Monday, 22 August 2011

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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Minecraft to be released on the iPad

The unsanctioned iPhone version of Minecraft might have been taken down like a shoddy lean-to during a zombie invasion, but it'll be replaced this year by something way better: an official version developed by Mojang. Minecraft creator Markus Persson told Gamasutra that a new Mojang employee, Aron Neiminen, is working on the port with a release targeted for 2011.

Persson said that not every update for the PC/Mac beta will be implemented in the iOS version, but that instead Mojang will curate the feature set based on what "makes sense" for the iPhone and iPad controls.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The way Americans use Smartphones and Tablets – a little bit surprising

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A recent  BIGresearch survey dug a little deeper into how Americans use devices like smartphones and tablets . If you think  they’re only using their  iPhones, Droids and iPads only to surf the web or talking on the phone, you should think again.

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According to this survey, 6 in 10 Americans say they replaced their alarm clock whit their smartphone or tablet, while a 44.3% say they have replaced their digital camera with the one provided with their smartphones or tablets. Radio applications were responsible of  more than one-quarter of users replacing their radio with their iPhones,  Droids, iPads and other similar devices. Smartphones and Tablets modified even mobility, with more than half let their gadget guide the way when it comes to driving directions.

ipad in the wild (first sighting.) open app? NPRThe survey shows that reliability is still one of the most important parameters in the device selection. In fact, when asked what features are most important when it comes to the mobile market, more than three-quarters of consumers want the best service and/or coverage.One of the most interesting aspect of this survey is that the average age of  the people taking part in the survey was 39, showing how not only today’s teenagers rely on iPhones, Droids and iPads to run their lives Read more.

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Will shopping on Tablets outpace shopping on Smartphones and Computers ?

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That seems to suggest the conclusions of a report by Forrester Research , based on a joint survey with Bizrate Insights.

According to that report, 60% of tablet owners have used them to buy online,  and sales from iPads and other tablets already account for 20% of mobile e-commerce sales despite the fact that  just 9% of online shoppers own tablets.

According to Sucharita Mulpuru, e-commerce analyst and co-writer of the report Why Tablet Commerce May Trump Mobile Commerce, the use of tablets can really expand e-commerce possibilities: “We have always capped e-commerce at 10 to 15 percent of total retail sales, but this potentially has the capability of really expanding e-commerce much beyond that.”

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The larger screen, with the ability of flipping through a print catalog, with big photos and rich imagery and type in the critical biodata to purchase something online.

The portability, with consumers using their tablets not only around the house, but even and on the go, particularly at restaurants and in airports.

The richer content is another plus for Tablets users: the apps built for tablet devices are engaging, innovative, and unique. The page flipping, horizontal scroll, gyroscope, and audio recognition that tablets have to users gave to Tablets users  a unique and better shopping experience. For shoppers (80% of whom use their tablets around the house, mainly in the living room), this make online shopping a leisurely experience in a way it hasn’t been since e-commerce came along.

An interesting aspect pointed out from Ms. Mulpuru is that  “The element of discovery is missing online, because most people go to Google, and Google isn’t about discovering something online, it’s about typing something into a search box. This is much closer to the actual physical browsing experience.”ipad

According to the report, retailers have been slow to catch on, with little investments in developing shopping tools for tablets, while, according Forrester, “ what tablets present is a unique and growing opportunity for deeper customer engagement that can make the Internet shopping experience much better for discovery, inspiration, and interactivity. And much better than social networks and smartphones ever could. “

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Apple claims the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has copied the iPad, files lawsuit.
It is clear to the most obvious of people that the galaxy tab 10.1 is very similar to the iPad. In fact, take a look at all tablet computers available today. It is clear that the pioneer of modern tablet computing (iPad) has shaped the way forward and it would be hard to seriously deviate away from the iPad’s features and still compete in this market.
Samsung’s galaxy tab it appears, has unfortunately ventured too far into trying to give the look and feel of the leading tablet computer monster. And as a result, apple has halted all galaxy tab sales in europe.

A statement from CBS News:

“(CBS) – Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been halted in Europe after Apple successfully sought a preliminary injunction from an EU court, claiming that the Android-powered tablet violates Apple’s intellectual property rights.
Apple has claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy line of smart phones and tablets copies Apple design features – including the packaging and accessories. A judge in Dusseldorf agreed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied elements of the iPad and so the device will be pulled from European store shelves.
The device was released in the EU earlier this summer. It is still available in the Netherlands, but Apple is filing suit there, too.
Samsung says that they are “disappointed” by the injunction and “intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany, and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world.”
Apple filed suit in the US in April – requesting a jury trial in California – saying that Samsung had “slavishly” copied Apple designs. That case has not yet been resolved, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains on sale in the United States.”

Lets take a look at the differences courtesy of

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 | Full Specs Comp
ared | iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab 10.1 Features and Performance

Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 both are high performance tablets from Apple and Samsung. Apple iPad 2 is powered Dual-core Apple A5 1 GHz Processor whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered with Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core 1 GHz Processor. Basically both use equivalent processors with different architecture. But RAM is higher in Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 than iPad 2 thus Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may perform better than iPad 2. iPad 2 is powered with Apple Proprietary operating system Apple iOS 4.3 whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered with open source tablet optimized Android operating system 3.0 Honeycomb.

Speed, Performance and User Experience

As discussed above Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab both use 1 GHz dual core processors with 512 M and 1 GB RAM respectively. But Processor design architecture and operating system performances are difference in each other. So it’s difficult to compare Apple and Orange (Samsung) as configuration point of view. But the real performance difference and User Experience would be impacted by the difference between Apple iOS and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. User experience depends on UI and applications. Apple Applications are from Apple App Store and Android Applications are from Android Market. Samsung says their batter last long 15 hrs whereas Apple claims 10 hrs.
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2 is the second generation iPad fro Apple. Apple the pioneers in introducing the iPad have made further improvements to iPad 2 in design and performance. In comparison with iPad, iPad 2 gives a better performance with high speed processor and improved applications. The A5 processor used in iPad 2 is 1GHz Dual-core A9 Application processor based on ARM architecture, The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice as faster than A4 and 9 times better on graphics while the power consumption remains same. iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad while the display is same in both, both are 9.7″ LED back-lit LCD displays with 1024×768 pixel resolution and use the IPS techology. The battery life is same for both, you can use it up to 10 hrs continuously. The additional features in iPad 2 are the dual cameras – rare camera with gyro and 720p video camcorder, front facing camera with FaceTime for video conferencing, a new software PhotoBooth, HDMI compatibility – you have to connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter that comes separately. iPad 2 will have variants to support both 3G-UMTS network and 3G-CDMA network and will release the Wi-Fi only model also. iPad 2 is available in black and white colors and the price varies depending the model and storage capacity, it ranges from $499 to $829. Apple also introduces a new bendable magnatic case for iPad 2, named as Smart Cover, which you can purchase separately.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Model P7100)
Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inches WXGA TFT LCD display (1280×800), Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 8 megapixel rear and 2 MP front facing cameras and powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is incredibly lightweight at 599 grams. The device supports 3G networks and 4G ready. In the context of multimedia, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 loaded with features such as 8 megapixel camera, HD video recording, large screen with dual surround sound speakers, powered by
high speed processor together with amazing tablet platform – Honeycomb when supported by 4G HSPA+ network at 21Mbps download speed will give users a wonderful multimedia experience. Performance and Speed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 packed with Dual Core Tegra 2 processor and powered with Android tablet optimized operating system Honeycomb gives lightening fast web and multimedia experience. 1 GHz processor with 1 GB DDR RAM makes a performance benchmark in tablet market as per today. Low power DDR RAM and 6860mAh battery enables perfect task management in energy efficient way.
So what does everyone else think? Are you for or against this ban? Share your views