The seasoned techies are likely spin whimsical tales of computings early days, and the challenge of finding a practical use for a device with seemingly limitless potential. The new product from SparkFun promises to bring this old-school awesomeness into the smartphone age: introducing IOIO (its now pronounced as yo-yo), a breakout box that enables any Android 1.5+ device to control electronic circuits from within Androids applications.
Its never been the best looking in the Benz bunch, but with the introduction of the new A-Class concept, it looks like that could soon change. One of the cars designers describes it variously as sexy, expressive, and beautifully formed, and we have to say that it is not too shabby. The car sports interesting LED headlights and an inverted mesh grill on the outside, and on inside its packing a futuristic display, complete with a dash mounted tablet and what looks to be on iPhone protruding from the center console. Its now shaping up to be a stylish upgrade.
Now the new tablet debuted is the Liberty Tab, its own spin on Acers Iconia Tab A500. There are not many differences between the two beyond the name, with one packing in the same styling, 10-inch screen, Tegra 2 Processor, dual cameras(5MP in the front side and 2MP in the backside), and Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS as it is more widely available counterpart. Launch date is still a bit iffy, but you can apparently expect this one to hit Europe in June, with price will be varying by country.
Over 300,000 devices are activated per day, Androids clearly firing on all cylinders from a consumer standpoint, but much like the famed Cheez-It Wheel, some argue that the OS is not quite mature enough for unbashed enterprise use. Google is obviously been toiling around the clock to change that, and thats taking three major strides today.
The BlackBerry Orlando is purported to be a variation of Curve, with touch capabilities, already being described as Mini Bold Touch. This is yet another begs the question of why exactly RIM has so many different devices planned, especially when the specifications are differences are so little. We wish the company should deviate their approach of its relying for the years and had to focus its tablet strategy that it is on pushing the envelope with phones. The BB6 might be sticking around for a while, and that RIM wants its users to get acclimated, or it might take a little longer than we think for QNX to trickle down from the PlayBook.
Cowons D2 is getting a bit long in the tooth, the newly revealed C2 is slated to land at end of April or starting of May this year in order to give barebones PMP users yet another alternative. It got 2.6-inch resistive touch panel with 320*240 resolution, composite video output, micro-SD expansion slot, 4/8/16 GB of internal flash storage memory, USB 2.0 connectivity, an internal microphone and rechargeable battery, thats good for 10 hours playback and whooping 55 hours audio listening. We are still waiting to get the price from them, but you can get the device in colours like black, white or gray models.
There is a spectacular record break from HTC. The once-small Taiwanese phone maker reports its net income for the first quarter of 2011 nearly tripled earnings in the same period of 2010, and now totalling an impressive $513 million. The success is predictably of demand for Android smartphones and higher speed internet connectivity (as they provides both Thunderbolt and EVO 4G). We all now know why the stock makers love HTC; the company just cant stop growing.
The Motorola Xoom Honeycomb slate is now officially announced its price in UK. The Xoom tablet initially mentioned prices are 600 for 3G models and 500 for Wi-Fi model. The 32GB equipped 10-inch tablet is now mercifully 20 cheaper at 580 and 480 for each variant. Stores are still showing the Motorola Xoom under pre-order status for now, but that should be changing swiftly if Motorola wishes to live up its promise of availability this week.
BlackBerry Bold Touch full specifications leaked, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon Processor cant overcome ugly. RIMs design department seems to be stuck in an era where last generation is the new next generation, while its internals team has seemingly managed to escape. The handset will boast a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon Processor, 8GB of internal storage, 768 MB of RAM, a micro-SD expansion slot (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP camera, and a 35-key backlit keyboard, 2.8-inch LCD with 640*480 resolution, Bluetooth2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, A-GPS, dual band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 720p movie mode.
The Asus released its Eee Pad Transformer tablets source code on its official website. The source code for 10.1 inch IPS screen and Honeycomb flavour has just been lobbed up onto the companys site and, with just a few clicks, you can continue its trajectory right onto your storage device of choice- though you will need to run it through an unzipper before it can really have any impact.
The days of spending $600 for an Android Hioneycomb tablet are nearly done on April 28th, the Acers Iconia Tab A500 will wash that price away with waves brushed aluminium. The Wi-Fi only version of Acers Android 3.0 tablet will hit best buy and online retail $450 Sans contract, but with the same basic of specification as Wi-Fi only Motorola Xoom: a dual-core 1GHz Terga processor, 250 SOC, a 10.1-inch 1280*800 LCD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a 5MP camera around back and 2MP camera on the front, HDMI out, not to mention 3260mAH battery that Acer claims are capable of eight full hours of life while playing HD video. Its somewhat heavier and thicker too. But if you are attracted to shiny things, than here it is.
Blackberry smartphones come under a new attack targeting their SMS feature according to security firm Trend Micro. The ZeuS Trojan, identified as BBOS_ZITMO.B, removes itself from the list of applications to be able to stay undetected rather than displaying any GUI. Once it is installed ZeuS sends you a confirmation message App Installed OK, to the administrator number, which is a U.K number, to signal that it can now receive commands.