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Google Glass will add support for text and navigation for iPhone users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:33 pm

iPhone users rejoice! Google Glass will soon add more support for iPhones, allowing the iOS-powered smartphone to be paired with Glass in more ways. The important support coming to Glass will allow the headset to access your iPhone's text messages and navigation, two useful features of Glass.

 

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While Glass will happily work with any iPhone over Bluetooth or use any Wi-Fi connection to get online, iPhone users are currently unable to get turn-by-turn directions through Glass - one of its killer features. Those direction are pretty useful while you are navigating a new city and they do show off the power of location-based apps on Glass, but the software will currently balk if you ask it to give you directions while it's connected to an iPhone.

 

Current Glass compatibility with iPhone is rather limited; Glass can pair up with an iPhone through Bluetooth for data tethering, but that's about it. Bringing support for text messages and navigation is a huge boost and will open up the potential Glass market when they launch sometime next year.

Australian hacker produces Google Glass clone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:04 pm

The Explorer Edition of Google Glass was not an easy thing to get your hands on. One Australian hacker couldn't wait for the consumer version to be released, so he did what any self-respecting maker would do: he produced his own cloned version of Google Glass and called it Flass. Flass is a combination of 'fake' and 'glass.'

 

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Flass certainly isn't as refined as Google Glass, but it does get the job done. Ash_Williams, the creator of Flass, has gone through four iterations of the clone, each one becoming more refined. Flass, however, isn't quite as wireless as Google Glass. Currently, the system is controlled by a small keyboard.

 

He is currently working on another prototype, hopefully with an integrated camera. Ash_Williams also has a 3D-printed version of the Google Glass frame on its way, meaning this clone could soon look a lot more like Google Glass.

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Mophie releases Juice Pack for HTC One, provides an extra 2,500mAh of battery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:33 pm

The battery life of the HTC One is rather bad and it doesn't help that you can't remove the battery. Enter Mophie. Mophie is the maker of popular cases for many of the popular smartphones available. These cases feature extended batteries to increase the battery life of devices, especially ones without removable batteries.

 

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Mophie has released an HTC One compatible extended battery case to help with the poor battery life. This does mean you'll have to sacrifice some weight and size, but most will generally accept this in exchange for more battery life. With the case, the phone becomes 0.67 inches thick, 6.06 inches tall, and 2.88 inches wide.

 

However, you'll get about 100 percent more battery life thanks to the built-in 2,500mAh battery. The case will start shipping in mid-May and will set you back $99.95.

Acer Iconia A1 Android tablet video hands-on from New York press event

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:08 pm

Johannes Knapp's final video today from the Acer press event in New York is of the new Acer 7.9-inch Iconia A1 Android tablet.

 

 

This tablet comes installed with Android 4.2.2, and maybe the best of all is that it will only set you back $169, for what Johannes considers a solid and well-built unit, which he likens to the Apple iPad.

 

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The screen features an XGA resolution which means 1024 x 768 and it comes with a quad-core CPU from Mediatek which is clocked at 1.2GHz. Other features include a microHDMI and microSD memory slot. It's not going to break any records for performance, but you can't argue with the asking price, either.

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Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook / Tablet video hands-on from New York press event

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 3, 2013 6:39 pm

Johannes Knapp is back with his second video today from the Acer press conference in New York, this time we some hands-on time with the new Aspire P3.

 

 

The P3 is another unique device, as was the Aspire R7. The P3 is unique in that Acer call it an "Ultrabook", but it's really a tablet that comes with an interesting keyboard dock frame / holder. You just clip the P3 out of the dock, and then it comes a tablet.

 

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Speaking of the specifications, it's a Windows 8 based system with an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It runs either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and includes microHDMI and USB 3.0 support.

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MakerTT: SketchUcation releases new SketchUp plugin that makes managing plugins much easier

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: May 3, 2013 6:30 pm

3D modeling is an essential part of being a Maker or Modder in today's world. We use it for everything from mocking up projects, to designing objects that our 3D printers will make into physibles. Many of us use SketchUp to do these task for its ease of use, and free price tag. As a result, many plugins and scripts have been written to ease certain task in the program.

 

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The problem with those plugins is that generally they are hard to find, or often difficult to install due to version requirements. Fortunately the SketchUp educational community, known as SketchUcation, has released a plugin of their own that makes finding, downloading, installing and managing those plugins a breeze.

 

 

The SketchUcation Plugin Store is a plugin that you download and install into SketchUp 8, which gives you instant access to over 600 SketchUp plugins from within one tool. The best part is that the plugin is entirely free and only requires that you sign up for a free account in the SketchUcation forums.

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Google continues Fiber expansion, Shawnee Kansas is one of the luckiest cities on earth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2013 6:12 pm

Yesterday Google announced that it will be bringing its gigabit internet service to the city of Shawnee Kansas, which is right outside of Kansas City. This makes for the 4th city to get Google Fiber in the last year.

 

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Google did not release a date in which the service would be switched on, and it is most likely still a while away as planning, engineering and red tape will have to be dealt with.

 

In any event, the expansion of Google Fiber can only be seen as a good thing. Maybe in the next 10 years, Google will have covered enough of the country to either wake antiquated ISPs like Comcast, or put them out of business altogether.

Acer launches new global advertising campaign featuring DJ Tiesto

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:46 pm

At this morning's launch event, Acer announced that it was teaming up with world famous DJ Tiesto and his personal assistant Vernon. This new campaign is a continuation of the 2012 campaign starring Kiefer Sutherland and Megan Fox in which they use Acer products to explore beyond limits and to uncover a different side of themselves.

 

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The campaign focuses on Tiesto's personal assistant, Vernon. We follow Vernon, who's using the new Aspire P3 Ultrabook to do both his day job and to follow his hidden passion of becoming a DJ. His newfound Djing skills come in handy when he has to come to Tiesto's rescue when a live gig temporarily goes wrong. You can check the full advert on Acer's YouTube channel. As of this writing, the video is set to private, though.

 

Michael Birkin, Chief Marketing Officer at Acer, commented:

 

"For us, advertising is a way to complement our products with a great story that reflects what people love about them: the new experiences they make possible. After last year's campaign we were convinced we were headed in the right direction and we wanted to expand on our storytelling approach. So we've gone a bit further this time, giving the Aspire P3 the starring role in a deeper story that encourages people to 'explore beyond limits' and gives them some new ways to interact with us."

Acer unveils four new product lines for the US market, unique Aspire R7 laptop impresses

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:18 pm

This morning Acer officially unveiled four new product lines for the US market. A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a "revolutionary" new notebook that Acer teased in a Star Trek Into Darkness trailer mashup. This morning we got a full look at the device, and boy did it deliver.

 

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The new Acer Aspire R7 is a very USS Enterprise-esque 15.6-inch notebook that features a full 1920x1080 touchscreen display. The unique repositionable design of the R7 revolutionizes the notebook computing experience by seamlessly merging the touch and typing experience into something that just feels natural. Customers who pre-order the Aspire R7 will receive a copy of the new Star Trek The Video Game for free.

 

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"With the Aspire R7, Acer has redesigned the laptop with an approach that's based on how people interact with their notebooks and other devices," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president, product marketing, Acer America. "Its progressive design redefines the computing experience, so whether consumers are touching or typing, the R7 adapts to allow consumers to create, browse and share content in ways they never have before."

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Acer Aspire R7 video hands-on from press event in New York

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

Johannes Knapp is over in New York for us at the moment covering an Acer press event, which introduced several new mobile products today.

 

 

He has first delivered us with a hands-on video of the Aspire R7 laptop. What's interesting about this laptop, and the first thing you'll no doubt notice, is that the keyboard and touchpad have been switched of their usual locations. That of course means the touch pad is on top and the keyboard is below. Acer has done this since the unit features a special hinge that allows you to position the screen at different angles and also flip it over to show your lunch date what's on your screen. You can set the screen down to act like a tablet, it's rather nifty indeed.

 

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There are several different configurations of the R7 including one with an Intel Core i7-3537U CPU or Intel Core i5-3337U CPU. Storage options are aplenty including 500GB, 750GB or 1TB HDD or if you like speed, a 120GB or 256GB SSD. There is support for up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM and you can opt to add in an NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2GB GPU over the standard embedded Intel HD 4000 graphics.

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