It's easy to see how Apple might have overlooked this, what with their headquarters located in a place with 60 degree days in February, but anyone from colder climates knows that you can't operate an iPhone with gloves on. In South Korea, they have figured out a way around this problem using the best tool possible: encased pork products.
Remember that groundbreaking Apple Super Bowl ad from 1984? The one where the woman throws a hammer at Big Brother, signifying a new era of freedom that would be ushered in with Macintosh? My, how times have changed. Here we are more than 25 years later and the despotic, all-knowing face up there on that giant screen now belongs to Steve Jobs—and Big Brother Steve is holding an iPad.
Update: Here are our hands on impressions of the iPad. Our liveblog with all the details of the announcement is archived here.
Starting at 10 AM PST (1 PM EST), we'll be covering Apple's tablet unveiling event from San Francisco, with reality distortion field shielding equipped. Check back here shortly before then for words and pictures from the event, updating live.
Tomorrow, we'll be in San Francisco to cover Apple's introduction--should the fevered speculation be accurate--of a new tablet device with a ten-inch touchscreen running some version of the iPhone OS. With it, so the story goes, they are hoping to deliver printed media products digitally in a new way, along with music and videos and apps galore.
For Apple, it is a gamble; tablet-sized devices of the sort, other than perhaps Amazon's Kindle (a decidedly different beast), have yet to go mainstream. So the all important question: Do you want one?
Even with the huge number of mobile apps already available, cellphone screens are always awaiting new ideas from innovative developers. If you have your own idea for the perfect app, whether for a wide audience or just your own use, you're in luck—you no longer need to be a deft programmer to produce it. There are now a number of app-generating tools on the Web that will enable you to bring your concept to life by clicking instead of coding.
Ever wish your life was a video game, and you could shoot obstacles out of your way on a crowded sidewalk (or, hem, trade show floor)? This week at CES, Parrot unveiled a device that does just that. The new AR Drone is a helicopter-style flying robot that sees everyday objects and re-images them on a iPhone or iPod touch as virtual enemies or obstacles.
Google's own Android phone, the Nexus One, looks like an excellent phone--bettering in some ways Motorla's Droid, previously king at the top of the Android heap and one of only a few smartphones able to competently challenge Apple's iPhone. But in unveiling it today in California, Google did not pair it with an ad-subsidized price break that many were anticipating.
The innovation slingers from MIT Senseable City Lab have shown up at the Copenhagen Conference, and they've brought an idea with them that's actually worth talking about. The Copenhagen Wheel – named not just for the city of its unveiling but also for Copenhagen's role in a biking renaissance over the past several years – employs regenerative braking, an electric motor and even a Bluetooth connection to your iPhone for real-time data display.
Like most Internet applications, Twitter connects you with people who seem to exist in a vast, abstract, cyberspace. Now, a new iPhone app from the French company Presselite uses augmented reality to show you exactly where your friends are tweeting from.
Just in time for Black Friday, PopSci's new Tech Buyer's Guide iPhone app is available free in the App store. It's a portable version of the Tech Buyer's Guide here on the site, so it's packed with product recommendations and buying advice across 17 categories of tech, from netbooks to DSLRs to Blu-ray players. In addition, each product has a Price Check button, so you can tell instantly if the price you're looking at in a store really is the best one. It's the perfect shopping companion.
Download the app for free here [link opens iTunes].