Archive | May 2010

IntelliPen – When Every Word Matters

Have you ever been into a situation where you wrote the minutes of a meeting or simply taking down notes during a seminar, and suddenly you lost that paper of yours? If you’re a fast typist, instead of writing, you may want to type your notes in a computer. But what if your notes comes with some illustrations? Drawing with a computer using a mouse is not an easy task to do especially during a seminar or meeting. So what’s the best solution to address this problem?

Last week, I attended a press conference of Advance Solutions Inc. (ASI) showing an innovative way to record all your writings including illustrations, its called an “IntelliPen”. In a nutshell, an IntelliPen digitally records and stores everything you write, sketch or draw – wherever you are and on any surface.

Both students and teachers can enhance learning with IntelliPens. During formative learning years, IntelliPen is a wonderful tool that can assist with a child’s emerging writing skills, in addition to other e-learning applications. Children can combine online studying and learning with the traditional ink-on-paper. IntelliPens are great tools for parents too, allowing them to track and check a child’s homework and progress.

Teachers and schools use IntelliPens for any number of functions. Taking attendance, grading papers, writing progress reports all become more efficient with IntelliPen. Teachers can also IntelliPens in much the same way a chalkboard or smartboard is used. By beaming the onscreen view of a laptop equipped with an IntelliPen, teachers can screen and then save their lectures for future use and reference.

How does it work?
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What’s the big fuzz about ‘Froyo’?

The battle for web supremacy heats up as Google releases the latest Android 2.2 codename “Froyo” to mobile community. A move that surely brings everyone to the edge of their seats and can’t wait to get their hands wet with Google’s new update. What can it do? What are the new features? And of course, the million dollar question – is it better than iPhone OS.

Google began rolling out Android 2.2 Froyo for Google Nexus One smartphone users. Two of its most notable features are the support for Adobe Flash 10.1. and WiFi tethering. With Flash support, users can now watch online video, play Flash games, and do pretty much anything else online. WiFi Tethering allows user to share their phone’s data connection with other devices. Users can either hook it up via USB, saving battery-life and acting much like a 3G USB dongle, or they can create a Wi-Fi hotspot like the MiFi personal wireless router.
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WebOS headed to HP printers and tablets

Just a couple of weeks back, this column reported the announcement of HP that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

We said that the decision of HP to acquire Palm is more because of its webOS and for HP to be a contender in the mobile phone market and to power its much anticipated HP Slate Little that we know that HP has something up its sleeves- putting webOS into its printers.
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E-book readers and tablet PCs to take the techworld by storm

One of the hottest device in the world today is the Apple iPad. In just 28 days, Apple’s iPad has hit the one million mark. Apple added that iPad users have downloaded more than 12 million apps from its App Store and more than 1.5 million e-books from the iBookstore, via Wi-Fi or wireless data connection.

With the success of the iPad, we can expect other computer manufacturers to follow suit. Companies like Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, HP,. Gateway, Toshiba, Neo, RedFox, MSI and the rest will soon release their own eBook readers or Tablet PCs – the soonest time possible. SO is it just a fad or these devices are here to stay?
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Study shows Information Technology makes people happy

What makes people happy? It may come in a lot of ways. Promotion, victory in sports, success in projects, a kiss, a brand new car, being with love ones, watch a movie or by simply having a new gadget like an iPad, mobile phone, computer or more. These are just some of the reasons that makes someone happy and smile. But is there a scientific basis on all of these?

A new global study from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT called ‘The Information Dividend: Can IT make you happier? shows that access to information technology has a ‘statistically significant, positive impact on life satisfaction’.
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Asia is Surging Forward with Green Investments

With green issues such as climate change and carbon emissions gaining prominence everyday, each one of us should make it a concern on how to save planet Earth from all these dangers. That is why most of the companies all over the world has implement their own green strategy not just to save the world but also for energy efficiency and other productive benefits.

In the techworld, we will find I.T. providers embracing green technology as well. Check out the latest notebooks, LCD panels, printers, and other devices most of which contains green components.
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Microsoft and Nokia launches first alliance offering

Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the joining forces of Intel and Nokia to create applications for the mobile device. One of which is Meego, a project which merges Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo Linux-based platforms. MeeGo is designed for cross-device, cross-architecture computing and is built from the ground up for a new class of powerful computing devices.

I also mentioned that with Intel and Nokia coming together, I won’t be surprised if Microsoft will just be around the corner. True enough, Microsoft and Nokia launched the first application from their alliance around mobile productivity, Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices.
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App App and Away

After the netbook phenomenon, most if not all technology hardware manufacturers are coming out with touchscreen interface. Be it phone or be it a computer, touchscreen is in. So what’s the next big thing that will happen to the technology world? Mobile commerce.

Apple started everything with its AppStore. Google came out with Market. Microsoft with Marketplace. Nokia with its OviStore. Samsung has its Samsung Appstore. So who is the latest to join the online store craze? Hewlett Packard (HP).

HP recently introduced the beta version of the HP Download Store, which serves as a virtual marketplace for consumers and small business owners to conveniently purchase and download the most popular software, games and HP services. The HP Download Store, powered by Digital River, was created to help customers find the ideal software or services to enhance and complete their computing experience from the comfort of their homes or offices.
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