written translation

http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/11/10/jonny-greenwood-radiohead-almost-finished-with-new-album/

I think this italian writer (referred to here) has, either through over-enthusiasm, or frustration at all my non-committal answers, mistranslated me a little….in fact we haven’t quite finished the album – in the studio at the moment – nor have we yet considered any touring. The plan is to have no plan until the record is finished….hope that’s a little clearer!

Article source: http://www.radiohead.com/deadairspace/index.php?c=584

Friday Poll: 10-inch Tab to take on iPad?

Right now we’re all following the rumors that Google might have another Nexus phone on its way, one perhaps made by Samsung that was leaked via Best Buy’s Web site. But it’s not the only mystery Samsung device floating around today.

At the FPD International 2010/Green Device 2010 trade show in Chiba, Japan, this week there’s a mystery 10.1-inch, super-slim (1.8 mm!?) Samsung “ereader” being shown off. It’s sporting a new flexible type of AMOLED display, but the prototype e-reader, instead of showing a book, is showing a very Galaxy Tab-like video call. Could this be an early version of a larger Tab to compete head-to-head with the
iPad?

We’re not sure, but don’t look for it anytime soon. According to Tech On!, Samsung says that the amazing new screen is still at least two years from reaching the market. But it does show that the maker has been experimenting with tablets in other larger form factors than the 7-inch Tab that will be hitting most U.S. carriers in the next week.

So how does this make you feel about the Galaxy Tab? If indeed there is a larger version coming, one that can rival the iPad’s 10-inch screen, would it be worth considering to you, the Crave readers?

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20022611-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

iPad catching on as luxury-brand sales tool

Acuras iPad sales app

Acura is one of the brands using Apple’s iPad to give the sales floor a high-tech atmosphere.

(Credit:
Acura)


Apple Computer’s
iPad tablet computer has been on the market for barely six months, and luxury brands already are incorporating it into their retail sales, delivery, service and finance operations.

Most recently, Acura announced that a stripped-down version of its consumer Web site will be turned into an iPad application to help dealership staff speed up the selling process.

Instead of a detail-rich consumer site, a salesperson’s iPad version distills talking points and provides quick videos to help make the sale, said Dave Heath, Acura senior manager of sales communications.

“These are short little bits of communications,” Heath said. “No customer is going to wait 30 seconds for a video to load.”

Acura was working on a smart-phone application for salespeople but realized that the small screen — and the need for personal space between the salesperson and customer — would render the app useless, Heath said.

The larger iPad is a different matter. Simple navigation and large drop-down menus mean salespeople can navigate the app while walking and talking with customers. A section for post-sale vehicle delivery is part of the software. The app will be online in January.

“The app helps the salesman explain things you can’t see, like ‘Super Handling All-Wheel Drive’ or the ‘ACE’ body structure, in a customer-friendly way,” Heath said. “It’s about assisting, not taking over, the sales process. It’s to the point. It’s not about making the dot-com site mobile.”

Heath said an iPad application for the finance department is being developed to explain the FandI process. Apps also are being developed for service managers to explain such matters as why brake rotors need to be replaced.

Audi has developed an iPad application for the A8 flagship, which goes on sale Nov. 17.

A8 shoppers can use the iPad to view features and configure a
car. Special iPad areas have been set up in 115 Audi dealerships, alongside the paint and leather samples.

“It is a little bit of dealer theater,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America.

Audi also will use the iPad to walk a customer through the car’s features at delivery time.

Audi expects to use the iPad for other applications, such as syncing a mobile device with the car and optimizing the car’s entertainment system, said Scott Keogh, chief marketing officer.

De Nysschen said iPad applications eventually will be available for all Audi models. Hyundai Motor America is taking the iPad to another level, giving one to any customer who purchases an Equus luxury sedan. The iPad will be a virtual owner’s manual and the key way to communicate with the dealership when service is needed.

(Source: Automotive News)

Article source: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20022095-48.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=TheCarTechblog

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab (hands-on)


Photo of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab has landed. Click through to find out how it compares against the Tab we reviewed from Sprint.

(Credit:
Donald Bell/CNET)

We know you’ve already poured over our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint. But if T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, you’re probably wondering what differences you can expect from their version of the Tab.

In terms of hardware pricing, the two are neck and neck, priced at $399 with a two-year contract, and $599 off-contract. It’s the little things, such as home screen layout, pre-installed apps, memory configuration, SIM card slot, and the color of the backing, that really stand out at first glance.

To see what you can expect from T-Mobile’s Tab, click through to our hands-on CNET photo gallery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab, T-Mobile (photos)






Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20022616-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab (hands-on)


Photo of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab has landed. Click through to find out how it compares against the Tab we reviewed from Sprint.

(Credit:
Donald Bell/CNET)

We know you’ve already poured over our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint. But if T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, you’re probably wondering what differences you can expect from their version of the Tab.

In terms of hardware pricing, the two are neck and neck, priced at $399 with a two-year contract, and $599 off-contract. It’s the little things, such as home screen layout, pre-installed apps, memory configuration, SIM card slot, and the color of the backing, that really stand out at first glance.

To see what you can expect from T-Mobile’s Tab, click through to our hands-on CNET photo gallery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab, T-Mobile (photos)






Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20022616-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

Dialed In 150: A cell phone sesquicentennial

It’s a big day Dialed In as we hit our 150th episode, Bonnie makes it back to San Francisco for a special visit and Jessica marks the day before her birthday. We also have a lot to get through today as the usual preholiday deluge of new phones is reaching its height. As it always does, Samsung is spinning out the most new models with six handsets unveiled in just the last week. Also in the podcast, Jessica examines the minimum requirements for an Android phone, Nicole polls readers on what kind of keybaord they prefer, the first
Windows Phone 7 devices go on sale, and we get to our latest reviews.

Listen now:

Download today’s podcast

Subscribe with iTunes (audio)
Subscribe with iTunes (video)
Subscribe with RSS (audio)
Subscribe with RSS (video)


News
Rumor du Jour: Gingerbread comes out of the oven on November 11
Motorola Droid Pro preorders start tomorrow
Samsung Continuum debuts with ticker display
First Windows Phone 7 devices on sale now
Motorola Citrus gets pricing and availability
Get your LG Optimus T for free
Which style of phone keyboard do you prefer?
Samsung Zeal brings e-ink back to Verizon
MetroPCS plucks the apple-red Samsung Contour
Samsung Solstice II arriving at ATT for $30
The hardware guts of your Android phone

Reviews
Samsung M360
Motorola Defy
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100
HTC HD7 (T-Mobile)
Samsung Mesmerize (U.S. Cellular)
ZTE Agent (MetroPCS)
Samsung Evergreen (ATT)

Upcoming reviews
Samsung Solstice II (MetroPCS)
Messager III (MetroPCS)
SGH-A197 GoPhone (ATT)
LG Octane
LG Optimus S
Pantech Crux
HTC Wildfire (Alltel)

Article source: http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20022456-85.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

%d bloggers like this: