Just when you thought the ThinkPad W700ds was amazing with its dual display, along comes the Prime Gaming Laptop. This is a concept by Kyle Cherry though, and you get a trio of collapsible displays that offer a wide viewing angle whenever you want to engage in some gaming or watch a movie. In that mode, it features a 32:10 aspect ratio for superior visibility despite coming in the size of a 13" notebook, boasting a 26" display when fully open. The main display is a 10" concealed OLED screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, while left and right displays are Aux OLED screens with an 8:10 aspect ratio. The battery life's on this thing will be short, that's for sure.
Acer is no stranger when it comes to the notebook market, and here they are with their latest Aspire 8930G-7665 - an 18.4" behemoth that packs in the power of an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 mobile processor at 2GHz clock speed, 1,066MHz FSB and 6MB of L2 cache. Other features found on this portable powerhouse include :-
* NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT 512MB video card
* 4GB DDR3 RAM
* 500GB hard drive
* Blu-ray combo drive
* Built-in webcam
* Dolby Home Theater sound technology
* Draft-N Wi-Fi connectivity
* 6-in-1 memory card reader
In order to justify the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive, you will get a widescreen 16:9 display that boasts full HD resolution. Prices for the Acer Aspire 8930G-7665 starts from $1799.99 upwards, depending on the configuration.
Imagine receiving this gift, and after you hook it up to your TV and turn it on, you realize that it shows the boot up screen of Xbox 360 instead. Don't panic - there's nothing absolutely wrong with it, save for the testament of its handiwork. This is but a PS3 shell that holds the innards of an Xbox 360 within, and you will realize that there has been some modifications on the outside to accommodate Microsoft's console since a large hole needed to be cut in the front so that the tray can be accessed. Bidding for this mutant console starts from $100.
So probably this will be the last and the juiciest rumor of 2008. Arrington from Techcrunch cites his three independent sources that Apple is on its way to launch a new iPod Touch bearing a larger screen – just like the netbooks, 7 or 9-inch. Though it will be competing with netbooks, Apple’s larger iPod Touch won’t feature a physical keyboard, but the same set of features present in the current iPod Touch.
According to his source who has handled the prototype, Apple is already in talks with some OEMs from Asia for mass production. There is no word on what the pricing would be but the device is expected to get an official status somewhere in Autumn next year.
Best Buy will be offering a pink version of its Samsung Instinct at the insanely high price of $599.99, although the benefit is you don't need to be tethered to a 2-year contract agreement. Well, that's the price to pay for being an early adopter, but fashionistas certainly think its worth every penny. For those who are willing to wait a little longer, Sprint will be offering a pink Samsung Instinct sometime next month as well, so don't expect to fork out more than $200 for that with an accompanying contract.
Word on the street has it that Apple has plans to roll out a behemoth of an iPod touch that will feature a 7" or even a 9" display soemtime next fall, and this will most certainly fall under the tablet category that will be powered by a scaled down version of OS X found on the current iPod touch and iPhone 3G. How do you think this rumor will play out? Is it something worth looking forward to, or will it be just hot air when it is finally released? Only time will tell, but in the meantime something like this would have a very positive factor going for it - you have the advantage of the App Store to help maximize use of your giant iPod touch. Hopefully the battery life on this rumored device is able to stand up to the rigors of everyday use.
Advertisements have always been around, but gone are the boring link ads or stationary banners, now ads are interacting with their host pages.
Advertisements have “plagued” Internet users for quite a while now. Most of us have become accustomed to ignoring them and just getting down to the text on the web page, or we use Adblock. After advertisers realized that most people ignore the ads, they had to find something more creative to do that would attract interest and therefore traffic.
Impressed? I was when I first saw it. This type of ad isn’t totally unique though as there are two other well known similar ads on the Internet. Watch the Wii Experience or the NY Times Apple Ad for more life changing ad and web page interaction footage.
These innovative ads make me want to go to the website, to see what other interesting ideas and products the company has. Besides the incentive it’s just plain fun to watch navigation bars fly around in response to the iPod’s movement. The video above is mean to highlight the iPod’s accelerometer so all the elements are synced with the iPod’s movement.
Who knows if this is the future of advertising, all I can say is that the concept is innovate enough that I enjoying seeing those ads enough that I’ll stop and watch them for a bit before moving on with my regular browsing.
Lenovo, largely known as a PC manufacturer is making themselves known in the smart phone market by developing a touchscreen smart phone that strongly resembles the iPhone.
The iPhone is currently the leader in touchscreen smart phones, gaining massive popularity since it’s launch just over a year and a half ago. One of the reasons for the iPhone’s success is it’s simple, intuitive interface and design. Lenovo plans to expand on those qualities and have the phone be powered by the open source Android platform.
The design takes a few concepts from the iPhone such as a full touchscreen interface which fits right into the phone’s body, and it will have minimal buttons which cuts down on the clutter. Having buttons for basic tasks such as calling, hanging up, and navigating menus increases the functionality, but the less buttons the better. These two design aspects will help the Lenovo phone have a modern, minimalistic appearance.
The “oPhone” as it has unofficially been nicknamed will be able to support China’s TD-SCDMA standard for 3G data transfer due to a modified version of Android. This modified version is called the Open Mobile System, which many analysts say will boost sales of the phone since it supports the faster data speeds combined with it’s functionality and looks.
One surprising speculation is that the “oPhone” does not have a visible keyboard which leads some to think that they will incorporate an on screen keyboard into their modified Android.
The “oPhone” is set for a China only release between February and March 2009 for China Mobile. This seems like a very promising phone, combining the functionality of the open source Android platform as well as the stylish looks.
Apple releases the new Macbook Air - The world's thinnest notebook.
The new year – the time for change – the time for resolutions – the time for the latest announcements from MacWorld in San Francisco. We oohed when Steve Jobs pulled the first iPod Nano out of the small pocket in his jeans. We counted the days until we could feel the new iPhone in our own hands. And just this morning, we marvelled when the world’s thinnest laptop was pulled out of an envelope.
Weighing just 3 pounds, a remarkable 0.16 inches at its thinnest point and merely 0.76 inches at its maximum height, the MacBook Air was born. Typically as laptop computers have become smaller, sacrifices to the size of the screen as well as the size of the keyboard had to be made. Miraculously the new MacBook Air did not suffer on account of its weight loss. The design includes a 13.3 inch widescreen display using LEDs that consume less power and still provide a sharp picture. And forget about cramming your fingers while you’re typing, the MacBook Air has a fullsize, backlit keyboard as well.
But naturally size alone is usually not enough to impress us. Along with the features and programs we would expect to find on any new Apple computer, the coolest new addition is the multifunctional trackpad. Of course we’re used to Mac’s two-finger tap and two-finger scroll trackpad features. What excites us here is that multi-touch innovations created for the iPhone have been adapted for MacBook Air. The new and improved trackpack allows users to pinch (increase or decrease text/photo size), swipe (three finger gesture to scroll through multiple pages) and rotate (photos).
For this new year, if one of your resolutions, like always, includes getting thinner, the new MacBook Air could have you covered. The world’s thinnest notebook has arrived – and check out apple.com/hotnews for the complete list of MacWorld 2008 announcements. By Andrew J Wiener
Here at The Technology Blog we are always on the look out for innovative gadgets that as well as being aesthetically pleasing, are also practical and can be used in real world situations. miShare is such a product.
One of the biggest problems that people have with iPods is that unless you have a diploma in hacking, it is extremely difficult to share your tunes, especially without getting a computer involved. That is of course until now. Want the latest album from your friends' iPod? Simply connect both iPods to the miShare unit, press the button and away you go. It's kind of like swapping football cards in the playground, although much cooler.
Providing that your files are not DRM protected (that's digital rights management to you technophobes), everything from movies to photos to songs can be transferred. Even entire playlists. Nice. There is however one downside – for now the unit does not work with the iPhone or iPod touch, although we are told that a firmware update is being looked in to.
Developed in Brooklyn and currently being shipped to all corners of the world for $100, may the sharing epidemic begin
Drum roll please.....introducing the G1, the new Google phone - one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets to hit our techno-hungry world in the last few years. The world's first Android phone, the GI has been developed so users can have the Google 'instant' search experience on their phones. It boasts impressive features such as a motion sensor, which allows users to navigate Google Maps just by turning the phone. The good-looking handset features a 3.2 inch touch screen and slide-out qwerty keyboard, so it slips easily between the two functions withouth one crowding the other.
The phone was designed by San Francisco-based designers Mike and Maaike, who worked with Google to create a pioneering mobile communications device which fulfills all of our phone, internet and search needs just as efficiently as our laptops or desktops. What does it mean for Apple, we hear you wondering out loud? Time will only tell. It's certainly the first real competitor the iPhone has faced. Whatever happens...it's got us interested. We want one. Now.