10 new updates including GPS Wrist Watches “switch” and “switch up” by Magellan


GPS Wrist Watches “switch” and “switch up” by Magellan

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On 6th Jan, Magellan, GPS navigation specialists, known for its in-car navigation systems announced pair of GPS fitness watches “switch and switch up” at the CES ‘12. The Switch series watches will be Magellan’s first step into the fitness tech game that will utilize GPS technology to meet the needs of multisport athletes.

Similar to Garmin’s Forerunner watches, the dominant company in the workout space, switch and switch up can be mounted to your wrist and includes a bike mount for those competing in triathlons. Although the primary design is intended to support runners, the company is expecting an influence on all the multisport athletes.

The main features of the switch series fitness watches are the customizable sport profiles, 1.26 inch high-resolution display, battery life extending up to eight hours , a high sensitivity GPS , 50-meter water resistance, and is also compatible with ANT+TM sensors. The Magellan GPS Switch series will be hitting the markets in the spring of 2012. The Switch is available at a price of $249.99 or $299.99 with Heart Rate Monitor. The Switch Up with a Multisport Mounting Kit is available at a price of $299.99 or $349.99 with a Heart Rate Monitor.

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Razer Shows Off a Gaming Tablet with an i7 Processor(!)

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Razer’s Project Fiona gaming tablet is one of the most talked-about devices to come out of CES 2012, and once released it has the potential to be the next revolutionary device. It is the world’s first tablet designed specifically for gaming. PC gamers are rigid bunch and you’ll be hard pressed to defeat keyboard and mouse combination but Razer’s new tablet promises to just do that. It is essentially a gaming computer packed in the dimensions of a tablet. It looks just like a tablet with two dual analog sticks (Playstation move like controllers) on both sides, four action buttons and two trigger buttons, effectively replicating console controls on both of its sides. It can play any PC games at nice resolution and in splendid detail.

Technical Specifications:

  • Intel® Core™ i7
  • 10.1″ 1280×800 display
  • Full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch
  • 3-axis gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer
  • Dolby® 7.1 surround sound
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 3.0

The details are a bit sketchy as it is not a final product. Some changes can be expected in the final product when (and if) it is released. There might be at least an entire year before this device comes into the market. Battery Life might be a very big issue. Any high end GPU and CPU use a lot of power. If this tablet can run for at least 3 hours, only then will it be remotely portable. Weight will also be an issue. Anyway it should be interesting to see what Razer has to offer.

If the Fiona does indeed come out under $1000 it would be good viable, mobile gaming platform. It probably won’t be able to displace the ultra high end PC market, but will make for a great mobile gaming platform.

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Samsung makes the Sci-Fi world real with its Transparent Smart Window

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Did you ever imagine a world of see-through monitors and windows that are interactive? The technology that will make the world of Sci-Fi movies real is out! Samsung is demoing a mind-blowing transparent glass touchscreen display to see the world outside. With the Back light units (BLUs) removed, you can see right through the display to whatever is beyond. The panel is effective even at night as it includes a special transparent BLU that acts as a light source when there is no light out there. It is a power saver due to absence of BLUs. In traditional LCDs, the major power consuming units are the BLUs. The panel comes with a privacy screen that works like a one-way mirror.

The display delivers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels allowing us to play movies, browse the Internet, and do all that is possible. It also contains HDMI and USb ports. The cost of this amazing product remains unknown but I am sure that it will hit the market as early as possible, may be in a month.

Imagine car windscreens that relay all the information on the screen rather than the dashboard beneath it, or a Minority Report style computers that are just sheets of glass rather than the big bulky monitors.

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Control Computers with your Eyes

piIsn’t it cool to hear it? Navigating through gestures and touching the screen to launch apps seems to be out-dated. Tobii has developed Gaze, a eye tracking technology that will let you control the mouse, launch apps, open links and many more by just looking at them.

Tobii specializes in developing new eye tracking technology and has designed a software called “Gaze” for Windows 8. It is essentially an eye-controlled device or web cam that tells you exactly where you are looking. It creates a mouse-free environment for normal PC’s and makes it possible to interact in better ways than touch and mouse. To lauch an app, hold the Windows key, look at the app and release the key.

With Gaze, selecting and clicking becomes instant and fast. You can also use zoom and auto-center to quickly navigate, overview and access information. In your web browser, just look at the URL, search field or web form and start typing. The text will be entered exactly where you want it to. Unlike touch, your fingers won’t block your view thereby making it easy to select a link irrespective of the size, either small or big it doesn’t matter.

Tobii’s technology may not only be used for moving cursors, but also for video game design applications.

Imagine a world where clicking is done by blinking your eyes!

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Lenovo K800: The Smartphone with an Intel Processor

piThe ShowStoppers event at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas saw Intel announcing of first smartphones that will have the 1.6GHz “Medfield” processor from Intel- The Lenovo K800. Thus Intel has kept its promise made earlier of entering the smartphone area, which until now was heavily dominated by the UK based ARM processors. The phone will not be available in US for now, but will be launched in China in the second quarter this year. The show-piece available at CES was fully loaded.

The K800 has pretty standard look with three buttons at the bottom: the menu, home and back buttons. There is no search button, which could have been used to initiate speech commands. It runs Android 2.3 “Gingerbread,” and is expected to be upgraded to Android 4.0, or “Ice Cream Sandwich”. There is 500 MB of internal storage, besides BlueTooth 3.0 and GPS. On the backside is the principle 8-MP camera with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.; there’s a front-mounted camera as well, whose resolution is yet to be decided. The 4.5-inch multitouch TFT screen offers 720p resolution. It will feature 45 hours of audio playback, 6 hours of video playback, 8 hours of talk time and 14 days standby. But the most cutting-edge feature of K800 is Wi-Di, the Wireless Display capability that Intel pioneered.

Talking of the processor, Unlike previous Intel Atom CPUs it will be a SoC – System on Chip designed for use in mobile phones and tablets. Medfield is built on the company’s 32 nm LP (low power) process. Compared to Moorestown, built on Intel’s 45 nm process, this has allowed Intel to use 43 percent less dynamic power at the same frequency, or alternatively, offer a 37 percent higher frequency for the same power draw. In conclusion, Intel has now entered the smartphone and had an impressive debut as well.

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Nokia hits the coast with the ‘Sea Ray’: Lumia 800 & 900

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Nokia launches the new Nokia Lumia 800, also called the Sea ray. The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone handset to spring from the Microsoft / Nokia tie-up. We’ll talk about the 800 first, and then we’ll move onto the 900, whose advertisements have started coming out.

It as a curved polycarbonate body that looks funky,less chunky, simple yet stylish and is sure to attract the market. But this body also attracts a lot of scratches so you’ll have to handle it with care.

The display is 480 x 800 pixels resolution having a 252 ppi pixel density and 3.7 inches,this AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. Even though the pixel density is a bit sharper but the display of text is not that clear. This may be because of an issue with Windows Phone OS, which is still playing catch up to Android and iOS. Even the resolution is limited by the OS.

It comes with 16GB on internal memory, but no expandable microSD.

It runs a single core 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon/Scorpion on Windows Phone OS with the Mango Update. The single core processor has been probably chosen because the OS still does not support multi-core processors.

The camera, as expected from Nokia is top-notch. It is an 8MP/f2.2 shooter with AF, and Carl Zeiss Optics and dual LED Flash. The quality is really good, and this is probably the best feature of the phone. Its quality can rival that of the iPhone 4S’s shooter as well.

The battery will provide 13hrs of talktime on 2G and 9.5hrs on 3G.Upto 55hrs of musicplay

Other features-With a unibody design,the battery is inaccessible and top mounted flaps to cover the charging port and sim slot. Nokia has gone with the microSIM route, as is the general industry trend to switch to the new standard.

It seems to be the first indicator that Microsoft wants to play with the big boys. Yet, the mobile is not refined as its competitors.

Nokia Lumia 900:

Another mobile from this series the Nokia Lumia 900 going to be released this 2012 with upgraded features like another support for LTE connectivity for high speed internet, a front camera with is missing on the 800, a larger screen (4.3″ but with the same resolution) better storage, and last but not the least a complete new set of 20 games on agreement with Electronic Arts. The key factor is that this is one of the first Windows phones to be announced for the LTE connectivity, which up until now had been dominated with Android phones. This phone will be exclusive to AT&T for now.

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Intel Ultrabook™: The $300 millions hail-storm in the market of innovation

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The Ultrabook is an ultimate mobile laptop computer by Intel has a strong track record in delivering innovation and growth in computing. At CES 2012, Ultrabook proves that its not just another name for “Windows based Macbook Air”. Intel claims a trademark in the name Ultrabook. By this marketing initiative and an associated $300 million fund, Intel hopes to reinvigorate the PC market against rising competition from tablet computers, which are typically powered by rivaling ARM-based processors. Intel announced at Computex 2011 that by the end of this year, 40% of the consumer laptop segment of the market will be Ultrabooks.

Features of the Ulrabooks:-

  • Thin – less than 21 mm (0.8 inch) in thickness. Some of the ultrabooks being even more thinner.
  • Lightweight – weighing less than 1.4 kg (3.1 pounds). The weight and size being less than half of other notebooks make them easier to be mobile.
  • Long battery life – The battery life being 5 to 8 hours. The battery life is the key factor for all the computing laptops and is the biggest hurdle overcome by the ultrabooks. When Intel Ivy Bridge processors hit the market, it will increase the battery life with its lower voltage and higher efficiency.
  • Main stream pricing – around $1,000 USD.
  • Flash based SSDs – Prominently decrease the boot time of the Ultrabook.
  • Features of both tablet and laptop – It is highly advantageous to have a tablet with an desktop OS and the computing power of a laptop.
  • NFC technology – the ultrabooks unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show ‘12(CES) come equipped with the NFC technology which is Near Field Communication technology. This is a short-range wireless protocol which is used to pay bills in the smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The NFS technology is currently used only for wireless sharing between NFS equipped Ultrabooks taking the wireless sharing speeds to new heights.
  • Rapid start technology – This ultra-responsive technology to resume from standby modes in flash of seconds and ultra-low power consumption when on standby mode.
  • Smart response technology – quickly recognizes and stores your most frequently used files and applications where you can access them right away. This technology will save time and power with faster access to the content you use and love the most.
  • Smart connect technology – The smart connect technology updates the E-mails, Social networking sites and apps even when the system is in sleep.
  • New securities with anti-theft and identity protection technology – Intel Anti-Theft Technology is smart security hardware that helps protect your data by disabling your lost or stolen Ultrabook from anywhere in the world. And when your Ultrabook is returned, it can be easily reactivated without harm to your data or digital content. Intel Identity Protection Technology helps protect your identity and assets online by adding a trusted link to your system, your accounts, and your favorite online places. It’s better online identity protection, authenticated by you.
  • This is definitely a huge Breakthrough in mobile computing.

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Onlive desktop brings Windows 7 to iPad!!

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In the Consumer Electronics Show 2012(CES), several innovative products like Ubuntu TV ,Sony X-series docks, Griffin docks, Belkin Thunderbolt hard disks have been displayed. OnLive.com which has become immensely popular due to its streaming of video games to users has now come up with an extraordinary offering in the form of an app for iPad users which will stream a virtual windows 7 desktop onto your iDevice. This app known as Onlive desktop brings full Windows apps, including Microsoft Office, to the iPad via the cloud. Onlive.com has a very reliable and excellent cloud gaming technology. Using this as their advantage, they run windows 7 apps on their servers and sync it using their cloud services to our iPad.

Onlive desktop delivers a seamless and innovative Windows desktop experience with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents. This comes in handy as Microsoft hasn’t yet released a version of their popular Office for the iPad and iPad users still rely on iWork for their presentations. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity which makes us feel in love with this app.

Onlive.com has further promised that they would extend this service to iPhone , android and Mac users too. Onlive.com has made this app a free offering and it is irresistible. The free version comes with 2GB cloud storage and access to Microsoft Office, several other Windows applications and games. This will soon be followed by the pro variant of the app which will provide 50 GB of storage to users.

The app will be available worldwide on Thursday via the Apple App Store.

Several there exciting products will be unveiled at the CES 2012. Keep checking out the blog for more interesting updates.

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Ubuntu TV introduced in CES

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Once Canonical announced it’s participation in CES, there were several speculations flying around about an Ubuntu Phone, Ubuntu Tablet and what not. Finally we know what they are showcasing. A smart TV platform. Ubuntu TV. It has been handed a warm reception by the online community and is trending worldwide on Twitter !! And we too join in.

What is Ubuntu TV ??!!

It is a smart TV platform, kind of like Google TV, which can handle cable or satellite service, online video streaming and more. It lets you search, record, and watch programmes, stream videos onto your phones and tablets and so on. It flaunts the latest Unity interface like in Ubuntu Desktop and looks super sleek.

Only one demo TV was showcased at CES and Canonical plans to partner up with TV manufacturers to bring Ubuntu TVs to the market by the end of the year. Here is a teaser :

Ubuntu TV platform is compatible with any ARM based board and requires a minimum recommended memory of 1GB, video memory of 512 MB and minimum hard disk space of 2GB. It is capable of hardware accelerated video playback, digital audio playback, and supports HDMI and CEC. Ofcourse it has a TV tuner module too.

Prospects

Showcasing Ubuntu TV at CES could open up several oppurtunities for Canonical to strike a deal with an OEM to ship the product. It sure is a cool product and if it hits the stands will push the brand of Ubuntu further and into the households. There are’nt any videos of it in action. But by concept, design and technology it looks to be a cool product. Go Ubuntu.

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Linux Kernel 3.2 Released

piLinux Kernel 3.2 has been released with many interesting changes such as, better WiFi driver, power saving features, faster read access to EXT4 formatted file system etc. Its little latter than anticipated, thanks to the kernel.org hack back in Aug 2011. Let’s look at highlights of Kernel 3.2 :

  • The still experimental Btrfs file system, meanwhile, has been updated with faster scrubbing, more detailed corruption messages, and manual inspection tools and upgraded with automatic backup of critical filesystem metadata.
  • Ext4 now supports block sizes up to 1MB, which decreases the time spent doing block allocations.
  • The kernel now supports Qualcomm’s Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP) as well as the DRM/KMS driver for Intel GPUs (graphics processing units). This will enable the more efficient and Intel-specific RC6 graphics power-saving feature by default.
  • A process scheduler divides the available CPU bandwidth between all processes that need to run.
  • The TCP stack now includes an “Proportional Rate Reduction” algorithm that speeds the recovery of the connection after lost packets.
  • Advancement of Broadcom’s Brcmsmac and Brcmfmac Brcm80211 drivers from the staging area into the network subsystem. Also advancing to the subsystem is the Ath6kl Wi-Fi driver for the Atheros’ AR6003 chip.

Currently available in beta release of Ubuntu 12.04 . You can also upgrade an existing system by hitting Terminal and using the following command:

sudo update-manager -d

We would surely like to share your Kernel 3.2 experience below in comments

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