Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Will Be Launched On September 2

Guess what . . .  the latest challenger to the Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launched on September 2 at the 50th edition of the IFA in Berlin. According to, Samsung made the announcement a day after the seven-inch tablet was spotted at a train station in Sydney, Australia. The gadget is expected to have a 7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16GB RAM (expandable to 32 GB using a microSDHC memory card) and a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CUP. It will run using an Android 2.2 operating system.

A first look of the Samsung Galaxy Tab came out recently. The next question to answer will be whether  the Samsung Galaxy Tab can really compete with the iPad and the other Android-powered tablets which have a much bigger screen size compared to it.


Out of the Box Manual

Normally it takes a good amount of effort to go through the manual of the new phone that you recently purchased at the gadget shop. This, however, would not be the same with the out of the box manual designed by Adrian Westaway, Clara Gaggero, and Jaako Tuomivara. The manual features a step-by-step procedure in setting up the phone from the installation of the SIM card all the way through the checking of the individual features of the phone. What makes this manual different is that you go through the manual with the phone itself inside the manual. 

With a hole right in the middle to place the phone in, you get to go through all the features of the phone while reading it like a storybook for kids.

Check out the video below for this out of the box manual design:

Out of the box - book from adrian333 on Vimeo.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Barefoot Running with Vibram FiveFingers

Would you consider running around without your favorite running shoes? Well, a new trend in running has recently gained some attention for a number of people - barefoot running with Vibram FiveFingers. Before we go through the whole barefoot running trend which has created a stir in the running world recently, let us take a look at the background of the company that manufactures the product - Vibram.

Vibram was founded by Vitale Bramani, who created the first rubber soles for mountaineering shoes in 1935. The company is the leading producer of quality soles for more than a thousand shoe brands around the world. They currently manufacture more than 34 million soles each year. The Vibram FiveFingers is the latest creation which was developed by Robert Fliri, an industrial designer. Together with the grandson of the founder, Marco Bramani, they presented the new innovation to the CEO of Vibram, Tony Post, who incidentally was also a college running enthusiast. Seeing the potential of the innovation, Post supported the project and the rest - as they say - is history.

The Vibram FiveFingers is a high performance innovation that is designed for running, fitness and outdoor sports. Aside from promoting natural forefoot movement while running, the product also permits natural foot movement at the same time offers grip and protection to your foot in just about any surface.

The Vibram FiveFingers comes in 11 variations - KSO, KSO Trek, Sprint, Flow, Performa, Treksport, Classic, Moc, Bikila, Performa Jane, and Classic Smartwool.

Each variation are designed for the following usage:
  • KSO - Light Trekking, Climbing/Bouldering, Running, Fitness, After Sport, Water Sports, Yoga & Pilates, and Traveling
  • KSO Trek - Light Trekking, Climbing/Bouldering, Running, Fitness, and Traveling
  • Sprint - Climbing/Bouldering, Running, Fitness, After Sport, Water Sports, Yoga & Pilates, and Traveling
  • Flow - Light Trekking, Climbing/Bouldering, Running, and Water Sports
  • Performa - Fitness and Yoga & Pilates
  • Treksport - Light Trekking, Climbing/Bouldering, Running, Fitness, and Traveling
  • Classic - Fitness, After Sport, Yoga & Pilates, and Traveling
  • Moc - Fitness and Traveling
  • Bikila - Running
  • Performa Jane - Fitness and Yoga & Pilates
  • Classic Smartwool - After Sport and Traveling

According to a yahoo article of Susan Rinkunas of RUNNER'S WORLD, a number of celebrities have started using the product for their own fitness regimen. So if you would decide to get yourself a pair of the Vibram FiveFingers, you would definitely be in good company. However, if you are still undecided, then maybe the video below by Dylan Tweney from will help you make up your mind on whether or not you would want to try barefoot running with Vibram FiveFingers.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Google Chrome tablet - Google's Answer to the iPad

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.     - Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
Well the trees have revealed a secret about the Google Chrome tablet - Google's answer to the iPad. Rumors are rife that the Chrome OS tablet from Google will be released on the 26th of November - Black Friday, or the busiest shopping day in the United States. The device built by HTC, which also partnered with Google for the Nexus One, is supposed to be based on the Tegra 2 platform of Nvidia and will have a 1280 x 720 multi-touch display, 2 GB RAM, and a minimum of 32 GB SSD. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth, and LTE connectivity, a GPS, webcam and possibly a multi-card reader to increase data storage.

Google may also partner up with Verizon, which may offer the gadget at prices much cheaper than the iPad together with a Verizon contract. With these features, the latest contender to the tablet crown will definitely be something to look out for. The release date will likely put the Google Chrome tablet high up on the must-have list for Christmas.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nikon D3100 - a DSLR with 1080p HD video

Canon has always lorded over the video functions of DSLRs due to the fact that it produces video cameras, which allows it to incorporate the technology into their DSLRs. However, Nikon has recently announced the release of its latest entry into the market, the Nikon D3100, a DSLR with 1080p HD video capabilities. The successor to the highly popular D3000, the D3100 has Live View or a round-the-clock autofocus function which allows it to track and focus on a total of 35 subjects or faces at one time (which is quite similar to what regular camcorders do). The latest Expeed2 image processor allows it to do this. This processor together with the 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor also allows you to shoot rather great-looking pictures using the numerous Nikkor 2 lenses available for use with the camera.

The key features of this latest offering from Nikon include:

  • Excellent picture and video quality using the 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Enhanced movie recording with the latest Expeed 2 image processor
  • Increased ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200
  • Capability of recording full HD movies at 24 fps
  • A 3-inch or 7.5 cm LCD screen which allows you to share your videos and photos with your family and friends immediately after taking them
  • Live view function that allows you to autofocus while recording a video
  • Active D-Lighting which prevents bright lights from ruining the images that you take
  • Video and image editing within the camera, allowing you to edit any image or videos even without a PC

  • An 11-point autofocus system that allows you to capture high quality images
With the D3100, Nikon is definitely giving Canon a run for its money. I'm just wondering what Canon will have up its sleeve after this rabbit's already out of the bag.
Stay tuned.

sources: Gizmodo and Nikon