Sony have raised a few eyebrows by announcing their own tablet at CES 2010, though they're describing it as a "personal internet viewer". The Sony dash has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated stereo speakers and support for the 1,000+ of chumby applications already available online. That means things like internet radio streaming, webcam viewing and basic games.
I am a big fan of digital photo frames and everyone who comes over to my house and sees the things sitting around likes them whether they are into tech or not. My parents both have them as well and the things make great holiday gifts. Digital frames have improved significantly over the years and today they offer lots more features for lots less money than a few years back.
Radio-controlled cars might not seem the most obvious place to mount a server, but JokerWorks disagree: the company has unveiled what they're calling the world's first Linux server for R/C cars, the Joker Racer R/C Server, easily allowing for remote internet-linked control. To keep things simple, the Joker Racer unit hooks up to the standard servo cables already in the R/C car, together with an off-the-shelf webcam.
One of the things that always bothered me about my Nintendo Wii was that I couldn't just surf the net on it if I wanted without having to spend 500 Wii Points to buy the Internet Channel. My PS3 came with the ability to surf the Internet without extra cost.
Looks like good things come in pairs. Today, both Verizon and Time Warner announced that they are going to start issuing trials of Internet TV for subscribers. It's part of the TV Everywhere initiative, and allows users to watch television shows on the web regardless of whether or not they're at home. For Time Warner, you must have an existing cable TV service, and FiOS TV for the Big Red. Many of the shows on the provided networks will go online around their original air date, and actually shows that rarely reach sites or online retailers like Hulu or the iTunes Store respectively.
If size is everything in PMPs, the Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet certainly has a lot going for it. With a 7-inch touchscreen, there are certainly a whole lot fewer rivals than its smaller Archos 5 sibling faces; still, that hasn't stopped Archos from packing it with WiFi, a choice of 160GB or 320GB hard-drives, and internet browsing. JAMM have been testing it out (including holding the photoshoot with the iPod touch shown here) and the general judgement is good.
Those in the UK can now benefit from a new set of guidelines distributed by Ofcom, a British telecom regulator. These guidelines, while voluntary, are a great way to help consumers find out if their Internet providers are living up to their maximum speed claims.
Should an ISP fail to meet their posted speed claims, then the consumer would have the right to change their service plan without a penalty fee. It's important to note, however, that not all speed decreases are the fault of the provider. In fact, sometimes things on the user's end can cause a slow down.
As a part of the guidelines, providers will be asked to help users understand what causes speed decreases and what they can do to help boost it back up again. When users are near hitting their bandwidth caps, they will also need to be emailed a notice ahead of time. Several ISPs have already signed up to follow the guidelines including Talk Talk. Frequent checks over the next six months will be tracked on the Ofcom website and users are encouraged to check in from time to time to see how their provider is doing.
In Minneapolis/St. Paul where the only things not still frozen are the Internet connections Comcast is making a ruckus by offering up a 50/5 Mbps down/up internet connection. Sure it costs $150 a month, which means not too many people are going to be buying into it, but it’s still interesting, I mean there isn’t any use for that fast of a connection unless you are using it for exactly what they were blocking just a week ago.
Judging from the pictures, without being given any size numbers, it looks like it could be their next internet tablet. The patent is dated November 8th, this year, and there aren’t any details as to whether it’s a Symbian OS or Maemo based device.
It does appear to have a camera and a touch screen from the patent application, those two things alone will probably net it a spot in the N-Series of Nokia devices. Although, it looks like, if it were small enough, that Nokia might be making the next Sidekick?
If information on Nokia's N810 Internet Tablet is your current poison of choice, then you'll want to go hang out with ThoughFix who is blogging the hell out of the compact net-surfing device. Not content with a nicely detailed overview video of the device (which you can see after the cut), he's been comparing it to its N800 predecessor, checking out video performance (as the N800 was renowned for promising big things in mobile video but lacking the processor grunt to back up those claims) and generally exploring why the N810 should have space in your bag.