by George Heymann

Google Project Glass: Augmented reality glasses take the next step

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has started a new page on Google Plus to share their vision of what its augmented reality glasses could be. They are soliciting suggestions from users on what they would like to see from Project Glass.

“We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.”

Video after the break.

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Quick Look: Shush! Ringer Restorer for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Shush! Ringer Restorer by Public Object does one thing and does it very well. Once its activated Shush restores the ringer at a preset time and volume once you turn off the ringer using the volume button on your smartphone.

There are many situations we need to silence the ringer on our phones, work meetings, church, class or movies are good examples. I seldom remember to turn my phone off, I frequently forget to turn the ringer back on. This application fills that need and it does that in a very unobtrusive way.

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Preview: Android Dropbox App

by George Heymann

I had a chance to preview the upcoming build of Dropbox V1.3.0.6 for Android. The revised version of the Dropbox app not only looks great with a completely revised UI but also adds several new features, bug fixes and stability improvements. If you would like to try out the build for yourself you can grab a copy from the Dropbox mobile apps forum here.

Here is a list from the Dropbox change log:

  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Access all file and folder actions with just one tap
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to your phone’s memory
  • Rename files and folders
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) improvements
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

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Preview: Latest Vibe beta includes several user requested features as well as an updated UI

by George Heymann


Vibe is an Android application that lets users assign vibration patterns to contacts. The application has been described by the developer Base2Apps as a “caller ID with vibration patterns.”

The base Vibe program is a free download from the Android Market, additional premium functionality can be unlocked for a fee. The free version includes five standard vibrations patterns. In our first look at ViBe, we requested that the developer give us the option to purchase a pro-version of the program that would allow us to make our own custom vibration patterns we could share with other users.

Base2Apps has responded, the new version when available will give users the option to unlock the remaining premium ViBes as well as create unlimited custom ViBes for $4, a 20 percent savings.

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Package Tracking updated to version 2.4.5

by George Heymann


The excellent free Android  Package Tracking software was recently updated to version 2.4.5. The update includes a user interface overhaul, the ability to email tracking results from the application and a host of minor bug fixes.

The complete change log is below: 

Version 2.4.5 Changes – December 15th, 2011:

  • Minor bug-fixes affecting some users.
  • New feature: Email tracking results from application.
  • Re-created carrier icons so they are more uniform.
  • Complete UI Overhaul, everything looks nicer and runs smoother. Please email me if you find any problems as I cannot respond to comments.

If you would like to learn more about Package Tracking see our review and mini-developer profile here: Package Tracking 2.0, package tracking done right!

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Google and Samsung officially announce the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

by George Heymann


Google and Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) at its press event in Hong Kong last night and there is a lot to report.

Let’s begin with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of the Android OS by Google, it looks fantastic. The user interface (UI) appears to be heavily influenced by Matias Duarte the Director of Android user experience at Google. Matias was formerly the VP of User experience at Palm and led the interface design teams at both Helio and Danger.

The ICS user interface is elegant in its simplicity, its emphasis on typography starting with ICS Roboto font and layout stands out as a divergent path in Android development. ICS unified gestures throughout the UI and applications should make navigation simpler for new and experienced users alike.

The capacitive buttons are gone, ICS uses full touch screen controls that automatically orient themselves to match the orientation of the phone. The buttons can also be adapted for specific functions that are context sensitive within application sub-menus.

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Quick Look: Nclip Notification Maker for Android by HavMedia

by George Heymann

Nclip Notification Maker allows you to create custom notifications using the clipboard contents or your own custom message. The Nclip home screen is broken down into three main sections, clipboard, custom, and settings.

In the clipboard section you can paste any text which you have saved to the clipboard to display as a notification. The custom section allows you to type in any information you want displayed as a notification and settings allows you to designate a reminder as ongoing which prevents it from being accidentally removed when you clear your other notifications.

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JooJoo successor Grid-10 tablet computer launched by Fusion Garage

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Fusion Garage, the company behind the Linux-based JooJoo tablet, launched the innovative Grid-10 tablet computer while also revealing itself as the brand behind TabCo, the parody company that captured industry and consumer attention over the past eight weeks. The Grid-10 is Fusion Garage’s second generation tablet and brings a host of new features to the tablet market including a new operating system, a dynamic user interface based on the semantic web that offers “predictive intelligence” and the highest resolution display available.

On the same global webcast, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan demonstrated the Grid-4 smart phone, a standalone smart phone that also works in tandem with the Grid-10 tablet. The Grid-4 and Grid-10 take advantage of the company’s new Seamless State capability. Seamless State lets users consume content on a Grid-10, pause, and pick up that same content exactly where they left off while switching to the Grid-4.

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Quick Look: Bolt brings Android browsing to the cloud

by George Heymann

I’ve been playing with a host of third party mobile browsers but always seem to come back to the stock Android browser. Two days ago an innovative browser by Bitstream called ‘Bolt’ came out of beta and is now available in the Android Market.

There is a lot to like about the Webkit based Bolt browser. I particularly like the way it renders web pages, the pages look similar to how they appear on my desktop browser. However, I’ve had some issues with some pages not rendering correctly when I try to tap to zoom in on a section of the web page. Parts of page overlay others making the type unreadable until you manually adjust the page.

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Amazon Kindle Fire $199 available for pre-order, 3 other Kindle E-ink models detailed.

by George Heymann

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had four new product announcements today including the rumored and highly anticipated color Android tablet the Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Fire will feature a TI Omap4 dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 7-inch ultra-wide Gorilla Glass multi-touch IPS display (better viewing angles) with 1024×600 resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a pair of top-mounted stereo speakers for $199. The physical dimension of the tablet are 7.5×4.7x.45, weighs less than a pound (14.6 oz) and will support Flash. The Fire, like first generation iPads will not include a camera.

Amazons plans for the new Kindle Fire tablet are far more ambitious than than previous generation e-book readers. The Fire will incorporate all of Amazons web services, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon MP3, The Amazon App Store as well as Amazon Prime.

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