There's plenty of escalators out there. Taking people up and down in a straight line, making it easier on their knees so they don't have to walk up and down those static steps. There are a few escalators out in the wild that can take a gentle curve, but they are few and far between, and usually very, very expensive. But, the Levytator takes it one step further, and has already been patented in several countries.
For each generation of iPhone, there's been a Mophie Juice Pack to bolster its battery. Apple may have refined its smartphones' power requirements over each generation, but getting a full day's use has often been beyond most app-addict users. The iPhone 4 certainly has longer-legs than its predecessors, but Mophie's promise to "virtually double" runtime with the new Juice Pack Air is appealing all the same. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion's brand new tablet device featuring a new Operating System from QNX, is still fresh on the mind of many out there, but this bit of news, suggested today at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference (DEVCON), may breathe some new life into the BlackBerry lineage, even if it isn't going to happen any time "soon." But, according to a RIM VP, it looks like the QNX Operating System originally developed for the PlayBook will indeed be seen on other devices in the future.
Electric cars, as well as other vehicles featuring renewable energy and eco-friendly statistics, may be the perfect fit for some out there, but for car manufacturers, there's still one problem: the size and weight of the battery therein. While companies try to figure out how to make the battery lighter and smaller, yet still produce the same amount of energy as they do now (if not more), it looks like Volvo, working with the Imperial College in London, has other plans. Like to create future vehicles that have the battery part of the body of the car.
The legal troubles between Apple and Nokia may have quieted down over the last few months, but they certainly haven't died. Today, it has become known that Apple have taken the steps necessary to sue Nokia in Britain. Officially taking the legal battle beyond the United States. The report has been commented on by Nokia, and so far their investigations into the lawsuit seems to be focused on nine implementation patents that are already being looked at by both companies.
Today, Audio Plus Services officially announced the upcoming availability of their new Focal Bird speaker system. They're marketing as "a new and innovative concept for high-quality lifestyle audio," pointing out that, while it projects clear audio, it's also compact and has a user-friendly interface. It also comes with a Focal Kleer Technology wireless dongle in the package, so wirelessly streaming media is also an option.
Share price wobbling today, as rumors circulate that Apple COO Tim Cook is being courted as HP's potential new CEO. The WSJ is reporting the speculation, though being clear that it has no idea if the talk is accurate or not, and points to Fly on the Wall's comment earlier today that "shares of Apple are moving lower on renewed speculation that COO Tim Cook may be named Hewlett-Packard's new CEO."
[Update]: Looks like the rumors about Cook heading to HP aren't true. Cook sat down with an analyst, coffee in hand, and informed him that he loved Apple, and that he wouldn't be leaving. As reported by Barron's Gleacher & Co.'s Brian Marshall had a chat with Cook in Palo Alto, and Cook confirmed that he wouldn't be taking the role of CEO at HP. Guess that means Todd Bradley is still the number one candidate, so far.
For some, a gadget case is just a means to an end: a way to protect their latest toy from bumps and scrapes. For others, they're a means of self-expression, enhancing the ownership experience and significant in their own right. Aligata's Nippon and Perfect Black cases fall resolutely into the latter camp, natural grain leather folios that make a virtue out of their unique finish. Are they the top choice to clad a precious iPad? Check out the full review after the cut.
Apple's long-awaited update to the Apple Remote app has finally arrived [iTunes link], and v2.0 takes good advantage of the company's more recent hardware. A universal app with iPhone/iPod touch and iPad versions, Apple Remote 2.0 still allows you to control iTunes streaming to various AirPort Express units, but now also supports the new Apple TV and AirPlay.
Onkyo Japan has outed a trio of Windows 7 tablet PCs, the 10.1-inch Onkyo TW117A4 and TW217A5, and the 11.6-inch TW317A5. The TW117A4 and TW317A5 both pack Intel's Atom N450 processor and GMA 3150 graphics, while the TW217A5 uses the Atom Z530 and GMA 500 graphics; all have 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.