Samsung have shown off a tech-demo of the Home Watcher Remote, which is dream app shown on the upcoming Galaxy Tab.
A widget on the Galaxy Tab will be able to tell the oven in your house to cook the recipe, add a timer and adjust oven temperature at the touch of the Galaxy Tab's screen - if that wasn't already good enough, it can control other items in your house - such as washing machines, dryers, TV's, stoves and vacuums.
The demo isn't guaranteed to be released to customers - but it's a glimpse of the future of home automation.
Does it mean I'll have to stop dancing around my house in my sexy lil' apron?
Here's a video demo of it:
Dell has announced a local release date and pricing for it's 5-inch Android based Streak, a device that blurs the line between tablets and smart phones.
Optus will have a 3 month exclusive, offering the Dell Streak from October 1 for FREE on it's $59 plan, locked in a 24 month contract. The Streak will also be available on the $79 cap and $99 Timeless plans, as well as the $49 cap with an additional $7 per month for the handset.
Dell says the Streak will sell for $649 outright - they also rumour to release a 7-inch and 10-inch version coming next year.
The Streak features a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera with dual LED flash, 2GB internal memory and will include a 16GB micro-SD card. At the moment, it's understood to run Android 1.6 - although before launch it might get the upgrade to 2.2
Samsung's Christmas press launch is happening right now at their Sydney HQ. The showcase of the evening? The upcoming Galaxy Tab of course.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will cost you $999 outright, but of course through the various telco's (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) there will be the usual subsidies.
Personally, I think it's a bit expensive at $999 outright, compared to the iPad at $649 for the WiFi only model... I think $499 would've been a better price - it would've stolen a fair amount of would-be iPadders.
Of course, McFly won't be happy about paying $999 for a Tab...
Something short and sweet for the soon to be WP7 fans!
HTC regional director responsible for North Africa and the Middle East has gone on record with gulfnews saying "we will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month.
He also mentioned that HTC will be releasing "around five more models by the end of the year", we don't know how they'll verse against the iPhone and Android handsets - but competition is great. The more the merrier I say!
It seems NVIDIA is gathering it's army for a bloody fight against AMD.
Tegra 2 is out the gate, which is surprising for NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to casually note that Tegra 3 is nearly done and the work is starting on Tegra 4.
Not much was talked about with the chip itself and no parters were announced.
Pixel Qi has big plans for new 7 inch displays that could be ready for the public late next year. These displays may make their way into a lot of tablets once they are ready due to the fact that they are capable of switching between backlit-LCD function to transflective.
One of the largest gripes with backlit LCD devices is the difficulty seeing the screen in brightly lit situations like a clear sunny day. The addition of transflective technology will make viewing content easy in any sort of lighting a lot easier. Many believe these screens may even put e-ink out of business, but late 2011 is a long way away.
The tears of Microsoft fans in Australia were heard trickling down their cheeks - as once again, Australia gets a watered down release of a product.
Microsoft just posted a press release in regards to the expansion of the Zune services internationally. The Zune Marketplace will have music, tv shows and movie rental, but select components available in select regions.
Windows Phone 7 is being launched this year - with Zune Marketplace having to tackle Apple's iTunes - it would be a very good move to give all markets the same deal, right? No. Enter MS's "Zune Pass" - it allows users to pay a monthly subscription and get full access to Microsoft's entire music library - sounds great, right? Too bad you live in Australia!
HTC officially unveiled the Desire HD smartphone today to the world, which will bring a 4.3" LCD to Android lovers who have been cursing EVO 4G owners in the U.S. Sporting a 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, 4.3" LCD, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, and Wireless N capability, it definitely looks quite similar to the EVO 4G in a little bit different skin. This will also be one of the first device with the newly enhanced HTC Sense and HTCsense.com services. Europe and Asia can expect this to hit stores sometime in October.
Scosche is one of the premium brands in the market for iPod cases and accessories. It will come as no surprise that Scosche has unveiled a new line of cases for the iPod touch and nano that were updated and unveiled. Scosche has unveils several new cases that fans of the new Apple gear will find useful and will protect the new gadgets form damage.
One of the six new touch cases is the kickBACK t4 with a glossy polycarbonate exterior and a rubber interior in black, grey, and white with an integrated kickstand for viewing hands free. The next new case is the switchBACK t4 with exchangeable backs and a two-piece design to allow color customization and the case has a kickstand as well.
The leaks continue to come for one of the more highly anticipated G2 Android handsets on the horizon. The G2, which will most likely be known as the HTC Desire Z to most of the world outside the U.S., now has some official press shots out dragged from T-Mobile's own servers.
QUERTY keyboard fans will rejoice it seems, as well as those bored with dark colored phones as it seems that silver will most likely be the only color offered for the G2. This will hopefully be a big winner for T-Mobile, who aren't usually in the spotlight in the U.S. with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint hogging all the attention.
Looking to grab an iPhone 4 in Switzerland on launch day? Better bring a female friend with you. Orange at Globus, in an exclusive campaign, has instituted a "Ladies First" policy when they open their doors at 6AM on July 30th to begin selling the iPhone 4.
The company is also giving away a few prizes and offering croissants and coffee for those waiting patiently in line for their new Apple phone, but if any guys want to get involved they have to be in the company of a female to even be allowed in. It looks like the women of Switzerland better set their clocks early and get ready to have to choose which one of their tech-crazy guy friends they'll accompany. I can see flower, candy, and other gift sales taking a huge jump this week in Switzerland…...
I can't golf, in fact I can't really pay Put-put golf well either. The closest I care to get to real golf is Tiger Woods on the Wii. If you are an avid golfer though, you will know the TaylorMade brand.
TaylorMade has announced a new 5-inch touchscreen device that is being installed in 40 retail locations around the country including some Golfsmith stores. The touchscreen device lets golfers get more info on products.
Sony has finally jumped on the e-reader price drop bandwagon today by slashing the prices on all three of their current models. The Pocket Edition sees a 20 dollar cut from $169 to $149 USD, the Touch Edition drops from $199 to $169, and the high end 3G Daily Edition gets the biggest cut; dropping $50 from $349 to $299.
When it comes to protecting my gadgets, I want a case that is slim and doesn't add bulk to the device. The last thing I want is a big and bulky case, but I do want protection from drops.
Ten One Design has unveiled a new case for the iPad that is called the Particle. The Particle is a very low profile case that has rubber feet and fits around the sides of the iPad.
Qualcomm has been operating its MediaFLO mobile broadcasting service for a while now and it's the service behind the mobile TV offerings from AT&T and Verizon here in the states. Qualcomm has been talking up new features for the iPad and its service.
The new iPad features will involve an app for playback on the iPad and a hardware device called the PocketFLO. PocketFlo is a small box that records programs and then streams them to the iPad via WiFi.
Computex 2010- Computex is in full swing and so far there hasn't really been anything earth shattering announced. One of the cooler things to be unveiled at the show is new touchscreen tech from Quanta.
The new tech is called dispersive signal technology (DST) and was developed with help from 3M. Quanta expects the new DST tech to hit market later this year. DST is a touchscreen with an extra later of glass. The screen is able to find the location of a finger or a stylus on the screen using the shock created when the screen is touched.
Borders is working on offering a full line of eReaders in its physical locations around the country. The company says it plans to offer a good, better, best line up. The Libre is now up for pre-order at Borders.com.
I would assume the Libre to be the low end offering for the company with a price tag of only $119.99. You can pre-order the Libre now for delivery on July 2.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Synaptic is the company behind some of the touch pad tech we take for granted to day on notebooks and netbooks. The company is behind much of the gesture supporting tech that is on notebooks and netbooks we all use.
At Computex the company has shown off a sweet new tech called TouchPad-IS that is capable of accurately recognizing up to four fingers. The technology can also recognize the difference between fingers and the palm of your hand to eliminate accidental activation when you hit the track pad with your hand.
Wacom has been making pen tablets and pen enabled displays for specialty industries for a long time. The company makes displays aimed at the professional designer and medical industries. The screens let artists draw directly on the screen and doctors can do things like make notations directly on digital x-rays.
Wacom has unveiled a pair of new pen-enabled displays called the DTU-2231 and the DTU-1631. Both are interactive pen displays and are aimed at presenters and other uses. The 2231 is a 21.5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and the 1631 is a 15.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution.
If you are one of the many business types that have to give many presentations to people in PowerPoint or Keynote, you probably don't like being stuck behind the computer the whole time. Kensington has a new product that will give you a lot of roaming range during your presentation.
The device is the new Wireless Presenter Pro with a Green Laser Pointer. The device is a wireless controller that needs no drivers to work with PowerPoint or Keynote.
It has a USB adapter and four buttons with a 150 foot operating range. The green laser pointer promises to be ten times more visible to the eye than a red pointer. The device can be pre-ordered now for $79.99.
Google's Android operating system edged out Apple's iPhone operating system for the No. 2 spot in the U.S. consumer smartphone market in the first quarter, research firm NPD Group reported Monday.
According to NPD, devices running Android accounted for 28 percent of the units sold to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010. BlackBerry devices made by Research In Motion, which use RIM's homegrown operating system, took the top spot with 36 percent of the U.S. market. Apple's iPhone, which had been in the No. 2 spot previously, fell to third place with 21 percent of the market.
NPD's figures are based on self-reported consumer surveys and they estimate the number of devices sold to consumers. The figures do not include sales of devices to business customers through enterprise contracts.
Android is an operating system that is available on several different models of phones made by different manufacturers, such as Motorola, HTC, and Samsung. Meanwhile, Apple's operating system is used only on Apple's own iPhone.
Ross Rubin, an analyst with NPD, attributed the strong growth in Android to the fact that devices using Android software are now available on all major U.S. carrier networks. Verizon Wireless, in particular, has helped fuel success for the operating system. Verizon launched a major marketing campaign for devices, such as the Motorola Droid, last year. And Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless operator, has also been including Android devices in its buy-one-get-one free smartphone promotion. T-Mobile USA also features Android phones as its flagship smartphones, and AT&T has begun selling Android phones.
"The wireless carriers in the U.S. are still the king makers in the mobile market," said Rubin. "Verizon in particular is what is making the Android so successful right now with its promotions and marketing."
Rubin said that strong sales of the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, and RIM's Blackberry Curve via these promotions have helped keep Verizon's smartphone sales on par with AT&T in the first quarter. NPD's data suggests that smartphone sales at AT&T account for nearly a third of the entire smartphone market, about 32 percent. Verizon Wireless accounted for 30 percent of smartphone sales. T-Mobile made up 17 percent of all smartphone sales and Sprint brought in 15 percent of all smartphone sales.
There is no question that Apple's iPhone is still very popular. Last month, AT&T reported that it had activated about 900,000 iPhones for new customers during the first quarter. It also sold another 1.8 million iPhones to people who were already AT&T customers. Without the iPhone, AT&T's subscriber growth for contract customers would have been negative.
But the NPD findings suggest that sales of the phone could be even higher in the U.S. if the device was available on other carrier networks, such as Verizon Wireless. Reports surfaced in March that the iPhone could be coming to Verizon soon. But definite plans for a Verizon iPhone have still not been announced.
"If the iPhone was available today on Verizon, Apple would certainly grow market share," Rubin said. "But it's harder to say what will happen in the long term. It's difficult to know what the feature-set will look like on phones in a year. But it's clear the iPhone still has enough cachet today to pick up market share."