Archive for Apr 27, 2011

Qualcomm’s AR Platform exits beta: Android apps ahoy!

Qualcomm’s AR Platform exits beta: Android apps ahoy!

Qualcomm wowed us with its augmented reality photo frames last year, and appealed to our retro whimsy with virtual Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and now the company is making the AR Platform responsible for the underlying technology commercially available. In beta since October 2010, the freshly official Qualcomm AR Platform consists of an SDK and a Unity3 game engine extension, opening the door to Android 2.1+ smartphone apps overlaying digital graphics onto real-world views from the camera.

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Qualcomm/BSQUARE MDP Giveaway!

Qualcomm/BSQUARE MDP Giveaway!

Qualcomm and BSQUARE have just announced the Mobile Development Platform (MDP), the latest developer smartphone with the Snapdragon MSM8660 1.5GHz asynchronous dual-core CPU and Adreno 220, and SlashGear has one to give away! It's a developer device worth $1,350, and could help change the fortunes of any Android coder looking to polish his apps for the Android Market. Find out how you can win after the cut...

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AT&T warns unofficial tethering will auto-trigger $25 extra fee

AT&T warns unofficial tethering will auto-trigger $25 extra fee

AT&T obviously isn't relying on either honor or guilt to get people to stop unofficially tethering their phones. Having sent out SMS warnings last month to smartphone users caught tethering without a special data plan that they were flouting the carrier's policies, AT&T has apparently followed up with a second message, reports TiPB, saying they'll be automatically upgrading users to the appropriate package, an extra $45 $25 per month.

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Acer Aspire Z5763 throws 3D into the all-in-one

Acer Aspire Z5763 throws 3D into the all-in-one

Acer has outed its latest all-in-one PC, and this time there's 3D in the mixture as well. The Acer Aspire Z5763 has a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 display and uses NVIDIA 3D Vision with an integrated emitter for the active shutter glasses; inside there's a choice of Intel Core i5-2400s, i5-2500s or i7-2600s CPUs along with Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GT440 or the GeForce GT435M.

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BSQUARE MDP puts 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8660 Snapdragon into developer device [Video]

BSQUARE MDP puts 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8660 Snapdragon into developer device [Video]

Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon CPU has found its way into the BSQUARE Mobile Development Platform (MDP), a device targeted at developers looking to test and optimize their apps on Qualcomm's new 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8660 chipset - as found in the HTC EVO 3D - and Adreno 220 GPU. The MDP runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 3.61-inch WVGA touchscreen, and has a 13-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and various preloaded monitoring apps.

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iFixit shows off clear back panel for iPhone 4

iFixit shows off clear back panel for iPhone 4

I really like my gear to look different from the other stuff that my friends have. I can appreciate the cool factor that comes with being able to see what gear looks like on the inside, yet covered leaving it protected with some sort of clear plastic. This is the reason that many gamers buy cases for computers with windows in the side. It's cool to see the hardware that makes things operate.

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Nokia is working on new Vertu smartphone

Nokia is working on new Vertu smartphone

Nokia has been busy the last few months since it landed a new CEO. The company has shunned Android, one of the most popular mobile operating systems and instead went with Windows Phone, one of the least popular operating systems around. The company is also hurting badly and has axed a large number of workers, and moved Symbian off to another firm.

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Apple releases iPhone tracking Q&A: Denies spying, tips incoming traffic updates

Apple releases iPhone tracking Q&A: Denies spying, tips incoming traffic updates

Apple has responded to the iPhone tracking controversy, denying that it has ever tracked users of the iOS handset in a new Q&A (which you can read in full after the cut) and claiming that the location cache is in fact "a crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database" that is used to speed up positioning fixes by the smartphone. However, Apple also says it will release an iOS update in the next few weeks that reduces this cache's size, ceases backups on the user's Mac or PC, and deletes the database altogether when Location Services is switched off.

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Google seeking manager for Games at Google division

Google seeking manager for Games at Google division

I will admit in the days before smartphones that I thought mobile gaming wasn't that great. Before my iPhone I used a Razer and you could hardly play games on the device and the ones that were offered were boring and had graphics that reminded me of an 80's Atari and not in a good way. The iPhone launched and showed us all that gaming on a smartphone could be very fun and then Android came along and gamers found another OS that was good for gaming in later builds.

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