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Poor old Bluetooth. For a while now it’s been misappropriated by loud, shouty types stomping up the high street fog-horning ‘Buy! Buy! SELL!’ into their ear pieces. We here at Anthill -- with a liberal dollop of help from the delightful folk at Intel -- would like to reclaim Bluetooth as much more than just a conduit for idiots.
The world’s first laptop powered Chromium, Google’s operating system, has been released by Ruslan Kogan, beating competitors like Acer and Samsung. “We’ve been able to beat the rest of the world to bring the first commercially available laptop running Google’s Chromium OS,” Kogan said.
Would you buy a car without researching it first? Nopes, us neither. How about a house? Ditto.
Even as multitouch screens have become de rigueur for our phone and tablet experience, researchers are pushing hard on dependable, hands-free ways to make our toys work. Swedish company Tobii Technology teamed up recently with Lenovo to demonstrate Windows 7 laptops with eye-control sensors built in.
Lenovo has the tablet market all a-flutter with its new IdeaPad U1 hybrid. Is it a laptop? Is it an iPad inspired tablet? The IdeaPad is both, boasting a detachable resistive multi-touch display, an Intel CULV processor and a 128GB SSD.
A clear majority of Australians today value their laptops more than their TVs, according to a survey commissioned by Intel. With all the talk of the internet becoming a fourth utility in households, that finding may not surprise. But just how internet dependent are we? According to the same survey, a lot of us are now OK chatting online or Facebooking with someone within earshot.
When the Apple iPad came out, I think I speak for most folks when I said, “Ooo, another premature Apple release!” (with emphasis on that initial bleat). This is because Apple, in my opinion, tends to push its products on us a little too early. Hence Blackberry’s confident stride into the same as yet tentatively-described ether; the Blackberry Playbook.