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From: sylvester802/22/2012 4:52:23 PM
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Report: Wearable Android Google Goggles Will Debut in 2012 for Under $600
Jason Mick (Blog) - February 22, 2012 11:30 AM

Glasses will cost about as much as a smartphone, alert you when friends are nearby, look like Oakley Thumps

Since Seth Weintraub of 9 to 5 Google first leaked news of "Google Glasses" in December, a steady trickle of information on the top secret project has been filtering out.

I. Meet the Google Glasses

Not to be confused with the infamous "Google Goggles", which helps unscrupulous users avoid drunken emails, the new project looks to offer unique differentiation for Google Inc.'s ( GOOG) Android by taking wearable electronics and augmented reality to the next level. The New York Times is citing "several Google employees" as saying the glasses are not only the real deal, but are very near to market.

Nick Bilton writes in the "Bits" blog:

[T]he glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.

The glasses would be packed with motion sensors for navigation (more on that in a minute) and GPS sensors. They would use a 3G or 4G connection. And they would come with a small glasses-mounted screen, which would site inches away from the eye.

The literal "retina display" equipped glasses are described to resemble Oakley's Thumps. They would be released as a stand-alone Android device, though it is possible that Google could bake in a connection to your traditional handset via local Wi-Fi or 3G routing, as well.

Oakley Thumps [Image Source: Oakley via 9-to-5 Google]

II. Are Wearable Electronics Ready for Primetime?

In a recent update Mr. Weintraub writes about the glasses' unique system input system:

The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click. We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.

The glasses will offer walking directions to users. They also come with a low-resolution camera, which will view the current perspective and overlay information on it, such as landmarks or alerts that one of your friends in the area.

Of course, this wildly excited connected futurist vision comes at a price, as you'll essentially be video-taping random strangers on the street. Google is reportedly well aware of these issues and is working out the privacy aspects of the new electronics devices.

Google sees taking augmented reality from the phone to the world of wearable electronics as a major next step for the technology. [Image Source: Google via The New York Times]

The glasses are reportedly being built at Google's "Bat Cave" of sorts, the Google X Labs, located just off the main Google campus. The New York Times describes the staff involved, writing:

One of the key people involved with the glasses is Steve Lee, a Google engineer and creator of the Google mapping software, Latitude. As a result of Mr. Lee’s involvement, location information will be paramount in the first version released to the public, several people who have seen the glasses said. The other key leader on the glasses project is Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, who is currently spending most of his time in the Google X labs.

Google reportedly is thinking of the devices as a public "experiment", not an immediate profit opportunity. Thus, like many of its services -- Google Books, Google Maps, etc. -- it is using its unusual model of " design first, worry about monetization later". Thus far that model has served Google well and propelled it to billions in profit.

Potentially assisting in the project will be the company's new top-secret $120M USD "precision optical technology" testing facility, first revealed by the San Jose Mercury News. The facility will reportedly come with advanced radio frequency-proofed buildings, and will be a hotbed for testing advanced materials such as rare gases and optical coatings.

III. Universities, Competitors Preparing Unique Augmented Reality Visions

Outside of Google, researchers are working to bake display electronics onto contact lenses, raising the possibility of less-bulky future augment reality devices. The devices could eventually provide HUD readouts similar to those depicted in the dystopian science fiction Terminator franchise.

"Terminator Vision" as depicted in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day
[Image Source: James Cameron/Tri-Star Pictures]

Apple, Inc. ( AAPL), Google's key mobile competitor, is reportedly going a different route. It's looking to build 3G-connected watch-like devices (wrist-worn). Apple is in the midst of its own construction push, looking to construct a gleaming new "spaceship"-like headquarters -- one of the final projects of late company co-founder and CEO Steven P. Jobs.Sources: The New York Times, 9-to-5 Google [1], [2], San Jose Mercury News

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From: sylvester802/22/2012 6:37:37 PM
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Why Ubuntu for Android is a GAME CHANGER
Why Ubuntu for Android can succeed where others failed
by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2/22/2012 | Filed Under: Tablets, Smartphones, News; Tags: android, smartphone, tablet, desktop, ubuntu, webtop, canonical, ubuntu for android | 16 comments

You probably heard the big news about Canonical's plans to build Ubuntu for Android devices. It's something I'm extremely excited about and have been tinkering with myself since the days of the Nexus One. This latest -- and finally official -- iteration resembles (and is being compared to) something we've seen before from Motorola -- Webtop. We got to sit down and talk to the folks at Canonical for more information about Ubuntu for Android this week, and I'm here to tell you, chances are this won't be like Webtop at all.

It won't suck. And here's why:

Where the lapdock flopped, Ubuntu will triumph

Put away your pitchforks, I've been saying that I love what Motorola was trying with Webtop since I had the Atrix. It's innovative, and an area that definitely needed exploring. Where Motorola went wrong was forcing you to use expensive accessories, and trying to limit the experience. Android hackers, as they're prone to do, improved the Webtop experience by rooting it and opening it up a bit, but it's still limited by design. And that's where Canonical went the right direction with Ubuntu for Android.

Since I'm sort of a Linux evangelist (got the neckbeard and everything), as well as a longtime Linux user, I was really interested in what we heard about Ubuntu for Android, and asked a few questions that most people probably wouldn't have. And I liked the answers I got. Rather than try to keep the Ubuntu experience limited to what they think you'll want, it's going to be a wide-open, full-blown, honest-to-goodness Ubuntu installation, running in tandem with Android. Full administrative tools, the full package manager, and everything you would ever want in a desktop computer OS, with a very broad set of requirements on the hardware side.

It's Ubuntu for Android, not Ubuntu on AndroidAndroid runs on the Linux kernel. Ubuntu runs on the Linux kernel. We're looking at one kernel, with modules and drivers for all the hardware, and only the processes presented to the user change based on how the screen is being displayed. Plug your phone into a monitor through the HDMI output, and the processes that run to give you Android on your phone are suspended, and the processes that run to give you Ubuntu on the desktop are initialized. Make sense?

Doing it this way, your desktop experience isn't dependent on the Android OS running on your phone. In other words, it's not really Ubuntu on Android. It's Ubuntu with Android.

It's not a dual-boot solution either -- it's done dynamically and triggered when you plug in an external monitor. Because it's all running off the same kernel, you can just hop back and forth. That's the way it should be done.

Have HDMI cable, will travelAnd there will be no expensive, and difficult to find, hardware involved. Any HDMI cable and any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse will work. We're pretty sure some OEM accessories will be available eventually, and they'll be quite nice, but that cheap keyboard and mouse combo you picked up from 5 Below will work as well. Not needing a $100 dock is going to make this more accessible to everyone. Even a laptop shell need not be an expensive OEM model, and I can see companies providing a universal solution at a decent price if the market is there for one.

The biggest difference will be in the software. Plug in your Motorola phone to its Webtop appliance, and you get a basic, very limited, and difficult-to-customize experience. You're depending on Motorola to maintain and provide the software, and it just didn't do a very good job at it. (Not that it's easy, but still.)

With Ubuntu, you'll have a normal installation built for ARM processors. You'll be able to customize it the same way you do on your desktop, using the same tools, and have full access to Synaptic -- Ubuntu's package manager. Once the documentation and source headers are available, that means anyone can build any software and tailor it to be optimized for use with Ubuntu on Android. All the great open-source programs we know and love can (and surely will) be built using special compiler flags to tailor them to the ARMbuntu hardware, and the end result is going to be programs that run as well as the hardware allows. Chromium, Firefox, Gimp, you name it -- it's all possible.

The Android community is going to have a field day with this, and the huge Ubuntu development community is going to as well. the demo we saw was very smooth, and had some great features built-in, but when the geeks and nerds get ahold of this I'm pretty sure it's going to become something amazing.

One for the nerds

Speaking of geeks and nerds, Ubuntu is a fully open-source desktop OS. This means that the source code for all of it, no matter how big a part or how small, will be available for folks like you and I to tinker with. You think there are a lot of custom ROMs for Android? Wait until you see what can be done with Ubuntu. Every element of the user interface can be changed, as well as everything behind the scenes running it all. And you don't need any special skills to try it -- just open the preferences and change away. The use of standards and open-source software combined with millions of users make Ubuntu the king of desktop customization, and UI add-ins like desklets and docks mean no two machines look the same.

Themers and modders unfamiliar with Ubuntu will be beside themselves, and those that already use Ubuntu on their home desktop will be fired up to re-tool their creations for the Ubuntu on Android experience. Of course, since everything is open and the code is available for everyone, we'll see this backported to our existing phones and tablets as well. Our newly formed Ubuntu for Android forums will be jumping, and I'll be right there with you guys having a blast.

There is a catch, however ...Let's face it, Ubuntu running alongside Android in this manner isn't for everyone. And that's fine. The other catch is that you won't be able to put it on any old phone. Hardware requirements aside (think dual-core as the low end), Ubuntu in this case isn't just some application you download and install from the Android Market. The code will have to be specially compiled and baked into a ROM.

It's conceivable we'll see current carriers and manufacturers do it, but we're not going to be the farm on it. (And given their track record for updates, that's not necessarily a bad thing.) Chances are if you're reading this and care at all about Linux, that's not going to be a big concern. But it's something to be aware of.

We'll know more about availability when we talk to Canonical at Mobile World Congress, and you can bet we'll keep everyone informed. It's time to get excited again!

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From: sylvester802/22/2012 6:49:39 PM
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ASUS UK: Android 4.0 ICS Coming To Transformer TF101 In The Next Week
Posted by David Ruddock in ASUS, Eee Pad Transformer, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, News

After ASUS's Singapore Facebook stated an Android 4.0 OTA would be hitting the OG Transformer as late as March, it now seems that ASUS UK's Facebook page is indicating that said update will be landing in the next week:

A quick refresher on the TF101 ICS Update that you are all so patiently waiting for. Our engineers are working hard on getting this ready for you as soon as possible and are still aiming for a February release. As always as soon as we hear any further news or a definitive date we will let you know.

ASUS UK Facebook

While different regions do have differing release time frames for various reasons (eg, language support), you'd think ASUS would go about announcing this sort of information in a way that might be slightly, uh, organized. Still, good news for Transformer owners holding out for some Android 4.0 action, given that they've been waiting since CES.

We'll see if ASUS makes good on this promise in the coming week.

ASUS UK Facebook via AndroidCommunity

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From: sylvester802/22/2012 8:35:15 PM
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This is what the Galaxy Nexus as a desktop PC looks like

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From: sylvester802/23/2012 8:09:19 AM
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BREAKING..Android 4.0 ICS Update For ASUS Transformer TF101 Rolling Out Now, Starting With Taiwan
Posted by Artem Russakovskii in ASUS, Eee Pad Transformer, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, News

After numerous delays and much confusion (mostly due to ASUS Singapore being more out of touch with reality than other regional divisions), ASUS finally started the Ice Cream Sandwich over-the-air update process for the original Transformer TF101 today.

The official ASUS Facebook account stated that the OTA with version number is going to be available in Taiwan first, followed by other regions "soon after." Hopefully, that means the rest of the world will be able to enjoy ICS within the next few days, barring any unexpected issues.

Dear valued ASUS fans,

ASUS prides itself on delivering the best products to end-users, which means that we not only aim to deliver innovative products but also to continue improving the out of box experience throughout their life cycle with regular firmware updates.

Many of our Eee Pad Transformer TF101 users have waited patiently for the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and we are delighted to announce that the first wave of FOTA updates for TF101 firmware v. started today in Taiwan. The update will FOTA in other regions soon after.

Although we will announce several new innovations at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, we take great pride in delivering on-going enhancements and support for products that are well into their life cycle.

Thank you once again for your valued support!

Source: ASUS, thanks Niccolò!

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From: sylvester802/24/2012 10:07:22 AM
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[Updated] ASUS Transformer TF101 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Rolling Out In US, UK, Canada, And The Rest Of The World
Posted by Artem Russakovskii in ASUS, Eee Pad Transformer, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, News

Like clockwork this time, the Ice Cream Sandwich update is now being sent over-the-air to Transformer TF101 owners in the United States and Canada.

ASUS UK, which also promised the OTA today, assured us it's still coming:

To those asking, TF101 ICS update is scheduled to be with you all today. Please be patient, we have a whole world of Tablets to update

Update: Looks like it's rolling out worldwide at this point.

So go ahead, check your Transformer and join the cool kids Android 4.0 club.

Thanks, @denrid0cks, Dude, Bert, and others!

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From: Jim Mullens2/24/2012 11:14:23 AM
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Qualcomm Ousts NVIDIA from Full HD ASUS TRANSFORMER Prime TF700T

By Theo Valich

Ever since ASUS came out with the first Android tablet, the company exclusively used NVIDIA Tegra chips. Things are changing with the upcoming Full HD version of TRANSFORMER Prime, the TF700T.

On a leaked slide published on a polish website, the details of ASUS TRANSFORMER Prime Full HD leaked out - the new name is TRANSFORMER FHD TF700T. The biggest surprise with the 1920x1200 pixel resolution tablet is that it is powered not by NVIDIA Tegra 3, but rather Qualcomm's APQ8060A dual- core processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.

It is obvious that ASUS needed 2.4GB/s of video bandwidth and Tegra 3 was unable to provide that much, since the T30 SOC still comes with a single-channel memory controller. Qualcomm APQ8060A is an S4 series processor based of two Krait cores clocked between 1.5 and 1.7GHz, has a dual-channel memory controller for 500MHz LPDDR2 memory, and most importantly for a tablet with such high resolution - Adreno 225 graphics processor.

Adreno 225 is capable of driving 125 million triangles per second and can drive the 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The rest of the specs are all very interesting, especially when you compare the TF700T to a flagship Tegra tablet, the TF201.

Also about to be announced is TRANSFORMER TF300T, which is the cheaper version of everpresent TRANSFORMER Prime (TF201), featuring a regular IPS panel and only 16GB of NAND Flash memory. However, the impressive part is that this will be the first tablet with the DDR3L memory clocked at 1066MHz.

All will be revealed where else but at - Mobile World Congress 2012 taking place in at the end of February in Barcelona, Spain.

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To: Jim Mullens who wrote (5375)2/24/2012 2:38:56 PM
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The TF700T is going to be a screamer...

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From: sylvester802/24/2012 3:10:26 PM
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Video of ASUS Transformer TF101 with official Android 4.0 ICS update... it is screaming faaaaast... just imagine Chrome Beta on that baby... I LOVE IT!

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From: zax2/25/2012 9:06:46 AM
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Oracle's Case Further Undermined As Gosling Patent Topples
Written by Sue Gee Saturday, 25 February 2012 10:38

Oracle suffered another blow regarding its lawsuit against Google this week when the US Patent Office made a preliminary rejection of yet another of the patents on which it is basing its case.

Over several month's Oracle's original set of patent claims has been whittled away.

At Google's instigation the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTSO) embarked on a re-examination of all seven of the patent that Oracle asserted Google had violated with Android - with devastating results for Oracle.

Back in August 2010 when news of this lawsuit broke, Harry Fairhead wrote:

Of course it all hinges on the patents and most of these seem to be patents on the obvious. For example, the abstract from patent 6,910,205 [Interpreting functions utilizing a hybrid of virtual and native machine instructions] Basically it seems to patent the idea of compiling bits of the byte code - which to most programmers would seem to be an obvious and not patentable way of improving the efficiency of any code.

This week USPTO confirmed on a "final" basis the rejection of all the asserted claims of patent '205 referred to above and those of patents '702, a patent, which with the title Method and apparatus for pre-processing and packaging class files, is basically about moving duplicate data to a common repository, an idea that certainly predates 1997 when it was filed. This is simply an application of a general redundancy elimination applied to class files. If this was patentable we would all be paying licence fees to Oracle.

USPTO also gave its preliminary, "non-final" (meaning that Oracle can present more evidence) rejection of all the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. RE38,104 on a "Method and apparatus for resolving data references in generated code" claimed as an invention by Java creator, James Gosling and filed as a patent in 1999.

Looking at this patent it boils down to the idea of symbolic resolution at runtime - which is what any interpreter does. A symbol is left embedded into the compiled code, i.e. within the intermediate language, and the symbol is resolved to a value before being executed by the virtual machine. The idea of runtime symbol resolution in this form is how an interpreter works and so the idea that this might be patentable just because the language is being run on a VM seems unlikely.

Referring to the breaking news of the lawsuit in August 2010, James Gosling in a blog post The shit finally hits the fan, noted how:

During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun's genetic code.

The next entry in Gosling's blog tells how Sun did pay much attention to patents until it was sued by IBM and lost, nearly going out of business. Gosling continues:

We [Sun] survived, but to help protect us from future suits we went on a patenting binge. Even though we had a basic distaste for patents, the game is what it is, and patents are essential in modern corporations, if only as a defensive measure. There was even an unofficial competition to see who could get the goofiest patent through the system.

So now it seems Oracle has been tripped up by Sun's "goofy" patents.

So where does this leave Oracle v Google?

Judge William Alsup yesterday raised the possibility of postponing the trial until the Patent Office's re-examination gets from "non-final" to "final". However, by asking both parties to consider the "track record of final rejections", a reference to the fact that Oracle has never has a rejection reversed in its favor, he is perhaps suggesting that Oracle might drop its patent claims in their entirety.

It is Oracle which is keen for a trial as soon as possible and the Judge who is keen that the case is resolved for good. He has already rejected a proposal by Oracle to separate the copyright and patent parts of the case and return to the patents at a later date - but if Oracle withdraws its patently claims with prejudice, so that it can never reassert them, perhaps the trial can still go ahead in April focused entirely on the copyright issues.

This is still a sword hanging over Android's head but it is now a clearly "goofy" one from the patent point of view but copyright is another matter.

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