Posts tagged tablets

North Korea has a tablet.
Actually three tablets are now available in the country, according to a report, with the latest model (pictured) coming with an inbuilt TV tuner. The tuner can only receive pre-selected channels in accordance with North Korean policy and can’t be tuned, so there’s no way to watch shows from neighbouring countries when near the borders. Likewise the tablet can only connect to North Koreas intranet, with no apparent way to connect to Wi-Fi and the wider internet.
While the device is running Android 4.0.4, there’s no Google Apps, as that would require agreement from Google, although there is a pirated copy of Angry Birds Rio preinstalled. Here’s the specs listed on the box:
1.2GHz CPU
1GB DDR3 memory
8GB or 16GB internal storage
7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution
2 megapixel camera
187 by 124 by 10 millimeters
250 grams
Check out a full review here.

North Korea has a tablet.

Actually three tablets are now available in the country, according to a report, with the latest model (pictured) coming with an inbuilt TV tuner. The tuner can only receive pre-selected channels in accordance with North Korean policy and can’t be tuned, so there’s no way to watch shows from neighbouring countries when near the borders. Likewise the tablet can only connect to North Koreas intranet, with no apparent way to connect to Wi-Fi and the wider internet.

While the device is running Android 4.0.4, there’s no Google Apps, as that would require agreement from Google, although there is a pirated copy of Angry Birds Rio preinstalled. Here’s the specs listed on the box:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 1GB DDR3 memory
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage
  • 7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 187 by 124 by 10 millimeters
  • 250 grams

Check out a full review here.

Samsung developing mind-controlled tablets.
Samsung’s Emerging Technology Lab has been busy developing the technology as a way for people with mobility impairments to connect to the world.

Samsung researchers are testing how people can use their thoughts to launch an application, select a contact, select a song from a playlist, or power up or down a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. While Samsung has no immediate plans to offer a brain-controlled phone, the early-stage research, which involves a cap studded with EEG-monitoring electrodes, shows how a brain-computer interface could help people with mobility issues complete tasks that would otherwise be impossible.

Currently the technology only allows the user to make one selection every five seconds, with 80 to 95 percent accuracy.

Samsung developing mind-controlled tablets.

Samsung’s Emerging Technology Lab has been busy developing the technology as a way for people with mobility impairments to connect to the world.

Samsung researchers are testing how people can use their thoughts to launch an application, select a contact, select a song from a playlist, or power up or down a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. While Samsung has no immediate plans to offer a brain-controlled phone, the early-stage research, which involves a cap studded with EEG-monitoring electrodes, shows how a brain-computer interface could help people with mobility issues complete tasks that would otherwise be impossible.

Currently the technology only allows the user to make one selection every five seconds, with 80 to 95 percent accuracy.

New battery technology stores 2,000 times more energy than normal batteries

- Recharges 1,000 times faster than competing technology.

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A new paper in the journal Nature describes lithium ion ‘microbatteries’ which make use of 3D electrodes to store power at densities 2,000 times higher than current technologies, and which can be recharged 1,000 times faster.

The team behind it says the technology can be easily scaled up for mass production.

In principle our technology is scalable all the way up to electronics and vehicles.

"You could replace your car battery with one of our batteries and it would be 10 times smaller, or 10 times more powerful. With that in mind you could jumpstart a car with the battery in your cell phone."

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Video: Prototype ‘PaperTabs’.

The PaperTab tablet looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7” plastic display developed by Plastic Logic, a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation Intel® Core i5 processor. Instead of using several apps or windows on a single display, users have ten or more interactive displays or “papertabs”: one per app in use.

Ethiopian kids hack Zoom tablets in five months.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project recently tried a new approach to distributing computers to developing countries, by leaving boxes of tablets in remote Ethiopian villages with no instructions. The Motorola Zoom tablets had a custom English language OS, a solar charger, and tracking software to monitor how they were used.
To the surprise of the organization, not only could the kids who started using the tablets easily figure out how to switch on and use them, but they also learnt to hack into the OS and enable features - amazing especially seeing as most of the kids had never seen a printed word before, let alone in English.

"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

OLPC used the experiment to see whether kids can teach themselves to read and write English. Research shows that 100,000,000 kids worldwide don’t even make to to first grade, often because there are no schools or teachers available. For the cost of a tablet, that could all change. Previous OLPC studies have also shown that the kids will also teach their parents to read and write as well.

Ethiopian kids hack Zoom tablets in five months.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project recently tried a new approach to distributing computers to developing countries, by leaving boxes of tablets in remote Ethiopian villages with no instructions. The Motorola Zoom tablets had a custom English language OS, a solar charger, and tracking software to monitor how they were used.

To the surprise of the organization, not only could the kids who started using the tablets easily figure out how to switch on and use them, but they also learnt to hack into the OS and enable features - amazing especially seeing as most of the kids had never seen a printed word before, let alone in English.

"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

OLPC used the experiment to see whether kids can teach themselves to read and write English. Research shows that 100,000,000 kids worldwide don’t even make to to first grade, often because there are no schools or teachers available. For the cost of a tablet, that could all change. Previous OLPC studies have also shown that the kids will also teach their parents to read and write as well.

Apple event underway.

Apple initially teased the expected smaller iPad by making reference to a … new Mac Mini! They’ve since shown off the 7.9 inch iPad, along with bunch of product updates for desktop and laptop models. The new iMac is 5mm thick at the edges, making last years models look like crap!

A fourth generation 10 inch iPad has also been announced, in what seems like a punch in the face to everyone who shelled out for an iPad 3 over the last six months!

Google and Apple both announce events.

It’s looking like a big week for technology next week, with Google sending out invitations for a launch event on October 29, with the style of the invitation hinting at something related to Google Now. The event can be live streamed here - it’s at 10am in New York City.

Apple’s invitation for an October 23 event could well be the rumored iPad Mini launch, although a smaller MacBook Pro has also been hinted at.

Meanwhile Google’s October 29 event coincides with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch, which comes just three days after the October 26 launch of Windows 8 itself.

Electronic ring lets computers identify users by their touch.
A prototype device created at Rutgers University transmits tiny voltage bursts through your skin from an electronic ring, which can be picked up and identified by a touchscreen to identify who is using it. The device works with traditional touchscreens as they are already designed to detect voltage changes from fingers touching and moving across the screen.
The technology could allow games to distinguish between multiple players using the same screen in a game, or to provide an additional layer of protection to passwords.
The team hopes to commercialize the system within two years.

Electronic ring lets computers identify users by their touch.

A prototype device created at Rutgers University transmits tiny voltage bursts through your skin from an electronic ring, which can be picked up and identified by a touchscreen to identify who is using it. The device works with traditional touchscreens as they are already designed to detect voltage changes from fingers touching and moving across the screen.

The technology could allow games to distinguish between multiple players using the same screen in a game, or to provide an additional layer of protection to passwords.

The team hopes to commercialize the system within two years.

Surface release date confirmed.
Microsoft have confirmed the release date for their upcoming Surface tablet, as being October 26 - alongside the launch of Windows 8.
The news comes from a form submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in which Microsoft also admits they will struggle to compete in the tablet market with Apple and other established competitors, saying “our competitors have been in the market longer and in some cases have established significantly large user bases”, and efforts to compete will “will increase our cost of revenue and reduce our operating margins”. Microsoft acknowledge they “may not achieve significant revenue from new product and service investments for a number of years, if at all”.
Microsoft also acknowledge that the release of the Surface will frustrate companies which are already set to produce other Windows 8 based tablets. “…our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
While pricing is still to be announced, the specs of initial Surface tablet will put it in competition with tablets such as the iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab range. A higher spec model will release 90 days later.
Check out a pretty epic video introduction to the Surface here.

Surface release date confirmed.

Microsoft have confirmed the release date for their upcoming Surface tablet, as being October 26 - alongside the launch of Windows 8.

The news comes from a form submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in which Microsoft also admits they will struggle to compete in the tablet market with Apple and other established competitors, saying “our competitors have been in the market longer and in some cases have established significantly large user bases”, and efforts to compete will “will increase our cost of revenue and reduce our operating margins”. Microsoft acknowledge they “may not achieve significant revenue from new product and service investments for a number of years, if at all”.

Microsoft also acknowledge that the release of the Surface will frustrate companies which are already set to produce other Windows 8 based tablets. “…our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”

While pricing is still to be announced, the specs of initial Surface tablet will put it in competition with tablets such as the iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab range. A higher spec model will release 90 days later.

Check out a pretty epic video introduction to the Surface here.

Court orders Apple to publicly acknowledge Samsung didn’t copy iPad.
A British judge has ruled that Apple must post a public message on their website and in several high profile British newspapers and magazines, acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the iPad.
The judge stated that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool” (and no I’m not making that up!).
Apple have already appealed the ruling and will take it to the court of appeal. If the public acknowledgement does go ahead it will only have to appear on Apple’s UK website, and not at Apple.com.

Court orders Apple to publicly acknowledge Samsung didn’t copy iPad.

A British judge has ruled that Apple must post a public message on their website and in several high profile British newspapers and magazines, acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

The judge stated that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool” (and no I’m not making that up!).

Apple have already appealed the ruling and will take it to the court of appeal. If the public acknowledgement does go ahead it will only have to appear on Apple’s UK website, and not at Apple.com.