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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

On a different, but somewhat similar note;

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Publishing Power Houses Combine For E-Publishing Venture

December 13, 2009 2 comments

In recent news, there has been a lot of talk regarding e-publishing.  A great deal of companies have already stated that they are working on projects that will revolutionize the industry and take it into a new era.

This video from a collaboration between The WonderFactory and Time Inc. shows an AMAZING concept of what e-publishing could eventually (hopefully) be:

I know that this is simply a concept, but just looking at it and seeing the possibilities gets me excited.

That being said, this past week the biggies in the publishing sector, News Corp, Conde Nast, Hearst, Time and Meredith, announced a new and exciting venture.

They announced a digital publishing venture that will strive to develop new standards in the online news and magazine industry.  They are working to develop an online store that will try to focus on giving end users access to content via  portable digital devices. (AKA Tablets)

This is exciting news because why would these HUGE companies be putting time and money into developing this new type of store front if they didn’t have any inside info regarding the release of a tablet like device.  Honestly, hurry up already.

They are hoping to create an application that will attempt to retain the look and feel of the original publications.  They also want to offer a platform that will work for numerous different devices and screen sizes, which will give readers an extensive selection.

“For the consumer, this digital initiative will provide access to an extraordinary selection of engaging content products, all customised for easy download on the device of their choice, including smartphones, e-readers and laptops,” says John Squires, the venture’s interim MD. “Once purchased, this content will be ‘unlocked’ for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime, on any platform.”

The five publishers have an equal share in the new venture, which makes it even if this venture fails….and I don’t think it will- We just need to see the devices they plan on publishing for.

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.

Microsoft Courier Leaked Interface; Makes Me Want It Even More

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

It has been a few days since my last post and I must apologize…I was deathly ill…and by deathly ill, I mean I had a cold and didn’t feel much like typing 🙂 But there is NEWS TODAY!!!

The Microsoft Courier….I have to have one.

Ever since Gizmodo [http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet] had the exclusive on the Microsoft Courier back in September, I have wanted one of these with a passion.

I have also been waiting for some kind of update since I first laid my eyes on this beauty…and that day is today.

Gizmodo has released a document that goes over the entire Microsoft Courier Interface.

http://gizmodo.com/5381011/microsoft-couriers-swipes-snips-and-scribbles-the-leaked-interface

It looks like the most amazing scrapbook I have ever seen.  I must have one and thanks to Gizmodo…I can now curb the urge to write Microsoft an angry letter expressing my need for more info.

Thank you, Gizmodo…for staying my pen.

Enjoy.

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

“Impending Apple Slate”…That’s All I Need To Know

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

This story has been blowing up across the internet today and If you haven’t seen or heard anything about it- Here you go:

(Check Out This Guy’s Broken Fingers In The Patent)

Bill Keller, Executive Editor New York Times spoke to the Digital Group at the NY Times in what was supposed to be an “off the record” speech; however, those at the NY Times didn’t get that memo. A video of the speech was sent to Nieman Journalism Lab in which Keller is quoted saying

We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or THE IMPENDING APPLE SLATE, or whatever comes after that.

Now maybe Keller gets Google Alerts regarding anything that has to do with the Apple Tablet or he has some inside information.

More than likely he knows that there is an IMPENDING APPLE SLATE because earlier in the year sources confirmed that the NY Times was approached by Apple to discuss a new device.

Who knows if this is a sign that the coveted, yet inexistent, Apple Tablet is coming sooner than we think (or at all), but I do know that I want one…and need it immediately.

Here is a link to the video of Keller speaking at the Times Center: http://vimeo.com/7166514

Skip to 8:20 of the video to hear about the Apple Slate.

Trust Me. Touch Screens Are The Future…and so are Flux Capacitors

October 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I have been watching and reading alllll of the countless rumors regarding the Apple iTablet and the Microsoft Courier (both of which I need immediately) and all I say to these companies is:  PLEASE HURRY THE HELL UP.

Reading Gizmodo, I found this neat, little tidbit of info from Nokia:

Gadget patents are a strange lot. Is that dual-handed interface for an iTablet, or something else? Will my remote really Tweet someday? Probably not, but this patent from Nokia had me thinking of a touch- and, more importantly, pressure-sensitive future

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This does breathe some life into the never ceasing rumor mill known as tablets- Of course, the idea of tablets have been around a long time and some have even failed big time at making it (see the Apple Newton) but, with the release of these patents from Nokia…it is good to see that someone is actually taking this touch screen, pressure sensitive business seriously because my emotions are pressure sensitive and I can’t bear another rumor.

Let me know what you think in the comments!