Ultrabooks are what Intel thinks of as the future of laptops, and why not, if they can make these laptops ultra-thin, light, ultra-responsive and optionally include an optical drive, why would you lug around a fat, heavy, beast of a computer?
The answer might be in price, as Ultrabooks typically look pretty posh and have a designer price tag to match. Though prices are coming down the cheapest Ultrabooks are still about twice the price of the cheapest new laptops.
Currently most Ultrabooks offer an 11in - 13in screen but more variations in the specification on offer are coming from various suppliers. And here is the rub with the component makers. Because of the tightness of space available in the Ultrabook form factor many of the components used within have to be custom made and shaped to shoehorn into the uni-body designs.
Manufacturers like to mass produce to benefit from the economies of scale. With more and more variations in the Ultrabook specification being made by various manufacturers to establish some competitive advantage (differentiation) it's hampering the component factories' mass production runs.
Component makers have been reported to be worried by the demand for this new form of laptop not kicking in and sales taking off, and a run of parts made for one particular Ultrabook most probably cannot be used in another. That equals waste and loss for the component manufacturer if they have any inventories built up. Reducing the run size increases cost and makes Ultrabooks more expensive and consequently less popular - a vicious business cycle. This is another illustration in economics how expectations are so important to outcomes.
In the tablet field we have the same problems, customers want thinner, lighter, yet more powerful systems and some parts have to be custom made to fit particular models. Here there is the added dimension of competing chipsets for Windows devices - Wintel or WoA (Windows on ARM).
However news just in from Lite-On regarding the possible revenue from Ultrabooks is very positive. The company suffered a significant income slump in 2011 due to the Thai floods. Yet citing growth of cloud computing, smartphones and Ultrabooks, positive US economic data as well as the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, Lite-On see lots of opportunity for revenues to pick up in 2012.
A question mark still hangs over the Ultrabook form factor, but with Intel pouring billions of dollars into the idea, we wouldn't want to bet against it.
There are currently more than 220 tablet PCs in the market, with Apple’s new iPad and iPad 2 dominating. However, analysts at ABI Research claim the trend is for less expensive, sub-$400 (£250) tablets at display sizes between seven and nine inches – as smaller-sized media tablets provide better portability options for end-users.
While the iPad (from £329 for the older iPad 2, and £399 for the iPad 3) remains the market leader in the media tablet segment, the buzz created by iPad has paved the way for more and more Android tablets and Windows tablets to join the race, especially in the lower price segment, says ABI.
The market for sub-$400 media tablets is expected to see significant growth over the next five years, occupying more than 60 percent of the market share by 2016, while the market for the over $400 segment is expected to shrink.
According to Jeff Orr, group director, consumer research, “The majority of new entrant media tablet models have been in the sub-$400 segment that focuses on growth markets like India and China.
“The strong wave of growth in this segment over the next few years is expected to be driven by the adoption in emerging markets.”
Wide-aspect display media tablets (nine inches and above) are still favoured in the market and accounted for more than 75 percent of the total media tablet volume in 2011, which is mostly attributed to the Apple iPad 2.
No longer considered the unprivileged elder cousin of media tablets, eReaders are also on an accelerated growth track, with more than 30 models currently available by major vendors.
2011 has seen a healthy 33 percent growth in the eReader market and the market for total shipments is projected to grow over 20 percent in 2012.
“Availability of competing models increases options for consumers and will help to boost eReader adoption,” says research analyst Aishwarya Singh.
“However, the slower pace of digitization of local content will be the key market inhibitor for adoption of eBook Readers, as well as media tablets, in the emerging markets.”
A local Kanata-based charity is helping teachers in rural Africa by providing computer training and access to solar-powered technology to be used in classrooms.
Education Without Boundaries, founded by Beaverbrook’s Bob and Beth Carson, is helping village schools by providing solar-powered netbooks. The project – called Ukumfwana, which means working together – aims to help the classrooms move away from the exclusive use of a paper-based curriculum.
“The project will draw village schools into the 21st century with technology powered by solar power, giving teachers, then students, access to electronic textbooks, reading material and educational videos,” said the Carsons in an email. “As time progresses, schools will gain access to email and the Internet.”
Bob recently returned from Lusaka, Zambia, where he helped instruct 11 teachers from eight schools the fundamentals of computer use.
“The teachers are getting comfortable with using the netbooks,” said Beth. “We’re working on PDFs of teachers’ manuals. So instead of having the entire manual in paper form, they will be able to refer to the day’s lessons on the netbook.”
The Carsons said many of the classrooms are in remote areas with little to no security for classroom supplies.
“In remote villages, teachers often have to walk many kilometres to the school,” said Beth. Many classrooms have no doors, and animals can often be found roaming around inside, possibly making a snack of paper supplies, she added.
“The netbooks seems like an ideal solution for teachers in these situations,” she said.
As well, prices kept increasing for paper shipments for delivery of the curriculum.
“It occurred to us that the laptop has some capability,” said Bob.
The Carsons said they chose to use the netbook because it’s light-weight and holds a battery charge.
The Carsons presented the idea to the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, a corporate fund of Community Foundation Silicon Valley, which manages philanthropic funds.
“They surprised us,” said Bob. “All of a sudden there was complete support for our project.”
Education Without Boundaries was able to provide 20 netbooks to the chosen eight schools. A community in the Chisamba area was the first to receive a solar panel, which helps to power the netbooks.
“There’s no shortage of sunshine in Zambia,” said Beth.
Once the teachers are familiar with how to use the netbooks, they will be able to introduce them in the classroom.
“When they’re doing a lesson about ants for instance, the teacher will be able to pull up a video clip,” said Beth, adding they are working on building a library of information, including video clips, for the computers. “(The teachers are) excited to be able to use them.”
The charity is working on attaining more grant money so the project can be expanded.
“Zambia is the primary focus and there are a total of 38 schools,” said Bob. “We want the schools to have more computers.”
Education Without Boundaries was founded by the Carsons in 2000 to assist African schools by providing training for teachers, curriculum development and classroom supplies.
This Qosmio might be a match for you if you need a budget-friendly laptop that can play games at an acceptable level.
The Qosmio X775-Q7170 is the entry-level model of the Qosmio X770 series of desktop replacement laptops. The Q7170 sports the same snazzy design as other laptops in the series: a 17.3-inch widescreen, a red-backlit keyboard, and a fade-to-red color scheme. However, it comes packed with some less-impressive hardware components and no 3D display.
Our review model, priced at $1150 (as of March 23, 2012), has an Intel Core i5-2450M processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, a 640GB hard-disk drive spinning at 7200 rpm, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics card. Since the graphics card doesn't support 3D Vision, Toshiba offers a tray-loading DVD-SuperMulti drive in lieu of a Blu-ray disc player. The X775-Q7170 has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 3.0, and it runs 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
Related story: Toshiba Protege Z830 Ultrabook falls short of expectations
The X775-Q7170 earned a score of 82 on our new WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, which means that it was approximately 18 percent slower than our baseline configuration, which has an i5-2500K processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card. This score isn't stellar for a desktop replacement laptop, but it's not bad for the price.
The Qosmio looks like its brothers in the X770 family, which is a good thing if you favor the chunky, plastic, super-polished gaming rig look. The chassis is almost entirely dressed in striated gray plastic, except for the very bottom of the lid (when the computer is open), and the very top of the keyboard deck, where the gray gives way to shiny metallic red. My colleague Jon L. Jacobi likens the Qosmio's casing to a tricked-out street racing car, and that's exactly what it looks like: shiny, fast, and a little tacky.
Toshiba also slaps the Qosmio logo on the lid of the machine in red mirrored plastic, which only serves to make the entire thing look cheaper and more garish.
In case you couldn't tell, I'm not a fan of the Qosmio's overall look. But if you like gaming rigs with lots of shine and pretty lights, this may be the machine for you. The X775-Q7170 has a large keyboard with red backlights.
Turning the keyboard light on doesn't just light up the keyboard; it also lights up a strip across the top of the touchpad and six of the seven touch buttons located above the keyboard. I admit that the red lights look pretty cool when the entire machine lights up.
Aside from the full-size keyboard with ten-key number pad, the Qosmio's keyboard deck contains a large touchpad (with two discrete buttons and an on/off switch), and seven touch buttons (Eco Mode toggle, Wi-Fi toggle, Keyboard Light toggle, Play/Pause, Mute, Volume Down, and Volume Up). On either side of the touch buttons are two Harman/Kardon stereo speakers (Toshiba also supplies a bottom-mounted woofer for extra audio kick).
The keyboard's Chiclet-style keys are smallish, but they provide good feedback and are less stiff than smaller keys tend to be. The touchpad has a slightly rough texture, which seemed to trip up the smoothness and precision of my typing. The touchpad's large buttons are composed of shiny plastic and feel a little flimsy, as though they might break within a year. Since this is a desktop replacement, I suggest using an external mouse.
The Qosmio X775-Q7170 offers a generous selection of ports, considering that a large battery, fan, and optical drive occupy most of the back end. You get four USB ports (three USB 2.0, and one USB 3.0 with Sleep and Charge), VGA- and HDMI-out, gigabit ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks, and a lock slot. You'll find a memory card reader on the front of the machine.
This desktop replacement sports a glossy, 17.3-inch LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1600 by 900. The screen generally looks good, with bright colors, good contrast, and decent off-axis viewing angles, but it falls short of full HD, and that fact is noticeable on such a large display. You can distinguish individual pixels, which makes content--including images, video, and text--look slightly fuzzy. At the desktop replacement level, this is definitely a bummer.
Video played smoothly on the laptop, despite the fuzziness. Basic HD streaming and DVD playback worked without a hitch, but you may want to consider another machine if you're looking for a strong gaming rig. In our Crysis 2 gaming test, the X775-Q7170 earned a mark of 69 out of 100, and managed frame rates of around 46 frames per second (at high quality, and 1366 by 768 resolution). Audio sounded good, however, thanks to the bottom-mounted woofer and the top-mounted speakers. The headphone jack delivered excellent sound, too.
The Qosmio X775-Q7170 disappoints as a gaming machine/desktop replacement, and it's too big to function well for any other purpose. Thanks to the extra-large battery that protrudes from the bottom of the laptop, the machine does get decent battery life for its category (about 4 hours, 30 minutes in our tests), but that means little when you're lugging around an 8-pound machine. Still, if you're looking for a laptop that you can play games on in a pinch, this model might be worth considering.
A family is asking for the safe return of a stolen hard drive containing pictures and video of their child, who passed away in 2008.
Durham Regional Police say that someone stole the external hard drive, along with a 52-inch LCD TV, a Panasonic video camera and two 17-inch Acer laptops from a home on Beckett Crescent in Courtice, which is just east of Oshawa.
The theft occurred in the early morning hours on Monday, police say.
The most important item for the family is the one-terabyte hard drive that was attached to one of the laptops.
It contains the irreplaceable videos and pictures of the deceased child.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call police at 1-888-579-1520 extension 1736, or to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
DRIVERS are pictured on a death crash motorway using phones, maps and even a LAPTOP at the wheel.
A Sun probe found truckers, van drivers and other motorists on the M5 chatting into mobiles and fiddling with their sat navs.
Some were poring over maps or documents and gulping from steaming cups of coffee.
Many took their eyes off the road to look down while several even took both HANDS off the wheel to stretch and adjust clothes.
The shocking photos were taken on the M5, one of Britain's busiest routes — the same motorway where two men died following a collision between a lorry and a coach near Halesowen, West Midlands, last Saturday.
Seven people were killed and 51 were injured following a massive 30-car pile-up on the M5 near Bridgwater, Somerset, last November. We snapped drivers on the stretch of the motorway in nearby Taunton.
An RAC spokesman said: "Clearly, taking your hands off the wheel while driving creates unnecessary risk and increases the possibility of accidents. We advise all drivers to pay attention to what is going on around them at all times." Almost 25,000 people were killed or seriously injured in over 38,000 accidents on British roads in the 12 months to last September.
KUCHING: Students given 1Malaysia netbook are urged to use them wisely and not just for Facebook.
Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof reminded students to use their netbooks to gather and share information to improve themselves and to be successful.
He had received reports of students using Facebook until the wee hours of the morning.
“Don’t just use the netbooks for Facebook until 1am or 3am, and when they arrive in school the next morning, a fist fight breaks out as they have been fighting on Facebook all night long,” lamented the Petra Jaya MP.
He suggested that students form discussion groups so they could use Facebook to share information on their studies instead.
Fadillah said this at the closing of a motivational course for students sitting for UPSR, PMR and SPM this year at Surau Darul Falah in Semariang Batu Phase 3 yesterday.
At the event attended by 70 students, Fadillah announced a RM3,000 grant for the surau’s committee to hold events.
For users in India who are itching to try out a tablet experience without burning a hole in their pocket, WishTel has announced the launch of two new low-cost tablet tablet PCs. Ira and Ira Thing priced at Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,500 respectively. The number of small cheaper tablets being released in India has been increasing this past year and could ruin the fun for Aakash, the governments pet project.
Tech2 reports that WishTel’s ‘Ira Thing’ comes with Google’s Android 2.2, a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, WiFi and also supports 3G calling. Ira has the same specifications except that it has resistive touchscreen. Resistive touchscreen allows users to operate the device with gloves, a stylus etc.
PTI had also reported last week that WishTel would participate in the second round of bidding for the tender to produce ‘Aakash’, though it had lost out to Datawind in the first round.
“We are eagerly waiting for the same, given an opportunity we are getting ready for this project, it is a very ambitious project,” WishTel Chief Executive Officer Milind Shah told PTI.
The two need devices can also support 23 Indian languages and operate on the Linux operating system.
WishTel has a network of over 350 distributors across India. The devices are manufactured at its facilities in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
A thief forced to apologise to his victim for stealing his laptop under a restorative justice programme stole the man's replacement computer during the visit.
Months earlier Ivan Barker, 21, had stolen a laptop and cigarettes from wheelchair-bound Jean Jacque Mathely.
So when he called round to say “sorry” his victim was naturally guarded, but let him in after he said police suggested he should face up to his offending.
But once inside, rather than apologise to the man he had wronged, he made off with Mr Mathley’s new laptop.
Now Barker, who sold the stolen goods to pay for booze, has finally been jailed for 16 weeks after pleading guilty to theft.
Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates' Court heard a few months after the original theft, Barker visited Mr Mathely's home in November last year.
Sue Hayers, prosecuting, said: "He answered a knock at the door and saw the defendant, who had previously been convicted of a similar offence of theft from the injured party, standing outside.
"The defendant said the police had asked him to visit to apologise to him for the previous offence.
"He initially believed the apology was genuine and let him in.
"They had a conversation, and the injured party went to the toilet. He then heard the defendant shout that he was leaving.
"When Mr Mathley went back into the living room he noticed the drawer on his computer desk was open and his laptop was missing. The defendant had also taken two 100 packs of cigarettes."
The court heard Mr Mathely had only just bought the computer for £200 to replace the first one Barker had taken three months before.
When he was arrested, Barker told police he had genuinely gone to the house to apologise, but while he was there "started stressing" and needed a drink.
He said he took the computer and sold it for £30. Barker pleaded guilty to theft.
Gary Corbett, mitigating, said: "The defendant had been drinking to excess and taking cocaine before he went to the address.
"This was an opportunistic offence, he didn't go there with the intention to steal these items."
Mr Corbett said Barker had made an effort to cut down on his drinking since the incident.
"He has gone from drinking every day to only four times a week, and not to excess," he said.
Magistrates sentenced Barker, of no fixed address, to 16 weeks in prison.
He also admitted a charged of failing to answer to bail, after he previously failed to turn up at court, for which he was sentenced to seven days in custody, which will run concurrently to his other sentence.
Sales of small appliances performed well last year, providing a bright spot in a picture that saw other durables categories hit hard.
According to GfK Retail and Technology UK, the UK small domestic appliances market was worth £2.4bn in 2011 - enjoying healthy value growth of 4.9% over the previous year.
GfK says the increased value is down to the availability of more innovative designs and lifestyle products, and a rise in prices paid.
Online sales have particularly helped drive premium brands and products within the SDA market, with ecommerce accounting for an increasing share of sales in some product sectors. GfK says this is especially evident within the coffee maker market, where online purchases constituting 22.8% of total sales in 2010 rose to 30.1% last year.
Over the last 12 months, SDAs have proved to be the strongest of the durable product categories. The value of consumer electronics, for example, declined 15.7% in 2011.
Sam Kelly, TSR director at GfK, commented: "In a very challenging economic climate it's great to see value growth within small domestic appliances; a sector that has shown great resilience over the last 12 months compared to many other durables categories."
Kelly will be opening the Housewares Conference 2012 next Tuesday, March 27, with more insight and analysis on this market.
VOLUNTEERS are being offered the chance to strive for a slimmer and fitter lifestyle by looking at their mobile phones – while being paid expenses for their time.
Researchers at Swansea and Cardiff Universities are developing a web-based health programme funded with £442,492 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The idea is to develop it into a smartphone app for use across the world. The two universities are looking for people across South Wales to be the first to use the development programme.
Researchers say it differs from other healthy living programmes in that it focuses on “the psychology of change” with input from psychology experts from both Welsh universities.
Dr Katy Tapper, Professor Greg Maio, Professor Geoff Haddock and Dr Mike Lewis, have developed the four-stage “Health Values” programme to encourage people to eat more healthily.
Dr Tapper said: “We’re interested in finding out whether some fairly brief tasks can help encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.”
The programme consists of four main parts.
Dr Tapper added: “In part one we give participants some feedback about their diets, along with some general dietary advice.
“In part two, we ask them to think a bit more deeply about health-related issues. Part three asks participants to make specific plans to change particular behaviours, and in part four we give participants the options to repeat tasks, work on more plans and view weekly tips.
“Our programme is different to others as it focuses on the psychology of behaviour change.
“In particular we’re interested in the factors that might motivate us to change and the processes that can help us stick to our good intentions.
“It’s important to us that the programme is evidenced-base so all the tasks we use have been shown to help individuals change their behaviour.
“These initial studies will help us determine whether these tasks are also effective when applied to dietary behaviours and delivered via the internet.
“We’ll be launching an online-only version of the study in the autumn.
“If the results of this initial research are promising we hope to further develop and refine the programme and eventually extend the work to a smartphone app.”
If you would like to take part in the research, please contact the team who would be happy to discuss the project further with you, on 07950 136 663, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to be over the age of 18, not currently pregnant, and have an email account and access to the internet.
Participants, who will be reimbursed for any costs, will also need to be able to attend three lab-based sessions at either Swansea or Cardiff University
What's the saying about the rock that caused the avalanche? That might be best analogy for iPad since its launch nearly two years ago. ABI Research says there are now 220 different tablets available globally -- the majority came after iPad. Judging by early new iPad sales, 3 million over the three-day launch weekend, many of you want just one.
But ABI says that will change, particularly as buyers in emerging markets scoop up smaller tablets. Surely that has to be good for Android and perhaps even Windows 8 someday.
"The majority of new entrant media tablet models have been in the sub-$400 segment that focuses on growth markets like India and China", Jeff Orr, ABI group director, says. "The strong wave of growth in this segment over the next few years is expected to be driven by the adoption in emerging markets".
Today, Apple is market leader in the two major segments -- tablets priced above $400 and those with displays larger than 9 inches. These "wide-aspect" tablets accounted for 75 percent of tablet volumes last year -- the majority iPad 2. By 2016, sub-$400, 7-to-9-inch tablets will account for 60 percent of tablet market share, ABI predicts.
Akin to tablets are ereaders. More than 30 models are available, and shipments grew 33 percent year over year in 2011. ABI predicts more modest 20 percent growth this year.
"Availability of competing models increases options for consumers and will help to boost ereader adoption", Aishwarya Singh, ABI research analyst, says. "However, the slower pace of digitization of local content will be the key market inhibitor for adoption of ebook readers, as well as media tablets, in the emerging markets".
I got to wondering about that and did some quick research on China. Competition there is fierce, with new ebook sellers coming to market (buy360.com, this month) and prices plummeting. In China, it's not unusual for ebooks to sell for 75 percent less than print. A movie typically costs 70 yuan at the cinema, while an ebook might be 2.5 yuan -- less than a can of soda at the theater.
Apple is rumored to be working on a sub-9-inch tablet, which, with iBookstore, would make it a fair competitor to ereaders -- as Amazon Kindle Fire already is today. Last month I asked: "Would you buy an 8-inch iPad?" Fifty-five percent of the 3,574 respondents answered "Yes".
"I have had a 7-inch Android tablet for over a year", commenter LS650 responds. "I really prefer the smaller format over my roommate's 10-inch iPad. If there were a smaller iPad I would definitely consider buying one".
Paul Smith: "I absolutely believe people would buy an 8-inch iPad, at a lower price".
"A smaller screen at a lower price point would be perfect for kids and other entry level users", JEPaul comments. "From a marketing perspective, these users would most likely stick with an apple product and ultimately upgrade to the bigger more expensive version. I see this as a win-win for Apple and the consumer".
So the question for ABI and other tablet forecasters: What if that 7-to-9-inch tablet is iPad? What of the 220 then?
The technology was primitive but now photographers such as Annie Leibovitz can't be parted from smartphone cameras
In an August, 2010 Monday Note called Smartcameras in our future?, I hoped for smartphone-like apps running on a nice compact camera such as Canon's S90 (now replaced by the S100). At the time, in-camera photo processing was limited and wireless connectivity required accessories such as Eye-Fi, a clever but not so easy-to-use SD card with a Wi-Fi radio.
On the smartphone side, connectivity (Wi-Fi and 3G) was simple and mostly good (AT&T exceptions hereby stipulated) and, as a bonus, GPS geolocation worked. But when it came to picture quality, smartphones couldn't compete with dedicated compact cameras. The phones' inadequate sensors had trouble with high contrast scenes. Pictures in low light? Forget about it.
Since then, sensor technology has made incredible progress. A few years ago, ISO 3,200 was considered extreme; today, the Canon 1 DX and Nikon D4 reach ISO 204,800 sensitivity. Granted, these are big, expensive high-end cameras – and heightened sensitivity doesn't always yield the best picture – but the new top number is 64 times the previous maximum. A low-light scene that once required a blur-friendly 1/2 second exposure can now be safely captured in 1/128th of a second.
Such progress stems from the silicon industry's relentless progress, particularly, in this case, in silencing electrical noise. Stray electrons that are introduced by the camera's circuitry are intelligently rejected; "authentic" electrons that capture the sparse photons in a low-light snapshot are no longer drowned in an electrical hubbub.
As expected, these improvements have "dribbled down". The advancements in silicon technology that gave us the 24x36mm sensors in our pro cameras are finding their way into the tiny sensors in our smartphones. "The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" is truer than ever. Esteemed photographers such as Annie Leibovitz have fun showing off what they can do with a smartphone.
But improved sensor technology is only one of the reasons why smartphones have eaten compact cameras alive. The other reason is software. Smartphone app stores now sport a huge number of photo apps. Search for ''photo editor" in Google Play (née Android Marketplace) and you'll get more than 1,000 hits. The iPhone App Store yields an absurdly high number as well. Not all of these apps are useful – or even good – but the gamut is impressive. From collage to special effects, from panorama stitching to HDR processing (coaxing highlight and lowlight details into a "viewable" picture), smartphone camera software makes these better sensors even better.
Now add in the smartphone's connectivity with its natural affinity for easy and automatic upload/download, especiallyPhotostream for Apple devices … Compact cameras – which, by comparison to smartphones, don't seem quite so compact anymore – are at an ever-growing disadvantage.
"It won't last," says Samsung. In the eyes of many, the Korean electronics giant has become the new Sony, or, better, the new Panasonic. Well known for smartphones and tablets, Samsung also reigns in the HDTV market, they make PCs, refrigerators, cameras, all very good ones. As the king of Android phones, it's no surprise to hear rumors that Samsung is preparing to launch Android compact cameras. It's a terrific idea: Compact cameras have bigger sensors, better optics and zoom lenses. With better apps and connectivity (Wi-Fi at least), they'll make great travel companions.
Canon and Nikon should pay heed…or risk sequestering themselves in the ultra high-end camera ghetto.
Computing demands of today have leaned towards the personal and the portable, and in this field, contenders such as a netbook or tablet are the leaders in the compact personal computing device market.
Although, it could be argued that the popularity of a netbook has already begun to wain with the focal point of innovation seemingly on tablets. In addition, in just a few short years, the iPad has taken the world by storm with the latest iPad selling millions over the course of a weekend. So, when comparing a netbook to an iPad, where do they stack up?
The netbook was Intel’s attempt to put the power of a PC into a very portable design and package. So far, though it might not be as much eye candy as an iPad, the current series of netbooks has its fans.
Though the netbook is a laptop in design and the iPad is a tablet, we can still compare aspects of the devices that matter most when it comes to portable, personal computing; aspects such as internet connectivity, battery longevity, processing power, and overall usability.
Despite the release of the new iPad, the iPad 2 remains the most widely used iPad. The iPad 2 can offer Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 3G, the same as leading Netbooks that can also hook up nicely to wired connections through standard hi-speed Ethernet. The Netbook, however, has the advantage of being a fully capable PC, which provides versatile browsing experience not just with several browser options, but also full support for a bunch of plug-ins and other browser tools. Take note though, that the new iPad sports 4G LTE – and as soon as the technology spreads, the new iPad will be the fastest on the market.
An inherent weakness of current lines of netbooks is Intel’s PC-based microchip, which is incredibly power-hungry. The iPad 2 can go over its advertised 8 hour battery life even ion moderate use, which the Netbook can only futilely hope to accomplish. Intel, however, will soon release the new Z2460 Atom chip, which matches iPad 2′s ARM-based A5 chip in terms of power consumption. By then, it might just be anybody’s game.
Intel’s chip combined with typically 1 to 2 GB of RAM and over 250 GB of storage is more or less equal to Apple’s A5 chip with the iPad 2′s 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The iPad might be on the low end in terms of storage, but its touch-based design makes it ideal for some tasks such as scribbling or drawing with a light pen. By overall design, however – even in the architecture of the file system – Netbooks make more productive devices over iPads, especially when it comes to multitasking.
iPads are great as a personal computing tool that you can take with you and use as a portal to Web connectivity. Netbooks, however, though far from laptops and PCs in terms of usability as a work machine or terminal, are still better than the iPad with a full keyboard and inherent features of its software. Of course, in terms of cost, the netbooks are far cheaper (staring from $250 or even lower) than the iPad 2′s almost $500 price tag.
Given that new generations of netbooks will soon follow the new iPad, we would probably see more Netbook vs iPad comparisons and changes in the way the devices measure up, but so far, the iPad leans towards personal, enjoyable computing while the netbook leans toward productive, processing-central use.
But, there really is no reason to enjoy the best of both worlds if you are willing to spend the $500 for an iPad, simply add the Zaggmate case or some other keyboard case if you prefer and your iPad instantly becomes a netbook.
NEW YORK — Mobile technology appears to be increasing the public appetite for news but it's far from clear whether the news industry will profit from that, a study issued Monday concluded.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its annual state of the news media report, found encouraging signs within the 27 per cent of Americans who say they get news on their smartphones or tablets.
These consumers are likely to seek out traditional news sites or applications, strengthening their bond with old newspaper or television news organizations. People with tablets tend to read longer articles and spend more time with news sites than they do on phones or desktop computers, said Tom Rosenstiel, Project for Excellence in Journalism director.
Many people already make it a habit to check their tablets before going to bed to see what is going to be in a newspaper the next day, he said.
Unique visits to online news sites jumped 17 per cent from 2010 to 2011, similar to the increase from the year before, the report said.
"The demand for conventional journalism endures and in some ways is even growing," Rosenstiel said. "There were many people that didn't predict that. The content is still coming from traditional news companies."
Yet technology companies, rather than news companies, are better set up to take advantage of online revenue opportunities. The report found that five companies -- Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo! -- generated 68 per cent of digital ad revenue in 2011.
News companies are generally not as able to provide the specific consumer information that digital advertisers seek, and they certainly have not been as aggressive in this area as the technology companies, said media critic Jeff Jarvis, who writes the Buzzmachine.com blog.
Jarvis also criticizes news organizations for not being more creative with their websites and applications, and not encouraging users to link information.
"I fear the iPad is a siren call to news organizations, seducing them into thinking they can maintain their old models and old controls, not just maintain but regain them," he said.
For news organizations, "there's a lot of work that needs to be done," said Roger Fidler, program director at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. "But it needs to be done very quickly."
Rosenstiel noted the trend of technology companies working with news organizations on new ventures announced within the past year: Yahoo! reaching a deal to stream ABC News reports; YouTube launching original programming channels, including one operated by the news service Thomson Reuters; The Washington Post developing a news aggregator, Trove.com, available through Facebook.
The Associated Press has begun providing some of its election coverage to the popular tablet app Flipboard, entered into a partnership with WhoSay.com over use of celebrity photos and also worked with Twitter on release of Nevada Republican caucus results.
The PEJ report noted how social media is increasingly driving news, through people who pass along recommendations to read articles to their friends through Facebook and Twitter. Still, only 9 per cent of adults say they follow such recommendations regularly, compared to 36 per cent who say they go directly to a news organization's app.
Most media sectors saw audience growth in 2011, with the exception of newspapers, the report said. The television network news audience grew for the first time in a decade and local stations also saw news growth in the late evening and early morning, the PEJ said.
Radiation from mobile phones may affect the brain development of unborn babies, the lead author of a controversial animal study has claimed.
Pregnant mice placed in the vicinity of an active mobile phone gave birth to offspring which showed signs of hyperactivity, anxiety and poor memory.
Infant mice whose mothers were not exposed to the radiation were not affected the same way.
The changes were attributed to impaired development of neurons in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.
According to the US scientist who led the research, the same effects could potentially occur in humans.
Professor Hugh Taylor, from Yale University, believes mobile phones might even be partly responsible for rising rates of behavioural disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
However, other experts warned strongly against extrapolating the findings and assuming they were relevant to humans. One called the claims ''alarmist and unjustified''.
The research is reported in the Nature publication Scientific Reports.
Prof Taylor said: ''This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behaviour.
''We have shown that behavioural problems in mice that resemble ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb.
''The rise in behavioural disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure.''
He added that more work was needed in humans to investigate the mechanisms involved and establish safe levels of mobile phone exposure during pregnancy.
ADHD is a development disorder characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Between 3% and 7% of school-age children suffer from the disorder. Affected children tend to perform poorly at school and are at increased risk of delinquency.
Diagnosis of ADHD has increased at an average rate of 3% per year since 1997, making the condition ''a growing public concern,'' according to the scientists.
In the study, 33 pregnant mice were exposed to radiation from a muted but active mobile phone positioned a short distance above their cage. The phone was placed on an uninterrupted call for 17 days, almost the whole of their pregnancy.
A comparison group of pregnant mice was kept under the same conditions but with the mobile phone switched off.
More than 160 adult offspring were were given a series of psychological and behavioural tests and had measurements taken of their brain electrical activity.
Co-author Tamir Aldad, also from Yale, pointed out that rodent pregnancies last only 19 days and mice are born with a less developed brain than humans.
Further research was needed to determine whether the potential risks of exposure to mobile phone radiation in pregnancy were similar for humans.
''Cell phones were used in this study to mimic potential human exposure but future research will instead use standard electromagnetic field generators to more precisely define the level of exposure,'' said Dr Aldad.
Other experts also urged caution.
Professor Eric Taylor, a child psychiatrist from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, said: ''This paper does not show any link between radiofrequency exposure and ADHD. The rate of ADHD problems has been steady for more than 20 years (any increase is due to greater recognition), so mobile phones are an unlikely cause.
''Taking animal studies and extrapolating directly to humans requires much more care. The exposure of the animals was very great, and the researchers' tests of animal memory should not be directly equated to human attention; different species can react differently.''
Professor Katya Rubia, a neuroscientist also from the Institute of Psychiatry, said: ''The extrapolation of the behavioural and brain effects of prenatal mobile phone exposure in mice to human ADHD and its increase in our society is alarmist and unjustified.
''Some enhancement in motor activity in mice is not translatable to the complex human ADHD behaviour characterised by impulsiveness, inattention and motor activity. ADHD is not associated with memory problems, or with decreased anxiety, and the key brain deficits are in the basal ganglia rather than the frontal lobe.''
Dr Mischa de Rover, a psychologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said: ''Good animal data is of crucial importance as a starting point for human studies but should never be used as a basis for risk assessment in humans.''
Cairo - Egyptian government has decided to install surveillance cameras in its all sports venues following Feb 1 football fans’ clashes in a stadium that left 74 people as dead while injuring hundreds others.
The move came during a meeting presided by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, Xinhua reported citing Al-Ahram daily.
Two meetings were conducted Saturday over the Port Said tragedy and the possible resumption of domestic football activities. It was also decided to appoint a new governor for Port Said within days, the daily reported.
On Feb 1, clashes had broken out in Port Said stadium after el-Masry team beat the most popular national team el-Ahly three to one in an Egyptian premier league.
Emad al-Bannani, head of the National Sports Council, said the penalties for the Port Said’s al-Masry team will be announced within 10 days.
Last week, 75 people had been referred to a criminal court in connection with the football match riots. The charged people included nine police officers, three officials of el-Masry club and two minors.
GEORGE TOWN: Local and foreign manufacturers of branded household appliances are expanding their range of products to meet rising domestic and international demand.
Pensonic Holdings Bhd, Daewoo Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd and CT Frank Technology Sdn Bhd are among the companies that are investing to produce a new range of products this year.
Pensonic is injecting about RM30mil to start construction of a new corporate headquarters that would house a research and development centre on a 2.4ha site in Bukit Minyak Science Park this year.
Daewoo Electronics is investing about RM50mil for an assembly cum warehouse facility, also in the Science Park, while CT Frank is spending RM5mil to acquire raw materials for new household electronic products.
Daewoo Electronics, one of South Korea's leading consumer electronic product company, has a plant in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Daewoo Electronics managing director Y.J. Yoo said the company's assembly and warehouse facility, scheduled to start operations by end of this year, would produce new range of refrigerators and washing machines.
“These are targeted at new markets such as Ukraine, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. We can expect the Ukrainians to source a lot from us, as China-made refrigerators and washing machines entering Ukraine are now subjected to a 150% duty.”
The company's washing machine and microwave oven exports totalled only 160,000 units in 2011 compared with about 240,000 in 2010due to the floods in Thailand,
The company's sales would pick up this year due to replacement orders this year, he said. These new markets and the replacement orders from Thailand should help Daewoo Electronics achieve a US$20mil (RM60mil) revenue in 2012, compared with US$10mil (RM30mil) in 2011, Yoo added.
Daewoo's overseas sales accounted for about 70% of its 2011 revenue, while the domestic market made up the remaining 30%.
Pensonic managing director Dixon Chew said although the domestic and overseas markets were affected by the global economic challenges, the group was going ahead with its new headquarters and research and development centre.
“We expect to start construction work in the next three months. The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013.”
The research and development centre would develop new eco-friendly household electronic appliance products such as the eco-thermal pot, which allows energy savings of up to 50% for the overseas and domestic markets, he said.
Chew said domestic sales, which contributed about 70% to the group's annual revenue, slowed down after January, while overseas sales, which comprised 30% of the annual revenue, reported a double-digit growth due to demand from South-East Asia, Asia, and the Middle-East.
“They provided steady demand for innovative products that are competitively priced,” he said.
For the group's third quarter in fiscal year 2012 that ended in February, it expected single-digit growth in sales, compared with the previous fiscal year's corresponding quarter.
CT Frank chief executive officer Beh Cheng Siong said the company would spend RM5mil this year for raw materials to manufacture jug kettle, shower heater and smart televisions with touched screen features.
“These are high-yielding products for the domestic market, which would help the company increase its 2012 sales revenue by 20% from RM60mil in 2011.”
The new products, to be assembled at its plant in Taiping, would help offset the margin erosion from the LCD television sales segment. “This year, we will also produce 300,000 units of cathode ray TVs and LCD TVs for both the domestic and overseas markets in emerging economies such as the Middle-East and Africa compared to 250,000 in 2011,” Beh said.
The Middle-East market generates about 40% of CT Frank's revenue, while South-East Asia and Africa contribute 20% and 40% respectively. Saudi Arabia serves as a distribution hub for the company's products in the Middle East.
CT Frank manufactures from a 120,000 sq ft facility in Kamunting Industrial Estate, employing 250 workers.
Meanwhile, Star Electronics Sales and Services Sdn Bhd managing director Joseph Hon said the local consumer electronic product retailing sector was still running short of washing machines and refrigerators due to a disruption in supply from the floods in Thailand.
“The disruption is caused by the Japanese brand washing machine and refrigerator manufacturers in Thailand supplying to the local market where there is a need to replace household appliances damaged by the flood,” he said.
Hon said there was plan to open three more sales outlets in the northern region this year to add to the existing 20 outlets on Penang island, Seberang Prai, Kedah, and Perak.
Meanwhile, the latest Business Monitor International report released last month forecast that total retail sales in the country would increase from US$57bil in 2012 to RM70.5bil in 2016, fuelled by low unemployment rate, rising disposable income and a strong tourism industry.
Consumer electronic product sales are predicted to rise from US$11.47bil in 2012 to US$14.44bil in 2016, an increase of 25.8%, boosted by demand from the tech-literate urban middle class, and by a growing interest in electronic products from the under-penetrated areas outside the Klang Valley.
Around Android circles Asus is known for its Transformer series of tablets. But in the computer world, one of their most notable accomplishments of recent years is the Eee PC line, which basically invented the netbook segment and (formerly) lent its name to everything from all-in-one computers to tablets. Appropriately, the PC machines are now capable of running Android 4.0, or at least the Eee PC X101 is. The capability comes from the Android x86 project, which allows the open-source OS to run on hardware designed for desktop operating systems. The X101 is designed to run Intel and Nokia’s Meego operating system, but is capable of running pretty much any x86-based OS.
This build is a long way from official – it’s not endorsed by Google or Asus, though the latter has extensive experience in making Android behave for a laptop form factor. Based on the video posted by Asus Campus Life, it’s also a little sluggish. Touching and dragging are emulated by the standard mouse buttons and touchpad on the laptop, with a few user interface tweaks added to the home screen for easier manipulation. The 10-inch screen is, interestingly, far less dense than most tablets (including both current Transformers) at 1024×600. WiFi and the input devices seem to be working well enough, including the volume buttons and the Escape key subbing for Android’s Back button.
There’s very little utility in running Android on a laptop that already has Windows, but it’s got a definite edge over MeeGo in the apps department. It’s possible that the more powerful hardware may be able to last longer on a battery charge running Android, but it’s a lot of trouble to go to for that. Still, if you’re hankering for a free OS, beggars can’t be choosers. Android 4.0 x86 is only demonstrated on the Asus Eee PC X101, but similar models (most of which share chipsets or graphics) should be able to use the same ISO image. Happy flashing!
If you don't fancy waiting in the cold and damp outside an Apple retail store on Friday morning just to get your hands on a shiny new iPad, you may be able to avoid the queues altogether.
According to website Pocket-lint, "a source" has revealed that London's Tottenham Court Road branch of PC World will be opening its doors to punters at 12:01am on Friday. Almost a full eight hours before Apple, in other words.
A queue has been forming outside the Apple Store on London's Regent Street since Sunday (yes, Sunday), so finding an alternative outlet can't be a bad idea.
Pocket-lint has also heard that PC World stores in other major UK cities such as Birmingham and Edinburgh will open their doors and flog the new iPad slightly earlier than Tim Cook's company, too.
These stores will open for business at 7am on Friday morning, which is still a full 60 minutes before Apple.
If, however, you still crave that unique Apple retail experience, you'll be pleased to read that The Big A has confirmed in a press release that its stores will open tomorrow at the slightly earlier time of 8am.
That should give you plenty of time to nab your iPad and get back home before The Jeremy Kyle Show finishes. Well, providing you've been queuing since last week, that is.
Netbook Navigator are one of those firms who seem to be unable to make up their minds what they want to be, initially we know of them as being a tablet manufacturer, but now it seems that they are into ultrabooks too, but like their tablets the Nav13X is small and neat in design.
There are couple of things that may put buyers off with the Nav13X, the first being that there is no operating installed and the second is that in order to access the Ethernet and mini HDMI port the user has to plug in an adapter, it’s not a deal breaker but for some users it may just be annoying.
Apart from those couple of issues the Navigator Nav13X is a nice looking ultrabook and has a neat 13.3 inch, WSVGA Back lit LED Display with a 1366 x 768 of pixel resolutions and it has a built in 1.3 mega pixel web camera. It is going to the powered by the latest Cedar Trail version of the Intel ATOM N2800 1.86 GHz Dual Core processor.
With a choice of memory from 2 GB to 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM available and the buyer can choose from a 32 GB, 64 GB or the 128 GB 1.8 solid state drive (SSD) for their storage requirements. It has the usual networking and connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1, two standard style USB 2.0 ports and an SD Card Slot. However, it uses a special adapter for the Mini-HDMI port and the VGA/LAN RJ-45, which is a little awkward.
When it comes to size the Navigator Nav13X measures just 12.9 inches (W) x 8.6 inches (H) x 0.6 inches (D) and weighs in at just 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) with the 3 Core 4100 mAh Li-Ion battery pack installed.
The Netbook Navigator is priced at around $500 with no operating system installed. The buyer can choose the Microsoft Windows 7 Home operating system at the following rates, Home Premium at $100, Professional at $150 or the Ultimate version for an extra $200!
The stark gap between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' in India got an official confirmation on Tuesday when the Census 2011 data, released by the Union home secretary, revealed that a large number of Indian homes have a phone but not a toilet. But there's reason to cheer for Delhiites.
The national Capital, along with Chandigarh, ranks on top as far as access to facilities such as laptops, computers, mobile phones and cars is concerned.
Census 2011 was the first time that citizens were asked during the house-to-house surveys if they possessed a laptop, computer or a mobile phone.
The results show that the cellphone revolution in the last decade has resulted in a massive increase in teledensity.
The 2G scam may have hit the telecom sector, but the number of households having a telephone connection (both mobile and landline) has jumped to 63.2 per cent in 2011 compared to mere 9.1 per cent in 2001.
This means roughly two out of three households in India now have a phone. But the irony is that nearly half of the country's population - 49.8 per cent households - still defecates in the open. So there are families which may have a phone and a television, but not a toilet. In urban India, as many as 81 per cent households have a telephone connection.
The Census data shows that in Delhi, as many as 91 per cent households have a telephone connection, which includes 68 per cent mobile phones, while for Chandigarh the figure is 90 per cent.
So, more Delhi houses now have a phone rather than a television. In the Capital, 88 per cent households have a TV.
Every fifth house in Delhi and every fourth in Chandigarh owns a car, which is far higher than the national average of 4.7 per cent. The access to laptops, computers and Internet in India still has a long way to go, but Delhi and Chandigarh have already made rapid strides. Only 9.4 per cent households in the country reported having either a laptop or a computer while just 3 per cent of these homes had an Internet connection.
But in Delhi, 29 per cent of the 33.4 lakh households have a laptop or computer while 17 per cent have an Internet connection. Chandigarh fared even better than the national Capital and was on the top in the entire country.
Every third family in the city, or 33.2 per cent households, has a computer and 18.8 per cent has an Internet connection. Surprisingly, IT hubs such as Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh reported poor Internet distribution, with only 12.8 per cent and 8.4 per cent homes respectively having computer at home. Mere 2.6 per cent households in Andhra Pradesh reported to be having an Internet connection.
The new Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, better deliver on his poll promise to give free laptops. His state has only 8 per cent households with computers and a shockingly low 0.9% having Internet connection.
'We have to do a lot more for the penetration of computers and Internet,' Dr C. Chandramouli, Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner, said while releasing the figures. The Census data also shows that as many as 86 per cent of Indian households live in their own homes while the rest live in rented accommodations. In Delhi, however, nearly 28 per cent families live in rented houses while the percentage is even higher, 47, in Chandigarh. As many as 93.7 per cent households in Chandigarh and 75 per cent in Delhi drink treated water - which was also a new question posed during the Census exercise this time.
The data shows that nearly 32 per cent families in Delhi live in one-bedroom houses. In 70 per cent of households in the Capital, only one married couple lives, pointing to the increasing trend of nuclear families.
A huge 98 per cent households in Delhi and 99 per cent in Chandigarh have electricity connection. 'The encouraging trends from the figures are that more households now have access to drinking water and electricity and more families live in pucca houses.
The mobile penetration is not only in urban areas but also in the rural areas. However, a disturbing factor remains that nearly 49 per cent of families in India still defecate in the open, which may also be due to some cultural factors,' Chandramouli said.
RIM has, in a bizarre attempt to save its Playbook, entered the netbook market - announcing a mini keyboard that users can dock to the tablet.
Useful enough for giving the user more screen space and a quicker way to type up longer documents, as this RIM employee explains in a demo video.
As you can see, along with a Citrix case, the Playbook's mini-keyboard turns the ill-received tablet into something resembling a laptop that you have to put together yourself. It even comes equipped with a touchpad. RIM's demo, in which the Playbook runs Windows as a virtual OS, highlights exhilarating 'new' features like:
We asked RIM what, specifically, makes the device any better than a laptop. We have heard nothing yet, but can tell you the official lines are:
- "Powerful multi-touch control" because the touchpad supports PlayBook gestures.
- "Ultimate portability" because it's less than 6mm thick.
- "Security", because, well, it's RIM.
The keyboard also bridges to a Blackberry handset, which can then be used as a remote control device. RIM says this is handy for powerpoint demonstrations.
To turn your Playbook into a laptop only costs $119.99, and it's available for pre-order at shopblackberry.com.
General Electric Appliances has announced the opening of 230 new manufacturing positions at Louisville’s Appliance Park, and will take applications online from 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 through 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 16, or until it has gathered 10,000 new applications. Applicants must be over 18, have a high school diploma or GED, speak English and be comfortable with manual labor. Workers will be handling up to 25 pounds.
After reviewing the initial applications, the company will contact the applicants considered most qualified for further testing and interviews. Starting pay for the new positions will be $13.03 an hour plus benefits, including healthcare and retirement savings.
According to the HR folks at GE, the benefits of pre-screening the initial applications are that they assess a candidate’s fit to competencies and skills identified as most important for a given role. A candidate’s responses are then compared to the essential competencies and/or skills which have been highlighted in a comprehensive job analysis and an overall score is calculated. The outcome of the questionnaire is based on an automated process to maximize consistency and speed.
Only those applicants whose responses demonstrate that they meet the competencies and/or skills for the target production position for which they applied, will be invited to proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process. Applicants not invited will however have the opportunity to be considered for other GE opportunities or may reapply to other positions in GE through the GE Careers web site (see below).
Individuals wishing to apply for the new positions must log on to the GE recruitment web site (see below) to fill out an application. Paper applications are not available and applications will not be accepted at GE Appliance Park. In addition, individuals should not call or visit Appliance Park with inquiries. This is for new applications only, and individuals who have previously applied within the past 12 months will not be permitted to re-apply.
KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center and Kentucky Office of Employment and Training locations in Louisville, Shelbyville and Shepherdsville will open early on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 a.m. to help people without computers or high-speed Internet access apply for jobs at Louisville’s Appliance Park. GE Appliances and Lighting will begin accepting up to 10,000 new, online applications at 6:30 a.m. on March 14 to fill 230 manufacturing positions.
As part of the launch of its next-generation iPad, Apple updated iMovie and GarageBand and released iPhoto for the iPad and iPhone.
iPhoto is a perfect fit for mobile devices, taking advantage of the touch screen to make sorting, editing and sharing photos intuitive and easy.
There has been no shortage of photo apps for Apple devices but the release of the iPhoto app means that Apple’s entire collection of iLife apps is now available for Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS.
The newly announced iPad has a five-megapixel iSight camera, so you can use iMovie to create your own HD videos from shooting to editing — all in the one device — although shooting video on an iPad is admittedly more cumbersome than using an iPhone or one of the many pocket video cameras available.
If you have Apple TV, the little set-top box that also got an update with Apple’s latest announcement, you can use AirPlay to show off your iPhoto creations on your HD TV.
And Apple’s online storage system iCloud lets you store your work online, sharing between devices and with friends and family.
Although iPhoto and iMovie are available only for iPad 2 and later, if you have a first-generation iPad (the one without a camera) developers have figured out a workaround to get the apps onto your device. Google news results for iPhone, iPad and you’ll come with up suggestions on how to do that.
Adobe Photoshop Touch, iPhone and iPad 2 or later, Android, $9.99
Adobe recently released its Photoshop Touch app for the iPad, delivering features that you may already be using with Adobe’s Photoshop Express app, along with some new ones for the touch screen tablet. You can layer images from several different photos, add effects and touch up photos. The app’s Scribble selection tool lets you get rid of part of an image easily by, as the name suggests, scribbling on what you want to keep and what’s to be removed.
Remote control app, iPhone, free for the lite version for iPhone and iPad, $19.99 for iPhone pro version, iPad pro version, $49.99
Vancouver photographer John Biehler introduced me to this app from onOne software and it comes in both lite and pro versions.
It works with Canon and Nikon digital single-lens-reflex cameras (check online at onone.com to see if your camera is among those supported) letting you remotely control both video and still frame shooting on your camera.
You connect your camera via USB or Wi-Fi to a computer that’s running onOne’s DSLR remote server application. You get that software from onOne’s download site.
From there, control your camera using the app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. With the pro versions you can monitor and stop video recording.
Camera+, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, 99 cents
Camera+, which has sold more than seven million copies, was co-created by University of Victoria grad Lisa Bettany, who is on an around-the-world trip cataloguing her travels on her iPhone with Camera+ and collecting material for a book on iPhone photography.