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Fujitsu Laboratories was among the first to show off a color e-paper screen for eReaders and other devices. The company is now showing off a new and improved version of the device with much better specs.
The new screen has a 7:1 contrast ratio and a much faster rewrite speed of 0.7 seconds compared to the original screen. The resolution of the screen is 1024 x 768.
Fujitsu claims that the screen has the highest color-level quality of any e-paper screen on the market. The screen will be shown off at the Fujitsu Forum 2010 show in Tokyo this month.
One of the things that some people in Europe and Asia can do with their mobile phones that most of us in the US can't is pay for things using their phone. Visa and Apple have announced that they are working together to change that.
The two companies will offer a new method that will allow iPhone users to make contactless payments using the iPhone and an Apple certified hardware accessory. The accessory will likely be a case.
Using the accessory the user can pay for items with a linked Visa card wherever terminals with contactless technology is available. There is also mention of a memory card for other devices to allow the same functionality.
Microsoft has announced that its long talked about Kin One and Kin two handsets are now available to purchase. The devices are both Verizon exclusive and you can get them today.
The Kin One will sell for $49.99 after a new contract and $100 mail-in rebate. The Kin Two is available for $99.99 after contract and rebate. That makes these some expensive feature phones.
Another big issue is that Verizon requires the devices to carry a smartphone plan, even though they are not smartphones. I predict a big bag of fail at the prices the phones are selling for today.
The iPad is a very cool device that has all sorts of functionality from video playback to web surfing and more. If you are looking for an easy way to get video onto the iPad, Cyberlink has a new software update for MediaShow Espresso 5.5 that is just for you.
The new update has added output profiles for video that is geared specifically to the iPad. The best news is that the update is free for those who already own the software.
The software also packages video for optimal playback on other platforms and devices. Both HD and SD content are supported by the software.
Choiix whom is a sub division of Cooler Master that delivers a range of notebook accessories, has just made an announcement that introduces their new PowerFort 10Whrs Rechargeable Power Backup Battery Pack to market.
This is designed to get you out of trouble when you're on the go and your devices run out of power. It has a wide range of support for many devices, not only limited to various MP3 players, cell phones, GPS and PDA devices, but also support for iPads, iPods and iPhones.
Choiix says their Power Fort is capable of charging a device faster than most conventional chargers with a maximum output of 1.5A. The advanced version of the Power Fort includes a universal AC USB adaptor and also an adapter to be able to charge it while in the car.
Full details in the press release here.
Placing a sturdy foot in the smartphone and tablet markets, Intel has today launched its Moorestown platform which comprises a 45nm Atom X6xx series SoC (System-on-Chip) with a 140 million transistor count, and the MP20 controller hub.
The platform promises massive power savings compared to Intel's pre-gen product, with a >50x reduction in idle power, >20x reduction in audio power and 2 to 3x reductions when browsing and watching videos.
Intel says Moorestown is capable of giving mobile devices over 10 days of standby power and 4 to 5 hours when used intensively for browsing and watching video (of which it's said to be capable of 1080p decoding and 720p recording). The GMA 600 graphics core also has support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1 and OpenVG 1.1.
Other features include WiFi, 3G/HSDPA and WiMAX and it can be used with OS's including Android, Meego and Moblin 2.1+.
With the official launch today being a hard one, Intel's new low-power platform is available to device manufacturers right now, so it shouldn't be too long before we see Moorestown equipped units announced.
For further details, check out Intel's full announcement here.
If you're a little daring and keen to look at how it's coming along, Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 has reached beta 3 stage and is available for download onto your beloved iPhone.
Of course, if you want it you'll need to be a member of Apple's iPhone dev program. Good luck!
If you are holding out for some nice Android tablets to it market before you jump on the tablet bandwagon, the Aigo N700 specs have surfaced. The tablet is an Android device.
It has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 and runs the NVIDIA Tegra2 T20 platform. The processor for the tablet is a Cortex A9 dual-core at 1GHz.
The N700 has 512MB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G capability, and more. A 1.3MP camera is built-in and power comes from a 2-cell 3120mAh battery.
There are tons of people out there who spend lots of time playing World of Warcraft. WoW is the most popular MMORPG title on the market despite having been around for a long time now.
The iPad is a very nice mobile gaming platform, but the lack of Flash support makes the device miss some of the more popular titles out there like Farmville and others. The online gaming service Gaikai has been used to stream WoW to the iPad.
The game service typically uses Flash to let players play games in a browser window. Exactly how the service is operating on the iPad is unknown. I bet we hear more about it soon enough.
The iPhone is one of the biggest competitors to the line of RIM Blackberry smartphones. It would make sense that RIM might want to battle Apple in the new tablet market against the iPad.
Rumors have a new tablet coming from RIM in 2011 dubbed the Blackpad. The tablet is said to run the full Blackberry OS from the smartphones.
The OS would offer all the features that users of the Blackberry phones have come to know. I would bet the Blackpad if it turns out to be true would have physical keyboard, Blackberry is known for its keyboards.