Zedomax is reporting that Adobe is showcasing a prototype of an Android tablet at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The new Android tablet, seen running Adobe Air and Flash, will apparently have a similar form factor to the iPad: screen of roughly 10-inches on the vertical and a physical keyboard-less, multi-touch display. For the time being, we don’t know exactly what the production unit will look like — other than screen size — as the core components were demoed while wrapped in an acrylic case. We’ve got some additional pictures and a video, courtesy of Zedomax, queued up for you after the break. What are your initial thoughts? Anyone willing to rethink their position on purchasing a tablet/pad now that it doesn’t have the letter “i” in front of it? More →
For better or for worse, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is proposing an amendment to the Mobile Phone Jammer Prohibition that would permit cell phone use on domestic and international flights. An 18-month long trial of the pico cell technology used for in-flight cellular communications was deemed successful with no reported complaints of interference to either the plane’s avionics system or ground cellular networks. Both Qantas and V Australia have each announced plans to offer in-flight SMS and GPRS services and are anxiously awaiting these rule changes so they can expand the technology from a single test airplane to fleet-wide deployment. Bravo to Australia for pushing this technology forward and kudos to Qantas and V Australia for offering only SMS and data services. We like getting SMS and GPRS but don’t fancy listening to the bloke next to us telling his mate how he was as full as a boot while watching some aerial ping pong and spent the whole night liquid laughing. What a dill!
Last night we rocked the new price points our Apple ninja scored for you. Now that the Apple notebook event is almost upon us, the internet is ablaze with rumors and predictions of all shapes and sizes as you can imagine. Here’s a roundup:
- The image above is the latest and likely last alleged leaked MacBook Pro shot we’ll see pre-event (along with the matching one after the jump). It is also the most interesting. Notice, there’s no button beneath the trackpad! This brings us full circle back to the old glass display trackpad rumors, and perhaps the entire pad is a button a la BlackBerry Storm. The display theory is doubtful but we can still dream.
- There will be no new 17-inch Pros announced today – only 15-inch models but the current 17-inch Pros will remain in Apple’s lineup.
- The new MacBook Pros may be rocking dual-NVIDIA GPUs, which would be intense to say the least.
- The $899 price point we told you about may not in fact be a laptop. Instead, it’s now thought that Apple may be introducing a new 24-inch LED Apple Cinema display.
- All of the new laptops introduced today will indeed utilize the single-piece aluminum chasis “brick” construction we’ve been hearing so much about.
- The existing MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBooks Airs will remain in Apple’s lineup and see price drops and NVIDIA 9400M GPUs. Most notably perhaps, is the current plastic MacBook entry point will drop to $999. Albeit barely, this will in fact take Apple below the $1000 price point.
- The new MacBook Airs will be available with a 120 GB HDD or a 128 GB SSD.
To summarize things: Existing lastops will remain but they’ll be cheaper and beefier in one way or another. New aluminum MacBooks are coming. A new 15-inch dual NVIDIA GPU-rocking MacBook Pro is coming and it’s going to be a beast. We may see a new Apple Cinema display. Hit the jump for a second alleged shot of the new MacBook Pro.
Not quite the formative years, but what better time to get people hooked on Apple products than while they’re in college? Besides, you need something to do while you’re sitting through those two-hour lectures right? Apple is currently running a slightly-early back to school promo for college kids looking to get their Mac on and truth be told, it’s a pretty good deal. Nuts and bolts: Buy a Mac, get a free iPod. The deal isn’t just for students either. Any student, faculty or staff member can purchase a qualifying Mac computer and get an 8 GB iPod Touch or 8 GB iPod Nano for free after a $299 rebate. Considering the MacBook starts at $1,000 now, and that’s before any student discount, this deal really is pretty solid. Don’t worry though, you have plenty of time to think about it as the offer is good from now through September 15th. Qualifying Macs include any MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac model.
[Via gadget lab]