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— Mobile Technology

Be a HeadCase puts the 'app' in 'happy hour'

By - January 25, 2011 11 Pictures
A couple of years ago, the folks over at b3ta.com invited members of their online community to submit mocked-up images of “Unlikely iPhone Apps.” Some of the submissions were quite a hoot, such as the Paperweight app – just activate it on your iPhone, then set the phone down on top of a stack of papers. Even the guerrilla graphic artists at b3ta, however, couldn’t have foreseen Be a HeadCase. The product combines a bottle opener-equipped iPhone case with a free app that keeps count of how many bottles or cans you’ve opened, while announcing to the world that you’re opening yet another. Read More
— Automotive

Ford to debut SYNC AppLink in the 2011 Fiesta

By - December 22, 2010 1 Picture
SYNC is Ford's in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that lets drivers make hands-free phone calls, and control things such as their music player via voice commands. Instead of trying to cram more and more functions into SYNC’s virtual brain, Ford engineers have taken a more flexible approach – they’ve created smartphone apps that drivers can control through SYNC, using voice commands or steering wheel buttons. Existing SYNC systems will first require a download of the AppLink software, which will debut on 2011 Ford Fiestas. Read More
— Mobile Technology

RIM unveils BlackBerry PlayBook 7-inch tablet

By - September 27, 2010 7 Pictures
The rumors of a tablet from Research In Motion (RIM) have turned out to be true with CEO Mike Lazardis announcing the company’s PlayBook tablet at its annual BlackBerry Developer Conference. Described by RIM as a “professional-grade” tablet, the 7-inch device will be running the new BlackBerry Tablet OS created by the recently acquired QNX. It boasts BlackBerry integration, out-of-the-box BlackBerry Enterprise Server compatibility and security features designed to appeal to businesses as well as true multitasking, gaming and multimedia capabilities. Read More
— Computers

Makers of Blackberry to challenge iPad with its own Blackpad tablet

By - August 1, 2010 1 Picture
With Apple selling three million iPads in just 80 days it’s no surprise that some companies are after a slice of the tablet comuting pie. According to a report on Bloomberg, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry, is planning to introduce its own tablet computer this November. The report cites two unnamed sources who say that the device, to be known as the Blackpad, will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad and will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that will allow users to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry. Read More
— Good Thinking

RCA Airnergy claims to charge gadgets using ambient WiFi signals

By - January 12, 2010 1 Picture
Move over solar chargers. Step aside kinetic chargers. If RCA is to be believed, there’s a new way to scavenge power from the environment using an energy source that’s all around us: WiFi. If you are reading this article, the chances are very good that you are in range of at least one wireless network. RCA says its Airnergy Charger scavenges stray WiFi signals and converts them to DC battery power that you can use to charge your cell phone, music player, or other electronic devices. Read More
— Children

Texthook: push buttons while pushing a stroller

By - December 10, 2009 1 Picture
The Texthook has been created by a stay-at-home mum who likes to keep in touch with the outside world. It’s a phone-holder that clips to your stroller’s handle bar and makes it easier for you to text or email while you're out and about (though the makers recommended you wait until the stroller is stationary before conversing electronically). Read More
— Mobile Technology

Flash 10.1 coming to Windows Mobile, Palm Pre, BlackBerry, Android and Symbian

By - October 5, 2009 0 Pictures
Adobe claims that Flash content is present on more than 85 percent of the top 100 websites, and that approximately 75 percent of all web-based videos use Flash. In good news for the growing numbers of people accessing the Internet on their mobile phones, Adobe has unveiled its Flash Player 10.1: Full Flash software to bring an integrated Flash experience to browsers on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, WebOS and Windows Mobile smartphones – but not iPhone. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Sakhr's Blackberry app puts spoken word Arabic/English translator in your pocket

By - August 20, 2009 1 Picture
Mobile device convergence is accelerating like crazy, with a new breed of smartphones packing enough power to run an impressive range of software. And some of these mobile applications are getting pretty freakin' amazing - take Ray Kurzweil's kReader for Symbian, which allows blind or illiterate folk to point their phone camera at printed words and have them spoken aloud. Sakhr has gone a step further with an Arabic Spoken Translator for Blackberry devices. You speak English or Arabic into your handset, it transcribes, translates and speaks your phrase back in the other language, breaking down the language barrier in one fell swoop. Read More
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