December 4th, as the jingle of bells approaches AOC the makers of all things LCD have released an ingenious new stocking stuffer, the best value all in one computer bar none. The AOC Smart AIO (All In One) touch screen Android Computer and Monitor.
An All-In-One with a difference the Smart AIO 72P series features Android on the inside, with Google Play available to provide all of your favourite apps and games. Transforming at the flick of a switch to an IPS monitor for any HDMI, MHL or VGA device; PC, console, set top box, mobile and tablet.
Two models have been released by AOC, at $429 for the 22 inch model is the value model, while the 24 is the performance model, available for $499 AUD. Both models are bringing Android to a monitor near you.
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Andy Rubin, one of the brains behind Android has a new project to occupy his time. Moving from Android for smart phones to Androids for us, real robotic androids. Having resigned from his post heading Android OS development Andy is now heading up Google’s push to make robots a reality.
Google’s plans were revealed during a recent interview with the New York Times, plans that should see robots move from the labs of the world to factories everywhere.
This is no plan to take over Christmas with cute toy robots, the might G is going industrial, planning to turn manufacturing and logistics on its head. Is Google tired of waiting for robotics to happen or have they spotted an opportunity?
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Music, some say it is food for the soul while others claim it tames the angry beast, even in this fast changing digital landscape it is as essential as it has always been.
Leading this revolution of the audio kind are a number of well known services, Pandora and Spotify being the most popular, there is however a third name that is on the brink of becoming the new name in radio, TuneIn Radio.
Wanting to become the YouTube of the Radio World TuneIn is slowly taking over the airwaves, taking their easy to use interface and 70,000 stations worth of music to every internet connected device in the world.
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The touchy feely tablet revolution is spawning a new wave of audio applications, putting the power to make music in every tablet owner’s hands. Single Cell Software are riding this wave of change with Caustic 2, bringing affordable music production to Android tablets and Window PC’s everywhere.
Caustic 2 is far more than a virtual synthesizer or rack-mount simulation, with its touch screen interface and affordable price tag ($10) it is the gateway to success, add talent and time for best results.
Highpants in-house audio expert ‘Norbut Verse the World’ has put on his headphones and dived head first into a tablet full of Caustic. Turning out the tunes with a swish and a tap here is his take on this audio app.
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Inspector Gadget watch out the Pebble smart watch is finally here. Pebble set Kickstarter on fire when it launched, raising $10,000,000 in record time. The first batch of Pebble smart watches are now being prepared to ship on January 23. The extra demands of the unexpected popularity have slowed the production process apparently.
The Pebble watch is no ordinary wrist bound chronographer, this is the smartphone of the watch world. With its own operating system and downloadable applications this is the first Über watch that ticks all of the boxes. With the perfect low power e-paper display (e-Ink), ARM processor and Bluetooth the Pebble is a true smart watch.
Think of Pebble as a second screen for your Smartphone, once the Bluetooth connection is established your assistant’s talents are only limited by which applications you choose to install.
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Samsung and Google’s latest lovechild, the Nexus 10 is a tablet so sleek the iPad is said to have a crush on it. Pictures and a video of the latest Nexus tablet have appeared via website BriefMobile, setting the tech world abuzz.
This may also be partially due to Google postponing the October 29 launch event thanks in no small part to hurricane Sandy. With no new date yet announced for the official event we will have to make do with these little morsels of news till the official event.
The Nexus 10 is set to become the new benchmark for 10 inch tablets, a sock lifter. The sort of tablet that makes everyone else try harder, lift up their socks.
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Microsoft is working hard to make the Xbox the centre of our living entertainment, now they are bringing in the smartphones to assist. With the introduction of the SmartGlass application for Windows and Android smartphone’s the Xbox’s interface has been put in the palm of your hand.
Able to convert any Windows 8 or Android phone into an auxiliary display for your Xbox, the SmartGlass app is a must have freebie for any Xbox owning Android and Windows user. Making us wonder how we used the Xbox without it. This may also signifying the first tangible benefits of the much hyped device integration we have heard so much about, finally it all starts to make sense.
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Is Google playing the field? With projects well underway on 3 new Google gadgets with 3 different manufacturers, Google has proven its ability to play the field, juggle manufacturing relationships. Top of the list of new gadgets is the long awaited and highly anticipated Nexus 4 Smartphone, an LG and Google collaboration.
Along with the next generation Nexus Smartphone Google is also expected to expand its line of tablets, ready for the Christmas rush. Do they make stockings that can hold a tablet or do they go straight under the tree?
Preparing a full refresh of the stocking stuffers, by Christmas Google will have a shinny new Smartphone and 3 tablets in its line-up. An impressive array of market leading hardware, especially for an internet company.
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It’s alien blasting time once more. AppToyz have released an update to their ingenious augmented reality toy, introducing the AppBlaster Universal. For those times when aliens are climbing the walls and popping out from behind curtains we have our trusty AppBlaster by our side.
The original AppBlaster was an Apple only accessory, the new Universal AppBlaster will accept command of both Apple and Android devices for our Alien chasing enjoyments.
With all gameplay taking place on your smartphone the AppBlaster is a purely a mechanical device, the triggers are connected to two tappers that tap the screen with specially conductive pads.
The key to the AppBlaster system is the AppBlaster games which are installed on the phone prior to play. With all of the phones hi-tech sensors available to the each of the AppBlaster games a fully interactive augmented reality experience is generated. In the AlienBlaster games case the phones camera is used capture the surrounding environment which is used as the backdrop for the game. Aliens are superimposed over the captured backdrop, making the smartphone your window to the true alien hordes around us all. The phones gyros used to keep the illusion alive, keeping the aliens, backdrop and everything in-between synchronized.
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Since the days of Moses Tablets have been an important tool for recording and sharing information. Sure Moses used his tablet with an iron stylus and hammer, his tablet was made of stone after-all. Strangely enough the purpose was the same whether stone or silicon, its all about information and connecting with people.
A few quick statistics. Worldwide tablet sales for Q3 2011, Apple 11 million, Samsung 1 million, HP 903,000. The Amazon Kindle has sold over 6million units in its short life so far. Android currently owns 42% of the US market, Gartner research expects Android to surpass Apples iPad in market share within the next two years.
IDC is forecasting that tablet sales will be in the hundreds of millions by 2016, they mustn’t think much of Windows tablets though, as they also quote 2016 as the year they pass 1million sales a year. Not great for the mighty Microsoft but great for Android and iPad tablets. Retailers are also overjoyed with the incredible growth in the tablet market, you could easily get the feeling they are the only thing keeping cash registers going ca-ching at the moment.
Continue reading The Tablet Wars Twist And Turn. Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Acer And The Rest Of The Gang…