It seems that iOS 4 is ready for devices that haven't even made it to the streets. A source at Apple told the folks at BGR that there is a some code in iOS4 that queries the device it is running on. If the device is either a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2, the device auto-activates and bypasses the need to run iTunes.
The source also stated that this code is a regular inclusion every year before a device release to allow field testing of devices without activation and usually removed before launch. This does add to the rumors of the CDMA iPhone being on the verge of arrival, and the iPad 2 inclusion is interesting as well as it may be hitting field testing soon.
While Intel has been planning to move the Atom processors into the realm of "always on" devices since March, it has taken until now for them to get official. The Intel D425 and D525 have been announced by Intel for devices like the NAS and for RAID arrays.
Both processors are clocked at 1.8GHz, but the D525 is a dual-core processor while the D425 is only a single core. Both processors will support DDR3 SODIMMs and have been optimized for storage applications. They will also be paired up with a new I/O controller, called the 82801 IR I/O. Many high-end companies like LG, Netgear, and LaCie are already on board with the new processors.
Our Download of the Day today is InfraRecorder 0.51.
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
InfraRecorder is released under GPL version 3.
Create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs as well as disc images.
Supports recording to dual-layer DVDs.
Blank (erase) rewritable discs using four different methods.
Record disc images (ISO and BIN/CUE).
Fixate discs (write lead-out information to prevent further data from being added to the disc).
Scan the SCSI/IDE bus for devices and collect information about their capabilities.
Create disc copies, on the fly and using a temporary disc image.
Import session data from multi-session discs and add more sessions to them.
Display disc information.
Save audio and data tracks to files (.wav, .wma, .ogg, .mp3 and .iso).
While WiMax is still not the norm in a lot of places, the backers of the high speed wireless technology have big plans for the future. An industry group reported today that WiMax 2 will be set to be an industry standard by early next year if all goes well.
802.16m , the key wireless technology within WiMax 2, could be standardized as early as November by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and could get formal approval early next year. Device certification could come in late 2011. 802.16m delivers up to 120Mbps download speeds and lower latency that the original WiMax technology.
Our Deal of the Day today is the BuyDig - LG 50PK750 50" 1080P Infinia Series Plasma HDTV - $929 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Plasma HDTVs have really come down in prices. If you want the best contrast, the deepest blacks, and most vibrant colors along with wide viewing angles and 600 Hz refresh rates, you want plasma.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 17th, 2010
- Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ SilentPCReview
- MSI Big Bang XPower Review: X58, Military Style @ Hot Hardware
- Asus P6X58D-E @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte HD 5670 1GB @ tbreak
- Lost Planet 2 Performance Benchmarks: DirectX11 and 3D Vision Tested @ HiTechLegion
- Lost Planet 2: DX9 vs. DX11 @ Techgage
- XFX Radeon HD 5830 XXX Edition Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
Looking for the next big jump in smartphone processing power? It may be coming sooner than you think. Qualcomm's VP Mark Frankel stated that their dual-core Snapdragon processors with clock speeds up to 1.5GHz have been shipped to manufacturers and we could be seeing them in smartphones and tablets as early as the end of this year.
The 45nm QSD8672 Snapdragon has two cores that can each be used independently and could possibly improve battery life up to 30% over their single core predecessors. These chips also allow for full 1080p playback which will be great on the tablet front. It is expected that HTC will be at the front of the line to bring devices with the new dual-core processor due to their strong ties with Qualcomm.
Apple's new addition to their staff has already started fueling rumors about possible iPhone 5 specifications. Benjamin Vigier, Apple's new head of m-commerce, has an extensive background in near field communications (NFC) technology, which handles applications like turning a mobile device into a credit/debit card.
The big thought is that the iPhone 5 will include NFC technology which will allow the iPhone to act as a purchasing device. While Apple has filed quite a few patents regarding NFC, including apps like iTravel for automatic boarding passes, iPay, and iBuy, none of these have actually made it to market yet. This technology makes sense with so many companies looking to streamline and automate purchasing options.
Apple has become one of the most influential and profitable technology firms in the world on the back of devices like the iPod and the iPhone among others. The company has been in the news of late for all manner of issues stemming from the design of the new iPhone 4 and the antenna troubles plaguing users of the device.
A new controversy surrounding the iPhone and the iPod has surfaced today. A mid-level manager at Apple named Paul Shin Devine has been arrested on charges of taking kickbacks, wire fraud, and money laundering. Apple has also filed a separate civil suit against Devine. According to the charges filed, Devine and his partner in the scheme Andrew Ang from Singapore took kickbacks amounting to $1 million.
Onkyo makes some of the most popular home theater receivers on the market for enthusiasts. The receivers range from feature packs units selling for over $1000 to cheap units that sell for only a few hundred dollars. Onkyo has debuted a pair of new mid-range offerings called the RC270 and the RC260.
Both of the new receivers have many of the same functions like 7.2 channel surround sound, HDMI 1.4a ports for 3D programming, support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. The receivers also have Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and a Faroudja DCDI cinema Video processor. That video processor is able to upscale any source resolution to 1080p.