Archive for August, 2011

Use Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod as a Projector for Home Theater experience

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iPhone and iPad lovers have one more reason to cheer. Now, you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod as a projector to view movies on a big screen for home theater experience. Already, there are so many amazing applications to make ‘iPhone’ and ‘iPod Touch’ more useful and now even products are coming to make the user experience even better and make these products so useful. Play any movie or video on your phone and project it up to 70 inches wide. What’s more, plug in any other AV source or VGA input from your laptop and display that as well. The built-in battery even powers and recharges your iPhone while docked in the projector. All you need is to get a compact iPhone projector.

iPhone iPad iPod Projector

With built-in stereo speakers and rechargeable battery, your Projector will be the life of the party. This projector will feature a 640×480 resolution, and will throw a much larger image in any decent area, leaving not only you but others around to see the latest episode of your favorite drama series. It is like having a ‘cinema in your pocket’, but without the sticky floors and the lack of leg-room, with a maximum projection of 70 inches you feel like you have fallen into a very comfortable multiplex.

Netbooks – Mini Laptops for Internet surfing

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What are Netbooks
Netbooks are the mini version of laptops. These are inexpensive, small and light-weight, thus easy to handle. The initial use of netbooks began in the late 2007 when Asus introduced the Asus Eee PC. However, by late 2008; netbooks became quite popular and now shares an equal market space with laptops. In the short period since their appearance, netbooks have grown in size and features, now converging with new smaller, lighter notebooks.

Basic Specifications of Netbooks
Netbooks are best suited for general computing and net surfing, basically meant to be connected with friends and loved-ones. You can also listen to songs, play videos and share your photos online. Most netbooks in the market today support Wi-Fi and can also be used on mobile telephone networks. Some also include Ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access respectively.

Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops. Most netbooks also come up with a camera. Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops.

Netbooks are also available in many colorful designs to attract the user, but netbooks are basically meant for general or basic computing only. If you want to run heavy applications, then netbook is not a suitable choice for you. Though, netbooks are still in the phase of development, more and more improvements can be expected in the years to come to make this gadget more robust in terms of speed and security.

India to give tough competition to Apple and tablet PC makers

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India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.

Indian Tablet PC

He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.

The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.

The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files

If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.

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Google shows off Chrome Notebooks based on Chrome Operating System

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Recently, search-engine giant, Google shows off the prototype of its first notebook based on Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OSChrome OS is based on the open-source Chromium OS. Chrome laptops are designed to promote web-centric computing, where users will use online applications instead of downloading software on to their computers. Google will ensure users to get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. It stores all data in the cloud, so even if you lost your notebook, you will never lose your data. Simply use another chrome OS powered laptop and access your data as before.

To provide various online apps, Google already opened a web store which sells more than 500 games, news and other software applications to simplify the consumer’s life. Google claims to have more than 120 million users who are already using its Chrome Internet browser. Google is planning to sell this awesome Chrome OS powered computers in large numbers to give a tough competition. Find below the main features of Chrome notebooks:

• Boots-up in about 10 seconds
• Instantly resumes from sleep mode
• Supports Adobe Flash
• Documents are stored safely in the cloud
• Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G network for easy web access
• Uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data
• Upgrades itself automatically with the latest features and fixes
• Amazing apps for almost everything

This amazing Google notebook surely will give a tough competition to Microsoft and Apple. Google has already launched Chromebook and tied up with several hardware manufacturers like Samsung and Acer among others.

A chip to make desktop computers run faster

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Recently, scientists have unveiled an ultra-fast chip to make your computer run faster. A team in the University of Glasgow has developed a CPU with 1,000 cores on a single microchip while the modern computers have a processor with at most 16 cores to process different tasks. In testing, it was found that the chip was able to process around five gigabytes of data per second, which will make desktop computers run almost 20 times faster than the current ones.

These days, desktop market is shrinking with the advent of various high-end computing devices which are much compact than traditional desktop computers. To make the desktops run faster, scientists have used FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, which contains millions of transistors. According to Dr Wim Vanderbauwhedea, the team leader of this project, “FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small”.

Though, this project is still in its nascent stage, but if carried out effectively, the real potential of FPGA chips will be utilized to provide very fast processing power in future computing and electronic devices.

Adobe unveils all new Acrobat X Software

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In October 2010, Adobe announced the launch of next generation of Acrobat software, the Acrobat X (Acrobat Ten). Acrobat X software will help you create high-impact PDF communications, collaborate more easily, and streamline reviews. Adobe Acrobat XThis new software makes it easy to export documents to Microsoft’s Word and Excel software. It can also create PDF Portfolios that bring together multiple file types. Users can also include remote content such as websites and online video inside the PDF Portfolio.

The release lineup includes Acrobat X Standard, Acrobat X Pro, Acrobat X Suite (includes Photoshop CS5, Acrobat X Pro, Presenter 7, Captivate 5, Media Encoder CS5, Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2), Adobe Reader X, Acrobat.com document exchange services. The Acrobat Reader X has great features of commenting with sticky notes and highlighter tool, which will also be compatible with mobile devices such as Android and Windows Phone 7.

Acrobat X Pro users will become more productive with the use of ‘Actions’. Adobe’s Pro software lets you deliver professional PDF communications, create and edit PDF files, add a watermark and share information with enhanced security.

Check out all the features of Adobe Acrobat X from the Adobe site – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro.html.

Dock stand to charge Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod for home and travel

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Now, it is easy for the Apple fans to charge their favorite iPod, iPhone or iPad while on the go or at home.

iPhone USB DockCharge your iPod and iPhone using sleek and stylish stand. This docking station is an elegant home base stand to easily sync and charge both of the gadgets. It works with iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4, Touch models, iPod Classic, Nano 3G, 4G, and 5G.

If you are looking for a travel charger, you have a great option to power your iPhone and iPad simultaneously with a portable USB wall charger adapter. It can be used with virtually every power outlet. Dual USB Ports of the adapter allows charging for any two Apple’s device at the same time and its intelligent IC chip prevents overcharging your device.

To charge and sync your iPad, you have iPad Dock for a desk or counter-top. This light and small dock is easy to carry and use. It comes with a convenient audio line out port that can be connected to speakers. It can also be used as a picture frame while your iPad is charging. You can also connect this dock to an electrical outlet using the iPad 10W USB power adapter to charge the iPad battery.

So, get these important dock stands to easily charge your iPhone and iPad.

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