The week in gadgets

21 Mar 2011

A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

Google releases its remote control app for iOS devices

The Google TV team has released an app to turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a TV remote control.

The app allows users to change TV channels, adjust the volume and access their DVR via their iOS device through a Wi-Fi connection. It also lets them use Voice Search to find specific shows or movies.

Multiple phones can be used as remotes at the same time.

Google initially launched the app for Android devices in December 2010. The iOS version currently does not support the ability to share web pages from the mobile device to the TV.

Flash Player 10.2 available on Android Market.

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, bringing support for Flash to Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, such as the Motorola Xoom.

According to Mashable, Adobe says the update to Flash Player brings an integrated browsing experience to mobile devices, including tablets.

Adobe also said it worked closely with Google to ensure Flash Player was optimised with new OS and browser capabilities.

Flash Player 10.2 is available for general release for Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 smartphones, but it’s still in beta release for Android 3.0 tablets.

Adobe will release a GA version for Android 3.0 in the coming weeks, which will enable hardware acceleration and Stage Video support.

AP Stylebook changes ‘e-mail’ to ’email’

The Associated Press Stylebook, the language usage guide for journalists, has changed the style of writing the word ‘e-mail’ to ’email’.

According to AP’s Twitter page, the change was made due to the evolving nature of language.

The hyphen in the middle of the word was used to signify that it meant “electronic mail,” however, the AP Stylebook now acknowledges this is no longer necessary.

Last year, the AP Stylebook changed ‘Web site’ to ‘website’ and since then has published a set of guidelines for social media terms, which allowed the words ‘fan,’ ‘friend’ and ‘follow’ to be used as both nouns and verbs.

The change from ‘e-mail’ to ’email’ will be included in the upcoming 2011 spiral-bound AP Stylebook.