DROID by Motorola Arrives Next Week

High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6.

Verizon Wireless,  today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android 2.0.  DROID by Motorola.

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"We’re proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google(TM) on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0," said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices.  "DROID by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed Web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola’s expertise in design and voice quality.  Combined with Android’s open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, DROID is a smartphone that simply doesn’t compromise."
"This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the DROID by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our ground-breaking strategic partnership with Google,"
said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  "DROID by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country."

DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available.  It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine – and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists.
  With DROID by Motorola, you can:

  • Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds.  The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect.
  • See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps(TM), videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7" high-resolution screen.  Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has    more than twice that of the leading competitor.
  • Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market(TM).  Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps.
  • Perform Google Search(TM) at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you’re looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location.  If you want more, simply type what you’re looking for into the search bar on the       home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web.
  • Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend’s antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback.  Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand.
  • Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail(TM) and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don’t let them get in your way.  With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to       the task at hand.  And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts.
  • Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn  voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps.  It’s powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say "Navigate to [your destination]," and you’ll be on your way.  See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.

  Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:

  –  Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information,
      such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map.
  –  Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations.
  –  YouTube(TM): One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget
      or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your
      own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos.
  –  Google Talk(TM): Easily switch between chats, search your chat
      history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links.
  –  Android Market: Browse and download applications created by
      third-party developers.
  –  Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.’d to your meeting
      invitations.
  –  Facebook: Syncs Facebook contacts to your address book, and a live
      widget gives the ability to update status and view latest updates from
      friends.
  –  Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air.
  –  Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice
      mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice
      instructions.

  Pricing and Availability:
  • DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively  at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com.
  • To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need  to subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide voice plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access for 450 minutes and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

Google Announces Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0

image We posted earlier the official announcement of the Motorola Droid featuring Android 2.0. As part of the new OS. Google includes the free turn-by-turn GPS navigation application. The only additional cost might incur is the car mount.

The very capable navigation app can measure up to any portable GPS out there and even exceeds the most advanced ones. With only caveat that the device must be connected on 3G network.

Voice recognition, traffic, search in plain English, satellite imagery, street view are among the coolest features.

Take a look at the below video for more!

 

Features included (from Google):

The most recent map and business data
When you use Google Maps Navigation, your phone automatically gets the most up-to-date maps and business listings from Google Maps — you never need to buy map upgrades or update your device. And this data is continuously improving, thanks to users who report maps issues and businesses who activate their listings with Google Local Business Center.

Search in plain English
Google Maps Navigation brings the speed, power and simplicity of Google search to your car. If you don’t know the address you’re looking for, don’t worry. Simply enter the name of a business, a landmark or just about anything into the search box, and Google will find it for you. Then press "Navigate", and you’re on your way.

Search by voice
Typing on a phone can be difficult, especially in the car, so with Google Maps Navigation, you can say your destination instead. Hold down the search button to activate voice search, then tell your phone what you want to do (like "Navigate to Pike Place in Seattle"), and navigation will start automatically.

Traffic view
Google Maps Navigation gets live traffic data over the Internet. A traffic indicator light in the corner of the screen glows green, yellow or red, depending on the current traffic conditions along your route. If there’s a jam ahead of you, you’ll know. To get more details, tap the light to zoom out to an aerial view showing traffic speeds and incidents ahead. And if the traffic doesn’t look good, you can choose an alternate route.

Search along route
For those times when you’re already on the road and need to find a business, Google Maps Navigation searches along your route to give you results that won’t take you far from your path. You can search for a specific business by name or by type, or you can turn on popular layers, such as gas stations, restaurants or parking.

Satellite view
Google Maps Navigation uses the same satellite imagery as Google Maps on the desktop to help you get to your destination. Turn on the satellite layer for a high-resolution, 3D view of your upcoming route. Besides looking cool, satellite view can help you make sense of complicated maneuvers.

Street View
If you want to know what your next turn looks like, double-tap the map to zoom into Street View, which shows the turn as you’ll see it, with your route overlaid. And since locating an address can sometimes be tricky, we’ll show you a picture of your destination as you approach the end of your route, so you’ll know exactly what to look for.

A new Storm and a new Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers

image Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM)  today announced that the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online and through business sales channels beginning Oct. 28. 

The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements — including new SurePress(TM) "clickable" display technology and built-in Wi-Fi® — delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.

Key Features:
  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate
  • Large (3.25"), dazzling high-resolution 480 x 360 display at 184 ppi
  • Capacitive touchscreen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu, Escape) and new  SurePress technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless
  • 3G and global connectivity support for making phone calls in more than 220 countries and accessing data in more than 185 countries (with more than 80 destinations in 3G)
  • Network Connectivity: EV-DO Revision A; UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz); and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
  • Supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • 2 GB of onboard media storage and a microSD(TM)/SDHD memory card slot with a 16 GB card included
Software Updates on BlackBerry Storm2:
  • Features BlackBerry OS 5.0, which includes typing accuracy and selection improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of       animation
  • BlackBerry® Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets
  • Customers running BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the ability to set follow-up flags, manage e-mail folders, access remote files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments, and more
Additional Features and Specifications:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash  and video recording capabilities
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise  suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the customer is on the phone
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus support for BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry® Media Sync, for easily syncing Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
  • Bluetooth®  (v2.1) capable with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging; and Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator(SM) service is pre-loaded
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody
  • Access to BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, with categories including games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity       and more
  • Support for Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband Connect tethering service
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides up to 5.5  hours of talk time or up to 11.2 days of standby time
     
Pricing and Availability:
  • The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.  Customers will receive the mail-in   rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  Data plans for the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.
New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers
  • Existing BlackBerry Storm customers will be able to update their handsets to the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 software via Web software load  (www.blackberry.com/update), BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon Wireless’ download site (www.verizonwireless.com/storm). The software is available today.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  Business customers can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

[Source Verizon]

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Apple’s Christmas in October

Totally unexpected, Apple surprised us today with new 27” iMac, new more affordable Macbooks, new Mac Mini and a multi-touch support mouse called "Apple Magic Mouse"

iMacs

The new iMac has  a 21.5-inch or 27-inch display with edge-to-edge glass covers nearly the entire front of the enclosure offering16:9 widescreen iMac display.

LED backlighting in the new iMac gives remarkable brightness and efficiency to the display without adding bulk to the overall thickness. The 21.5-inch iMac features 1920×1080 HD resolution. The 27-inch iMac.features  2560×1440 resolution. The iMac display is designed to look great from almost any angle. A technology called in-plane switching (IPS) makes this possible. Whether you’re sitting in front of the display or standing off to the side, you’ll get a perfect picture with superb color consistency and no loss of detail.

Storage-wise, both iMacs come with either a 500 or 1TB SATA drive or an optional (built-to-order) 2TB SATA drive. Like Apple’s latest notebook line, the new iMac also has a built-in SD card slot for easy transferring of pictures and other data. Finally, the iMacs come with a completely new wireless keyboard and the Magic Mouse. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,199 and the 27-inch model starts at $1,699

Mac mini

imageThe new Mac Mini comes with either 2GB or 4GB of memory, and faster processors: a 2.26GHz or a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with 1066MHz frontside bus, and 3MB of L2 cache.

The graphic gets the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor promises better gaming experience.

The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. as well as Bluetooth radio. Users can connect Bluetooth accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. On the storage side, users can choose a 160GB, 320GB, or optional 500GB hard drive. The new Mac Mini prices are ranging from $599 to $999 depending on the configuration.

Macbook

imageA mere 1.08 inches thin and even lighter at 4.7 pounds, the sleek new MacBook cuts a slim profile on any desk (or in any backpack or briefcase). It features a new seamless, more durable unibody enclosure made of white polycarbonate shell.

The processors are carried over from the previous models a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor in addition to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chipset with integrated graphics, on a 1066MHz frontside. 2GB SDRAM as default (up to 4GB max). 250GB, 320GB or 500GB SATA are available.

WiFi, Bluetooth and 1GB Ethernet are on board for network connectivity. The 13.3” display is LED -backlit supporting 1280×800  resolution. Price starting from $999

Apple Magic Mouse

image Forget the Mighty mouse, the new Magic mouse is touted as the first multi-touch device using Bluetooth connectivity.

The Multi-Touch area covers the top surface of Magic Mouse, and the mouse itself is the button. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Inside Magic Mouse is a chip that tells it exactly what you want to do. Which means Magic Mouse won’t confuse a scroll with a swipe. It even knows when you’re just resting your hand on it.  Price $69.

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Rock Band for iPhone / iPod Touch Released

image Electronic Arts (EA) just released the iPhone / iPod Touch version its  popular game Rock Band. The rhythm game that allows up to 4 players who can play simultaneously  via Bluetooth connection. While graphics and imagery are very on par with its console sibling. Playing the game on a small screen is entirely opposite.

Each instrument can be played by tapping on the touch-screen, including the singing part. Perhaps due to the lack of a mic on the iPod Touch. The app costs $10 and additional song cost $.50.

 

[Via Wired]   Product Page [Electronic Arts]

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Show Note #007 Microsoft Store Visit

After the Scottsdale, Arizona opening, Microsoft officially dropped the curtain of the second Microsoft store located in Mission Viejo, Orange County, Southern California.

TechTiVi was invited by Microsoft for a quick tour of the newest tech store. Along with the brick and mortar store, Microsoft also opens its first online store selling basically the same PC, Laptop, Netbook, etc…from various vendors.

We had a quick hands-on on various products such the latest ZuneHD, Xbox390, Surface table, Windows 7 and all the latest laptops..

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Show Note #006 Social Media

Hùng Phan is on an interview given by Hồng Vân, host at SaigonTiVi. The subject of discussion was focused on social media and its benefits.

Also present on the interview was Jackie Pham, VP marketing of Saigonica.com, a newly launched media-rich micro-blogging platform .

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(Video courtesy of SaigonTiVi)

Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android Platform

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Archos has announced the Archos 5 Internet Tablet and its running the Android Operating System. It features a 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen with 800×480 resolution and supports a wide range of audio formats for both audio and video which are listed after the jump.

Features of the Archos 5 includes built-in support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0, FM transmitter, FM radio tuner, built-in speaker and built-in microphone for voice recording. There are two versions to the Archos 5, the Hard Drive version with a 500GB storage capacity and priced at $499.99 and the 32GB version which supports microSD/SDHC cards which is priced at $369.99.

Tech Show with Media By Leo Laporte

Podcast pioneer Leo Laporte gave a talk at theOnline News Association Conference in San Francisco on Friday, giving insights into the future of media coupled with anecdotes from his work in television and radio. The keynote, entitled “Lunch with Leo”, runs 40 minutes, but it’s well worth the time if you’re involved in online media and broadcasting.

The most interesting tidbit: Laporte’s TWiT (This Week in Tech) network does $1.5 million in revenue per year, doubling yearly. His costs, however, are more impressive: it only takes $350,000 per year to run the business with 7 employees.

[Source Mashable]