Gaming Google isn’t just for hard up magazine publishers anymore, as cell phone retailer Wirefly tries to milk as much search traffic as possible with its new “HTC Evo Shift Review.” Coinciding with Sprint’s announcement earlier this morning, Wirefly has issued a lengthy video showcasing the new EVO Shift 4G. Available on YouTube in full 1080p HD, the video does a good job of going over the EVO Shift’s hardware and software. It also shows the device next to the original EVO 4G and a Motorola DROID 2 for size comparisons, and displays the impressive results of a benchmark test. The video doesn’t offer much in the way of revelations considering the extensive leaks leading up to the Shift’s announcement, however, but it never hurts to enjoy nearly 10 solid minutes of new phone porn. Hit the break for the full video. More →
A team of German developers is doing some pretty interesting work with Kinect thanks to the OpenNI open source framework, which allows programmers to build applications utilizing the technology surrounding Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. The team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich has created an augmented reality app dubbed Magic Mirror that allows a user to view a simulated x-ray of his or her skeleton. Using a CT scan from an anonymous patient, the app tracks the user’s motions along the X, Y and Z axes with a Kinect sensor. It then adjusts the view of the scan with each movement, resulting in an impressive interactive x-ray that appears to display the user’s skeleton. Hit the break for a video demonstration and an explanation of how the application works. More →
SurfCube Browser by Kinabalu Innovation Limited is a brand new 3D browser for Windows Phone 7 devices. To be clear, the interface of this great Web browser features a 3D cube effect. The browsing itself, however, is still done in a standard 2D interface. SurfCube sports a nifty UI that positions various browser functions on five sides of a virtual cube. At its center, the cube features a standard Web page viewer. Above the center pane is the favorites list and a URL bar, and below it is a tab view that is still under development. To the left of the Web page viewer is the browser’s history view and to the right, the settings panel. We tested the app and while it does take a bit of getting used to, the interface goes well beyond novelty to provide a useful and attractive browser interface we’ve grown to really enjoy. SurfCube Browser is available immediately in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $1.99. A fully functional trial is available as well, which allows the browser to be opened 20 times for free before users are required to purchase the app. Hit the break for a video of SurfCube Browser in action and follow the read link to download the trial or make a purchase. More →
Back at Google IO 2010, we got a sneak peak at the company’s next generation music player to be included in the Android mobile operating system. The software wowed us with its ability to stream and download music from a users home desktop and the subtle but distinguished user interface refinements. Now, thanks to the folks of at xda-developers, we’re getting another look at the software on video. The new music player utilizes the foggy, transparent background effect seen in-use by Android’s stock picture gallery, has a more intuitive layout, and utilizes a nifty little equalizer animation to denote which track is currently playing. The video is waiting for you after the break and, for the those consummate alpha-testers, the apk file is over at xda-developers (no, sadly it does not include the awesome streaming feature). Enjoy!
Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft will be unveiling a version of its Windows operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show that is designed to run on ARM CPU architecture — as opposed to the current x86 chips. It’s being reported that the OS will be tailored to run on devices with batteries such as netbooks and, of course, tablets. The issue with this? Well, the Wall Street Journal chimed in with its own report stating that Microsoft won’t be expected to release said operating system for around two years — yes, two years — due to drivers having to be completely rewritten.
Remember that Windows 8 rumor from a little while ago that Microsoft would be demoing at CES? Maybe this is that product (which would make more sense than anything else), but yeah, we’ll have to wait and see. More →
We promised a hands on demo video of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and that’s what you’re going to get from us — almost 10 minutes of 1080p joy. As we said previously, we were pretty impressed seeing the PlayBook demo’d in person right in front of us, and well, we could go on for days. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think in the comments section. More →
We just met up with Research In Motion for a pretty detailed look at the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, and, in addition to getting a comprehensive walkthrough of the tablet on video, we also scored some photos. We weren’t allowed to touch the device, but were able to get a very good sense of the product, and wanted to share some of our impressions:
- The entire experience we saw was fluid, quick, and downright impressive. Apps opened and closed instantly, browsing through long lists like photos or music data was fast and effortless.
- Unfortunately there was no Wi-Fi in the secret room we checked out the device in, and we weren’t able to see the browser in action for ourselves.
- The multitasking on here is incredibly slick — in addition to flicking up from the touch sensitive bezel (we’re told all four bezels are touch sensitive) you can flick apps away to close them, flick left and right to switch apps, and flight from the right bezel to enter into an almost Palm-esque card view which shows apps near full screen.
- RIM played back some 1080p video for us which looked absolutely amazing on the 7-inch tablet. In addition to being able to multitask applications, the device will let you bounce out of a playing video into another application, and have your video playing in the background for you to come back to. You can obviously stop the video and enter into another application, but in the demo we got RIM left it playing, and we really got a sense for how powerful and fast the device OS and hardware is — nothing stuttered or was out of bounds.
We have the video uploading now and will have it posted soon, but in the meantime check out some photos of the BlackBerry PlayBook!
Any developers out there that thought they’d be able to submit trial or demo versions of their applications for inclusion in Apple’s Mac App Store are going to unfortunately out of luck. Not unexpected, Apple has chosen to only offer full apps in the upcoming computer-focused application portal. Apple’s suggestion for those of you that still want to distribute beta, trial, or demo versions of your applications? Well, just keep on truckin’ and continue making those versions available on your website for direct distribution. With Mac OS X 10.6.6 just possibly around the corner, we might be browsing Apple’s latest App Store sooner than later (Apple promised a release by mid-January). More →
Google announced Thursday that its Google Instant service is now available for some iOS and Android-powered devices. Google Instant, which launched in September of this year, provides search suggestions as the user types. Search results are also automatically populated beneath the search bar, and they are refined as the user types or cycles through suggestions. Now, Google has officially moved the Google Instant experience off of the PC and onto mobile devices. Users of the iPhone and iPod touch (iOS 4+), and Android devices running Android 2.2 now have access to the Google Instant beta for mobile on Google’s homepage. The service can be enabled from beneath the search bar and it works just like the desktop version. So, if you like Google Instant on your computer, definitely check it out on your smartphone. Hit the jump for a video demo. More →
Following news that RIM made an initial build of its QNX-based OS simulator available for Windows and Mac, company Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis demoed RIM’s tablet live for the first time this morning at the Adobe MAX show. When RIM announced its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet last month, the company chose not to demo the device (because it didn’t have any working prototypes on hand) and caught a good amount of criticism as a result. Following the ordeal, we imagine prepping a live demo became a priority and today, RIM can finally check that milestone off its list. Hit the break for a video of the PlayBook being demoed on the big screen at Adobe MAX and let us know what you think. More →
Roughly every two-years, like clockwork, Apple updates its digital media management and creation suite, iLife… and today the trend continues. At the company’s “Back to the Mac” event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, with help from several executives and product managers, detailed and demoed the latest iterations of, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband included in the new iLife ’11 software bundle. Hit the jump to see what’s new. More →
If you’re one of those people who still prefer the brutal, sometimes primitive, efficiency of a BlackBerry device, listen up. It looks like RIM is starting to get their proverbial ducks in a row for a 9780 launch in the near future. One of our readers was kind enough to point out the mention of the Bold 9780 on RIM’s official website. Links to a “9780 Demo” and “9780 Announcement” are visible on the 9700’s support page… for the time being. The links don’t yield any interesting results, but it certainly is a good sign for those waiting for the handsets release. T-Mobile launched the 9700 ahead of AT&T earlier this year, which carrier do we think is getting the device first this time?
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What do we have here… it would appear to be a video of the MeeGo mobile operating system with Nokia’s dirty little fingerprints all over it. The video was captured by an astute consumer who was, of all things, taking an online survey. The video covers how the operating system will handle multitasking, social network integration, application purchasing with the Ovi Store, and the multimedia player. Hit the jump to see the goods, we’ve the 90 second clip all queued up for you. More →