Cisco Cius – “Enterprise Grade Tablet”

Posted by Dr. Bill | General Information | Thursday 27 October 2011 5:26 pm

Gotta admit, it looks cool…whatever you do, watch the video. It kinda rocks too.

Cisco Cius – Pure Enterprise Grade

“The growing number of mobile workers has made mobility business-critical. The Cisco Cius tablet enables the
most portable, powerful, and secure computing, communications, and collaboration experience for a device of its kind. The Cisco Cius tablet:
● Extends the power of participation to everyone, liberating users from the confines of geographic and
organizational boundaries
● Delivers the enterprise-class mobility, security, and manageability required by IT organizations
● Fosters a new way of working with a new class of collaborative applications created by Cisco and our
partners
The Cisco Cius tablet changes the rules of engagement for users, IT, and developers. And it is part of a complete solution that only Cisco – with its network-powered collaboration – can deliver.”

Will Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” Transform Your Phone Into A Game Console?

Posted by Dr. Bill | General Information | Monday 24 October 2011 3:44 pm

Maybe… depends on your phone’s hardware, but it may be possible!

Ice Cream Sandwich supports USB game controllers and HDMI, turns your phone into full game console

“Take that, Xperia Play. USB gamepads are already supported in Honeycomb, so we had plenty of hope that Android 4.0 — also lovingly referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich — would offer the same functionality. We finally have the answer, and it’s a resounding yes, courtesy of Google framework engineer Romain Guy’s Twitter account. The cool part, though, is that HDMI’s playing nice as well. In short, you could hook up an external gamepad to a USB-to-microUSB adapter on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, connect it to your TV and transform your handset into a fancy portable gaming console. It’s definitely something we can see developers flock towards, and we’ll expect some cool stuff to come out of it. Just in case you thought the Nexus wouldn’t let you get anything else done around the house already, this pretty much seals the deal.

Here’s the “Skinny” on “Ice Cream Sandwich!”

Posted by Dr. Bill | General Information | Thursday 20 October 2011 4:20 pm

Of course, if you eat too many ice cream sandwiches, you won’t be skinny… but, you get the idea! Here’s what GigaOm has to say as an introduction to the new Android version (4.0.)

Ice Cream Sandwich: What you need to know about Android 4.0

“At a Hong Kong press event to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Google finally shared details of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the next version of Android. ICS is meant to clean up the user interface found in Honeycomb, the current platform for Android tablets, and unify the platform for both smartphones and slates.

Based on the presentation I saw from Google representatives, the company appears to have done an admirable job on both counts.

The user interface is more consistent with left and right swipes: a central action for managing information and applications. A new font, called Roboto, is easier on the eyes and looks great on the high-resolution screen of the Galaxy Nexus. And the useful, customizable widgets found on Android tablets make their way to the handset.

Matias Duarte, Android’s head of user experience (and the main designer for Palm’s webOS), said three design principles were used for ICS because ‘people like Android and people need Android, but people don’t love Android.’ The new edition of Android was built to be ‘enchanting, easy, and to make me awesome; it’s powerful and smart,’ claims Duarte.

Some of that power and smartness is seen in the new notifications, which can be accessed from the lock screen. Individual notifications can be swiped away leaving only important items. And the platform now offers facial recognition to unlock the phone; if the handset recognizes you via the front camera, it unlocks.

Text input is vastly improved with an updated keyboard that uses in-line spell checking and a new cut/copy/paste method. Selected text can be copied to the clipboard or dragged and inserted on-screen. Voice recognition for input is now ‘instant;’ as Duarte spoke during a demo, the handset began typing what he said without waiting for him to finish.”

7% of US Internet Traffic is From Hand Held Devices

Posted by Dr. Bill | General Information | Wednesday 19 October 2011 5:21 pm

I suspect this number will continue to climb! Hand held devices are a large part of the “Post-PC” era everyone has been talking about lately!

Nearly 7 percent of U.S. traffic comes from handheld devices

“With more consumers breaking out smartphones and tablets to browse through the Web, the percentage of U.S. traffic that’s attributed to handheld devices is on the rise.

According to a new report from comScore, non-computer U.S. traffic has increased to nearly seven percent over August 2011. This type of traffic is mostly attributed to smartphones as well as tablets and other handheld devices. It does not include desktop computers or personal notebooks. Smartphones made up about 64 percent of non-computer U.S. traffic and tablets made up about 28 percent of that segment. Apple iOS devices dominated both categories as well. The Apple iPad constitutes just over 97 percent of traffic from tablets and iOS-enabled smartphones made up 58.5 percent of all smartphone traffic in regards to OS market share by digital traffic.

Also measured by digital traffic, Google Android came in second for mobile traffic at nearly 32 percent and the closest competitor was RIM’s BlackBerry with 5 percent of mobile traffic. The remaining mobile traffic is attributed to all other operating systems on the market. When measuring OS market share by audience installed base, Apple iOS falls to about 43 percent of the market with Google Android close behind at 34 percent. RIM makes up about 15 percent and other operating systems make up the remaining 8 percent.”

Meego OS is now Tizen OS

Posted by Dr. Bill | General Information | Wednesday 5 October 2011 12:41 pm

Tizen is a new OS for hand held devices. It is a specialized version of Linux.

Intel Merges MeeGo Into Open Source Tizen Platform

“Intel rebrands the MeeGo operating system as Tizen and will work with the Linux Foundation and Samsung on development.

Chipmaker Intel announced it has joined the Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation in support of Tizen, a Linux-based, open-source software platform for multiple device categories, including mobile handsets, netbooks and tablets. The standards-based Tizen project will be hosted at the Linux Foundation and offer an operating system and a flexible standards-based HTML5 and Wholesale Applications Community Web development environment within which device-independent apps can be produced. The initial release of Tizen is expected in the first quarter of 2012, enabling the first devices in the market mid-2012.

‘Tizen builds upon the strengths of both LiMo and MeeGo, and Intel will be working with our MeeGo partners to help them transition to Tizen,’ Intel said in a press statement. The Linux Foundation said the approach is designed to leverage the robustness and flexibility of HTML5, which is emerging as a more common application environment for mobile applications and has the carrier support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).

However, as Intel and Tizen partner Samsung Electronics work to provide an alternative operating system to giants such as Google Android or Apple’s iOS, the partnership faces an uphill battle but may depend on Google’s success for survival. Analyst Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics told Fox Business the best hope for Intel and Tizen backers is that big operators get worried by Android and decide to consciously switch their allegiances to rival platforms to ‘restrict Google’s huge influence over the mobile market.'”