Android App of the Week. Week 1

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

As it is Monday, and Monday means the start of a new week in my book (start of the school week). I figured Monday would be the perfect day to start a new weekly section of the blog. So lets begin!

This week’s Android App is: SwipePad Beta.

SwipePad Beta is the newest and fastest way to multitask on your android device. The app allows you to simply swipe your finger from one side of the screen to the center, and opens up all of your recent applications, customized shortcuts, and even contacts. Instead of the 6-8 recently used applications that you would get from using the traditional Android multitasking tool, SwipePad allows you to use up to 12 slots for whatever you choose.

The traditional method of multitasking on your Android device requires you to click-and-hold on the home screen until the App Box opens up over your current screen. While this method is usable, SwipePad makes a swift and easy way for you to seamlessly change between apps.

To download SwipePad Beta, go to the Android Market and use the search tool, or simply open up your Barcode Scanner App, on an Android device, and scan the following QR Code.

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YouTube Spotlight: freddiew/freddiew2

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the first feature in our new Videos section that includes videos of all kinds. No video is segregated against. Not the beer-shagging dog, not the Justin Bieber lookalike, nor the little girl who reads a book about cats. Actually yes, we do in fact segregate. The Videos section on The Kstate Geek is in fact very biased. We find the best of the best. This may be jaw-dropping badass, pee-your-pants hilarious or a preview of the newest tech toys, but you can guarantee one thing… it will be worth your time.

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Enter Freddie Wong.

Sure Freddie looks innocent enough, but some of the most intense viral videos known to man have been created at the hands of this young man. Freddie currently attends the USC School of Cinema-Television and recently has begun to pump out a YouTube video per week. As it stands, Mr. Wong has 77 videos, 39 of which have over one million views. Many of them have 2,000,000+ views. Freddie’s claim to fame is his “real” version of the hit franchise Call of Duty dubbed Future First Person Shooter.

Future First Person Shooter is a fantastic example of Freddie’s creations. His use of the helmet cam in this video provides all the excitement of an in-your-face FPS title, when partnered with copious amounts of well placed special effects, not to mention the addition of the COD-themed loading screen, match start countdown, game map in the top left corner, K/D menu and score markers with each kill.

FFPS is a fine example of his ability, but Wong truly shines when it comes to his movie-like productions. The next two videos included below are the first and second parts to a 16 minute short film inspired, once again, by Call of Duty.Wong utilizes light as well as slow-motion action sequences in a very professional manner. His muzzle flashes, gun sound effects, tracer visuals and CGI are all stunning. I’m very jealous, but after all, he uses his YouTube channel as a means to earn money.

In addition to showing prowess with creating the actual films/videos, Freddie has quite the presence on the internet, having two YouTube channels (one with all of his actual creations and one with all of the behind-the-scenes and tutorials) as well as two websites and a partnership with Corridor Digital. His two websites are Freddie’s Awesome Webpage and Facerocker.com. Oh yea, and he was at one point a professional Guitar Hero/Rockband gamer.

Modern Warfare: Frozen Crossing

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Part 2

Since 2006, freddiew has amassed the following accolades:

#28 – Most Subscribed (All Time)
#8 – Most Subscribed (All Time) – Directors
#26 – Most Subscribed (All Time) – Partners
#12 – Most Viewed (This Week)
#7 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Directors
#9 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Partners
#9 – Most Viewed (This Month)
#6 – Most Viewed (This Month) – Directors
#9 – Most Viewed (This Month) – Partners

And freddiew2 (his tutorial account which was created in March, 2010) has received:

#27 – Most Subscribed (All Time) – Gurus
#86 – Most Viewed (This Week)
#10 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Gurus
#27 – Most Subscribed (All Time) – Gurus
#86 – Most Viewed (This Week)
#10 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Gurus
#54 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Partners
#69 – Most Viewed (This Month)
#7 – Most Viewed (This Month) – Gurus
#54 – Most Viewed (This Month) – Partners

If you liked what you saw, which I’m sure you did, then you can follow Freddie with the following social networking services –

 

 

 

And if you are a registered user of YouTube, you can subscribe to Freddie’s channels here:

Motorola Atrix 4G

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

2011 looks to be a promising year for technology. Just about every major phone company is releasing an Android Tablet, 3-D technology is starting to get more and more advanced, and cell phones this year will push the boundaries of mobile computing like they never have before.

So what  boundaries are we talking about ?

  • How about putting DDR2 RAM into a phone? Done!
  • What about a Dual-Core processor in a phone? Done

So what phone has done this? The Motorola Atrix 4G!

Here are the specs:

  • 4inch qHD screen(540 x 960 pixels)
  • Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor(1GHz)
  • 1GB DDR2 Ram
  • 5megapixel camera(720p video recording)
  • 1930 mAh Battery
  • 16GB Internal(expandable up to 32GB)
  • GPS
  • HDMI Output(1.3)

Basically, looking at the specs, the Atrix is not a phone to mess with. Motorola really went to town with this phone, putting a Tegra-2 Dual Core Processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM into such a small device makes this phone, one of the most powerful phones of the market.

Processor:  The Motorola Atrix is one of the first mobile devices we have seen with a Dual-Core processor. The Tegra-2 Dual Core processor means that you get twice the processing power than anything else on the market. Basically its the same as sticking two 1GHz processors into your phone and running them at the same time.

Screen: The Atrix features a 4inch qHD screen. Pixel count comes in at 540 x 960 pixels which is the same pixel count as the iPhone 4, but because the screen on the Atrix is larger than an iPhone 4, the PPI(Pixels per Inch) is slightly reduced.

Memory: With the powerful processor of the Tegra-2 you need a lot of RAM to get the device moving, which is why the Atrix comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. To give you an idea of how much memory that is: in 2005 the average laptop came stock with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. So what we are talking about here is a hand-held computer.

Speaking of hand-help computers, this is where the Atrix really sets itself apart from anything else out there. The docking abilities of the phone are simply amazing. The phone has the ability to dock into a computer skin-like device (seen below). It was said at CES2011 that the laptop port is a dead device and is almost entirely run by the phone itself. It connects through the HDMI and Micro-USB ports on the side of the phone. Since it has an HDMI port, the phone will also be able to connect to TV’s and produce 1080p quality video over HDMI while acting as a remote.

Overview: Over all the Motorola Atrix 4G looks like  a great phone, and definitely something to look for in the year to come. With its high powered processor and large amount of RAM this phone is going to be a powerhouse. Although it is a great phone, something that would be nice to see on the device would be a more personalized Android theme, instead of an almost Android Vanilla look. We will be looking forward for this device to be released sometime first quarter of 2011 on the AT&T network.

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More Kinect Hacks!

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Minecraft + Kinect = Awesome Statues

The first part of this hack, allows you to use the Kinect to scan images of yourself and whatever else you choose into the game Minecraft. The creator of said hack, Nathan Viniconis states the goal of this hack: take a sequence of snapshots from a Kinect and transform them into a stop motion animation within Minecraft. This is the second phase of the Minecraft-Kinect integration project. To find tutorials and a plethora of juicy details on the project, visit his website here.

The next part of this hack allows you allows you to scale said statue and, even better, now supports animations for up to three seconds. So you’re rock statue clone can now wave and say “hi”!

Kinect Mapping the World

Martin Szarski strapped a Kinect to his car, connected it to a laptop and used a Nexus One for geotagging and took off creating a “point cloud” that collected data on a stretch of road, including both buildings and scenery (as seen in the image above). The project uses libfreenect and the .NET wrapper for same, along with OpenTK for the Matrix maths and Proj.NET for the spatial transforms. There is a lot more included with this hack considering Szarski wrote his own software intitially to register the depth image from the Kinect and turn it in to a metric point cloud with real distances – those details can be found on his blog Decorator Pattern (that has the same theme as this one).The possibilities contained within this hack are very substantial. This technology could/should be used in future games to create ultra-realistic maps of areas familiar to the gamer to make more of an immersive experience.

Angry Birds controlled by the Kinect

A YouTube user known as TheTVTaster has crafted a way to use his Kinect and his iPod Touch to play Angry Birds on his PC. Unfortunately, there is no further details on the video’s description, nor on Kinect Hacks where it was posted, but I hope you enjoy the video nonethless!

[Source: Joystiq, KinectHacks]

Samsung Vibrant Gets Froyo

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

After 7 months of waiting, a few broken promises, and a whole ton of controversy, Samsung released Froyo for the T-Mobile Vibrant. You may not have heard about the because it is not an OTA (Over The Air) update, but the link at the bottom of the page will get your Vibrant up to date and running smoother than ever.

The following statements were released by SamsungMobileUS and T-Mobile via twitter:

An official update was released on T-Mobiles blog as well. The blog also included a tutorial on how to update your phone via Samsung’s Kies Mini.

You can update your phone by going to the following link: Samsung Vibrant Froyo(2.2) Update

I personally own the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile and have been waiting for this update for quite some time now. The first couple boots after the update were very scary, the buttons were not working for a while, but after a few resets, everything started to click into place. The new features are very nice including: Wi-Fi calling, Wi-Fi Tethering, and a few updates that enhance the software. The update also came with some aesthetic changes, including new icons, a new search tray and colored settings icons. Battery life does seem to take little bit of a plunge with the update, and the initial start-up was a little intense, but the phone seems to be functioning much faster than ever and after three days has yet to freeze up on me.

Have fun with the update and let us know what you think in the comments.

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App Store hits 10,000,000,000 downloads

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

As of yesterday, January 22, 2011, Apple’s App Store has hit 10,000,000,000 downloads. That is a crap-ton of individual apps downloaded from their application directory. Leading up to this epic sale, Apple has been promoting a campaign on their website with a countdown until the 10 billionth app was downloaded. The owner of the 10 billionth app was promised a $10,000 iTunes giftcard and if it was a photo app, MacPhun promised an additional $1,000 gift card (or $5,000 for their app FC Photo Studio). Unfortunately for Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK, it was neither of these. Davis purchased Paper Glider, a free app that engages the gamer in some finger-flicking fun.

10,000,000,000 apps… that’s an incredible feat. Think of it like this, there were more apps downloaded from the App Store than there are people on the entire planet. The Android Market is at 2,750,800,000, and moving at a pace of 1,000 apps every 9 seconds ,while the App Store is at a much faster rate of 1,000 apps every 3 seconds. Sorry Android, just another place where you have fallen short compared to the corporate behemoth.

[Source: Apple]

Verizon's iPhone commercial "It begins" and Apple's "Two is better than one"

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

“To our millions of customers, who never stopped believing this day would come… Thank you.” Oh Verizon, you’re so customer-friendly. As the beginning of a very spectacular era begins, Verizon begins their ad campaign with gentle thanks to the “millions” who have been praying for the iPhone to wear Red. The video is fresh, as of this posting, the official YouTube video has only 303 views.

UPDATE

Apple’s new advertisement takes two of the fiercest competitors known to the wireless device industry and coerces them to waltz (if that’s what they’re implying… the music sure makes me think of that). This commercial distinctly points out that the Verizon iPhone can do everything the AT&T iPhone can do. After all, “two is better than one.” You’re absolutely right Apple, for your wallet.