Bluetooth 4.0 Rebranded as Bluetooth Smart as it Heads for Broad Adoption

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Finally digging itself out from the geek niche, The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is rebranding the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless standard, version 4.0, to make it easier for consumers to understand how different BT devices relate to one another as this new standard aims for broad adoption.   

NVIDIA CEO Pushes for Windows 8, Microsoft Office on ARM Tablets

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NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang calls Microsoft Office “the killer app” for ARM-based Windows tablets and claims a new version for that purpose would be “wonderful”. After ten years of not having a tablet-centric version of Office, I’d call it “miraculous.”   

Is Android Only for Computer Geeks? No, but…

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In yet another potential entry in the “Big Book of Dumb Things Steve Ballmer Said”, the CEO of Microsoft took a potshot at Android claiming you need to be a computer scientist to use it. Definitely sounds dumb, yet recent examples indicate there may be a kernel of truth to that.   

Dell Latitude ST Could Arrive First of November

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Just received a tip from Giacomo at il Tablet PC Italico that Dell will launch a new Windows 7 slate next month, dubbed the Latitude ST. He’s not at liberty to share specs, but previous leaks have us covered on that. Maybe.   

OmniTouch Promises to Turn Any Surface into a Multi-Touch Screen

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Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have taken the wraps off a new project that projects a hover-capable, motion-tracking, multi-touch interface on any surface, even your own hand. It’s called OmniTouch and it’s a step above anything I’ve seen before.   

Why Siri is a Big Deal

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New to the iPhone 4S will be a software personal assistant named Siri. Simply by speaking a request in natural language, Siri will perform a task to the best of its ability. This is a big deal. If you don’t believe me, just ask Bill Gates.   

My (Imaginary) Friendship with Steve Jobs

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Steve, I was pulling for you. I really was. When your second leave of absence was announced, I knew you were on the decline. When you stepped down as CEO of Apple, I’d hoped you were getting away to savor the important things in life. Seems you had less time for that than I’d hoped. […]

Is the Competition Ready for the iPhone on Multiple U.S. Carriers?

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With the reports that Sprint will carry the iPhone 5, it’s almost certain that this coming new iPhone launch will destroy every iPhone launch before it (which have crushed every other phone launch ever). One has to wonder if Apple is up to the supply challenge, but also if their competition is ready to face […]

Skype for iOS gains Bluetooth support, steady cam, ads

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Skype pushed out an update to their apps for iPhone and iPad adding highly desired support for Bluetooth headsets, somewhat desired camera stabilization for the iPhone, and not quite as desired advertising. Bluetooth support means no more getting caught up in cords or having to share your conversation with everyone in the room over the […]

Wisconsin Library Hands Out iPads for Free (To Borrow)

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A public library in Wisconsin is embracing the tablet age (or at least trying to not get run over by it) by launching a program that makes iPads pre-loaded with eBooks available to borrow. Thanks to a grant, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, WI, will have a total of 44 iPads […]