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iPad launches in Australia, Japan, other countries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 7:26 am

Apple's latest third-generation iPad is now here, folks, I have one on the desk next to me, but I have a tonne of news to deliver to you loving readers, who are more important than that little thing.

 

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We all know it has hit, and Australia was first, because well, you know, we rock. Anyway, we had midnight launches in some states with some telcos like Telstra opening their doors (and arms and tills) at midnight. This is a full eight hours before Apple opened their retail doors, so some people were greeted with iPads very early today.

 

It has been reported that there were "snaked" queues, but I'm based in South Australia and had no problems. I called Big W, JB Hi-Fi and a few of their local retailers, and all of them had stock. My local JB's had all 6 flavors of the iPad in stock, and I drove down and picked two of the iPads up without any problems.

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Only in Japan: No power? That's fine, hand-cranked vending machines are now possible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 6:22 am

I'm beginning to love these "Only in Japan" stories, where another one was spotted today that is actually a great idea. A vending machine that in the case of an emergency, will still dispense goods.

 

 

How so? Well, it's hand-cranked, where food and beverages (or other supplies) would be dispensed when the power is down. Something that is perfect in the tsunami and earthquake-prone country. Sanden, a Japanese vending outfit, developed the system that would allow the country's 5.5 million machines to run without electricity or solar power, and rely on hand-cranking.

 

The amount of cranks required? 70. 20 seconds until it powers up to do so, also. The machine displayed above will shoot out around seven bottles in 20 seconds before the machine needs to be re-cranked. This is such a great idea, something that should be rolled out across all countries in my opinion!

Nokia finally confirm that they're creating a tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 5:23 am

Finally, Nokia have confirmed that they are working on a tablet, with Nokia chief design guru Marko Ahtisaari is spending a lot of his time creating the new tablet for Nokia, which they hope will stand out in a very crowded marketplace.

 

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Marko spoke with Finnish magazine Kauppelehti Optio and actually said "we are working on it". Stephen Elop, Nokia's chief, wants the company to enter the tablet market, but instead of releasing something that everyone else is doing, they want to do something different in order to stand out.

 

Most companies who are competing in the tablet market, aren't really competing in the tablet market per se. They're really just competing against the benchmark in the tablet market: Apple's iPad. A Nokia spokesperson said "we continue to eye the tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements".

 

With Nokia and Microsoft teaming up, we should expect a Windows 8-based tablet, and hopefully, something quite different. Exciting times for Nokia, and consumers.

BlackBerry will hit the PlayBook, says RIM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 4:31 am

Research In Motion (RIM) have been having a little bit of trouble hitting homeruns with their smartphones since Apple, and Google have entered the market space, but they're hoping that BlackBerry 10 marks a change in direction.

 

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When BB10 hits, the PlayBook will be next in line, according to RIM's VP of product management, Rob Orr. He confirmed the news to TechRadar, saying:

 

We've said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that's still firmly the case. At some point after the launch we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes.

 

Other than that quote, there hasn't been any specifics, which is expected because it's so early in the year still. RIM have confirmed they've seen a spike in updates to PlayBook OS 2.0, which only arrived last month. According to the executive, roughly 50-percent of all users made the jump to the OS the day of release... which is just not too shabby at all. GG, RIM.

18 firms sued for using privacy-invading mobile apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 4:26 am

A lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas earlier this week by 13 individuals alleging that "the defendants -- several of the world's largest and most influential technology and social networking companies -- have unfortunately made, distributed and sold mobile software applications that, once installed on a wireless mobile device, surreptitiously harvest, upload and illegally steal the owner's address book data without the owner's knowledge or consent." The defendants in question are Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies.

 

This claim, if true, is pretty worrisome for users of the apps, such as myself. Last month, one of the companies named in the suit was pressured into issuing a public apology after a Singapore-based programmer uncovered the fact in a blog post. An article, Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission by the New York Times, was cited several times in the 152-page complaint. This lawsuit comes at a time privacy concerns over mobile applications appears to be steadily rising.

 

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According to our source:

 

Apple, Facebook, Yelp and Foursquare did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this week's lawsuit. A Twitter spokesman said the company did not comment on pending litigation.

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AU Optronics gets pwned, found guilty of US price fixing, appeals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 3:28 am

AU Optronics, you naughty, naughty company. They've had their name thrown through courts before, where in a 2009 group suit they were targeted for LCD price fixing. But, it's not like LCD price fixing is anything new, but it seems that AUO will be getting slapped with the decision process in the US.

 

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A US court found the Taiwanese company guilt in a case, where the fine could be as large as $1 billion. Quite a lot of green, if you ask me. The company was charged as part of an alleged price-fixing group, that operated for quite a while it seems, between 1999 and 2006 to be exact, where they were the only Asian LCD maker in that lot to plead not guilty.

 

This ruling comes after LG coughing up a $400 million fine in 2008, where Samsung talked themselves into an early deal to sidestep prosecution. A duo of AUO executives were also found guilty, but its former CEO, L.J. Chen, was not. AUO are expected to appeal, which could take a year, but that hasn't stopped their stock price from dropping in the meantime.

NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 specs are here, cracks open a can of whoop ass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 2:28 am

Chinese media site PCOnline.com.cn have released what they claim to be an snipper from the press-desk of NVIDIA's GEFORCE GTX 680 launch, which is scheduled for March 22. The specs look interesting indeed.

 

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We should be expecting the GTX 680 to sport 1536 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1006MHz, boost clock of 1058MHz, 2GB of GDDR5 ram with a 256-bit wide bus, 6.0Gbps effective memory speed, power connector-wise we should see dual 6-pin, 195W total TDP, dual dual-link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and finally, will arrive in PCI-Express 3.0.

 

If this is true, it goes hand-in-hand with most of the information that has slowly leaked over the last few weeks, and should be some great competition for the already kick ass Radeon HD 7970. Not long to go now everyone! Wave your Team Green flags, now!

Apple are expecting to sell 66 million iPads in 2012, pushed up to 90.6 million next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 1:31 am

We all know what an absolute juggernaut the iPad is, no matter if you're a fan of Apple, or not. But according to analyst Michael Walkley with Canaccord Genuity, Apple are already breaking their pre-order records, surprised? I'm not.

 

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Genuity has checked with Apple's distribution channels, and the orders are already backlogged for weeks. Apple's initial stock of the third-generation iPad sold out in the first 48 hours of going on pre-order, some insane results. New orders are now taking three weeks to ship to the States, with the UK in a similar situation.

 

Walkley expects that Apple will sell 65.6 million iPads in 2012, which is a projected number exceeding the initial figure by an insane 10 million units. He adds that he expects Apple to sell somewhere around 90.6 million iPads in 2013, which is an increase over his previous estimated shipment total of 79.7 million.

 

If these figures manifest into reality, we're looking at some serious domination from Apple, where they should capture 60-percent of the overall tablet sales.

NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640M notebook Kepler-based GPU gets benchmarked, is actually pretty darn good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 16, 2012 12:25 am

NVIDIA may be laying down the rose petals for the love fest that will be their GEFORCE GTX 680, but the notebook sector is about to get a nice performance boost in the GPU department thanks to Kepler. We already saw some of those results in the news yesterday with Acer's Aspire M3 Ultrabook, which sports the new 640M, and it was pretty fast.

 

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But now we have some results to share where its versed against some competition, with the AMD Radeon HD 6990M, Radeon HD 6720G2, and NVIDIA's own current GeForce GT 555M, and just for good measure, Intel's HD 3000 graphics were thrown into the mix. Let's see what was stirred up.

 

All game tests were done at a resolution of 1366x768, with 3DMark 06 and DOW 2: Retribution, the GT 640M seemed to be behind the GT 555M, but managed to smash it in 3DMark 11 and Battlefield 3. Some of the current most-popular games, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Batman: Arkham City, were found to be playable at this resolution, playable being over 35fps.

Google search is being updated, more like Ask

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 6:48 pm

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In the upcoming months, Google's web search will no longer just spit out a list of web links that match your query. It will start to present facts and direct answers at the top of the results page. These changes are among the biggest that the search giant have ever undergone and are a result of trying to keep a dominant market-share.

 

While Google isn't replacing its current keyword-search system, they are aiming to provide more relevant results by incorporating technology called "semantic search". Semantic search is the technology related to attempting to understand the meaning of the words themselves and provide relevant results. Over the past two years, Google has been quietly amassing a database of hundreds of millions of entities-people, places and things-which can provide data matched to queries.

 

After these updates, a Google query for "Lake Tahoe" would result in a listing of key attributes, such as its location, altitude, average temperature or salt content, above the usual listing of links based upon the old keyword search algorithm. When a more complex question is provided, Google may provide just an answer, rather than links to other sites. An example query would look something like, "What are the 10 largest lakes in California?" This query would likely return the answer, rather than links to other sites.

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