Tag Archives: iOS

Oscium’s iMSO-104 turns iPad, iPhone into mixed signal oscilloscopes

8 Apr

We’ve seen oscilloscopes repurposed as clocks and MAME machines, but we hardly ever see the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. The iMSO-104, however, actually turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into an oscilloscope display. Using a Cypress Semiconductor system on a chip, the iMSO-104 electronic gadgets tout a 5MHz bandwidth and as much as 12 megasamples per second, and connects to your device by way of the dock connector — according to its maker, it’s also the world’s smallest and most portable oscilloscope. That’s all well and good, but what we really want to know is, does it support Tennis for Two? The iMSO-104 is now available for pre-order for $300, but if you’re itching to see the thing in action, you can download the corresponding app today and give it a test drive. Full PR after the break.

Source from Engadget

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The PlayBook polyglot

28 Mar


When Apple introduced the iPad, it had but a smattering of third-party applications, but the company stressed its own. As Apple iPhone software SVP Scott Forstall stated in the iPad introduction video, “We looked at the device and we decided: let’s redesign it all. Let’s redesign, reimagine and rebuild every single app from the ground up specifically for the iPad.”

Compare this to the strategy employed by RIM, makers of the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet tech gadgets. One year after the iPad’s debut, Apple’s head start in apps has proven a formidable advantage against the onslaught of slates announced by its competitors in the smartphone world. Some have chosen to latch onto Android and attain backwards compatibility with over 200,000 existing smartphone apps. HP, with its TouchPad as flagship, will circle its wagons of PCs, printers and phones around the webOS platform. However, the announcement this week that RIM, too, will support Android apps says much about how the company sees its position in the tablet wars.

C and C++ are the native routes to app development on RIM’s long-gestated tablet, but they certainly not the only ways. Flash / Adobe AIR and HTML5 will also be supported as will several popular game engines. Android and Java apps will be accommodated with add-on players and distributed via RIM’s App World, RIM’s app marketplace. The ability to run Android apps without the underlying Android operating system certainly helps bring a degree of cachet as well as functionality. At a discussion with an executive from a downmarket carrier at the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando last week, I asked what customers are asking for as they adopt smartphones tech gadgets. His response: “Android. Android is the brand. They want the apps.”

But support for Android could also have some potential downsides. With the BlackBerry OS platform generally taking a backseat to other smartphone platforms and a major platform shift to QNX in the works, Android support could serve as a sideshow that gives Android developers even less reason to natively support the platform. Android apps are also unlikely to exploit the PlayBook hardware and user interface, both of which have generated consumer excitement on their own merits. Contrast this with Apple’s attempt to optimize the iOS app experience to the point where it sought to block third-party development tools because of concern about cross-platform apps that might pander to the lowest common denominator.

Controlling the software platform may not be as vital to RIM as it is to Apple or others, but it’s still an important priority in which RIM is heavily investing. RIM’s challenge will be weaving the PlayBook’s hodgepodge of sources into a tapestry of engaging functionality. Apple may prioritize a consistently crafted experience but RIM is about delivering what works to encourage adoption and development. The key is ensuring that Android apps remain more or less an option of last resort, while the company can build the case for QNX apps that showcase and differentiate the PlayBook tech gadgets from competitors in the tablet space, and to help the company make a case for the same operating system to power future smartphones.

 

Source from Engadget

Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2

24 Mar

The original iPad didn’t make it into many of CNET’s Prizefights in 2010 because, frankly, there wasn’t a whole lot of competition. But, oh, what a difference a year makes.

The Motorola Xoom was the darling of CES and Google’s first-draft pick to receive its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It was the first tablet to offer dual-core processing, and the first with Adobe Flash 10.2 support. If ever there were an iPad contender, the Xoom is it.

But the iPad is a moving target. Only a few weeks after the Xoom launched, Apple announced the iPad 2 electronic gadgets. Thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the original, the iPad 2 has proven itself a worthy successor.

Now the question is: which one should you choose? Speaking for themselves, our three CNET editors have put these two tablets through five rounds of criticism and evaluation, assigning a score to each device, round by round. In the end, only one tablet will reign victorious.

Instapaper for iOS Updated to Version 3.0

15 Mar

The popular Instapaper app for iPhone and iPad has received a major update today. The new version is 3.0 and it brings a number new features that according to the developer, makes it the largest Instapaper update to date.

New features include Sharing, Likes, Connecting with Friends, Editors Pick as well as a completely written web browser. A number of other features and bug fixes can also be found in the update.

The new sharing feature allows you to push out content to friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinboard as well as pass updates on to your Evernote account as and when needed.

The Stars function has been removed, basically because people didn’t know how to use it, or what it was for I should say. This is now called Likes and what it does is allows you to Like a page and if you have a friend following your Instapaper feed, it lets them see what you like so they can read it also.

Overall, an impressive update to an already handy app. For those unaware of what Instapaper does, it allows you to install a bookmark on your iOS browser, or desktop browser and each time you come across something you want to read, you can click a “Read Later” button and this is then sent to your Instapaper account and made available for you to read on your iPhone or iPad at a time when you are traveling for example.

The update is free to those who have already purchased the app. You can grab that from the App Store. Alternatively, it’s $4.99 for those who haven’t purchased it yet.