Archivi giornalieri: 13/01/2012
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At CES this week JVC have unveiled their new JVC Everio range for 2012, which have now dropped cables for wirelessly WiFi connections. The new Everio EX, VX and GX range of camcorders and now all fitted with Wi-Fi connectivity. Making uploading videos to your YouTube account even easier. Together with wireless transfer support of files to Android or iPhone/iPad devices.
Other features included in the new ranges offer the ability to automatically emails pictures or 15-second videos taken with the movement detect function is needed.
All the camcorders within the ranges are equipped with Full HD AVCHD shooting, 24 Mbps sampling rate and an HDMI-out. For the full run down of the entire Everio 2012 lineup jump over tot he JVC website, or checkout the comparison chart created by JVC here.
Source: Tech Radar
Google has rolled out a new update this week to its Google+ Hangouts feature. Bring with it new “screensharing” features that enable you to share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout.
Together with enlarged video images, putting the emphasis on the live video itself by optimising white space and other screen elements, says Google.
“When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users. We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design,”
Google has launched a new feature for developers of its Android apps, a new website called Android Design, and Google are looking to improve the design of third party applications for Android.
The website is designed to help developers make their applications look better, and it has lots of information on how apps can be integrated with Android 4.0 ICS, as well as information on how to design better user interfaces.
The Android User Experience Team is committed to helping you design amazing apps that people love, and this is just the beginning. In the coming months, we’ll expand Android Design with more in-depth content. And watch this blog for a series of posts about design, and invitations to Google+ hangouts on the topics you care about most.
You can find out mode details about Android Design over at the Android Design website.
Source Android and Me
It looks like Google intends to release annual software updates for its Google TV software, according to a recent report by Bloomberg, and we can expect to see the next version of Google TV, which we presume would be Google TV 3.0 launch by the end of 2012.
Google have told Bloomberg that we can expect the third version of Google TV in the second half of 2012, although they didn’t reveal any details on what new features would be added to the service.
At this years CES we have seen a number of manufacturers release new Google TV devices, and we also heard that the cloud gaming service OnLive is headed to Google TV.
Google has started rolling out the Android 4.0.2 update for the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy nexus, and according to Google the update is designed to bring a range of bug fixes to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The update has been rolled out as an OTA update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and we didn’t really notice any changes when we updated our device.
The Android 4.0.2 update is available as an over the air update for the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, or you can update from the setting menu on your device.
Source Android Community
Texas Instruments demos first OMAP 5, Android 4.0-based reference design, promises it in laptops next year (video)
Texas Instruments promised us a new helping of OMAP right around a year ago, and sure enough, OMAP 5 processors will be sampling to partners as early as next week. Texas Instruments’ Remi El-Ouazzane (VP of OMAP) just debuted an OMAP 5-based reference design (or “development platform,” if you will) on our CES stage, a solid four years after OMAP 3 debuted on a nondescript Archos tablet. OMAP 5 brings along a pair of cores and plenty of power savings, a dual-GPU architecture and more raw horsepower than the average simpleton is used to handling in a single palm. We saw quite a bit of swiping through Android 4.0.1, and as you’d expect, everything looked decidedly snappy. 720p video at 30 frames per second is no real chore, with the platform capable of pushing 1080p material at 64 frames per second (130 frames per second without screen refresh limitations). Of course, with everything being hardware accelerated, we can’t feign surprise about its future on netbooks and laptops. To quote Remi:
Synaptics is a touchscreen-interface company that has around 30 customers, but since that list includes the top 15 smartphone makers and the top 15 tablet manufacturers, it does okay for itself. The company rented a quiet booth at the back of CES to show off its impressive new ten-finger touchscreen tech. The Clearpad 7300 is a significantly smaller unit: to demonstrate the company pulled apart a HP touchpad and swapped out the 15-chip daughter board with a single chip — still recognizing ten inputs at a refresh rate of 100Hz. The company also had a Windows 8 demo unit (it’s partnered with Redmond) that allows five-finger touch. It’ll allow you to depress a software shift key without toggling and play piano with five fingers at once. We also saw a calibration unit just acting on a piece of glass (held mid-air) that could still register ten interactions. The technology will be arriving towards the end of the year and will be an integral part of all the Windows 8 tablet launch. Head on past the break to see us take the unit for a ride.
You need a bluetooth keyboard, and you wish you had a tablet or at least a phone with a larger screen. Perhaps you need to give presentations or just want to watch movies. What’s a person to do? LightPad has a very unique and clever idea: why not stick a pico projector and superthin 11-inch plastic rear projection screen onto a bluetooth keyboard case? By simply connecting your smartphone to the lightweight pad via MHL or HDMI-out, your phone gets transformed into a virtual laptop, albeit with a significantly lower-res display. It works just fine, however, if all you need is a larger screen that you can use for email or simple web browsing. But wait, there’s more — flip the projector around, point it at a wall, and now your screen blows up to a max of 60 inches. The dock, which is super light and can be easily folded into itself, should be available in Q2 for an undetermined price. Peruse the gallery and watch the video below to get a better idea of how it all works.
Acer unveiled so much hardware this week that it’s easy to forget it also teased a cloud-based storage service. In brief, AcerCloud, allows you to remotely access whatever’s on your Acer laptop, even if it’s asleep or in hibernation mode, and even if you’re not connected to the same WiFi network. Storage is unlimited, and you can upload music, photos, videos and documents. Also, it’s free.
So how does this work, if not over WiFi? Whenever possible, AcerCloud will try to create a peer-to-peer connection between your laptop and phone, but when that fails a security token inside the laptop allows the cloud service to play matchmaker between the notebook and the app, which is of course tied to your account. At launch, there will be separate mobile applications for music, photos, et cetera. It will be Android-only, though Acer reps tell us they intend to to create versions for Windows Phone and even iOS (assuming Apple approves it). They also say they’re considering developing a file manager where you can access all your content, and not just music or pictures. For now, at least, the discrete apps are intuitively designed, and the best part is that you can play back media inside of them. Good news for anyone not satisfied with their Android phone’s native music player.
Expect this to start rolling out in North America and China in the second quarter, followed by a worldwide release sometime in Q4. It’ll also become an eventual staple on Acer PCs, including things like all-in-ones, but in the beginning it will be exclusive to Acer’s Ultrabooks. Until Q2 rolls around, though, you can head past the break for a short demo of the music app. We hope you’re not too sick of Lady Gaga
In the followup, Monster will pump eight new headphone lineups featuring due out this year, Monster is also noted to have brought in 60% of its own revenue from Beats by Dre, and now plans to shift its focus on older demographics, such as executive types, which the brand never exactly catered to. Notably, Businessweek also states that Beats Electronics will retain to the rights to the headphone’s iconic design, sound-signature and branding. Considering Beats’ partnerships reign far with companies like HP and HTC, things probably won’t be all doom and gloom for the company — but the amount of time left to pick up your very own JustBeats likely just got slim. Hit up the source link below for more details.
Vincent Perriard and crew have apparently gone from overseeing the Concord C1 QuantumGravity watch and its fluorescent liquid battery gauge to designing another high end watch that combines mechanical action and fluid measurement with the HYT H1. This hand-wound timepiece has a 65 hour power reserve and displays the time via pumping bellows that push bright green fluorescine past the time markers. A rendered video embedded after the break does more to explain how the watch works, but may not help you figure out its rumored $45k price tag.
At Panasonic’s press event here at CES 2012, the company announced and briefly showed off a device it called a Skype tablet, then promptly whisked it away before we could get our hands on it. Well, we swung by the Panny booth to see it up close and some more info on the thing. As you can see in the gallery below, it’s got what appears to be a webcam and a 7-inch LCD on the front, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD slot round back. Unfortunately, our attempts to gather more info about the device were rebuffed, but feel free to peek at our pictures and pontificate on what lies beneath its silver facade.