A reporter from The Verge takes Google's upcoming Google Glass device for a test run. Google has confirmed that augmented reality eyewear will be released before the end of 2013. Yes, you read that correctly, that's this year (assuming you're not reading this article in 2014 of course). Are you ready for a wearable computing device that records video, takes photos and responds to your voice? Or are you one of the many concerned about the privacy implications that wearable devices will create when they hit mainstream consumers? Either way, check out the video for a glance at a fast approaching future.
There were rumours of an HTC phone with a 5-inch 1080p display, a world beating resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, but doubts were expressed (especially by me) and nothing seemed to come of it. Fortunately in this case the speculation turned out to be more than just speculation, with the new device surfacing today in Japan. It looks like a stunning phone, which not only manages to remain thin even with its high pixel count (9.1mm), but also comes equipped with a micro-SD card reader for extra storage, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity. The display is easily its stand out feature. It's a standard setting 440ppi (pixels per inch). By comparison, the 4-inch iPhone 5 features a 1136×640 resolution display (326ppi) and the 4.8 inch Samsung Galaxy S III packs a 1280×720 resolution display (306ppi).
Xbox music, Microsoft's answer to iTunes, has been announced ahead of Microsoft's upcoming launches of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and its intriguing Surface tablets. The iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and Google Play music competitor will be available on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 PCs and Microsoft's gaming console, Xbox 360. Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems will also be able to access the service later next year.
If you know an Apple fanatic, have been one yourself, or heaven forbid, you are one now, you may appreciate the following videos written by Scott Rose and Andrew Baird. Watch a die hard Apple enthusiast express his deep and unwavering commitment to the Apple computer brand. The videos feature such classic Apple loyalist statements as "You don't need flash", "It just works ", "It's so intuitive", "No one needs to add RAM", "There are no viruses", and "If only Apple made [INSERT ANYTHING HERE]".
I recently bought Samsung's latest tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the tablet version of their pen equipped Galaxy Note phone. While at first glance it appeared to be an incremental upgrade to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 2, it's a great deal more impressive than I expected. If you've visited this site before you may know that I'm not the biggest Apple fan in the world, but even after taking my brand bias into account, there are multiple iPad beating features you should consider, especially if you're just about to buy. While Apple has the marketing power and "first to market" tablet advantage, Samsung has features and innovations where they count.
You may have heard that the human race is back on Mars. NASA's Curiosity rover, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), touched down successfully 6 August, 2012. This robotic space probe is the largest Mars craft NASA has ever launched. It's the size of a small car and arrives equipped with a nuclear battery, lasers, and an impressive array of cameras and other scientific instruments that any good space explorer would be proud to possess. The battery is the first of its kind, containing approximately 5kg (10 pounds) of plutonium-238, which can power the rover for 14 years plus (that's one hell of a charge).
I've been arguing with my brother lately regarding the potential of Windows 8 and Microsoft's new Surface tablets. As a die-hard Apple owner, he's not taken with the idea of Windows 8. Will Windows 8 be any good without a touch screen? Even with all the software advances under the hood (and there are plenty), will Microsoft scare the average user to death with such a radical design overhaul?
Microsoft has surprised the industry and consumers alike with two new "Surface" PC tablets designed to take on the extremely popular iPad and less popular Android tablets. While managing to keep the launch and their creation extremely secret, Microsoft has come up with impressive, original designs which show a lot of promise.
Just bloody stop it OK? That's what I would like to personally pass on to anyone working at Apple who has the power to stop the endless, envy inspired lawsuits against any technology company that releases a device that is better than one of Apple's (there are a lot of them out there and many more to come).
As technology develops, the humble computer keyboard and mouse appear to be under siege from alternative PC control methods trying to oust them from their positions as preeminent PC accessories. We've had the Apple touch based trackpad (the modestly named "magic trackpad"), the arrival of touchscreen PCs, which are slowly becoming the secondary input standard, and Microsoft's recent promise of a Kinect based gesture controlled PC (a version of their Xbox gesture based game controlling device that operates at shorter distances). A technology company called Tobii also recently teased us with an eye tracking application called Gaze that enables you to launch Windows applications just by looking at them.
Working with cutting edge science and technology must be a fascinating experience. Sebastian Thrun, founder of Google's mysterious Project X research labs and self-driving car project, appears to work there 24 hours a day. Wearing a pair of Google's new Project Glass specs, Thrun recently spoke on the Charlie Rose show about Project Glass, how far Google had advanced with self driving cars (a long way by the looks of it), and offered his vision of the democratisation of university education.
Google's Project Glass demo has been one of the most captivating this year. Their augmented-reality glasses have a tiny screen above the right eye that flashes up information to the user. The wearer can make video conference calls, get map directions, weather reports, finds books, friends and products, and even jot down notes and take photos as they walk.
I have a confession to make. I'm not proud of it, but there's no use trying to hide it any longer, the damage has already been done. I was an Apple fanatic. Hard core. Completely obsessed. I'm not proud of my behaviour. I have no real excuses. All I can say in my defense is that I have always been a gadget fan, so naturally I was ripe for the plucking. My psyche was compromised, wide open to the fruit filled fantasy land that Apple's army of marketers, lawyers and PR evangelists keeps running in the public's virtual mind-scape. If anyone was going to be drawn into the cult of Apple, if anyone was going to be hypnotised by shiny aluminum cases, promises of technological perfection and claims of primal invention and innovation it was going to be me. For years after buying my first iMac in 2006, I was a card carrying member of the Apple cult. I had consumed the propaganda, given up my Microsoft ways and bought every iDevice my budget could cope with. Months before iPhone and iPad launch events I would annoy friends and family with the rumours and possibilities. What feature would they reinvent under the Apple brand to startle and astound? What would Steve say? How many people would line up? I visited forums on Apple obsessed websites, worshiped at the glossy Apple stores on Sundays and prayed to their leader as if he was the second coming of Christ.
If you like the idea of using a pen on a 10-inch tablet to jot down notes, automatically converting your handwriting into text (amongst other possibilities), you’re in luck. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has just announced a 10.1-inch Galaxy Note tablet, a big brother to its previously released 5-inch Galaxy Note phone. The Galaxy Note also comes with a stylus pen for onscreen scribbling.
If you own an iPhone 4S you may have impressed your friends (or perhaps not) with the built in, voice-driven personal assistant called Siri. You can ask it to book appointments, call people, search nearby restaurants, make calculations, and a great deal more. Most of the time it gets it right too. Now Siri has an Android rival called Evi, and if first impressions are anything to go by, it's an impressive competitor - accurate and knowledgeable. While Apple's Siri gets a lot of its information from the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine, Evi sources its material from the True Knowledge engine (very similar search engines that provide similar results)
Windows 8 is coming soon (perhaps as early as April this year). With a new tile based user interface designed for touch screen technology, it's likely to be a major shift from how traditional Windows users interact with their digital devices. Even before Windows 8's official launch however, a technology company called Tobii is offering a glimpse of another way to interact with your tablet or PC. Tobii's eye tracking application called Gaze looks wild.
I know it's only a desktop computer, but this thing really caught my attention. Announced recently at CES 2012, Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 looks set to take the PC world by storm. A 27-inch, 10-point multi-touch display features a movable arm that travels easily from the vertical to the horizontal, morphing from a fully fledged desktop PC (like an iMac with touch added) into a complete surface tablet (the biggest tablet you're likely to find). Once science fiction, touchable technology has come of age.