Posted: November 13th, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Cult of Apple, iPhone 4, REBLOG, Smartphone | Tags: Accelerometer, Apple iPhone, Apple iPhone Keyboard, Cult of Apple, Florian Kräutli, iphone, smartphone | No Comments »
As the song says – well kind of – Some guys have all the fun! Ben Grubb is such a man, the Digital Life wunderkind gets bundles of superneat new gadgets thrown at him, from the big guys and the not-so-big guys.
This week he’s been tossed a neat little gadget for that device we refuse to cover – the iPhone – from one of the littler guys. A prototype app made for the iPhone 4 allows users to type on a keyboard made of paper using vibrations.
Created by Florian Kräutli, a university student in London, the “Vibrative” app makes use of the iPhone’s inbuilt accelerometer, reading vibrations as a finger taps a surface to work out which key is being pressed.
According to the Daily Mail, the software works out the approximate location of a strike on a paper keyboard by analysing the strength and frequency of tremors through the surface the iPhone is resting on :: Read Ben Grubb’s full article at Digital Life »»»»
Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Apple, Google, Standout | Tags: android, apple, Apple Safari, Federal Trade Commission, Fine, Google, Google Security Breach, iPad, iphone, Jon Leibowitz | 4 Comments »
That behemoth that is Google has been fined $US22.5 million for violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari browser users. Last October Google signed an agreement that included a pledge not to mislead consumers about privacy practices, oops.
In fining the behemoth the FTC - US Federal Trade Commission - said that Google had broken an agreement made with the commission in October 2011, Google had agreed not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Apple Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. The fine is the biggest imposed by the FTC against a company for violating a previous agreement with the Commission.
In a statemnet the FTC said that Google has agreed to pay the record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.
“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Standout | Tags: Amazon, android, apple, iphone, smartphone | No Comments »
Bloomberg is reporting that the behemoth that is Amazon is developing a smartphone to go head-to-head with that other behemoth that is Apple.
According to the report, Foxcon – yes, that other tech behemoth – is working with Amazon on the device.
Amazon is apparently seeking to beef-up the smartphone stretegy by acquiring patents that cover wireless technologies.
A smartphone would put Amazon in a much stronger position to do what it does best, sell digital content, ebook, books, tunes and movies. Expect a low priced smartphone from Amazon in the not so distant future! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 7th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: CHINA!, Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: apple, China, Cult of Apple, iPad, iphone, law-crime-justice | 1 Comment »
Five people in the southern China province of Hunan have been arrested and charged with intentional injury in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad.
The five included a surgeon, who removed a kidney from the 17-year-old boy in April last year.
The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, the government-run Xinhua News Agency quoted prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province as saying.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan, $US35,00 to arrange the transplant.
He paid Wang 22,000 yuan and split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff.
The report did not say who received and paid for the kidney :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Android, Apple, Smartphone, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: Blackberry, iPad, iphone, Research In Motion, RIM | No Comments »
Research In Motion - maker of BlackBerry - has suggested it will exit many consumer markets to focus on its business customers as the company swings to a loss. New chief executive Thorsten Heins said via a conference call with market analysts that the company planned to “refocus on the enterprise business” and would not rule out a sale of the company, saying he would be open to hearing purchase offers.
RIM is losing the battle on the consumer front, the dominance of Apple’s iPhones and iPads as well as an onslaught of competitively priced Android and now Windows powered devices onto the smartphone market has left RIM clearly on in the outer.
“We plan to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalise on our leading position in this segment,” Mr Heins said. ”We believe that BlackBerry cannot succeed if we tried to be everybody’s darling and all things to all people. Therefore, we plan to build on our strength to go after targeted consumer segments.” Read the full article »»»»