April 5th, 2011 · humor
I wanted to share an elaborate April Fool’s day joke with you.
The folks at Android Police spent much of last week putting together a truly impressive practical joke. the combined plausible pictures, detailed tech specs, and even a faked handout from Amazon.
I nearly fell for it, it’s that good. i also know a bunch of people who should have known better. They fell for it.
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MSI are showing off a new concept tablet at CeBIT this week . This isn’t just a tablet with 2 screens; the goal of this design is to let you separate the 2 screens and only carry one with you when you don’t need the second.
This is one that’s going to get all the attention, even though it’s vaporware at this point. But if they get it working it will be fascinating.
This model is running Win7 on 10″ capacitive touchscreens with an Intel Atom CPU.
via Akihabara News
Jakob Nielsen has something new to say about mobile devices. He’s written in the past on the problems of reading on mobile devices, and in today’s newsletter he expands on new research.
His article is worth reading in entirety, so I’ll just summarize it here.
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NoteSlate updated their website this past week.
This wasn’t just a marketing refresh; there’s a lot of new details about the device’s abilities. They’ve improved the firmware and expect to have OCR support on it at launch, along with basic gestures recognition, and improved format support.
There are also several images that appear to be actual pictures of the device. I’ve embedded one after the break.
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Engadget is reporting that Sony working on a dual screen Android tablet. They don’t have much in the way of technical details, but they were told that the new tablet, known as the “S2″ internally, closely resembles an oval cylinder when closed. It’s supposed to use a tegra 2CPU and have Wifi, 3G, and a pair of cameras.
I might be a little early in calling this a fad, but I don’t think so. NEC showed off their dual screen communicator at CES 2011. Toshiba had one on the market last year (briefly). And now Sony is supposed to be working on one.
I think we’ll see at least 4 or 5 more before the end of 2011.
One of the early buyers of Asus’ new ereader, the Asus eeeNote, has posted a video showing that the screen on the eeeNote is exceptionally picky about lighting.
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Pixel Qi and ZTE have just announced that Pixel Qi’s newest low power screen is now used on the Light 2, a 7″ Android tablet. I don’t have any pictures yet but I’ve asked a couple people at MWC to find the tablet.
The Light 2 is based on Pixel Qi’s dual mode LCD screen with a whopping 1024×600 resolution. Other than the screen, the specs appear to be the same as original Light tablet. It has a 1GHz CPU, 4GB Flash, Wifi,and it’s running Android v2.2. The Pixel Qi screen also comes with a capacitive touchscreen.
I don’t know anything yet on the price or release date. This tablet is on display at MWC right now, so hopefully we should read some first hand reports soon.
via Pixel Qi blog
So one of the swag I brought home from CES this year was a brand new, just announced ereader from Tianjin Jinke, a Chinese ereader maker. It’s the Hanlin A6, and they announced the model that week.
The unit I have is the OEM model, so when it shows up on the market it might not have exactly the same hardware or software. BTW, a close relative of the A6 is now being sold in India as the Wink. I don’t believe it has the same screen, though.
There’s a video showing some of the features of the A6 embedded at the end of the post.
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Clover Systems are now selling the first commercial netbook with a Pixel Qi screen. It’s based on an Intel Atom 1.66GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, 250GB hard disk, Wifi, a SD card slot, webcam, speakers and a 10.1″ Pixel Qi screen.
It’s running Win7, which is almost enough to make me avoid it. This netbook is woefully underpowered; I’m running Win7 on a dual core laptop with twice the CPU speed. Performance is just barely adequate (and still rather slow when compared to my old laptop).
You can buy a Sunbook on Clover Systems’ website; they’re selling for $795.
Sunbook via Liliputing
Qumo have announced the Libro II, a new Kindle clone with a 6″ Pearl E-ink screen. It’s the one on the right, of course. The smaller black ereader is the Colibro, which I’ve covered before.
This ereader is the repalcement for the Libro, and it has a keyboard, headphone jack, microSD card slot, and 4GB Flash, but no touchscreen or Wifi. It also has the same broad ebook and audio support as the current Libro
It’s due out in April. The price will be the same as the current Libro.
Qumo via The-eBook.org