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If you work in the virtualization field you should go to this link now… Big things are happening in VMworld 2012 and you wouldn’t want to miss it! Trust me I would love to fill you in on some goodies, but I am under strict NDA from VMware, so you will just have to believe me when I say it will be good!
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GizmoCanada.com, its unofficial Asus Transformer Pad Infinity page, and their users have shined a bit of light on the latest Android OS from Google. See insert below.
A lot of rumors are swimming around about Jelly Bean OS for the TF700T, and I believe some people are jumping the gun, now I know the update will go OTA in the coming months, as ASUS stated about a month ago. TF300T owners are lucky enough to know that the update WILL push out very soon, if not already. One site claims that updates are rolling out for the TF700T already, but almost 2000 users over at the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Facebook Page (unofficial) it hasn’t been seen.
So I guess all you TF700T owners will have to wait and see. If you are rooted, you will be out of luck, although modified ROMS will be released into the wild soon after the official OTA goes out. You must have patience, personally I think TF700T users waited long enough just to get their tablets!
So rumors abound, it looks like the newest BlackBerry 10 phones will be powered by the Qualcomm’s S4 Pro MSM8960T processor clocked at ~1.7 Ghz, this processor is a step up or the big brother to the processor found in the HTC One XL and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, so we will have some serious power here! The Adreno 320 GPU delivers WUXGA 1080p video performance and out performs most other mobile GPU’s in the market today. The communication capabilities are as follows, BT 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), World Mode (LTE FDD/TDD CAT3, SVLTE-DB, TD-SCDMA, Rel9 DC-HSPA+, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, EGAL, 1x Adv., 1x EV-DO Rev. A/B), this will allow the phone to work all over the world.
I for one cannot wait to get my hands on this phone, as I’ve said before, I will definitely be going for the touchscreen device. I think I am going through BBM withdrawal!
*note that this isn’t the final design*
Since it will be a late Q3 to early Q1 2013 release more news and specifications will follow, and that means more hype, and the more hype the better the campaign, and the better the campaign the more BlackBerry users will get excited… I think RIM is doing a good job, keep it up. Now watch the videos below and get excited with me!
Here is a BlackBerry 10 Web Commercial
And this one is where Thorsten and one of his employees show off the BlackBerry 10 software.
Well we knew this would happen soon enough, and Nikon is the first, I think, to release a camera that is Android based. Using WiFi, users can download and run applications directly from the Google Play, we all know there are hundreds if not thousands of applications out there just to modify pictures, so you will have the ability to touch up pictures before uploading them to Facebook or Instagram etc.
Here is an insert from Nikon’s webpage.
Introducing the first COOLPIX that’s also an Android™ smart device. All the imaging power of a Nikon—superior optics, telephoto zooming, a high resolution image sensor and much more, meets the endless possibilities of the Android™ OS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Create exceptional photos and Full HD videos, then edit, style and share them easier and faster than ever before.
The camera comes in black or white and its MSRP is 379.95 CDN.
Android is going to invade many spaces. I have already seen car stereos with Android based operating systems, although most of these devices are Gingerbread based, so I am not in a hurry to go out and buy one, but it goes to show that mobile operating systems are much more efficient and will take less work for manufacturers. They can concentrate on building the hardware while Android and QNX build the software. Yes I said QNX, we all know BlackBerry 10 already runs in Porsche and military robot surveillance, its only a matter or time before they get into everyday devices other than just the BB10 phone. Anyways, back to the camera. I think that the Nikon COOLPIX s800c will suite many peoples needs. So why dont you go check it out. Click here.
Wow, I guess we should have seen this coming, but when they talk about it, and make progress, it gets so much more real… They say that the whole internet can be stored on the end of your thumb. Not “your” thumb, but the amount of DNA required to store however many exabytes of data, 1 exabyte is 1,000 terabytes. Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, the world’s largest index of the Internet, estimated the size at roughly 5 million terabytes of data. That’s over 5 billion gigabytes of data, or 5 trillion megabytes. Schmidt further noted that in its seven years of operations, Google has indexed roughly 200 terabytes of that, or .004% of the total size.
So, how does it work? DNA has its own language, containing a genetic code of four chemicals called bases: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C) and thymine (T). Robert Lee Hotz’s article in the Wall Street Journal explains how the researchers translated the digital version of the book, composed of the ones and zeros binary code that computers read, into strands of DNA that each contained a section of the text.
“The Harvard researchers started with the digital version of the book…Next, on paper, they translated the zeros into either the A or C of the DNA base pairs, and changed the ones into either the G or T. Then, using now-standard laboratory techniques, they created short strands of actual DNA that held the coded sequence—almost 55,000 strands in all. Each strand contained a portion of the text and an address that indicated where it occurred in the flow of the book. In that form—a viscous liquid or solid salt—a billion copies of the book could fit easily into a test tube and, under normal conditions, last for centuries, the researchers said.”
Now they just have to harness this technology in thumb drives, but we all know they wouldn’t allow that! Not many thumb drives out there that are over 256GB, wouldn’t want to put hard disk drive makers out of business! There is no word on how fast DNA as storage will be, so I guess we just wait and see,
Well it’s another Monday, and you may have missed a few stories on what RIM has been up to as of late.
Standardized phone resolutions have been revealed, the full touch screen BB10 phone will have a resolution of 1280×720 and the full keyboard phone will have a resolution of 720×720. It’s hard to say which phone I will choose when the time comes, most likely the full touch screen one, apps like Vevo and Netflix need wide screen revenue!
It also has been rumored that IBM and Samsung are bidding on components of RIM, although it’s almost been completely debunked, RIM is looking at licensing BB10 to other sectors, like the military (to control drones) and car companies like Porsche (media entertainment for the whole family.
Also note that BlackBerry still has 80+ Million Users, and growing. Keep your eyes open for the next couple quarters, as BlackBerry 10 will either make or break the company. They have to hit a home run with it for sure.
So you think RIM has given up? Quite the contrary, RIM will do just fine, and when BlackBerry 10 is released to the masses, I will be one of the first to have my hands on the phone… I am undecided whether I will go with full touch screen or the keyboard version, since both are going to be released very soon after eachother, people will have a choice. Over at GizmoCanada, some information has been gathered, like stock price, Thorsten’s latest video, and QNX info!
Well sure there will be a desktop, you can access it via the Windows Key on your keyboard, but Microsoft is really pushing, Metro(it’s not called this anymore) Just do not expect a start button, that has been removed altogether.
“Microsoft is desperate to gain a toehold in the tablet and mobile phone markets they see as the main lines of computer use in the coming years. To help with that cause, they need applications developed for the new interface. So they are forcing our hand, making the not-Metro something that cannot be easily sidestepped, at least not without using third party applications. Rafael Rivera, an author with expertise in using Win 8, says that the known workarounds are now shut down.” source myce.com
Let’s face it, we will always need Microsoft, and what Microsoft wants, they get, and they want you to see “Metro”. Have they even renamed it yet? I guess it doesn’t really matter though. So how many businesses will adopt Windows 8? I for one can’t see it happening, unless they can make the keyboard shortcuts very intuitive, Windows 8 may be just a little wierd to use with no touchscreen, of which Windows 8 is optimized.
Windows 8 interface will no longer be called “Metro”. I am sure you agree with me when I say that everyone was getting used to calling it that, now Microsoft has to pull that plug and call the interface something else.
According to ZDNet, the reason for Microsoft’s sudden departure from the Metro name is a pending copyright dispute with an unnamed company, while The Verge is more specific with its claims of a leaked internal memo which blames the sudden shift in branding on ‘discussions with an important European partner.’ That partner, The Verge claims, is German company Metro AG. source bit-tech.net
So what will they call it now? I have read that they are calling it, “Windows 8-style UI” and “New User Interface”. How blandly original… I am sure they will come up with something different, at least we should hope so.
Nathan is a Senior Technical Architect and he’ll be blogging about virtualization, portable apps, useful little-known apps and general IT issues and resolutions encountered in his role as an IT consultant. He’ll also be blogging about his certification exam experiences with the MCTS track. Currently he has VCP3,4, 5, VTSP4/5, VMware VDI Accredidation, and MCP Certifications.