As far a cool apps go, this one is pretty high up on our list.
Zilla is a vehicle telemetry app that gives you data on acceleration, braking and cornering G forces, speed and air temp, just to name a few, right from your iPhone. There’s even a graphical weight transfer data that shows information in real time. Other than that, you can customise the layout in which the data is presented.
The thing that makes Zilla so cool is that the graphics look just like the ones you see on the Nissan GT-R. Zilla retails for US$3.99 (about RM12), way, way cheaper than saving up for a real GT-R, don’t you think?
Video demo of the Zilla app right after the jump.
We all know that Nokia is currently in a bit of a rough patch. Loosing its leading position in the global mobile phone market share, lackluster product sales and killer devices that didn’t really pan out the way the Finnish company wanted to. Nokia isn’t what it used to be. But no one had any idea how bad it is.
Engadget got their hands on a fiery internal memo written by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop, and it paints a dire picture for what was once the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers. Here are some of the more pertinent excerpt from his memo:
The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.
At the midrange, we have Symbian. It has proven to be non-competitive in leading markets like North America. Additionally, Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements, leading to slowness in product development and also creating a disadvantage when we seek to take advantage of new hardware platforms. As a result, if we continue like before, we will get further and further behind, while our competitors advance further and further ahead.
At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” They are fast, they are cheap, and they are challenging us.
How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?
This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.
Nokia, our platform is burning.
Very strong words.
Head on over to after the jump to read the full memo. For Nokia fans it is both inspiring and troubling. For us, we just hope that in 2011 Nokia, whether they choose to switch to Windows Phone 7, Android or stick Symbian, they make the right decision and come back on track as one of the best. This memo is a good start, but its going to take a lot more than a few choice words to turn Nokia around.
Next time you’re handing over the iPad to your kid for some play time, you better make sure that it is almost impossible for your kid to make purchases from the device, else you could end up like this poor kid’s parents who were shocked to receive a bill of US$1,400 (about RM4,245) for in app purchases made in the popular Smurfs’ Village.
The problem was the second-grader didn’t realize the items that she was purchasing within the app actually cost real money. She thought it was all just a game. Turns out its not.
But all is not lost, the parents disputed the charges with Apple and received a one-time reimbursement. Nevertheless, with credit cards being directly linked to App Store accounts, this is a lesson all parents who let their kids play with iPhones, iPods or iPads can learn from.
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Mobile World Congress is the talk of the town this two weeks and one device manufacturer has a lot to make up for considering that it really had nothing much to show at CES — the other major gadget event — earlier this year.
So what does HTC has up its sleeve for MWC? The people at Android and Me believe that they have enough info to predict some of the devices that HTC will unveil next week. And here they are:
Pyramid is HTC’s first dual-core handset that will feature Qualcomm’s third generation Snapdragon. The device is rumored to be headed to T-Mobile, but we suspect you will see it on a number of carriers. The device features a 4.3 inch qHD display and will support the latest 4G networks. Not much else is known about the remaining device specs.
Flyer is the codename give to HTC’s Galaxy Tab competitor. This Android tablet will feature a 7 inch display and is rumored to ship with Android 2.3,a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and have dual-cameras. The Flyer has made many trips to the rumor mill so we believe it is real and coming soon, but there is always the chance that HTC upgrades the specs at the last minute.
Verdi is HTC’s “big thing” that no one is talking about. This device is a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet meant to compete with the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Little is known beyond its codename and display size, but we will have to assume that HTC stuck with a dual-core Snapdragon and included all the normal bells and whistles.
Not forgetting the recently teased Wildfire 2, the new HTC phones are definitely something to look forward to but the rumour 7-inch and 10-inch tablets are the one’s we’re particularly excited about, especially the 10-inch Verdi that is believed to be running Honeycomb.
Just six more days to MWC! In the meantime, if you want to get the latest from HTC head on over to their Facebook fan page.
Right after the jump we have for you a promotional video released by HTC to drum up some buzz ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress. While the many other phones featured in the 30 second video are familiar to us, one stands out right at the very beginning.
We’re not sure what to make of it but it sure does look similar to the HTC Wildfire but with enough differences on it to make us notice its existence. In this case, the Wildfire lookalike doesn’t have an optical trackpad. Take a look at the video, you’ll see it just after the 00:04 mark.
Meet Ayden. Ayden is two and he is addicted to Angry Birds. Too cute and we’re not surprised.