Fully Charged: Microsoft considers allowing Android apps on Windows Phone and Kickstart see-through speakers

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Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows Phone

Believe it or not, Microsoft is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone devices. At least that’s according to a report by The Verge, whose sources say certain elements within the company are keen to add Android compatibility by allowing apps to be included in the Windows Phone and Windows Stores: Android, after all, is far more popular and offers access to far more apps than Windows Phone – and Microsoft may feel that they can entice more users to their platform by increasing the number of available apps. Others (understandably) believe that this would be a bad move that could severely threaten the Windows platform and discourage developers from making Windows Phone-specific software.

We’ll keep an eye out for any more rumblings on this in the near future.

[Source: The Verge]

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Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app

With a career spanning more than thirty years, Ken Burns is probably the USA’s best-known documentary maker – and now he’s launched an iOS app exploring America’s history. Touching on subjects from baseball to prohibition to the American Civil War, the app includes streaming video from Burns’ documentaries. One playlist (based on the theme of “innovation”, so tech-lovers should enjoy it) is available for free, but the remaining four must be purchased from within the app for US$9.99 (RM33.22).

You can download the app, which is optimised for Retina display screens and iOS 7, from iTunes.

Ferguson Hill takes to Kickstarter to fund all-new see-through speaker system

British hi-fi company Ferguson Hill is already quite well-known for its unique transparent technology, which utilises a horn shape to produce crystal clear sound from, well, crystal clear speakers. And now it’s cranking things up a notch with the Clear Speaker System, a new package which boasts transparent  horn satellite speakers and transparent spherical bass speakers, plus an integrated amplifier with digital and analogue inputs and Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming.

The system will be available in three configurations: two horn speakers and one bass sphere; two horns and two spheres; and four horns and two spheres. The company is seeking £149,500 (RM827,975) in Kickstarter funding for the project, and if you pledge at least £650 (RM3600) you’ll receive a package in return (assuming the campaign hits its funding goal). That’ll represent a significant saving over the regular retail price, which starts at £895 (RM4960) for the entry-level package.

You can check out the campaign here.

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