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There's a saying in the computing world that your new computer is usually already outdated before you can fully get it out of the box and setup. It's only funny because it's partly true. Technological innovations move rapidly these days, and anything "new" doesn't stay too "new" for long. Looxcie's lifecasting camera is a good example. The company launched their original version just a few months ago, and now there's a new version hitting the market. The Looxcie LX1 for iPhone is a slightly modified version of the original, which launched in September, but it's important to understand that this... Read more...
ThinkFlood has been making a name for themselves in the iPad/iPhone/iPod accessory market, which seems to get more and more crowded with each passing day. The company's RedEye IR dongle stood out, however, as it gave Apple's line of devices the ability to control pretty much any home component that accepts IR, which is an awful lot of components. And now, RedEye owners will soon be able to setup and manage their RedEye systems using any Web browser connected to their home network. With the update, users won't be confined to setting things up within iOS, instead they can use more flexible platforms... Read more...
VoIP mobile applications have been around for nearly as long as app stores have existed, and Skype alone has seemingly taken over that industry. But there are other options out there, like Fring. Today, another new alternative has come to light, and it may be the most powerful and attractive of all. The app is called Viber, and while it's iOS only for now (made for iPhones), an Android version is coming soon. This VoIP app, unlike many, is designed to work either over 3G or Wi-Fi; most cannot make calls over 3G. The other great thing about Viber is how it integrates with your phone. In the Skype... Read more...
Well, it's about time! One of the bigger complaints from iPad users earlier in the year was a simple one: why could the iPhone 4 ship with iOS 4, and the iPad couldn't get it immediately? The two use similar hardware layouts, and while the iPhone 4 has been enjoying background application usage and all of the other nice extras that come with iOS 4, the iPad has been forced to wait on iOS 3. But months back, Steve Jobs confirmed that iOS 4 would arrive on the iPad in the fall of 2011; some would say it's already winter in some territories, but late is probably better than never. Later today, Apple... Read more...
You might remember Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter which was released back in September. Well, the first in what is hoped to be a string of augmented reality (AR) games is about to be released by Parrot. It's called AR.Pursuit and it is a two-player pursuit game. One player, as it sounds, "has to escape from the other one, as in the game of cat and mouse." The "pursuer" has virtual missiles and machine guns to slow down or take out the "pursued." Once hit by a missile, the "pursued" becomes "pursuer" and vice versa. The game is time limited, and at half time, the roles are automatically reversed.... Read more...
Apple is rapidly running out of time to make their promise that iOS 4.2 would launch in November. The company released a new gold master build for iOS 4.2, 4.2.1, late Thursday. As opposed to the earlier re-released GM build, which was for iPad only, this build is across all devices supported by iOS 4.x. The build is number 8C148, and reportedly fixes major Exchange and audio issues that have been documented on Apple’s developer forums. Normally we would expect this to delay the release of iOS 4.2 by another week. The most recent rumored date was Nov. 24th. However, according to the report,... Read more...
It's too early to make the call for sure, but it looks like Office's days are numbered. But then again, the same was said of physical discs, and although iTunes is making a huge dent in CD sales, people are still swooping in to buy console games on disc versus downloading PC titles en masse via Steam. At any rate, Google Docs does actually stand a good chance at eating away at some of Microsoft's market share, primarily because Docs are free to use. Office, on the other hand, is quite expensive. But one of the main issues with Google Docs is the inability to edit on the go, easily. There are Office... Read more...
Google Instant is being rolled out to Android and iPhone users, in beta form. Earlier, Google had enabled the new "streaming search" functionality on a few selected Android devices (Droid X, Droid Incredible, Droid) earlier. Now Google has apparently approved it Android and iOS-wide. Google's Instant search changes search results as you type. It's been available on the desktop for some time, but only now is coming to mobile devices. For now, you need either Android 2.2 (Froyo) or and iPhones and iPod touch running iOS 4.x. Also, it's only available in the U.S. and English. More devices will be... Read more...
Tie fighters have invaded your city, but it's not because of a new George Lucas film. Instead it's the augmented reality video game coming soon to the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th Generation devices. The game is Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, developed by Vertigore Games and published by THQ Wireless. The AR portion of the game, as shown above, is for it to include your surroundings into your game insert them into the crosshairs of the Millenium Falcon's blasters. In addition, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner will include iconic locations from the Star Wars universe, such as the escape... Read more...
The freight train known as Android continues to barrel down the smartphone tracks at full speed and was installed in 44 percent of all mobile phones purchased in Q3, according to the latest figures from NPD Group. That's an increase of 11 percentage points since Q2 and nearly twice as high as Apple's iOS, which increased its own share one percentage point to 23 percent. RIM was the big loser in the third quarter, dropping from 28 percent to 22 percent and falling into third place. "Much of Android's quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple," said Ross Rubin executive... Read more...
If you own a 2011 Chevrolet or Cadillac vehicle, and you also own an Android or iOS smart phone, there's a download you should probably seek out. Starting this weekend, owners of 2011 Chevrolet models can access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smart phones, as the myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink applications, available as free downloads, provide drivers with unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles from their Android or Apple iPhone device. Chevy has been trying to link up with smart phone owners in a big way, and these new applications definitely are steps in the... Read more...
We know that Apple isn't a fan of Adobe Flash, and won't support it on its iOS products, pushing HTML 5 instead. Adobe, while definitely not agreeing with that stance, is nothing if not pragmatic. Thus, at Adobe's MAX 2010 event on Thursday, the company demo'ed a Flash-to-HTML5 converter.  The product is simply a tech demo for now, but we expect there will be a ton of requests for this to make it to production. Watch the demo.... Read more...
A flaw in iOS 4.1 means it is possible to access the iPhone’s contact list and phone keypad even if the device is locked. The seemingly random set of combination of steps was first reported on the MacRumors forum. It was tested on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones, and appears to fail on 4.0.1 as well as 4.1. The flaw has been reported, but it remains to be seen if Apple will close it before 4.2 launches in November. To bypass the lock, when an iPhone is locked with a passcode, you tap the “Emergency call” button, then enter three pound signs (or, it seems, any non Emergency... Read more...
Apple has won a patent for the coveted pinch-to-zoom feature. The patent application was filed in December of 2006 (patent #7,812,826). However, the patent issued does not give Apple complete control over the pinch-to-zoom functionality, which now exists on just about every current-generation platform. Here's the section of the patent that Engadget pointed out. A multitouch display detects at least two contacts. Those contacts perform a first gesture. That gesture adjusts an image in some way: magnification, orientation and rotation are specifically claimed, but the patent is broad enough to cover... Read more...
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