Tonight's edition of The Daily Slash is going to be a bit different. If you'll recall, we've only ever had one video put into one of these nightly articles, but tonight, well, tonight is special. Why? Because the two videos we've included after the break are some of the more interesting ones we've seen lately, and we felt like we needed to share them, well past just the standard text-based variation. So, happy Wednesday, and welcome to tonight's very special edition of The Daily Slash. In the Best or R3 Media, we've got the Intercept coming soon, an even better giveaway, and the first images of the retail box for the white iPhone 4. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got intelligent service robots, LED monitors, and people who may print too much.
It's July 1st 2010, the first day of Q3 2010, and that means Palm has officially slotted into the warm crevices of mother HP. Public announcements of what exactly we can expect from the combination vary from the mundane (webOS-based printers, anyone?) to the mysterious (HP's various tablet strategies and the company's refusal to clarify on any of them), but according to the Palm blog this morning they're aiming for "an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future."
The second Pogoplug update in around a month has been announced, promising remote printing functionality for the network-attached drive sharing device. The new update, due for release this coming summer, will add a new Web Printing tool when a USB printer is hooked up; users will be able to send print jobs locally or remotely, or even email them direct to the printer.
So, how's the middle of your week going for you so far? Did you even realizes it's already Wednesday? We had to double-check our calendars, truth be told. But, here we are, nearing the end of another week, filled-to-the-brim with stuff that's just got to be told. In tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, where we sift through The Best of R3 Media first, we have access to Swype's beta finally, some hands-on time with the HP ePrint, and Nokia's just now realizing they've got some competition. In the Dredge 'Net, it looks like T-Mobile's not getting the iPhone, someone made a real-life Stargate, and meet the first solar hybrid air conditioner.
Google have been fleshing out their upcoming Cloud Print service, which is now apparently being tested internally. Similar to what we saw with HP's ePrint system yesterday, Google Cloud Print allows users to send print jobs from their smartphone to any compatible networked printer; in fact, Google took to the stage with HP to demo the interaction of the two systems, and confirm that any of HP ePrint printers announced will also be fully compatible with Google Cloud Print.
Video demo after the cut
As tipped earlier today, HP has announced their HP ePrint web-connected and cloud-aware printer system, which will allow users to store documents remotely and print them from wherever they are in the world. At its most basic, users will be able to email print tasks to their printer from smartphones, iPads and other internet-connected devices; however, HP ePrint will also allow for scheduled prints of online content, such as MSNBC news or Disney activities for children.
It wasn't all that long ago, so you probably remember that HP bought Palm. And, with it, there was plenty of speculation about whether or not HP would be putting webOS, the mobile platform created by Palm, on anything else other than smartphones. Like, you know, a tablet. Well, that's all been confirmed. And, on top of that, there's something like a nugget of joy included in the assertion.
Cloud printing sounds like another way of asking someone to marry you by getting a pilot to write your proposal in the sky, but it's actually the latest aspect of Google's upcoming Chrome OS platform. Answering the question of how the netbook/tablet platform would handle printing from cloud-based apps, Google Cloud Print basically acts as an intermediary for a network-connected printer.