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  • Gyroscope gunning on the iPhone 4 with Eliminate: Gun Range (video)

    Gyroscope gunning on the iPhone 4 with Eliminate: Gun Range (video)

    We'd heard earlier that ngmoco's new game Eliminate: Gun Range was one of the first apps to really take advantage of the iPhone 4's gyroscope, and now that we've had a chance to play with it, we've got say there's a ton of potential here. E:GR is itself just a simple shooter, but the gyroscope adds what seems like nearly 1:1 motion control to the proceedings -- and since you're moving the display itself, it almost feels like augmented reality. It's hard to explain, since it's so unlike any mobile UI experience we've encountered before, but as soon as we tried it our brains pretty much exploded with possibilities -- we're thinking drastic improvements to actual augmented reality apps like Layar, all kinds of crazy flight simulator games, much more refined GPS apps, you name it. Video after the break.

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    Gyroscope gunning on the iPhone 4 with Eliminate: Gun Range (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 05:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    Yesterday, Robert Scoble wrote a post about "Foursquare's Yelp problem." It's an interesting read, with some good thoughts about how Foursquare can withstand feature-copying from a much larger rival. He asked for my thoughts, so I figured I'd jot some down here. Most importantly, his post got me thinking about the next phase of location, which I think we're just about to enter. First, Scoble's thought that Foursquare might be in trouble because Yelp copied its check-in badge idea seems a bit premature to me. It was a much bigger deal when they added the whole check-in concept back in January, but the fact that Foursquare has started growing faster than ever since that point shows they have an advantage over Yelp in the realm. That advantage is that they have a social graph built for location, Yelp does not (yet).

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  • North Korea: The new outsourcing capital?

    North Korea: The new outsourcing capital?

    Is North Korea the next Silicon Valley? PC World seems to think so, with a story that explains how the country is the new hotspot for outsourcing (among other IT initiatives). Apparently North Korea is the pound-for-pound best place for IT talent in the world. That is, you won't find a country with a better, more educated collection of computer programmers and engineers, software designers and the like in such close quarters.

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  • Nokia demonstrates N8 video editing capabilities

    Nokia demonstrates N8 video editing capabilities

    Nokia's already taken us on a guided tour through quite a few of the N8's features, but it's now back with another video to highlight a couple of particularly standout ones -- namely, the phone's photo and video capabilities. Of the two, the video editor seems to be the most impressive -- it'll let you add both photos and videos to a storyboard, trim clips, and add and customize titles and transitions, to name a few features, and do so with what seems to be a relatively simple to use interface. You'll also of course be able to take advantage of the N8's support for USB On-The-Go, which will let you pull photos and videos off of any USB drive if you need to edit video in a pinch. Head on past the break for the complete video demonstration.

    [Thanks, Pipera]

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    Nokia demonstrates N8 video editing capabilities originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Slacker Radio 2.0 for iPhone to feature station caching, out ’soonish’

    Slacker Radio 2.0 for iPhone to feature station caching, out ’soonish’

    Ever since Slacker Radio decided to flee the hardware business, we've been looking forward to bigger and better things from its mobile apps. If the hands-on that Dave Zatz got with the version 2.0 software for iPhone is any indication we won't be waiting in vain, either. The big news here is station caching: that's right, users will soon be able to store music for off-line access, whether you're listening on a plane or in a dead zone. Exactly how many stations (and for how long) you can store is currently a mystery, although the reviewer said it took about 20 minutes to cache six stations, with each one being good for at least a couple hours playback. In order to take advantage of this, you will need to purchase the Slacker Radio Plus package, and you'll have to wait for the app to be approved by Apple, which could be a couple days from now -- or it could be never, depending on Apple's mood.

    Slacker Radio 2.0 for iPhone to feature station caching, out 'soonish' originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 May 2010 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Android 2.2 sets Android 2.1 on fire. From the friction. Because it’s so fast.

    Android 2.2 sets Android 2.1 on fire. From the friction. Because it’s so fast.

    Man oh man. While it may just be benchmark scores at this point, this kind of speed increase is nothing to snuff at. Ian Douglas has run some benchmarks on his Froyo-powered Nexus One, and it's scoring almost 5 times better. To be a bit more specific, an Eclair-powered Nexus One usually scores around 6-7 MFLOPS in Linpack benchmarks, but this shiny new Froyo build delivers a blistering 38-40 MFLOPS.

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  • New solar cells printed on paper

    New solar cells printed on paper

    Everyone loves the idea of solar energy. The three big challenges are that solar cells are expensive to produce, they're not very efficient, and you need some means to store the energy collected. I'd heard of solar shingles before, which are basically roofing shingles with solar cells in them, but now word is coming out of solar cells printed on paper. As usual, the technology is still years away from a marketable product, but it's an interesting development.

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  • Dynamism now has the Viliv S10 in stock, shipping same day as orders

    Dynamism now has the Viliv S10 in stock, shipping same day as orders

    Are you one of the many that cried when you heard both the HP Slate and Microsoft Courier won't make it to market? Fear not, friend. The Windows 7 Viliv S10 netbook / tablet is now shipping.

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  • Samsung looking into bringing Android to the TV

    Samsung looking into bringing Android to the TV

    Sources at Samsung revealed that they are looking at TV’s that incorporate Google’s Android OS in them. I’m not so sure I want a TV that is quite that intelligent. An anonymous Samsung exec was quoted as saying, “we are considering Google TVs.” It makes sense to license Android, since the application base keeps growing, and [...]

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  • Freezing the Boeing 787 using weather control technology

    Freezing the Boeing 787 using weather control technology

    So where exactly are you supposed to go if you need to freeze one of largest passenger jet planes ever made? Well if you're Boeing, you go to the McKinley Climatic Chamber at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. This facility is designed to simulate anything from the most extreme freeze, to the hottest desert. You have to wonder though, what is the military doing with this technology? Is this part of Bill Gates' agenda to control the weather? Check out the video of the jet being tested, after the jump.

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  • Skype Offers Free WiFi to Ease the Airport Pain

    Skype Offers Free WiFi to Ease the Airport Pain

    Airports are wonderful places, aren't they? Everyone is friendly, the seats are comfortable, the prices reasonable, and the food delicious. I love hanging around airports. I relish the time between connecting flights, and I have been known to pack my bags and drive to the nearest international airport just to hang out and pretend I'm waiting for a flight. However, I realise that these feelings aren't universal; there are some people out there who don't enjoy airports. While I would be happy to relish in the extra few days of airport merriment that the recent flight cancellations have caused, Skype seem to think I'm in the minority, and have taken it upon themselves to give free internet access at more than 100,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide.

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  • Zeiss bringing cinema quality lenses to Nikon, Canon

    Zeiss bringing cinema quality lenses to Nikon, Canon

    No surprsise here, giving how popular DSLR video has become. Someone had to make some lenses to take full advantage of these new cameras, and Zeiss appears to be the first to step up to the plate. The lenses were announced this week in Vegas, with Zeiss stating that these are the first set of cine (lenses) to be compatible with HDSLR cameras.

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  • Why is World of Warcraft encouraging me to vote?

    Why is World of Warcraft encouraging me to vote?

    Well this is a strange one. I just received in the mail (that’s “real” mail, not e-mail) an official letter from the National Association of Secretaries of State encouraging me to take advantage of all these fancy ways of keeping up-to-date with voting information. The letter took great pains to stress that the program, which [...]

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  • Motorola outs a 3D set-top box built for the future

    Motorola outs a 3D set-top box built for the future

    3D TV is still really new. So new that there are some major hurdles to be crossed but this new set-top box from Motorola takes care of one of them. It brings the 3D content control into the set-top box rather than simply passing along the 3D signal to the TV. The advantage here is that all the menus and on-screen information will be displayed in a 3D-friendly format. That's not the case right now.

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  • Evernote: an iPad app update that makes sense

    Evernote: an iPad app update that makes sense

    I was able to avoid most of the iPad hype this weekend by first sitting through the Henry Rollins Frequent Flyer tour, and then going to my in-laws for the Christian celebration of Easter. Along the way, I got a number of emails about apps that were updated for, or simply compatible with, the iPad. Most of these app updates were underwhelming. The only one that really caught my attention, though, was Evernote. I've been using Evernote on my iPhone for quite some time, and it's quickly become an indispensable addition to my life. The new iPad version -- still free -- offers at least one nifty new iPad-specific feature.

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