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Livescribe launches Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen

Technology is all about making our lives simple. From smartphones to cameras, all products are being designed to digitize our world. Following the trend, Livescribe has also rolled out its all-new Sky Wi-Fi smartpen that attempts to bridge the gap between the paper and the cloud technology. The Wi-Fi-enabled pen digitizes your documents and allows you to capture everything you hear or write. Simply record all your hand-written documents or your voice and wirelessly transfer the captured data to a tablet, a smartphone, or cloud-based notes service Evernote.

The smartpen works with proprietary physical notebooks and preserves your hand-written notes and audio files on 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of onboard storage. Once the content has been successfully stored on the cloud, you can easily search, organize, and share your files. The Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen also has the ability to directly pair with tablets like iPad through smartpen’s wireless functionality. Through this, Livescribe smartpen automatically transfers your notes taken on a paper to the tablet’s touchscreen. This has been done because around 54% of Livescribe users use tablets.

The Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen, which resembles a normal pen, has a replaceable nib, which sits next to the camera that captures whatever you are writing. It also sports a power button, a monochromatic, single-line OLED display, a microphone, and a speaker. All notes are synced with Livescribe’s servers, before getting stored on Evernote. This means that you can access all the notes from a HTML5 web player. It also offers handwriting recognition and print-on-demand functionality.

The 2GB Sky pen, which is scheduled to hit stores on November 1st, will cost $170. However, the 4GB and 8GB variants are priced at $200 and $250, respectively. The 2GB version stores around 200 hours of audio, 4GB around 400 hours, and 8GB stores around 800 hours of audio. This digital alternative will surely offer you the quickest way of taking notes, whether you are in a classroom or a meeting.

2011- The year that witnessed phenomenal growth of Tablets!

Seems, tablets have truly come of age. 2011 witnessed the launch of a spectrum of tablets. Some of them came, took over and are still ruling, while others could not steal the limelight. Tablets have become a niche segment of computers; they are smart and elegant, and no doubt the newest fad.

Since the potential client base is increasing rapidly, the high-end tablet market is booming. Tablets are being owned by every age-group and therefore, the role of tablets in enterprise mobility has also taken a center stage. The introduction of tablets has even posed a threat to the existence of netbooks, as the former is compact and hence more portable than the latter.

Let us discuss some of the most popular tablets that are dominating the market and shooting their sales graph higher with each coming day.

Apple iPad 2

iPad 2, the king of all tablets is the successor to the first iPad. Seems that Apple Inc. thought of coming up with something super sleek and nimble to eliminate the blues of iPad – the hefty version. The immense popularity of iPad 2 can be seen from the fact that on the one hand where Apple sold over 11 million units of iPad 2, other companies could sell merely 1 million units altogether. Starting at a price of $499, iPad 2 is the first preference of everyone who opts to buy a tablet.

HP TouchPad

The tablet discontinued by HP was the only one that posed a serious threat to the popularity of iPad 2. After iPad 2, it was HP TouchPad, which gained influence. Several critical flaws with which it was released and the discontinuation of WebOS were some of the major reasons for the tragic downfall of the HP tablet. Apparently, in order to save them from landing into soup, HP decided to put a siege on the range of tablets and sold the left over heaps from its inventory for $99. Oh! What a collapse. The remaing inventory is still on sale for a much higher price on Amazon, eBay and HP Office Depot.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Android powered Samsung Galaxy Tab was another hit this year. The tablet resembles iPad 2. The 7- inch tablet comprises extensive features like a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB of storage and 1GB RAM. Samsung puts it across like “ at workplace, it turns work into play for results that are both innovative and rewarding and while away from work, it seeks to make every moment of relaxation even more enriching.” Samsung Galaxy Tab is the sleekest of all Andorid tablets and was among the top-selling gadgets of 2011.

Amazon Kindle Fire

At an affordable price of $199, Amazon Kindle Fire attracted a lot of customers, despite the fact it doesn’t have a camera or 3G connectivity. The USP of Kindle Fire could be perhaps the Amazon Appstore. Running on Android OS, Kindle Fire offers complete entertainment. It became a more compelling tablet owing to Amazon Prime – the special membership program by Amazon. Kindle Fire has been a great bargain deal for all those who couldn’t afford an iPad 2, but were looking for a reliable tablet.

Barnes and Noble Nook

While Amazon Kindle Fire was still on the top, Barnes and Noble Nook tablet – priced at $250, with some extra features, gave Kindle – a run for its money. The device that was transformed from an e-reader to a fully fledged Android Powered tablet, has fared quite well in the market. The Nook Store provides a multitude of apps. Albeit slightly more expensive, Nook tablet is worth the price, given the additional features it offers. Barnes and Noble Nook satisfied the tablet-cravings of many.

The year 2011 saw the best tablets in the making. Tablet market flourished at its best. With new OS, software, array of apps, and a pursuit to introduce improved products, there was a long list of success as well as failures attached. Let’s see what’s in store for the next year. Here’s hoping for another successful run in 2012.

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How To Factory Reset The BlackBerry PlayBook

In 2011, Blackberry makers, Research in Motion’s (RIM) launched Blackberry Playbook. This is a next generation Tablet PC which is supposed to be the answer of Apple’s much hyped iPad.

It was launched in April 2011 in USA and Canada with the hope of winning consumer’s heart and mind.

The device is powered with 1GHz Dual core processor and comes with 1 GB RAM. Like any other device, Blackberry PlayBook is also not intact from any fault or mistakes and for the same reason, the manufactures of such products provide an option to restore the device to factory default settings.

Restoring any device to the factory defaults settings takes the device back the stage when it was delivered to you first.

There are two methods to factory reset a Blackberry Playbook:

Method 1:

This step will erase all everything from your computer like the apps you installed and all the data. So it is suggested to take back of the required data if you want to use the same data in future.

Step 1: Select the settings options by pushing the cog on the top right corner of you PlayBook.

Step2:  Now you need to scroll down all the way till Security options.

Step3: At this step, it will give you the option to factory wipe and will also ask for the type blackberry to confirm.

Step4: One the above steps are completed, you BlackBerry PlayBook will reboot and will show the manufactures and brand logo for some time.

One the process is completed; it will load everything as the first day. It will also ask you to follow the setup process again.


It is suspected that the method 1 can remove everything from your PlayBook including sample files and sample HD Video Demo. However, there is another method to perform factory default setting which does not remove any sample files from your PlayBook.

In this method, we use Desktop manager utility to perform factory default.

Step1:Attach your device with PC using MicroUSB cable and launch the Desktop Manager utility.

Step2: Now take the backup from your device and select Device/Update from the desktop manager tool.

Step3: While you are still connected to your PC, Reboot your BlackBerry Playbook. A new pop up screen will be appeared providing you new updates.

Step4: Now select the update option and it will update the device with the latest software.

The time of the update process may take a while and it might also depend on the number of updates available, so you have to be a bit patient.

This method is useful if you are intended to use the same device for yourself and not selling it. Method 2 will make you device updated with latest software and will make it compatible to install all new applications as well.

Intel® is not worried about the move of Microsoft® towards ARM processors

Intel has announced that it is not worried over the move of Microsoft to port Windows to ARM processors. An Intel spokesperson said that Intel will be able to provide low power Windows which can match with the Atom processor or x86 processor family chipsets.

Intel’s Executive Vice President Dadi Perlmutter also stated that by the time Microsoft manages to get a new version of Windows as an operating system for tablets, Intel would be ready with a competitive Atom processor to power tablets and will be able to be compared to ARM processor in terms of battery life. Intel officials also said that Windows will always run best on Intel and porting Windows to a new architecture, where chips are generally incompatible with each other and require sizable investment in millions of other software code, applications and middleware will be complex and costly.

Intel’s Executive Vice President also said that the biggest advantage for Intel is that as they work on their OS they will now have the ability to have a designed and constructed, from step one a touch enabled operating system for tablets running on Intel that do not exist today. They would have the capability to place their lowest-power consuming Intel processors for Windows 8 operating system or the new Windows operating systems and smartphones as they would have the same OS. They look at it as an opportunity for them to widen their reach.

Microsoft’s ARM move is to create a version of its Windows operating system that runs on ARM based processors, a move widely interpreted as accepting that computing is moving away from a market dominated by Intel chips.

However, Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that the move toward ARM is about meeting customer expectations. Now customers expect the same experience on all their devices from PC to laptops and from tablets to smartphones. He said that Windows is able to provide such experience at any level and the company will be continuously working on ARM partners like Qualcom, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA and they would also be joining hands with Intel and AMD to attain their goal.

Proposed alliance between Nokia® and Microsoft®

The 2010 results of the Finnish cell phone company Nokia show that low cost mobile phones were a major contributor to its sales. It enjoys a comfortable position in the sales of lower end smartphones costing a little over 100 Euros. A major chunk of the profit came from the devices and services unit or from handset sales. With a change in the head of the company Nokia is expected to change all this and make a major play to claw its way back to the top in the smartphone category.

Nokia has recently reiterated support for MeeGo, a Linux based operating system for tablets and smartphones in partnership with Intel. Nokia might head for either Android or Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Analysts say that now that Nokia has a new CEO, they should partner with Microsoft. Microsoft needs support from leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to stand up against Android, and Nokia needs a new strategy to fuel its smartphone market. A combination of Microsoft’s marketing expertise and software expertise with the Windows 7 OS and with Nokia’s brand image and global sales market, could create an impact in the smartphone market. Also Nokia would get a chance to regain its lost market in North America. Microsoft could see Windows Phone 7 come at par with Android and iOS and give them a run for their money. At the moment the open source nature of Android is troubling Microsoft, which might make it just be ready to clinch a partnership with Nokia.

Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop is a Microsoft veteran apparently at good terms with the company. This would seem to be a better step than look for third party software. According to an analyst, Microsoft could create a differentiated tablet strategy with stronger enterprise support and Nokia could clearly benefit with a tablet and smartphone combined strategy that is offered by competitors.

BlackBerry® losing smartphone market share

Over the last year, the consumer market share of various operating systems for smart phones has seen phenomenal ups and downs. Various market researchers like ComsScore and Gartner and Neilsen have released data related to the market share of operating systems for smart phones and tablets.

The market share of the Android operating system is 41%. The BlackBerry OS of Research In Motion (RIM) was used by 35% of the users. Its market share has decreased by 15% and stands at the third position. Apple, with iOS, is at the first position, and Android is at the second position. Android smart phone apps have been a favorite. For most of 2010, Google experienced a good growth from 19% to about 38% more between July and October. The OEM market share was shared by top five OEM companies with Samsung increasing its percentage by 4% and Motorola placed at number three losing out on 10% in the market share.

Mobile users used texting activities to the extent of 67.1% of subscribers. The race for the lead in the US smart phone OS market of consumers is tight according to Nielsen Research, which indicates that Android is the most popular with 41% of the market captured. Apple iOS keeps a slim lead on the overall share.

While RIM has been under pressure for having to filter pornographic content from BlackBerry devices in Indonesia, it has agreed to work with the carriers in Indonesia. The Indonesian government has also requested RIM to place a server in Indonesia to easily access and monitor data that is sent from BlackBerry devices in the country. BlackBerry is being banned in Indonesia for the access of pornographic material and disbursing it. However, the Indonesian Minister for Communications has said that the ban is due to the business practices of RIM. According to the minister, RIM is taking money from the Indonesians and is not paying taxes on it because the company is based in Canada and the BlackBerry sets are being imported by local vendors and so RIM incurs no sales tax. This is one of the reasons that RIM is losing its market share. RIM has, however, taken steps to filter porn in Indonesia. On the smart phone a filter has been set-up as also a server being set-up in Indonesia.

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