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Friday, January 29, 2010

A Dell Mini5 Demo. Quick and Casual.

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/28/...-shenzhen-blac/

"Hot on the heels of us thinking maybe the Dell Streak / Mini 5 was possibly due for a name change to the "M01M," a roving heckler from TechCrunch managed to catch the man himself, Michael Dell, on the street and get a quick demonstration of the thing -- which he with no uncertain terms referred to as the "Mini 5.""

Have you heard? Tablets are in! And Dell is not one to be left out in the cold, business wise at least. The quick demo of the Mini 5 does not give much information, but it looks like a nice portable device. Much more portable, and thus, more usable than larger tablets. Mini 5 information has been popping up all over the net including a price of $1,095 if a "copy" price is any gauge. I do find it interesting that the small tablets coming out are using the whole "tablet" name, instead of the age old PDA which really are what the smaller tablets are. Sure, they have 3G for persistent connectivity, but it is only recently that prices for wireless connectivity have gone down. The Mini 5 definitely looks more usable than their old Axim line though.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Using SmartPhones For Phone Calls? That's So Pre-CES 2010!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2010/01...-now-available/

"PacketVideo ... announced today at CES that it is bringing the world’s most popular connected home experience into the mobile environment with the launch of TwonkyServer™ Mobile. The free version of PV’s award-winning TwonkyMedia™ server solution is designed specifically for Android handsets to take media sharing among connected devices to an entirely new level."

I have to admit that at first, when I saw TwonkyServer Mobile, I thought "huh"? I mean, when I think of a media serving device, I think of a multi-terrabyte server that houses the entire life of you, your family, your dog, cat, mouse, neighbour and five cousins who are overseas. I do not imagine a piddling 32GB chocolate bar that you barely use to talk anymore since your fingers ate busy twittering away. But on second thought, it does kind of make sense. While smartphones certainly do not have multi-terrabyte storage, yet, more and more people are using them as their entertainment devices, and in combination with TwonkyServer mobile and the right hardware, you can hop onto your friends WLAN and play movies without having to carry a dock, or adapter cable or any such nonsense as that. UPnP combined with DLNA is shaping up to be a universal media delivery standard, much like how bluetooth has become a universal headset standard.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Modified HP Mini Uses Dockable Android Tablet

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://howtobemobile.com/index.php/...helleys-netbook

"It looks to have all started in an HP Mini 1000 that had been modified to use a 1.6GHz VIA C7 processor and for the tablet portion a 533MHz Samsung Arm core chip. Check the video below for a closer look at this amazing device!"

Developed by III, an organization in Taiwan, the Hybrid HP Mini is another stab at the modular concept for computing. At its heart is a modified HP Mini that runs Windows XP. However, you can remove the screen which becomes a tablet that runs Google Android. Try and recall the very old idea from IBM called the Metapad. This would be very similar. Do not forget the Celio Redfly, Palm Foleo and Windows tablets using the slate format. So far, the only one I know of that has been successful at all are the slate tablets, and only within certain vertical markets at that. Of course, the whole consumer market has changed, but the way in which this Hybrid has been put together just does not look practical to me. The idea of using two different operating systems could be a bit frustrating for some users. While I can see a benefit, since each OS is better suited to a particular physical format and size, I cannot see any real benefit of this over a two device configuration, that being a phone and a netbook. At least its an attempt at something new and different.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Amazon MP3 and Android, Sitting In a Tree...

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 08:10 AM

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix...icle&ID=1199843

"Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world's first Android(TM)-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software. "Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be--whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3's vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places." The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with an Amazon MP3 application, giving customers a phone-optimized version of the Amazon MP3 store and the immediate gratification of buying and playing their favorite music. Amazon MP3 has worked to make its DRM-free music available through numerous products and services, such as Pandora MySpace Music, and now Android and T-Mobile G1."

The mobile music downloads market just got a lot more interesting with Amazon.com announcing the availability of the Amazon MP3 music store on the Android-powered T-Mobile G1. Its biggest rival is, of course, the iTunes Store on the iPhone and iPod touch, followed by the Zune Marketplace on the Zune. However, Amazon MP3 trumps one or both in a few areas: (a) all tracks are DRM-free; (b) most content is better-priced; and (c) tracks can be browsed, previewed, and purchased on the T-Mobile network, and later downloaded via Wi-Fi.

What can Microsoft and Apple conjure to match or beat this?


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