Parrot's AR.Drone was the surprise hit of CES 2010, breaking the French company out of its Bluetooth prison and instead taking to the skies with an iPhone-controlled quadricopter. Reminiscent of something out of a William Gibson novel, the AR.Drone promises to best all R/C helicopters before it, with its combination of four-rotor stability and onboard autopilot intelligence. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!
Today we reconfirm the idea that Google Voice for iPhone is a big deal - then argue about it! Apple told the world they'd be changed forever after today, then the Beatles are released on iTunes! We review and/or unbox the following items: SoundFreaq SFQ-01A, Google Voice for iPhone, Samsung Continuum, and Evan's epic week with the HTC HD7 continues with "Software!" Barnes and Noble's Nook Color officially goes on sale, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Web 2.0 2010 appearance video is up for multiple views - the Nexus S! Gingerbread! Sweetness! On the business end of things, Samsung Galaxy Tab's production may very well be cut in half due to poor demand, Panasonic is entering the Japanese Smartphone market in 2011, and 1 MILLION Optimus One smartphones have been sold in one month! Oh and the T-Mobile G2 was overclocked to 1.9Ghz like it was no big deal
A collection of T-Mobile customers have reported receiving Micro SIMs instead of the Mini SIMs they ordered through the mail. The picture below this paragraph is a photo of such a Micro SIM -- lookin good, yes? Now, if you take note of all the devices in the market today and think, think, think, you'll note that these are more than likely intended for the iPad or the iPhone 4. Then there's the fact that T-Mobile stores were also found to be selling iPhone cables today, you've gotta be guessing on an imminent release of something lovely.
St Edward Enterprises presents "DashCam," exactly what you need if you plan on doing some daring driving and might need proof that it wasn't you who set that building on fire by blasting through the front door. Yes, you too, can use your iPhone or iPod Touch to employ DashCam to be your own personal black box to record your driving. DashCam uses Google Maps to display your path, displays your speed and average speed, records sound with your microphone, and records your path using the back-facing camera on your device.
Reports in the middle of last month announced the 300,000 milestone marker for Apple's App store, saying that this was the amount of apps currently in the store. Since then, these numbers have been disputed because of the number of inactive Apps sitting around doing nothing or not quite ready to go quite yet. However, what with an average of 5,452 iPad apps and 12,218 iPhone apps per month since April being released, the number of inactive apps has become negated.
The 3,2 model iPhone, aka the most likely candidate for the Verizon release, is reported to be at the AP field test stage, which is basically the last stage of testing before retail release. This stage includes final hardware and nearly-final software. And you know what's exciting? It contains a SIM card slot. Oh joyous day, the possibilities. This slot points toward the possibility that this phone could be the one wizards and ancients have foretold about for generations: the iPhone which could be the CDMA + GSM/HSPA device to support Verizon, AT&T, and more.