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This year, the focus was on iPod event introducing the new line of iPod’s along with the release of iTunes 10. However, the iTunes 10 — with customized UI and the new Ping platform — fails to gather positive remarks for the new icon.

One look at the iTunes 10 icon and you’ll come to know that’s not the best shot from Apple. So, for those of you who hate the new iTunes 10 icon might have look out for something more colorful.

Change iTunes 10 icon on Mac OS

new itunes 10 icon Change iTunes 10 icon to a New icon [For Mac Users]

A2591 have come up with a new logo inspired by QuickTime that might be something you’ve looking for. To install the icon on the latest iTunes 10, follow the instructions:

Remove iTunes from Dock. Download our new icon and expand zip file. Right click the iTunes software and select “get package contents” from submenu, Open (contents > Resources) folder and put new file (after back-up original icon for restore) Add iTunes shortcut to your dock.

Update: Mashable have scoured the internet looking for beautifying the iTunes 10 icon. The instruction to change icons of iTunes 10 on Mac and Windows is posted here. (blogote)

icons for itunes10 Change iTunes 10 icon to a New icon [For Mac Users]

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vidyo iphone ipad video conferencing High Quality Video Conferencing With Vidyo App For iPhone4 and iPad [Coming Soon] Just a day after Skype launched 10-way video calling there have been further developments in the video conferencing field. Vidyo has just submitted an iPhone and iPad app to App Store for approval, which should put the app available for download pretty soon.

Vidyo specializes in high quality video conferencing tech for corporate, and now it looks like they are venturing into bringing their expertise on to the mobile platform, starting with tablets and smartphones.

Vidyo will be well served by their experience of having worked to provide virtual conferencing solutions via licensing to companies such as HP, Intel and Hitachi. By the way, even Google uses Vidyo’s technology to run the Google video chat.

The fact that they are now venturing into the mobile arena shows that enterprise is a using more and more mobile devices. They also plan to make their services available on all platforms, not just the Apple iOS. An Android app is also in the pipeline as Android OS  is slowly dominating the market .

Vidyo also realizes that corporate customers need multi-platform solutions. For example people using iOS, Android and even Windows Mobile platforms may want to communicate with each other in a virtual conference. Achieving that sort of cross-platform fluidity will be the challenge for Vidyo.

Vidyo for iPad and iPhone4

When this app will be finally available for the Apple iPad, there will be one problem for users. The app will not be able to engage in a proper conference because iPad device lacks a front facing camera. So if the users choose to view the screen, they will only be participating via an audio stream. But Vidyo is sure that future iPad devices will have a front-camera. Also, Vidyo on iPhone4 will be more convenient as it has a front camera.

Vidyo biggest challenge will be to face up to Skype, which is also looking to enter the enterprise domain. Skype has supposedly held talks with Cisco for this purpose.

Moreover, if Vidyo really has the potential and a strong tech portfolio, it may have to brace for acquisition bids from one of the tech majors. But for now let’s wait to see how good the Vidyo iOS app is! (blogote)

Best Buy’s Rumored Tablets

Posted: August 28, 2010 in Tablets
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Best Buy Tablets

Best Buy’s chief technology officer Robert Stephens recently posted photos of a prototype tablet on his Twitter feed, fueling speculation that Best Buy is creating its own in-house branded tablet computer. Best Buy has been making re-branded products with the Rocketfish label for a while now, but seeing as how Best Buy is the only major U.S. retailer (besides Apple Stores) with a contract to sell the iPad, is it shooting itself in the foot? And can the relatively unknown Rocketfish brand produce a decent alternative to the slew of soon-to-be-released tablets?
The photos Stephen posted are the only information available about the potential Best Buy tablet. The photos are only form factor representations without guts inside, according to Stephens. He did hint at the possibility of using Android as an OS when he tweeted “the question is: Is 2.2 ready for the tablet interface?” — a likely reference to Android 2.2, or Froyo. The New York Times points out the Best Buy tablet’s physical similarities to the Hewlett-Packard Slate — a tablet that was heavily hyped by Microsoft in January, but then quietly disappeared, with all indications that HP plans to use its newly-acquired Palm WebOS instead of Windows 7.
Rocketfish is known (but not well known) for manufacturing rebranded products, such as AV cables, computer parts, and GPS chargers. These products get disappointing reviews that hover around the 2.5 or 3 stars mark (out of 5 stars) on Best Buy’s own Web site. While Rocketfish products are nothing more than cheaper alternatives to name brand accessories, their apparent subpar quality doesn’t paint a promising picture for a more complicated product, such as a tablet.
Other in-house brands sold by Best Buy are Geek Squad, Insignia, Init, and Dynex. Best Buy has been pushing its in-house branded items lately, as the competition to sell cheap alternatives to name brand devices heats up. Investopedia notes: “In focusing on its house brands, Best Buy seems to want to accomplish what Sears Holding has done in developing a strong customer brand loyalty through Sears brands such as the Kenmore appliances and Craftsman. Best Buy is competing with Wal-Mart and Amazon by developing better quality products using customer feedback and analyzing consumers’ needs and wants.”

What do you think? Can Rocketfish make its mark on the tablet market? Will the Best Buy tablet suffer the same fate as the JooJoo tablet, which had a lot of hype, horrible reviews, and really embarrassing sales (only 90 pre-orders … and 15 returns)? Will Best Buy’s continued sales of the iPad seriously hurt its own tablet’s chances? (tablets)

X2 iTablet | Tablets For years it had been thought that Apple would announced the ‘iTablet’, but instead we got the – ridiculously named iPad – so why should anyone pass up such a heavily hyped brand?

For years it had been thought that Apple would announced the ‘iTablet’, but instead we got the – ridiculously named iPad – so why should anyone pass up such a heavily hyped brand?

Consequently, UK company X2 has finally give the world its ‘iTablet’ and in the process done what many hoped Apple had planned in the first place: create a tablet with minimal bezel and full desktop OS combined with multi-touch.

The formula couldn’t be more simple: the choice of a 10.2in or 12.1in widescreen capacitive display, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Tablet or Linux OSes (so there will be support for Flash and an onscreen keyboard), an Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 250GB of storage using a standard, upgradeable 2.5in HDD, stereo speakers, three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi and optional HDMI and integrated 3G.Question marks? Well, despite filling in the majority of obvious gaps in the iPad, the iTablet is still a tablet and therefore 252 x 192 x 35mm and 1.18Kg doesn’t make the device any more portable than a netbook and it is far less practical. We also await pricing and battery life info, though can tell you the line will be available in a range of solid and metallic colours including white, grey, pink, blue, red, yellow and black.

In all then, a nice idea but – like all tablets – the good stuff (namely looks and theory), appear to be outweighed by the reality (impractical and little smaller than a netbook or ultraportable). Call it a hunch, but I also suspect the iTablet will be little cheaper. Still, nice try…

iTablet Europe has appointed Paul Maiden as Retail Sales Director.  He has joined the company to manage the launch of the new iTablet range of Windows and Android based tablet computers that will be initially offered through major high street retailing groups across the UK and Europe.  Further announcements will be made over the next few weeks regarding the retailers that will be involved in the launch programme.

iTablet Europe has appointed Paul Maiden as Retail Sales Director.  He has joined the company to manage the launch of the new iTablet range of Windows and Android based tablet computers that will be initially offered through major high street retailing groups across the UK and Europe.  Further announcements will be made over the next few weeks regarding the retailers that will be involved in the launch programme.

Paul Maiden has over 20 years experience of the FMCG and consumer electronics markets and has worked closely with major UK and international retailing groups.

iTablet Europe is currently gearing up to launch the iTablet range and is in the final stages of discussions with TV-based retailers, multiple high street retailers and major supermarket chains.  It also intends to pursue significant opportunities with leading service providers including some of the UK’s largest mobile phone retailers.

iTablet Europe has been formed as part of a joint venture with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of personal computing products. This Taiwanese group has a turnover of $1.4billion in 2009 and produces more than 20 million laptop computers each year as well as printers and SatNav units for some of the largest global brands.This will be fully supported by both Microsoft and Intel who see the iTablet as one of the first serious tablet PCs to hit the market offering full compatibility with commonly used Windows applications and the ability to connect to home or company networks. (tablets)