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Amazon Kindle eBook reader has been the best selling tablet after Apple iPad that holds 47% share of market as per the survey conducted by Yankee Group. After dealing with some software and hardware issues, Amazon has managed to be in the queue of top tablets manufacturers. The survey results show that the company is at #2 with 7% market share and leading Samsung by a wafer thin margin of one percent, which is at #3 with 6% of the tablet market. Considering the consistent growth and demand of the e-readers, the company has decided to increase its Kindle offerings by adding more devices in the segment. The Kindle series now has eight different e-readers variants that vary on the basis of price and features.

If we believe on the various reports on the web, then it seems like that Amazon is prepping for three new Kindle Fire release by the end of this shopping season that is sometime near September. The first of these appears to be a replacement of the current entry-level tablet that has a screen resolution of 1024x600p, and is being sold for $159 right now, with a new similar size 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet in series that features a higher resolution of 1280x800p.

Another upcoming tablet is a new version of Kindle Fire HD. The existing 7-inch Fire HD model has a display resolution of 1280x800p, which will be upgraded by a newer version that will have a resolution of 1920x1200p to offer brighter and appealing display in comparison to its predecessor. However, the size of the newer model will remain unchanged as 7-inches.

The third expected model for this year would be a replacement of current Kindle Fire HD 8.9” model. The existing Fire HD 8.9” model has a resolution of 1920x1200p, which is better than traditional full HD (1920x1080p). However, Amazon has planned to upgrade the pixel count of its new model to 2560×1600 which is way beyond than full HD, but lesser than ultra HD!

As far as the pricing is concerned then there is much speculation but no reliable information as yet until Amazon decides to spill the beans. The demand for these upcoming devices would primarily depend on the consumers’ budget and requirements and if history is anything to go by Amazon may have another winner on its hands with this new range. Keep watching this space more for updates on this.

Touchscreen interface in newspapers and textbooks is no more restricted only in Harry Potter movie series. We have all witnessed moving images and running live videos in the newspaper and other live art effects in textbooks of Hogwarts in this movie franchise. But today I read something which made me go crazy! Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu has developed a technology that turns the paper surface into a touchscreen!

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This technology is capable of detecting our fingers that are pointing on any flat/still surface like paper. We can easily cut, copy, drag and drop images or any other portion of the paper using our fingertips in a same way as we do in our smartphones or tablets for image editing. Or one can even copy or scan the selected portion of any page to save it for future reference, and that too by using his/her fingers.

Taichi Murase, a researcher at Fujitsu’s Media Service System Lab further describes the technology-

“We think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special hardware; it consists of just a device like an ordinary webcam, plus a commercial projector. Its capabilities are achieved by image processing technology.”

Fujitsu’s research team claims that beside plane surface this technology can also work on uneven surfaces like rounded book pages, so that one can easily manipulate data from such curved pages as well. In a presentation video researchers demonstrated that this technology will not detect general hand gestures but it can sense the exact pointed finger facing towards any surface. Furthermore, one can use his/her hand gestures to perform actions without touching the board.

Watch this video to know more about what this technology is all about –

Although this technology is still in its initial stage to demonstrate the concept behind it, Fujitsu is planning to commercialize it by 2014. After watching this demo video I was left amazed! What about you all? I would love to hear your take on this upcoming next generation touch interface!

Just last evening in a general chat, my nosy neighbor caught hold of me on my way upstairs to boast about his HTC Evo 3D Smartphone that he had recently acquired. He blatantly plagiarized what major manufacturers claim and advocated that this Smartphone of his is the best investment he has made and it’s capable of replacing his laptop, PC, camera as well as TV. His staggering statements reminded me of how Samsung too believes that their Galaxy Tab is a one-stop technology companion which can do much more than all the standard devices.

Now in spite of being a technological enthusiast, I do not believe in half-witted ideology that a single device can compete and surpass the functionality of multiple devices. Simply because an engine is never greater than the sum of its parts; it’s those parts which render and identity to that engine. Nevertheless, I am open enough to understand an approach. A Smartphone or a Tab is a computing device which allows you to make calls, click images and record videos, enjoy media as well as surf the internet. Basically, it’s a full on recreational device (the focus is on recreational here.)

And that is where its limitedness gets highlighted. Apart from making calls which is the most clichéd USP of a mobile device, a Tab or Smartphone only marginally compensates for the features of other devices. Let’s start with a PC first. Your PC is nothing short of your home entertainment hub. You store a massive amount of media on it and with its memory expansion option there is no shortage of storage space. And the professional use of PC’s and laptops is not restricted to just sending mails and maintaining excels. Fields like programming and graphic designing require complex and heavy software for operation. Even the more personal aspect of gaming can only be enjoyed on a full-fledged gaming setup. Needless to say, a Smartphone or Tab does not even come close to be applicable in this regard.

 

 

Next comes the TV. Before I even start a comparison, we need to understand that with the advent of digitalization and multiple service providers queuing up; TV entertainment has acquired a whole new definition. And with addition and introduction of new and HD channels, the big screen couch potato experience has just gotten better. A Tab or Smartphone may play channels through an internet application and with the low amount of users, software and firmware updates seem farfetched thus reducing the whole experience.

And last but not the least is the good ol’ camera. Now I have to say that phones have come scarily close to a conventional digital camera and provide the additional portability benefit. And with Nokia bringing models like Pureview 808 in the marketplace, the stance of smart phones is bound to strengthen in the coming times. But unfortunately, there is still a large hurdle to come over as far as extensive use in concerned. Any enthusiast would swear by his DSLR any given day!

Now my emphasis here is not to insinuate hatred towards a Tablet or a Smartphone, but to highlight that they are fine computing devices which at best are “Jack of all trades, Master of None”.

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