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7.85-inch iPad to go into production at Foxconn Brazil in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:40 am

Rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad have been coming in thick and fast, with the latest news to crawl down the spider web of the Internet over the weekend is that Foxconn's Brazil-based plant will start production of a 7.85-inch iPad this coming September.




Japanese blog Macotakara has reported:


According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad mini will be produced in Brazil, however production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China. Source said that, production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.

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Guess who's back? GALAXY Nexus is back, on the Google Play store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:00 am

Google's Play store saw the disappearance of Samsung's GALAXY Nexus smartphone off of their virtual shelves last week, but it has made its triumphant return. The injunction to stop the Nexus from being sold was awaiting a response to four reported violations of patents.




But, it was back a little over 24 hours later. The Nexus is important for Google to keep going into the future, as its their lead device for Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the device won't ship for another three-to-four weeks, it should be running a version of ICS that doesn't infringe on the patents Apple were throwing the injunction orders at them over.


Are you looking forward to grabbing a Nexus from the Play store?

Samsung GALAXY S III takes the battery life trophy, according to Which? test labs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22 am

Smart devices may be getting faster, better, thinner and all that, but battery life is (to me) the most important aspect of any smart device, especially a smartphone. I hate having to charge my phone during the day, and I can't wait to get to the point where we're charging these things for week-long use.




Well, Which? test labs, who insist they are completely independent of any manufacturer, magazine, or website, have compared some of the latest and greatest smart phones such as Samsung's GALAXY S III, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S, Apple's iPhone 4S, and more, as well as the average 101 mobile phones they previously tested, and compared them under medium 3G receiption levels to get a realistic estimate of real-world usage.


The results of this are very interesting, Samsung's GALAXY S III smashes it out of the ball part with 726 minutes of calling, equivalent to a 12-hour session. HTC's One X was second with 635 minutes and Apple's iPhone 4S came in at fourth, with just 467 minutes of call time.

TSMC is still confident in their 28nm manufacturing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 7:14 am

Last week, there were reports that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) had won a contract with Qualcomm that would see them producing Snapdragon S4 chips. This would've been bad for TSMC, as it would be at their expense since they'd have lost the contract.




Considering TSMC is the world's largest contract chip-maker, they're losing contract to companies like Samsung and UMC. It looks as though Samsung is producing Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chips, using their 28nm manufacturing process.


It has been reported that Qualcomm's decision to switch from TSMC to Samsung isn't due to production quality, but quantity. Qualcomm doesn't seem to be confident with TSMC's ability to keep up with demand, but TSMC still believes that their 28nm manufacturing process is among the best. A TMSC spokesperson has chimed in with:


We do not comment on business with clients. We're confident in our leadership status in 28-nm and will fulfill customers' demands in the fourth quarter.

Thecus increase TopPower warranty to five years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 6:28 am

Thecus have just announced that their new line of NAS products, the TopPower series, will come with a 5-year warranty. This makes them a much more of a future-proof purchase, considering the warranty is a great 5 years.




The Thecus N6850, N8850 and N10850 (6, 8 and 10-bay NAS) are already on the market, sporting Intel Pentium, Core and Xeon processors, accordingly. The Thecus TopPower series are designed to bring the supreme rackmount performance and storage capacity, to the tower format.


Featuring touch panels and sleek design, and now their 5-year warranty, how could you miss out? The 3 devices are also even more future-proof, sporting the ability to be upgraded with a 10GbE PCI-e card, it will cover all of your storage and speed needs.

Samsung will release a Windows RT-based tablet in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:38 am

With Microsoft making the decision to make their own hardware may have upset other OEMs, Samsung are still going full steam ahead on releasing a smart device based on Windows RT and it will be released in October.




The Windows RT-based tablet from Samsung will sport an ARM-based processor, and has now opened up a new avenue of business for the company, since they're now supporting Windows 8 and Windows RT-based devices. The move is sure to help Samsung have more devices on offer, with multiple OSs to choose from, to combat their main competitor, Apple.


Windows RT is set to become the first mainstream OS from Microsoft built for touch-screen devices that works on energy-efficient chips that are usually bound for smartphones. Most traditional desktop and notebook PCs run x86-based processors.

RIM's BlackBerry App World sees 3 billion downloads milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 4:45 am

Research in Motion may be experiencing all sorts of hurt in the market, but they are still here and still a player in this market and today they've reached a milestone for their BlackBerry App World. If you don't already know, BlackBerry App World is RIM's application store, like the App Store, or Google Play.




They've reached the milestone of enjoying three billion downloads since it launched back in 2009, with nearly a billion of those downloads in the last six months alone. Of course, these numbers aren't anywhere near the explosive numbers Apple and Google enjoy.


Considering Apple passed the 25 billion downloads mark this year, with these numbers constantly rising. RIM also says that these 3 billion downloads include theme and wallpaper apps, productivity apps, games and more. But, its still a milestone.

Apple tells EPEAT, a green electronics registry, to remove 39 of their products from its list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 4:08 am

Apple have asked the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to remove 39 of their products from its group's list. EPEAT are one of the largest eco-friendly certifying agencies in the U.S., who are funded by the EPA and a coalition of manufacturers, including Apple.




Why are Apple making this move now, considering they've supported EPEAT up until now? Well, in order to gain EPEAT certification, "recyclers need to be able to easily disassemble products, with common tools, to separate toxic components, like batteries", reports John Schectman from the Wall Street Journal.


That is a pretty big restriction for the closed-garden company that is Apple and their products. Considering the new Retina MacBook Pro (rMBP) is virtually impossible to take apart, with the battery glued in, and is pretty much non-serviceable by users. The LCD on the rMBP is glued into the notebook, making it quite difficult to remove. But, Apple are removing all of its products from EPEAT's registry, even their older desktops that were once certified.

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Amazon's next-gen Kindle Fire to sport better display, ships Q3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 3:31 am

Amazon's first-generation Kindle Fire started off with a bang, but sales of the tablet are dropping off, which means we're headed toward next-generation territory. Sources close to AllThingsD have said that Amazon are looking to unleash the next-gen Kindle Fire in Q3, and are talking to developers about hardware already.




The next-gen Fire is meant to be both thinner and lighter than the original Fire, sporting a built-in camera and much-improved display. Developers have also been told to build their apps for a display with a 1280x800 pixel display, different to the 1024x600 display of the current Fire.


This makes the next Kindle Fire's screen to look better, as well as featuring a new aspect ratio, meaning the display has an entirely new width-to-height ratio. DisplayMate President Raymond Soneira told AllThingsD:


The really interesting thing here is that the screen shape is changing slightly: From an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in its standard Portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60. That's a 67 percent increase in total pixels, and it is visually significant. It gives the display a PPI (pixels per inch) of 216.

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Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon is paying off, $4.3 billion payout is theirs shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 2:32 am

U.K.-based Vodafone owns a very tidy 45-percent stake in U.S.-based Verizon Wireless, America's largest mobile phone network. After a long hiatus, the company begin sharing profits with their first payment to Vodafone being $10 billion, shared with Verizon's majority owner, Verizon Communications.




The results of this were $4.3 billion total, with $3.09 billion distributed to its shareholders through a 4-percent dividend in February. This number could rise from $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion this financial year, and balloon out to $6.1 billion by 2016, according to broker Liberum Capital. Liberum analyst Lawrence Sugarman says:


We expect news shortly that the payment will be repeated at a higher level. Verizon has material scope to increase its dividend going forward, and crucially, because of the need to fund the Verizon group dividend, has a significant incentive to pay one.


It should be noted that Verizon Wireless generates $1 billion in cash each month, with revenues continuing to rise.

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