Think it takes a programming genius to draw up new apps? Google is making the process a whole lot simpler with their new App Inventor for Android. According to the Google blog, this tool "makes it easy for anyone-programmers and non-programmers, professionals and students-to create mobile applications for Android-powered devices."
The App Inventor has been tested in classrooms around the U.S. with a lot of success. David Wolber, professor of computer science at the University of San Francisco and part of the initial pilot program, says "students traditionally intimidated by technology are motivated and excited to program with App Inventor." With a simple to use interface and the ability to connect to your phone for on the fly testing, this look like it could be a lot of fun for pros and amateurs alike.
Onkyo is a name most associated with home theater gear like amps to most people. In Japan, the company offers more than just home theater gear and has unveiled a netbook based on its C4 offering with a branded theme.
Japanese people have a fascination with animation, which is evidenced by the appeal of Hello Kitty and Gundam within the country. The Onkyo Miffy netbook has Miffy themes on the inside and has the cartoon rabbit on the lid as well.
Callpod has a whole line of Bluetooth devices and other gear for smartphones. The company has announced a couple new Bluetooth headsets called the Onyx and the Vetro.
Both of the devices share many of the same features. Both of the devices support 2-way walkie-talkie communications with a range of more than 85,000 square feet. That means you can keep in touch across a large mall or warehouse without having to use cellular minutes.
ASRock makes all sorts of mainboards for enthusiasts and general computer users that take advantage of just about any platform and CPU option around. The company has announced its latest mainboard called the P55 Extreme4.
This new board uses the Intel P55 chipset and features support for SLI and CrossFire X. It supports all manner of Intel CPUs including the Core i7 and more. It has four DR3 DIMM slots, two PCI-E x16 slots, 3 PCI-e x1 slots, and dual PCI slots.
NVIDIA has unveiled the new GTX 460 line of video cards and Palit has unveiled its new line of GTX 460 video cards. Among the new video cards is the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum, an overclocked GTX 460 card.
The new video card has all the features of the plain GTX 460 video cards like support for CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, and DirectX 11. The card has 336 processor cores, 1024MB of GDDR5 RAM, and is overclocked from the factory.
I can remember years and years back when Blockbuster was the most popular place for many people to go for renting video games and movies. Over the years, many people changed from going to Blockbuster for movies to things like Netflix and Redbox kiosks.
As the desires of the consumer changed, Blockbuster started to slip ultimately leading many of the chains retail stores to close up. Today Blockbuster is facing the very real proposition of going under completely.
Deal of the Day: Nikon Coolpix S70 12.1MP Digital Camera with OLED Touch Screen Display for $199.99 after Coupon
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Nikon Coolpix S70 12.1MP Digital Camera with OLED Touch Screen Display for $199.99 after Coupon.
Offer: Get $100 off this 12.1MP digital camera that gives you a veyr nice 28-140mm zoom and a 3.5" OLED touch screen display. Coupon is only good for 250 uses so get to it if you want one of these. Use coupon code: J6X9F7GC17PXSB (expires 7/15/10 or after 250 redemptions)
Our Download of the Day today is Ares 2.1.6.
Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc.
You may now easily publish your files through the Ares peer to peer network. As a member of the virtual community, you can search and download just about any file shared by other users. Latest versions support BitTorrent protocol and Shoutcast radio stations.
With Ares you can also join chat rooms or host your channel and meet new friends.
Fast multisource downloads
Powerful library organizer
Built-in audio/video player
Filesharing chat rooms
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.78
* Supports output profile for Zune HD.
* Supports F4V, TS as input video file formats.
* Updates the language files.
* Fixes bug concerning downloading problem because of YouTube account login error.
* Fixes bug concerning the audio playing back error for the amrnb/amrwb input file.
The latest happenings from around the web - 12/07/2010
- Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate GDDR5 Video Card @ Pureoverclock
- Asus EAH 5750 Formula Video Card @ Modders-Inc.
- Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Limited Edition @ HT4U
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB & GTX 460 768MB @ Hardware Canucks
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Launch @ Hardware Heaven
While most contests for high school students involve scholarships and the like, the finalists in Microsoft's Rockstar challenge got an unexpected treat: the world's first Windows Phone 7 handsets.
The two winners pictured above are Eric Lo, 16, and Christian Hood, 17. Winning a game developing challenge put on by Microsoft by, among other things, hacking a Wiimote to act an accelerometer to go with a game called Droid Assault they developed for Windows Phone 7, Eric and Christian also scored a trip to Poland. 103 teams, which made about 350 people, were named finalists and were lucky enough to grab the handsets which are the first to emerge outside Microsoft's development lab.