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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!

“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.

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.

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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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!

Another day, another tablet. Welcome, HTC ‘flyer’!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

HTC the latest company to enter the tablet wars!

Ok guys, at this point, it just feels like “UGH! yet ANOTHER tablet!?”. Well, thats exactly what we have here, a new tablet by HTC! Right from the get-go, I don’t like this tablet. Why? Well, they claim it’ll have a single core 1.5ghz processor for starters. I’m a big believer in dual cores are superior to one super clocked core. They also say it has a 7 inch screen, as well as a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. They also mention a 4000mah battery capable of 4 hours of continuous video, while I am pretty sure the iPad gets 10…soooo yeah. Round that out with an Android 2.4 (yes, it says 2.4) Gingerbread OS with HTC Sense layered on top, which most people agree that Honeycomb should be powering anything over 5 inches (“tablets”) and it doesn’t exactly instill confidence.

Notice how I didn’t say this product would fail though, simply that I didn’t like it. I don’t like it because it doesn’t seem to be a high end product, its more like a mid-upper range. Nonetheless, HTC’s strategy may be price on this one, judging from its somewhat unusual choices in hardware, such as the slightly lacking megapixel cameras and single core processor. I also think most people want a 10 inch screen on their tablet, and 7 is sorta an in-between that nobody really seems to want anymore. However, again that 7 inch screen may reduce component costs, lowering the ultimate bottom line? We’ll find out eventually, I suppose.

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HP announces a new iPad competitor of its own

February 15th, 2011 No comments

HP has a new tablet competitor to Apple’s iPad

HP have recently revealed that it has a new tablet up its sleeve it calls the ‘TouchPad’ to compete with the current market leader, the Apple iPad. Unfortunately, the tablets seems to be quite far off from actual market availability, as HP only gave vague release date estimates of “Summer” for the WiFi only version, and only mentioned that 3G and 4G versions would also be coming in the future, with no specific time frame. We do know that the device currently looks much like the iPad and also is about the same size and weight, at about 1.5lbs and with a 9.7 inch screen, which is identical in size to the iPad. It will come in 16gb and 32gb versions and pack a fast dual core processor, as well as a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chatting.

Honestly, to me it is still vaporware. When Samsung and Motorola’s tablet releases are imminent, HP isn’t going to raise any eyebrows or pique anybodies interest with a tablet that looks and feels exactly like the current iPad and doesn’t boast any innovative new features or solid release dates. Nonetheless, competition can only be a good thing, and I hope HP surprises us all with an amazing product.

HP’s 2 new smartphones after the break!

Samsung announces successors to Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S products

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Samsung announces imminent release of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S 2 series

Samsung has lifted the veil off of its new Galaxy line of products. Yesterday Samsung releaved the new Galaxy S 2 Smartphone as well as a new tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the natural successor to the popular Galaxy S line. It is uncertain whether there will be serveral versions of the Galaxy S 2 like its predecessor, which varied in many ways such as the inclusion of a slide out keyboard or LED flash features. Currently, there is one version being shown off, and BOY does it look nice! Here are the known specs:

Galaxy S 2 specs:
1ghz dual core processor made by Samsung.
4.27″ Super AMOLED Plus display, an updated version of the much praised Super AMOLED.
Runs Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ out of the box.
2 Megapixel front facing camera
8 Megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash.
Supports HSPA+

Click here for more info on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and video of the Galaxy S 2 in action!

RIM’s Playbook may run Android apps!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

RIM’s Playbook tablet will run Android apps!

According to Bloomberg, it looks like the 130,000+ app library of Android will run on the company’s iPad competitor, the Playbook. The blackberry maker has been trying to hype up its first entry into the tablet market, where it will more than likely have to compete with the iPad 2, due to its later than expected market appearance. Perhaps RIM thought it needed more compelling features to compete with the likes of the Motorola XOOM and the newly announced HP tablet as well.

Sources:
http://www.dailytech.com/RIM+PlayBook+Tablet+to+Offer+Android+Apps/article20893.htm
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