The iPhone has a few Wikipedia applications available for information hunting people on the go. Most like Wikipanion, my self included, while others like Wikiamo. Now there’s a new kid in town and he’s free with some added features. Oh ya, he also runs on Android based systems such as T-Mobile’s G1.
WikiTap brings you both Wikipedia and Wikionary right to your hand. While the formatting isn’t anything to woo most users, what one will find on the bottom row in Wikipedia results may at least raise some eye brows. With a connection to its WikiTap community adding video to WikiTap as well as links to YouTube, you’ll be able to dive in deeper in topic right there in your handset. You don’t have to upload anything to participate either. You can do the TiVo and thumb-up or down video to help better refine what shows up in the video row.
For those needing to know how to pronounce a word, look it up in Wikionary and tap the speaker and out comes the way to say it. Speaking of spelling, WikiTap will also auto-corrrects misspelt words in the look up window for you. For example, if you type “shwazzenegg”, you’ll get Arnold Schwarzenegger. Enter “sycholog” and out comes “psychology”. Great for people like me that weren’t taught phonics in school. (What was I taught anyway? Such a blur.)
Veveo hopes to add travel and music to the list of features in the future. Get WikiTap from the AppStore or App Market for free today.
Vuzix, the company behind personal video iWear, today launched two new products in Europe incorporating ground-breaking technology advances.
Worn like a pair of glasses, the new AV310 is the first video headset of its kind to feature the full 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio; while the AV230XL breaks new ground by using OLED (organic LED) screen technology for an incredibly bright, high contrast display that uses less power.
The release of the two headsets brings the full Vuzix range to four models. The AV920 is the top of the range video headset, and the VR920 is a virtual reality headset aimed at the gaming market which adds motion tracking and 3D capability to 80 PC titles and online games such as World of Warcraft, Second Life and Call of Duty.
The two new products are designed to complement a range of devices with TV Out capability including the Apple iPod range, MP4 players, games consoles such as Wii, and many of the latest mobile phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung and HTC.
In fact, connectivity and access to content is now at such a level that most consumers across Europe could sit and watch on their personal devices ‘cinema sized’ video from YouTube, BBC iPlayer or other on-demand TV channels using a Vuzix headset.
Announcing the breakthrough new products, Vuzix founder and CEO Paul Travers said: “There is increasing demand and interest in this space. As screens in our homes get bigger, the screens we use on the move have stayed roughly the same size.
“With Vuzix iWear you can get the full big-screen cinema experience, in a device that is small enough to carry in your pocket. And the range of products you can connect to is increasing all the time as more and more mobile phones are released with video out capability.”
The new Vuzix models are both shipped with an approved “Made for iPod” cable that connects to the full range of iPod devices – including the Classic, the Nano and the Touch; and also to the iPhone. Leads for other leading handsets such as Nokia’s N95 and N96 are also included within the pack.
The AV230XL and the AV310 Widescreen are also the first Vuzix models to run using one standard AA battery, further aiding convenience, flexibility and portability.
The AV230XL will initially retail at £129.99 and the AV310 Widescreen at £149.99. Both are available now and are being released at special introductory launch prices that will be held until Xmas.
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With today’s traditional workstation model pricing, many organizations can only afford to deploy professional graphics solutions to select designers and engineers, leaving a significant portion of the workforce with sub-optimal products. This is about to change as NVIDIA Corp. announced today NVIDIA®® Quadro®® FX 470, the first integrated professional motherboard GPU, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 370 Low Profile (Quadro FX 370 LP), an entry-level Quadro graphics boards for small form factor systems.
Honoring NVIDIA’s commitment to tailor its Quadro professional line to the specific needs of the end user, the Quadro FX 470 and Quadro FX 370 LP GPU deliver high performance and flexibility at entry-level pricing for computer-aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications.
“In today’s competitive global marketplace, engineers, traders, designers and power office users demand more functionality and reliability from their desktop computing solutions,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Services, NVIDIA. “The Quadro FX 470 and the Quadro FX 370 LP are precisely tested, certified and designed to maximize productivity and deliver the cost-effective, professional-quality solution these users require on a daily basis.”
Increasing performance and reliability at a ground-breaking price, both systems are certified for key DCC and CAD applications from independent software vendors such as Autodesk and Adobe. Designed to fit seamlessly in a space-saving configuration, the Quadro FX 370 LP GPU has a MSRP at $149 USD and offers professional graphics performance with fanless cooling for a quieter work environment. The Quadro FX 470 GPU expands end customer access to professional graphics by enabling systems to achieve a price point under $700 USD.
“The Quadro FX 470 integrated chipset is a landmark achievement for professional graphics,” said Tom Lin, general manager, Server Business Unit, AsusTek COMPUTER Inc. “By offering Quadro FX 470 graphics in our new ASUS TW100-E5 iQuadro workstation, we are giving our customers an entirely new way to get the performance advantages of a Quadro GPU at entry-level pricing. It’s a powerful graphics option that we believe the CAD and design communities will eagerly embrace.”
Delivering the quality and reliability that the market expects from NVIDIA Quadro solutions, the Quadro FX 470 motherboard GPU and Quadro FX 370 LP feature 128-bit precision graphics pipeline, 32-bit floating point precision, filtering and blending, advanced color compression and early z-culling for improved bandwidth and rendering efficiency, and full-scene antialiasing. Additional features include:
Industry-First Unified GPU Architecture – Dynamically allocates geometry, shading and pixel processing power for high performance in OpenGL, Microsoft DirectX 10 applications
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology – Revolutionary parallel computing processor architecture exposed through an extended C language environment, and a tool suite for high-performance visualization
Shader Model 4.0 Support – Enables ultra-realistic, real-time visualization applications
NVIDIA nView®® Advanced Display Software: The nView hardware and software technology combination delivers maximum flexibility for single-large display or multi-display options and provides unprecedented end-user control of the desktop experience
I/O Scalability and Performance – Extensive I/O slot support enables peripherals like SAS and dual GbE, which lengthen platform life cycle and performance
The Quadro FX 470 motherboard GPU is available from NVIDIA System Integrator partners. The Quadro FX 370 LP GPU is available today, with a MSRP of $149 USD. For more information on NVIDIA Quadro technologies and products, please visit: www.nvidia.com/quadro.
Those familiar with last.fm with an iPhone will be excited to know that 2.0 is just around the corner and SvenOnTech as a full video demo of it. Leaked on last.fm’s site, SvenOnTech obtained the QuickTime video and is now making it available here on our site. The 3 minute and 35 second video runs through pretty extensively the features of last.fm 2.0. Most noted in the video is the cleaner and better streamlined interface. With an icon bar on the bottom for Bio, Tags, Similar Artists, Events, and Top Listeners, one will be able to quickly move around last.fm. With the ability to link in contacts from the iPhones address book and an extensive Events calendar to find when your favorite band, or newly discovered band, is playing near by, last.fm 2.0 looks to be very promising.
For those unfamiliar with last.fm, it is self-described as, “A music service that learns what you love… Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like – and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too.” Play music and it learns what you like and makes suggestions of other bands you may like. The idea is that you’ll discover a band that you’ve never heard of before that you love.
With the newest version just around the corner, this should prove to make last.fm even more popular than before.
GTS World Racing is the must-have sequel to the highly acclaimed GTS Racing Challenge, and has been created by Pazzazz and published by Astraware.
Fans of classic coin-operated arcade racing games will love the retro style graphics and exhilarating sound effects. Experience the roar of engines as you select your car, race your opponents, set the fastest laptimes, score points for most race wins and burn rubber to gain championship victory!
GTS World Racing offers 64 track layouts across 16 worldwide locations – from snowscapes to dusty deserts; 3 car types to choose from each with their own handling characteristics; and 4 difficulty levels from Easy to Extreme!
The game offers 4 play modes to satisfy every level of expertise:
Single Race – check out the tracks and practice your skills before heading for the main event;
Challenge Cup – race at each of the 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position for your chosen difficulty;
Grand Tour – complete all 64 tracks in all 16 locations and achieve the required finishing position in each; and
Championship – complete the full 16 race season and score the most points to win the championship.
GTS World Racing is available for a wide range of smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and later, and Windows Mobile(R) Professional, Classic and Standard 2003 and later.
With Apple’s announcement and details of the SDK yesterday at its Cupertino headquarters, many are now on the speculation path. The power of the SDK gives a slew of possibilities from voice activation, to video recording, to video streaming. No one seems to do the latter better then Slingbox and with its experience of the SlingPlayer on Windows Mobile devices as an example, its hard not to say the iPhone is next in line for a SlingPlayer.
For those unfamiliar with Slingbox, the technology is one that connects a box to your DVR (TiVo, ReplayTV, DISH, DIRECTV etc.), satellite receiver (DIRECTV, DISH, etc.), cable set-top box (Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Cablevision, etc.), DVD player or VCR. Once connected, you have full access to any of these devices content from either your PC, Mac, or mobile device such as a Pocket PC, Nokia, or Palm. You can watch live TV, change channels, view recored content from your VCR or TiVo or play a DVD, all remotely from the actual video device. Adding the iPhone to the line up will only bring more customers to Sling Media’s door.
Sling Media’s Brian Jaquet, Director of Public Relations, has told SvenOnTech that Sling Media is indeed excited about the new SDK. Sling Media announced Blackberry support at CES and told SvenOnTech, “Before the BlackBerry announcement, the most requested two platforms were BlackBerry and iPhone/iPod Touch.” Jaquet went on to say, “We think the iPhone platform has a lot to offer and is ideally suited for mobile TV via its WiFi capabilities and to a lesser extent (today) its EDGE cellular capabilities.”
Sling Media already has a fully functioning Mac OS X client of SlingPlayer which would take little effort to add the CocoTouch interface to the SlingPlayers OS X client. Sling could either use streaming via Wi-Fi or EDGE or add the content right onto the iPhone itself using it’s newly announced SlingSync feature.
With the Slingbox ability to connect to a TiVo or even an AppleTV, millions of iPhone users could watch a movie, sporting event, or the latest news anywhere an Internet connection exists. With SlingSync, one could then watch prerecorded programming anywhere at any time.
While Sling Media cannot comment further on a SlingPlayer for the iPhone, SvenOnTech was told that its engineers have already downloaded the SDK and, “Are already taking a look at it.”
John Gildred, President of SyncTV (read SvenOnTech post SyncTV Embraces Multi-platform IPTV Scheme to Draw Larger Crowd), is just as keen to the possibilities of what the iPhone SDK could mean for mobile media. Gildred elaborated in his blog saying, “It means that consumers could get ad-funded, subscription and premium downloads from SyncTV in the not-too-distant future.”
And now for our really bad pun: Stay tuned media fans, you may just be Slinging the Summer Olympics on your iPhone from Beijing if all goes well.
One of this year’s hot products to be debuted at 2008 CES will be the i1255 5.1 Channel Slim Desktop iPod/DVD Player. The i1255 is certain to be one of CES’s sexiest products featuring a modern sleek design and iPod connectivity/DVD Player capabilities.
The i1255 can play music from Audio CDs, MP3 CDs and iPods including the 6th generation iPods via a compact remote control. Integrated dock adapters make watching movies and playing music simple. Specially designed for the iPods, the on-screen display function allows easy navigation of iPod video and music files on a TV screen. The integrated dock is compatible with iPod touch, iPod classic (80GB, 160GB), iPod Nano 3rd Gen, and iPod with video (30GB, 60GB, 80GB). Features for the DVD Player include multiple subtitles, angles, and audio functions as well as slow- and fast-motion playback and zoom operation. Playable media include DVD, VCD, MP3 CD, Audio CD, JPEG CD, and Kodak Picture CD.
We here at SvenOnTech will keep you up to date on this and other iLuv units as they become available.
DXG USA, one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers, announced today the new DXG-572V digital camcorder that records full motion MPEG-4 video in near DVD-quality and captures 5 Megapixel photos with full clarity and color. The DXG-572V camcorder features a compact and portable camcorder design with a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 4X digital zoom, 2-inch flip-out LCD screen, built-in digital voice recorder, and mass storage capability. With a suggested retail price of $149.99, the DXG-572V gives you more bang for your buck.
Movies at the Speed of Life – Never Miss a Special Moment
Made for movies at the speed of life, the DXG-572V is targeted towards a more budget-conscious consumer that is looking for a digital camcorder that offers advanced features at a price they can afford. The DXG-572V records high-quality digital video with sound so you never have to worry about missing those special moments. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry along, the DXG-572V is perfect for vacations, road trips and just about any occasion that you want to capture.
True 5 Megapixel Camera – Not Interpolated
The DXG-572V is also a true 5 Megapixel digital camera (not interpolated). That means you get clear, vibrant photos that are detail rich. The camera has a built-in flash and self timer, as well as a white balance adjustment to control color/lighting for any weather or lighting situation, even if it’s cloudy or sunny. The A/V-out allows you to show pictures or videos on you television to instantly share with friends and family. With the USB port and the included USB cable, you can upload your photos/video into your computer, where you can store them, make a copy onto a CD, or email them to friends and family.
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Alltel Wireless, America’s largest network, and NBC Universal (NBCU), one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, today announced a partnership that will bring network content to Alltel Wireless customers. The agreement includes distribution of NBCU’s eleven video on-demand channels, mobile Web sites, ringtones, ringbacks and wallpapers. The content will be available via Alltel’s Axcess data services.
All of NBCU’s short-form video channels including NBC News, Access Hollywood, Telemundo, mun2, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Bravo, SCI FI Channel, USA Network and digital originals from dotcomedy.com will be available to Alltel Wireless customers. Full episodes of NBC’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” will also be available on demand.
Alltel Wireless customers will also have access to NBCU’s suite of mobile Web sites. The sites include NBC Network, NBC Sports, “Heroes,” “The Office,” Bravo, MSNBC, The SCI-FI Channel and USA Network. Alltel and NBCU plan on making additional sites and content available in the future.
“NBC Universal is committed to offering its programming on a variety of platforms,” said Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette, president, NBC Universal Digital Distribution. “This agreement with Alltel provides their customers with a robust line-up of NBC Universal content, easily available to watch and view in a way that’s convenient to them.”
“The relationship with NBCU provides an amazing array of entertainment and information, right to our customers’ phones,” said Wade McGill, senior vice president of wireless product management for Alltel Wireless. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with NBCU over the coming months and to offering customers even more content and choice in their wireless experience.”
QuickTime is nice but since Apple yanked the full-screen out of the free version some time ago, it has little value other than playing QT Movies. With so many other viewers available for the Mac, QuickTime Pro just isn’t a smart buy at $29.99 for mere full-screen viewing. Now, if you wish to convert movies to the iPod format or need 24 channels of surround sound, then sure, grab it if you want it. I’m looking just for some full-screen action and a bit of a better way of playing my QT movies. Thanks to MacZot, I found it for $12.
Many Tricks, which we told you about its awesome app switcher Witch last week, brings to your screen, your full-screen, yFlicks. With yFlicks, you are now able to watch any file QuickTime can play as well as manage all of your files. With the now very common iTunes-like interface, Many Tricks lets you manage all your files in folders (Groups) or dynamically via Smart Groups. yFlicks also allows you to use your Apple Remote so you can sit back and enjoy your library of movies from the comfort of your couch. Add in the ability to download and view videos (and save them locally to your hard drive) right off such sites as YouTube, Google Video, DailyMotion, CollegeHumor, MyVideo, SevenLoad, and ClipFish, the standard $20 price even sounds good. But for today only at MacZot, you can save over $8 and grab it for $11.95!
I’ve already bought it and I’m enjoying the ability to watch every Get a Mac ad released all in a row without having to double click the next file in Finder. My kids are enjoying it, too.