We already have a few official Atari accessories for iOS devices, including the Atari Arcade “duo powered” joystick designed specifically for iPad. Today we bring you a one of a kind Atari accessory for iPhone that you’ll wish you would have purchased first.
Technabob points us to a custom iPhone speaker dock made out of an old Atari 2600 console. The item recently sold on Etsy, a website dedicated to selling handmade and one of a kind goods, with a price tag of $100 USD. Keep Reading
Following the release of Apple’s 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report earlier this month, several reports are starting to come out backing up claims of poor working conditions within the company’s supply chain in China.
One fascinating report from The New York Times detailing exactly why Apple builds its products in government subsidized factories in China (and exposing working conditions in the process) has been getting a ton of attention. So much that Apple CEO Tim Cook has now responded to the reports saying he’s “outraged” and issuing a long email to Apple employees Keep Reading
Fresh on the heels of PIPA and SOPA comes ACTA, yet another in a line of four letter acronyms that basically means artists and writers of all kinds will again be getting screwed by enforcing Amendment-violating regulations.
The acronym in question stands for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has already drawn opposition in Poland by attracting hundreds of demonstrators (it doesn’t help that Prime Minister Donald Tusk signed the agreement in Tokyo this week) and a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Keep Reading
A new feature being developed by Microsoft is stirring up a bit of controversy, not necessarily for its ability to help you avoid dangerous parts of town, but mainly for its nickname — “Avoid Ghetto”.
According to NPR, the technology is actually part of Microsoft’s “Pedestrian Route Production” patent, which would allow a user to receive the safest route possible to any given desitination based on violent crime statistics.
The idea sounds harmless enough — to help citizens, specifically those travelling by foot, to avoid dangerous areas. However Keep Reading
A report from Kotaku today claimed Microsoft will upgrade its disc drive in the next-gen Xbox (720?) from its standard DVD drive to a Blu-Ray drive similar to the one in Sony’s PS3.
The report cites various “reliable” industry sources, and also claimed Microsoft was planning on creating a method of preventing used games from running on the next-gen console. Keep Reading
According to the Richmond Register, several Richmond, Kentucky-area criminal investigations are on suspension, following a decision by the Supreme Court that GPS tracking of suspected criminals is illegal without a court-issued warrant.
The decision follows numerous cases in which Kentucky Drug Task Force officers attached GPS devices to the cars of several known/suspected drug dealers without court authorization. The deciding case, Antoine Jones vs. The United States, came before the Court as a result of continued and unwarranted tracking of Jones, a suspected cocaine trafficker. Keep Reading
Hyperkin dropped its SNES handheld console last year to get us in the mood for portable remakes of retro consoles, and now SNK Playmore is getting to drop a new Neo Geo handheld preloaded with 20 classic games on its 2GB of onboard storage.
The device has a 4.3-inch display, SD card slot, original stick from the NEO Geo console pad, four game buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Japanese language blog Famicom-Plaza got its hands on the device (via andriasang) and also provided a list of twenty classic titles (below) that will come with the console including a couple notables: Metal Slug, King of Fighters ’94. and Fatal Fury. Keep Reading
Despite court ordered blocks of Pirate Bay and ongoing threats from just about every anti-piracy group there is, the site is launching a brand new category allowing users to download files that can be used to create physical objects using 3D printers.
We’ve seen a number of different tributes from Steve Jobs mourners following the legendary Apple CEO’s death in October. Among the the tributes we’ve seen so far– a technical Grammy award from the Recording Academy, a silent audio tribute to fight pancreatic cancer, and even some impressive Minecraft tributes. The latest episode of Geek Therapy featuring American Young, Casey McKinnon and the crew at Comediva takes a bit more of a comedic approach to remembering Steve.
Set in a therapist office, the latest installment of Geek Therapy appears to feature a Steve Jobs mourner unable to talk until verbally assaulted about how much Bill Gates is more worthy of credit. America Young is appearing in her normal role as Geek Therapist, but Casey McKinnon is doing the counselling while playing ” The Best Steve Jobs Grief Counselor in Town”. Keep Reading
One of the biggest mobile game publishers on the market, Gameloft, is getting set to introduce a new gaming feature on smartphones that was previously unavailable — in-game voice chat over 4G on Android devices.
Gameloft made things official at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2012 this month by announcing that they would initially be partnering with Verizon to roll the service out across devices on its 4G LTE network.
We now know the first game to get in-game chat will be Ashphalt 6: Adrenaline and the feature will be rolling out to users across various Gameloft titles later this year. Keep Reading
Normally when we come across an Apple product concept it’s a re-imagined version of an iDevice that is currently in existence or rumored to be on its way. For instance, we’ve seen the iCam peripheral concept for iPhone that would essentially turn your iPhone into a full-fledged point-and-shoot, and also a concept for the rumored Apple HDTV. The iDesk, on the other hand, is a tabletop display concept that takes Microsoft’s Surface computers to the next level.
The illustrations above and below are the work of Adam Benton (via MacLife), who imagines an “adaptable workspace that doesn’t just hold your equipment, but enhances and interacts with it”. Keep Reading
According to a statement this week from the New York City Police Foundation, it is currently developing and testing new technology designed to detect secured weapons from a distance in conjunction with the Defense Department.
A report from the The New York Times said the technology works as a “reverse infrared mapping tool by reading the energy people emit and pinpointing where that flow is blocked by some object, like a gun”. Physics professor John Federici who talked to Huffington Post said the technology is known as terahertz imaging detection. Keep Reading
There’s never any shortage of iPhone and iPad-related stories of theft. Whether individuals are being targeted for their high-end Apple goods, or criminals are smashing through the iconic glass panes of an Apple retail store, the luxury status and resale value of these devices not surprisingly makes them more desirable to thieves.
However, this is the first time we’ve heard of a victim suing Apple and being reimbursed for their stolen MacBook and iPod. Keep Reading
Imagine watching a video online and being able to click individual objects to get more information or relevant content. Watching a new Sprint commercial showing off several Android devices? Click the one you’re interested in and a pop-up window provides you with pricing, specs, and links to purchase it. It’s not quite a reality yet, but that’s just one potential use for video object recognition and indexing technology created by startup Veenome.
Technology evangelist and blogger Robert Scoble recently got to sit down with CEO of Veenome Kevin Lenane to talk about how the unique video object recognition and indexing technology works. Keep Reading
Lost in the shuffle of Apple’s keynote announcement — declaring the iPad will again once again change the world (again) — is the story of how rural mexican students are developing robotic technology that rivals China and Puerto Rico.
Chiapas is the 8th largest state in Mexico, and is largely comprised of an indigenous population that dates back to the Mayans. Just a decade ago, only a third of the state’s residents had electricity, half did NOT have potable water, and OVER half of the schools offered education only to the third grade with most dropped out by the end of first grade. Keep Reading
With the federal government shutting down file-sharing website MegaUpload, and Anonymous taking down the Department of Justice website in response, some have passed over claims that Federal Reserve Bank source code used for managing the US government’s finances has been stolen this week.
According to a report from VentureBeat who points us to an official FBI statement, a computer programmer named Bo Zhang, 32, has admitted to copying the code to a hard drive from within the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Wednesday. Keep Reading
Apple made their biggest push into education in recent years this morning during a press event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City. The focus of the event was two main initiatives including: Reinventing textbooks with the iBooks 2.0 app, and reinventing the way we create textbooks with the “iBooks Author” e-book creation tool.
It’s clear that Apple is betting that the success of its App Store model translates over to education. After downloading the updated iBooks app, users will now have access to a textbooks category selling content rich, interactive textbooks from major publishers such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All those publishers are making a selection of their most popular high school textbooks available initially, some of which sell for up to $75 normally, through the iBookstore for just $14.99 or less. Keep Reading
For those of you residing outside of the file sharing community, MegaUpload.com is one of the largest media file sharing sites on the net, and is now being accused of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.
If you’re anticipating Mass Effect 3 like just about everybody else, you may or may not be excited to learn the latest trailer focuses mainly on the RPG’s Kinect integration.
Normally when we think of the Kinect’s motion gestures in any genre of hardcore shooter the vision of PlayStation’s Kevin Butler using his hand as a gun is the first thing that comes to mind.
Fortunately, the Kinect-enabled Mass Effect 3 Keep Reading
This isn’t the first time that PC case and accessory maker Thermaltake and BMW subsidiary Designworks USA have teamed up on a new product designed specifically for gamers. The new Level 10 M gaming mouse announced by the two companies today is an unconventional design created with the pro gamer in mind. You might be familiar with the popular Level 10 PC case the companies unveiled back in 2009.
As you can see in the images, the Level 10 M mouse has a hollowed out body that Keep Reading