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Dec 27, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Notion Ink Adam Browser Features

Notion Ink has published yet another video – this time demoing the Adam’s native browser application. According to the team, the Adam browser performs much better than the native browsers on the iPad, iPhone 3GS, Droid and Nexus One in the RightWare Mark Browser benchmark test. Also, the browser is noted to perform favorably against the iPhone 3GS, Nexus One and iPad on the SunSpider Javascript Benchmark test.

Besides this, the video demo also takes the user through a number of features available on the Adam browser. This includes

  • Double tap to zoom in (similar to pinch-to-zoom on the iPhone and Android phones)
  • a tab switcher to navigate between all the active browser windows. Selecting a tab can either happen by a ‘tap and select’ or by directly swiping over the tab.
  • Drag over a tab to close it. You can also undo a closed tab from the tab switcher
  • All the browser functions like ‘back’, ‘forward’, ‘refresh’ and ‘bookmarks’ are on the left side of the browser
  • ‘Double touch’ to zoom while you scroll
  • Get a list of menu items by a ‘double tap and drag up’. The menu will give you options to view bookmarks, history, crop, find, select text, view downloads, browser settings, page info and kill browser
  • The ‘Panel view’ lets users check out all open tabs along vertical panels

You can check out a complete walk-through below. Do let us know how you find these features in the comments below.

Dec 25, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Notion Ink Adam Hardware Features Demoed – HDMI, False Digitizer & Speakers

Rohan Shravan from the Notion Ink team has been giving us video demonstrations of the Adam’s Eden UI over the past few days. His latest video however goes deep into some of the hardware features available on the Adam tablet.

Points of note in the recent video include an HDMI port that will let users stream content from Adam over a TV or computer. The functionality will stream audio as well and is operable even when the Adam is put to sleep mode (in order to be more power efficient).

False digitizer on the Adam lets the user convert this tablet into an instant touchpad that can be used as a digitizer. While the video does demonstrate very accurate movement tracking, Shravan notes that the false digitizer will work best with a stylus.

Another feature that Shravan talks about in his latest blog post is the 2x speakers available on the Adam that offers an enhanced surround sound in comparison to the tablets available in the market that offer mono speakers. Check out the video demo of the Adam hardware in the video embedded below.

Dec 24, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Logitech Revue With Google TV Production Halted Till Software Upgrade

Google TV has not had it easy over the past few weeks. Recently, Viacom blocked support to full episode streaming which meant users can no longer watch episodes from popular channels like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. As Google stumbles upon one roadblock after another in the internet-connected TV segment, it looks like its partners have decided to drop support till the tide turn back in their favor.

According to reports, Logitech has instructed its manufacturer Gigabyte to halt production of its Revue set-top boxes until January 2011. The reason, it is told, is because of the unimpressive reception that Google TV has received so far in the market. The production can resume once again after January but that is depending on how Google sorts out its issues with content partners. Also, Logitech is learned to be awaiting a massive upgrade of the Google TV software that could make it a lot more appealing.

You can still buy a Revue from the stores as of now. There is still plenty of inventory that retailers can sell to you.

Dec 24, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

iPad 2 Cases Feature Slots For Speakers

The past couple of weeks has seen a deluge of rumors and speculations with respect to the next generation iPad. Yesterday, there were reports from Japan that suggested that the wide slots noticed in iPad case designs earlier were for a “wide range speaker” and not an SD card slot as reported. While that remains a speculation so far, we just have more information that supports this claim.

A new iPad case posted on Chinese eCommerce website, Alibaba.com, has a rendering of the rear side that shows the slot being used to reveal the metal mesh of an iPad speaker. It must be noted that this is an image mockup that may not give the complete picture. Also, these accessories are designed by manufacturers based on design inputs they receive and may not always conform to the final design.

iPad case

Nevertheless, the latest speculation has raised the curiosity levels among observers and has renewed a debate on the merits of having an SD card slot vis-a-vis a speaker. What do you want on iPad 2?

Dec 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Microsoft Kinect For PC Coming Soon?

Kinect, the massively popular gesture based motion controller that recently reported the sale of its 4 millionth unit could be coming to the PC soon. This speculation is courtesy a Korean game developer – GamePrix – who have announced that their newly launched PC-based MMORPG; Divine Souls will support gaming pads that will make it “resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect“.

While it is possible that the Kinect controller for Divine Souls could be an unofficial offering, a statement by Microsoft representative Jason Lim has given the speculation a lot of credibility. In a recent interview, Lim is reported to have said,

“Kinect will soon be available as a new controller so it might be supported like joy pad mode in the future. Currently in MS, there are many game companies that are trying to apply for this system.”

If true, this is definitely an interesting proposition that could create an extended market for Kinect outside the XBox gaming audience. We will see how these ideas pan out towards the future.

iPad 3G On AT&T Website Available Now

AT&T has finally opened its online store to the iPad 3G+Wi-Fi model. The units are available at the same price as is available on the Apple Store. That means, you will need to pay $629 for the 16GB variant, $729 and $829 for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively.

It is worth mentioning that AT&T has not offered a very positive retail presence to the iPad until now. The carrier began the sale of iPads on their stores only as recently as October of this year. With the latest announcement, the iPad 3G model on AT&T will finally get the presence that it deserves from an exclusive carrier. Having said that, we still do not have enough details about the shipment lead time. So be ready to get your Christmas gift late if AT&T shall take more than a day to deliver your order.

Dec 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Wide-Range Speakers On iPad 2 [Rumor]

According to new rumors, the second generation iPad could be coming with a number of changes in the configuration and layout. A Japanese Mac blog has cited an anonymous Chinese source in its claims that iPad 2 could measure 3mm smaller than the current iPad thanks to a smaller bezel. In addition to this, this upcoming device shall also purportedly sport a “flat like an iPod Touch” rear and a realigned ambient light sensor.

But most interestingly, this new device is reported to come with a wide-range speaker. You may remember that this feature was a debating point when we had written about a slot available with leaked iPad 2 case designs. The source has claimed this feature to be a “large wide-ranged speaker unit covered with metal mesh“.

Of course all of this is just a rumor and so come with the usual disclaimers. Nevertheless, it thickens the plot on the possible new features and we look forward to hearing more about this officially.

Dec 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Notion Ink Adam Extended Warranty In The Works

The warranty details of Notion Ink Adam had created a controversy post which the company has published a detailed Warranty agreement that you can find here. In addition to this, the company CEO Rohan Shravan has also noted that an extended warranty is in the works. In a chat with NotionInkHacks.com, Shravan has said,

“Yes we do have plans for this. Right now I have asked everyone at Notion Ink to re-work everything related to customer support because my next goal is to make Notion Ink best in customer relations. Once the internal quality benchmarks are done on the plans, we will release them.”

On a sidenote, Shravan has also indicated that while rooting Adam might be a tad tough, it is not impossible. But as expected, such a process could undeniably revoke the warranty on the device. Notion Ink is learned to be in talks with their partners to see how this can be resolved.

Dec 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

New iPad To Feature Gesture Controls Like Kinect?

The second generation iPad that is speculated to launch next year may not feature something as ┬árevolutionary as this, but from what we see, a gesture based navigation system – like Kinect – could definitely be coming somewhere down the line. Earlier this month, a number of patents in the area of gesture-controlling were acquired by Apple that signalled that such a feature could be coming to iDevices somewhere down the line.

Now, Elliptic Labs, a Norway based company is learned to be demoing such a technology for the iPad at the Consumer Electronics Show scheduled for early next month. Now, it must be noted that Elliptic Labs is organizing this demo independently without any apparent partnership with Apple. However, considering that Apple has already expressed interest in the area, the demo will give us an idea of where the iPad is headed to in the future.

Here is a video preview of the technology developed by Elliptic Labs.

Dec 21, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Sales Of Roku Vs Apple TV – Roku Doubles Sales After Apple TV Launch

The second generation Apple TV may have appealed to quite a lot of people considering that the set-top box was available at a pretty low $99. But read into the details and you will know that getting yourself locked into iTunes for a television experience is not always a good idea.

Perhaps that is what help Roku get a massive bump in sales ever since Apple TV 2nd gen launched. In a statement Anthony Wood, the CEO at Roku dismissed suggestions that the new Apple TV could eat away Roku’s market and instead suggested that Apple’s launch and the subsequent promotions helped Roku make itself more visible to the consumers. And the result? Wood says that Roku has managed to double their sales ever since the latest Apple TV launched.

Roku is expected to sell their one millionth unit by the end of this year.

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