TouchWiz wasn't the greatest. TouchWiz 2.0 was a huge leap in the right direction. But there was always going to be something holding back Samsung from taking any steps forward in the mobile marketplace, and it had nothing to do with proprietary software on their phones. They lacked what everyone else and their second-cousin has: a way to get first- and third-party developed applications onto their phones. Well, it looks like that's about to change.
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, there is a line from the Red Queen, in which she states, “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” In evolution, this is a theory that is also known as an “arms race to nowhere”, in which two different species evolve in tandem, one after the other, in an infinite loop. The reason, is because as one system evolves, then the other must evolve with it, just to keep pace.
And so the system is unending and essential for the survival of a species.
It’s no different in the technology ecosystem. In fact, it’s a lot more evident there, as we can see the fruits of these evolutionary developments as clear as day. We watched as the iPhone became the iPhone 3G, and while it may not have been leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in a lot of ways, we witnessed the 3G become the 3GS. And in turn, we saw almost every other major phone manufacturer develop phones to counter the iPhone. You’ve heard of them: the mythical iPhone killer.
Back in July, we reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 and while we weren't overly impressed (it is a netbook, afterall), it was a machine that we wouldn't necessarily run away from, if we had some extra cash in our pockets. And now it looks like Lenovo has something else coming down the line, specifically for Japan. HD displays aren't run of the mill quite yet for netbooks, so it's always good to see an existing model getting a display upgrade.
Just as expected, the invitation to Apple's iPod event on September 9th has dropped into the SlashGear inbox, and that means we're off to San Francisco to live-blog the whole thing. Already a tradition on the Apple calendar, the September music-themed event is the chance for the Cupertino company to show off their latest advances in the segment-dominating PMPs, and this time we're expecting camera functionality to join the party.
DSLR cameras are cool and the geeky among us want something with tons of features no matter if it costs us a week's pay. However, there are those out there that want a cheap camera that is easy to use and will fit in a pocket to carry around on the go.
There were so many gadgets to see back in January at CES 2009 that it is just impossible to get to them all. One of the more interesting devices we saw was the Youstar webcam and green screen system sure to be a hit with kids and the prolific YouTube video maker.
Where netbooks go, their deskbound nettop brethren eventually follow, and as NVIDIA's Ion GPU has made its impact on the graphics capabilities of budget ultraportables, so it has its sights set on compact desktops too. ASRock and NVIDIA worked together on the ION 330-BD, a Blu-ray toting nettop that pairs Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's ION platform, and sent one over to prove to SlashGear that just because the footprint is small, it doesn't mean the performance is too.
The DSLR market has had several new additions this month for shoppers looking to move up to the DSLR world from the point-and-shoot. Last week Sony whipped out a trio of Alpha DSLR cameras that were notably lacking video recording capability. Today Olympus has announced a new entry-level DSLR.
Netbooks appeal to consumers looking for a low cost and portable computer and they appeal to businesses looking to equip mobile workers on the cheap. The problem is that the typical netbook is much too fragile for some mobile workers like those in the service industry. This type of worker needs a rugged computer that can stand up to the hazards of work on the go.
AMD is working hard to increase its market share in the CPU industry and it is making a bit of headway. The company is traditionally stronger in the server CPU market than it is in consumer CPUs. AMD today officially announced the availability of its latest Opteron EE processor.