Archives for May 2010

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 on 30 Million Handsets by end of 2011

Microsoft [MSFT] has put out a prediction which says that Windows Phone 7 will be on 30 million handsets by the end of 2011. The information comes from a slide presentation shown at ReMIX in Paris France recently.

The sales of 30 million handsets with Windows Phone 7 installed comes from a couple of areas. First is a prediction that the smartphone industry will rise from 14% this year to 40% by next year along with a mix of what Microsoft believes it can sell in the next 18 months (or however short that duration is based on when it launches).

Challenges of course come from the likes of iPhone OS 4.0 that is launching perhaps next month, and Google Android which is seeing 100,000 devices a day being shipped at the moment. [Read more…]

iWeight iPad Digital Scale

Loads of crazy apps can be found on the iPhone and iPad. This list includes a portable heater, a torch/flash light and many other apps.

The next doesn’t actually exist and has been designed for a bit of fun. The image shows a person standing on an iPad screen with some scales underneath on the screen showing the weight. Of course this app will never be made as it will never work with this iPad and obviously you’d damage it if you tried. [Read more…]

Nintendo GameBoy Arcade Mod

This GameBoy Arcade Mod is designed to be a home to your old Nintendo Gameboy. The mini arcade units are each hand built and ship from from China within 20 business days.

The reason it takes a while to get to the customer is that each one is hand-built after the order has been made and payment received. On the back of the arcade unit the GameBoy slides in. Below that are connections for power and sound allowing you to keep your gameboy running from the mains and listen to some louder speakers. [Read more…]

MSI WindPad 100 Unveiled at Computex 2010

Computex opened up today and as we expected, a number of new tablets were on show. We already covered the new ASUS Eee Pad that will be launching Q1 next year. This next one is the MSI WindPad 100. This Tablet runs Windows 7 and has a 10 inch screen.

The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z530 processor that runs at 1.66GHz, it has 2GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage on an SSD.

The WindPad 100 uses Windows 7 Home Premium although MSI has made a number of customisations that bring the Wind Touch UI layer to the device making it more tablet friendly, well that’s the plan if anything. [Read more…]

Apple iPad – Two Million Sold Since Launch

Less than a month ago, Apple [AAPL] announced that over 1 million Apple iPad units had been sold. Now on May 31 the company now announces that 2 Million iPads have been sold since launch on April 3.

It took less than 60 days to sell 2 million iPads which is quite an impressive achievement. This was probably helped with the international iPad launch that happened on Friday May 28 where the iPad went on sale in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Another nine countries will be added to this list in July with more countries later this year.

‘Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do, said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.

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Google Android 2.2 Froyo hacked on to HTC EVO 4G

Just a few days ago a team managed to root the HTC EVO 4G. Gaining root on the HTC EVO 4G has moved things on to the next logical step… that is to get Android 2.2 Froyo working on the device. Google [GOOG] only launched FroYo recently, so the OS is brand new and not even available yet on devices through the official channels except for a few installs here and there on to Google Nexus One phones recently.

Android 2.2 Froyo was ported on to the HTC EVO 4G by Richard Ross. It is believed that the phone seen in the video is one of the devices handed out to all attendees at the Google I/O event held a couple of weeks ago. [Read more…]

Apple iPad UK – PCWorld and Currys Still Have Stock

The Apple iPad UK launch went well although good news is that not all locations have sold out of stock yet. On Saturday, PC World and Currys had a number of locations with 10+ iPads in stock and the situation is similar today although a few more stores are now out of stock when comparing what we saw Saturday morning.

PC World and Currys don’t specify which models they have available, but we suspect the iPad Wi-Fi+3G 16GB model will be a difficult model to get as this was commonly out of stock at several Apple stores that were called over the weekend.

If you still want to get an iPad in the UK then check out the stock update pages on PC World and Currys and make a few calls and get yourself down there today. [Read more…]

Apple iPhone running Android – Installation Just got Easier

Over the past month or so we have been keeping an eye on the progress of a guy who has managed to get Google Android running on the Apple iPhone. When the Android update was made available, the steps could have been a little challenging for some people. This is no longer a worry now though as a developer has managed to get automatic installation of Google [GOOG] Android OS on the Apple [AAPL] iPhone 2G and 3G models.

The auto installer is called iPhodroid and automates the Android OS installation on the iPhone. Just before we go on to a few more details you need to take note that Android on the iPhone isn’t really usable. It does a number of things like browse the web, make calls, send/receive text messages and what not, but the developer who created the build hasn’t looked at any power-management functions yet which means your iPhone battery will be dead within the hour. [Read more…]

ASUS Eee Pad Official

As well as announcing the ASUS Eee Tablet, ASUS also announced the ASUS Eee Pad.

The ASUS Eee Pad comes in two sizes. The smaller screen size is 10 inches with the larger screen size being 12 inches. The 10 inch model is called the Eee Pad EP101TC and runs Windows Embedded Compact 7 which appears to be a cut down version of Windows 7 and designed specifically for tablet devices.

The 12 inch Eee Pad is called the EP121 and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. This particular model runs a CULV Intel Core 2 Duo processor and is described as ASUS as being able to handle multitasking effortlessly. [Read more…]

Apple iPad DODOcase

If you are looking for a unique case for your Apple iPad then check out the DODOcase. The case is hand made over in San Francisco and designed to look similar to the Moleskine notepads, but hold the iPad inside rather than paper.

Each DODOcase is built using traditional book making methods with the outer cover being cut from boards. The rounded boards are cut to a size to be able to cover the iPad. High quality cloth is then used to be the cover of the iPad case after which, the boards and cover is hand put together and glued in to place to form the outer casing.

Mix that with a bamboo surrounding where the iPad squeezes snugly inside and you have one very nice looking case as demonstrated on the video below. [Read more…]

ASUS Eee Tablet Official

ASUS has finally unveiled the ASUS Tablet. ASUS say in the press release that “the notepad goes digital with the Eee Tablet”.

The Eee Tablet is the worlds most accurate and sensitive digital note taking device according to the press release, and has a 2450 dpi touch resolution screen. This accuracy has been designed to give the user the feel of writing on paper. The screen is far quicker than other eReader type devices with a response of just 0.1 seconds making it more comfortable to take note on and view content.

On the back is a 2 megapixel camera and the device has a 10 hour battery life. The Eee Tablet is capable of playing back media content as well as it functioning as a notepad and e-reader. [Read more…]

Skype iPhone Update brings 3G Skype to Skype Calls

Version 2.0.0 of Skype for iPhone went live today in the iTunes store. The main new feature that was added to the VoIP software includes the ability to now make Skype calls over 3G. This means the previous restriction forcing you to use WiFi has now been removed.

Currently there is no charge to make calls over 3G although in August 2010, a subscription charge will be made whereby you’ll be charged a small monthly fee to use the service.

In testing, the application works as good as any other VoIP app and if signal and cell area is right, you get a decent call. If not, it will be a little choppy sometimes. However, the ability to make cheap calls overseas with a 3G connection is a great addition, even if it is a little bit behind the times so to speak. Other VoIP software has had this ability for a while now. [Read more…]