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Apple Has an iPad Problem – Slate Magazine (blog)

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Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old paper – tuaw.com

Booq makes some nice products for Apple fans, and one of the more recent announcements from the company was for the Booqpad for iPad Air (US$60 for grey, $95 for black/stone). While it looks like just a plain-Jane folio case for the newest iPad, it actually has some more tricks hidden inside. Let’s take a look: Specifications Dimensions: 7 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches (178 x 242 x 24 mm) Weight: 1.19 lbs (.54 kg) Materials: Nubuck lining, polyurethane exterior Paper: 50-sheet A5-format pad Design Highlights So what’s the difference with the Booqpad compared to all of the bazillions of other folios for iPad Air? For one, when you open it up there’s a good old paper notebook on Read More

This Keyboard Case Will Transform Your iPad Mini into a Notebook Computer – Yahoo News

Adding a physical keyboard to an iPad mini is an easy and inexpensive way of converting the small tablet into something closer to a laptop. OK, more like a netbook. But it’s so tiny — why bother? Because it makes typing much easier and opens up a huge range of uses for this super-compact computer. The argument over whether the iPad is a consumption device or a creative device may rage on, but in my mind the answer has always been the latter. Once companies such as Zagg, Logitech, and Belkin started turning out quality Bluetooth keyboards, the iPad instantly became my favorite computer for writing, and thus creating. More: Are Touchscreens Melting Your Kid’s Brain? The Belkin FastFit Keyboard Case Read More

Accessory Brings Morphing Touch Screen Buttons to iPad Mini – MIT Technology Review

Finger guides: This prototype case for the iPad Mini features morphing, fluid-filled raised areas to make touch-typing easier. As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type. That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed (see “Demo: A Shape-Shifting Smartphone Touch Screen”). Electronics Read More

Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market – MIT Technology Review

Finger guides: This prototype case for the iPad Mini features morphing, fluid-filled raised areas to make touch-typing easier. As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type. That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed (see “Demo: A Shape-Shifting Smartphone Touch Screen”). Electronics Read More

Google’s new Motion Photography Prize transforms humble GIF into high art – CNN

Editor’s note: If you’re reading this article on a mobile, please go to Saatchi Art where you can see the work of all shortlisted finalists and the winner. (CNN) — When you think of GIFs, those never-ending sequences of looping motion, you’re more likely to associate them with lightly humorous viral content than a respectable art form. However, their hypnotic movement has been gaining favor with the artistic community, and now one of the most high profile museums in the world, London’s Saatchi Gallery, has teamed up with Google+ to explore their more reflective side. They gathered a roster of impressive judges, such as film director Baz Luhrmann, artists Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin and Cindy Sherman, and Saatchi Gallery CEO Read More

Google algorithm busts CAPTCHA with 99.8 percent accuracy – ZDNet (blog)

Image: Google Next time you want to post a comment on a blog or use an online contact form, chances are you’ll be confronted by a puzzle asking you to read some blurry and distorted text. Known as CAPTCHA, theses challenges are supposed to only be solvable by humans, in order to prevent unwanted bots from using web services. However, their days as a human-only pursuit could be numbered: Google has built its own automated system that can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8 percent accuracy. The algorithm developed by Google researchers is being used by its Street View team to improve Google Maps, by helping to recognising characters in natural or blurry images — for example, Read More

This Is What The Next iPad Air’s Screen Will Look Like, According To A Leaked … – Business Insider

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Google Releases Android Camera App With Selective Focus – Mashable

Google has released a standalone version of its stock camera app for Android— and it’s a significant improvement on its predecessor. The new app, called simply Google Camera, features a new user interface with revamped shooting modes, as well as the ability to selectively focus the camera. See also: 10 Free Android Apps You’ll Use Every Day Rumors of the new app first surfaced earlier this month after it was reported the company was testing a new camera app that would be released independently of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 update. Google also unveiled Lens Blur, a brand new effect that enables users to shoot with a shallower depth of field to selectively focus on certain portions of a particular image. Read More

The Best Extensions to Make Google Maps Even More Awesome – Lifehacker

S Google Maps is easily one of the most popular and powerful mapping tools on the internet. It doesn’t have to do all the legwork alone, though. Here are some of the best extensions you can add to your browser to make Google Maps that much more awesome. Tools for Google Maps (Chrome) Google’s new Maps may have removed some of the neat-yet-niche features of the old Maps like measuring the distance between two locations in a straight line. However, Tools for Google Maps brings them back in a jiffy. It also has a few extra nice things like a built-in screenshot tool and fullscreen mode (though you can enable the latter with F11 natively). Mini Maps (Chrome)/Quick Maps (Firefox) Read More