Archive for May 27, 2010

Ford adds new features to Sync hands free system for free

Ford adds new features to Sync hands free system for free

Not long ago I bought a new Ford Mustang that came with the Microsoft Sync system and it is honestly one of the best features of the entire car. The system is a hands free Bluetooth system for my mobile phone, but it is also so much more than that. You can control the media system of the car and get directions all using your voice.

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Acer Stream launches with Android 2.1, Snapdragon & HDMI [Video]

Acer Stream launches with Android 2.1, Snapdragon & HDMI [Video]

Acer have officially announced their latest Android smartphone, the Acer Stream, a Nexus One rivalling Android 2.1 Eclair device with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen.  The Stream is based around Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage, and has HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth.

There's also GPS, a 5-megapixel camera that can apparently capture 720p HD video and a microSD card slot.  Acer have also customized the standard Android UI, adding various spinning panels, app history shortcuts and other tweaks, but the most interesting addition is UPnP and DLNA streaming media support, just like their new LumiRead ereader.

Update: Video demo after the cut

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Stereo 3D PCs set to go big says JPR

Stereo 3D PCs set to go big says JPR

Today it almost feels like 3D is something new. We have a glut of 3D TVs hitting the market, 3D content is coming to the home, and 3D films are hitting theaters in droves. It's easy to forget that 3D has been around in the PC world and in theaters for a long time, granted it's much better today than it was in say the 90's or the 80's. Many are overlooking 3D in the PC world and this is one of the places where the tech will be most popular -- with gamers.

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MeeGo v1.0 for netbooks and N900 launches, gets video demo

MeeGo v1.0 for netbooks and N900 launches, gets video demo

MeeGo v1.0 for netbooks and the Nokia N900 has now been released, complete with Qt 4.6 support, the MeeGo SDK with an integrated application development environment, and various other OS tools.  The MeeGo experience is centered around the Myzone, with various social networking, email, calendar and contacts widgets; these aggregate content from multiple networks, together with synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments and recently used files.

Video demo after the cut

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Project Natal $149 US price leaks; $299 in 360 Arcade bundle

Project Natal $149 US price leaks; $299 in 360 Arcade bundle

Having gasped at leaked Scandinavian pricing for Project Natal, which worked out to roughly $200 for the motion-controller, new US-specific figures have emerged which are a little more palatable.  According to Edge Online's "trusted source", Microsoft will release Project Natal in October 2010, priced at $149 in the US.  It'll also be available as a bundle with the Xbox 360 Arcade, for $299.

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iNotePad parody perhaps best yet (and you can buy it, too) [Video]

iNotePad parody perhaps best yet (and you can buy it, too) [Video]

There's no shortage of iPad spoof videos, but when someone goes to the trouble not only of sourcing the exact same type of t-shirt that Jonathan Ive wears in the official video, legally changes his name and then actually produces the parody product, that deserves some attention.  Comedian Shed Simove - or, to give him his newly-adopted name, "Hans Jobs" - has put together a great video promo for his iNotePad, a tablet in a more original sense of the word.

Video after the cut

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Firefox Home for iPhone: a mobile window on your desktop browser [Video]

Firefox Home for iPhone: a mobile window on your desktop browser [Video]

Mozilla have announced the development of Firefox Home for iPhone, a way to use the synchronization capabilities of Firefox Sync that will pull in bookmarks from the desktop.  Not quite a full browser in its own right - Mozilla say that's down to "constraints with the OS environment and distribution" - what might make Firefox Home for iPhone useful for many is its tight integration with what's going on in its desktop browser.

Video demo after the cut

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