Iteration Archive

  • Improve your memory with Memorize.com

    Improve your memory with Memorize.com

    Check out the online memorization tool at Memorize.com. You ought not have any problems remembering that URL. Built on Ruby on Rails, with a CouchDB backend, Memorize.com doesn't do a whole lot, but what it does do it does pretty well. No signups required, easily shared pages, and a variety of useful wizards to walk through creating a page make Memorize.com extremely easy to use.

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  • Palm loses webOS notifications architect to Apple

    Palm loses webOS notifications architect to Apple

    Rich Dellinger might not be a name you instantly recognize, but he is the dude credited with bringing about the unintrusive banner notification system that forms part of webOS' widespread appeal. And, as of today, he's also in the employ of one Steve Jobs. The new Senior UI Designer at Apple, Inc looks to have made his way through Palm's exit doors in the immediate aftermath of the HP takeover announcement, and joins Matias Duarte on the list of significant talent departures from the webOS design team. We expect Rich will be getting his teeth stuck into the iPhone's admittedly tired and obtrusive notifications, and hopefully sprinkling some of that webOS fairy dust into the next iteration of Apple's iOS. Let's be honest, who here hasn't dreamt of an iPre?

    [Thanks, Tal]

    Palm loses webOS notifications architect to Apple originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Layar debuts new augmented reality browser, bets big on content discovery

    Layar debuts new augmented reality browser, bets big on content discovery

    Layar is today unveiling the latest iteration of its Reality Browser product (3.5), starting with an Android version, with an iPhone 3GS app update scheduled for later. With the new version of the browser, users can now easily discover and experience Augmented Reality without the need to enter a search query or open a specific layer. This means users can instantly see the most interesting content nearby upon launching the browser, effectively turning it into a potent location-based search and discovery service with an augmented reality element attached to it rather than the other way around.

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  • Android Gingerbread is ‘planned for Q4 2010′

    Android Gingerbread is ‘planned for Q4 2010′

    While we're all busy laboring in the shadow of Android 2.2's impending release, here's Google's sneaky first indication of the next version's release. In the FAQ for its newly announced WebM format, the Mountain View team tells us that Android support will come in the Gingerbread iteration, which is "currently planned for Q4, 2010." We still don't know the particular point version of the latest tasty treat, but at least there's finally something to put on the feature list and a date (range) to look forward to.

    Android Gingerbread is 'planned for Q4 2010' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 06:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Or maybe US Cellular’s Samsung Acclaim actually looks like this

    Or maybe US Cellular’s Samsung Acclaim actually looks like this

    Funny story: we were sent the same US Cellular slide deck by a number of folks last week that clearly showed an Android-powered Samsung handset alongside the HTC Desire for a near-term launch -- we posted the shot of it right out of the deck, assuming it was the Acclaim's final ID. Turns out that might not be the case, though, because there's apparently an Acclaim hanging out at Google's IO conference this week... and it looks precisely nothing like the device we'd seen. At this point, we don't know if the other image is of a canned device, another phone that's set to launch on US Cellular, or just a prior iteration of the Acclaim, but at any rate, it appears that the phone customers will be getting is far more rounded, glossy, and just a touch more chromey than we'd anticipated.

    [Thanks, BigE]

    Or maybe US Cellular's Samsung Acclaim actually looks like this originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Wed, 19 May 2010 18:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • NVIDIA puts its Tegra 2 eggs in Android’s basket, aims to topple Apple’s A4

    NVIDIA puts its Tegra 2 eggs in Android’s basket, aims to topple Apple’s A4

    Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two might not turn out to be the most auspicious devices for Tegra's debut in the smartphone arena, but NVIDIA seems to be learning from its mistakes. Admitting that the company committed too strongly to Microsoft with the first-gen iteration, Jen-Hsun Huang has now said that the second generation of Tegra will look to Android devices first and foremost. This newfound focus will materialize with both smartphones and tablets in the third and fourth quarter of this year, and will, according to Jen-Hsun, offer device makers a viable competitor to Apple's A4 SOC. In other news, NVIDIA has now shipped "a few hundred thousand" Fermi cards, and has also achieved 70 design wins with its Optimus graphics switching technology. Eleven of those are now out in the wild, but the vast majority are still to come, mostly as part of the seasonal "back to school" refresh at the end of the summer. These revelations came during the company's earnings call for the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year, and you can find the full transcript at the source below.

    [Thanks, TareG]

    NVIDIA puts its Tegra 2 eggs in Android's basket, aims to topple Apple's A4 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 May 2010 04:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • 5 Things The iPhone Could Learn From The iPad

    5 Things The iPhone Could Learn From The iPad

    As is to be expected of any device that the masses get excited about prior to it actually existing, the iPad has torn the Internet in two. Some love it, seeing it as the first iteration of an eventually world-changing device; others just don’t see a point. “It’s just a big iPhone,” they say, “and [...]

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  • Will Next Week’s Apple Event Finally Bring Background Apps To The iPhone?

    Will Next Week’s Apple Event Finally Bring Background Apps To The iPhone?

    This morning, after many months of rampant speculation over the enigmatic Tablet, Apple officially invited scores of press to a special media event to be held January 27. The debut of the Tablet seems all but a given according to most reports, but there are some secondary announcements that also stand to be huge — especially the rumors that we may also see the launch of iPhone 4.0. This afternoon, Fox News "confirmed" that we'd being seeing the latest iteration of Apple's hugely popular mobile OS for the first time. Should that be the case, there's also a good chance we'll see launch of a very important new feature: background applications. First things first. While the title of the Fox News article is "Apple Tablet, iPhone 4 Launch Confirmed for January 27", the body of the article later says that it's "likely" that Apple will unveil those two products (along with an updated iLife suite), and also notes that Apple is known for suddenly removing features or products from their announcements at the last second — none of which makes the news sound totally concrete. That said, there are plenty of reasons why iPhone 4.0 could be making an appearance alongside the Tablet, and why it will bring background apps with it.

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  • Hands on with the Pixi Plus and Pre Plus

    Hands on with the Pixi Plus and Pre Plus

    We just did some live video from the Palm lounge where we saw the Pixi and Pre Plus, two improvements to the current WebOS line-up. Notable points? The 3D gaming was quite impressive and the design has been considerably improved in this iteration. For one, there is no button on either device. Instead, you get a [...]

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  • Toshiba works on instant voice translation software for cell phones

    Toshiba works on instant voice translation software for cell phones

    It makes a lot of sense, but it seems to be hard to realize: Using the cell phone for instant voice translation of basic sentences whenever you're in a foreign country. But Toshiba is one of the companies working on this, and apparently they're almost ready to offer a decent solution. Their translation software, in its current iteration, enables cell phones to interpret between English, Chinese and Japanese. Toshiba says that the database, used on their TG01 "smartphone" (pictured on the left), for example, boasts a database of 30,000 words spoken in each of these languages. Toshiba optimized existing PC software for use in cell phones, which obviously have less processing power.

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  • New PogoPlug adds four USB ports, and more

    New PogoPlug adds four USB ports, and more

    The PogoPlug, reviewed earlier this year, is a simple no-fuss NAS solution. I enjoyed using the product, and so have many other folks. In just the few short months since my review, the crew at PogoPlug have updated the hardware and features, and are rolling out their latest iteration. The new PogoPlug features four USB [...]

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  • Gift Guide 2009: Wireless E-book Readers

    Gift Guide 2009: Wireless E-book Readers

    Intro We're only about five weeks away from Christmas, so now's as good a time as any to talk about (drum roll, please) e-books. Amazon kick-started the e-book market (with apologies to earlier e-book readers) with the introduction of the Kindle in the fall of 2007. Two years later, Barnes and Noble, IREX, and Sony announced [...]

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  • Yahoo Go Is A No Go

    Yahoo Go Is A No Go

    Before there was an iPhone, Android and App Store, there was Yahoo! Go. Launched in 2006, Yahoo! Go was an application offered news, mail, weather, traffic, and Yahoo! search from a mobile device. Today, Yahoo is announcing that Yahoo! Go will be shutdown on January 12, 2010. The app seemed to be ahead of it's time when it launched but now is useless thanks to Yahoo creating prettier, more powerful, personal content-focused apps that specialize in products, such as Flickr, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo released three versions of Yahoo! Go but hasn't released a new version in the past year. The last iteration of the app included a mobile widget platform and was available on select Nokia and Windows Mobile devices

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  • Samsung Behold II hits T-Mobile on November 18th, unboxed today (now with video!)

    Samsung Behold II hits T-Mobile on November 18th, unboxed today (now with video!)

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    Dubbing itself the "multimedia powerhouse" for T-Mobile's expansive Android lineup, the Samsung Behold II has just been confirmed for that rumored November 18th launch on T-Mobile (still no word on price, though we're hearing a predictable $200). The slate-style touchscreen handset has a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, and puts it to good use with a hearty skinning job on the part of Samsung, porting in most (but not all) of its TouchWiz UI -- unfortunately for us, that silly cube menu made the cut. Underneath is Android 1.5, and what seems to be a pretty standard processor.

    Hardware-wise there's really nothing to complain about on this phone. It's heavy, relatively thin (not iPhone-thin, but just fine), with solid materials and wonderfully tactile face buttons. The screen is everything you'd expect out of an AMOLED display, though high-resolution phones like the Droid dampen that enthusiasm somewhat. One wonderful Samsung addition to the traditional Android experience is a "real" camera button on the side, which can even register half-presses for focus. For someone who doesn't want a physical keyboard, but doesn't want their handset to feel like a toy (sorry, myTouch) there's plenty to love. However, we're more concerned about the software side of things. We're not morally opposed to Samsung adding in TouchWiz, but we are afraid of anything that has the potential to slow down the OS, and on first glance we'd say it's notably less responsive than stock Android. We'll of course be going further in-depth to see just how usable this iteration is, but let us just put this out on the table: a virtual 3D cube to launch media apps is no way "intuitive," "helpful" or "cool." OK, maybe it's kind of cool, but seriously Samsung, stop it. Check out our unboxing below.

    Update: We added some video after the break. Behold the cube!

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    Samsung Behold II hits T-Mobile on November 18th, unboxed today (now with video!) originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 12 Nov 2009 19:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Public Radio App lets you resume ‘This American Life’ whenever you please

    Public Radio App lets you resume ‘This American Life’ whenever you please

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    Now that you've got an NPR-lovin' stereo in your bedroom, the only thing missing in your otherwise completely fulfilled life is an NPR application that enables you to listen to your favorite programs whenever, wherever. If we just rung your bell, you can now drift away and die happy. Available this very moment in the 100,000-strong App Store is the Public Radio App, which essentially acts as a DVR for the iconic station. Once fired up, the app can "pause and rewind public radio streams from NPR, PRI, APM and local public radio stations," and there's even an alarm clock setting that wakes you up with your favorite public radio stream. Unfortunately, on-demand streaming is still a pipe dream, but there's nothing to stop these guys from adding that very feature in the next iteration. Go on -- try and lay off the trigger. It's not like that awfully low $2.99 price point is tempting or anything.

    Public Radio App lets you resume 'This American Life' whenever you please originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Wed, 04 Nov 2009 13:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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