Archive for April, 2010

AT&T Officially Displays Data Plans for iPad WiFi + 3G

AT&T Officially Displays Data Plans for iPad WiFi + 3G

By now, the data plans for the upcoming iPad WiFi + 3G model are pretty much common knowledge. But, we know how people can be without some kind of official verbiage, so AT&T has finally come forward and released their side of the story. Oh, it's the same story that Apple was telling, so don't get worried. It's still every bit as good as you thought it would be, even there are some little extras in store.

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Apple Buys Siri to Increase Competition with Google

Apple Buys Siri to Increase Competition with Google

There are a lot of applications available in the Apple iTunes App Store, so if you miss one or two there's probably no reason to feel bad. Whether the personal assistant application Siri falls into that category is better suited as a personal question, but if you were to ask Apple, it seems that missing that particular application may have been the wrong move Why? They liked it enough to buy the company behind it.

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DIY automatic ball balancing machine [Video]

DIY automatic ball balancing machine [Video]

Forget your Newton's Cradle or that squeezy stress toy; this might just be the best executive desk toy so far.  The handiwork of 0zimbra0, this simple square of wood is - thanks to a couple of servos, a webcam and our old friend the Arduino - capable of keeping a ball bearing either balanced or following continually moving patterns.

Video demo after the cut

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Why I like Kin

Why I like Kin

Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new mobile platform and two new devices built for it. It's called Kin and it's targeted at a younger demographic with a focus on social communication. It's also been one of the most controversial releases I've ever seen. Many folks who've weighed in on the topic weren't too impressed. They cite a lack of features ranging from a calendar to no support for third party applications, most notably games. I don't share those views (although I do think it's not a good idea for middle aged Microsoft executives to go with a shirt untucked and unshaven look while presenting) and I think Kin has a good chance of being successful in the marketplace. Here's why.

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iPhone HD expected at WWDC 2010: SlashGear will be liveblogging

iPhone HD expected at WWDC 2010: SlashGear will be liveblogging

So WWDC 2010 is fast approaching - June 7th we now know - and while developers may be concentrating on getting their apps up to speed with iPhone OS 4.0, the rest of us will be anticipating the debut of the iPhone HD.  The fourth-generation iPhone may have been unofficially previewed over the past few weeks, but we're confident that Steve Jobs & Co. will still have a few surprises in store.  While we'd love to stuff you all in our bags and take you in with us, we'll have to do the next best thing and run the traditional SlashGear liveblog at http://live.slashgear.com/.

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Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

We've all seen Scrabble played on the iPad with iPhones used as tile racks, but Dave at Magic Jungle Software had more ambitious plans for his Apple tablet.  He hooked up an iPhone to act as a Bluetooth controller with his new - currently unreleased - game Chopper 2, then going on to connect the iPad itself up to a 42-inch HDTV via the composite adapter.

Video demos after the cut

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iPhone HD saga continues: lawyers retained & shield laws doubted

iPhone HD saga continues: lawyers retained & shield laws doubted

The stolen/lost/misplaced iPhone HD saga continues, with news that - in the aftermath of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen coming home and discovering police had raided his house in the hunt for incriminating evidence of the $5k deal - Chen has hired a criminal lawyer to represent him while Gawker retained a First Amendment specialist to advise them on their case.  The company maintains that Chen - and the other staff involved - are protected by California's journalism shield laws; however at least one legal expert has suggested that such a defence has been incompletely tested by the courts.

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