Feb 142011

Samsung’s announcement today of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows that, like Motorola, it is throwing in its lot with Nvidia, presenting an impressive challenge to Apple’s upcoming iPad 2.

Samsung and Nvidia announced in Barcelona today at the Mobile World Congress that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will run Google’s Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) software on top of the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the same software and chip being used by Motorola in its Xoom tablet.

“We’ve worked closely with Nvidia to raise the stakes again. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with Honeycomb and Tegra 2, provides the optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising the mobility Samsung is known for,” Hyungmoon Noh, VP of Samsung’s R&D Strategy Group, said in a statement.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run Google's Android 3.0 ('Honeycomb') software on top of the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the same software and chip being used by Motorola in its Xoom tablet. (Credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET)

Samsung’s 10-inch tablet taps the Tegra 2 chip to drive “the first GPU-accelerated user interface designed for tablets and other larger-screen devices,” Nvidia said in a statement. Nvidia’s forte is designing GPUs, or Graphics Processing Units. With the Tegra 2, it couples an Nvidia GeForce GPU with dual-core processor design from ARM, more or less replicating what Motorola is doing internally with the Xoom.

Nvidia continued: “Tegra 2 enables consumers to engage in multitasking, [to] surf the Web quickly with fast-loading Web pages and Flash-based content, [and] enjoy console-quality gaming.”

Both the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab should draw some attention away from Apple’s iPad 2, which is also slated to have a dual-core processor, better graphics silicon, and a couple of cameras, as well as other features like more memory. To date, with the small exception of first-generation products like Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab, Apple has had the tablet market pretty much to itself. Those days are likely over as heavyweights Google, Motorola, and Samsung bring their technological and marketing prowess to bear on the market.

And another interesting twist is that Samsung Semiconductor makes the A4 processor used in the iPad. The fact that Samsung has opted for Nvidia in its own 10-inch class tablet means there’s some unusual chip-sourcing dynamics taking place between Apple and Samsung. (The 7-inch Galaxy Tab uses a Samsung chip.)

Other features of the 0.43-inch thick Galaxy Tab 10.1 include: a weight of 1.32 pounds, a 1,280×800-pixel resolution touch screen, standard Android user interface, support for 1080p HD video recording (at 24 frames per second) and playback (30fps), a back-facing 8-megapixel camera, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls, and quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) which supports HSPA+. It also sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 capability.

Samsung, however, did not indicate U.S. pricing and availability, or plans for a CDMA model.

The companies are also planning to bring out a new Android-based smartphone with a dual-core Nvidia chip.

Dec 142010

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 08:00 PM EST

Microsoft will again present Slate PCs running Windows 7 at next month’s 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, hoping to offer users an alternative to Apple’s iPad.

According to a report by New York Times, “Microsoft’s chief executive [Steve Ballmer] is expected to announce a number of these devices when he takes the stage at CES, showcasing devices built by Samsung and Dell, among a number of other manufacturing partners.”

The report said that the new crop of Slate PCs include a model from Samsung “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.”

Samsung already sells its Android-based Galaxy Tab, but that 7 inch device isn’t designed to function as an iPad-like tablet as much as an oversized smartphone (or iPod touch). Google’s version of Android aimed at competing in the iPad market isn’t due until next summer.

Microsoft hopes to bring Windows 7 to market to serve as a contender in the table market, which is currently dominated by Apple’s iPad. Without time to develop a new operating system or adapt its fledgling Windows Phone 7 to work on full sized devices, the company is falling back to a strategy that pairs the conventional Windows 7 desktop in landscape mode with a new “layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode,” the report stated.

No focus on apps

While the large library of custom iPad apps delivers much of the allure connected to Apple’s tablet, Microsoft is following Google’s Chrome OS strategy of relying on HTML5 to unlock the value of partner’s new devices. The report cited “a person who works at Microsoft” as saying that “the company was encouraging partners to build applications for these devices that use HTML5.”

The same source said that “applications will not be sold in an app store, as with the Apple iTunes model, but Microsoft will encourage software partners to host the applications on their own Web sites, which will then be highlighted in a search interface on the slate computers. It is unclear if these applications will be ready for CES as most are still in production.”

Microsoft similarly downplayed the importance of available third party software when launching Windows Phone 7, claiming that smartphone users don’t want to be distracted with lots of functionality in their mobile phone. Claiming the same thing about tablet computers will be harder to do, but the new devices’ backward compatibility with conventional Windows apps will make this less necessary.

Lots of Tablet PC failure: 2001-2005

Microsoft began touting “Pen Computing” in the early 90s, at a time when Apple was bringing its Newton Message Pad to market. Stylus-based tablet never caught on outside of a brief flurry of cheap PDAs offered by companies like Palm.

In 2000, just as the promising PDA market was reaching its peak, Microsoft debuted the Tablet PC as a “new” concept, in an effort to sell desktop Windows to mobile users.

While Palm converted its PDA business to smartphones, Microsoft’s Tablet PCs never garnered much attention. Near the end of 2001, Bill Gates claimed that Microsoft’s Tablet PC would become the most popular form of PC in five years, but that never happened.

A year later at the end of 2002, even Gartner was reporting that “despite much publicity and market promotion, the Tablet PC is not expected to result in a high rate of early adoption.”

The firm wrote at the time that “a lack of application support, clumsy hardware designs and a price premium will be barriers for most users,” but still predicted that “by 2007 at least 35 percent of all notebooks sold will have screen digitizers with a convertible or separable keyboard design.” Even that conservative five year prediction didn’t pan out.

UMPC Origami tablet failure: 2006

In 2006, Microsoft relaunched Tablet PCs as part of Project Origami, resulting in a category of products the company named UMPC (for “ultra mobile”). The primary UMPC device was Samsung’s $1300 Q1, which ran both Windows XP (upgradable to Vista) as well as Microsoft’s mobile Windows CE (since rebranded as “Windows XP Embedded” to escape the stigma of Windows CE’s past failures.)

In 2006, Gartner said that it believed Microsoft’s UMPC was rushed to market and “assigned a probability of 80% to the UMPC not achieving mainstream success (sales in the millions of units) by 2009,” according to a report made at the time by Pen Computing.

That same year, CNET UK pitted the Samsung Q1 against a decade old Newton MessagePad 2000 from 1997 and pronounced the Newton as a better mobile device overall.

Surface, Courier and the Slate PC: 2007-2009

In 2007, Microsoft turned its attention to touch-based desktop PCs as Apple released the first iPhone, later unveiling the Microsoft Surface prototype. Apple continued to broaden its reach into the tablet market with the iPod touch, which delivered much of the functionality of a tablet while only claiming to be an entertainment device.

In 2009, Microsoft floated prototype pictures of the Courier, a dual screen tablet device that was supposed to support both multitouch and stylus input, and run the same software as Windows Phone 7 (at least according to the imagination of the company’s fans). Microsoft officially scuttled the project in 2010.

In 2010, Microsoft once again focused on Tablet PCs, this time under the name Slate PC, showing off a prototype of an HP Slate running Windows 7. That device ended up selling just 9,000 units as Apple’s full sized iPad began selling into the millions.

Dec 132010

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 13, 2010

A new trio of website “Catablogs” launched this week aimed squarely at the booming “secondary” market for all things “i”. Now officially open for business after more than a year in development: The iPad SpotThe iPod Spot and the The iPhone Spot are all based on a new and unique “Catablog” format, according to company owner and developer Henry Perlmutter.

Rather than selling products directly, the sites are designed to showcase daily deals from a wide variety of web merchants. And they’re not limited to a few used and/or refurbished items, but truly a huge selection of new, used and refurbished iPods, iPads, “Unlocked” iPhones and accessories. The integrated “TiPS” Blog incorporates iPod and iTunes tips and how-to’s, and their all-new (and free) 2011 iPod Buyers Guide lays out the details on what are now 28 generations and counting of iPods, iPhones and iPads. The site also has put together a complete iPod + iTunes Ad Gallery on YouTube, featuring every one of Apple’s iconic iPod/iTunes Commercials dating all the way back to 2001.

“The “Catablog” format at it’s core is a web-based catalog/shopping cart, but it’s designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate an active, authoritative and information-rich Blog”, says Perlmutter. With over 10 years in designing and developing custom internet catalogs and websites, Perlmutter came up with the idea after watching the explosion of what he calls “i-Blogs”: “There are a million of these “i-Blogs” out there… all yapping away daily about all things Apple… very few are making any money, and fewer still have anything new to add to the party. Lots of people are just blogging away and then trying to sell a few tacked-on products from their blog”. “I wanted to start out with a significant web-based catalog that incorporated true comparison-shopping functionality, but that also thoroughly integrates all the best features of a Blog.”

The green angle comes from the company’s pledge to donate a potion of every sale to “help protect our environment” “It’s just our small way of making a contribution, but every little bit helps… we just wanted to give something back” says Perlmutter. Additionally, the websites are also all hosted using “certified green web-hosting”, meaning that its servers are powered entirely with wind power, via Green-e certified renewable energy credits.

Apple and other related products are available on the websites via theiSpots associate and affiliate relationships with many of the webs’ leading merchants. Planned additions to the sites include more detailed comparison shopping features and buyers guides, as well as more useable, original content, reviews and information. Additional iSpot sites are also in the planning stages for launch in 2011.

Company Information:
TheiSpots is a growing network of websites serving the Apple iOS device markets, with websites including: theiPadspot.com, theiPodspot.com and the iPhonespot.us. It is a venture of AdCenter, a Phoenix, Arizona based Internet Development firm owned and operated by Henry Perlmutter. Other AdCenter E-Commerce ventures include AZtrucks.com, a leading Phoenix based Internet retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories for nearly 10 years.

For further information please contact:
Henry Perlmutter

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Nov 292010

Apple’s iPad can eclipse a laptop in usability and sheer number of hours used. And iOS 4.2 only makes this more probable.

As Apple adds more features to the iPad, the more it pulls me away from my MacBook Air.
(Credit: Apple)
Though I’ve just begun to dig around inside of iOS 4.2 on my iPad 3G, it’s already obvious that this upgrade is only going to increase the amount of time I spend on the iPad. This will happen at the expense of my MacBook Air, the only other computing device I use regularly.
A recent trip (pre iOS 4.2) serves as a good backdrop to reasons–listed below–for the iPad’s slow-but-steady encroachment on the laptop. During a two-day visit to Silicon Valley last week, I barely used the Air at all. It was iPad-all-the-time: airport, plane, hotel, and on the road locally. Though certainly not the equivalent of the Air in productivity, it always trumps the Air in one crucial area: grab-and-go.
In short, the iPad is a sticky commodity. It’s always there, always accessible when you need it: instant on, instant access to the Internet, thanks to 3G. And this pushes me to do more productivity–i.e., writing–on the iPad, despite the relative inefficiency vis-a-vis the Air. It may sound illogical, nevertheless that’s the way it has evolved for me.
How the iPad encroaches upon/eclipses the laptop:
• Browsing: Coincident with upgrading to iOS 4.2, I have added the Atomic Web browser, which let’s me do tabbed browsing. And 4.2′s multitasking has made it a breeze to jump between Atomic Web and the host of other apps I use.
• Productivity: Granted, this is challenging on the iPad. But it’s getting easier for me as I master the touch interface sans physical keyboard. And it’s more laptop-like with the enhanced multitasking on 4.2. I would submit that as people become more used to the tablet interface, productivity will increase in tandem with familiarity. That’s my case, certainly.
• Content consumption: No brainer (for me, at least). Because of its “grabability,” the iPad becomes the device of choice here. And background streaming of Internet multimedia adds to the allure.
• Multifunction: The iPad–and tablet design in general–screams out for front and back cameras a la Samsung Galaxy Tab. With this, I would have yet another reason not to put down the iPad.
• Future iPad/tablets: Upcoming 11.6-inch and 12.1-inch tablets will be even more powerful and laptop-like. In an interview today with Binay Bajaj, a product marketing manager at Atmel, which makes touch-screen controller chips for the Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Evo 4G (among other devices), he spelled out how future tablets due next year will be much more powerful and very different from the relatively primitive tablets sold today.
And as a postscript, on Tuesday, Dell announced sales of the Inspiron Duo hybrid tablet-Netbook. This product is obviously a nod to the encroachment of the iPad on the laptop. And the Atmel marketing manager made a valid point today when he said consumers may eventually demand a touch interface on all sorts of products, as touch becomes the de rigueur interface.

Nov 242010

Apple® today announced that it sold its three millionth iPad™ yesterday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US. iPad is a revolutionary and magical product that allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.

iPad becomes ever so hot gadgets!

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch™ user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.

Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Oct 262010

iPad design or development, the internet is already offering up resources for you, including interface recommendations, icon templates, and galleries of Apple examples. And why not? The same people who love every pixel of interface on the iPhone are finding 1024×768 reasons to pour over the iPad’s beefy new canvas as well.

iPad apps, iPad developers, iPhone apps

First up, Gizmodo highlights some of Apple’s new iPad Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) which suggest developers “think different” and not just big when it comes to the iPad. They have to “just work” no matter how a user holds the iPad, portrait or landscape, and they should remain just as focused and uncluttered as iPhone apps. It should be easy to share, both in terms of several people using the app on the same devices, and moving data back and forth from the app. Real world look and feel is encouraged; making contacts look like a book gives it tangibility. Multiple multitouch gestures are your friend (there’s a reason NOVA let the player touch the screen and turn the door latch). And while it is a computer, it shouldn’t present the user with file-systems or other computer management tasks.

Next, Cocoia has been generous enough to share a downloadable Photoshop PSD template for iPhone and iPad icons, everything from giant 512×512 to standard iPad and iPhone sizes, to iPad Spotlight and menubar variants.

Last but not least, developer Frasier Spears has painstakingly assembled a Flickr gallery of every iPad UI element he could get his screen-shot on, and presented them with commentary. No better way to get started than by checking out what Apple’s done so far.

Source: tipb.com