One of the things that breaks my immersion when watching sci-fi shows is when everyone speaks the same language, from people of different nationalities to aliens (not to mention the dog and pig people in Dragonball).
If you have an iPhone or other iOS device, you have probably wanted on more than on occasion to shoot some of the content you have on that smartphone onto a much larger screen. You can put the content onto the TV in your home with an AV cable or a speaker dock, but it you want a really big image, a projector is what you need.
The popularity of iOS devices has spawned the creation of a plethora of docks for iPhones, iPod, iPads, and whatnot. Some are pretty cool, like the ones that were inspired by tree stumps, while others are just plain ridiculous.
Glassboard is a new mobile social network app made by Sepia Labs, and was built with control and privacy in mind. Glassboard has simple and sensible rules: only the person who created the “board” – think yahoogroups or Circles in Google+ – can invite or remove members as well as delete the whole board.
These days, you can do anything and find almost everything with applications that you can download and run on your phone. You can bang out some awesome beats without needing any drumsticks with the TableDrum, get a virtual boob job and some lipo on the side with BuildMyBod, and name your future son/daughter with the Kick to Pick app.
Compared to air drumming, making decent beats by tapping real objects is a lot of fun and a lot closer to the actual thing, but even if you’re insanely good at it doesn’t mean you’ll be great with an actual drum set.
If you’re a PC gamer, you might have come across a little indie game called Uplink. Released in 2001, Uplink lets players pretend to be a hacker. What makes Uplink so great is that its interface instantly immerses you into roleplaying as a computer expert right from the get go, even though the commands you enter are actually simple.
Many iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners are addicted to Coin Dozer, the virtual arcade coin-pushing game. I apologize in advance to those who are going to be addicted to it because of this post. YouTuber StijntjheYT is one of the million of people who are addicted to the game.
Apple’s laptops are slim and sexy, but their svelte figures come at a price, and I’m not just talking about how much they cost. Not only do they have too few USB ports – all of Apple’s laptops only have two USB ports, except for the 17″ MacBook Pro, which has three – the ports are also placed very near to each other, making it very easy to block one while using the other.
Gadget owners still live in a very wired world, and managing cords and cables can sometimes be a pain. On the other hand, there are instances when these wires prove too short, like if you need to reach an awkwardly-placed outlet.
There really is an app for everything today, including elective body modification. A plastic surgeon named Dr. Jonathan Kaplan has announced that he has launched a new app that will be offered globally called BuildMyBod. The app will run on iOS devices and allows someone thinking about plastic surgery to build their own perfect figure in the virtual world.
Transferring files to and from iOS devices isn’t as simple as it should be. Instead of having it recognized by computers as a storage device for easy file handling, we have to use an intermediary program, either syncing via iTunes or a program like DropBox.
The notifications scheme on the iPhone and other iOS devices is one of the longest-standing, yet unaddressed complaints that users have. The current system is messy, distracting and obtrusive, which is ironic because Apple is all about designing hardware that gets out of the way.
I’ve certainly seen my share of homebrew hacks to make remote-controlled cars that can be driven by an iPhone or iPad, but soon you’ll be able to buy one without need for hacking or jailbreaking your iOS device.
This new adapter from Thanko lets users output video from an iPad, iPhone 4 or 4th gen iPod Touch to any HDMI-equipped display (via an HDMI cable of course) without fear of running out of juice, as long as you have a spare powered USB port nearby.
Back when I was in college I used to walk by one of the engineering labs all the time on my way to class and see the geeks in there working with oscilloscopes. I always wondered what exactly they were for.