You may recall Anki from last June when Apple held its annual keynote address at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The company showed off its upcoming toy battle racecars, track, and interactive app. The company successfully launched Anki DRIVE last October. Today, Anki announced it would be adding two new cars to the lineup, plus you can add two new expansion tracks, and add Race Mode to the compatible Anki Drive app.
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These days, smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are all the rage for petty thieves. Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put out a call to action for tech companies to do something that would make stealing gadgets a waste of time. Implementing a kill switch program into smart phones and tablets would not be difficult to do and would be a major deterrent for criminals that can currently wipe a device back to the factory settings and use it like its brand new. Today, a number of tech companies have promised to add new anti-theft technology in mobile devices beginning next year.
City building games can be lots of fun, but they can also be a bit of a pain. No matter how patient you are and how frugal you are with your money, you always hit a pay wall. And, it’s not like a single purchase of gems or coins or whatever the in-game currency is, will be enough. You can drop $0.99 on a few bits of money to get you through the next building, but the money runs out again. It’s genius and evil, all at once. A Guinness World Record Rubiks Cube holder figured out a way to keep the money coming in, even while he sleeps, by building a tapping device out of LEGOs and an Arduino circuit board.
Texas Instrument is adopting Apple’s proximity notification technology with a new Bluetooth connected iBeacon transmitter. The SimpleLink SensorTag and compatible SensorTag app makes it possible for brick-and-mortar stores to push location-based alerts to costumers.
When it comes to crafting your own iPad case or sleeve, the most important thing is to ensure it is protected. When you shove your tablet into your stuffed backpack, you don’t want those loose marking pens to scratch your brushed aluminum backside. Once you’ve got the basics covered, it is nice to have some additional features to increase your case’s usefulness. That is where pockets come in. Having a separate section for storing your Lightning cable, EarPods, and those loose marking pens really makes a case more than just a sleeve.
Television sets are quickly being replaced by mobile devices as the hot electronic purchase. NPD DisplaySearch recently released a report showing the trend in mobile flat panel displays (FPD). Smarphones, tablets, and laptops are on schedule to surpass LCD TV displays by five percent this year. By 2016, more than half of all FPD revenue will come from mobile devices.
The widespread Heartbleed virus that rocked the Worldwide Web last week is not done infecting the Internet. Today, Ars Technica is reporting that mobile devices running Android 4.1.1 and some versions of 4.2.2 have a vulnerability that effects end-users. This attack could potentially steal passwords, personal messages, and other private information from a device’s memory.
Thanks to some ethically questionable shenanigans from Apple’s top executives, the company was found guilty of violating antitrust laws last July. Since then, the ruing judge assigned a monitor to the iPad maker to ensure that an antitrust compliance program is active and progressing. Today, Michael Bromwich submitted a 77-page report to the U.S. District Court in New York stating that Apple has made a “promising start” to improve its antitrust compliance program.
Last year, Apple pushed iOS 7 to the iPhone and iPad. Since then, the newest operating system has been adopted on 87 percent of all Apple devices. One special feature that Apple included in iOS 7 was the ability for third-party companies to create game controllers that are certified for use with Apple products. At the same time, Apple released an SDK that developers can use to make their games compatible with those game controllers.
I guess I’m feeling a bit sentimental today. Normally, I’d skip past any parenting app in the App Store for an action-packed stunt racer. You’d think that was a no-brainer. However, within the past year, a few friends of mine have brought bundles of joy into the world, and another close friend has just announced he will be populating the planet with his DNA as well. So, in honor of my new-parent friends, this week, instead of spotlighting a super cool motorcycle racing game, I’m spotlighting an app that helps you become a super awesome parent. I think this decision was a no-brainer.