This morning we’re looking at a camera with starry ambitions: the Canon EOS 60Da with the ability to take photos of stars specifically! Intel has been tipped to be sending out sub-$299 Medfield SoryBook tablets soon! Apple’s newest iPad has an app which allows you to use it as a second display for your Mac – now with Retina display upgrade! Google TV will be popping up in Europe in September!
The oldest humans in the history of the world have been discovered to be using fire further back in history than ever before thought possible. The Dropcam is now shipping for an undeniably inexpensive $149 in HD. Motorola is now part of an antitrust suit in the EU after both Microsoft and Apple have complained.
There’s a lovely new Angry Birds animated show coming this fall to any and all devices – fun for the whole family! There’s a lovely Android Nexus Tablet out there today that looks to be the next-gen superhero for Google. Nokia is holding a Lumia 900 launch party this friday in New York City. RIM is launching BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for businesses to stick with them for a bit longer.
Have a peek at Chris Davies’ column on the HTC One S and X in HTC One solves the desirability dilemma. ThinkGeek’s Inflatable Star Trek Captain’s Chair isn’t a prank as it turns out. And don’t forget, Google is still picking up companies – today’s is TxVia!
If Air Display for the iPad caught your fancy but you have a Kindle DX rather than Apple’s tablet, how about turning that E Ink ereader into a secondary screen instead. Arguably a whole lot less practical for general use, the nonetheless clever hack detailed by TinyApps involves jailbreaking the Kindle DX and then using a VNC viewer to set it up as a remote screen for your Mac.
The connection is tethered via USB, rather than the wireless link used in Air Display, though that’s the least of the limitations. Obviously you’re working with greyscale rather than color, and the refresh rate is nowhere near that of LCD or AMOLED panels. TinyApps suggests setting the Universal Access settings to also use greyscale, so as to avoid the Mac attempting to show mangled color graphics.
Still, there are some possible uses we can see for such a setup. If you regularly need to review longer documents, doing so on a Kindle screen rather than a regular, backlit display would be easier on the eyes. It’s also quicker – once you’ve done the jailbreaking and other setup the first time – than converting multiple documents to a Kindle format ebook and sideloading.
The most limiting factor is probably the relatively small audience. Exact Kindle DX ownership figures have never been revealed, but the expensive 9.7-inch ereader hasn’t been as popular as its smaller, cheaper sibling.
Forget Air Display: turn your Kindle DX into a second screen is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Quick: before you read the rest of this, run out to the nearest grocery store and buy as much salt as you can. We’ll wait. Ready? OK, good. PocketNow has acquired a photo of what believe to be Google’s rumored Nexus tablet. In the picture you’ll see an extremely thin tablet without any branding, along with a myriad of ports one would expect to find on a modern Android tablet.
All the various ports are housed on one side of the device. In the picture, you’ll be able to make out a microUSB port, standard USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and what looks to be a full sized SD card slot. On the other side of the device is a power button, toggle switch (presumably for mute or rotation), and volume rocker.
The software on the device looks to be barren, only showing Google’s application, with no signs of any widgets. PocketNow believes that’s a hint that this is indeed the rumored Nexus tablet. It’s a dubious picture, and could simply be a mashup of various different tablets, not to mention PocketNow’s source gave absolutely no context for the picture. The Android Market icon is also clearly visible, when Google recently made the switch to the Play Shop.
Previous rumors pegged the Nexus tablet as being built by Asus. It would be a 7-inch tablet originally thought to have a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but a later rumor by Android and Me said Google nixed that processor in order to drive the price point down. The tablet is said to come in between $149 and $199.
[via Android Community]
While technology can help to make our lives easier, it can also be extremely frustrating when things stop working. Some TomTom satellite navigation systems have reportedly been affected by a bug that renders them useless. TomTom say that the units are affected by a leap year bug embedded in the software, and that they’re working on a fix.
Customers with units from the UK, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland have experienced the bug first hand. Apparently the unit displays a gray screen and says that its unable to to find a GPS signal. The problem can be temporarily resolved by rebooting the unit, but it is a persistent issue: TomTom will need to issue a software update to completely eradicate the bug.
The bug first emerged on March 31st, with users quickly taking to the TomTom forums to report the issue. Most are unable to get any kind of GPS signal, while others seem to have intermittent access. As of writing, the thread has 374 posts filled with complaints and bug reports.
TomTom say that a software update will be rolled out via its website when the bug has been squashed. Users are encouraged to sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
TomTom sat-nav units afflicted with leap year GPS bug is written by Ben Kersey & originally posted on SlashGear.
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When you absolutely, positively need to know the song that is playing on the background soundtrack at the restaurant or club, Shazam (free) is the go-to application. The app "listens" to music, queries a database, and responds with information including the song's title, artist, and sometimes even the lyrics. Shazam just got a lot better, with a bump to version 5.0 that should make every user of the app even happier.
As you can see from the update screen at right, Shazam (I use the $5.99 Encore version) has improved tagging and recognition speeds dramatically. One feature I was personally happy to see was improved startup time -- when you were trying to get Shazam to catch a few bars at the end of a song, it was annoying to have it take so long to start up that you missed it. The app now launches much faster -- the company says it's over a second quicker, but it feels faster than that.
If you like to tweet what you're listening to, you can now edit your tweets if you're using iOS 5. The synchronization of LyricPlay lyrics to the music is better; I found almost no lag between the music and lyrics, even over "4G".
The update to version 5.0 is a freebie and should appear in your App Store list of updates today.
According to Horace Dediu of Asymco, Google's smartphone revenue per year is on the rise. On the surface, this appears to be good news for Android, but a closer look at the source of the revenue shows that most of this increase is from iOS. In fact, Deidu suggests revenue per device from Android is slightly declining. If you are wondering, Google is making money because of its prime placement as the default search engine on the iPhone and iPad.
Dediu also notes that though the Android platform is sustainable from an economic point of view, Google is only getting US$1.70 annually per device, while Apple is making over $576 per iPhone sold.
You can read his post on Asymco's website and comment on his analysis.
Google reportedly makes more per iOS device than Android device originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
RIM launched its highly-touted BlackBerry Mobile Fusion today. The enterprise software solution lets network administrators manage iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices using a single, web-based application.
The software lets admins manage multiple devices per user, set and manage security policies, remote wipe lost or stolen devices and more. The app is free for companies to download and comes with a 60-day trial. Businesses that want the full product will be charged US$99 per user or $4 per user per month (billed annually).
You can find out more about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion on RIM's website.
RIM's server software now manages iPhone, Android devices originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his estimates for Apple share prices this morning, with a new 12-month price target of US$910 per share. Not long after that point, Munster expects the price of AAPL to go beyond the thousand dollar mark, which would translate to a market capitalization of over one trillion dollars. That's $1,000,000,000,000, folks. No other company has ever reached a market cap in that range.
Munster bases his bullish forecast on continued strong sales of the iPhone. He believes, based on current data, that 70 percent of all owners of two-year-old iPhones will upgrade to a newer model of the iPhone, accounting for 33 percent of all sales in a given quarter through 2015.
Munster's not the only Wall Street analyst looking at those lofty figures. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets said yesterday that he believes Apple shares will reach $1,001 a share, based largely on his thought that Apple will enter the television market sometime in the next year. That market makes up a $100 billion opportunity for the company.
Apple poised to become world's first trillion dollar company by 2014 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We've covered Air Display from Avatron ever since it landed in the iOS App Store in early 2010. The popular utility lets you use your iPad as an external monitor for your Mac or Windows machine. Just like any standard external monitor, Air Display lets you extend your desktop or mirror it onto your tablet device. With the release of the retina iPad and a new retina-capable version of the iOS software, Air Display just became a lot more compelling for new iPad owners.
To get started with Air Display, you'll need a small app that runs on your desktop and a companion app for your iPad (or iPhone). Setting it up is as easy as firing up the app on both devices and then selecting your iPad in the desktop software. The desktop app then manages the connection between the two devices and extends your desktop to the iPad. I use it to keep my browser open on my MacBook Pro and drag both my chat client and Twitter client to the iPad.
The latest version of Air Display takes advantage of the native 2048 x 1536 resolution of the new iPad which means you can fit a lot of content on the screen of your iPad. More is usually better, but, in this case, content on the retina display will be small and difficult to read because of the iPad's high-resolution display.
This isn't a problem if you have a Mac with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. You can take advantage of the hidden HiDPI mode which provides a comfortable resolution and exceptionally crisp text and images. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's absolutely gorgeous. Beside the stunning UI, Air Display's also been optimized for faster performance, so the overall feel of the latest version of the app is snappier than previous versions.
I've been an Air Display user for over a year now and this version is an excellent upgrade for retina iPad owners. Text is crisp and clear and visual elements from the desktop look gorgeous. At US$10, Air Display is pricey, but it's a must-have for those who occasionally need an external monitor. I would rather pay $10 for the ability to use my iPad as a portable external display than spend over $100 for a stationary monitor.
Air Display is available from the iOS App Store for $9.99. The companion desktop software, Air Display Connect for Mac, can be downloaded from Avatron's website for free. The Mac desktop version supports the Retina display, while the Windows version does not. A retina update for the Windows client is in the works.
Daily iPad App: Air Display lets you add an HiDPI monitor to your Mac originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple and Microsoft filed separate complaints with the EU that accuse Motorola of using its essential, standards-based patents as weapons to curb competitor's products and advance their own, says a report in The New York Times. Under EU law, companies with patents essential to an industry standard like 3G must license these patents under fair and reasonable terms.
The EU has opened two investigations that'll examine whether Motorola failed to license its patents and is using them to win injunctions against the Xbox, the iPhone and the iPad instead. If it is found guilty, Motorola or its soon-to-be-parent company Google could be fined up to ten percent of its worldwide annual income.
EU launches antitrust probes against Motorola after complaints from Apple, Microsoft originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.