Apple iPad Finally Launched!

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience
Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience

After several months or years perhaps of being immersed in so many rumors about the Apple tablet PC, finally the most awaited and probably the most coveted product of the year is real and it's here!

Bragged as the "magical device at an amazing price", Steve Jobs said at a press launch in San Francisco, California. During his kind of peer-to-peer conversational speech, he mentioned how amazing the iPad will be to browse the web. But did it really level up to the expectations that were pointed out in the rumors? Or are there some things that the iPad lack to the disappointments of many?

Well let's take a look at some of iPad's notable features which Steve Jobs himself presented to the press audience.

SCREEN: 9.7-inch IPS LCD screen. The LCD provides the backlighting, but most of the technology is IPS, or In-plane switching. This gives it a stronger viewing angle than most screens. You can tilt the screen anyway you want and the interface moves with it.

RESOLUTION: 1024×768 pixels (132 pixels per inch) which brings out vivid colors of pictures and landscape images.

SIZE: 0.5 inches thin; 1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds for 3G), the lightest so far.

DIMENSIONS: 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.5 inches

CHIP: 1 GHz Apple A4 chip. They went in-house instead of going to Intel.

MEMORY: Three models with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB solid state hard drives.

INCLUSIONS: Accelerometer, Microphone, 30-pin connector, Compass, full capacitive multi-touch, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G access on higher-end models

BATTERY LIFE: 10 hours at full blast. On standby, it will last over a month.

PRICE: an amazing $499 starting price for 16Gb RAM

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You can definitely do anything with this amazing device, but wait here are some few "essential" things it lacks:

No camera: no front-facing camera for video conferencing or back-facing camera for taking photos.

No multitasking: You cannot run multiple apps at the same time.

No HDMI Output: You can’t plug your iPad into your TV.

No USB port: You can’t plug in your favorite keyboard into the device…or anything else, really. It will plug into your computer via the same cord you charge iPhones and iPod touches with.

Well, I hope Apple will eventually add these features up to the iPad before its' going to be really available in the market in either June or July of this year.

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New XBox 360 Natal will Make Button-Controlled Games Obsolete

  Natal can recognise a movement in just 10 milliseconds (Image: Xbox 360 Natal Team/Microsoft)
Natal can recognise a movement in just 10 milliseconds (Image: Xbox 360 Natal Team/Microsoft)

On the later part of this year, Microsoft will finally launch their most awaited XBox 360 add-on which will make button-studded games controllers obsolete.

XBox 360 was developed by Microsoft in 2005 as a direct counterpart to Sony's Playstation 3 and Nintendo's Wii. When it was first officially released it was immediately sold out and as of January 2010, there are over 39 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide.

Following this huge success, Microsoft has announced at the CES Gadget Preview 2010, the launch of XBox 360 add-on, called Natal.

Natal, named after the city in northern Brazil, lets players control a game using only their own body movements and voice. Natal takes advantage of an infrared light directly illuminating the players body, a monochrome video camera records the amount of that light they reflect, using the brightness of the signal to measure their distance from the device and capture their movements in 3D.

Without much improvement to the hardware and despite the need of massive processing power to capture movements and voice data, Natal will allow XBox 360 players to optimally enjoy the game with their body movements and voice as controllers, making the classic button controllers obsolete.

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Nokia on Beta for Its Latest Braille Reader Phone

Nokia Braille Reader touch screen's tactile feedback
Nokia Braille Reader touch screen's tactile feedback

Call this the gadget of the future! Nokia certainly did an amazing innovation that allows blind users of Nokia mobile phones to read messages.

Nokia has just recently announced the launch of the beta application of its latest mobile phone technology, the Nokia Braille Reader. The said technology was developed in collaboration with the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired and the Tampere University. Nokia Braille Reader is works only with Nokia’s S60 5th Edition smartphones: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5230 and Nokia X6.

Nokia Braille Reader gives mobile phone users who are and visually impaired the ability to read SMS. The new technology captures received SMS messages and brings them to the foreground for reading using Braille and tactile feedback.

This new innovative solution from Nokia is on beta tests right now, so interested parties who would like to participate on this activity, Nokia Braille Reader is available for free download on the Nokia BetaLabs site.

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