We all have our favourite news apps for our smartphones. For me it’s CTV News, CNN, and CNET. But if there was a stand alone application for both the Android and iPhone platforms, that would cover news from all sources, that would be most convenient in my mind. Not only would this dream news app cover news from around the world, but also local news, news from my country, the top news over all news sites and even more. Well there is an application like this, and I use it all the time. There is no following an outside link to the web browser either to see the full article, you can read all of the external articles within the news app itself.
The app comes in different flavors though. There are multiple applications for all smartphone platforms that synchronize with Google News. Google News is a search engine that is a part of Google which searches for news articles all throughout the web.
-This news application obviously shows the latest news in many different categories, and since every news article opens in a whole new “flap”, it is quite easy to navigate through. You can even set the tabbars with different categories as well in your own order that you prefer.
This application also supports Personal News, which is where you can make, modify and also delete your own keywords.
You can also optionally search all of the news articles with your own keywords that you choose. It’s also to share any of the shocking or interesting news articles right away on Twitter or even Facebook.
This application gives you easy access to Google News in different regions. It’s mainly intended for the easy access to Google News to many different regional editions, which is all based on the current language set on the phone itself and also the coarse position of the user, the app also tries to figure out the best regional edition for the users. You can also change the region using the menu.
Just a few hours after the most recent overview of the reports of the iPad Mini potentially being a product that could be released this October from Apple, it has been said by Bloomberg that Apple will indeed by releasing the device this October, or at least announcing it and releasing it later on this year, I guess just before Christmas.
The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
The report claims specifically that this newer iPad will be having the “same amount of pixels of the iPad before it was then upgraded to the Retina display model that is currently out now. The “iPad Mini” would then have 1024×768 pixels. And with that same resolution as the first iPad, and the iPhone/iPod touch sizes, developers will have to minimize the fragmentation for developers who have already needed to target their applications for both the iPhone/iPod and iPad sizes, though with a much higher pixel density which will be meaning that the iPad content will be appearing smaller than on the bigger sized, first generation iPad.
As you can see in the image above, all they did was scale down the image on the right, everything looks the same on the left, but generally I think that it’s an accurate concept design.
It’s also indicated in the report that Apple has been thinking of releasing a smaller iPad ever since the release of the first iPad, since Steve Jobs was “panning” the 7-inch tablets that were being released to the market by the competitors of Apple. Though with Amazon’s own Kindle Fire and Google’s own forthcoming Nexus 7 being at least generating alot of interest and leading to potential, the prices being at $199 makes it a good idea for Apple to release something smaller to get their foot into that smaller priced tablet market. They probably feel the time is right to do this right now. They want to be at the top, and this will push them even further uphill for sure.
For me though, I have always liked the idea of a tablet myself, though for a base price of $600 for a iPad, I can build a custom gaming PC for that price in total, including shipping and taxes. This is what Apple is famous for, extremely high priced hardware. You pay a premium price for high quality hardware and software.
Since the talk of an iPad mini has been going around for awhile with the rumors speculating more and more and now with a potential release date up in the air, Bloomberg is now the second big mainstream pubic news site to say that it’s a good possibility for Apple to release the iPad mini this October. And before, The Wall Street Journal had then reported way back in February that Apple was testing the newest device in their labs and making plans for a release, and they acknowledged that Apple has been routinely testing products that are never, ever to be released to the public, ever.
On June 18th, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer held the “Surface” tablet at the launch party that was running Windows 8. The new tablets are apparently going to run Windows 8 and also Windows RT. Microsoft traditionally relies on their own PC partners in providing the hardware for their software, the Windows operating system.
Is this already the end though for Microsoft’s own entry into this market?. Apparently they will later on be backing out of making their own tablets in a few months and right now they are just showing hardware developers what they want in terms of hardware, which is not a move Microsoft usually makes. Anyways, they are offering currently two different Microsoft-branded tablets on their own which are both going to be running Microsoft Surface.
Of course Microsoft isn’t making the hardware themselves though, it’s just re-badged with their name on it all. The same way they “make” the Xbox consoles or the now dead Zune portable MP3 player (which tried to compete with the iPod and failed). All the pricing details have not been revealed yet, and I don’t expect it to be a cheap tablet and it probably won’t take over the iPad.
The Surface with Windows RT will be 10.6 inches and will be including Office Home & Student 2013 (which the actual next version of Microsoft’s Office 15 applications). It will be including support for a cover that is attachable allowing you to type and use it as a kickstand. It will come in in 32GB models or 64GB models.
Additionally the Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet will be available aswell, which will be 10.6 inches in size and also has the same cover option. It will come in models of 64GB’s and also 128GB’s, now that’s alot better.
So one tablet will be running Windows RT and the other will be running Windows 8 Pro. One will be running the “ARM” processor for the RT model and the other will be running an Intel core processor with Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft Surface w/ Windows RT:
-Light at only 676 g.
-Thin at 9.3mm.
-Clear 10.6″ ClearType HD Display.
-Battery is 31.5 W-h.
-Software includeded is the Office “15″ Apps, Touch Cover and also the Type Cover.
-VaporMG Case and Stand included.
-Models come in 32GB’s or 64GB’s.
Microsoft Surface w/ Windows 8 Pro:
-Light at only 903 g
-Thin at 13.5mm
-10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display.
-Battery is 42 W-h
-Includes a microSDXC port, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae.
-Comes with Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen and also Palm Block.
-VaporMG Case and Stand included.
-Available in 32GB models and 64GB models.
I think they are wise to just enter and leave this market this time. If they show what they want to the hardware partners they have, then those partners can release tablets with Microsoft’s Windows 8 software and no matter what tablet you buy with Windows 8 will be a win for Microsoft. But even with that possibility, they will only capture maybe around under 15% of the market, while Apple will sit around at the biggest market share probably at around 65% and the Android tablets sitting around 15-25%. But I know, I shouldn’t think that far ahead, but I’m actually thinking of the current table market statistics that I saw on a Mac blog (which I am so sorry I cannot find the link!).
There are more developers interested in developing for the iPad than any other tablet, or I should say there are more interested in the iOS platform. But clearly, for educational use and just regular use the iPad can do it all with this much developer interest and support. If Apple wasn’t in the tablet market with the iPad, then Google wouldn’t be there to copy Apple’s design with the Android, and so Microsoft and other hardware and software developers would make their own boring tablets and crank the price up and take the full market share, which is of course, again, what I think.
So will the Surface, from Microsoft break the surface in the market of tablets?. No, but it will certainly have time to reach the surface for a breath of fresh air to later return to the bottom where Microsoft will then give up on purpose while in the know that they would fail no matter what and that their hardware partners will just keep Microsoft sitting at 25% above the sea floor instead of at the very bottom. What’s next for Microsoft in their own markets that they dominate in, like let’s say, operating systems?. Well all Apple has to do is partner with hardware developers like Microsoft originally did and make their PC’s CHEAP, or currently right now make their current Mac Mini’s, iMac’s and Mac Pro’s even cheaper. Anyways, that’s what I’ll save for another article. This is Mike, signing off. Oh and here is a video on Youtube about the Microsoft Surface:
Today, Google revealed their Google Drive cloud storage services, which gives users 5GB’s of free storage that is integrated with Google Docs and other services provided by Google.
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
And past the level of storage of 5GB’s, 16TB’s of storage is offered if you pay the price, and all of your data will be accessible from Google Docs or also through clients for the PC, Mac, Android and even iOS devices, directly through the iOS application which is to be released still, though it is promised by Google to by saying it’s “on it’s way”. The biggest features in Google Drive is the ability to open up more than 30 different file types right from the browser, which allows the user to open files that are normally only compatible with Photoshop or Illustrator to be simply compatible in the browser. The newest service also comes with an extensive sharing and also very collaborate features additionally.
The release of Google Drive is coming just at the same time as other cloud storage services have been announced by other companies. Microsoft announced their own service called SkyDrive, which is offering users up to 7GB’s of free storage in the cloud, and just yesterday they had announced that they have updated their apps with an iOS app [click here] which is a preview client for OS X Lion and it will allow users to manage their own SkyDrive accounts right from the Finder. And last but not least, Dropbox has extended their file storage service with the option to very quickly share their own files that are stored on Dropbox with just about anyone, just by creating a link.
All of the sudden when I updated the “Android Marketplace” on my Samsung Galaxy S it decided to make the original shortcut to the “Android Marketplace” on my home screen that I had made myself, not work!. I was like what the heck?, so I noticed after the updated finished and having gone into my progress bar I noticed that there was the normal “Open” button for the update of the marketplace so I pushed on it and it took me to Google Play. So according to The Game Fanatics this is what they have done which I guess is to further prevent themselves from getting sued by Apple or something.
And so, apparently it’s really to better promote their “cross devices” with the Android Tablets and Google Chrome (their own O.S.). This change of name is an attempt in making their own services just like Google Music and also Google Books appear even more seperate and seemless with having multiple user accounts with other services. The newest name is there to also help out with the connectivity with Chrome and also other applications just like Google Music and also Google books. Here is a video on Youtube promoting the newest name.
And another video that is promoting Google Books:
Obviously we all know that these services being offered by Google are already being used by the Kindle, Netflix, and also iTunes. Google Play is simply a way to advertise the services of Google, making it easier to figure out what the marketplace is really all about, media. Honestly in the first place when I looked at the new name I thought of the Blackberry Playbook, in a sense of how Google is using the name. But I have to admit the name is good and works for what the purpose of the service does. But for the Playbook, I think it’s automatically a fail in the name for tablets and the only way it’s been successful in my mind is because RIM lowered the price due to a low amount of sales, I’ve seen two friends with one so far. More friends with iPads of course though.
I can say that I will agree that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a winner for it’s title of being a “Pro” in the MacBook lineup, even though it’s now only either an “Air” lineup or a “Pro” lineup and the regular MacBooks are no longer. With the rumors speculating on a new Apple notebook coming out and being both an Air and a Pro, in a design of being a super slim MacBook Pro, that will be an interesting one to see surface from the heavens when it comes out. Now my argument regarding in having an old boring laptop is, if you have one yourself, then I would say that it is probably worth $100 if your lucky on Ebay if it’s like the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 which is in the article by CNET author Scott Stein. So having that is very good asset to your posessions because if you just wanted a laptop while not having one in the first place, you’d be spending $400 on a cheap Acer, or scouring the used electronic shops for an old one, which people usually snatch those things pretty fast from those shops if it’s a good price.
So it also comes down to your needs too. If you just need something that surfs the internet, a smartphone with a $100 bill is fine, as long as all you need is a web browser. But with everyone being different with their needs of the internet and computers, mine goes specifically this way: I have my desktop, and my laptop, and my smartphone. You could say my smartphone is my tablet, as it is a touchscreen computer that surfs the internet from virtually anywhere, but with a very small screen. For me to get an actual tablet, it will come down to the price. I look forward to do the day the iPad 5 comes out and the first iPad’s that were released are going for $100 on Ebay. Because I don’t want to spend minimum $600 on a tablet right now, that is the price of my laptop alone. I dream of having an iPad mount for my own bed, so when I go to bed I can just lay there and surf Youtube or anything else without having to hold it up, watch a movie, etc. My laptop stand I bought for my bed has to be moved everytime I want to get up, it’s so annoying. I have held the iPad and I really liked it, and I don’t think that an iPad 2 or a 3 would have features that would meet my needs more than just having the first generation iPad itself.
I don’t think that Apple would ever make a tablet like the one shown above either, it’s not there style, it doesn’t show off the “simpleness” or “coolness factor” enough to be an official Apple product. The only thing that they have made to date that is kind of a slightly successful product and not totally revolutionary is the Apple TV. Sure, it’s cool to have a little media box to stream your content from your home computer but… I have an Xbox 360 for that. For those who don’t have an Xbox, there is the Apple TV. And Tim Cook has declared it as a “hobby” product of Apple. That just hides it’s “slight” success it has had so far, and making it look like something that is still useful to them.
I guess eventually there will be some sort of device for every place we go in our lives to help us navigate the internet. A computer for the toilet, a computer in the car (well that does exist but, most car computers cant search Google), a computer tablet device in the shower, and every where else. Oh yeah, and the fridge. I could go on. So to answer your question, it is OKAY to have a boring everything!, if it’s cheaper than buying a whole new “boring” device to suit your needs for accessing the internet.
As some reports had indicated already but turned out to be false now, the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook had said just today that Apple didn’t see any reduction in the sales volumes of the iPad with the newest introduction of the Kindle Fire tablet.
When an analyst asked Tim in a earnings call for this quarter, and the impact it had on the iPad from the much lower-priced tablets, it was noted by Cook that the company had actually sold a record 15.4 million iPads and also that Apple had not considered “limited function tablets or e-readers to be in the very same category of the iPad”. The biggest reason for the success of the iPad tablet is believed by Tim to be the ecosystem for the iPad as being in it’s own class or category of devices.
We strongly believe in optimizing applications from day one to take advantage of the larger canvas. There are only a few hundred apps designed for the competition, versus more than 170,000 apps designed specifically for iPad. People who want an iPad won’t settle for a limited function tablet.
Executives of Apple have already said it before, and it was reiterated by Cook just today, with the belief that the tablets will be passing onto the PC market in units too, and also in the U.S. the IDC says that tablets have already sold past the number of desktop PC’s in the very last quarter of the unit basis.
If you throw down the gauntletfor any tablet makers, who have thus far, are incapable to mount a high challenge to the iPad itself, it was finished by Cook in saying that Apple was going to “be continuing to create a an innovation of craziness” and also that they were going to continue to be in the competition with any company that is currently manufacturing and shipping out tablets, and anyone else who may enter this market in the nearest future.
The latest generation iPad 3 with a very high-resolution Retina display is apparently rumored to be released in the next few months.
A huge hobby for some people that are interested in finding hints for future Apple iOS devices has been in the examination of a number of different configuration files in every beta version and public version coming from iOS and the newer entries that refers to the future of iOS devices.
As the references actually are essentially providing no information on the newer devices themselves, as they simply are appearing like “iPhone4,1″, which was ultimately what became of the iPhone 4S for an example, they are pretty carefully watched over as many hints are seen to see what devices Apple may be esting with their software and maybe there could be some variations of a device that will be released in the future, you never know.
With the release today of the iOS beta 2, steps have been taken now by Apple to close out that information, by simply planting numerous references that are fake with files used for configurations that are typically always examined for any evidence.
A file that is interesting in paticular, is USBDeviceConfiguration.plist, which was normally listed just about two dozen devices lists. Mark Gurman, the man from 9to6Mac that discovered this list has now been balooned to a whopping 100 entries as Apple has already seeded it with a dozen new fake references for products just like “iPad10,1″, “iPhone11,3″, “iPhone11,1″, and also “AppleTV8,3″.
This is a change that is more than likely to be more and more difficult to be able to detect newer additions, as the newer entries will be served as placeholders just until Apple begins to quietly start using the software in their latest devices directly under development.
A new update notes that @chronic says these changes do not shut out the examination of the evidence overall, as the listing that remain unaltered are still visible in different locations. Though Apple has apparently already began including the fake references in the first beta of iOS 5.1, though only with beta 2, they made it into a very closely-tracked USBDevicesConfiguration.plist file.
It was announced today by HP that they will be making their “webOS” mobile operating system open source, as the OS was acquired when HP bought out Palm just last year. WebOS’s fate lies within uncertainty for now, since the August announcement from the company said that they would be spinning off their PC department and then followed that announcement by getting out of the tablet and also the smartphone markets. That course that was taken was reversed when they planned their PC unit spinoff, though they have continued to see what options they have for their webOS platform aside from the discontinuation of their mobile hardware efforts.
“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
HP will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license. Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace.
As noted by ZDNet, the webOS becoming open source adds another competitor for the Android, which offers more hardware manufacturers an option instead of solely relying on the open source platform offered by Google, giving them an option to diversify their own kinds of slates of products.
Android is the king of mobile as well as open source operating systems. However, carriers and smartphone makers want to diversify away from Android as well as Apple’s iOS. WebOS could be a nice diversification tool that could splinter Android support. The other reality: The WebOS UI is better than Android’s, but Google’s platform has the apps.
WebOS’s ability for being used with numerous manufacterers could also be threatening Microsoft and their efforts in making the Windows Phone being competitive by partnering with Nokia already.
An update has said that in an interview with The Verge, HP’s own CEO Meg Whitman has revealed that the company is planning to see their own webOS being integrated into future tablets, which indicates that the company is not ditching their mobile hardware all together. There is no new timeframe for their future products to be integrated or released at this current time.
Will HP be creating any new webOS hardware?
Meg: The answer to that is yes but what I can’t tell you is whether that will be in 2012 or not. But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it’s just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we’ve been taking it in the past.
Are we talking printers? Or tablets and phones?
Meg: In the near term what I would imagine — and this could change, in full disclosure — is I would think tablets, I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again.
OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of cloud gaming, announced that it is bringing console-class gaming to tablets and phones with the revolutionary OnLive app for tablet and mobile platforms. The latest, top-tier, high-performance games—previously limited to only consoles and computers—will be available for instant play via the free OnLive app on over 500 million mobile devices over Wi-Fi or mobile networks in the US and UK.
It has been delivered by OnLive of their console-quality-like games to PC’s, Mac’s, and TV’s (and now also mobile devices) by simply streaming the game remotely from their own servers centrally. The newest devices do not need to be fast enough to be able to render high resolution graphics on the devices, and instead it very simply has to be capable of playing back what actually amounts to a video stream of the game itself, while any users can control the game where it’s sent back to the central server.
It has been reported by OnLve saying the 25 games that are not for consoles have been integrated for the touch controls which is including L.A. Noire and also LEGO Batman: The Videogame. Many games can be played back simply by using the touch screen interface while using their own mobile compatible and Universal OnLive Wireless Controller ($49.99). Any games that are bought on the OnLive device can be played instantly on an additional device with the full saved game memory.
The newest OnLive app for the iPad should be available as a free download at any time now. It has also been reported by TechCrunch that the support for the iPhone support “will be here soon”.
The app itself is free, but users will still need to pay for Onlive games which are available per title or through Onlive’s PlayPack Bundle. It seems most top-tier Android devices are officially supported — but as with most Android apps, other (unsupported) devices will probably get in on the fun as well (see official list below). The app currently works for the iPad with support for the iPhone coming later.
For anyone who downloads the OnLive app, they will be given LEGO Batman: The Videogame for free.
Mike is an ordinary geek that works weird early morning shifts like some people, that has a striving interest in anything to do with Technology, and with this blog he wants to share what he has learned to show how passionate he is about his hobby.