RumorTT: Persistant smaller 7.85" iPad talk won't go away, rumors of a prototype are bouncing around
Talk of a 7.85-inch iPad has been around for quite some time now, but now we're hearing more from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, where he comments in episode #86 of The Talk Show, at 1 hour and 19 minutes into the show. The information of the smaller iPad comes from a question from host Dan Benjamin:
Is Apple going to come out with a 7″ iPad, and if not: why not?
Gruber replies with:
Well, I don't know. What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it's just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit. I've heard from multiple people that this is something that they're kind of noodling with.
Gruber explains that you can get a feel for how a 7.85-inch iPad would feel, by taking a screenshot of a regular iPad in portrait, then turning it into horizontal mode to view the screenshot smaller. This allows you to experience the interface at roughly the same size as a 7.85-inch iPad.
Samsung have just dropped the golden nugget of info leading us to believe we should expect a launch event for the GALAXY S III in London on May 22. We talked about this a few weeks ago, with a rumored May 22 event on London, and now it seems the event is taking form.
The new information comes in the form of a flyer, found on Daum by Phandroid, includes half of a device, which looks slick and slim, and the words being the most important bit here, which I'll quote:
Samsung Galaxy S III, New Generation Coming, May 22nd, London, United Kingdom
Not much else is given, but with most of rumors pointing to a May 22 event, and or launch, this seems like the real deal. I'm far too far away to attend the event, else I'd be there with bells and whistles on, and maybe even naked to get some attention from Samsung. Ok, maybe not naked, but you get my excitement factor here.
At HTC's live event Wednesday, they rolled out the HTC Evo 4G LTE phone. This phone will be the first in the United States with HD voice. The Evo 4G LTE is an adaptation of the HTC One X which has been previously released. The adaptation is pretty much as expected. The LTE nomenclature represents the next step in Sprint's network.
The LTE network is replacing the now end of life WiMax network that Sprint had been using and should bring better internet speed to mobile users. The phone has a high-capacity 2,000mAh battery to address the issues of the short battery life experienced by the One X. Additionally, the quad-core Tegra 3 has been switched out for a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor.
The phone also brings back the iconic kickstand that makes watching video on a long flight just a little bit more enjoyable. It has a rear 8MP camera with flash and a front 1.3MP camera. It comes with a 4.7-inch 720p screen which should be pretty nice for viewing videos. It will have Android 4.0 with the Sense 4.0 along with Beats Audio processing for all apps.
Samsung's 5.3-inch "is it a tablet or smartphone" GALAXY Note has been rated the most effective ad for Q1 of 2012, according to a survey conducted by analyst firm Ace Metrix. The commercial is said to have achieved a higher score than ads from companies like Doritos and M&Ms, which made number two and three.
Based out of 950 points, the GALAXY Note commercial scored 686 points, this is based on respondents answers to questions regarding persuasion, relevance, and watchability, among other factors. The Doritos and M&Ms ads both scored an equal 671 each. Ace Metrix CEO, Peter Daboll, said in a statement to CNET:
It will be very interesting to watch how Samsung's continually impressive ads affect the company's marketshare vis-a-vis competitors like Apple, which, this quarter, did not come close to measuring up to Samsung's advertising prowess.
It's being reported that Amazon are testing an in-app purchase system for their Kindle Fire tablet, which would give content providers and developers increased opportunities to monetize services. A move that most companies seem to be keen on lately.
A report from Businessweek has said that the new system had been piloted for the last month, and would allow users to buy both subscriptions and individual items from within mobile applications. Amazon would be something similar to other companies like Apple, and take a 30-percent cut of all revenue generated from in-app sales, which is the same amount that the company takes for the sale of apps.
Maria Ly, co-founder of fitness program provider Skimble, told Businessweek that the pilot is in its early stages, and that she is "very optimistic about it". The in-app system would give forms like Skimble an entire new market to intro packages and services to consumers within the apps, as while users are in the app itself, they're more inclined to buy related services and products. Ly is quoted in the report:
We really wanted to attack the Kindle Fire market, but also have access to the payment methods that support our business.
This is a two part news post. One part is fact, the other is rumor. The fact is, Foxconn is hiring 18,000 workers to build the next iPhone. The rumor is that the iPhone 5 will launch in June. Now that we have that out of the way, let's look at the details. During a recent interview, a Foxconn recruiter said the company is hiring 18,000 new employees.
They need all of these new employees to build the new iPhone with the working conditions that they and Apple have promised to bring to Chinese workers. In the interview, the representative went on to say that he believed in was going to be a June launch for the new iPhone. Let's be clear here. He says it "seems" as though it will go on sale in June, but that's not a for sure thing.
If the new iPhone launches this summer, that would mean that the current iPhone 4S would have only been around for 8 to 9 months, breaking Apple's yearly release schedule. Then again, Apple has broken there release schedule before when they launched the 4S, so this rumor does have some credibility. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. If you're looking for a job, Foxconn is hiring.
The Galaxy Note promotion is the most effective ad of the first quarter in 2012, according to Ace Metrix. The commercial beat out a Doritos ad and M&Ms ad to take the top spot. Since commercial effectiveness is somewhat subjective, Ace Metrix has come up with a system that seems to work pretty well.
The respondents are asked to measure persuasion, relevance, watchability, and several other ad characteristics. Ace Metrix then takes that data and rates an ad from 0 to 950. The Galaxy Note ad scored a 686. The Doritos and M&Ms ad tied with a smaller 671. Curiously enough, there is no Apple at the top of the list.
Usually, Apple is considered to have some great advertising. "It will be very interesting to watch how Samsung's continually impressive ads affect the company's marketshare vis-a-vis competitors like Apple, which, this quarter, did not come close to measuring up to Samsung's advertising prowess," Ace Metrix CEO Peter Daboll said in a statement. "Samsung's top-ranked ad was particularly brilliant because it conveyed innovation and information without a narrator."
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it to keep you, our reader, safe. It has come to our attention, thanks to the research of Robert Siciliano, that Android's Factory Reset could leave behind sensitive or personal data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or other such information.
Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert for the technology security firm McAfee, purchased 30 devices of varying models and brands off of Craigslist to test how well people wiped their data before selling a used device. The results are shocking. One person even asked Mr. Siciliano to log him off of Gmail if he was still logged in. Astonishing.
But not only were people lax about clearing their data, when people actually did it, it could have been futile. His results show that if you are on a Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows 7 PC, then there should be no problem using the manufacturers method to restore it to factory defaults. He was unable to collect any data off of these devices.
However, if you use Android's reset, you may not be so lucky. The same goes for wiping Windows XP, but this is to be expected since it is so old. "Put it in the back of a closet, or put it in a vise and drill holes in the hard drive, or if you live in Texas take it out into a field and shoot it," he said. "You don't want to sell your identity for 50 bucks."
Here's another juicy nugget regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. Reports are suggesting that the yet unreleased Samsung Galaxy S3 phone will be sporting a Super AMOLED HD plus display when it finally lands in Q2 or Q3 of this year. Digitimes spoke to some of Samsung's supply chain and found that the phone is likely to ship with a 4.6-inch display.
The massive display is supposed to be featuring a pixel density of 319ppi. This will rival that of the iPhone's Retina display. Samsung's AMOLED has several benefits over a traditional LCD such as power consumption, weight, and thickness. We still have no idea when the phone will be released, but this rumor is just another reason to anticipate its release.
Another Apple patent has turned up and this one is just as cool as the last, if not cooler. Once again, though, I must caution you that just because Apple filed for a patent, it doesn't mean that this technology will ever see the light of day. Now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the goods.
The patent that was found recently deals with a technology for taking a 3D picture using the cameras found in iOS devices. 3D has become the norm for almost every device it seems, so it's surprising that it has taken Apple this long to come up with something like this. According to the patent, the technology would utilize "depth-detection sensors" to create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery.
The new cameras are also supposed to include facial recognition and facial gesturing. Awesome. This camera should be able to take such awesome 3D photos that they can only be appreciated on Apple's Retina display. It is also saying that 3D pictures could be taken using ONE of more cameras which differs from today's technology which requires two for perspective differences. It will be cool to see if or when this technology shows up.
We all know the new iPhone is coming (I'm going with the 'new iPhone' name, that's what the new iPad is called), and now we have a source from Texas Instruments who has told iPhone maintenance outlet RepairLabs, that TI have begun work on producing the power management chip for the new iPhone. Senior staffers in the company were referring to Apple's project as the iPhone 5, but this could just be a place holder name, or something that would differentiate the handset from the iPhone 4S.
Apple has used Texas Instruments for power management chips in iOS-based devices before, so this is no surprise. RepairLabs interpreted the production of these chips as a sign that a new release was a "few months" away, since this is the same sort of time frame from previous TI production runs.
On top of the TI leak, there has been a Chinese contact who has supposed new iPad parts has been told that the new iPhone is being slated for a September release. This person has said that the screen would be bigger, but there weren't any concrete details on whether it would be the leaked 4.6-inch screen that popped up as news recently.
The Wall Street Journal is hearing rumbles of Google wanting to open up their own online store this year, but instead of pushing smartphones, they'll be pimping out Android-based tablets.
The Android tablets they'd be selling? ASUS' Transformer lines, as well as Samsung's GALAXY range of tablets. Even though both have been received well, and have been selling well, they aren't making a dent in Apple's unstoppable iPad.
We could see Google-branded tablets, which would be nice, just a stock ICS-based tablet with no extra UI bits from other companies. The store could also open up offering a new tablet from ASUS sporting Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, now that would be tasty. Everything is up in the air right now and we'll have to wait for the chips to fall before there's anything concrete.
Android tablets are available in a wide variety of sizes, power, and price. They range from the lowly tablets out of China for somewhere around $100 all the way up to the ASUS Transformer Prime for $499. Nvidia's CEO has now been quoted to say that tablets that are powered by the Tegra 3 platform should hit $199 by summer.
"We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory," Jen-Hsun Huang said. "At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven." This has started speculation that a Tegra 3 powered Google Nexus tablet would be built by ASUS because at CES, ASUS revealed the Tegra 3 powered MeMo 370T. Many think that this could be the Google Nexus tablet, just at a lower price point.
Other rumors, however, suggest that Google has opted for an even cheaper price point for its tablet, like somewhere around $149 instead of $199. At this price point, it most likely would not be powered by a Tegra 3 processor. All of this Google speculation is strictly rumors, so I would take it with a grain of salt until something official comes down the like.
A slow golf clap by myself is being done for some researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where they've developed a new type of plastic that can mimic human skin. Yes, it mimics the skin on your body. It was presented at an annual meeting of the American Chemical Society on Monday, where the material turns red when damaged, and can self-heal if simply put into some light.
Researcher and professor, Marek W. Urban, who reported on the development in San Diego this week says:
Mother Nature has endowed all kinds of biological systems with the ability to repair themselves. Some we can see, like the skin healing and new bark forming in cuts on a tree trunk.
The new technology behind the plastic is made from water-based copolymers, which are said to be more environmentally-friendly than other plastics and contains small molecular links referred to as "bridges" that span the length of the material. If the item is damaged, bridges break and form a red splotch around the "injury".
It's the new and improved iPad and it sports 4G support for increased data speeds worldwide! Well, not if you're in Australia. Australia's 4G network runs on a different frequency band than what the new iPad supports. So you can't technically get 4G in Australia, even if you do have the new iPad.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Apple to court over misleading advertising, due to the fact that the iPad doesn't operate on the 4G LTE bands that are used in Australia. "The ACCC alleges that Apple's recent promotion of the new 'iPad with WiFi + 4G' is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product "iPad with WiFi + 4G" can, with a SIM card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case," it says.
Apple has now extended the offer to all Australian buyers of the new iPad to collect a refund if they feel they have been mislead by the advertising. This may only be the start of 4G problems for Apple. The iPad is compatible with US and Canadian 4G networks, but many European networks are planning 4G networks which fall outside the supported bands.
So Anthony, were you mislead?
LeakedTT: HTC One X, the Snapdragon S4-sporting smartphone gets leaked benchmarks, smashes the competition
Well, well, HTC. Your new phone is looking like its shaping up to kick some behind, isn't it? Thanks to some leaked benchmarks, it looks as though the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip is coming together well.
Thanks to an AT&T employee from the Android Central forums who has a pre-release version of the One X, and has dumped some benchmarks on the Internet for all of us to get jealous over. When comparing the Snapdragon S4-based HTC One X versus the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it simply kicks its ass. The HTC One X scores 4952 against the Nexus' 2600 or so.
The North American HTC One X is set to receive Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 which is a dual-core chip, where international releases will see NVIDIA's 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 SoC. On paper, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 does look pretty impressive, but Qualcomm's 28nm process on the Snapdragon S4 is bloody impressive. I'm now wanting to see how one of these bad boys does in real-world testing.
Coby has begun shipping a few new Android 4.0-based tablets, after they were first introduced earlier this year at CES. The two new models arrive in 7- and 9.7-inch and will have the names of Kyros MID7042-4 and Kyros MID9742-B, for the 7- and 9.7-inch tablets, respectively.
Both tables sport 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processors, with 1GB of RAM, front-facing cameras, HDMI output, 8GB of internal storage with microSD for expandable storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The 7-inch model sports a 16:9 capacitive touchscreen with an 800x480-pixel screen, where the 9.7-inch ramps it up to 1024x768-pixels.
The MID7042 is available right now for $179, and the MID9742 sells for $100 more at $279. Coby expects to offer 8-, 9-, and 10-inch models later this spring.
HTC's Wind is a magical thing, a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale single-SIM card world. HTC Wind sports dual-SIMs, and is only available in China. The T328w Wind is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz single-core processor, a 4-inch 800x480-pixel screen, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC's Wind also features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as HTC's Beats Audio and SRS processing for music fans and audiophiles alike. But, it's the dual-SIM feature that makes this smartphone stand out against the crowd. Dual SIMs make it appealing in eastern Europe and Asia, where users like to switchin between two or more carriers to minimize call and data costs. This can be quite useful as one carrier might sport insanely cheap voice calls, but expensive data. If this is the case, you could switch to the other SIM and enjoy great data rates.
HTC's Wind will come in a bunch of colors: black, white, pink and blue. HTC has priced the phone competitively, at 2,000 yuan ($317 USD) and HTC have not yet announced dates on when the dual SIM-rocking Wind will land in China, or other countries for that matter.
We could be looking at a surprise launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III this week. It all depends on the meaning you draw from the cryptic paint-job adorning London's flagship Phones 4U store. The outside painting boasts the Samsung logo and the words "Coming 30/3/2012." I'd love to believe this is the long awaited and anticipated Galaxy S III, but is it?
I mean really, what else is there for Phones 4U to be making a big deal about? The are very few announced products that would be worth making such a fuss over. However, previous rumors heard it was due for April or May, making this launch earlier than expected, but not outside the realm of possibility. The new device is said to feature more RAM, more internal storage, a more powerful processor, and a 12MP camera, all in a 7mm thick form-factor.
Acer's Iconis Tab A510 has just begun offering pre-orders, and pushes the pricing down on a Tegra 3-sporting tablet down to just $449.99, $50 less than the similar-specced ASUS model. Acer's A510 sports a 10.1-inch 1280x800-pixel display, 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 32GB storage expandable by microSD.
Battery life is also said to be good thanks to the 36.26Whr battery, not quite as much as the new iPad, but much better than older Iconia Tabs, and the Prime. The battery does come with some draw backs, though, with the A510 weighing in at 100g more than the Prime. Android 4.0 is baked into the tablet, as is Acer's Ring UI. Pre-loaded software includes the usual media players, printing software, Polaris Office 3.5 and more.
A full-sized USB port is not featured on the new A510, but a microUSB port is still offered, this supports up to 2TB HDDs, which is great for those who need additional storage. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is available for pre-order at the usual e-tailers, but no shipping dates are available at the moment.
RumorTT: Samsung's GT-i9300 photo leaks, could be the GALAXY S III, but is probably the GALAXY S II Advance
I'm getting to boiling point over these Samsung leaks, I really wish Samsung would just turn up at my house for an interview, GALAXY S III in hand (a few of them) and say "have at it". But, for now, we'll rely on leaks. PhoneArena is reporting they've just received a photo claiming to be the Samsung GT-i9300.
It sports the usual Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich UI, but right now, we don't know what phone this is, or what it could even be. Considering the GALAXY S II is the GT-i9100, the GALAXY Nexus is the GT-i9250, the GT-i9300 should slot right into the GALAXY S III spot, but does it?
It definitely looks like a GALAXY S handset, sans buttons, which is an ICS-based thing, really. So we should expect the leak to be right with the UI and look of the device itself. We see TouchWiz-sporting ICS with Samsung's Music and Video Hubs, the S Memo, S Planner, and S Suggest apps. The screen looks to be between 4.6- and 4.7-inch, too. But there's nothing to compare it against, so this is just a "it looks like", and not "it is" statement.