Rabu, 16 November 2011

Android VS iPhone 4S | Can iPhone 4S Halt The Meteoric Rise of Android?

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When Apple launched the original iPhone in 2007 there was little doubt that it was a revolutionary product. It was so revolutionary that the smartphone industry changed forever and this phone alone dragged the idea of clever mobile phones into the consciousness of the world. The rest tried, and mostly failed, to capture the magic of the iPhone, and ever since, the battle has raged between two foes determined to dominate an industry that is growing more lucrative every year. Google and Apple build the two most popular mobile operating system in the world, Android and iOS, and despite numerous differences they are both moving further away from the competition.

Jumat, 11 November 2011

Samsung Epic Touch 4G for Sprint: Slim and Speedy

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The arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S II phones has been a long time coming. We first saw the next generation of Samsung's popular line of Android phones back in February at Mobile World Congress. After many successful months in Europe, the Galaxy S II line of phones is finally coming to U.S. shores. The first of the phones, the Samsung Epic Touch 4G ($200 with a two-year contract with Sprint; price as of September 12, 2011) will be available starting on September 16.

Ridiculously Thin

The Epic Touch might be a bit larger than the previous generation of phones, but it is incredibly thin. Measuring 5.1 inches by 2.7 inches by 0.38 inch, the Touch feels pretty comfortable in hand--and this is coming from somebody with small hands! Samsung phones have a bit of a reputation for being plasticky, and the Epic Touch unfortunately falls under that descriptor. In her hands on of the Epic Touch at Samsung's launch even, my colleague Melanie Pinola remarked that it felt "less refined" than AT&T's Galaxy S II version.

On the bottom of the phone, you'll find the MHL port, a feature we've seen on many of this year's high-end smartphones. The MHL specification, which stands for Mobile High Definition Link, is a 1080p HD video and digital audio interface for connecting smartphones and other portable devices (tablets, cameras, and the like) to HDTVs. So what's the big deal? It simultaneously provides power to your phone--something that HDMI cables don't do.

Super AMOLED Plus Display

The 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display on the Epic Touch is quite nice, but text isn't quite as sharp as what we saw on the European Galaxy S II. The Epic Touch's display is slightly larger than the European version (which has a 4.3-inch display) so it seems like the text sharpness may have been compromised by larger screen real estate. The text is still quite readable, but it is something I noticed right away upon using the phone.

Kamis, 10 November 2011

Consumer Reports' Thumb Goes Up for iPhone 4S - but Not Way Up

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Apple's iPhone 4S has secured a thumbs-up from Consumer Reports. This follows the snub that the iPhone 4 received last year, mainly due to that phone's antenna issues. But while the 4S won the organization's approval several Android handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy II, received better rankings.

A top publication of consumer product reviews added the iPhone 4S to its recommended smartphone list yesterday, but it rated Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) mobile lower than several handsets based on Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system.

"Apple's newest smartphone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn't suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs," Mike Gikas, a senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports wrote at the organization's website.

Last year, Consumer Reports created a public stir when it refused to add the iPhone 4 to its recommended smartphone list.

Rabu, 02 November 2011

Android Apps Get Big Break on Google TV

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Google is pushing out a slew of new features to its existing Google TV units via a software update. The company is endowing the units with a simpler interface, a redesigned home screen for easier access to favorites, deeper ties with YouTube and, last but not least, access to the Android Market, where users can pick from a selection of a few dozen made-for-Google-TV apps.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) unveiled a software update for Google TV on Friday that includes a slew of apps.

These are based on Android 3.1, Google spokesperson Jacques Herbert told TechNewsWorld. This is the latest version of the so-called "Honeycomb" release.

An update based on Honeycomb has been expected for a while.

Sony (NYSE: SNE), a long-time Google TV partner, reportedly demonstrated a Google TV set running Honeycomb at CEDIA Expo 2011, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association conference held in Indianapolis, Ind., last month.
The Google TV Software Update

The Google TV software update released on Friday focuses on four areas: simplicity, improved search, a custom YouTube experience and Android apps.

Kamis, 20 Oktober 2011

Motorola's New Razr: Cutting-Edge or Just Another Droid?

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Motorola is taking yet another shot at reviving the Razr brand's glory with the Droid Razr, a new Android smartphone headed to the Verizon network. However, will its thinness be enough to differentiate it from other top-model Android phones out there? "They've all got dual-core processors, WiFi hotspot functionality and a wide display," said ABI's Michael Morgan.

Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) on Tuesday announced its latest smartphone, confirming many of the rumors and spec leaks that had already begun to surround the handset.

It's called the "Droid Razr," its body is partially made of Kevlar, it has a 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass display, it's a 4G LTE device, and it's headed to the Verizon Wireless Network.

Senin, 17 Oktober 2011

iOS 5: Excellent, Awesome and Somewhat Confusing

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Apple claims there are something like 200 new feature in iOS 5, so it'll probably be a long time before most users happen to find all or even most of them. The biggest standouts, though, include improvements to the Camera app, a new Notifications Center, and of course, iCloud. That last one is one of the biggest things to hit iOS for a while, and for now it's still a little tricky to figure out.

After learning that it would cost me US$449 to upgrade from my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S, I pushed the pause button on those plans and decided to see how iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 shakes out first. After all, it's not as if I don't appreciate my iPhone 4. It's a great phone, quite serviceable, and now, with iOS 5, it's better than it was just a few days ago.

Where do I start? Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) boasts 200 new features in iOS 5, and for sure, I haven't found or noticed more than a fraction of them. Sure, some of them, like Siri, the new intelligent assistant app that listens to voice commands and then implements them, belong only to the iPhone 4S and the wicked-fast hardware packed inside. Other features have to do with iCloud integration, which in fact seems to be mostly what iOS 5 is all about -- providing users with easy access to files and communications services from the sky.
First, the New Camera App

Senin, 10 Oktober 2011

Apple MacBook Air Review 2011

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Minggu, 09 Oktober 2011

Apen A4 Digital Pen for iOS


Digital pens that can capture your strokes and transfer them to a computer are nothing new.  They’re great if you want to instantly takes your notes from the morning’s meeting and distribute them to the team. But how many of them are designed to work directly with the iPad?  None of them, at least to our knowledge…until now.

E FUN today introduced the APEN A4.  It works just like your typical digital pen and included is a 30-pin USB connector allowing you to transcribe your notes instantly to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  Alternatively, the receiver can store up to 100 pages of data and be uploaded to a computer or iOS device at a later time.  E FUN says that the APEN A4 works like a standard ink pen, which means you can write as you would normally, though when the battery runs dry (8 hours) it will just be, well, just a standard pen.

HTC Radar 4G is T-Mobile's first 4G Windows Phone 7 phone


Summary: T-Mobile may not be getting the iPhone, but it is getting its first Windows Phone 7 phone: the HTC Radar 4G.

With its acquisition of the iPhone seeming increasingly unlikely by the day, T-Mobile is focusing its efforts on smart phones of a non-Apple sort.

A day after revealing the HTC Amaze and announcing the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S II, T-Mobile has announced its first 4G-ready Windows Phone 7 device - the HTC Radar.

Sabtu, 08 Oktober 2011

2012 iPhone rumored to feature new charging method


2012 iPhone rumored to feature new charging method

Apple Inc. is getting closer to launching its next iPhone, as it works to stay ahead of competition from smartphone rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co.

Apple has ordered key components for a new iPhone it is aiming to launch by the end of September, said people familiar with the situation. These people said the new iPhone is expected to be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved eight-megapixel camera.

Jumat, 07 Oktober 2011

New iMac 2011: 21.5- and 27-inch iMac Pros & Cons Reviews

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Apple has launched the update of iMac all-in-one desktop, 27-inch iMac.  Besides aluminum chassis and edge-to-edge glass design, the new iMac is powered by all-new quad-core processors, advanced graphics, Thunderbolt technology, FaceTime HD, along with a largest display. It is a desktop workhorse disguised as an all-in-one wonder.

Fastest quad-core processor: Compared with the original generation, the new one iMac features nearly twice the processing speed. It runs the latest 2.7-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor or the Intel Core i7, as well as 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an AMD HD 6770M (512MB) GPU. Such powerful configuration allows you to handle just about anything.

5 Latest Android Tablets Gadgets for 2011

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As is said that 2011 is the year of tablets. Here we talk about the latest five new Android tablets gadgets, and the promise of more to come.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Not to be outdone, Samsung also announced a larger version of its Galaxy Tab, dubbed the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It now has a 10.1-inch WXGA display, and it runs the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.

7 Innovative Tech Gadgets at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show


The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas introduced several innovative gadgets, among them a 7 and 1/2 foot TV, a watch/GPS, and a 3D video camcorder.

The recent 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brought out a slew of new gadgets, many of them smaller and sleeker thanks in part to improvements in semiconductor technology. The exception to this trend was TV; bigger was the main selling point for Mitsubishi's 92 inch 3D TV, for example. Some gadgets were also advertised on the basis of price: Vizio showed off a small 3D TV that was listed at under $300. Here is a sampling of 7 innovative tech gadgets that were found at the 2011 CES:

1.Sony HDR-TD10  

(MSRP $1,500): The HDR-TD10 is a handheld 3D camcorder that allows one to shoot video in 3D and then display it on a high-definition 3D TV (special glasses are also required). If no 3D TV is available, the video footage can also be fed to a high-definition 2D TV. The camcorder contains two lenses, two image processors, and two image sensors in order to shoot and record two different sets of video footage.

Latest Electronic Gadgets: 4 Innovative Asus Tablet PCs on CES 2011

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Asus showcased a new range of innovative tablet computers that provide a wide selection of choices for consumers and businesses alike on CES 2011 — the Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO and Eee Slate EP121.

The new models are available with three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows® 7 Home Premium or Google Android® operating systems for the ultimate in mobile flexibility and productivity.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider

electronic gadgets: ASUS Eee Pad Slider

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider features a 10.1” IPS touch-screen for finger-friendly use with 1280 x 800 resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, use-anywhere typing, NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, the world’s most advanced mobile processor with a dual-core CPU and NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU for never-before-seen experiences on a mobile device, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. Besides, the optional onboard 3G allows for go-anywhere internet access, making the Slider the ideal device for mobile professionals with work-oriented needs.

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider will be available in May a price range of $499 to $799.

Kamis, 06 Oktober 2011

iPad And Android Home Automation | How It Can Be Done


Since getting your iPad or Android tablet have you wondered if there was a way to use it for home automation?  As it turns out, and thanks to a very valued reader, I learned that you can use your iPad to do this very thing. And it’s remarkable.
iPad And Android Home Automation

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It nearly sounds like something out of the future but these days technology is moving far faster than we ever dreamed of and quite frankly, it’s a great time to be alive and seeing it all take place.  One of the things I have wondered about since the iPad was announced was home automation.

I wondered if it would ever be possible to shut off your lights or lower your heat just using the tablet.  Now, the iPad or an Android tablet cannot do this alone as there really would be no way (yet) but there are some amazing systems you can actually begin to employ and the iPad will work right a long with them.  And it’s pretty remarkable.

Speed, Speech and Signal: The New iPhone's New Tricks


iPhone users who opt to upgrade to the newly announced 4S model will see plenty of improvements, not the least of which is Siri, Apple's new voice-controlled personal assistant system. The phone also packs a better processor, new wireless capabilities and an improved camera. However, all this may not be enough for some users to want to take the leap.
Buyers of Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) new iPhone 4S will be able to do more with the latest version of the smartphone, and they'll be able to do it faster.

The new iPhone, which will be available in black or white models when it ships on Oct. 14, has a new, peppy A5 dual core-processor that provides twice the performance of its predecessor in the iPhone 4 and seven times the graphics muscle.

While a 2x bump in performance is nothing to ignore, it may not be big enough for many users to notice. The 7x increase in graphics, though, is an improvement that should be apparent to all users, but especially those who favor apps that push the phone's graphics chops.

Apple co-founder, Chairman Steve Jobs dies


Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs died today, Apple said. He was 56.
He leaves a tremendous change in the technology world.
he will always be remembered for lovers of technology, especially Apple's gadgets.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," Apple said in a statement. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

Jobs had been suffering from various health issues following the seventh anniversary of his surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in August 2004. Apple announced in January that he would be taking an indeterminate medical leave of absence, with Jobs then stepping down from his role as CEO in lateAugust.

Jobs had undergone a liver transplant in April 2009 during an earlier planned six-month leave of absence. He returned to work for a year and a half before his health forced him to take more time off. He told his employees in August, "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
Flags fly at half mast at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Flags fly at half-staff at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

One of the most legendary businessmen in American history, Jobs turned three separate industries on their head in the 35 years he was involved in the technology industry.