Amongst the growing number of iPad counterparts to surface, this one spotted by the folks at Engadget gets particular interest as soon as you view the picture of it below.
Yes, a sliding QWERTY keyboard reminiscing of MacBook type keys along with a ThinkPad styled pointing stick.
We don't know the name of the device, nor pricing/availability, but if it's a real mccoy piece of hardware we're seeing a unit with Windows 7 for its OS base, 10-inch display (unsure of res) and Atom N450 processor as the brains.
As the world waits on the new 3G iPad, we get what may be our first look at the Apple iPhone "4G".
Now we do not know if these are real, or if that will be the name of the new phone. But all Apple rumors are exciting. With that said; if this is the real thing, I am a tad disappointed. I was really hoping for another excellent design change from Apple, but it really just looking like a thicker iPhone 3G S.
We are hearing that Apple is putting in a higher resolution screen, more memory, faster CPU and GPU as well as dual cameras, one front facing and the other in the more traditional spot. This new phone is supposed to drop in June to cover the back to school and the holidays for 2010.
Apple's online store has been updated to give the shipping date for its 3G equipped iPad in the U.S. which they've set to be 'by' the 7th of May; this implying perhaps some people will get their iPad 3G's a little sooner.
AT&T are particularly excited about this in expectation of a huge number of people activating $30 per month unlimited data plans following deliveries of the product.
As mentioned previously, Apple looks to be sticking to its plans to make its 3G and WiFi-only tablets available internationally (Europe, Australia etc.) soon after this time; somewhere towards the end of May.
Ouch, after a few weekend rumors that Palm might be getting sold the Senior VP of Software and Services, Michael Abbott has decided to fly the coupe and head for higher ground. Michael is the person largely responsible for the WebOS and its success.
Palm had to move fast and drop extra Stock and Cash to a few other key players to get them to stick around. But what is worse than that is the financially shaky company seems to be pushing stocks out to just about everyone on the executive team. Only time will tell if Palm will remain afloat, but it will be a real shame considering their recent comeback.
So there has been a lot of news about Slate PCs, like phones and SSDs I swear that everyone is working on one. However we have found out something very interesting. It seems that the little NVIDIA Tegra SoC that we all loved in the Zune HD will be getting a serious upgrade in the form of the Terga 2. Now, that all by itself is not interesting at all. What is very interesting is the information that NV might be gearing the new Tegra 2 towards Google's Android over Microsoft Windows Phone 7.
This was found in some information relating to Google's plans for a slate and the fact that even internal information from NV does not seem to show any movement towards an OS from the gang up in Redmond. What is disappointing though is that a Tegra 2 based Windows Phone 7 would have been a serious threat to both HTC and Apple. Of course it would be serious if Microsoft knew how to market anything.
Still we are waiting to get more information as the time nears for these devices to see daylight. As of right now our little birdie is saying June...Just about the time someone else is planning a launch too.
Every time I go to the gym, most of the folks there are using an iPod of some sort. Many of the people are wearing the iPod holders that go on the arm too. The thing that I always wonder about is sweat.
It's seems that germs and bacteria would be an issue after wearing the armbands for a while. iSkin has a new armband designed for the 5th generation iPod nano that has integrated antimicrobial protection.
The device is integrated with Microban to inhibit the growth of microbes that can cause odor and stain. It helps keep your armband from getting all funky, which is a good thing for all the folks in the gym near you.
Looking for some high-end in-ear headphones that promise unpecedented features and performance? Sleek-Audio are promising a pair in the near future which they call the SA7.
Looking at the press shot above, the design is sure unique and gives the impression they are indeed of very high quality. You can see true attention to detail here with a carbon-fiber shell plating over a single military grade aluminum block.
Other nice features include a detachable cable and treble port that is made from metal and screws on the body, further ensuring a solid tough build that should easily deal with the issues that plagued Sleek-Audio's older SA6s.
The source is indicative of Kleer's new and improved wireless system being included with the SA7s which is apparently worth around $100 on its own. The SA7's pricing hasn't been confirmed, nor availability as yet, but it said to be somewhere in the ballpark of $350-$400.
In the picture below is an important individual to many; his name is Jens Stoltenberg who happens to be the Prime Minister of Norway.
Where is he and what is he holding? Well, if you hadn't already guessed, that's an airport lounge and in his hands is the device we've heard mentioned a thousand times recently; Apple's iPad.
So, what is he doing with it? According to press secretary Sindre Fossum Beyer, running the Norwegian government from it.
How's that for iPad productivity, Apple? - I assume Mr. Jobs is smiling like a Cheshire cat at this one with stengthened iPad mottos running rampant through his head for future advertising antics.
Ah, remember yesterday evening when we told you that there was more to the delay of the Apple iPad than great sales? Well we have some new information to add to the fire here.
It seems that Israel has banned the new iPad due to it not being compatible with European wireless standards. They have even gone so far as to confiscate ones that were bought in the US and brought back.
They are more than a little miffed over this one; it seems that while Apple can do pretty much what they want in the US with wireless they are not going to get away with it overseas. The problem is that they iPad uses frequencies that are different than those typically used in the US and the broadcast power is also a little higher. Israel is concerned that an increase in iPad usage with these differences could cause a breakdown of services or at least serious interference.
"If you operate equipment in a frequency band which is different from the others that operate on that frequency band, then there will be interference," Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry told AP. "We don't care where people buy their equipment ...but without regulation, you would have chaos"
You know something is really wrong with the world when you have to pass a law banning Caller ID spoofing. I mean I can see it as a joke but apparently it has been used by telemarketers and others that are of a more malicious mindset.
Although the new ban covers CallerID fraud and using any device "to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information" it will still allow you to block your own outgoing ID, you just cannot replace it with another number.
Ah we have some additional confirmation that we may see a new iPhone in June. This one comes to use Via Robert Watson, the CEO of SaskTel a mid-sized Canadian phone carrier.
Of course you could just look at Apple's past track record and see that they are due for an upgrade and the summer is their usual time frame. The Preview of the OS was a little out of character, but then again Apple really needed to pull attention away from other slates coming out and also the Windows 7 Phone announcements.
So here's to hoping that in June we really do see a new iPhone with an updated design and some nice new features.
No one moves the world of the internet press like the marketing machine of Apple. After the preview of iPhone OS 4.0 we have seen claims of it already being jailbroken to claims that a new and more exciting iPhone is coming. As with all rumors surrounding Apple the blurry pictures were going to follow.
Well we have some to show you today. These are grainy, dark and just a tad suspect if you ask me. Still we all love a good Apple rumor so head on over and check them out.
If you are in the market for a new mobile phone, the HTC incredible looks pretty darn incredible on paper. The exact launch date for the device is unknown but the full specifications have surfaced on the Verizon Wireless website.
The handset will have a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 resolution screen, virtual QWERTY keyboard, and 8MP camera with video capability. The OS for the device is Android 2.1 and it has the full Google Experience.
The user interface is the next generation Sense UI and the handset has 8GB of internal memory. The CPU in the device is the 1GHz Snapdragon and the device has GPS inside. Pricing is unknown.
As the folks at Engadget said, Magical in its simplicity.
So after hearing Apple claim that excellent sales in the US are going to force them to push back the release of the iPad to the rest of the world we now find out that there may be another issue altogether.
According to information we have gotten and an article by Joel Evans at ZDnet we find that the reason for the delay could be due to a large number of returns. These have not only been due to actual issues with the iPad but also due to buyer's remorse.
Evans has spoken with a few sources (as have we) and says that a significant number of iPads have been brought back for out pixels, overheating, and WiFi issues. But worse than that are the ones that are brought back after a person realizes how much they have paid and what they have actually received.
Although we do not have exact numbers we are also hearing that there have been a lot of returns as well as sales that were not what was expected.
If you aren't interested in the iPad, but want an interesting eReader, the Alex from Spring Design ships today. The eReader has two screens with a large e-ink unit for reading and a smaller color LCD for other uses.
The Alex sells for $399, which is too close to the iPad price for me to take it over the Apple offering with more capability. The Alex has 3G connectivity, WiFi and supports most eBook formats.
Other features include a microSD card slot and more. Versions of the Alex for other countries will be announced soon.
There have been many companies that have looked to revamp the landline with cool phones that offer some of the features we expect in smartphones today like apps and more. So far, all of the devices offered in the US have failed.
Telstra is set to give it a shot in Australia with a new device called the T-Hub. The T-Hub will launch on April 20 and will feature apps and a touchscreen. The tablet phone plugs into the wall and is being marketed as a family organizer.
The device has a speakerphone built-in and comes with a cordless handset too. The device will cost $300 AUD or you can get it for $35 AUD monthly with 2GB of data per month on a 24-month contract.
As with all things Apple, the day after the iPhone 3GS launched rumors started about its replacement. The replacement has been dubbed the 4th generation iPhone and rumors are swirling anew today.
According to the most recent rumors, the 4th generation iPhone is set to be unveiled on June 22. The evidence for this rumor comes by way of a booking in Apple's name for the conference center where the last iPhone was announced on June 22.
This rumor is unsubstantiated and the booking, if true at all, could be for some unrelated product. However, there have been other reports of a Verizon branded iPhone being used recently so the big day may be coming soon.
Some predicted that the iPad would be one of the biggest failures ever for Apple. As it turns out the device has proven to be very popular with consumers and is selling strongly.
Apple has now reported that the iPad is selling so well, that the launch of the device in other countries will be delayed. Apple reports that 500,000 iPads were delivered the first week and that demand was far higher than expected.
Because of the high demand, the company will not have the supply needed to meet demand for several more weeks. It has also taken many pre-orders for the 3G iPad versions. International pricing and pre-orders will now start at the end of May, a month later than originally scheduled.
Imation owned 'TDK Life on Record' has just release a new pair of high-fidelity wireless headphones and wired earphones to the North American market.
The new TDK WR700 wireless headphones have been graced with Kleer lossless audio technology, delivering 16-bit 44KHz digital audio at CD quality to its 34mm drivers. The WR700 is powered by four AAA sized batteries which is said to give up to 40 hours of playtime before replacement/recharging. A bundled wireless transmitter is of course included which simply connects to a 3.5mm port.
Here's a closer look at the specs which matter :-
sound pressure sensitivity of 108 dB/mW
impedance of 32 Ohms
frequency response of 20 ~ 20,000 Hz
four AAA batteries enabling up to 40 hours of audio play
Shifting attention to the EB900 in-ear headphones, these use Comply foam tips to assist in blocking out the majority of ambient noise and they make use of 8.5mm micro-drivers. The cable is 1.2 meters long and is braided.
A better look at the EB900's specs :-
frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz
sensitivity (at 1 KHz) of 101.5 dB
gold-plated 3.5mm jack.
The WR700 and EB900 headphones come with MSRPs of $249.99 and $89.99 respectively.
Asus has promised a pair of tablet computers to fight the iPad. Until those show up, users will have to make do with convertible netbooks like the T101MT.
The machine has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 multi-touch display that swivels from netbook mode to tablet mode. The machine has an Atom N450 running at 1.66GHz and will run Windows 7. The netbook can use up to 2GB of RAM.
Storage is up to 320GB and the machine packs in WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VGA out, and a webcam. The machine weighs 1.3kg and its battery will run for 6.5 hours per charge.