The Apple iPad has been dominating what comes to the ever increasing tablet computer market. However, rivals are developing their own products intensively, and latest manufacturer pushing out a range of tablet computers is Acer. They are bringing new, yet unnamed, 7-inch, 10.1-inch tablets and one other very interesting device to sale in April 2011.
All three devices are run by Google's Android OS. Exact version of OS is not yet confirmed. Keep your fingers crossed that at least one of the three will be loaded with "Gingerbread" (Android 2.3) or even "Honeycomb" (Android 3.0?), which will be Google's latest version of Android. Honeycomb platform is specially designed to get most out of the tablets and high-end smartphones. Just like for devices like this upcoming new bigger tablets and 4.8-inch Acer.
It is kind of hybrid between tablet/smartphone, very similar to the Dell Streak, However, Acer's device has more life in it (power). This 4.8-inch comes with 1024X480! screen resolution and is based on Google's mobile OS. While writing this article, there is no finalized name for this new product yet. Public got only a short glance at it, in Acer's Global press event in New York City on 23rd of November. Tech specs include, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a two megapixel camera (front), eight megapixel camera (rear) (with LED flash), 720p video recording!, HSDPA support, a and an HDMI output, a LED edge lighting and six-axis Gyroscope + accelerometer package. Price of the device remains unknown, but enthusiast can expect to get this beauty to their hands on April 2011.
I myself have been using Apple iPad's for quite some time now. I've got nothing but good things to say about Multi-Touch screen devices. I actually think that this ever developing Tablet industry is a beginning of a completely new era of consumer information technology.
If you have an iPhone 4S, the newest addition to the long line of Apple technologies, or any of the predecessors, you already know what an app is. These fun little programs fill just about any need you could ever imagine. There are educational apps that allow you to learn languages, read newspapers, and do mind exercises. Others are purely for amusement, and even more were created to help users find things that they need, such as restaurants or locksmiths. There are literally thousands of apps available directly through the manufacturer's store. What you might not know, though, is that there are thousands more that are available outside of the App Store. Many of these are even free!
Cydia Apps is a webstore that offers third party apps for your iPhone 4S or other model. These apps aren't available through the Apple store, but can work on nearly any version or model of iPhone. Just like the apps in App Store, Cydia Apps offers informational and entertainment apps, as well as those that enable you to further personalize your iPhone's appearance and operation. One of the most popular apps released this year allows users to completely change the look of any screen used by the iPhone. This makes your phone completely your own. Others include massive banks of ringtones and sound effects, and those that automatically dial or change the volume of your phone. Your iPhone is not readily prepared to use these apps, however. In order to take advantage of the thousands of free and inexpensively priced Cydia Apps you must first jailbreak your phone.
To "Jailbreak" your phone means to unlock it from its restrictions, allowing it to use software other than that is offered by the Apple manufacturer. This simple process involves purchasing jailbreak software and applying it to your iPhone. In just a few minutes your phone will be unlocked and you will have expanded control over its use and appearance, as well as the ability to utilize many more apps than you would have with a locked phone. Doing this does not prevent you from using any of the apps that Apple offers; you simply get the best of both worlds.
With past software meant to jailbreak your iPhone there were times when the iPhone would undergo routine firmware updates through the manufacturer and, as a result, would re-lock. This meant that the user would have to unlock his phone again if he wanted to continue accessing the expanded app capabilities of the jailbroken iPhone. With the improved software of recent jailbreaking programs, however, this is no longer a problem. Even after firmware updates that are occasionally applied to your iPhone, the Jailbreak will remain active, and you won't need to go through the process again.
Jailbreaking refers to the hacking of the iPhone, which enables users to install third party applications in the gadget. All iphones are bound to a particular carrier when they are manufactured. This varies with country and location. The bottom line is that the users are restricted to this carrier, also termed as confined to a "jail". With the use of softwares like jailbreak iPhone 3G, one can break up this restriction, hence the term "jailbreaking". This was considered as an illegal activity till recent times, but with a recent court ruling, it is not anymore a violation of the law.
Apple mostly restricts its iPhone users to AT&T in the United States. This obviously caused a lot of problems, because customers simply didn't have the option to switch to other operators or carriers. Furthermore, by default, iPhones only support applications downloaded from the App store. However, there are third party softwares which have more features and are cost effective. By using jailbreaking software like the jailbreak iPhone 3G, you have complete freedom to try and use any of these applications.
Jailbreaking is often considered as a hacking process. A jailbroken iPhone means that you can install thousands of third party softwares in your gadget. This can include games, softwares, players, utilities etc. You don't have to rely on the App store alone for your iPhone applications. Also, you can choose whichever carrier you want for a jailbroken iPhone. This ensures that you can switch to a different carrier if you are not satisfied with the service provided by AT&T. You can see that jailbreaking an iPhone opens infinite opportunities to the user. Apple has realized this and they are trying to manufacture units which can't be hacked.
The jailbreak iPhone 3G works with iPhone 3GS, 3G and 2G. Furthermore, it is a onetime purchase, wherein you can use the software to unlock any number of iphones. Moreover, you are entitled to lifelong software updates once you are a member. This clearly shows that the company values their customers and believes in ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
The greatest advantage that iPhone users get from this software is unlimited access to movies, games, songs and other software, which were otherwise not available. With the "illegal" tag out of the equation, more and more customers are opting for such jailbreaking softwares to enter the world of infinite opportunities. What are you waiting for? Download your copy today!
Apple was recently at the center of a controversy with the DMCA. They asserted the "jailbreaking" of their iPods and iPhones in order to allow users to access applications not available through and approved by Apple to be a violation of the DMCA.
Section 1201 of the copyright law (17 U.S.C. A�1201(a)(1)) requires every three years that the Librarian of Congress determine whether there are any classes of works that will be subject to exemptions from prohibition against the circumvention of Digital Rights Management (DRM), which is a form of technology that controls access to a copyrighted work.
Based on a rulemaking proceeding conducted by the Register of Copyrights and her resulting recommendation, the Librarian then determines whether the prohibition on circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works is causing or is likely to cause adverse effects on the ability of users of any particular classes of copyrighted works to make non-infringing uses of those works.
In response to the Register's most recent rulemaking proceeding and recommendation, the Librarian of Congress has determined that there are 6 classes of works, and that persons who circumvent access controls in order to engage in non-infringing uses of works in these six classes will not be subject to the statutory prohibition against circumvention.
These Six Classes of Works Pertain:
To the use of motion pictures on DVDs.
Computer programs that that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications.
Computer programs that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network.
Video games accessible on personal computers.
Computer programs protected by dongles.
Literary works that are distributed in e-book format.
In response to the requests made by at least one consumer advocate group, the Librarian's determination explicitly recognized an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to permit the circumvention of such access controls for phones (known as "jailbreaking") to allow owners to use their phones with applications that are not available from the manufacturer and to "unlock" their phones for use with service providers that are not approved by the manufacturer.
However, it was argued in response that the locks put on phones (by Apple, for example) were used to limit the ability of phone service subscribers to switch service providers, a limit that was simply a business decision that had no bearing on the interests normally protected by copyright and, therefore, the DMCA was not implicated.
At least one argument against Apple's assertion was that prohibiting the jailbreaking of iPhones was akin to a toaster manufacturer being able to dictate what brands of bread can be used to make toast in its product.
Of course, while a user is now free to use any applications he or she desires on their phone, actually jailbreaking an iPhone may have negative consequences, such as voiding the manufacturer's warranty or not being able to make a jailbroken iPhone work with a non-approved phone service.
Of particular note in this case is the circumvention of access controls as they relate to computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to wireless telecommunications networks.
As noted in the copyright law, the results of a rulemaking proceeding are applicable for a three-year period, and the exemptions determined by the Librarian must be re-argued. Thus, in a year or two, the Register of Copyrights will open up a comment forum and begin accepting submissions in preparation for the next rulemaking. Apple (and any other phone manufacturer or any owner of copyrightable subject matter) will then be free to argue for the expiration of the exemptions set forth by the most recent determination.