Archive for September, 2011

Amazon launches Kindle fire, it’s 100$ costlier than the touchpad fire

Hell Yeah ! The Amazon Kindle fire is the new kid on the block, and he doesn’t yell “me too!” . The price is the most important factor for this tablet and it costs 199$, which is a 100$ costlier than the touchpad that went on a fire sale few weeks back.

What is this piece of slab ?

For earlier Kindle users : It’s a tablet that augments the reader experience you earlier had, with you e-ink kindle.

For others : This tablet is not just another iPad wannabe, it is built around Amazon’s services and they want you to take advantage of it, and you know, pay for it.

What does this tablet run ?

It’s based on the Amazon ecosystem, meaning – it runs a forked version of Android, that can run Android apps but doesn’t look like Android. And it has every Amazon cloud based magical app, streams music, videos, has it’s own app store, .. etc. Oh, and you get unlimited free cloud storage for that. It has a dual core OMAP processor with sufficient amount of RAM and other unicorn dust that enables you to actually use it in a smooth manner. The user interface is a complete custom shell made by Amazon, looks like a book shelf (duh ! its Amazon ) scroll through the book shelf and you may find some apps and games too !

Why should i buy this tablet ?

Buy this, if you want to buy an iPad but don’t have the money to buy one. Yeah i am serious, this is a pretty good competitor to the iPad, and hey, XDA backs this Android running Kindle ! You remember what they did to the nook color right ?

Honestly, the price is just amazing. 199$ is the best price for a tablet for mass adoption to kick start.

No it doesn’t have 3G, it doesn’t have a camera, but it has a good browser, you can read stuff on it’s 7 inch IPS screen, use your blazing fast free home WiFi and enjoy amazon’s cloud for free.

So, What are you waiting for ? Go read other articles, if you want to see how it works, and then decide your purchase for the holidays !

Remember. Nokia windows phones are coming, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, and may be even Galaxy S 3 ( if Samsung has already seen the iPhone 5 in a remote chinese factory ). WHATEVER YOU DO, PLAN AND DECIDE ūüėõ

And hey, thanks for making an effort to read this crap. ciao !

“Let’s talk iPhone” event confirmed | October 4th is the date

Woot ! Apple finally reveals the launch date for the next version of the iPhone, it’s October 4th and the event’s name is “Let’s talk iPhone”. It’s going to happen in Apple’s cupertino campus “Infinite loop”.

This will be Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook’s first appearance on stage, to reveal a product. Will it get revealed with much fanfare and applauses like before, when Jobs was the showman ? Will the new CEO live up to Jobs’ name ?

The answer is simple : No, he can’t live up to Jobs’ name, but i am sure there will be a lot of¬†applause¬†if the device is stunning. According to analysts the iPhone that is going to be revealed on October 4th will be a faster version of the iPhone 4 with the exact same design with a better camera ( 8 megapixel ) and with Apple A5 dual core processor that is already present in Apple iPad 2.

Rumors are pointing towards a LTE demo too ? Will the new iPhone be like the iPhone 3G, which brought new radios along with various other enhancements ?

Let’s hope the event rocks as susal. Totally looking forward to what Tim cook is going to do on stage, All eyes on you Tim, do well !

Via Slashgear 

10 million Samsung Galaxy S II devices sold into the channel

They have done it again, and this time it’s huge. 10 million is the number of Galaxy S II devices sold. Not to the consumers per se, but to the retail channel. We can sum up this statement by Samsung as a boasting. This press release comes in the wake of the massive all-operator U.S launch that has been impending release for quite a long while. What Samsung wants to convey to us is, the retail market in the U.S i.e the operators are very happy to have that device in their shelves. So, mass booking has happened and hence the spike in sales for Samsung.

Samsung have positioned the timing of the Galaxy S II devices to roll out spot on at the time of the iPhone 5/4S launch. Sprint is the only carrier that has already launched the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G ( LOL ūüėõ ). Every other carrier has stocked it up already, but yet to launch. They are waiting for iPhone to launch, i think. (idiots, i say).

Full PR after the break.

via 9t05google

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More details about the Xoom 2 get leaked

Yesterday we got to know about the Xoom 2 through some pics and vague info regarding the specs. But more specs are now surfacing thanks to the folks at the verge.

The supposed leak includes specs such as :

  • An unspecified Dual core processor
  • 1 GB of faster RAM – does it mean ddr2 ? like in Atrix ?
  • 1080p Video recording with Netflix streaming (does this suggest OMAP4 ?)
  • ¬†Stylus and optional keyboard accessory planned

Other details include Adobe flash player 11 support (Supposedly the first tablet to feature this), Home automation software to be included (IR support in hardware ? ) and some built in moto apps for wirelessly syncing with your PC. Let’s just hope all these rumors are true.

Source The Verge

HP likely to cancel PC spin off now that Apotheker has been ousted

I am here to stay ?

Hp, recently ousted Leo Apotheker, the embattled CEO who led the company for the past year. He has been replaced with Meg Whitman, the new CEO. She had issued a statement that she will not cancel Leo’s future plans for the company.

While Meg thinks so, Digitimes, the retail channel paparazzi has heard some interesting chit chat. According to the sources, HP wants to back off from their decision to spin off their PC unit and bring back the sales. This is due to increased channel pressure. Channel partners were scared after HP’s decision to look at spinning off their PSG unit, so they looked for other PC mftrs. like Acer, who seems to be the most profitable of this change of mind. Hp is expected to ship 37-38 million notebooks in 2011, but i don’t think that will happen unless channel operators have their confidence back. Hence the rumors. So will Hp back track it’s decision ?

Meg Whitman is the only person who can answer.

Source DigiTimes

Pictures of Moto Xoom 2 break cover

The Xoom 2 has been rumored for a long time now. Finally, it has leaked in pictures. The image you see above is the face of the new Motorola Xoom 2, or should i say, Googorola Xoom 2.

Anyhow, the next version of the original Xoom, is codenamed MZ617. According to DroidLife’s¬†sources, the Xoom2¬†weighs¬†similar to the original, has HDMI and micro USB at the bottom, and a HD camera on the back with big buttons for power and rotation lock. A SIM card slot is present, assuming LTE¬†is supported. No mention about the processor, screen size looks like the same 10.1″. And look at those angled corners, they definitely remind me of Nokia’s design styling with the N8,E7¬†and X7. Also, the Nokia patent design for tablet looks *very* similar. Come on Nokia, sue google/motorola¬†NOW ūüėõ

Let’s hope atleast¬†this Xoom¬†is good for a tablet experience. But for this to succeed, Android honeycomb has to be good, i¬†don’t see that happening. Check source link for the picture of Xoom 2’s backside.

Source Droid Life

uTorrent adds support for Android, iOS devices and consoles – Xbox 360 and PS3

You all use torrents for downloading illegal stuff and #nsfw stuff right ? Then you MUST know uTorrent.

uTorrent, the most popular bittorrent client on the internets has released a new alpha which supports syncing with all your devices which run either iOS or Android, and even your consoles (Xbox 360, PS3 only ).

With this new alpha, you ll be able to drag drop into your devices, and if necessary, they can be automatically set to convert into the required format and then sync. The device integration is expected to be integrated in the upcoming stable release if all goes well. If rumors are to be believed, this feature may be exclusive to a uTorrent plus, the premium paid version. Well, nobody wants to miss the alpha now, so here you go, download.

Or you know, you can download Vuze which has been having the same feature for an year now ūüėõ .

via TorrentFreak

Windows Phone Mango to start rolling out in the coming weeks

yum

Finally, all the speculation has been put to rest by the Windows Phone team. The much awaited update of Microsoft’s Windows Phone dubbed “Mango” which brings over 500 new features for end users (Most of them are under the hood, but still, it’s a huge update) is ready to rock your existing Windows Phone devices.

The new update to the beautifully metro OS brings many must-have features like Fast multitasking, enhanced live tile support, new APIs, a lot of updates to the built-in apps like bing. Do not forget the much awaited front facing camera support. The list is endless, check this short and sweet review of Mango.

The update will start rolling out in the coming weeks and the process will follow the same as NoDo. The timing is dependent on the manufacturers and carriers now. You can follow the ” Where is my phone update ? ” for exact dates on when the roll out hits your region/carrier/device. And you will need the new versions of Zune software for PCs and Windows Phone connector for mac to install the latest update.

Good to know that the roll out is starting in the coming weeks, which suggests that Nokia world will indeed feature some juice Mango-based Nokias.

For more details check the source link.

Source Windows Team Blog

ASUS releases the silent and cool HD6770 directCU edition

ASUS, today has revealed a new variant of a graphic card based on the AMD 6770 graphics chipset, which is a mid range graphics card. 

What’s special about this card is the fanless¬†design that allows literally¬†a zer0¬†dB operation. The cooling method¬†used here is a heatsink. Dubbed the directCU¬†method of cooling, it¬†features a massive heat sink, that is supposedly 95% larger and 16% cooler. This¬†card will¬†be an option for people, who hate the whiny fan sound that usually accompanies graphics-intensive games like GTA4¬†or Crysis.

Other miscellaneous advantages include slightly better performance thanks to the use of super alloys, increases the performance by 15% says ASUS. The GPU is DX11 compatible, has 800 stream processors ( please do not compare with Nvidia, the architectures are different ), and 40 texture units. All this, is supported by a 128-bit memory interface and a 850Mhz clocked engine. Only concern is what the heat levels will be like, considering there is no fan on the GPU.

Crysis 2 in DX11 awaits.

Price – Rs.9750/- excluding taxes, 3 years warranty.

Read on for spec sheet and full press release.

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Tango Video chat demoed on HTC Titan using Mango [Video]

Well, we knew that front facing camera is supported in Windows Phone Mango, the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.But we never got to saw how video chat works in that metro based OS right ?

Here is a demo of Tango ( a video chat app pretty famous since it launched for iOS ) on HTC Titan, which launched recently, running Mango ( Windows phone 7.5 )

Works pretty well, eh ? We can use both the front camera as well as the back camera for the calls. The camera quality seems poor in that lighting, we can wait for Nokia to show their awesomeness in this department.

Now that we have seen how Tango works, it’s not hard to imagine how it will work when Skype gets integrated into Windows Phone since, you know, Microsoft bought it.

Source Windows Phone Blog