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App of the Day: Microsoft Hotmail (Android)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 8:02 pm

Our App of the Day today is Microsoft Hotmail for Android OS 2.1 - 2.3.3.


Apple cannot get all the spotlight today with its recent launch of the iPhone 4S an hour or so ago.


Microsoft recently released its Hotmail app for Android devices, which is getting some positive feedback so far.


It is interesting to see Hotmail on a Google (Android) device considering the competition between Gmail (Google) and Hotmail is so tough, but it is there on the Android Market and waiting for you to give it a try.


The only official Microsoft mobile app for Hotmail that gives you easy access to Hotmail so you never miss an email.

Key features include:


- With push email get messages on your phone without delay

- Synced calendar and contacts

- View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders

- Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail

- Supports multiple Hotmail accounts

- Send, receive and view attachments



ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 launch is imminent

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 7:34 pm

We're still waiting on a definitive launch date for ASUS'second-gen Eee Pad Transformer tablet, but it looks like it's expected to arrive very soon now. A new report, however, reveals that it will come in at a slightly more hefty price point to the first Transformer (currently carrying a base price tag of $399 US). Word is that the Android Honeycomb running Transformer 2 will start at $499, not unlike Apple's iPad 2 actually.


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What we are lead to believe about it at this stage is that it uses a 10-inch touchscreen and is powered by NVIDIA's Kal-El (Tegra 3) 4+1-core chip. ASUS has an expectation on its tablet shipments for this year to reach between 1.5 and 2 million.

October 14 is your day for Apple iPhone 4S in US, UK, Australia etc

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 7:03 pm

Apple will begin pre-ordering of its new iPhone 4S this Friday and it will go on sale and start shipping on October 14 in US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan.


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Two weeks later it will go on sale and start shipping in 22 more countries including many European countries and Singapore. It's a little strange not to see Hong Kong on either list. By the end of the year, the iPhone 4S will be in 70 countries and on over 100 carriers.




As far as pricing goes, we only have details for the US market so far. The iPhone 4S will be on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (right - no Sprint exclusive as rumored) and it will sell for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) on a two year contract. The iPhone 3GS 8GB changes and can now be had for free on contract and the iPhone 4 8GB switches down in price too to $99 on contract.

You and Apple Siri, Q&A etc with your iPhone 'intelligent assistant'

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 6:45 pm

Twitter and Facebook (as well as Apple stocks) is alive with disappointed after expecting more from the "Let's talk Apple" event.


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Apple left the biggest announcement of the show till the end by introducing "Siri" aka your iPA (personal assistant). Siri takes voice commands and throws the whole concept out the window with a wildly impressive new way for you to communicate with your iPhone.


Apple bought Siri (a mobile assistant app) in April last year and has spent the time since evidently doing a great job of implementing it into iOS 5.0.


You can ask your supported iPhone all sorts of questions and Siri will give you an answer. During the event, some demo examples were given such as basic ones such as "What is the weather like today?". That's pretty standard, but when you can ask a question like, "Do I need an umbrella today?", it gets real impressive. Then you can ask your iPhone to run commands for you by way of saying something like "Wake me up tomorrow at 6 AM". Then Siri will set your alarm for 6 AM tomorrow, as requested. It will also do other things like give you a time in another city or find you a restaurant, as you would expect.


It's unclear if Siri will be iPhone 4S exclusive, but judging by the horsepower that would likely be required, it would probably be a pretty safe bet to assume it would be iPhone 4S only. Nevertheless, Siri looks extremely cool.

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It's curtains for Intel's X58 in 12 months

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 6:26 pm

We knew this news was coming for a while, just not sure as to when exactly it would happen. But now we have a date on when Intel will close the chapter for good on its current top-tier enthusiast grade desktop platform, X58.


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With the retirement schedule revealed today, Intel says X58 has exactly 12 more months to go until complete replacement by X79 (LGA 2011) which is scheduled for launch next month. Intel will keep taking orders for X58 until April 27th, 2012, and the last of these orders will have been shipped by October 5th, 2012.


A bit of relative other news on X58, to motherboard vendors at this time the X58 I/O Hub (Northbridge) costs $39, with the ICH10R Southbridge costing another $14.

Apple spills the beans officially on iPhone 4S - get the facts here!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 6:11 pm

The internet and its dog can relax now, Apple has just got done officially revealing and discussing its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S.


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In what seems like what the iPhone 3GS was to the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 4S looks exactly the same as the iPhone 4, but comes with a lot more power. Using the new A5 chip that is used in the iPad 2, Phil Schiller from Apple said "Dual-core CPU, 2x as fast at CPU tasks. Also dual-core graphics. Up to 7x faster in the previous iPhone. One area you really see it scream is in games."


Some may have been expected a low-cost iPhone in the 4S, but we really all should have known it would just be a supercharged iPhone 4. When I say just, that might not have been the right way to put it. I've been using my iPhone 4 since it was first released and it is getting on the slow side and with all the new features and improvements coming to iOS 5.0, the extra power provided by the A5 chip should make a big difference when comparing to a regular iPhone 4 with the A4 chip. Add on to this the iPhone 4S is not a 4G phone as was rumored, but it will be able to offer twice the download speeds of the iPhone 4 with HSDPA compliancy of 14.4Mbps versus 7.2Mbps of the iPhone 4.

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Apple's new "Find My Friends" feature, just a copy of Google Latitude?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:52 pm

Announcements are flowing along nicely from the Apple "Let's talk iPhone" event that is going on now and next up is discussion of "Find My Friends".


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Most iPhone users would be familiar with the "Find My iPhone" feature which allows you to find your iPhone or iPad on a map and lock it and send a message to it and such. With the release of iOS 5.0 on October 12, Apple will release a addition which looks for humans.


Once opted into the service, your added friends will be able to see where you are anywhere in the world on a map. This is a nice little feature, but from the look of the photos from the event, it doesn't look any better than what Google has been doing with its "Latitude" app for ages now.

Apple to make its fanboys cry with joy on October 12 with iOS 5.0

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:42 pm

Apple's currently running "Let's talk iPhone" event started off boring, but it's starting to get interesting. We've already seen a fresh new Apple-made app called "Cards". And now... Apple fanboys, wait for it.


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Finishing off his presentation, Scott Forstall from Apple announced that they will push out their latest version operating system iOS 5.0 to the world on October 12.


This will bring along some really neat features along with a vastly improved notification system and deep Twitter integration.

Apple "Cards" app let's you make greeting cards, then Apple do the rest

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:33 pm

During Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event that is going on now at the Apple HQ, Scott Forstall just got done announcing the Cards app.


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No, it's not some type of new poker game. "Cards" is a service for your iOS device which lets you design a greeting card on your Apple phone or tablet and then Apple does the rest for you.


When mailed within the US, the cost is $2.99 per card. What is interesting is that you also get card tracking on your phone, so Apple must have sorted out some cheap rate with Fedex or such to offer tracking. The "Cards" app will be available on October 12.

Plextor refreshes SSD lineup with new SATA 6G models

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:04 pm

Plextor has hit up the ever growing SSD market with a new line of SATA 6Gbps drives in regular 2.5-inch form. There are currently two drives in the new lineup, the 128GB PX-128M2P and 256GB PX-256M2P, both of which depend on Marvell's 88SS9174 controller together with Toshiba TH58TV68D2FDA88 MLC 34nm NAND flash.


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With 512MB DDR3 cache on the 256GB model and half that (256MB) on the 128GB, sequential write speeds vary between the two with Plextor promising write rates of 440MB/sec and 320MB/sec on the 256 and 128GB drives, respectively. Read rates, however, are equal at up to 500MB/sec.

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