Hp have released the following You Tube videos which is just in time for the UK pre order date for the new tablet. If you fancy a look, check out the official You Tube channel as there are lots more than these!
Also check out HP’s website on the Touchpad.
This weeks E3 was a glorious event celebrating what is now a very established, powerful and in our opinion joy giving industry. But some have noted that Sony seemed to stand in the shadow of Microsoft and Nintendo.
For the Microsoft Xbox 360, it quickly became the year Kinect appears to be coming of age and in to it’s own with now support spilling in to mainstream gaming title such as Mass Effect 3 and a Star Wars branded game. And they were not the only ones. Indeed, the Fall due upgraded dashboard with voice recognition, Live TV and greater Kinect interactivity alone was a major message behind what Microsoft see as the future of gaming.
Nintendo came out with that controller! The Wii U and it’s controller signals intent by Nintendo alongside being embraced by mainstream game titles alike to bring Nintendo in to the Living Room Hub game with features like video calls, touch screen drawing and a console which does not have to dominate the TV!
Sony indeed did bring out the new PS Vita which marked their next move forward in to portable gaming. But that is a market that is becoming increasingly competitive with even Apple getting in on the act through the impressively growing array of gaming titles for iOS devices and indeed reports today that AppleTV and an iOS device such as an iPad may start to even compete directly with the Wii U concept. Android and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play are further diversifying the portable gaming market and creating some huge choices for the consumer. And the Nintendo 3DS!
Now a year in the games industry is not a great deal of time and next year it would not surprise any of us if Sony hit us all with a Playstation 4. But where will the PS4 fit with Kinect taking control of the no controller needed environment and Wii U bringing the interactive gaming experience with a motion control and multi view gaming to a new level (check out the golf shot from the Wii U promo video). Sony are capable of bringing something special that we can not think of but Xbox is catching up Sony for content on the Entertainment front outside of gaming (video playback, music hub, TV, social networking etc). They may feel (as hinted by the Playstation 3D gaming TV set they announced – which is pretty neat) that the future of gaming console wars is to be fought over the 3D market but I am not convinced this is going to universally catch on with movies and TV nevermind gaming. There is still resistance to having to wear a 3D pair of glasses to get the best experience. Sony still has the edge on Blu-Ray but is this a move to protect their investment in the format? Downloads and content streaming are increasingly where the market is moving.
And while Sony are looking at the PS4, Microsoft will surely already be looking ahead too. Where this will all take us, we will have to wait and see, but it is hard to see where the PS will catch up and indeed overtake the Xbox.
Next years E3 will certainly be very interesting!
The video of todays Apple Keynote is now available for one and all (with internet access 😉 ) from the Apple website.
Stock levels across Apple Retail Stores are often a good way of knowing if new lines are coming out and reports suggest that Airport devices (Extreme and Time Capsule) are running low on stock with rumours about what will possibly replace them.
Taking Time Capsule, an iCloud enabled device is widely rumoured which will download updates automatically and store them for your devices to upload – wirelessly – and in addition sling files to iOS and other devices as required including backing up the other way all wirelessly.
This makes a lot of sense and would add the extra zest to a wider iCloud service and enablement.
Many are hoping that annoucements over the future of iOS, OS X and iCloud mean additional announcements of new hardware and this would be a perfect fit.
AppleInsider have posted the above image of a banner set for Mondays announcement from Apple of iCloud services along with the future of OSX and iOS to be detailed.
The LA Times is also reporting that the iCloud service will likely cost $25 per annum. Not sure how that will relate to other parts of the world and how this will dove tail in with “free” elements of iCloud which are reportedly to be packaged in with OS X Lion.
We will have to wait and see how much detail we get on Monday but our bet is that the service is probably going to be pretty quickly available.
We have a sneaky feeling there will be some big surprises on Monday when Apple gives details of the future of iOS, OSX and their “cloud based services”.
It is certainly not like Apple to announce beforehand what the keynote speech will cover albeit it is usually already widely known through the hints and graphics used to announce when the keynotes will take place along with the press invites.
The iCloud concept has been muted for some time now and with Amazon and Google already providing such streaming services and the concept of Spotify heavily subscribed to in some parts, it has given Apple an opportunity to do something they do well. Sit back, observe and take stock.
In this process, you can usually guarantee that there will be some Wow to the keynote, an angle that only Apple could have delivered or thought of and a way that such services will work that only Apple efficiency can deliver. And given the investment Apple has made in to their data centre and announcements that there will be more data centres, then the reality dawns that Apple has been looking at this for a long time, and they have been able to consider what they will deliver for a long time.
The fact that the keynote will also cover iOS and OSX future releases, and that MobileMe is due an upgrade (even perhaps iTunes is due one), then it all points to the sort of synronicity and cross device features that Apple have become so good at.
Stay with us on Monday for details.
I saw this a couple of weeks ago but thought I would post reference to it in case any of you have not seen it. It shows a notifications concept for the iPhone which I have to say looks pretty nifty! Hopefully Apple will like it too and introduce something like it or better than this.