Posts Tagged ‘rolls’
The tech inside green vehicles continues to improve, Ford has just announced a concept looks to push it even further. The US auto maker has outed the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept: a vehicle that packs in all of the perks of a plug-in hybrid, but …
Fresh off of the announcement that it’s now allowing users to make calls to any mobile or landline number, Viber today is reaching yet another platform by way of a Windows 8 application. Aside from providing access to the VoIP calling services it has …
Facebook announced a few weeks that it would start testing a new Messenger mobile experience, and now more users of the social network should be seeing it. The new version arrived on some of our Android devices within the last 24 hours, and an update to the company’s blog post says that now it’s …
Twitter is rolling out its “Nielsen TV Twitter Rating” system in the US today. The metric was first announced in 2012, and was developed in partnership with TV ratings tracker Nielsen. It will show both the number of tweets mentioning specific shows, and the number of accounts those tweets reach.
That second statistic is of particular importance to Nielsen, Twitter, and advertisers. The New York Times calls actual tweets about a show “the tip of the iceberg,” and quotes Andrew Somosi — chief executive of SocialGuide, acquired by Nielsen in late 2012 — saying “the full iceberg is the extent to which people are seeing those tweets.” The New York Times uses the example of Breaking Bad‘s finale. The show was mentioned in 1.2…
It’s not yet directly challenging the likes of Pocket or Instapaper, but Pinterest has taken a step in that direction today. The social networking site has announced that it’s begun rolling out a new type of “pin” for articles, which will include things like the headline, author and a short description or excerpt of the article right in the pin (as seen above). Where it differs from other “read it later” services is that it doesn’t pull down the entire article for you to read later — you still need to click through to the original site. As you may recall, this latest move follows an expansion of another sort just last week: an “experiment” with promoted pins. According to the company, Pinterest users should start seeing the new feature on the web immediately, with a rollout to its mobile apps promised soon.
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Now that we know the release date for Microsoft’s Xbox One, it’s only natural for the company to start an ad campaign showcasing some features that are part of its next-generation console. Unlike what most would expect, however, the first video advertising the Xbox One isn’t touting one of its main purposes: gaming. Instead, this particular 31-second spot focuses heavily on the new Xbox’s integration with Skype and NFL-tailored features — some of which include watching games live, built-in Fantasy Football and having access to personalized highlights. Of course, this is only the beginning, so expect to catch an ad with
casual gamers actors playing Titanfall or FIFA 14 in the not-so-distant future. Check out the video for yourself right past the jump.
Source: Xbox (YouTube)
Following up on its initial tease from earlier this week, LG has officially revealed the G Pad 8.3 ahead of IFA. The slate’s positioned as the next step from its G2 smartphone, and the company claims it’s the first eight-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) full HD screen. The device features a 4,600mAh battery, and runs Jelly Bean 4.2.2 atop a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor aided by 2GB of RAM. Despite all that, it’s just 8.33m thick and weighs 338 grams. Software enhancements include QPair and QSlide — the former lets you receive messages and calls from JB-equipped Android phones on the G Pad itself, while the latter allows for three apps to run on-screen at once. What’s more, with KnockOn you simply tap the screen twice to wake it up. The G Pad 8.3 will be available globally beginning in Q4 in your choice of black or white with 16 GB of storage. No word on pricing just yet, but expect a hands-on once we catch it on the show floor.
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A robotic ball you control with your phone? What’s not to like? Well, we managed to find a few things when we took a look at the first generation back in 2011 — that’s what we do. Most of the criticisms of the original Sphero came down to pricing and the admittedly short list of things it could actually do at the time. Sure it was pretty great at driving feline friends completely nuts — but that alone wasn’t enough to justify the $ 130 price tag. Orbotix has made some improvements since then, and more importantly, the open API has given users a much fuller experience, with around 20 or so compatible titles currently available on the iPhone.
This month, the company is refreshing the device itself, with the simply titled Sphero 2.0. The particularly astute among you will no doubt notice that nothing has really changed here from an aesthetic standpoint. Nope, it’s the same white plastic ball with the cartoony Sphero mascot on one side and all of the fine print (FCC info, “Made in China,” etc.) on the other, with a series of interlinking, barely visible lines across its surface. There have been some hardware changes to the toy, but everything’s on the inside, namely brighter lights and faster speeds — as the company insists in its press material, it’s “only slightly slower than a Lamborghini.” Of course, scale’s important here.
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Garmin built its empire on dedicated GPS devices, but those are obviously facing extinction in the face of smartphones that can replicate their function without requiring an expensive secondary hardware purchase. Today, Garmin announced a device that could help it capitalize on its changing role in the navigation ecosystem, while still allowing it to see hardware to consumers.
The Garmin HUD is just that, a heads-up-display that sits on your dash and projects a simple set of basic navigation data onto a transparent film affixed to your windshield. This replicates some features found in very expensive and well-appointed luxury cars, and it’s relatively inexpensive at $ 129.99.
Information displayed on the readout includes current speed, speed limit, an indicator to show when you turn next and the distance to said turn, as well as estimated arrival time. There’s no detailed map or points of interest, which is actually very good in that it will help keep drivers more focused on the road. It also shows yo upcoming traffic delays and traffic camera locations, and auto-adjusts for night and day. The smartphone HUD will work with any Bluetooth-capable smartphone running Android, iOS or Windows Phone 8 that can run Garmin’s StreetPilot and Navigon applications, and will arrive this summer for $ 129.99.
Garmin and others who make third-party smartphone apps that offer navigation services face an increasingly challenging market: Apple and Google both offer free software that does turn-by-turn navigation on mobile devices, either built-in or free, and offerings like Waze (which Google just acquired) really does a fantastic job of giving you all the bells and whistles for free, with a system that’s intelligent and adapts to changing traffic and road conditions in real time.
How do you differentiate as a dedicated navigation company? Offering your own accessory hardware is one very good way. The HUD from Garmin provides a real, tangible advantage to using Garmin’s paid apps over the free and easy competition. Until HUD projection becomes a built-in feature of every smartphone or in-car infotainment system, at least.
I couldn’t believe it. After all the confusion, the deception… could this nasty turnabout be true? Was this the person that had been testing us all along?
“I… I don’t understand.”
The killer snorted. “Of couse not. Of course you don’t ‘understand.’ You don’t have the capacity. Do you know how simple it was to concoct this scenario? Oh, it should have been much harder. Much harder, indeed. But for you lot…”
The killer trailed off, then smiled. “For you it took all of 90 seconds to seal your fate.”