Tag Archives: apple

Well this is interesting. Despite denouncing anything smaller than 9″, Apple’s 7.85″ mini-iPad may come in 2012.

16 Dec

New 7.85-inch iPad mini reportedly coming in 2012 — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

Rumors regarding Apple’s plans for a new, smaller tablet got resurfaced on Friday, thanks to new reports from the component supply chain via DigiTimes. The site says that Apple will likely introduce a 7.85-inch iPad before the fourth quarter of 2012.

The release of an “iPad mini,” as many have dubbed such a device, would follow an early 2012 release of the iPad 3, which the supply chain sources said would indeed come by the end of the first quarter of 2012, as reports have suggested. The smaller form factor released later in the year is intended as a way to “cope with increasing market competition, including the 7-inch Kindle Fire,” according to DigiTimes’ sources. Former CEO Steve Jobs had previously expressed the belief that a 7-inch tablet was simply too small, owing to software development concerns, but DigiTimes says the Amazon tablet along with large-screen smartphones coming to market (like the Galaxy Note) have caused Apple to change its position on the matter.

Apple will source the 7.85-inch panels needed for the device from LG Display and AU Optronics, the sources told the publication, with production intended to get underway “at the end of the second quarter of 2012.” Back in October, we heard that LG Display and AU Optronics had both sent samples of a 7.85-inch display to Apple for early testing and approval, a report which originally stemmed from the Economic Daily News. The displays reportedly had the same resolution as the iPad 2′s screen, which should ease the software conversion process for developers.

I think if Amazon has demonstrated anything this year, it’s that Apple could really make a splash with a smaller, cheaper tablet arriving just in time for Christmas 2012. We’ll see if these early reports end up resulting in anything tangible, but I’ve noted before that there are strong reasons to believe they will, and Amazon’s early success with its low-cost Kindle Fire adds considerably to that argument.

Advertisements

Dearest music labels, can you please stop trying to make Grooveshark a guinea pig? Where are all your lawsuits against Google and Amazon?

15 Dec

Just as Google takes down any music or music videos that are uploaded by Google/YouTube account holders and deemed “copyright-infringing” by music labels or artists, so does Grooveshark.

So why not sue Google as well? You’re just trying to shut down a smaller, but innovative company that was one of the first movers and sponsors of music in the digital, streaming age.

By the way, I heard of this thing called Google Music. I’ve currently uploaded over 13,000 songs to it too. Oh, and I did the same for Amazon Music.

But wait, did Google and Amazon get your permission before starting these music services like Apple did? No. Google reached out only after starting its service, and Amazon still has ways to come.

So why not work things out fairly with Grooveshark?

Be fair to everyone, or just let the innovators continue changing the world we live in for the better. I’ve bought concert tickets for musical artists I found on Grooveshark that I would have never purchased had I not heard their music streaming on Grooveshark.

Google: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2061404/Google-launch-Google-Music-major-labels-signing-up.html

Amazon: http://allthingsd.com/20110329/amazons-cloud-service-is-a-legal-b-illegal-c-probably-here-to-stay/ 

Grooveshark to be sued by Warner and Sony — Tech News and Analysis.

iPad 3 Will Be Thicker, Still Support Smart Cover, and Debut Early 2012

8 Dec

Japanese blog Macotakara claims to have information from an Asian supplier that the next iPad will have a screen of the same physical dimensions as current iPads, and will support the Smart Cover but may be thicker. 

According to Asian supplier which provides part for next iPad, next iPad has same size of screen, but case may be thicker by unknown reason. Current iPad cases, which covers backside, will not be compatible with thicker next iPad. 

Also the source told, front rounding corner will be same with current iPad, then Smart Cover will be good companion with new iPad.

Though the site doesnt specify, the above image may be of prototype case for the iPad 3.

Macotakara has occasionally offered accurate information in the past, although several of its claims also failed to come true. Back in August, the site claimed that the iPhone 4S and iPad 3 would debut at a media event in early October with availability set for late October. iPad 3 rumors had been swirling at the time, but were later discounted as reported indicated that Apple will be pushing the iPad 3 with Retina display back to an early 2012 introduction.

iPad 3 Will Be Thicker, Still Support Smart Cover? – Mac Rumors.

Windows Phone fan? HTC Titan will be the best Windows Phone and compete with the iPhone for top honors.

7 Dec

HTC Titan Review: I Want To Hate You, Giant Phone, But I Love You.

A four-point-se-ven-inch smartphone. It sounds grotesque. It sounds like a distended, bloated mess of plastic and pixels, the Tsar Bomba of the bigger-is-better smartphone era. But the HTC Titan is wonderful.

Why It Matters

Windows Phone has been an outstanding mobile OS, obscured by a glossy black parade of lame, uninspiring hardware. So. Many. Generic. Black. Rectangles. The Titan, alongside Nokia’s offerings, is perhaps the first Windows Phone handset worth running your eyes over (and over and over). People will notice your phone, and want to touch your phone, and care about your phone. You’ll care about your phone, most importantly.

Like

Windows Phone was born for the big screen—it looks absolutely gorgeous inside a giant frame. If you inflate Android to these measurements, it’s a cluttered mess. You’re just making room for more widgets. Ditto for iOS—all you’re adding are more rows of apps. But WP is unlike anything else—it doesn’t just expand, it luxuriates inside a big display.

It’s an inherently rectangular OS—an interface of vivid, superflat gliding tiles, not various clocks and bars and bubbles and weather balloons. It’s regimented, spartan, and visually delicious. And when you take those tiles and transpose them onto a larger surface, there’s only more to love—and this is the way it was meant to be. Windows Phone is an OS of hugeness—giant photos, grids of everyone you know, giant, fabulously legible text. All of these things look splendid on the Titan’s crisp, vivid screen. Yes! It looks crisp, even with the pixels of that Windows-mandated resolution puffed up.

So it’s really not that surprising, then: a phone based on beautiful rectangles is great when it’s an even bigger rectangle. It might look or sound unmanageable, but the Titan belies its name—it’s skinny, light, and slips easily into your back pocket or bag. Consider it a small, friendly giant.

No Like

That screen girth doesn’t run on fairy dust—big display means big battery suckage, and the Titan can’t defeat physics here. You’ll find yourself charging the thing daily with regular use. The camera also leaves you wanting images worthy of the screen they’re on—HTC should have crammed in their mightiest camera, and the difference is a real shame. More discerning eyes might be bothered by stretching out 800×480 worth of pixels across the Titan’s display.

Should I Buy This

If you’re not afraid to have something 4.7 inches in your pants, yes. If you want the most visually pleasing birthing of the most visually pleasing smartphone UI out there, yes. If you want something more compact and battery-conscious—and that’s OK!—probably not. But the Titan is more than just a gimmick phone. Unlike its Android peers that point at their AMOLED crotches and grin, HTC’s big boy isn’t big for the sake of its size. Windows Phone sings at this size. There’s a reason supermodels are tall. [HTC]

HTC Titan

• Dimensions: 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm
• Screen: 4.7-inch, 480×800
• Processor: 1.5 GHz
• Memory: 512 MB
• Camera: 8 MP still, 720p video
• Price: $200 with 2-year contract

Holy crap! Carrier IQ is secretly installed on any cell phone you have, recording every keystroke, button-press, password, website, text, and sending this to Google, AT&T, Sprint, and others.

2 Dec

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.

Worse: it’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.

via Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated).

My Christmas present, please? Apple founding papers are up for sale. Just $150,000. NBD.

2 Dec

Apple Founding Papers Are Up For Sale.

“Stephen G. Wozniak”, “steven p. jobs” and “Ronald Wayne”. The latter had the best signature on Apple Computer’s founding contract, signed on April 1st, 1976. Too bad he used it again to sell his 10% share for $800.

Today, his 10% would have had a $35 billion market capitalization. Wayne always says he doesn’t regret selling because at the time it was the best choice. Whatever, Ronald, WHATEVER.

The two contracts, the one founding the company and the one with Wayne selling his shares, are going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 13. The company believes the lot may reach $150,000. [Sotheby’s via Paul Fraser]

We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be. Watch Siri start a car and imagine the future Siri has. Minority Report isn’t too far away.

28 Nov

Who Needs Keys When Siri Has Been Hacked to Start Cars?.

Watch Siri start a car: 

Last week, a developer demonstrated how a hacked Siri can connect to proxy servers and control a house’s thermostat. We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be.

Apple’s Black Friday Deals REVEALED! Macs $101 off, iPads $41-61 off, iPod $21-41 off, Nano $11 off. Magic Trackpad, Smart Cover, Wireless Keyboard $11 off.

23 Nov

Apple's Black Friday Deals Are Actually Pretty Decent This Year

All Macs—except the Mini—are $101 off, iPads are $41-$61 off, iPod Touches are $21-$41 off, and iPod Nanos are $11 off. There are also some assorted and actually pretty good deals on accessories, like $11 off of the iPad 2 Smart Cover, and $11 off the Magic Trackpad and Wireless Keyboard.

via Apple’s Black Friday Deals Are Actually Pretty Decent This Year.

Need an iPad? Apple’s Going BLACK FRIDAY on November 25! (Expect $101 off computers and $11-$41 off iPods/iPads)

22 Nov

Apple‘s discounts are typically relatively small compared to other retailers. Last year, Apple offered $101 discounts on their iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines, with $11-$41 discounts on the iPods and iPads.

via Apple Announces Black Friday Holiday Sale for Friday, November 25th – Mac Rumors.

Every gift list has its day.

The special one-day Apple shopping event.
This Friday, November 25.

Mark your calendar now, and come back to the Apple Online Store the day after Thanksgiving for the special one-day event. You’ll discover amazing iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.

Until then, browse the Apple Online Store for great ideas.

Siri & Apple will be coming inside the home you own. It’s the future after all.

21 Nov

Siri Hacked to Control Your Thermostat or Almost Anything Else.

 

%d bloggers like this: