SIRI COMING TO YOUR TV? AND CAR?

November 8th, 2011

There’s no doubt that the little robotic vixen inside your shiny new phone named Siri is the most entertaining new feature of the iPhone 4S… but is it just another gimmicky Lightsaber or Fart app…. or is it the starting point to something much bigger?

The writer of the article linked below brings up a really good thought. If voice recognition software is at a point where it can automate most of the major functions of your phone, where’s it go next? Apple is by no means the first company to include voice reco on a phone (I feel like the Motorola RZR probably had voice dialing), but they’re the first company to wrap it with a shiny user-friendly bow that your mom isn’t afraid test out to find the closest fabric store.

There are already devices out there that allow you to use voice commands to control your TV and aspects of your car, but do you know anyone who uses them? I imagine the advancements of Siri will change that.

What other uses beyond TV and cars can you think of for a user=friendly voice recognition app like Siri?

Source: http://thewrap.com/media/blog-post/voice-app-siri-ous-implications-tv%E2%80%8F-32566

Apple holding iPhone 4 press conference on Friday

July 14th, 2010

http://gizmodo.com/5587384/apple-holding-iphone-4-press-conference-on-friday

Gizmodo reports that Apple will be holding a special press conference this Friday morning at 10AM PST to talk about the iPhone 4.

Will Apple actually admit they blew it and there actually is a problem with the external antenna on the new iPhone? Don’t hold your breath… but even if they don’t fess up to their failure, it’ll be interesting to see the monumental PR dance they attempt to get out of this jam.

3D Blu-ray specs released

December 18th, 2009

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A uniform set of guidelines has been established for 3D movie discs. The new Blu-ray discs will be capable of displaying 3D images on TVs that utilize active shuttering technology (expensive) or polarized lenses (cheap-ish). The compression technology used on the new discs will allow a single Blu-ray disc to show 1080p resolution in 3D (that’s impressive). If you have a PS3, you won’t need a new Blu-ray player… if you have another kind of player, you made need to pony up some cash for an upgraded unit. Either way, you’ll still need to buy a new TV though.

Walmart bringing back $78 Blu-ray player

December 9th, 2009

The Magnavox Blu-ray player for $78 deal that so many angry rednecks and brothas fought over on Black Friday will make its triumphant return to Walmart this Sunday.

Personally, I think if you’re looking for a cheap Blu-ray player you’d be better served to look around for one of the $99 BD players with internet connectivity. A Blu-ray player w/out web access is quickly becoming a waste of time.

And Walmart is gross anyways. Shopping carts suck.

via Homemediamagazine

A Guy Living in Your Clock

December 7th, 2009

This clock, spotted at Design Miami, features an LCD face playing a 12-hour loop of a man erasing and redrawing the time every minute.

via Gizmodo

District 9 Blu-ray includes God of War demo

November 20th, 2009

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Sony is tapping into multiple divisions of their company for an interesting new experiment. When District 9 hits Blu-ray on 12/22, it will have a special playable demo of the Sony PS3 exclusive video game, God of War III, included on the disc. Once a PS3 owner completes the demo, a special featurette of the game is unlocked for the user to view. Way back in February, Sony announced that they would be moving forward with 2 to 3 movie/video game hybrid discs… I guess they’ll have to settle for one.

Suncontacts

November 13th, 2009

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You know the glasses people wear that change to sunglasses when you go out into the sun? Well, I never really thought about this, but people who wear contacts don’t really have anything comparable to this technology… UNTIL NOW! The way the technology works on glasses involves some special coating and you can’t put that kind of thing on contacts. So these smart guys in Singapore found a way to inject the coating inside the contact. They’re still trying to work it out so that the entire contact doesn’t have to turn black in the sun… eventually they’ll have them so that only the pupil is shaded and not the colored part of your eye. Until they do figure out how to only blacken the center part of the contacts, you do get the added bonus of having awesome True Blood vampire eyes!

via Gizmodo

Modern Warfare 3

November 10th, 2009

Fresh off today’s release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, The Onion has already got the scoop on Modern Warfare 3, which they’re calling the “most truth to life military video game ever created.” I’m not going to pretend to know a damn thing about being in war beyond what Steven Spielberg shows me, but apparently it involves a lot of repairing Humvees and debates about whether or not Shakira is hotter than Jessica Biel.

Watch the story below… it’s good stuff.


Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks

via CinemaBlend

The new black Wii

October 30th, 2009

Engadget has some shots of the new black Wii, which looks way better than my dingy yellow-ish stained white one.

“Those lucky enough to live in Europe will soon (as in November 6th soon) be able to purchase a special edition of that black Nintendo Wii some of us have been drooling over for the past few months. Sure, it’s just a regular Wii… but it’s black, which is so much cooler. Well someone’s finally gotten their hands on it and done an unboxing, and we have to say that it looks even better than it did in the press shots. The limited edition Black Wii bundle with Wii Sports Resort and a Motion Plus controller will run you around £164.99 in the UK, and those of us in the US? Well, we’ll just have to make due with the black controller and nunchuk.”

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Google announces awesome, FREE navigation app

October 28th, 2009

As hard as all the other map apps I download for my iPhone try, they never really seem to replicate the ease of use and accuracy of the Google Maps app. So, it would make sense that the people to make the bestest turn-by-turn navigation app in the world would be… Google. The future rulers of the world have previewed a FREE turn-by-turn navigation application that utilizes all the cool Google Maps attributes like Street View and Voice Search. As of right now, it’s only approved for phones using Android 2.0, but they hinted that they’re working closely with Apple to get this thing rolled out on the iPhone as well. (I know Google is evil and all… but damn… that’s a cool app)

http://gizmodo.com/5391408/google-maps-navigation-a-free-ass+kicking-turn+by+turn-mobile-app

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