Ouya, the revolutionary gaming console that became one of the most successful projects ever to debut in Kickstarter, is making a steady progress so far. Julie Uhrman, the driving force behind Ouya, announced that the team has been busy refining the hardware design of the gaming console. Just last week, the team got its first development run of PCBs and its engineers were able to squeeze all the quad-core goodness into the small printed circuit boards. Uhrman also announced that Ouya is now in the Engineering Verification Testing (EVT) phase, which means that the team are now testing the console and its controller on the software.
“We’re set to complete this EVT phase on time, and we’re in sync with our December target for developer kits,” she added. But the good news doesn’t stop there. The team is also happy to announce that Ouya will be running the latest Android operating system – Jelly Bean. Apparently the team is keen to ensure that the “one-of-a-kind” video gaming console is running the latest Android operating system. We still don’t know if it’s actually Android 4.1 or Android 4.2.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Ouya gaming console now accepting pre-orders, Namco Bandai in discussions with Ouya to bring some of their games over,
Now that’s a turn up for the books! Speculations about the iPad mini’s built-in speaker setup are all over the Internet. Amazon even tried to criticize the 7.9-inch tablet by launching a ballsy advert comparing the Kindle Fire HD and its dual-stereo speakers to the iPad mini’s presumed mono speakers. But an Apple fan who goes by the name Alex got tired of the comparisons and decided to email Apple VP for Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, instead.
“I understand the tech specs about iPad Mini online should cover everything, but the tech specs online neither confirm or deny the rumors of iPad Mini?s speakers being stereo. Is it possible to get confirmation from the man himself as to whether these are mono or stereo?” he asked. Surprisingly, the Apple executive responded with an absolute yes. “It is stereo,? Schiller replied. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: iPad mini reportedly arriving early to some customers, Natural Sapphire Company releases $700,000 iPad mini case,
Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern parts of the U.S., is considered to be the largest recorded Atlantic hurricane in terms of diameter, with winds reaching 1,100 miles. Now Apple is working with the American Red Cross to help thousands of victims affected by the tropical storm. Apple has setup a page in the iTunes Store for people to pledge donations ranging from $5 to $200, as shown in the image above. You can check it out here.
Additionally, Amazon also partnered with the American Red Cross and has also launched a page for relief donations. You can view it here. It’s important to note that this isn’t really the first time for Apple to help. The American Red Cross and Apple also partnered for the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and for the 2010 Haiti earthquake as well. If you’re willing to help, you can send in your donations now.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: This Good Samaritan Is Charging Phones on the Streets of Manhattan, Apple Is Keeping Siri Out Of The Loop,
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Recycling is great, but there’s a point where it stops being beneficial to the environement and starts being a marketing term. Levi’s new jeans, from the Waste Less line, fall firmly into the latter category: supposedly they’re made out of 20% recycled plastic (from bottles and food trays), and we don’t know exact pricing yet, but they’re definitely going to cost more than you’d expect from a pair of jeans (and more than the 100% cotton versions). Levi’s claims that each pair of Waste Less jeans has three and a half recycled twenty ounce bottles in them, which sounds like a lot, but isn’t when you consider how little material is in a plastic bottle. The jeans will come in the 511 skinny style, the 504 relaxed straight fit, and as a jean jacket. At least they spared the classic 501. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Walk around with drums in your jeans, GER: Galvanic Extimacy Responder,
French mobile computer maker Archos announced a new tablet today, and it seems like a low end-affair, sporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core processor of unknown origin, and 8GB of expandable storage. But what may be the most interesting part is that the Archos 80 Cobalt features a 8-inch (7.85-inch panel), 1024×768 pixel display, which, hey, is larger and lower resolution than either the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. Sound familiar? It’s the same size and resolution as Apple’s new iPad Mini screen. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Archos 80 Cobalt Android tablet announced, Archos has more ideas for new generation of Android tablets,
Here’s something to do if you can’t get enough Halloween: go to Google, search for your favorite scary movie, and watch the bats fly. Not content with an interactive Google Doodle on the front page today, it has also thrown in a fun easter egg: if you search for a term that brings up the Google knowledge graph box, three bats will perch and fly away when your search results come up. It’s not perfect–I searched for Evil Dead 2, one of the finest horror movies of all time, and there wasn’t a knowledge graph box and there weren’t bats. It also didn’t work for any Chucky-related search. However, it worked for I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Shining, and a whole host of other undiscovered search terms. See what the most obscure horror movie you can get it to show up for at Google.
When you do the same thing over at Bing, your screen will start bleeding.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google Doodle Shows Off Star Trek With Cute Animations, Android secret codes revealed,
Apple releases sales numbers, but none of the major Android manufacturers do, so market share comparisons–especially of the tablet market–are hard to do. Which is why it was interesting when Asus executive David Chang let this goodie slip to the Wall Street Journal:
?At the beginning, [Nexus 7 shipments] was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million.?
Wow! One million Nexus 7 tablets sold in a month–that’s a lot, but nothing compared to Apple’s 100 million iPads sold. From Chang’s context, it’s difficult to know whether this figure refers to tablets shipped or whether it refers to tablets sold. Shipping counts are often used to inflate and conflate sales numbers: Asus may have shipped a million tablets, but 900,000 could be languishing on shelves. Still, that’s an impressive number, and probably makes the Nexus 7 the most widely adopted Android tablet–except for the Kindle Fire, which, of course, we have no idea how many have sold either.
Google’s spokesperson said the company hasn’t released official sales figures.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google's Nexus 7 tablet reportedly selling nearly 1 million units every month, Chromium OS Nexus 7 port,
Poor Siri. She gets asked a bunch of stupid questions on a daily basis, and although Apple hardcodes the most common answers, she still looks really silly sometimes. Even worse: she may be the last to know about Apple’s regime change, and that her boss Scott Forstall isn’t going to be with the company anymore. Eddy Cue will be taking over the Siri division at Apple, and as of 2013 Scott Forstall won’t be reporting to Cupertino, but if you ask her about her daddy, or Scott Forstall in general, she’ll tell you to check Apple’s website, which pointedly no longer lists Forstall. Aw Siri, I’m sorry. That’s the worst way to find out.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google Brings Its Free Siri Competitor to the iPhone, Siri dishes out prostitute advice in China no longer,