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How Apple iPad is selling more in the crowded Tablet market How Apple iPad is selling more in the crowded Tablet market
By Salar Golestanian @ 14 Jul 2011 :: Article Rating
A few weeks ago when I went at my local PCWORLD superstore and walked by the brand new Tablet section just opened in the store. I was rather shocked to see it had as bigger display area as the laptop section. So I thought I spend some time testing various connected devices from £200 to high-end devices at around £600. I initially thought with that many choices, the days of iPad is numbered. But then with closer examination, I realized majority is just cheap copies that are not cheap enough.
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Is iPad 3 going to have a 3D screen? Is iPad 3 going to have a 3D screen?
By Salar Golestanian @ 11 Jul 2011 :: Article Rating
A few months ago in May I said that I was very happy not to upgrade to iPad-2 because iPad-3 is bound to have a 3D screen, so i might as well weight as there is nothing wrong with my iPad One. Now in a new report from RCRWireless claims that the iPad 3 will definitely have a 3D screen with major backing by large Hollywood film studios. Question: Glasses or no glasses?
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239 extra magazines in just a one month hitting iPad app store 239 extra magazines in just a one month hitting iPad app store
By Salar Golestanian @ 09 Jun 2011 :: Article Rating
in recent months, more and more free magazines are hitting the iPad App store. With this trend in no doubt also enter the other Tablet App Stores when they eventually get going. However, I do find this trend rather intriguing, as these days I just don't have the time to buy transitional papers. I would buy them if we have an election going on, or some disaster going on that requires my immediate attention. So in normal times these free App Magazines on my iPad are the way to go.
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Microsoft with a "3D Desktop Interface - details released Microsoft with a "3D Desktop Interface - details released
By Salar Golestanian @ 08 May 2011 :: Article Rating
Apple has been patenting number of methods in 3D environment and the talk of iPad 3 being in 3D, the a 3D desktop interface to an otherwise 2D operating system is gaining traction. This is the latest patent is coming from Microsoft, which recently received a patent for what it describes as a "method and apparatus for providing a three-dimensional task gallery computer interface." In summary, this is an interface intended to help you better manage multiple tasks on your desktop. IMO it is still designed for Desktop PC and not mobile devices but, the patent suggests this could be done in a 3D environment with a floor, walls and a ceiling. 
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May be I was wise for not upgrading to iPad2 and wait for 3D iPad 3! May be I was wise for not upgrading to iPad2 and wait for 3D iPad 3!
By Salar Golestanian @ 06 May 2011 :: Article Rating
Earlier last year I reported the sightings of lots of 3D patent submissions by Apple. The suggestion that Apple must have plans to introduce it in iOS technology is gaining traction with latest Hot Rumours by RCRWireless reporting that Hollywood is rather adept at telling compelling stories, and the latest plot to come out of the LA studios concerns Apple’s third generation tablet, already in the advanced planning stages and very much 3D, they’re told.
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Gartner: Apple iOS will Dominate the Tablet Market Through 2015- Android closing by 2015 Gartner: Apple iOS will Dominate the Tablet Market Through 2015- Android closing by 2015
By Salar Golestanian @ 12 Apr 2011 :: Article Rating
This is another great Gartner's Press Release about the Tablet Market. With a difference - It is not just showing some forecast - it also giving some hard advice to the competition to what it is that they are doing wrong. The headline just says that Apple’s iOS will continue to own the majority of the worldwide media tablet through 2015, with 69 percent of media tablet OSs in 2011, and represent 47 percent of the media tablet market in 2015.
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WebGL & HTML5 based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for the Web - Can it replace Flash? WebGL & HTML5 based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for the Web - Can it replace Flash?
By Salar Golestanian @ 07 Apr 2011 :: Article Rating
Khronos Group is the Open Standards for Media Authoring and Acceleration which is a non-profit consortium of companies like Google, Apple, Intel, Mozilla and more dedicated to creating open standard APIs through which to display digital interactive media — across all platforms and devices. Has provided the graphics library that basically extends the functionality of JavaScript to allow it to create interactive 3D graphics within older browsers as a cross-platform API within the context of HTML5, it brings 3D graphics to the Web without using plug-ins.
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SIM-LEI: Japan’s Newest Electric Car Reaches 333km & 4.8 Sec to reach 100 Km/h SIM-LEI: Japan’s Newest Electric Car Reaches 333km & 4.8 Sec to reach 100 Km/h
By Salar Golestanian @ 01 Apr 2011 :: Article Rating
SIM-Drive Corporation, a leader in sustainable design, aim to establish transpiration infrastructure which will diminish environmental burden with ground-breaking "in-wheel-motor" electric vehicle. Their first car named SIM-LEI (“Leading Efficiency In-Wheel motor”) is tested on Driving Range , the 4-seater just needs 4.8 seconds to go from 0km/h to 100km/h and has a top speed of 150km. Its maker says the 333km driving range were reached under “general urban traffic conditions in Japan” and with 24.5kWh battery capacity.
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Two Great Short Films Giving Dads ideas this Easter Holiday Two Great Short Films Giving Dads ideas this Easter Holiday
By Salar Golestanian @ 28 Mar 2011 :: Article Rating
I loved this article in Mashable by Amy-Mae with 7 Superb Short Films Shot with Cellphones. I am amazed at the quality of some of the work done by creative people using their cell phones and edited with low cost programmes like Adobe Premier, Element - The two that I really loved were the Space Balloon and the Commuter.
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From Smart Phones to Smart Houses From Smart Phones to Smart Houses
By Salar Golestanian @ 10 Mar 2011 :: Article Rating
Imagine if you could experience breathtaking home cinema DVD movies, listen to your whole music collection, watch your favourite TV programmes or just listen to the radio. All from speakers that are so discrete that your guests won't even know where they are?
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Verizon Motorola XOOM - The new tablet details are released Verizon Motorola XOOM - The new tablet details are released
By Salar Golestanian @ 24 Feb 2011 :: Article Rating
Android 3.0 Honeycomb promises to be more suited to tablets than previous versions with Dual-core processor and allowing Flash in the browser.  Android has received a whole new user interface to take advantage of the abundant screen real estate. For example, Honeycomb adds a new way to get at your apps, beyond the shortcuts and widgets that you could pin to the home screens in previous versions of the operating system. Now you can drag and drop apps into shortcut groups, which are displayed in a carousel that looks like it's rotating in 3D.
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Kinect for Windows. SDK confirmed for release this spring Kinect for Windows. SDK confirmed for release this spring
By Salar Golestanian @ 22 Feb 2011 :: Article Rating
The latest craze among video gamers is Kinect where they navigate the rapids in a virtual world or to dance along with their amazing music. Perhaps soon to dance Salsa with their clocked dance partner. Today, Microsoft has made Xbox Kinect is a very serious business tool, vital to the future of Microsoft. Microsoft announced and confirmed today Kinect for Windows SDK this spring.
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'Esflow' Nissan's Amazing New GT-R's Electric Car to debut in Geneva Motor Show 'Esflow' Nissan's Amazing New GT-R's Electric Car to debut in Geneva Motor Show
By Salar Golestanian @ 10 Feb 2011 :: Article Rating
Back in December Nissan showed off its Leaf electric car with zero-emission technology and practicality with video of the hatchback zipping through snow and water. Nissan will use next month's Geneva motor show to display its new Esflow concept, a rear-wheel-drive two-seater that borrows drivetrain technologies from the production-ready Leaf electric hatchback.
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Native Google Translate for iPhone - Closest thing yet to Star Trek Universal Translator Native Google Translate for iPhone - Closest thing yet to Star Trek Universal Translator
By Salar Golestanian @ 08 Feb 2011 :: Article Rating
I am completely amazed with how good it is. I never had an Android phone to check it out before. So this is the first time I have played with this. And I just think it is an absolutely terrific app and I have to give it 5 stars for something that I would have defiantly paid £ for it, Yet it all comes free!
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Volkswagen unveils the XL1 260 MPG Super Efficient Vehicle Volkswagen unveils the XL1 260 MPG Super Efficient Vehicle
By Salar Golestanian @ 29 Jan 2011 :: Article Rating
Concepts from science fiction movies and stories, but this Volkswagen Formula XL1 plug-in hybrid vehicle will actually be available for sale. In an interview, said VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, the car will come first in Germany to the market, the U.S. and China would follow at a later date.
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Motorola Droid R2-D2 probably one of the most famous droids in history Motorola Droid R2-D2 probably one of the most famous droids in history
By Salar Golestanian @ 20 Jan 2011 :: Article Rating
Verizon is the Wireless company in USA,  today officially announced what most Android users in US have been anticipating for quite some time: the R2-D2 edition of the Droid 2. Bowing September 30, the highly customized Droid 2 is sure to delight "Star Wars" fans. Thanks to today’s technology he’s a smartphone. This limited edition smartphone is a little piece of Star Wars in your pocket.
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Remember Apple Newton in 1990s - 15 million iPads sold in 3 quarters- Did you predict this number? Remember Apple Newton in 1990s - 15 million iPads sold in 3 quarters- Did you predict this number?
By Salar Golestanian @ 19 Jan 2011 :: Article Rating
From the above number, Apple sold almost 15 million iPads last year or just about 90% of all tablets sold.  In fact now it is outselling Macs in units, and closing in on revenues.  The 7.3 million iPads sold just in the December quarter represented a 75 percent increase from the September quarter, and the $4.6 billion in revenue represented a 65 percent sequential jump. (The iPad was launched in April 2010).
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Almost Sci-Fi News from Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) Almost Sci-Fi News from Consumer Electronics Shows (CES)
By Salar Golestanian @ 06 Jan 2011 :: Article Rating
I was looking for some exciting products announcements at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) 2011. I was especially looking for devices and technology that could be considered Science Fiction not so long ago. Last year there were a few like the First Tablets etc.... and this year although there are no ground breaking items on show, but the following products grabbed my attentions so I thought I list it here.
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Today Google Announces Chrome OS Pilot Program, 12.1 Inch Notebook Cr-48 Today Google Announces Chrome OS Pilot Program, 12.1 Inch Notebook Cr-48
By Salar Golestanian @ 07 Dec 2010 :: Article Rating
I have been tracking the development of Chrome OS since it was first announced, Mainly because of my love for Open Source Projects. Chrome OS is another Google backed, open source project, so most of the details have slowly been released since it is hard to keep them secret. Original post at Salar Golestanian Blogs
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Google Earth 6 is the next generation of realism with exciting possiblities through its API Google Earth 6 is the next generation of realism with exciting possiblities through its API
By Salar Golestanian @ 05 Dec 2010 :: Article Rating
Having always had a great interest in 3D technology like Second Life and having had some experience in Architecture and the CAD World a very long time ago, I regularly play with Google Earth to check out places I am going, Holiday destinations, Places of interest etc.. Therefore, any improvement from version to version and the possibilities of exposing the API to connect to other applications does intrigue me. Original post at Salar Golestanian Blogs
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Android vs. iOS: List of “Most Desired” Smartphone Platforms the latest in numbers Android vs. iOS: List of “Most Desired” Smartphone Platforms the latest in numbers
By Salar Golestanian @ 01 Dec 2010 :: Article Rating
Having developed 3 Apps for Apple iOS and one for Android, I have a fairly modest understanding of the technology for both platforms. Also,  being an early adaptor I have had the pleasure to have owned the first generation  iPod from day one. I ordered my iPad in UK as soon as it was released.... Original post at Salar Golestanian Blogs
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Are the new Internet TV devices like Google TV, Apple TV and others good enough? Are the new Internet TV devices like Google TV, Apple TV and others good enough?
By Salar Golestanian @ 27 Nov 2010 :: Article Rating
Trying to find something on what used to be called the Internet has now reached a new paradigm shift. It’s not so much that various media strategies and hardware devices have carved things up into a tangle of web.  For about 3 years now, I have been very happy with my Sky TV , if you are outside UK, it is satellite broadcast with good selection of movie channels and entertainments + all the free stuff you get over here in UK. On top of that I have a PC under my TV that is quite enough to be used so I can use BBC iPlayer, SkyPlayer.... Original post at Salar Golestanian Blogs
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Inside the race to hack the Microsoft Kinect Inside the race to hack the Microsoft Kinect
By Salar Golestanian @ 24 Nov 2010 :: Article Rating
Over a million people bought one of Microsoft's Kinect game controllers in the 10 days after its US launch on 4 November. Most eager customers rushed home, plugged it into their Xbox console and began experiencing a whole new type of gaming – one in which keyboards, mice and multi-button control pads are no longer needed. Original post at Salar Golestanian Blogs
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About Scifiwood News Reviews and Blogs
These are various short and long News Articles, Reviews and Blogs by Salar Golestanian and employees of SalarO.com as well as contributors of Scifiwood.com. The subject matter are mixed topics with Pure Science to Science Fiction as well as general topics on Web Trends, Technology, Software Engineering genre, or whatever subject that can affect the convergence of today's technology with Science Fiction in any shape or form.  These Blogs and Reviews don't have commercial or corporate aspiration, so they are indeed completely independent views. Some of these entries may be short and just link you to the actual news or site that can expand further on the subject of interest.  In Phase II we plan to incorporate some Social Networking applications within the portal.