Jonathan Ive Is Making Big Changes To The iPhone's Look And Feel If you've been following any coverage of the new iPhone, you've heard that iPhone 5 users (or any iDevice users who have updated their gadgets to iOS 6) are complaining rather loudly about how terrible the Apple Maps app is. The new navigation app, … Read more on Huffington Post
iOS 6.1.4 Update For iPhone 5 Released I recommend downloading this update from the iPhone itself – Settings > General > Software Update – as this way the entire package is only 11.5MB as opposed to being hundreds of megabytes if downloaded via iTunes. Apple is also currently working on … Read more on Forbes
Maybe the Low-End iPhone Is Really a Mid-End iPhone What if Apple's long-rumored low-end iPhone isn't targeted at the smartphone market's lower reaches? What if it's targeted at the middle? What if it isn't low-end at all, but simply mainstream? Not a $ 150 phone or even a $ 200 one, but a $ 350 one? Read more on All Things DigitalRelated Posts:
If the regular ol’ S-Pen that arrived inside your Galaxy Note 10.1′s packaging just isn’t cutting it, Wacom is looking lend a hand with its latest offering. The outfit has announced the Bamboo Stylus feel that touts performance similar to a ball-point pen (or S-Pen) for Windows 8 and Android slates outfitted with the company’s “feel IT” pen tech. Of course, this means that these styli make use of electromagnetic signals to interact with devices, differing from their capacitive Bamboo siblings that we’ve seen. Two options are set to arrive on January 7th with replacement nibs in tow and carrying price tags of $ 39.95 and $ 79.95, respectively. The full PR resides just beyond the break should you need a few more particulars before deciding.
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Question by Nicole: How do you feel about creating a app in the Android market? Hey everyone.
I have been debating whether or not I should create a app and submitting it to the Android market. I plan on charging $ .99 to install. Do you think it will work out?
Answer by ?it depends entirely on what it does!
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Question by ConFuseed: Anyone else with a tablet feel ripped off because the xoom is running android 3.0 only 3 months after….. ? the tablet came out?
Answer by ApollenaireI feel ripped off when someone posts a computer question in the running section of yahoo answers.
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Wahoo Fitness’ BlueSC cycling sensor is well and good for iPhone owners that always have fair weather and friendly roads to ride. For everyone else, there’s the company’s just-unveiled KICKR Power Trainer, a bike training system that uses a Bluetooth 4.0 link with Apple’s device (or an ANT+ bike computer) to come as close as possible to the real thing. The KICKR can change resistance as soon as third-party iOS apps like Kinomap Trainer and TrainerRoad give the word, either arbitrarily for a routine or to replicate that on-asphalt feel at up to a 15 percent hill grade. Wahoo claims the super flywheel and wheel-off design improve the sensation of the virtual road and keep the measurements for both power and speed accurate over the long haul. If there’s anything holding back indoor athletes, it’s the launch. The KICKR will only land in US basements and living rooms come November, and while we haven’t been quoted a price, we’d wager that it’s much more likely to fall in line with the cost of a regular bike trainer than a sensor like the BlueSC.
It worked just fine for Pinocchio, so why not animatronic stuffed bears? A group of researchers from the Tokyo University of Technology are on hand at SIGGRAPH’s Emerging Technologies section this week to demonstrate “Stuffed Toys Alive!,” a new type of interactive toy that replaces the rigid plastic infrastructure used today with a seemingly simple string pulley-based solution. Several strings are installed at different points within each of the cuddly gadget’s limbs, then attached to a motor that pulls the strings to move the fuzzy guy’s arms while also registering feedback, letting it respond to touch as well. There’s not much more to it than that — the project is ingenious but also quite simple, and it’s certain to be a hit amongst youngsters. The obligatory creepy hands-on video is waiting just past the break.
Gallery: Stuffed Toys Alive! hands-on
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Those goggles you see above aren’t for stylish looks while playing dodgeball — they’re the keys to a potentially important discovery about short-term memory. Duke University‘s Institute for Brain Sciences found that subjects playing catch with goggles simulating strobe lights were noticeably better at memorizing information during tests, even a full day after playtime was over. It’s not hard to see why: with a limited amount of time to see that incoming ball, participants had to more vividly remember brief scenes to stay on top of the game. We don’t yet know if there’s any kind of long-term boost, so don’t get your hopes up that strobe lights are the shortcuts to permanent photographic memory. Still, the findings suggest that frequent nightclubbers might be on to something… or, at least, have a better idea of where they left their keys the morning after.
[Image credit: Les Todd, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences]
This is the Mood Rocking Bed from Fab. It’s a real bed, and they’re available from $ 2,835 (for a full) to $ 3,665 (for a king). They also sell a twin for $ 1,665, but come on, nobody’s sleeping in a twin. “What about kids?” They don’t need $ 1,700 beds, that’s what. I slept on the floor in a sleeping bag until I was 13. And you know what? I did it from 15 to 30 too, after experimenting with a hammock for a year. Also, who sleeps in the middle of a field like that? Because if I wake up to a cow trying to eat my covers I’m gonna be pissed. No, no I’m not. I’m gonna think I’m in Oz or something. “The prison?” Yeah, the prison, dummy. God I should shank you so hard right now. Hey — have you ever wanted to be having sex, but then, instead of climaxing, puking instead? Well that’s what this bed is for. Alternatively, have sex in a rowboat. Just saying, I saw two counselors do it at summer camp once! Then Jason killed them. BOOM — Friday the 13th tie-in, count it.
Hit the jump for another shot in case you were wondering what the bed might look like in your unfinished garage.
This is a robotic face that’s been designed and programmed to be able to imitate human facial expressions. What expression is she doing? Hell if I know — derpy maybe? HURRRRRRRR. The face was modeled after one of the scientist’s wives, and the concept is that, if robotic faces are able to accurately portray human facial expressions, we’ll be more inclined to leap the “uncanny valley” and feel more at ease with our future humanoid overlords. That…is a pretty stupid concept. I’d feel way more at ease if robots were just f***ing boxes that talked.
To create a robot we are more likely to accept, life-like expressions are vital. That’s why Nicole Lazzeri at the University of Pisa, Italy, and her colleagues have designed a “Hybrid Engine for Facial Expressions Synthesis” (HEFES) – a facial animation engine that gives realistic expressions to a humanoid robot called FACE.
To mimic the myriad expressions that facial muscles are capable of achieving, the team placed 32 motors around FACE’s skull and upper torso that manipulate its polymer skin in the same way that real muscles do.
To create expressions they used a combination of motor movements based on the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) – a system created over 30 years ago which codes facial expressions in terms of anatomic muscle movements.
Hey — you know how when you were a kid you used to believe that if you made an ugly face and somebody slapped you on the back that you’d get stuck that way? HA! God you were a stupid kid. Let me guess, you were probably afraid to step on cracks too.
Hit the jump for a video of the thing derping out.
Seen here staring at an empty table like old people are so good at, a researcher wears the Age-Man suit, a suit designed to make the wearer feel 75+ years old (Note: not the first one we’ve seen). The concept is that by allowing health care professionals to wear the thing, they’ll have a better understanding of the troubles faced by geriatrics as a result of old age, and, in return, be more sympathetic. I SAID HOLD STILL YOU OLD COOT.
Developed by Rahel Eckardt at the Evangelical Geriatrics Center in Germany, the Age Man Suit is specifically designed to force a younger person to experience the physical limitations of the elderly. The 22-pound suit includes ear flaps to muffle hearing, a yellow visor to obscure sight, padded gloves to dull the sense of touch, and knee and elbow pads to restrict joint movement.
Hey — you want to feel like an old person? Here’s what you do: run around the block until you’re exhausted. Then, come home, sit on the couch, and shit yourself. Then have to sit in it for awhile until you’ve gathered enough strength to go to the bathroom and clean yourself up. Then, eat dinner at 4PM and be in bed 6. Because that’s what it’s like. Well, at least in my mind it is. Dear Lord, take me in my 60′s.
Thanks to Pin, who doesn’t ever want to grow up. Hey — second star to the right, straight on till morning. Now all we need is fairy dust.