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Notion Ink Adam gets live video run-through

Notion Ink has released demo video of their Adam Android tablet in action, with the company’s innovative Eden UI and multitasking panel engine getting a real-life workout rather than simple video renders. Coaxed into a run-through by Android Police, the demo shows Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan moving through the tablet’s custom apps – including the ereader, “Canvas” paint app and more – together with its USB connectivity.

Video demo after the cut

Those USB ports can be used for thumb-drives or for plugging in peripherals; in this demo, a wireless mouse. However they will also work with keyboards and other external devices like drives. The panel interface is a departure for an Android-based tablet, showing three apps at a time that can be swiped left and right or rearranged at will; there’s also the stacked view in the screenshot above.

As for performance, there’s some lag in moving between the panels, but pinch-zooming generally looks smooth and the various multitasking control bars and other custom features seem to work well. We’ll obviously have to spend hands-on time with Adam ourselves to see if it lives up to the promise, but we’re feeling particularly excited about what early January will bring.


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G2 and Nexus One Getting Their First Tastes of Gingerbread

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CM G2 2.3
From the above Twitter post Cyanogen has managed to get Gingerbread running on his G2. Night and day, from what was to be expected from the modding community at the beginning, regarding this device. Hopefully the public will get a taste within the coming days.
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And the least surprising of all the Gingerbread updated phones, the Nexus One. Team Douche member Chris Soyars has 2.3 up on his Nexus. The difference between the Nexus build and the G2 build? The Nexus build is available for those brave souls ready to flash. You know the speech: Not my fault etc.

[via AndroidSPIN]

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18Dec/10Off

Netflix: The Savior of Living Room Entertainment?

As someone that loves watching television shows and movies, I’ve been a subscriber to Netflix’s streaming service since the beginning. At that point, it wasn’t the most robust service, but I didn’t really care — it delivered enough entertainment value to make me happy.

But 2010 has been a great year for Netflix’s streaming service. Aside from adding every season of major hits, like Family Guy and The Office, the company’s offering has also added a slew of movies that make it one of the most compelling services in the space.

It also helps that the service is available on a variety of devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the Logitech Revue, and several HDTVs. Those products also include content from other streaming providers.

Simply put, streaming is huge nowadays. But as the space continues to grow, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: studios are unwilling to play nice.

The Apple TV’s content offering is a prime example of that. If you want to get content from NBC, for example, you’re out of luck. In fact, the device most notably features shows from ABC and Disney.

Google TV-based devices also suffer from studio negativity towards streaming content. Although they have the ability to connect to the Web from their device, Google TV users aren’t allowed to access television network content for free from the Web. That means Hulu is out, along with content on many individual network Web sites.

Similar limitations are placed on several other devices. No matter what product a consumer is using, they can’t access all the content they really want unless they hook a computer up to their television. And in many cases, that simply isn’t convenient.

To some, the studios’ reaction to the growth of streaming might be understandable. After all, they pay a lot to get their shows on the air, and they should be fairly compensated. But studios are taking it a bit too far. And they’re looking worse with every 28-day-delay deal they ink with providers.

However, that doesn’t mean that I’ve lost all hope. Quite the contrary, I think there is a way around this problem. And I think it will be due to Netflix’s own efforts.

Nowadays, as the company’s CEO Reed Hastings has pointed out, Netflix is a streaming company first, and a by-mail rental company second. Because of that, Netflix will be investing heavily in the streaming space going forward.

Over time, I think it will be that investment, along with Netflix’s ability to attract so many customers, that will bring the movie studios and television networks around. They might not like the idea of it, but Netflix is quickly showing studios that the market is changing. And they can either join in or look like a bully, which will only continue to hurt their revenue.

I should note that Vudu, Amazon, and other streaming providers are helping to improve streaming for all of us, but when it’s all said and done, it will be Netflix that will either make or break our living room entertainment experience.

Netflix has the user base, cash, and vision that’s required to save living room entertainment for those of us who don’t want to toe the studio line. And although we’ll all be forced to continue to pay for the right to do what we want, it’s a fee worth paying.


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LG Optimus 2X Arrives on Swedish Website, Leaves With Your Wallet

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LG Optimus 2X Sweeden
It’s no surprise that the first dual core Android device isn’t going to be a cheap one, but wow! The LG Optimus 2X has made its way to CDON.se, and it’s sporting an unsubsidized price of 4999 kronor, $731 even for us Yankes. If you were planning on getting this with a subsidy, the price is dropped to a much more manageable 3099KR, $453.16US. And I assure you, “manageable” was used in a relative sense.

[Story and Image via Android Police | CDON.se]

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Galaxy S Receives Gingerbread Courtesy of Nexus S

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Galaxy S Gingerbread
We all knew the Galaxy S was super similar to the Nexus S. In fact they were similar enough that porting the Gingerbread ROM from the Nexus S to the Galaxy S took less than 48 hours.

XDA member supercurio got the first semi working version of Gingerbread up and running. While the port isn’t 100% perfect, WiFi and GPS are nowhere to be found, this is a great news for you Galaxy S and variant owners; because we all know how much Samsung loves to support their hardware. Cheap shot.

[via Engadget]

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Skifta: DLNA Support For FroYo and Above

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SkiftaHere’s something that I’ve been waiting for since I got into DLNA, and I know that this isn’t the first solution out there. A client/server for my beloved Android. This is still in its infancy, but it’s definitely a window to what is to come.

After downloading the application from the Market and setting up an account that takes mere seconds, I found the easiest combination to get anything working was to use the Android device as the server and a PS3 as your client. Three steps to set everything up on the phone and the PS3 should detect the “Skifta” server within 60 seconds.

For now we’re looking at WiFi only. But those of you familiar with another favorite of mine, GMote, know that it’s definitely possible to get it going over the carrier’s network.

For all of you developers out there, Skifta has a developer program and an SDK ready to go.

[via Into Mobile]

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