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HTC's Teeter shows off how physical feedback can immerse you in a game

HTC's Teeter shows off how physical feedback can immerse you in a game

I spent a few hours with the HTC Touch Diamond and while I work on my more detailed thoughts, I just had to post about the accelerometer and haptic feedback technology that just blew me away on the device. I am not sure what the technology is behind it and it may be some kind of gyroscope and the regular phone vibration mechanism, but it is very cool. I knew there was some kind of sensor in the device that lets you auto-rotate the display in the Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser, but never heard anything about any type of haptic feedback on the device.

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Mobile computing vs. cloud computing

Mobile computing vs. cloud computing

There has been for some while “heated debates” amongst fellow blogospherians (probably not a word, don’t comment and bitch about it please) about all these cloud services we’re hearing about. First we had Windows Live SkyDrive which now offers 5GB of storage space, and rumours of GDrive keep hitting the news.

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Unboxing and first look at the HTC Touch Diamond

Unboxing and first look at the HTC Touch Diamond

The devices just keep rolling in here at the ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer headquarters and this time we have the HTC Touch Diamond device that was announced at a major kick-off event last month. I didn't attend the event where each attendee is getting a Diamond, but HTC came to Mobius 2008 in Seattle and promised to send each of us a device to evaluate. I don't normally post a full unboxing video, but I think you will find the packaging unique and enjoy the unboxing video below. I also shot an initial turn on and setup video for you to check out. Once I have had a chance to play with the device more this weekend, I'll post a 2nd look post with a video of the TouchFLO 3D in action. There are some unboxing and device photos in the image gallery and I will post another one with screenshots of the device after further evaluation.

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Robofish teams of underwater robots

Robofish teams of underwater robots

Many of today's underwater robots need to periodically come up to the surface to communicate with their human supervisors. But researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new kind of underwater vehicle. The Robofish can work cooperatively with each other. 'The Robofish, which are roughly the size of a 10-pound salmon, look a bit like fish because they use fins rather than propellers.' According to the researchers, such robots 'could cooperatively track moving targets underwater, such as groups of whales or spreading plumes of pollution, or explore caves, underneath ice-covered waters, or in dangerous environments where surfacing might not be possible.' But read more...

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Top US search engines in April 2008

Top US search engines in April 2008

DomainApr 2008Mar 2008Apr 2007www.google.com67.90%67.25%65.26%search.yahoo.com20.28%20.29%20.73%search.msn.com6.26%6.65%7.77%www.ask.com4.17%4.09%3.69%Source: Hitwise

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How will mobile banking work?

How will mobile banking work?

Industry experts at the 12th Malaysian Banking Summit 2008 say not just Internet banking but mobile banking is set for further growth and expansion globally, reports The Star.CIMB Bank retail banking head, Peter England, is quoted as saying that Malaysia had successfully adopted Internet banking since 2000 and that mobile banking would follow suit.

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78% of US adults now having cell phones

78% of US adults now having cell phones

Cell phones have become a staple for many Americans, with 78% of adults now having one, up from 21% in 1996. With many cell phone allowing users to have free or low-cost upgrades of phones every 24 months, decisions on new cell phone purchases periodically face users, according to the Pew Internet Project. 39% of [...]

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32% of internet users buy music online

32% of internet users buy music online

62% of internet users who used the internet to find out about music they bought cite something they found offline with 32% saying it was something they found on the internet, according to the Pew Internet Project. When queried about specific ways the internet influenced their music buying decisions, here is what internet users who [...]

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