The awesome new program icons from the touch pro 2 have been ported and made into a cab that is installable on your touch pro or touch diamond. Just download this file and install it. Then soft reset your phone and you will have the new TP2 program icons instead of the boring old windows mobile ones.
Google acquired Grand Central in July 2007… then it kinda died. If you were lucky enough to get a number the service continued to work but it appeared as if the Big G just forgot about the service. It now appears though that GrandCentral will rise from the ashes as Google Voice. It will offer a suite of telephony services, including all of the existing GrandCentral features as well as an automated voicemail transcription service, the ability to send and receive text messages, and integration with your Gmail contacts. Users can now also call any number in the the U.S. for free!
The catch: Currently it’s only available for GrandCentral users—who, according to the Google Blog post, should be receiving instructions in the next few days.
The new interface will look a lot like Gmail, with your inbox, SMS messages, access to voicemail and other features in a sidebar on the left. You can make calls directly from the Google Voice web interface. After you initiate the call, the service will actually first call your mobile phone or landline, and after that your call will be placed over Google’s network. Voice calls within the US will be free (watch your back Skype), you can purchase credits for international calls, and it will also offer free conference calls.
So GrandCentral will be replaced with Google Phone, and it looks to be a killer. Apparently, Google was not just sitting on GrandCentral and letting it die. It will integrate the One-Number-To-Rule-Them-All service, Voice Over IP (VOIP), SMS messaging, unified voicemail, voicemail transcriptions, AND a mobile version. This thing is going to be killer… check out the videos below.
Google Phone Voicemail transcripts:
Sixth Sense is a system that projects information about what surrounds you over objects’ surfaces, but it’s also much more. If you watch one thing today, this is it. If you have the time, you can go through the whole video and Pattie Maes’ explanation. If not, go to minute 3:10, where the demonstrations begin and your mind will be blown. The MIT student who has implemented Sixth Sense, Pranav Mistry, shows how it works.
Did you watch it yet? No. Ok… listen, Sixth Sense is in essence a mini-projector paired up with a camera and a cellphone. Together these act as the computer and your connection to the Cloud (in other words all the information stored on the web). Sixth Sense can also obey hand gestures, like in the infamous Minority Report, except that it does NOT require a screen… it can do it’s thing on any surface including walls, books, tables, YOUR HAND (for dialing a phone number for instance… seriously go watch it), or even in mid-air to take a photo.
With Sixth Sense you can access or modify information using your fingers. So if you need to make a phone call simply extend your hand in front of the projector and numbers will appear for you to click. Want to know what time it is? Draw a circle on your wrist and a watch will appear. Want to take a picture? Just make a square with your fingers, highlighting what you want to frame, and the system will take the photo… later you can organize the pictures you snapped on any surface.
The key here is that Sixth Sense recognizes the objects around you and displays the information automagically and lets you access it in any way you want. Did you watch the video yet? (HINT: GO WATCH THE VIDEO).
The stuff above is just kids play though, very COOL kids play, but it doesn’t even show the true power that Sixth Sense could bring to you. The real power of Sixth Sense is in its potential to connect the real world with the Internet, and overlaying the information on the world itself. In the video (seriously, GO WATCH IT) they demonstrate being at the supermarket and using Sixth Sense to gather data about a product. They also show picking up a book and Sixth Sense recognizes the book and displays the Amazon.com rating as well as pulling in user reviews (they go so far as to say that it could even display your favorite reviews review of the book). Further on the demonstration shows the user in a taxi heading to the airport. The user takes out his boarding pass and Sixth Sense will grab real time information about the flight and display it over the ticket (including if there is a delay and how long the delay is).
This is literally the coolest thing I’ve seen out of TED ever. Ok so seriously, go WATCH THE VIDEO!
The PortableApps.com Suite, a full-featured app package that runs from a , has upgraded with a crisper-looking and more customizable menu, the latest versions of a ton of great freeware, and other improvements.
A new theme brings some transparency, mouse-over effects, and display improvements to the PortableApps menu, but the release notes bury the big news—you’ll be able to theme the suite yourself in the next release, due out in less than two weeks. The app icons on the pop-up menu can be renamed or hidden, applications can be launched as an administrator, and the menu can hide all the icons and switch wallpapers on whatever PC you’re on.
A PortableApp KeePass, and other portable offerings is a great way to get things done when you’re at a computer that’s not your own—or testing out stuff on your system you don’t quite want to install and muck around with.loaded with a customized Firefox browser, office suites, IM clients,
The PortableApps.com suite comes in three flavors (basic, lite, and standard), is a free download, and launches on Windows systems only. Got a killer PortableApp setup on your? Share the app list in the comments.
Designer Pedro Gomez calls it _technically_ a bracelet with watch and phone. When someone calls, the bracelet rings and/or vibrates. The entire face pops out as a wireless headset without sacrificing a screen since there’s a secondary LCD. Both LCDs are touch enabled.
I’ll admit that this thing LOOKS slick. I’m unsure how “cool” you’d be wearing a shiny silver bracelet (at least from a man’s perspective), but as a gadget fetish I think it fits the bill.
As you can see in the more detailed images below the bluetooth piece pops out showing more display options on the bracelet portion of the phone.
Check out the large blow out image and then the close up shots below.