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  • Opinion: Microsoft Looks at New Motion-Sensing Technology

    The Kinect is a revolutionary motion-sensing technology, but it's only good so long as you're actually standing in front of its depth-sensing cameras. But Microsoft is looking into bringing motion sensing to every surface in your home, but instead of using optics to see us, it's sensors that detect our electrical fields.

  • Opinion: Android Embraces Arduino; DIYers of the World Rejoice

    Android fans rejoice! The new Android 3.1 Ice Cream Sandwich brings the promise of better USB support to connect to digital cameras and printers. But Android's discovery of new USB peripherals does not end there, because Google is opening up to Arduino-based accessories with their own official Android Open Accessory Development Kit.

  • News: Smartphones attract organized, international, profit-driven scammers

    The mobile computing technology explosion has brought out seriously organized, international and profit-driven cybercriminals.

  • News: Google Envisions Automated Home with Android@Home

    Google used its I/O conference to introduce Android@Home, a software framework for Android that allows programmers to interact with various connected appliances such as light bulbs, thermostats, washing machines and more.

  • News: Android Sets Stage for Smartphone Battle Royal

    Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Apple iOS5. Windows Phone Mango. Aside from the edible nomenclature, they've got one thing in common: They're all coming later this year, setting up a huge battle between the titans of mobile devices.

  • News: Google I/O Day One: 5 Coolest Apps

    During the first day of Google I/O, I roamed the App "Developers Sandbox" looking for the next big thing in apps. The companies exhibiting their apps were invited by Google, and many are very small companies that have been around only a couple of years. But they've all built something innovative on one Google development platform or another.

  • News: Google, Apple Pressed to Remove DUI Checkpoint Apps

    Google and Apple are under pressure from Senator Charles Schumer to remove smartphone apps that alert users to the locations of nearby police DUI checkpoints. These apps typically use your device's GPS capabilities to alert you to nearby speed traps, red light traffic cameras, and DUI checkpoints from a database of user-generated locations.

  • News: Visa to launch mobile wallet in U.S. this fall

    Visa announced a broad mobile wallet service today that includes near field communication and other technologies for making retail purchases and for allowing person-to-person transactions from wireless devices.

  • News: Google I/O Day One: A Complete Rundown

    Google is putting on a show for developers at this year's I/O conference and the first day was a bumper one. It was all about Android, including software updates for smartphones and tablets, new movie and music services and a plethora of stats. Here's a roundup of the biggest announcements on the first day of Google I/O 2011.

  • Opinion: BlackBerry Balance Tilts Consumer Devices To Enterprises

    At RIM's BlackBerry World on May 2, 2011, the company launched BlackBerry Balance addressing the need for companies to support the influx of BlackBerry devices and provide the same security and management you'd expect from the BES, but deliver the end-users the opportunity to utilize their own device and personal content.

  • News: Google plug-in links Android mobile devices with App Engine cloud

    The Google Plugin for Eclipse makes it easier to build native Android apps that can take data with them wherever they go

  • News: Google to allow Android apps to control your home

    Search giant Google is planning on launching a range of home electrical goods including light bulbs and dishwasher that will use wireless technology to communicate with PCs, smartphones and tablets.

  • News: Google's Android tablet update: Four key PC-like features

    Google released an update to its Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb") tablet operating system today, with several features intended to make Android tablets function more like PCs.

  • News: Skype buy, Windows Phone 'Mango' update, highlight Microsoft mobile strategy

    The success of both the Apple iPad and Google's Android operating system has sent a clear signal to Microsoft that mobility is the future.

  • News: Android Ice Cream Sandwich Will Have More NFC Functionality

    Google disclosed some more details regarding the newly announced Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich today. It also showed off some of the cool things Android app developers can do with NFC APIs.

  • News: Android expands reach, consolidates into one platform for all devices

    The expansion of Android from smartphones to tablets, TVs and desktop computers impressed developers attending the Google I/O conference, with one attendee predicting that Google's other operating system – Chrome OS – is doomed.

  • Opinion: Four Essential Productivity Apps For Android Tablets

    A few weeks ago, I grabbed an Acer Iconia A500 tablet to replace my aging first-generation iPad. (Personally, I find the Iconia a better value than the iPad 2, and I'm addicted to Android's widget support.) Not surprisingly, the Android Market features a pretty short list of tablet-worthy apps, but that list is growing. Here are three excellent productivity freebies that work great on Android Honeycomb slates.

  • Opinion: Kinect Hack Lets You Juggle Virtual Balls

    I can't juggle, thanks to my lousy hand-eye coordination. But if you can juggle, this Kinect hack looks like a fun diversion. Created by a Google Code user named Tom, the Kinect Juggle hack lets you, well, juggle using virtual, augmented-reality balls.

  • Opinion: Google introduces Android 2.4: Meet Ice Cream Sandwich

    Google unveiled Android 2.4 (deliciously nicknamed "Ice Cream Sandwich") at this morning's keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Ice Cream Sandwich brings the best features of Honeycomb to mobile phones. Still, other than a few intriguing demos, Google did not disclose many details about the update such as when it will be available to consumers.

  • News: MS Hints at Skype's Future, Stresses Cross-Platform Support

    Microsoft's Skype acquisition will result in voice and video calling blended into lots of existing Microsoft products, but the company also stressed that it'll keep building Skype across other platforms.



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