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Today is pretty much all about Intel's Lynnfeild. You will be inundated with reviews and articles about this new (and impressive) CPU. However as this is my first day back from a long 3-day camping trip, I wanted to start things off with some other news.
In the world of small portable electronic devices there is nothing quite as trendy as the netbook. At least that was the "In" thing until the e-book reader hit the market.
Now just like the netbook, everyone has one. Including it would seem Asus. The interesting thing about the Asus offering is that it just might ship with dual color LCD screens. If this is the case it will offer something that no other e-book reader currently has. This is the ability to allow someone to actually read an e-book like a real book.
Color LCDs aside this is one of the big things that I do not like about the current crop of e-readers. They all are single screen and very boring. When I read I like to move from left to right on one page and then move to the next page at the top. It is a habit and what you are used to doing when (if) you read.
Other uses include a pad for notes, a bowser, and more. There is even talk of a camera and mic (with included WiFi) for Skype calls.
So if the rumors are true (and we will be asking Asus) then the new Eee Reader could make quite an impact on the world of the e-book. Especially if they can get the pricing right.
So remember how Apple would not let Google have Latitude because they said people might get is confused with the existing map application (already from Google). Well...it seems that the confusion thing might not have been the full reason that app was rejected.
A new app called Loopt actually performs a similar function and is possibly much more intrusive. It is capable of updating your location all the time. This means even if you have the application shut down it is still logging your every move.
The concept is one straight out of Minority Report. In that movie ads and services were custom tailored to you based on where you had been and what you bought previously. Well Loopt wants to do that too. They want to create a life track so that they can force ads on you based on where you have been. of course this is not a free service you actually have to pay $4 per month to be tracked all the time. This is probably why Google's Latitude did not make it. Google wanted it to be free, so Apple and AT&T were not getting anything for the extra bandwidth usage.
Man no more lunch-time visits to the topless bars for me
Wow, there is good news for fans of the game Grand Theft Auto who also happen to be iPhone owners. This good news is that a port of the popular and controversial game will be coming to the iPhone soon.
Of course that is if it makes it past the censors in the approval office.
The new entrant will be called GTA: Chinatown Wars and will feature a top-down view. This should be an impressive game for the newer iPhones (like the 3G S) if Rockstar can keep it clean anyway.
I imagine that it will be 17+ just on principal though. After all this is Grand Theft Auto we are talking about.
Ok, I just had to write something about this one. We all have read that France is holding Apple accountable for the issue with the 12 or so exploding iPhones.
Well Apple apparently is saying that there is no problem; there are no issues with the batteries overheating...nope nothing at all. They instead blame something they refer to as "External Pressure".
I have to wonder if we will see an advisory about how tight you can hold the iPhone soon. After all they released a ridiculous advisory about operating temperatures. That piece of CYA work pretty much told you to stay inside with your iPhone with the AC on High.
You know, I really wish that Apple would get the hint with this. It is ok to have problems with a product. Really, you can have defects, security issues, everything. It is NOT ok to try and sweep them under the rug or ignore them.
It is my hope that the French Government does do something about this. It may very well set a precedent and force Apple to actually deal with these issues. If they would do that and not take their stance that their products are flawless they would gain a lot more respect.
Yesterday we heard about the new Nokia Booklet 3G. There was not much detail at the time so we did some wishful thinking.
Well today we have more information about the new Book. One thing we know now is the price. This comes in around $799 and makes this about the most expensive netbook I have ever personally seen.
The Booklet 3G will also have an Atom Z530 (1.66GHz) 3G capability, WiFi, SD Card reader, swappable SIM cards (for use worldwide), a 120GB HDD and a few other nice features.
Yesterday we heard that it will have native HD support and that the screen would be HD ready as well. There is still no word on what is pushing the HD support but since we now know the CPU that will be under the hood we can rule out Pinetrail.
Every now and then something really cool come out and you just have to have it. This is the case with the PhotoFast CR-8100 Card Reader.
This new product seems tailor made for iPhone/iPod users. In fact it looks a lot like and Apple product. It is able to stack seamlessly with the iPhone/iPod's universal dock and supports just about every type of external card from Compact Flash to Sony's Memory Stick.
PhotoFast is claiming a 10% increase in transfer rate due to "tweaking" of the USB control chip. Maximum read speed is 33MB/s while Writes are 29MB/s. You connect the CR-8100 to your computer with a mini-USB to USB cable. To connect your Universal Dock PhotoFast has provided a 5cm cable to keep everything neat a clean.
The CR-8100 is small and nice looking; it would make an excellent companion for any mobile user (especially mobile users with the iPhone or iPod). No word on availability or pricing just yet but I can tell you that once it is out I think I might be getting one
Nothing like a good Apple rumor. SO here it is... it looks like despite what people are saying now the much dreamed of Apple iTablet might not see daylight until the middle of 2010.
This will have many who were envisioning themselves kicking back with a 10-inch stylish Apple Ebook reader, reading Steve Jobs' memoirs and listening to them in synchronicity through the built in HD iPod are going to have to wait.
There are no specific reason given for the delay just that the rumored September launch will not likely happen.
Of course there is the little fact that Apple is planning an event (again so the rumors say) in September that could indicate the 2010 launch for the iTablet is not correct. Or that event in September could be just to hamper Microsoft's Zune HD Launch.
In the world of high-tech geek gadgets nothing beats a fancy watch that can do everything. Back in my day it was the calculator watch. Man that was cool, then there was the Timex Iron Man that could sync with your PC.
After that I owned a Citizen Divers watch with a built in dive computer.
Now all of that is nothing compared to the futuristic gadgets that are coming out. We have a Video Phone watch and a Bluetooth enabled watch from Sony Ericsson.
Now there is another Bluetooth enabled Watch coming. This time it is RIM that is building the latest toy. There are not many details but it seems more like an extension of social networking that a real business tool. The new watch phone is rumored to have twitter and facebook updates as well as a new form of ear piece that will stream music and other audio information from the watch to your ear. Although it is not stated in the article it looks like this simply connects to your existing Blackberry to pass on the information on it. Maybe if this was the phone it would be more interesting.
There is a new rumor in town. No not about Apple, or the iPhone, it is not even about Intel or Xbox. Now this is about a future version of the Android OS.
According to their normal naming convention the next flavor of Android will be called Éclair. This is technically Android 2.0 and will not doubt feature many new and interesting features. But that is not what the rumor is extolling. According to Cnet Android 2.0 will feature native MultiTouch support.
This means no hacking the OS, no need for custom builds of Android from carriers. The support will just be there. Of course this leave owners of existing android based phones out of the game unless Google decides to put it in a future upgrade (something Google has said will be very difficult) or you hack your phone to add support using one of the custom firmware out.
Ah Hypocrisy at its best. You all know that Palm has been playing cat and mouse with Apple over iTunes sync. When Apple fixes this hole Palm finds another one.
They even advertised that you could sync the Pre with iTunes. This is all good from their end, no harm done right? Well it might be all good when Palm does it but do not let them catch you using their name, images, or any other IP.
You will get a very seriously worded letter demanding that you stop.
This is exactly what happened to the people that made a Palm Pre theme for Android. They received a letter accusing them of selling the theme (it is free) and demanding them to stop.
Here is the most hypocritical part.
"we are concerned that the use of the name "Palm Pre Android Theme" for your product is likely to cause people to erroneously assume that your application is sponsored, authorized or has been approved by Palm, or that you have, or your company has, a relationship with Palm. Creation of such consumer confusion would constitute an infringement of Palm's well-established trademark rights."
Nothing like telling people you have iTunes syncing at all right? No one would confuse that or think that Palm has a relationship with Apple...