Archive for August, 2010

Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, is one of two major peripheral releases coming from two major companies in the video game industry. However, unlike its main competition (in the sense that they are releasing roughly at the same time), Microsoft's version doesn't use a controller that you hold in your hand to represent actions on the screen. No, in Microsoft's case, you are the controller. And since that became known, there's been plenty of people wondering several different things: can you play it sitting down? And, probably the loudest to date: how many players can play at the same time?

Continue Reading

Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen Could See New Flat Back, iPod Nano Getting a Touchscreen

Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen Could See New Flat Back, iPod Nano Getting a Touchscreen

The closer we get to September 1st, the more the rumor mill regarding the upcoming devices from Apple will pick up. It's the same every time. That doesn't make it any less exciting, though. After seeing some cases pop up on a Chinese vendor's website, it seems that some new sources are coming forward, and enlightening us on what the new fourth-generation and sixth-generation iPod Touch and iPod Nano are going to look like.

Continue Reading

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

I first heard the term "Super Phone"  used as it relates to a new category of devices at a conference I attended last month. I’ve thought for a while now that the industry needed to come up with a term other than smartphone to distinguish these new classes of devices. Even though I’m not completely in love with Super Phone as a term (and I’m pretty sure consumers don’t care about these terms anyway) it is perhaps the best so far.

Continue Reading

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

If you've been waiting patiently for Verizon to push out the Android 2.2. Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible, not taking the easy option and opting for one of the unofficial ROMs that are circulating, then today could be the day your high standards are rewarded.  Verizon has pinged us to let us know that they're pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible as an OTA update, complete with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

Continue Reading

Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile for Android and the Nokia N900 has been pushed out, or at least Mozilla's Alpha release of the smartphone browser.  Natively supporting Firefox Sync - bringing desktop browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs to the mobile app - the new browser apparently concentrates on increasing speed and responsiveness, with Mozilla debuting their new "Electrolysis" and "Layers" technology.

Video demo after the cut

Continue Reading

Intel: We’ll beat ARM on active power efficiency with Medfield

Intel: We’ll beat ARM on active power efficiency with Medfield

Strong words from Intel this week on the battle for low-power CPU supremacy, and with companies looking to ARM as the de-facto standard it's about time they stepped up their game.  Intel's Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, told Reuters that "with (our) Moorestown processor we equal them on standby power, in the next generation Medfield we will equal them on active power" before going on to predict that the stage after that was Intel pulling widely ahead of ARM completely.

Continue Reading

Apple combo microphone/headphone jack patent application spotted

Apple combo microphone/headphone jack patent application spotted

Apple don't like fussy designs, we all know that by now, and they're all about paring down extraneous sockets, so the news that they're trying to patent a 3.5mm headphone jack with an integrated microphone comes as little surprise.  Their plan is to squeeze the microphone into the socket and then use the plug aperture and cavity to work as an acoustic path, so that even though it's not mounted right near the surface it can still pick up audio clearly.

Continue Reading

Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

The brain-reading Emotiv Epoq headset might not be wowing gamers, but that doesn't mean there aren't more unusual uses it can be put to.  Robert Oschler - who we've already seen remotely-controlling his Rovio using brainwaves - has now turned to video navigation using emotions.  He's used various apps to train the Emotiv headset to index video according to emotion, which he can subsequently browse through according to how he felt at the time he saw the footage.

Video demo after the cut

Continue Reading