When the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta was released, users jumped in to find anything regarding a front-facing camera or video conferencing controls.Now MacRumors is reporting that an decline/answer UI button (see above) for video conferencing was discovered. There’s also a line of code in the PLCameraController.h file that seems to represent a front-facing camera, which has zoom and flash. In short, it’s a possibility that there will be video chat in either the next iPhone or even the iPad.
Having a front-facing video conferencing camera in the next iPhone and iPad would be a great addition perfect, but of course Apple puts many things in its SDK that is never used. Explanation: don’t get too excited. Yet.
Despite the larger footprint, as well as price, the DSi XL is probably everything you might love about your smaller DSi, except in bigger American style. There two 4.2-inch LCDs andyou’ll have two color options: Burgundy and Bronze. Each unit will come preloaded with two DSiWare Brain Age games, Photo Clock, Flipnote Studio and the DSi Browser. As for the people in Europe, you’ll get your extra-large DSi on March 5th. PR after the break, per usual. UPDATE: We embedded a promo video for you once you click the “Read More” link.
Scarily anew post on the Google blogcalled “Serious Threat to the Web in Italy” has emerged to explain why three Google employees were convicted and charged for a crime they did not commit. The issue here was a video uploaded to Google Video in 2006 depicting an autistic student getting bullied by peers. The Italian police informed Google of situation; Google pulled the vid and helped the police figure out who uploaded it. Pretty reasonable, right? Well not quite. Instead of being thanked for and let go, four Google employees where charged with “for failure to comply with the Italian privacy code” and criminal defamation. The employees did not know the people in the video, did not remove (apparently some other employees did), and did not even know it existed until after it was removed. One of the employees left Google in 2008, all of which Google is defending. Currently under Italian law there will be no jail time for the employees since a sentence less than 3 years is typically commuted in Italy for those without a criminal record.
Google’s VP and Deputy General Counsel Matt Sucherman said the following on the issue:
“It attacks the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built. Common sense dictates that only the person who films and uploads a video to a hosting platform could take the steps necessary to protect the privacy and obtain the consent of the people they are filming. European Union law was drafted specifically to give hosting providers a safe harbor from liability so long as they remove illegal content once they are notified of its existence. The belief, rightly in our opinion, was that a notice and take down regime of this kind would help creativity flourish and support free speech while protecting personal privacy. If that principle is swept aside and sites like Blogger, YouTube and indeed every social network and any community bulletin board, are held responsible for vetting every single piece of content that is uploaded to them – every piece of text, every photo, every file, every video – then the Web as we know it will cease to exist, and many of the economic, social, political and technological benefits it brings could disappear.”
If they don’t win this, it could be a major blow to the freedom and creativity of the Internet itself. This backwards lawsuit would mean that executives (at Google) are responsible for the content users upload, which is entirely false.
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The best blue marble in the universe, Earth. What you see above is currently the most accurate, and highest resolution image of the planet at 2048 x 2048 pixels, meaning that it can be your desktop wallpaper right now. And if you’re interested in getting America’s part of this picture, well, that’s included too after the break. [NASA via Twitter]
If eight Android phones are not enough for Motorola’s execs, then maybe 11 are good enough? Three unknown devices passed through the FCC last week with FCC IDs IHDP56KZ1 and IHDP56KZ2. The KZ1 model comes with quad band GSM and 3G support for T-Mobile, along with Bluetooth 2.1. The second model, the KZ2, comes with quad band GSM and 3G support for AT&T. Both phones include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, and seem to be the same smartphone, likely running Android, but on different networks. As for the third, it support CDMA EVDO and Bluetooth via IHDT56LC1, with the model number WX404. Otherwise there’s not much to go by, and these 3 handsets are probably a few of 20 that Motorola plans to release this year, if you remember (or more precisely, if you read LaptopMemo). Either way, here are the FCC IDs, which a couple of have been pulled down, unusually enough. Now onto more searching….
While HTC seemed very keen on saying that the oh-so-wonderful HTC Legend and HTC Desire wouldn’t be making their way to the other side of the pond, a tipster from Boy Genius Report proves otherwise. Google is interested in providing the Nexus One on T-Mobile (as they do now), Verizon Wireless (knew that), and also AT&T (that we did not know). All 3 versions would be sold on the Nexus One web store, but the HTC Desire will be the actual AT&T unit that we’ve heard of. Meaning that the Sense UI, Android 2.1, and all are going to make their way in May or June. Also, the Desire will get a slight touch-up in terms of color or finish. As for the Legend, it will head to Sprint as the Hero2. But just as the original Hero made its way to Sprint, it got some modifications (fugly ones), the Legend would also get a facelift of some sort. Otherwise there’s not timeframe for the Hero2 at all. And as your daily piece of caution: always take rumors with a grain of salt. This could all just blow up in our faces. Just saying.
Remember? Remember back in the day (circa 2001), when there was laughter about the iPod and iTunes? I hear no laughter now. Today iTunes will sell its 10 billionth song today. Somebody will download that song, no doubt. But here’s where Apple will make you get even more songs: if download the 10 billionth song, you get a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Sounds far enough. Keep moving forward guys; there’s no stopping you now. [Apple]
Apparently Professor Mullen of Physics at the University of Oklahoma isn’t a fan of gadgets, nor is he of computers. And yet computers help in the discovery of many things in physics, as well as vice versa. Moving on, our dear professor took a bricked laptop, gave it a bath in liquid nitrogen, and then smashed it against the floor. Yet somehow a student near the front row was allowed to have a camera to tape the comedy. But my reasons for posting this is not because I wanted to show you a lunatic professor. No. My question here is this: Should computers be allowed in the classroom as long as the students actually using them to be productive? Oh, and of course the video that might make your day is after the break. Literally.
When Google CEO Eric Schmidt demoed the Google Earth application on the Nexus One at MWC, all Android owners hoped for Google’s own product to make its way onto Google’s own platform. The iPhone has nearly had its version of the app for a year, and today marks the beginning for a select few of Android 2.1 owners who own a Nexus One to be able to use Google Earth. As with most of Google’s Android apps, it’s free, but it doesn’t really matter until your Motorola Droid becomes cool again with a new sought-after firmware update called Android 2.1? So does this mean patience is a virtue!?