Motorola has revealed a pair of "new" Android smartphones, though to be fair they're more warmed up existing designs than anything else. The Motorola XPRT is a rebadged DROID Pro, with the same 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard pairing, along with Android 2.2 and World Phone connectivity. Meanwhile the Motorola Titanium replaces the i1, a ruggedized iDEN smartphone with similar specs to the XPRT but, bizarrely, Android 2.1 Eclair.
Apple is considering using its North Carolina data center - due to come online before the end of 2011 - for a voice interface and navigation service to take on Google Maps Navigation, according to the latest batch of theories from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Detailed in a recent research note, reports AllThingsD, the service could use technology from early-2010 Apple acquisition Siri together with earlier acquisitions in mapping and public data sets, and potentially use crowd-sourced traffic data to intelligently modify calculated routes.
Microsoft may be leading at this point in its battle with Google to see who has the better travel search. With Google's acquisition of ITA, a travel industry software company, still pending, Microsoft is moving full steam ahead announcing a partnership with the travel search engine company Kayak.
The Privacy Regulator in Italy has informed Google Inc that it'll have to make sure it's "Street View" photography cars are clearly marked and that their itinerary is publicized before driving. Three days in advance, Google cars traveling anywhere in Italy must submit it's driving paths to local newspapers and announce the paths on radio. Included in their plans they must say which locality and in which area of a large city the cars will be driving. This reported by Italian newspaper La Stampa.
I was at CTIA last week pitching various column ideas to SlashGear Editor Vincent Nguyen, and he shot them down, one by one. An analysis of the Kindle vs. iPad? No, SlashGear has covered that more than once, and we’ll all be writing hands-on reports next week. How the digital home environment has changed? New columnist Ben Bajarin just used that theme as his debut for SlashGear. How I lived on loaner laptops, cellphones and 3G modems last week when our town was out of power? Too close to Michael Gartenberg’s recent column on traveling with just a cellphone. Apparently, the big stuff is covered. So instead, I’m going to try to provide a look into how one analyst covers a trade show: a tech travelogue, of sorts.
One of the biggest announcements from MWC 2010 this past week has been the official debut of the HTC Desire, instantly dubbed the Google Nexus One with HTC Sense. With HTC the OEM parent behind both theirs and the Google-branded smartphone, would-be buyers (and potentially remorseful Nexus One owners) are already looking for the differentiating factors between the two; check out our head-to-head comparison after the cut.
Details of Acer's new mainstream business notebooks have emerged, the Acer Travelmate Timeline series. As the name suggests, the range is based on the existing 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch Aspire 3810T, 4810T and 5810T Timeline models, complete with their CULV low-voltage processors. However the new Travelmates have magnesium alloy chassis for improved durability, together with dedicated anti-shock software and biometric security.
Mio have released the first TV-enabled satnav units in the UK, the Mio Navman Spirit TV. First shown at the launch of the Spirit range back in May, the Spirit TV will be available in two versions - the 4.7-inch V505 and the 7-inch V735 - each with a touchscreen, Google search, TruMap and Junction views and of course Freeview digital TV with autotuning.
Navigon, TomTom and others are doing their best to make the on-screen view of your GPS look as much as possible as real-life, but if you really want realism why not just look outside? That's the approach Blaupunkt are taking with their new Travel Pilot systems: a video camera on the back of the GPS captures real-time footage of the view ahead, onto which is overlaid directional information.
Check out the demo video of Blaupunkt's Travel Pilot system in action after the cut
The internet connects all kinds of people. Just as sure as you could be talking to the creepy guy who lives down the street, you could also be talking to someone who lives in a different country and speaks another language. You’ll find that in many European countries it’s highly (forcibly?) suggested that children learn the languages surrounding them while in America we would rather make up our own language then learn a different one, fo shizzle. Google’s got our backs though.
Google Talk features an auto translation to all your instant messages. You must choose the languages (English to French, French to English, etc) you want to convert and voila, you can speak French without ever learning a single phrase on your own. It has 24 language bots currently available which leads me to wonder if that means 24 bots total or 24 languages.
I think this is an awesome idea. It will make many people happy but I having this nagging feeling it’s going to be a babel fish fiasco and confusion will ensue.