Friday, December 3, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
While Gizmodo mentioned call recording as a cool way to take advantage of Gmail calling, Google adding in this feature means you don't need any extra software to get the job done—just hit the record button to record the call with Google Voice. Note that it only works for incoming calls—you won't be able to record calls you initiate from your Gmail inbox.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/19/splashtop-remote-desktop-brings-windows-pc-access-to-your-iphone/
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Previously, the only thing (okay, one of the only things) that was stopping us from sending Princess Leia-type messages across the universe in an R2D2 was the fact that we couldn’t make holograms with refresh rates quick enough to convey movement. Well, that’s changed—a research team at the University of Arizona has developed a system that can render an image in near real-time and update the image every two seconds, which is pretty darn close to real-time.
In 2008, the same team presented an updateable holographic 3D display that was capable of recording and displaying images every few minutes. The display could then last for several hours without needing to be refreshed, but was sensitive to ambient noise (vibration and air turbulance), as well as thermal expansion, and so needed to be fully enclosed on an air damped optical table.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on November 9 released the final version of the Obama administration's National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a federal policy statement that puts technology at the heart of proposed changes to the way education is delivered in this country.
Click on the link or read more here.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The new study by cross-platform mobile ad network Millennial Media and DigiDay, found that 30 percent of developers are currently creating content for the iPhone. In second is Android, with 23 percent, followed in third by the iPad with 21 percent.
Friday, November 5, 2010
The nitride coatings would not only be low-cost, but they would also leave your gadgets looking great.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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Monday, November 1, 2010
Office on the Mac desperately needs an overhaul. The last release took a decades old Carbon code base, applied a comically foolish looking layer of user interface glitz, and then stripped away core features that its target audience of corporate users found essential, including Visual Basic for Applications (used in many companies to create automated template documents).
The new Office 2011 makes major improvements in adding back the VBA support removed in the previous version, and in dialing back some of the more ridiculous aspects of the previous day-glow user interface.
It also strives to integrate Mac users into corporate settings much better, with improved support for Office document interchange with its Windows counterpart, as well as other Microsoft server technologies, including multiuser document co-authoring when used with SharePoint Foundation or Windows Live SkyDrive.
Read the rest by clicking here.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Prices go up to $730 for the 32GB model, and $830 for the 64GB-er. Monthly payments beginning at $20 for 1GB of data will have to be paid to make those MiFi dongles work.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here is what you need to know: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371304,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03129TX1K0000625&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ziffdavis%2FPCMagazineTips+%28PCMag.com+Tips+and+Solutions%29
Monday, October 25, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/11/wii-vitality-sensor-detailed-in-patent-application-fires-righte/
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/10/wireless-body-area-network-allows-your-body-to-send-status-updat/
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/17/shinobiis-table-tennis-bat-for-wii-hitting-shelves-soon-for-70/
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tomorrow morning at 5AM Eastern Xbox.com will be going down. When it comes back, it'll have a fresh new look and some extra-added functionality. Let's take a look!
Major Nelson uploaded a set of pictures of the new Xbox.com website redesign this morning, giving users a look at how they'll be interfacing with Xbox Live via the web tomorrow morning. Xbox.com and the forums will go down at 5AM Eastern time, and when they come back up, this is what we'll be seeing.
New features introduced in the redesign include the ability to edit avatars via the website; a combined view for messages, friend requests, and game invites; improved account notification; family reports so you can keep tabs on your household; and the ability to play web games with friends via the website or Windows Phone 7. The Xbox.com Marketplace is also scoring a robust new search system, making it easier than ever to find the games you're looking for.
Check out the screens at http://gizmodo.com/5667776/the-new-xboxcom-is-more-than-just-a-pretty-face/gallery/ to see what we'll be seeing once Xbox.com is reborn tomorrow morning.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The app lets you keep track of how far you have gone, how fast you are currently going and even lets you keep Google Maps handy in case you get lost. You might be able to do some of these features with just using Google Maps GPS, but you couldn't track your ride to the extent that LiveRider could. You can even put it in ghost mode, which is you chasing your previous rides and times, kinda like a racing game.The kit costs $100, which includes the mount, the magnets and the adapter. The app is free, but doesn't work without the kit.
Take a look: http://gizmodo.com/5646063/how-to-use-your-iphone-as-a-bike-computer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29
Friday, October 8, 2010
We have requested a review device so that we can provide our podcast listeners with additional information.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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iPads will soon be popping up among the groceries and housewares—Target announced on Friday that it will sell Apple’s tablet device at its 1743 stores across the country.
Until now, Apple sold the iPad directly from its Website and stores, and through electronics retailers like Best Buy and MicroCenter. Some smaller retailers also sold the device through Amazon.com’s online store. Like the iPod and iPhone before it, however, the iPad is escaping into general retail stores.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/27/first-working-social-bicycles-gps-enabled-bike-lock-pictured-lo/
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/25/apple-granted-patent-for-handheld-that-recognizes-your-hands/
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Read more http://www.macworld.com/article/154264/2010/09/filemakergo.html?lsrc=nl_mwiphone_h_cbstories
* 16 Comments * + 6 Recommendations * digg * ShareThis iWork for iPad adds file transfer, better Office support
Read more: http://www.macworld.com/article/154285/2010/09/iwork_12.html?lsrc=nl_mwiphone_h_cbstories
The new Remote application allows control of the new iOS-based Apple TV with simple finger gestures. Users can also enter text with the onscreen keyboard.
"Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV," the official description reads. "From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library.
"With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface. Use your device’s QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast forward, rewind, and pause to your finger’s content."
The full list of new features in version 2.0, according to Apple, include:
- Designed for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
- Optimized for Retina displays and large screen real estate on iPad
- Support for Shared Libraries on iTunes and new Apple TV
- Bug fixes and compatibility with iTunes 10 and the new Apple TV
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Worlds Smallest Mobile and Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drives
September 8, 2010 - LaCie debuts today sleek USB 3.0 hard drives for your desktop or pocket – the LaCie Minimus and LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0. Proving size does matter, LaCie delivers the industry's fastest transfer speeds at 5Gb/s* in its ultra–small Rikiki form factor – perfect for users that refuse to sacrifice performance for mobility; and the LaCie Minimus – for users that enjoy their terabytes as much as desk space.
Complementing their remarkably small sizes, the Rikiki and Minimus hard drives are encased in sturdy brushed aluminum for an elegant aesthetic appeal. The aluminum offers resilience from blunders, improved heat dissipation, and is fully recyclable.
Designed to be simple from the inside out, the Rikiki and Minimus come with LaCie's Software Suite to ensure seamless setup and backup support for Mac or PC. Additionally, each product comes with 10GB of Wuala online storage so you can securely store and share files online.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/07/self-repairing-solar-cells-could-also-fix-our-energy-dependency/
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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The Mac Business Unit team at Microsoft published a celebratory post on their blog Friday announcing that they had "signed off on final testing" and sent the product to production. This latest release was two and a half years in the making, with team members in Redmond, Silicon Valley, Beijing, Dublin Tokyo.
Office for Mac 2011 should be Microsoft's "best release yet," according to Product Unit Manager Geoff Price, who authored the post.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The school's IT man has his own blog, where he informs parents and the rest of the world about the progress of the project—including notes on the very first iPad lesson where he had to teach the kids how to cut & paste, before "we all read the Acceptable Use Policy together and in detail".
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Somewhere in Montana today a rural student will fire up a computer and start learning Chinese from a teacher he or she has never met.
Today is the day that the Montana Digital Academy launches for the 500 students and 64 teachers who have signed on to meet in virtual classrooms.
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/01/apple-tv-2010-hands-on/
Monday, September 6, 2010
Take a look: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/01/motorola-defy-android-2-1-goes-rugged-with-water-dust-and-scra/
Sunday, September 5, 2010
He placed the Balance Board sensors in the soles of the shoes and re-jiggered some wires to turn Air Maxes into a working Balance Board. According to Nick, the shoes work like this:
In action, having shoes as a controller is actually sorta intense:
The user simply puts on the shoes, turns on the balance board/shoes (nike-wiis) and then plays as normal, except it's not a normal way to play. As you are now physically attached the to the board, the actions have changed, you can no longer simply step off, so you must lift your foot and stand on one leg or sit down when no pressure is required, making for an altogether interestingly different experience.
Take a look: http://gizmodo.com/5624861/nike-shoes-get-outfitted-with-wii-balance-board-controls
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The new Apple iPod Touches will be available next week ----- or for pre-order today (got to go order mine now!).
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If the iOS device detects that the user is not authorized, it can start taking photos and sending them to an email account, along with GPS coordinates, keystroke logs, phone calls, and other activity. The owner would also be able to save any data remotely, and wipe out the device after that.The patent application seems like a supercharged version of the Find My iPhone feature now available in MobileMe, coupled with new hardware and software features. While these patents may never get their way into real products, it makes sense for Apple to increase the security, especially for their increasing number of corporate clients.
Monday, August 23, 2010
One of the latest such gadgets is Timex's Ironman Global Trainer, the company's first true GPS sports watch (previous models relied on a separate GPS module), and one of the few rivals to Garmin's well-established Forerunner line. How does it stack up? Timex kindly let us put the watch through its paces so we could find out. Read on for our review.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Traditional schools have been responding to the cyber school challenge by becoming more and more digital, offering their students online classes and sometimes teaching via the Web.
Now PA Cyber Charter School, which helped create that challenge, is edging into the "bricks and mortar" world by offering hands-on learning to children in its 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten programs.
"They're going from bricks to clicks; we're going from clicks to bricks," PA Cyber director Andrew Oberg said.
Called Building Blocks, the program will start the 2010-11 academic year in the former Mount Gallitzin Academy in Baden. Parents of PA Cyber children will be able to select from a menu of daily activities, choosing any or all, while still having all the regular online activities for their children at home.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Health Related Fitness Complete - also adopted by the Department of Defense
SimAthlete - also adopted by the Department of Defense
Elementary Muscle Flash - also adopted by the Department of Defense
Middle Muscle Flash - also adopted by the Department of Defense
Senior Muscle Flash - also adopted by the Department of Defense
Problem Solving Complete
Monday, August 16, 2010
The GPS and mapping capabilities offer cyclists a chance to rate and give feedback on specific routes, or view directions and topography for an anticipated path. Apple's system would also include other elements common to current bike computers such as information on the rider's distance, speed, and cadence. Additionally, it would allow for integration with devices like heart rate monitors and the ability to compare yourself with others' riding characteristics, which is great for forming a group or determining if a route is right for your level.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Shared By The Many: Advances in technology are allowing for the provision of affordable, decentralized healthcare for the masses and are lowering the barriers to entry in less developed markets.
The analysis in PSFK’s Future of Health Report has yielded a number of insights, the most evident of which is mobile technology as a catalyst for change. The mobile phone and connected tablet computer are allowing for the distribution of a broad range of medical and support services. This is especially important in countries with little or no healthcare infrastructure and areas in which there are few trained healthcare professionals. These technologies also allow trained professionals to perform quality control remotely.
Monday, August 9, 2010
The free app will help you get into shape with personalized daily running or jogging workouts of varying speeds. The "virtual coach" will let you know when to speed up or slow down to stay on pace.After each workout you'll received an analysis of your run, including distance and calories burned, and your data will be stored on the MiCoach site so you can track your progress. The app is free, though it does say it "tracks your shoe usage with wear alerts," in the hopes that you will burn through your soles and right into your local Adidas distributor.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Bloggers at Electric Pig said their information comes from an internal slide presentation designed to help staffers at British retailer John Lewis tout the new product.
The presentation is titled, "Apple iPod Refresh in September"—an indication that the device may be on store shelves in time for the crucial back-to-school shopping season. According to the slides, the new iPod Touch will feature a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot HD-quality video. Read more
According to the slides, the new iPod Touch will feature a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot HD-quality video.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child on Thursday said it is adding a multitouch screen to the upcoming XO-1.75 laptop and is modifying software to take advantage of the new hardware.The XO-1.75 with a touch-sensitive 8.9-inch screen will start shipping next year. The laptop will run on an Arm processor and is the successor to the current XO-1.5 laptop, which runs on a Via x86 processor. OLPC will also add a multitouch screen on the next-generation XO-3 tablet, which is due to ship in 2012.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
A $1 million federal stimulus grant will put iPods into the hands of some Utah high schools students as a learning tool.
About 1,600 students at Kearns High School will get iPod Touches next school year thanks to the Enhancing Education Through Technology grants . Students will use the devices in class to download applications, take notes, do Internet research and read English textbooks.Students will be allowed to take the iPods home and keep them after graduation.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
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The details of a haptic feedback system are detailed in a new patent application filed by Apple, and revealed this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Entitled "Multi Touch with Multi Haptics," it describes a system that would detect multi-touch gestures, and provide "an appropriate multi-haptic response."
"Research has shown that providing the multi-touch surface with the ability to provide physical (haptic) feedback makes the multi-touch experience even more efficient and realistic to the user," the application reads. "For example, physical keyboards provide a physical indication (a bump, for example) indicative of the home key. This physical sensation can not be provided by a conventional multi-touch system thereby forcing the user to visually locate the home key thereby making keyboard use less efficient and fatiguing."
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
You can try it out by going to docs.google.com on your Android-powered device, iPad or iPhone and select any document in these formats that you've previously uploaded.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The $4.99 application weighs in at 30.6MB and requires a new iPhone 4 running iOS 4. Early reviews have been positive, with most purchasers giving the application five stars.
"Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing application for iPhone 4," Apple said. "Create a video postcard of your day at the beach and publish it to the web -- without ever leaving your spot in the sand. Or make a movie if your child's birthday party and send it to your parents -- while the party is in full swing. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you want."
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The bundle will inlcude an EyeToy camera and Sports Champion Game.
Check it out: http://gizmodo.com/5564322/playstation-move-arriving-september-19-bundle-for-99
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
What is Kinect: http://gizmodo.com/5563047/what-is-xbox-360-kinect
Pricing: $149.99/$399 Elite Bundle
Video chat and stream sharing: http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/14/video-kinect-video-calls-and-stream-sharing-over-xbox-live-and/
Dance Central: http://www.engadget.com/photos/e3-2010-dance-central-hands-on/
Preview Guide: http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/17/kinect-guide-a-preview-and-explanation-of-microsofts-new-full/
Monday, June 21, 2010
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Worn around the chest, the Polar WearLink+ sends the heart-rate to the Nike+ kit, which is then transferred to the NikePlus.com service for tracking against all the other stats. So now you'll know just how hard your little heart is working when you're jogging those 15kms.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
While Scandinavian countries are notoriously expensive, 1,499 SEK ($191) for Project Natal is just far too much, even if you factor in conversion charges, taxes or inflation. Kotaku points out that games that cost $60 in the States cost the equivalent of $80 in Sweden, but that's not an excuse for pricing Natal at $200. Our worst fears may just have come true. Let's hope the flaxen-haired blue-eyed Nords are having a laugh at our expense, with some nasty placeholder figures. [Webhallen via Game.se via Kotaku]
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The news comes from a "Nike+ Pro" on the shoemaker's official forums. While the person did not reveal why the hardware has taken so long to arrive, they did announce the U.S. release, which will be followed by other international releases this summer.
"It will officially launch (in the U.S.) on June 1, 2010, although it may reach some retail outlets slightly sooner," the Nike official, named Clover, wrote. "It will reach Canadian markets in June and will launch internationally in summer 2010, exact date to be determined."
The person said they were not able to reveal the product's price, color, or device compatibility. However, an update to the Nike + iPod user guide last September stated that only the fifth-generation iPod nano was compatible with the new heart rate monitor.
Last year, people familiar with the matter told AppleInsider that the accessory was initially expected to launch alongside the new
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Walking Could Recharge Your Smartphone or MP3 Player
Agam Shah, IDG News
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are harvesting energy through activities like walking or running that could power or recharge smartphones and portable music players in the future.
Consumer electronics are quickly getting smaller, but the batteries cannot keep up, said Zhong Lin Wang, professor and director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization at Georgia Institute of Technology. Smaller devices tend to consume less power, and the lab is trying to come up with ways in which motions like tapping, bending or walking could generate energy to keep the devices running.
The researchers have developed tiny nanowires made of zinc oxide that are capable of generating an electric field through force or motion. Zinc oxide has piezoelectric potential, which provides the ability for nanowires to convert mechanical energy into electric energy.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The way it works, generally speaking, is that the screen deflects images into your left and right eyes, as the camera syncs with the project system to make sure the proper images arrive at the proper eyeballs.
From a feature standpoint, what's cool about the system—which is similar to other patents, with respect to the 3D desktop interface—is that it customizes the imagery to each individual in a group, so people can do stuff together. Like Project Natal, on 3D steroids.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
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If you are wondering what it is all about, take a good hard look at the Palm Foleo. Yes, the BlackBerry tablet will not have any cellular networking built in, and will rely on either a Bluetooth connection to your BlackBerry or the built-in Wi-Fi radio. Additionally, we are hearing that the launch of the tablet is slated for December, but the team working on the project is trying to get it out to the marketplace sooner than that. Lastly, the focus of the device is said to be multimedia - think e-books, emailing, web browsing, photo viewing. To be honest, as a complementary device that is coming from RIM, we are not sure why they are even trying here. Especially since RIM employees have privately voiced their frustration to us regarding this initiative.
"is going to be somewhere in October and we will be in a position to confirm the date at E3, which is in June, but definitely it is going to be October 2010."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The combination of HP's global scale and financial strength with Palm's unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP's ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm's unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.
"Palm's innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP's mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market."
"We're thrilled by HP's vote of confidence in Palm's technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP's longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS," said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. "We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners."
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive $5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account the updated guidance and other financial information being released by Palm this afternoon. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of Palm's stockholders. The transaction is expected to close during HP's third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.
Monday, May 3, 2010
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Wiffiti allows you to bring this exciting technology to any student with access to text messaging for free. In short Wiffiti publishes real time messages to screens anywhere on any screen and this can be a tremendously powerful educational tool.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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The application, entitled "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display," shows a pair of goggles with an integrated screen and headphones. The device could wirelessly communicate with another device, like an iPhone, to share content or control the headset.
Apple notes that current head-mounted devices often are unwieldy and too complex. The proposed invention would simplify the system and eliminate "redundant features."
"There is a need for an improved head-mounted display system, particularly a system that temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device," the application reads.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
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Read more here:http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/10/playstation-move-motion-controller-launched-at-gdc/
Thursday, March 18, 2010
People with a proven track record in predicting Apple's technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a "full-on solution" to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life -- two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.
Read more: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/11/apples_iphone_4_0_software_to_deliver_multitasking_support.html
Monday, March 15, 2010
Bike functionality is available for over 150 American cities at the moment, but it's safe to assume that, like everything Google does, it will eventually expand to cover most of the planet.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Read more ----http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/11/primesense-talks-full-body-motion-control-at-gdc-the-possibilit/
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The application revealed this week, entitled "Real-Time Interaction with a Virtual Competitor While Performing an Exercise Routine," notes that while there are currently a variety of methods designed to push athletes farther, some people want something even more engaging.
Fitness enthusiasts sometimes need new sources of motivation, such as when training indoors during inclement weather," the application reads. "Modern health clubs partly serve this need by providing television monitors and music to entertain members using treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers, and other fitness equipment. Products like the Nike+iPod Sports Kit provide workout-based voice feedback, motivational media, and the ability to share workouts among Nike+community members."
The application describes a networked system that could download a workout file associated with the virtual competitor. The system could also determine the performance of the athlete using the iPod or iPhone, and compare their performance with that of the virtual competitor.
Such a system could track the "performance metrics" of the user in both physiological terms, such s heart rate, blood oxygen content and temperature, and non-physiological performance indicators, like speed and distance.
As for the competitor, the system could display visual cues, such as location, via GPS, on Google Maps, demonstrating the user's position relative to the virtual opponent. The system could also be done audibly, allowing a runner to focus on their performance.
"For example, as user… passes the 2-mile mark, an audible cue played through the headset… may announce a 2-mile split of 10:27," the application reads. "If user… has a lead… cues may be played if the lead is less than a predetermined distance. For example, if the lead is less than 100 feet, an audible cue may be played, such as 'He's right behind you.' For smaller leads, an audile cue may be the sound of footsteps thumping."
If a user were running indoors on a treadmill, cycle, or elliptical machine, the virtual competitor system could be turned into a game, where the runner can conduct "tactical maneuvers," tracked with a camera, that can be use to complete certain actions. The competitor, represented by a virtual avatar, could potentially be crowded out by the user with a hands-free mouse, and such actions in the game could earn the runner points.
For more information - check out: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/11/apple_looking_to_improve_exercise_routines_with_virtual_competitor.html
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sony's Advice: Don't turn on your PS3 until PSN bug is fixed
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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While baseball fans still rank "The Catch" by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series as one of the greatest baseball moments of all times, scientists see the feat as more of a puzzle: How does an outfielder get to the right place at the right time to catch a fly ball?
Thousands of fans (and hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers) saw Mays turn his back on a fly ball, race to the center field fence and catch the ball over his shoulder, seemingly a precise prediction of a fly ball's path that led his team to victory. According to a recent article in the Journal of Vision ("Catching Flyballs in Virtual Reality: A Critical Test of the Outfielder Problem"), the "outfielder problem" represents the definitive question of visual-motor control. How does the brain use visual information to guide action?
To test three theories that might explain an outfielder's ability to catch a fly ball, researcher Philip Fink, PhD, from Massey University in New Zealand and Patrick Foo, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Ashville programmed Brown University's virtual reality lab, the VENLab, to produce realistic balls and simulate catches. The team then lobbed virtual fly balls to a dozen experienced ball players (see also Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology).
"The three existing theories all predict the same thing: successful catches with very similar behavior," said Brown researcher William Warren, PhD. "We realized that we could pull them apart by using virtual reality to create physically impossible fly ball trajectories."
Warren said their results support the idea that the ball players do not necessarily predict a ball's landing point based on the first part of its flight, a theory described as trajectory prediction. "Rather than predicting the landing point, the fielder might continuously track the visual motion of the ball, letting it lead him to the right place at the right time," Warren said.
Because the researchers were able to use the virtual reality lab to perturb the balls' vertical motion in ways that would not happen in reality, they were able to isolate different characteristics of each theory. The subjects tended to adjust their forward-backward movements depending on the perceived elevation angle of the incoming ball, and separately move from side to side to keep the ball at a constant bearing, consistent with the theory of optical acceleration cancellation (OAC). The third theory, linear optical trajectory (LOT), predicted that the outfielder will run in a direction that makes the visual image of the ball appear to travel in a straight line, adjusting both forward-backward and side-to-side movements together.
Fink said these results focus on the visual information a ball player receives, and that future studies could bring in other variables, such as the effect of the batter's movements or sound.
"As a first step we chose to concentrate on what seemed likely to be the most important factor," Fink said. "Fielders might also use information such as the batter's swing or the sound of the bat hitting the ball to help guide their movements."
From Biotech Week editors.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Home to one of the most environmentally conscious places in the world, Vancouver has also gone to great lengths to make a "green" village, with low-flow toilets, compostable dinnerware and ubiquitous recycling.
Green, however, does not mean that 2010 Winter Games athletes will be deprived of luxury. Quite the contrary.
Sheets are 240-thread count, beds are plush and bathroom fixtures are worthy of a boutique hotel. The buildings are sleek metal and glass construction, in keeping with contemporary architecture popular in the Pacific Northwest.
Ah, and then there are the great views of Vancouver and its snow-capped Canadian mountains in the distance.
"It's awesome," chimed simultaneously Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, 20-year-old twin sisters on the U.S. Women's hockey team, blessed with views from their bright, seventh-floor apartment.
"There are two girls on our team who are in their fourth Olympics and they say this is the best set-up, by far," said Monique. "So, we are in for a treat."
The treat, however, comes at a cost to Vancouverites.
The village, which will mostly be sold as high-end housing, was one of the biggest controversies in the preparations for the Games.
The city was forced take over financing of the C$1 billion project in 2008 when lenders froze funding to the private developer in the economic downturn.
A second athletes village up in the high-mountain Whistler resort, which will be turned into mostly affordable housing, suffered no financial setbacks.
Monday, February 8, 2010
The blue plastic clickers with oval buttons that sit on the edge of students' desks at Gililland Middle School look like remote controls or older cellphones, but their purpose is education, not entertainment.
Students use the
Thursday, February 4, 2010
In an effort to streamline the Department of Education (USDE)'s programs and increase effectiveness, the President's FY 2011 budget contains major changes to the PEP grant program. According to the USDE Website, the President's budget proposes to eliminate six programs and consolidate 38 others into 11 new authorities. The PEP program, along with five other programs, would be consolidated into a new authority called "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students."
This new authority comes with a budget request of $410 million, more than all six of the individual program budgets combined in FY 2010. The Department plans to direct funding "to proven or promising practices while providing greater support and technical assistance to grantees."
Congressional Approval Required: Ultimately, Congress will determine the framework and funding levels for all USDE programs. The President's proposal is, in essence, a first draft of the USDE budget. Furthermore, the Administration has not yet provided detailed language as to how the new "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students" authority will function.
NASPE will work tirelessly to ensure that the PEP grant program receives funding as a vital component of the Successful, Safe and Healthy Students authority. During the coming weeks and months, we will communicate with you about how you can advocate to your federal legislators. It will take all of our voices to keep the PEP program going strong.
Q. Is PEP being eliminated?
A. No. The program is being consolidated, along with five other national programs, into a new USDE authority, called "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students."
Q. Will there be money for PEP in FY 2011?
A. The President has proposed funding the new Successful, Safe and Healthy Students authority at an amount greater than all its components were funded in FY 2010.
Q. How does this affect the spring 2010 PEP grant application process?
A. It does not. The funding for new grants to be awarded in 2010 ($30 million) was already appropriated by Congress in the FY 2010 budget. USDE will open the requests for proposals for 2010 grants sometime this spring.
Q. What can I do to support the PEP program?
A. Contact your federal legislators asking for their support for the PEP program as part of the new Successful, Safe and Healthy Students authority within USDE. NASPE and its PEP advocacy partners are asking Congress to fund PEP at $100 million for FY 2011.
Join NASPE in supporting physical education and physical activity K-12 on Capitol Hill on April 14-15, 2010. Register here
Paula Keyes Kun
Director of Communications
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-476-3461 Fax: 703-476-8316