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Anki Overdrive Hardware Review

By Rob Rich on September 20th, 2015
Anki Overdrive is a rather costly upgrade for what is essentially slot cars, but you get what you pay for.
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Anki Drive Races into Living Rooms Next Week, Bringing Robotic Cars for Players to Control with Their iOS Device

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 18th, 2013

Anki Drive is set to release next week, October 23rd, bringing artificial intelligence and robotics to your living room. It's a video game in the real world, and can be purchased in Apple stores for $199. Players can use their iOS device to control their character's position, speed, weapons, and more as they compete against other players or against an AI car.

"Anki Drive in its current form would never have been possible five years ago. We’ve been able to take advantage of a unique ecosystem of components that are more capable and affordable than ever before, and benefit from the prevalence of powerful mobile devices. Even with this, it required a great deal of exploration and creativity to combine such diverse technologies to enable a truly intelligent product, at a tiny fraction of the cost typically seen in robotics." said Boris Sofman, co-founder and CEO of Anki, in a press release.

Check out the video below to see just what is possible with Anki Drive!

Apple Remote Finally Updated

Posted by Chris Hall on September 28th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

After a good long year of waiting, the guy that was too busy to update the Remote app has apparently found enough free time to build an update.

The new update brings the amazing Remote functionality to the iPad and has finally given the retina display treatment for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Home sharing is also supported now, which lets the remote app pick up shared iTunes folders that are on the home network.

Most importantly though, at least in the eyes of Steve Jobs, the new Remote update supports the Apple TV which will be shipping soon.

If you missed the boat on the whole Remote app because of its lack of buzz over the last year, now's the time to download. The app gives you absolute control of your computers iTunes program, letting you change the volume, change speakers, make genius lists, and best of all, run iTunes DJ... all from your iDevice.

The update is out now, so either hit the update button or download the free app as soon as you get the chance.

[Source: MacRumors]

FileMaker Go Aims To Boost Remote Database Use For Business

Posted by Ben Harvell on July 20th, 2010

Users of the popular database application FileMaker now have a new way to access important information while away from the office. The freshly launched FileMaker Go app for iPhone and iPad allows businesses and individuals to connect to, view and update a database using a local wireless network or via a Wi-Fi or 3G internet connection.

Databases shown in FileMaker Go are largely identical to their desktop equivalents, with any changes made via the app instantly written to the server. Available on PCs and Macs, a FileMaker database still needs to be created on the desktop but this new application will offer a greater degree of flexibility to users, especially those with remote sales teams. FileMaker databases can also be accessed via email, file sharing services like Dropbox and Box.net and can also be downloaded from the web and launched in FileMaker Go. Databases can also be added via iTunes file sharing on both iPhone and iPad.

As an extension to the existing FileMaker product you would perhaps expect FileMaker Go to be a free application, but the company has other ideas and is likely recouping development costs with a $19.99 price tag for the iPhone version and a hefty $39.99 for the iPad. Of course, the product is primarily aimed at business users who will likely foot the bill for the improved functionality offered. For the consumer, FileMaker also offers Bento for Mac, iPhone and iPad which is probably the best bet for non-business users.

iPhone Remote App Adds Game Control Features

Posted by Ben Harvell on May 21st, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

If you’ve used HippoRemote Pro before you’ll know how effective it is at controlling your computer, either Mac or PC, over Wi-Fi. The app allows users to control their computer as well as a host of popular applications using its multi-touch trackpad and built-in keyboard. HippoRemote also offers a web browser and Twitter client. If all these features weren’t enough, however, the latest update to HippoRemote turns your iPhone into an advanced games controller too.

With many Mac and PC games requiring control via the mouse and keyboard, controllers like those found on consoles aren’t compatible and therefore tie the user to their desk in order to play games. HippoRemote 2.2 offers freedom from this traditional setup by replicating mouse and keyboard control from your iPhone. Whether you’re playing a full on RPG, an intense shoot ‘em up or just a simple Flash game on the web, HippoRemote allows you to customize the control layout and use only the keyboard buttons you need for a particular game. Controls can be set for different games with either a trackpad or a button pad and game-specific profiles can also be downloaded from the HippoRemote website. At present, HippoRemote is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch but we’re excited by the possibilities introduced by the iPad and look forward to a compatible version in the future. If you love your PC games but want that console feel, you might well have already bought the best controller, you just need HippoRemote to take advantage of it.

Sony 3D Blue-ray systems to Support iPhone Remote

Posted by Tony Kicks on February 10th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

3D TV is being pushed from all angles and today Sony has pulled the cloth off of its first Blue-ray players officially being labeled as 3D capable. The BDP-S470 player is expected to have a firmware update by mid summer which will support 1080p playback and should be shipping "on or around March 18th" for only $200. iPhone users get an extra bonus as this player can be controlled by the new BD Remote App developed by SONORAN BLUE. The app sports both a simple or full remote view plus a soft keyboard and provides additional disc information. The S470 is just the first of many new devices said to support this remote option including the new BDV-E770W & E570 Home Theatre Systems.

No official word has come down from SONORAN yet but many fans are begging for them to build in PS3 support. If this was done, an iPhone user could pair up with a product like the L5 remote and have a true universal remote capable of competing with a Logitech Harmony.

LogMeIn Ignition

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kyle Flanigan on June 25th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE
LogMeIn Ignition allows you to remotely connect and control your mac or PC as if you were sitting in front of it. With some out-of-the-box thinking and design, it works over both 3G and Wi-Fi and is simple to use.
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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on May 4th, 2009
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SLOPPY
Trackr might be the first app to let you remotely start torrent downloads, but that doesn't mean it's anywhere near decent. This RSS reader/torrent downloader mash-up fails in both categories.
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iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Donna Harrison on April 17th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
Although limited in its feature set, this free app from Directv allows you to set your DVR to record programs on the fly. And it works!
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Air Mouse Pro

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Edd Mills on April 14th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: Recommended
Air Mouse Pro allows you to use your iPhone as your computer’s mouse over your wireless network. If you like to hook your computer up to your television or like surfing the web from your sofa, Air Mouse Pro may just remove any need for you to ever move
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