The Adobe AIR runtime is now available in the Android Market, paving the way for AIR apps on the increasingly popular platform. Developers are now free to leverage Adobe AIR's strong cross-platform credentials to deliver applications that seamlessly traverse multiple platforms. AIR apps for Android will be available through the Android Market and run natively. However, as with Flash, only devices running the latest version of the mobile OS, Android 2.2 (Froyo), are compatible with Adobe's cross-platform runtime environment.
Logitech could not have timed the announcement of its latest notebook cooler pad any better. It has come in the same week researchers confirmed laptop-induced “toasted skin syndrome.” The Speaker Lapdesk N550 is designed to make laptop users feel more comfortable, which it achieves through its four-layer, heat-shielding design and soft, air-mash fabric.
To boot, the $59.99 chill mat has integrated stereo speakers on either flank. The N550 is a USB plug-and-play device that requires no software installation. Available later this fall, this cooler pad is designed to work with all notebooks up to 14.1 inches in screen size.
Boy Genius Report said one of its Sprint sources just let it be known that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab will ship on or around November 14, 2010. Obviously this one qualifies as rumor status, but we don't care, we're tickled pink to hear any kind of release date associated with upcoming slates beyond the typical "before the end of 2010" or "sometime in 2011" that we normally hear.
As for pricing, BGR's same source said it will run $399, provided you sign up for a two-year service agreement. That's $100 less than Apple's iPad, but if you don't want to get locked down to a wireless plan, the cost jumps to $599, which is $100 more than Apple's entry-level (16GB w/ Wi-Fi) tablet.
Take these price points with a fist full of salt. Like the Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy Tab will also be available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, each with their own pricing and availability.
Epson proves you don't need to spend a fortune equipping your small or medium sized business with an ultra-bright projector. The company just announced its VS200, a $429 projector rated at 2,300 lumens of color and white light output.
"The Espon VS200 is designed to deliver proven performance at an incredible value," said Jason Meyer, product manager, Epson America. "By combining 2,300 lumens of light output with exceptional productivity features and a portable design, the VS200 makes it easy to deliver a brilliant presentation without impacting your budget."
The VS200 boasts 3LCD, 3-chip technology, an energy efficient light engine Epson claims offers an average of 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness. It also features USB Plug 'n Play and Epson's E-TORL lamp technology, which Epson says enables the lamp life to last up to 5,000 hours in economy mode.
If anyone ever questions your obsession for technology, just tell them about Berkeley Bionics' latest project. Those eggheads at Berkeley this week unveiled eLEGS, a wearable bionic device with artificial intelligence designed to help paraplegics stand up and walk.
"As a wheelchair user, I experience the multiple health and fitness benefits of mobility from the standing position. I can’t wait to share this alternative with other individuals," shared eLEGS tester and a partial quadriplegic herself, Dr. Suzy Kim, an assistant clinical professor at the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UCI Medical Center, as well as director, Clinical Spinal Cord Injury Program & Scientific Liaison for Reeve-Irvine Research Center. "The application of eLEGS will revolutionize the field of neurologic rehabilitation from the hospital to the home setting."
Berkeley Bionics said the device will initially be offered to rehabilitation centers. Medical supervisors can adjust eLEGS to fit just about anyone between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 4 inches weighing up to 220 pounds. Knee flexion is big part of the design, "which translates into the most natural human gait available in any exoskeleton today, making it better equipped to handle mixed terrains."
Following the successful launch of the A10 in September, Garmin-Asus reckons it might as well push out one or two more Android-based smartphones before closing the door on 2010.
Sales of the A10 came out to 3,500 units in September, and the bean counters expect another 3,000 units to sell in October, Asus said. As for the new units, Garmin-Asus didn't reveal any details, saying only that they'll run on Android, presumably version 2.2 (Froyo).
On a related note, Garmin-Asus isn't planning to launch any Windows Phone 7 devices until the first quarter of 2011.
A California company called Cherrypal announced the availability of a new 7-inch Android tablet, while at the same time underscoring why Apple's going to have a tough time dominating the scene with its iPad well into the future. How so? Cherrypad's tablet costs $188, less than half the price of Apple's magical slate.
The two aren't really in the same category, of course, and Cherrypal acknowledges as much.
"The CherryPad America doesn't compete against the Apple iPad. The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market," said Cherrypal CTO Max Seybold.
With all due respect to Seybold, consumers will be the judge of whether or not the CherryPad, and other similar devices, compete against Apple's larger slate. With a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, 800MHz ARM11 processor, 256MB of DDR2 memory, and just 2GB of NAND flash memory, the CherryPad isn't a high-end device, but is it enough to sway users looking for a general purpose tablet? At less than 200 bones, there's a good chance it will find a few buyers.
For the sake of completeness, other specs include a microSD card slot, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, USB 2.0 (via external adapter), and optional external 3G modem.
Incidentally, we'll be receiving one of these in the Lab for a full-on review, so stay tuned.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation just received a $5.6 million grant from Marvell intended to fund the development of an Android tablet for developed territories.
"They [Marvell] have been sponsors all along," OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte says. "But they were one of ten. Now they are the technology partner."
Though OLPC is building the tablet device, Negroponte says it won't relate directly to the XO 3, and it won't even come with any OLPC branding. And other than the fact that it will run Android, there aren't a whole lot details to go on. Negroponte did say that Marvell and OLPC will have something "concrete" to show at CES in January, but was careful not to promise a working prototype.
Cisco revealed its tablet ambitions back in June when it announced the “Cius.” It is very likely that Cisco's tablet has not made it to any most-anticipated-tablets list in the intervening period. This is due to the fact that the 7-inch Android-running Cius is an enterprise product. As for those of you interested in such an offering, the price – or at least the price range – of the Cisco has been revealed.
According to a FAQ document sent to potential software partners and leaked by CrunchGear, the Cius will be priced below $1,000. Comparisons with the iPad are an inevitability for any upcoming tablet regardless of its intended purpose. Cisco appears to understand the perils of such a comparison, and therefore draws a clear line between the two.
The FAQ document explains why Cisco Cius is twice the price of an Apple iPad: “Cisco Cius is not a consumer device so it’s not an equivalent comparison. Cisco Cius is the first-of-its- kind mobile collaboration device. With Cius, casual and highly mobile employees benefit from a communications, collaboration and computing solution.” It then goes onto list the various “additional benefits additional benefits over an iPad.”
“Pricing is still be finalized at this time. With typical discounts applied, expectation would be that the Cius tablet would be available at under $1000 ($USD street price). Note that discounts may vary by Cisco reseller and thus, prices noted should be considered a guideline,” reads the FAQ document.
“Limited availability of Cisco Cius is expected to be CY Q4 2010 with general availability in calendar year Q1 2011.”