Opera Mobile (Not Opera Mini) Is Going To Android OEMs

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

So here’s some interesting news: Opera Mobile is coming to Android. Opera Mini, a Java-based browser that isn’t as full-featured as Opera Mobile, has been in the Android Marketplace for a while; however, Mobile is not headed for the Marketplace, it’s headed for OEMs. This means that phone makers will be able to put it on the phone (even replacing the standard Android browser), but it can only be installed by the OEMs, and not by consumers. And no, it’s not coming to iPhone, silly.

Thanks to Maximum PC.

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Categories: News

The Airbot

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

The Airbot is a robot that can manipulate objects (that wasn’t a very good description) using an air stream coming out of a gimbaling nozzle.  It is limited to any object weighing up to 188 grams or having a radius of 97 mm or below.  This robot was created by two students and a professor at the University of Illinois.  The video speaks for itself, and I thought it was amazing.

It can even peel an onion!

Source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20091209/airbot-robot-xman/

Categories: Gadgets

The Castoven

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

If you’re like me, when you microwave something, you do something more productive than waiting there until the microwave is done.  Then you get distracted, and by the time you get back to your food it’s cooled down.  How can you prevent this dreadful occurrence?!  Enter the Castoven.

From what I understand, you put food in the microwave, set the time, and then the microwave (which is connected to a computer) automatically finds a YouTube video of the same time length and plays it on a 10.4 inch LCD screen on the microwave door, keeping you by the microwave and entertained. The microwave itself is connected to a Mac and includes a pair of speakers, and the video is found using an Adobe AIR app through YouTube’s API.  Sadly, this is only a concept by two researchers at Keio University, but I think we’re all hoping it becomes a reality.

Source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20091208/castoven-watch-youtube-video-microwave/

Categories: Gadgets

Hello, hello!

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Well after a three-month hiatus (sorry, we’ve been really busy!), Mac v. PC is ready to start up again!  Expect new posts to start coming in a few days.  And thanks for all those people who viewed our blog during our hiatus.  We here at MvP love blog hits!

Categories: Announcements

Need A New Twitter App? Go to oneforty.

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

The Twitter API is almost as popular as the Facebook App API, if not more. Of course, if you’re wondering whether to use Twitter app 1 or Twitter app 2, are you going to let the voice of the masses on Twitter decide, or are you going to let the voice of the masses of Twitter decide while you watch from the observatory that is oneforty?*

So what is oneforty? It breaks down to a reviews site where people review Twitter apps. There’s a number of categories to look under, plus if you’re signed in with OAuth, you can submit a review (plus a 1-to-5 star rating) or simply tweet that you checked it out.

It’s all a very interesting system, and considering the competition to get in the top ten apps**, I don’t think oneforty is going away anytime soon.

*In retrospect, that was a very awkward way to start the post.

**Say, I wonder why bit.ly is constantly in the number one spot? Oh, that’s right, it’s used by every person on this planet that uses Twitter.

Categories: Special Article

“Open-Source iTunes” doubleTwist Adds Amazonmp3 Support

October 11, 2009 2 comments

Unless you’re Justin, you probably hate iTunes, or at least have enough of a loathing that you would consider switching to another media player if it were good enough.* Well, doubleTwist may be the answer.

Basically, doubleTwist is like iTunes, except it loads faster, can sync to nearly any device on Earth, and, in a recent Mac-only** addition, it has a store powered by Amazonmp3. It looks and controls similarly to iTunes, except it’s, you know, open-source.

And before you even ask, Justin, no, it does not have AM radio support.

Edit: Oops, it appears I didn’t link to their official site. It’s here, in case you’re wondering.

*Random side-note alert–another great open-source media player that I whole-heartedly support is Songbird. I’ll be doing a full “spotlight” post on it sometime later this week.

** Though the Amazonmp3-powered store is currently Mac-only, they are (apparently) workign hard to roll out a Windows version.

Categories: News

Error, Error, Error… ;)

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Smiley;) is pretty creepy, no? Never heard of him? Go here: Smiley;) Blog.

Anyways, I just wanted to say we’re glad we have so many readers, but for right now, we won’t be posting for a while. We have things to do, so we haven’t really gotten around to posting a lot. Hopefully, we’ll be able to post again posting by Thanksgiving (near the end of November) and if not, then definitely by Christmas. So thanks for reading, and please stick with us. Bookmark if you have to, and we’ll have more genuinely exciting news in near future.

Oh yeah, Justin’s getting a PC. Hahahaha!

Categories: Announcements