The AIR platform, which began on the desktop, stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime. It's a platform for users to run rich Internet applications locally, much like a typical software application. In that same vein, AIR apps can take advantage of the hardware they're running on in ways that Web apps in the browser sometimes can't.
Better wipe the face grease off that smartphone if you've got one: Yahoo plans to bring video chat to users of its mobile chat application.
In an interview yesterday with Reuters, Yahoo's VP of Mobile for the Americas, David Katz told the news outlet that the feature was on the way to the next version of the company's messenger app for both Android devices and the iPhone.
The video chat feature, which is said to work over both Wi-Fi and through carrier's networks, will also be cross-platform, allowing users on their phone to video chat with … Read more
In an attempt to make money from more parts of its service, Twitter is rolling out a new form of advertising called "promoted accounts." In short, it will let advertisers buy a spot on Twitter's sidebar with a suggestion of Twitter accounts you should follow--that is, if it's relevant to accounts the user is already following.
Such a feature was first rumored in July, though it had originally been suggested that it was going to be aimed at individuals. This program--at least in its beginnings--is being launched with businesses in mind.
Two years ago, near the back of a crowded screening room at Comic-Con, someone managed to record the entire teaser trailer for "Tron: Legacy," which at the time was titled "TR2N." No cameras of any sort were allowed.
The video, which stretched nearly three minutes, featured a high-speed chase on updated versions of Tron's famous lightcycles. It was a visual-effects concept made by a small team of animators before the film went into full production. The goal of that clip--as CNET learned during a "Tron: Legacy" press day Saturday at special-effects house Digital … Read more
VENICE, Calif.--Just a few blocks from Venice Beach in Southern California is a rather nondescript warehouse--a few windows, a parking lot decorated with an old basketball hoop. If you drove by, you might mistake it for the Public Storage building on the next block over.
But inside is special effects shop Digital Domain, and the only stored relics you'll find are movie prop miniatures like a replica of the Titanic and a 3-foot-tall Apollo space capsule. The rest of the building is made up of meeting rooms, gadget-filled workstations, two screening theaters, and a server farm that's … Read more
VENICE, Calif.--Sitting across from me, Jeff Bridges leans back into his chair, looking almost through me as we begin to chat about reprising his role as fictional game developer (and geek icon) Kevin Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."
This past weekend, we're sitting here in an executive office inside Digital Domain, the special-effects studio that's in charge of the dazzling effects seen in the highly anticipated sequel that picks up 28 years after the events of the 1982 classic. The entire room is a light brown and bathed in soft incandescent light, making Bridges, in his … Read more
Online storage and collaboration service Box.net is finally available on Android devices.
The free app, which hit the Android market today, does just about everything Box does on the iPhone and iPad, with a few added tricks. It can, for instance, now let you search for your files by name, and if a user is a business customer, it will even search the content found within those files.
Box's CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie told CNET earlier this week the same search feature would be coming to the iOS flavor of Box's apps, but he said Android … Read more
Gameloft announced today that it has sold more than 20 million copies of its paid games on Apple's App Store.
The company has been well-known for putting its titles on sale, as well as playing developer and publisher for a number of film adaptations like James Cameron's Avatar, Iron Man, and Shrek Forever After. It also has a number of its own franchises including Let's Golf, Skater Nation, Bridge Odyssey, Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, and Asphalt racing.
A quick look at the company's catalog shows that it has more than 160 titles available on the App … Read more
Updated at 2:00 p.m. with additional information from Google.
Google has added a new option in the labs section of Gmail that lets users pump up the quality in video chats.
The new setting, dubbed "video chat enhancements," ups not only the size of the video chat window, but its resolution too. The difference in size between the old and the new is considerable, both in the window of the person you're talking to, and the preview of your Webcam that appears in the bottom right-hand corner.
Here's a before and after:
Here also … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Of the 50 plus start-ups involved in this year's Demo Fall conference, which wrapped up here tonight, only so many are consumer-oriented.
On top of this, and as past Demo conferences have taught us, just a small portion of sites and services demonstrated on stage are immediately open (or ready) for public consumption.
Below we've picked 10 start-ups, all of which are ready to be hammered on by their first batch of users. Quite a few are mobile and only available on one platform or another, but the rest are Web-based and ready for you to give them a spin.
1. TuneUp is not a new product, but at Demo the company announced that it was about to add a handful of new features. TuneUp goes through your iTunes music library and finds missing metadata and album art, then fills it in. Pretty soon the company is going to expand that to song lyrics, as well as a song de-duplicator that it says will do a better job than the one built into iTunes. Those features are coming in "60 to 90" days, according to CEO Gabriel Adiv.
Adiv says TuneUp is currently up to 1.5 million users, which have collectively cleaned up 1.2 billion music tracks.
2. Footfeed solves the problem of check-in fatigue. If you're interested in using a handful of geolocation check-ins all at once, you can just use Footfeed once and it does the hard work for you. Why would you want to use more than one service? The simple answer is that some offer local deals, or have friends that use it, who wouldn't otherwise see that you're there.
As Footfeed demoed on stage, it's able to determine which business you're on on all of these various networks down to just a few feet. If it's not sure, it gives you the option to drill down into each network to verify that it's checking you into the right place. And after checking in, you get a rundown of how many points you scored, badges you unlocked, and friends who are nearby in each network.
To some degree the need for Footfeed could diminish. During Facebook's introduction of Places, for instance, it was announced that a handful of these existing location networks would be sending that user location information both ways. But not everyone uses Facebook, and not all of these networks are going to be doing that two way sharing, so Footfeed manages to fill that gap well. For now.
3. Hiplogic's Spark. A homescreen of widgets is exactly the kind of thing you cannot currently do on the iPhone, but Android and Symbian are happy to let you switch that up with something else. Spark plays off this idea and gives you a rundown of information from social networks to news stories. The app also lets you update to Twitter and Facebook at once.
Your phone may already have such a feature, but if you're looking for something a little different, this is a well-designed effort. Here's a demo of what it does:
4. Foound is a very smart idea that takes some of the best features of an events service and scales it down into something that can be used for arranging smaller, less-scheduled events with friends. The service was designed by a group of friends who got tired of sending one another text messages and having to look up directions. Foound solves this by offering up push notifications when a user adds anything to the event page, as well as providing a map that can be used to see how close you are to the venue.
Foound can be found only on the iPhone, though its creators plan to bring it to other platforms.
5. IQ Engines Any-Image Recognition Engine. OK, to be fair this is a back-end technology and not an app itself, though to get a taste of what it can do try downloading oMoby, which uses the company's image recognition tool.
What sets this image recognition tool apart from the competition is that it can learn. If you scan something and it doesn't know what it is, it pings a network of people who can look at it, and fill in the information (assuming it's something like a product). Then, the next time you, or someone else scans it, it'll get picked up in the system automatically.
Beyond product scanning, the technology's creators say it's being used to help the vision impaired identify objects, as well as figure out what's in hosted Web photos and serve up contextual advertising.
6. Needly is a place to buy and sell things--be it the junk in your garage or a service like fixing a leaky faucet. What sets the site apart from something like Craigslist is that it's got a built-in escrow service. So say you're buying something locally and you've never met the seller, you can give Needly the money, then get the item, and if you get burned on the transaction you can get your money back. Better yet, as a seller you can sell a high-value item without worrying about dealing with a bouncy check or a wad of cash. … Read more