Try Windows Phone 7.5 on Your Android / iOS device or Desktop

If you own an Android smartphone or iPhone, and wonder what Microsoft Windows Mobile 7.5 looks like, you can now try it directly inside your phone without installing anything. Microsoft has setup a HTML5 website which offers a working demo of Windows Phone 7.5. It’s obviously not the same as the full OS, but it does allow visitors to experience the look and feeling of Window Phone 7.5 and access applications such as email and calendar. Simply visit http://aka.ms/wpdemo in your mobile phone browser to try the demo. If you don’t own a smartphone yet, you can also try it in your desktop browser. It did not work in Firefox for me, but works fine in Chrome. You can tap to access different menus. Once you are inside a menu, you’ll be asked to swipe or tap to discover the features of the operating systems. All demos are pre-recorded, so you won’t be able to go to your own Facebook …

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Memo Touch: A Tablet for the Elderly

The Memotouch is a tablet based on Archos 101 IT designed for the elderly with short-term memory loss such as persons affected by Alzheimer. Memo helps people with memory loss remember important information by displaying it 24/7 on a 10″ tablet. The elder needs no computer knowledge or skills to benefit from the continual reminders displayed automatically. Messages, audio alerts, and other features are programmed remotely by caregivers (health professionals or family members) through a website. Memo is customizable via the web interface and you can select to either display a single message or also add the following items on the tablet: Calendar To Do List Weather Phone List Pill Box Photo Album Help Button The company sells the tablet for 299 USD, plus 29 USD a month for a 6-month subscription (174 USD Total) or 25 USD a month for a one year subscription (300 USD Total) providing a low-cost alternative to home health care according to the company. …

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Android 4.0.1 on x86 processors (Intel / AMD)

Last year, I wrote how to run Android 1.6 in a PC. Android-x86 has since made the newer Android versions available for the following devices: ASUS laptops and tablets. Netbooks such as the ASUS Eee PC Intel Atom tablets such as the Tegav2 Tablet HP Pavilion tx2500 AMD persimmon platform AMD Brazos platform such as the MSI 110W tablet. They now have made Android 4.0.1 available for the AMD Brazos Tablet. Android-x86 4.0-devel live and installation iso for AMD Brazos platform is only a developer’s version as it can not be considered stable just yet. Here are the instructions to get the source code if you want to build it yourself and possibly adapt it to your own hardware: $ repo init -u git://git.android-x86.org/manifest.git -b ics-x86 $ repo sync Android-x86’s Chih-Wei Huang says that WiFi, Multitouch ad OpenGL ES for AMD Radeon works, but sound, camera, Ethernet and hardware acceleration for Intel platform does not work yet. However, Intel HW acceleration …

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New Development Board: Pandaboard ES with TI OMAP4460

Somehow I’ve missed the announcement of the Pandaboard ES – a new version of the Pandaboard low cost development board – last month. The Pandaboard ES is built around OMAP4460 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB RAM and an SD/MMC card slot. It features onboard 10/100MBit Ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth, several video output ports (HDMI, DVI-D, LCD Expansion and DSI), audio input/audio, several expansion ports (USB 2.0 OTG, USB 2.0 host, GPIO header, camera header..) and debug ports (JTAG, UART, 2 status LEDs, 1 GPIO button and sysboot switch). It has the same form factor as the original Pandaboard (114.3mm x 101.6mm) and weights 81.5g instead of 74g for the Pandaboard. The cost is however slightly higher at 182 USD (recommended price) vs. 174 USD for the Pandaboard. To help you choose which board is best for you, I’ve created a table comparing Pandaboard and Pandaboard ES specifications and features. The differences are highlighted in green. PandaBoard PandaBoard ES Processor …

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Android 4.0 Demo on Ziilabs Jaguar Tablet Reference Design

Yet another Android 4.0 demo on a development platform. This time, Android 4.0.1 runs on a Jaguar Tablet powered by Ziilabs ZMS-20 ARM Cortex A9 processor. It runs pretty smoothly. Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011. http://www.cnx-software.com Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

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ARM Releases Free DS-5 Community Edition For Android Developers

ARM announced a free version of its Eclipse-based  DS-5 tools for small development firms (with 10 or fewer developers) and individuals who publish applications for Android. The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) helps create performance- and power-optimized native software by integrating a graphical debugger for code generated for the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and a basic version of the ARM Streamline performance analysis tool. DS-5 CE is designed to work with Android Virtual Devices ( AVDs), development boards and devices that run Android 2.2 and API 8 or higher. ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition is distributed as plug-in for Eclipse and completes the app developer toolkit with a C, C++ and Assembly graphical debugger that builds on the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), a software performance profiler and system analyzer (ARM Streamline). To get started, you’ll need Eclipse IDE, the Android SDK and the Android NDK installed. Then you can install DS-5 CE from Eclipse. ARM …

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Nokia Developer Day in Chiang Mai – 6-7 December 2011

Nokia Developer Day will take place at Kantary Hills in Chiang Mai, Thailand on the 6 & 7 December 2011. A Separate event will also take place in Khonkaen on the 8 & 9 December 2011. Here’s the agenda for the 2 days event in Chiang Mai: Day 1 – 6th of December: 08:45 – 09:15 – Registration 09:15 – 09:30 – Introduction to Ecosystem Business Updates 09:30 – 09:50 – Development possibilities on Nokia Platforms 09:50 – 12:30 – Introduction of Series 40 Java – Touch & Type with hands-on exercises. 12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch 13:30 – 16:00 – Series 40 Web Apps for the next billion with hands-on exercises. 16:00 – 17:00 – Social Media Marketing Training 17:00 – Q&A Day 2 : 7th of December 08:45 – 09:15 – Registration 09:15 – 10:00 – Overall business direction 10:00 – 12:00 – Introduction to Qt Quick (QML) in Qt 4.7 Part 1 (Workshop) 12:00 – 13:00 – …

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ARM NEON Tutorial in C and Assembler

The Advanced SIMD extension (aka NEON or “MPE” Media Processing Engine) is a combined 64- and 128-bit single instruction multiple data (SIMD) instruction set that provides standardized acceleration for media and signal processing applications similar to MMX, SSE and 3DNow! extensions found in x86 processors. Doulos has a video tutorial showing how you can exploit NEON instructions in assembler, how to modify your C code and provides the compile options for gcc to enable NEON during the build. Abstract: With the v7-A architecture, ARM has introduced a powerful SIMD implementation called NEON™. NEON is a coprocessor which comes with its own instruction set for vector operations. While NEON instructions could be hand coded in assembler language, ideally we want our compiler to generate them for us. Automatic analysis whether an iterative algorithm can be mapped to parallel vector operations is not trivial not the least because the C language is lacking constructs necessary to support this. This paper explains how …

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