Welcome to the Friday edition of The Daily Slash. Hopefully your week went by well, and fast. The weekend is just about on us, but we have just one last bit to get through. Tonight, in our story from around the Web, we’ve got a robot that learns something not so good (but it’s awesome). And then, follow us as we wrap up what’s been going on around the R3 Media Network.
From Around the Web
Robot Teaches Itself to Fire Bow and Arrow: We know robots are getting smarter, and better at pretty much everything, thanks to the ingenious engineers and designers behind their creation. This robot, developed by Dr. Petar Kormushev at the Italian Institute of Technology, has taught itself to not only fire the bow and arrow, but fire it better over time. The robot is designed from open source software, and features Augmented Reward Chained Regression (ARCHER) technology, which is the learning algorithm that made it possible for it to learn how to hit bulls eyes. The possibilities are certainly endless, and slightly disturbing. [via TechnaBob]
R3 Media Network
Sony Introducing Google TV on October 12th
Verizon and Apple Not Seeing Eye to Eye
Apple’s FaceTime Unavailable in UAE
SlashGear Pad and Quill iPad Case Giveaway
SlashGear You Rock Guitar Giveaway
HTC Adding Sense to Windows Phone 7 Later
Relevant Entries on SlashGear
- Axon Logic Haptic tablet is real and can run OS X
- China renews Google’s license to operate
- Sprint Samsung Galaxy S Pro 4G phone outed
- The Daily Slash: September 17th 2010
- T-Mobile G2 Pre-Orders Begin Tomorrow, Going on Sale October 6th
While Verizon has a firm plan on their LTE roll-out for the rest of 2010, leading all the way out to 2013, there’s no reason to think that their current generation devices have the ability to access 4G technology. At least, that’s what they want you to think. Courtesy of wwwery, the settings screens that you see below were found doing a simple Gesture Search (a Google app/search method) on the HTC Droid Incredible.
Unfortunately, there’s obviously not a lot of information to go on here. The settings screen does indeed say 4G, and there is an option to turn it on. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything in the way that it will connect to Verizon’s LTE network when it does indeed launch later this year. It could just mean that HTC was thinking about 4G, and that’s it. Or, if we’re looking at fueling the rumor mill and hoping for the best, it could indeed mean that the Droid line-up of devices has some way of accessing Verizon’s 4G, and there’s going to be a lot of happy people later this year.
[via Droid Forums]
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- Verizon preorders for Droid Incredible by HTC begin
- HTC Droid Incredible and Motorola DROID X stock delayed until August
Google TV is almost upon us, and it looks like Sony is all set to get their announcements on. While we near the end of September, it doesn’t look like GTV is going to get “officially launched” this month, contrary to what Intel’s CEO said not too long ago. So it looks like Eric Schmidt’s “Fall” time frame was pretty accurate. Sony has just sent out invitations to their Google TV unveiling, toted as the world’s first Internet TV. The event is set to kick off at 5:30pm.
There’s no secret that this is the official unveiling of Google TV, on a live unit, that we’ve all been waiting for. It will be Sony that we get to see the first implementation of Google’s Web-based video service, which is meant to integrate Google search and other Web-based elements right into your television. As long as Sony doesn’t showcase any of the Logitech Revue commercials, everything should be fine. (Not that they would.)
Relevant Entries on SlashGear
- The Daily Slash: September 24th 2010
- O2 to launch HTC HD2 (aka HTC Leo) on October 12th?
- New Sony DVD/CD Multi-format Rewritable Drives
- Pink PSP Coming in October?
- Sony-Ericsson Moving on Mobile and Broadband TV
The patent shows an array of flash lights that point at different directions, so we presume the camera will detect where the subject is and turn on the nearest flash.
Originally posted at Crave
The Motorola Droid X was updated to Android 2.2 and the world rejoiced. Rejoiced until the bugs started showing up, that is. One of the most glaring issues that many users have been experiencing involves the ordering of incoming and outgoing text messages. Instead of displaying messages from the top down in order of latest sent and received, texts remain static in the position they first appeared on the list. Compounding this issue are reports of intermittent SMS notifications. There is a developing thread over at the Motorola support forums that details the issue further, and it looks like Motorola heard the moans of X owners as a response has been issued on third page of the thread that a fix is already in the works.
Of course, there is no further information available other than that Moto’s engineering team has isolated the issue and devised a fix. When that fix will be available via update isn’t known at this time.
Have any DX users out there experience this text messaging issue? Sound off in the comments below.
[via Motorola Support Forums]
It’s only been a few days since Adobe issued a critical update for their Flash Player for Android to patch a pretty major security hole, but something must have not been sitting right in that version as a new update has just landed in the market. The changelog for version 10.1.95.1 isn’t known yet, but the assumption is that it is tidying up a few loose ends left after Adobe quickly pushed the first update to save face after the security exploit was initially revealed.
If you already have Flash player installed you should get a notification to update, but as that can sometimes be delayed its best you head over to the Market yourself if you want the update right away.
[via Android Community]
Alltel just got a second, though aging, Android handset to bolster their lineup which up until now only featured the HTC Hero. Just as reported, the Motorola Milestone has landed at Alltel stores bringing along the stock “Google Experience” and all the hardware that made the phone a huge success under the Motorola Droid branding. And what you will get is the same exact device, so if you are on Alltel and have been longing to get a piece of what was the first breakout Android device, now is your chance.
If you are geeking out at the chance to wrap up two of your favorite pastimes into one device (assuming Star Wars and Android are two of your favorite pastimes) then you probably don’t want to miss out on your chance to hang out with other like-minded individuals and even get your picture taken with some of your favorite characters from the Star Wars Universe. Verizon will be hosting a series of launch parties for the Droid R2-D2 come September 30th, and all are welcome to attend. Unfortunately for us right coasters it looks like all of the stores that will be having midnight launches or early openings are located in the left half of the States, but anyone who can make it out and purchases a new Droid (any Droid) will receive an R2-D2 shirt and poster.
See the full list below. If you plan on going feel free to hook-up with others who will be attending in the comments below, and if you get some good pics or stories from the launch don’t be afraid to share them with us!
Everyone has gone update happy this week, so update happy that even the HTC Hero for Sprint is getting in on the action with a bump up to firmware version 2.31.651.7. The update fixes issues with the phone dialer and GPS, but we are afraid that this may be getting to the end of the line in terms of future progression of the device. We already know the handset won’t get Android 2.2 (Froyo), so it seems like Sprint is just setting users up with a nice place to live — sort of like a retirement home — until the Hero is finally released from its mortal coils to join its brethren in Android heaven.
We were all wondering when (if at all) HTC would get around to fixing the framerate capping issue uncovered way back when on the EVO 4G. It turns out the “minor” update released earlier this week has the EVO saying bye-bye to a measly 30 frames per second limit. Though HTC had initially stated the problem couldn’t be solved with new firmware alone (even though hackers were able to loosen the restraints using a bit of code), it seems they must have found a way if only to silence the outcry of EVO fanboys everywhere. Not such a minor update after all, huh?