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Braille App Makes Tablets Accessible to Blind Persons

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

“The Braille system has allowed blind people to read the written word since 1825. Unfortunately, Braille doesn’t translate well to the glossy smooth surfaces of modern touch screen tablets and phones. A new app thinks it can change that…

The new app was created by NMSU undergraduate Adam Duran, Stanford Assistant Professor Adrian Lew, and Stanford Doctoral candidate Sohan Dharmaraja as part of the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center’s (AHPCRC) annual two-month summer immersion course. It allows the blind to use tablets via the Braille eight-button keyboard but with an important twist.

Instead of requiring the user to find virtual buttons on a glass surface (how frickin’ impossible is that?), the individual keys orient themselves to the correct finger whenever the user touches the screen. “They’re customizable,” Dharmaraja said in a press release. “They can accommodate users whose fingers are small or large, those who type with fingers close together or far apart, even to allow a user to type on a tablet hanging around the neck with hands opposed as if playing a clarinet.””

A Video Introduction of Siri on iPhone 4S

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment


Google Mobile Search is Threatened by Apple’s Siri

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

“One day after Tim Cook’s first presser as Apple’s new CEO, the Internet is scurrying to analyze whether the lack of a radically redesigned iPhone 5 will give competitors a leg-up on Apple. Hardware-wise, maybe not, depending on what the competition has up its sleeve.

But there’s one element to the iPhone 4S—software, we might add—that is likely to eventually hit Apple’s competition where it hurts: the new “virtual intelligent assistant” known as Siri.

Introduced during Apple’s iPhone event in Cupertino on Tuesday, Siri offers iPhone 4S users a way to interact with their devices, apps, and data with natural language voice commands.

Users can send and receive texts or e-mails simply by talking to Siri, find out whether there will be rain today, create new Reminders and calendar items, ask for directions, move appointments, and more.

Not only that, but users can ask Siri to look up a plethora of information, such as restaurant reviews from Yelp or even simple facts from Wikipedia or Wolfram Alpha. Cooking and need to convert a recipe’s tablespoons to teaspoons? Ask Siri and get the answer back almost instantly without having to type a single character…

For Google, this is not good news. Google’s mobile search users (on any platform) are increasingly important to the company as more people begin to use their phones to look up local information such as directions, restaurant listings, reviews, and more.

Google Places, which works in conjunction with Google Maps, Google Plus, and Google Offers and allows businesses to pay for higher placement, was born almost entirely out of watching how and what users search for on their mobile devices.

Mobile ads attached to those queries are exploding right now—arguably moreso than just regular browser ads—and while Google doesn’t live or die by that revenue alone, it’s certainly not something to be taken lightly.”

Goodbye, Steve.

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

In life, you had the rare honor of being described with almost all the adjectives people could lay their hands on –  eccentric, passionate, prickly, brilliant, ego-centric and visionary. But nobody can deny that the $300+ Billion Apple empire wouldn’t have happened without you – only you.

And despite long periods of ailment, your death on Wednesday at the age of 56 prompted a global gasp as we all remember how much you have changed our lives in the worlds of computing, music and mobile phones, communications, information access and entertainment.

And we will continue to do so.

Goodbye, Steve. Rest in Peace.

Steve Jobs: February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs in his own words

Steve Jobs Through the Years

Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me

Steve Jobs: a personal remembrance

Tribute Video to Steve Jobs

Remembering Steve Jobs: we all pay tribute

Reactions to Steve Jobs’ Death

Wozniak Tearfully Remembers His Friend Steve

Forgot Where You Parked Your Car? Ask Parkbud!

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

“Agh, where did I park my car again? Oh noes! Did I fill up the meter enough? Maaan, where can I even park? I know my forgetful self is always asking those questions over and over again but with Parkbud, I won’t ever have to again.

Parkbud bills itself as a Car Locator and Parking app, which means it’ll help you remember where you parked your car.

Just fire up the app and Parkbud will remember where your car is located through GPS with one click. It gives you a snazzy map with instructions on how to get back (and directions to other parking garages if you’re having trouble finding a spot).

Parkbud also keeps track of your parking meter too (again, in a snazzy virtual parking meter)—it’ll show you how much time you have left on your meter and fire off an alarm once you get close to running out.

There’s even options to take a picture of your parked car to serve as a visual reminder and jot notes down within the app to make sure you never forget where you parked.”

Convert Your Jailbroken iPhone to a Mac OS X Desktop

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

“If you’ve ever wished iOS was a little more like OS X, your wish has come true. Ultimatum is a new beta iOS mod for jailbreakers that attempts to bring the Mac desktop experience to your mobile.

Ultimatum isn’t just a fancy, Lion-like theme. Because it actually seeks to replicate much of OS X user interface, you get a bunch of features along with the look.

Among them are fully usable Finder menus, stacks, launchpad, a scrollable dock, draggable windows, mission control, dashboard, and a customizable lock screen.

While we haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, we’re pretty psyched about the possibilities.

Currently you need to make a donation of $3.50 to the developer if you want beta access, but eventually it will be available to everyone once the kinks have been worked out.”

Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into a Line Amp

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

“No word yet on if the volume peaks at 11, but what Line 6’s new Mobile In offerings will do is turn your iPad or iPhone into a pro modeling amp, with a sick range of amplifiers, guitar cabinets, stompboxes, tones and rack effects.

The setup comes in two separate parts: the free mobile Pod app and the Mobile In adaptor, which lets aspiring metalheads (or Fleeting Foxes) connect their guitars to an iOS device using the 30-pin connector.

Line 6 says this connection blows similar jack-based apps out of the water, and it’s throwing in 24-bit/48kHz digital sound for good measure.

Although you’ll get a killer 110dB of dynamic range for guitar, you can still achieve 98dBs when you plug in another mono or stereo-line level — that old keytar, perhaps?”