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.
Nokia has unveiled a new line of mobile phones that all have QWERTY keyboards and are aimed at users looking for affordable handsets. The new line includes the C3, C6, and E5 devices.
The C3 is a QWERTY device that is in the Series 40 line and has direct home screen access to social networks. It has WiFi, 8GB memory card, and will come in several colors for EUR 90. The C6 is a Symbian smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen and a slide out keyboard set for Q2 2010 at EUR 220.
The E5 is a Symbian device with features for the business and home user. It will land in Q2 2010 for EUR 180. All prices are before any subsidies.
Pantech and AT&T have a long history of working together on new handsets with some of the devices being exclusive to the AT&T network. AT&T and Pantech have announced a new device called the Link.
The Pantech Link is a QWERTY keyboard device that will be very cheap at $9.99 after a rebate and new contract on the AT&T network. The handset is built around quick messaging and social networking.
The device is very thin at 10mm and supports AT&T services like Social Net and Online Locker. The Link will come in blue or black colors and the exact launch date is unknown.
Many iPad users have probably realized that when they connect their iPad to the USB port for charging and leave the iPad off things work fine. However, when the iPad is charging and the user tries to use the iPad power demand can be too high for some machines.
If you own a Gigabyte mainboard, the company has announced a new driver update for the device that will allow users to charge the iPad and use it at the same time. The update is called the On/Off charge update.
It can be downloaded on the Gigabyte site now and works with Intel X58, P55, H55, and H57 mainboards. AMD 800 chipset boards are also supported by the update.
Following the launch of Microsoft's new "Kin" phone entries running their latest Phone 7 OS, the folks at Engadget have published a video showing how the automatic content backup system works.
As is the case with SideKick, Microsoft's new Kin phones are designed to have all your txt messages, photos, videos, music and other content backed up to a Microsoft owned service they call Kin Studio on the fly as the phone is being used/updated. This means the phone content is always accessible through any browser on a PC.
Check it :-
The New York Times has made mention of Google's plans to mix up the tablet world with a slate computer of its own in the near future. Eric Schmidt made some brief comments about it at a party in LA recently in which he stated it would be exlusively based on Android, which doesn't make a great deal of sense considering Google's intensive Chrome project.
It seems Google is trying to go stealth on this one for the time being and is said to be actively searching for publishers at the minute to assist in the delivery of books, magazines and other types of content.
It's also been mentioned that HP is working on bringing another Android tablet of its own to market as well, this a 6-inch sized model that's been nicknamed "the half-pint".
Time will tell how Android fares as the right choice for a tablet device. Google seem to feel confident they can make it work.
Earlier today I stumbled upon this interesting video. It shows an iPad running Windows 95 in an emulated environment. The article that it was attached to was poking fun at Bill Gates and his push for Tablet computing.
The emulator has been shown on other systems like the iPod Touch and the iPhone so it is no big surprise to see it on the iPad. It is still funny to see how slow it is over all though. But on the other hand, if this really does work as advertised I suppose you could finally get Flash and Shockwave running.
Microsoft has pushed out a pair of social networking phones for the Verizon network. These phones are aimed squarely at the teenage and twenty-something crowd (although I know plenty of 30-40 year olds that are also hooked on Facebook and Twitter).
In a typical Microsoft flare they are being called 'Kin' one and two. The 'Kin' is a takeoff from Knits together Kindred Spirits. I have to say that this is probably one of the dumbest names for a phone, or at least the dumbest explanation of a phone's name that I have heard of.
The phones will be made by Sharp and feature a one-off version of Windows Phone 7. As Robbie Bach, president of the entertainment division at Microsoft said, it will let people 'lifecast' and continue the 'read all about me' trend that is going on.
George Hotz has what appears to be a static image of a jailbroken iPad up on his Blog. The image shows the now familiar Cydia icon right next to the blackra1n one. This could be the signal that we will see a jailbreak for the iPad very soon.
The last time Goehotz released an image like this the jailbreak was out within a week or so of its posting. Of course the question needs to be asked; are the current crop of apps in Cydia and Rock going to be any good on the iPad? After all in our recent review of the iPad we found that Apps which were developed for the iPhone (and not ported or upgraded for the iPad) did not run that well. This could mean that while we will see things like local file access the apps and themes we have come to enjoy will not be effective. Still, I would rather have a jailborken iPad than one that is not.
Bring on the Ra1n Geo.
You may remember that GIGABYTE launched three times USB power with its first batch of X58 motherboards last year with the idea of providing a better flow of power through the USB ports to provide added stability, support and faster charging of devices.
With the release of the Apple iPad, the folks at GIGABYTE took the opportunity to showcase the USB charging capabilities of its motherboards. GIGABYTE noted that most motherboards are unable to charge the iPad while it is turned on and operational since there is just not enough power sent through the USB ports.
Since many new GIGABYTE motherboards in the X58, P55, H55, H57 chipset series as well as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series can provide up to 1500 milliamps of power through the USB 2.0 ports, it is enough to charge the iPod while it is turned on.
In the video above that GIGABYTE produced, you can see the iPad is drawing around 1.25 amps of power from one of the USB ports from a P55A-UD5 motherboard.
ViewSonic has just added a couple new e-readers into its product range for the UK market which are both very basic to the eye, but have a good amount of tricks under their plain jane attire (available in black or white).
The VEB620 and VEB625 give native support for PDF formats as well as ePub, RTS and of course plain text. Further to these formats is support for html as well as MP3.
The 6-inch 16 level gray scale E-ink screens on these two use an 800x600 resolution and have orientation sensors for automatic rotation depending on how you hold the e-book. Packed inside the units is 2GB of storage, a 0.5w speaker, SD card slot for additional storage and a mini-USB port.
Weight is kept down at just .24Kg making them a little lighter than the latest offering from Kindle at .29Kg, but they are a wee bit thicker at 11mm vs 9mm on the Kindle.
Where the VEB625 is superior is in the way of WiFi connectivity and touchscreen support, reflected by the pricing at £175 (around $270 U.S.) for the VEB620 and £205 ($315) for the VEB625.
During our review of the iPad we began to hear rumors that the new product was already having trouble. We heard of overheating issues, WiFi issues and a few other problems. While we were testing the one we bought we did not experience any of the problems noted. Even on Dual Band routers. However it is very important that the information gets out.
It seems that the iPad has a very low thermal threshold. This is much like the problems with the 3G S. You can quickly overheat the iPad if you have the 32GB or 64GB models. It seems that the increased flash memory amount generates just enough extra heat to push it outside the operating range if you are outside in direct sunlight.
The WiFi issue seems to revolve around Apple's choice of 802.11n wireless chip. This chip has a problems when connecting to dual band wireless devices that are not inside its realm of compatibility.
So far we have not seen this on our TRENDNet or D-Link products but only time will tell if this will hold out.
Of course the issues may be related, wireless products are heat sensitive (as are all computer components) it is entirely possible that the overheating could be a large factor in the WiFi issues. We have seen overheating cause problems in more than one wireless access point and router. The question now is; will this heat/WiFi problem have an even greater impact in the 3G models? Time will tell on that one. But Apple had better hope not.
I figured once the iPad launched and users started to buy the thing that the manufactures of computers and electronics would decide whether to move forward with their own tablets. I also think that makers of eReaders will have either to get much cheaper with their offering or add in new features to compete with the likes of the iPad.
PC World reports that BenQ has decided to focus on color screen eReaders rather than making a tablet like the iPad. BenQ expects to have its color eReader on the market this year.
The benefits according to BenQ of its screen tech on an eReader over the LCD of the iPad are less eye fatigue and more battery life. However, an eye doctor says eyestrain has more to do with light around the display rather than the screen type.
Mophie has been making battery packs for Apple products like the iPhone and iPod devices for a long time now. The company has a cool battery pack case for the iPhone 3G/3GS called the juice pack air.
Mophie has now added a new juice pack air to its line for iPod touch users as well that is available now for $79.99. The touch version looks just like the iPhone version and wraps around the iPod to protect it from drops and scratches.
The internal battery can be charged via USB as the battery for the iPod is charged at the same time. Mophie claims that the device is good for up to 36 hours of audio playback and up to 6 hours of video.
Creative's ZEN line-up of products has just been refreshed with a couple new media players dubbed the ZEN X-Fi Syle and ZEN Style portable.
Both units are good for music and video playback on the go with capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB.
The ZEN X-Fi Style uses a 2.4-inch sized LCD with a resolution of 320x240. As well as giving audio and video playback functions, it has an FM radio feature, built-in speakers, USB connectivity, video output and battery life of up to 25 hours audio / 5 hours video playback. As the name denotes, it also sports Creative's X-Fi technology for improved audio quality. Dimensions of the unit are 83.6 x 48.7 x 11.7 mm with a weight of just 56 grams.
Shifting focus to the ZEN Style Portable series; the ZEN Style 100 and ZEN Style 300 can be purchased in capacities of 4, 8 and 16GB and features a 1.8-inch TFT displaying a resolution of 128x160. These units measure 79.5 x 40 x 13.6 mm and includes such features as an alarm clock, calendar, voice recorder and has a battery life of up to 32 hrs (audio). The difference between the ZEN Style 100 and 300 is that the 300 includes an FM radio feature and built-in speaker.
The fully decked out ZEN X-Fi Style can be purchased from €79.99 to €179.99, depending on what capacity you want, whilst the smaller Style 100 and Style 300 players range from €39.99 / €79.99 and €49.99 / €89.99 respectively.
So we brought you some information from the Apple event through the wonderfull power of the Live blog.
We told you that Apple is trying to put Multitasking into the iPhone/iPod Touch and also into the iPad. All of this is more than likely in response to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and the Palm Pre's WebOS.
What we did not know until recently was what it would look like in play and how it would work. As the real thing will not be out until this summer (think June) we have to rely on videos like the one we found over at Gizmodo.
So take a look and you tell us if this is real multitasking, or if it is simply backgournder finally implemented into the OS…
The iPod line of MP3 players has dominated the market since they debuted years ago. However, the iPod has not been without its problems.
The original iPod nano line was plagued with scratch issues that raised the ire of many owners. Many reviewers also has a big problem with the scratching of the player.
The wide spread issue eventually lead to a class action suit against Apple. Five years after those first iPod nano units were revealed, Apple has started sending out the checks to those who were part of the suit. The checks are for $37.50, so don't get too excited.
Apple's iPhone 0.4 announcement event has just concluded a bunch of new features were announced such as multitasking, folders, iBooks, GameKit, iAd and improved mail support.
Towards the end of the event, Jobs announced that OS 4.0 will be released to developers today and to consumers sometime in summer. The sad news is that not all features of OS 4.0 will be supported by the iPhone 3G or iPod touch second generation.
One of the features that won't make it to the iPhone 3G is multi-tasking support and that is a great disappointed, especially from someone who has made the move to the 3GS and intended on waiting for the iPhone 4G (or HD). Jobs said that the hardware is too old and multi-tasking is just out of the question.
Suffice to say and presumably multi-tasking will not be an option at all on the original iPhone. Is this a reason for consumers to upgrade to the 3GS now or wait for the next generation iPhone later on this year? Decisions, decisions!
Below we are live blogging the Apple iPhone OS 4.0 event. It is due to begin very soon at 1pm US EST and 10am US PST. Stay tuned - updates on the way!
Thanks a bunch to gdgt for the images!
Remember to hit F5 for updates!
11:07 US PST: Q&A time now, so that will conclude our live blogging coverage. We hope you enjoyed it!
11:06 US PST: OS 4.0 for iPad sometime in Fall.
11:05 US PST: Damn! OS 4.0 to support iPhone 3G and iPod touch second generation, but not everything will work that we saw today such as multi-tasking. Steve says the hardware just cannot support it.
11:03 US PST: "Let's review: multitasking, folders, iBooks, GameKit, iAd... these are just some of the over 100 user features, and over 1500 new developer API's in iPhone OS 4.0." There was also mail, too.
10:59 US PST: To re-cap, developers will get a preview build of OS 4.0 today and consumers can get hold of it sometime in summer.
10:58 US PST: Mini game within an ad - highly interactive, probably will have some success.
10:56 US PST: Again Apple is making a jab at Flash, saying it is all powered by HTML5!
10:55 US PST: They are not pulling the ads out of the apps, they are adding interactivity to the ads (video etc) in the apps. Apple sells and hosts the ads and they keep 40% of the revenue and 60% go to the devs. The new API is built into the iPhone OS - looks like the ads at the bottom of MSN messenger and Skype.
10:52 US PST: Steve is talking about adding emotion to the ads on the iPhone.
10:51 US PST: Ah, I see now... Steve is trying to take Google's spot as a mobile ad company. They are going to push peoples ads to mobile devices and claim 1 billion impressions per day - that's a lot.
10:50 US PST: Steve is rambling about search on a mobile device. Not sure where he is going with this.
10:50 US PST: Oh great, we get mobile ads now...
10:49 US PST: Apple has now ripped off Xbox Live, PSN and Steam. You have matchmaking, steam achievements and I am sure other things like in game ads.
10:48 US PST: Apple is opening up something called gaming, they are claiming they are larger than both the Sony PSP and the nintendo DS as a dedicated gaming platform. Wow - there is going to be a social gaming network, they are using matchmaking just like Xbox Live!
10:47 US PST: Wireless App distribution looks noce, you can control the apps your business users have on their iPhones. And SSL VPN is now going to be supported, that is pretty cool.
10:45 US PST: Now we see if they can catch up to Blackberry and WinMo for enterprise users. Apple is claiming better e-mail encryption, I am not sure about that. Apple is allowing data inside an app to be encrypted as well. I hope they do not leave the encryption key unsecured in the OS like it is now.
10:44 US PST: Winnie-the-Pooh is the free book, just like on the iPad. W00t... errr?!
10:43 US PST: iBooks is coming to the iPhone, no suprise there, it is another method of selling content to iPhone users.
10:42 US PST: You can also launch an app from inside mail by clicking on an attachment. This is something that we have wanted.
10:42 US PST: They are also adding a "fast inbox switching" feature. Mail will now let you organize by thread, just like Outlook 2010 has.
10:40 US PST: Mail is being updated... Apple is using a unified inbox. You can now have more than one Exchange account. Again, something that you have had with a jailbroken phone for a while.
10:39 US PST: They are allowing you to change the background wallpaper and lock screen just like the iPad.
10:37 US PST: Apple is allowing you to drag and drop apps on top if each other to crate folders. This is something that I could do on my old PPC-6700 years ago. 10:39 US PST:
10:37 US PST: Apple is now adding folders, something that anyone with a jailbroken phone has had for years.
10:36 US PST: Apple is using a "state" aware system to allow apps to be quickly switched back and forth.
10:34 US PST: Apple is bragging about Push notifications, it took them forever to get them, but now that they have them - they are annoying people the world over.
10:33 US PST: You can enable or disable location services per application. You also get a notification if something has asked about your location within 24 hours.
10:32 US PST: You can also use location aware apps like facebook, my space, flickr etc - nice if this is running a little icon pops up on the status bar.
10:31 US PST: Background location is another one they are pushing, this will let Apps like Tom Tom and Nvaigon run in the background while you are in another app. So, you can be on the web and still get told when to turn.
10:28 US PST: We are seeing a demonstration of how Skype works in the background. Nothing on how to actually quit an app that is running in the background though...!
10:27 US PST: Even with the phone locked, you can still recieve Skype calls. Not a bad little feature at all there!
10:26 US PST: Now we are seeing Skype up on the screen there is a VoIP implementation, too.
10:25 US PST: Pandora is claiming they add 30k new users per day on the iPhone. I am not sure I would brag about how easy it was to make Pandora background aware. It makes me think this could have been done a long time ago.
10:22 US PST: Pandora no longer stops when you change to another app, you can keep listening to the music.
10:22 US PST: Ah, they are distilling the Apps down to a few core services, that way if they all use the same ones they do not have to launch one for each app but use the same services dynamically.
10:21 US PST: Scott Forstall is coming up to the stage to explain the implementation of Apple's multi-tasking.
10:20 US PST: Steve is moving back and forth between open aps quickly and simply. This does look more like quick app swtiching and not multi-tasking, though!
10:18 US PST: Steve is showing the standard style of working right now... Looks like all you have to do is double click the home button to see what is running and easily open them, still no windowed mode though.
10:17 US PST: They say they have a new UI just for multi-tasking.
10:17 US PST: Hey, look at that Apple is finally allowing Multi-tasking! Apple is claiming they are going to be the best at multi-tasking, I wonder how Plam will feel about that claim?
10:16 US PST: Looks like they are releasing a Beta SDK. As of today the new OS will have over 1500 APIs, there is in app SMS, over a thousand Math-related APIs for the acclerometer. Apple is claiming a 5x digital zoom, you finally get the ability to create playlists on the iPhone and bluetooth keyboard support.
10:14 US PST: The preview is only a Dev Preview. It is not the full thing we are seeing here, the lauch is going to be this summer as per their usual.
10:13 US PST: Apple is bragging about their JD Power award for customer satifaction. Mobile Safari has a 64% share, I wonder if that would hold up if they allowed a competing browser on the iPhone.
10:11 US PST: The ABC app has not landscape mode, it is something of a dissapointment to be honest. Showing off Netflix, that is a great app, we have been playing around with it and think it is possibly one of the best ones to date!
10:10 US PST: Steve is talking about iPad specific apps, some of these are very nice, others are a little cheesey - just like the iPhone. Isn't this an OS 4.0 event? Come on!
10:08 US PST: Steve says that 600,000 iBooks have been bought as of today. I wonder how many Kindle Books have been bought for the iPad? Seems like the opening is a big "pat oursleves on the back" push for Apple.
10:06 US PST: Steve is bragging about the number of units sold, of course that number includes all the ones they sold to Best Buy.
10:05 US PST: Looks like they are bragging about the iPad during this press event. Not a big surprise, that they would brag about this.
10:02 US PST: Every one is filling up the theater, looking at it I see a lot of netbooks and notebook, not that many iPads... In fact I see no iPads.
10:01 US PST: Looks like things will be kicking off in a few minutes!
We are sure that it comes as no surprise that we are beginning to see a ton of crazy uses for the iPad. I have seen everything from a Bluetooth game of scrabble to a digital photo frame (the most expensive one I have ever seen) but this one takes the cake.
Someone took the time and effort to turn their iPad into a MIDI controller for Ableton. I am not sure why you would pay $500+ just to use an iPad for this when you can do it much easier with other Apps and also with the controls on the Mac itself. Still some people just need to be different. Check out the video which shows the tools used and how well they work.
Despite being told that Flash is all that is missing from the iPad we have stumbled upon and even larger issue. It all happened the other day when we were reading some news about the iPad and how a lack of Flash did not hurt it.
We looked at the sites in question and realized that there are additional problems with sites like, YouTube, Flickr, Photo Bucket, etc. The problem is that unless you use e App designed for it you cannot use the site like you really want to because you have no access to the file system. You cannot open the Flickr web page and upload images, you cannot up load a YouTube video straight from the web either. It is this simple and glaring issue that will prevent the iPad from beating out even the lowest priced net book.
Even getting this news post up from the iPad required me to switch to a PC to complete. We can only hope that for those of us that do want to use the iPad as a mobile computing device the jailbreak for it comes soon and also offers better access to the file system.