Today marks the official launch of smartphones running Windows Phone 7 all around the country. To celebrate the launch of the phone, Microsoft is sharing the results of a survey that it commissioned from Harris Interactive. The survey looked at ways that the mobile phone has become a part of the daily lives of Americans of all types.
According to the survey, 72% of Americans list bad cell phone behavior as a top ten pet peeve. However, only 18% of those people will admit to having bad cell phone behavior. Other key findings from the survey include factoids like 19% of all owners between 18 and 24 have dropped their phone into a toilet. The survey also found that 49% of adults between 18 and 24 have tripped or run into something thanks to texting and walking.
You can say what you like about Microsoft and the way it runs its business and competes in the technology market, but the company knows how to market its wares. My kids are going bonkers over the Kinect technology for the Xbox 360 after seeing commercials for Kinectimals on TV. I am a bit torn on the tech; we rarely play the Xbox 360 in our house leaning more towards the PS3 and Wii. If you are on the fence about the Kinect as well, a new hack that has surfaced may help push you over the edge towards purchase.
The Kinect has been hacked to run with Windows 7 computers already. A New York-based firm called Adafruit offered up a bounty of $2000 for the group or individual who could come up with an open source driver for the Kinect that would let it work for things other than the Xbox 360. According to reports, that bounty has now been collected and a video has been posted on YouTube showing someone using Kinect with a Windows PC.
One of the great things about the Xbox 360 and other gaming consoles is that they are expanding beyond the realm of simple gaming consoles. For a long time once you got tired of gaming or didn't want to watch a DVD you were done with the console. Today we can watch TV shows we like on the consoles and watch streaming movies as well thanks to new entertainment choices. Many of the streaming options that we have in the US are not available in other countries.
If you are an Aussie Xbox 360 owner that likes to watch FOXTEL, you are in for some really good news. FOXTEL has announced that as of today the FOXTEL service is starting to rollout to Xbox 360 users. The new Xbox 360 service was announced in October, but just starting to go live today. Xbox 360 owners will be able to choose from different packages on the console starting at $19.50 monthly.
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The latest happenings from around the web - November 7th, 2010
- ASUS Rampage III Formula - Less Bling, Same Sting @ Techreaction
- Specs and Pics for Gigabyte Sandy Bridge Motherboards @ tbreak
- Gigabyte GA-EX58A-UD9 @ Ocaholic
- 12 Threads: Intel Core i7-970 @ Hardware-Mag
- AMD Bulldozer production to begin April 2011 @ eTeknix
- HIS Radeon 6850 1GB @ Viperlair
- PowerColor HD5770 Crossfire @ Overclockers Club
- MSI R6870 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
NVIDIA fan? Yes? Want the deets on the GTX580 from Asus?
Leaked specs of the upcoming Asus branded GTX580 have given everyone something to talk about - their model number being ENGTX580/2DI/1536MB. It is described as the "Standard Edition" which leads us to believe there will be higher clocked or better editions of the card to be released eventually - with the "Standard Edition" having 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4008MHz on a 384-bus.
With so many smartphones coming with integrated navigation abilities, it's hard to imagine these people using a standalone GPS if they don't have to. But with these apps sucking down the battery juice and needing the GPS up high to see without taking your eyes off the road, what's a single-device user to do? Parrot's Minikit Smart is trying to answer these questions in a slick, all in one package.
The Minikit Smart is a windshield mount that can handle any smartphone between 56 and 70mm in width. An integrated speaker and telescoping microphone are implemented for improved sound and hands free calling. A USB pass-through is also implemented to keep your phone and the Minkit Smart charged on long trips. It comes with a hefty $129 price tag, but if it works as well as the specs say it may just be worth it for traveling smartphone owners.
Samsung is pushing for some serious sales next year - and with Samsung holding hands with Google's Android OS - it might just happen.
Samsung has said previously that it expects to sell 10 million Galaxy Tabs by next year - and now mobile biz president J. K. Shin expects to sell a million of them before the years end - considering there's not even 2 months of 2010 left, that's 1 million sales in under 60 days.
After what has seemed like forever for Skype loving Mac owners, the Skype 5.0 beta has now been made available to all of you OS X lovers out there. The biggest improvement made? Group video calling! Here's Skype's Mac product manager with the details:
The new Skype beta also has a completely redesigned interface with a single window paired with a control bar and floating dial pad for Mac address book integration. The window is large and early reports are showing high CPU usage and a lot of unused white space. Hopefully future releases handle some of these issues; it is a beta release after all.