Archives for January 2010

Apple iPad Demo

The iPad was officially announced yesterday by Apple [AAPL]. At the event reporters were able to get close to the device to see what it’s all about. The iPad runs the Apple A4 1GHz processor and from what we see on the video below, it runs things very smoothly.

Applications on the video include the calendar, photos, video, maps as well as others. The calendar app appears to work very well showing appointments on the right of the page with other information to the left. When viewing photos the movement of photos is very quick and smooth and scrolling around pictures is very intuitive allowing for gestures to be used to transition between menus. [Read more…]

Fifty Android Games in One Video

I’ve never thought much to the games available on Android based phones… that is until now when I saw this video (available below) that shows 50 Android games.

The video was put together by the guys at AndroidHD and shows a brief clip of each game and how it looks. The full list of games can be found after the jump. [Read more…]

Apple iPad – All the Details on the new Tablet

Today, Apple [AAPL] finally made their tablet device official and gave it the name Apple iPad. The iPad has a 9.7 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with IPS technology. The full device measures 9.56 inches tall, 7.47 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 or 1.6 pounds depending on if you choose the 3G model or not.

Back on to the display, it has a high resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 132 pixels per inch. The glossy screen is covered in a fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating.

Two different versions of the iPad will be made available. The first is a Wi-Fi version that is compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks. The second iPad model has an integrated 3G connection built in allowing it to connect to a number of networks which includes UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) as well as GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) networks. The 3G model also has the same wireless functionality built in as well as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR that is included on both models.

Location based services are also available on the iPad and a built in digital compass can be found along with Assisted GPS, Cellular tracking and Wi-Fi tracking. [Read more…]

MSI Wind U135 Intel Atom N450 Netbook Now Available

MSI computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions have announced the release of the MSI Wind U135 netbook – a special edition netbook featuring the powerful and efficient Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom N450 processor. The netbook features a 160GB or 250Gb hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory and Windows 7 Starter. The latest addition to the Wind family has an increased battery life of 15% and overall performance of 10%, achieved by its new CPU and single chipset architecture which combine to consume just 7 watts. The U135 is available with a 3 cell or 6 cell battery, with the 6 cell battery delivering upto 7.5 hours. The additional battery life is also achieved through MSI’s exclusive MSI ECO Engine Technology and an efficient LED display.

The ECO Engine Technology allows the user to choose from 5 power modes – gaming, movie, presentation, document and turbo battery, allowing you the flexibility to customise the power supply based on the usage requirements. [Read more…]

Apple iPad Announced

After many months of rumours, Apple [AAPL] have officially announced the Apple iPad. iPad will be the official name and not Apple Tablet, Apple iSlate or whatever else we were expecting.

The iPad has been described as being very thin and promises the best web browsing experience to date of any mobile device. It has been described as being way better than a phone and way better than a laptop. The screen is capable of showing a full web page at a time which can easily be zoomed in to. [Read more…]

Light Blue Optics Light Touch Demoed

Robert Scoble managed to meet up with Dr Adrian Cable who is the CTO of Light Blue Optics. The Light Touch is device that sits on a table and is capable of projecting an image on to the surface it sits on. An infra-red curtain is created across the table and when you touch the desk you can interact with the projector.

Uses for such a technology could be seen in restaurants where interactive menus can be displayed. The system uses a custom built laser projection system. As the screen is created by laser it allows for the full image to always be in focus regardless of where the image is displayed and at what distance the image is created. [Read more…]

Patch to be Released by Google to Fix Nexus One Problems

Since launch, the Google [GOOG] Nexus One has had a few problems. One of the problems is 3G connectivity that has been spotty for users. Many Nexus One users are reported to have this problem.

From what we hear, Google are going to be launching a patch that will fix the spotty 3G connectivity issues. The update will be launched as a patch for those using the phone…

I wanted to post an update to the Nexus One Help Forum to let you know what we’ve been working on to help address the 3G issues some of you have been facing. I also wanted to thank you for being patient as we work to investigate the problem, an effort which has included our hardware partners.

Our engineers have uncovered specific cases for which a software fix should improve connectivity to 3G for some users. We are testing this fix now, initial results are positive, and if everything progresses as planned, we will provide an over-the-air software update to your phone in the next week or so.

[Read more…]

Nokia Mobile Radar Concept

Nokia have built a concept idea that is called the Mobile Radar. Mobile Radar is capable of measuring an objects distance and speed as well as direction all on a mobile phone. The screen shows all the details such as if they are travelling towards or away from you and how fast they are moving.

The video shows a couple of different ways the Mobile Radar can be used such as changing the volume of the loud speaker by moving your hand towards the phone. The radar functions also work through fabric allowing a phone to be held in a pocket or bag and still use gestures to turn it down. [Read more…]

Windows Mobile 7 to go on Show at MWC 2010

The Mobile World Congress event will be starting up soon mid February and we hear at this event Microsoft [MSFT] will be showing off Windows Mobile 7.

Windows Mobile 7 is set to be a major re-vamp of the mobile platform and although it wont be ready for launch at MWC, it is expected that WM7 will be launching towards the end of this year with code being finalised by the summer.

For those of you interested in programming for Windows Mobile 7 the Mix 10 trade show in March will have information for developers to get working on applications for WM7 devices. [Read more…]

More Apple Tablet Shots Found

Leaked images of what is thought to be the Apple Tablet have been sent in to Engadget late last night that show the device running some kind of mapping application as well as the tablet being compared to an iPhone.

Of course the pictures cannot be verified until we know what the device will look like “if” it is unveiled today. From what we see in the pictures the Tablet device looks to either be in some sort of funky case, or perhaps bolted to a desk to prevent staff stealing/borrowing it.

When compared with the Apple [AAPL] iPhone it appears that the tablet will have either a 9 or 10 inch screen. The back of the device is said to be aluminium and as for pricing it is expected to be $800 on contract or $1000 off contract and being made available in March. [Read more…]

iPhone gets Google Voice as a Web App with HTML5

For months Google [GOOG] have tried to get Apple [AAPL] to accept the Google Voice application for the iPhone. For various reasons which we wont go in to here, Apple has always declined the application. Thanks to HTML5 Google have now launched Google Voice as a web app which allows Google Voice to be used on the iPhone (as well as the Palm Pre).

The application works just like the web version used on a desktop PC and allows you to make calls, send text messages and listen to voice mail. Contacts can also be accessed from your phones browser. [Read more…]

Zeon Polariser Film Boosts LCD Contrast 10X

Zeon have created a new film for polarising plates that will boost the contrast of the LCD image by at least 10 times. The company also have created a similar kind of film for OLED based screens too.

If companies decide to use the film and it does what Zeon claims it does then images will be even more clearer than they are now.

The film is referred to as the phase difference film and is made of Cyclo Olefin Polymer that is compatible with IPS (in-plane-switching) technology. [Read more…]