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iSlate Update

CES or the Consumer electronics show was held at Las Vegas this year and as usual it gave new and big companies to show off their products to journalists and the press. This time a lot of tablets were shown off at CES. the lenovo IdeaPad U1 and HP-Microsoft’s new tablet PC and maybe the apple tablet or islate on January 26th.

But Apple’s tablet may not end up dominating the emerging market for tablets, as some seem to expect. One reason is price. Analysts think the Apple tablet could cost anywhere from $700 to $1,000. In contrast, the tablet design unveiled by Freescale this week will cost around $130 to manufacture and could sell for as little as $200.
Conversations with several former Apple engineers who worked on the long-gestating tablet also suggest that Apple may be asking users to learn a somewhat complex new vocabulary of finger gestures to control it, making use of technology it acquired in the 2007 purchase of a company called FingerWorks.

The price of the Apple Tablet is quite high when compared to other tablets. A 1000$ for a tablet? I mean cmon why wouldn’t someone just pay a few more and get an iMac or MacBook pro.

Apple has even asked all it’s employees to keep it a secret and hopefully they will disclose the official price and the details by the end of this month. By the way the nexus one was also displayed at CES!

The apple tablet is supposed to be an ebook reader and a killer of the kindle. But the advantage kindle has is it’s large online book store.
Though apple is believed to have engaged in a deal with publishers and other book stores for displaying books on the iTunes store, but still it would take time for it to be as large as amazon’s book store . Be tuned for future updates!
islate was rumoured to come in 7 inch and 10 inch versions but other info seems to reveal that it will only be available in a 10.1in version.

iSlate is now also on Wikipedia. Wikipedia Link

Facebook updates iPhone App

After a very long time, facebook updated it’s iPhone app. The app now supports push notifications and contact sync.
The current version of the app is 3.1.1 and is a must have for facebook users on the iPhone.
The best and long awaited functionality being the contact sync. The contact sync is simply awesome. What contact sync does is that it matches your iPhone contact list with your facebook friends page and replcaes all of the missing profile pictures.
When you start the app for the first time it asks you whether you would like to allow facebook to activate push notifications or not. Then it asks you about the activation of the contact sync feature which is fantastic.(go for it) . Then it syncs all your contacts and you are done.
As for the push notifications, they apply whenever someone sends you a new message, or whenever you receive a new wall post, friend request, friend confirmation, photo tag, event invitations and updates, and comments.
You can get the update via iTunes for free.

AppStore- The Secret Sauce

Many people sit, sleep, walk and even dine with their iPhones! The iPhone from apple is the biggest success of the generation. Google recently announced the nexus one which seems to be compelling. The nexus one operates on Android 2.1 which has a few improvements. But still some are scared of making the shift to Android. An android market is also available but with a few 20000 apps. Less when compared to the app store.
Google said that they have only 20000 because the rest of the apps are web based and only need a browser. The iPhone also followed the same strategy earlier but had to discontinue due to a popular demand of standalone apps.
Standalone apps have a completely different functionality. They are specific in their function and offer better features in a better UI.
The app store has millions of applications which makes it the secret sauce for the success of the iPhone.
Also with standalone apps developers get to sell their apps and earn profit. Hence the developers too are happy with the AppStore rather than the Android Market.

iSlate to ship in March

Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) will likely officially unveil its long-rumored tablet PC this month and start shipping it in March, according to a story Monday in The Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources who were briefed by Apple, the report said that the still-to-be-completed device will have a 10-inch to 11-inch touchscreen display, and that it is currently being developed with two different material finishes, although it is unclear if that means there will be multiple versions or if the different finishes are just for testing.

Apple since at least May of last year has been rumored to be entering the tablet PC market.

Tablet PCs have been around for a decade, and the market already has a number of vendors, including Asus, Dell (NSDQ:Dell), Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo, Motion Computing, TabletKiosk and Toshiba.

However, the tablet PC market has been hampered by a lack of applications that take advantage of the touchscreen displays and stylus devices that most models include. Most of the tablet PCs on the market are aimed at business users, while Apple’s customer base is more consumer-focused.

The Wall Street Journal expects Apple’s tablet PC to be aimed at letting users watch movies and TV shows, surf the Web, play games, and read electronic books and newspapers. One possible application, according to the report, would be electronic versions of textbooks and newspapers with a touch interface and the ability to integrate up-to-the-minute information from multiple sources.

The report also said that the Apple tablet would likely connect to Wi-Fi wireless services, but not to a 3G cellular network because of bandwidth issues.

New Google Doodle!

Today is Sir Issac Newton’s Birthday and as usual Google has a new doodle on its Homepage.

But this time, it is somewhat better and it feels great with fade in enabled.
When you go to the Google homepage you see a bunch of Apples on a tree and suddenly one Apple falls down(only in fade in).
Also if you just press I am Feeling Lucky without any query entered into the search box you see a Happy New Year kind of animation with stars twinkling. Check it out now!

Google Tablet!


After all the speculation about the Apple Tablet, it is rumored that maybe Google and HTC are working out on a new tablet. The tablet would be a competitor to the iSlate.
The Google tablet would run chrome OS which cannot be compared to the MacOS(supposed to be run by the iSlate).
It’s hard to foresee a future in which a Google Tablet tries to go head to head with Apple on the content level. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some compelling things that could be offered by a Google tablet. As the launch of Google’s Chrome OS made clear, they’re looking toward a future with a multitude of devices that can access the Internet quickly, cleanly and cheaply. A Google Tablet could be just the thing to realise all of those goals. When we tried out the JooJoo tablet, we saw how a well-designed tablet for consuming web content could work well. A Chrome OS tablet by Google would likely work the same way, keeping typing to a minimum and offering a literal hands-on web surfing experience.

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Google vs Bing-Make your Decision!

With the launch of Bing a lot of people were confused whether to use Bing as their default search engine or Google?
A website known as googlevbing.com helps users resolve this query.

The name of the Search Engine is Soloogle. When performing a search for a query or product say “iPod Touch” it divides the screen into two and displays the result in Bing and in Google.

Bing had its ads right up on the top which was annoying whilst Google had its had under the Sponsored Links Tab which was neatly placed on the right hand side of the screen. Of course the next on both search engines was the link to Apple’s Website.

Second up on Google was the Shopping results and in bing was the image results. Sadly, bing did not include any Shopping results.

Google also had a video result which would redirect you to Youtube whereas bing did not.

Both Google and Bing did have the Related Searches box which was very useful.

The best thing in was that it provided information about the product at the bottom end of the results which was damn good.

Google’s automcomplete feature was awesome, while Bing gave results to never known before sites.

In the end from my part, I think Google is a clear winner!
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YouTube HTML 5!


Google, is promoting HTML 5 . Now, they have introduced a look of how HTML 5 can be used to create web graphics, designs etc. They also said that you could play YouTube videos without the Flash Player.
The Flash Player has a lot of security loopholes in it. The amount of securiy threats to flash are increasing day by day.
So Google has launched this demo of HTML 5 to help users understand the threat of flash and to make them have a look at HTML 5.
To have a look at the demo go to http://www.youtube.com/html5