HTC Hero to Receive Android 2.1 Update Soon

April 4th, 2010 |

htc-hero-to-receive-android-21-update-soonA HTC Club user recently received an email from HTC, confirming the release of the ROM upgrade for HTC Hero on April 16th.

This is the Android 2.1 upgrade we’re talking about, that’ll be released on handsets with the following ROMs: Nordic/Greek/RUS/UKR/SA.

Other handsets will also get their upgrades following this rollout.

More details can be found here, by calling the number mentioned on the page (toll free number, can only be dialled from a landline). Read More »

Recently the iPad App Store Has Been Launched

April 4th, 2010 |

recently-the-ipad-app-store-has-been-launchedThe iPad App Store just launched yesterday, and as you might expect, these apps are generally more expensive. The priciest iPad app costs a whopping $900.

It’s called SiteClone Publisher, a universal app for both iPad and iPhone, and we couldn’t help but feel curious about just what it does for such a hefty price.

It turns out SiteClone is a framework designed to help corporate and government entities develop apps that pull content from websites even without an internet connection.

For example, if bought SiteClone, we could create an app that pulls videos, audio clips and other media when the iPad is online, and later even if users are without an internet connection, the app could still access all that data without having to redownload it. Read More »

Opera Mini Can Now Be Available on Your iPhone

March 25th, 2010 |

opera-mini-can-now-be-available-on-your-iphoneOpera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February.

Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.

Early reviews of Opera Mini for iPhone praised the sheer browsing speed, powering through Web pages up to six times faster than Safari.

Due to server-side rendering, Opera Mini compresses data by up to 90 percent before sending it to the phone, resulting in rapid page loading and more Web per MB for the end user.

Those familiar with iPhone roaming charges will relish Opera Mini’s ability to deliver more for less, giving users the Web they want quickly, without, the high costs. Read More »

TryWin to Release New Portable Navigation Device

March 25th, 2010 |

trywin-to-release-new-portable-navigation-deviceTrywin, a Japan-based company announced yesterday they will release at the end of this month, a new PND (Portable Navigation Device), the DTN-X750.

Put on the market at 39 800 yens, or 325€, this PND features a 5 inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480, as well as 4GB of built-in memory, a 1Seg TV Tuner, 1W monoaural speaker.

The DTIN-X750 is compatible with MP3 /OGG/AC3 audio files, as well as AVI video files.

Trywin’s PND also allow the user to extend memory via microSDHC card (up to 16GB).

Lastly, the PND is equipped with a Lithium Battery providing a life span of 1.5 hours. Read More »

New Input Method Which Involves Waving Fingers When Facing the Screen

January 5th, 2010 |

new-input-method-which-involves-waving-fingers-when-facing-the-screenProfessor Masatoshi Ishikawa and Dr. Takashi Komuro of the Tokyo University developed a new input method they’re calling “vision-based Input Interface”.

Using a forward facing camera, something that many smartphones in Europe and Asia have, even though it’s debatable whether or not video calling took off, all five fingers are recognized and can be used for typing, clicking, browsing through photos, and eventually even more things once practical applications are developed.

The forward facing camera used in this demo is a high speed, 154 frame per second, sensor. It’s one step closer to Minority Report type user interfaces, but it seems kind of counter intuitive to have this sort of user interface on a mobile device. Read More »

Chrome Browser from Google is Now No. 3

January 5th, 2010 |

chrome-browser-from-google-is-now-no-3Google’s Chrome browser has only been on the market for 16 months, but it has already taken a good share of the market and beat out Safari for the number three spot. Safari, for the first time ever, is now ranked fourth.

By the end of December, Chrome was up at 4.63% market share whereas Safari fell to about 4.46%. Of course, the big boost likely came from the fact that Chrome Beta became officially available for Mac and Linux.

Top dogs are still Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, with IE8 still at the top but failing to see any real growth. So tell us, what browser are you currently using and why (speed, extensions, apps, etc)? — Read More »

The Software Giant Files Muscle-based Computer Control Tech

January 5th, 2010 |

the-software-giant-files-muscle-based-computer-control-techWhile everyone is going “ga-ga” over Apple’s dynamic tactile feedback keyboard patent, Microsoft has quietly filed a patent for several methods of controlling a computer using Electromyography (EMG).

The technique would record the electrical activity of muscles and translate those signals into instruction sets which would control a computer. EMG technology is not new, it is used in some advanced prosthetic devices and is the technology behind the military’s research into EMG-controlled flight systems which allows a pilot to control his plane using EMG-based gestures.

The Microsoft patent takes this technology and applies it to consumer devices describing, in one example, how a driver could interact with a vehicle navigation system without taking his/her hands off the steering wheel. Read More »

The Unusual History of Microsoft Windows

August 5th, 2009 |

the-unusual-history-of-microsoft-windowsOn November 10, 1983, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows, a next-generation operating system that would provide a graphical user interface (GUI) and a multitasking environment for IBM computers.

Introducing Interface Manager

Microsoft promised that the new product would be on the shelf by April 1984. Windows might have been released under the original name of Interface Manager if marketing whiz, Rowland Hanson had not convinced Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates that Windows was the far better name.

Did Windows Get Top View?

That same November in 1983, Bill Gates showed a beta version of Windows to IBM’s head honchos. Their response was lackluster probably because they were working on their own operating system called Top View. IBM did not give Microsoft the same encouragement for Windows that they gave the other operating system that Microsoft brokered to IBM. In 1981, MS-DOS became the highly successful operating system that came bundled with an IBM computer.

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