Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Amazon unveil Cloud Player

Amazon has beaten Apple and Google in the cloud-based music player race with the release of Cloud Player.
Amazon allows you to securely store your entire digital music collection using Amazon Cloud Player and play it on any Mac, PC, or Android Device using Amazon Cloud Player.
Any new Amazon MP3 Store purchases can be saved directly to your Amazon Cloud Drive for free.
You can also upload your existing music library to Amazon Cloud Drive so you have all your music in one place, accessible from anywhere.
All new Amazon Cloud Drive accounts are given 5GB of free storage for uploading content. Additional storage is available for an annual fee.

Online advertsing

Online advertising in the Uk has grown by 12.8% in the last year and now accounts for a quarter of all advertising spending.
That figure amounts to over £4 billion according to a study by the IAB ( Internet Advertising Bureau) and accountants PwC, and internet advertising has now outpaced the rest of the market.
The largest growth area belongs to display advertising on social network sites which grew by over 200%.
A recent study showed that internet users spend a quarter of their online time on social network sites making advertisers keen to target this area.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Reported glitches on Apple iPad 2

Reports on the web are detailing glitches discovered on the iPad2.
Users have reported chat freeze when using the FaceTime feature for the first time and a growing number of iPad 2 owners are reporting the problem to Apple's support forums.
There have also been reports of backlight leakage on the tablet, released for sale only on Friday in the UK.  The backlight leakage results in uneven patches of light showing up around the tablet's display.
Finally, some users have reported camera issues that resulted in wonky colours popping up in a few frames of video.

Wi-Fi access for London underground

Almost half of London's underground stations are to be outfitted with Wi-Fi access in preperation for the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bids are being invited by Telecom companies to provide Wi-Fi for 120 stations by June 2012.
A six month test in October 2010 was deemed a success after London Mayor, Boris Johnson, promised that “every lamp post [and] every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be Wi-Fi enabled” as part of an effort by to position London as a world leader in technological innovation.
Users will only be able to connect to the Wi-Fi on the platforms, not the trains themselves.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

ASUS Eee Keyboard

We've been keeping track of the ASUS Eee Keyboard for a while now. If anyone has waited out the delays and is still chomping at the bit to purchase this unique take on an all-in-one, it's finally shipping out to customers.

For those of you who may not have been following along, the ASUS Eee Keyboard is a pretty novel item. Though the specs aren't quite as exciting as they were when the concept was first seriously bandied about way back when, it's basically an Atom N270 packing netbook crammed into a keyboard. Other specs include 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, a nice UWB adapter, and a 5" 800x480 multi-touchscreen that is built-in. The whole thing runs Windows XP and is selling on Amazon for $599.

As I said, buzz about this started before such fancy inventions as "Windows 7" and "Pine Trail" came out, so while it's a little older now in that regard, the concept is still fresh and unique. This is truly a novelty item and could have a lot of appeal, both for people who can think creatively and for those who just want to use the UWB adapter to power their multimedia centers. Thinking about picking one up? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.
We've been keeping track of the ASUS Eee Keyboard for a while now. If anyone has waited out the delays and is still chomping at the bit to purchase this unique take on an all-in-one, it's finally shipping out to customers.

For those of you who may not have been following along, the ASUS Eee Keyboard is a pretty novel item. Though the specs aren't quite as exciting as they were when the concept was first seriously bandied about way back when, it's basically an Atom N270 packing netbook crammed into a keyboard. Other specs include 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, a nice UWB adapter, and a 5" 800x480 multi-touchscreen that is built-in. The whole thing runs Windows XP and is selling on Amazon for $599.

As I said, buzz about this started before such fancy inventions as "Windows 7" and "Pine Trail" came out, so while it's a little older now in that regard, the concept is still fresh and unique. This is truly a novelty item and could have a lot of appeal, both for people who can think creatively and for those who just want to use the UWB adapter to power their multimedia centers. Thinking about picking one up? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.
We've been keeping track of the ASUS Eee Keyboard for a while now. If anyone has waited out the delays and is still chomping at the bit to purchase this unique take on an all-in-one, it's finally shipping out to customers.

For those of you who may not have been following along, the ASUS Eee Keyboard is a pretty novel item. Though the specs aren't quite as exciting as they were when the concept was first seriously bandied about way back when, it's basically an Atom N270 packing netbook crammed into a keyboard. Other specs include 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, a nice UWB adapter, and a 5" 800x480 multi-touchscreen that is built-in. The whole thing runs Windows XP and is selling on Amazon for $599.

As I said, buzz about this started before such fancy inventions as "Windows 7" and "Pine Trail" came out, so while it's a little older now in that regard, the concept is still fresh and unique. This is truly a novelty item and could have a lot of appeal, both for people who can think creatively and for those who just want to use the UWB adapter to power their multimedia centers. Thinking about picking one up? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

Friday, 25 March 2011

T-Mobile Brings myTouch HD Handset with Features Similar to G2

T-Mobile G2 is still to begin shipping later this month and we have information about another handset from the carrier. T-Mobile’s myTouch HD has leaked in a couple of shots on the internet. The good news is that it has some of its features similar to , though there are many features that set the two handsets apart.
Apart from photos, a document containing information about the  has also leaked on the web. MyTouch HD runs on Android version 2.2 Froyo and offers HSPA+ connectivity similar to G2. What differentiates the handset from G2 is the presence of a faster 1 GHz processor in the former, whereas G2 is powered by an 800 MHz processor. Another distinction is that of QWERTY keyboard, as G2 has one and myTouch HD doesn’t.
MyTouch HD has screen size of 3.8 inch which is slightly bigger than the screen packed inside G2. An HDMI port is highly probable as the document mentions it as an HD device. A 5 MP camera with auto focus and flash and a video calling VGA camera too are mentioned in the phone’s rumored specifications.
Video calling is supported by Wi-Fi, 3G as well as HSPA+ connectivity. A 4 GB built-in memory and a micro SD card of 8 GB are other features of the handset. Genius Button and Swype too mark their presence inside the handset. We are ready to eagerly wait for the handset’s official specifications and we don’t think they are far away from us.

maximum 3 week wait for iPad 2

 the iPad 2 finally goes on sale in the UK but those hoping to rush out and get one are set to be disappointed. The Apple Store are quoting maximum 3 week dispatch date and customers are likely to only be able to pre-order the tablet.
The iPad 2 starts at £399 for the basic model and this rises to £659 for Wi-Fi + 3G 64GB.
Knowing the iPad 2 was to go on sale in the UK today,  you would have thought Apple would have prepared stock ready and not made their customers wait.
Check out the iPad 2 range at the Apple Store.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Google launches online magazine

Google has quietly published its own online magazine.
The first edition contains 68 pages concerned with data and its impact on business.
Designed and edited by creative agency The Church of England, Think Quarterly is a Flash app with in depth articles.
According to the magazine's Twitter feed, the magazine launched on March 21st hough there is no mention of the launch on Google's blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page or newsroom.
Think Quarterly is available online for free. Check it out on http://thinkquarterly.co.uk/

Windows Phone update out next week

UK networks are to roll out the Windows Phone 7 updates in the next ten days.
Microsoft have released a 'NoDo' (no doughnuts) software version featuring faster app launching, improved Marketplace search and stability and a cut and paste facility.
The update does not however bring full multitasking support for third-party apps. That will have to wait for a more major update, codenamed "Mango",

Yahoo offers direct search now

Yahoo has become the latest search engine to introduce an 'instant' search results option.
'Search Direct' is a beta service offered by Yahoo that will display a list of the day's most popular search results, updated every 10 minutes. The top searches will also display multimedia content related to the most popular topics.

Shashi Seth, senrio vice president for Yahoo search and marketplaces said that the beta service is an attempt to provide users with direct answers, rather than a vague set of search results.
"We are redefining the search process and prominently displaying direct answers where search decisions are being made," said Seth.
"Search Direct is evidence of Yahoo continuing to lead innovation in search, enabling people to take action faster, find what is most important, and sample what is possible with the next stage of search technology."
Yahoo has become the latest search engine to introduce an 'instant' search results option.
'Search Direct' is a beta service offered by Yahoo that will display a list of the day's most popular search results, updated every 10 minutes. The top searches will also display multimedia content related to the most popular topics.

Shashi Seth, senrio vice president for Yahoo search and marketplaces said that the beta service is an attempt to provide users with direct answers, rather than a vague set of search results.
"We are redefining the search process and prominently displaying direct answers where search decisions are being made," said Seth.
"Search Direct is evidence of Yahoo continuing to lead innovation in search, enabling people to take action faster, find what is most important, and sample what is possible with the next stage of search technology."
Yahoo has become the latest search engine to introduce an 'instant' search results option.
'Search Direct' is a beta service offered by Yahoo that will display a list of the day's most popular search results, updated every 10 minutes. The top searches will also display multimedia content related to the most popular topics.

Shashi Seth, senrio vice president for Yahoo search and marketplaces said that the beta service is an attempt to provide users with direct answers, rather than a vague set of search results.
"We are redefining the search process and prominently displaying direct answers where search decisions are being made," said Seth.
"Search Direct is evidence of Yahoo continuing to lead innovation in search, enabling people to take action faster, find what is most important, and sample what is possible with the next stage of search technology."

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

iPad 2 from Apple is here.

It was the announcement everybody was waiting for; the iPad 2 from Apple is here. In an announcement eagerly awaited by Apple fans and its competitions, Steve Jobs personally appeared to unveil the new tablet device that will redefine the role of technology in a ‘post-PC world’. Jobs, who had been away for health reasons, made a special return just so that he could introduce the tablet. The iPad 2 brings with it some remarkable upgrades, including a faster processor, a sleeker design, and new apps. One of the most interesting announcements was that the iPad 2 would be at the same retail price of the original iPad.

LG declared its first wireless charging solution for mobile . The Wireless Charging Pad WCP-700

 it is the first wireless charger for mobile phones from LG. A mobile phone is charged using inductive coils built into the battery doors and internal contacts.
LG has not declare any details about how long time the wireless charger will use to fully charge an empty battery, but we are hoping the time is the same as for charging with wire. In these eco friendly times, it will also be interesting to see how much extra watt the wireless charger will draw compared to conventional chargers.
The LG Wireless Charging Pad should be easy to use. Just place the phone on top of the charger pad and look for one of the visual, audible and tactile feedbacks to see when the phone is placed correctly on the charger. A LED indicator shows the status of the charging which are Ready to Charge, Charging and Fully Charged. The size of the Wirelress Charging Pad is 160 x 90 x 9.9 mm.
We expect to see support for the Wireless Charger Pad in upcoming LG phone models. LG does not reveal if this charging solution will be available for existing phone models.
LG is not the only manufacture with wireless charging solutions. HP has a similar solution for their newly announced HP Pre3. It is called Touchstone Charging Dock and it also charges the phone by placing it on the charger pad.

Apple suing Amazon over 'Appstore'

Apple are to sue Amazon over the use of the name of their new download applications store for Google's Android operating systems.
Amazon's 'Appstore' launched today and is available to US customers only at present. It sells games such as Angry Birds Rio and World of Poker for android systems.
Apple is seeking to trademark the name "App Store' in the US and has contacted Amazon three times demanding it stop using the name.
Apple spokeswoman Kirstin Huguet says, "It will confuse and mislead customers."
The lawsuit states;
"Amazon has begun improperly using Apple's App Store mark in connection with Amazon's mobile software developer program.
"Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon's mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple."

wear your thinking cap and type with your mind

 Guger Technologies, an Austrian-based company, has introduce a computer interface that can work directly with the human brain. The interface allows a user to "type" small messages by staring at letters on the screen. Those messages can then be translated with text to speech software, giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves, a funky, robot voice. If speech isn't on the users mind the messages can be sent the same way any other text would be over the web.

Monday, 21 March 2011

LED-backlit display.ipad

iPad is one big, beautiful display — 9.7 inches of high-resolution photos, movies, web pages, books, and more. LED backlighting makes everything you see remarkably crisp, vivid, and bright. Even in places with low light, like an airplane. And there’s no wrong way to hold iPad. It’s designed to show off everything in portrait and landscape, so with every turn (even upside down), the display adjusts to fit. Because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

The ASUS N82J

The ASUS N82J is a 14-inch multimedia notebook packing a Core i5 processor and powerful Nvidia GT 335M graphics with Nvidia Optimus technology. Is this notebook the ideal compromise between portability and performance? Read our review to find out.

Samsung 9 Series notebook

A new rival for Apple's MacBook Air is about to hit the shops on Thursday, (24th March).
Samsung's Series 9 Notebook is thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air and also uses the latest Intel 1.4 GHz i5-2537M processor.

The cost of the Series 9 is higher than that of the MacBook though and is set to cost $1,649, (£1015 GBP app.) for the cheapest model.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

iPhone 5 will be look-alike the iPhone 4

 recently, Chinese sources have been very active on bruit
 around Smartphone iPhone fifth generation. Some information is, to put it mildly, controversial, the other is very close to the truth, at least in terms of logic. For example, the iPhone looks likely 5 A5 processor now installed second iPad, or 64 GB of internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera. On the other hand, Apple barely adds support for two SIM cards and will release the phone in the slide form factor slider.
The next hearing has not been established, and from France, but it clearly has a Chinese connotations. French site MacBidouille published a picture of the coming switch chassis, although traditionally such shots are Chinese resources, some of which are very close to the production process.
According to the photo, iPhone 5 hardly differs from its predecessor: the same designs, in their place are connector for the camera, the micro SIM card slot, headphone jack and volume control buttons. According to unconfirmed reports, the unit is sold in two colors: black and white. The Chinese do not preclude the appearance of other colors.
More accurate information will be probably known in early June, when Apple will release a new iPhone. Such a presentation the company arranged for three consecutive years.

Apple will relinquish two white iPhone

Senior Vice President of Apple’s global marketing (Phil Proved) told in his blog, the white iPhone 4 will still happen, and in the spring of this year. Of course, these communications was informal, but doubt the new smartphone little.
MacRumors, reported that Apple will introduce two white iPhone model: for AT & T and Verizon. Do you realize, respectively will be supporting cellular standards GSM and CDMA. Phones can be used in networks of other operators in different countries. Where is this information?
The fact is that one reader MacRumors, researched the system files on iTunes 10.2, bumped into icons depicting two white iPhone 4: GSM and CDMA versions. Note that these pictures are phones apparently. The Communicator is a slot antenna for Verizon, which does not have GSM version. It should be noted that this slot in due course became a source of trouble for Apple. Part 4 iPhone owners noted that if you close the finger slot during the call signal and can be terminated after timeout expired link disappear.

Samsung S3850 II Corby

Samsung is one and only in the market of low-cost touch-phones. Phone Corby S 3650 was one of the few regions with capacitive sensor screen and rather interesting design. But in the courtyard of the 2011 and the idea of inexpensive yet ceased to be touch-phone itself – well, at least, believe in the company. The proof was made Corby S3850 2 is a normal phone with touch screen without up-to-date androids inside. Hence the rather ridiculous price tag, and just too sad camera and screen resolution. In contrast to the shell now has a standard headphone jack and micro-USB port. While inside-Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 with updated set of applications and widgets. There are Corporate Social Hub, Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo Messenger for Gtalk.
Compared with the first Corby S3850 built much better on parts of the interface. Even were it not for this interface was slow and possessed a still higher resolution (320 x enough for the eye), the issues would not have occurred. However, when posting their prices in 6500 and so little: well built phone with a standard headphone jack, Wi-Fi and PC clients for social networking.

Doxie Portable Scanner

At first glance this does not look like a scanner. Light, compact and an unconventional shape would excuse you from making this assumption. This, however, is not intended to lie in your office, but has been made with portability in mind. Take it with you on your business travels, allowing for quick and easy duplicating of any documents needed. The product was revealed three months ago, but has only now started being shipped. The Doxie scanner retails at $129, and is likely to prove a trusty companion for all your business expeditions.

The scanner is extremely lightweight, weighing in at a mere 10.9 ounces. It is also USB powered, allowing you to scan paper directly to PC's, Macs and a selection of web apps such as Acrobat, Flickr and Google Docs. With no power cable required, simply plug in the USB cable and you're ready to scan. The Doxie scanner will scan any document in full colour up to 600 dpi, and could not be simpler to use - simply press the DOxie 'Heart' Button on the scanner and scanning will begin.


The features of the Doxie scanner include;

* Color scanning at up to 600 dpi with automatic page detection
* Lightweight, ultra-portable design with included case
* Doxie╩╝s Heart Button: innovative multi-action button for one press scanning and sharing
* Included software for simple scanning and direct cloud sharing
* Direct integration with popular desktop and web apps like Google Docs, Picasa, and more
* Free Doxie Cloud service for turning paper into postable URLs for instant sharing and web-based access on iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices
* Automatic cropping, rotation, contrast, and image cleanup for crisp, clean scans
* Advanced photo editing with direct support for the Picnik online photo editing suite
* Save as PDF, JPEG, or lossless PNG
* Fully accessorized with cloud scanning software, USB cable, quick start guide, leatherette

Dxg 5d7v Worlds First 3d Video Camcorder

With the world beginning to get to terms with HD equipment, it is only fitting that the worlds first 3D enabled pocket camcorder has been launched. Courtesy of DGX, no glasses are required to appreciate the 3D imagery, utilising the 3.2-inch LCD camcorder display, on the included 3D 7-inch media player.

The camcorder also takes 2D images and video, but the 3d feature will be the persuasive selling point. The camcorder includes touch-screen technology and a remote control allowing you to view and control your video content and still images quickly and effortlessly.

Here are the technical specifications:

DXG 3D Media Player Specifications:

Dimensions: 8.39" (W) x 5.41" (H) x 0.94" (D)
LCD: 7" Parallax-Barrier Auto-Stereoscopic (Glasses-Free) TFT Display
Resolution: 800×480
Display Effects: Normal, black and white, Sepia, Lens Distortion
Video Format & Resolution: MPEG4, AVI, 720×480p at 30fps
Audio & Image Format: MP3; JPEG
Control Format: Touchable Keys, Remote Control
Audio & Video Output: AVOUT, Earphone Stereoscopic Output
Storage: Supports SD/MMC
Power Supply: 5V DC, 2A
Output Interface: USB 2.0

Smartfish Engage Keyboard Ergonomically Efficient

An on-going two year production from manufacturers Smartfish has finally been completed and is soon ready to be unveiled. The keyboard, previously known as the Pro Motion and Ergomotion, has been revamped with an elegant all-black finish and boasting a 150 dollar price tag.

The keyboard exhibits an internal motor which adjusts the two halves of the keyboard based on the individuals typing frequency. The adjustments made help combat fatigue, an effort developed in collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

The keyboard looks impressive, and the ideas behind the self-adjustement mechanism sound very sophisticated. Until the keyboard is officially released, we're not sure how it feels to use - but stay tuned for more information when it becomes available.

Lexmark Genesis All In One Printer

Lexmark's new concept combines style, speed and elegance into one single all in one inkjet printer, termed the Genesis.

Utilising Flash Scan technology, the Genesis produces prints incredibly quickly and switches between print and scan functions in the blink of an eye. The scanning process is said not to last any longer than three seconds, based on the premise that your Operating System is up to date, your PC is equipped with an up to date specification in terms of hardware and the usage of character recognition software.

The Lexmark Genesis looks smart in its upright position, made even more slick by posessing a 4.4 inch color touch screen. The printer comes wirelessly enabled allowing you to access web technologies quickly, without the need for booting up your PC also. Browse through Twitter feeds, look through Facebook all from the printer itself, and upload scans to wherever you wish. This really is a printer for the current generation, which makes most other printers on the market look a bit cheap and dated.

If it's a classy, up to date and intuitive printer you are after to replace an old one, then look no further than the Lexmark Genesis. It really is a SmartSolution.

 
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