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Coke studies Apple\'s iPod
Coke is taking a page from Apple's lesson book. The world's largest soft drink company has taken time to study the message and advertising behind Apple's "Silhouettes" campaign before launching its own "Welcome to the Coke side of life" advertising blitz this weekend, according to Reuters. Coke representatives...
Divoom Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker offers portability, water resistance
Divoom will be releasing its portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker tomorrow, the Voombox Outdoor. Offering 12 hours of play and talk time on 15 watts of power, the Voombox can withstand splashed water and dust. Users can wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices,...
Animated Nokia commercial says Lumia tablet can be read outdoors
Nokia is back to comparing its wares against Apple's, this time touting the outdoor visibility of the screen on its Lumia 2520 tablet against that of Apple's iPad. A new, animated commercial from the Finnish manufacturer also talks up the potential productivity of the Windows RT tablet versus Apple's...
Smartwatch able to communicate back to smartphones
Pebble, the smartwatch that started life on Kickstarter, has received an extra $15 million in funding. The additional funding from investors, on top of the $10.2 million received through its Kickstarter campaign, comes at the same time as the company updates its SDK to include two-way communication for...
Boosts user-driven support communities
The online Apple Store has added links to a new feature called "Answers from the community" that offers buyers' solutions on common questions relating to Macs, iPhones and iPads. In some cases, a single "best" answer is picked by Apple, in other cases a collection of best responses...
New Apple Support Communities more social
Apple has revamped its Discussions board pages and replaced it with 'Apple Support Communities' with social features. "Apple Support Communities brings together thousands of Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad users from around the world to discuss Apple products and topics,"...
Nokia launches Microsoft Communicator Mobile app
Nokia and Microsoft jointly announced on Wednesday that the Microsoft Communicator Mobile software is now available to download for some Symbian-based Eseries smartphones from the Ovi Store. The presence and instant messaging application allows users to check the availability...
Assistive communication app leads the pack
Hovering on the edge of awareness for most iOS users exists a class of apps that I hope you never have to use, or even see. I'm talking about assistive communication applications for the iPad and other tablets -- used to help people unable to speak from injury, disease, or other reasons. One of the leaders...
Samsung IMDs to communicate with external devices
A newly discovered USPTO patent from Samsung reveals the South Korean electronics maker is exploring the idea of bringing devices that can be implanted into the human body. Aptly called Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs), they could monitor major organs that include the heart...
Transflective LCDs much more visible outdoors
3M's New Ventures organization has invested in Pixel Qi Corp., a developer of next generation LCD panels. Pixel Qi's unique screens can generate either e-paper output or high-intensity images for much better outdoor visibility than other contemporary LCDs. Mary Lou Jepsen,...
Upgrades driven by loyal user community
The Advent Vega has received an unofficial update to Android 3.2. The improved version of Honeycomb is being offered by the tablet's dedicated user community TabletRoms. The major improvement on the tablet over earlier hacked installs is full native graphics acceleration.
Virtual World Web sports 51,000 3D communities
Imagine what it would be like if the World Wide Web was organized as a series of Second Life-esque virtual worlds, and those sites used avatars to conduct business, socially interact or just communicate. That's the premise behind Utherverse's Virtual World Web, a mega-community...
Wholesale Apps Community now 48 members strong
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) founded earlier this year has just aggregated 32 new members. The newcomers include Opera Software, Oracel, Fujitsu, Rogers and China Unicom, among others, joining the original 24 companies such as LG, Samsung, Telefonica and Orange....
Intel/ASUS 'community' PC
Hardware makers Intel and ASUS have announced a new project, which the two companies say is designed to foster a "community-designed" PC. Through the creation of a website called WePC, the corporations say they hope to gather suggestions for the ideal qualities of a new computer,...
Ricoh G600 outdoor camera
Ricoh on Tuesday announced its newest digital camera, the G600, which is water- and dust-resistant. The camera is meant for outdoor sports use and as such, is rugged enough to withstand a near five-foot drop. To earn a MIL Standard 810F rating, the 5x optical zoom lens is all...
SCIRC Outdoor Webcam
Device maker digitalXtractions has revealed its SCIRC t1 webcam for outdoor travelers. Unlike notebook-orientedwebcams, the stand-alone SCIRC model is independent of any separate host device or network connection. The 1.3-megapixel camera can send still images or video to the...
Nextt app that facilitates group communication adds 'self-destruct' option
Group communication app Nextt has been updated for iOS and Android. Nextt is a private network for close friends to connect online, aiming to make social planning easier. Nextt's update includes a "self-destruct" option, intended to focus group planning to make decisions before the conversation's expiry....
Mantle API to put developers in closer communication with GPU
After a short delay due to packing issues with the installer, the newest 14.1 beta version of the Catalyst drivers for AMD video cards has gone live this weekend. While most driver releases come and go without much fanfare, this specific driver release is important, as it features the first time consumers...
Augmentative communication apps bolstered by new voice packs
AssistiveWare and Acapela Group announced today the release of Infovox iVox 4.0, which brings to OS X a total of 31 new Text to Speech voices. These include the first-ever genuine, natural-sounding bilingual American Spanish-English children's voices, a male bilingual American Spanish-English voice,...
Smartphone-mounted light sensor can receive data from lamps
A method for sending data using light was shown at CES by a company called Oledcomm, a system it called LiFi. Demonstrated on the show floor using an Android smartphone with its front camera replaced with a light sensor, the system allows for devices to communicate using pulses of light, with the rapidity...
Adobe Muse CC now includes community design exchange, social media integration
Adobe has announced an update for Adobe Muse CC, its software that allows users to create HTML websites without writing code. Designers can now access the new Adobe Muse Exchange, which provides a space to download over 100 design elements that have been submitted by the Adobe Muse community. These elements...
Google's communication platform continues integration
Google has updated the iOS version of its Google Hangouts app to include integration with its the search giant's Google Voice Internet telephone service. The new version allows users to call numbers from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch for free if the number is within the United States or Canada. Google...
Trademark filing mentions watches, clocks that communicate with other devices
Samsung may have decided on a name for its smartwatch brand. A trademark filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office placed on June 27th this year lists the trademark "Samsung Gear," with the potential name accompanied by a substantial list of electronics and software-based goods and services...
Bands reserved since 1999 for vehicles may suffer from interference
Technologies being developed to aid in communications between cars may be affected by the Federal Communications Commission's plan to increase Wi-Fi spectrum. Bands reserved since 1999 for car-to-car communication may become collateral damage in the FCC's search for more wireless spectrum, and potentially...
Results show 94.4 percent improvements in mobile, communications business
Sony has made improvements in its finances, according to the company's latest quarterly report. The fourth quarter of 2012 saw revenues hit $22.4 billion, an increase of 6.9 percent from the same period last year, and while it endured a net loss of $124 million, it is a vast change from last year's $1.7...
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