Archive for January, 2010

Yesterday Apple’s iPad was released and will launch in the US 59 and 89 days from today. It will probably launch in Europe sometimes during the summer.

Also Apple have released their financial report for fiscal 2010 first quarter ended December 26, 2009. The figures in the report shows that Apple now is amazing $50+ billion dollar company and will probably to threaten the PC market more and more.

But the most exciting thing was something Steve Jobs said who is CEO at Apple: “The new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about.”

He was of course talking about the iPad. But also he said new products planning to be released this year are very strong. Could this be a long-awaited update to the Macbook Pro’s? It will probably also be Iphone SDK 4.0 also adapted for the iPAdpeople was expecting this yesterday but hang in there Apple obviously got more stuff up their sleeve.

And they might have even more unknown products coming out 2010 so stay tuned for an exciting Apple year!!

Picture from here

Posted: January 27, 2010 in General, Tech, Updates
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Here are some specs for the new ipad! It was announced by Apples Steve Jobs tonight (Swedish time) and the hype has been quite large.

Height:
9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width:
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth:
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight:
1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
The display specs are
9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
The hard drive will be in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drives.
The processor will be a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip. This really doesn’t say much. 1 ghzisn’t much but will hopefully work quite well with the apps and games that are coming and I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple later on releases better models as they have done with the iPhone.
The battery life is quite good up to 10 hours being on the web with Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music. You can charge it via a power adapter or with USB to computer system. The standby time is estimated to a month!
It also got a couple of sensors:
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
The input and outputs are
Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Built-in speakers
Microphone
SIM card tray (which only the Wi-Fi + 3G model has)

The audio it handles is
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
The TV and Video connectivity is
Supporting 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480pwith Apple Composite A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

E-mail attachments the iPad will support is

Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages it will support in different ways:

Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
Keyboard support for English (US) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
Dictionary support for English (US), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Russian

So alot of countries languages are missing but I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least on App Store release language packs or include more languages in future updates.

If you want the iPad to work with your Mac you need

  • ac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

and if you have a PC you need:

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista; Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

As an archaeologist it is quite good to know which temperatures and conditions it can handle. But probably won’t be good having it in your pocket maybe if you got a headquarter in the field there might be some use for it…

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

And according to Apples hard work doing it friendly to the environment it has these features

Arsenic-free display glass
BFR-free
Mercury-free LCD display
PVC-free
Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure

which is good in my opinion. Greenpeace has also given Apple latest hardware good grades in their tests.

Here some stats about the wifi connections:

Wireless and Cellular

Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Quite nice with a compass and GPS might come useful for some people.

And if you decide to buy a iPad in the box you get:

iPad
Dock connector to USB cable
10W Power Adapter
Documentation

The OS (operating system) is very similar to the iPhone and iPod touch and seems to work very well and the iPad screen also have recieved good reviews.

The iPad is lacking a camera but I’ll think Apple will implement one in later versions.

There is also some accessories coming as for example the iPad keyboard dock which is a charging device as well as a keyboard for your iPadwhich will I think alot of people will get since always writing on a software keyboard takes some time probably.

There is also a case to store it in, Ipad camera connection camera to let you connect your camera directly to the iPad.

And now to the price

First the Wi-Fi only models: 16 gb for $499, 32gb $599 and the 64 gb for $699.

The models with both Wi-Fi and 3G:

16 gb is $629 32 gb $ and finally the 64 gb model for $ 829.

The Wi-Fi only models will be released in 60 days and the Wi-Fi + 3G in 90 days. I guess that means the USA and maybe Europe as well but I think info will come about when we get closer to the release date.

So what do you think is the iPad for you? Will you got one or not?

Picture and info from http://www.apple.com

Apple have tonight announced the new iPad!

Some features from Apple regarding the new iPad is that you can surf the Internet and watch each homepage on the screen, and you use your finger to navigate. Surfing the web will be more like reading a book than looking at a computer screen.

You can also check your e-mail and have split screen view showing both your open e-mail and the messages you got in the inbox. As with the iPhone you can turn the iPad and the page adapts and fills the screen. Photos show up directly in the mail and you could save it right away.

iPad will work with e-mail providers as AOL, Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Hotmail and MobileMe.

iPad can handle your photos quite nicely watch slide show, zoom in and out and similar stuff like that, doesn’t really seem to be out of the ordinary really wih that feature.

You can also watch movies with the iPad both HD, TV shows, music videos and podcasts. Since the buttons are built on the screen the movie completly fills the screen.

Talking about movies iPad also supports YouTube and seem to get a quite nice feature to shift through the movies. And of course it supports YouTube HD movies.

With the iPad there comes an iPod app so you can listen to your music and browse by albums, song, artist and just use your finger and flick through the different music. When you play a song the album art show up in full-screen and you can listen to your music through the built-in speakers or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.

You can also go to iTunes Store and browse and buy music, podcasts, rent movies and alot more and you can also sync the iPad with your Mac or PC.

And talking about apps and Stores the iPad will run about 140 000 apps from the App store and there is also new apps already and more on the way that is designed for the iPad.

There is also the iBooks app where you can read and buy books. There will be books from more or less all genres and when you buy a book it will show on your bookshelf. The high-resolution and LED-backlit screen makes it easy to read even in low light.

There is also more features as a calendar, you will be able to look at maps satellite as well as in street view seems a bit like google maps, you can write notes and of course search for apps and files on your iPad.

This was some info and I’ll post more when I find more interesting and cool stuff!

Picture from Apple.com/ipad/features

Ipad have the possibilty to work as a ebook reader like Kindle.

And I’ll post longer posts with more information when the event is over but for now I’ll do these short ones.

Seems like it will have wi-fi or 3g as well depending on which model you choose

The Ipad might take off alot more when it will have apps just made for the Ipad.

If you have an Iphone or Ipod this is quite similar and this piece of hardware might not be interesting. But Apple often changes the techindustry when you least expect it…

Steve Jobs says at the end “We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that have let us make the iPad.”

16 gb version is $499

32 gb version is $599

Apple announces iPad a new kind of mix between an iPhone and a Mac laptop.

Reactions from the people watching on the Internet seems to be quite chilly and no official price is announced.

Watch more about it at Engadget here

and

discussions and some livestreaming at Soldiers Knows best here

Hello world!

CES is now over and there seemed to be a lot of cool items but not sure how useful everything will be. For archaeology probably the most important thing showed on CES that I’m aware of is of course the increase in computer processors like the Intel 32 nanometer. Since archaeologists often work with more and more complex databases faster computers is great and needed. But it is quite rare to be honest that archaeologists get really fast computers at work, they are often one or two years old or even more is my experience. But it will be nice to be able to handle more information faster especially since databases often ends up with containing tens of thousands of posts.

One good thing as well to connect to archaeology is that the CPU will handle more calculations to help the GPU on the graphics cards especially since 3d-animation and running complex GIS-operations is more and more common. It feels like a bit going back to when the graphics card started to handle CPU and now it is the other way around. Who doesn’t remember the good old Voodoo 2 cards and Riva TNT 2 :D? So 2010 will probably be a good year for both tech nerds, archaeologists and the public in general.

But into the current computer “project” I’m currently working on. I’m currently running Windows Vista home premium 32-bit and it is ok. But it feels sometimes a bit slow and things I’ve read about Windows 7 was mostlyquite good. It seems to be almost as fast as Windows xp and faster than Windows Vista. A very good friend of mine have installed Windows 7 and showed it to me (thanks man!) and it seemed to be really good. It was a lotfaster and some good functions some similar to the ones seen in Snow Leopard on the Mac computers.

So now I’m cleaning my hard drives since I want to run two OS. I want to keep Vista on one partion and install Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on the other one. This is mostly to see so all my most important programs can run on Windows 7 so I’ll keep Windows Vista until I know everything I have, both software and hardware are running fine on Windows 7.

If I’m lucky and got the time I’ll try to install Windows 7 tomorrow Wednesday and I hopefully will get everything to work. If it works or at least my computer is still functioning I’ll post some results here on the blog tomorrow. And in the future I’ll probably post more about my expressions about Windows 7 when it is running compared to Windows Vista for all of you out there like me is thinking on upgrading or if you should wait a while or getting a new PC or Mac and run Windows 7 on it.

So stay tuned for more updates about Windows 7 install!