Not only did Steve Jobs make an appearance at tonight’s Oscars, but Apple’s iPad also got some screentime. The ad is everything you’d expect from the boys in Cupertino and then some. It avoids showing the video playback in motion, which we’re not too surprised about but what was shown looked flawless. The Apple iPad is due to hit stores on April 3rd, with pre-ordering to begin in the coming days.
Today at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 7 Series OS that looks to ditch all the work of versions past. Starting from scratch is no easy task but they have manager to Windows Mobile and brought a product that the masses may actually want to use (including us). Don’t look for the Start button because there isn’t one. Instead, the design is more like that of the Zune HD interface, but with much more depth. Along with the newly crafted home screen and user interface experience, there’s also robust Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and freshly improved social networking tools.
Much of the focus is on social networking, but Xbox LIVE is looking to be a legit addition — LIVE games, avatars, and profiles. The Zune integration looks to be a carbon copy of the standalone device’s features (including FM radio).
Expect the 7 Series army to be a large one with carrier partnerships including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and hardware partners including Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.
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Nikon‘s S8000 is a beauty. It’s slim and sleek and it packs a punch. Shown above in a fresh black finish, their latest point and shoot’s got a 10x zoom Nikkor lens, crisp 3-inch, 921,000-dot display and a 14 megapixel sensor. All this is great but it’s also got the ability to capture 720p video at 30 fps. Look for the S8000 to hit stores sometime this month for $299.95.
The boys in Cupertino have finally officially taken the covers off their newest device. It’ll be called the iPad, a name that’s been floating around for quite sometime. It looks great. The body’s slim, looks pretty comfy in Jobs’ hands. The OS is like an exploded version of the iPhone’s with a few cool features like ability to view YouTube in HD and an email interface with some enhanced aesthetics. Landscape and portrait view are enabled in the majority of uses. You’ve got maps, calendars, built-in iTunes Store, and iPhoto integration with events, places and faces. Movies, TV shows, music videos, audiobooks, just about everything you can watch on your iPhone, you can access through this beauty.
Hardware specs – 1.5 lbs., 0.5 inch thick with a 9.7 inch display, full capacitive multitouch, all powered by the 1GHz Apple A4 chip. Storage can be from 16GB to 64GB of flash memory. The usual suspects are all here – bluetooth 2.1 EDR, accelerometer, compass, WiFi 802.11n, microphone, and speaker. The iPad has a 10-hour battery life with a month of standby time. Wow. (more…)
Aliph, the makers of the Jawbone bluetooth headset lineup, have released their latest design, the Jawbone Icon. Available in the six styles above. Each has a cool name–(Clockwise from the top left) The Thinker, The Rogue, The Hero, The Ace, The Catch, and The Bombshell. From the Prime, this one packs dual-phone linkage and enhanced NoiseAssassin. Aesthetically, it’s the smallest and lightest line of Jawbones to date. Other interesting features include onboard ‘AudioApp’ which vocally broadcasts battery level and caller ID. What? You don’t want a voice rambling through your ears? Aliph has that covered by also displaying a battery gauge on the iPhone which Apple’s apparently cool with.
Aliph’s also launched a “MyTALK” website (still in beta) where you can pick and install other AudioApps and DialApps (for the multifunction button; e.g. voice dialing, free directory assistance and voice-to-SMS) onto the Icon, and both will be free except for some DialApps which require subscription.
Buy It: $99.99 at Jawbone
Phaidon’s Wallpaper* city guide print series has brought their “Top 10 Bestselling Wallpaper* City Guides” to the iPhone for $3.99 a pop. The international cities include Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Tokyo. The Berlin guide is currently being offered for free, so we suggest downloading it to get a gist of what you’ll expect in the digital versions. (via TrendLand)
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Although most of Microsoft’s goodies were dropped ahead of CES, this keyboard didn’t. It’s slim and light and packs a 2.4GHz wireless receiver that can be hidden in the keyboard. It’s also got a few extra function keys, since we can have too many of those. The Arc Keyboard will hit shelves February 21st for $59.95.
A few months back, FLO TV showed a prototype for bringing its mobile tv service to the iPhone, but it required a hideous attachment. Now that Mophie, the make of the popular Juice Pack, has joined hands with the FLO TV, that attachment is gone and the hardware is integrated right into the Juice Pack. What could be a better marriage, the receiver for watching TV and the extra battery life to keep it going all wrapped into one attachment. (via engadget)
So we’ve already shown you everything there is to see about the latest Android phone from HTC and Google, but now it’s time to check out something the masses have been yearning for but have yet to actually receive. Adobe’s been working on Flash 10.1 beta for quite sometime and they’ve finally got a decent build ready and Adrian Ludwig from Adobe’s Flash team shows us how the service will render on mobile devices. The one thing to note is that the Nexus One has a very powerful processor from Qualcomm, something proves to be handy when using a power-hungry service like Flash. Guess the mobile devices of 2010 and beyond will be smart and powerful.
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After all the hands-on reviews and final build speculations, we’ve finally gotten an official release for the Nexus One from Google. So what sets this HTC-built Android phone from all the others before it? Well, for one, it’s got Android 2.1, the latest build of the rapidly growing OS. On top of that, it’s got a slim body with a whole lotta goodness – 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, compass, GPS, accelerometer, light and proximity sensor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a multicolored LED under the trackball. Beyond the essentials, it’s also got two mics onboard, one on the bottom and one on the back, for the purpose of noise cancellation à la Motorola’s CrystalTalk.
The unit can be custom engraved with two lines of text at the time of order and can be bought today off contract with a T-Mobile compatible radio for $529 unlocked, with shipping to the US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong, or with a two year T-Mobile US contract for $179 (both with free overnight shipping in the US).
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