Google is embarking on another ambitious smartphone project with Project Tango. The device is capable of mapping the world around the user to give mobile devices a sense of space and motion. TechCrunch got a firsthand demo from Matterport, one of the first companies to get the prototype from Google. The video above shows Matterport’s software integrated into the prototype. TechCrunch says the captures show “both color camera data and a full mesh of 3D data at once.”
If you think Bing Maps is lacking, then the arrival of Nokia’s Here Maps might provide you with the functionalities you need. Nokia claims the mapping software will make its way to Windows 8.1 devices in the coming days, first for North America and Europe users before the rest of the world.
Here Maps used to just be available on the Lumia 2520 tablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Now, it will give Windows 8.1 users capabilities such as being able to load offline maps as fast as their computers can. It will also keep track of navigation routes and search history. Satellite images will be available at higher resolutions. Here Maps will also come with keyboard and mouse support.
Source: The Verge
Fitbit is recalling its flagship fitness tracker, the Fitbit Force, because it is causing some users to get skin rashes, which is definitely an issue for a device that's designed to be worn all day and even at night. Existing Fitbit Force units are being recalled and refunds are being issued. Early build issues seem to be a recurring problem for these wearable devices, remember the Jawbone Up was recalled for numerous glitches last year. Perhaps some thorough testing of these devices is required before rushing out to market with them, eh Fitbit? Hit jump for Fitbit's full statement on the matter.
The Washington Post has uncovered a list of possible subjects for upcoming US Postage Stamps and among them is Apple founder Steve Jobs. Slated for production in 2015, the stamps will be a limited release. Other celebrities getting stamped include Science Fiction Writers, Peanuts, Johnny Carson, James Brown and Elvis. The actual stamp is still being designed so there's no inkling on which iconic Jobs image will be used. Perhaps they should release a series of stamps, one for each revolutionary product category Jobs ushered in.
Source: The Washington Post
BlackBerry's Z30 is an accomplished smartphone that has power and functionality as well as substantial innovation to set it apart from the other flagship devices. It is one of the best 5-inch devices that you can actually use with one hand and now that it can run Android apps, it is also one of the more dynamic smartphone choices out there. There's been some talk about the Q30, which takes the best parts of the Z30 and the keyboard of the Q10. The rendering above gives us an idea of what this device could look like and it is quite elegant, specially for users that are hankering for another QWERTY enabled BlackBerry and possibly a larger one.