DIRECTV customers can now use voice commands on its iPhone application to search for programming by name or more general searches. The phone's screen can then be used to tap on the appropriate channel. The Voice app also allows you to record programs or mark shows with a bookmark, which functions like Netflix's Instant Queue.
CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that Apple will introduce "new product categories" beginning in the fall and continuing through next year. These products will incorporate the "Apple experience," he added, without giving details. Apple reported that it sold 19.5 million iPads and 37.4 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter.
Swype took the "beta" tag off its Android keyboard application and made the app available in the Google Play store. There is a 30-day trial version that users can access for free. Forever access sells for 99 cents.
Takahito Iguchi on Tuesday unveiled the Telepathy One headset, a wearable computer and phone that resembles the Google Glass product, Katie Fehrenbacher reports. The Manga Camera application, which has built up a following in Japan, will run on the Telepathy One.
Amprius, a spinout from Stanford University, has developed lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowire anodes that are said to greatly boost the energy density of such batteries. The company's batteries could be used in electric vehicles, among other applications.