Microsoft will be making an announcement later today at 12PM Pacific/12ET about some new product(s). The announcement will be made by Steve Ballmer which would mean that Microsoft is bound to announce something major.
As rumors suggest, the announcement could be related to the newer version of Office; Office 15 which Microsoft has been working on for a while. Microsoft is also set to release Windows 8 to consumers later this year, so it makes sense that they would also release a refresh for Office along with the new OS.
Office 15 will sport the new Metro look which has become the signature for Microsoft products of late and will more likely than not be ported to every future Microsoft product.
Apple has confirmed an iPad 2 event for March 2, 2011. The event is highly anticipated and will be followed by millions of users. Apple will be unveiling the iPad 2 tablet which is an upgrade to the iPad.
Though there have been several new tablets launched this year including the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPad 2 will definitely be something magical, as Steve Jobs always says. You are better off holding on buying any tablet till at-least March or April when many of the tablets will be coming out.
Last time Apple had streamed an event live online, hopefully they will also stream the event live this time too. You can try and watch the live videos online at http://www.apple.com/apple-events/.
The iPad 2 event will start at 10AM Pacific Time or 1PM Eastern Time on March 2. You can visit this link to see the local timings in your country/location.
It’s official! It’s finally official! Apple has just made it official that they will be unveiling the successor to the iPad the iPad 2 on March 2 i.e. next Wednesday. It was just yesterday that rumors were floating around the Internet that the iPad 2 will be unveiled on March 2. Apple sent an invite to all the popular bloggers (Sadly, not me ) out there with the image shown below : Last year, it was the original iPad from Apple that kick-started this whole tablet wars among manufacturers. It was only at the beginning of this year that we some worthy competitors to the iPad like the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is more or less confirmed that the iPad 2 will feature a front-facing camera for Facetime video calling. A faster processor, more RAM and higher storage capacity will also be on-board. Hopefully, Apple will make the iPad 2 lighter compared to its predecessor. The iPad 2 will be compared to all the upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets from different manufactures, so it better be good!
Everyone’s eyes and ears will be tuned on to which company Nokia will be partnering with to bring some good phones to their lineup. According to the impending rumors Nokia will partner with Microsoft and come out with Windows Phone 7, however, nothing is certain yet and this will be a huge setback for Meego, the OS which never was and never came to be.
Earlier last month, Manan had said that Nokia should basically go with either WP7 or Android as the software for their high end phones and it looks like there is no way out for them but to do it. I have personally used the Nokia N8 and the Nokia E7 and find that it has good hardware but it lacks good software. It definitely makes sense for Nokia to let go of Symbian or stop making smartphones with it as it hurts them more than it is good for them.
This event is extremely important for Nokia as the target audience are the investors and Nokia certainly cannot afford to disappoint them as they have disappointed their loyal users.
Hopefully, a lot of questions will be answered tomorrow at the Nokia Capital Market’s Day. We are all waiting with bated breath for what Elop will say tomorrow. Are you?
The presentation starts at 10AM London Time / 5AM EST. If you are interested in watching the Nokia Capital Markets Day online, you can head over to this link and click on the Webcast link or visit the webcast page directly, you will need to register before you can view the webcast.
If there’s anything that HP needs for webOS, it’s developers and apps. Well fear not because following their WebOS event on February 9th, HP will be holding a “developer oriented” event featuring Jon Rubinstein (pre-CEO of Palm) and the HP webOS Engineering and Developer Relations teams. In addition to a special presentation, there will be a reception for the developer community to allow developers to get to know each other and presumably discuss the future plans on applications and development for the platform.
You must be a registered developer in order to attend the event and there’s a fairly decent chance that HP/Palm will take this opportunity to hand out some new hardware so developers can get an early start.
Sony is one of the most interesting companies at CES 2011. Several new and exciting products might be revealed by them this year. Some of them include the Sony “Xperia Play” which could add in support for gaming and tie-in with the PS3, just like Windows Phone 7 does with Xbox live.
It could also be Sony’s new Xperia successor Anzu X12 which have been leaked several times. We could also see unveiling of Sony TVs and news related to PS3, but we’ll hold on our horses for now.
So you could not make it to CES 2011 this year? No problems, you can catch up all the CES 2011 action live online. However, what if you want to watch it on Television? Well, there’s a channel for that.
CBS Interactive and CNET, who are the official media partner of CES, will provide live coverage of all many CES 2011 events on the internet, CBS Television and CBS Radio stations.
In addition to that, CNET will also be streaming press conferences live, here is the list of Press Conference that will be streamed live by CNET.
Wednesday, Jan. 5 Press Conferences Streamed Live
10:00 AM INTEL
12:00 PM NVIDIA
2:00 PM Samsung
3:00 PM Panasonic
5:00 PM Sony
Thursday, Jan. 6 at 1:00 PM Verizon News Conference at CES 2011 Streamed Live
Thursday, Jan. 6 at 3:00 PM "The ‘Next Big Thing’ Super Session: After the Computer" (North Hall, Room N255-N257). With the era of the personal computer coming to an end, tablets, smart phones and connected home entertainment are poised to take consumers to the next level of innovation. CNET editors Molly Wood and Brian Cooley will be joined by industry thought leaders from CBS, HTC, Roku, Samsung and YouTubeâ„¢ to discuss the services and devices that will shape this shift. The second part of the discussion will include a panel of well-known tech journalists, including Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky, New York Times’ David Pogue and Wired.com’s Evan Hansen.
Friday, Jan. 7 at 10:00 AM "Best of CES" Finalists announcement at CNET Stage (South Hall 3 Lobby). The awards recognize the most buzz-worthy and innovative products at the show. Voting for People’s Voice award will remain open until 10 AM on Jan. 8. Votes can be submitted at cnet.com/pv.
Friday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 AM "How to Lighten the Energy Load from Electronics" (South Hall, Room S204-205). CNET senior editor Martin LaMonica will be joined by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to discuss new approaches to lowering electricity use and managing home energy
Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11:00 AM "Best of CES" Winners announcement and awards presentation at CNET Stage (South Hall 3, Upper Level Lobby) and live Webcast at http://cnet.com/ces.
So rest assured, you can catch up all the CES 2011 action from the comfort of your couch, on your computer chair or while on the go. Have fun and stay tuned for our coverage of CES 2011 where we will help you catch up on product announcements and analysis.
If you’re concerned that HP and Palm won’t be announcing anything ground breaking at CES 2011, you’ll be happy to know that an event is taking place in San Francisco on February the 9th.
The motto on the event invitation reads “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.” Could this be the next-gen smartphone hardware we’ve been hearing about? Perhaps it’s about a tablet styled device or the public release of developer-only features to WebOS? The sky is the limit when it comes to WebOS, hopefully HP and Palm don’t get clobbered by the suspected lack of presence at CES and are able to get the public re-invigorated and warmed up to WebOS.
There are a number of sites like CraigsList that tell you whats going on in your city, but the all-text cluttered interface makes them a less than ideal tool. SocialVents changes that by providing you with a visual search engine focused solely around events. Start by entering your desired location and date. Click search and SocialVents would display your location on Google maps along with all the vents that are scheduled for that particular date.
Each event is displayed on the map as a bubble pointing to the exact location of its venue on the map. Moreover, clicking on any event shows you more details on the left side-bar including complete address, date and time of the event, any admission charge, notes and a link to the actual source of information. You can also restrict your search results by specifying a category such as music, food, fashion. You can also move around on the map to discover more vents near by or even zoom out to capture events for a larger area.
Even though the site is still in beta, it has a good potential to attract users because of its clean functionality and usefulness. However, there are some features that I think, if added, would make this site even better such as the ability to share events with friends, the option to embed results/map on a website and most importantly displaying some sort of result count.