Tech Today: Facebook to launch iPad app

It's the tech news that broke after you logged-off. Today: Facebook to release iPad app, Blackberry maker RIM's profits fall and Panasonic announces Toughbook Android tablet

Microsoft outs Kinect SDK for Windows
The Big M brought the motion-sensing power of the Kinect platform the PC developers today by launching the Kinect SDK for Windows. The non-commercial, Beta SDK encourages developers to create new tools for education, healthcare and robotics and offers access to the Kinect camera, microphone and skeletal-tracing tech.
Link:TechRadar

Facebook iPad app set to arrive
After almost a year in development the official Facebook for iPad app is set to be unleashed within the next few weeks, according to reports. The app has been through many design iterations according to the New York Times and will offer full-screen hi-res photos and re-imagined Chat.
Link: New York Times

 

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RIM claims 500,000 PlayBooks shipped
RIM has posted Q1 profits of £340 million, which falls below expectations. The company sdold 13.2 million BlackBerry smartphones in that time and, interestingly, shipped 500,000 PlayBook tablets. The PlayBook went on sale in the UK and suffered the indignity of being dropped by the OS network.
Link:Engadget

No new Apple MacBook Air until Lion is ready
The latest in the Apple MacBook Air refresh saga suggests that Apple will hold off on releasing the new ultra-thin Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt-packing laptops until Mac OS X Lion is ready to be fully rolled-out. Apple has said that the new OS will be ready to ship sometime in July.
Link: Apple Insider

Panasonic announces "Toughbook" Android tablet
The Toughbook line of rugged laptops have been saving the bacon of rough-and-tumble gadget enthusiasts for years. Now Panasonic has announced a Toughbook Android tablet. Details on the durable, impact resistant tablet are scant, but it looks to be running Android 2.3 at present.
Link: Wired

News@8: Thursday brought news that the killjoys at Apple want to prevent people using their phones to record video at concerts, while news of the HTC Sensation release date brightened the day. Meanwhile 2K games has sacked its PR agency after it threatened journalists who posted negative Duke Nukem Forever reviews.

Catch-up on this and more in our daily News@8 round-up.

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