The battling bots in Hugh Jackman's Real Steel look far too CG to get me excited over the idea of programmed pugilists battling to the death. But this real life set of giant, tele-operated robotic arms are without doubt the future of televised combat. And probably handy for doing real work too.
Siri, the personal assistant extraordinaire, is one of the hallmark features of the iPhone 4S. But why oh why can she not be on the iPhone 4? She is, after all, just software. iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith thought the same thing and actually ported Siri over to the iPhone 4.
BlackBerry has had BBM and now iPhone has iMessage but as cool as those two messaging clients are, they're locked into their respective islands. ChatOn is Samsung's way of creating a messaging client that ditches SMS yet holds the promise of multi-platform messaging (think WhatsApp etc.) You can group chat, share images, share videos, share music and share your location. It currently only works on Android, bada and Samsung feature phones but they're promising to launch on other platforms soon.
The iPhone 4S: If you were lucky enough to grab one, congratulations! You now have a brand spanking new phone, a new friend in Siri and a desperate need for some apps. Here are our favorite iPhone apps this week.
Facebook: It looks pretty much like the same Facebook iPad app that was previewed in July which means there's a familiar (for those who use the iPad) left-hand column for simple navigation of the News Feed, Photos, Messages, Groups, Apps, Settings, Chat and more. Facebook Photos on the iPad look especially good (something Facebook has trouble with on their website) because they go full screen and can be zoomed in and swiped. Facebook games can also be played full screen and the iPad app supports AirPlay for Facebook videos as well.
I can't think of a single thing I'd rather F1 engineers doing with their downtime than building grills designed with F1 dynamics in mind. They only thing that could make Brennwagen grills more desirable would be guns to shoot your meat while you cook it.
Yeee-haw, Apple buckaroos! Whooz ready for some good timin', multitaskin'? Who wants their iPhone served up with a hot bucket'a grits? HOOOOOOOOOOO BOY. Jonny Ive's deep in the hooch pan again? Saddle up, grab yer partner, and let's make some truck-ugly apps!
I would be lying if I said I was going to rush out to buy a new PC and 3D monitor so I can stab zombies in the brain in 3D, but I can honestly tell you Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 is much better than the original.
After a little while it gets boring asking Siri to text people and convert gallons to quarts. It's been a long day. I'm a little delirious. Help me, Siri. God, just help me.
We're finding Siri—smart as she/he/it is—has some trouble understanding us mere mortals. But what about two formidable AIs matched against one another? They converse like two mental patients.
It's faster. Screens slide smoother, apps launch quicker and stuff just works better. But that shouldn't really come as a surprise—we've seen the difference between an A4 and an A5 processor before. What IS surprising is just how fast the 4S' camera is. That thing KILLS.
Yep, they're still shit.
The New York Post is reporting that Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and
Justin Timberlake Sean Parker had a boozy sissy fight over whether or not Spotify (a company Parker invests in) should make Facebook a requirement.
Hey movies have 3D, why not throw that winning technology at Google Maps. Beginning today, Google is testing WebGL technology with their maps.
Sometimes, smartphone screens are just not big enough. Linking it to a projector is helpful but it's hardly portable and before you know it, the battery's gone. The Monolith, a triple-threat iPhone case that works as a projector and a battery pack, can light up your room while keeping your gear booboo-free.
The iPhone 4S is faster than the iPhone 4. How much faster? And how much faster than its non-Apple kin? We did some benchmark bench pressing to find out. Feel the burn!