Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lenovo's IdealPad Yoga 13 and Yoga 11


Yoga is not only for the health conscious world wide, it is also coming to a nearby PC Store.
Lenovo unvieled the latest of their products to hit the US Consumers anytime soon. They are (http://www.eweek.com/mobile/lenovo-tablets-ultrabooks-laptops-are-all-about-windows-8/),
  • The IdeaPad Yoga 13 (Windows 8 Pro)
  • Yoga 11 (Windows RT)
  • ThinkPad Twist
  • IdeaLab Lynx
The Yoga products 11 and 13 can open 360 degrees, Here is a copied schematic picture of the possible openings from the eWeek site(http://www.eweek.com/mobile/lenovos-windows-8-lineup-could-help-it-reach-top-pc-spot/). Is it 360 degs or a little less, I wonder.


The touch-centric Windows 8 a game changer is behind all these new products. Wall Street talking heads say Microsoft's Windows 8 will not help the bottom line because of PC problems. We just have to wait and see.

I close this post with a prayer to Patanajali who placed Yoga on an easy to access format.

Yogena cittasya padena vacam |
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena |
yopakarottam pravaram muninam |
patanjalim pranajaliranato'smi|
Om Shanti,Shanti, Shantihi.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Breaking News: Packt finished publishing its 1000th Book

Aloha,

Packt is celebrating and I have been a part of this success story. Particpate in the celebration and get a free eBook to mark this occasion.

Just go to Packt's web site and register yourself if you are not already registered. The rest is simple.

If you are looking for jump starting your SQL Server / Applications you search for eBook versions of my books shown here:



Good luck
Mahalo

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HTC launches Windows 8 (NFC) phones 8x and 8c

Competition is heating up. HTC launched two NFC supported phones Phone 8x (for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and Phone 8S with Windows 8 with screen resolution of 1280x720 (8x) and 800x480(8c).

Both use the Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcom's system on a chip (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)#Snapdragon_S4). Some say that 8x almost indistinguishable from Lumia 920,http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57516060-94/htc-windows-phone-8x-vs-nokia-lumia-920-specs-and-more/ (competition heating across the board at all levels!).

HTC is third behind Apple and Samsung in the market share in North America (http://www.hartware.de/news_55910.html).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BlackBerry licenses Microsoft's exFAT

This deal will be one of several that Microsoft signed with others such as, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon (all Japanese). The motivation for RIMM (http://us.blackberry.com/) is to be able to face Apple and Google squarely in the face and of course it aligns with Microsoft's wish as well.

exFAT created for flash drives has better specs than the FAT system (which is not all that fat, could not stiffle the pun) in terms of file sizes (32 exabytes vs 32GB), formatting size, files in a directory limits all eliminated. Vista was not popular but exFAT was made its debut in Vista SP1. You may ask why not NTFS but NTFS has overheads for its special structure not suited for a small footprint.

exFAT is not just for Microsoft windows you can use it on MAC as well for models later than with SnowLeopard (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2790170?start=0&tstart=0)

Well, good luck to you RIMM.


Get a some more tech info here:
http://www.on-time.com/rtos-32-docs/rtfiles-32/programming-manual/in-embedded-applications/

Of course there is a lot on Wikipedia as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Why no NFC on iPhone5?


Looks like Apple is satisfied with Passbook for now and has not gone for NFC. What are they thinking? Do they want to shore up passbook against a more useful NFC Technology. Despite Apple not choosing NFC, it will be a thing that is sure to come and stay. Apple says NFC adoption is slow but how long did it take to go from desktop to smartphone? Proxama (http://www.proxama.com/products-and-services/)has taken upon itself to provide an interface to NFC from iPhone5 could only be a temporary fix. Follow the full story here. here:http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9231257/iPhone_5_Why_no_NFC_



SmarterPhones than Apple such as those from Google,Microsoft,Nokia have accepted to support NFC including many wireless carriers.


Read previous posts on NFC here:


http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2012/05/will-nokia-bundled-with-nfc-steal.html

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2012/07/e-komo-mai-windows-8-phone.html

Friday, September 7, 2012

Samsung is covering all the bases starting with ATIV S


Here is some brief  info gathered from Samsung's site: http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/


ATIV S with Windows 8 debutted recently is just the tip of the iceberg and soon more of it will be visible and available. A rather serious contender for the Apple's hegemony.


ATIV Tab, a tablet that runs a great marathon with Windows RT and what its makers call 'outstanding mobility'



ATIV Smart PC - a tablet and a notebook PC combo that morphs easily from one to the other.

ATIV SmartPC Pro designed for Windows 8 with Full PC Experiecne with Intel Coe i5/i3 processor, clam shell design with a full qwerty.

Watch these stocks: MSFT, NOK 
Even Mad Money Cramer likes MSFT and says Steve is going to resurrect MSFT

Friday, August 31, 2012

Samsung has unveiled Ativ S with Windows 8

The talking heads on CNBC were all talking about it. Looks like Windows 8 is drawing more admirers. Samsung has unveiled Ativ S with Windows 8 (related story here: http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2012/0831/Samsung-unveils-the-Ativ-S-the-first-ever-Windows-8-phone)
I have a Windows 7 Samsung' Focus and I will get a Windows 8 when it becomes generally available.

Can it beat the Android handsets? You bet, I am confident that it will. Microsoft stocks as well as that of Nokia will go up in a matter of mere 2 months. If you do not own them, now may be the time.

The new phone has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera paired with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one. The phone will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors. It's 8.7mm thick.

Read the 10 things that Windows 8 phones does better than iPad here including how Internet Explorer 10 will best the Chrome:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0305/Ten-ways-Windows-8-outshines-the-iPad/1.-Windows-8-is-More-Personal-Than-iOS

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Look out for Windows 8 Phone soon


Welcome Windows 8 Phone

Aloha, 

A billion people cannot be wrong; Windows 8 Phone is based on Windows OS.

Windows 8 Phone was officially announced today and it will be available at a kiosk near  you by the end of the year.

Windows OS is used by more than a billion people and the new Windows 8 Phone is built on this rock-solid foundation. Windows 8 Phone will have the same attractive common feature set as Windows 8 related to:
·         Networking
·         Security
·         Media and Brower technology
·         File system

Look at this gamut of features that the new phone will usher:
(The following taken from the blog: )

·         Multi-core processor support: As reviewers have noted, Windows Phone runs buttery smooth on phones with a single processor. But piggybacking on the Windows core provides support for multiple cores—so we’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.

·         Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280x768 and 1280x720, opening the door to amazing new handsets with high-definition 720p displays.

·         More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so you can stuff your phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important to you, and then easily move it all onto your PC.
             

·         NFC wireless sharing: If you haven’t heard the term “NFC” yet, I’m betting you soon will. This emerging wireless technology lets phones share things over short distances. In Windows Phone 8, it helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier—just tap your phone another NFC-equipped device. How cool is that?

I              If you have not heard of NFC please review my previous post.  (not from blog)  

·         Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.

·         Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two great things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.

·         Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. Our partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.

·         Cooler apps and games: Basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games, for reasons I’ll touch on in a moment.

Together with the release of Windows Phone 8 there appears to be Windows phone 7.8.

The reason for this is to assure the Windows 7 (7.5?) users that they can use the same start screen as Windows 8. It appears Windows 8 will not run on existing hardware.

What a pity, just as I was getting used to my Samsung Focus with Windows 7, Microsoft pulled the rug under my feet.:@

How many apps on Windows 8 Phone?

Well it looks like 10,000 and counting. The number is really immaterial, what matters is their usefulness.

Here is a quick scoop for developers. Sure, you get all the needed stuff:

·         Native Code Support
·         In-app purchase
·         Integrate Internet calling
·         Multitasking enhancements

Well, of course there will be an SDK as well. That should satisfy your thirst!

I suppose this will all encompass all bits and piece , Skype, PayPal, Twilio and many others. 

Read more details from the horse's mouth here.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lumia 610 with NFC



Touch that can change a company


Well NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is supposed to be the credit card buster of the future. Touch your NFC enabled phone to an ATM mchine, outcomes the green backs (of course from your bank account. You do not need to insert your credit card and enter credentials etc. You start of tansaction without all these preliminaries). Besides this kind of transaction NFC can provide a whole lot of new experience.

NFC is the future face of how we will be communicating with the external world be it health services, entertainment, finance, Banking etc. Perhaps you should update your knowledge base on NFC by visiting their site here, http://www.nfc-forum.org/aboutus/

To get a quick take on what NFC is about perhaps you should immediately go to this page here,http://www.nfc-forum.org/aboutnfc/nfc_in_action/

Nokia NFC-enabled version of Lumia 610 smart phone was recently launched. Nokia enabled this on Windows 7 Phone OS by building a NFC software stack on top of it and it is offering the NFC services (payments) in France and UK through Orange (http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/04/11/nokia-lumia-610-taps-into-nfc-with-orange/). Here is a YouTube video regarding NFC-enabled Lumia,




The moral of this post is that Nokia will not be a looser for long and it will rebound with new energy. I have started taking bets!