Not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but the Firefox Beta for Android was released today.
This is a very nice app for only being a beta release. You can add some very cool add-ons and the interface is crisp and clean. The file size is smaller than the Dolphin HD browser, but still large at over 14mb.
All men love gadgets and cutting edge electronic devices. It is just a fact to say that. I’ve never met a guy who didn’t have a closet or garage full of them.
Ladies, the best gift for your man this holiday season is a cool gadget. It really is the best way to how someone you care. There are many gadgets and electronic devices out there that are are new or updated for 2010 that would make for some great gifts. Check out our list below to get some ideas:
Apple iPad MC497LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + 3G) The top gift on our list is the Apple iPad. How was this calculated? Well, we surveyed 100 men and the iPad scored 30 votes in all. Guys like the sleek style and stated that the Apps made it a must have device. One guy said that it would finally be a way to replace the morning paper and the problems associated with carrying multiple devices on the subway. The ipad is a one-stop multimedia bonanza! Reports are out today that some TJ Maxx and Marshalls locations have the 16GB version for $100 off.
The best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. Hands down. All of the built-in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device. A large, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display. An incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen. And an amazingly powerful Apple-designed chip. All in a design that’s thin and light enough to take anywhere. iPad isn’t just the best device of its kind. It’s a whole new kind of device. 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi). Wireless and cellular 3G: UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Data only2, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology. Capacity: 64GB flash drive.
Connected Television Devices – Apple TV , Boxee Box by D-Link and Roku devices allow him to take his digital media from the PC to the TV. Connected devices give your man the opportunity to play all of his offline content on his television. It doesn’t sound like a fantastic thing to do, but it really is great to have all of your digital media available at your fingertips. Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the largest selection of HD movies — many available the same day they come out on DVD. Watch Netflix titles instantly. Rent TV shows, commercial free in HD. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV. Best of all , Apple TV is just $99. The Boxee Box offers you the freedom to watch what you want. It’s thousands of TV shows ready to watch, instantly. It’s tons of free movies, Hollywood blockbusters, and critically acclaimed films. It’s web-only videos from Funny or Die or College Humor. It’s your videos, your Pandora and Facebook feeds somewhere they’ve never been before – your HDTV: organized, simplified and enjoyed from the comfort of your couch in 1080p. No keyboard or mouse required. For serious!! Do what more than a million users have already done – download Boxee’s software and try it for free on your computer first, we’ll automatically import your account when you’re ready to bring the Boxee Box experience to your HDTV. Get tons of free stuff, and pay for the premium content you want. No monthly bill. No more paying for stuff you never watch. No biggie. Finally, TV gets it. Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Even watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It’s all available whenever you want it. The all-new, top-of-the-line Roku XDS sets a new standard with 1080p streaming video, the latest wireless technology, and Instant Replay. All for under $100. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever.
Kindle – Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6 – Kindle (Wi-Fi) is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, Kindle 3G may be a better option.Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go—without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers.
Apple MacBook Pro – The Mac is designed to provide the best computer experience you can have. Everything just works. And everything works together. That’s because Apple makes both the hardware and the software. So whether you’re accessing a Wi-Fi network or organizing your photos by faces or video chatting with friends, it’s all amazingly simple. And that’s just the beginning. Here are a few more reasons why so many people choose a Mac.
Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter – Parrot AR.Drone lets you see what the pilot sees.
With its built-in Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using the built-in accelerometer in your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad device. On-board cameras (one forward facing, one facing down) let you see in real time what the pilot sees as you complete complex flight maneuvers.Augmented reality turns the world around you into a video game.
Chase a fighter jet through your house solo or with friends. Powerful processing lets the AR.Drone integrate computer generated images directly into its real-time streaming video to create an augmented reality gaming environment complete with air-to-air missiles, interactive targeting systems, and fiery explosions.No ordinary RC helicopter, the Parrot AR.Drone uses military-grade technology for super-stable flight.
This four-rotor quadricopter employs dual ultrasonic altimeters, a three-axis accelerometer, multiple gyroscopes, and an embedded Linux platform to continuously stabilize itself during flight. AR.Drone can even compensate for turbulence caused by wind. In fact, it’s so easy to control, anyone can fly it.
At home indoors or out.
Fly your Parrot AR.Drone anywhere you like. The included indoor hull protects the rotors during tight maneuvering around walls and furniture then removes easily to minimize weight and wind resistance during outdoor flights. Copter is made of carbon fiber and high-resistance plastic. Rechargeable LiPo batteries are included. Click Here for a quick start guide that will get you flying right away!
Order your Parrot AR.Drone from Brookstone today to experience video gaming on a whole new level!
All the major television networks have blocked Google TV‘s access to watch their shows online. Does this mean that Google TV users should toss their devices? I wouldn’t be so quick to get rid of that Google TV, Boxee Box or Roku right now. Talented developers are working hard at bringing the internet to our living rooms. I’m not talking about the WebTv interface of long ago. These developers are creating awesome works arts with Flash, CSS and HTML5. If the first group of user interfaces are signs of what we should expect, I am excited to see what the future holds.
This is the first part of a series that we are doing on web applications devoting time and resources into developing for the Google TV and other devices that connect to your television. Several of the featured websites in the SPOTLIGHT section of Google TV are amazing little web applications. The designs are innovative and user friendly at the same time.
We are excited to see just how creative designs will become in the coming months , but we are focusing on the best and brightest that are out there right now.
Clicker.tv got us in contact with Ryan Massie, their EVP of Products. Ryan was able to answer some of our questions below:
1.) In which ways did you have to rethink your layout to be optimized for the Google TV experience?
The way people use their TV is quite different from the way they use their computer or their mobile phone. Website are developed for the size of a computer monitor with a full keyboard. As smartphones became more prevalent, products had to fit that form factor by becoming easier to read on a smaller screen with a smaller keyboard.
2.) Was it difficult to design a TV friendly site meant to be controlled via remote control instead of a typical querty styled keyboard?
Yes. Because this is new technology, we ran into two major constraints. Because there are many different types of computers, browsers and remotes, making sure the actions worked across many devices was difficult. Our biggest issue however was once the user left Clicker.tv and visited another website the navigation is out of our control.
3.) What were the biggest challenges of adapting a website built for Google TV and the Chrome Browser?
Working with Google TV and the Chrome team was easy. Our biggest challenge was figuring out how to create the best experience for a 10 foot UI. It took designers and developers a few years in the mid nineties to create the standards for developing websites. And over the last 5 years there have been many improvements to the experience on mobile devices. We believe the user experience on the TV will go through the same process and we’re just at the beginning.
4.) Where do you see Google TV enhanced sites going in the future?
We’re barely in the first inning of connected-TVs and the Web on TV experience. Navigation will be a key part of future innovation especially from site to site and across different apps. Also, we’ll get closer to a standard remote for the Web, like we did for TVs, which will help normalize experiences across different devices and make it easier for more sites to develop TV-friendly interfaces.
As more TV’s are equiped with an Internet connection websites will have to make the same transformation to fit the new form factor and the way people use their set. With that in mind Clicker had to account for the TV being approximately 10 feet away which means bigger fonts and fewer features one each page. Navigation need to be more simple so we developed and easy up/down/left/right select navigation.
Below is a short screencast of Clicker’s 10ft UI captured using a notebook computer for display on a television. The interface is fully controlled using only the directional arrow keys.
About Ryan Massie
Ryan manages all things product and content for Clicker. Prior to Clicker, Ryan ran vertical search product development at Ask.com, where he launched and managed AskCity, Mobile, News, Maps, and various cross-company initiatives for Interactive Corp (IAC). Prior to Ask, Ryan held business and product management positions with CareerBuilder.com and ChoicePoint. Ryan graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology and he earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Ryan grew up in Lexington, KY, and spent his college years in Durham, N.C. That, along with his passion for Kentucky basketball and being a Kentucky Colonel, makes him a Southerner.
Special thanks to Morgan at Clicker.tv for being so helpful.
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