This morning, we got to have a bit of a fireside chat (or rather, a chat by the heater) with Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, and the scientist who conducted the study on the faulty brightness and sensory controls of smartphones, which you may have read about earlier this morning. Dr. Soneira discussed the results of his study, his feelings on the whole brightness control fiasco and whether or not manufacturers will ever get to the root of the problem.
We live in a digital age, so I’ve always thought that trips outdoors should be the perfect time to free myself from the tech I use every day. But I decided to put that rule to the test on a recent outing, and the experience of bringing my iOS devices along for the hike showed that it’s time to think again. By picking a few choice apps and accessories, I made sure my outdoor experiences were a little more Bear Grylls than Chevy Chase.
You’ve had it happen to you before: you're in a dark room with nothing but your smartphone, and as soon as you switch it on to check your email, your eyes are quickly regretting that decision. Turning on that smartphone was like taking off your sunglasses and staring directly in the sun. You might then turn down the brightness on your phone for a later time, but the device is still using a ton of power to output that light. Smartphones can use as much as fifty percent of the total phone power just to light up that LCD display, draining its precious battery.
It’s only the tail end of October, but everyone knows that the holiday season is imminent. Apple knows it too, which is probably why they released an update to their Apple Store app on Tuesday which adds engraving, gift wrapping and for some, white iPhone 4s. Say what?!
With traditional print publishing suffering the slings and arrows of internet-aided content delivery these past few years, magazine, book and newspaper publishers have been struggling to find an efficient, cost-effective method to transfer their wares into the digital realm. In answer to the publishing industry's frantic calls for help, Adobe has announced their latest offering: The Adobe Digital Publishing Solution.
It's Monday--the Monday after a week upon which an Apple Event fell. As much as we'd like to wow you with word of something awesome dropping, unfortunately, well... It's Monday. Instead, may we tempt you with the news that Adobe has updated their flexible Adobe Air cross-platform runtime to version 2.5?
Wait! Where are you going? Seriously, this is kind of cool!
It was too awesome a rumor to have been true. After a week of whispered rumors, punditry and the intermittent sound of sighs and facepalms ringing out across the land, it appears that the dream of a Facebook buyout by Apple has been dashed upon the rocks of reality. According to Mashable, who broke the story last week, further information that debunked speculation that Mark Zuckerberg was ready to hand over Facebook's reigns for a whole lotta cold hard cash is nothing but hogwash.
Remember not so long ago when Skype had a very public dispute with third-party app developer fring and disabled that company’s use of their API? It appeared that another such service, Nimbuzz, was in the clear -- until now.