Companion devices like the iPad are increasingly replacing laptops in our backpacks and briefcases. Next year, you can expect up to 50 million iPads to be in the market, joined by tablets running other operating systems. If you are wondering what a Windows 7 tablet might feel like... there is now a way for you to try it on your iPad!
Let's face it: we all have a folder full of digital photos that never get viewed, shared, or worst of all - never backed-up. Local apps that manage photos never quite get the job done and typically only accomplish one thing - moving that digital shoe box into a fancy user interface where photos never get viewed, shared, or backed-up. Granted you could probably accomplish those task individually with multiple local apps, but as the complexity increases our desire to follow through with an action diminishes.
I borrowed the headline from Technologizer, where Harry McCracken is running a poll to see how quickly people get online in the morning. At the time I voted and saw the results, 43% of respondents claimed to get online before they actually got up - they keep their computers or phones by the bed. For a full 78% of respondents, going online competes with or comes before getting breakfast or walking their dog.
The singular goal of DeviceVM and the Splashtop technology is to get you to whatever you're looking for, quickly and efficiently. We're the inventors of this space and continually think of ways to innovate. Sometimes we innovate by solving large technical problems like getting your machine up and functional in a matter of seconds. Other times, we observe how people are using technology and attempt to make interface changes that improve the experience of using Splashtop.
In its corporate blog post, Google outlined the vision for the Google Chrome OS. This is an exciting development, and validates and reflects what we have been seeing with Splashtop - people want instant-on computing; an easy-to-use interface; and a secure environment with no worries about malware or viruses. Here is how Google explains the motivation behind Chrome OS:
By now I'm sure you're aware of Google Chrome, a new web browser launched by Google. At DeviceVM, we are keenly aware of everything that happens in the Browser space, because for our lightning fast environment, the browser is the killer application. Just as an FYI, our current browser, called the Splashtop Browser, is based on Mozilla's browser (Firefox) and optimized to run super fast and limit security risks in the Splashtop environment.
In a recent GigaOm article, Om Malik talks about his experiences using a Netbook. "Netbook" has become the popular term for devices such as the Asus EeePC, the MSI Wind or the HP miniNote. Om tries to use a Netbook for while and has a less than satisfactory experience. He cites some problems with the weight of the device, battery life and heat.
Interestingly, he also mentions boot time: