Siri hasn’t been caught cooking dinner yet, but hackers worldwide have boldly taken Apple’s personal assistant to a whole new level by incorporating its functionality with a plethora of different devices. We’ve seen Siri use custom commands, change the temperature in your house, and even allow select car owners to utilize their automobile’s Bluetooth integration. Nifty, no doubt, but this assistant’s evolution towards greater heights isn’t over yet. Vimeo user toddtreece has whipped up a slick demo of the iPhone 4S’ right hand gal (or guy) taking command of his television set. From changing channels to turning off devices, with the help of a proxy and a few parts, you can get your own home setup running on voice activation. Feeling a bit guilty for your sudden interest in slothfulness? Fret not — Siri’s apparently quite good at calling you out. Have a look just after the break.
No, this isn’t a recycled news item from the 1980s — it’s 2011, and MJ Mahon and 8 Bit Weapon have just announced the release of the Apple II DMS Drummer, a wavetable-based drum sequencer for Apple II-era machines. The monophonic synth reproduces eight drum sounds like bass, snare, rim shot, hand clap, tom, hat open, hat closed and “lazer,” along with a sequencer that lets you plug in up to 16 drum patterns across 256 slots. Seems like just the thing for chiptune composers hankering for a way to make authentic eight-bit drum tracks using vintage Apple hardware. System requirements call for an Apple IIe, IIc, IIc+ or IIgs with 80-column capability and a 5.25-inch floppy drive — you know, pretty modern stuff. A limited demo version is available, but if that doesn’t satisfy, you can either buy it on a floppy for .95 or download a .dsk disk image for .95. Oh, and neither require a time-traveling DeLorean to go back to 1985.
Apple II drum sequencer surfaces for chiptune composers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Honda has outlined its next-generation technology for automobiles at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Earth Dreams Technology” is a broad revamp of engine and transmission technologies with which the company aims to achieve ambitious, industry-leading fuel efficiencies for every category within three years, while simultaneously setting a timeline of 2020 to reduce by 30% CO2 emissions for all products sold worldwide, relative to emission figures for 2000…
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If you’ve never used Personal.com, it’s quite a useful site. It’s essentially a place for you to keep information, so that others on the web can’t access it. You have complete control over your information, which you organize into gems based on what its purpose. You can share these gems with others, which is a nice touch. Personal has just launched an Android app, so users can access their info from their smartphone or tablet. I could go into extensive detail, but the video below says it so much better.
So with that being said, if you’d like to give Personal’s new app a look, you can download it by using the box below. Is anyone currently using Personal.com? What do you think of the app? Sound off in the comments! The full press release can also be found after the break.
Personal.com wants to help you stay organized with new app originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
Make no mistake, Nokia Lumia 800 really IS a Nokia N9 with Windows Phone Mango, although everyone seems to keep avoiding saying that… However, I’m not here to criticize (yet), but to give you a quick look at the unboxing of the first Nokia device with Windows Phone on board.
Announced at Nokia World 2011 last month, together with the Lumia 710, this phone is available inside the usual blue box from Nokia. The arrangement of the package is identical to the one of the N9… it includes a case with good grip, a bunch of manuals, the charger, microUSB cable and headphone set. The Nokia Lumia 800 is wrapped in plastic and requires a bit of setup before showing me those sexy tiles.
The 3.7 inch display feels a bit cramped after having used the HTC Titan, I have to be honest. I guess you want to know what’s changed here, in comparison with the N9: well, the Lumia 800 adds a camera button, capacitive buttons below the display and decreases the diagonal to 3.7 inches. There’s also the replacement of MeeGo OS with Windows Phone Mango… More on that will come in the following days, as we proceed to review the handset.
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I just found out the hard way that DM 6.1 does NOT seem to give you that option, so I had to reinstall an old Version 5.0 build that’s like a year and a half old… which I’m happy to keep using, if that’s what I have to do. But is there a newer version of DM that still has that functionality? Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Talk about padding out a product line. Urban Ears announced a new, quilted addition to its Plattan line of over-the-ear headphones. The Quilted Plattan Edition feature an extra padded headband and ear cushion. They’ll run you around and an extra layer of sweat at the gym.
Urban Ears Plattan headphones prove that quilted isn’t just for toilet paper anymore originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Korean scientists reckon that the capacitive touchscreens on our phones and tablets could help diagnose diseases from what’s floating around in your mouth. It works through the screen’s ability to detect minute capacitive differences in disease-carrying liquids placed on its surface. Experiments by Hyun Gyu Park and Byoung Yeon Won at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon managed to detect chlamydia microbes in three different concentrations. Once again, the iPhone acted as medical chief, although the setup isn’t yet able to distinguish between different bugs. There are also teething troubles with the touchscreen, as capacitive read-outs can be affected by moisture and sweat that are on the screen alongside your ‘sample.’ One solution to this would be to create a disposable film that attaches to the iPhone surface. There’s a second reason for this, as Park diplomatically puts it: “Nobody wants direct application of bio-samples onto their phone.” Let’s hope Siri doesn’t take it personally.
[Sneezing photo via Shutterstock]
Get diagnosed by spitting on an iPhone, social graces terminal originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
WiMax expansion isn’t exactly all the rage as of late, and so it comes as no surprise that Nokia Siemens Networks is shedding itself of the extraneous baggage. Following its recent whopping round of layoffs, the move is a continuation of the company’s efforts to bring stability to its bottom line. NewNet Communication Technologies has agreed to bring the castoff WiMax technologies into its fold, along with approximately 300 NSN employees — all for an undisclosed price — in a deal that’s expected to be finalized before year’s end. A full press release follows the break.
Nokia Siemens Networks looks to unload WiMax division onto NewNet Communication originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It likely won’t win over anyone who isn’t too fond of 3D to begin with, but those looking for some additional quasi-3D content beyond the standard fare now have a new option to consider in the form of Acer’s 27-inch HR274H monitor. It not only includes a set of passive, polarized 3D glasses, but what Acer describes as its own “chip-based solution” that promises to convert all 2D content to 3D in real time (it can be switched on and off on the monitor itself). Unfortunately, there’s no word yet as to how well the effect works, and the monitor’s specs are otherwise decidedly ordinary for the rather high 9 price tag — you’ll just get a TN panel with a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution. Additional details can be found in the press release after the break.
Acer’s 27-inch HR274H monitor promises to do 2D-to-3D conversion on the fly originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.