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Nexus One Firmware 2.1-Update1 Pinch-to-Zoom Feature Video Demo

Demonstration of pinch-to-zoom gesture feature working on a U.S. Nexus One with the Android 2.1-Update1 firmware update applied.

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Google Nexus One Video Samples

Received my Google Nexus One Android phone a few hours ago. The video sample above was transcoded (by Google) from the original 3gp file recorded on the Nexus One. The video sample below is a video recorded using the Qik for Android app.

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Windows 7 is a Great OS, But it is Not Touch Screen Ready (video demo)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrated HP’s soon-to-be-available Notebook Slate (no physical keyboard) running Windows 7 during his CES keynote in Las Vegas last night…

Gizmodo: HP’s Windows 7 Slate Device Revealed by Steve Ballmer

Here’s the thing though… I’ve had an Asus Eee PC T91MT netbook for a couple of months now. It has an 8.9-inch multi-touch screen in a convertible configuration (physical keyboard can be used in netbook mode or hidden to use in slate mode). Windows 7 is a great operating system. I happen to like it a lot and have upgraded my desktops and netbooks to it since it release. It is not, however, tweaked for touch use based on my experience with the T91MT. The problem is that Windows 7’s touch screen feature is a combination of the old pen-centric Tablet PC and the hand/finger-centric Surface Table. The result is something neither animal nor mineral. Many, if not most, of the feature remain pen-centric. Finger-tip touch control is an afterthought at best and simply ignored at worst. I recorded a brief video demo using my T91MT in slate mode (physical keyboard hidden in back of the LCD) to demonstrate some of the small but annoying issues I’ve run into over the past few months. And, note that these are just a few of the issues. There are many more.

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Google Chromium OS on an Acer Aspire One Netbook

Google Chromium OS installed on a 2GB USB thumb drive running on a first generation Acer Aspire One. This netbook has an Atom N270 processor with 512MB RAM.

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Dolphin Browser Provides Pinch & Zoom Gesture Support on a Droid

Got a Droid? Wish it supported the pinch and zoom gesture (which Android 2.0 does but is not turned on for the Droid)? If so, you might want to consider downloading and installing the free Dolphin Browser from the Android Market. As you can see in my demo, it supports the pinch and zoom gesture even on the Droid.

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Ustream Live Broadcaster Video Recorded Using an iPhone 3G (not 3GS)

The iPhone 3G doesn’t have the native ability to record video. However, the recently released Ustream Live Broadcaster (a free iPhone app) gives it this ability. This video was recorded using an iPhone 3G.

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Google Goggles (Visual Search) for Android Video Demo

Sorry for the difficult to see screen demo on the Droid. Brightness cranked up but still nearly impossible to see. But, I wanted to quickly put up some kind of demo of Google Goggles running on a Droid. So, here it is such as it is :-)

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HTC Droid Eris Initial Impressions from Friend/Co-worker (video)

Daniel Inoshita, a friend and co-worker, bought an HTC Droid Eris from Verizon. I sat down a few minutes with him to get his initial impressions after having the phone for just a few hours.

I apologize for the low sound volume during the initial minute of the conversation. I used a Touch Pro2 to record the video and forgot how unidirectional its microphone is (usually a very good thing). I used volume leveling to try to even out the volume post-hoc as well as possible. One important item that may be difficult to hear is Daniel’s explanation of the Droid Eris’ price. It is $199 – $100 rebate – another $50 for current Verizon Wireless customers past their previous two-year contract point.

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First Test of Qik for Droid Beta with 720×480 Video Resolution

Installed the Qik for Droid beta release that provides 720×480 video resolution. This is the first video I recorded using it. The video looks pretty good to me.

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Google Maps Street View on Motorola Droid (video demo)

Google Maps for mobile Street View on the Motorola Droid (Android 2.0) is interesting (something not on the iPhone). But, in my first test (see above), the augmented reality aspect seemed a bit off. It seemed to track my vertical movements (pointing the Droid up and down) but not side-to-side.

Still, it was interesting to finally try it in person since Street View only became available for my area yesterday.

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Voice Dialing Using an HTC Touch Pro2 & Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone

Demonstration of using a Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Touch Pro2 to voice dial with a Bluetooth car speakerphone.

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Part 2: 5th Gen. iPod nano Video Compared to Flip Ultra

5th Gen. iPod nano & Flip Ultra Video Recordings Compared Part II from Todd Ogasawara on Vimeo.

Based on the chance that the 5th generation iPod nano focused on the raindrops falling near its lens in the first video comparison with the Flip Ultra, I took both devices to a different location. You can see the two video recordings compared here. I think the Flip Ultra clearly dealt with dynamic lighting changes much better than the iPod nano. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Flip Ultra is a superior video recording device.

However, Cisco (Flip’s current owner) has a problem on its hands. Because, the iPod nano is a lot smaller, a lot more fun to carry around, and records video that is pretty good (though not as good as the Flip Ultra).

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