"When Gabby walked in, everyone was surprised and amazed, and a quietness descended on the room," recollected Pitkow, noting that Conway called for a moment of silence. &… Read more
There are finally universal game controllers that work with Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods running iOS 7. Both the Moga Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell offer the potential to turn your device into a little handheld game dynamo by adding buttons. But, there's a problem: it's not easy to find games that support them.
There are supposed to be hundreds of iOS 7 controller-ready games out there in the App Store, but with 1 million apps to sift through, discovery isn't a piece of cake. Games need to be updated to work with these controllers. Luckily, many of the newer games are coming out of the gate controller-ready, and Rockstar's newly released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the king of the early heap. … Read more
Add Danish company Poly-Control to the list of smart lock vendors. The company's new lock, the Danalock, officially goes on sale today.
Like competing smart locks from traditional manufacturers and crowd-funded upstarts, the Danalock promises smart phone-based control of your deadbolt. This one is unique thanks to its various design and control scheme options.
On a cosmetic level, the Danalock is available in what the company calls Circle and Square models. The Circle version measures 79mm across and sits 49mm out from the door, and the entire lock itself acts as a thumb turn. The Square model includes a … Read more
iPhone users apparently will have yet another game controller to add to their arsenal.
Seen in a series of photos tweeted by Evleaks, the Razer Kazuyo will offer a wraparound case that turns your iPhone into a lean, mean gaming machine. The photos reveal a design similar to iPhone game controllers offered by Logitech and Moga.
The controller sports four action buttons on the right and an arrow button on the left. The iPhone can also be tilted to give you a better view of the action.Razer is known for its gaming tablets, laptops, mice, keyboards, and accessories. The … Read more
Leap Motion announced Thursday that Hewlett-Packard is embedding its gesture control technology in 11 new computers.
In a blog post, Leap Motion -- which developed a system designed to enable users to control their computers with hand gestures alone, with accuracy down to a hundredth of a millimeter -- said that HP is integrating its technology into 11 desktop and all-in-one machines.
In September, HP said it was incorporating Leap Motion's tech into the Envy 17 laptop, making it the first manufacturer to build the system directly into a computer. This time around, however, HP is embedding the system … Read more
The $349 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is an intriguing new offering from Honeywell. While it is virtually identical to Honeywell's $249 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat in design and functionality, the addition of voice control really sets it apart. Unlike some of its other key features, this one wasn't borrowed from Nest.
I think that's great. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it -- at least not yet. I really wanted the voice control to work, but instead it's very basic, and occasionally glitchy. That makes the extra $100 for this one feature seem excessive.
Most of … Read more
OS X has a number of commands available in various system and application menus which give you access to file and window management, among other details. In addition to these, there are hidden options which can be found by holding the Option, Shift, and Command keys with the various menus open.
Along with built-in commands, there are several useful, but somewhat hidden, behaviors that might be beneficial to some people. These include getting information about controls, manipulating items in Spotlight, and moving windows around on screen.Tooltips for window controls If you have a window open and do not know … Read more
It's bound to happen to someone this holiday season. You're up to your elbows in a Thanksgiving (or Hanukkah) turkey's chest cavity when you're hit by a nagging feeling that you've forgotten a key part of the recipe. Most of us would have to spend the next five minutes scrubbing bird innards off our hands and then drying them off enough to check the recipe without dirtying the screen or keyboard. Until now.
As of Tuesday, Chrome users can keep their mitts all up in that bird's business and simply shout a search for "super easy and intrusive Thanksgiving turkey recipe" across the room at their browser. So long as you've got a new Chrome extension installed, all you need to do is give the "OK, Google" command that will be familiar to users of Google Now on Android devices followed by your search or question.… Read more
Voice commands are a large part of what makes the Xbox One unique, the other, of course, being its deep TV integration. Both of these features utilize the new Kinect sensor, which Microsoft bundled with the Xbox One; a decision that resulted in a $100 premium over the PlayStation 4.
In addition to supporting facial recognition and gestures, the accessory can be used to navigate the console's user interface, open games and apps, and even control your TV, cable box, and home theater system using only your voice.
Here's how you can set up the Xbox One as … Read more