The Anki team will be taking a new approach to typical slot car racing games with the release of Anki Drive (Free). The project was originally conceived by a group of PhD students in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Anki CEO Boris Sofman demonstrated the car's ability to steer around the track at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference "by doing the same computations your brain does when you drive." By focusing on steering, sensors, and controls software, Anki was able to engineer a different kind of racing experience.
Have we created a global love affair with technology?
Have you been swept off your feet by a sexy new device, an alluring app, or a seductive new game? Do not feel any shame or guilt, because you are not alone. The world is full of technology loving adulterers and you can spot us everywhere. We stroll down the busy sidewalk with our heads buried in an intimate texting conversation. We seem oblivious to the flow of life around us because our attention is lost in the anticipation of the next reply. We might stumble back to reality or we might be summoned to the present moment with a loud shout, “Hey buddy watch where you are going.” The next time you are on a busy street or sitting in a packed commuter people mover, take a moment and look up. You will probably witness numerous affairs with technology.
Like many iPhone fans, I downloaded iOS 7 the day it was released. And I know I am not alone in having fallen in love with it. And with iOS 7 came a whole plethora of great features and upgrades. Now, users can finally have an uncluttered iPhone.
In an open discussion on our Facebook and Google+ pages, we asked our readers what they wanted most from Apple during its special event yesterday. Here's what they said:
1) iPad mini with Retina Display
The No.1 response we received was that our readers yearned for an iPad mini with a Retina display. Apple must have been listening, considering the company announced not only a mini with Retina display but also an A7 processor with 64-bit architecture.
I like free. And that's what T-Mobile is charging for their base iPad data plan for new customers, according to Apple's website. You get 200MB per month. What happens if you go over that limit? It's not yet known, but they'll be holding a press conference today to give more details. You can check out their network coverage here to see if this might be a good option for you. Apple's page also shows the rates for the other three major carriers. AT&T starts at $14.99 for 250MB. Sprint's price is also $14.99, but you get 1GB of data per month. That's certainly the best deal if you need more than 200MB. Verizon's base plan had been $30 for 2GB, but they're now offering 1GB for $20.
I was disappointed that the new iPhone 5s didn't include NFC (Near Field Communication) for several reasons. First, it would be nice to have a feature that a number of a Android devices do, and second because it would be nice to pay for things with a swipe of my phone. But also I could try out the new Mo' Beats HD speaker from iLuv ($99.99).
During today’s iPad announcement, presumably Apple’s last product unveiling of the year, CEO Tim Cook reminded us of the iPad's beginnings as a underdog of sorts when Apple launched it more than three years ago. He said Apple had a clear vision for the iPad from the start as the "most advanced technology in a revolutionary and magical device," but said "some didn't see the need for it."
If you're a fan of the iPad mini and you followed Apple's iPad announcement today, you may believe you've gotten everything you could wish for in the next-generation mini. It boasts a Retina display (a feature users have been nothing short of demanding from Apple), an improved 5-megapixel camera, plus the all-new 64-bit A7 processor just introduced with the iPhone 5s. But before you celebrate, it's worth looking at what made the iPad mini so desirable in the first place.
With all of the new hardware changes announced at today's Apple keynote, the newest updates to the company's popular iWork apps have a very good chance of slipping by the wayside—at least for now. After all, when there are new iPads with fancy Retina displays, who really cares about word processing or making an advanced slideshow? Well, the answer, dear reader, is you. Here's why:
Once more, Apple has created a lot of excitement with their event today announcing new products. Perhaps the biggest surprises were the availability of the new version of the Mac OS (Mavericks) for free, the availability of the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) for free with the purchase of a new device, the higher price on the iPad mini, the speedy A7 64-bit chip for the mini, and the new name for the iPad: the iPad Air. Apple's move toward free software is unprecedented in the industry.