The selling point of Google Android is its customizability, the ability to create a unique-looking interface that's compatible with a steady stream of apps. The trouble is, most of the Android-based handsets we've seen -- starting with T-Mobile's G1 -- have all pretty much felt the same. The just-announced Motorola CLIQ, though, is the best example (so far) of what Android is capable of.
Is that person gesticulating on the street corner insane? Or just an early adopter of the latest interface tech?
By Taylor NewmanPosted 08.31.2009 at 5:23 pm
Neuroscientists have developed a fingerless glove that automatically translates hand motions into text by way of electrode sensors. Michael Linderman and his colleagues published the results of the first phase of their research project in last Wednesday's PLoS ONE. In this phase, six volunteers, using a digital pen, wrote the numerals 0 to 9 fifty times while wearing the prototype glove, which recorded the electrical activity of eight muscles in their hand and forearms.
This may come as a surprise to some (myself included), but despite the current ubiquity of texting, there’s still at least one place that won’t accept your texts: your local 911 center. Unless you live in Black Hawk County in Waterloo, Iowa, that is. Starting this week, the county’s emergency call center will be the first 911 center in the country to accept text messages sent to 911 in lieu of a phone call.
Over the past week and a half or so, there hasn't been one gadget, trend, or tech company that's ticked me off enough to single out for a good flogging. There have been several! So, this week marks the kickoff of a new, semi-regular (whenever I feel like it) Grouse format that's a bit more all-inclusive than the standard fare. It takes aim at all of the wrongs that have been perpetrated against the tech-loving public in the last few days. Here we go!
British government officials are planning to deploy search-engine optimization in their war on terror, working with certain Muslim groups to push "positive" depictions of Islam up in the Google rankings.
Also in today's links: watching your kids like a hawk, living like a pig, and more.
Last week, Skype released a client for the iPhone, and the whole world -- or at least 50 million iPhone users -- can rejoice. With free calls to other Skype users, the new app (available free from the Apple app store or from Skype)is ground-breaking, because it means you can place Internet calls without having to use AT&T carrier service. And, iPod Touch users now have a reliable VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) tool that is a real game-changer. Essentially, Skype turns the iPod Touch into a cell phone, without any carrier service.
Does the client really work? I tested the service over the past week, and found that it is very reliable in specific conditions, for both local calls and international chats. Skype for iPhone does have a few hang-ups though, and not the kind you'd normally hope for from a phone.
Your cell phone could save you from a pirate attack. Who knew?
By Chris SweeneyPosted 02.10.2009 at 5:01 pm 0 Comments
We told you , a few months back, about how MP3 players connected to long-range acoustic devices are being used to thwart pirate attacks. While blasting deafening sound waves at a bunch of machinegun-toting lunatics seems great, wouldn't it be better to avoid the pirates altogether?
Most people don't see their cell phones as tiny time bombs, because they're not. But news of an exploding cell phone killing its owner in China has raised concerns once more, despite the fact that the latest reports suggest a homemade zip gun is to blame.
As a digital TV transition delay grows more likely, wireless companies that paid billions for the airwaves are crying "foul"
By Devanshu PatelPosted 02.06.2009 at 1:26 pm 17 Comments
This week, the House passed a bill delaying the digital TV transition originally planned for February 17 to June 12. President Obama is expected to sign the bill, which would give your grandparents and Gossip Girl-addicted luddites another four months to ensure a broadcast signal by purchasing a digital television or government subsidized $40 convertor box.
The delay has been heralded by consumer advocates as a necessary measure to ensure that every American has the opportunity to make the transition from analog to digital broadcast television. 6.5 million households have still not made the jump and there have been problems with the government's digital converter voucher program.
But not everyone is supportive:
Been laid off? Sacked? Canned? Made redundant? Welcome to the new economy! Now that you've parted ways with regular pay, it's time to make a few lifestyle tweaks to help keep your head bobbing above the poverty line. First of all, don't worry a thing about your monthly health insurance payment—that nut will disappear all by itself when your coverage runs out. I'm talking about your tech habits and what you need to know while riding out this exile from the working world. As a gadget buff who has clocked some serious time "in between jobs" myself, I offer up this checklist of the bad tech to avoid and the good tech to embrace as you ease into your new situation.