Sony looks like it is about ready to shut down its failed “Dash” experiment.
The “personal Internet viewer” alarm clocks saw some popularity when they were released but horrible reviews nailed the coffin.
Reads Sony’s site: “Beginning February 29, 2012, the Sony dash developer website (http://dash.sonydeveloper.com) will close and no longer support development of new applications. This closure includes the dash developer forum and dash developer support email address (email@example.com) which will close on March 31, 2012. Sony dash applications will remain available. Thank you for your contributions and we encourage you to continue your development activity on Sony’s other platforms available at SonyDeveloper.com.”
The original Dash machine has a 7-inch touchscreen, 800×480 resolution, a 500Mhz processor and 256MB DDR2 RAM.
What makes the alarm clocks popular is access to 1500 apps for weather, traffic, social networking, movies, music and games.
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Apple has announced the release of the fourth beta version of its popular iPhone software development kit (SDK).
Apple’s developer website explains:“The fourth beta version of the iPhone SDK includes Xcode IDE, iPhone simulator with Open GL ES support, Interface Builder, Instruments, frameworks and samples, compilers, and Shark analysis tool”. The SDK also promises to improve “Audio Toolbox, NSXML Parser support and redesigned UIFont.”
The announcement came during the second quarter financial results press conference call where Apple executive discussed the SDK and future releases. The company says they have been in contact with over 200 Fortune 500 companies as well as 400 higher education institutions that are applying to become iPhone developers.
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer added that the company has already signed up 200,000 developers.