Day: March 18, 2010

Windows Phone 7 tablet concept is just a big iPhone (video)

source – by Thomas Ricker

How’s that headline treating you? Surely the same criticism leveled at the iPad holds true for this tablet concept running the Windows Phone 7 smartphone OS right? Maybe. But it’s certainly advantageous to see all those metro UI panels laid out as a single image instead of a series of vertical slices suitable to a mobile handset. And a pair of backside joysticks and double-duty touch QWERTY / viewing stand are nice features as well. Nevertheless, we already have a fictitious lover in the Courier who we’re not quite ready to betray even if the designer is named Umang Dokey, okey? Test your own nobility in the video after the break.

Hanvon BC10C review

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Hanvon BC10C is pretty slim for a 10 inch tablet

Remember the Hanvon BC10C and the BA10E slate tablets presented at CeBIT a few weeks ago? It seems that Hanvon made real nice progress since then and got a few samples to the press to review them, which JKKmobiledid and here’s what they’ve found out about the BC10C, the model with a 1.3 GHz Celeron M ULV 743 CPU and GMA4500 graphics. If you wonder why no Atom CPU then think about performance and you have your answer. The BA10E is fitted with an Atom CPU, just like the ASUS EEE PC T101MT and it’s not a pleasant view.

The Celeron M CPU gives the BC10C a serious multimedia carriage, like 1080p playback (with a help of an additional chip I suppose) and HDMI output capabilities, smooth everyday operation in apps like Google Maps where frequent zooming is required and overall improved user experience. The downside, as there is one, is battery life, as BC10C managed just 3.5 hours of autonomy in real life scenarios, but mind you this is a pre-production unit so the final version could improve on this field, but I don’t expect wonders.

If you’re already set on the Hanvon BC10C wait a sec till I tell you about price: 877$, not too pocket friendly, but if it’s as good as in the video below I believe it is worth the money and maybe in the future this sum will be lowered if production ramps up in numbers.

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Shanghai prepares for Expo 2010

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Alex eReader hands-on

source – by John Biggs

The Alex ereader is out and I got to look at it today for a few minutes. The top part is a real epaper screen and the bottom part is essentially a small Android MID. The device has Wi-Fi and is available now for $399, shipping in May.

The company had a few interesting points about their sales strategy. Their goal isn’t to sell and ship devices, although their ereader will play epub, PDF, HTML, and TXT files out of the box. They are currently partnering with international publishing houses and periodicals and will work with those partners to create an web store as well as a unique UI for each device. In this way a newspaper could offer a branded version of its reader and offer it at a subsidized rate to online subscribers or a publishing house or book store could offer their own branded experience.

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Windows Phone 7 Series multitasking: the real deal — Engadget

source – by Nilay Patel

We’ve definitely learned a ton about Windows Phone 7 Series here at MIX, but getting the full picture on multitasking has been difficult, since the OS isn’t ready, no one has final hardware, and the emulator seems to behave differently than actual devices and Microsoft’s descriptions. So let’s set the record straight on multitasking: it’s not going to happen, at least not in the traditional way. Not only have we directly confirmed this with Microsoft executives several times, but the developer sessions here are totally clear on the matter — you don’t tell 1000+ devs that they should expect their apps to be killed whenever the user switches away from them if you don’t mean it. Now, that’s not to say that the OS can’t do multitasking: first-party apps like the Zune player and IE can run in the background, and third-party apps are actually left running in a suspended state (Microsoft calls it “dehydrated”) as long as the system doesn’t need any additional resources. If the user cycles back to an app, it’s resumed (“rehydrated”) and life continues merrily along, but if the user opens other apps and the system needs additional resources, the app is killed without any indication or remorse.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s basically a single-tasking riff on Android and Windows Mobile 6, both of which also purport to intelligently manage multiple running applications like this, and both of which usually find themselves greatly improved with manual task managers. We’ll have to see if Windows Phone 7 Series can do a better job once it ships — we have a feeling it will — and later down the line we’ll see if Microsoft decides to extend multitasking to third-party apps. But for now, just know that you’re not going to be running Pandora in the background while you do other tasks on a 7 Series device — it is a question we have specifically asked, and the answer, unfortunately, is no.

Move Over Eee Keyboard, Old School Commodore Keyboard

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Will this be the year of computer all-in-one keyboards? Hardly, but Commodore is really digging the idea and plans to launch their own computer in a keyboard.

It’s chunky and has an old school look to remind you of bygone decades when the Commodore 64 and Amiga ruled the home computing gaming / demo scene.

Putting the looks to one side, the specs are on par with today’s AIO desktops albeit a few outdated ports. Apparently there are various processor configurations ranging from Core 2 Duo / Quad / Pentium and Celeron D processors with an Intel G31 express chipset. GMA 3100 graphics. 2x RAM slots (4GB max), 5.1 sound.

For connectivity: various card readers, gigabit LAN, VGA, DVI, 4x USB, 2x PS/2 for mouse/keyboard and old school 2x serial and 1x parallel port just in case you have a dot matrix printer gathering dust somewhere. Optical drive tucked into the left side.

I can’t seem to find the Commodore website to verify this stuff. Anyway, pics below:

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The Intel Classmate Convertible PC

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I quite happen to believe in the role of educational computers in development of third world countries, but this kind on initiative is not limited to them. Educational computers like the Intel Classmate PC shouldn’t be regarded as just cheap computers but also as special designed tools to help scholars and students to learn better. We’ve talked a few times here at about the Classmate Convertible PC from Intel and now it’s time to watch a real presentation from one of Intel’s employees that explains better that we ever could how the Classmate has evolved in past years and what are the plans for future series.

Intel has already shipped over two million devices, with more than 500.000 being used in Portugal at this time, where parents are paying for them in three percentages, 0%, 20% and 50% according to their household income, the rest being covered by the Portuguese government. I say that’s nice for a device that costs somewhere between 200 and 400$. What I would have love to see is the Classmate and devices like that sold to regular people too, as I wouldn’t mind having a rugged tablet with me in any of my trips outdoors. Would you?

The custom designed active desktop from IntelOf course you can make annotations on the Classmate

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