Researchers at the University of Berkeley are experimenting with a different kind of user interface that relies on ultrasound technology – something that’s typically used for medicine and submarines. Named after its sound wave sonar technology, the Chirp interface would free our hands and fingers from constantly touching our screens while using very low energy and requiring hardly any light for accuracy.
The iPhone 5s has fingerprint authentication that’s already been hacked, but not with humor. That’s why we are sharing this funny video with lucky iPhone 5s owners who happen to have a golden iPhone and a lot of curiosity. The video is made by the funny folks at Mashable and a Harry Potter lookalike who manages to tell a few Harry Potter jokes (my favorite kinds of jokes) while demonstrating some unlocking techniques we’ve been thinking about. Like, can this dog paw unlock an iPhone?
Please note: this is not a real scientific survey., but if you have some unlocking tips, share it with us!
You no longer have to put down your eBook when your plane is taxing to take off. After months of consideration, the FAA announced today that airplane passengers can now use their personal electronics “during all phases of flight,” though cellphone use is still banned.
The government agency based the decision on input from a panel of experts that had included a diverse bunch of voices from airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.
While you can use these devices during takeoff and landing, there are still some rules about how you use these devices. Read more
Barnes’ & Noble’s Nook Media has introduced a new eReader called the Nook GlowLight. Despite concerns about the business and the departure of the company’s CEO, the company seems to be holding on for another holiday season.
The $119 Nook GlowLight is a 6.5 inch eInk Pearl Display eReader with a backlit screen. The screen has a 758 x 1024 pixel screen and weighs in at 6.2 ounces. The screen has 60 percent more pixels than previous models. The device is Wi-Fi enabled and has 4GB of memory, or as B&N boasts, can hold up to 2,000 books. Like other Nook devices, the new Nook GlowLight supports ePub and PDF files.
The device will go head to head with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite device, which has similar sizing and features. Amazon’s device costs $119 with ads and $139 without ads. Barnes & Noble is playing up the fact that its device has no ads but comes with a $119 price tag.
Kids that have grown up with iPads and iPhones are having a problem learning how to use QWERTY keyboards, according to a report in The Boston Globe.
While typing class used to be relegated to middle schoolers and high schoolers, nowadays elementary school kids are getting lessons in how to use a keyboard and a mouse. These skills are being taught in the old school way, you can’t look at your hands, you have to look at the screen. The idea is that young kids should learn how to navigate the Internet to help them with their research and homework, so therefore they should be able to use a keyboard to do so. According to The Boston Globe report, these elementary school kids are having a tough time learning how to type.
Most elementary-age children are digital natives, comfortable with smartphones and tablets. But they often operate those hand-held devices with a swipe of a finger. They have a much more difficult time trying to compose text on a keyboard, according to their teachers. Read more
FlyKly is a smart wheel and app that powers your bike, but think of it as a bike assistance. The electronic, motorized wheel replaces your old rear wheel, and brings biking power and controls to your smartphone which is attached to your handlebar. It’s perfect for urban cyclists who don’t want to shower, change clothes, or look too disheveled when biking to work or dinner. As a bonus, the phone to bike attachment doubles as a bike light and charger for your smartphone.
Flirty is a new start-up down under that’s planning to use drone technology to bring students their heavy reading materials. The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) company is teaming up with textbook retailer Zookal, to test drone product delivery in Australia next year before bringing the service to the US in 2015.
Scientists are charging phones with simulated lightning, because… it’s the time of year for Frankenphone. Not that I will want to chase down a lightning storm in the Bay Area just to charge my phone since it has only happened twice since I moved here five years ago. However, the Nokia phone was able to get a full charge in just seconds so I could probably power my phone for at least a year with one San Francisco lightning storm. Another option is to get this lightning simulator.
Doodlers Anynamous is a blog where you can discover amazing artists and illustrators; it’s a treasure trove of great talent and some of the featured work is available as free wallpaper downloads for your phones and tablets. My favorite is a piece from Miami -based illustrator, Edau, whose creatures are quirky and cute. Web designer and illustrator, Muxxi, also made a wallpaper contribution : a magical scene with a giant, heart-patterned, diamond gazing alien child. It’s definitely a conversation starter.
To get your free wallpaper, visit the Drawn Wallpapers for the Digital Age archive and select your favorite. They come in sizes for iPhones, iPads, Androids and Tablets.