Theodore Gray, the man behind our Gray Matter column and the amazing The Elements: A Visual Exploration periodic table app for the iPad (and in print), has just rolled out a version for the iPhone 4, which packs all the same info and photography into that Retina Display, along with a special trick. Here, Theo gives us the back story on what made this new edition possible.
It's been in the works for so long it's hardly a surprise, but today Hulu announced that their subscription service is finally happening. Called Hulu Plus, it offers a "season pass" to current shows on ABC, NBC and Fox, as well as an extensive episode backlog, all streamable to a multitude of devices including your game console, mobile phone, iPad or web-connected TV. It costs $10 a month. But can I cut out my cable yet?
By Adam Frucci/Gizmodo
Posted 06.24.2010 at 5:29 pm 20 Comments
Videocalling has been a sci-fi staple for decades. From 2001 to Back to the Future people chatting face-to-face from great distances was a way of saying "Hey, look, it's the future!" So does Facetime mean we're in the future?
Law officers in Brockton, Mass., have a new tool for fighting crime: the iPhone. Using a new app armed with facial recognition software linked to a statewide database, cops can snap a picture of a suspect in the field and within seconds pull up that person's identity on the device.
Apple, through powers of both good and evil, always finds a way to captivate like no other with their new product launches. But in unveiling the iPhone 4 today, they had an unfamiliar challenge to deal with: a world that has already seen in great detail the new product they were about to announce, thanks to Gizmodo's mega-leak in April. So this time around, Apple had something more to prove: what exactly about the new iPhone 4 is new today?
Even though we've already seen it, we're still blowing off work to tap into one of millions of channels of status updates or live blogs currently transmitting from California. For your reference, the best live blogs to tune into are Ars Technica's and gdgt's.
The phone of the hour (well, at least until Apple unveils the next iPhone on Monday) is Sprint's HTC Evo 4G, and it goes on sale today. We've been using a review unit for the past week, and here are our impressions.
An optical sensor attached to a mobile phone or MP3 player can turn the device into its own mouse. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) used simple computer-mouse sensors to give mobile phones their own mouse capabilities. Nicknamed Minput, the new input method responds to up-down and side-to-side motions, like a computer mouse, but also to twisting and flicking motions, like an iPod.
Our collegiate scholars hold our future in their hands, so it’s always good to see them apply themselves to projects like WiDrive, a remote-controlled, camera-mounted car that can be driven in the first person using an iPhone and a pair of VR glasses.
In an unprecedented lapse for one of the world's most secretive companies, Apple has lost control of what appears to be a late-stage prototype of the next version of the iPhone. And unluckily for them, the lost bird found its way into Gizmodo's hands. They've splayed it open for all to see, similar to how Steve Jobs is now hoping to splay open whomever lost his top-secret phone.
By Gizmodo/John Herrman
Posted 04.08.2010 at 2:15 pm 17 Comments
The curtain has been pulled back on iPhone 4, and the list of new features is massive: There's multitasking (finally!), a refreshed interface, and literally hundreds of other changes, all coming this summer. Here's the full rundown.
Fleets of unmanned drones have become a common weapon in the U.S. military's arsenal, but clunky controls and interfaces that distract human operators can lead to costly mistakes and crashes. Such problems prompted a former U.S. Navy pilot to develop an iPhone app that allows any smartphone user to learn how to fly an unmanned aerial system in just three minutes.
After a weekend using the iPad, I've realized I'm not interested in hedging my reaction to it with careful considerations of its lack of a USB port or webcam. It's not every day, or every year or maybe even every decade that we're able to see a piece of technology that takes a familiar human experience--here, using a computer--and fundamentally changes it. But that is what I think the iPad has done.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.