Feb 25, 2011

HP's tablet features in Dr.Dre, Eminem's music video

HP's marketing strategy has started with a bang. The company's latest outcome, the webOS based TouchPad tablet and a smartphone made a cameo in the new music video of the song "I Need A Doctor" by rappers Dr.Dre and Eminem from the former's upcoming album, Detox. The video shows doctors using the "touch and share" feature of the tablet; whether that means that HP is targeting the medical industry, is difficult to say. Anyway, must say that it's a great start, HP. You can catch the glimpse of the device at 4:17. Enjoy the video.

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Feb 24, 2011

Apple to bring Intel's Thunderbolt I/O

"The Fastest Connection To Your PC Experience" is the tag line used by Intel, the brand behind Thunderbolt I/0. The thunderbolt technology is designed to give the user a 10Gbps transfer rate in and out at the same time. Intel says that a single cable can be used to connect to various devices that will make use of the thunderbolt technology. Thunderbolt enabled products are compatible with existing DisplayPort devices, so the user doesn't need a new display to make use of this technology. The technology was designed keeping audio and video applications in mind, so we can be pretty sure that when Intel says "fast" they mean "fast". 
Features listed by Intel are as follows

  • Dual-channel 10 Gbps per port
  • Bi-directional
  • Dual-protocol (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
  • Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
  • Electrical or optical cables
  • Uses native protocol software drivers
  • Power over cable for bus-powered devices
  • Extend to reach other I/O technologies by using adapters. Simple to create a Gigabit Ethernet or eSATA adapters using existing device PCI Express drivers.

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Feb 23, 2011

Android is YOU!

Yes yes...another Android related post. Google recently launched an app, which might probably be an attempt to get Android and the user a little closer. Personalization is the name of the game. Enjoy the video.

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Feb 20, 2011

Linux, That Is Where We Are Going.

A newbie, A little skeptical, Unsure, A Microsoft loyalist; these could be statuses of people when it comes to Linux. But believe it or not, that is exactly where we are going. With the major contributors like Dell, IBM and HP, linux is free, open and brilliant. From a commonly used OS on embedded systems and of course the current ruler in the smartphone arena, linux is slowly being accepted in the desktop computer as well. Ubuntu was one of the firsts to be user-friendly linux and hence has been most popular. Dell was one of the first computer maker brands to support Linux by packing it with their products. Google launched it's own linux based Chrome OS, which of course couldn't make it big for several reasons. Sooner or later Google will most probably bring out Android as an OS for the PC i.e, considering a merger of the Android and the Chrome OS projects. If you followed HP's "think beyond" event held last week, you'd know that again Linux took the limelight. The event was primarily set up for the official launch of products running on HP's new baby, linux-based webOS. HP bought Palm (the makers of webOS) in the month of April last year. In the event HP also said that webOS will not be restricted to smartphones and tablets, but it will also be shipped with printers and PCs. They smell like Apple, don't they? The world's largest PC maker is now thinking away from Windows; Microsoft better buckle up.
Most stock exchanges(London and NYC to name a few) and corporate houses are moving to linux, thanks to the undisputable security and reliability the platform offers. On December 2010, Russian PM said that all federal agencies will move to the linux platform by 2012. Another slap in the face of you know who.

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Feb 19, 2011


Couple of weeks ago Google accused Microsoft of copying search results into the latter's search engine Bing. Google had solid proof to go along with it. All that maybe was true. But I recently performed a simple search query on Bing which maybe further embarrassing. It was more like a proof that Bing gives more preference to Google than to itself.
After creating content on the Internet, the user would usually like the content to show up on search results of popular search engines. So I go to bing, type a query "SUBMIT A URL" and was pretty sure that the first result would be the one I need. But what do I see as the first result?
That's right... "Add your URL to GOOGLE". Now I know a slightly different query may get Bing on top, but just for fun sake ;)

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Feb 16, 2011

The man under the scanner, Elop speaks out

Tagged as a "trojan horse" after the marriage of Microsoft and Nokia, Stephen Elop, the man himself has spoken out in an interview with the editor of engadget. Symbian, WP7, MeeGo and everything else right from the horse's mouth. Check it out.

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Intel announces "Medfield" processor for smartphones

The first thing I thought when the announcement of the joint development of MeeGo was made was that would Intel develop processors for Smartphones. Intel had mentioned about the Medfield processor way back on December 2008. But couple of days ago at the MWC, Intel has slightly opened up. Showing off an unknown Medfield based phone, Intel's Senior Vice President Anand Chandrasekher spoke quite firmly about how the platform will in fact ship in smartphones and that it will also support Android. Any mentions about their child, MeeGo? Ah! That seems to be like an imaginary monster from Greek mythology. Huge, powerful, backed by Gods, but still imaginary. Adding further on Medfield, Mr. Anand said that "on active power we are the most efficient architecture on the planet". That means excellent battery life. 

Going back, Intel's main reason to develop MeeGo was that Windows7 was not fully compatble with it's Atom processors which was the most common processor used in netbooks. MeeGo was born by merging Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo into one new common project. MeeGo, so far seems to be going nowhere but even though Nokia has showed it's interests in WP7, (which might have been a decision out of desperation) Intel doesn't want to give up on MeeGo as yet; and if you are a developer and you do not want to give up on MeeGo as well, then click here

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Feb 12, 2011

RIM extending services to other devices?

I was doing a bit of searching if RIM does or has any plans of providing it's services in a way that would help other platform users enjoy the capabilities of a BlackBerry device. Corporations use BlackBerry Connect Service to have remote administration on their employees BB device. In the last year or so, we saw RIM losing it's grip on the smartphone category to the iPhone and Android devices mainly for the fact that the apps available for the latter two were much more advanced and great in number. Last month, vice-president of RIM said this in an interview:

"BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations, [but] it's not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in. So there's a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well? ... If the right thing to do is to extend a subset of those [BlackBerry] capabilities to be able to manage other devices, it's worthy of a conversation."

So maybe someday we would use BlackBerry Messenger across devices. Convergence.

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Feb 9, 2011

Nokia CEO: Our platform is burning !!

Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop in his memo to the employees spilled out the problems the company is facing. He stressed on the competition it faces with Apple and Google. He wrote to his employees saying that they are on a "burning platform". The keys to be noted from the memo are as follows:

  • Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.
  • Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range
  • The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.
  •  Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements
  • We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.
  •  In the UK, our brand preference has slipped to 20 percent, which is 8 percent lower than last year. It's also down in the other markets, which are traditionally our strongholds: Russia, Germany, Indonesia, UAE
Since the Nokia N8, the company hasn't really brought out devices worth noticing. A report earlier this month showed that Nokia's expenditure on R&D is much much more than the others. The area of expenditure?...anybody's guess. Nokia is probably planning a release of it's MeeGo device in the upcoming Mobile World Congress next week. Eyes wide open.

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Motorola Xoom Commercial

It was perhaps the show stealer of CES-2011. Android's Honeycomb was officially launched at an event in California by Google on Feb 2nd and the first tablet to be running on Android 3.0, the Xoom is all ready to set some standards. The tablet looks nothing less than beautiful. To have a look at the specs click here

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Feb 6, 2011

Official Blogger App for Android

Screenshot of the Blogger App
"Start blogging on the go with the official Blogger app!". That is what the page for the Official Blogger application in the Android Market page says. The app was available just a day after the Android event on Feb 2 held in California which was mainly set up for the official launch of Android's tablet version of the OS, Honeycomb. Another important announcement made that day was that of the Android Market website which would enable users to check out screenshots, get updates, download and install the requested app directly on their registered Android device. WordPress had their blogging application for Android and iOS from a very long time, hence it was important that Google had a similar application for their own Blogging Tool. 
The app will allow multiple blogger accounts and support for pretty much everything that the user could do on the web. Apart from the basic things like saving drafts, publishing posts, viewing all the previous posts, users will also be allowed to take pictures from within the application or selecting the previously stored ones. User will also be able to share his/her current location.

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Feb 5, 2011

Microsoft helps Chrome, says IE9 will support WebM

IE9 Beta
Looks like Microsoft is taking up the job of making the perfect browser very seriously. It doesn't want to make any mistakes with the upcoming version of the Internet Explorer, the release candidate of which will be released on the 10th of this month. A couple of days ago, Microsoft said that it would release a plugin for Chrome which would enable support to play H.264 videos on the browser. Microsoft had released a similar plugin for Firefox earlier. Microsoft also said that IE9 would fully support third party WebM plugins. Users will just have to install a VP8 codec on their PC. WebM is an audio-video format designed to provide high-quality open video compression format for use with HTML5 video. WebM project is sponsored by Google.

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