It's no secret Logitech, and others, are working on hardware for iPhones and iPads that will work with iOS 7's new controller features. However, it's been a bit of a mystery as to just what those devices will look like.
A new photo, posted by Evleaks, shines some light on that with a very finished-looking device that cradles what looks like an iPhone 5. It sports a D-pad, four action buttons, and shoulder buttons, along with what looks like a large pause button. In the back, there's a cut out so that the camera can still … Read more
I'll level with you, I'd been drinking when the idea for this one occured. I was on a Volvo event and had just driven a Volvo V60 DRIVe (now the D2) from Marlow (just off the M4 outside of London) to Mayrhofen (in the Tyrol, Austria) on just over a single tank of fuel. No mean feat, I hasten to add.
While I was enjoying a beer or three in the bar a chap from Volvo mentioned the cruise control had been improved and would now work from a standstill. What he meant was that in theory you … Read more
You could say iOS 7 is revolutionary -- in the world of Apple. For several iterations now, Android users have had access to some of iOS 7's most heralded features, leaving some avid fanboys going pfffftttttt.
But maybe you've taken Android's offerings for granted. Maybe you overlooked these now-glorified features. Maybe it took the release of iOS 7 to appreciate just how plentiful your Android phone really is.
So, it's time take a little inventory. At the risk of igniting a flame war, let's look at iOS 7's best features, on Android.1. Control … Read more
What does an average chicken have in common with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550? Both have sophisticated suspension systems. In its latest advertisement, the German automaker jiggles and bounces around a few chickens to demonstrate the general idea behind its Magic Body Control adaptive suspension.
What's being illustrated here is a behavior known as the vestibulo-ocular reflex, which allows animals to isolate the movement of their eyes from the movement of their bodies, stabilizing their vision.
In the case of the chicken, the reflex also isolates the movement of its entire head, allowing the birds to keep their skulls remarkably … Read more
The simple act of enabling Bluetooth, or disabling Wi-Fi on an iOS device has never been truly simple. The process required way too many taps to navigate to a switch buried deep within the Settings app.
With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.
In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'… Read more
From the beginning, Leap Motion's founders were certain their gesture-control technology was a natural to be embedded directly into computers.
That bet paid off Thursday when Hewlett-Packard became the first computer maker to build Leap Motion's technology into one of its machines. Starting in a few weeks, the San Francisco startup said, the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop will go on sale.
Leap Motion's technology is designed to allow users to control their computers with hand gestures alone. Until now, the only way to use it was with the Leap controller, a USB stick-sized … Read more
Video game controllers have evolved from simple plastic molds disguising circuit boards to sophisticated ergonomic input devices that can not only sense varying degrees of button pressure, but also motion and tilt. Now they're completely wireless, they vibrate, rumble, light up, and make sounds.
As any athlete values his or her equipment, so do gamers their controllers. In fact, the industry has seen an explosive response to the expanding market of controller customization. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all offer nontraditional versions of their respective console's controllers, ranging in design from simple alternative color options to over-the-top franchise-inspired works … Read more
Last week, the folks at Parallels unveiled Access, a remote-control utility for Windows and Mac that lets you access either of those desktop environments via an iPad app.
There's just one small wrinkle: Parallels Access costs $79.99 per year per computer. That's a pretty steep price even if you have only one desktop. Fortunately, there are alternatives that give you very similar functionality for a much lower price: $0. One of them, TeamViewer, is free for personal use. … Read more