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Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app

It wasn’t all that long ago that we saw a student turn a tablet into a Braille writer, and now some researchers from Georgia Tech have done the same thing for smaller touchscreens, too. The Yellow Jackets produced a prototype app, called BrailleTouch, that has six keys to input letters using the Braille writing system and audio to confirm each letter as it’s entered. To use the app, you simply turn the phone face down, hold it in landscape mode and start typing. As you can see above, it’s currently running on an iPhone, but the researchers see it as a universal eyes-free texting app for any touchscreen. Early studies with people proficient in Braille writing show that typing on BrailleTouch is six times faster than other eyes-free texting solutions — up to 32 words per minute at 92 percent accuracy. Skeptical of such speeds? Check out the PR and video of the app in action after the break.

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Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 20:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia N9 gets unofficial UI tweak, makes MeeGo lie down and play landscape

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Nokia’s MeeGo’d pillowcase smartphone has been given a 90-degree twist. This new landscape mode works across the three main navigation screens and can be accessed through N9Tweak, an unofficial mod that can be downloaded through the phone’s web browser. Any compatible apps will also launch lengthways, all of which should help alleviate those N900 pangs.

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Nokia N9 gets unofficial UI tweak, makes MeeGo lie down and play landscape originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Galaxy Nexus users reporting touchscreen trouble, lower scores in multitouch games (video)

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Looks like the honeymoon is ending a little early for some Galaxy Nexus users — a pair of rootzwiki threads say that the device is struggling to maintain multitouch in some situations. Apparently the bug is repeatable, booting up a multitouch game like Gun Brothers or Shadow Gun will put the lower right hand portion of the smartphone’s touchscreen in a finicky mood. We gave the glitch a go on a couple of different handsets, and were indeed thwarted by the touchscreen’s tantrum. Turning the Nexus’ screen on and off seems to fix the problem — at least until you jump into your next game — and the bug only seems to appear when the device is in landscape mode. This is likely a software bug, but until it’s fixed, we’ll just have to take it one touch at a time. Don’t have a Nexus? See the glitch in action after the break.

[Thanks, Jim]

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Galaxy Nexus users reporting touchscreen trouble, lower scores in multitouch games (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Dec 2011 12:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iWork for iPhone hands-on

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Apple announced that their popular iWork suite of apps are now compatible on iPhone and iPod touch devices a little earlier today, and you know we had to get up close and personal with them. For starters, the apps are full versions of the existing app that ran on the iPad, and even from browsing through the included sample guides in their respective apps and spending a few minutes creating new ones, it’s clear that there’s a level of capability here that just isn’t seen on mobile devices, let alone smartphones. The transition effects in Keynote are nothing short of amazing, and then when you actually take a second to realize this is happening on your mobile phone — it’s just mind-boggling. Apple really just set the bar for what applications on a phone can do. Again. All three apps are now available in the App Store as universal apps which support iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads for $9.99 each.

P.S. One note about Keynote: the app only works in landscape mode, even if you have the portrait orientation locked.

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IE9 code for Windows Phone 7 complete, adds landscape address bar

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Ballmer didn’t get specific when he said the Windows Phone Mango update would bring 500 new features, but we’d bet our blue screens that a handful of those additions are wrapped up in IE9. In addition to the long awaited landscape mode address bar, IE9 for Windows Phone promises to bolster performance through GPU acceleration and an improved rendering experience. The browser update boasts a litany of support features: the aforementioned GPU-accelerated browsing, full-screen video through HTML5 (though not embedded, sorry!), GPS-based geolocation, ECMAScript 5, 2D CSS3, etc. We should know a whole heap of a lot more come tomorrow morning, so be sure to follow along during our liveblog right here.

IE9 code for Windows Phone 7 complete, adds landscape address bar originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 May 2011 00:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Galaxy Tab 8.9 keyboard dock spied in Russia, TouchWiz poked on video

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Keyboard Dock

Hey, look at that: it’s a keyboard dock for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The folks at mforum.ru caught this guy on camera at the Russian launch of Samsung’s latest slates. We don’t have a lot of details here, but it looks a heck of a lot like the dock for the original Tab. In fact, the only difference we could spot is that it seems to cradle the tablet in landscape mode instead of portrait, which is a small but very welcome change — Sammy probably just pulled out the plastic insert used to prop up the older model and called it a day. As for price or ship date, only Samsung knows for sure but, so you don’t walk away feeling cheated, there’s a lengthy hands on video after the break. We don’t speak Russian, so we’ve got no idea what the handler’s impressions are, but you get a pretty thorough tour of the TouchWiz tweaks for Honeycomb.

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Hey, Some People Actually Use the iPad 2 to Take Pictures [Image Cache]

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Hot new features uncovered in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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Here’s the thing… We just installed the newly released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3 and found quite a few changes. There are a lot of minor things like how the background of the multitasking interface matches the background in the iPad’s browser, but all of the big new changes are awaiting your perusal after the jump.

File Sharing

Yes, you read that right. Apple is finally going to allow you to transfer files to and from your iPhone straight from your computer. It works like this: You plug your iPhone into iTunes, head on over to the Apps page and scroll down. From there you’ll be able to drag files to and from your iPhone and your computer. We have not been able to get the feature to work as of yet, but it seems a lock that support will be enabled for more than the Mail app. That is if this feature makes it past the development stage.

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Media Player Widgets

When you fire up the multitasking interface you see a new set of widgets that control the iPod application. To access it simply swipe to the left. From there you’ll be able to play, pause, move between tracks and open up the iPod app itself. Let’s hope this is just the first of many such widgets.

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Multitasking: Closing Applications

Shutting down applications that were running in the background was a huge pain in the butt in previous releases, but things have been simplified in beta 3. No longer do you have to press, hold and click close for each application. Instead you simply press and hold the icon of one of the many applications you’re currently running, and you’ll be given the option to close whatever ones you wish in rapid succession. A good way to describe it is by saying it basically now works in the same way you delete apps on the iPhone.

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Orientation Lock

Landscape mode was one of the many great things brought forward in OS 3.0, but now, one year after its release, Apple has finally realized that not everyone likes having the entire UI flip about thanks to the over-sensitive accelerometer. To enable orientation lock, you simply have to fire up the multitasking interface, swipe to the left and click the Portrait Lock icon. Simple, right?

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The iPad’s Onscreen Typing Solution Isn’t a Solution At All [Apple]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Before launch, we spent a lot of time thinking about how you might be able to type on the iPad, seeing as plain onscreen keyboards one 10-inch tablets are just, well, awkward. But apparently, Apple doesn’t think so.

The above left image was a crude mockup, and it was supposed to illustrate a problem, not a solution. The above right image is what Apple actually released. Here’s what Brian had to say about it in our hands-on:

Typing in portrait is better than anticipated but still quite a stretch for our average-sized hands, which means that letters like F G and H will take a moderate conditioning for some. What about in landscape mode, sitting flat on the table? Well this is problematic too, as the iPad sort of wobbles. The back is not perfectly flat, meaning your typing surface is never perfectly flat, so the virtual keyboard becomes that much more difficult to use.

Sounds passable for a media consumption device, but seriously, this thing’s got its own version of iWork—you’re supposed to type on it. That explains the giant hardware keyboard attachment, I guess!


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