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Apple's iPod turns 10 today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 6:33 am

A decade has gone by since the first iPod was released.. 10 years. Wow. Apple, a decade ago now, launched an MP3 player that would (not at the time) contribute to the shaping of today's mobile computing market. Along with being a best-selling portable media player and saving Apple from near irrelevance, the iPod influenced many of Apple's ambitious and revolutionary projects, forcing most of the industry in a non-stop game of catch-up.




Just over half a decade later, Apple launched the iPhone - it was a stand-out product then, and still is a top-selling product today. The same goes for most iPod launches since 2001 as well as the launch of the iPad.


The iPod and other Apple-related prompted Apple to change its name from "Apple Computer, Inc." to just "Apple Inc". This would be mainly the drop of selling computers, but media players, phones, etc. Good work, Apple. I can't wait to see where you are another 10 years from now!

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ARM unveil super efficient Cortex A7, set to be paired with A15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:39 am

ARM has unveiled a new chip that is set to enable more efficient and affordable mobile processors. Cortex A7 is based on ARM's 28nm fabrication and reportedly consumes five times less power and measured just one-fifth the size of the 45nm Cortex A8, which is found inside Apple's A4, Samsung's Hummingbird and Texas Instruments' OMAP3.




ARM will compliment the efficiency by pairing the Cortex A7 with quicker, more power hungry processing cores. The A7 is set to pave the way for sub-$100 smartphones, which will boost adoption rates in developing regions. ARM CEO, Warren East told the BBC:


We can see the developed world moving on and mobile being the nexus for all sort of consumer electronics. In the Bric countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) we are seeing catch-up. As we look forward these smartphones are going to be totally ubiquitous and in the much less developed areas...

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Facebook looking at $139,000 fine for holding deleted data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 4:38 am

Facebook are eyeing down a fine worth $139,000 after an Australian law student discovered that Facebook held 1,200 pages of personal data about him, much of which he had previously deleted. Max Schrems, 24, requested a copy of his data after attending a lecture hosted by Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg whilst he was on an exchange program at Santa Clara University in California.




Facebook sent him a CD of his data and Schrems was shocked to find information through his three years of having an account despite having deleted most of the information. Among the 1,200 pages of data were rejected friend requests, information regarding incidences where he had removed friends from his list and his entire conversation history.


Also included in his personal data CD were images that he had removed tags of himself, every event he had attended and every event he never responded to, poked and email addresses of people he'd corresponded with.

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iPad 2 Smart Cover has security flaw, circumvent the passcode and access the last open app on the iPad 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 3:41 am

Another day, another Apple problem it seems. Today we have the problem that involves the iPad 2 and its Smart Cover, where it will allow you to circumvent the passcode and access the last open app on the iPad 2. The hack requires iOS 5, an iPad 2 Smart Cover and a few steps to do so.



In order to hax0r the iPad 2, you'll have to install the Smart Cover on your locked iPad 2 then open the cover. From there, you'll see the passcode screen. Tap Cancel then hold down the power button on top of the iPad 2 for a few seconds to activate the 'power down' slider. But instead of powering down, close the smart cover, wait for a second then open the cover again.


Press cancel to close the power down slider and you will be put back into the last application you were running. If you were put into the Home Screen, you can't actually access any apps, but you can playback media. Where the real risk is, is if you were in Messages or Mail... some seriously sensitive data can be accessed and it doesn't even require a hardware hack.

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EVGA tease SR3 Super Record 3 motherboard, dual LGA2011 socket

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 2:33 am

EVGA have slapped the performance/enthusiast world with a shocker: the SR3, dual-socket LGA2011 2P enthusiast desktop/workstation motherboard in the E-ATX form factor. Socket 0 is wired to eight DDR3 DIMM slots (two DIMMs/channel) while socket 1 to four slots (1 DIMM/channel).




In LGA2011 2P systems, the processor residing in socket 0 is wired to the PCH, while the processor sitting in socket 1 is wired to the one on socket 0 using two QPI links, closing the daisy-chain. Socket 0, apart from its 4GB/s DMI link, sports a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 (another 4GB/s) link to supplement the DMI link, this is so the storage controllers don't get bottlenecked with just DMI.


Both processors contribute to the PCI-Express lane budget of the motherboard. The board features seven PCI-Express x16 slots, which four are capable of PCI-Express 3.0 x16, every slot is PCI-Express 3.0 x8 capable. NVIDIA 4-way SLI support is there, and the motherboard is set to support Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon processors.

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Toshiba release 6.1-inch display capable of 2560x1600

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 1:17 am

Its only been in the last 18 or so months since the release of the iPhone 4 and it's "Retina Display" that smartphone and tablet display resolutions have been a key marketed feature when the products are advertised or sold. Just last month Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S II HD LTE which sported a 4.65-inch 1280x720 display.




It was the first smartphone with a HD (720p) resolution and there are already a few smartphones who have followed, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Optimus LTE. Back in May, Samsung also showed off a 10.1-inch panel capable of 2560x1600, something that we only see on current high-end 30-inch displays.


Toshiba have gone one better, releasing a 6.1-inch LCD with a 2560x1600 resolution. If we're talking pixels per inch (PPI), that's an astounding 495. How does that compare to the best our currently?


Apple's iPhone 4/4S has a 3.5-inch screen with a 960x640 resolution, PPI sits at 329.65. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch screen at 1280x720 and a PPI of 315.83, then we have Samsung's unreleased Tablet panel with a 10.1-inch screen and the high-res 2560x1600 on-board, PPI sits at 298.9. Toshiba's new fandangled panel is 6.1-inch, 2560x1600 and get this: a PPI of 494.9!

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2011 12:24 am

It was only a day ago that EA and DICE launched the amazeballs Battlefield 3 launch trailer and today we have the competition over at Activision and Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Raven Software launching the trailer to the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3.



The trailer would be good, in a pre-Battlefield 3 world, but we live in a post-Battlefield 3 world now. For COD fans, the game will obviously be great, but it just looks... dated. Very, very dated. Like, 2005 dated. Where BF3 looks like its grabbed graphics by the balls and thrown them across a football field and then picked them back up and kicked them through the goals winning every football game forever.

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Android Market sees 500k success submissions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 3:48 pm

The Android Market has been maintaining exponential growth lately, but still lags behind Apple's App Store. In Q3, 2011 the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market was 319,161. Not bad, but considering Apple have 459,589 in the App Store, that's quite the stab in the chest.




But, looking deeper, research2guidance have said that Android developers are much more productive when compared to Apple's. They noticed that the averageAndroid-based publisher has placed more than 6 applications in the Market since launch, compared to just 4 apps on average for the iOS-based developers.


The actual total number of applications published on the Android Market was over 500,000 in September 2011. Where as Apple saw just over 600,000 successful submissions to their App Store: just 20-percent more. The problem here is that 37-percent of the applications published were later removed from the Android Market for various reasons; where Apple's App Store removed only 24-percent of published apps.

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Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' sports native stylus support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 2:41 pm

Google's upcoming Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' will include "full support for stylus input events" in the OS - including features such as pressure sensitivity and the ability to distinguish motion events from different sources; as in a pen or your finger. The support hangs on hardware-level support from tablet and smartphone makers, but hey, the native support in the OS is a big, big start.




This is something Apple have yet to include, and could push ICS in a different direction for smartphones and tablets for people on-the-go. Windows 8 will most likely include the same kind of support, but ICS is here, now.

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The Avengers was shot partially on an iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 1:21 pm

Great marketing, fanboy or just 'I did it cos I could', Joss Whedon, the man responsible for such things as Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Serenity and he was actually a writer for Roseanne, and even Toy Story is at the helm of the most awesome looking 'The Avengers'. If you haven't seen The Avengers trailer, I've posted it below:



The news itself, is that The Avengers has been partially shot The Avengers... on an iPhone. Interesting, isn't it? This is a great piece of marketing for Apple and the community to hear this. Seamus McGarvey, Joss Whedon's director of photography on The Avengers, revealed in an interview recently that some of the movie was shot on an iPhone.

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