Thursday, 13 January 2011

iGUGU InterneTV works as promised in its strange little niche (hands-on)

The first time we laid eyes on iGUGU's InterneTV marketing materials, we sensed something was strange in the neighborhood. After seeing the unique product in action though, we've decided to give it a bit more credit. Unlike most internet TV solutions that rely on set-top boxes to stream content, iGUGU's product attempts to make connecting an existing computer to a TV easier using software, a wireless or wired TV connector, and a special QWERTY keyboard remote. The software then provides a not-so-pretty TV interface for browsing through any type of content a computer could normally access online. True to its word, we watched the system play videos on ABC.com and other blocked sites devices like a Roku box or AppleTV can't access. The application also allows users to play local content stored on the computer and aggregates content in pre-populated "channels" like local news, movies, and TV shows. That's all gravy, but we're not sure its worth $99 considering it still requires a computer to work. For more shots of the UI and included components browse through the gallery below.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Sony outs CLM-V55 video monitor for interchangeable lens cameras

To take John McEnroe's famous quote badly out of context, you cannot be serious about video recording without giving your devices a nice big display for videographers to monitor their recordings through. Sony's clearly in agreement and has today revealed the CLM-V55, a 5-inch clip-on unit for its interchangeable lens cameras, that provides WVGA resolution, tilt / swivel adjustments, and color peaking plus pixel magnification to make sure focus is just how you like it. The primary beneficiaries of this would be those delightful A33 and A55 siblings, which strive to combine the fast autofocus of a camcorder with the image quality of a DSLR, along with the NEX-VG10, an all-out camcorder that can nonetheless exchange its lenses and even exploit Alpha-mount glass via an adapter. You can see it outfitted with the V55 after the break, right next to the full press release. Launch is expected in March at an as yet unannounced price.

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AC Ryan unveils Realtek-based Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 media streamers

AC Ryan already took a few precious moments to introduce its FLUXX media player, but given that one new streamer in a month isn't nearly "enough," the outfit's dishing out two more this week. The Playon! HD2 and Playon! HD Mini2 are both based around Realtek's 1185 media processor, tout gigabit Ethernet and will soon have access to the WePlayon! content portal. For all intents and purposes, both of these boxes are identical save for a couple of major differences: the HD2 ships with space for a 3.5-inch HDD (whereas the Mini2 goes drive-less), and there's also support for 802.11n WiFi on the big daddy if you spring for an optional adapter. Oh, and the HD2 has a larger chassis -- go figure, right? You'll also get a USB 3.0 port on the HD2 if you'd like to connect up any other media, and you'll be able to find either in stores starting next month. As for prices? The empty units will sell for $169 (HD2) / $109 (Mini2), while the former can be ordered up with a 500GB ($205), 1TB ($229), 1.5TB ($259) or 2TB ($289) hard drive within.

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Design Your Own Custom iPad, Kindle, or Nook Cover with MyEdge

M-Edge has announced their new MyEdge service.� With MyEdge, you can design a custom cover for your iPad, Kindle, or Nook.� You can select from their library of designs by famous artists, or you can upload your own images, logos, or monograms to make the cover completely your own.� M-Edge says the design/print/ship process will [...]

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Amazon's Android Market competitor now accepting developer submissions

A few months back, Amazon announced that it would be launching an alternative to Google's Android Market. Amazon's offering would be a kind of hybrid between the Android Market and Apple's App Store. It will be curated -- where the Android Market is not -- but still open to all kinds of apps as long as there is no pornographic or expressly illegal content.

One of the big quirks here is that Amazon will be in control of pricing. Developers can submit a list price with their apps, but Amazon will ultimately determine the selling price using various market factors. As has become standard with app stores, Amazon will take a 30% cut -- though if an app is ever heavily discounted, developers are still guaranteed a minimum of 20% of their list price. Amazon's rules also dictate that all apps must be safe, do exactly what they say they do, and function properly.

Their are scores of low-cost Android devices in the wild that don't ship with access to the official Market, so Amazon -- which is likely selling tablets like these by the truckload -- is in an excellent position to make some follow-up cash selling apps to its own customers. Heck, they could even work with bigger name OEMs like Archos to ship their store pre-installed on some devices once the store expands internationally. Initially, the Amazon Appstore is going to be U.S. only.

Developers can sign up and start submitting apps now over at the Amazon Appstore dev portal.

Amazon's Android Market competitor now accepting developer submissions originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 05 Jan 2011 07:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verify by Zurb lets you perform real-world usability testing for your website

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For Web developers, designers and managers, each design change involves a ton of small and large decisions. What color scheme should we go with? Should this element be larger or smaller? What will people remember once they glance at my page?

More often then not, we sort of wing this part of the job. We may ask a couple of people we know, but most small-time developers and internal product teams tend to act on gut instinct. It's not because people don't care, but because it's often difficult to gather actual data. You can use Google Analytics for some things (A/B testing for conversion rates), but Analytics data won't tell you what people remember after looking at your page, or if a certain timestamp format is more or less friendly for your comment threads.

We've covered a couple of applications by Zurb before, and now they've released a new one, aimed at providing just this sort of data to product teams. It's called Verify, and it basically lets you create a set of tests based on your Web page, or mock-ups of possible versions of the page, and then send them out to customers or large groups of internal users.

The tests are fun: In one test, you get a few seconds to look at the page, and then you're asked what you remember (like previously-covered Clue). Other tests produce a heat-map of clicks: People are asked something like "Where would you click to learn more about us?" and then you see what they do.

Verify isn't free, but for what it does, it seems quite affordable (starting at $9/month). I've put up a short video showcasing it after the jump.

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WordPress gets Windows Phone 7 app, edit your blog on the go

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Automattic has officially brought WordPress to Windows Phone 7 for blogging on the go. The WordPress app stays faithful to the general Windows Phone 7 aesthetic of huge typography that goes beyond the current view, and horizontally scrolling screens. But the app isn't really meant for writing epic posts (although you can compose new posts). Like its Android and iOS counterparts, it lets you format text, set categories and tags, and even add pictures to a post. You can then publish your post on the spot, or save it for editing later when you're sitting at an actual computer.

More useful, perhaps, is the WordPress app's ability to moderate comments on-the-go. The app lets you bulk-edit comments, so you can de-spam your blog in one fell swoop from the road.

Last but not least, if your blog is hosted on WordPress.com, the new app lets you monitor a host of stats such as Views, Post Views, Clicks and more. All in all, this looks like a must-have for any WordPress blogger who also sports a Windows Phone 7 device. Jump on over to WordPress.org for the full details or download the app here [Zune link].

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