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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

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

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/

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.

How to Jailbreak and unlock your iPhone on iOS 4.2.1 using PwnageTool 4.2

February 25th, 2011 No comments

Here is a new original video for you guys made in house. The video will show you how to safely update the iOS firmware on your iPhone or most other iDevices using PwnageTool. By updating using PwnageTool, you can preserve your old baseband. If your old baseband was unlockable, you can still unlock it even with new iOS firmware installed, which is why PwnageTool is so great.

The video also explains how to use Tiny Umbrella to save your old SHSH blobs so you can downgrade your iOS version later if you wish to do so. Using Tiny Umbrella, you can save your SHSH blobs without even jailbreaking your device!

Click here to visit the iPhone Dev Team blog
Click here to download the official torrent for PwnageTool 4.2

New ‘iPad 2’ almost official: Apple sends out official invitations to a media event March 2nd.

February 24th, 2011 No comments

The above is an official image that accompanied the official invitations sent out by Apple. As you can see, the image is of a enlarged calendar icon used in iOS showing a March 2nd date, along with one corner peeling away showing an iPad, hinting strongly that this event will be about iPad, and almost certainly means they will announce the next iPad at this event. I suppose Apple is not as cryptic as they used to be when they announce media events, but then again, almost everyone is sure that it will be iPad focused, so why hide it?

The most credible rumors for the iPad 2 allows us to make predictions about what to expect. Likely new features include updated graphics, a new dual core processor, and at least 1, if not 2 new cameras. Slightly more vague rumors say the screen will likely be the same resolution, but will address the reflectivity of the original iPad, and perhaps be a slightly nicer screen in some way, such as contrast or brightness, or possibly slightly better viewing angles. Most rumors also say the device will be slimmer and lighter in weight, and have a brand new industrial design. Also likely is iOS 4.3 with facetime support for video chatting on the device.

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New Macbook Pros with quad core Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt I/O.

February 24th, 2011 No comments

As anticipated, Apple has released new Macbook Pros today which is basically a typical refresh that they do every ~9 months for the line. Although earlier than the ~March timeframe that was originally estimated, the new Macbook Pros utilize the new 32nm “Sandy Bridge” quad core processors from Intel. You read that right, Macbook Pros (15 inches and up) now have quad cores!

Somehow, despite being familiar with Sandy Bridge processors and the new Macbook Pros likelyhood to use them, I never put 2 and 2 together to conclude the new Macbook Pros would likely have quad cores. Well, this DOES “change everything” for me, since I was planning to build a quad core hackintosh. If I can have quad core Sandy Bridge in a Macbook Pro, I’d rather get that instead and not have to deal with all the hacking, higher power consumption, lack of portability, and having to make sure bluetooth and wifi worked well. I would also miss the compatibility with the Apple Remote, and it doesn’t hurt that laptops basically have a built in UPS.

Read more details about the new Macbook Pros!

NTT Docomo testing LTE Advanced networks capable of 1Gbps down and 200Mbps up!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Taken straight from their press release:

“TOKYO, JAPAN, February 7, 2011 — NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that on January 27 it was pre-licensed by the Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for field experiments of LTE-Advanced, a true fourth-generation (4G) mobile communication technology that provides data rates much faster than currently possible with LTE.

Once the license is issued, DOCOMO will begin field experiments of LTE-Advanced in real radio environments in the cities of Yokosuka and Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

In the field experiments, the performance of key technologies for LTE-Advanced implemented in the experimental equipment (see attachment) will be evaluated in indoor and outdoor environments.

DOCOMO has already confirmed the performance of LTE-Advanced technologies using radio environment simulators in its R&D center, achieving transmission data rates of approximately 1 Gbps in the downlink and 200 Mbps in the uplink.

LTE-Advanced, as the name suggests, is an evolved version of LTE, which DOCOMO currently offers on a commercial basis under the Xi™ (“Crossy”) brand in Japan. LTE-Advanced is backward compatible with LTE, which will enable a smooth migration from DOCOMO’s existing LTE network.”

Notice the text above in bold. 1Gbps downloads mean 100 megabytes per second! And 20 megabytes per second upload! You’ll need an SSD in your device for the network to be the bottleneck in downloads, since 100 megabytes a second is the speed at which modern harddrives read local data! Wow, just wow to have this kind of speed ANYWHERE is amazing. And if they are testing it now, its probably not far off from primetime.

I mean, at least in Japan. Doh.

Click here for the official NTT Docomo press release

Nvidia announce quad core SOC, ready by August for tablets

February 15th, 2011 No comments

The above photo provided by Engadget is, to me, a perfect illustration of just how far we have come, as that tiny chip is a Quad core SOC announced by Nvidia. Code named Kal-El (which is superman’s original name back on his home planet), this little guy is expected to be availble in tablets around the August timeframe and is roughly twice as powerful as current dual core Tegra cpu’s used in current smartphones and tablets, as well as 3 times as powerful in graphics processing, thanks to its TWELVE cores! After you stop violently twitching from orgasmic spazzing, check out the link below for more details:

Click here for more details and video demonstrations!