eReaders and eBook Players
The year 2009 was witness to the rise and fall of technology and gadget trends. It was characterized by intensified video gaming blow outs, a new approach to mobile phone use and computer portability, and an endless quest to create better and more advanced gizmos.
As the New Year unfolds, video game expert and technology analyst Scott Steinberg unveils at Digitaltrends.com a sneak peek on the "what’s what" in technology for 2010.
1. The year 2010 may be the time for eReaders and eBook Players — digital tablets designed to simulate the customary reading-on-paper experience — to come into their own. Expected innovations in 2010 include selections powered by Android OS, more affordable models and full-color eReaders with touch screen and wireless 3G support.
2. Smartphones will continue to shine in 2010, but with added surprises. Android-run and Windows Mobile-powered smartphones will create an established market. Cell phones will likely be run by applications that offer more power and flexibility, allowing these devices to evolve and potentially replace laptops. Adapting to lifestyles, Smartphones will be must-haves in 2010, and Google’s Nexus One Smartphone is to watch out for.
3. The household names in television manufacturing are keen at beginning a new era of TV viewership. Shops filled with a display of cutting-edge three-dimensional TVs, as well as Blu-ray players that power 3D flicks, will be anything but extraordinary in 2010.
With the fears of recession and overall scrimping on unnecessary expenses, Microsoft shows some marketing savvy by positioning it as the better and cheaper alternative to Apple’s Macintosh.
Microsoft recently released a new ad featuring Lauren, a bespectacled redhead. In the commercial, a voice-over tells her to go hunt for a laptop that would suit her needs, and if she does, Microsoft would buy it for her. Lauren then goes into an Apple store, but quickly goes back out and dejectedly reports that the store did not have her preferred laptop: one that has a comfortable keyboard, a 17 inch screen and fast performance. The only thing she could afford from the Apple store is a 13 inch Macbook.
iPhone has touted it as the next generation of the world’s most advanced operating system. On March 17, Apple gave the world a preview of the iPhone 3.0 OS.
The new OS promises to bring 100 new features to iPhones worldwide, including the following:
- the ability to search or “spotlight” the whole phone
- cut, copy and paste functions, even between apps
-you can also send photos, contacts, audio files and location via multimedia messaging
- read and compose SMS and e-mail in landscape orientation
All these are just the official ones. Unsurprisingly, various blogs and tech journals have come out with their own versions of what features would be included in the new 100 list. Some are unimaginative, while others say that the new iPhone 3.0 would enable you to use your iPhone to predict when the Second Coming would take place.
Apple has done it again. This time it produced the world’s most powerful desktop computer. The new 8-core and 4-core Mac Pro has been describe by Apple as “perfect for power users”. Its most appealing spec is its innovative Nehalem microprocessor with a clock speed of approximately 2.26GHz. This processor utilizes one of Intel’s most potent lines of processors – the Xeon 3500 / 5500.
Among its latest and refurbished parts include:
- a new video system
- a new hardware look
- 4-core processors on 1 die
- On-chip memory controller
- Turbo Boost
- A whooping 4 Tera-byte of hard drive storage (maximum capacity)
- Up to 6GB of memory
- Enhanced Data Rate wireless
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
All these specs make the new Mac Pro 1.7 times faster than the 2008-released Mac Pro model.
But all beautiful and powerful things come with a price. For a Quad-Core Mac Pro (with a clock-speed of 2.66GHz), its price ranges from $2,300 to $2,500. On the other hand, the Eight-Core Mac Pro (with a clock-speed of 2.26GHz) can go up to $3,400.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last January, Dell unveiled this sleek, sexy, ultrathin notebook called Adamo which had techies speculating furiously. Is this going to be a Macbook Air nemesis? Will this be the notebook that will give Apple a run for its money?
Sadly, answers could not immediately be found, because Dell revealed no specs nor internal features (booting wasn’t even allowed, reportedly). The sleek, black Adamo was literally just displayed for all to see and nothing else. On the outside, the machine sports a 13″ display covered edge-to-edge in glass, three USB ports, an eSATA jack, a backlit keyboard. It also is 0.65″ thick.
During the last quarter of 2008, Google horned its way into the already crowded mobile Smartphone market when T-mobile launched the G1. The G1 is the world’s first (and so far, the only) Smartphone that is powered by Google’s mobile operating system, Android.
Although still dominating that segment of the market, Apple found a worthy competitor to its beloved iPhone, with some Apple iPhone users defecting to the newer Android based G1. More than just bankrolling the platform, Google is also banking on the open source movement to provide more innovations for the Android, which it hopes to translate into more applications, software and overall improvements to the operating system itself.
“Pet Peeve” is a noun defined by Merriam-Webster as
a frequent subject of complaint
The IPhone has many top-notch things, but it has been the subject of many complaints. Although the 3G version of the IPhone has been released late last year, it still created several quips from most of its users (like myself).
Listed below are the most common “annoyances” the “Jesus Phone” had and have (unless you install some 3rd party applications; which most of them are still on its beta stage):
5. Why can’t I delete a single number from the call log? Nokia’s low-end models can do it, why not Apple’s kickass phone? Not that I’m hiding anything (Hi Baby!).
I love my iPhone. It’s probably one of the greatest inventions of recent years, and it looks nice too. However, ever since Google came out with its own phone late last year, I have been curious if I should switch over to G1.
One of the things challenging the iPhone right now is the myriads of phones using Android OS. The reasons for switching to an Android-based phone like G1 are the same reasons why open source is such a hit today.
Cost-wise, it is literally free. This means that there’s a minimal or absolutely no additional charges passed on to the consumer buying the phone. This also means that the phones are considerably less expensive than the iPhone. Another is that it will be easy-to-spot problems, and to correct them. With the code available for just about anybody’s perusal, a lot of developers would be available to come up with modifications and improvement to the code.
That advantage is further stretched to the fact that having an open code can also lead to more applications and software developed for the OS.
A unique reason why to go for Android-based phones now is a game that Google is developing, called WiFi Army. Early descriptions of the game say that it utilizes Wi-Fi, GPS and maps to make a very exciting game. When you register, you get a list of other registered users within a range of 300 feet. You then select a player or players (you can choose as many as you like!) to play with, then you send out the invitations. Once the other party accepts, each of you will be sent a photograph of the other.
Now how do you win this game? The premise of the game is simple. You try and locate your opponent using GPS and Google maps. Once you find him, you take a picture which is automatically uploaded to Wi2P servers via Wi-Fi. The servers will do a verification of the picture you took, and when it says that you shot the right person, you’re the winner.
How’s that for an ultra modern and updated game of hide-and-seek? No more counting 1… 2… 3… ready or not, here I come!
I’ve never heard of any news of Apple coming out with a similar game.