We knew it wouldn't take long.
Our email box has been active today with Apple iPad images and videos mocking the new tablet device. Let's take a moment away from all the tech hype and have a little laugh.
We'll post some more good ones as they come in!
Promptly after Apple's official unveiling of the new iPad tablet, Kroousa has become the first mob to introduce a case designed to keep it looking new and shiny always.
As you can see from the image below, Kroo's iPad cases come in several styles under the company's Melrose, Glove, Envelope, Milan and Cube series.
KrooUSA's press release for the new iPad series of cases can be found here.
I for one am very glad to hear that there will be iPad models with 3G and those without. I see the device for my use being something that is mostly used at home where I won't need 3G. However, if you want a 3G version Apple has landed some exceptional pricing from AT&T for the iPad.
AT&T will sell iPad owners 3G coverage starting at $14.99 per month for up to 250MB of data use. An unlimited data plan will set you back $29.99 and both plans give free AT&T hotspot access. You can activate the 3G coverage directly from the iPad meaning you don't even have to go into the store.
The best news is that there is no contract required for the access. I sincerely wish they had offered a day rate or a week rate. I could see wanting access for only a day or so at a discounted rate. Apple also unveiled a cool keyboard accessory for the iPad. The iPad docks on the keyboard and you can type documents and other stuff without resorting to the onscreen keyboard.
We have uploaded some Apple PR marketing shots of the freshly unveiled iPad tablet for your viewing pleasure.
You can see more shots over at this Apple website, if you haven't had enough already.
This holiday season one of the hottest electronics items to give as a gift was a new eReader. The Barnes & Noble Nook sold out very quickly and had long backorder lines. Many of the popular Sony eReaders sold out and the Amazon Kindle was the only eReader widely available.
For a while, analysts have been saying that before magazines and papers could go to digital formats and be popular with readers we needed color screens. The iPad may well turn out to be the most popular eReader on the market with its large color screen. Yeah the thing starts at $499, but I was seriously considering a Nook and for $200 more the iPad does so much more.
I also think that Apple may well go on to corner the digital book market with its iBook service much like it has with iTunes and the App store. Books appear to range in price from$4.99 to about $15 depending on the title.
I already mentioned that the long anticipated, lusted after, and rumored iPad is finally here. Apple and Steve Jobs have unveiled what they expect to be the next great game changing device. The full specs of the machine are going to be listed below for quick perusal.
The iPad is about half an inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. Honestly, I was hoping it would be lighter than that, but that is still lighter than a netbook. The screen is a 9.7-inch IPS with capacitive multitouch. The CPU behind the little beast is according to Jobs "our own silicon" specifically called the Apple A4 chip and it operates at 1GHz. Storage will be 16GB to 64GB.
Other specifications include WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, an accelerometer, a compass, integrated speaker, microphone, and a 30-pin connector. Apple promises 10 hours of battery life with over a month on standby. Early rumors say that the battery life drops significantly when you play games on it. There will also be versions with 3G connectivity and they are all unlocked. Pricing will start at $499.
Well after all the long running rumors and the scuttlebutt at each and every Apple event that this was when the Apple tablet would be launched that day is finally here. Steve Jobs whipped the beast out not long after taking the stage at the press event and it's called the iPad.
The thing is said to revolutionize the web browsing experience and promises to do things that no netbook or smartphone can. The iPad also has drop downs for fast access to email and it looks a lot like a larger iPhone. I had hopes to see the ting pretty much have an edge to edge screen like the iPhone but it appears to have a bezel around it about a half inch thick.
Like the iPhone, the iPad has an accelerometer and knows how you are holding it allowing the content on the screen to rotate to the direction you need it to. A large onscreen QWERTY keyboard handles the input duties. The keyboard is much larger than the one on the iPhone, which most users can type on surprisingly fast so it should be easy enough to use. I really want one!
Information has leaked onto the interweb today regarding the Apple tablet which is said to be presented at a press event tomorrow.
Jason Calacanis is involved in several operations on the web (such as being the CEO of search engine Mahalo, co-founder of TechCrunch50 and founder of Weblogs, Inc.) and has leaked information via his Twitter Account about the tablet, saying that he was given one from Apple ten days ago to tinker with in preparation for tomorrow's press event on cnbc, cnn, etc.
It's believed this isn't just a PR stunt and Calacanis is finding the iPad tablet a total joy in many respects. Here are his first-hand impressions:
- it's "the most amazing device ever"
- it's "really amazing for newspapers"
- video conferencing is "super stable"
- battery life is "great" when it comes to reading ebooks but not so great (2-3 hours) in Wi-Fi mode or when playing games
- tailor-made games are "sick", on Wii level
- the customized Farmville app (which Jobs is going to demo tomorrow with the CEO of the company behind it) is "insane"
Features look well rounded with the highlights being an OLED screen, solar pad for recharging on the back (with primary power being of course by battery), fingerprint verification, HDTV tuner and PVR function and back and front cameras. It is said to be using a variation of iPhone's OS and also allows for a wireless keyboard plus a connection for external monitors.
Verizon and ATT are said to be offering the unit at between $599 and $799 depending on what screen size and internal memory you opt for.
Nokia is still the world largest phone maker, even if other devices like the iPhone and Android phones are grabbing most of the headlines. The company unveiled the 32GB X6 music phone with the comes with music service late last year, but the handset was more expensive than many users could afford.
Nokia has now announced a smaller version of the X6 with 16GB of storage and no comes with music service included. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen and will come in black, white, white with pink, and white with yellow colors. The handset is good for up to 18 days of standby per charge.
The phone also has 11.5 hours of talk time and can play video for 4.5 hours per charge. The handset also has a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. Ovi Maps GPS navigation is also included. The handset will hit stores this quarter at an undisclosed price.
eReaders are a big deal right now and are some of the most popular gadgets online. The eReader promises to help revive the ailing print publishing industry that has struggled with subscribers and sales in the face of online competition.
We already know that Asus has an eReader in the works called the DR-950. The machine has a 9-inch screen and supports HTML and most document files. The first time we heard of the reader it was set for a mid 2010 launch.
Word is now coming in that the launch of the reader has been moved up to Q2 2010. Along with the DR-950 will come a smaller 6-inch version called the DR-57 with many of the same features. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Kingston has just added a new higher capacity 512GB solid state drive into its SSDNow V+ series this week which also brings a significant performance boost with read and write rates of 230MB/sec and 180MB/sec respectively.
Further to this, Kingston states that both the new 512GB drive and existing smaller capacity models in the V+ series (256GB, 128GB and 64GB) now support Windows 7's TRIM feature using the latest firmware.
The new 512GB (SNVP325-S2B/512GB) drive is of course a 2.5-inch sized drive and uses MLC NAND flash and supports SATA 3 GB/s and USB 2.0. As shown below, you can also buy the drive in bundle form which includes cloning software plus a bunch of cables (SATA power and data cables + USB cable) as well as some 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch spacers for mounting the drive in a desktop PC and additionally, a 2.5-inch enclosure for portable use.
The drive can be purchased on its own for approx. $1,598 or around $100 more if you want the full bundle.
For further details, you can find Kingston's official announcement here.
With an Apple event being held next week it makes sense that the rumors are at a fevered pitch. Everyone is getting in on the rumor action from analysts to major news outlets like Fox News.
Fox News is reporting that there will be two versions of that long rumored Apple tablet unveiled at the event next week. One of the tablets will be for the AT&T's GSM network and one for AT&T's CDMA network.
Which company will be the carrier is unknown, but having the device for both wouldn't be out of the question. The huge success of the iPhone AT&T isn't likely to walk away from another potentially market making device from Apple over Verizon getting its own version of the device. At the same item Verizon is not likely to say no because AT&T will have aversion either. I will not be surprised to see two versions being sold. Apple really needs its devices on all major carriers if it really wants to build market share. We will have to wait until next week to see what Apple pulls out of its hat.
At a launch event in Beijing on Jan 20, ViewSonic showed off its new Android powered tablet, VTablet101.
Featuring a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 SMP processor running on NVIDIA's Tegra T20 chipset to handle graphics-intensive tasks, it also sports an 8.9-inch LVDS display with a resolution of 1024x800 and includes a front positioned camera, 4GB of flash storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity via the use of an external 3G modem.
ViewSonic has said the retail price will be 3000 Yuan ($440 USD), but as to when it'll show up on the market, we're not sure yet.
Since the iPhone launched the default search provider for the handset has been Google. That means when an iPhone user opens the Safari browser any searches are conducted via Google. Apps are available to let you choose other search providers already.
Microsoft has a Bing app for the iPhone for instance. According to reports, Microsoft and Apple are in talks to swap Google for Bing as the default search engine. Speculation has the reason being that Apple and Google are battling each other in key markets.
If the negotiations work out for Microsoft, it could possibly become the default search engine for Safari on Mac computers as well. That would be a good thing for Bing as it tries to overtake Yahoo and Google.
You don't have to look far or hard to find a gob of eReaders on the market today. Among the most popular are the Kindle from Amazon, the Nook from Barnes and Noble and some models from Sony. Another new eReader is set to hit market soon from Asus.
The device has a color OLED screen measuring 5.7-inches if pictures are to be believed. The screen has a resolution of 768 x 1024 and sports a 0.3 second refresh rate. Other features include 4GB of flash storage and 412MB of RAM.
The battery has 1530mAh of power and claims to last as long as 122 hours per charge. The reader also sports a SD/SDHC card slot for extra storage and weighs only 200g. The device supports ePub, PDF, TXT, MP3, MP4, and AVI files and can play Flash video. Pricing is unknown and the reader is said to launch sometime this year.
The Korean Times has indicated that Apple's fourth-generation iPhone may arrive as soon as April with word that local carrier KT plan to introduce it then.
Apparently KT is in the midst of negotiating with Apple a deal they're both content with and both have agreed they're keen to introduce it 'ASAP'.
What we know about the 4G iPhone at this stage is that it'll boast an OLED touchscreen and have support for video chatting (suggestive of having a secondary camera aboard). Also apparant is a superior main camera, better performance with a dual-core processor and superior graphics core.
Talk of a removeable battery has also come about, but that could be nothing more than wishful thinking.
Rugged computers are a must for some industries where the computer user is out of an office in the elements during the day. Your average netbook or notebook won't survive a spill or drop typically. Rugged computers on the other hand can stand up to outdoor use.
SDG Systems has announced that its rugged mobile computer called the BIP-6000 is now available with the Android operating system installed. The handset has a QWERTY keyboard, an 806MHz processor, 1D barcode scanner, and a 3MP camera built-in.
The device has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 360 resolution and integrated GSM voice and 3G data connectivity. The handset will start with Android 1.5, but an Android 2.x update is already planned.
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Offer: They've dropped the price $5 which buys you a maybe half a sandwich at your local deli, but it's still $5 saved on a Nano which has NEVER gone on sale (until this past weekend and if you missed that....) With the new price drop, you save $15 off of buying from Apple (or at your nearby Apple Store) These new Nano's come with video, a larger 2.2" screen and feature the same 24 hour battery life (which, the other one never lived up to but this one certainly does). And unlike the last few months, it looks like nearly all of the 8GB and 16GB's are in stock with with your choice of colors. These all ship for free with no tax except in MA, OH, or TN. (which is still better than buying from Apple since they've got stores everywhere)
Update: If you're like me, and you prefer the iPod classic, you can grab it here as well for a savings of $20! Just $229.95 with the same free shipping and tax savings! Get 160GB of space and scoff at those who have to decide and sync everyday while you put your entire library on just once!
One of the next gadget purchases I make will be a new eReader and I am glad that I waited until CES to start looking for one. Several new readers that have debuted at the show are cool. The entourage eDGe was first seen a while back, but the thing is up for preorder now.
The eDGe will set you back $490 in blue color or an additional $40 for any other color including black, red, white, and ice blue. The device is set to ship this February. The eDGe is different from other eReaders and the maker calls the thing a dualbook.
It has a 9.7-inch e-Ink display and one side for eBooks and the other side has a 10.1-inch color LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 600 for surfing the net. The device supports input form a stylus or an onscreen keyboard. It can read ePub and PDF files and has built-in WiFi for connectivity.
CES 2010 - Lenovo introduced their very own Smartphone. For reasons know to them they have decided to call it the Lephone. It has an interesting design and also includes features and a UI that centers on connectivity to social media. The Lephone has a very striking UI, with a home screen that resembles a flower. In the center of the flower is the contact you are staying connected with. The petals are the forms of connectivity. This is a departure from the traditional application centric phones that are out there.
The Lephone will also have a few built in "widgets" these are native applications that extend the functions of the phone (of course they look like the same ones that are on the iPhone including stocks etc). Lenovo talked about having a world of applications available at the time of launch yet for now this new phone will only be available in China. The Lephone will have a Snapdragon under the hood to provide power and will come without any physical buttons. Instead you will have a 2ndary touch area that mimics the usual "home" buttons found on many touch phones. Although the phone looks and seems to operating well, I am not sure how it will fare against the established and dominant iPhone once it gets to the US and European market.
Lenovo showed two more new products as part of their mobile computing effort. One was an extremely thin book that is also power by Snapdragon. While not much detail was given we are assuming that it will have some form of non-windows OS like Chrome or android.
The other product was a hybrid PC that functions as both a notebook and a slate PC. Now this is cook on its own but the really cool part is that the slate actually comes off enabling you to use it separated from the main body of the book.
If you are looking forward to getting these soon you will be a tad disappointed, right now all three are being prepped for the market in China. There was no word on when (or indeed if) these will hit the US or the rest of the world.
OCZ has just brought TRIM support to its Summit Series solid state drives via a firmware update. OCZ says the new firmware restores heavily used Summit drives back to new condition by feeing up space and consolidating whole blocks of data.
If you're a Summit owner wanting to freshen up your drive and give it TRIM support under Windows 7, the new Summit 19C1 firmware upgrade and installation guide can be downloaded here folks.