Saturday, April 2, 2011

Find: Win Phone 7 dev conf: 11,500 apps, 36,000 developers

Its getting better. Wp7 pulling ahead of webos?

Fond: BlackBerry Touch / Monaco, rims next device

Our interest in the BlackBerry Touch (codename Monaco) was piqued when we first caught wind of the device, and we had a feeling it'd be making its way into the wild ever since one showed up in Verizon red around mid-Feburary. Now, BGR has managed to procure an unreleased prototype, and we've gotta say that we like what we're seeing. According to the pub, it should get official at BlackBerry World in May, and it'll run OS 6.1 underneath that 800 x 480-pixel screen. The new BB6 is said to use a BlackBerry ID in place of a PIN for certain key functions -- a necessary move for non-BB platforms rumored to be getting BBM (a historically PIN-based service). BGR also claims it won't be getting the Storm nomenclature, so we apologize in advance to the SurePress fanboys. Either way, we've got an inkling that we'll be hearing more as we get closer to May, but unfortunately our dreams of a super AMOLED-equipped Torch running stock Android with a BBM app will just remain figments of our imagination.

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Find: Hasbro's My3D to turn iPhones into interactive ViewMasters

Cutting edge and retro at once. 

Find: whats old is new Hasbro's My3D iPhones into interactive viewmasters

Cool, clever idea. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guest: Vidya Setlur of Nokia Research (updated)


Next week on Thursday April 7 we will be joined remotely by Vidya Setlur of Nokia Research. Vidya is a leading researcher in mobile interfaces, and is based out of Nokia's Palo Alto Research facility.

Vidya and I are still working out what exactly she will talk about; more soon.

Updated: here is Vidya's talk info:

Mobile Browsing and Search 

The fastest growing community of Internet users is made up of people who use various ubiquitous devices to access the Internet. Such web content is becoming more important for searching, sharing, expressing, and exchanging information on devices such as smartphones, handheld PCs, home-networked media appliances, and informational displays in automobiles . As the amount of information available on these small-screen, ‘on-the-go’ types of devices continues to grow, it is essential to prevent users from wading through a morass of irrelevant content to find a single piece of relevant information.

In this talk, I will talk about two recent pieces of my work concerning the mobile web. Firstly, I will introduce ‘SemantiLynx’, a system to visually augment hyperlinks on web pages for better supporting the task of directed searches on small-screen devices. Secondly, I will present Myngle, a device-agnostic system that lets users quickly find the information they need from previously visited web pages without having to plan ahead, and talk about the generation of web page snippets for managing this information. I will conclude my talk by briefly discussing technology and research trends in this topic.



Find: Phone as a Game Controller

Hey folks,

Abhijit found this on Engadget, which is very cool, but unfortunately duplicates much of what they intended to do.

They will be choosing a different game for their project, hopefully an unprotected one that would let them submit their app to the app store.

Phone as a Game Controller
by Abhijit Sachidananda - Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 06:10 PM
engadget has this video, where a Grant Skinner has implemented Asteroid multiplayer game, controlled by Android devices, which act as game contrrollers:

Guest: Chris Paul from IBM, and a couple minor announcements

Hey folks,

Just a reminder that we will be visited by Chris Paul of IBM tomorrow. Please do your best to come.

A couple minor announcements/notes:

  • When posting to reactions, you are limited to one post on the Moodle, to keep things simple. Please make sure to put your reactions to all the readings in one post. You should be able to edit your post, should you make a mistake (or at least comment on it).
  • I assume that most of you have began coding. As you encounter difficulties, please feel free to post any questions you have on our Moodle's Forum -- and answer any that you find there! I will grade your projects on the resulting app, not on where you got your code from (though the core code should remain your own). I will also start reserving 10 minutes of studio time for you the ask any coding questions you may have live.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Talk: Future of Games - Effective 3D Visual Design for Games

An old colleague of mine, Magy Seif El-Nasr, will give a talk this Friday. Sounds interesting!

Speaker: Magy Seif El-Nasr , School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Effective 3D Visual Design for Games: Integrating Artificial Intelligence Techniques, Results from Experimental Studies, and Artistic Tacit Knowledge
Date: Friday April 01, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: 3211, EB2; NCSU Centennial Campus (click for courtesy parking request)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Find: No iPhone 5 at WWDC this year?

Hmm... Apple treading water, or more carefully?