Mosaic By Tribune RSS reader for Windows 7 Slates with Metro UI released

Remember the fancy looking Mosaic By Tribune RSS reader announced for Windows 7 slates and Windows Phone 7 back in Las Vegas a few weeks ago? Well, the beta of the Windows 7 version is now available for download (unlike the Flickr application which was supposed to launch yesterday). This is actually a out-of-the-browser Silverlight application that only weights a few Kb and that you will be able to pin to your task bar juts like any other third-party app. The whole thing uses the Metro UI and definitely feels like using a WP7 application directly on a PC but with the added screen real estate as a bonus. It works with touch or with your mouse so you shouldn’t have any problem navigating through the news stories.

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Mosaic By Tribune news aggregation application for Windows 7 tablets and Windows Phone 7

Tribune Co. has announced the upcoming availability of their new fully touch based Mosaic news aggregation application designed specifically for Windows 7 tablets and Windows Phone 7 handsets. As you can see in the screenshot the application uses the Metro UI style and perfectly fits with Microsoft’s latest mobile OS. The Windows 7 version will launch on January 31 with the Windows Phone 7 following shortly after. If I had to guess I would say that this was developed by Clarity Consulting.

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Asus Announces the Eee Pad EP121 Windows 7 and Eee Pad EP101T Windows CE 7 tablets

Slow news day folks, so I’ will post what I think is the most intersting piece of news coming our way today straight from Computex. Asus has officially unveiled two tablet devices , the Asus Eee Pad EP121 running Windows 7 and the Asus Eee Pad EP101TC running Windows CE 7. Both device are sltaes and can be hooked up to a hardware keybord via a nice lookgin dock mechanism (the result will look like a unlt-thin notebook). The EP121 features a 12 inch capacitive screen and Intel’s Core 2 Duo CULV processors the EP101TC has a 10 inch capacitive touchscreen and is powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 SoC. Both devices feature a usb connector, HDMI output, front facing camera, SD-card slots, sim-card slot and will comme with a Stylus for handwwriting. The EP121 is said to have around 10 hours of battery life and a price range of 399$-499$ but both devices aren’t supposed to be availabe before Q1 2011. Check out the video after the break:

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HP TouchSmart tm2 TabletPC announced

The TabletPC that the NYTimes wants to make you believe is a direct competitor to Apple’s unannounced Tablet and that Steve Ballmer is going to showoff tonight during his CES keynote has been officially announced by HP just a few hours ago. Here’s the full press release:

HP TouchSmart tm2

Building on HP TouchSmart software innovation, the thin, powerful HP TouchSmart tm2 updates the tx2 – the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multitouch technology designed specifically for consumers.

With the convertible tm2, customers can choose the product configuration and input method that is most comfortable and natural, whether on a couch, in an airplane or while surfing the web. (3) As a traditional notebook, the tm2 offers a keyboard and touch-enabled display for input. Converted to a slate, the tm2 morphs into a sketchpad with digital pen, allowing artists to sketch on the go and students to take notes in class.

Feather-light capacitive multitouch display technology responds to the softest touch of a finger. The display also supports multitouch gestures such as zoom, scroll and rotate by allowing more than one finger to be accepted as input simultaneously. With the digital pen, handwriting appears on the display as digital ink, similar to writing on paper.

Featuring a sophisticated aluminum design with “Riptide” engraved illustration, the tm2 provides a full notebook experience with the latest low-voltage Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors and optional high multimedia performance ATI Mobility Radeon™ discrete graphics upgrades.(4) The tm2 also provides up to nine hours of battery life via the standard six-cell battery and includes a fingerprint reader as well as an advanced thermal design that helps keep the PC cool.(5)

New touch applications enhancing the tm2 experience include:

• BumpTop, a touch-enhanced 3-D interface for photos and documents that allows users to spatially organize and “toss” or share files and photos to social media sites or email.
• DigiFish Dolphin, an interactive 3-D screensaver that recreates an ocean environment to be experienced via touch or a mouse.
• Corel® Paint it! Touch, whichTM allows users to draw and paint or turn photos into paintings using fingertips.

The tm2 also features many of the same exclusive built-for-touch applications found on the recently introduced tx2 and HP TouchSmart PC, including exclusive touch-enabled games and Corel Painter Sketch Pad application for creating digital art.

The tm2 now offers a touch-enabled Netflix application, which delivers thousands of full-screen movies and TV episodes that are instantly streamed from Netflix over the Internet and can be watched any time at no additional cost by Netflix members with an unlimited subscription. Other recently introduced applications within the TouchSmart software include Hulu Desktop or Internet TV, Twitter and HP Music Store.(6)

As part of HP’s commitment to the environment and to eliminating all uses of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its computing products by 2011,(7) the TouchSmart tm2 is BFR/PVC-free.

Here are two hands-on videos shot by Engadget:

The digitzer used on the HP TouchSmart tm2 is probably Wacom’s recently announced “Feel It” sensor tecnology:

Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver, WA – Jan. 4, 2010 – Wacom® announced today that it has begun production and shipment of a multi-touch sensor system for integration with Windows® 7 PCs featuring an improved controller circuit that realizes greater precision and space reduction. The new sensor system will be on display and available for demonstration at the Wacom booth during the CES trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7 to 10. Visitors to Wacom booth #31435, located on the upper level of the Center’s South Hall, will be able to put the multi-touch sensor capabilities to the test on one of the latest consumer notebook computers from HP, the first to incorporate the new sensor system into a mobile device.

See Wacom’s PR here.

Update: Here’s the HP product shown during the CES keynote

Source: Engadget

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid: Laptop + Multi-Touch Tablet all in One

This came out of no where and looks mighty interesting. Lenovo’s upcoming IdeaPad laptop just leaked before its official announcement at CES. The IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is a CULV Intel Core 2 Duo powered laptop running Windows 7 premium and also a 11.6 inch multi-touch tablet power by a Qualcomm SnapDragon Chipset running Lenovo’s Skylight Linux distro with a 16GB SSD. As you can see in the pictures, when the screen is attached to the chassis the device is a standard laptop but you can also detach the screen to use it as a tablet. Rumored released date is June for a price of $999 with 4GB of RAM, 2x USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 memory card reader and 1.3-Megapixel camera. Interestingly if Windows Mobile 7wasn’t so late this thing wouldn’t feature the Linux distro and you’ll probably have a better seamless experience (check out Mary Jo Foley’s post here & here).

Source: LaptopMag via Engadget

Kindle For PC Beta available for download

Kindle For PC Beta
The Amazon Kindle application that was announced on October 22 is now finally availalbe for download for Windows 7, Vista & XP users. A Mac version is also expected soon.

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

- Purchase, download and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
- Read the beginning of any book for free before they buy
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, textbooks and graphic novels
- Choose from more than 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
- Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
- View notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
- Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)

Now where are the Windows Mobile & Android versions?

Source: Amazon

Amazon Kindle for PC application with Windows 7 multi-touch support announced

Kindle For PC
Amazon just announced the availability of a Kindle application for the PC which also support multi-touch gestures in Windows 7:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2009–, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for PC,” the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC). The U.S. Kindle Store ( currently offers over 360,000 books, including New Releases and 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically $9.99 or less. The Kindle Store is the only place to find some of the most popular books of today in digital format. Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC.

Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. Whether you read Kindle books on a Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the free Kindle applications, you can always have your reading with you and never lose your place. With Kindle for PC, you can read some on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off. Whispersync helped make the Kindle for iPhone application the most popular books app in the Apple App Store.

“Kindle for PC is the perfect companion application for folks who own a Kindle or Kindle DX,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for PC is also a great way for people around the world to read the most popular books of today even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

Purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
Access their entire library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
Choose from over 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
View notes and highlights marked on Kindle and Kindle DX
Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)
Microsoft demonstrated Kindle for PC for the first time ever at the Windows 7 launch event today in New York City. “Customers have told us that they want access to a wider variety of content and an increasingly diverse set of form factors,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Platform Strategy at Microsoft. “With the announcement of Kindle for PC, Amazon is making its massive selection of Kindle books available on the world’s most widely used platform. The new Kindle for PC’s use of Windows 7 features such as Jump Lists and Windows Touch demonstrates how Windows 7 makes new things possible.”

Kindle for PC takes advantage of capabilities in the new Windows 7, including Windows Touch technology. In addition to Windows 7, Kindle for PC will also be compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Kindle for PC will be available to customers around the world as a free download next month. Sign up to receive an email when Kindle for PC is available for download at .

Ironically a couples of days ago everybody laughed at Steve Ballmer for saying that PC’s are the best eBook readers (see here)
Source: Amazon

People lining up outside of retail stores to buy Windows 7

Win7 Line up
Hold on, when was the last time you saw people lining up outside of a retail sore to by a Microsoft product (besides Halo,etc..)? Looks like Windows 7 is going to boost Microsof’st public perception after the PR disaster that was Vista. Now it’s time to finish Windows Mobile 7

Source: Twitter

Windows 7 first TV ad is up, airs on TV tonight

Microsoft’s massive Windows 7 ad campaign is starting tonight during CW’s prime-time premiere of “Vampire Diaries.” and here’s the first one:


Source: Youtube

Update: Here’s more info

Nokia Booklet 3G mini-laptop priced at €570

Nokia’s CEO just announced the European price of the Booklet 3G Mini-laptop during Nokia World 09 this morning. €570 should be the price without any carriers contract but Nokia said that it should be heavily subsidized if telco operators decide to offer the laptop with one. The full specs have also been unveiled :

All day computing

Up to 12 hours of usage time
Last for a heavy work day
Windows 7 and Intel Atom processor
Charge it and go – no need to worry about taking your charger with you
Sleek, robust design

A stylish, premium design with a chassis made from a single piece of machined aluminum
19.9 mm thin
Three different colors at launch: black, ice (white) and azure (blue)
Seamless connectivity

Inbuilt WLAN and WWAN enable connectivity to the Internet anywhere a WiFi or cellular network connection is found
3G/ HSPA with hot swappable simcard
Sync easily with your Nokia handset

Integrated Ovi Suite enables easy sync of calendar contacts, media with your device and the cloud
Integrated Nokia services

Ovi Suite 2.0
Nokia Music for PC
Ovi Maps
Social Hub – keeps track of your social software feeds in one spot and serves as a SMS sender
Nokia software updater
Nokia Booklet 3G full specification


Weight (max) 1250 g
Dimensions (max) 264 x 185 x 19.9 mm

CPU and Chipset

Intel Atom Z530, 1.6 GHz
Intel Poulsbo US15W, fanless design
Memory and Storage

RAM: 1 GB, DDR2, 533 Mhz, soldered down
HDD: 120 GB, 1.8”/5mmH/SATA, 8 MB cache, 4200 RPM


10.1”, 1280×720 pixels, glass window


16 cell, 56.8 Wh, Li-Ion prismatic, removable design


802.11 b/g/n, 2T2R
BT 2.1 + EDR
Inbuilt 3G modem (data calls only). Different variants: WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 or WCDMA 900/2100 or no modem.
All modem variants have GSM and GPRS
I/O ports

1 x HDMI 1.2 out
3 x USB 2.0
1 x headphone out (OMTP 3.5 mm) – with OMTP headsets also functions as audio in
1 x DC-in
1 x SD card reader
1 x SIM / USIM slot

Camera and microphone

1.3 MP front facing camera with integrated microphone


Frame keyboard
2 physical layouts: US (78 keys, 17 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke) and UK (79 keys, 16.7 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke)


Inbox contents

Nokia Booklet 3G
BC-1S battery
AC/DC power adapter
Quick setup guide and warranty instructions
Headset WH-205
USB charging multi-cable CA-126


Operating System: Windows 7 Starter Edition, Home Premium or Professional
MS Office Small Business 60 day trial
MS Internet Explorer 8
HDD protection utility, Hotkey utility , Knock Control utility, Power Profile Switcher, Battery Life utility
Nokia Update Manager
Ovi Suite
Ovi Maps Gadget
Social Hub
F-Secure Internet Security 2010 trial

Source: Nokia Conversations

Nokia announces Windows 7 Booklet 3G mini-laptop


Now this was unexpected! Nokia just unveiled the Booklet 3G, a mini-laptop (they don’t want to call it netbook)running Windows 7. Remember a few days ago, Nokia and Microsoft partnered in the mobile space to bring the full Office suite to Nokia smartphones. It now looks like the two companies are becoming best buddies. The specs of the Booklet 3G are also really nice, it packs 3G connectivity in addition to WiFi, bluetooth and GPS (A-GPS). Seamless integration with the OVI services and also offers a 10.1-inch “HD” display and an HDMI port for HD video out. The CPU/Chipset is an Intel Atom (not much else is known) and has an aluminum chassis, measures just 10.4? x 7.3? x 0.8? inches thick, and weighs 2.75 pounds.

There are still more details to come at Nokia World 09 on 2 September.

Source: Nokia via Engadget

Microsoft retail stores design leaked

Looks like Gizmodo got their hands on a PowerPoint presentation showcasing and describing in length Microsoft’s future retail stores. Plenty of Surface demo are to be expected, mobility (Windows Mobile & Netbooks) , Windows 7, PCTV (Windows Media Center), XBOX & Zune sections. Interestingly events around the future product launches like Windows 7, project Natal and the mysterious Pink project are planned to take place in the retail stores. You can find all the info over at Gizmodo.

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 are officialy RTM


It’s not really mobile news but stil big news anyway. Microsoft just annouced that Windows 7 is finaly RTM and in time for global release on october 22. TechNet suscribers should be able to download it on august 6. Full press release here