Imagine owning your own jet pack complete with a set of paragliding wings. Where would you go flying? Former Swiss Air Force pilot just took on the Grand Canyon with one, so I guess, the sky is the limit with this rig.
Yves “Jetman” Rossy, a 51-year-old daredevil from Switzerland, blasted away over the Grand Canyon on Tuesday in his self-designed jet-wing. It’s got four modified jet engines, which are more than enough for him to reach up to 190 miles per hour (that’s 305 km/h). Read more »
Yesterday’s announcement of the Android’s Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) at the first day of Google I/O conference in San Francisco opened the door to a potential flood of ingenious robotics experiments all based on Android. In other words, how would you like to control a robot with your Android smartphone?
The conference opening speech offered a demo of a real-life labyrinth game powered by the ADK hardware and software kit. As it turns out, the ADK can be utilized by far more ambitious projects such as this actual Android robot and this real remote controlled piano. Read more »
The Sony Playstation Network was expected to be up and running again this week. However it seems that Sony didn’t realize the extent, to which the security of the network was compromised and will hold off restarting it and won’t meet the deadline it set for itself last week.
The main focus is on security and Sony wants to test the entire complex network before it launches it again. This is done to ensure the security of the network and guarantee that personal information won’t get stolen even if the network is subjected to more attacks. Read more »
Oh, boy, is this getting messy or what? Sony finds itself in all kinds of trouble following the recent attack that brought down the PSN network and compromised millions of accounts, containing sensitive personal data and credit card information.
The Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation, Kazuo Hirai, has just posted an open letter to the US congress, admitting that all 77 million accounts have been compromised. Read more »
First, it was the Appstore for Android. Now, Amazon is trying to steal some business from another industry heavyweight with the launch of its 69 cents MP3 store for “bestselling new songs.”
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You may not have heard of the Bing Maps Ortho Project but it’s goal is to up the ante on the digital maps scene by delivering high-resolution ground images of continental USA and Western Europe. Imagine the currently available Satellite views and imagine you could use those to zoom in even further down… Way in, actually, as the imagery is all shot from a small plane, not a satellite…
For this project Microsoft has equipped planes with specially designed 220 MP cameras and 13 PCs each. The planes were sent off to 5.8 km high in the sky to cover about 18 million square km. Do I hear those numbers crunching in your head? Yeah, the project is that optimistic and capturing those image data and importing it to Bing Maps it will cost Microsoft just about $130 million bucks. Whoa! Read more »
Google is holding another challenge to promote its Nexus S phone through Twitter. The challenge starts today and the first puzzle is already up. There are 7 Google Nexus S phones lined up as prizes for the winners – so, can you solve the puzzle?
If you’re the creative type, there will be an essay and photo challenges to come…
The contest will run for ten days and people from a number of countries can participate Read more »
A new Transformers 3 trailer is out and it looks very cool. There’s some heavy bashing, robots flying around and splitting buildings in half, American soldiers running hopelessly and a new hot babe replacing Megan Fox.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the new hottie in this one and the events of latest part of the Transformers trilogy: Dark of the moon see a backlash between the Autobots and Decepticons, which strarts with the finding of a Cybertronian spacecraft, buried on the Moon. Read more »
The scandal with Apple’s iPhone 4 logging every single location you’ve been since June last year has brought up major privacy concern not only amongst Apple users, but in every smartphone owner.
All Things Digital has put up this video of Apple’s Steve Jobs and Android’s Andy Rubin share their perspectives on privacy as they saw them at last year’s D Conference or D8 as it it was called. It’s interesting to watch and compare what Jobs is saying to how things turned out to really be. Read more »
Who said fixed-focus cameras aren’t fit for proper shooting? Nokia wants to prove that you won’t be losing anything in terms of picture quality if you go for the Nokia E6-00 and its 8MP fixed-focus snapper.
That’s why they have selected a bunch of photos taken from an internal competition at Nokia during the device’s testing. Read more »
Flickr is one of the first websites that comes to mind when you have some photos to share with friends or when you just want to upload your cat photo albums for everyone to admire. For several years Flickr has been the place to upload and share photos, no matter your how skilled you are or what gear you have.
Talking about gear, Flickr has pretty interesting statistics regarding the most used cameras that upload to their site. The top spot is taken by the good ol’ Nikon D90 – a nearly three-year-old DSLR camera, which is not such a surprise. The real shocker, is the runner-up. It’s the iPhone 4, and looking at the charts below it comes really, really close to taking the crown as Flickr’s most popular camera. Read more »
It’s the time of the year when companies announce their financial results for the first quarter and Google has just posted theirs. All in all it’s been a good three months for Google and Android. The company has managed to surpass last quarter’s results, while Android has been steadily and surely winning people’s hearts… and hard-earned cash.
Let’s get the numbers rolling. Google’s gross revenue for the first quarter of 2011 accounts for $8.58 billion, which is a serious 27% increase over the first quarter of 2010. Read more »
Microsoft is expanding StreetSide to Europe – that’s the Bing Maps equivalent to Google’s Street View. Microsoft is already mapping London and claims their service will be different from Street View in terms of privacy and scale.
Microsoft has partnered up with NAVTEQ (one of the big mapping info providers and a Nokia subsidiary) for this project, obviously one of the advantages of the deal with Nokia. StreetSide is already available in a number of US cities (and several Canadian cities) but now Microsoft has set foot in Europe. Read more »
The Ovi Store is growing – it now sees 5 million downloads a day, nearly 8 times more than what it did an year ago. The number of apps has reached 40,000 and that numbers grows by another 1,000 each week.
The Ovi Store’s growth is mainly due to the latest Symbian^3 devices and Nokia is already looking forward to Windows Phone 7 based smartphones… Read more »
HTC Sensation has just been announced and it couldn’t sound juicer with its 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 4.3-inch resolution with qHD resolution of 560×940 pixels. Combine that with an 8MP auto-focus camera capable of capturing 1080p full HD videos and the Samsung Galaxy S II has a real rival coming up against it.
It all sounds intriguing, but let’s point the stage lights at the facts and let them talk for themselves. Read more »