors. According to a report this week it might coast as much as $1.3 billion a year to run iTunes. That number breaks down to $113 million monthly.

Devs are claiming that the coming Nintendo Wii U is 50% more powerful than a PS3 or Xbox 360. It had better be good; Nintendo is hurting right now and needs a popular product. An artist took a bunch of old computer parts and used them to build a room. The finished product looks interesting and a bit creepy.

Game devs are claiming that the Xbox 720 will debut at E3 2012. The name of the console is said to be sort of a working title and the hardware is yet to be confirmed. The JVC Kaboom boombox landed this week looking like the 80’s. The device has an iPhone and iPod dock on the front.

Nintendo confirmed that the Wii lacks the ability to play Blu-ray or DVD movies. I think that is something that any modern console should include. HTC went back on the statement made earlier in the week that the Desire would get no Gingerbread update. After a huge backlash HTC put the Gingerbread update back on the map.

I wondered at the time HTC said Gingerbread was coming back how they would fit it in since the citied lack of storage as the reason to skip it originally. HTC came back and said it would drop apps to fit Gingerbread. YouTube gave the Nyan Cat video its own Nyan Cat custom load bar. It’s cool for sure, but Davies was unable to explain to me the point of Nyan Cat, apparently, I am too American.

Lenovo confirmed that it’s ThinkPad Honeycomb tablet would be landing in August. The K1 tablet has a Tegra dual-core and lots more. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack will hit Xbox Live later this month. The pack will bring four new multiplayer maps and a new zombie map.

The Palm/HP Pre 3 has been pegged to launch in the UK on July 8. The tip comes from chúng tôi and the smartphone has decent specifications for people that like WebOS. Panasonic announced a new ToughBook Android tablet that will be coming this year. The tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen, active stylus, GPS, and optional 3G/4G connectivity.

Apple changed its complaint in the patent battle with Samsung adding more products. Apple also worded the complaint more strongly and is going after Samsung with more verve. We put up our review of the HTC Evo 3D smartphone. Cory figures the new smartphone is a worthy update from the original Evo. Thanks for reading, see you next time!

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Slashgear Review: Sinclair Research’S Folding A

SlashGear Review: Sinclair Research’s folding A-Bike

Toward the end of last month there was a very special 25th birthday: on the 23rd April 1982 the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was launched on an unsuspecting British public. Here in the UK Sir Clive, the founder of Sinclair, became something of a figure of fun after the failure of his C5 personal transportation machine (a swish name for an electrically-assisted recumbent tricycle), a 1985 effort to tackle urban transport, and few are aware that his research – and the marketed results of it – continues to this day. A chance link from a ZX feature led me to Mayhem UK, official distributors of the latest Sinclair product, the folding A-Bike.

Folding bikes are nothing new, in fact the concept has been available for many years – perhaps most notably by Brompton, who have been selling collapsing bicycles since 1976 – and each finds its own balance between wheel-size and folded-size. Larger wheels make for a more comfortable ride and, usually, greater pedalling efficiency, while smaller-wheels are less suited for travelling any significant distance but can invariably fold down to a far more compact package.

The A-Bike, as is obvious from the photos, falls definitely into the latter category; its 6-inch wheels perch almost comically at the end of each aluminium limb. What you lose in visual gravitas you gain in portability, however. It weighs just 12 pounds (5.5kg) and, when folded, measures 26 x 12 x 6 inches (67 x 30 x 16 cm); small enough to fit into a reasonable rucksack or, alternatively, the collapsing bag Sinclair Research supply.

It’s a straightforward concept. You’re not supposed to see the A-Bike as the sole replacement for your commute; it’s meant to bookend the journey, preferably done by public transport. Take the train into the city, then finish off the short trip to your office – and, because it’s always fun to ride around indoors, to the lift and then to your very desk – on the bike. Cheaper than a taxi and healthier too.

Unfolding the A-Bike takes – with a little practice – around ten seconds, struts stretching out and handlebars locking into place. It all feels surprisingly sturdy; I was expecting something flimsy and suitable only for kids, but once you’re used to the tiny wheels riding is oddly fun. The brakes are progressive and effective, while the numerous reflective panels give at least a vague sense of visibility to other vehicles. What you’re definitely visible to are pedestrians; the A-Bike is not a vehicle for the shy or retiring, and you should expect at least a couple of questions from curious bystanders on each trip (and, on the flip side, a few people pointing and laughing).

Personally, my commute takes me thirty-five minutes and I park right outside the office, so the A-Bike was never going to replace my car. Living close enough to local shops to make me feel guilty driving there, however, repurposed the bike as basic urban transport when we needed more milk or the paper. Storage was never an issue thanks to the A-Bike’s clever folding trick; standing up in the corner of the hall, the enclosed chain and crankhouse means no grease or oil rubbing off on walls or carpets (or trouser legs, for that matter).

Oddly enough, while I expected my cycling friends to most appreciate the A-Bike, they turned out to be the most critical group. A saddle which is, admittedly, not the most comfortable long-distance (or even really medium-distance) perch, the lack of gears and a perceived sense of frivolity seemed to offend their day-glo sensitivities. Far more enthusiastic were the non-cyclists: some saw it as an ideal addition for the car boot, another thought it useful for their motor-home, while young people flocked to it as a replacement to the push-scooter. Few were put off by the £149.99 price-tag ($298), although how many of them will actually go on to buy the bike as opposed to seeing it as a luxury or a frippery is unknown.

In the end, only you know whether the A-Bike suits your lifestyle or not. If you regularly commute into work or school and have a shortish walk at either end then perhaps the saved minutes biking would make it worthwhile to you. Similarly, if you live in town and have neither the space nor the inclination for a car or full-sized bike, then the A-Bike could be an easily stored and fun alternative. It’s one of those things that could easily be written off as a toy, but having tried it myself it’s anything but; yes, it’s entertaining and it gets attention, but I’d like to think that this latest invention of Sir Clive’s will last more like the Sinclair ZX than the ill-fated C5.

Many thanks to Mayhem UK for the loan of the A-Bike.

[rating: 3.5]

Gizchina Weekly Review: Best Articles Of The Last Week

Gizchina Weekly Review will be a weekly column has the simple goal to get you through the best stories of the last week. You can check some stories that shook the world a couple of days back. The difference is that you’ll be able to find these articles in just a few minutes. Without further ado, let’s see what made the headlines during the last week.

Huawei’s upcoming foldable smartphone is now in mass production

Did you think that Huawei was done with the foldable segment? Think again. According to recent reports, the company’s next foldable smartphone is already in mass production. The device comes with new aesthetics and a new folding design, you can check more details here.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Leaked screen protectors confirm devices’ sizes

Every week we have a new Galaxy S22 leak to talk about and the last one wasn’t an exception. The Samsung Galaxy S22 series had its display size and details confirmed thanks to a set of leaked screen protectors. Dying for the upcoming flagships? Check full details here.

Samsung is done with the Galaxy Note series

Apple is developing a product to replace the iPhone in 10 years Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 won’t bring an S Pen slot

Samsung will add an S Pen slot to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the device will effectively become the spiritual successor for the Note series. This won’t be the case with the Galaxy Z Fold4, although it may still offer support for the stylus as its predecessor did. Check the full story here.

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OnePlus foldable phone patent hints at tri-displays and dual hinge

OnePlus seems to be ready for the foldable smartphone segment, or at least is preparing the ground for it. A set of leaked patents hints at a new smartphone with a tri-display design and a dual-hinge mechanism. You can find this promising design here.

Apple seems to be engaged in making its iPhone series more “competitive” in a market flooded with mid-range and flagship killers. The brand is reportedly working on a new cost-effective iPhone SE Plus with a large display and Apple A15 Bionic processor. Check full details here.

OnePlus is going to focus more on imaging and optics in 2023

OnePlus flagship lineup certainly is composed of memorable smartphones, solid contenders in hardware. However, they are still behind some devices in the camera department. According to a fresh report, OnePlus will address this issue in the 2023 lineup.

How to keep your data safe on iOS and Android devices

Nowadays we spend countless hours with our smartphones, and these devices are way more than entertainment tools. Our smartphones serve to store files, apps, and even important personal info, passwords, credit cards and etc. It’s important to take care of the security of these devices, and here are some steps you can follow to make sure your device is safe.

Apple customers in Turkey are being turned away as a halt on sales continues

Turkey is facing some serious economic problems with the Turkish lira value being reduced to ashes. Due to the economical instabilities, Apple has decided to stop the sales of its products in the country. The company didn’t confirm it officially but has even oriented its workers to turn away customers on Apple Stores. Check the full story here.

Redmi plans to introduce a new Redmi K50 SE model

The Redmi K-series received a set of new entries this year. Apparently, there will be newer models to come with the upcoming K50 lineup. According to new reports, Redmi K50 will enter the “SE” trend by introducing a Redmi K50 SE model. Check details here.

Conclusion

And here we close the second edition of our Gizchina Weekly Review. These are some of the best stories collected throughout the past week. I’ll find you guys again in the next week with much more news! Stay tuned. The world of technology never stops and I’m sure we’ll have more to talk about in the next week.

Needing a Deja Vu? check the first edition.

Last Week In China – Baidu, Blogspot And A China Summer Ends

Last Week in China – Baidu, Blogger and a China Summer Ends

Some of the more noteworthy news tidbits that happened in China last week.

Baidu wins lawsuit over MP3’s

A bit more than a week ago Chinese search engine Baidu won a MP3 copyright infringement case lawsuit, brought to court by 7 of the world’s largest music companies, among them Warner and Sony.

Baidu ‘helps’ its users to find mp3 files by a specialized mp3 search engine. It’s one of the reasons why Baidu is very popular. They help you even to find the top 100 [links to translated version of the page]. Before you can download they show a pro forma screen telling you that Baidu attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights.

From Interfax

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court overseeing the case ruled that the accusations brought against the Chinese search giant do not have adequate legal support.

“This is good news for us and it will foster the cooperation between Internet companies and the music industry,” Lesley Zhang, an official with Baidu, said.

The music companies don’t see the verdict as good news and will appeal. The thing is that, unless the central government really wants intellectual property rights to be respected, it will take some time before the mp3 search will be disabled. For Baidu it’s great way to force the music labels to negotiate a deal.

Baidu Bookmarks Social

Baidu enters the Social Bookmarking frenzy.

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The Summer of …

Porn is still a sensitive issue in China, on and offline. A daring entrepreneur stepped in the Chinese online porn wasteland but has to pay for it dearly.

From P2Pnet

He started the Qingseliuyuetian (pornographic summer) website in 2004 and opened a further three porn websites, attracting more than 600,000 users.

He was tracked down after, “a hospital website had changed to become the homepage of a porn website”.

He has been jailed for life.

Google Zeitgeist China September

Google Zeitgeist China has been updated with the September data. Most of the popular searches are, as before, related to entertainment. The seasonal search is for Teacher’s Day.

Blogger unblocked again

Lastly but not least, blogspot blogs can be read again in China. Recently they unblocked Wikipedia and once the world had written about it, they made it unavailable. It’s an ongoing saga, block, unblock and it won’t stop I’m afraid.

Gemme van Hasselt is an Internet Marketing Consultant, living in Shanghai, China. His musings on life can be found on China Snippets

New Games–Week 3 February 2023

New Games–Week 3 February 2023

New games in February 2023 including Horizon Forbidden West. This time a week from February 14 to February 20

All the games coming this week to various platforms. Games that will be released between February 14, and February 20, 2023. A brief description of the title and all the details are often included. All you need on the latest games releasing.

New Game Releases–February 2023

Demon Hunter: Ascendance

Infernax

Infernax is an old-school platforming action game presented in 2D. You play as knight who needs to find the source of dark magic.

Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp XXL

Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp is a sequel to a dating sim from 2023. You are inside a monster summer camp, and you need to flirt your way through the game.

River City Girls Zero

River City Girls Zero is a spin-off from the River City series, and a prequel to the River City Girls series. It is a classic beat-em-up game where you need to fight your way through various levels.

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires allows you to conduct battles and wars for control over ancient China. You can lead the army and participate in the fights.

Star Wars: The Old Republic–Legacy of the Sith

Star Wars: The Old Republic–Legacy of the Sith is a story DLC to a popular MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The story is centered around Darth Malgus.

Home Behind 2

Home Behind 2 is a roguelike RPG set in Scaria. You need to lead a patchwork group into the revolution and overthrow the government.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is a remastered bundle of three of one of the best Assassin’s Creed games in the franchise. It includes: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

Read More: Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is coming to the Switch in February

Image via Ubisoft

Dying: 1983

Note! Releases in Asia and Japan.

The King of Fighters XV

The King of Fighters XV is yet another installment in a fighting game, presented in 2.5D format. It also includes a split/screen coop. Fight on the arena for the win!

The Sims 4: My Wedding Stories

The Sims 4: My Wedding Stories will be another big DLC to The Sims 4 that adds a new location named Tartosa and a lot of new activities and accessories for marriage purposes.

Total War: Warhammer III

Total War: Warhammer III is the last game in the Total War: Warhammer trilogy. It adds new fractions, e.g., Kislevu and Kataju. All the battles are bigger and better than ever.

Read More: Total War Warhammer 3 pre-load time & download size

Image via SEGA

Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden

Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden is a second game in the card RPG series from this developer. You play as a hero trying to save islands from mortal danger. The whole gameplay relies on cards.

Horizon: Forbidden West

Read More: Forbidden West reviews — How is Horizon Forbidden West doing on Metacritic?

Rover Mechanic Simulator

Rover Mechanic Simulator lets you become an engineer for vehicles on Mars. You can freely experiment with a lot of complex mechanics that the game introduces.

These were all of the new game releases for February 2023. Keep on Gaming!

Make sure to stay up to date with the most recent gaming news and follow WePC News section. Take a look at our Dying Light 2 Stay Human Review and Why Lost Ark is becoming so popular?

Hitwise: Google+ Traffic Dropped Last Week

After weeks of explosive growth, the Google+ social networking site saw its traffic and usage drop last week, according to Hitwise.

For the week ending July 23, Google+ received 1.79 million visits, down 3 percent from the previous week, and the average time spent on the site fell 10 percent to 5 minutes and 15 seconds, Hitwise said Wednesday.

By contrast, visits for the week ending July 16 shot up 283 percent from the week before, and 821 percent from the week before that, Hitwise said last week.

As of July 16, Google+ ranked as the 42nd-most-visited social networking site and the 638th-most-visited site overall in the U.S., Hitwise said last week. Hitwise didn’t update those rankings Wednesday, but given the drop in usage it’s unlikely that Google+ improved its position on either list.

Google+ is in limited beta release, available only by invitation from current members and from Google, which is purposely limiting access to refine the site and fix bugs before opening it up broadly.

However, a drop in activity is never a good sign for a website, especially a social networking site and one whose launch at the end of June was welcomed with such enthusiasm and buzz.

Hitwise didn’t offer an explanation for the drop in Google+’s usage. It’s estimated that about 20 million people have Google+ accounts so far.

One key factor for social networking sites to lure new members and get them to use the site often is to foster sharing and interaction among friends.

With Google+, because of the limited availability, it may be that after checking it out and setting up a basic profile, existing members aren’t finding enough reasons to return because a critical mass of their friends aren’t on it yet.

In the past week or so, Google+ also has weathered a couple of controversies. One centered on Google’s decision that people must use their real name for Google+ accounts, which led the company to delete many profiles. That prompted complaints from members who claimed they used their real name and had their account deleted anyway, and from others who argued they should be able to use a pseudonym to protect their privacy. After the controversy hit a fevered pitch this past weekend, Google pledged to communicate better with affected users and give them a chance to respond before suspending their account.

Another issue revolved around the fact that Google+ only allows profiles for individuals. Many companies have set up business profiles only to see them deleted by Google, triggering more complaints. Google has said that it will allow business profiles within the next few months and that it’s working fast to get the site ready for this.

Google+ is an important initiative for Google. The company has high expectations that the site will finally make it a strong competitor in social networking, where it has struggled to find its footing.

Meanwhile Facebook has become one of the world’s most popular sites, a situation that makes Google nervous because Facebook keeps a lot of its user-generated content off-limits to the Google search engine.

Google trusts that Google+ will prove compelling enough to eventually prompt a massive exodus of Facebook users. In particular, Google believes that Google+ offers privacy and content-sharing features that are better and easier to use than Facebook’s.

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