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Rough Demo Of iOS 8 Unannounced Split-Screen Mode Caught On Video

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 10.02.20 AM iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith was the first to dig up code that indicated iOS 8 did indeed contain the seeds of a split-screen multitasking feature, even if that wasn’t announced as part of the iOS 8 reveal. Wednesday night, Troughton-Smith uploaded a video of the feature in action for any doubting Thomases out there. It remains incomplete, as you can see, and buggy, but this… Read More

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Unimo wheelchair uses tank treads to scale stairs, smoothly traverse rough terrain


A Japanese tech firm is attempting to improve wheelchairs by changing how they travel and how well they can do it. Nano-Optonics Energy’s newly released Unimo electrically controlled chair uses thin, tank-like treads to traverse the ground, which the company claims allows it to travel smoothly over difficult terrain such as gravel and sand that traditional models can’t easily handle. The chair can also climb up and down 6-inch stairs, nearly twice as high as what the manufacturer says most wheelchairs are capable of, and it can approach speeds of 4 mph.

However, the Unimo won’t be hitting the road just yet: though the device is capable of traveling over 12 miles on a single charge, the company sees the device first heading into medical…

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Rough hack converts an Optimus G to a Nexus 4, minus the constant sellouts

Rough hack converts an Optimus G to a Nexus 4, minus the constant sellouts

It’s practically a truism to say that the Nexus 4 is near impossible to purchase, a minimum of for those who don’t desire to pay a carrier premium. Rohan32 and buddies at XDA-Developers could just conserve us from camping at the Google Play store front through a new software hack. Their work converts an LG Optimus G‘s firmware to that of an 8GB Nexus 4 by swapping every LG-customized software aspect with a Nexus 4 parallel. The nearly identical hardware creates a very close performance, at least if you discount the inevitable design differences. If anything, the work is virtually too faithful: the current hack switches off LTE, caps the interior storage space at 8GB as well as needs making use of Nexus 4 firmware for future upgrades. It’s possible to go back to LG’s code if there’s jitters, but it goes without stating that the overall treatment holds more than the normal share of danger when even familiar ROM flashers are warned to be careful. Anyone who throws care (and the cost of an Optimus G) to the wind can discover their stock Android experience at the source.

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HTC CEO Peter Chou Reviews A Rough 2012, Says 2013 “Won’t Be Regrettable”.


There ’ s truly no other means to slice it — Taiwanese smartphone OEM HTC has had a challenging 2012. More than a couple of individuals have actually currently weighed in on the company ’ s spotty 2012, however CEO Peter Chou lately contacted the Wall Street Diary to provide his take on the business ’ s rough patch.

So exactly what the hell happened this year? According to Chou, failures in marketing were a big part of its weak year.

“ Our rivals were too strong and extremely resourceful, pouring in great deals of cash into marketing. We sanctuary ’ t done enough on the advertising front. ” This is barely the first time HTC has blamed its competitors for its uninspired annual performance, however HTC ’ s weaknesses when it pertains to cultivating an image (any image, actually) can ’ t be downplayed.

Meanwhile, bigger competitors like Samsung have revealed no qualms when it pertains to throwing their marketing weight around — the company surely paid a premium crafting commercials for the London Olympics and the Super Bowl, and frequently got feisty by stabbing at Apple line-sitters (sorry Romain). Apple has probably lost a few of its radiance with a few of its recent ads, but actually — people are going to buy Apple gewgaws no matter what. HTC has actually already begun to work on its marketing and perception concerns — it snagged itself a new CMO who formerly led Motorola Asia ’ s marketing efforts, It seems like a reason from Chou has actually become something of an annual custom. Going into 2012, HTC pegged some of its headaches on its item line –

the business pointedly disclosed its purpose to pare down the many phones it would produce in favor of a smaller many “ hero gadgets. ” A quick appearance at the company ’ s phone profile shows that they ’ ve done nicely on that front. The initial One series devices raised a lot of eyebrows when they were officially revealed at MWC 2012 while even more recent releases like the J Butterfly/Droid DNA show rather nicely that HTC is still capable of pushing the envelopes of design and efficiency. It ’ s precisely that capability to push envelopes that Chou is banking on to turn things around, keeping in mind that “ the most important thing is to have special items that attract customers. ” Easier said than done, obviously. Exactly what appears most curious to me right here is Chou ’ s tone — he sounds pragmatic practically to the point of being defeatist. Longtime readers might know that I ’ m normally really bullish on HTC and its hardware, but CEO Chou was really careful to couch himself when it pertained to his outlook on the new year. According to him, 2013 “ will not be regrettable, ” which the worst “ has most likely passed ” — is it simply me, or are these quite chilling words coming from HTC ’ s head honcho? I see the benefits of cautious optimism, however definitely a teensy little hubris couldn ’ t hurt to whip his employees into a innovation-centric frenzy?

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Bell may get Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE on November 1st, give Canadians rough and tumble 4G

Bell poised to get Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE on November 1st, give Canadians rough and tumble 4G

Americans won’t get to keep the Galaxy Rugby Pro all to themselves. As long as interior documents obtained by MobileSyrup show true, Bell ought to be carrying Samsung’s ruggedized 4G phone as the Galaxy Rugby LTE on November 1st. Additional than the name change, it’s likely to be a match for the AT&T variation down to the really large regularity support we saw at the FCC, when it appeared as the SGH-i547. You’re considering a modest 4-inch screen, 768MB of RAM and 5-megapixel rear camera, but also a quick 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 which dust – and waterproof body. Rates is an unknown, although the mostly toned-down attributes indicate that the Galaxy Rugby LTE will alter well below the $ 160 contract rate for a Galaxy S III on Bell’s network.

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Is reading books on the ipad rough on the eyes like reading a computer screen?

Question by stillkickin242: Is reading books on the ipad rough on the eyes like reading a computer screen?
I have been playing around with the idea of getting and ipad which I would use as an e-reader (and other things). I’m worried that reading off the ipad would be just like reading off of a computer screen because its so bright. For those of you with an ipad, how is it reading of the device as opposed to a kindle or other e-reader?

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Answer by Walid Bourjal
An Ipad is like reading off a computer screen. I usually set it to the lowest brighness before I read.

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Motorola Droid RAZR rooted — watch out for rough edges

First it was the Kevlar-coated hardware, and now Android enthusiasts have cracked open the software edges of Motorola’s latest Android baby. Yes, that dual-core slice of smartphone that is the Droid RAZR can now be rooted, but there is a catch. The Windows-only program won’t let you reverse the deal once you’ve taken the hack-friendly plunge, even if you’re unfortunate enough to hit a soft brick wall. You can check out the directions in the source link below, but we’re wagging our finger of caution right now — you’ve been warned.

Motorola Droid RAZR rooted — watch out for rough edges originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nexus S port of Ice Cream Sandwich is available, if you can stand some rough edges

Why wait to get an official bite of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when you can load it on your Nexus S right now? After a quick tease a few days ago, an early preview is available to all thanks to a few hard working developers, although beezy’s post on Android Central warns you may have to live without WiFi and Bluetooth for the time being. His build is only tested on the Sprint Nexus S 4G, although concurrent work posted at XDA-Developers should give 3G Nexus S owners a shot at the port as well. As usual with these early tester ROMs YMMV, but those who enjoy life on the bleeding edge can hit the source links for more info.

[Thanks, Dan]

Nexus S port of Ice Cream Sandwich is available, if you can stand some rough edges originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung’s “Attempt To Harass” Apple Gets Rough Response

Remember that one time when Samsung asked Apple to hand over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 for legal inspection, just in case the companies’ future products crossed the line between similar and strikingly similar yet again? Well, Apple didn’t like that very much, and has called the request “copyist.”

It all started back in April, when Apple saw some bothersome similarities between Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4 and certain products from Samsung’s Galaxy and Infuse lines of products. Apple sued, Samsung counter-sued, and now we’re basically in a vicious cycle of “which came first: the iPhone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S II?”

As part of the lawsuit, a federal judge ordered Samsung to give Apple access to the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, the Infuse 4G, and the Infuse 4G LTE, so that the Apple legal team could determine if its intellectual property rights had been violated. Two of the five devices had yet to be released, but were still leaked on to the web with descriptions and photos. In other words, everything Apple got a peak at was no longer a secret.

Samsung, on the other hand, went for the jugular in its request to view products, asking for the next-generation iPhone and iPad – two products locked tightly away in a Cupertino vault, we’d assume. Now, nearly two weeks later, Apple has responded with a filing to block the request:

Samsung’s Motion to Compel is an improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding production of extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple’s likelihood of success on its infringement claims or to a preliminary injunction motion. Apple made a compelling showing in its motion to expedite discovery that Apple needs samples of products that Samsung has already announced, distributed, and described, so that Apple can evaluate whether to file a preliminary injunction motion against those products, which look strikingly similar to the distinctive trade dress of Apple’s current products. Samsung has made no such showing about Apple’s future products. Therefore, Samsung’s Motion to Compel should be denied.

Samsung’s argument goes a little like this: If the next-gen iPad and iPhone don’t wear the same design “dress” that Samsung has been accused of copying, then Apple can’t justifiably accuse Samsung of stealing consistently Apple-esque designs. On the other hand, Apple claims that the suit is centered around current products, and that future products bear no relevance to the case at hand.

Samsung promised in its request to play by the same rules Apple is required to follow, and only allow outside legal counsel to inspect Apple’s products. But Apple isn’t likely to take this request lying down, knowing full well that anticipation is part of what makes the iPhone and iPad so buzz-worthy. June 17 is the deadline for Samsung to hand over those products for Apple’s inspection, and we’ll know in the next few weeks whether a judge will agree with Samsung’s request.

[via MobileBurn]

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Mockingbird Show, Starring a donkey, Dir David Karave, Very Rough Preview

A very rough preview for the first sketch on the upcoming TV pilot, The Mockingbird Show. This preview is incomplete, and will give only some indication of the ‘feel’ for this show. Editing sequences, editing rhythm, and sound have been given absolutely no consideration. This early preview has been made for the benefit of those involved in the show. In this first sketch, a farm owner believes that his donkey is possessed by a demon. Farm hands are enacting purification rituals in the pool. The priest shows up in catholic drag, and begins speaking to the donkey. The donkey responds (revealing that the donkey is not demonic, rather he is speaking spanish. The donkey’s voice will be dubbed. He is an extremely intelligent burro. The farm owner does not know spanish, and thus believes that the donkey’s language is demonic). The donkey speaks to the priest in spanish, explaining the situation. The donkey demands some of the money from the exorcism, but the donkey also says that he disrespects humans for worshiping money. The farm owner’s wife is turned on by the priest’s gigolo, and gives him some of the money that should have gone towards the exorcism fee. In the final scene, the priest gives the donkey a hundred dollar bill, which the donkey promptly eats. Other comedy sketches to come : stop motion and robotics interwoven, trained pigs eating bacon from robotic trenches on the senate room floor, a mockingbird singing out cell phones. Actors for this shoot included Kenny

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