OnStar Introduces EcoHub App for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
OnStar is testing an app capable of telling Chevrolet Volt owners how much it costs to charge their vehicle’s battery — and compare the Volt’s energy use with the total energy consumed in their home by day, month or year.
A cluster of shots were shared with SamMobile, showing a UI that’s markedly similar to pre-ICS Android and even Samsung’s bada. That may be no coincidence, however, since Samsung is one of the leads in the Tizen project, and may be bringing the first Tizen-based device, the Samsung I9500, to market imminently.
OmniTouch is a wearable depth-sensing and projection system that enables interactive multitouch applications on everyday surfaces. Beyond the shoulder-worn system, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment. Foremost, the system allows the wearer to use their hands, arms and legs as graphical, interactive surfaces. Users can also transiently appropriate surfaces from the environment to expand the interactive area (e.g., books, walls, tables). On such surfaces - without any calibration - OmniTouch provides capabilities similar to that of a mouse or touchscreen: X and Y location in 2D interfaces and whether fingers are “clicked” or hovering, enabling a wide variety of interactions. Thus, it is now conceivable that anything one can do on today’s mobile devices, they could do in the palm of their hand.
Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’
Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800.
Nokia Lumia is the latest smartphone that puts your people first. It’s where being social starts. With updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at your fingertips straight from the Start screen, you’re never far away from seeing what’s new.
And with free drive navigation, super-fast browsing, access to millions of songs for your mobile music collection, and the ability to run Microsoft Office on the run — Nokia Lumia is packed with features that will make your life easier, faster, funner.
So, whether you’re on the go, searching for someone’s contact details, taking pictures, or starting conversations, everything’s right where you want it to be. Close at hand.
Nokia Lumia 800 announced: an ‘evolved’ N9 with Windows Phone for €420
This is the Nokia Lumia 800, and according to Stephen Elop, it’s the “first real Windows Phone.”
There’s a single-core 1.4GHz processor inside the Lumia 800 and 16GB of internal storage, you’ll find its curved 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen framed by a black, cyan or magenta case with individually drilled speaker holes, and unlike the N9, there’s a dedicated camera button for that f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens to make use of. On the software front, we’re of course looking at Windows Phone Mango, and the Lumia 800 comes with a free 25GB of SkyDrive storage to get you started in the cloud, plus Nokia Drive, a free turn-by-turn voice navigation program, a first for any Windows Phone. There’s also Nokia Music with Mix Radio, a global service with no subscriptions or log-ins required for “hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music,” and an ESPN Sports Hub — those are three programs you won’t find on any other WP7 device.
Nokia says it’ll retail for around €420 unsubsidized, or around $580, and though we’re hearing absolutely nothing about a US release, you can pre-order it now and expect shipment in November if you live in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, or the Netherlands.
For €270 (about $375) unsubsidized, the 710 has a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 LCD, 1.4GHz processor, 512MB internal memory and GPU as its pricier cousin. It also features 8GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1300mAh battery good for 6.9 hours of talk time, quad-band 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and A-GPS.
It’ll be available first in Asia, with Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year. There’s no word on a confirmed US release.