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Apple's iPhone 4 may have the gaze of the technology world at the moment, but Google's Android platform continues to grow stronger each and every day. With Android 2.2 just a few weeks away from launching, there's yet another reason to look for a DROID Incredible, Nexus One or any other Android smartphone over a new iPhone: hand control. eyeSight Mobile Technologies was relatively unheard of here in the U.S. until this announcement, but they're bringing some extremely wild functionality to the Android platform. Basically, their new software allows the built-in phone camera to track hand gestures and convert them into commands, and since it'll work on any camera-equipped Android phone, there's... Read more...
The folks over at COMsciences' IMOVIO might have taken the concept of the netbook a bit too far. They have just announced the iKIT, a 0.6 x 2.6 x 3.7-inch, 0.25-pound, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi-enabled, "Pocket Mobile Companion" with "a full QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard, an 8GB SD card slot and a [260K color] 2.8 inch QVGA display." They are calling it a "Pocket Mobile Companion" that they claim makes it "a fully functional communicating and browsing device and a viable substitute for a laptop."   Credit: webitprThe iKIT runs off a 312MHz Marvell PXA270 processor, with 128MB ROM, 64MB SDRAM, and uses the Linux 2.4.19 operating system with the "Proprietary plus Trolltech QT/E 2.3.8" GUI.... Read more...
A Computer Mouse Breaks New Ground Working with a mouse for many years can cause pain in the hands, arms and in the neck and shoulders. Scientists at the medical universities of Rotterdam and Maastricht have therefore developed a new mouse called 'HandshoeMouse'. But what can this mouse do that others can't? The mouse – invented as early as the 1960s at the Stanford Research Institute in California – revolutionised the operation of computers. Moving towards and selecting functions, texts and files on the monitor became easy, intuitive and comfortable. It is just that the mouse itself is not comfortable to use: in order to control it, millions of very small movements are necessary with a posture... Read more...
Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before--in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state of today's and tomorrow's MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices). We've got the full scoop from the keynote posted right here... IDF Day 2: Anand Chandrasekher: "MIDs: Platform for Innovation"... Read more...
Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before: in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state of today's and tomorrow's MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).       Chandrasekher says that in June, the number of people who used the Internet was roughly equal to three times the population of the U.S. Chandrasekher also said that we are now at an inflection point in regards to Internet access--although he didn't actually specify if he... Read more...
There's an old joke about the French surrendering to anyone and anything, but one place France never surrenders is in the courtroom where money is involved. If you're a foreign firm doing business in France and your business model rubs an established French business the wrong way, the French court system isn't shy about whacking you with the big stick. EBay is the latest company to take a beating in Paris. They've been ordered to pay LVMH, the maker of luxury brand goods like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior,  $61 million dollars for allowing counterfeit copies to be sold on EBay's auction site. C'est la vie? Non! Cest la guerre!EBay says it will appeal the French court's decision, which... Read more...
Earth Trek has released what it claims is the world's smallest projector: "Earth Trek, a Hong-Kong based company, recently released the world's smallest handy projector, the 90-805R mini projector. Our little device features a card slot (SD/T-flash card), built-in lithium battery (1-2 hours), built-in speaker, MP4 player, and provides a 22" diagonal projection. It measures 105x58x25mm and weighs 160g."Details such as price, native resolution, and the projection technology were not available at the time of this post. However, with only a maximum 22-inch projection space and no computer display-specific input, the 90-805R will have limited functionality. Images and video will be projected either... Read more...
California's hands-free mobile phone law goes into effect on July 1st. Starting on that date, California drivers will no longer be able to use hand-held phones, but will instead either need to use a hands-free device, whether it's a headset or integrated into the car.A study released Monday by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) estimates that California will have 300 fewer traffic fatalities a year once the law goes into effect. According to Jed Kolko, PPIC research fellow and study author, if such a ban were extended across the U.S., thousands of lives could be saved.In a study released Monday, Jed Kolko, a fellow at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California,... Read more...
If you're old, you have a soft spot for Motorola. Plenty of people still remember Motorola vacuum tubes, and all sorts of hobbyists remember buying semiconductors and various electronic components for their projects with the spiky Motorola "M" logo on them. Lots of people are walking around with Motorola phones in their pockets, too -- yours truly included. But Motorola is being dragged down by the handset portion of their business, and are planning on splitting the company into two separate publicly traded companies to lose the cellphone albatross from around their neck. Motorola has been losing handset market share and is now ranked third in the world. The two entities it plans to split into... Read more...
AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experiences - AMD Unveils New Mobile TV Solution, 3D and Vector Graphics, Audio and Multimedia Technologies for Upcoming Handheld Devices - BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded portfolio of products and technologies to enable such popular, media-rich applications as mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio, delivering immersive entertainment to tomorrow's mobile phones and handheld devices. AMD has enhanced its established line of innovative, open-standard handheld device technologies with upcoming AMD Imageon processors,... Read more...
You can't be missed until you go away, but it's unlikely that Wal-Mart's online video download service will be missed even now that it has gone away. Less than a year after it began, Wal-Mart quietly closed it up four days before Christmas. No one even noticed until now. A message at www.walmart.com/videodownloads said the service was stopped on December 21 and Wal-Mart offered no refunds for the downloaded videos.Videos purchased on Walmart.com can be played using the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the Wal-Mart Video Download Manager, but cannot be transferred to a computer other than the one used to download them, according to the site.The giant retailer's foray into online video downloading... Read more...
Palm has been taking a beating recently. The smartphone market they compete in was already crowded before the iPhone appeared to steal marketshare, and their ill-starred UMPC bombed so badly that the product was withdrawn. Now Palm is laying off about 10% of their workforce of 1150. Merry Christmas. Palm's statement said the restructuring, which also included some reassignments, was part of its ongoing effort to "focus and better align resources behind core initiatives" and "to ensure that our expenses are in line with projected revenues." Palm has struggled against stiffening competition over the past year. Some missteps, including product delays and the cancellation in September of a portable... Read more...
As if on cue after Amazon tested the limits of just how inelegant an electronic paper display could be, Seiko Epson has delivered their prototype e-paper display terminal. It's so thin and elegant it gives the booth babe model holding it in the pictures the dreaded "man-hands" look. The terminal measures 180 x 120mm, which is about the size of a notebook (B6 size). Featuring a design with portability in mind, it is only 3mm thick and only weighs 57g. It is equipped with an USB port for USB-based data exchange. The commercialization schedule of the product has yet to be decided, the company said.The display unit is equipped with a 6.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1200 x 1600. The screen features... Read more...
It's no secret (at least, by now it'd better not be!) that the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery.  In fact, lawsuits have been filed over it.  But the firm Exradia thinks not only was this an oversight, it is a health risk.Exradia has launched a range of replacement batteries for popular models of mobile phones which incorporate its special magic circuit to interfere with the bad RF coming from your handset, but iPhone users, with their non-replaceable battery, will just have to suffer.According to the release Exradia are "...surprised Apple has chosen to ignore this potential health issue", though the company admits there's no evidence that mobile phones cause problems... Read more...
Mozilla developer Mike “schrep” Schroepfer has started discussing the possibilities of a mobile Firefox in a recent blog.“Schroepfer hinted at a desktop and mobile browsing experience that could be bridged to build a better experience for both. He imagined a world in which bookmarks, history, and extensions from Firefox on the desktop work on a mobile device.Mozilla plans to give device manufacturers the best of both worlds, Schroepfer said: shared investment in the open-source project plus the flexibility they need to customize the browser for their devices.“The goal of making extensions that work on the desktop and on a mobile platform sounds quite challenging.  The real limitations might... Read more...
Sharp electronics has come up with a LCD screen that incorporates an optical sensor in each pixel of the panel. Current popular touchscreen items like the iPhone handle touchscreen commands with a layer of film bonded to the display panel. Sharp's breakthrough means decreased thickness for the screen, higher image quality, and makes an LCD screen into a defacto scanner. This technology eliminates the need for films, resulting in a thinner, beautifully clear screen display compared to conventional touch screens. In addition, tactile recognition based on simultaneously touching multiple points on the screen is now possible, a feature previously difficult to implement. For example, users... Read more...
Yesterday we brought you a story about Apple and NBC Universal apparently having a spat over prices, and we've just uncovered a bit more information that casts a new light on the decision making process over at NBC Universal: “NBCU contends that Apple’s pricing is more about hardware than content: “It is clear that Apple’s retail pricing strategy for its iTunes service is designed to drive sales of Apple devices, at the expense of those who create the content that make these devices worth buying.”While Apple has said it will stop selling NBC shows next month, NBCU says that it not the case: ”We want consumers to know that all our returning series, including new episodes, will be available on... Read more...
Is one-hand control better than two? For years that's been the design around smartphones.  And that's the way we've used a variety of smartphones.  However, Apple went its own way and designed a UI that, unless you have some pretty flexible fingers, requires two hands to operate. "Everyone is still trying to make a one-handed product," Rolston said. "It's the easiest way to distinguish a truly portable device from a workstation. Handhelds are about doing something else (while using the handheld), they fit within the context of people's active lives."To achieve those goals, one-handed phones have to have real buttons--famously dismissed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs--that give people the ability to... Read more...
It's coming, and it'll be here faster than you can think of it. The end of analog TV.  On February 17th, 2009, all analog TV broadcasts in the United States will cease.  Part of the transition process is a coupon program, whereby consumers will receive up to two $40 coupons for a digital converter box that will interface to their analog TV.  And the delivery of these coupons will be managed by IBM. The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that IBM will manage the government's DTV coupon program, which will subsidize the analog-to-DTV handoff in 2009. IBM's contract will be worth an estimated $119,968,468 over 25 months, according... Read more...
The folks over at Digital Entertainment News got a chance to sit down in front of a high-end Toshiba notebook and play a pre-release build of the highly anticipated DX10 game Crysis. As you'll see, they came away thoroughly impressed.  Considering our first hand experience with Crysis at a couple of NVIDIA sponsored events and in the MS booth at Digital Life last year, we can't blame them.  This game is going to be HOT... "This is what PC gaming has been waiting for. Running on a high-powered Toshiba Satellite notebook packing a brand new DirectX 10-capable nVidia GeForce 8700M GT card, it can only be said that Crysis looked no less than stunning. The top shelf graphics accelerator had... Read more...
A group of Australian researchers have reportedly developed a device that allows people to manipulate their TVs, DVD players, and other electronics with a simple wave of the hand. The controller box has a built-in camera that can identify seven simple hand gestures and can be used with up to 8 different devices. The development is led by Australian engineers Dr. Prashan Premaratne and Quang Nguyen, who expect the gadget to hit the market within three years. “Dr Premaratne, of the University of Wollongong, said the device is designed to sit on a shelf or table which has a clear line of sight to the television and the owner. Its software recognises simple, deliberate hand gestures and then sends... Read more...
At the E3 Media and Business Summit today, NCsoft Corp., the leading developer and publisher of online games in the world announced a deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) to develop several games for the Playstation 3 and PSP platforms that will be accessible through the Playstation Network. "Their track record of creating successful online games is exactly what we are looking for as we grow the PLAYSTATION Network, delivering new, rich experiences on both PS3 and PSP. SCEI’s hardware leadership matched with NCsoft’s extensive online experience are the hallmarks of what is sure to be a fruitful relationship for both companies, ultimately benefiting our core audience — the gamer."... Read more...
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