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France Telecom CEO: iPhone 5 launching October 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 16, 2011 2:30 am

Another day, another iPhone 5 news bit. France Telecom CEO, Stephane Richard believes that the iPhone 5 will be unleashed on October 15. The remarks came during an interview with French reporters at a business conference earlier this week. Rumors have been flying left, right, centre and somehow, in 4D, but never from someone as high up as the CEO of a major telecommunications company. Richard has been quoted "If we believe what we have been told, the iPhone 5 will be released on October 15".




October 15 is a Saturday, which seems odd. But, the original Wi-Fi only iPad debuted on April 3, 2010 which was a Saturday. Could it be? The next-gen iPhone 5 could be in your hands within a month!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 out in Australia, thanks to Kogan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 16, 2011 2:20 am

Apple have delayed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia from their lawsuits, but this hasn't stopped Kogan from importing it and selling it cheaper than the iPad 2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that Kogan are selling is the US model, but say that the 3G will work fine in Australia. There's a delivery fee involved of course, but it is still cheaper than the iPad 2. Kogan includes a 12-month warranty and surprisingly, Kogan will pay for freight costs to the US and back if it ever requires repair.



Skype 5.4 beta for Mac released, includes Facebook integration

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 16, 2011 2:00 am

Skype for Windows 5.5 saw Facebook integration but now Mac-based users will get the same great feature. Skype 5.4 beta allows you to do things like chat with your Facebook friends, read and update your news feel and even "like" posts, all directly from Skype. It doesn't include a revamped or new-looking UI which means most people might stick to version 2.8 for now. For those who want to hit up some Facebook integration, grab Skype 5.4 beta!



Snapdragon roadmap: 2.5GHz quad-core CPUs in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 16, 2011 12:59 am

Qualcomm have come out swinging with their roadmap for their Snapdragon range of mobile processors during their Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul. We should be expecting their next-gen chips to be available at an astonishing 2.5GHz. The roadmap (as seen in the pic below) shows that there will be four new Snapdragon classes. S1 class will be for the mass market with speeds of 1GHz and Adreno 200 graphics. S2 will be for high-performance smartphones and tablets based on a 45nm process with 1.4GHz processing speeds and an Adreno 205 GPU.




Next up we have the multi-tasking and advanced gaming devices which will have 1.5GHz dual-core chips slapped inside, with Adreno 220 graphics, 3D and 3G HSPA+. Finally, there's the next-generation devices which will get the S4 polish which includes a 28nm-based manufacturing process, up to 2.5GHz CPUs which will be made available in single, dual and quad-core configurations, dual or quad-core next-gen Adreno graphics and 3G/4G LTE networking.


Still sitting down, or are you on the floor in a puddle of drool? These new Snapdragon parts should be sent to manufacturers by years' end and consumer-based products should launch in early 2012. This means we might see some mobile phones at CES 2012 at the earliest, if not, possibly the Mobile World Congress shortly after. Excited?? I am!

Thursday Afternoon Roundup for September 15, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:42 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 15th, 2011


IDF 2011


- Live blog: IDF 2011 Mooly Eden keynote @ Tech Report

- IDF 2011 Eden Keynote Coverage: Ultrabooks, Ivy Bridge and More @ Hot Hardware

- Intel Ivy Bridge: Microarchitecture Details from IDF 2011 @ XBit Labs

- IDF 2011: You Will Love Your PC! @ XBit Labs

- IDF 2011: Fundamental Tranformations @ XBit Labs

- IDF 2011: GIGABYTE Intel X79 Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews

- IDF 2011: ASUS UX21 13-inch Ultrabook Hands-On Preview @ Legit Reviews

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Canon announce PowerShot SX40 HS and S100 point-and-shoot cameras

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 4:24 pm

Canon has hit up the point-and-shoot market with a couple new additions today in the PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS, both of which use the DIGIC 5 image processor, promising excellent low-light performance and faster speeds.




The PowerShot SX40 HS sports a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. It boasts a 35x optical zoom and includes Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) and includes a 2.7-inch sized vari-angle LCD.




As for the PowerShot S100, this one also has a 12.1MP CMOS sensor with ISO 6400 sensitivity, GPS, 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch sized LCD. Both the S100 and SX40 HS are capable of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording.


Pricing and availability wise, both cameras will set you back $430 US. The PowerShot SX40 HS is scheduled for release later this month, while the S100 is slated for an early November release.

Youtube adds a bunch of new video tweaking tools

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:38 pm

Uploading various odds and ends to YouTube often? You may like to know there's just been a bunch of new editing tools added in to make it easier than ever to tweak their clips directly from the site.



The new editing tools give the ability to do things like cutting out select frames, changing the soundtrack, stabilizing or rotating the video, modifying the contrast and colors and further influencing the video via a number of effects on offer. Once you have made your changes and are happy with the result it gives you, it's as simple as re-saving it with the same ID in which it then overwrites the older version of that video.




To locate the new editing tweaks, just click on the 'edit view' button as indicated in the above screenshot.

SanDisk designs a vault for your data and promises 100 year shelf life

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 2:46 pm

SanDisk is making an effort to keep the most paranoid folks at bay when it comes to the backing up of precious storage with the launch of its new "Memory Vault" which utilizes NAND Flash memory along with Chronolock technology to help ensure that all data on the device will be preserved for what they can somehow promise at this time to be up to 100 years.




The vault uses a somewhat ruggedized looking outer metallic casing, relying on typical USB 2.0 connectivty and is offered in two capacity sizes at this time; 8GB and 16GB, and priced at $49.99 and $89.99, respectively. SanDisk feels confident the Memory Vault will not let you down, giving it a lifetime warranty.


SanDisk already offers great image-capture products, and we've built upon that expertise to create a new category of image-preservation products," said Tim Sutton, senior product marketing manager, SanDisk. "The Memory Vault allows parents to preserve photos of their daughter's first steps alongside videos from her wedding and then pass those images down for generations to come.

MSI is adding voice command functionality to select motherboards

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:52 pm

While voice command tech is nothing new in this day and age, you have to admit this particular implementation has quite the cool factor associated with it.


Apparently MSI is aiming to role in a new technology called "Voice Activated Motherboard" for select models of their mobo lineup which instantly raises a number of questions about how it would work.




Imagine being able to simply look at your PC, then say a given word (or words) that would have it power on from a halted state, go into suspend, or power down. This is what MSI is looking at doing.


The tech works via a daughterboard comprising a mic/line input and taking up a PCI-E x1 slot; it then connects to a header on select motherboards, some boards of which are already on the market. That header is labelled "JDLED3".

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Download of the Day: Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:06 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta.


Soluto's goal is to bring an end to the frustrations PC users encounter. Soluto developed technology that tackles this problem from two different directions:


Frustration detection: Our patent-pending low level driver technology detects when you're frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it.


Power of the crowd: Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users. By using Soluto's software, you're putting a whole community of PC power-users at your desk to help you improve your PC experience.




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