Rumor mengenai iPad 2 versi mini telah berhembus kembali, kali ini tanpa diduga seorang aktor/popstar asal Taiwan, Jimmy Lin memamerkan secara nyata iPad versi mini. Perangkat iPad dengan layar yang lebih kecil ini ditampilkannya di microblog miliknya t.sina.com (situs mirip twitter terbesar di Cina).
Dari foto yang ada, tampak Jimmy Lin memegang kedua perangkat iPad sekaligus di tangannya seakan ingin membandingkan perbedaannya. iPad mini yang dipegang di tangan kanan memang terlihat jauh lebih kecil dibandingkan dengan iPad normal di tangan kirinya.
Aktor Taiwan ini juga memposting pesan “New yot mini iPad”, post ini telah menerima balasan 2650 komentar dan telah diretweet 3435 kali . Dalam responnya terhadap pesan ini, Jimmy Lin mengatakan ini masih berupa prototipe dan ukurannya sangat cocok untuk dimainkan anak lak-lakinya yang berusia 1 tahun. Selain berprofesi didunia entertain, Jimmy Lin juga merupakan pembalap yang handal dan pernah mendirikan perusahaan teknologi yang cukup sukses, jadi mungkin saja dia memang mendapatkan iPad mini yang sebenarnya.
Apakah yang ditampilkan Jimmy Lin adalah iPad kloningan Cina? Atau bila benar iPad besutan Apple, ada yang bisa menebak berapa ukuran layarnya?
Throughout the year you’ve submitted your beautifully organized desktops and we’ve featured the ones that stand out. Here’s a look at the best of the best featured desktops from 2010.
Just like last year’s featured desktops, this list is made up of the most popular posts in 2010. We’ve had some really amazing desktops this year. If anything stands out and you want more info, just click the title to visit the original post.
Reader Saad Baig created the 8Bar Rainmeter skin to a Windows taskbar with integrated widgets. It’s simple, attractive, and leaves plenty of space to get things done. This Windows 8 concept desktop took the number one position this year, proving elegant simplicity makes for some of the best desktops.
The Gaia desktops keep coming back with new and beautiful updates. In fact, you’ll find the Windows version of Gaia ’10 later in this post. Reader gabriela2400 used the Gaia customization to create this custom Linux interface that’s peppered with little bits of information and plenty of eye candy.
Reader Darko 2 brings us the dark and intense Duality Desktop. Rocketdock provides the straightforward, transparent dock while the ecqlipse 2 icon set blends in with the background. As usual, Rainmeter integrates all the nice stats you see on the right side. The look makes for a great contrast between light and dark.
The Optimum desktop comes from reader nitzua, who makes use of my favorite color scheme as of late: white, black, gray, and red. Despite the minimalist look and feel, quite a few tools went into making this desktop possible (including multiple resource hacks) to bring the contemporary design style to have last inch of the user interface.
Reader gabriela2400 is back again on our best of 2010 list with the “Listen and Feel” desktop, showing us a perfect example of how little you need to make a really stunning digital workspace. A few widgets provide some basic information (like the time) as well as a slim and handy digital music player.
The Monochrome Grey desktop is zalary’s take on a clean, focused Windows workspace. A little Launchy, a little Rocketdock, and some Rainmeter and other modifications pack a lot of information into a really stunning layout.
Your friendly neighborhood zackshackleton has created the SpiderMac desktop. At first glance it looks just like a comic, but check out the speech bubbles—they’re system statistics and other handy widgets. Little was required outside of Geektool and Yahoo! Widgets to make this clever desktop possible. With so few customization tools still actively being developed on the Mac, it’s pretty impressive.
Reader McG00gles offers up MechHUD desktop, making your desk chair feel more like the pilot seat of a mecha. The entire customization comes as a Rainstaller so you can easily bring this customization to your own computer.
Reader t.click has turned the Opera web browser to glass, making it the sole focus of his machine. A completely transparent skin makes this possible, allowing Windows 7′s Aero to render the entire interface as shiny, transparent glass.
Reader Mango Sango brings us another variation of the Gaia desktop, this time on Windows 7. Several components help to make this Gaia customization possible, including a custom Gaia skin for Launchy, an earthy desktop photo, and plenty of custom icons and widgets.
The ChoKolate Linux desktop comes from reader naaamo2004, creating a simple minimalist interface with just one color. Plenty of custom work was necessary, including a matching Firefox skin, to create a really cool interface with just one color.
Over on the official Google Blog, Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior VP of Product Management, just shared some of his “favorite tips and apps for Nexus S.” And you’ve gotta figure that his favorite tips and tricks are probably worth checking out.
Some Android power users might snort at the idea that they didn’t know how to, say, turn a stack of images into a slideshow, but the list should be a nice primer for most Nexus owners regardless. Keep in mind most of these are specific to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Here’s Rosenberg’s list:
• Visual cue for scrolling: When you are in a scrollable list (like your Gmail inbox) and you reach the end of the list it shows an orange hue-a visual cue that you can’t scroll anymore.
• Notification bar icons (Wi-Fi, network coverage bars, etc.): Turn green when you have an uninhibited connection to Google, white when you don’t. Hint: if you’re in a hotel or airport using Wi-Fi, the bars won’t turn green until you launch the browser and get past the captive portal.
• Voice actions: Tell your phone what to do by pressing the microphone icon next to the search box on the home screen, or long press the magnifying glass. You can tell it to send an email or text message (“send text to mom, see you for pizza at 7″), call someone (“call mom”), navigate somewhere (“navigate to pizza”), or listen to music (“listen to Mamma Mia”).
• Find things you’ve downloaded from your browser: Your downloads are now neatly collected in a Downloads manager, which you can find in the apps drawer.
• Turn a Gallery stack into a slideshow: In Gallery, when you are looking at a stack of photos, put two fingers on the stack and spread them. The stack spreads out and the pictures flow from one finger to the other, a moving slideshow that lets you see all of the photos.
• Walk, don’t drive: Once you’ve gotten directions within Google Maps, click on the walking person icon to get walking directions.
• Easy text copy/paste from a webpage: To copy/paste from a webpage, long press some text, drag the handles around to select the text you want to copy, and press somewhere in the highlighted region. To paste, simply long press a text entry box and select paste. Gmail is a bit different: you need to go to Menu > More > Select Text.
• Turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot: Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Tethering & Portable Hotspot. (You may have to pay extra for this feature.)
• Look at Maps in 3D: With the latest release of Google Maps, you can now look at 3D maps. Tilt the map by sliding two fingers vertically up/down the screen, and rotate it by placing two fingers on the map and sliding in a circular motion, e.g., from 12 and 6 o’clock to 3 and 9.
• Cool shutdown effect: When you put the phone to sleep, you’ll see an animation that resembles an old cathode tube TV turning off.
• Shift+Key to capitalize a word: In Gingerbread (and supported hardware), you can Shift+Key to capitalize a letter instead of going to a separate all caps keyboard.
• Auto-complete: The space bar lights up when auto-complete can finish a word.
• Quick replace: Tap on any previously typed word, then tap on a suggestion to automatically replace it with the suggested word.
• Easy access to special characters (like numbers, punctuation): Press and hold any key to go to the special character keyboard. You can also press and hold the “,” key for an extensive punctuation keyboard.
• Angry Birds: Popular game that lets you knock down blocks by slingshotting birds.
• Astro: Awesome file explorer app. Browse and access the directories on your phone, and take full advantage of its capabilities. Great if you’re a power user.
• Chrome to Phone: This one is really useful for Chrome users. You can send anything you browse on your computer to your phone. So if you are heading out to a restaurant or party and look up directions on your computer, just click the “send to phone” button (requires Chrome to Phone extension) and that exact page will open on your phone. Same with virtually any webpage.
• Flash: Install from Android Market to watch Flash videos embedded throughout the web. Runs even better on Gingerbread.
• Fruit Ninja: A juicy action game that tests your ability to smash flying fruit. A fun time-killer on the bus or train.
• FXCamera: Popular photo sharing app with slick effects and filters.
• Google Maps: Use your device as a GPS navigation system with free turn-by-turn voice guidance, and take advantage of other Google Maps features like Street View, Latitude and Places.
• Instant Heart Rate: Measure your heart rate using your camera.
• Phoneanlyzr: Track your phone usage: who you text most, call most, average call length distribution, etc.
• RemoteDroid: Control your computer from your phone. Gives you a mobile wireless mouse and keyboard. Great if you’re using your computer for music or movies.
• Shazam: Identifies virtually any song you are listening to.
• SoundHound: Record a snippet of a song and get it identified instantly. You can even hum (if you can carry a tune!).
• Tango: A free, high-quality video call app that works on both 3G and Wi-Fi. If your device has a front facing camera (e.g., Nexus S), you will love this app.
• YouTube: New UI. Plus, portrait-mode player, and view comments and drop-down box video information.
If you’ve got some favorite Gingerbread tips of your own, feel free to let others nibble in the comments
It had to happen at some point, so why not now? After a startling — almost terrifying — year-long gap between Brando SATA HDD docks, the company is finally outing another. For those who’ve been camped out under the nearest boulder for the past few years, these external HDD docks allow users to plug any 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA hard drive in, and then have said drive mount on the desktop of a connected computer. It’s pretty handy for those running diagnostic tests or looking to clone a drive without a dedicated machine, and now it’s taken the expected leap to USB 3.0 — a move that rival Sharkoon made back in 2009. You’ll also find a trifecta of SuperSpeed USB ports on the rear, though this gem will set you back a full $140 if you buy in today. Yikes.
Then again, this may all be for nothing. Cue another well-connected Microsoft reporter, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who has a decidedly tamer prediction: a new Windows CE / Embedded Contact — you’ll remember we saw it running on a Tegra 2 tablet back at Computex — and maybe ARM support for Windows 8 (or Windows 8 “Lite”). In other words, no one has a clear, 100 percent idea of what to expect in January, so as we say, just stay tuned.
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