Archive for February, 2010

Apple “Explicit” App Store category spotted

Apple “Explicit” App Store category spotted

After the ongoing arguments about Apple's decision to yank titillating applications from the App Store, it now looks like the Cupertino company have a new category in mind to corral anything with a vaguely adult theme.  Cult of Mac heard from a developer that a new category has been added to iTunesConnect, the system through which new software is submitted for inclusion in the download store, called "Explicit".

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Creative Zii building steam? New 3G Dev board & peripherals; Android support by March

Creative Zii building steam? New 3G Dev board & peripherals; Android support by March

Creative have been talking up their Zii platform for quite some time now - the HD-capable system first showed up at CES 2009, and then more recently sprouted a smartphone reference design in December last year - but beyond the initial developer device there's little to show from the whole project.  Over at epiZENter, however, they've spotted what could be some movement: the Creative site has gained a few new peripherals, including a development kit supporting 3G modules, and an insider has tipped Android customization for Zii as being on track for a March 2010 completion.

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Buzz-kill

Buzz-kill

Recently Google entered the world of social media with their own service called Buzz. Buzz put Google directly in the real-time and social spaces, combined with a strong mobile component. Their approach is tied directly into Gmail on the desktop with a mobile website, and integration into various flavors of Google Maps. It would seem like a no-brainer and a success. Except I stopped using it almost immediately. Here's why.

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RosettaStone uses RFID-NFC to make gravestones interactive

RosettaStone uses RFID-NFC to make gravestones interactive

Losing a family member or a loved one is never an easy thing. What most people will tell you is that they want to remember their loved one and have other people who visit the grave remember the departed as well. Most grave markers today only tell you the name, birthday, and date the person died. A new product called RosettaStone can take an existing or new grave marker and provide information that can be shared with visitors.

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