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Today at the conference D9, Microsoft has shown a preview of what the next version of its operating system, ie, Windows 8, which has been designed with touch devices and those who are not, regardless of whether use mouse or keyboard, the show reflected in very strong spirit and philosophy behind this new version of Windows, which is reflected in the user interface - Windows-style UI Phone Metro-oriented devices, tactile interface now is very fluid, dynamic and yet so fast without losing the essence of strength and robustness of Windows.
Some features of the new user interface Windows 8:
- Quick launch of applications from the startup screen based “tiles” that replaces the classic Windows Start menu with a scalable application view
- Tiles with live notifications (we, Widgets) providing updated information from the applications they represent
- Smooth transition between applications running
- Ability to take a snapshot and resize an application to the side of the screen in a way that takes advantage of multi-tasking capabilities of Windows
- Browser completely optimized for use touch, using hardware acceleration for Internet Explorer 10
- Smooth transition between classic Windows programs and new applications for Windows 8
- Total backward compatibility with programs, computers and peripherals designed for Windows 7
- New user interface optimized for touch devices, and devices using mouse and keyboard
- HTML5 centric applications
Apple has already thought of this, and its arsenal of accessories for your iPhone and iPad tablet laptop accessories can turn these into real computers. The most obvious starting point is an adapter and an integrated keyboard (69 dollars). The back of the adapter has a standard connection charge Apple and connection of accessories, as well as an audio port and stereo speakers.
But there are other alternatives. IPad a small dock, for $ 29, can be used to establish a radio link with a Bluetooth wireless keyboard-Apple (69 dollars) oo-party. This offers some benefits over the first “rigid” solution: first, lets you use a Bluetooth keyboard that already has at home and, second, if you buy a new keyboard now, you can use later with other accessories. It only remains to see if the sleek new iPad 2 and other accessories that will continue to be adjusted even first-generation adapter.
Bluetooth technology is the key to writing on the screen of a smartphone or tablet with a keyboard. Bluetooth keyboards there are a wide range of variants. The range between 40 and $ 60 range like Kensington, Sharon, snugg and others, with the typical dial the iPad and an integrated keyboard.
With these additions, however, the user has to accept that their slim tablet will become a kind of bulky mini-laptop. Other manufacturers offer their own versions of a dock iPad, including ZAGG, ZAGGmate your Bluetooth keyboard, which also functions as a “cover” for the touch screen (around $ 85).
There are other universal Bluetooth keyboard in various price ranges. On one side it has the classic keyboards, relatively bulky, between 30 and 100 dollars, depending on the manufacturer and the resources they offer. Special versions for portable use, such as made of silicone flexible keyboards are offered by Ricco (17 dollars) or CHIN FAI (30 dollars).
Keyboards i-Connex, however, are made of hard plastic but can be folded in half like a book (75 dollars). An appeal is initiated only for flexible keyboard SU-8W Nokia Bluetooth, although the model has been withdrawn from circulation by the Finnish manufacturer and can only be purchased through eBay. Another option is the mini-keyboards from manufacturers such as Hebron, which can hold in one hand while typing with the other (35 dollars).
But Apple smartphones and tablets are not the only ones able to work with these solutions. There are interesting ideas made by other manufacturers. Asus, for example, provides an inspiration with their Eee Intelligent Transformer Pad. The adapter itself is also a backup battery for extending the working time.
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has announced for this summer’s launch of its LePad, which is actually two computers in one. As a single tablet, the device works with the Google Android operating system. But, when connected to the keyboard, it becomes a computer running Microsoft Windows 7.
The advantage of this solution is that the LePad can be used as a full PC, including a mouse, while the Android operating system IOS nor Apple provides this solution. But LePad may end up being an expensive toy: Current estimates calculate that the combination tablet and IdeaPad U1 base station can cost about $ 1,000, even in China.
Viewsonic, brand known for its displays, is proving a cheaper alternative. Your ViewPad 10 works with both Windows and Android, and will soon Avaliab for about $ 500, but no keyboard or adapter. Another unusual difference: while most of its competitors work with multi-core chips based on the architecture promoted by the British manufacturer of ARM chips, on the ViewPad is built around an Intel Atom processor.
In the U.S., Motorola has attracted attention with his concept Atrix, a laptop in which all the work makes it a smartphone Atrix connected to a port on the back of the unit. Laptop only costs about 360 U.S. dollars. With dozens of tablets based on the Android operating system announced for this year, the options begin to appear in the next few months.
Developers can access tools to work on content and applications.
The materials being developed by Microsoft will run on Windows and, inter alia, are aimed at the development of future applications for the Windows operating system. These applications, in line which would provide Kinect, encourage the control computers with gestures and voice.
Kinect users have shown from the beginning his interest in the possibilities of the device. Since its release in November last year, there have been many developers, researchers and study centers have experimented with Kinect.
Applications have been developed since the creation of virtual reality systems to connect the device with other platforms such as Nintendo’s Wii console.
Microsoft has supported since the beginning of the investigation as a peripheral, and now the company goes a step further and has decided to publish the codes and tools for working with Windows environments Kinect.
The multinational considered Kinect possibilities are endless and that the step is giving help to revolutionize the way people interact with technology.
After the announcement many said it was just a giant iPhone and others that it was absurd to be very limited but what many predicted would end up replacing the netbooks?. It seems to say much, but since its launch sales of netbooks (mini-laptops without CD player or DVD) has fallen to near collapse and there have been models of “Tablets” (similar to IPAD) of different brands and features almost imitated aesthetic . Many people with this kind of new devices are called “iPad Killers”, which as its name suggests new models of other brands that claim to do so controversial shadow iPad.
Well, today the result is the following. It began to spread through all the media that the iPad was just a giant iPhone with no future and that little could be done with today yet all or almost all brands are scrambling to make a model of the same concept, that was the first error. Then rumors began to circulate that models of other brands were about to launch and could unseat the iPad to offer similar or better and very competitive prices. Today, the iPad covers 95% of sales for “Tablets” while the second is for “Tablets” with Google’s system “Android” with a 2.3% market share. Although it remains to be seen as Microsoft develops, the results are overwhelming.
In short, for not being more than just a book reader as many said seems to be changing the course of computing and those who said they had no future, has proved unstoppable.
A team of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Newcastle, England, has developed a number of gadgets and electronics to improve the quality of life of older people, especially those with dementia or similar diseases.
The work includes a GPS, the location of the elderly in shopping malls or public places, kitchen accessories and other items of dailyuse. By Pablo Javier Piacente Scientific Trends. A team of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Newcastle, England, has developed a number of gadgets and electronics to improve the quality of life of older people, especially those with dementia or similar diseases.
Research has bases in Newcastle, Aberdeen and Nottingham, and is directed by Professor Paul Watson, Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre, one of the research centers that depend on the School of Computing Science at the University of Newcastle.
According to a report published in The Journal and a press release of that university, the program is funded by the British government, as part of an ambitious general who has the support of companies Microsoft, IBM and Philips and whose central purpose the use of new technology to improve the quality of human life at all stages of their existence.
The idea is to ensure the inclusion of all people on digital life, especially children, elderly and disabled, who are the neediest. In this context, the research conducted by Watson develops a basic theme for the elderly. Worth mentioning that according to statistics, by 2050 there will be more people over 65 years under 16 in the UK.
In order to meet the needs of older people, the devices show created a simple design and an intuitive interface, as for example in GPS location technology designed to maintain independence in the mobility of elderly people with varying degrees of dementia .