“What do you do with it in the men’s room?” That’s the number one question I get about Google Glass, the face-mounted wearable computer from Google.
A good mobile application is a fine balance between simplicity and functionality. You’re using it on the go, so you don’t have a lot of time to sit there and fumble with the phone to figure it all out. But you also need it to be powerful enough to let you do whatever it is you’re trying to get done.
Hello Expense is one mobile app that gets it right. It’s an expense tracker that lets you use your Android-powered phone to quickly log the money you spend and then analyze it and see where it all went.
I recently had the chance to use it in a real-life situation – a road trip that took a few days and involved quite a few expenses. Logging each expense took seconds, and at the end of each day I could get a great overview of how much money I spent on each category so far.
Categories and tags are user-configurable; the app also sports its own number pad to make number entry easy, regardless of what keyboard you’re using.
The company behind the popular Twine Kickstarter project has launched a new iOS-enabled food thermometer project called ‘Range’.
Range comes in two flavors, one for meat and the other for high-temperature projects like candy-making. The team have not used a wireless solution like the Bluetooth used in the iGrill — instead, the designers chose to connect the Range directly to the headphone jack of the iPhone or iPad. As a result, the thermometer can be used in the oven to monitor the temperature of roasts and the like.
Clip it on or stick it in and set an alert for the desired temperature with the Range app for iOS (we include presets for common uses). While you do the dishes or sip a well-deserved glass of wine, Range graphs the temperature over time so you can learn and improve from each experiment. Once the roast has reached temperature and achieved perfection, Range tells you.
Range is available for preorder/backing on Kickstarter for $49 for one, or $89 for both variants.
Earlier this month Best Buy announced a special two-day iPad trade-in program where 2nd or 3rd generation iPad owners could trade in their devices for fourth-generation iPads. Best Buy is now set to relaunch the program tomorrow, according to 9to5Mac.
The program is largely the same, with 2nd and 3rd generation iPad owners getting gift cards starting at $200 toward a fourth generation iPad when they trade in their devices. However, Best Buy will now only accept iPad models without water damage or cracked displays.
Best Buy originally launched the iPad trade-in program after the “overwhelming response” it received for a similar iPhone trade-in program. It’s likely that this relaunch is due to a largely positive response to the first iPad program.
The program is expected to run until August 3.
For each donut-like yellow thing you pick up, you gain a bit of experience. If you manage to collect several in a row without getting hit, this counts as a combo. You can see my mad combo skills in the screenshot, of course. Collecting combos is a good thing, because a ten-point combo gives you for more experience than just collecting ten dounts one by one (getting hit in-between).
Having experience is useful, because once you die, you get to a screen where you can upgrade your skills. You can learn to run faster, double-jump (and then double-jump higher), and duck. You can also gain more armour so that getting hit won’t kill you so quickly.
What makes this simple game so addictive is that when you die, your experience doesn’t reset. You just go back to the same level, or another level of your choosing, and keep accumulating more and more experience. Lots of fun, especially if you’re into the whole retro-gaming thing.
This UK chip designer is accustomed to steep growth in demand for its Cortex mobile processors, and although we’ve seen hints that it faces new challenges ahead, for now it’s mostly all gravy. Revenue in Q2 2013 soared 26 percent year-over-year to £171.2 million ($264.3 million), while profit before tax was up 30 percent £86.6 million (in “normalised” terms). Mobile devices remain the largest market for the company, but embedded devices (including wearables, Raspberry Pi and printers) is the fastest growing segment, expanding by 25 percent in the last year. The future continues to look rosy for ARM, with new Samsung Exynos 5 chipsets arriving based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores in big.LITTLE configurations.
The only hint of negativity in the earnings report was a huge expense of £41.8 million incurred by a patent attack from an unnamed “third party”, which was probably MIPS (see More Coverage), and which contributed to a much lower IFRS profit of £15 million — although this represents ARM’s contribution to a “full and final settlement”, which presumably means it’s a one-off thing.
From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it’s clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We’ve posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google’s cache after the break.
Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX — a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.
Geeks come in all shapes, sizes, forms, kinds, heights, hair colors, ethnicities and yes, even gender. This lovely little music video by The Doubleclicks shows off geek girls who have "Nothing to Prove" about their geekiness. Geek girls are constantly and wrongfully tested about their geekiness because us dimwitted males can’t believe they exist. They don’t have to be fake geek girls just because they’re girls, people! Everyone should enjoy whatever it is they want to enjoy (well, unless they’re hurting people and that’s a whole ‘nother story). So geek on. And be proud.
Twitterrific has just received an update that brings with it a new Today view section that shows all your most recent mentions, followers, and more. The update also brings with it some nice visual enhancements to both the overall interface as well as the fonts and menus. If anything, it appears to be taking some cues from iOS 7 which is scheduled to be released this fall.
Among other notable features in the update are improvements to the photo viewer that will automatically maximize images to the screen size. Replying to multiple users will now highlight all users that are added for quick deletion as well.
If you’re already using Twitterrific 5, you’ll want to grab the update as it also brings with it performance enhancements and quite a few bug fixes.
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