Today Google has officially announced the first round of Chrome Web Store games to utilize Native Client, a technology that could enable console quality games to play directly through the Chrome web browser.
Google announced back in August that apps available in the Chrome Web Store would soon be able to take advantage of native code-execution, allowing game devs to “build web applications that seamlessly execute native compiled code inside the browser”. For the end user, this means web apps that run as if they were running natively on your system– the potential for console quality games in a browser. Keep Reading
A new app called Tactical Nav developed by U.S. Army captain Jonathan Springer was designed specifically to help soldiers in combat. Bloomberg interviewed Springer at his base at Fort Bragg in North Carolina:
“I wanted to give something back to soldiers that might help save their lives”
Taking advantage of the iPhone’s camera and built-in GPS, Tactical Nav has been downloaded by approximately 8,000 troops and hunters across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The app allows users to plot navigational waypoints on a map using the military grid reference system (MGRS) used by NATO Armed Forces and U.S. Military. Keep Reading
Thanks to HDMI out, there are more than a few ways to get out smartphones to display content on the big screen. Apple is also making it even easier to wirelessly stream content to the living room with AirPlay, and there are a ton of different solutions for doing the same on Android. However, the LightPad from QP Optoelectronics aims to be more of a mobile solution, acting as a laptop sized display and projector for your smartphone.
Essentially the size and look of your average notebook, the LightPad has an 11″ 854×480 rear projection display built-in (the company is planning a 1280×720 res for the second gen). That same pico-projector also flips around and is capable of projecting up to a 60-inch display out front.
The accessory is compatible with pretty much any smartphone that supports HDMI/MHL out, offers up to 7 hours battery life and has a full-size keyboard. Keep Reading
If the headline of ninjas unboxing a Galaxy Nexus took you by surprise, you’re probably not familiar with the original ninja unboxing videos that accompanied the release of the first two Google Nexus devices.
The first two videos (here and here) used some creative stop motion and animation techniques, but the new ninja unboxing video for the Galaxy Nexus is a full-fledged 8-bit arcade game available on YouTube. Keep Reading
Today we get a story from NBC New York who profiles two thieves who not only reportedly went after iPhone users, but also declined to take Android devices from their victims.
A pair of would-be robbers targeting Columbia students in upper Manhattan seem to be rather picky as they prowl. Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said. The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.
According to the often reliable Asian trade publication DigiTimes, who relays information from various sources within the asian supply chain, Apple is prepping two new iPads for 2012. This probably isn’t reason to hold off from buying an iPad 2 as the most interesting upgrade will be coming in the later half of next year, but it does back up previous rumors of a new iPad in the 7-inch category…
The report says Apple is “likely to launch” a 7.85-inch iPad before the begininning of Q4 2012. In addition to that yet to be unveiled device, they also say a “new iPad” (fingers crossed for a full fledged iPad 3 upgrade) sometime towards the end of Q1. That puts us in a March timeframe for the iPad 3, which would lineup with previous releases and current rumors from other sources.
When it comes to the 7.85-inch model, which we’ve also heard various rumors about in the past, DigiTimes’ sources say Apple is particularly looking at taking on Amazon’s Kindle Fire and similar devices that might be stealing potential new iPad customers: Keep Reading
Inspired by eight user submitted photos, Academy Award winner Ron Howard is debuting his new film today on YouTube entitled When You Find Me.
‘When you find me’ tells the story of two sisters whose childhood bond is tested by a tragedy they are too young to understand. Alternating between past and present, ‘when you find me’ is an emotional fable of two people coping with loss in very different ways, and what it takes to find peace within yourself and reconciliation with the ones you love.
Howard selected eight photos, each representing a different aspect Keep Reading
If anyone is qualified to comment on the future of graphics in the tech industry it’s GPU maker Nvidia. If you believe CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the real-time graphics in console games will be surpassing the quality of the highest quality pre-rendered cutscenes by 2019.
While noting that a PS3 has only several hundred gigaflops, he claims consoles in 2019 will reach up to 40 teraflops, on par with some of today’s most powerful supercomputers. However, while your typical supercomputer takes megawatts to power, Huang says, “We will be able to deliver that level of capability in 2019 in a game console with a 100 watts”.
While Huang has certainly been no stranger to making bold claims in the past, as gamers it’s interesting to hear how far away we are from truly achieving a seamless experience between cutscenes and gameplay. Keep Reading
A project entitled Alter Egoby photographer Robbie Cooper sets out to compare real world gamers with their online counterparts, giving us a glimpse into how gamers represent their own personalities through their online characters.
Cooper spent three years taking photos of gamers in Korea, France, China, and Germany, while at the same time documenting their online avatars in various games including City of Heroes, Second Life, and World of Warcraft.
The result was a fascinating look at how we perceive ourselves in the online world, and at the same time get lost in the fantasy of a world not restricted by the physicality of our bodies in real life. As the project’s description describes it, it’s a “phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction”.
Cooper has been no stranger to photographing gaming related subjects Keep Reading
French startup Aldebaran Robotics is trying to engineer the perfect robot companion intended for “research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service robotics.”
If you’re familiar with the first generation Nao, which the company has sold 2000 of since launching last year, you’ll definitely be impressed by the upgrades that have been made to the latest iteration.
Among the newest features are a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip, two HD cameras with field-programmable gate array for “simultaneous reception of two video streams”, and more reliable Nuance-powered voice recognition for text-to-speech in 8 languages. Keep Reading
For musicians that are looking to breathe some life into your compositions or get a little inspiration when on the go, two cool new iPads apps launched today– one is a complete music studio mashed into a single instrument that anyone can play, and the other claims to be the “first professional iOS synthesizer” for guitars. Both are definitely worth checking out…
First up is Rockmate ($0.99)– Imagine taking every instrument in your average recording studio and creating a single instrument with elements of each that one person can play by themselves. It’s essentially a one man band packed into an iPad app, but it also includes a metronome, realtime looper, fader and pan controls, and a ton of effects, so it’s more like a mini studio built onto a single screen on the iPad app. Other features– up to 4 simultaneous players, customizable/saveable chord progressions, export to .aac and.wav, and Airplay support. Keep Reading
Since Apple released the iPhone 4S with Siri voice control baked in, the hacking community has come up with endless mods, some of which include a Hal 9000 inspired iPhone dock, mind-control hack, and even a voice over courtesy of GLaDOS from Portal.
Maybe the most entertaining mod yet comes to us from Music Hack Day 2011 in London where hacker Robert Boehnke rigged Siri to rap along to a rendition of ‘Hypnotize’ by Notorious B.I.G. Before we explain exactly how it was done, check out the video below.
Rather than Siri contacting Apple’s servers Keep Reading
Most of us have heard variations of the story of how Apple was founded. No matter which version you’ve heard, it usually consists of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, a garage and funding from then Atari employee Ronald Wayne on April 1st, 1976.
Wayne famously sold his share of the company just twelve days after authoring the original contracts and documents that founded what was known then as Apple Computer Co.
Today, at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, the documents were sold to a phone bidder for approximately $1.6 million USD. The documents were sold by collector Wade Saadi, who reportedly purchased them from Wayne in 1994 for “several thousand dollars”. Keep Reading
Over the past year a small number of pilots and airlines have been testing iPads as replacements to traditional flight bags with approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to do so. Now American Airlines is getting authorized to equip all their pilots with iPads during all phases of flight.
On Friday, American Airlines is the first airline in the world to be fully FAA approved to use iPads during all phases of flight. Pilots will use iPads as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers. The airline Keep Reading
We know developer Rovio is trying to capitalize as much as possible on its little iOS franchise known as Angry Birds. First the developer made plans to open a retail shop dedicated to pushing Angry Birds merchandise, and an animation studio for Angry Birds cartoons. This was shortly after announcing the half a billion downloads milestone.
There seems to be a new malware threat popping up on our mobile platforms just about every other week; most typically affect a small portion of users that downloaded an app from an untrustworthy developer, but the finger often gets pointed at app approval guidelines in place by app stores like the Android Market.
Until all the recent controversy from CarrierIQ, there really hasn’t been a whole lot to worry about for end users in terms of malware, spyware, and viruses. That might not necessarily be true any longer, at least for users of Windows Phone devices. Keep Reading
Microsoft certainly isn’t shying away from releasing content on the iOS platforms, as evidenced by the release of the My Xbox Live app just last week, but an iOS version of Kinectimals is one of their first REAL Xbox ports.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kinectimals, and we’re assuming that’s almost all of you, the game uses the Kinect (should we just stop there) and allows you to interact with virtual animals. You can teach them tricks and guide them around an obstacle course on the Kinect version of the game (opposed to real life, where you take your actual pet out for a walk and watch him try to punk out a squirrel for five minutes).
The game isn’t the full-fledged Kinectimals that you get on Xbox 360, the $3 universal download compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, might be Microsoft testing the waters for bigger and better ports down the road. The good news is owners of the Xbox version will be able to unlock Keep Reading
We already shared the iPhone 4S vs a Barrett M82 sniper rifle, watched it get strategically torn to pieces, and we’re all familiar with the Will It Blend guys, so the results of iPad vs Lava probably won’t surprise you…
It’s safe to assume this isn’t covered by AppleCare Keep Reading
We’re not exactly sure Google will approve of using the Google Street View API to give users the ability to shoot up pedestrians, but that’s exactly what Dutch advertising agency Pool Worldwide has done with their Google Shoot View project.
When visiting the site, you might possibly think you’re simply using street view within Google Maps, and you are, the difference being the ability to shoot at will using an M4A1 assault rifle.
It’s as close as you can get to Modern Warfare meets Google Maps. It’s clearly meant to get a reaction out of people and promote the company rather than actually be a game, but we’re thinking Google’s not Keep Reading