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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.

 


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.


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.

 


Smule’s MadPad is an very cool music app [Video]

Mix your own music with MadPad

Smule has always been very innovative in iOS’s musical app industry, they can be said to be the leading music apps creators for iOS. They recently came out with MadPad, a finger tapping music mix box on your iOS devices.

So what is MadPad about? It is an App, which displays 12 grid of rectangles, each can record video and sound. By tapping on each rectangle, you can record a video/sound. So with that 12 boxes, you will be able to tap and mix music. Pretty cool.

You won’t realise how cool is it before watching the demo below:

You can download MadPad on iPhone here @ $0.99 and MadPad HD for iPad @ $2.99


Adobe Carousel – Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Carousel

Adobe is unveiled an very cool iPad App – Carousel, almost like a Lightroom App for iPad. After watching their video, I can only say it is really very cool. Who knows it might replace Photo App in iPad?

From Adobe:

Adobe Carousel gives you a new way to enjoy your photos, making all of them available across your Mac and iOS devices, so you can browse, enhance, and share them easily. No manual syncing, no storage limits, no differences in what photos are available to you. Your photography is everywhere you are.

Wireless Sync, Cloud Storage, any devices

So, we will be able access our photo library from our Mac/PC from any iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone. There will be no need for us to do syncing or transfer photo manually, everything will be automatic and wirelessly. Sounds pretty cool right? It seems to be having some Lightroom features like filters, quick edit of photo like exposure, brightness and contracts.

Free download, but storage cost?

Carousel will be a free download from App Store and Mac App Store, but I think we got to pay for the “online cloud storage”. Let’s wait for more details once the App is launch. Although, asking me to pay for another cloud service is a bumper. How many cloud storage service should we have?!


Play game on Apple TV via iPad and use iPhone as controller! [Video]

Play games on Apple TV via iPad with iPhone controller

Joypad is very interesting app, with this app, you will be able to play iPad games on your TV via AppleTV and use your iPhone as controller! In other words, it will treat your iPad as a “console” and stream the game from iPad to AppleTV and uses your iPhone as controller.

Very cool right? It uses their special SDK and is able to stream gameplay to AppleTV via Airplay. iPhone is connected to iPad via Bluetooth, thus you will be able to as controller. But the amount of games support this SDK is quite limited. You can see the list of supported games here.

You will be able to download Joypad here.


Cool iPad Animations [Video]

This is a pretty cool iPad animation. I have never thought that just a piece of plastic sheet and some printing on it, we will be able to get such a cool animation on iPad.

Check out the video below to see what I’m amazed by:


Apple is now buying back old Macs, iPhone and iPad

Green Apple

Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, they are always pushing their product to be as green as possible. Not just making green products, Apple tries to minmum the CO by reduce weight of shipping weight and reducing carbon footprint. They tries to encourage recycling by recycling all Apple products for free.

Reuse and Recycle

But today Apple pushed recycling to the new limit and launches Reuse and Recycle program. Yes, Apple will buy back workable old Apple or non-Apple product back. They will provide free shipping and free packaging for your old Notebook, Desktop, iPad and iPhone! This is a pretty nice service, although you might be able to get better resale price on ebay or other auction sites, but it can not be easier to sell your products back to Apple.

One important note is that all value of your product will be translated to an Apple Gift Card of the same value. Since it is Apple Gift Card, you will be only able to use in Apple Store or buy Apps/music in Apple’s App Store or iTunes.

So if you have any old Apple products or PC, check out Apple’s Reuse and Recycle Program.


iHelicopters – iOS Controlled Helicopter [Video]

Remember AR Drone? I’m sure lots of people really wish that can afford one. Having a price tag of US$300, people reconsider and reconsider. It is sure too high a price tag for impulse buy, but how about $60?

iHelicopters came out with this iOS Controlled Helicopter which you can fly with just an App. It is pretty cool, although it does not have video camera on the body unlike AR Drone. But this is something that messes can afford without thinking too hard on it.

iHelicopters Detail:

Movement: Left/Right Rotation, Forward/Back, Hover and Land
Control Range: 8~10 meter
3 Channel Band Selection (A/B/C)
Gyro Tilt Control
Suitable for all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models

Charge Time:

– Transmitter: 120 minutes
– Helicopter: 45 minutes

Playing Time:

– Transmitter: 120 minutes
– iHelicopter: 8-10 minutes

Package Contents:

– iHelicopter (100% Assembled)
– Transmitter
– Spare Rotor Blades (2x)
– Spare Tail Propeller
– USB Charger Cable
– Instruction Manual

Check out the demo video of iHelicopters: