Friday, August 27, 2010

Best Apps

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Apple May Use Heartbeat, Voice, Face, and Behavior Analysis to Detect Unauthorized iPhone Users

Apple new patent application describes methods that may enable the iPhone and iPad to "sense" the user, detecting voice prints, faces, activity patterns and even heartbeats. If unauthorized use is detected, many security measures could be activated.

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

Timex Ironman Global Trainer

Running has changed quite a bit as an activity over the last decade or so. Moisture-wicking (or "technical") clothing has become commonplace, portable media players are small and light enough to not be a hinderance, and GPS watches and other gadgets have emerged on the scene and rapidly come down in price. While some may think those devices are reserved for only the most serious runners, they can actually be a great tool for those just starting out as well.

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.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Cyber school builds new initiative

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

Pleased to announce

We are pleased to announce that the follow instructional software programs from Bonnie's Fitware Inc have met the CLRN (California Learning Resource Network) review criteria, approved for social content, and have been placed on the CLRN web site:

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

Softball Complete

Technology is the base of Miami's new iPrep Academy

Each student at a new magnet high school in Miami will receive a laptop to use at school and at home. The computers are just one component of the technology-based curriculum offered at iPrep Academy, where online learning will be combined with classroom lessons to provide students with individualized instruction, and the entire campus will have wireless Internet service.

Monday, August 16, 2010

pple Bicycle Computer Patent Application Features GPS And Inter-Biker Communication

Apple's newly published patent application reveals plans for a bicycle computer system similar to Nike+, which uses your iPhone or iPod as the interface. The system would include GPS routing, weather recording, and communication between a group of bike riders.

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.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Kinect Will Read Sign Language, Paving Way For New Input Methods

It's not just your clumsy leg-kicks that Kinect will understand, with a newly-discovered patent showing that it's actually capable of understanding American Sign Language, or ASL. Is this another way to input text to the game? It could be, if you actually know ASL—it's estimated that anywhere up to 2 million people in the US know sign language. At the very least, leaning how to sign could help save you from forking out for a keyboard peripheral.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

PSFK presents the Future Of Health Report for UNICEF

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.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Adidas Releases Free MiCoach App for GPS-Enabled Training Help

Adidas' MiCoach app can help you plan and track a cardio regimen. MiCoach uses your phone's GPS to monitor your speed keep up with a targeted pace.

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

CTA's $20 Baby: Ultimate Boxing Gloves for PS Move

Well, it was only a matter of time before CTA started churning out accessories for the PS Move. Not unlike a similar offering for the Wii, the Ultimate Boxing Gloves are meant to add "realism and excitement to boxing and street-fighting games" by providing "fist-clenching ability" and compatibility "with all PS Move boxing game launches, including The Fight: Lights Out." Also on tap for the company are the Triple Port Charging Station (for simultaneously charging your PS Move Controller, Navigation Controller and Sixaxis controller), Dual Port (charging one PS Move Controller / Navigation Controller set) and Quadruple Port Charging Stations (for two sets of controllers). Sounds great, guys -- but we're still holding out for something incorporating wings or a rowing machine. Charging Stations due out in September, while the gloves should be available October 1 for $20. PR after the break.

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