Archive | April 21, 2010

Microsoft + Facebook = Docs.com

Today, during f8, Mark Zuckerburg unveiled the result of the latest Microsoft – Facebook collaboration, a platform that will allow creating and sharing of Microsoft office documents with your Facebook friends. The site, located at Docs.com, is open to the public and allows log-in using your Facebook credentials.

The service will be a direct competition with Google Docs and is based on Office 2010 platform. Clound creation and sharing tools will also be embedded in the stand-alone Office 2010 suite. Time will tell if Microsoft will beat the mighty Google at its own game, but the popularity of both Facebook and Office suite might actually do that. Microsoft also owns 1.6% stake in Facebook bought in 2007 for $240 millions.

Asus EEEKeyboard available at Amazon for preorder

It was a long wait, but it might just worth it. The  is available for pre-order at Amazon for $599.

Product Features

  • Intel Atom N270; 1GB DDR2 RAM; MS Windows XP Home
  • Ultra Wide Band built in transmitter and external receiver; WLAN 802.11 b/g/n; 10/100/1000 LAN; Bluetooth V2.1 Read More…

Bluetooth 4.0 final specification is out

The final Bluetooth version 4.0 specification was published today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) – sounds like politics, doesn’t it? The main goals for the new standard is to create Bluetooth devices that are using less power and are capable of running from standard coin-cell batteries like watches, small sensors, etc. AES-128 encryption is supported as well.

The high speed version of the Bluetooth 4.0 devices will use 802.11g standard to cary its signal at similar transfer rates, so in theory we might be able to stream media (video, music, photos) between devices or towards TVs. The maximum range could be upwards 200ft. Expect devices using Bluetooth 4.0 technology to pop up by the end of the year.

Deal of the Day – Westinghouse 15.6-Inch Portable Dual-Hinged LCD HDTV at $75

Amazon has the Westinghouse 15.6″ 720p LCD HDTV PT-16H610S for $75 and free shipping. It is 720p capable and includes HDMI and NTSC/ATSC tuner:

Technical Details

  • Under Cabinet TV with LCD Technology for Crisp Images and Thin Design
  • Displays Resolutions up to 720p
  • Includes Space-Saving Under-Cabinet TV
  • High Definition with Built-In HDTV/ATSC Tuner Read More…

Apple kills section of Adobe’s business – Adobe kills future iPhone dev tools beyond CS5

Due to the latest change in iPhone’s SDK licensing, which states that Apple will reject any application not developed using native tools, Adobe has no choice but to exist from this field entirely. Embedded in their recently launched suite CS5, Flash CS5 also contains tools to convert the Flash applications into iPhone compatible apps, but very soon these tools will prove completely useless. This is only the last move in a battle between Apple and Adobe that has the attention of every technology lover around the world and will soon affect the life and businesses of thousand iPhone software developers.

Better Kindle on the way? New generation of E-Ink displays announced

In the near future (and we are talking about 2011) we might see new Kindles and Nook models using the new E-Ink displays generation recently announced (source RedFerret). The next generation E-ink  displays will have better contrast ratio (almost double the contrast of the current E-Ink displays) and also much higher refresh speeds, allowing for simple animations (see video). Gone will be the days when just a page turn would make you fall asleep. Another announced display technology features an almost indestructible screen, ideal for children books that usually look like they went through a war. Check the videos after the break. Read More…