Apple have just announced that there have been an impressive two billion downloads from the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. The breakthrough comes roughly two and a half months after Apple notched up the 1.5bn mark back in July, a year after the App Store opened its virtual doors for the first time. There are currently in excess of 85,000 applications on offer, with Apple boasting 125,000 developers in their iPhone Developer Program.
While at first glance the OmniZero.9 looks as though it's rocking the robot equivalent of Joan Collins shoulder-pads, in actual fact they're the 'bot's secret weapon for speedy transport. Capable of transforming from a walking upright robot to a wheeled truck, the OmniZero.9 can also lift and carry a person (as you can see in the video after the cut).
Video demo after the cut
MotionSensing controllers have become a big deal since the Wii hit the market a few years ago. The PS3 has motion sensing though it's more of an afterthought than a slick part of the console. STMicroelectronics has announced a new motion sensing tech called MotionBee today for remote control applicaitons.
I have enjoyed several 3D movies in theaters this summer with my kids. 3D films have come a long way in the last few years from films that didn’t look particularly 3D to very realistic and enjoyable films today. I am especially looking forward to getting 3D films and TV in the home. Panasonic announced that it has developed a new 3D 50-inch plasma screen.
Drivers in New Zealand are looking at facing legal fines for using their mobile phone while driving for anything other than starting or ending a phone call. That means that listening to music on the phone or using it, as a navigation device would be illegal in the country.
Broadcom is set to start to integrate the new ARM Coretex-A9 MPCore multicore processor into next generation mobile wireless and other consumer electronic products. Broadcom and ARM have announced that they have entered into a license agreement that will allow the use of the Cortex-A9 processor in Broadcom products.
The Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H nettop is one of those slick little systems that offers all the performance you need for general computing needs in a tiny form factor that is easy to hide inside your entertainment system or on a desk. The little machine is now available for purchase on Newegg.
Microsoft has confirmed that it's unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch. The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games' Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.
Motorola are seemingly clearing their plate to focus on their upcoming mid- to high-end handsets, with the news from China being that the company have outsourced production of all of their entry-level models. According to the United Daily News, any handset costing under $150 moving forward will be built by a third-party, potentially over 40 million devices per year.