Apple giving old iPads to Teach for America teachers

When people upgrade from the iPad to the iPad 2, and soon from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3, where do the previous-gen iPads go? Yes, there are plenty of trade-in programs out there that will throw you a couple bones for your used tablet, but what if you could actually help people when upgrading and getting rid of your old iPad? Apple invited iPad 2 upgraders to donate their iPads to Teach for America.

Teach for America places recent grads into low-income public schools all over the country. From the people I know who have been a part of Teach for America, they all say it’s a rewarding but extremely challenging experience. Teachers get just five weeks of training before they’re put into classrooms in some of the roughest public schools in the country. Continue reading

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Adobe Flash Player 11, AIR 3 to arrive next month

Today, we’re excited to announce that Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be launching in early October. These milestone releases introduce the next generation of the technologies that deliver stunning content and apps to over a billion people — across screens including Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook, Windows, Mac, and connected TV devices — pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on the web.

Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 take these even further by introducing Stage 3D, a new architecture for hardware accelerated graphics rendering that delivers 1000x faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10. It enables new classes of console-quality games and immersive apps, such as Tanki Online and Zombie Tycoon (see videos below). Stage 3D enables content that efficiently animate millions of objects on screen, smoothly rendered at 60 frames per second — the result is fluid, cinematic app and game experiences. Additionally, these releases deliver new features to support theater-quality HD video, native 64-bit optimizations, high-quality HD video conferencing, and a powerful, flexible architecture for leveraging native device and platform capabilities. We’re turning the dial up.

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Asus Wavi Xtion motion controller goes on sale in China next month

The Xbox 360′s Kinect sensor was a big reason Microsoft reported such a strong first quarter this year. Its motion sensing kung fu proved to be a hit with living room gamers, chalking up more than 2.4 million sales in the first three months of 2011 alone.

But Microsoft doesn’t hold the key to the Kinect sensor — that belongs to a company calledPrimeSense, who specializes in natural user interfaces or natural interaction (NI), as they call it. PrimeSense was named one of the year’s most innovative companies by MIT and its motion sensing tech received a nod for being one of the world’s most important emerging technologies. Continue reading

Crysis 1 ‘remastered’ for Xbox 360 and PS3

Two months after a console version of Crysis was spotted in a ratings database, Crytek has announced a “remastered” version of the original Crysis for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this October. Though Crysis 2 hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well, the 2007 original was only ever released on PC. Continue reading

PS Vita launches December 17 in Japan, battery life and data plan pricing revealed

Sony has used the Tokyo Game Show 2011 (TGS) to reveal the final release date for the PS Vita in Japan. If you live in Sony’s home territory you can expect to pick one up on December 17. That’s if you can brave the expected queues and midnight launch, of course.

The price of the hardware has been set at around $390 for the 3G version and $325 for the WiFi-only model. Don’t expect those prices to be as high when the Vita launches in the U.S. though, I’d guess at $300/$350 if I was pushed for a prediction. Unfortunately, the only time frame we have for a U.S. and European launch is early 2012.

The cost of the Vita doesn’t end after that initial purchase if you choose the 3G option, and Sony has teamed up with network operator NTT DoCoMo to provide a 3G service. It seems this service will be offered in the form of  “prepaid data plans.” Continue reading

Samsung Bada OS to go open source in 2012?

That Samsung was a little nervous about Android after Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is no secret. The company also made it clear that it had no interest in purchasing another mobile operating system from anyone else — not even webOS in the wake of all the HP firesale consumer interest. Continue reading

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