The Google Glass wearable computing 'enhanced reality' project got off the ground this week at the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Around 6,000 developers were present to see a demonstration of the futuristic technology which integrates a small video-display suspended from the arm of the headset which is worn like a pair of spectacles. Complete with Internet connectivity, a battery in the arm and the ability to change the perspective of the video stream as you move your head, the Google Glass prototype is no heavier than a standard pair of sunglasses and just as …

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So you've got a tablet, be that an Android, iPad or Windows powered device. Maybe you've got a phablet or just a bog-standard smartphone. Whatever you have, the chances are that it will have a capacitive touch screen. Most people, however, won't have got a stylus. The reasons are straightforward enough: 'I come equipped with a finger, thank you' and, well, that's it actually. For those people who have experienced stylus enlightenment, there's no turning back. A stylus brings more precise input to your device, be that just launching apps, using the on-screen keyboard or maybe getting a little more …

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[attach=right]13756[/attach]Portable gizmos that claim to charge your cellphone or iPod on the move are two a penny these days. Solar powered portable charging gizmos are not such a common sight, it has to be said, especially if we are talking about ones that actually work. Which is why I was excited at the prospect of having a real world out in the field play with the [URL="http://www.solartechnology.co.uk"]Freeloader Pico[/URL], but at the same time bracing myself for disappointment. It's not that I am not a fan of the solar power concept for mobility, just the opposite in fact. Over the years …

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So here it is, or will be by the end of the month, the world's first smartphone to use a 64-bit chip. Immediately I would suggest that you can forget about most of what was announced yesterday: ![dd1371f031db48fc9bf7389ae52caab5](/attachments/small/0/dd1371f031db48fc9bf7389ae52caab5.jpg "align-right") Forget the new colours that everyone is drooling over (gold? really? - grey? really?) which really are just window dressing. Forget the uprated camera which is now an 8-megapixel beast with dual LED multicoloured 'True Tone' flash (which apparently will help to grab images which look more natural) and slow-motion video capability. Forget the fingerprint scanner built into the new circular …

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The PowerBank 2000 is the latest in a long line of solar-powered chargers from Sandberg. It's far from being the most powerful backup battery for your smartphone (and yes it will charge Droids as well as iPhones, but as I'm an iPhone user I can only talk about my experiences with that) but it is one of the smallest and lightest. Not that the specs are lightweight per se, with the name giving away the fact that there's 2000mAh worth of capacity in the thing. Producing 1000mA output, the SolarBank will happily charge up my iPhone if I'm away from …

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Almost exactly a year ago I was writing about [the development of Google Glass](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/pc-hardware/monitors-displays-and-video-cards/news/426788/no-google-glass-for-most-developers-until-2014) here at DaniWeb. In the meantime, the project has turned into a reality and [actual product has got into the hands of reviewers](http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/380401/before-iwatch-and-google-glass-wearable-computing-milestones-and-failures/2) and some lucky users with $1,500 to spare. This would all be much more exciting for me were it not for the fact that my vision is severely impaired thanks to suffering from Wet Macular Degeneration in one eye (hence the patch) and the other being very lazy indeed. I get by with the use of a contact lens and high magnification reading …

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![e776593293ae5ac1272905a2e76cd945](/attachments/small/0/e776593293ae5ac1272905a2e76cd945.jpg "align-right") This is the latest upgrade to the Camera Link product from Sandberg, making it compatible with the iPad 3 and iPad 4/Mini; but not at the same time. To get the iPad 4 compatibility rather obviously requires the Lightning connector equipped version, which costs the same as the iPad 3 version. Whichever you need, the premise is the same: upload your photos to your iPad directly from your camera. Insert the SD card into the device, make sure it is toggled to the SD setting, and your iPad will display your images and enable you to import them. …

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The Internationale Funkausstellung is not a jazz-fusion music event. Nope, the [URL="http:// www.ifa-berlin.com"]IFA[/URL] is apparently the world’s largest consumer electronics show these days, and it runs until 6th September in Berlin. Once over the disappointment that the only music was Muzak-alike piped hell, the race was on to discover the best gadget of the show. All in one day. This was made somewhat more difficult than usual as Sony were amongst the list of notable non-attendees. But never mind, there was plenty else to pick from. So, would I choose one of the 1920 x 1080 HDTV flat screen televisions, …

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The Kensington Presentair isn't the smallest 'laser pointer' on the planet, measuring in at 60mm x 70mm x 210mm and weighing 25g. Nor is it the cheapest with that $69.99 price tag. However, most of all it isn't just a laser pointer and thinking of it in those terms is something of a mistake. Sure, the Presentair does include a red class 2 laser but that's just the start of it. The clue is in the name Presentair, as this is a fully featured tool for anyone who gives presentations in the course of their working day. ![PRESENTAIR02](/attachments/small/0/PRESENTAIR02.jpg "align-right") The …

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Well, I'm still a noob when it comes to PHP (or anything), so I'll just give an example. If you go here: http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?synd=googlemodules&w=500&h=350&mid=0&url=http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/102166312438248764726/calendar-personalized.xml you'll see the XML gadget displaying nicely in the browser window. Of course, if you load only the gadget in the browser (http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/102166312438248764726/calendar-personalized.xml) the page will display only as text. What I want is the PHP code that does this trick. In this example is http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr and I suspect that it might be PHP, but I don't mind a javascript code that can 'read' and display xml gadget. Thanks!

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i want to design the Currency gadget .....that should work in all the operating system it should be something like installation application as shown in the above daigram so please help me out Thank you ![currency_converter](/attachments/small/3/currency_converter.png "align-right")

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My iPhone is always with me, and I will admit to having mild panic attacks if I misplace it around the office or house. Only once have I had cause to go into major panic mode though, and that was when I managed to leave my iPhone and my car keys in a shop. Luckily it was the last shop I had been in, and my good fortune held up as not only had I left them at the checkout counter but the checkout assistant was a very honest person. I would not like to experience those 15 minutes of …

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You might think that there's not much further for a high-end low budget home entertainment remote control unit to go than the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/home-theater-home-entertainment/reviews/324398"]One For All SmartControl that DaniWeb reviewed just over a year ago[/URL] now. However, One For All does not seem to agree as it has just launched the SmartControl Motion in the UK in time for Xmas, complete with the iPhone inspired gesture controls which provide the difference as well as the 'motion' in the name of the device. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23210[/ATTACH]Although the SmartControl Motion we have been playing with did not come with the Sony PS3 adapter that allowed …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22424[/ATTACH]When it comes to robotic pets I still have my heart set on one day owning a Sony AIBO as I always wanted one when they arrived on the geek scene, but could never justify the cost. The Desk Pet TankBot is no AIBO; for a start it's a tank and not a dog, it's a lot smaller and far less intelligent no matter what the packaging blurb tells you. Oh, and it's nowhere near as cute either. But then again, a second hand AIBO (should you be able to find one for sale in good working condition) is going …

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The Swiftpoint Mouse is primarily designed with one purpose in mind, and that is to replace the touchpad on your laptop or netbook. Indeed, unlike any mouse I've ever used (and that includes the smallest of portable units) the Swiftpoint can be comfortably operated within the confines of the palmrest alongside the existing touchpad. Actually, it's even more amazing than that as I am currently using this clever bit of geek design quite comfortably on the very small area of palmrest next to the touchpad on my netbook - and that's an area of just a couple of square inches. …

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It has been a long time coming, but the e-book reader had finally arrived. Oh, I appreciate that there have been many stabs at e-book hardware including the Nook and the efforts from Sony, not to mention the claims of iPad fans and Apple with that iBooks app and iTunes App Store integration. Oh, and not forgetting Amazon's own previous efforts with Kindles 1 and 2 of course. The trouble is, frankly, none of them have actually done the job well enough for me to take them seriously enough to consider replacing my paper book reading habit. Some have been …

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OK, so Apple has done it again. Whipped the technology and consumer media up into a feeding frenzy that is. But has it delivered with the truly magical and revolutionary product that was promised? Er, no dude, not by a long shot and here (in no particular order) are 15 reasons why the iPad is not a game-changer. [LIST=1] [*]According to Steve Jobs the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4219.html"]netbook concept[/URL] has been a fail and the iPad does everything better. Apart, that is, from doing more than one thing at once. Users obviously won't want to have a Twitter app running on that large …

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Interesting that the US Department of Defense has banned thumb drives. The problem is that they can carry viruses and infect computers - and if your nation's defense depends on these systems (and by extension in the case of the US so does the defense of the rest of the world) they need to be looked after. So no thumb drives, no CDs. Umm...yes. But if you're going to take this seriously let's have a look at other removable storage. Here's a list, top of my head, of potentially virus-carrying items I could lay my hands on in my office …

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Some of us just want a satnav which tells us how to get from A to B while avoiding traffic congestion. Others, apparently, want a satnav that imitates SpongeBob SquarePants for reasons which, to be frank, are completely beyond me. After all, I don't live in a pineapple under the sea. Yet the market leader in satnav devices, TomTom, has today announced the availability of a SpongeBob SquarePants voice (following the success of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220616.html"]Homer Simpson satnav[/URL]) for users of its products. Indeed, the jovial press release even informs me that it will help users to navigate beyond Bikini Bottom. …

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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and a happy TomTom satnav in-car user, like many people I had been waiting for the iPhone TomTom application to arrive. The delays seemed to go on forever, and in the meantime other players had entered the market: both Navigon MobileNavigator and ALK CoPilot Live launched before TomTom got into the …

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If you look past the inevitable consumer lust for anything new and Apple shaped, does the iPad actually live up to the hype? I've already made my own feelings on why [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story255990.html"]the iPad will be no game changer[/URL] (at least not in version one form) quite clear, although the chances are high that I'll end up buying one as I'm pretty much the target market. Early adopting tech consumer with more money than sense. Business buyers, on the other hand, should not get caught up in the hype over the iPad because according to tablet PC manufacturer [URL="http://www.motioncomputing.co.uk"]Motion Computing[/URL] it …

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Now that's what I call an Android phone. Actually, that's what I call an Android phone that might just [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3944.html"]kick some iPhone ass[/URL]. The [URL="http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/specifications/xperiax10a?lc=en&cc=us#a"]Sony Ericsson Xperia X10[/URL] social networking phone is Android powered and feature rich. How rich? Well, how does 1GB RAM plus 16Gb of flash storage and a stunning 8.1 megapixel camera that comes complete with a geo-tagging function strike you? That's on top of the 4" (854 x 480, 262,144 color TFT) touch-screen and GPS, and WiFi, and Bluetooth of course. OH, and not forgetting the Qualcomm Snapdragon, a 1GHz system-on-chip that you can also find …

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[attach=right]12191[/attach]It's just small enough to fit into your pocket, uses a specially developed high-tech gel and vibrates like crazy. But this latest must have addition to the iPhone accessories cupboard is no sex toy: this is the Kitsound X5 Surface Speaker, and oh boy does it pack a satisfying punch. The trouble with most portable speakers is they are either not actually portable, as in not pocket-sized unless you happen to be wearing a pair of MC Hammer trousers, or not actually any good. We've all heard the idiots on the beach or in the park with their tinny little …

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There is little doubt that when it comes to consumer satellite navigation devices, TomTom pretty much rules the roost. There is equally little doubt that in the past it has made some pretty serious mistakes, such as introducing the world to the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]first virus infection distributed by a satnav device[/URL]. But surely introducing the voice of Homer Simpson to announce your driving directions has to go down as the biggest mistake so far. Not a financial mistake, that's for sure. By doing a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Locutio Voice Technologies, TomTom has pulled off something of a …

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I hope I am not the only person who has occasionally thought that his mobile phone bears more than a passing resemblance to something straight out of Star Trek. Not being a Trekkie myself I cannot say whether it is a communicator or one of those handheld medical scanners, a tricorder is it? Anyway, one thing is for sure, and that is that mobile phones are getting a lot more Star Trek these days. And probably none more so than the Nokia 5800 limited edition which is being launched in the UK on May 1st, which should come as no …

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Sometimes you kind of know a gadget is going to fail, simply because it launches at the wrong time. A great example would be the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2373.html"]Microsoft SPOT watch[/URL] which was essentially an expensive and ungainly data-casting wristwatch that could show very small amounts of news and weather data while you walked. Sounds OK, until you realise that it was launched at the same time as mobile phones were moving into data, as smartphones were appearing, as wifi was taking off. The fact that even nerds had more fashion sense than to wander around with a pile of crap masquerading as …

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How many passwords do you have to remember? The common answer is either too many and I sometimes forget them, or alternatively just the one as I use it for everything. Both options are bad in terms of security. Which is where password management systems come in, and these can take many different formats. Some people use the pen and paper format, writing down all logins and passwords in a book and hiding it somewhere. Bad, bad security. Others do the same, but using dedicated software, which is much better security-wise as the list can be encrypted. Atek has come …

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Yesterday I highlighted a few gadgets I thought it was worth getting people for Christmas. Today I thought I'd do the opposite - do not, repeat not, buy any of the following. Digital photo frame is a definite no-no. I've bought one for my in-laws last year and they said they were delighted - and it's been switched on for all of five minutes. The changing picture distracts them from the TV screen, conversation, anything. My guess is that people will give up on these very soon indeed. Memory keys. Every time I write about technology as a gift I …

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There's the start of a cult of the personality thing going on in the UK technology sphere. Traditionally people have done their research on a gadget before buying it by remarkably old-fashioned means; they look in a magazine, they check online, they ask friends and get a consensus. It's a lot like the business buying process but less formal. Except now people are starting to turn to celebrities, in particular [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/"]Stephen Fry[/URL]. Or so says the BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones. He believes the Blackberry Storm has been seriously hampered by Fry's antipathy towards it. This is made doubly confusing …

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With the gadgets sadly lacking from the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, I am glad to report that a British company that specializes in bringing unlikely innovation to market has stood up and been counted to fill the gap. Virtuity has today announced it has developed self-destruct technology for lost and stolen mobile phones. [URL="http://www.backstopp.com"]BackStopp Mobile[/URL] has been released, designed to totally obliterate the contents of a lost or stolen mobile phone or other hand held device. The technology uses the mobile's own communications to track it down, pretty much anywhere on the planet. But the interesting stuff …

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