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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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