It’s raining Androids
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the pace at which companies are announcing Android-operated devices is simply astonishing, it’s definitely raining Androids. There were dozens of rumors leading up to the massive annual conference in Las Vegas, some of which have been substantiated below, others which were proven to be false.
Below is a roundup of over 30 Android devices that have been either launched or spotted on the tradeshow floor at CES:
- Acer Iconia Tab A200 – “Acer has unveiled its upcoming Iconia Tab A200, the very latest in Acer’s line of Android tablets. The newest tablet from Acer will feature a 10.1-inch screen and will allows users to enjoy and access a host of games, e-books , movies, music, photography, social networking, and more. Weighing in at 1.5 pounds, Acers latest tablet will showcase a slim, titanium gray-colored casing and HD multi-touch display. The new Iconia Tab A200 will be available on January 15 and be priced at an aggressive $329.99. “
- Acer Iconia Tab A700 – “The Tegra 3-powered unit is the oft rumored and leaked Iconia Tab A700, though, we were told repeatedly that this is just a technology demo and not a consumer product — so don’t be surprised if you never see an A700 come to market. Underneath the hood is a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 and a full gig of RAM for pushing a customized version of Ice Cream Sandwich to its 10.1-inch 1080p “IPS quality” panel.”
- Asus Eee Pad Transformer Pad MeMO – “…a newbie to the market that as far as we know will be called the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO. Not only is the Prime the first official (as in Google Official) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, but ASUS will also have the first 7? ICS tablet too.”
- Coby tablet collection – “Extensive New Lineup of Powerful, Feature-Packed Ice Cream Sandwich-Operated Capacitive Touch Units – All Under $300,” “highly-anticipated collection of Android™ 4.0 OS – “Ice Cream Sandwich” – Internet tablets” priced from $179 to $299, ranging in size from 7 inches to 10 inches.”
- Fujitsu ARROWS ES IS12F smartphone – “The ARROWS is, according to Fujitsu and partner Toshiba, the thinnest smartphone available in the world. Measuring a mere 6.7mm thick, that’s certainly a believable claim. Other specs of note include a 4-inch touchscreen display with WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resolution, 1GB of built-in storage teamed up with a single-core Qualcomm 1.4GHz processor, and a 1400mAh battery. It also comes equipped with a 5.1 megapixel camera and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support. All this is fitted into a body that weighs only 105g (3.7oz).”
- Huawei Ascend Smartphones – ” Both are among the fastest smartphones because of their dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and both are among the first phones announced in the U.S. with Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Both models also feature 4G 21Mbps HSPA+ technology and are banded for use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Both also operate in foreign HSPA+ markets. The phones will be available in Europe by the end of March and could appear in the U.S. in mid-2012.”
- Intel’s first smartphones – “Otellini then showed Intel’s phone reference design that hardware companies can use to quickly build their own Android phones with 8 megapixel cameras, 1080p video, 8 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time. The device is less than 10 millimeters thick, has HDMI ports and NFC payment capability.”
- Le Pan affordable tablets -“Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget? That’s what Le Pan is promising at CES today, with a trio of new tablets. The higher end of the two is the Le Pan III, an Android 4.0-laced slate that’s powered by a 1.5GHz, dual-core TI-OMAP 4460 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. This Bluetooth 4.0-enabled device also comes with a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing shooter, and supports 1080p video output. Joining the Le Pan II is the TC978, which features just about the same specs, save for a slightly lower octane (1GHz) processor, and the lack of a five-megapixel camera. The Le Pan II, meanwhile, ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, but can make the jump to 4.0 with a simple upgrade. The device features a 9.7-inch display at 1024 x 768 resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, but the rest of its specs are just about identical to those of the TC978. No word yet on when the Le Pan III and TC978 will hit the market, but the Le Pan II is already available on Amazon for $300.”
- LG Spectrum phone for Verizon – ” 8 megapixel camera up top capable of 1080p video capture. Underneath the back, you’ll find an 1830mAh battery, microSD slot loaded with a 16GB card to complement the 4GB of internal storage. Running the Android OS is a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor that’s bolstered by 1GB of RAM and it shows. The phone is incredibly responsive to touch, shooting through homescreens and submenus rapidly and smoothly.”
- LG Viper on Sprint – “The LG Viper joins the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as the first LTE phones from Sprint. The candy bar design fits the Android mold with a trim profile and rectangular shape. Among the features are Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1.2 dual-core GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera around back, a second front-facing camera, and support for NFC Google Wallet.”
- Motorla DROID 4 on Verizon – “The DROID 4 packs a solid 5-row keyboard that was really easy to type on but it’s also very thin and measures just 0.5-inches thick. The smartphone comes equipped by a sharp 4-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and the ability to record 1080p video. We think this is the most exciting step for the keyboard-toting DROID family”
- Motorola Motoluxe – “The MOTOLUXE packs a 4-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 800MHz processor running Android 2.3.7, dualband UMTS and an 8-megapixel camera. The MOTOLUXE measures in at 117.7 x 60.5 x 9.85 mm and 123.6g, with a 1400 mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, GPS and an FM radio. There’s also a VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM.”
- Motorola Defy Mini – “…the DEFY MINI has a smaller, 3.2-inch 480 x 320 display, 600MHz processor and a mere 3-megapixel camera, but is wrapped up in a ruggedized casing with Gorilla Glass fascia. The DEFY MINI is a smaller 109 x 58.5 x 12.55 mm and 107g, but accommodates a larger 1650 mAh battery along with Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n (with WiFi Direct support) and an FM radio. It too has a VGA front-facing camera, dual-band HSDPA and quadband EDGE.”
- Pantech Burst – “has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 16GB of on-board memory (expandable to 32GB), a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1080p video playback. The 5-megapixel camera can capture video in up to 720p resolution and there’s a VGA camera for video chat. And of course, you also get the benefit of AT&T’s fast LTE 4G speeds. All of this is pretty sweet at $50.”
- Pantech Element – “AT&T emphasized the concept of “LTE for the masses” and with its $300 price tag, the Pantech Element exemplifies that. The Element might not have the most cutting edge specs, but with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, LTE speeds, HDMI-out, 1080p video playback and a 5-megapixel camera you get a lot for your money. Oh yeah, and did I mention it is waterproof?”
- Patriot Memory WiFi Personal Cloud Storage Device – “The device connects to iOS and Android devices using a simple app. The Wi-Fi integration allows the smartphone or tablet user to shoot content over to the storage device. The Gauntlet Wifi has an internal battery good for five hours per charge and can stream video to the devices. It has USB 3.0 for connectivity to a PC. The specifications of the Gauntlet Wifi include 64MB of SDRAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n, WPA security, embedded antenna and a transfer rate of 150Mbit. The Gauntlet Wifi supports IE 6 or higher, Firefox, and Safari browsers.”
- Samsung Exhilarate – “The Samsung Exhilarate is constructed from 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials and is certified Platinum by UL Environment, achieving the highest level of sustainability certification. It features eco-modes and tools for more energy efficient operation. And, it has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, front- and rear-facing cameras, voice recognition, and access to AT&T U-Verse Live TV.”>
- Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T – “The Galaxy Note is a monster of a device, as Samsung says it bridges the divide between a smartphone and a tablet. The display is a 5.3-inch, Super AMOLED unit with 1280 x 800 pixels of resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD memory card slot for up to 32GB more.”
- Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – “the Galaxy Ace Plus is an update to the Galaxy Ace that comes with a faster 1GHz processor. In addition, it also sports a 3.65-inch HVGA touchscreen, HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 512MB of RAM, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 3GB of built-in memory that is further expandable with microSD cards.”
- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD – “has a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, as well as a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It’s about 9.27 millimeters thick and will be available in coming months, AT&T said.”
- Samsung InTouch HD WebCam – “Samsung InTouch is an Android based HD webcam for HD televisions coming out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS pre-installed. It will also include pal sized QWERTY layout keypad for surfing the web and sending emails. Also it will include 512 MB of storage capacity. Samsung InTouch first up is in competition with TelyHD which comes up with Android 2.2 and provides 2 Gb of internal storage. Like other HD webcams it will also come with additional preloaded apps like YouTube, Google News and Weather and full web browsing support. It can also display photos stored on a thumbdrive.” $199
- Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot – “rounds out Sprint’s new offerings. It combines 3G and 4G technology, with 3G offered over EVDO, but has 4G on WiMAX and LTE, meaning its speeds won’t often drop to 3G. The hotspot handles up to eight Wi-Fi users and supports up to 32-gigabytes of shared storage.”
- Sony Ericsson LT28at – “The superphone has some pretty impressive specs to go along with the huge camera. According to one fan blog the phone will come with a huge 4.55-inch Reality display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution. The phone will be LTE enabled and along with the 13MP camera on the back side, the phone will have a 720p camera on the front side. “
- Sony Smartwatch – Sony plans later this year to launch a small device it is calling the SmartWatch, which links to Android phones via Bluetooth and runs a suite of custom mini-apps. The new device, which is approximately the shape and size of an iPod nano, including the clip on the rear, is an apparent successor to the Sony Ericsson LiveView, which was first announced in 2010. It will debut worldwide some time near the end of March, for US$149.”
- Sony Xperia S – “This handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is expected to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update by the second half of 2012.” Specs include “Android Gingerbread, 4.3-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a MSM8260 chipset, 12 megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R sensor and 1080p video recording capabilities, 32GB internal memory, Weighs 144g.”
- Sony LT27i, code name “Pepper” – “Sony Ericsson Pepper MT27i will feature a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 854 pixel native resolution. Under the hood, this smartphone may house an ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 mobile chipset. Ideally meant to be the successor of Xperia neo V, this new MT27i Pepper smartphone features a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video.”
- Toshiba Excite X10 – the world’s thinnest tablet, “As well as being ultra slim, it’s also lightweight at 0.54kg and features a 10.1 inch (1280×800 resolution) IPS display, a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4420 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and two cameras (five megapixel and two megapixel.) It also sports built-in speakers, a micro-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, and a microSD card slot. Due to be released this quarter, priced at $529 for the 16GB and $600 for the 32GB version in the US.”
- Toshiba tablet with Organic EL – “Toshiba showed the prototype to the media that has a 7.7-inch organic EL display, saying it aims to develop a tablet up to 350 grams in weight and less than 8 millimeters thick.”
- Toshiba’s underwater tablet – “A Toshiba representative said the technology could eventually end up in devices made for browsing poolside or in the bathroom. Toshiba’s prototype can be charged via magnetic signals from a transceiver. The charger needs to be within 3 inches.”
- Velocity Micro Cruzes – “While Cruz tablets are certainly not going to be rivaling the iPad or other premium tablets anytime soon, they may very well give the Amazon Kindle Fire a run for its money this year. Velocity Micro currently has two tablets on the market: the Cruz T408 (8? display) and Cruz T410 (10? display) which retail for $199 and $299; and this week, the company launched the T507 (7?) and T510 (10?) two ultra-thin, lightweight tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Both devices are set to hit stores by the end of February and will retail between $149- $249.”
- ViewSonic ViewPad E70 tablet – “The new Viewsonic Viewpad E70 costs only $169—and while it doesn’t run ICS at blazing speed, it definitely runs ICS adequately enough.
The Viewpad E70 isn’t a geek’s dream of a device. The little white tablet has pretty decent specs for a unit that costs under $200 without a subsidy. It has dual cameras, HDMI out, and room for a MicroSD memory card. It’s solidly built, but you can tell it’s an inexpensive device when you look at the relatively dim, grainy 800-by-480 screen.”
- ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 – “…the ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 is a dual-SIM handset running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and set to drop late this quarter for $279 unlocked. Two SIMs allow for both business and work use on the same device, and there’s HSDPA connectivity along with WiFi and Bluetooth. The screen is a 3.5-inch panel, while Gingerbread runs on a conservative 800MHz processor.”
Woven is the secret productivity weapon for remote teams
(TECH NEWS) Woven helps you keep track of your digital calendar in the age of remote work. It has great integration and alerts to keep you on track with ease.
We are now several weeks into social distancing and remote work. Hopefully, you’ve begun to settle into a routine and you find yourself able to take a look at the situation around you instead of just fighting to keep your head above water. Managing, or being a part of, a remote team comes with its challenges.
Working remotely has the potential to blur the lines between work and life. As you try to schedule time to see family and friend’s virtually, it can become difficult to manage all your different digital commitments. This is especially true if you use multiple calendar systems such as Microsoft Outlook for work and Gmail for your personal life.
If you’re riding the struggle bus, Woven can lend a helping hand. This next-generation smart calendar released a suite of tools designed to help maintain productivity and collaborate better. Woven allows you to schedule meetings with people directly from your calendar. Share one-off scheduling links with anyone anywhere – eliminating the need for a bunch of third party apps. You can even send a link through iMessage. Woven also helps you schedule meetings with multiple people by building group polls and sharing availability with other participants.
One of the key tools in the Woven suite is Zoom integration.
Zoom meetings work to keep everyone together, but scheduling them and keeping track of your calendar can be a remote work nightmare. Using Woven, you’ll be able to turn those weird Zoom meeting URLs into simple “join call” buttons, streamline your entire day, and reduce the Zoom overwhelm. This can eliminate a source of unnecessary stress as you do your best to be a productive employee, or business owner, through the current global situation.
Other powerful tools joining Woven’s suite include, “Home” which highlights your important meetings for the day and “Analytics” which gives you actionable insights on how you spend your time. You can review it daily and weekly to ensure you’re spending your most valuable asset on the things you care the most about.
If you’re struggling to manage your new remote workflow and keep track of your digital appointments, consider trying Woven. It is currently available for free download for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows.
Zoom banned by Space X? Why?
(TECH NEWS) Just because an app is most used doesn’t mean it is most trustworthy, Zoom has some glaring security faults most people didn’t know about.
Video conference apps are the glue currently holding large parts of workforce together. If you’re working from home either as a result of the quarantine or business as usual, then you’ve likely heard or used the common go-to app, Zoom. Recently, Zoom has made some troubling headlines regarding privacy concerns so much so that SpaceX employees are now banned from using the app. This comes soon after an announcement by the FBI warning about call hijacking and harassment now aptly named “Zoombombing”.
An earlier report this week by The Intercept shows that Zoom does not provide end-to-end encryption between call participants. The company also has the ability to view call sessions. As SpaceX is a federal contractor whose customers include NASA and the Department of Defense, the company is classified as an essential business. The decision to ban Zoom usage came from a memo from founder and CEO Elon Musk.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has reached out to Zoom addressing security concerns. Other security researchers have discovered flaws in Zoom’s software where hackers can gain access to users’ cameras or microphones.
ZOOM CEO Eric Yuan announced the company is focusing on solving its privacy and security issues. He’s vowed that over the next 90 days, Zoom will prepare a transparency report showing information related to data requests in addition to diverting all engineering resources to resolve “trust, safety, and privacy issues.”
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Will COVID-19 break the internet?
(TECH NEWS) Internet usage is obviously up right now, but what can that do to the infrastructure? Tech companies say it’s the websites and local networks that are slow.
With more people staying at home, working from home and doing school from home, the internet is being taxed. You might have noticed your own service running slower or low-quality video streaming. Do we have to worry about the internet crashing? The quick answer is – “It depends.”
Yes, Americans are stressing the internet
The internet is actually pretty resilient when it comes to bandwidth. The network cables that connect people to the internet are built to handle spikes in use. When you stream video, it’s designed to adjust to your connection for the best quality. Even though Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime are reducing the download speeds in the Europe market, there is no reason to suspect that the internet is going to shut down during this crisis.
That being said, Tech Crunch reports that download speeds in the United States are being affected in some markets. New York City, one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 virus had download speeds drop by about 24%. Austin saw a drop of 44%.
Rural markets are struggling. It’s hard to imagine that there are still some places in the United States that don’t have internet access. Other places may get internet, but the service can be unreliable on a good day. With the added stress of people staying home, service can be even spottier.
Traffic might be up on the internet, but the system was built to scale up. Think about how much more data is available today over two decades ago. And consider how many more users there are from even 10 years ago. More Americans are streaming movies and TV shows than ever before.
It’s local networks and websites that may see a problem
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said,
“We’re trying to make sure that we can stay in front of this challenge. Right now, this isn’t a massive outbreak in every country around the world, but if it gets there, then we really need to make sure we’re on top of this from an infrastructure perspective and make sure that we can continue to provide the level of service that people need in a time like this.”
Google, Amazon and Facebook have been built for spikes in usage, but even Amazon’s website had a problem in 2018 on Prime Day when their servers couldn’t handle the number of shoppers. Big companies have the infrastructure in place to deal with the kinks of added traffic. There could be some issues that come up, but it’s unlikely to shut down things for too long.
It’s more likely that users will see issues in local websites that aren’t designed for the added traffic. Home networks will be stressed with multiple people trying to manage work and school at the same time. If you’re experiencing problems, check how many devices are trying to access the system within your own home. Go with SD streaming instead of HD.
The Internet was built to withstand a nuclear bomb
One BuzzFeed article believes that the likelihood of the internet breaking down is low. There may be challenges in some areas, especially as more providers lift data caps for its users. But most companies are aware of the problem and are trying to ramp up services to meet demands during this crisis.
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