Archive for March, 2011

Geek builds DIY iPhone hotshoe attachment for DSLR

Geek builds DIY iPhone hotshoe attachment for DSLR

There are so many apps for the iPhone that you can find something to do just about anything you can think up. If you are a photographer there are bunches of apps that you can get on your iPhone that will turn your device into a light meter and a lot more. I can see the need to mount the iPhone to your camera if it is your light meter.

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REETI PCBot tracks users, squirts video and blushes [Video]

REETI PCBot tracks users, squirts video and blushes [Video]

In the robotics world, silicone rubber can be either used for disturbing evil, such as the slug-like Elphoid P1 humanoid cellphone, or for bug-eyed good, like French firm Robopec's endearing REETI. The desktop companion is both a PC, a webcam and a telepresence 'bot, capable of streaming live video from his webcam eyes, responding to touch thanks to various embedded sensors, and making facial expressions.

Video demo after the cut

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No 3D for Wii 2 suggests Nintendo: Glasses-Free tech not ready yet

No 3D for Wii 2 suggests Nintendo: Glasses-Free tech not ready yet

Nintendo may have spent the past thirty or so years working on 3D's gaming potential, but all that experience has seemingly convinced them not to use the tech in the upcoming Wii replacement. While the 3D-capable Nintendo 3DS launched in Europe and North America over the weekend, apparently setting sales records in the process, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime the shortcomings of glasses-free 3D technology on larger displays has dissuaded the company from including it.

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100-year-old secret underwater dome is fraudster’s amazing folly

100-year-old secret underwater dome is fraudster’s amazing folly

As awesome additions to your home go, a billiard room hidden under a lake - complete with Bond villain style dome - sounds like the kind of place any self-respecting geek should covet. Turns out, the concept isn't new; J. Whitaker Wright, a trader, engineer and convicted fraudster, lavished masses of money on Witley Park back in the 19th century, a 32 bedroom mansion which extended into various labyrinthine underground passages and a beautiful underwater room.

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Calm down, Amazon Scratchpad are dev-tools not tablet

Calm down, Amazon Scratchpad are dev-tools not tablet

Rumors around Amazon's tablet plans refuse to die, with the retailer's recent moves with the Amazon App Store and the new Cloud Player for Android app each being used as evidence a cloud-centric slate is on the roadmap. However, despite reports to the contrary, it seems it won't be the Amazon Scratchpad. Although several Scratchpad-themed domains have been registered recently by the online retailer, they appear to be related to Amazon's Marketplace Web Service.

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Dell slates iPad business potential as Microsoft exec suggests tablet appeal short-lived

Dell slates iPad business potential as Microsoft exec suggests tablet appeal short-lived

If you can't beat 'em, slate 'em. iPad 2 demand remains sky-high, but that hasn't stopped Dell from sniping at the Apple tablet with the suggestion that it had failed - and would continue to fail - to penetrate the enterprise market (and coming up with some spurious figures to try to illustrate that). Meanwhile, Microsoft is casting doubt on whether the tablet segment as a whole is going to stick around at all.

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Android Market in-app billing enabled: Try-and-Buy apps, extra levels, more

Android Market in-app billing enabled: Try-and-Buy apps, extra levels, more

The Android Market has had in-app billing enabled, allowing developers of Android apps to offer upgrades, virtual goods, extra levels in games and other services from within their titles. Using the same checkout system as the Market itself, Google will take the usual 30-percent cut from developers' proceeds and do all the hard work when it comes to processing. The system will also allow for try-and-buy apps, offering a test period of use and then the ability to unlock the full title rather than having to re-download the app.

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Gmail mining Priority Inbox, more, for targeted ad campaigns

Gmail mining Priority Inbox, more, for targeted ad campaigns

Google's Priority Inbox for Gmail may help you find the messages you're interested in quicker, but it's also a new source of personal preference information that the search giant can mine so as to show you more appealing adverts. Google has quietly announced a new push for "better ads in Gmail" which will take into account attention and interest in how it decides which contextual ads to display.

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Windows Phone NFC update for mobile payments in 2011 tipped

Windows Phone NFC update for mobile payments in 2011 tipped

Microsoft is the latest company to be linked with a mobile payments strategy, with new reports suggesting that a Windows Phone update potentially arriving later this year could bring NFC shopping support to the platform. According to Bloomberg's sources, Microsoft's intent is to take on Google's fledgeling mobile payments strategy, using its own patent portfolio and the existing expertise of new partner Nokia.

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