This week on the Gadget Lab show, the gang talks about WWDC ticket drama, Android tablets, augmented reality and a decidedly retro iPhone accessory.
First up, Gadget Lab editor Jon Phillips and staff writer Christina Bonnington talk about WWDC ticket sales. Tickets for the event went on sale at 5:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday morning and sold out in a record-breaking two hours, leaving a number of West Coast developers ticketless and peeved. We also saw the launch of Google Drive this week, a cloud storage solution that integrates with Google Docs.
Next, staff writer Nathan Olivarez-Giles joins us to show off the Asus Transformer Pad and the Acer Iconia Tab A510, two 10.1-inch Android tablets. Each tablet is armed with a quad-core processor and 1280×800 display resolution. The Acer tablet has a somewhat superfluous differentiating feature called the Acer Ring, which collects recently opened tabs and other recently accessed apps. The Asus Transformer Pad is almost exactly the same as the Transformer Prime, but with a plastic back and a cheaper price tag.
Robbie Baldwin then joins Jon to talk about a new augmented-reality app for the London Science Museum called James May Science Stories. It?s hosted by Top Gear host James May in a clever augmented-reality format ? it?s like having a tiny James May by your side, telling you about the items in the exhibition.
Finally, Jon and staff writer Alexandra Chang take a look at The Can, an iPhone accessory that?s basically a tin can on a string for the digital era. The project, which is basically a speaker and mic inside a can of tomato paste or creamed corn, is available on Kickstarter.
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