Apple Applies for Audio Interface Patent for Handheld Devices

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 9:48pm.

In a patent filing titled “Audio User Interface for Computing Devices” the iPhone maker said that sometimes using the small screen on handheld devices can cause distractions from critical tasks such as driving and for others it may be difficult to use the small screen for regular everyday use . To end this problem, Apple recommends an audio user interface that generates audio prompts to help a user navigate through different features on the handheld devices. The audio prompt will help the user focus his attention on the critical task on hand. Apple also notes that using the handheld device for text-to-speech conversion gives poor results but if the system is used with a host computer and all the conversions are handled by the host computer the performance of such systems can be improved.

You can read the complete report on: AppleInsider

Walt Mossberg Reviews VMWare Fusion

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 7:43pm.

In the past two years virtualization has been a very strong reason for increased popularity of Intel Macs. First it was Parallels Desktop program that let you run Windows on your Mac and then there was Apple’s Boot Camp. The biggest problem with Boot Camp was that you had to restart the computer to switch into Windows. VMWare will be releasing their Virtualization software named Fusion next week. Like Parallels, Fusion is a virtualization program that will let you run Windows and Windows programs within the Mac operating system. Walt Mossberg compares Parallels and Fusion in his reviews of Fusion. According to Mossberg, Fusion was less system intrinsic program and overall performance was faster than Parallels but Parallels has more features then fusion. So ultimately Mossberg came to the conclusion “You won’t go wrong with either program. Both give the Macintosh a level of versatility that can’t be matched by Windows-only machines”.
You can read the Complete Review here: Fusion Review

ChangeWave: Manufacturers and Service Providers Face Upheaval Over Newest Apple Gadget

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 7:28pm.

ChangeWave published their July 18-20 consumer cell phone survey results today. A total of 3003 ChangeWave Alliance members participated in the survey, which points to an upheaval occurring among cell phone manufacturers and service providers alike. According to the survey 1% of it members were using iPhone and another 16% were likely to buy one in next 6 months, 77% of the current iPhone owners were very satisfied with the Apple products. Among the ChangeWave Alliance members AT&T was the only service provider that saw an increase in market share, all other providers had a decline in market share. According to ChangeWave there is a strong momentum created by iPhone that will affect other cell phone makers and service providers.
You can read the complete report here: ChangeWave

Microsoft Announces Delay in Release of Office 2008 for Mac

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 7:25pm.

Microsoft today announced that it would be delaying the release of upcoming Office 2008 for Mac until January 2008. The Office 2008 version was supposed to be released in second half of 2007. General Manager  of Microsoft Macintosh business unit said in an interview “It really is just a quality issue across the board”. The switch to Intel processor and the new Office file formats were the other reasons mentioned for the delay caused. So we should expect Office 2008 to be launched at Macworld Expo 2008 or at least demoed there.  

Apple Applies for MultiTouch Interface Patent

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2007 - 7:22pm.

If using the iPhone made you wonder if Apple going to use MultiTouch in computers, this new patent application by Apple shows what they want to do with MultiTouch in the future. The patent is credited to John Elias and Wayne Westerman, founders of Fingerworks, a company that deals with touch-interface. The patent describes how multi-touch gestures can have a broad vocabulary using number of different gestures with fingers, thumbs, and/or other hand parts. Over 300 different combinations are possible per hand. Examples given include Thumb and finger used to do many tasks on the computer like cut, copy, paste, redo, undo and drag. The patent was filed on 3rd January 2007 and was published today. This patent shows the direction Apple is taking with MultiTouch interface.

Bluetooth SIG adopts core version 2.1 +EDR

Submitted by Guest on August 1, 2007 - 9:18pm.

Bluetooth SIG has adopted the latest version 2.1 +EDR. Now you can pair Bluetooth devices in just few seconds instead of minutes, auto-pairing support will be there for some devices and near field communication. There will be improvements to security and power management (up to five times battery life).

Acer 5920 and 4710 Gemstone Laptops Launched

Submitted by Guest on August 1, 2007 - 8:50pm.

Today Acer launched two new laptops based on their design collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.  The Aspire 5920 and 4710 are both part of Acer’s Gemstone laptop line. The Aspire 5920 comes with 15.4” high def wide screen and Dolby Home Theater Virtual Surround Sound. The machine runs on 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Graphics card, 160GB hard drive, Dual layer DVD burner, integrated web cam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Aspire 4710 comes with smaller 14.1” screen, 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 512 MB RAM, 120GB hard drive, Dual layer DVD burner, Intel 945GM graphics chipset and Wi-Fi. The most interesting thing about this unit is it comes with Linux and not Windows. The price for Aspire 5920 starts at $2000 and for Aspire 4710 it starts at $600.

Defective ATI Radeon 2400 and 2600 slip into the channel

Submitted by lalit on August 1, 2007 - 8:27pm.

AMD’s diagnostic and validation software for graphics card had a bug that failed to detect defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 according to digitimes. Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International and Gigabyte Technology encountered the problem. Channel vendors pointed out that the problem was in the BIOS. Problems in BIOS can be easily solved but the defective cards have to be returned to AMD to reapply BIOS update. One of the first-tier makers has recalled more the 20,000 cards and only few of the defective cards have reached consumers hand.

Keyspan Releases USB 2.0 Server

Submitted by Guest on August 1, 2007 - 7:58pm.

If you love to use USB devices like USB printers, USB hard drives or USB scanner between multiple computers then this device is for you. The USB 2.0 Server supports both Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks making it easy to print to a USB printer or connect to other USB devices from your Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

ATI Graphics Will Support DisplayPort 1.1 in 2008

Submitted by Guest on August 1, 2007 - 7:39pm.

Some of us are still confused what DVI and HDMI are and now ATI is adding one more to the bandwagon - DisplayPort in 2008. DisplayPort is a competing technology which some consider is better than HDMI. The fact that ATI will support DisplayPort in 2008 will give a boost to the technology. Now let'ss see which computer company will be first to support DisplayPort.