The Apple iPad is set to hit stores and the hands of waiting geeks this Saturday. The device is predicted to be a huge seller for Apple. Other companies are looking to get into the tablet action too and Asus has a couple tablets up its sleeves.
Asus is reportedly working on not one, but two tablets to fight the iPad. One of the machines will run Windows and the other will run a Google OS. If that OS is Android or Chrome is unknown at this point.
I bet Android gets the nod since it has much better brand recognition on the market today. We don't have any other details at this point, but we should know more at Computex this summer.
iPhone users had to wait a while for fully functional app for the iPhone from Sling. The SlingPlayer finally surfaced, but at first, it lacked the ability to stream over 3G.
Sling is now working on a new app specifically for the iPad that will offer higher resolution streaming of content. Sling also states that it is still working on the Android app and the application will land this summer.
The SlingPlayer Mobile app for iPad will reportedly take advantage of the larger screen with higher resolution video. Sling also states it is working on moving to the H.264 format.
The Apple iPad is set to land in the hands of the users who pre-ordered this weekend. The prediction is that the WiFi only versions will sell much faster than the 3G enabled versions will.
iPad users who want to get WiFi connectivity on the go can use the Boingo WiFi hotspot service. The company has announced that iPad users will be able to get access to its network of hotspots for $7.95 per month.
The monthly rate allows the user to access the hotspots as often as they wish. Boingo will also offer WiFi Credits where the user can buy access to the hotspots in hour increments.
Whilst not for certain, it appears Apple's next-gen iPhone will be dubbed the "iPhone HD" which they see fit due to the much higher resolution display of 960x640.
The latest news from sources are saying Apple intends to unveil the new iPhone and its accompanying iPhone OS 4.0 on Tuesday, June 22 this year, of which apparently there will be two versions of the phone to come out.
One version will be the standard GSM phone that's designed for networks like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Rogers (Canada), whilst a CDMA version will also be produced that's ideally suited to carries like Verizon, Sprint and Bell (Canada). The reason two separate iPhones had to be created is due to the limitation of the chip Apple is using that cannot provide dual-operation to work on both GSM and CDMA towers.
With that said, whilst it's looking like Verizon will definitely have on offer a CDMA iPhone HD, the manufacturer is apparently not going to begin producing these until September, so you may be waiting 'till the holiday season before you get yourself a shiny new Verizon iPhone HD.
It's also being anticipated that when AT&T's exclusive contract comes to a close, other carriers will try jump on the iPhone bandwagon and carry these new models.
Time will tell for sure on how it all pans out.
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its next firmware update for the Zune HD, v4.5. Many Zune owners have been eagerly holding out for extended codec support (incl. xvid) and SmartDJ which this firmware is said to include, not to mention the ability to access the Marketplace via the AV dock, too.
Engadget got the chance to preview both SmartDJ and Marketplace access via the AV dock just a short while ago and said they found the former being very smooth and easy-to-use, the latter being convenient except for having to input text using the simple remote and an on-screen keyboard.
You can watch the video below to see these features in action.
No definite date has been disclosed as to when the update will become available, it was just mentioned by marketing manager, Michael Yaeger that it would be within the next few weeks.
I never pre-order products because I like to walk in with my money and walk out with my product. I did pre-order the WiFi iPad because I figured it would be hard to get if not pre-ordered.
I'm irritated right now that the week of launch after I pre-ordered Apple comes out with the fact that you will be able to walk right into Best Buy stores in most cities and walk out with the iPad.
The devices will be in stores at 9am, though exactly how many will be available is unknown. I guess that's what I get for pre-ordering something. I've had to put up with Apple's card processor changing the amount they were taking from my bank account for weeks now, it's driving me crazy.
News surfaced over the weekend regarding the new iPad tablet and further supply issues.
Electronista Staff wrote that by checking out the Apple Store they noticed that new Wi-Fi equipped iPads will not ship until April 12th, which is one week after the initial batch of deliveries.
And if you want the more expensive iPad with 3G connectivity you'll need to wait till sometime in 'late April' before taking delivery of your new toy.
You would have thought Apple would have been experienced enough by now in this gig to fulfill all orders at the launch. A quick glance at the small print also reveals that Apple is only accepting two orders per customers for the pre-order.
I'm not sure who the HTC CEO is trying to convince that the Google Nexus One is doing well. Reports have shown that the device has sold in small numbers since it was released and hasn't proven to be popular like the iPhone or DROID.
Peter Chou says that the Nexus One was designed more to show what Android could do than it was intended to set sales records. I for one don't; believe that at all. I am sure Google expected the thing to be huge and it just wasn't.
Those hellacious termination fees didn't help the thing. Chou says that considering the handset had no traditional marketing its sales numbers are good. Chou put so much spin on the poor sales reports that our days are a few microseconds shorter now.
CTIA has been going on in Las Vegas for a while, which means lots of new cell phones and other gear have been turning up. Samsung has unveiled a slick new device at the show called the Galaxy S GT-I9000. The handset will launch in America and other countries soon.
The device has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with less reflection and fast touch response. The handset runs the Android operating system and has a wealth of features and access to the Android Market.
The device has key features like daily briefing that offers access to weather, news, stocks, and schedule. A home cradle lets the handset be used like a digital photo frame, and an app to view and edit Office 2007 documents is built-in. Pricing and carrier information on the device is unannounced at this time.
I for one hardly expect Apple to approve any alternate browsers for the iPhone. That doesn't mean browser makers won't try though. Opera says that it has submitted its Mini browser for approval on the iPhone.
That sound you hear is Steve Jobs laughing. I don't think Mini has a chance of being approved considering the long history of Apple killing any app that duplicates features it offers on the iPhone.
I wonder if Opera is counting on being denied and suing for anti-trust like browser makers did to Microsoft when IE was tied closely to Windows. That tact is sure to be taken by someone with a denied app eventually. Opera Mini promises much faster browsing, who knows if we will ever get to try it.
Late last week Intel launched a new Rapid Storage Technology RAID driver that brings something to Intel chipset based motherboards that has been missing and wanted for a long time.
Those consumers out there that are lucky enough to be using SSDs in RAID and ensuring that they meet the ATA-8 protocol requirements can now enable TRIM support on their arrays in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. While we cannot confirm the reports, apparently RAID 5 isn't supported at this stage.
Keep in mind that this update isn't a firmware, but a driver that is for use with motherboards that use recent Intel controllers and southbridges. Early reports suggest that performance is up in most cases with the new driver from posts we have seen on several forums.
You can read the driver changelog that was posted over in our forums here by Lsdmeasap. You can download the new driver here, but proceed with a little caution and of course backup all your data before trying it, just to be safe.
The iPad was originally expected to launch in March when it was first unveiled a month or so back. The device was then delayed after unnamed issues pushed the launch back.
A new report is laying the blame for the delay in the iPad at the feet of Wintek, an Apple supplier. According to said report, the reason for the delay was that Wintek had some sort of issue with the supply of its touch screens used in the device.
Wintek has issued a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange stating that all of its operations were running according to plans. The company offered no comments on specific Apple orders.
If you like the idea of a tablet computer, but couldn't bring yourself to jump on the iPad, the HP Slate may be more your style. We knew the machine would run Windows 7 and had features the iPad lacked, but specs and pricing were unknown.
Engadget reports that the Slate has been confirmed for June launch at €400. Straight conversion makes that right under $550 here in the states. We will have to wait for official pricing; many expect the Slate to come in at the same starting price as the iPad.
The device will have an Atom CPU, Windows 7, USB connectivity, a memory card reader, and a webcam all built-in. That will make it appealing to many, but it looks larger than the iPad to my eyes.
Sales of the Google Nexus One smartphone haven't exactly been robust according to reports. The Android OS is doing very well, but Google's first direct device just isn't selling well.
Google and Sprint announced that the Nexus One is heading to the Sprint network soon. The exact date the device will land isn't offered. The smartphone will be the same device we are already familiar with.
Specs include a 3.7-inch AMOLED 480 x 800 display, Qualcomm snapdragon processor, 512MB of storage, 4GB microSD card, 5MP camera and lots more. The phone sounds good on paper; I wonder why it isn't selling.
Archos is mostly known for its line of PMPs and MIDs. The company also showed off a cool tablet late last year called the Archos 9 running Windows that looked great. Word has come in today that a new machine and updates for the tablet are coming soon.
A new notebook from Archos is set to launch in April called the Archos Notebook A13Ps. The machine is slim and uses the Intel D510 CPU and Windows 7 Home Premium. Other specs are unknown, but considering the model number a 13-inch screen is a virtual given.
The Archos 9 tablet is also getting an update to help it compete with the iPad better. The beastie will get a new Intel Atom Z515 CPU at 1.2GHz. Other features include a 17mm profile and a 9-inch touchscreen. The updated machine is due this month.
In case you missed it, Apple recently honed in on competitor HTC and sued them for infringing on 20 iPhone patents. You can view all the filings over here.
Needless to say, Apple are getting too big for their own boots and clearly there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Apple's motivation for its attack.
With the initial shock of Apple's actions subsided, HTC have now officially responded in a press release and fully defend themselves from the stunt Apple is trying to pull off here.
Benjamin Rubenstein from Neowin was able to get some time with Senior Game Platform Strategist for the Xbox team, Andre Vrignaud and speak about Windows Phone 7.
More interesting is that the folks from Neowin down in Las Vegas for the Microsoft MIX10 conference were able to go hands-on with one Windows Phone 7 device. Well, actually, Neowin didn't go hands-on, but the friendly chap from Microsoft gave them a nice look at the phone and what it can do in its present state.
If you want to view the video with the interview, you can view that over here.
Hmmm, not sure where Microsoft gets off thinking this is a good move, or for what reason, but the company is responding to anyone making the question clear that there will in fact be no form of copy and paste functionality within its new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system for smartphones.
Microsoft made a strange statement that they believe most users, including those heavily relying on Office applications on the go, don't really need copy/paste abilities to effectively use the software.
Err, this might be true to an extent, but it sure as hell makes things a lot easier in many instances that I can think of. So once again Microsoft, why cut out something that's been so widely adopted for so long, even in your own preceding Windows Mobile revisions?
It seems like Apple hit its target with its iPad shipping date, but not all is rosy for the company.
A quick visit to the Apple visit shows that some accessories, namely the iPad Keyboard Dock and the spare iPad power adapter, will not ship until sometime in May, about one month after the actual iPad device starts shipping.
According to Everything iPad who is running the story, the official Apple iPad Case has also slipped its estimate, from "by April 3rd" to mid-April. Both the iPad Dock and iPad to VGA convertor are still on track - at least for the moment - for an April 3rd launch.
Samsung has its fingers into just about every category of the consumer electronics world. The firm has PMPs, HDDs, TVs, computers, and lots more gear. Samsung has unveiled a couple new mobile phones today called the Sunburst and the Strive.
The Sunburst is a touchscreen device with an onscreen keyboard. The screen is 3-inches and the device measures 2.08" x 4.33" x 0.51" and weighs 3.08 ounces. The handset also has a full web browser and a 2MP camera/camcorder.
The Strive has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2MP camera/camcorder, and Bluetooth. Both devices support AT&T premium services like Mobile music and Address Book. Both handsets will land at AT&T March 21 for under $40 after rebates.
I am totally not a design person or an artist so the ability to draw on my PC screen has no allure for me. There are many out there who love their Wacom tablets and more than a few of them probably wish their tablet was a Cintiq display.
If you are one of these Cintiq liking geeks that can't drop the $1200 to get one, you can turn your Wacom tablet into one with a new kit and a few other parts. The kit includes some foam to cut spacers from and the enclosure.
The user has to provide the effort to build the display and the notebook LCD screen to use as the actual display. The enclosure kit along starts at over $221 with other parts still needed.