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Qbo the cute open source robot created by the Thecorpora, which was created around six years ago, to provide a low cost, open-source robot enabling anyone to enter the robotics and the artificial intelligence world. Has now been updated to recognise hand gestures to control the playback of music.

Qbo has been programmed to use its stereoscopic vision and only pay attention to hands that are nearby, successfully distinguish, in real-time, among several hand gestures associated with several commands including: play/pause, stop, volume up/down, next/previous song. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.


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Category: Techno News | Views: 691 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-05 | Comments (0)

When Sony announced the PS Vita earlier in the year, we also heard that their new handheld gaming console would go on sale before the end of 2011, now it looks like it will only be Japan that will get the PS Vita before the end of the year.

Sony’s executive vice president, Kazuo Hirai has announced that the Sony PS Vita will go on sale in Japan by the end of the year but it wont go on sale in the UK, US and Europe until 2012.

Sony PS Vita

There are no details as yet on when exactly in 2012 the PS Vita console will hit the US, UK and Europe, and the news will come as a disappointment to many gamers who were expecting to ... Read more »

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Skype has today rolled out a new version of its Android Skype application to 2.1 which brings with it video call support for an additional 17 of the most popular Android devices.

But even if your Android phone is not listed, if you are using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above, you should still be able to enable video calling in your Skype settings. If you can not see the video call settings on your device then unfortunately at the moment your Android smartphone is not compatible.

Android Skype

You can now download the updated Skype 2.1 for Android app from the Google Android Market&n ... Read more »

Category: Microsoft News | Views: 696 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-05 | Comments (0)

The last thing we heard about HTC’s bootloader unlocking tool for its Android devices that it would be available some time in August, HTC has now confirmed they are still on track for an August release and have also revealed some details on how the tool will work.

The bootloader unlocking tool for HTC devices will be available as a web tool and you will have to register an account with HTC, then plug your HTC smartphone into your PC with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, this token can then be entered into the web tool and a unique unlock key will be sent to you via email.

HTC Sensation

Since our last update, many of you have asked how the bootloader unlocking process will actually work, and in particular why HTC’s ... Read more »

Category: Future Mobile | Views: 645 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Google has rolled out a new update to their mobile Gmail web application designed to bring it more inline with a native application you might find on Apple’s iPhone 4. To make the feel of  their Gmail web app a little more polished, Google has now added high resolution icons, providing a smoother and sharper user interface on retina display smartphones.

Other new features included in this update include a new Pull-to-refresh feature, that makes it quicker and easier to check for new messages and download them to your smartphone. As explained in the digram below there is now a bar along the top which if flicked down and released will now start the send and receive process.

Gmail HD Icons

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Google has released new statistics on its Android platform distribution, and the statistics show that many users are still on Android 2.2 Froyo, with around 55.9 percent of users still on Android 2.2.

Next up is Android 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 Gingerbread with 23.7 percent of all devices using Gingerbread, after that we have Android 2.1 on 15.2 percent, Android 1.6 using just 2 percent and Android 1.5 just 1.3 percent.

Google Android

Google’s latest Android version Honeycomb, which is designed for Android Tablets now makes up just 1.3 percent, and this includes honeycomb 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2.

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HTC’s smartphones have become incredibly popular over the last few years, mainly thanks to Google’s Android OS, and they also produce Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

Now HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou has announced that the company will launch between six and eight new smartphones this quarter, and whilst he didn’t give details of any models that will be announced, we suspect that we will see some of the rumored devices we have heard about over the last few months.

HTC Sensation

We can expect to see some new HTC Android devices as well as some new HTC Windows Phone 7 devices, as soon as we get some more information on exactly what new HTC smartphones will be launching we will let you guys know.

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Category: Future Mobile | Views: 682 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Before you get too excited the image below is a fan-made amalgam using pre-order graphics and does not represent official game artwork for the new games skins. As Rocksteady/Warner Bros have still not yet released any official images of the skins included within their new Batman: Arkham City game.

However to date there are expected to be six skins available within the game but this could increase as the game gets closer to launch.

Batman Skins

The skins are available to gamers who pre-order the new Batman : Arkham City from certain retailers. For example if you like the Batman animated series skin you will need to purchase the Batman: Arkham City from MightyApe.

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Category: Gaming News | Views: 638 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

It looks like Skype, which was recently purchased by Microsoft is looking to bring video calling to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, as a recent job posting mentions the following ‘building and optimizing the Skype Video Engine solution for Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone platforms.’

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Mango offers support for front facing video cameras, so it would make sense for Microsoft and Skype to offer video calling on Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7

There are no details on when Skype with video calling will be available for Windows Phone 7, but we suspect it may be before the end of the year.

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Category: Future Mobile | Views: 815 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Black Diamond has this week unveiled their new next generation auto locking carabiner the Black Diamond Magnetron, which no longer relies on springs but magnetic fields. The magnetron carabiner uses the magnets to make the carabiner easy to use and lock in either your left or right hand. Magnetic attraction to a steel insert in the carabiner nose keeps two independent arms securely locked in place locking the carabiner.

Watch the video after the break to see Bill Belcourt Black Diamond’s Climbing Hardgoods Category Director explain the new magnetron technology and the way it works without the need for traditional springs.

Black Diamond Magnetron

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Category: Techno News | Views: 934 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Google’s new social network Google+ seems to be becoming more popular every day, and Google has now released a new version of Google+ for Android brings a range of new features to your Android device as well as some bug fixes.

With the latest version of Google+ for Android it now features improved notifications, the ability to share stream posts with individual people, and much more you can see full details of everything that is new in the Google+ for Android app below.

Google+ Android

New in Google+ for Android 1.0.5

Improved notifications reliability

"_add to circle” notifications shown in bulk

Share stream posts to individual people

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We have been hearing a number of rumors that the iPhone 5 will launch at end of September or the start of October, earlier today we heard that Pegatron who is rumored to be producing the iPhone 5 for Apple, along with Foxconn would start shipping the device to Apple in September.

Now according to the Guardian’s Charles Arthur, Apple has sent out the iPhone 5 to mobile carriers for testing, and apparently the iPhone 5 units are being tested under a fair amount of secrecy at the mobile carriers.

iPhone 5 Concept

The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It’s very high security, as you could guess; my understanding ... Read more »

Category: Future Mobile | Views: 675 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Earlier today RIM announced its new BlackBerry smartphones which will all come with the new BlackBerry 7 OS, one of the new handsets was the new BlackBerry Torch 9860.

The video below was put together by Vodafone and it gives us our first look at the new BlackBerry Torch 9860, which is due to go on sale in the US and the UK later this month.

BlackBerry Torch 9860

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Category: Future Mobile | Views: 667 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Both Microsoft and Apple have been going after Google’s Android OS, with Microsoft signing patents deals with a number of Android smartphone manufacturers and Apple suing the popular Android device makers like Samsung and HTC.

Google has been pretty quiet on the whole situation , until now, Google’s David Drummond who is the companies Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, has posted a blog post attacking, Apple, Microsoft and Oracle.

Android Apple

The article has the title ‘When patents’ attack Android’, and it makes for interesting reading, and David Drummond mentions the recent Nortel Patents which were acquired by the companies recently.

But Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign again ... Read more »

Category: Google techno | Views: 631 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

So for $24.95 you get a plate whose bottom is magnetized thereby allowing the owner to stick trinkets on it. That, boys and girls, is the sum and totality of this particular semi-gadget. If it had blinky lights we’d honor it as a ‘whole’  gadget, but it’s just a metal plate.

If you’re wondering about the genius who ‘invented’ this, why, ’twas an industrial design student named Jake Frey. Bravo, Mr. Fray. You now have a commercially distributed product to your credit.

Magnetic Light Switch

Of course, it’s unclear at this point if a magnetized light switch cover will become the cornerstone of Mr. Fray’s ... Read more »

Category: Techno News | Views: 818 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Its being reported that the Xbox Live service is currently experiencing intermittent service outages, so if you have been kicked from Halo Reach or Black Ops don’t work its not your kit and your not alone.

The outages started to be report last night and have been shown on Microsoft’s status service board. The issues experienced seem to include creating, managing, and recovering accounts, and creating, maintaining, or joining matches in Halo Reach or Black Ops.

Xbox Live Outages

You can check on the current status of the Xbox Live service by visiting the support site ... Read more »

Category: Gaming News | Views: 712 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

If you like creating and building your own gizmos and gadgets, you might be interested to know that SparkFun has launched a new range of kits called Protosnap. Designed to help the novice electronics enthusiast easily move into the world of Arduino programming, prototyping and design.

Each product in the new ProtoSnap line are equipped with various input and output boards linked together, complete with traces, to form a multi-use prototyping platform. The new boards have been designed to allow users to experiment with embedded electronics without having to soldering, wires or other typical prototyping limitations. Watch the video after the jump to see a run through of the new ProtoSnap Kits.


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Category: Techno News | Views: 721 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Last year, Google made it possible for U.S residents to call any mobile phone or landline directly from their Gmail accounts. Google has now rolled out a new update to the service making this available to 150 locations worldwide in 38 languages.

You can now buy calling credit in your choice of four currencies : Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars and there are no connection fees, so you only pay for the time you talk. Watch the promotional video created by Google explaining the new update.


Gmail Calling

Google has also lowered their call rates:

"For example, it’s now only $0.10 (or €0.08) per minute to call mobile phones in the U.K., F ... Read more »

Category: Google techno | Views: 707 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)

Huawei has added another Android smartphone to their range with the launch of the Huawei Vision, which features a uni-body design and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Huawei Vision features a 3.7 inch capacitive multi-touch display, plus a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor, it also comes with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of built in storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards.

Huawei Vision

Other features on the Huawei Vision include Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, plus a 5 megapixel camera on the back with built in auto focus and an LED flash, the camera is capable of recording HD video in 720p.

On top of that there is also a 1400 mAh battery and a micro USB port, plus A-GPS, an ... Read more »

Category: Future Mobile | Views: 842 | Added by: amitguruji | Date: 2011-08-04 | Comments (0)