Google’s Chromecast is Mountain View’s next foray into the television market. In brief, it’s a $35 HDMI dongle that mirrors content being played nearby on a tablet, smartphone or computer. Hrm, that sounds familiar. The 2-inch device runs “a simplified version of Chrome OS” and requires separate USB power; connect it to your local WiFi network and similarly connected devices work with Chromecast. It can be ordered right now on Google Play and will apparently ship in one to two days. Of note, the device seems US-only for now, as our UK colleagues are showing a “not available in your country” prompt. Early buyers get three months of free Netflix with the purchase. Additionally, it’s also heading to retail (read: Best Buy) on July 28th. Google ended its presentation with a quick word that Chromecast functionality will eventually come embedded in various other devices, and that it’s working on getting other countries access “as quickly as possible.” No specs were given during the presentation, but its Google Play page lists the device as HDMI-CEC compatible, and it uses 2.4GHz 801.11 b/g/n WiFi. Given the separate USB power required, the $35 nets you a Chromecast device, an HDMI extended, a USB power cable and a separate power adapter.
It’s looking like we’ll be getting a seventh version of iOS come Monday evening; but Apple has some other surprises in store for the keynote that will kick off WWDC 2013. New laptops, an updated desktop operating system and possibly even a television are some of the rumours circulating.
Engadget have just announced the winners of their ‘2012 Engadget Awards – Readers’ Choice’. There are some obvious winners in there, but also some surprises. The Nokia Lumia 920 winning mobile phone of the year doesn’t at all reflect its sales figures; likewise the Microsoft Surface RT winning Tablet of the year ahead of Apple and Samsung is mind blowing!
Click the source link for the rest… What would you have gone for?
Maybe Pigs might actually fly! Metallica have teamed up with Spotify to finally bring their music to the download masses. Interesting that one of the board members of Spotify (Sean Parker) was a founding member of Napster, whom Metallica tried to sue back in the mid-nineties. It was a big deal back then and most likely shaped the online music industry that we now enjoy today.
It seems that all is forgiven since the Napster Vs Metallica; now that the self-proclaimed Ludites of Rock have realised that the business model used by the music industry in the nineties has no place in the modern world. Perhaps they’ve seen their funds decline along with the sale of CD’s and have decided to man-up to continue theirRock and Roll lifestyle? We’ll never know.
Watch the interview/awkward confrontation at the Engadget source below.
Meanwhile I felt this music video by MC Lars and Featuring Jared from Bowling For Soup was fitting…
The Wall Street Journal has weighed in on rumors of Apple’s smaller iPhone, and citing “people familiar with the matter” the publication says that the rumors are likely true. One such familiar person reportedly saw a device half the size of the iPhone 4, bearing the codename “N97,” and said that the handset will be only about half the size of the original, and at only around half the price too. Amazingly, those anonymous sources continued to divulge information, expressing the idea that Apple could finally make its MobileMe cloud service suite free, and that it just might be the platform from which Apple could finally launch a streaming music platform and lessen the need for all those gigabytes of flash storage in your pocket. We’ll let you know if or when any of that happens, okay?
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The fourth-generation iPhone prototype that leaked its way out into the world over the weekend has found its way to Gizmodo, and they’ve examined it exhaustively enough to prove that it’s the real thing.
Not only does it show up in iTunes, Xcode, and System Profiler, but it has different product identifiers than the 3G or 3GS, and it’s packed with Apple-labeled components inside. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get it to boot out of recovery mode, but a number of new features and changes are evident just by looking at it.
Obviously, it’s thinner than the 3GS, with smaller internal components and a larger battery inside the metal frame. There’s also a front-facing camera, a larger and better camera with a flash on the back, a higher-res display that’s slightly smaller than the current models, a second mic for noise cancellation, and that new back, which Gizmodo seems a bit confused about but is possibly glass or ceramic.
It’s three grams heavier than a 3GS, with a 16 percent larger battery and the same new MicroSIM slot used in the iPad.
It was also told the phone was found running iPhone OS 4.0 but that it was remotely killed before Gizmodo could actually see it, and that they can’t get it to boot because it requires a bespoke build of the OS.
Apple will be surely after this, although there is some speculation as to weather this is a viral campaign to muster a lot of interest in the product again after the much-hyped iPad. It’s probably working.
DARPA’s just put up a pretty interesting job posting… if you’re the wary-of-our-future-being-controlled-by-robots type, anyway. The call involves a new research and development program called ARM. Basically, DARPA’s looking to build a robot that can use its arms to dexterously and autonomously grasp objects. The quote from the job posting which is raising eyebrows around here says that the bot should be able to "hold an inert grenade with one hand, and pull the pin with the other hand" without any direction from humans. Now, we’re not really trying to hit the alarmist angle, and we’re all for advancements in robot tech… but it seems to us we’d have less to worry about if the job posting had said "should be able to hold a kitten in one hand, and pet it with the other." Right guys?
- It’s not light. It feels pretty weighty in your hand.
- The screen is stunning, and it’s 1024 x 768. Feels just like a huge iPhone in your hands.
- The speed of the CPU is something to be marveled at. It is blazingly fast from what we can tell. Webpages loaded up super fast, and scrolling was without a hiccup. Moving into and out of apps was a breeze. Everything flew.
- There’s no multitasking at all. It’s a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. No multitasking means no streaming Pandora when you’re working in Pages… you can figure it out. It’s a real setback for this device.
- The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts here.
- No camera. None, nada. Zip. No video conferencing here folks. Hell, it doesn’t have an SMS app!
- It’s running iPhone OS 3.2.
- The keyboard is good, not great. Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos.
- No Flash confirmed.
Remember, boys and girls, that the WWDC Keynote for Apple is tomorrow (Monday 8th June) at 6pm GMT. The best place to get live updates on what is announced – iPhone V3? – will be [Engadget]
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