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Even Your Cat Can Create an App with Google App Inventor

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] At least that’s what I thought was going to happen within the first 5 seconds of this video. Google’s gone ahead and released the App Inventor, a DIY app creation tool that literally requires you to possess

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Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

At today's San Francisco event, Intel mostly discussed what we know about the upcoming Westmere processor, but revealed they're scrapping the next dual-core 45nm processors, in favor of 32nm Westmere chips in early 2010. The first Westmere chips will be the dual-core Clarkdale and Annendale pr

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Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

We are only talking about a sink here, but I must admit that I am a sucker for a captivating design. That having been said, the Elettronico Faucet by Carlo Frattini definitely caught my eye. The allure of the system centers around an LCD display that can be used to turn the faucet on and off, c

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Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

With Samsung and company outing 3D televisions for home viewers and China loving 3D newspapers, it’s not too farfetched to picture the technology being used in laptops and mobile phones. Focusing on the use of 3D in cellphones, Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the g

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HTC Incredible Review

Make no mistake – the HTC Incredible launches as the best phone on Verizon and the best phone in America – but is it for you? Our in-depth review of the “Droid Incredible” dives into all the features, discusses all the specs, tours the software, picks apart the 8MP camera (with lots of s

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Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

As if owning a Ferrari wasn’t enough of a status symbol, the company has tasked Motorola with a custom deco of the original Milestone to slide into pockets lined with one hundred dollar bills. The phone looks pretty delicious in Ferrari red, but if you are hoping to get your hands on it you migh

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Space elevator a real possibility

Space elevator a real possibility

The space elevator may be a very real possibility within our lifetimes. Previously the stuff of science fiction novels, scientists and engineers around the world will continue their discussion at a conference in Japan this November. The space elevator’s basic design would include a cable tha

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This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

Scientists have grown real, living human bones in the lab for the first time, completely from scratch, and ready to be inserted inside human flesh. Or given to my dog, as a delicious treat. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic—Columbia University professor of biomedical engineering—achieved the fe

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Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Every two weeks, the last person capable of fluently speaking one of humankind's over 6,000 languages dies. Let that sink in. Then, consider that two linguists have discovered a new one—unlike any other ever encountered in history. The language, called Koro, was found within a tiny community of

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Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

We’ve seen numerous announcements of tablet computers in recent weeks, as the R&D labs of the world push out their hastily assembled attempts at competing with ’s game-changing iPad. But are any of them up to the job?

Last week alone saw ViewSonic, Toshiba and all officially unveil new models of keyboard-less computer, with a mish-mash of operating systems and screen sizes hoping to somehow build themselves a market in the wake of Apple’s market-leading device.

So here’s a summary of five of the best tablets out there and on the way this year. Or, to put it another way, the iPad +4.

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Screen: 7-inch Super TFT-LCD, 1024×600
Storage: 16GB internal, up to 32GB micro SD
Processor: Cortex A8 1.0GHz
OS: 2.2

The closest Android has got to Apple so far, at least in terms of hype and noise prior to its launch. Officially unveiled at IFA this week, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7″ screen and the latest 2.2 version of Android at its core.

The internals are the same as those of the Samsung Galaxy S, offering the Cortex A8 processor that won so many fans when in mobile format. The hardware feature set closely adheres to Apple’s template, but also offering a 1.3 megapixel front-facing for video chat—despite the fact that not many Android apps currently support the feature. Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy Tab has one big advantage over tablets—access to the Android Market.

Much more pocketable than the iPad with only a 7″ screen, it’s the best Android currently has when looking for a proper iPad competitor. Kat was certainly won over by it at IFA last week.

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

iPad

Screen: 9.7-inch LED backlit
Storage: 16, 32 or 64GB flash
Processor: Apple A4 1GHz
OS: iOS

The current tablet king, thanks to making tablet interfaces fashionable and usable. Apple’s tablet is typical of an Apple product—polished and beautifully functional as long as you don’t want to do anything outside of Apple’s closely controlled world.

Obviously the big winner here is compatibility with standard apps from Apple’s App Store, meaning iPad comes with the world’s biggest collection of apps and games from day one. Albeit most of them are upscaled, but high-res iPad reworkings are quickly becoming the norm from most top developers.

The hardware is fast and responsive, and although there’s no camera, USB connector or Flash support, for casual browsing of your feeds and blogs in Star Trek style there’s simply no better option.

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

ViewSonic ViewPad 100

Screen: 10-inch LED backlit LCD, 1024×600
Storage: 16GB , 32GB micro SD
Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz
OS: Home Premium, Android 1.6

The killer feature in the ViewSonic ViewPad 100 is dual-booting capabilities with Windows 7 and Android, so you can kill two birds (cell phone nerd, work use) with one stone.

The rather outdated Android 1.6 isn’t going to stand up against Windows 7 very well, though, which makes us think the Android support here is more of a tagged-on feature to help whip up a bit of excitement among Android fanatics. It’ll be good to see Android running on an Intel Atom, though.

The main worry here is that the ViewPad 100 is an awkward combination machine, either way too powerful for Android 1.6 or not man enough to operate Windows 7 with ease. And can Android 1.6 really cut it as a tablet OS? ViewSonic had better have one hell of a user interface skin lined up.

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

Toshiba Folio 100

Screen: 10.1-inch 1024×600
Storage: 16GB flash
Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2
OS: Android 2.2

Another tablet that clones iPad’s winning 10-inch screen size, we expect the Toshiba Folio 100 to operate at lightning speed thanks to the coupling of the next-gen Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and the optimised Android 2.2 as its OS—so it’s also fully Flash-enabled.

You get a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, so you can tell people it’s got a front-facing camera. Even if you never, ever, actually use it. Plus there’s a mini port for proper media connectivity with your big TV.

Its other connectivity options are plentiful—802.11n Wi-Fi, SD/MMC card support, plus there’ll be a version launching in Q1 2011.

Five of the Best Tablets Revealed So Far

Archos 7o Tablet

Screen: 7-inch TFT LCD, 800×480
Storage: 8GB flash, up to 250GB HD
Processor: Arm Cortex A8
OS: Android 2.2

Archos is betting its family farm on Android, with a whole heap of Android tablets on the way. The top of the bunch has to be the Archos 7o, the 7″ version powered by the impressive ARM Cortex A8.

The media playing history of Archos means you get an over-sized hard drive in here for your massive legacy collection of MP3s, with the Archos 7o capable of housing anything up to a 250GB drive. Android 2.2 is the OS of choice, which ought to be a blisteringly fast experience on the Cortex A8. There’s USB and HDMI connectivity, with the 7o able to play 720p HD MP4 files at 30fps.

If you look at this one as a big media player rather than a small tablet, it ought to be a winner. You won’t be doing much productive business work on its 800×480 display, but having FroYo on a 7″ screen should make it a winner for the Android fans.

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