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Articles tagged with: user interface

Acer Releases Android 3.1 For Tablets In Germany

If you have an Iconia Tab A500 and an unbridled passion for running the latest Android software, we’ve got good news for you. Acer’s 3.1 update for the Iconia Tab A500 is now available for our German friends.

The UI and various visual interfaces have been made smoother and faster, with the new interface promises to be easier to see, understand, and use. There will be support for wider range of USB devices.

HP Launches Enticing TouchPad Infomercials

Hewlett-Packard has finally released the videos we’ve all been looking for, videos demonstrating the awesome new features on the new HP TouchPad. The four new videos demonstrate HP Synergy engine, Just Type for searching, Multitasking with cards, and an all-new notifications system for the webOS tablet design.

The first video demonstrates synergy, a way to consolidate information from e-mail sources, calendars, social networks, photo sharing sources, and social media comments, including automatic updating.

Google Plays With A New Mobile Layout

Google has started to deliver a new update on its mobile platforms. The new interface has a simpler, cleaner look and gives users some new options to make their mobile experience just a bit smoother. The user-interface allows for easier navigation to YouTube, Gmail, and other frequently used apps.

The new interface also carries a dedicated search panel that contains the bare bone essentials (Google News, Video, Finance, Maps, iGoogle, Books, Youtube, and Blogs Search). Through the new menu, search results are filtered down and displayed by colorful icons (ah, time to get cozy with our favorite technology!)

7-Layer Touchscreen: Feel The Pressure

Japanese mobile company KDDI showed off an impressive prototype at the Wireless Japan Show, a consumer electronics event that is still going. The prototype represents a new handset that integrates multiple layers for haptic (touch) feedback.

The new haptic smartphone uses a Kyocera display. This prototype uses feedback from two haptic layers although Kyocera claims that the technology can support seven layers over a screen’s surface.

Twitter Gobbles Tweetdeck For Breakfast

Twitter has just gobbled the famous Twitter application, Tweetdeck for $40 million, according to CNN. The deal was originally set for $50M but worked its way down to a 40 million sum. Negotiations were finalized on Monday and the papers were signed, giving Twitter the rights to add the Tweetdeck application and similar app purchases like Tweetie to it’s central platform.

In the midst of all the negotiations, Tweetdeck 2.0 released an entirely new version of its application giving it a restructuring both inside and out.

Twitter Eyes Tweetdeck For $50 Million

According to social media sources, Twitter is on the verge of buying TweetDeck for $50 million. Analysts are expecting a cash and stock deal to close within the next ten days and to be one of Twitters largest acquisitions to date. Twitter itself is just under five years old, so relatively speaking, this is a huge purchase for the company. This will be a great addition to the Twitter organization because the company will now be able to incorporate Tweetdeck’s slick interface and enhanced capabilities.

Windows 8 Metro UI (Leaked Video!)

Thanks to a recent leak of the Windows 8 build 7955, alexerax showed us a video that demonstrates the Metro user-interface. The video displays the basic setup of a wireless network in the upcoming Windows 8. It seems like Microsoft will be incorporating its design language across many Microsoft products and with this video, we are able to catch an early glimpse of the software!

Although Windows 8 is far from public availability, this leak adds to an exciting laundry list that has accumulated over the past weeks.

Hulu Plus Comes To Xbox360 This Spring

Do you enjoy streaming movies and programs through Netflix via your Xbox360? Are you tired of having to sit at your desktop computer to enjoy Hulu’s digital content? Almost immediately after Microsoft launched its Xbox360 update, adding Kinect support for the Netflix user interface, Electronista found image leaks of the new Hulu Plus UI. The images were posted by Joystiq and show Hulu Plus to have similar functionality to the current Netflix streaming service.

Once users point to the appropriate icon, they will be taken to a rotating menu that follows a familiar theme many have seen with Netflix on the Xbox Dashboard. With the new menus, users are able to navigate through their favorites shows via the unique video queue. Instead of using a typical controller to browse, players will be able to use hand movements as the Hulu Plus module recognizes hand gesture movements.

Final Cut Pro X Due In June

Apple previewed Final Cut Pro X on Tuesday, the newest version of the very popular Final Cut series. The announcement arrived at the Final Cut Pro User Group Network Supermeet, held during the the Las Vegas 2011 National Association of Broadcasters Show.

The company claims that Final Cut Pro X has been rewritten from scratch, supporting 64-bit, a new user-interface, as well as a bunch more features. The new software makes use of the Mac OS X core and popular features like Cocoa, Core Animation, Open CL, and Grand Central Dispatch have been implemented to speed up and enhance performance. Even with all the changes,

Mozilla Firefox 4 For Android

Mozilla has finally released their Firefox4 build for Android, which is now available on the Android market. The company claims that it is three times faster than what you’d normally use on an Android phone, the stock browser. Mozilla also boasts about their HTML5 support, one of many new features offered in the mobile browser. The mobile browser also uses tabbed browsing, much like the desktop version, bookmarks, add-ons, and Firefox Sync which enables users to access browser features from other devices. The web browser also runs on Maemo. Here’s their list of improvements that come with Android’s Firefox 4: