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2010 CES Daily Round-Up: Press Edition, January 5th

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

With CES right around the corner (January 7-10) and with all the press events going on right now, I thought I would give a daily round-up of all that went down.

Today, January 5th, has been a fairly quiet one, but we have already seen some interesting products/concepts!  Here is a rundown on what we have seen thus far:

-Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Hands-On

-3D TV is going to be HUGE at CES- ESPN has already set a date for when they will be airing a 3D World Cup.

-Skype HD: Skype directly through your LG or Panasonic TV

-ASUS has a slew of new netbooks, laptops, and desktops- Unveiled at their press event

-Spring Design Alex dual-screen, Android based e-reader

That was about it for today’s CES news- I’m sure that there were a few things that I may have missed, but I will do my best to catch any and all that comes out of CES this week

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The JooJoo, Apple Tablet, Microsoft Courier, and My Obsession With All of Them UPDATE

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the past few months there has been an explosion of rumors regarding the ever elusive tablet PC (or Mac).  I am growing more and more anxious as the days roll by as to when we will actually see these coveted pieces of modern technology.

Here is the most recent information regarding all the rumored tablets:

The Apple Tablet-


There have been countless (and I mean COUNTLESS) rumors circulating the web regarding this amazing piece of (unconfirmed) technology.  The hype being created for the tablet could mean huge sales for Apple if they ever decide to release it.  The rumors have come from manufacturing data, filed patents, and analysts, but we still have had no word from Apple regarding the existence of a tablet.

Most Recent Rumor:  Via Gizmodo

Citing his investigation into Apple’s supply chain, analyst Yair Reiner claims that Apple will ramp up production of the wonderdevice in February 2010. His date for the Second Coming of the JesusTablet: March or April. And apparently, it’ll kill Kindle.

Let’s hope he is right.

UPDATE- We have a video that has surfaced (clearly a fake, but I like to dream) of the Apple Tablet:

The Microsoft Courier

First, I must say that I was enthralled with the idea of an Apple Tablet…because we all know that Apple makes amazing products, but when I saw the Microsoft Courier…I became a Microsoft Fan Boy (for this product ONLY)

The Microsoft Courier is a product that is (maybe) being developed by Microsoft and has dual 7-inch screens that are said to be multitouch.  The device is being designed for writing, flicking, and drawing with a stylus, in addition to finger gestures.  The screens are connected by a hinge that has an “iPhone-esque” home button.  The device is also supporting a camera on the outer cover.

I personally feel that this is one of the coolest devices I have ever seen.  Yes, there are netbooks out there that are small and portable, but this is in the shape of a BOOK.  How many movies have there been where we’ve seen people from the future using devices like this?? Exactly.

Looking forward to hearing more about this device as soon as humanly possible.

The JooJoo (or the artist formally known as CrunchPad)-

The JooJoo is the only device of the three that has actually been held by human hands.  This device is an browser based device that is basically for internet usage.  The screen is a massive 12.1 inches and is supposedly in full HD.  The touchscreen has different finger gestures for making your way through different apps or web pages and looks to be like a pretty solid device.  Other than the $500 price tag for a device that only offers a way to get on the internet…this is a pretty interesting piece of technology.

UPDATE– The JooJoo has officially gotten some press shots and is now available for pre-order through their website, thejoojoo.com.

Here are some of the amazing press shots:

UPDATE- JooJoo Pre-Order Violates PayPal Rules

A few days ago someone pointed out (here)that the pre-order going on right now over at TheJooJoo.com is in clear violation of PayPal rules.

Right now when you pre-order the JooJoo it says that they should be shipped with 8-10 weeks, but according to PayPal user agreement…thats not possible:

ll.4 – Prohibited Transactions. […] You also agree not to use your PayPal account to sell goods with delivery dates delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment, or to sell securities, business opportunities, franchises or multi-level marketing or goods with delivery delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment.

This is another road bump in the already bump road of the JooJoo (aka CrunchPad)- It is a little discomforting to put down that much money and only have PayPal to do it.  I hope they figure this out ASAP because I still have high hopes for this piece of technology.

UPDATE- Notion Inc. Enters Tablet Wars

The people over at Slashgear.com have released some information regarding a new tablet device that is making its way into the ongoing tablet wars.

This device is of course being shown of in its render stage, but it still is enough to spark my interest (and I’m sure yours)

Stuffed into this device is a GPS, a digital compass, accelerometer and proximity, and ambient light and water sensors.  t’ll be available in 16GB and 32GB SSD options, and will have an SD card slot too. The Pixel Qi display measures 10.1-inches, and offers 1080p resolution video playback and connection wise it has a USB, HDMI, 3.5mm jack and microphone input. With Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

These are some pretty amazing specs and it looks like we will see more of it at CES 2010 in January.  I would keep my eyes and ears open on this one.

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I needed a chance to clear my head of all these rumors and broken promises.   These devices could revolutionize the way we access and share information.  I will constantly keep my eyes and ears open for new rumors and update as much as possible.

I can’t wait until these devices become reality…until then…I will just have to survive on rumors.

Shoot on over to Gizmodo.com, Engadget.com, or Wired.com for the full reviews, hands on, and rumors galore for each device and more.

HTC Droid Eris Will Be The Cheaper Step-Brother of the Motorola Droid

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Lets face it. The media has been eating up the Motorola Droid.  Although, the next phone in Verizon’s Droid line-up will be the HTC Droid Eris:

This phone looks pretty good, I will say that. One of the few things we know about this phone is that it will be $99, which is $100 less than its older brother, the Motorola Droid.

We do know, however, that the HTC Eris will feature Wi-Fi and 5MP camera, which is comparable to the Droid.  I just hope that the lower price will give this phone a boost because the Motorola Droid looks badass

Categories: Android, Cell Phone, Droid, HTC, Verizon

Motorola Droid Demo Video Displays Features, Crappy Acting

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

This deserves a post of its own:

I am really looking forward to it simply because Verizon has been lacking in their phone selection for some time now…and it’s about time they stop sucking a big one.

Here is basically everything the Droid can do:

With DROID by Motorola, you can:

· Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect.

· See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps™, videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7″ high-resolution screen. Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice that of the leading competitor.

· Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market™. Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps.

· Perform Google Search™ at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you’re looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type what you’re looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web.

· Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend’s antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand.

· Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail™ and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don’t let them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts.

· Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It’s powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say “Navigate to [your destination],” and you’ll be on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.

Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:

· Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map.

· Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations.

· YouTube™: One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos.

· Google Talk™: Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links.

· Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers.

· Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.’d to your meeting invitations.

· Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air.

· Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.

Pricing and Availability:

· DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

[Via Verizon]

 

Motorola Droid Makes Its Debut November 6th, $200 Price Tag; UPDATE

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Verizon had their Droid event today- and we now have a release date and price tag.  Coming to Verizon November 6th for $200.

Info, specs, and reviews of this phone had been highly available (leaked) thanks to Verizon’s and Motorola’s highly trained marketing team.  But we do know for sure when it’s coming out and for how much….I think that’s what’s most important.

 

UPDATE: PHOTOS FROM ENDGADGET

I am sorry, but this thing looks badass

Verizon HTC Droid Eris…Is Already Obsolete

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

According to BGR, the Droid Eris going to run Android 1.5 on a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU, which means that once Android 2.0 comes out and is running on Moto’s OMAP3, the Eris is going to be instantly worthless.

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I truly hope that Verizon and HTC are handling this situation with great care….as it would be dumb not to.  We will have to see how this all pans out.  I’m looking forward to a great show.

Categories: Android, Cell Phone, Droid, Tech, Verizon

Android 2.0 Launched; SDK Support; One More Step Complete In Google’s Plan For World Domination

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Android 2.0 has been launched officially and with some VERY NICE new features.  Heres the release video:

The highlights from the video/release include:

Searchable SMS, Exchange support, more in-depth camera controls, a better keyboard with full multitouch, a revamped browser with a better UI and HTML5 support….New contact setup, Bluetooth with full 2.1 and new profiles and better support for multiple screen sizes, like WVGA (800×480) & FWVGA (854×480)

Being a Verizon customer, I have been excited to hear rumors of the Android 2.0 window of exclusivity that Verizon might have, but I will say that they are doing some exciting things with Android and I know I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Oh, and yes, Google does have plans to take over the world…just you wait.

[via Gizmodo.com]

Categories: Android, Cell Phone, Google, Verizon