Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
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For most computer tasks, nothing beats the good ol' keyboard and mouse. But the Leap Motion Controller is here, and it's challenging the way we think about navigating our computers.
If you're one of the early adopters looking for a hint of "Minority Report" in your life, the Leap Motion is already quick to impress (or at least entertain). With it, you can play games, draw, and even perform unexpected tasks -- like unlocking your PC -- without ever touching the mouse. Sounds awesome, but the device does have some quirks that could cause some … Read more
The Leap Motion Controller, which lets you guide your computer by gesturing in the air, started shipping this week.
So who's ready to start typing e-mails in midair?
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The New York Times is ditching the keyboard, mouse, and touch with a free app that works with Leap Motion's $79.99 gesture-based controller for desktops and laptops running Apple's OSX 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Windows 7 and 8.
The app displays news stories as "cards," and users navigate them using gestures, such as a circular motion to scroll up and down and tapping to flip a story card from the preview to the full story. The app also includes the potential addition of gesture-controlled advertisements slotted between story cards.
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Verizon is not interested in bidding on prepaid wireless service provider Leap Wireless. But the company may be looking to buy a carrier in Canada, according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.
Speaking on the company's quarterly conference call on Thursday, Shammo responded to an analyst's question about AT&T's proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless. Shammo said he wouldn't make specific comments regarding the proposed acquisition, but emphatically said that he wanted to put to rest any rumors that Verizon may be interested in the Leap network.
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Leap Wireless' prepaid brand Cricket Wireless is expanding its device financing plans to help customers purchase a new smartphone.
The company, which offers low-cost prepaid wireless service, announced Wednesday three new zero percent financing options for customers that will make it easier to get their hands on hot new smartphones. The company initially announced a device financing plan late last year. And at the time, it said it would expand that option.
The new options come in three flavors, which will be offered to customers based on a variety of factors, including credit history, the company said. When customers apply … Read more
AT&T's $1.2 billion acquisition of regional prepaid carrier Leap Wireless suggests it may be moving into the no-contract business in a big way.
But the deal may ultimately end up being a spectrum land grab by AT&T, which has shown an eagerness to shore up its war chest of wireless licenses.
"It's mostly about spectrum," said Craig Moffett, an analyst at Moffett Research. "They keep Leap's spectrum out of T-Mobile's hands. Most people thought T-Mobile would be the eventual buyer."
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AT&T announced Friday that it will acquire prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless in a deal valued around $1.2 billion.
The carrier has agreed to pay $15 a share in cash for Leap, which operates under the Cricket Wireless brand. As part of the agreement, AT&T will get Leap's wireless properties, including its licenses, network assets, and stores, as well as its subscribers, which number around 5 million. AT&T also will keep the Cricket brand.
Leap's wireless network covers about 96 million people in 35 states, according to a statement Friday.
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