Learn More on Google TV

After the launch of GoogleTV at Google I/O Developer Conference, EE Times India had an interview with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind the project that aims to blend Web and TV experiences.

He explains how Google TV gets started, how they could rally to get premium partners behind this project..

When he was asked:  How will this attempt to merge Web and TV do better than the many others that have largely failed?

His answer:

It’s a combination of timing and product definition. In the U.S. market, it’s only now that the Web infrastructure is ready to stream high definition video over the open Internet. I would argue that was not the case even two years ago.

There is availability of [Web] content now. Programmers put premium shows on the Net at the same time as on the air. That was not the case even a year ago. And we have enough processing power in TVs and Blu-ray players to run a full browser.”

Dureau also mentioned Google TV will be an open source project designed to run on many hardware platforms and Google will make an IP control protocol available should cable companies decide to integrate to their cable box. If not IR Blaster will be the technology that Google embraces moving forward to control TV source and the DVR functions independently to cable provider cooperation.

Read the entire interview HERE! (Free registration required)

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Tablets Prototypes at Computex

The Taiwanese trade show Computex is underway, as expected many prominent PC manufacturers are showing off their latest prototypes based on most popular trend created by Apple’s iPad. Most of the prototypes are not yet ready for production, and might be subject to many changes but it should give you ideas of things to come. 

imageAsus unveiled its answer to the iPad called the “Eee Pad”, which it said was expected to hit the market in the first quarter of next year.

Coming with either a 10-inch (Eee Pad 101TC ) or 12-inch screen (Eee Pad 121), the Eee Pad has an embedded virtual keyboard and can also be fit into the socket of a specially designed keyboard, turning the product into a quasi-laptop, the company said.

Asus also showcased a tablet with a 10-hour battery life, called the "Eee Tablet, " that combines the functions of a notepad and e-reader.

Below is the video (courtesy of Engadget) showcasing the hybrid form factor of the Eee Pad 

The Eee Tablet has a 2450 dpi resolution touch screen, a built-in two megapixel camera, and an assortment of notepad templates, and it also serves as an e-reader, with text file page turns taking only a tenth of a second — nine times faster than normal, the company said.

Another new Asus innovation presented Monday — an Android-powered smartphone — was created in association with Garmin Corp., the global leader in satellite navigation Garmin Corp.
The smartphone integrates Google mobile services, including Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail and Android Market, enabling users to choose from more than 30,000 applications to personalize their phones.

imageMSI, another leading manufacturer unveiled its tablet PC called "Wind Pad." The 10-inch touch screen product runs on Microsoft Windows 7 operating system with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G wireless technology. The device uses the Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD drive.

MSI will ship Wind Pad to the United States and Europe in the upcoming quarter, MSI President Joseph Hsu said recently.

MSI also unveiled what it called "Sketch Book, " a concept notebook computer that allows users to draw or write on a pad on the back of traditional keyboards.

The company said Monday it will see how buyers and consumers react to the concept notebook at Computex Taipei before it decides on a timetable for the commercialization of the product.

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Apple Sells Two Million iPads in Less Than 60 Days

imageAt next week Apple WWDC event,  Apple is expected to announce that iPad sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

The device is using a flavor of the iPhone OS and since the iPhone OS ecosystem is so lucrative with apps and upcoming advertisement platform, we should see a slow down emphasis on Mac OS development.

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Acer Aspire REVO R3610-U9012 For Your Living Room Home Theater

This week we heard a preview of Google TV and some rumors of the Apple TV, both promise to bring the Web to your living room TV, however their execution would lend to more questions and uncertainty than definite answers. 

In the other hand, an known solution that we might overlook is just simply hooking up a venerable PC to your TV, which seems to be the easiest one. You don’t have to worry about Flash or HTML5 spuuport or whether HuLu, Youtube or your latest PC games will work or not…They all work the same way as your existing PC.   

Until now the form factor, the noise and performance to draw 1080P video have been the major hurdles to integrate in to your home theater cabinet but Acer might have a right solution for you.

Acer Aspire REVO R3610-U9012 - Ultra-slim desktop - 1 x Atom 330 / 1.6 GHz - RAM 2 GB - HDD 1 x 160 GB - GF 9400 - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11b/g/n (draft) - Windows 7 Home Premium - Monitor : noneAcer has reworked the REVO with a new model, the Aspire REVO 3610 is a small, slim, quiet and affordable PC. It can be a stand alone PC (monitor is not included) or be snapped onto the back of an optional LCD/ big screen TV that supports the VESA Mounting Interface Standard (MIS).

Designed and priced similarly to a netbook, but it has additional features to accommodate its multimedia serving purposes. Starting with the new Intel Atom N330 Dual Core processor (1MB L2 cache, 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB), 2GB (1/1) DDR2 800 SDRAM, 160GB SATA hard drive complemented by advanced NVIDIA ION graphics. HDMI connectivity supports full 1080p HD for life-like imagery. An eSATA port, six USB ports and multi-in-one card reader make for fast and easy transfer of your photos and other files. Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/Draft-N WLAN are available for networking connectivity. The package includes wireless mouse and keyboard for data input. 

On the software side, The Revo comes with Windows 7 Home Premium , 64-bit version. You might have to check around to get video players that can take advantage of the hardware accelerator  of the GPU. Watch the below videos to find out.

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The Acer Revo R3610 is available HERE for around $300

Skype 2.0 for iPhone With 3G Support Released

iPhone Screenshot 2Until now, using the VoIP client Skype to make voice calls only works on WiFi, users have to rely on third party software such Fring to overcome the limitation when only 3G network available, but the experience has been a hit and miss.

Skype just now released a new version that adds this support, so if you are out side of WiFi zone, Skype continues to work over 3G.

Skype has been reworking on its business model and sadly it will charge a small recurrence monthly fee for Skype-to-Skype starting September.  My main Skype usage has been calling overseas regular phones using SkypeOut and pay low rates, I assume, I should not see additional charges for 3G support.

Skype and Verizon have been cozy up to make Skype client available on all smartphone devices. Hopefully this is a sign of something else is coming to Verizon..


What’s New in Version 2.0.0

Upgrades / improvements include:

  • Call using your 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply).
  • Near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 3GS and 2nd generation iPod touch.
  • Enhanced call quality indicator.
  • Improved start-up time.
  • Fast access to the dial pad from iPhone home screen.

Skype 2.0 at the App Store

[Via 5to5Mac]

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A Thinner Kindle is on Its Way

Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007, an e-reader device that allow users to purchase and download wirelessly books from Amazon over 3G network. The device is designed for  people seeking dedicated book reading experience without any other distraction. Kindle fans adore the device for its long lasting battery life; its monochrome screen mimics the appearance of paper without strain of your eyes. Kindle right size and weight are also very attractive feature.

Lately, the device faces increased competition from more capable Apple iPad and few other e-Reading devices. But Amazon also made available its Kindle application on other platforms to keep customers to continue purchasing Amazon bookstore, should they choose to read them on other devices.  

Rumor from Bloomberg states that Amazon plans to introduce the next version of its Kindle electronic-book reader in August, according to two people familiar with its plans.

The new version reportedly will be thinner and have a more responsive screen with a sharper picture. Despite the fact that  Amazon bought Touchco, which specializes in touch-screen technology, the new device won’t have neither touch-screen capability nor color screen.

About 6 million e-readers will be sold this year, up from 3 million last year, according to Forrester Research Inc. The Kindle has about 60 percent of the U.S. market, followed by Sony with 35 percent, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research firm estimates.

The new device is expected to be announced in August timeframe.

Rumors: Next Gen Apple TV V.S. Google TV

image Rumors are raging again about Apple will revamp its Apple TV with iPhone-like size with no screen, 16GB of internal storage; unlimited cloud-based storage, running iPhone OS and capable of 1080P output when connected to your living room TV. The device would be priced at under $100 as reported by Engadget.

If the rumor is real, the device could yield a  big change from the current $229 Apple TV with 160-gigabyte hard drive that only sends content from iTunes running on desktop.

The main question reside on contents. Since the box will be streaming from the cloud, one might think Apple could use technology from Lala acquisition to allow users to stream purchased/ rented contents from iTunes account on Apple servers instead of user desktop. However what is not compelling is contents are still confined within Apple ecosystem.

In contrast to that theory, Google TV is more open, since its allows users to search the entire Internet for contents as well as paid contents from multiple sources. 

Both platforms still require source from cable providers for live TV and DVR function, question remain how seamless the integration would be for user experience and if networks allow these technologies giant to invade your living room without a fight.

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Show Note #45 Apple & Google Kình Địch

Khởi đầu với iPhone, Google và Apple cộng tác với nhau qua nhiều lãnh vực, nhưng từ lúc Google cho ra Android phone, sự liên quang giữa 2 công ty về kỹ thuật và thương mãi có vẻ lần lần đi đến chiến tranh lạnh..

Xem Show #45 Phần 1

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Apple iPad International Debuts

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Following the sale of one million of the devices in less than a month of its April 3 debut in the U.S., the iPad is now available in Australia, Canada, Japan and six European countries.

The iPad is on sale starting at 499 euros ($618) in continental Europe — more than the $499 it sells for in the U.S.

Countries outside the U.S. are likely to account for 43 percent, or 3.5 million units, of iPad shipments this year, Mike Abramsky, an analyst at RBC in Toronto, wrote in a May 20 report. The U.S. will probably be the biggest market with 4.7 million units, followed by France with 805,000 and the U.K, with 585,000, according to the report.

Despite the skeptical opinions on this new class of device along with few shortfalls of lacking Flash support, a frontal camera and a strong closed ecosystem , the iPad has become one of the most successful electronic device launches in history. This has propelled Apple to the top spot of most valuable technology firm in the world, after its market value hit $222.1 billion, higher than Microsoft’s $219.2 billion, on optimism it can keep adding customers for its iPhone, Macintosh computer and iPad.

[Via Bloomberg]

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Google Buzz for WM, Blackberry, Nokia S60 and Palm WebOS

Back in February, Google launched Google Buzz for mobile, a Twitter-like Social Networking services. The service was much criticized due to its privacy approach. Since then, Google pretty much addressed the concerns.

At lauch, Google Buzzt was only available for devices running Android 2.0+ and iPhone. Not any more! Today we’re a releasing an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices (by going to buzz.google.com in your phone’s browser). , including those running Android pre-2.0, Blackberry, Nokia S60, and Windows Mobile.

Just log-in with your Google (Gmail) ID and password, you will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more. On the BlackBerry platform, you can also enable location through your browser settings. This will allow you to get to the Nearby view, where you’ll find geo-tagged posts near you. In addition, you can tag your post with your location. Please note that location features might not work on some devices.

[Source Google]