Archive | January 2013

Future Traveler

In the U.S., if you are getting ready for or are already embroiled in the Thanksgiving travel crush, or if you are abroad and just find yourself elbow-to-elbow with similarly harried travelers in an airport, take a moment to consider a utopian vision of the travel experience in a not-too-distant future.It comes to you in the form of a Future Traveler video, with a dash of self-promotion, from Sabre.It is a world where your every travel whim is at your fingertips via tablet-like mobile devices.Biometric scans are your gateways to business or adventure travel, the latest flight updates momentarily interrupt your e-reading and video-conferencing technology makes corporate meetings more efficient and brings continents together across a vanishing divide.Of course, in Sabre’s depiction of an uncomplicated, stress-free and high-tech travel future, you hardly ever even see another traveler in these luxurious, friendly, pristine and worry-free airports of the future.




Hotel room of the future revealed

HOTEL guests of the future will be able to control their room environment with body gestures and voice recognition, while a high tech entertainment area known as a “green capsule” will replace a traditional balcony.










Unveiled in France, the architecturally-designed hotel room of the future is divided into two spaces – one for rest and one for entertainment. Each space has its own Xbox 360 console with the motion sensing input device Kinect.Based around a webcam-style add-on, the Kinect enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller.Novotel and Microsoft teamed up to launch the concept, called Room 3120, at Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse.Designed to accommodate up to four guests (two adults and two children), the room is available for 199 euros a night until February 14.Novotel will use feedback from guests to introduce new features for rooms across the group.The room has a Sensorit mirror based on Kinect technology – an apparently ordinary mirror that displays information in graphic or text form.Users can choose information tags with a wave of the hand, accessing news, local weather or multimedia content. It also has a Surface multimedia table, which has applications ranging from web browsing and board games to interactive maps that guests can use to select destinations in the city.While the first space, intended for adults, is white and has a fold-up bed, the second is designed more as a playroom for kids.The room is colourful and has a tatami mat that rises up on one side to form a bench containing a Surface table with games and various multimedia applications.The furniture disappears to make way for integrated, modular functions.











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Two Awesome Doctor Who Shirts are $10 Today only! [pics]

Since I was busy at work, I didn’t get a chance to get the normal 5 posts up this morning so you guys will have to settle for one awesome post instead. Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow but in the meantime, how would you like to get a couple of awesome Doctor Who shirts for really cheap?

The fantastic geeks over at TeeFury are selling these two Doctor Who shirts today only for just $10 each! One shirt called Bad Landing features the TARDIS surrounded by all sorts of Doctor Who bad guys such as the Dalek, Weeping Angels and the Silence. The other shirt is called Time Fiction and features both the 10th and 11th Doctors standing side-by-side using their sonic screwdrivers. The pictures of the shirt designs are below and if you are a Doctor Who fan, I highly suggest you get one or both shirts!

As a huge Doctor Who fan myself, I plan on getting one or both shirts although I really don’t need them as I already have like 15 Doctor Who shirts. However, there is no such thing as having too many Doctor Who shirts!

Let me know in the comments below which one you are getting!

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Doctor Who TARDIS Shirt

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Seagate’s Wireless Plus hard drive streams to tabs and phones, Central saves your media at home

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Network attached storage might not be the most exciting topic at CES 2012, but Seagate’s got two intriguing spins on the idea. The $199 Wireless Plus is a 1TB portable hard drive with a battery and a wireless radio inside, allowing it to stream media to your mobile devices over AirPlay, DLNA, or a special app for Samsung Smart TVs. It’s hardly the first attempt to build a wireless hard drive, but Seagate has some bold claims: the company says the Wireless Plus can stream three HD movies to three different devices at the same time, and last for up to ten hours on a charge. You’ll also probably be able to load media onto the device fairly quickly, thanks to a removable USB 3.0 adapter.

Meanwhile, the Seagate Central is a play to put a…

The best of CES 2013

verge trailer ces 2013

You may be watching the CES news unfold in realtime, but at the breakneck pace the show moves, it’s hard to take it all in. The best way to get all of the biggest news is by following this StoryStream of the absolute must-sees, surprises, and crazy happening from CES 2013. We’re compiling the stories that matter, the products that you need to know about, and all of the in-depth reporting from The Verge this year. Stay tuned to this list, because it’s going to get wild.

Apple Rumored to Be Testing New ‘Touch on Display’ Technology for Next iPhone

According to a rumor from The China Times [Google translation], Apple is planning to adopt new touch panels with “Touch on Display” technology for the next iteration of the iPhone. The panels, which have been developed by Apple supplier Innolux, are said to be in testing at the moment.

Apple’s iPhone 5 incorporated a display that uses in-cell technology, and it has been reported that problems with the recognition of rapid diagonal swiping on the screen are due to the display. That may be one reason Apple is looking at new touch panel technology.

The China Times concurs, pointing to the slow response speed of the iPhone 5′s touch panels along with interference issues as the deciding factor behind the switch.

There isn’t much information available about the Touch On Display panels, but they are said to be thin and tough, with a thickness of 0.5mm and improved optical performance and sensitivity.

The new display would presumably be used in Apple’s iPhone 5S, which could be entering production as early as the first quarter of 2013.

Rumors about the next-generation iPhone are already surfacing, with a report earlier this week claiming that the iPhone may launch in mid-2013 in several different colors and sizes, and a leaked photo in December of what might be the rear shell of the next phone.

‘Canabalt’ Creator Releases Minimalistic Puzzler ‘Hundreds’ [iOS Blog]

Hundreds, from the makers of Canabalt and Solipskier, is a minimalistic puzzle title that’s making waves with its simplistic design and clever gameplay.

Previously a Flash game, Hundreds has been ported to iOS with great success, incorporating intuitive multi-touch controls.

The idea is to tap a series of circles on the screen. With each tap, the number on the circle increases, until it reaches 100. As they grow, circles turn red, and if they collide, the game will end. Each level incorporates new challenges and gameplay elements. From the App Store description:

Simple in concept, deep in design, Hundreds is a puzzle game that requires quick fingers and deep thinking.

The goal of Hundreds: Grow at least 100 points between the circles in each puzzle. Circles turn red and volatile while being grown and if they collide, it’s game over. It’s that easy.

So far, Hundreds has received rave reviews from our sister site Touch Arcade and Kotaku, which has already named it 2013′s potential Game of the Year.

Hundreds can be downloaded from the App Store for $2.99. [Direct Link]

Mobile Nations 20: CES 2013 preview!

Kevin, Phil, Daniel, and Rene talk about CES 2013, what they expect to see, and whether it’s still relevant, then fight about ActiveSync, RIM vs. Microsoft, and what they want to see from Apple, Google, and everyone going forward!

Apologies for the video quality, we experienced severe technical problems during the recording of the show, and while we’re providing it for those who really want it, we recommend sticking to audio for this episode.

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  • Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson) of Android Central
  • Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin) of CrackBerry.com
  • Daniel Rubino (@Daniel_Rubino) of WPCentral
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What features would you want in an iWatch? [Poll]

What features would you want in an iWatch?

Given the recent rumors about an iWatch, we wanted to take a moment and you, the smartest iOS enthusiast community on the planet, what features you’d like to see in such a device, were Apple ever to release such a thing. Assuming it could link to our iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth 4.0 or similar technology, and exchange information back and forth with our constantly connected, larger capacity iOS devices, how would you like to see that used?

Would you want a Siri pass-through, so anything you said to the mic on your iWatch would be carried out by your iPhone and iPad, and the response sent back to the speaker on your wrist? That would let you send messages, place calls, add appointments, set alarms, and many other things.

Notification Center could display alerts on your iWatch, so you could casually glance at which apps are trying to get attention on your iPhone or iPad, and then follow up when and as needed. Widgets, like those included in Notification Center or Siri could allow for glance-able data, especially if they can be smart and predictive about it. Maybe even dedicated iWatch “companion” apps?

If the iWatch has a FaceTime camera built in, it could use Wi-Fi or piggy-back on your iOS 4G/3G connection to place video calls, right from your wrist. If the iWatch has iCloud built in, you could listen to iTunes music or videos streamed right to it, just like an Apple TV. Passbook integration could let your iWatch show your Starbucks card, movie ticket, or boarding pass without even having to reach into your pocket and pull out your iPhone.

Make all the maps jokes you want, but what about GPS directions show right on your watch? Or fitness features like Nike+ or the iPod nano pedometer?

Unless you’re completely against the idea of an iOS iWatch, there are all sorts of features that aren’t just intriguing, but downright compelling. Vote in the poll up top, and give us your grand vision and dreams in the comments below! (Or if you don’t want it, tell us why!)

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