Thursday, October 29, 2009

Verizon’s Motorola Droid Demo [VIDEO]

Verizon’s Motorola Droid Demo [VIDEO]: "

android-260Verizon’s very first phone running the Google Android mobile operating system launches next Friday, November 6. We’ve seen the marketing campaign, the commercial, and the iDon’t care spoof of the commercial — and today Verizon offers a demo video of the highly-anticipated phone.

First a refresher on the specs: 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, both physical and virtual keyboards, 16 GB microSD memory card included and a beta version of the Google Maps Navigation feature we just wrote about earlier today. Head on after the break to watch the official demo video.

Let us know: are you sweating the Motorola Droid? Will you consider picking up the phone when it launches, or are you interested in another forthcoming Android device (relatedly, be sure to cast your cost in our smartphone smackdown this week!)?

Reviews: Android

Tags: android, Google, Google Maps Navigation, Mobile 2.0, motorola droid, verizon


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Next App Store: Google Wave

The Next App Store: Google Wave: "

Google Wave may still be in its infancy, but it’s already looking towards the future – a future that includes monetization. And part of that monetization will apparently come from an iPhone (or Android)-like app store, where developers can market Wave apps and consumers can buy them, with Google presumably taking a cut.

According to The Next Web, Google confirmed an app store is in the works at an event in London on Monday. The blog speculates that “a Wave marketplace could stock in-Wave applications, along with desktop applications, browser extensions and a world of devices, from laptops, phones, tablets and more with built in Wave support.”

The development doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Google Wave already has an extensions platform for adding functionality. Back in June, we wrote that “we wouldn’t be surprised if entrepreneurs created robots or gadgets for businesses they could charge for, and expect applications that rival the usefulness of Twitter apps.”

However, an app store is only attractive to developers if there are users. Between iPhone and iPod Touch, there are more than 40 million of them – hence, why you now have more than 100,000 apps, with every other mobile platform far behind. Wave was just rolled out to 100,000 users last month, who are slowly getting invites so they can add friends and colleagues.

We have a long way to go until a Wave app store becomes a reality, let alone a viable business, but it’s an interesting possibility to think about.

Reviews: Google, Google Wave, Twitter

Tags: Google, Google Wave


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles

Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles: "andylim writes "After years of hype surrounding virtual reality, including the classic '90s movie The Lawnmower Man, few of us can claim to have experienced virtual reality at home. But what if you could build your own virtual reality goggles without having to spend a fortune? Using an HTC Magic and Google Street View, made a simple pair of virtual reality goggles that let you immerse yourself in distant locations. As the article points out, you can also use these goggles with augmented reality apps — although you probably don't want to walk around with them all day long."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Caves of the Moon

Caves of the Moon: "jeno passes along this excerpt from New Scientist: 'A deep hole on the moon that could open into a vast underground tunnel has been found for the first time. The discovery strengthens evidence for subsurface, lava-carved channels that could shield future human colonists from space radiation and other hazards. ... The hole measures 65 meters across, and based on images taken at a variety of sun angles, the hole is thought to extend down at least 80 meters. It sits in the middle of a rille, suggesting the hole leads into a lava tube as wide as 370 meters across.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Mozilla Raindrop: Is the Intelligent Inbox Coming?

Mozilla Raindrop: Is the Intelligent Inbox Coming?: "

raindrop-2Mozilla Labs announced a new project today: Raindrop is an “exploration in messaging innovation” brought to you by the same team behind the Thunderbird open source email client.

Built around the idea that “email isn’t fun anymore,” Raindrop aims to be a sort of intelligent inbox filtering system that kicks minor messages and notifications to the sidelines while foregrounding messages from Mom and other important people you actually know.

Raindrop also wants to pull in messages from Twitter, Facebook, IM, and eventually any other communication platform with an API. Direct messages and @replies would be seen as more important and therefore foregrounded over regular not specifically to you messages. The idea is to make a people-centric communication tool that brings your various services together in one interface, instead of constantly playing a game of “find that browser tab” when you want to check up on a particular conversation or thread.

While the concept is extremely exciting to those of us very weary of slogging through almost unparseable email accounts and wielding a formidable array of web-based communication tools, Raindrop is still in the very, very early stages. In fact at a lowly version 0.1 release, the platform is still only available to developers at this point.

Still, we look forward to seeing what comes out of Raindrop. Like Google Wave, it’s an attempt to re-imagine web-based communication for the modern era from the ground up. Raindrop will also borrow some elements from Wave like the ability to view images and videos inline, and it will be interesting to see what other parallels might emerge between the two.

Check out an introductory video about Raindrop below and let us know what you think. Do you have any suggestions for the team working on re-inventing online communication? Or do you even plan to get your hands dirty and get involved with the open source Raindrop project?

Reviews: Facebook, Google Wave, Twitter

Tags: communication, email, facebook, mozilla, raindrop, twitter


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux: "An anonymous reader writes 'It looks like IBM isn't much of a friend of Microsoft's anymore. Today IBM announced an extension of its Microsoft-Free PC effort together with Canonical Ubuntu Linux. This is the same thing that was announced a few weeks back for Africa (a program that began a year ago), and now it's available in the US. The big push is that IBM claims it will cost up to $2,000 for a business to move to Windows 7. They argue that moving to Linux is cheaper.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


RUMOR: Google to Launch Its Own Phone Through Retailers

RUMOR: Google to Launch Its Own Phone Through Retailers: "

android guyFor as long as we can remember the term “Google Phone” has referred to Google’s Android operating system as opposed to an actual Google device.

But this morning is reporting that there is an offical Google-branded phone on the way, and it will be the product of a partnership between Google and an unnamed smartphone manufacturer.

Even more remarkable is that the rumors have this Google Phone poised to be released before the end of the year and available through retailers instead of carriers. Essentially, the phone would be something you could purchase regardless of your wireless service provider, and the antithesis to the iPhone and its exclusivity with AT&T.

At the center of the rumor is Ashok Kumar, a Northeast Securities analyst, who claims to have spoken with Google’s design partners about the phone and it’s product release strategy. The article speculates, “If talk of the Google phone plan is true, the entrance of a unlocked, low-cost, Web-friendly touchscreen device will probably undercut other Android phone efforts by players like Motorola, Samsung and Dell.”

We’re quite anxious to see how this rumor develops and if there’s any merit to it. We think it would be a smart and logical move for Google, with the potential to steal customers away from Apple and their wildly successful iPhone, which remains exclusive to AT&T in the US.

Reviews: Android, Google

Tags: Google, google phone