Android (operating system) Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance—a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The first publicly available smartphone running Android, the HTC Dream, was released on October 22, 2008. The user interface of Android is based on direct manipulation, using touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions, like swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching to manipulate on-screen objects. History
ASIMO Development history P3 model (left) compared to ASIMO Honda began developing humanoid robots in the 1980s, including several prototypes that preceded ASIMO. It was the company's goal to create a walking robot which could not only adapt and interact in human situations, but also improve the quality of life. Emergency Bowtie Hey ladies this one’s for you. Do you have a boyfriend that forgets to get you flowers, never cleans up, and is too lazy to show you any affection? Well, I can’t help you with that, but the Emergency Bowtie can turn any self-centered slob into a self-center slob with a bowtie….and believe me, that’s a world of difference. This Emergence Bowtie comes in a neat little storage tin so you can have it on you at all times. If you and your man are out and about and suddenly your parents are headed your way, pull it out and put it on him. Voilà, your dad will think you have a respectable man even if he is wearing the Bad Chewie Hoodie and Adidas Hoth Skywalker Shoes.
iPad Analysis Reports Welcome to TechInsights Apple iPad analysis page! Check back here frequently as we update you with the latest findings from our series of analyses: Potentially game-changing product releases like the iPad are rare, but this Apple product release was significant to TechInsights as it was our first opportunity to apply the combined might of the new organization in a focused and coordinated effort for a major industry event like this. The combined resources of the three founding companies along with the depth and breadth of our analytical capabilities and database of analytical data has extended our iPad analysis both vertically and horizontally, as detailed below. Apple iPad Teardowns 3 of the Creepiest Robots You'll See Today Sooner or later, robots will be able to replicate themselves, and when that happens, we can only hope they don't all turn out looking like monsters. We've rounded up three creepy robots that actually exist, including an automatic chicken deboning machine. Continue reading to see them all.
MicroSD Secure Digital (SD) is a non-volatile memory card format for use in portable devices, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, GPS navigation devices, and tablet computers. The Secure Digital standard was introduced in 1999 as an evolutionary improvement over MultiMediaCards (MMC). The Secure Digital standard is maintained by the SD Card Association (SDA). Worst Case Scenario Survival Card Game Do you know what you’re supposed to do when you’re being chased by a swarm of angry bees? How about fending off a shark when you’re out swimming and happen to see one approaching you? These are obviously situations you won’t normally find yourself in, but that doesn’t mean there’s no possibility of it ever happening. A way to educate yourself while having a bit of fun is with the Worst Case Scenario Survival Card Game Tin, which is a portable, travel edition of the Worst Case Scenario Board Game.
Technology: Green Living Electric fins and inflatable paddleboards Unbelievable to hear yet true, this amazing electronic machine is a universal electric conversion kit for stand up paddleboards, long boards and Kayaks. This electric motor can be installed in less than a minute and has a highly efficient battery that propels you for almost six hours on a single charge. Electric fins and inflatable paddleboards Read more... The Phone Call Is Dead photo © 2008 mike | more info (via: Wylio) In the tech industry saying that something is dead actually means “It’s on the decline.” And yes, the phone call is on an inexorable decline. My original title for this post was “The Phone Call Will Be Dead In __ Years” but as consumer inertia is somehow still keeping our parent company Aol in the dialup business, I thought it might be prudent not to include an ETA on the death of the call. Less obsolete but more annoying than a handwritten letter, the phone call is fading as a mode of communication even if the nostalgic will be singing its praises for awhile. We reached a breaking point in 2008 when text messaging topped mobile phone calling in usage, and we’ve been living in a world dominated by text based communication ever since (Thanks Twitter). If old media has taught us anything, it’s that it takes most industries at least a generation to be completely disrupted, especially something as powerful as Big Telco.
Windows 9: Goodbye, Charms bar, hello virtual desktops? Reports about the next major Windows release keep getting better and better. It looks like Microsoft has finally come to its senses and will dump the Charms bar in Windows 9 (also known as Threshold) slated for release next spring. Even better, Microsoft is planning a surprise for multi-taskers with the addition of multiple virtual desktops.