If you draw anything like we do, attempting to put the pencil to paper to form a circle usually turns out in some sort of watermelon-shaped disaster. Until now. The video below offers a piece of advice that should allow anyone with at least two fingers to draw a perfect circle. It's actually pretty ingenius, really. You simply use one finger as the center point, and place the pencil on the paper similar to a compass. From there, you just rotate the page itself, rather than having to move your hand. Check the video to see how it's done.
For all of you who thought that the compass inside the iPhone 3GS was just a waste, think again. We’ve seen some apps that will be making use of the compass in ways you never thought possible, and one such app is New York Nearest Subway. Developed by acrossair, New York Nearest Subway is best explained as an augmented reality app that overlays information on top of a real-world view. You pull up the app, and the camera view is shown, with information telling you about which direction to walk to get to the nearest train station. It is truly genius. Hit the video above to see it in action. It’s not available just yet, but once it is, we will let you know.
You use this app alongside Exit Strategy NYC, and you are golden.
The GPS QFinder lets you mark a desired location and trace back to it with a digital compass with 8 directional arrows. Mark up to 4 different locations and the GF-Q900 will display the direction and distance to the last one on its LCD display with backlight. The QFinder has a SiRF Star III GPS chipset, 20 channel tracking, is water resistant and runs on 2 AAA batteries. At a price of $79.00, we are thinking this would be a great tool to have during the holidays when you agree to meet up with the rest of your family or to find your car in an overcrowded mall.
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Anyone with an iPhone 3GS experiencing compass interference errors? It seems that the issue has only come up for me once or twice, but we are hearing reports from others that the compass interference messages seems to be pretty much all they see when they launch the compass app. What say you?
Since Apple announced the iPhone 3GS at WWDC 2009, the buzz has been non-stop. There are obviously those Apple fanboys that are hyping this as the Third Coming, as well as those who are a bit more skeptical as to if the speed boost is truly real, and truly worth it. Oh, and of course, the lead-up to the iPhone 3GS launch hasn’t been without controversy, but AT&T stepped up in a big way to make it easier on iPhone 3G owners who want to upgrade without breaking the bank. So the question remains - is it worth it?
iPhone 3GS: The ‘S’ is for ‘Speed’
Okay, so many of us were speculating that this phone would be called the iPhone video. After all, when video came to the iPod, it was called the iPod video, and video would certainly be the big feature if it was included in the third iPhone, right? Wrong. Video takes a back seat to speed when it comes to the iPhone 3GS. I know, that sounds all sorts of silly, but allow me to explain. Apple has been focused on optimizing and refining OS X, as evidenced by what we are seeing with Snow Leopard. Remember, the iPhone is based on OS X at it’s core, and Apple wouldn’t neglect bringing those refinements to their flagship mobile device.
That said, believe the hype. This phone is very noticeably faster than the iPhone and iPhone 3G—even if you have an iPhone 3G that is already running the faster iPhone 3.0 update. You are able to launch and quit the core apps in a snap. Internet speeds are faster. Launching those games that take a while to load is nowhere near as frustrating. And best of all, despite this being a “little thing,” the little nagging stalls and overall lack of responsiveness are just gone.
Garmin’s new Foretrex 401 GPS device is an improvement over its 201. About 20% smaller than the original, it has a display that is about the same size. Designed for the outdoorsy type, it is lightweight, waterproof, and features a 2-axis digital compass, barometric altimeter and USB connection for data sharing and updates. At a weight of only 3 oz., the 401 needs 2 AAA batteries for up to 24 hours of usage and should retail for about $250.000 this month.
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There’s a new mouse in town. Cyber Sport’s Orbita has a built-in compass to calibrate movements in 3D. The wireless 3-axis mouse does without a scroll wheel. Instead, users rotate it left or right. It also has a series of buttons for clicking. Ergonomically designed, it features a programmable interface with multi-function platform. The Orbita is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later. You can pre-order now for £82.10 (~$126.00) and expect a January delivery.
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We’ve been messing with our T-Mobile G1 for a few days now, in preparation for a full review, but we are confident enough in the device to list it here in our Holiday Gift Guide. The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone on the market that features Google’s Android OS. Along with the Google love, the G1 features 3G speeds, a physical QWERTY keyboard, and a 3 megapixel camera. The software itself features all the goodness you’d expect from Google, meaning integration with Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, and Google Maps with the super-cool Street View Compass mode. There’s also a store that allows you to download apps, games, and the like. If you want to get someone a smartphone, and they are on T-Mobile, this is the one to get. You can pick it up from T-Mobile for $179.
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The Swiss Tech people have come up with an indoor or outdoor BodyGard 12-in-1 Survivor which will generate power by winding a hand crank. Use it to re-charge your cell phone, MP3 player, emergency flashers, LED flashlight, sonic alarm, FM radio and a motion activated security alarm. The company claims that when fully charged, it will give 45 hours of flashlight usage, 2 hours of radio power, and 24 hours of emergency flashing. The Survivor also has a compass, signaling mirror, and built-in storage for matches and other small items. Get yours for $24.95.
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We have found a rather unique device for those long road trips. The Wayfinder Z7500 has a digital compass with graphic heading indicator, an atomic clock with time and date, an altimeter, and barometer. It will also forecast the weather for the next 12 to 24 hours. With a backlit screen for night time viewing, the device mounts to your windshield by suction cup, and runs on an included lithium battery. The Wayfinder is available for $89.95.
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