Friday, 29 June 2012

Samsung's WP phone Omnia M

Samsung held a press conference in Beijing this afternoon, officially launched in the domestic market first Windows Phone mainstream mobile phones - Omnia M, the mobile phone into a mobile custom S7530 and Unicom custom S7530E (WCDMA standard) two versions.

Omnia M hardware is also very much in line with the WP mainstream processor is a processor clocked at 1GHz Qualcomm S2 of the Windows Phone needs, other areas, including Samsung's own 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 800 * 480 pixels, 5 megapixel main camera and front of 300 000 pixels 1500mAh battery.

Xbox Music said to rival Spotify and iTunes, Microsoft to make a mark in music

Xbox Music said to rival Spotify, iTunes

Xbox Music is coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, that much we know. We also know that the Zune brand is dead. But whether the new service will be a simple rebadge or an entirely new beast remains a mystery. Bloomberg has it on good authority, however, that that Xbox Music will more than just a new face. Microsoft is allegedly combining all the most successful elements of its competitors -- streaming, online storage, and offline syncing -- into a product that will put iTunes, Spotify and Google Play squarely in its crosshairs. The company is allegedly in talks with the record labels to secure the necessary rights for a monthly subscription service and a market for purchasing tracks. It will also take a page from Google Music and allow customers to upload their own collections. If Microsoft can pull off a such a comprehensive service others in the field better watch out -- few companies have the reach or budget of Redmond.

Nintendo takes on Disney veteran as senior VP for digital in US, gets serious about this whole internet thing

Netflix on Wii U
Nintendo hinted it was improving its notoriously rudimentary online access with word of the Nintendo Network early this year, and was even more adamant at E3 about making a big push into digital video. Some have accused the company of nothing but flag-waving -- if that's true, the waving is about to turn into a full parade through a new hire. As of July 1st, Nintendo is bringing on Disney's former Interactive Media Group senior VP Duncan Orrell-Jones to take on the just-minted role of senior VP for the company's Network Business group in the US. He'll be handling the overall American digital strategy, which covers both gaming as well as content. We'll need to wait awhile before we see the results, but if it helps make sure friend codes never rise from the dead to haunt our Wii U, we're all for it.

Google Compute Engine brings Linux virtual machines 'at Google scale'

As anticipated, Google has just launched its cloud service for businesses at Google I/O 2012, called Google Compute Engine. Starting today Urs Holzle announced "anyone with large-scale computing needs" can access the infrastructure and efficiency of Google's datacenters. The company is promising both performance and stability -- Amazon EC2 they're coming for you -- claiming "this is how infrastructure as a service is supposed to work". It's also promising "50 percent more computes per dollar" than competitors. Beta testers will be on hand at later meetings to give impressions of the service, if you want to know how running your apps on 700,000 (and counting) cores feels. During the presentation we got a demo of a genome app and we're sure if we understood what was going on, it would have been impressive. 

Google Drive for iOS hands-on

Google Drive for iOS handson

It's an exciting time when two worlds collide, especially for iOS users that have an affection for Google services. The head honchos in Mountain View took to the stage at Moscone West today and announced two programs were going to be made available in the App Store by the end of day: Chrome and Drive. The latter pushed out first, so we decided to give the free app a closer look. Head below for some screenshots and our impressions of the service.

Google Chrome for iOS hands-on

chrome app on ipad
Google has just launched Chrome for iOS, the long-awaited browser replacement we've all been hoping for, just a day after Chrome for Android came out of beta. While iOS still does not offer the ability to set your own default mail client or web browser, Chrome lets you take your tabs, bookmarks, saved passwords, and settings with you. The only bummer is that while Google claims that "you can enjoy the same speedy and simple Chrome experience across your devices," Apple's rules about third party browsers ultimately cripple it. John Herrman summed it up well, for BuzzFeed:

But other apps that want to include a browser function, be they Facebook or an actual alternative browser like Chrome, don't get Nitro. For security reasons, the browser developers get to use in their apps is a variant of an older, pre-Nitro version, called UIWebView. It's fine — it renders pages with the same fidelity as Mobile Safari. But it is slower. Noticeably slower.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

GIGABYTE Unveils First-Ever Touchpad Mouse, Aivia Xenon

GIGABYTE Technology Co. LTD are due to release their Aivia Xenon Dual Mode Touchpad Mouse, the world’s first-ever dual mode touchpad mouse. The Aivia Xenon can serve as a practical mouse with multi-touch gestures, and a portable touchpad. This innovative touchpad mouse makes you free from space boundary, and now all the operations are just one touch away.
Switching between mouse and touchpad mode with the button on the side of Aivia Xenon is only a simple click. When using it as a normal mouse, you can enjoy the precise tracking of GIGABYTE laser engine and superior webpage surfing experience with intuitional multi-touch gestures.
Feel free to personalize the gestures anytime with software, so that you may optimize the functions that suit you the most. Moreover, Aivia Xenon is equipped with GIGABYTE Free-Scrolling Technology, which allows you to effortlessly browse the files. When activating touchpad mode, it is just like using the touchpad on your laptop, but only better, because the touchpad is now portable, and the smooth control is beyond imagination.

Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple new iPad: Head-to-head

Google has unveiled its own-branded Android tablet, the Google Nexus 7. Although it isn't trying to directly compete against Apple's new iPad, the Nexus 7 will naturally be compared to the iPad due to the absence in Australia of its main competitor, the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Smarter to buy Galaxy Nexus than Galaxy S3 because of Jelly Bean upgradability?

Despite being older and having worse specs than the Samsung Galaxy S3, would it make more sense to buy the Galaxy Nexus because it will likely be the first phone to get Jelly Bean?

Jelly Bean is supposed to make movements/screen response more smooth (Project Butter) and make OS appear faster.

Since the Nexus would get this update before the S3, would the performance improvements from Jelly Bean outweigh the better specs of the S3?

Also, how quick is Sprint to release updates for the Nexus? Would it take just as long for Jelly Bean to be released on the Nexus as it would the S3?

And while I know that everything surrounding Jelly Bean is, at this time, purely hypothetical, I'm mostly asking about previous release cycles/trends

Google Nexus Q: Made in the USA!

As we previously reported, Google announced the Nexus Q hardware device today at their Google I/O developer event. The Android 4.0-powered streaming media device that looks like it came from the Portal games is now available for pre-order on the Google Play website for the price of $299. It's expected to start shipping sometime in mid-July.

Android 4.1's easter egg inevitably features jelly beans

The grand tradition of hiding easter eggs in mobile OSes continues with Android 4.1. As with previous versions, you trigger it by rapidly tapping on the version number within settings. Doing so reveals the happy jelly bean you see above. A further long-press on its rosy face brings up a floating sea of jelly beans, each of which can be flicked away with what seems like some finely tuned inertia. Essentially, it's exactly what you expect an easter egg to be: cute, light, and probably not worth visiting multiple times. It's no Taxi, but it'll do.

Google I/O’s 6,000 attendees all get free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q

Google I/O 2012 is just kicking off, but right from the very first keynote the event has been super intense - Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Google Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q device that connects to the cloud and Project Glass going up for pre-order. What more can you wish for?

How about that each one of the 6,000 developers in attendance get a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, a Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q? Is that a good enough value for those $900 entrance tickets?

We think it is - the cheering after the whole “value pack” developers got went on and on. You can try not to be jealous in the comments below, but is it really possible?

Half-Life 2: Episode Three

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Since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two in October 2007, there has been very little news from Valve on the next Half-Life game.
Half-Life 2: Episode Three, the third and final instalment of the Half-Life 2 episodes, was expected to follow soon after Episode Two, as Valve had stated that they aimed to release a new episode every six to eight months.[1] However, as of March 2012, three pieces of concept art are all Valve have shown of the next game. Since then, Valve has released four games, and it currently has two in development, with only one of these, Portal 2, being set in the half-life universe.

Google Now: hands-on with Jelly Bean's Siri competitor

Gallery Photo: Google Now screenshots

We've spent some quality time with Google's new voice-enabled search and information system on Jelly Bean, Google Now. It's an interesting system that could be described as Google's take on Siri, but that's not entirely a fair description. Yes, Google Now allows you to perform searches by voice and provides a mix of pre-computed information along with web searches, but it goes further by offering persistent "cards" that automatically populate based on your searches.

Google Nexus Q

Google is officially going head-to-head with Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft in the battle for your living room. The Google I/O keynote ended with the company's latest attempt to bring its services to your TV: the Google Nexus Q.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

It's been on display in full form since before I/O started, but only now is it official: the Nexus 7 tablet from Asus. Built for Google Play, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 HD display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU, and 1GB RAM. There's also a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and all the sensors you'd expect from a modern slate, including NFC (there is no 3G / 4G option). Google is touting nine hours of HD video playback and up to 300 hours of standby — although the product page quotes eight hours "of active use" on a 4325 mAh device — in a device that's 340 grams.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Revealed At Google I/O


Google I/O just kicked off at Moscone West in San Francisco, and it wasn’t long at all before Google’s Hugo Barra pulled the curtains back on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The update was originally thought to be a major one (rumors at the time referred to it as Android 5.0), and it seems like quite a treat for Android users despite the minor version bump. So what has Google brought to the table this time around? Let’s find out together — I’ll be updating as new information and features are revealed.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Mozilla Delivers Faster Firefox for Android

Mozilla has released a major upgrade to Firefox for Android, the company’s open source web browser for Android phones.
To test out the new Firefox for Android, just install it from the Google Play marketplace.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Meizu MX 4-core and Flyme OS 1.0 formally announced, available on June 30th

Meizu MX 4core

Forget that "MX Quad-core" moniker, because Meizu's just formally introduced its first quad-core Android phone as the "MX 4-core" in Hong Kong. For those who care, this is the first time ever for Meizu to collaborate with a carrier -- that being Hong Kong's PCCW, who's offering the HK$3,099 (US$400) 32GB model for free on various tariffs, while details are light on the HK$4,099 (US$530) 64GB version. Once the stage cleared we had a chance to take a closer look at the international variant of the MX 4-core. Aside from the disappearance of the Chinese logo above the screen plus the duller logo on the back (but accompanied by an extra capacity label), the 4-inch HSPA+ phone looks identical to its dual-core sibling. Additionally, Hong Kong and mainland China customers who pre-order between now and the launch on June 30th will get to pick a colored back crystal shell for free, including ivory white, milky lime, lilac purple and misty pink to replace the original white.

Google TV goes international, Sony NSZ-GS7 set-top box up for preorder in the US and UK

Google TV had a second coming-out party at CES 2012, where a number of manufacturers introduced new features for the television-based operating system, new devices running it, and other big plans. Eric Schmidt, in a fit of what turned out to be insanity, declared shortly before CES that Google TV would be on a "majority" of new TVs by this summer.

Facebook's Find Friends Nearby: GPS lets you give nearby mobile users a Friendshake

Facebook's Find Friends Nearby  GPS lets you give nearby mobile users a Friendshake
A mobile Facebook feature called Find Friends Nearby, previously code-named Friendshake, is coming out of development and will soon be on its way to your iOS or Android phone. Perhaps springing from the social network's acquisition of ambient social app Glancee, it's still fairly primitive, merely navigating to a browser page on your device, where it will show you a list of other users within a given, undisclosed radius. Presumably, the benefit is to let you quickly add someone in your purview like Find my Friends, although we're interested to see what privacy settings are on offer. You never know, Mr. Zuckerberg could be tempting the privacy gods -- and governments -- once again.

Gmail for iOS gets notification support and persistent logins, brings joy to Apple mobile masses

Gmail for iOS gets notification support and persistent logins, brings joy to Apple mobile masses
It took quite awhile for the official Gmail app to arrive for our Apple-toting friends, but when it debuted, it lacked many features enjoyed by Android users. Well, today the iOS Gmail app got a refresh that brings it a bit closer to the green bot version. Chiefly, notification support to allow folks to set up banner alerts and lock screen notifications, so they no longer have to check their inbox for new messages. Not only that, the app now has persistent login capability, meaning no more re-entry of your Gmail credentials every time you're preoccupied slaying space pigs for a few hours. Interested parties can hit the source link to get the new goodies.

iRobot Roomba 790 Robot Vacuum

iRobot has announced the launch of their latest robot vacuum cleaner, the iRobot Roomba 790, which they describe as their most advanced robot yet, and it comes with a wireless command center plus a remote control.

The remote control can be used from anywhere in your home, and will let you steer the Roomba and schedule a cleaning, adjust the clock and even send it back to its docking bases.

[A]djust to Lighthouse, set the distance of the door opening and place the Virtual Wall Lighthouse outside of the doorway to the room you want Roomba to clean. The Lighthouse will communicate with Roomba via an infrared sensor to contain it in one room until it vacuums the area completely (aka: completes its mission) and then it will move on to the next room and so forth.

Spotify releases native app in BlackBerry App World

Spotify now official on BlackBerry App World for compatible handsets

Spotify has had native apps for iOS and Android for some time now, but now the company has released its native BlackBerry app to the BlackBerry App World store. Previously, users of Waterloo's finest were able to download the app via their mobile browser, but now they can grab the full Spotify experience in RIM's native store — assuming they've also signed up for the $9.99 / month premium service and live in one of 15 specific countries (including the US, Australia, New Zealand, and much of Europe). If you've purchased a BlackBerry in the last several years, you should be able to take advantage of the app, as it's claimed to work with BlackBerry OS 5 and higher. It sounds like the app features all of the standard mobile Spotify features, including full search of the service's catalog, playlist building, and social sharing. If your'e interested, it's available to download now in BlackBerry App World.

Microsoft buys office networking site Yammer

Microsoft buying Yammer to beef up enterprise social networking efforts

So, what exactly is a Yammer? Well, it's a simple social network designed not to connect you with family or college roommates, but with with your coworkers. The platform has had some success, but its most high profile moment may be today's announcement that Microsoft had purchased the company. Rumors had been circulating for about a week, but now Redmond has made it official and issued a press release announcing its plan to purchase the startup for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will continue to live on as a stand alone service, which should make its 5 million users and countless Fortune 500 customers happy. But Microsoft will certainly be looking to fold its features into its own suite of enterprise offerings, like SharePoint and Office 365.

Monday, 25 June 2012

MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning

MSI GTX 680 Lightning

All hail Megatron -- well seriously it's the first thing that went through my mind while looking at the GeForce GTX 680 Lightning from MSI today. A beast of a graphics card that breathes power to show its performance.

Fast and furious are another the two keywords that describe the Lightning product from MSI. Today they released their GeForce GTX 680 Lightning edition. An all customized PCB, extra features, a fast factory-overclock and that new TwinFrozr IV cooler is bound to make the Kepler GPU empowered MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning a very sexy product.

ZTE Grand X (U970 and N970) and Grand X LTE (T82) hands-on

ZTE Grand X and Grand X LTE handson

You may recall that ZTE unveiled its Snapdragon MSM8960-powered Grand X LTE handset (pictured right) just a few days ago, but as it turns out, the original Mimosa X design is still very much alive under that new Grand X moniker, and we were able to play with both Android 4.0 devices at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. In fact, there were three models in total, as the Grand X comes in two flavors in China: the U970 for China Mobile comes with 1.2GHz Tegra 2 (yes, Tegra 2), TD-SCDMA radio, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage and a five-megapixel camera; while the identical-looking N970 for China Telecom packs a 1.5GHz MSM8660A, CDMA2000 radio, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD expansion and an eight-megapixel camera.

With all the phones attached to various cords we weren't able to get a good sense of their ergonomics, but they were all surprisingly light. In terms of build quality ZTE didn't disappoint, either (at least the casing is certainly a big step up from the Skate), and their 4.3-inch qHD LCDs looked good as well. Oh, and the vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich build flashed onto these devices ran smoothly during our brief hands-on, so hopefully they'll stay that way in the hands of buyers. Help yourself to our photos below.

Meizu's first quad core MX: June 30 listing / selling price 2999 ​​yuan ( 471 USD)

This afternoon, the Meizu together with the operator of PCCW held a press conference in Hong Kong for the quad-core MX and showcase the Meizu Flyme the OS 1.0 system.

Compared to the dual-core MX, it equipped with a Exynos 4412 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and enhance the battery capacity to 1700mAh, and run on the Meizu Flyme OS 1.0 system which is based on the Android 4.0.

At the same time, Meizu also mentioned that if Hong Kong consumers choose contracts quad-core MX (PCCW) with the minimum monthly consumption of 149 yuan ( 23 USD), the phone will be given free.

Note that the quad-core MX will be available at the end of this month, both in the China and Hong Kong. The price of one of the mainland version is: 32GB version is priced at 2999 ​​yuan, while the 64GB version is 3999 yuan.

The price of the Hong Kong version for quad-core MX is 3099 Hong Kong dollars for the 32GB version while 64GB version is 4099 Hong Kong dollars (about 3400 yuan).

BeamNG Releases New Crash Physics Screenshot For CryEngine 3

A new teaser image has appeared for the high-end AAA engine from Crytek, the CryEngine 3. The image is actually a brief look at a small collection of crashes, in which studio BeamNG labels it as the most realistic simulated crashes ever. 

Mozilla Firefox for Android planning to go bigger next week

Mozilla has tweet for its plans for launch of something big for Android devices, expecting a new browser or something entirely different.

Firefox had announced the launch of its mobile version browser for Android powered devices September last year. Now Mozilla seems to be planning something more for Android devices.

Mozilla Firefox for Android

Amid Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumors, T-Mobile USA variant leaks

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T-Mobile USA is reportedly launching its own Samsung Galaxy Note, amid rumors that Samsung will unveil a new version later this Fall.

T-Mobile USA could be the final destination of the Samsung Galaxy Note, reports leak today that the fourth largest wireless carrier in United States may bring the 5.3-inch Android smartphone to its market next month featuring its “4G” HSPA+ network.

The Amazing Nokia Air Tablet, Phone Symbian/MeeGo concept

A while back there was a Nokia promo video showing the seamless integration between a tablet, a phone and a little pocket phone companion (no, not the morph one). I can’t seem to find it in google anymore (it seems to have an issue searching these days)

Anyway, it reminds me of this random video. It may be a fan concept, though it says confidential at the bottom left and provides a link to somewhere in Nokia (which my browser says doesn’t exist).

Anyway, it looks to be some kind of MeeGo device.

Flipboard for Android


Flipboard, one of the more popular news reading and content consumption app, previously available and adored by iOS users, became hugely popular over time. In fact, we think it’s one of the best apps for the job right now, leaving its elder sibling Pulse weeping in its wake.

Initially launched as an iPad app, it made its way to iPhones and iPod touch devices in November last year with a unique Cover Stories interface, which collects and displays all your recent photo uploads, shared articles and status updates from select social networks. We were teased about this in the Samsung Galaxy S3 reveal, and have been rife with anticipation ever since. It’s finally here.

Flipboard for Android is finally available for download in Google’s Play Store. This social news-reading app that converts web content to magazine — like interface was only available on iOS devices until recently. The Android version of the app can also be downloaded from Amazon App store as well as Nook Apps for users of Kindle Fire and Nook tablet in the United States and Samsung Apps worldwide.

The company has also announced that Flipboard app now allows addition of Google Plus and Youtube accounts along with the existing Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Today we have over 2000 featured content partners from around the world and, now with the addition of Google Plus and YouTube, we have all of the popular social networks for our readers to sit back and enjoy,” said Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard.

What OEMs desperately need to learn from Microsoft's Surface

This week, Microsoft crossed a line it has maintained for three decades. With its new Surface PCs for Windows 8, it will compete directly with the OEMs who license Windows. Why now? Because those OEMs desperately need a challenge.

Microsoft is not throwing its OEM partners under the bus. It is pushing them out of the way of an onrushing freight train.

See what I did there? I substituted one violent transportation-based metaphor for another. That was deliberate. So was Microsoft’s unprecedented decision to cross a line it has maintained for three decades.

RIM May Be Selling Handset Business To Facebook Or Amazon

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RIM is considering selling its handset business, according to a report in the British paper The Sunday Times.
Fair warning though, the report does not cite any sources, so treat the news with some skepticism.
The Sunday Times says Facebook and Amazon are two potential buyers for RIM's handset business. RIM would keep its enterprise services if such a deal went through, according to the report.
In a comment to CNET on the the Sunday Times Report, a RIM representative had this to say:
RIM has hired advisers to help the company examine ways to leverage the BlackBerry platform through partnerships, licensing opportunities, and strategic business model alternatives. We believe the best way to drive value for our stakeholders is to execute on our plan to turn the company around. This remains true.
That's nothing new, as we already know RIM hired JP Morgan and RBC to explore options for its flailing business.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Rumor: HTC One XXL to be like One XL, but with quad-core Krait

Android users have become power-hungry - dual-core processors no longer cut it. If you're among that crowd, this next rumor should give you a twitch of excitement - an HTC One XXL with two extra cores than the XL, better graphics and more RAM.
A couple of leaked screenshots show some of the specs of this purported beast - a 4.7" 720p screen, 8MP main and 1.8MP secondary cameras and a codename, "Closurexxl".

The chipset specs of the One XXL are more interesting though - a quad-core processor (reportedly a Snapdragon S4 with Krait cores), 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU plus LTE connectivity.
One chipset matches the description - the Qualcomm APQ8064. There's an old rumor of the HTC Zeta with that chipset and roughly similar specs, but that's from before the HTC One series came to be.

Nintendo's new 3DS XL: a new, bigger 3DS

The screen is 90 percent bigger, with larger bottom and top screens. It's called the Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan and the Nintendo 3DS XL in the West. The top screen measures at 4.88 inches and is 90 percent bigger, while the bottom screen is 4.18 inches and is also 90 percent bigger.

For the 3DS LL, the battery will last 3.5 to 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games (as compared to 3 to 5 hours with the 3DS). The battery will last 6 to 10 hours for DS games (as compared to 5 to 8 hours for the 3DS).

Friday, 22 June 2012

HTC Reportedly Has Three Windows Phone 8 Devices In The Works

Man, does HTC employ some loose-lipped people or what?

Less than a day after Microsoft’s big Windows Phone 8 preview event, The Verge managed to score some details on HTC’s hardware plans for Windows Phone 8. If their source’s information holds true, the Taiwanese company has plans to release a top-tier, mid-range, and an entry-level WP8 device before the year is out.

Android 4.1 is Jelly Bean and coming soon, Play Store confirms

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The Google Play Store listing for the Galaxy Nexus has confirmed that the next upgrade to Android will indeed be version 4.1 and be codenamed Jelly Bean. You can check out the little blurb of information below on the Play Store website if you're in the US right now, plus there's an image showing a couple of visual tweaks to the UI: a slightly altered search bar and a new background image. Admittedly, it's all very low-res and tells us little of substance, but we'll take all we can get until we can savor the full Jelly Bean experience. Which, judging by this mildly premature update to the Play Store, should be a lock for Google I/O next week.

First details of Haswell-EP processors emerge

Last week a "bigpao007" user posted several slides in Chiphell forum, detailing features of upcoming Haswell-EP and Haswell-EN server microprocessors. As can be guessed from the name, new chips will be built on Haswell microarchitecture, and accommodate a number of technologies, specific to server market. According to the slides, future 22nm Xeons will integrate 10 or more CPU cores, and 2.5 MB of last level cache per each core. The slides state that the maximum size of the last level cache for the package is 35 MB, which means that the CPU may have up to 14 cores. 

Microsoft's Surface tablet vs. the iPad: Seven challenges

Microsoft came out with all guns blazing yesterday with its Surface tablets. Or did it?
The perceived success or failure of what was shown is obviously subjective, and comes down to whether or not you believe in what Microsoft is showing. Moreover, can Microsoft's strategy with the Surface -- and all Windows 8 tablets, for that matter -- succeed in not just being a No. 2 to the iPad, but in being a true iPad rival?
As a user of both the iPad and previous Windows tablets, I think it comes down to these key points.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

New iPhone will reportedly switch to smaller 19-pin dock connector

Apple iPhone dock

Rumors have been flying around for a while that Apple is planning to ditch the trusty 30-pin dock connector that it introduced with the iPod in 2003. We first heard reports last month that the change would come with the next iPhone, and then alleged photos of the handset turned up showing a smaller port in the dock connector position. Now TechCrunch is reporting that the shrunken port will indeed make its debut on Apple's next phone, and specifically that it will have 19 pins.

This comes from speaking to three separate accessory manufacturers, and while it's unlikely that they'd have been officially let in on Apple's plans ahead of time, they'd no doubt want to get on top of such a drastic change to the iOS ecosystem. Whether this particular rumor turns out to be the real deal or not, the evidence is certainly mounting.

HP Picks Atom Chips for Next Phase of Project Moonshot

An HP Redstone server, the first phase of Project Moonshot, featured ARM chip technology from Calxeda. HP will use Intel Atom technology in the next phase of the Moonshot project, known as Gemini.

HP announced that for the next phase of Project Moonshot, the company’s initiative to develop extreme low-energy servers, it has chosen to lead with technology featuring the Intel Atom processor codenamed “Centerton” for its initial production system.

Announcing Windows Phone 8

Now it’s time to start telling you about the next exciting chapter of our story: Windows Phone 8. Officially announced this morning in San Francisco, it’s the most advanced mobile OS Microsoft has ever made and will arrive on new phones later this year.

Many of Windows Phone 8’s new capabilities come from a surprising source: Windows, the most successful and powerful operating system on the planet, and one used by more than a billion people. Yes, you read that right: Windows Phone 8 is based on the same core technologies that power Windows 8. As a result, Windows Phone 8 will unleash a new wave of features for consumers, developers, and businesses.

Today I’ll give you a high-level sneak peek at the Windows Phone 8 platform and tell you just some of what it’s going to make possible. I’ll also share some exciting news about apps and updates for current Windows Phone customers. This isn’t a full disclosure of everything in Windows Phone 8—look for a more complete tour of new features later.

The Windows 8 Start screen, as it appears in the preview release.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Good

Microsoft revealed many new details of Windows Phone 8, its smartphone platform due later this year. Here are the cool new features that will make developers and users happy.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Carat: The ingenious app that dishes out battery life-saving advice by showing which apps to kill

Engineers from California's UC Berkley have created a program that detects applications that gorge unnecessarily on a device's battery and lets users shut them down or update them.
Adam Oliner and his team unveiled Carat this week, promising their program will improve the battery life of phones, tablets and portable music players.
Since being released, more than 36,000 Android and Apple users have downloaded the app that quietly works in the background of devices, using little to no energy to work its magic.
High Voltage: Engineers from California's UC Berkley have created a program that detects applications that gorge unnecessarily on a device's battery and lets users shut them down or update themHigh Voltage: Engineers from California's UC Berkley have created a program that detects applications that gorge unnecessarily on a device's battery and lets users shut them down or update them

Rumor: Presentation Details Launch Plans for "Xbox 720", "Kinect 2", and Xbox AR Glasses

Rumor: Presentation Details Launch Plans for "Xbox 720", "Kinect 2", and Xbox AR Glasses
A set of documents rumored to be from an internal Microsoft business presentation show that the next Xbox console and the second version of the Kinect will launch in 2013 with a third piece of hardware, a set of Augmented Reality glasses, to come later in the console's life-cycle.

The document apparently dates back to August 2010 or before, details Microsoft's hardware strategy through 2015, and includes information on projects that have already been made public, including Microsoft's latest Xbox feature, SmartGlass.

The presentation refers to the next Xbox as the "Xbox 720", not the console's widely used codename, Durango. It will launch in 2013 with a $299 price tag. The console will have Blu-Ray functionality and will play games "4x-6x" better looking than what's possible on the Xbox 360. What that actually means is... not particularly clear.

The "Xbox 720" will have an "always-on" function, which may or may not refer to the console's rumored constant internet connection requirement. The console will be able to "multitask", running multiple apps at the same time and/or running app alongside a game.

The document says the "Kinect V2" will launch at the same time as the "Xbox 720", will be able to track four players at once, and will have improved physical and voice-tracking capabilities.

In addition to the two pieces of hardware we already knew about, Microsoft may be working on a set of Augmented Reality glasses, codenamed "Fortaleza". (Innovation Center Fortaleza is a Microsoft campus in Brazil.) The document doesn't detail how the glasses will interact with the new Xbox or the Kinect, but says that the glasses are on track to be released in 2014, far after the next console cycle kicks off.

Assuming these documents are the genuine article, which isn't clear, information from this presentation has been contributing to the next-gen Xbox rumor mill since last month, when Nukezilla reported on its contents.

Amazon to Abandon Rumored 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire For Upcoming 10.1-inch Model?

Rumors about Amazon and it’s highly anticipated Kindle Fire refresh are nothing new and extraordinary given how popular the initial tablet was (and still is) among customers and on the market, in general. According to reports, Amazon was preparing a follow-up — actually, more — which would have an 8.9-inch screen. We say was because new rumors have started surfacing according to which the 8.9-inch model will be skipped altogether.

Instead, Amazon is allegedly preparing a 10.1-inch Kindle Fire successor to better compete with Apple’s tablet offering – while the originally rumored 8.9-inch flavor was meant to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets. The new 10.1-inch Kindle Fire would be ready for a Q3 launch, if rumors turn out to be true, and “sources” believe “Amazon is expected to ship 30-40 million tablet PCs in 2012?.

CM9 Nightly build for Samsung Galaxy S III now available

If you’re a fan of CyanogenMod Android based firmware and you own a Galaxy S III then there’s great news!  An official CyanogenMod 9 Nightly build has been released courtesy of the devs over at

The CM9 S III ROM aims to lessen the TouchWiz UI on the stock Samsung ICS, and converts the S III to a more AOSP look.  There are a few issues with this release, however, and it’s not quite perfect just yet.  If you use your S III’s radio function then you will have to download an FM app from the market when switching over to this CM9 build.

CM9 Nightly build for Samsung Galaxy S III now available

The New iPhone 2012 In White Could Look Amazing Too

If the new iPhone 2012 looks beautiful in black—in all its 80s Sony-ish glory—the renderings of the white model are even prettier. The aluminum and chrome unibody with the white accents looks just gorgeous.
Gizmodo reader Martin Hajek sent us these images of the white model, which he rendered using allegedly leaked photos of parts as a reference. I love that he even added fingerprints to the aluminum back.

Click on the images to see in full.

The New iPhone 2012 In White Could Look Amazing Too