Feb 3, 2011

Dropcam Comes to Android for Remote Camera Viewing

What’s Dropcam? Take a standalone camera, set it up in a room and plug it into a power source, and have its live video stream sent out to the world (or privately to your own feed). For a while now you have only been able to view your Dropcam stream from a PC or iPhone, but now you can take your home invasion fears/checking in on baby to you Android phone.

Dropcam has launched their app for Android, and if you already own a Dropcam device you are good to go. Simply enter your account info and you will be plugged in. Don’t have the camera already? The Dropcam app will at least let you view a few public streams in the meantime. Get it now in the Android Market.

Dropcam Brings its Video Streams to Android Smartphones

Cloud-cam service leader delivers unmatched video intelligence for users on the go

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., February 2, 2011 - Dropcam, the trendsetter in intelligent wi-fi cameras and personal video streaming services, today announced the availability of the Dropcam App on the Android Marketplace. This free app allows Android smartphone users to access their Dropcam cameras and keep a watchful eye on what they care about and never miss a moment. With the debut of its second mobile app, Dropcam continues its rise as an agent of change at the intersection of video, data and the cloud.

Phancast 33: Honeycomb Event Followup Coverage LIVE at 2PM EST

Hey boys and girls, it’s time for another Phandroid Phancast, the podcast bringing you all the Android news and discussion you crave. This week we have an extra sweet treat for you as we will be following up live right after Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb event (you can watch that live, too). What will we be discussing? Maybe a new web version of the Android Market? Google Music? Awesome new Honeycomb features we had no idea existed? All that and more, you won’t want to miss it.

Tune in live at 2PM EST over at BlogTalkRadio or via the player below. Old shows will loop until then.

Official: Android Market Changes Detailed

The new Android Market website is now live and there are a botload of features (see what I did there?). Let’s take a look at some of the specific features you should know about. First of all, the Android Market website is now a full browsing client for Android Market, displaying every app you could possibly imagine with categories, searching, suggestions and much more.

If you take a look at Phandroid on Android Market you can see my favorite feature by far: installing directly from the web.

You MUST be logged into the same Google Account that you use with your Android device for this to work, but if you’re logged in it will show you permissions, allow you to continue if you agree, select a credit card, and instantly the app will begin downloading on your phone should you choose to continue. And oh yeah… we’re finally seeing the opportunity for in-app purchases!

The entire interface is clean and enjoyable with beautiful screenshots, other applications from the developer or similar apps, reviews and all the awesomeness you would expect with Android Market on the web. The also make it incredibly easy to tweet an app:

For example, I just tweeted the Phandroid App so RETWEET IT!

I’m still not seeing promotional videos, but perhaps that’s because I haven’t found an app that offers one. I’ve also not been able to log into my Google Account to directly install apps onto my phone…

Can you get in? What are YOUR favorite features of the new Android Market?

In-App Purchases Now Possible in Android Market

Just last week, Google was talking about how unsatisfied they are with the Android market and developers’ inability to make money the way they want and need to. If you haven’t already heard, the Android market has gotten its long-awaited web-enabled counterpart, but Google was also working on the very thing that haunted their nightmares.

Today, they’ve announced that a new SDK specifically for in-app content purchases is available for developers who use micro-transactions as a means of generating revenue. The obvious will all be possible: downloadable game levels, virtual currency, and unlocking certain features or premium versions of a game or app will all be possible without the advent of a third-party solution.

It’s just one of the many things Google’s doing to not only pull more developers to Android, but to also keep them here. With this, the cloud-centric Android market, and Honeycomb, I can’t see how any one developer isn’t excited for Android’s future, on phones, tablets, or otherwise.

New Android Market Webstore LIVE Now

Here it is folks, the brand spanking new Android Market Webstore. It’s live right now and it’s just about everything we have dreamed about. Browse and search the entire Android Market from the web? Check. Install applications from your browser to your phone? Yes, please.

The excitement is so much I’m almost at a loss for words. More to come as Google’s press event rolls on.

Jun 12, 2009

AMD plans 'Congo' chipset for a future world of thin-and-lights, dodging netbooks for now

Just like your mom keeps telling you, AMD thinks netbooks are a bit of a fad, and is laying down a roadmap for thin-and-lights while keeping its distance from any sort of "Atom killer." The existing Yukon platform -- featured in HP's dv2 -- just got an upgrade in the form of a dual-core AMD Neo chip, but things will really start to get exciting later this year with the introduction of Congo, which will pair a dual-core Neo with much better graphics and a more modern chipset. Perks in Congo, which is based on the M780G chipset and sports ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP graphics, include hardware decoding for HD formats, DirectX 10 gaming, love for DisplayPort, HDMI and eSATA, and Hybrid Graphics potential for pairing the integrated chipset with discrete graphics. The hope is to compete well against Intel's CULV and NVIDIA's 9400M in the low-cost thin-and-light space, and if the price stays down and performance pans out, Congo just might.
[via engadget]

LG LH-series wireless HDTVs hit the FCC

LG's LH-series wireless HDTVs just made their debut in South Korea last month, and it looks like they're on their way to a Stateside launch soon -- there's the 55LH85, sitting pretty in Uncle Sam's FCC workshop. Of course, the real noise with these sets is the ASW1000 Media Box, which has three HDMI jacks, a pair of component inputs, antenna in, and VGA, all of which it can wireless send to your set from 10 meters (32.8 feet) away at 60GHz. Sadly, you can't just tuck it away, since it needs line of sight or close to it to work -- it'll bounce the signal off walls, but placing it right next to the TV won't so great, according to the manual. Still, it's definitely cool tech -- let's hope ol' Sammy gets through with it soon so we can try it ourselves.
[via engadget]