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Day October 5, 2010

Google Goggles integrated in Google Mobile App for iPhone

It was late this summer that we learned that Google Goggles was coming to the iPhone. With the latest version of Google Mobile App hitting the App Store today, Goggles functionality is finally available for iOS.

Google Mobile App already enabled users to search via voice, current location, or traditional text. Now, with Google Goggles support, the app also allows users to search the web using pictures. Simply tap the camera button in the app and take a snapshot. Google will then do its best to match your picture to relevant search criteria.

The Glif: a kickstand/camera mount worthy of your iPhone 4

It’s no secret that the iPhone 4 takes great pictures and video and is equally adept at viewing them, but I often find myself in positions where I wish I could attach it to a tripod or prop it up. Given the iPhone 4’s beautiful design, however, I am reluctant to pair it with just any accessory. Enter the Glif.

Glif is a ‘labor of love of just two individuals,’ Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of New York City, who ‘realized the iPhone 4 is literally the best camera we’ve ever owned.’ It is a striking design that derives its name from its unique shape and matches its elegant form with a surprising array of function. Glif doubles as both a camera mount for standard tripods as well as a kickstand that can prop up the iPhone 4 at an angle. Judging by the video, it seems to do both splendidly.

Glif has a $10,000 funding goal on Kickstarter which they surpassed yesterday and have now nearly quadrupled with over 1500 backers. If you would like to contribute, you can still do so here. A pledge of only $20 will get you your very own injection-molded Glif as soon as production starts, not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling you get funding two guys who had a great idea that is about to become reality.

Sources: The Glif via Gizmodo

Palm ‘Mansion’ rumored to be 800 x 480 touchscreen phone sans keyboard

Following evidence of new Palm devices on a German certification site — which have since been removed — comes a rumor from an anonymous but reliable tipster at PreCentral about a new Palm device codenamed Mansion. The device — which may or may not be the certified P102 — is said to be a keyboardless webOS phone having an 800 x 480 touchscreen display.

Given that a virtual keyboard reference had been found buried in the webOS 2.0 SDK much to Palm’s chagrin, it is certainly feasible that Palm is seriously considering a phone sans keyboard to match its highly anticipated tablet. Although the market’s trend towards touchscreen-only phones lends credence to Palm’s willingness to consider the form factor, it is hard to imagine Palm abandoning hardware keyboards entirely. It remains to be seen whether Palm can pull off doing a virtual keyboard right, something most iPhone competitors still have not managed.

It is interesting to note that the Palm Pre was codenamed Castle, so that’s another point in the Mansion’s favor. For Palm fans, I’m hopeful that the speculation ends soon. I’m just as eager as any for an official word on some much desired bleeding edge hardware from the fine folks at Sunnyvale.

via PreCentral