Tablets are a hot commodity these days and it seems almost every company has a prototype on display at this year’s Computex. Unfortunately, there are only few tablets available on the market despite the huge demand. It’s like all hardware companies either totally missed this wave of touchscreen tablet love or manufacturers simply lack the optimized OS needed for creating a compelling tablet computer.
Whatever may be the case, the Intel’s Moorestown platform currently seems as one of the most promising upcoming tablet solutions. The Quanta Redvale tablet shown off by Intel at Computex is a living proof. Read more »
Samsung are firmly standing behind their proprietary NX system of interchangeable lens cameras that was introduced with the Samsung NX10. Today they are announcing a model positioned lower than the NX10. The NX5 sheds some of the heavy specs to go for a more affordable pricetag of 699 euro.
When it comes to contacts management and telephony the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has got several nifty features up its sleeve. We can hardly find any compromises Samsung has made in that department. But you should know that if you’ve read our recent review.
We decided to get more graphical so you can see more easily how well everything works. We shot a new demo video of the Samsung Galaxy S concentrating mainly on contacts management and telephony features. Read more »
No, Firefox web browser is not likely to appear as a native iPhone application anytime soon. But Mozilla are already working on a native iPhone app that syncs your browsing history, bookmarks, and opened tabs. Meet the Firefox Home for iPhone.
I’ve been using various workarounds to sync my currently opened tabs with my iPhone. I’ve tried saving those pages to ReadItLater. I’ve also tried bookmarking the webpages and later on accessing those through the Xmarks website – the service I use for bookmark syncing. But none of these are as convenient as the upcoming Firefox Home.
It seems good old Velcro had quite a bit more uses than I thought. Including fastening your iPad to the wall, ceiling, or window, not to mention your car’s dashboard and your motorbike’s tank. But even if you don’t care the about the iPad, that’s an impressively filmed video in its own right, so it’s really enjoyable to watch.
“Flash is the number one reason Macs crash.”, Jobs says, “We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.” You bet they don’t.
Apple like to have things under control – especially user experience. But there’s more to that and Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, thought the issue is important enough to deserve a full press release that explains 6 reasonable sounding points in favor of their decision.
It’s an interesting read – and definitely one that’s been written by a true essay master, so I bet you guys would love to have a look at it in detail. BTW, it’s really strange of him publishing this semi-official/semi-personal statement on Flash, while still avoiding the more topical issue of the lost iPhone prototype and the events that followed. Anyway, check out the stuff yourselves. Read more »
The iPad is definitely not as hot as it used to be in the beginning of the month, but hey, getting one in good ol’ Europe was a hard enough task let alone sneaking it under the siege of an erupting volcano with a name only a mother could say right.
Anyway, now that we have it, you can bet we’ll be reviewing the iPhone’s big brother here in our blog. But only after we’re done playing with this new toy.
So far one thing’s for sure – it’s fast. The Apple’s iPad is Read more »
The official Sony Ericsson blog just announced they have a small but important software update to all XPERIA X2 owners. But as it turned out, they are not quite ready in posting it over at the official Sony Ericsson update center.
Ok, we won’t hold it against them – a software update “that will add stability and improved performance throughout the device” is definitely some good news to share in the first place. Who cares you still can’t get it online. Read more »
Adobe recently posted a new video demo of the upcoming Photoshop CS5. Remember – the new version (along with the rest of the Creative Suite 5) should be unveiled next Monday. The new video clip shows another ground-breaking new feature and I really enjoyed being amazed by the thing. I certainly hope you will too.
The new feature is rather funnily called Puppet Warp and it allows you to move parts of still objects as if they are physically in front of you. Well, it’s got more mundane applications as well – such as fixing distortion in photos. But heck, photo distortion is boring – see the Puppet dance for you. Read more »
Since I shoot exclusively in RAW, I was thrilled to learn that the latest Lightroom 3 beta actually comes with a revamped RAW processing engine. The guys over at Adobe have done some serious work on revealing more of the fine detail and taking care of image noise.
Friends of mine that have taken the time to re-process some of their older photos tell me it’s like they’ve used another camera body. The changes are impressive.
Since I didn’t have time to experiment on my own shots, here’s a sample that I snatched off dpreview.com. It was shot in RAW with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV at ISO 102400 (yes, that’s a six-figure ISO sensitivity). The shot was processed with the current version of Adobe’s Camera Raw and the latest Lightroom 3 beta 2 RAW processor.
100% crops processed by Adobe Camera Raw v5.6 • Lightroom 3 beta 2
And here’s another couple of comparative crops. Impressive, indeed…
We just got our hands on the HD-totting Sony Ericsson Vivaz and you can bet you’ll be getting a review. But before then, we’ve got a quick video demonstrating the cameraphone in action plus an HD camera sample.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz held in hand
It’s sleek and thinner than what the photos so far suggested. The Vivaz is actually quite quick to snap them 8 megapixel photos, but its key selling point will definitely be the 720p HD video recording. The Vivaz is the second HD-recording cameraphone and all hopes are that it will do better than the pioneering Omnia HD. From what we’ve seen so far, the prospects are quite good. At least it doesn’t duplicate any frames and delivers all 24 frames worth of HD footage.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz vs. Samsung Omnia HD
We’re yet to put these two head to head, but for now check out Read more »
We have a little something that we’re working on right now and we just couldn’t keep it all to ourselves. It’s a phone with a screen so gorgeous that it easily puts to shame the current best. Blacks are immensely deep, the colors are vivid and the viewing angles are mind-boggling. Here’s it compared to the iPhone 3G (both screens set at maximum brightness):
We can’t tell you what phone it is just yet but it surely has one hell of a display. We haven’t seen anything like that.
Hot on the heels of the Google Nexus One announcement, Google released the first demo and instructional videos about their new phone. Here’s my selection of the available videos – I’ve singled out only the most interesting and entertaining ones here.
First off, it’s the Google Nexus One promo video, showcasing its main new features including:
The Cooliris 3D gallery with Picasa integration
The new News and Weather widget
The upcoming Google Earth for Android app
3D spinning main menu (a.k.a. application launcher)