Ok if you want to see something really cool then you have to look at this video. It shows an app that allows a true "hover over" on a touch screen. If this app comes thought for the iPhone, Android and others it would be the last obstacle for people that say they cannot develop this of that because of the lack of any type of mouse over. It would also kill off one of the big excuses that people have for not having Flash on many mobile or touch screen products.
I cannot wait to see this in action and more specifically implemented in other apps like the remote desktop client for the iPad/iPhone or Citrix Receiver. This would make using those apps a little more functional. Unfortunately you have to have a Cypress Touch screen to make this work. This leaves the iPhone/iPad out for now.
Good news for Nook users. It looks like the next update for the popular e-book reader is going to have a few nice features in store for you. According to word on the web the new update will add a web browser. If you want you can also use any Barnes & Noble hot spot to read a free e-book for up to an hour. But that is not all; you are also going to get a couple of game and a redesign of the UI.
As a side note there is also the chance that your WiFi speed will improve once you get this installed. The new software should be available to all in the next week or so.
Palm was once one of the most popular names in the gadget and phone world. The company had the line of PDAs that most users owned back in the day and sold popular Treo smartphones. Palm today is struggling and selling much less of its current WebOS handsets than analysts expect.
With sales down, Palm is on the ropes and entertaining all ideas to solve its woes. Early reports had rival HTC looking to purchase palm, but HTC has now stepped away from the deal.
Reports now put PC maker Lenovo at the lead of potential buyers. Palm would reportedly sell for around $1.3 billion. The purchase would give Palm an in to the US smartphone market.
Everyone knew that once the iPad landed and didn't immediately flop, there would be a flood of tablets heading to the market. That flood has started and Asus has a couple tablet offerings coming this year.
Asus will have a tablet landing on the market in late July that runs Android and is called the Eee Pad. MSI is also getting a tablet ready that is called the M Pad set to land in Q3.
The Asus offering will use the Tegra chip from NVIDIA and has USB, webcam, and Flash support. The Eee Pad is said to cost as much as $510 in the US when it lands after being bundled with phone service. That presumably means after a contract.
In the war of the slate computer the winner will be the one that can pack the most features (that users really want) in. We have seen previews of entries from HP, Dell, Notion Ink, and now Velocity Micro.
Yup, Velocity Micro will have their own Tablet/Slate out soon called Cruz. This will features a 7-inch full color display, Android 2.1, an SD card slot, an 800MHz CPU (probably ARM Coretex A8), and will come in both 4:3 and 16:9 versions.
Best of all, the Cruz will have full Flash 10.1 support all for around $300. Not too shabby.
I saw this this morning and thought it was one of the coolest things I have seen a while. One of the gang from the Dev Team that goes by the name of Planetbeing (with the help of a few others including Posixninja, Saurik, TheSeven, CPICH and maore) has found a way to push Android onto the iPhone.
Unfortunately it does not work for the 3G and 3G S just yet but they have it working on the original hardware. This is VERY good news for owners of the Original iPhone as Apple is cutting support for them with OS 4.0. It could also mean that people will finally see Flash running on iPhone hardware…
Planetbeing says that the port to the 3G should be fairly easy but that the 3G S will take a little more time.
Earlier this month Apple changed their SDK licensing terms to restrict applications built upon third party compilers and languages for the app store, of which includes Adobe's popular Flash CS5.
Mike Chambers whom is the Principal Product Manager for Flash said that Apple's store policies are so stringent that they could even get away with rejecting or restricting development of any applications as well as removing existing ones from the App Store at any time without having to justify why.
As a result of this, Adobe has announced that they are ceasing any future Flash CS5 development for the iPhone and are now focusing their attention on Google's Android and Mike Chambers' team has already been working closely with Google to ship Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 later this year on phones and tablets; both of which are currently in private testing phase but will be made available as a public beta soon.
More details at the source.
The smartphone is one of the most converged devices that most of us use. We can surf the web on it, check email, play games, and do lots more. Many smartphones now have GPS letting us ditch the PND as well.
T-Mobile and Garmin have announced that T-Mobile will be the exclusive provider of the Garminfone when it lands in the US later this spring. The device is built around GPS navigation with Garmin software and features like locating cheap gas prices and theaters.
The device has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and connects to the 3G T-Mobile network. The big screen is full touch capable and the handset has a 3MP camera. Pricing and an exact availability date are unknown.
Flip phones used to be very common, but today the form factor is not what it used to be. The last really cool flip phone I remember was the Razr back when it was the handset to have. A new Blackberry has leaked that uses the flip form factor.
The device is said to be called the 9670 and it sports a QWERTY keyboard under the flip up screen. I will say that I don't find Blackberry devices particularly appealing style wise, and this is the ugliest of the Blackberry group.
The handset is said to run Blackberry OS 6 and sport a 5MP camera. That display has a resolution of 480 x 360. Maybe it will get better looking before it lands on the market.
It is no secret that we loved the ZuneHD. It is one of the better things to come out of Microsoft last year and also one that we honestly feel could give the iPod touch a run for its money (if MS would do some marketing). However something that I have liked on the ZuneHD but have not been able to do much of is gaming.
Well now I have my chance, one of my favorites from my youth has made it to my favorite PMP. Of course I will have to get it installed using a series of manual commands but it might actually be worth it just to play this game
Remember that May 7th date we told you about? Well it looks like that is when you will get an iPad if you pre-order them. If you preorder for pickup or just want to drop by an Apple store and get one then you can do that on April 30th. This is a full week before you would see one at your house if you preordered.
We are not sure why the delay on these, but we would have thought that people that are ordering early would get them on or around retail date. After all they were smart and loyal enough to plunk their money down early, why wouldn't Apple get their shiny new iPad to them sooner?
No mater we do think that the launch of the 3G iPad will be much bigger than the WiFi edition simply because it is much more of a mobile tool. We still are considering getting one in for review and will let you know how the 3G flavor works in comparison to the WiFi we have now.
Last week Apple announced that it would be delaying the launch of the iPad in Europe due to excessive demand. The finger is now being pointed at display production issues for the delay.
Bloomberg reports that the delay is because the three suppliers of iPad screens -- LG Display, Samsung Electronics, and Seiko Epson Corp -- are having production issues with screens. "We understand that the yields on the display have been low and that they're creating a production bottleneck," Rassweiler said in an interview. "That they have been doing it for the iPhone for some time is great, but once you go to 9.7 inches, it is a much more complicated process."
Sources cited by Bloomberg claims that production yields have been low and Apple simply can't get enough screens to fulfill orders. Apple offered no official comments on the story.
It's way too early for speculation on the next generation iPad in my book, but that hasn't stopped it from turning up. A new source is claiming that the next iPad will sport an OLED screen.
An OLED screen would be nice for sure, it would extend the battery life and provide better colors. The massive downside is that OLED screens cost much more than the LCD screens on current iPads.
The source cited by DigiTimes claims that OLED prices will drop significantly next year making the screens viable for the iPad. I have some serious doubts about this rumor.
HP's Slate has been talked up a fair bit in recent times but was yet to be given a better look at with the only footage available being brief and showing very little of it up close.
Finally a website has gotten hold of one for a longer period of time, giving a full hands-on of the unit in the form of a mini review. However, the build-up of positives towards it gets quickly stamped down and it doesn't appear to be all it was cracked up to be after all.
Essentially it's just a touchscreen netbook and is said to be somewhat 'slow and annoying' as a result. The pictures of it also show it to be more chunky and less refined than anticipated.
Shame; earlier (carefully positioned) pictures and info had many of us thinking it was going to be worth holding out for, but perhaps not after all.
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.