May 2012


$130 Chipmunk themed tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4)? Sure, why not?

Archos is a funny company. I remember seeing a number of mobile multimedia devices from them years ago. But, I’ve never seen any of the many Android tablet models they announce year after year. Here’s another one I’ll probably never see. At $130 it may be the least expensive Ice Cream Sandwich based tablet available. And, you get an Alvin and the Chipmunks theme too.

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Its specs look pretty good for a $130 device. They exceed the more expensive Kindle Fire and Nook Color.

7-inch display
800×480 pixel resolution
WiFi
380 grams
1GB system memory
4GB flash memory
microSD slot
Front facing camera with microphone

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New Microsoft PhotoSynth for Windows Phone app incompatible with 1st gen Windows Phones

The first Windows Phone devices released in the fall of 2010 had hardware limitations imposed by Microsoft. Thus, the entire first generation of devices lacked components that were common even back then. Among the hardware missing from the reference design and the devices based on it is a gyroscope. This component has become increasingly important in games and motion based activities. Microsoft’s design shortsightedness has come back to bite it less than two years after the first Windows Phone devices were released. Its own recently released PhotoSynth panoramic camera app for Windows Phone (first released for the iPhone) won’t work correctly with the entire first generation of Windows Phone devices.

Gee… Thanks, Microsoft, for not future proofing your smartphones! 🙁

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Apps updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 44


Forty-four (44) apps were updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week. Here’s a summary of the updated apps that I found interesting.
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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad 2 and New iPad

I’ve been working on a review for an iPad app this weekend. I saw this Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad 2 and New iPad and thought it would not only add to the review itself but make it a bit more fun.

The cover is thin as advertised in its name and doesn’t add much weight to the iPad. Its keyboard is narrow (constrained by the iPad’s length). But, the keys have travel and tactile feedback. I really appreciate the fact that it has a real on/off switch that doesn’t make you guess if the Bluetooth is actually on or off.

It has a retail price of $100. But, I found it for $80 at a local Costco store.
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In the MobileViews review queue: Diet Coda for iPad – programmer’s editor

The combination of a one-day sale and an apparent pent-up demand for a niche vertical program category (programmer’s editor) has placed the freshly released Diet Coda for iPad app at #8 in Apple’s list of top selling iPad apps hours after its release.

I bought my copy and tried it out with my web server (SFTP/SSH). Initial verdict? Wow! Keep an eye out over the next few days for my full review of the app in BYTE.

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What do you know? I named the “iPad” back in 2005


While searching for some information tonight, I ran across an article I wrote for O’Reilly Media’s MacDevCenter way back on October 25, 2005.

When will Apple re-enter the PDA Market?

Palm OS had just been sold to Japan’s Access. And, I wrote that I hoped Apple would re-enter the PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) market it had created (pre-Jobs) with the Newton. In the article I wrote:
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