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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

While we certainly enjoyed covering SDCC this year, we’re always battling one thing: our battery life on our smartphones and electronics. This year was no different. Between doing social networking, recording videos and taking pictures it was a chore to keep the smartphones charged.

What’s worse is when you discover you have less then 50% battery and it’s not even the middle of the day.

Luckily for us, a certain booth caught our eyes and came to the rescue, promising  a mobile solution to charging your devices. MoblNRG stepped up and took the SDCC challenge. So how did the MoblNRG lithium ion battery hold up? Did it give us the extra charge we needed to get through SDCC?

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Adobe Pulling the Plug on Flash for Mobile

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Adobe Pulling the Plug on Flash for Mobile

It’s hard for a software business to admit when its product is not the ideal solution to your problem. It’s even harder when that same business has been pushing for two years to get everyone to accept them as a serious contender to meet that need.

Adobe has decided to discontinue trying to beat HTML5 on mobile devices, and instead focus on PC development. This does not mean they are backing out of the mobile marketplace – far from it. Adobe will be increasing its involvement with the HTML5 spec and ensuring that their needs are met in the still-evolving HTML5 specification.

The press release, from the Adobe Blog, is below.

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Pixel Breakfast Question: What do you want to see created in the new decade?

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The decade is coming to a close.  From this decade, communications technology has put as almost to the “Jetsons” age.  We now have true mobile video anywhere we go, the real internet in our pockets, and a small taste of augmented reality.  Sadly though, we don’t have real transforming robots that can disguise themselves as cars.

So this morning’s Pixel Breakfast question is, what do you want to see created in the new decade? Me personally, I’d like to finally see mobile video calls become a reality.  I really thought that the new iPhone 3G was going to have 2 cameras. Front and back. But, I guess AT&T’s crappy service or big heads wouldn’t allow it.  But the recent approval of live video streaming apps, like UStream Broadcaster, over WiFi and 3G signals makes me hopeful that it’ll be here soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNIsQY9TPKM

Google Maps Navigation Beta: My First Drive

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nav-gallery-23The Google turn-by-turn voice navigation update to its Maps application became available to me last night as I was getting ready to leave work. I decided to pull the update and then try it out on my drive home… here is my experience:

Application download: 2.5 MB

I thought an application, including a voice, is quite compact at 2.5 MB. It turns out the voice libraries are not included on this download. When the download completed I started the app, went and entered my destination (home), then hit “Go.” It was here I was prompted to download the voice pack.

Voice Application Addon: 4.x MB

nav-gallery-24What?! Jeeze, in the G1 we only get 75 MB or so of application space… this was looking to be a real pain in the ass. Fortunately, the installer dumps the whole set of voice data to the SD card and then removed itself from the device. Clean, sweet, not 100% intuitive. For the less tech savvy phone owners, they may be stuck wondering where their application went, or why they can’t find it. A few instructions on the app or downloader MIGHT help these people out.

The Drive:

It is to be mentioned that my drive home is only about 20 minutes, 5 turns total, and relatively non-freeway heavy. The default route the app chooses for me takes me off my normal path, so I decide to go my own way. I am not more than 10 seconds into my new path when the application updates my new route seamlessly and takes the route I am more familiar with. No bitching, no complaining, it just works… that is how a tool should be.

I also decided to pick up dinner on my way, the app made two route corrections during my winging about the lanes to get to my chosen dining take-out spot. When I got out of the lot, it had my route for that spot onward. Again, seamlessly, the app took my actions and translated them to my desired results.
I can say I am impressed with this application thus far and I haven’t even used a majority of its capabilities. I can’t wait to see what additional things may make it in before it leaves beta. Good job Google Apps folks.

Google to Bring GPS Turn-by-Turn Navigation to the Android OS

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As an Android handset owner, I took unnatural joy in the soon-to-be-released turn-by-turn GPS app! The app allows voice commands, fuzzy search (aka you don’t know the exact location, but know details of an event etc…), and all sorts of fun integrations with maps, traffic and street view. Check out the overview video!

What does all this mean to you? I’m not sure, but as for Garmin and TomTom…

the-game-has-changed

[via Engadget and LifeHacker]

Pandora: the Death of FM Radio

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I hate commercial ads on the radio. One day, you’re listening to the radio in your car and for some reason, the playlist they got going is REALLY GOOD. It’s so good that you don’t want it to stop! But then, like all good things, it does stop… for commercials. Ugh, so annoying.  Even more annoying is when you look for a good song that is playing and you’re flipping through the stations and all you STILL hear are commercials. UGH!

Thank god for mobile Pandora.  Now, you’ll never have to listen to ANY commercials.  For the past month and a half, I’ve been using the iPhone Pandora app.  Since then, I’ve never ONCE turned my car radio mode to “FM”.

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Play the Ocarina on the iPhone

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“Ocarina is sensitive to your breath, touch and movements, making it even more versatile than the original. Unlike other musical applications, there are no pre-compiled riffs so musicians will find unlimited opportunities for self-expression. Advanced options allow you to choose between diatonic, minor and harmonic scales. Or channel your favorite video game adventurer with Smule’s Zeldarian mode.”

TOO COOOOOL! I must get this after work.

[via http://ocarina.smule.com/]

UPDATE: Here’s the notes for the Zelda Theme