If you’re afraid of heights, this may be a story you want to skip. The Guinness Book of World Records recently certified that the tallest tower in the world is indeed the Sky Tree which stands in Tokyo, Japan. A work in progress since 2006, the Sky Tree was constructed to be a radio and television tower […]
Among iOS games, Infinity Blade is peerless. Its gameplay is addictive, and its graphics are both detailed and vivid enough for it to be mistaken for a PS3 title. So it’s no surprise that we were listening closely when Epic Games announced its sequel, Infinity Blade II. The developer took the stage at Apple’s iPhone […]
Someone needs to report NASA to eBay for not delivering on an auction item. For some reason, the organization confiscated a Saturn RL-10 rocket engine (just like the one pictured above) that was being auctioned online, saying it was theirs and they wanted it back. Let’s hope the buyer had PayPal protection! The story comes […]
Lenovo has been busy working on Android smartphones and tablets, but they’re going to start putting ARM to work on another mobile platform: Windows Phone. Leaked images first appeared about a month ago, showing what looked like a Lenovo LePhone S2 — an Android device — running Windows Phone 7.5. At the time there had […]
When a new customer considers buying an iPad, one of his first questions will often be whether it runs Microsoft Office. The productivity suite has been an integral part of desktop computing for decades, and some consumers will base their buying decision on its availability. If an unconfirmed report has any validity, Office will soon […]
Last week we were told that a Spotify event would be held today. The invitations teased of a new direction for the company, and some speculated that it would add an MP3 store. The event has come and gone, and there is no store; instead the company announced the opening of its platform to third-party […]
WURM is one of those rare drawing apps that’s fun and accessible for those of us who aren’t artists while also being an inspiration to those who design by trade.
What makes WURM accessible is the fact that you can launch the app, have it randomly define every last setting, and then just let your fingers glide over the screen to create beautiful works of art. The app supports up to 10 fingers on the screen at once, so you can make your images as complex as you want. Once your work is complete, just double tap on the screen to bring the menu back up and send it off to your library to be used as a stunning wallpaper for your iDevice.
If you are into tinkering, however, you’ll be happy to know that WURM is loaded with customization options. So many in fact that you may just spend hours tweaking settings to come up with the perfect image. The app allows you to choose from five different shapes and then manipulate their size, spin speed, opacity, mutation, density, and slant. You can also choose from and customize the different 10 color palettes. Shape and color configurations can be saved for later use as well.
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Back when we first started talking about Path, the free application wanted to be a more “personal social network,” providing family members and close friends with a non-public means of sharing personal and social information. Now, in its second major version, the app also wants to be your “Smart Journal,” and has received a number of new features that make this possible. Fortunately, one thing has remained the same: like before, Path is available to download in the App Store for free, which we’re glad to see.
Perhaps the most radical (and most appreciated) change Path has undergone regards its user interface. Though the application certainly wasn’t ugly before, Path’s developer have made the app into something of a masterpiece: the application now looks and feels really good – graphically, it’s beautiful, but in addition small, precise animations which appear whenever you interact with any aspect of Path make this application a pleasure to use. The hard part, it seems, is getting others to use it with you.
As outlined in the app’s release notes, changes made in this version (2.0) of Path include:
- New Design — We’ve re-imagined what Path is with a brand new design and new stories.
- Covers — Decorate your Path with a large beautiful photo, like wallpaper for your Path.
- Automatic — A journal that writes itself, Path can recognize when you spend time in a new neighborhood or visit a new city and records it for you automatically.
- Music — Share and enjoy what you’re listening to with your Path friends.
- Sleep — Record your sleep schedule to your Path with correct moon phases and number of hours slept.
- Check-in — Let your friends know where you are by sharing places on Path. And if you like, check-in on Foursquare too!
- Private — Keep any post to yourself with a simple private option, or just share with your friends on Path.
- Notifications — Receive better push notifications directly to your iPhone or iPod touch.
- Settings — Customize your email and notification preferences from within Path.
- Share — Easily post to Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare directly from Path.
Path certainly is fully featured now: not only does the application look and feel great, but users of Path can now share what music they’re listening to, how long they sleep and where exactly they’ve travelled to. Furthermore, Path can do this automatically for you too, which is a handy feature (just remember to be careful who you share your Path feed with!).
Currently, the application is available to download for free in the App Store. Take a look at Path now, and be sure to share your thoughts on the updated version in the comments.
It seems like everyday we’re finding more and more things that Siri can do to make our lives easier. Today is no different as the team over at AutoBlog have tested Siri through several different car setups to see if it was possible to use the popular iPhone 4S feature with the car’s handsfree Bluetooth system.
The result? Yes, it is possible. After paring Siri with two Mercedes Benz models, a Dodge Charger, a Chrysler 300, and a Nissan Maxima, the Nissan gave the best results. It looks as if microphone placement and cabin noise are the culprits on the other models that didn’t work as well. I’d have guessed the Mercedes would have the quieter cabin.
The overall in-car experience could be better if Apple added a simple handsfree mode that would allow drivers to activate Siri through a voice command or unused button on the car’s steering wheel.
When you hold down the home button to activate Siri (not exactly handsfree) the car’s Bluetooth system treats it as an incoming call, muting any current audio playing. Then just speak aloud your command, depending on the aforementioned mic placement and cabin noise in your car, you may have to repeat it a few times.
Like most of Siri’s beta uses, it isn’t the most reliable thing, but we’re just going to have to make due until Apple builds a lof of these features directly into iOS. Make sure you watch the video below, via AutoBlog, for the full walkthrough and test results.
Force feedback has become a default feature of game controllers, but we haven’t made much progress with other types of feedback such as smell or temperature. A research team at the Tokyo Metropolitan University aims to change that by adding temperature feedback to devices, starting with a display, a game controller, and a chair. The […]