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9Feb/11Off

Notion Ink orders open again; Adam skipping Gingerbread for Honeycomb

The second round of Notion Ink Adam orders is kicking off today, and pre-registered would-be-buyers should apparently already be receiving emails. Notion Ink isn’t saying how many purchase invites it is sending out – only that it’s a “huge” number – but after the payment frustrations the first time around, they’re taking a few extra precautions with their ordering process. Meanwhile, CEO Rohan Shravan has confirmed that Adam will not be getting Gingerbread, instead “directly migrating to Honeycomb in future.”

As for the missing Android Market absence, Shravan argues that it “is an app store for phone apps” and that since Adam is a tablet it’s not appropriate for it. Given that we’ve already seen apps for the Galaxy Tab in the Market, and that Honeycomb will bring many more, we’re not sure that’s something most users would agree with; still, there are unofficial ways to add Market support to the slate.

Planning on ordering, or holding off now that you’ve seen tablets like the Motorola XOOM and T-Mobile LG G-Slate? Let us know in the comments.

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Flash Player 10.2 released: Stage Video full h/w acceleration

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news – along with AIR news – at MWC 2011 next week.

The updated version also includes support for multiple display full screen playback, native mouse cursors – at the whim of Flash designers – and sub-pixel text rendering tweaks. Meanwhile there’s also preparatory work done for GPU rendering in Internet Explore 9.

Stage Video will require some server-side modifications by sites in order for Flash Player 10.2 to take advantage of the full hardware acceleration, but YouTube, Vimeo, Brightcove and Epix have all jumped on board and will be updating their systems accordingly. Download details here.


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Verizon HTC ThunderBolt gets early unboxing, though launch date absent

The HTC ThunderBolt may not be shipping quite yet, but retailer Wirefly has already gotten its hands on at least one unit and shared the initial ownership experience with us. Among the first 4G LTE smartphones headed for Verizon’s network, the ThunderBolt packs similar specs to the HTC EVO 4G.

Video after the cut

That includes a sizable 4.3-inch touchscreen, and cameras on both the front and rear of the handset. There’s also Android 2.2.1 Froyo, 40GB of onboard storage and of course LTE for high-speed data connectivity (though voice calls still use 3G). Still, no sign of a specific launch date at this stage; Wirefly only say it’ll be coming soon.

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Acer P5403 projector adds network remote control and 120Hz 3D support

Acer has outed its latest projector, the P5403, an SXGA+ model with 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 3,500 lumens brightness. The Acer P5403 has an HDMI input, along with component, composite and S-video, along with an ethernet port for remote management when the projector has been ceiling-mounted .

Interestingly, by hooking a keyboard and mouse up to the projector, you can control a network-connected PC remotely. There’s also 3D support, taking advantage of the Acer’s 120Hz refresh rate, and integrated stereo speakers.

Finally there’s wall color correction – so you can still get accurate colors, even if you’re projecting onto a non-white surface – along with up to 40-degree vertical keystone correction. The Acer P5403 will go on sale in mid-March, priced at £949.99 ($1,528).

Press Release:

Acer P5403 video-projector
Superior clarity and readability with SXGA+ resolution

London, 9th February 2011 – From business to education, from medical to home entertainment, users high-resolution requirements are ever increasing. Taking into account this trend, Acer expands its line-up of projectors with the P5403 that delivers SXGA+ (1400×1050) resolution, making it ideal for today’s most demanding projection needs.

Thanks to SXGA+ resolution, the Acer P5403 reproduces crisp, clear images and clarifies small details. The result is superior readability and 87% more pixels displayed on screen, making this projector perfect for projecting a wide variety of content, from spreadsheets to highly detailed images. Plus, you can select the level of detail required for your particular usage scenario.

The Acer P5403 also offers stunning 3D experiences via DLP 3D Ready technology that using high (120 Hz) refresh rates can transform the flat surface of the room wall into a three dimensional environment. This simple solution unlocks endless possibilities, from 3D movies and games to 3D educational content, making entertainment as well as learning more funned engaging.

The HDMI™ port provides seamless connection to the latest digital sources, while the True 24p feature allows the projector to display 24fps 1080p video content from a Blu-ray Disc player. This means exceptional high-definition imagery for the perfect visual enjoyment: just like seeing a movie in the theatre. What’s more, two built-in speakers enhance presentations and video entertainment, while the Closed Captioning feature, allowing to display the interpretive text on screen, is valuable in helping the comprehension of videos and in language learning.

When it comes to presentations or lessons with lots of text, you need a projector that delivers a crisp, sharp picture to ensure optimal readability. Thanks to the advanced lamp technology with illumination of up to 3500 ANSI lumens and a 3000:1 contrast ratio, the P5403 displays images with a new level of brightness, colour and clarity for exceptional readability.

What’s more, networked management tools offer remote monitoring, control and reporting systems. The Acer P5403 projector is totally compliant with the Crestron Network System. The Crestron Network System offers complete control of the projector via LAN. This solution offers several powerful capabilities, including monitoring, remote power on/off (may be scheduled), remote projection management, multiple-projector control, emergency text broadcasting, online dialogue with the system administrator and e-mail alert system, etc. In addition, Remote desktop function allows users to remotely access any PC which is activated via the Acer eProjection utility and connected to the projector via LAN. By simply connecting a keyboard and mouse to the projectors users can access a PC located in another room.

First-rate technologies designed to enhance colour accuracy and sharpness allow for extraordinary image quality. The P5403 reproduces images with more natural and balanced shades, achieving truly lifelike tones, thanks to Acer ColorBoost II+. This technology features an optimised 6-segment colour wheel design, a powerful image processor and an advanced lamp waveform to improve colour performance, while Acer eView Management enhances colour brightness and automatically adapts it to the content on screen.

Over time, projectors can be affected by colour decay that adds a yellowish or greenish shade to the images on screen. Now Acer’s projectors take advantage of ColorSafe II, DLP® technology and Acer unique colour compensation technology on the optical components to ensure picture integrity even after prolonged use, making them virtually immune to colour decay.

A number of features improve the projector usability and flexibility.
Owing to the wall-colour compensation feature, the projector can throw on painted walls and still display accurate hues. You simply need to choose the wall colour from the menu and the projector will automatically adjust the tones of the displayed images.

Any installation challenge will be easily overcome via the 40° Vertical Keystone Correction. This feature fixes vertical distortions so that the displayed image is always perfectly rectangular, no matter where the projector is placed. Lastly, users can easily change the lamp module even when the projector is mounted on the ceiling thanks to the Acer Top-loading Lamp design.

Up to 3000 hours of lamp life save lamp replacement costs ensuring long-term dependable projector use. The extended lifespan and consistent image quality lower the total cost of ownership and translate to big savings.
What’s more, the P5403 comes with Acer EcoProjection, an environment friendly management solution. The projector automatically enters ECO mode if there isn’t any input signal for 5 minutes, with up to 20% additional power savings and automatically performs a safety shutdown if it does not receive input for a certain time. Also included in the Acer EcoProjection suite is Acer ePower Management, a tool that lets you create customised power-saving configurations.

To improve ease-of-use, Acer projectors are equipped with Empowering Technology, a suite of tools designed to simplify access to simple setup, viewing and timer utilities, making you more productive and helping get the right message across first time.

The Acer P5403 video-projector will be available from mid-March with a SRRP of £949.99 inc Vat


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“Nokia, our platform is burning”; Elop memo reportedly leaks in full, admits ecosystem war

The full text of the Nokia “Standing on a burning platform” memo distributed internally by CEO Stephen Elop has apparently leaked, and even in the face of the continuing platform rumors, it’s perhaps the biggest indicator that the Finnish company is about to undergo a significant change. Engadget scored a copy of what’s believed to be the full text in which Elop blames a lack of “accountability and leadership” along with “a series of misses” against Apple who “owns the high-end range,” Android, which “came in at the high-end … are now winning the mid-range, and quickly are going downstream,” and cut price Shenzhen devices for emerging markets.  ”We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough” he chides, “we’re not collaborating internally.”

“The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience” Elop admits, going on to highlight that “Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes.” As for MeeGo, the CEO suggests that despite the fanfare, “at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.”

“This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally”

Elop blames Nokia’s insistence on trying to challenge rivals on a device-by-device basis, clinging to Symbian when its competitors are focused on whole ecosystems. “Nokia, our platform is burning” he concludes, pointing to the Capital Markets Day event on Friday – which SlashGear will be attending – for when employees and Nokia fans alike will hear the first stages of a “huge effort to transform our company.”

It’s worth noting that not everybody believes the memo to be legitimate, however. Former Nokia exec Tomi Ahonen believes it to be “a well-written hoax” that “reads more like a US analyst, who is trying to influence the discussion, who knows much of the Nokia story, but not the whole story.”


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Verizon iPhone 4 general pre-sales open

Verizon set a new sales record with its iPhone 4 pre-order for existing customers last week, and now it’s hoping to do the same with general pre-sales for the CDMA smartphone. Up for order at both Apple and Verizon‘s sites right now, the iPhone 4 is $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB.

Online orders are available for home delivery, or you can stop by a Verizon store tomorrow, February 10, and pick up a handset in-store. Verizon stores will be opening from 7am on Thursday, with devices on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information in our full Verizon iPhone 4 review.


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Verizon iPhone now available online

The Verizon iPhone is now available for online orders, both at Apple's site and Verizon's. Pre-orders were available last week to existing customers, some of whom have received their iPhones already, but online orders are now open to everyone.

If you'd rather buy a Verizon iPhone 4 at a brick-and-mortar store, it'll be available on February 10. My guess is there'll be some pretty long lines (and limited quantities) at your local Apple and Verizon stores, so buy online if at all possible and stay warm.

Carrier choice for the iPhone is nothing new in my part of the world, but I'm still pleased it's finally come to my old stomping grounds in the US. If you're just now joining the Cult of iPhone (one of us, one of ussss...) here's an introduction to the iPhone ecosystem; we also have an iPhone 101 series tailored to beginners.

TUAWVerizon iPhone now available online originally appeared on TUAW on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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