Monthly Archives: September 2011

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 vs Nook Color

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 vs Nook Color

So how is Kindle Fire going to compare with the tablet leader iPad 2 and Nook Color? Looking at the above chart with Verge created, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is only wining in price point and dual core 800mhz processor. But iPad in hardware side is still a clear winner in almost all areas except pricing.

But the success of Apple iPad is not just because of the superior hardware and snappy software but also the content that Apple provides. With the strong background of iTunes Music, Movies, TV Shows, and the recent introduction of Apple App Store & iBookStore. If this is the main reason why Apple’s iPad is the leading tablet, then Amazon also have the secret forumla of winning over the domination of iPad in tablet market.

Amazon have one of the largest music, books, movie and TV shows collection on the internet. Not just that Amazon recently open up Amazon App Store for Android Apps. They have the exact same coverage in media and entertainment as Apple. Thus I feel Kindle Fire might be first Android tablet that will be having real success.

Below are the demo video of Kindle Fire’s Amazon Silk Web Browser:

Silk Browser is a very cool browsing technology that Amazon created. It works similar to what Opera Mobile is, they uses Amazon Web Service to cache and load the website before downsizing and optimized before pushing to the Silk Browser.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Ads:

More information on Kindle Fire at amazon.com/kindlefire


Amazon Kindle Fire, $199 7-inch iPad killer

Kindle Fire

Amazon today have announced that they will be launching a new Amazon Kindle call Kindle Fire. It is a 7-inch colored tablet and will cost just $199! Amazon is very smart at their pricing for Kindle Fire, they knew they can’t fight Apple’s iPad at $499 or even $399 market. With the price range $199, it will kill alot of other Android Tablets in the market.

How Amazon bring down the Price Point?

Of course, how Amazon manage to bring their tablet down to just $199 price point? Remove. Amazon’s Kindle Fire don’t have camera, no microphones and will be Wifi only. Although it is a multi-touch color tablet, but it will only take 2 finger touch at once. No demo of the tablet yet, but one cool deal is Amazon Prime 60-days free trial comes with every Kindle Fire! They are really pushing their Prime Serve which cost $79 per year, with free 2 days shipping of any product in Amazon.

So will Kindle Fire be the real iPad killer? Maybe, with the strong backing of Amazon App Store, Streaming contents and cheap price point.

 


Let’s talk iPhone. October 4 2011

Let’s talk iPhone.

Apple have finally sent out invitation to media for their October 4th Event – Let’s talk iPhone. Without much question, this event will be heavily focus on iPhone and iOS. The event will be held at 10am PT at Apple’s HQ Cupertino campus in California. Seems like most rumors got it correct.

Hardware Upgrades

So will we be seeing Dual-Core A5 Processer, 8mega-pixel camera, 1GB of ram? It seems to be a reasonable upgrade to me. A5 has been on iPad 2, and it really improves graphics performance by quite abit, 1GB ram is double on what we have now on iPhone 4, which will serve well for multi-tasking. iPhone 4’s 5mp camera is still one of the best smartphone camera around, with the upgrade to 8mp, they will point and shoot less attractive.

Talk?

Of course on iOS side, we have already seen alot of new improvement during the previous keynote, but it is rumored that Siri will be heavily integrated and will be named Assistant. Siri is a voice search technology that Apple recently acquired, so is that why it is called “Let’s talk iPhone?”

Let’s all stay tuned for the October 4 iPhone Event!

 


Thunderbolt Display Review by AnandTech [Video]

I recently blogged about Apple’s Macbook Dream Docking Station – Thunderbolt Display. It is a docking station plus 27inch display which is very interesting.

AnandTech did a very complete review of the display, and comments overall are very good. But I do agree with him that external graphics card should be in the next generation of Thunderbolt Display. This will be especially useful for Macbook Air users. Macbook Air is already itself a very powerful device, but what it is lacking is a more powerful discrete graphics card. With this, I’m sure gamers will now don’t think twice about buying the lower powered Macbook Air.

Check out his review of Thunderbolt Display:


Lion Theme running on iOS? It’s very cool! [Video]

Are you a Mac OS Lion lover? If you love Lion, I’m sure you would like to try out this iOS Dream Theme. Dream Theme is like Winterboard, you will be able to install Dreamboard via Cydia(For Jailbroken iPhone only).

In Dreamboard, you will be able to select and install different themes like Endroid and now Lion. Here’s the steps how you can install the Mac OS Lion Theme:

  1. Launch Cydia
  2. Tap Manage Sources
  3. Tap on Edit, then on Add, then add this source source fnetdesigns.com/cydia/repo
  4. Go to the Changes Section and install Theme Outlet
  5. Close Cydia after installation, Open up Theme Outlet
  6. Browse for OS  X Ultimatum and download it
  7. Open up Dreamboard and Select OS X Lion Ultimatum and install it
Check out the demo video below on OS X Lion Ultimatum:


Apple Thunderbolt Display – Dream Docking Station

Apple finally launch the Ultimate Docking Station for Macbook Pro and Macbook Air, Apple Thunderbolt Display. In this display, you not only get a beautiful 27 inch Display, 2.1 Speaker System, FaceTime HD Camera and Mic, you will also be getting a dream docking station any laptop users ever dream of.

Ultimate Docking Station – ThunderBolt Display

Thunderbolt Display is not only just a 27 inch large screen display, it also holds 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, Thunderbolt port(which you can daisy chain), Kensington Security slot, FaceTime HD Camera, Microphone.

What I love most is the built-in MagSafe Cable(up to 85w), which you can plug in to it Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. So you won’t need any extra plug or cables for your Macbook when you reach home. Apple sure think of ways to make your desk clean and neat. So you just need 1 cable which includes Thunderbolt and MagSafe, plug in to your Macbook and you are set to go!

If you are a road warrior, but still love big screen and a neat desk, Thunderbolt Display is the best buy you will get. Check them out at the Apple Store.

 

 


Cool Ikea iPad App Concept [Video]

Cool iPad Concept

Moritz Harrmann came out with this very cool concept for Ikea iPad App. Although he is not linked affiliate with Ikea, but this concept should be useful for not just furniture related iPad App, but even other retail apps.

The way that this app is created, users will be able to smoothly browse to items, zoom in and out and move around. It is hard to describe in words, so check out his demo video:

iPad fluid app layout concept from Moritz Haarmann on Vimeo.


How deep Apple’s root grew into the world

Apple’s Root

Time Magazine have came out with this very informative infographic. It shows the percentage of Apple’s income stream, how different business are interlinked with Apple’s Product.

iPhone sales are 43%, Mac 20%, iPad 19% and iPod 7%, I feel iPad will be taking over Mac’s sales very soon, and iPod will slowly die off.

This page was taken from September 12 issue!

[via cultofmac]

 

 

 


Vocre instantly translate your speech from 1 language to another! [Video]

Translate your speech instantly with Vocre

Vocre, an new iOS app, can instantly translate whatever you just said to your iPhone/iPad into another language. Pretty cool right? Using Nuance technology, Vocre will be able to translate your speech but needs data connectivity.

This apps should be very useful, when you are overseas in country which you don’t speak. This will not only allow you to understand what foreigners are speaking to you, conversation can flow via this app. But of cause the down side is the need of data network, which will most likely cost a bomb.

Demo Video below:

Vorce is free, and will be free for the first 10 translation. After which $0.99 will be charge for 10 translation and $8.99 for 100 translation. Try Vorce for free at iTunes App Store.

 


MacUpdate Bundle 2011 is here [Video]

MacUpdate Bundle is back! With just $49.99, you will be able to get 10 very useful apps which includes Roxio’s Toast Titanium, Data Rescue and Fantastical.

So what will you get for USD$49.99?

  1. Roxio’s Toast Titanium 11 – One of the best Disc burning software for Mac
  2. Data Rescue 3 – Data Recovery on Mac, allow you to recover data when you hard disk went into issue
  3. FX Photo Studio Pro 2.0 – Edit your Photos with ease with FX Photo Studio Pro with over 170 photo effects & filters
  4. Fantastical – The best Calendar App on Mac, allowing you to write natural language and calendar event will be marked
  5. iStats Menu – Monitor your system stats on your menubar.
  6. PhoneView 2.7.1 – Manage your iPhone via PhoneView, access music, videos, sms, mms and more.
  7. Concealer 1.0.8 – Hide and Encrypt your files/folders on your Mac
  8. EarthDesk – Browse the Earth with EarthDesk
  9. Mellel – A very useful Mac App for clean word processing.
  10. Bookends – Manage all your research, reference and information with Bookends.
Check out the Video on all 10 Apps here:

You can buy the bundle from MacUpdate

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