iPad 2 is here! New design is faster, lighter, and comes with new features like front and rear cameras.

March 2nd, 2011 No comments
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Well, its here, the iPad 2. If you want a quick summary of what its about, the picture above does a great job of telling you in roughly 1012 words or so (the picture being worth 1000 words).

The iPad 2 has a brand new design. Its 33% thinner according to Apple at just 8.8mm compared to the older iPad at 13.2mm. That is actually the first time I’ve realized the thinness of the old iPad in millimeters, but thats OK. I actually caught something curious here, as you can see in the Engadget live blog of the event.

Click here for all of the details about the iPad 2!

Verizon likely to end offering unlimited data “in the not too distant future”

March 2nd, 2011 No comments

Rumors emerged in January that not only would Verizon begin to carry a new CDMA version of the iPhone 4, but that it would be offered with an unlimited data plan, something that AT&T had stopped doing for their version of the iPhone 4. This caused AT&T to quietly resume offering unlimited data to customers that asked about this option, but now even Verizon seems likely to end unlimited data offerings as soon as this summer.

I think offering unlimited data was a way that Verizon chose to differentiate their iPhone 4 offering from the existing AT&T one, to try to lure customers to Verizon’s version of the handset. Since it is likely that Apple will release the next ‘iPhone 5’ in the June/July timeframe, Verizon could choose to move swiftly to capped data plans before that product becomes available on their network. Having the iPhone 4 halfway through the product cycle may have been a good way for Verizon to test the waters to know what to expect going forward. If the demand for the Verizon iPhone is lower than Verizon would like, they could continue to offer unlimited data in a continuing effort to lure customers to their network.

Source:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/01/verizon_plans_to_end_unlimited_data_plans_by_this_summer.html

Playstation 3s being blocked from Europe

March 1st, 2011 No comments

LG and Sony have been going at it with legal battles in the last month or so with each accusing the other of patent infringement and such. LG had struck back at Sony asking that PS3 sales be blocked in certain territories, such as the U.S.A and Europe. Well, it looks like LG have been successful in blocking shipment of the PS3 to Europe very recently, and shipments are reportedly being seized by customs for at least 10 days.

It is being reported that could turn into more than 10 days, which could certainly cause a shortage and artificial price hikes for existing inventories until the ban is lifted. Luckily for Sony, it is not currently the Christmas buying season, but this is still a VERY serious problem for Sony, and it is safe to say that Sony are probably frantically trying to get the ban removed and resume shipments of PS3s to Europe. Retailers apparently usually have enough inventory for 2-4 weeks, so I’d say thats about how much time Sony have before all hell breaks loose.

I’m sure there are many people out there that would love to see Sony suffer big for this one after the whole fiasco over Sony suing a group of hackers for ‘unauthorized’ hacking of the PS3. But thats another topic for another day.

Sources:

http://www.krunker.com/2007/03/21/bestbuy-to-discontinue-selling-20-gb-playstation-3s/
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/playstation-3-shipments-to-europe-now-being-seized-after-lg-wins/

Apple’s OSX targeted by a new Trojan

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Thats right! Apple’s OSX has yet another new virus that is specifically targeting it. I guess this is a sign of the increasing popularity of OSX, or simply a result of Apple provoking virus writers with their campaign making Windows seem as though it is virus laden and that Macs do not have viruses.

The new Trojan, which the creators call “BlackHole RAT”, apparently uses some exposed backdoor holes in the operating system and gain quite a bit of access, including the ability to run scripts, display fake password required boxes to attempt to phish passwords, and even place text files on the desktop. What could be really annoying is that it would also allow the attackers to shut down or restart your computer, displaying a mocking message:

“I am a Trojan Horse, so i have infected your Mac Computer. I know, most people think Macs can’t be infected, but look, you ARE Infected! I have full controll over your Computer and i can do everything I want, and you can do nothing to prevent it.

So, Im a very new Virus, under Development, so there will be much more functions when im finished.”

I think I just overloaded on smug.

Source:

http://www.dailytech.com/Sneaky+Trojan+Gets+Some+Back+Door+Action+in+Apples+OS+X/article21018.htm

Nintendo 3DS North American launch date confirmed

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Nintendo appears to have confirmed the North American release date of their new portable system, the Nintendo 3DS. That date is March 27th, 2011, and will release with 18 available games, most with an MSRP of $39.99. 5 of those games will be from Nintendo themselves, while the remaining 13 would be from third party developers. Some of the games available immediately would include Street Fighter IV 3D edition and Pilotwings Resort, while games like The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D will be available by the end of 2011. It sounds like there will be a lot of 3D remakes!

Click here for more details including MSRP, available colors, and the full list of the 18 launch titles

Gmail may be accidentally deleting emails from Gmail accounts

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, I assume its accidental anyway 😉

Reports indicate that many users of Google’s web based email service Gmail have been been unable to access their accounts recently. Google has issued an official statement estimating a little under 1% of users are effected, but is being very vague as to how many accounts have actually been effected, and how many have already been fixed (Google says about one third of accounts have been brought back up). The official statement is “Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”

I didn’t realize Google gave a time frame to expect a fix in that statement. If you read the Nexus One story, you would know that Google has said the Nexus One would get the Gingerbread update in the near future. Based on that, “the near future” could be 3 months, or even more. However, I seriously doubt it will be much more than a couple of days, I’m just being mean :P.

Sources:
mail.google.com
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/27/gmail-accidentally-resetting-accounts-years-of-correspondence-v/

Google Nexus One Android getting Gingerbread OTA

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, it looks like the Nexus one is finally getting the latest and greatest version of Android. The Nexus One is the first officially Google branded smartphone, and one of its main selling points was that it would always get the latest and greatest version of Android first, but many started complaining when the Nexus S was released in December with Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ and it was nowhere to be seen on the Nexus One for many months. Well Nexus One owners, the wait seems to finally be coming to an end, with Android 2.3.3 being rolled out over the air. Let us know how you like it!

Sources:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/01/nexus-one-android-2-3-3-update-arrives-ota-breaks-google-voice/
http://www.wareground.com/articles/android_gingerbread_sdk_may_come_next_week
http://phandroid.com/nexus-one/

“Microsoft future interface”

February 26th, 2011 No comments

Microsofts newly demoed interface is shown off in the video above. I didn’t really like it, it basically looks like a bunch of colorful bubbles. Some sites are saying it might be a future windows interface, but to me it looks more like a UI for their multitouch Surface product line. Anyway, its easier to view the video above that listen to me try to make something out of it.

Microsoft releases Windows 7 SP1 to the public!

February 26th, 2011 No comments

As predicted earlier, Microsoft has finally released Windows 7 service pack 1 to the general public, meaning anybody can now download and install it. Service packs for Microsoft’s OSs are generally a good idea to install, as they often contain every security patch up to the release of the service pack, as well as potentially new features, bug fixes, and possibly even performance improvements.

The download ranges from ~500mb – ~900mb for 32bit and x64 editions, respectively. I assume you can download it through Microsoft update, as usual, or as a separate download, for those that have to deploy it on multiple systems.

To go to Microsoft’s download page, click here.

Motorola Atrix and Xoom launch!

February 26th, 2011 No comments

So, if you haven’t noticed already, the Motorola Atrix and Xoom release dates have been pushed up to February 24th…earlier than what we originally thought, and that date has passed already. In other words, the Atrix and the Xoom (Motorola’s new flagship smartphone and tablet, respectively) have been released!

The Xoom is available for $799 and requires a data contract with Verizon, making it even more expensive. The good news is, the Xoom is 4G ready, meaning it can get 4G once the network is ready for it. Another reason for its rather high price of entry is because it is offered with 32gb of built in memory, while the current iPad starts at 16gb. It could also be argued that the Motorola Xoom is far more capable than the iPad, with a faster dual core 1ghz Nvidio Tegra 2 processor, much more ram at 1gb, and front and back cameras. Lets not forget that Apple has just announced a media event for March 2nd however, and that new iPads will likely be competitive with the Xoom in specs, but may undercut the price.

The Atrix, along with its innovative laptop dock, have also launched. The Atrix seems to be getting good reviews, but the dock is not. The dock is also very expensive, at $499 solo. Nonetheless, I hope other manufacturers at least consider this feature and hopefully improve upon it with lower price points and better software.