ASUS did have a goal of 2 million tablet sales in 2011 and judging by the 400,000 shipping each and every month, it looks like that goal is nearly achieved. ASUS are expecting shipments to grow even more in Q3 2011 where it has requested its touch panel providers supply a monthly target of 400,000 units to 500,000 units during the quarter, according to sources at upstream panel suppliers, cited by DigiTimes.
On top of this, it looks as though ASUS have bigger plans for the Transformer. They've set themselves an aggressive goal of boosting tablet shipments up to as high as 4 to 4.5 million units for the second quarter of 2011. If ASUS pull this off, it'll make them enter the list of the top tablet makers.
I have one myself and I suggest anyone looking to get a tablet to definitely stop and smell the roses with the Transformer.
Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector, mixed with a Windows Home Server 2011-powered machine and a Windows Phone 7 handset, you're going to want to take note. The combination of server-side plug-in and phone app allows a user to remotely control their server - things like backups, managing users and viewing alerts becomes something you can do quite easily on your WP7-powered handset.
It also allows the viewing of media files stored on your server, but doesn't allow copying them to the WP7 device just yet. This new feature is not just for home users either, the plug-in works with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, for smaller companies that rely on Microsoft-powered mobiles.
Apple has just released iOS 4.3.4 for its range of iOS devices including the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and so on.
The latest version is minor in changes and only fixes a "security vulnerability" that allows Apple devices to be jailbroken using the malicious PDF trick.
iOS 4.3.4 Software Update
Fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files.
Products compatible with this software update:
iPhone 4 (GSM model)
iPod touch (4th generation)
iPod touch (3rd generation)
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
Plug in your device and get updating now!
During Google's Second Quarter earnings call, a fair amount of focus was put on the success of Android, which was put in Larry Page's successful consumer products category. How successful is Android? Well, the OS is powering 130 million total devices with six billion app installs from the Android Market.
The last time Google gave out device stats for Android was at i/o and the number sat at 100 million. Comparatively, Apple were sitting at 200 million devices at WWDC. Android is receiving 550,000 activations per day (that still blows my mind), up from 500,000 that Google mobile VP Andy Rubin announced 16 days ago, growing at 4.4-percent week over week according to Rubin. Very nice, Google. I must say Android is amazing, it powers not only my Smartphone but my Tablet.
The WSJ is reporting that Amazon have plans to release an iPad competitor, as well as two new Kindle models, a touch-screen device and a cheaper model said to be an improved version of the current Kindle. The Amazon tablet is rumored to be a 9-inch tablet, similar in sizing to Apple's iPad. The upcoming Amazon tablet is to be powered by Google's Android OS with the design of the tablet being outsource to an 'Asian manufacturer', funnily enough it won't have a camera.
The two new Kindle devices will feature the same e-ink technology as the current Kindles, if the touch-screen model is using e-ink, then it's most likely using infrared touch technology. An Amazon tablet has been rumored for a while now and some say it [Amazon] are the only company that could have a chance of rivaling the iPad in popularity.
While in no way confirmed, some internal AT&T information that has leaked out via 9to5mac gives a possible hint that Apple's iPhone 5 might be launching October 4th.
The segment surrounded by the red border above indicates that AT&T is changing its monthly fees for iPhone insurance from $4.99 to $6.99 at this time, also noting that this is in conjunction with a new tier, "Device Tier 3" which is being speculated as 'most probably the iPhone 5'.
At this time we still don't know a great deal about what changes it will bring over the iPhone 4, though sources have said that it will be powered by the A5 processor and include an 8MP camera.
iOS 5 beta 3 gives the iPhone custom text message alert sounds, calls the 1990s to ask how they're going
Apple are finally catching up with my good old trusty Nokia 3310, custom text message alert sounds. Sarcasm aside, its about time Apple started offering custom text message alert sounds and iOS 5 beta 3 includes them. The new beta allowed users to fish for new features and one of the first ones was of course the custom alerts for SMS. Others weer subtle like a new icon for Reminders, a toggle for location/GPS settings added to the initial, iTunes-free setup and small tweaks to the wording of certain options.
The biggest thing was a "Buy More Tones" button sitting right in the Text Tone selection screen, where it has never been, ever. Scrolling down further and the custom ringtones people had made themselves or purchased are sitting there waiting to be used as an SMS tone.
Microsoft are flexing their patent muscle and scooping some of that sweet, sweet Android success. According to a Reuters report, Microsoft are demanding that Samsung Electronics pay $15 for each smartphone handset that is Android-powered or face a patent infringement lawsuit. Right now there are no details on what patent Microsoft are claiming here but they have already managed to successfully extract royalty fees from several other Android device makers.
Back in April 2010, Microsoft reached a settlement with HTC over the same thing, and in the past couple of weeks there have been four more companies that have lost the arm wrestle with Microsoft; Onkyo, US Defence Contractor General Dynamics Itronix, Velocity Micro and Wistron.
Samsung is reportedly trying to negotiate down to $10 per handset in exchange for a "deeper alliance" with Microsoft and its Windows platform. If Microsoft does win, it would be a pretty big coup. Remember that Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S handsets last year and have already sold 3 million Galaxy S II handsets. Versus Apple, they're one of the strongest brands. Microsoft #winning from each sale is just sweet, Microsoft justice.
As well as having manufacturer Foxconn play a key role in getting iPad 3's to market, Digitimes have learned that Apple is looking very seriously at getting a second manufacturer aboard to help ease supply issues. It appears at this time Apple is considering either Taiwan-based Quanta Computer or Pegatron Technology, though given Pegatron having already secured orders for the next-gen iPhone (5), sources have suggested they are the likely candidate for the new iPad contract as well.
The main reason behind the move to go with a second manufacturer this time around comes after a massive explosion occured in one of Foxconn's factories in Chengdu, China back in May which left three people dead and 15 injured. Apple is looking to minimize production risk and ensure things will go smoothly post launch, which sources are also indicating to be around the end of Q3 or early 4th.
While not in any way confirmed, market rumours are also saying the new iPad might be named iPad 2 Plus as opposed to iPad 3, being the thinnest iPad yet whilst sporting an upgraded, higher resolution display.
Analyst firm Chetan Sharma has just published its half-yearly assessment of the state of the mobile industry for 2011. The firm has predicted that worldwide mobile revenues will reach a staggering 2-percent of the global GDP by this year, which in dollars, turns into an amazing $1.3 trillion total. A group of ten mobile operators control nearly half the revenue between them.
Other interesting tidbits are the reported revealed included an estimation of worldwide mobile data revenue, which is tipped to rise above $300 billion. Chetan Sharma also notes that the majority of mobile sales in the US are smartphones (golly!). Mobile devices are actually overtaking traditional computers in both volume of sales and revenue.
The ASUS Eee Pad Slider was due a little while ago and has now been delayed with a hint of "soon" and looks to get itself smelling the UK Autumn air for a release date. The QWERTY-powered slider will ship in Autumn and ASUS have put together some surveys and better "understand what is important for our customers."
I put this into my magical translation device and it turns up with "LOL, it's delayed and there's nothing you can do about it." The Slider itself looks pretty killer and should start making its way to not only shelves, but hearts soon enough.
Microsoft are updating Windows Phone 7 nice and fast, the previous update included copy and paste and the next update is rumored to include support for near-field communication (NFC).
They're also rumored to include NFC tech into WP7-based smartphones as early as this year. The tech would allow a WP7 user to bump a Windows Phone-based devices against a compatible cash register to complete the transaction. Three letter word begins with w, ends in n and includes an i in the middle? Win, people, win. This would do away with credit/debit cards in my wallet and would allow coins to finally not weigh my pockets down!
Apple's iOS 4.3.1 update has gone live and is available for your iOS-based device right now. But, if you're not experiencing any of the problems listed in the bugfix changelog, it's always good to remember the age old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Jailbreakers note: Jailbreakers have not confirmed whether Apple have changed any of the underlying structure or not, what does this mean you ask? Well, a jailbreak for 4.3.1 might be much further away than a jailbreak for 4.3 - but, if you aren't jailbroken, then by all means - go forth and grab it from
the most amazing program in the world, iTunes.
If you have kids, you know that any time you get a new gadget they either want one line it or they want to play with it. I always get nervous letting my kids play with my iPad because I worry that they will drop it and break it. VTech has unveiled a new gadget for kids that will give them their own tablet called the InnoPad.
The InnoPad is a small tablet with educational software and games that are designed for kids 4-9 years old. It has a 5-inch color LCD screen that is touch sensitive and a tilt sensor for controlling games. It also has a microphone, USB port, SD card, and a headphone jack.
The tablet is designed to be rugged enough to survive drops that come with kids playing. The device has all sorts of games and other software that can be added. Most of the software that VTech offers is made for educational use. The InnoPad sells for $79.99 and software for the tablet is $24.99 per title.
Back in late December, I mentioned that a company called HEX had a cool silicone watchband in several colors that would turn your new iPod nano into a watch. The only downside to that is that geeks that like to use their nano for working out with the NIKE+ accessory couldn't use the HEX band. HEX has announced that in April it will have a new version of its cool watchband.
The new version of the watchband is called the Sport Watch Band and it is fully compatible with the NIKE+ accessory. The change for compatibility appears to be nothing more than cutting the side out of the case so the little dongle for recording your workout parameters can be installed. I would think if you already own a HEX watchband a sharp knife and a steady hand could mod yours to work with NIKE+ too.
HEX also has a new armband that you wear around one of your guns to hold the cable in place so it doesn't flop around on you while you run. Having cables bouncing on your arm as you workout is irritating after a while. The silicone of the watchband also projects the nano while you work out. Pricing is unannounced at this time, but it should be very close to the $30 the original cost.
The Android Market has been an ever-expanding collection of applications and games for the Android-powered phones and this new Android Market website. The new Market aims to capture the internet audience from a PC instead of just Android-powered devices.
The website makes it quite easy to discover new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. A great feature is the ability to send apps from the website directly to your Android device with just a few clicks - all without wires! Social features are built in also, you can share apps with your friends through Twitter.
I hate fighting with wires to charge my gadgets. They always fall behind something or I lose them under all the boxes that migrate towards my office each week. It is compounded by the fact that I have a ton of gadgets to charge at any given time. If you charge lots of gear and are tired of having to find an outlet and cord for each one you need the Touch-n-go Multi-device charger.
The device is an oddly shaped plate that is black on top and silver underneath. It has 16 different divots in the top with three little pins each. The divots and pins remind me of the magnetic charge port on the bottom of some cordless mice I have used. The idea is that you can charge up to 16 different gadgets at one time from this single charger.
That is enough charge space even for my wife's gadgets and mine. Each of those divots can be filled with a little magnetic circle with a charge cord attached for various devices. I see cords for iPhone and USB devices in the pic. As short as the cords are, this thing will be jam packed if you use all of the spots for charging at one time. It's supposed to ship soon for $99.
Yesterday I talked about the next-gen iPad was getting a higher resolution display, well there are now more rumors that are pointing toward this actually happening. MacRumors is now saying that this might actually happen.
The fuel to this rumor is Apple's updated iBooks app at 1.1 accidentally included artwork for double the amount of pixels of the current iPad. The bookmark icon included art for the iPad, iPhone, iPhonex2 and iPadx2. The x2 versions are exactly double the resolution of the original versions.
Researchers at BAE Systems in the UK are hard at work on a system that movie fans will recognize as being very similar to the tech that the Predator used to hide from Arnie. BAE is looking at a system that may be in the field in as little as five years that can hide a vehicle the size of a main battle tank using sensors and e-Ink on the surface of the vehicle.
The researchers have dubbed the technology e-camouflage and as the vehicle rolls along the camera sensors on the outside would project the image all around it on the surface to allow it to blend into any environment. The researchers are basing the program around seven different fighting vehicles for now.
The vehicles are a mixture of manned and unmanned vehicles that will have versions that are armed and some that are unarmed. Some will be troop carriers while other will hunt the enemy or provide anti-aircraft support. The British military wants a vehicle ready for operational capacity by 2013 weighing 30 tons, powered by a hybrid system, and packing the survivability and fighting power of current main battle tank.
Asus have leaked out a bit of CES content - below we have some shots of the Eee Pad and Eee Slate.In the shot you can see it includes a USB 3.0 port (whoa!) which is inside of a very thin keyboard which is then attached to the touchscreen display.
This thing is looking more like a tablet PC rather than a tablet - but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Asus rocked the world with their EeePC range a few years ago and created an entire new market which didn't really exist until then.
More leaks are coming out about Apple's iPad 2 with one of them saying the next-gen iPad will have a smaller, slimmer, flatter case, all while including rear-facing, improved speakers.
According to a Japanese blog, an anonymous Chinese source has revealed that the new case shaves 3mm from the length and width which results in a slightly smaller bezel. The source says the 9.7" LCD display will remain.