GoPro releases remote app for iOS

October 11, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Isn’t it annoying when you are in the middle of base jumping off the Burj and you’d really like to change a few settings here and there on your GoPro camera, but just can’t because well…it’s attached to your head and you are currently trying to fly? Who hasn’t been in one of those situations, right? Well, GoPro was listening because they have released an app for your iPhone or iPad that lets you control your camera without needing to take it off.

The app, which is free, works by linking to a HD Hero2 camera via the WiFi BacPac, all camera settings will then become available on your iOS device and can be adjusted right from there.

The app also gives you access to the company’s Photo and Video of the Day channels. An android app is on its way.

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Apple releases TV spot for new iPods

October 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

Apple has just released a fun commercial to showcase its new line of iPod players and the various colours they come in.

The TV spot titled ‘Bounce’, has a bunch of colourful iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffles er…bouncing to music.

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With all that colour and dancing and bouncing, you may forget that Apple’s latest gen line of iPods has some other awesome features. For instance, the fifth gen iPod touch comes with Siri, 4-inch retina display and an A5 chipset. Maybe the next ad will showcase some of these features with less bouncing.

Google reportedly has 10-inch tablet in the works

October 9, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Tablets

CNET is reporting that Google is developing a 10-inch class tablet and moreover, will partner with Samsung to release it.

It may be remembered that Google has, till now, partnered with Asus on the Nexus 7 tablet. This will be the first tablet partnership for Google and Samsung.

Display specs reported on the new tablet make it sound pretty sweet – The 2,560×1,600 display will have a PPI (pixels per inch) of about 299, a higher pixel density than Apple’s third gen iPad.

Not much else is known about the new tablet at this time, but it will be a high-end device compared to Google’s $199 Nexus 7 and rumoured upcoming $99 tablet. This price point and included specs (at least those we know) will make the new device a ready rival to the iPad.

At the time of writing this, Google has not yet made a comment.

Twitter introduces Profiles Directory

October 9, 2012 by  
Filed under News

In a recent move, Twitter has launched its own search allowing users to browse through public profiles in alphabetical order.

The social network did not formally announce its new directory but instead quietly introduced the feature on the bottom of its homepage.

The new page is similar to existing directories available on other social networking websites including Facebook. In fact, Twitter’s latest tool looks strikingly like Facebook’s.

According to Search Engine Land, the move was made to make user profiles more discoverable by Google, Bing and other search engines. More search engine traffic means more page views, something to keep the advertisers happy.

Apple pays tribute to Steve Jobs

October 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Apple co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs. On this day a year ago, Jobs died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. And in remembrance, Apple has created a short video that features snippets of Jobs, his famous quotes and the various products he introduced to the world.

Immediately following the video is a note from current Apple CEO Tim Cook. In it he talks about Jobs and says, “His spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” And hopes that, “today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.” 

The touching video can be found on the front page of Apple’s website and is also shared below.

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Docomo develops Grip based phone interface

October 3, 2012 by  
Filed under News

If you don’t think you have too much contact with your phone already, then Japan’s NTT Docomo has good news for you. According to Akihabara News, the company has developed a phone that detects and responds to squeezes.

Called Grip UI, the tech works by adding pressure sensors on to the sides of the phone that act like buttons. So squeezing the phone in specific areas would be translated as different functions. For instance, pinching at the top of the device will launch the internet browser or pressing the left side will jump back a page on a website. The prototype can also detect different levels of pressure applied.

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So, when you don’t have the luxury of using both hands (like many in Japan’s crowded public transit), this could come in handy. However, Grip UI is still just a prototype with no plans just yet to add the tech to phones.

We tap our touch phones all the time and recently ‘slap’ technology for phones was patented, now comes the ‘squeeze’. What’s next? Tickling?

Could Microsoft be developing its own phone?

October 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Microsoft, News

Separate Reports on WPCentral and BGR claim that Microsoft is developing their own Windows phone. A recent report in China Times also alleges that Microsoft’s smartphone will launch under the “Surface” brand in the first half of 2013.

WPCentral reports that they’ve been in touch with anonymous sources that are saying Microsoft has their own Windows Phone hardware in existence and is currently in its testing phases. Details such as hardware specifications, appearance and launch dates are unknown, but sources say that the phone’s design is “unique” from current Windows Phone 8 hardware.

This news is surprising, to say the least, because Microsoft has strongly pushed Nokia, HTC and Samsung Windows Phones in recent months. A development like this could point out to a drop in confidence in its mobile partners.

Some suggest that these rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt and that such a phone will perhaps never be sold to customers. Microsoft would just use it for testing purposes while it stays within the company. Only time will tell.

LinkedIn opens first regional office in Dubai

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under News

US based Professional networking site, LinkedIn, has opened its first office in the Middle East right here in Dubai.

In a blog post, LinkedIn’s first regional employee Ali Matar revealed that UAE alone has more than one million LinkedIn members with “several million more across the region.” The website has about 175 million users worldwide.

The office, based in Dubai Internet City will cater to the MENA region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen.

Now an Alternative Maps section in the App Store

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

Only a few hours after it was reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the many issues plaguing their unloved Maps app, the company has added a new featured section to the App Store highlighting some alternative maps apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Currently the list  features 13 apps for the iPhone and 8 apps for the iPad, ranging from free to 99 cents to $49.99. Sadly though, when this user checked the UAE App Store, there was no such contrite offering for us. Users will have to go to the US or UK App Store to check out the new section for now.

However, this is still a surprising and dare I say ‘humble’ move for Apple and perhaps shows that it is taking criticism for the maps debacle seriously. And while directing users to the App Store still benefits the company, CEO Cook in his letter, also promoted web-based alternatives such as Google’s and Nokia’s maps.

New quartz glass chip by Hitachi could store your data forever

September 26, 2012 by  
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Japanese electronics giant Hitachi unveiled a glimpse at the future of long-lasting digital storage and it’s a piece of glass.

This two centimeter square and two millimeter thick sliver of quartz glass can hold 40 megabytes of data per square inch.  The new technology stores binary data by using a laser beam to create dots inside the thin sheet of quartz glass which can then be read using an optical microscope connected to a monitor with data reading software. Moreover, the chip is as tough as they come. Quartz glass is a highly stable and resilient material and can withstand hostile conditions like water (tsunamis), heat (high temperature flames and heat up to 1,000 degrees Celsius for two hours), radio waves and most chemicals. So, theoretically Hitachi’s glass chip would be capable of storing digital information for a few hundred million years.

While this is only a prototype, chips developed from quartz glass plate technology could have real potential to replace CDs and hard drives which have a lifespan of a few decades to a century at most.

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