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4 years ago

Now the French Want the 4th Gen iPhone in May!

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Now the French Want the 4th Gen iPhone in May!

No sooner did France Telecom prop up iTablet rumors do French site Challenge.fr start some "4th generation iPhone coming in May" craziness.

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4 years ago

Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bone-conduction Bluetooth Headset Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010 [Updated, Sponsored-ish]

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Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bone-conduction Bluetooth Headset Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010 [Updated, Sponsored-ish]

The Motorola Endeavor HX1 is the latest salvo in the Bluetooth noise-reduction arms race, and it takes it to another level -- reading the bone vibrations in your inner ear and digitally converting those vibrations into recognizable speech. That's right, when regular microphones fail, when even noise-reduction won't work, Motorola is actually turning off the microphone entirely and reproducing what you say based on sound waves in your skull. It won't sound as good as a mic, however, but in a crowded place like the floor of CES 2010, rather than a dull, indistinguishable crowd roar, you can actually be heard.

Video after the break!

[UPDATE: And the iMore Store folks told me they just got the Motorola Endeavor HX1 in stock, and it's on sale 31% off, if the video entices...]

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4 years ago

France Telecom Exec Confirms Apple iTablet with Webcam

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France Telecom Exec Confirms Apple iTablet with Webcam

Did France Telecom/Orange exec Stéphane Richard just get caught off guard enough to confirm the immanent arrival of Apple's iTablet/iSlate, with a webcam? NowhereElse.fr has the video clip (go to 6:10 to see the relevant bit), and Techcrunch provides the translation for those who don't understand French:

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 10 Jan 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 10 Jan 2010

Gosh, did anything happen last week? Oh yeah: there was that one show, the Consumer Electronics Show. Good times - here's what we liked:

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4 years ago

Pandemica Augmented Reality Shooter for the iPhone

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Pandemica Augmented Reality Shooter for the iPhone

Pandemica [Currently Free - iTunes Link] is an innovative, intense, augmented reality first person shooter (FPS) game for the iPhone.

Developer XMG Studies uses the iPhone's camera and compass along with motion detection to make an extremely interactive, one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

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4 years ago

iHound GPS Tracker for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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iHound GPS Tracker for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

iHound [$2.99 - iTunes link] is an app that, if you lose your iPhone, will let you send it a message and then track it down via GPS. Sounds familiar, maybe, but it's been around longer and doesn't need a MobileMe account. The Cell Phone Junkie, Mickey Papillion talks me through it in the video below.

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4 years ago

Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One Hands-on Video -- Round Robin Redux

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Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One Hands-on Video -- Round Robin Redux

Literally right after I finished my 2009 Smartphone Round Robin week with Google's Android platform, represented by the HTC Hero and Motorola Droid, Google went and brought in a ringer -- the HTC-built, Android 2.1 sporting Nexus One.

Android Central's is still en-route but our Editor-in-Chief, Dieter Bohn has been using the Nexus One all through CES so we grabbed him -- literally -- and got him to very quickly put it one-on-one with the great one -- the iPhone 3GS.

Does it change things from our previous hands-on-Android video, and my "power but no passion" full review? Like I said when I posted our iPhone vs. Nexus One gallery, my first impressions are that the Nexus One is top notch when it comes to Google services and hardware specs, but the iPhone is still the king of media and it's user interface remains unequalled. Am I right? Watch the video below and tell me in the comments!

[Note: No, I didn't slam it in the video or try to make the iPhone look better -- that's not the point of the Round Robin. Ultimately the more, better devices that hit the market, the more, better iPhones Apple will have to make for us here at TiPb.]

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4 years ago

CEO(is)h-Snap: Android Founder Rubin Doesn't Like Two-finger Gestures

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CEO(is)h-Snap: Android Founder Rubin Doesn't Like Two-finger Gestures

Engadget confronted Android Founder Andy Rubin -- by all accounts a brilliant and passionate guy who really wants to make great products -- about why the US versions of the Droid and Nexus One don't use the Android 2.0 supported multitouch keyboard and gestures, while the non-US versions do. The response:

"It's not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It's a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don't like two-handed operations... there is no conspiracy."

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4 years ago

iPhone Wins Touchscreen Performance Tests Against Moto Droid, Nexus One and Others

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iPhone Wins Touchscreen Performance Tests Against Moto Droid, Nexus One and Others

The very first time I used the capacitive touchscreen of an iPhone it was clear that there was no other mobile device on the market that could match it's performance. Now, a few years later, that still holds true for most of us and if you'd like proof labs.moto.com has performed a touchscreen stress test.

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blockquote>The iPhone’s touch sensor showed the most linear tracking with the least amount of stair-stepping. The Droid Eris and Nexus One tied for second with only faint wiggling – but actually performed best at the edge of the screen. Last in the line-up was the Motorola Droid, which demonstrated significant wavy artifacts or “stair-stepping.”

Something to keep in mind, the MOTO Development Group used more sophisticated tools to test touchscreen accuracy but the above video simply demonstrates a technique any of you can use to evaluate the accuracy of your own device.

At the end of the day it all comes down to touchscreen hardware and the integration of that hardware with software and user interaction development. Was there really any doubt of which device would come out on top?

Video after the break...

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4 years ago

NYT: Apple Developing Multitouch iWork, Complex Gestures for iTablet (and iPhone?!)

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NYT: Apple Developing Multitouch iWork, Complex Gestures for iTablet (and iPhone?!)

The New York Times says Apple has been working on a multitouch version of their iWork office suite -- Pages word processor, Numbers spread sheet, and Keynote presentations -- for their rumored upcoming iTablet/iSlate, along with complex gestures based on technology they acquired from Fingerworks.

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