The iPad is a very cool and useful tool for the average consumer and the pro user. The thing is portable, can be used for all sorts of work and play needs, and has long battery life making it perfect for on the go types. A company called StarNet Communications has unveiled a new product called iLIVEx Pro for the iPad that lets pro types use the iPad for presentations over a projector.
Open-source addicts have been eagerly awaiting Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition and Netbook Edition, and Canonical has confirmed they won't have long to wait for it; both versions will go up for download on October 10 2010. Meanwhile, DigiTimes's sources reckon Dell will be the first to out an Ubunto 10.10 based netbook.
Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have managed to create a platform for swarming micro air vehicles. The researchers say that it's the largest network of its kind, and the main idea behind the swarming units is to be sent out into disaster zones to be helpful in communication efforts. The little vehicles are capable of adjusting their own presence in the air, right on the fly, thanks to the sensors on each of the units.
VIA is well known for its ultra-compact mainboards and low power CPUs, though Intel's Atom processors have generally cornered the market when it comes to nettops. The VIA ARTiGO A1100 is the company's attempt to remedy that, a palm-sized barebones PC that's smaller than a stack of DVD cases and yet, they claim, is capable of 1080p Full HD via an HDMI output. Is the ARTiGO A1100 the DIY HTPC we've been waiting for? Check out the full review after the cut.
Linpus isn't a name that's mentioned a lot in homes, but the company has been around for quite awhile now. They made their presence known by developing the Operating System utilized by many early Acer manufactured netbooks, but it looks like they're ready to step into the tablet industry, and they're aiming for the stars. While only the netbook version of MeeGo has been released to the public so far, the tablet version is set to get released soon, and Linpus is looking to take advantage of it.
Valve has ended speculation over a Linux port of their Steam games system, with marketing VP Doug Lombardi telling GamesIndustry that the company is not working on a version for the open-source platform. Rumors of the Linux build began in earnest back in May 2010, when several unreleased Steam Linux binaries were discovered; these appeared to be undergoing active development by Valve themselves.
Perhaps it makes us unbearably geeky, but we do have more than a soft spot for wearable computers. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for what little sartorial dignity we have left these days) manufacturers are proving more reluctant to put out suitable products, and that leaves the niche clear for DIYers. Martin Magnusson pointed us in the direction of his own project, taking a Myvu Crystal eyepiece and hooking it up to a Beagleboard fanless computer and four AA batteries.
Augen's oddly named "The Book" ereader has gone on sale, eschewing E Ink in favor of a color LCD display in a Kindle-style casing. Available at kmart in limited numbers for just $89, the ereader runs Linux 2.6.4 on a 400MHz ARM CPU - which means no Android, unlike the Pandigital Novel - complete with WiFi b/g, 2GB of flash memory and an SD slot content with cards up to 8GB in size.
There's also apparently a web-browser, text-to-speech engine and a media player for images, audio and video. Augen have been pretty ambitious in their ebook spec support, too; The Book will apparently display TXT, PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, FB2, EPUB, PRC and MOBI files.
Update:The Ebook Reader picked up Augen's The Book from their local kmart and has already reviewed it; more details after the cut.
Streaming music service Spotify has launched a Linux version of their software, now allowing open-source aficionados access to their catalog. Following Spotify's Windows and Mac clients - and their various mobile apps - the early build still lacks some of the more advanced functionality of its siblings, including cached local storage for offline listening. Most limiting, though, is the fact that it's only available for Spotify Premium subscribers.
Qualcomm has found itself unwittingly annoying the open-source community by posting the source code for OpenGL ES 2D/3D Linux kernel driver for its Snapdragon chipset, as found in the Nexus One, Dell Streak and many other devices. However, while the kernel driver is open-source, Qualcomm's user-space driver remains closed; that prompted David Airlie, who maintains the DRM for the Linux kernel at Red Hat, to tell Qualcomm - and anyone else considering doing the same half-hearted thing - "If you aren't going to create an open userspace driver (either MIT or LGPL) then don't waste time submitting a kernel driver to me."