Saturday, 2 April 2011

Time Warner Cable Bows To Pressure, Changes iPad App Channels

In March, Time Warner Cable announced an app for the iPad that would enable consumers to play back live TV as well as play DVR'd television. The app has been popular with users but as you might imagine, the management and legal teams at various networks aren't quite as thrilled about the app. As a result, Time Warner Cable recently announced...

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XXX top-level domain finally approved, 300,000 domains already reserved

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After 7 years of rigorous back-and-forth mass debating over the creation of the .XXX top-level domain (TLD), ICANN has approved its introduction. You can reserve domains through its sponsor, ICM Registry, and .XXX domains will cost at least $60 to register once they become available in the next couple of months.

Don't get too excited about securing a money shot domain, though: at the time of writing 296,000 domains have already been reserved. You can still go ahead and attempt to pre-reserve a domain, but you will be forced to enter a closed auction with all other interested participants -- and you can guarantee that you'll be bidding against some companies with very deep pockets. Owners of existing TLDs (.com, .net, etc.) can also jump to the front of the queue, which means you're unlikely to get your sticky hands on any thrilling domains.

The interesting thing about the introduction of this TLD is the inclusion of Rights Protection Mechanisms, which let adult (and non-adult) companies block their trademarks from being registered. Apple, for example, can (and will) reserve apple.xxx and ipad.xxx. These locked pages won't forward to apple.com either; they'll simply point to a non-porny holding page. Any companies wishing to block domains will have to pay a one-time fee per domain, though.

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LTE onOFF brings an easy way to turn off 4G on your Thunderbolt

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We have discussed the battery life of the HTC Thunderbolt a time or two, and we have seen some ways to turn off the 4G connection, but none of them were as simple as a toggle on your home screen. The folks at TeamAndIRC were nice enough to go ahead and create a 4G LTE toggle for the HTC Thunderbolt, that allows for a quick and easy way to turn the connection on or off. Nothing overly fancy, a simple toggle that allows you to select whether you want the connection on or off, so head to the market, and grab it for yourself. Download information after the break.

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Gmail Motion April Fools' gag inevitably turned into reality using Kinect (video)

It had to happen. When Google showed off a new and revolutionary Gmail Motion control scheme yesterday, it failed to fool most people, but it didn't fail to catch the attention of some motion control geeks with Kinect cameras on hand. Yep, the FAAST crew that's already brought us a Kinect keyboard emulator for World of Warcraft has taken Google to task and actually cooked up the software to make Gmail Motion work. All your favorite gestures are here: opening an email as if it were an envelope, replying by throwing a thumb back and, of course, "licking the stamp" to send your response on its way. Marvelous stuff! Jump past the break to see it working, for real this time.

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Google Cloud Print comes to HP ePrint printers

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HP has become the first major OEM to deliver support for Google Cloud Print in retail-boxed printers. In an official release, HP announced that its ePrint-enabled printers are now fully Cloud Print compatible. Just sign in to your Google account, pick your HP ePrint device, and you're ready to fire off a print job from anywhere you've got Internet access. Well, as long as your app supports Cloud Print as well -- like Gmail and Google Docs, for example.

We're curious, though -- how many of you are still printing? Like our pals at Engadget, our printers have been mostly gathering dust for the last few years.

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Sprint's Nexus S 4G launching April 18? [Update: Just a training launch?]

Sprint Nexus S 4G training

Dunno from whom or where this came, but it sure looks like someone's about to get all trained up on the Sprint Nexus S 4G. (See our hands-on at CTIA.) And it sure does look like it could see an April 18 launch. The Nexus S 4G, as you'll remember, is the same as the original Nexus S, with a Wimax radio thrown in for good measure. It'll cost you $199 on-contract whenever it does launch, and you'll have to shell out extra for the Wifi hotspot. Submitted via the official Android Central app

[Update: Got a tip that this is sort of a soft training launch from the rewards site that announces the trainings, and that we could see the consumer launch a week or two later. The source guesses on or about April 24.]

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GameStop snaps up Spawn Labs, Impulse game distribution platform

We wouldn't count on its retail business going away anytime soon, but it looks like GameStop is now also betting heavily on a digitally-distributed future. To that end, the company has just announced that it's acquiring both Spawn Labs and Steam-competitor Impulse, the latter of which it's buying out from parent company Stardock Systems. While Spawn Labs may not be the most familiar name, you might remember its HD-720 set-top box -- essentially a Slingbox for your game consoles -- which we first checked out way back in 2009 and finally started shipping in early 2010. It sounds like GameStop may have some even grander ambitions for the technology than that, however, as the company's press release says that it's now testing a "new consumer interface" that will give users "immediate access to a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any Internet-enabled device." As our pals at Joystiq note, that sounds an awful lot like OnLive-esque cloud-based gaming service, but GameStop unfortunately isn't offering many other hints at the moment.

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Microsoft Files Complaint Against Google In the EU

Historically, when the EU and Microsoft have dealt with each other, the latter has been under investigation by the former amid allegations of anti-competitive practices, bad faith negotiation, and interference with an investigation. It's therefore strange to read that Microsoft, of all companies, has filed a complaint against Google with the...

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HTC ThunderBolt 2750mAh extended battery

HTC ThunderBolt extended battery

When it comes to extended batteries, there are a couple things I worry about. First and foremost is having more juice. That's a given, though. With the 2750mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt, you're getting nearly double the miliAmp/hours of the stock 1400mAh battery. So it's going to last longer. (Or in the case of the ThunderBolt on LTE, which sucks through a battery, you might actually get a day's use out of it.)

But the other thing -- and for a lot of us the only real concern -- is how the extended battery looks and feels on the phone.

First things first: It's bigger. Along with the battery, you get a new battery cover. And the cover has the same cutouts for the camera, dual flashes and 3.5mm as the standard battery. And it also has the same internal antenna connections, which is important, too. It's also made of the same soft-touch plastic as the stock battery cover and has the same HTC and 4G LTE markings.

As for the size, it's definitely larger, sticking out from the back of the ThunderBolt, whereas the stock battery and cover are flush. That's to be expected, of course. Funny thing is, it doesn't feel too bad in the hand. It's noticeably heavier -- about 1 ounce -- but, again, that's to be expected. But our fingers rest comfortably on the top lip. So despite the added size and weight, it's not horrible.

We'll talk actual battery life once it's broken in and properly tested. But for a good look at how it'll fit on your ThunderBolt, hit the pictures after the break. You can snag the HTC ThunderBolt extended battery in the Android Central Store for $49.95.

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Amazon said to be considering NFC-based mobile payment service

As you may be aware, Amazon does actually already make it easier for you to shop at places other than Amazon.com with its Amazon Payments service, and it now looks like it might even be thinking about expanding things to brick and mortar stores as well. More specifically, Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is exploring a mobile payment service based on NFC technology, which would let you pay for items and receive things like loyalty points using nothing other than an NFC-equipped cellphone. Not surprisingly, Amazon is also said to be considering some other features that would send folks back to Amazon.com -- Bloomberg gives the example of someone shopping for jeans in a retail store who can't find the right size, and says that they could simply scan the jean's tag to order a pair online. Details are otherwise a bit light, and the service is apparently still not quite a sure thing, although a person familiar with the matter says Amazon will decide whether to go forward with it or not "in the next three to five months."

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