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Mini-review of the iPad
"I won't buy the iPad because I care about openness, but others will."
gadgets  apple  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
april 2010 by mcherm
iControlPad - Add real gaming controls to your iPhone!
The guys who invented a gaming device you stick your iPhone into (in order to add buttons for gaming) were surprised to find that well after they had begun production, Apple filed for a patent on what they were building. I wonder how this one will turn out?
law  patent  ip-law  patentabuse  iphone  apple  gadgets  evil 
april 2010 by mcherm
Digital Domain - AT&T Takes the Fall for the iPhone’s Glitches -
This guy says AT&T's network is actually better, but their reputation is far worse because the iPhone is lousy at connecting to the celular network.
gadgets  iphone  phone  networking 
december 2009 by mcherm
Is it a sin to leave your cell phone plugged in overnight?
Leaving chargers plugged in wastes so little electricity that it's not worth worrying about. Change one more bulb or skip one hot bath instead.
slate  via:HackerNews  gadgets  environment  electronics 
october 2009 by mcherm
Knowing .NET » Blog Archive » Brilliance From Siggraph: Bokeh-Based Tiny Barcodes
Apparently you can reconstruct from out-of-focus images the original data with enough precision to read barcodes with 2.5 micron features using an off-the-shelf camera at 4 meters!
gadgets  optics  light  physics  vision  via:LarryOBrien 
august 2009 by mcherm
Daring Fireball: The Android Opportunity
Someone should try to build a phone on Android that's more high-end than Apple's iPhone.
iphone  gadgets  android  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by mcherm
Ars Reviews the Palm Pre, part 1: the BlackBerry killer - Ars Technica
Interesting review of the Palm Pre. The most interesting part is the discussion of the implications of storing profile information, contacts, and stuff like that in the cloud rather than on the device. Allows things like remote wipe (when it's been stolen) and allows it to be the perfect tool for corporate IT departments to give out (because they can control it).
via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  palm  iphone  gadgets 
june 2009 by mcherm
Use Your G1 As… A Metal Detector? (VIDEO) | AndroidGuys
Creative idea: build an app that uses the built-in compass in a phone as a (poor quality) metal detector!
via:boingboing  hacking  gadgets  personal_net 
may 2009 by mcherm
All Together Now!: 30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once
Don't make this mistake! Software problems causing all instances of a given tech gadget (a music player from Microsoft in this case) to fail simultaneously. Frankly, I'm almost surprised that I HAVEN'T heard of such an error before. But it can't be good for the vendor.
Microsoft  via:slashdot  gadgets  security 
january 2009 by mcherm
Android - Boing Boing
A very early review of the Android phone (from Google). It's pretty positive.
android  gadgets  google  phone  via:boingboing 
september 2008 by mcherm

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