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From the iPhone 4G concept designers ADR Studio, the latest creation is the iWatch. The concept's slogan is "It's time to change the time." And indeed it would. A little on the bulky side the 16GB device not only tells time, but according to its creator it also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to sync with an iPhone or iPad. A weather forecast system, integrated RSS reader for keeping tabs on the news, an LCD projector to display photos and of course multiple strap colors to choose from.
The company who originally released their device as the WePad, has officially announced a name change to the WeTab. What spawned the name change of the WePad? Was it too confusingly similar to the iPad? Or perhaps a pad was not the ultimate desired intention, and a tab would be more fitting to it's intended use. I mean seriously, a WePad does sound a little like a pad you are going to urinate on. Ok, they are from Germany we can give them that, but just ask a 10 year old from North America and they could have figured it out pretty quickly.
The Kobo eReader we took a good look at last week which launched in Canada, is now officially available for pre-order from Borders in the USA. The $150 e-Ink Kobo is the most affordable eReading device currently on the market. It's small size and quilted back make it unlike your typical electronics device.
What I would call the most de-evolutionary accessory for the Apple iPad, is the ClamCase. Sure, it matches the shiny glossy iPad display making you have to clean fingerprints twice as long, it even appears to keep it relatively thin, but doesn't turning your iPad in to a mini-notebook computer by adding a keyboard undermine it's entire magical existence?
What could be the best game to hit the magical Apple tablet, Super Mario World for Super NES, is made available by jailbreaking the iPad and then running the Cydia app. Although unconfirmed, the use of the WiiMote on the iPad does seem do-able, considering it is Bluetooth and all. The second app SNES4iPhone shows Super Mario Kart on the iPad, the downside to this one is that you have to use the touchscreen controller.
Is there a possible risk of tumors associated with the use of mobile phones? According to Microwave News, the Interphone study results will be released on May 18. To be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology June issue, the paper is scheduled to be released early for "advanced access" individuals on the 18th. This $30M study is the largest and most expensive to date. Originally to be completed in 2005, but delayed due to a disagreement in interpretation of data on the findings of "an increased incidence of tumors among long-term users of mobile phones."
With a small but steadily growing population of the computing force being Mac users, it’s nice to see Fujitsu thinking of us by offering a serious mobile scanning hardware solution. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is just under $300, and will appeal not only by Mac users, but any mobile professional serious about document processing. The S1300 is silver and gray. It folds down nicely in to a compact 11.18 x 3.90 x 3.03 inches and weighs in at 3.08 lbs. It’s a little bit thick at 3.03-inches, but will fit in to larger laptop bags, perhaps even a large briefcase. I think it could have been a bit thinner, but Fujitsu did a good job of keeping it looking sleek.
Plustek has been manufacturing digital imaging products since the mid-80s. Their latest group of scanners are part of the Mobile Office line, the one we are looking at today: the Plustek MobileOffice AD450. An automatic document feeder (ADF) scanner capable of 600 DPI resolution and 20 sheet capacity.
The Canon Imageformula P-150 is the latest mobile scanner from Canon. It sells for under $300 online, and can scan at duplex up to 20 sheets per sitting. A perfect portable scanning companion for your mobile office. Definitely compact in size, light-weight and measuring only 11 x 3.7 x 1.6-inches, the P-150 is thin enough to slip in your laptop bag or rucksack.
Kobo launched in Dec 2009 as a division within indigo books. They later spun off and have operated as their own company. That doesn’t mean Indigo is no longer part of the picture, as a matter of fact they plan to launch the Kobo eReader Saturday May 1 across Canada. Borders in the USA is expected to also carry the eReader, but that is about a month away. Since the beginning, Kobo was a platform. The eReader hardware only came in to the picture later on, as a way to affordably introduce people interested in the technology. Kobo eReader is already available for the Apple iPad, and they intend to release their app for other platforms like Android. Eventually making themselves known as an eReader OS for third-party devices sometime this summer.
Two tough cases were revealed today for the Apple iPad. They are from none other than OtterBox, the well known rugged case designer. OtterBox has given us two options, the Communter and Defender, depending on your daily mission. The Commuter series case is a bit more “light” in respects to armor protection. It’s still got ruggedness to it, just a slimmer version. Being able to slide your iPad in and out of the case will be easy, access to ports are protected with silicone plugs.
Apple’s utopian iTunes application store has fallen victim to typical troll manipulation. Rob Walch, host of Tii, emailed me concerned about what he uncovered. When you are looking for apps to download in iTunes, or looking in any app marketplace for that matter, user reviews are something that heavily influence the decision making process of most buyers. This is essentially a user forum for that specific product. If 10 guys said it crashes and runs like crap, most people would likely avoid paying for that download. Naturally, it would work the other way.
Lecere Corporation has unveiled their retail POS system for the first time here on Mobile Magazine. Last week Lecere posted a video demo of the $2,000 setup which could save large restaurant chains millions. The video, shown on CrunchGear, raised many questions. Their system operates on Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch, breaking the shackles on the fixed POS terminal.
After the “open letter” Steve Jobs released this morning basically saying Flash will be allowed on the iPad and iPhone just as soon as hell freezes over. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch responded with his very own “open letter," a blog post titled Moving Forward, outright saying “We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June.” Among many other things implying that Apple is not only blocking their code, but many others related to the legal conditions mandated on application developers.
BenQ has just announced what may be the world’s first High Dynamic Range camera. The BenQ E1260 is a 12 megapixel point and shoot camera, it’s compact and capable of 720p video recording. Software within the camera, BenQ calls “HDR image enhancement technology” generates an image with the finest details, showing the darkest and lightest portions of an image automatically. Traditionally this is done by post-production software like Photomatix Pro.
Struggling mobile software and hardware maker Palm caught a lucky break today. HP has put in a bid to purchase the company for $1.2 billion in cash. The news came this afternoon after HP and Palm's board of directors approved the purchase for $5.70 per share. $1.10 above today's closing price. HP plans to use their global distribution strength to deliver new smartphones and connected mobile devices supporting "true multitasking". Whether or not the Palm brand will remain is unknown. But HP does need their expertise to compete with Apple.
Built by Lockheed Martin under a DARPA program, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is designed to attack any target on the Earth within 1 hour. It can reach speeds of Mach 20 and was to make a touch down on the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after a 4,100 nautical-mile flight just last week. The Falcon is a different type of weapon, it’s equipped with high-power, but non-nuclear explosives that should remain undetected by nuclear defense systems.
We wrapped our iPad in Case Mate’s most elegant and finely crafted sleeve, the WalkAbout. If Case Mate would make a sofa out of this, I would probably not ever get up and gain 200 pounds. Think of it as Ferrari’s bucket seat for your iPad. Magnets hold the straps down, magnets you say? Don’t worry, I haven’t lost any data yet. Besides, I’m sure Case Mate put them far away from our memory chips. There’s no access to your USB connector when all tucked away unless you keep the flap up.
Apple’s mysterious new “magical” device has created a big stir across the world. What are we supposed to do with this thing? Is it going to replace my desktop? Probably not. How about my laptop or netbook? Still no. So what is it good for? Well, that’s the magic of it. It does many things, but it’s not here to step on anyone’s toes. The name iPad is strangely clever. It probably took Apple an entire 5 minutes to come up with the name. It’s clearly not a notebook computer, and we already have the iBook. How about that other relative, the notepad. Ideas went around, and voila - Apple’s latest thing is the iPad. Names aside, what the heck is this thing good for anyways? What am I supposed to do with this iPad?
We saw the images and video from Gizmodo getting a hold of the lost Apple smartphone prototype from California bar, but is that the real design? Or just a shell to hide all the inner-goodness of what is to come? Designer Antonio De Rosa believes this is not the real iPhone 4G that we saw, but a cheap clever disguise in order for engineers to field test the next-generation Apple device. "If you want my opinion, the shell of that 4G was only a temporary case, because the 2 circular buttons for the volume are very ugly. If it was the real version, Apple may need to change the design after we've seen them on Gizmodo."
Apple today officially announced that on Friday, April 30, Wi-Fi + 3G models of the magical iPad will be delivered to US customers who pre-ordered the device before April 3rd. It will also be in Apple stores the same day after 5:00pm. A higher demand for the iPad caused a delay in international shipments. Estimates show over 600,000 units were sold in the first six days of sales, that’s a good number, and doesn’t include those waiting for the 3G version.
This could be opening up a whole new wave of jobs for iPhone owners across the country. Field Agent is a new app that allows a "client" (someone who needs some type of information), to connect with a "field agent" (someone with an iPhone who can provide you with information). It's an interesting concept, Field Agent allows for the collection and return of information for a fee to the Client. They say Field Agents can earn anywhere from $2 to $8, depending on the job's difficulty.
Gizmodo's actions could have consequences, severely. Apple's attorneys have sent notice to Gawker Media, the owners of Gizmodo requesting the unit to be returned immediately. Bruce Sewell, the attorney representing Apple wrote the formal letter. No mention of any legal action against Gizmodo or Gawker was mentioned, however Apple does have recourse according to Apple Insider.
Speck is keeping us covered again, this time with the release of several new solutions for your new Apple iPad's. There are three new products to keep your iPad safe and secure, available immediately from Apple.com and Apple Stores, the Speck PixelShield Sleeve is a durable screen protection layer for the iPad. It's soft, and lets you away your iPad in a scratch-free micro-fleece lined carrying case, available in red and black for $40. The PixelSleeve Plus is extra-durable and has a neoprene exterior, has a carrying handle too, and is carried in landscape style rather than portrait like thePixelSleeve. Price is also $40 and comes in black with gray lining.
Opera Mini Web browser is now available free to download on your iPhone. Apple has given it the green light, but shucks, still no Flash websites. If that were the case, Flash would be on the iPad next, and ya'll know how Apple feels about that. The title of Opera's press release Monday came bluntly - Approved: Opera Mini App approved for the App Store. Apple is no longer worried about its Safari browser being the dominant runner in web, it's not like the Company nets off it much. Compared to Opera, it's super slow.
This is it my fellow book worms, the newest contender on the ebook shelf. Up against Sony's Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon's Kindle, we welcome the Kobo: with a slim stylish 6-inch E Ink display to read your ebooks on and at a price no one has yet to beat. The first time I saw E Ink I thought it was amazing. It's almost like looking at a photo copied piece of paper, but on an electronic device. You see, E Ink has a chillingly inanimate way about it. If an LCD were to be dead, E Ink could be an LCD's resurrected zombie.
This is the first video found showing the iPhone OS 4.0 multitasking between applications. Check out the mini icon bar on the bottom. The ALT+TAB has arrived iPhone owners, and you only have to "wait till the summer" to get in on the action. Shown is the 3GS developer's beta, did ya only wish you were a developer now?
iPhone OS 4 was announced today at Apple's live press event, and out comes a rabbit from the hat. Seven major updates are coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS models, iPod Touch 2G and 3G, with seven major improvements including multitasking, and 100 other minor ones ranging from searchable MMS/SMS to 5x digital zoom for your camera. The major feature we have all been waiting for is multitasking, our iPhone 4G poll showed over 52% of iPhone owners would like multitasking, and Apple delivered. Improved Battery Life topped the charts at 61%, but with added multitasking this may only worsen performance.
Motorola's latest videos show "hidden" unlocked features available on the Motorola Droid. Obviously they are a joke, but still quite impressively funny and clever. I think the traffic light changer may not go over so well with city officials, yet the pool shark laser sighted aiming system seems more in line with the "legal" droid concept hacks, however your opponent may not think so.
It’s only a matter of time before the iPad takes total control over your home. Starting today with the Bang & Olufsen BeoLink application, access to your audio and video, even home automation, can be done over your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. I was slightly disappointed when the iPad specs came out showing no RF module, this would have made it a killer remote control, but using the Master Link Gateway by Bang & Olufsen over Wi-Fi, it’s no longer necessary – assuming your house is outfitted with the high-end gear.
E*Trade this week announced their latest app for traders, the E*Trade Mobile Pro for iPad. Free from the iTunes store, this app looks pretty fresh and gives E*Trade account members access to an array of features like: viewing real-time streaming stock and option quotes, trade stocks during market and extended hours, view orders, alerts, news, charts, watch lists and portfolios. “Following the tremendous success of Mobile Pro for iPhone and iPod Touch, we’re thrilled to be on board with the launch of the new iPad,” said Michael Curcio, President, E*TRADE Securities.
iSuppli is punching numbers again, this time they've come up with hardware costs for the Apple iPad. Being magical and all isn't just a marketing tactic, iSuppli found there's a lot more to the iPad than initiaullay estimated. Their first calculation put the iPad at $219.35 for materials, but once they actually got the unit and cracked it open, they found that the touchscreen was controlled by three spearate chips, bringing the materials cost up to $259.60 for the 16GB iPad.
There's definitely no drought in the iTunes app store today, as companies push their latest creations out in to a magical new world created by Apple, consumers anticipate the arrival of their multi-touch tablet. Will it be as magical as Steve says it will be? Or will it be as confusing as Letterman found it to be, hardly. But with all these apps coming out from the best software companies around, you can surely expect it to be something worth looking at. We're kicking off the launch of the iPad with these 43 apps for you to peruse, some may appeal to you, some for the kids, but either way there's an app that will suit you.
All visually stunning, GodFinger, We Rule, Charadium, Flick Fishing, NBA Hotshots, Warpgate and CastleCraft from ngmoco are set to hit the iTunes App store for the Apple iPad. Quite a powerful lineup to hit the iPad all in one blast. ngmoco says go big or go home, and brings you their most popular titles for the multi-touch machine.
Arctic cooling today unveiled their latest device to keep us powered up and ready to go, the Arctic C1 Mobile USB Charger with Solar Panel. It’s a USB powered unit that packs solar energy in to a 4400 mWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery which can also be charged via your notebook’s USB port by reversing the included cable. The whole thing measures only 4.3 x 1.7 x 0.4-inches, weighs 52g, and ships with adapters for Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and Motorola phones. The neat thing about it is that it does have a USB port, so you can use your regular USB charging cable from your iPhone or iPod to power your gadgets and not worry about any adapters at all.
Another device from the “simple” department, today Logitech unveils their Harmony 300 Remote replacing the clutter from your coffee table. I don't know if it will be easy enough for grandma to configure, but the Harmony 300 does use a web-based setup that supports over 225,000 devices – even to control your iPod in a dock with IR sensor.
Cisco's latest additions to their router arsenal are the Valet and Valet Plus. Blue is one of my favorite colors, though I wouldn't know how I would feel about a bright blue router sitting among my traditional black stack of gadgets, the new duo do come in the friendly color. Since Cisco's acquisition of Flip Video, they have taken a shift in creativity and have set the Flip design team loose on this latest offering. In the end, Flip has been able to make their devices not only visually appealing, but also easy enough for grandma to setup.
I don't even remember what a full-sized keyboard feels like, it's literally been years since I have used one for more than 100 keystrokes. But for those of you who just can't adapt, here's a concept from Yanko Design that puts a full-sized keyboard – transformer style – in to a laptop. The concept is called iWEB 2.0, I would have called it the franken-laptop-keyboard-beast or something stupid like that. The keyboard folds out on two hinges that allow it to expand by 100% of its collapsed size.
Sling Media has a SlingPlayer app destined for the iPad. Their plan is to move towards H.264 and Silverlight for upcoming versions, quite a leap from their current 320x240 resolution. One thing to think about is the iPad's resolution of 1024x768 is by no means HD, let alone 720p. So a bit of a slap in the face to those who will actually be paying for 3G data on their iPads.
The time has come and we are in the process of building an official Mobile Magazine iPhone app. Of course we could just set out to release an app that we think you would want, or we can take the time to listen to your thoughts and give you the best app you could ever imagine. We also plan to port it to other OSes, so don't fret my Android friends.
eBay today announced the release of two new free apps for the Apple iPhone. The first app is a seller tool, it will allow members to easily snap a photo of a product on their iPhone camera, enter some basic auction information, and list it on the eBay marketplace. Their second app is a bit of a stab at Craigslist, as it's the new eBay Classifieds application. This one lets you post free ads on the eBayClassifieds.com website for local buyers. And don't forget, with the recent release of the PayPal mobile app, you can quickly pay for your items from either eBay site.
Apple wants y'all to know their magical new delicious iPad will be available in the US on Saturday. If you pre-ordered you can check out your mailox Saturday, if not, Apple and Best Buy stores across the country will be stocking the units. Steve Jobs is pretty darn excited about it. "iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before," said Steve. "We can't wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend."
FedEx is fully on board the greenwagon, perhaps they are driving it, at least in the parcel delivery industry as they intend to launch four purely electric trucks to roam the streets of LA this summer. A 2,021 mile journey started today, their Modec/Navistar trucks will travel across “Route 66” from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA stopping at St. Louis, Joplin, Oklahoma City, Amarillo and Albuquerque. With an estimated range of 100 miles per battery charge, it would have to travel 500 miles per day, batteries take 8 hours to recharge, they could be swapped out as they will be in 24/7 operating conditions, that only takes 20 minutes to do
Google Voice for Android has been updated and should now be much faster, according to an announcement on the Google Voice Blog. The update includes a feature called “Inbox Synchronization” which will notify your Android smartphone of new text messages or voicemails within seconds of them arriving in your Google Voice inbox. Its simple to activiate Inbox Synchronization, just go to your Google Voice settings and touch Refresh and notification.
The Motorola Devour is now in Verizon Wireless stores for $149.99 on a 2 year contract. We received our unit last week and have had a chance to give it some attention, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth, and Android 1.6, it's not a bad little unit to keep you socially connected. Featuring MotoBlur the Devour is intended for the younger twittering generation, it basically streamlines your texts, feeds, emails and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace allowing them to be synched in real-time on your Devour's homescreen.
Logic Instrument has just launched their rugged FieldBook. The Windows handheld device sports a 7-inch “sunlight readable” WVGA display with a resistive glovetouch screen, that means no sausage wieners necessary. You can drop it from 4', bring it to extreme climates of -20C to +50C, rain won't stop it, nor dust-storms. It's not exactly the handheld you would buy for watching movies and surfing the web, unless you were out roaming the Adirondacks in December. It would be more in line with maintenance and communication crews such as military, logistics and emergency services.
The Google Nexus One is just about the only mobile smartphone device that has ever launched on the market in an “unlocked” state, being able to be used on any carrier that will support it. Some think this was crazy, but now the true marketing genius behind Google's actions is beginning to show. RCS Limited is one of the world's largest international traders of consumer electronics, including cellular phones. Recently they have seen demand for Google's Nexus One climb steadily since 2010 started. Just last month demand for the Nexus One was 16% higher than that of the iPhone, according to RCS, and they don't expect a slow down anytime soon.
HP today expanded their line of Z series workstations with the addition of the HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation, adding a powerhouse monster to their list of advanced graphics and performance computers. EliteBook 8740w is a designers dream, not only will you have precise color control on the 30-bit 17-inch display, but you also get HP DreamColor and the HP color calibration kit. With 16GB of memory, rendering should be a breeze.
Latest from the labs at Belkin are four new wireless routers that go beyond your typical “Internet sharing” and provide a more seamless experience between the Internet, your devices and media you use. First up is the Play Max Wireless Router (F7D4301), it will stream HD, retails for $129.99, and features high-speed gigabit ethernet ports, simultaneous 802.11n Dual-Band antennas for speeds of up to 300Mbps, 2 USB ports for pritner and storage sharing, UpnP, and VPN Support: PPTP and IPSec pass-through.
Sprint's first WiMax/4G phone is official, and it's everything your dream smartphone could be. The HTC Evo 4G is a combination of HTC's Touch HD2 hardware, and a bit of Sense UI Android goodness of the HTC Legend, pushing 720p HDMI output and ultimately becoming the future of portable multimedia entertainment. The Evo will be exclusive to Sprint, with blazing fast downloads over their 4G network, it will also work on their existing 3G network, but 4G is really where its at (10 times faster than 3G). Running Android 2.1, with a beautiful 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen at 480x800 resolution, we would expect this powerful machine to support DiVX, but no official word on that just yet.