Tablets are done. The future is tables. Unfortunately, it's the same future where giant teddy bears punch you in your sleep and adorable pugs are transformed into bloodthirsty monsters. This week, Bonnie Cha joins Donald and Eric to talk all about this topsy-turvy dystopia and provides the invaluable function of translating Eric's obscure '80s film references for the rest of us. In Geek News, Eric channels the dark heart of Bane.
You can spot wannabe drummers from far away. They're tapping on their steering wheels, whipping up chopstick rhythms at the sushi bar, and knocking knuckles on metal railings.
You can make your drum solo dreams come true with the TableDrum app for iPhone and iPad. Channel your inner John Bonham by mapping everyday items to the app's virtual drum set.
For example, you can tap a pencil against your table and map it to the sound of a snare drum. Thump a mixing bowl and map it to the bass drum. Pick out a couple of different cymbals and sync them up to a finger tap and a coffee mug.
The key is to pick objects that have very different sound profiles. That helps the app avoid confusion with triggering the right sound.… Read more
The average iPad consumes 400 percent more data over Wi-Fi networks in a month than does the average iPhone, iPod, or Android device, according to a report released yesterday by cloud-networking provider Meraki.
Looking at data usage this year compared with 2010, Meraki also found that mobile devices are now outpacing PCs among all devices that tap into Wi-Fi networks.
Apple's iOS and Android are the most commonly used mobile platforms, accounting for 58 percent of all devices accessing Wi-Fi networks, compared with 33 percent a year ago. iOS devices make up 47 percent of all Wi-Fi devices versus … Read more
Magellan's RoadMate app for iPhone updates today to version 2.0 with a refreshed UI. However, the biggest change is the new POI search, because joining Magellan's standard list of searchable points of interest are new options for Yelp and Google Local.
With Yelp search you can browse all of Yelp's categories and subcategories. Search results include Yelp's star rating for quickly identifying, for example, the best Ethiopian restaurant in your area. Once you've found your destination, the app can call the venue or initiate turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, every search result is a clickable link … Read more
Streamline Your Debt is a free tool that analyzes your home mortgage and shows you ways to reduce your payments or pay your loan off more quickly by using a Home Equity Line of Credit. While it's not the most intuitive tool we've used, its summaries offer useful data that can help guide your decisions.
We extracted the compressed download and clicked the executable file. Streamline Your Debt's simple interface opened with a tabbed Startup Wizard that let us enter home, HELOC, and income and expense data. We entered data for House Value, Loan Value, Interest Rate, … Read more
Nutritional information is becoming more and more important as people become more conscious of what they're putting into their bodies. Nutrition Facts is a simple program that contains nutritional information for more than 7,500 foods. It's definitely not the most comprehensive option available for accessing nutritional information, but it's not bad.
The program's interface is plain and intuitive. You enter the name of a food into a search box and the program returns a list of possibilities. Click on one and the nutritional information is displayed in a pane on the right. In addition to … Read more
With the teaser of the next version of Windows earlier today at CES, Microsoft rather surprisingly unveiled version 2.0 of Surface--the multi-touch, table-size computer the company introduced to the public back in early 2007.
Version 2.0 of the Surface is thinner, more accurate to touch, and can be put in places the previous one couldn't. And unlike the first one, this one might actually end up inside the homes of consumers instead of being relegated to retailers, hotel lobbies, and museums.
But there are some big unknowns--several of which Microsoft says should be addressed at tonight's … Read more
Building on its Spiderpodium line of flexible stands/cradles for smartphones, Breffo has unveiled a flexible stand for tablets, including the iPad, called the Spiderpodium Tablet.
The company says the Spiderpodium Tablet's uniquely designed, eight flexible notched legs allow it to hang from--or secure itself to--"virtually any surface that is not flat and make it adaptable to being used with multiple devices, in multiple ways." It adds that it can securely grip any small- and medium-size portable device available on the market.
In the biggest development to rock the popular-science world since Pluto got demoted, 10 elements will see their atomic weights changed on the periodic table.
With the news, oversize posters and textbook inserts around the world (not to mention the tiny periodic table I've been carrying around in my wallet since the ninth grade) are about to become outdated.
The reason for the change is that atomic weights are not always as concrete as most general-chemistry students are taught, according to the University of Calgary, which made the announcement, and the snappily named International Union of Pure and Applied … Read more
Setting down to dinner accompanied by some tasteful tunes has always been an appetizing way to start a meal. As the silverware clinks together, the sounds mingle with voices and music and create a soundtrack that seemingly enhances the food. Surroundings are taken into account, and the high-gloss enamel of the table is observed; the music seems to be emanating from within the dinner table itself. As it's an odd place for music to be, one steps back and examines the table in full: it is a piano, with an iPod placed where the sheet music would go.
This … Read more