Archive for February 2012

Sony Tablet P coming to Singapore

The long awaited Sony Tablet P is finally coming to Singapore!

The Sony Tablet P is very different from most of the tablets you find out there. It has a unique clamshell design with dual 5.5-inch (Ultra Wide VGA 1024×480) TFT screens. Which I guess you can call it a 11 inch Tablet. Haha. This unique form factor means you can fold your Tablet when not in use to protect the screen from scratches. Or fold it like a laptop when typing.

The Sony Tablet P weighs 372g. Measure 180 × 14 × 158 mm when opened and 180 × 26 × 79 mm when closed.

The Sony Tablet P run on Android Honeycomb 3.2. Over the air upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming in the future although there is no confirmed date yet. The Tablet P has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, 4GB storage, 5 Megapixel rear HD camera powered by Exmor for mobile, 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera, Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS and 3G. Yeap, the Sony Tablet P comes with 3G. Just plug in your SIM card to get 3G internet on the go.

Like the Sony Tablet S, the Tablet P is a DLNA certified device. This means you can seamless stream a video, music or picture to a DLNA compatible TV easily. It is also PlayStation certified with access to the Sony Entertainment Network.

The Sony Tablet P will be available in Singapore from tomorrow (24 February 2012) and retail at S$848.

Belkin ScreenCast AV 4

The Belkin ScreenCast AV 4 is great for those who want to connect their home entertainment devices to their HD TV without the unsightly wires and clutter. ScreenCast AV 4 allows you to connect up to 4 HDMI AV devices to your TV wirelessly. It has a range of up to 30m line of sight or 10m through barriers such as walls. You can even store all your AV devices in another room.

Setting up is pretty easy. Simply connect all your HDMI AV devices (Blu-Ray players, Gaming Console etc) to the transmitter and connect the receiver to your TV’s HDMI port. The receiver can be wall mounted or placed on a table top. The Belkin ScreenCast AV 4 supports full HD 1080p resolution, 3D video and up to 5.1 surround sound. We even tried connecting a Xbox 360. Works great. You wouldn’t notice a difference.

The best part about the Belkin ScreenCast AV 4 is that you can still use your AV devices’ remote control even though they might be hidden in another room. Simply point the remote at the ScreenCast AV 4 receiver and it will “relay” the signal wirelessly to your device via the IR Blasters. Nice feature.

The Belkin ScreenCast AV 4 will be available in May 2012.

Nevada approves testing of driverless cars on roads

Nevada has became the first state in US to approve the testing of driverless car on state roads after lobbying from Google.

Self driving cars aren’t ready for consumers yet. It will take at least a couple of years before we start seeing self driving cars being sold. But we do know that Google has been testing self driving cars for quite some time already. In August last year, Google announced that their self driving car has travelled over 160,000 miles autonomously without incident.

Driverless cars will be great for Google Street View. Imagine Google rolling out tons of driverless car to collect the latest Street View images. We’ll have more updated Street View pictures.

Besides Google, other car makers like BMW, Volkswagon, and Audi are in the process of developing their self-driving cars. This new legislation will pave the way for testing of self driving cars.

Companies who wish to test their self driving cars on Nevada roads will need to pay a bond of $1 million to $3 million, depending on the number of cars they want to test. The driverless car must have 2 people inside them at all times and one of them must be able to take control if necessary. All driverless car must be equipped with a black box to record all activities. They will be issued a red license plates so that other road users can identify them.

This is actually an exciting news. I can’t wait to see the day when machine takes over all the driving. We’ll have less (or even zero) accidents on the roads.

MS Office for iPad?

It seems like Microsoft might be launching their popular MS Office for iPad in a few weeks time. The Daily recently published a photograph of the software running on an iPad.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the screen shot accompanying The Daily’s story is not a picture of a real Microsoft software product. But the spokesperson also said Microsoft is declining to comment as to whether or not the company has developed a version of Office for the iPad and/or when such a product may come to market.

Perhaps the screen shot is on a demo version and the final version will look slightly different? Haha. We will find out in a couple of weeks time. Since this entry is tagged as “Rumor Mill”, you should take it with a pinch of salt.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is here

Attention all BlackBerry PlayBook owners! The long awaited BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is finally here.

You should be getting a notification on the top bar of your PlayBook prompting you that there is a new software update available. If you do not see that, go to settings, Software Updates and check for new updates. The update file is 398mb and you need to have at least 20% battery before update will commence. You should charge the PlayBook while upgrading.

The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update includes the highly demanded native email, contacts and calendar apps. I haven’t had much time to explore what’s new on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 yet. Will blog more about it soon