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The difference between the Wii and Wii U are readily apparent to most contemporary gamers, but some consumers are having trouble telling them apart. “Some have the misunderstanding that the Wii U is just Wii with a pad for games,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Investors last week, “others even consider Wii U GamePad as a peripheral device connectable to Wii.” Nintendo is eager to clear up the confusion, of course, and pushed a notification to internet connected Wii consoles stating it plainly. “Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It’s not just an upgrade — it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.” The note also assures readers that their Wii accessories will work on the new console, and gives a brief run down of the console’s selling points: the Wii U GamePad, backwards compatibility and HD graphics. The humble message probably isn’t enough to repair the damage done by product’s nearly identical names, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Check out the full statement after the break.
It takes a lot to stand out at a trade convention the size of Mobile Globe Congress. However right here ’ s one device that caught my eye today: an e-ink smartphone. Unlike Yota Phone, the Russian start-up that ’ s using e-ink as a second display to augment the back of a powerful high end smartphone in a bid to stand apart in the uber crowded Android space, this prototype gadget has simply the one screen. A solitary e-ink screen on the front of the device — so it ’ s a true e-ink phone.
It ’ s additionally a true smartphone. There were 2 prototypes on program at Eink‘ s stand, both with a 1GHz chip inside and one (the white one) with a 3G chip in it. The other had Edge connectivity. The phones run Android however, as you ’ d expect, the OS has been streamlined with a customized UI that strips back the functionality to focus on the applications that make good sense for a completely e-ink smartphone — such as a reader app, a dialer and e-mail. The UI additionally consists of a web browser because certain sorts of websites can be seen on an e-ink screen. It won ’ t support video of course but text-based websites can still be read.
The black prototype gadget (visualized below) also includes a backlight for reviewing in the dark. Both screens are capacitive, however as you ’ d expect with e-ink the refresh rate can be a little slow-moving. Ghosting on the screen from previous renders can be eliminated by shaking the device. The modern technology can support both portraiture and landscape positioning so the e-ink smartphone could possibly be switched on its side to change the positioning to more of an e-reader sized width. Both devices felt exceptionally light-weight.
Why do you want an only e-ink phone? Rate for one thing. Battery life for an additional. Not to discuss exposure in bright sunlight. Put all those elements together and this can be the best gadget for some arising markets where electricity is at a premium. The prototypes are proof of concept at this point but Giovanni Mancini, director of item management for E-ink — the business which makes the screen — stated the Chinese OEM which has made the prototypes, Fndroid, is speaking to telcos and might introduce a device this year. So the amount of would this e-ink smartphone expense? Mancini stated the device maker
would set the rate however in his view it would be comparable with a function phone price. A huge style of this year ’ s MWC has been smaller sized mobile players — from open source OSes like Firefox that are looking for to drive openness and accessibility and drive down the expense of gadgets, to mobile veterans like Nokia focusing afresh on building smarter attribute phones to target cost-conscious users in emerging markets. So it ’ s interesting to see business toying with the concept of a totally e-ink smartphone to cut gadget expenses while preserving essential smartphone features such as access to the internet and e-mail. Click to see slideshow.
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Note: Please, try to keep the metal metal band jokes to a minimum.
This is a video of the robotic band Compressorhead practicing in the garage of some human they likely killed. Unfortunately (or is it?), as somebody pointed out in the video’s comments, you can really only hear the drums. You know why? Because robotic sound guys SUCK. Consider that a heads up for any of you bands out there trying to save a couple bucks by hiring a robot — you want a HUMAN sound guy. The longer the ponytail the better.
Hit the jump for the brand practice in action. Admittedly, I did like the little high-hat robot.
When popular music streaming application Audiogalaxy announced its acquisition by Dropbox earlier this month and closed signups we was afraid the worst, and now it’s been confirmed: the service is closing down completely on January 31st, 2013. It had previously announced subscribers would have access to their combines till the end of this month, but after an additional month they’ll have to relocate to a service like Google Play Popular music, or potentially self hosting with Subsonic or something similar. The original article discussed a desire to bring “wonderful brand-new experiences” to Dropbox’s 100 million plus users so we could see a few of those features again, quickly. As for the service itself, Founder Michael Merhej relaunched it just over 2 years ago after version 1.0– an online popular music file sharing service that eclipsed its rivals throughout its run from 1998 to 2002– was ejected by RIAA pressure, so we figure anything is feasible in the future.
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As you could already recognize thanks to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins’ op-ed piece in The Entire world and Mail, the company is on something of a PR blitz. Following its most current incomes frustration, and the news that the BlackBerry 10 platform and devices have been postponed till 2013, it seems the Waterlooians are on an objective to alter progressively dour public viewpoints about their business.
We had a possibility to speak with Richard Piasentin (RIM’s Managing Director for the US) about where the company is headed in the near and long term. Though he was mum on any sort of meaty details about the outlook for BlackBerry 10 or business technique, there was no shortage of bullishness in the message he delivered. “I would like to communicate that fighting spirit that’s in …
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This is a small series of wigs made entirely out of LEGO bricks for a high fashion photo shoot by Elroy Klee. Me? I am the lowest fashion. If fashion were graded like tests in school I would have been held back so many times I’d be taller than my bus driver. That said, I am gonna make my own LEGO haircut. Sure it might just be a LEGO pirate ship and all my minifigs glued to a crash helmet, but you can’t just trust a bunch of LEGO blocks to protect you when you’re being shot out of a cannon. “Who’s getting shot out of a cannon?” I AM — why else would I be wearing the stupid crash helmet? “I thought you mom makes you because you’re clumsy.” Have you been reading my diary?
Hit the jump for a beautiful fro and shortcut redhead.
As this new ad clearly demonstrates the 41MP Nokia 808 Pureview is an amazing piece of mobile photography technology. It was filmed with just the 808 Pureview and it looks great. Nokia has a winner in the 808 PureView. Too bad it’s a Symbian device.
41MP in a handset? Yessir. As Devin previously explained, it should not be dismissed as a gimmick. This is a real advancement in sensor and processing technology. The only real downside are that it’s built around Nokia’s Symbian Belle OS and it’s not coming to the States anytime soon.
Nokia reportedly worked on the sensor technology for 5 years. Sure, the 808 is a tad bulky by today’s smartphone standard but the stellar camera should by enough compensation for its target niche.
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I try my best to stay away from writing about speaker docks and phone cases. In my experience, they’re all the same, save for a few minor tweaks here and there. But today I stumbled upon a pretty novel little iPhone speaker dock that just so happens to be 100 percent green and uses no electricity whatsoever.
You’re intrigued. I can feel it.
Meet the iBamboo iPhone speaker dock. It’s made from a single piece of bamboo, and holds the iPhone in place as it plays music to amplify the sound. Granted, you won’t get any extra power in the lows or feel that bass keep bumpin’ bumpin’ (this beat goes boom, boom), but you will get some added volume and that’s all the casual listener needs anyways.
Plus, the iBamboo is pretty damn beautiful, in both bamboo and black color flavors. It exists in perfect harmony with the minimalist design of Apple products, and is eco-friendly to boot.
The folks over at iBamboo also make some other cool stuff, including a Bamboo iPhone 4/4S case, as well as a new line of iBamboo speaker docks made of recycled plastic. That line is called the iBamboo Speaker Urban, and while it looks exactly the same in terms of design, it comes in translucent and black plastic rather than Bamboo.
Stock is currently quite low on the iBamboo, so you may have to wait, but the site lists a notification alert system so if you’re really excited about this, I’d recommend signing up.
If you’re still not sold on this things legitimacy, check out this video of the iBamboo speaker doing its thang:
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Nokia’s released a new commercial that it says is shot entirely using an 808 PureView. Whilst it’s clear the company’s hired a coterie of models, professional photographers and a world-class lighting rig, it’s still a great indication of what the technology can do in the right hands. Head on past the break to see the results for yourself and then catch yourself seriously weighing up buying a Symbian phone for your next handset, just like we are.
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Modernization’s not for everyone — just take a look at Western Union. That 19th century institution’s finally getting its virtual act together, introducing a new digital payments platform today, dubbed WU Pay, that sadly does not involve laundering dough through the late, great ODB’s hip hop clan. No, this forward-facing system, built upon its eBillme acquisition, takes a backwards approach, eschewing direct payment options for something more circuitous. Customers that opt-in for the service at checkout from any number of partnered merchants, like Kmart or Sears, won’t have to link to their credit card accounts or even offer up any financial info. Instead, once the item is purchased, they’ll receive a bill via email that can then be paid online or at one of the company’s brick-and-mortar sites. Sound unnecessary to you? We sure agree. Now if only this innovation involved Marty McFly and Jason Alexander personally delivering those funds — that’s a service overhaul we can get behind. Check out the PR after the break.