Monday, October 31, 2011

Sony Internet TV's Google TV 2.0 update pushing out now!

Sony Internet TV's Google TV 2.0 update pushing out now!

Google TV update

Just as Google foretold, the Android 3.1 update (aka Google TV 2.0) has begun pushing out to Sony Internet TV boxes and televisions. As you'll recall, this is the update that brings:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV -- apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit -- but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

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Will it finally launch the era of Android-connected television? We'll just have to see, and we'll still have to wait a few months for new hardware. (And owners of the Logitech Revue will have to wait until later for their update. Sigh.)

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Consumers Covet 4G, the Tech No One Understands

You want it. You want it desperately. You want it desperately, but you don't even know what it is. Such is consumer desire for 4G data connectivity in mobile handsets. Call it proof positive that the phone carriers' marketing efforts have paid off — this despite slow 4G infrastructure roll-outs, and actual 4G data rates that fall far, far below the promise of the 4G spec.

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/customers-want-4g/

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Daily Deal: Ventev PowerCELL for iPhone, iPad only $29.95

Daily Deal: Ventev PowerCELL for iPhone, iPad only $29.95
For today only, the TiPb Store has the Ventev PowerCELL for iPhone, iPad on sale for only $29.95!. That's an external lithium-ion battery with 1700mAh delivers hours of additional talk and playtime on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or any USB device. Get them before they're gone! Shop Ventev PowerCELL for iPhone, iPad now!

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Firefox 4 Mobile officially released for Android and Maemo devices

Firefox 4 MobileMoments ago, Mozilla stripped the release candidate moniker from Firefox 4 Mobile and pronounced it fit for public release. If you have a Nokia N900 phone, or a fairly-modern Android 2.0-or-later device, go ahead and install it from the Market, by using scanning the QR code after the break, or by visiting Firefox.com/m.

Accompanying the release is the launch of Spark, a cute social game that's designed to fuel the adoption of Firefox 4 Mobile, much like last week's use of Glow and Twitter Party during Firefox 4 PC's release.

While the browser still feels a little rough around the edges, it's definitely worth trying out if you're still using Android's stock browser. Its JavaScript performance is significantly better than any other Android browser, and if you use Firefox on your PC, its built-in Sync functionality is awesome.

Over the next few days we'll have plenty of tips and tricks for Firefox 4 Mobile, and a list of the best add-ons available for the new browser.

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Solar-Powered iPads for Remote Schools in Zimbabwe

Solar-Powered iPads for Remote Schools in Zimbabwe
Apple Inc. has been responsible for making a sizable difference into the lives of millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with its path-breaking utilities in everyday life. However, its business ethics has made it possible to blend business with philanthropy; and its recent attempt is to make a socio-economic difference into the lives [...]

Solar-Powered iPadApple Inc. has been responsible for making a sizable difference into the lives of millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with its path-breaking utilities in everyday life. However, its business ethics has made it possible to blend business with philanthropy; and its recent attempt is to make a socio-economic difference into the lives of the under-privileged sections of the society – as far as in remote rural regions of Zimbabwe.

The Government of Zimbabwe is considering using the services and technology from Apple Inc. to develop and distribute educational tools – solar-powered iPads to the remote Zimbabwe rural schools by early 2012. This is considered to be a noble and ambitious bid to uplift the overall standard of living and education in particular in the remote localities in Zimbabwe.

Confirming the collaboration, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Education for Sport, Arts and Culture Mr. David Coltart in his Facebook page posted that “I am very excited that Zimbabwe is collaborating with Apple in this ground breaking use of technology to advance education in the most remote schools. If we can get it to work in Zimbabwe I am sure it will spread to poor schools throughout Africa – and beyond,”

‘School Box’ to bring magic to Education in Zimbabwe rural schools

According to confirmed reports, the minister met Apple Inc. representatives in Paris earlier this week to chalk out a pilot program named ‘School Box’ that promises to introduce computerized teaching aids to the poorest schools and consequently make way for iPads to remote rural schools in Zimbabwe. ‘School Box’, the concept run by the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin is anticipated to act as a femtocell device that enables a single broadband connection to be shared between students.

‘School Box’ envisages to use solar power and micro projectors in a rural environment with poor infrastructure, where several prior aids offered by President Robert Mugabe as part of his rural computerization program have been stolen; or have remained unused due to lack of electricity.

It is hugely anticipated that iPads connected to a projector can be easily used to share a multi-media presentation in the rural schools of remote Zimbabwe. This is based on the observation that students in developed countries use iPads to study, read e-books, conduct research and develop reports.

Analysts are of the opinion that an iPad is definitely something your child can actually use on and off school. It is nonetheless a gateway to a rich ecosystem of available content (iTunes U, textbooks, the input of Apple’s education teams, iBooks and much more.

Do you think solar iPads can create resurgence in Zimbabwe’s educational system? Share your thoughts on this amazing aspect of Apple Inc.

This article, Solar-Powered iPads for Remote Schools in Zimbabwe, was originally published at simonblog.com.



Boston Dynamics PETMAN portends the pending robot apocalypse

If the sight of Boston Dynamics' unstoppable Alpha Dog didn't convince you of the coming robot apocalypse, then perhaps a glimpse of its bipedal relative, PETMAN, will. Last time we saw the two-legged bot, It was walking well enough, but it lacked the humanoid visage needed to infiltrate and overthrow. In the time since, however, PETMAN has gotten a more anatomically-correct body and some arms -- giving it some push-up prowess to go with its jaunty gait. As the video below demonstrates, this robot isn't a T1000 just yet, but is seems certain PETMAN and its progeny will be running and leaping over us meatbags on the way to the top of the evolutionary food chain soon enough. So our anthropomorphic replacements are on the way, but there's no need for full-blown panic... yet.

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Beer Pong HD for iPhone and iPad

Beer Pong HD for iPhone and iPad
Now you can play Beer Pong – with virtual beer! Not only does Beer Pong HD follow the official rules of the World Series of Beer Pong, it uses realistic physics algorithms and also uses the camera to simulate being drunk. Oh, and you better watch out...

Now you can play Beer Pong – with virtual beer! Not only does Beer Pong HD follow the official rules of the World Series of Beer Pong, it uses realistic physics algorithms and also uses the camera to simulate being drunk. Oh, and you better watch out if you play against the AI, as they will trash-talk you throughout the game in an effort to throw you off your game.

Although this is a virtual game with virtual beer, no one says you can’t be drinking a real frosty beverage while you play! Drink responsibly.

Be sure to check out the promo video below!

“Beer Pong HD” is the long awaited sequel to the only officially licensed Beer Pong game on the App Store: Beer Pong. It has improved graphics, more realistic physics, it uses the OFFICIAL rules as used in the World Series of Beer Pong, and best of all it is totally FREE! Throwing balls has been made very easy; it uses a similar mechanic as seen in Angry Birds : Pull the ball back, aim and shoot. So you”ll still be able to pick this game up if even when you had a few beers yourself. You can also play the game with your friends ONLINE or offline and share your highscores through OpenFeint and Game Center. You’ve messed with the rest – now try the best! And why not, it’s FREE!

  • Best looking visuals and most realistic physics of any beer pong on the market!
  • Easy to pick up throwing mechanism similar to Angry Birds
  • Beer Pong HD features the OFFICIAL BPONG.COM rules, used in every single match of every single World Series of Beer Pong
  • ONLINE multiplayer makes for the cleanest, most mess-free game of Beer Pong you’ve ever played with your friends in your life!
  • Over 15 different tables and cups to choose from
  • Online leaderboards and achievements through OpenFeint & Game Center, for the best social gaming experience
  • Prepare your ego as both male and female AIs will verbally assault you with a barrage of voice-over trash talking zingers!
  • See if you can hold on to your phone while the camera simulates you being drunk
  • The game has a counter for the number of cups scored globally!

Beer Pong HD is available on the iPhone and iPad for free.

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