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Android 3.0 HoneyComb: Built for Tablet PCs

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Android 3.0 also known as HoneyComb hasn’t been officially launched but a preview of it has been unveiled to the public. Though we are still waiting for the iPad 2, the new Android 3.0, the next generation of the Android Family is now built for Tablet PCs… Since the previous and current versions of Android even though many tablets out there offers, Android 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 installed… those versions are built for Mobile Phones and are not optimized for the use of Tablet PCs. But now Android is here to take the challenge of taking the road where the iPad is dominating and so far with what I’ve have seen it will be a pretty good fight, though as I’ve said we are still waiting for the 2nd Generation of the iPad. So this is pretty interesting how Steve Jobs will react with this.

So for now just watch the preview below and be amazed of what the Android 3.0 HoneyComb can do you with your Future Tablet this year.

Though not yet released but here’s one Tablet that has the power of the new Android 3.0 HoneyComb… the Motorola Xoom.

So what do you think? Does Android 3.0 HoneyComb has the power to defeat the iPad?
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Office 2010 on the new Windows 7 Mobile Phones

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Microsoft Office 2010 now works on the new Windows 7 Phones that will be released this year 2011, with these features you can now add, edit, delete or even sync your documents on SkyDrive and SharePoint by just using your Windows 7 Mobile Phone. Pretty cool right?

The interface is beautiful, simple, elegant and easy to use. It has been optimized for mobile platform.

The video below is a demo how Office 2010 works on Windows 7 Mobile Phones.

You can apply for a Free 25GB Storage SkyDrive here.

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How does YouTube deals with copyright?

In this video you’ll see how YouTube handles copyright from the moment a video is uploaded to their servers. Very cool!

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iPhone 4 rivals hit back on Steve Job’s accusation on having the same Antenna Problem – Smartphone Wars

Smartphone makers Blackberry, Samsung and HTC on Tuesday rejected claims by Apple chief Steve Jobs that other smartphones have antenna problems similar to those reported with the latest iPhone model.

The three rivals to Apple reacted after Jobs highlighted their devices at a presentation on Friday, saying other smartphones had similar antenna difficulties to the iPhone 4

Some users of Apple’s newest gadget have complained that they lose reception when covering the lower left corner of the phone in what has been referred to as a “death grip”.

The problem is caused by an unusual antenna that wraps completely around the iPhone 4. Apple offered free cases to customers to help remedy the problem.

Aiming to demonstrate the iPhone is not the only smartphone that loses signal strength when gripped a particular way, Jobs displayed a video of tests with devices from Canada’s RIM, Taiwan’s HTC and South Korea’s Samsung.

Apple also created an online page on “Smartphone Antenna Performance” at Apple.com showing the tests with RIM’s Blackberry Bold 9700, the HTC Droid Eris and the Samsung Omnia II.

However Samsung said Tuesday: “Based on years of experience of designing high-quality phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that optimizes reception quality for any type of hand-grip use.”

Samsung officials added there had been no major customer complaints about the reception of the Omnia II.

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of RIM, said: “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable.”

“Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation,” they said.

The RIM CEOs said their company “is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years.

“One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity,” they said.

Taiwan’s HTC Corp joined in rejecting Jobs’ claims, saying its engineers had overcome antenna problems in designing its smartphones.

“It is well understood by the industry that if enough of a phone and its antenna is covered, the RF (radio frequency) signal will be attenuated to some extent,” the company said in a statement.

“At HTC, we carefully engineer our phones to ensure that this effect is minimized in real-world use…. The results of this customer-centric approach can be seen in the satisfaction of our customers.”

Jobs on Friday acknowledged the iPhone 4 drops slightly more calls than the previous version of the smartphone, the iPhone 3GS, but said the issue had been “blown so out of proportion that it’s incredible.”

References: Inquirer, Apple and Agence France-Presse

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Out of Nowhere Technology

Team Philippines bags First Place in 2010 Imagine Cup Game Design Competition

Team Philippines or By Implication (the group’s name) is comprised of students from Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines won First Place in Imagine Cup 2010 with a $25,000 Grand Prize! If converted to peso, it would amount to atleast P1,150,000. Wow right 🙂

The Imagine Cup is the world’s premiere student technology competition sponsored by Microsoft which gathers the best developers around the world and harnesses the creative minds of the youth to address problems faced by the world today using the power of information technology.

Well I used to join this event way back when I was still in college, but I didn’t even get as far as them, who even won the grand prize. 🙂 I feel so proud, ofcourse they are Pinoys.

By Implication was inspired by the spirit of volunteerism displayed by their peers following the damage caused by Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Wildfire centers on the idea that rampant social issues can be solved and defeated if people collaborate.

“After the havoc wreaked by Typhoon Ketsana, we saw that Filipinos responded immediately and actively to disaster efforts. We were moved by this and Wildfire demonstrates the amazing things people can achieve when and if they work together,” said Philip Cheang of Team By Implication.

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Finals for the Imagine Cup 2010 was held in Warsaw, Poland wherein you’ll get an all expense trip if you atleast get to the finals. Cool right?!

Cheang mentioned that competing at the Imagine Cup was an experience the team will never forget. “We are honored to represent the country in the Imagine Cup. Competing with the best design and developer teams from other countries opened our eyes to the many ways we can apply technology to encourage social action,” he said.
“The solutions presented by our teams demonstrate how technology can transform education, the way people think, work and act. We’re very happy to show the world that Filipinos are capable of bringing about change through innovation,” said Vergel de Dios.

Microsoft announced that the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals will be held in New York City. So if you are still qualified to join (still a student :P), why don’t you join! Bring honor to our country and widen up you knowledge and excel your skills too!

To learn about the Imagine Cup 2011, visit http://www.imaginecup.com.

Source: Microsoft, Imagine Cup

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Apple is giving Free iPhone 4 Cases due to its Antenna Design Problem

Apple plans to give iPhone 4 users a free case in hopes of satisfying concerns about the design of its antenna and signal problems.

CEO Steve Jobs made the announcement (click here for the live blog) during a press conference at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Friday morning in response to a public-relations crisis over signal issues reported with the iPhone 4, which was unveiled in June. iPhone 4 owners will apply for the free bumper (a case that protects just the outer rim of the phone) online at Apple’s Web site, and owners who already purchased a bumper will get a full refund, Jobs said. (Apple will post a video of the conference here shortly, it’s not live as of 11:57 a.m. PDT.)

“We’re not perfect, phones aren’t perfect. But we want to make all our users happy,” Jobs said.

Jobs said Apple can’t make enough bumpers for of all 3 million iPhone 4 customers, so it’s contracting with third-party manufacturers and will offer customers a choice of cases.

Apple plans to continue offering these free cases until September 30, at which point Apple will re-evaluate whether or not that’s still the best solution. Jobs admitted that Apple’s internal iPhone 4 testing showed the phone dropped more calls than the iPhone 3GS, but said the number of additional dropped calls was extremely small and that competitive smartphones such as the BlackBerry and the Droid suffer from similar problems.

After the press conference ended, Apple posted photos, videos, and details about its testing process that were shown during the event. The issue occurs when iPhone 4 users touch a small area on the lower-left side of the iPhone 4 where there is a gap in the iPhone 4’s external antenna.

Jobs said just 0.55 percent of iPhone 4 owners called Apple to lodge complaints about the signal problems and return rates have been lower than they were for the iPhone 3GS. But a loud outcry against the design and Apple’s response to complaints exploded on the Internet, which in Jobs’ opinion was “blown way out of proportion.”

Apple faced a similar outcry in 2007 when it drastically cut the price of the original iPhone from $599 to $399, and the company delivered a similar response: a $100 store credit.

Source: CNET

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Windows 7 Slates coming soon this year

Although nay sayers still say that tablet/slate computers haven’t proven that they are actually needed in this world, a host of companies are moving forward with producing them.  Each of those devices need an operating system to power them, and while there are quite a few going with Google’s open source Android under the hood, Microsoft isn’t going to let Windows 7 sit this fight out.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer named off all of the companies working on Windows 7 slate computers at his keynote for the Worldwide Partner Conference this week.  Mentioned in the presentation were Asus, Dell, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, and shown on a slide was the HP logo.  There had been some questions about HP sticking with the plan even though a prototype was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, but with the company now owning the webOS system from Palm, no one was quite sure what their plans were.

The tablet market is going to be a very crowded place by the end of this year.  Google is expected to roll out its ChromeOS tablets this fall, Android tablets are already hitting the streets, an HP tablet powered by webOS could be out, the iPad will of course by handing around and now you can add in a slew of Windows 7 devices.  For a tech space that barely existed 12 months ago, that is a whole heck of a lot of devices for consumers to choose between.  One can only imagine what CES 2011 will look like as every mom and pop electronics company comes up with their own system.

It’s going to become a war of apps, battery life and price, and I think the operating system will actually not matter that much.  Apps will probably become the most important factor, and the tablet that offers the most bells and whistles will probably be the winner.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your view point, it looks like everyone is going to be playing catch up with Apple in this product space.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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How to automatically shutdown your PC using the Command Prompt

Many of us, have already experienced this, that we had to leave our computers but there are some running programs or task that still need to run and finish, maybe its your Anti-Virus running, you’re Downloading something or Defragmenting or any task your doing with PC wherein you can’t just leave the computer running all day while you’re out so you have to wait for that task or program to finish, or maybe some of us will just leave the computer running all day, even if you already know that the program or task that you’re running we’ll be done in an hour… and that sucks. Too much electricity was wasted.

Though many 3rd Party Programs offer scheduled shutdowns but not all, what i’ll be teaching here is how to automatically set your computer to shutdown without using any 3rd Party Programs, you’ll just need Windows Command Prompt (every Windows PC has it) and your set to go.

1. Accessing the Command Prompt:

Running the Command Prompt from Start Search
Running the Command Prompt from Start Search

There are many ways to access the Command Prompt so for those who don’t know how to access it, here are some ways you can do to open the Command Prompt.

  • You open the command prompt by going to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories and there just look for the Command Prompt below Accessories.
  • Another option is to open Run… and then type cmd, press Enter, then the Command Prompt we’ll open.
  • Last option is to run it from the Start Search (Only Vista and Windows 7 has it) just type on the Start Search, cmd then press Enter and you’ll see the Command Prompt running in no time. (This is my usual technique in accessing almost every program i want to run.)

2. What to Type on the Command Prompt?

  • Type shutdown /t number-in-seconds /s
  • the number-in-seconds will be replaced on how long you want the shutdown to take place, but you have to convert it in seconds. so if you want to 1 Hour before the automatic or scheduled shutdown takes place you have to replace in the number-in-seconds, 3600
  • Since 3600 / 60 = 60 and 1 minute = 60 seconds that’s why 3600
  • So for 30 minutes = 1800
  • 2 hours = 7200, 3 hours = 10800 and so on and so fourth (I hope you already understand it)
  • To have a better view i’ve attached a Screenshot, wherein it shows that i want my computer to shutdown in 10 minutes so i replaced the number-in-seconds to 600, since there are 600 seconds in 10 minutes.
Shutting down your PC automatically using the Command Prompt
Shutting down your PC automatically using the Command Prompt

After entering the values on the Command Prompt, a System Prompt will show saying that your computer will shutdown in whatever values you have set in there. Just like on the Screenshot above.

Caution:
Please be aware that once it is activated it can’t be changed or turned off unless you manually restart your PC or Shut it down, then everything that you’ve have set will be gone and be back to normal.

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iPhone 4 Launched! …Does This Changes Everything. Again?

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

After months of waiting for the new iPhone to come out wherein rumors that a new iPhone won’t be released this year 2010 since Apple was too busy on the newly released iPad and there are so many fake images of the iPhone scattered all over the Internet on what would the new iPhone 4 would look like.

But finally it was officially announced by Steve Jobs at the WWDC 2010 and there he said that there are hundreds new features that the new iPhone 4 has and he had cover only 8 of the new features.

Features:

FaceTime

People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone 4 makes it a reality. With just a tap, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And it works right out of the box. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.

Retina Display

The Retina display on iPhone 4 is the sharpest, most vibrant, highest-resolution phone screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPhone models. In fact, the pixel density is so high that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which makes text amazingly crisp and images stunningly sharp.

Multitasking

iPhone 4 introduces a whole new way of multitasking. Now you can run your favorite third-party apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.1 This smarter approach to multitasking is available only on iPhone.

HD Video Recording and Editing

Shoot your own movies in high definition. Capture impressive video even in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor and built-in LED light. Then edit and create your own mini-masterpiece right on iPhone 4 using the new iMovie app — with Apple-designed themes, titles, and transitions.

5-Megapixel Camera with LED Flash

Take beautiful, detailed photos with the new 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash. The advanced backside illumination sensor captures great pictures even in low light. And the new front-facing camera makes it easy to take self-portraits.

Technical Specifications:

iPhone Black
iPhone Black

Size & Weight

  • Height:4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth:0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces (137 grams)

Capacity

  • 16GB or 32GB Flash Drive

Camera, Photo & Video

  • Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • 5-megapixel still camera
  • VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Photo and video geotagging

Display

  • Retina display
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

iPhone White
iPhone White

Sensors

  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Cellular & Wireless / Location

  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular

Power & Battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time:
    Up to 7 hours on 3G
    Up to 14 hours on 2G
  • Standby time: Up to 300 hours
  • Internet use:
    Up to 6 hours on 3G
    Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

In the Box

  • iPhone 4
  • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

iPhone 4 Video Ad


Pre-order starts June 15 and it will be available on June 24, 2010...

So what do you think does the new iPhone 4 changes everything again?

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The New ASUS EeeKeyboard PC: Not your typical keyboard

Asus EeeKeyboard PC

Asus has just launched the New Asus EeeKeyboard PC,  it is a “Fully-Functional PC” concealed with attractive, slim and stylish keyboard. It is portable that weigh around 1 kg and can work on any HDTV, monitor, projector… turning them into a full-fledged PC. It is wireless and can stream HD 720p videos up to a 5-10 meter range. It also has a built-in 5″ Multi-touch Panel that provides users more interaction with its programs… controlling media player, send instant messages and many more.


Here’s the complete specification:

Model Name EK1542
Operating System Windows® XP Home
Display 5″, 800×480 Multi-touch Panel
CPU Intel® Atom™ N270
Chipset 945GSE / ICH7-M
Default Memory DDR2 1GB on-board memory
Hybrid Storage 16GB/32GB SSD
Wireless Video Transfer Ultra-wideband Technology
Wireless Data Network 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
Bluetooth V2.1
Battery Life Internal battery (up to 4 hr)**
Multi-media Video decoder Broadcom 70010/70012 Solution
Speaker Speaker x2
Built-in Mic Single Mic
Interface (Rear IO Port)
  • USB 2.0 x3
  • HDMI out x 1
  • VGA x 1
  • Antenna (WAN + Ultra-wideband) x 1
  • Giga Lan RJ-45 x 1
  • Headphone-out jack x 1
  • MIC x 1
Receiver Interface HDMI out x 1
Power Supply
  • 12Vdc, 3A, 36W EeeKeyboard PC Power Adaptor
  • 5Vdc, 2.4A, 12W Ultra-wideband Power Adaptor
Physical Dimension(mm) 145mm(L) x 425mm(H) x (10mm front ~ 24.4mm back)(H)
Weight 1.1 kg (2.4 lb)
Color Sliver
Accessories
  • Ultra-wideband Receiver (with Adapter)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Recovery/Support DVD
  • Power Adapter (36W)

Asus EeeKeyboard PC will be sold at around $500-$600