What’s that I hear you say? Although not apparent at first, Touché is Disney’s attempt to revolutionise touchscreen technology.
Touchscreen technology is now most associated with mobile devices, as it forms the very basis of smartphones and tablets. However it has found its way into many areas. For instance, the days of the shopping mall paper maps are numbered as an increasing number turn to touchscreen stations for guidance. Additionally, VTech, a manufacturer of children’s electronic learning toys, has implemented touchscreen technology into some of its latest products such as the MobiGo, Storio and the Innotab, which aims to be a learning app tablet for 4-9 year olds. The list could go on and on.
But researchers at Disney are looking for their next source of magic, and it’s not in the form of any character or blockbuster movie. They are looking to take touchscreen technology to a whole new level where everything you come into contact with, from a lamp to a laser printer in the office, could be activated by the flick of a finger.read more
Apple employees can finally rejoice and bask in the new discounts offered by Apple. Tim Cook had announced plans back in January to give employees a break on purchasing Apple Mac and iPad’s. Apple is making good on its promise now and current employees are able to take advantage of the new discounts.read more
Twitter has had a good run for the last year. There have been nearly no outages in the last year on Twitter and the fail whale has been on hiatus until today.
Twitter was down for almost 2 hours total in a series of outages this morning. At first, Twitter executives did not have much information and kept silent which is understandable in an outage. Once they were able to get their grounds they offered a little more information.read more
Well this is pretty awesome, Valve has made an entrance into the education sector. They plan to release a new version of Steam for education uses in schools.
Valve will call this service Steam for Schools, an education version of the Steam client that allows administrators to limit what its users can access. The idea of Steam for Schools is to use the platform as a teaching aid. Valve has already put together a number of educational lesson plans for using Portal 2 and its level editor to teach math and physics.read more
Today, Microsoft held a mystery press conference in Los Angeles to announce their newest iPad competitor, the Microsoft Surface. Unlike their previous attempt at CES 2011 where they displayed a tablet PC running Windows 7, Microsoft has stepped up to the plate and delivered a real tablet running their soon to be released Windows 8 OS. While there are many benefits to this, one being a real reason why they are making Windows 8 so touch-screen versatile, there are also a fair share of reasons why this will ultimately fall flat similar to the Microsoft Zune.read more