You read the title right! The FBI has been reduced to asking Google for help in cracking a confiscated Android phone's password. The phone was confiscated from accused pimp Dante Dears just a few months after his release from prison. He is accused of quote "telephone pimping" to get around his GPS/electronic monitor. Dante Dears went to prison in 2005 for being one of the founding members of the prostitution ring "Pimpin' Hoes Daily." This is one of the first times that former federal prosecutor Jon Kirby has heard of law enforcement not being able to crack any sort of password code.
Dears is accused of moving into an apartment and, shortly after, returning to pimping, using his cell phone to call the shots while avoiding strict supervision. For obvious reasons, Dears isn't cooperating with the feds and with them unable to crack the code, they've had to acquire a search warrant to compel Google to turn over his information.
A Google spokesperson stated they comply with valid, legal processes.
Whenever we receive a request we make sure it meets both the letter and spirit of the law before complying. If we believe a request is overly broad, we will seek to narrow it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Archos have teased the world today with their upcoming G10 xs series of tablets. The tablet was unveiled at a show in Paris, where even now, not much is known about the tablet. But, we do know it'll measure in at just 7.6mm thick, which beats even the new iPad in terms of thinness.
This measurement is increased to just 11mm when its paired with its companion keyboard dock, like the ASUS Transformer range. We should expect these tablets to hit retail sometime this year, where it'll compete against the Transformer Prime, not only in style and features, but price.
No mention has ben made about the tablets OS, but we should expect Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be baked into it, price-wise we should expect to pay between 200 and 400 Euros, depending on the configuration. The video above doesn't show much, except for some quick glimpses and lots of lens flare.
CeBIT's show has revealed a tasty new tablet that hits in just a couple of months time from Prestigio. Prestigio's Multi 9.7, is you guessed it, a 9.7-inch tablet that sports an IPS-based display. The tablet also features a fingerprint-resistant rubber back.
Software-wise, we're looking at Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is not too bad considering it's a "low-end" device. The specs aren't too bad for a low-end device, where we have 8GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD, a single-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 chip and 1GB of RAM.
According to Notebook Italia, the tablet arrives in Italy in May for €199. At the moment there's no news whether it'll jump across the pond. In the video above, skip to around 1:30 to see the tablet in action. It's great to see Android 4.0-based tablets hitting in decent quality (IPS display).
Apple's third-generation tablet, the new iPad, is getting some seriously glowing reviews. A few big tech sites have gotten their hands on the Retina Display-sporting iPad and have given it the once over, with some pretty powerful quotes below:
Yes, this display is outrageous. It's stunning. It's incredible. I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you hold this in your hands, or maybe it's the technology that Apple is utilizing, or maybe it's the responsiveness of iOS - but there's something almost bizarre about how good this screen is. After the launch event, I described the screen as "surreal," and I still think that's a pretty good fit.
Let's be clear: the new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad's market position as the dominant player and product to beat.
Sony only just launched the Xperia S, but it didn't launch with PlayStation support before it hit retail shelves. But, the placeholder link on the Xperia S app drawer now loads a webpage where the PlayStation Store and PS Pocket app can be downloaded. The same good news applies to Xperia S's Japanese counterpart, the Acro HD, which launched in late-February.
Before you can do any of this, you'll need to enable non-Market applications by going into Settings, then Applications, then run "Let's start PS store" in the app tray. After that, download the two apps, which will then let you buy and play the games. At the moment, Android Central is reporting that they can see around 12 titles available on their review unit, but some of them are only playable on the Xperia Play.
Of course, in order to receive access to the above-mentioned goods, you'll require a PlayStation Network or Sony Entertainment Network account. Sony also plan to being PS certification to all of its 2012 phones, including the Xperia P, U, Ion and the recently-announced Xperia Sola.
Samsung's upcoming iPad competition, Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 is currently walking through the halls of the FCC. Right now, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 has no official US sponsor, but the unit submitted to the FCC sports radios compatible with AT&T's 3G service.
The upcoming tablet is the third 7-inch model offered to us by Samsung in less than twelve months, it will sport a dual-core 1GHz processor, a PLS-based 1024x600 LCD rather than the better-looking AMOLED found in the Tab 7.7.
Camera-wise, we should expect a 3-megapixel rear-snapper, and VGA camera on the front. The UK will get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 first, and should go worldwide in the coming months. Will you get one? Is it good enough to grab versus the new iPad? Only time will tell.
Apple's new iPad is all that is really talked about these days, I personally think that an alien ship could land tomorrow in the middle of the White House lawn, or an earth-splitting 10-magnitude earthquake could happen on March 21/22 and it just wouldn't matter: because the new iPad is here.
After that's all said and done, one of the first video unboxings of the new iPad is here, where some folks over in Vietnam have claimed they have their hands on their retail version of the new iPad and have video evidence to prove so. The video above is your proof, and it looks great.
Not much can be understood, as I only speak English, but I have eyes and my eyes were greeted with the new iPad, and that's all I have to see. The video is just a tease of the flood of reviews, unboxings, and thoughts on the new iPad over the next week or so.
It's being said that Nokia and Microsoft will team up to enter the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch, Windows 8-based tablet which is set to be based on Qualcomm's dual-core chip, according to DigiTimes. The device would be released in Q4 of this year, at the earliest.
The sources have said that Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics, where the first batch out of the factory would contain just 200,000 units. Just 200,000 units, is something people should be stuck on. This seems like a "let's just test the market out first", or are Nokia scared of the constant onslaught that is the iPad.
This is now shown as a move of Nokia joining WoA (Windows on ARM) and we should expect Microsoft to gain strength to compete with not just Apple and their iPad, but also the upcoming Android 5.0-based tablets that will hit the market at around the same time.
Apple announced the new iPad just last week, and people haven't been able to drag their jaws from the floor yet. Once they did, they began the feverish clicking of their mice or tapping of their fingers to pre-order the latest and greatest tablet from Apple.
The original release was slated for March 16th, but Apple have experienced (in the words of Obama, as he uses the word about 3 times every second) unprecedented demand for the iPad 3, and have been forced to now push back delivery times for online buyers. Originally, those who pre-ordered were to expect delivery of their brand new 2048x1536-sporting iPad on launch day, as Apple had set aside stock for pre-order customers.
But they have sold out of this pre-order stock, as demand is "off the charts" according to an Apple spokesperson. For those who ordered online and are based in the US, you'll have to wait until March 19th for delivery, with a two device limit on orders. The lucky people who pre-ordered before stock ran out will receive them on launch day.
For those of you based in Australia (me, boooo) will receive stock on March 22nd, but those based in France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kington will have a shipping delay of two to three weeks to endure.
I want two or three of them this weekend, but it looks like I will have to miss out if I can't get there in time. I'm going to cry some serious tears now.
The $25 wonderchild that is the Raspberry Pi has been delayed, reportedly due to a manufacturing problem. The company behind the Raspberry Pi have posted on their website saying that they're found a problem in their networking hardware.
The first batch of Raspberry Pi devices have been delayed, with the company citing a hardware parts substitution that was made in the factory by accident. What exactly happened was that the specific jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM and schematics, the factory had actually soldered in non-magnetic jacks.
Without the magnetics, it means no network connection. They've known about this for a few days now, and haven't been able to say anything about it until they had done proper testing, which they have done now and should start shipping the fixed parts within the next week or two.
If the current estimated BOM (bill of materials) from UBM TechInsights is anything to go by, we're looking at Apple cutting their profit margins ever-so-slightly for the new iPad when compared to the previous two models.
UBM TechInsights estimate shows a BOM of $310 for the new iPad - the 4G LTE 16GB model. The retail pricing on this model is $629, which gives Apple a very nice margin of 51-percent. Compared to previous models, this is down 6-percent or so.
The firm does note that a proper teardown is required to get their numbers more refined, but preliminary estimates typically match more accurate teardowns to within just a few dollars. More precise number should be available by the end of the week when the new iPad ships.
The first iPad had a margin of 57-percent, the second with a margin of 56-percent, so if the third launches with its estimated 51-percent margin, it is still great. Considering it has a more expensive display, estimated at $70 per device, compared to the iPad 2's $49.50 display, this represents a great profit margin for Apple.
Another expensive component is the new battery, the iPad 2 had a 6580mAh battery, where the new iPad rocks an 11,180mAh battery. This ends up costing $22 and $30 for the iPad 2 and new iPad, respectively.
Just as Apple release their third-generation iPad, new rumors are surfacing that the official announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 11.6 might happen as soon as, well, tomorrow! The new tablet is said to sport an insane 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of, what for it, 2560x1600. Blowing Apple's 2048x1536 resolution right out of its tree.
The rumor is based on an "unnamed source" close to the matter, who has confirmed to Pocket-link that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 will be announced tomorrow at an event in Texas. Samsung had mentioned earlier that it will be making a "special announcement" at the event in question tomorrow, so let's cross those fingers and toes, ladies and gentlemen.
Samsung would most likely feature the Galaxy Tab 11.6 with their Exynos 5250 chip, sporting a dual-core 2GHz processor, which is built on the more power-efficient, 32nm-based technology. This would definitely be a one-up for Samsung, to rub the salt in the wound of Apple. Just when I was coming to the point where I thought I'd get myself the new iPad... maybe I'll have to get both?
Apple is NVIDIA's kryptonite right now, making more sense because NVIDIA has lots of green in their logo and products, and their Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip is codenamed "Kal-El", being Superman's Kryptonian birth name.
Well, Apple have caused quite the stir when it comes to the new iPad, their third-generation tablet. Apple have claimed that they have a four-fold increase in performance over NVIDIA's Tegra 3, but couldn't verify the authenticity of such a bold claim. NVIDIA representative, Ken Brown, told ZDNet that it was "certainly flattering" to have Apple reference the company, but there were "so many issues" to hash out with Apple's claims.
The other problem to remember is, Apple have their own OS, their own hardware, on their own product. NVIDIA ship chips to other companies, such as ASUS, and then require game developers to code specifically for Tegra 3 to see a huge leap in performance. Apple require the same, developers to make new products for the new iPad. Considering the new iPad is, well, very new, how could Apple have let developers have enough time to make a game that scales on the new A5X chip?
iPhone 4S owner longing for some super-speedy 4G LTE action? Well, you're in luck, in a way! With the "new iPad" announcement, came the iOS 5.1 software update, with some people already installing it and finding some nuggets of info within the update.
For those with the iPhone 4S, you can download iOS 5.1 which gives you 4G LTE, kinda. The iOS 5.1 software update adds the capability to display a 4G logo, where the 3G logo usually sits. But, it doesn't do anything other than look pretty.
It simply branding the current technology as 4G, even though it was 3G yesterday. Are Apple trolling their customers, making them think updating to iOS 5.1 automagically transforms their just-yesterday-this-was-3G to omfg-I-have-4G! No, no it doesn't. You still have 3G, and I have no idea why this is showing up. At the moment, its only AT&T that shows this, it doesn't show up in other firmwares, according to Jailbreak Nation.
Thanks to my mate Daniel for pointing this news out to me!
Corsair have just released a new range of SSD series today, the Accelerator. The drive is aimed for caching purposes, and even comes bundled with NVELO's DataPlex caching software. Corsair had shown off the Accelerator series at CES 2012, but the drive has not been made available until today.
The Corsair Accelerator series is available in three sizes: 30, 45 and 60GB. The drive doesn't need to be super-large, as its only used as a cache drive, so it only stores the most frequently accessed data. Caching is aimed toward average users as utilizing two separate drives can be a bit hard for the novice user, whereas advanced users want total control over their data.
Keeping the price of the drive down is important, as it will attract more buyers, especially those who don't yet own an SSD drive. The new drive sports a SATA 3Gbps interface, which Corsair chose to keep the price down. The drives come in two different specs, with two different controllers between the 30GB (SandForce SF-2141 controller) and the 45/60GB drives with the SandForce SF-2181 controllers.
The only difference between these two controllers is the SF-2181 supports up to 8 channels, where the SF-2141 is limited to jut 4 channels.
So, the Apple just got done with its iPad press event and we were all wrong on the naming.
It's not going to be called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD as many thought it would be named. Instead Apple is just going with "The new iPad".
This is a bit of a surprise and it's sure to confuse customers, but Apple must know better than us. It's probably not a massive surprise as the iPod never had version numbers and neither did Macs or MacBooks for that matter.
The new iPad will start at $499 for the Wi-Fi 16GB version and go all the way up to $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G version. The old iPad will just be available in 16GB Wi-Fi and 16GB Wi-FI + 3G for $399 and $529 respectively, quite a drop over the old prices.
Apple aren't wasting any time with this event and not boring us with facts and figures. We already saw that the new iPad will get Retina Display, but it will also get 4G LTE high-speed internet access.
For comparison, the iPad 2 has 3.1Mbps on EV-DO and 7.2 Mbps on HSPA and the new iPad will get 21Mbps on HSPA+, 42Mbps on HSDPA and a massive 73Mbps on supported LTE networks. According to Engadget, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners.
In addition the new iPad can be a personal hotspot like the iPhone 4, but it will still depend on if your carrier supports it or not.
Apple just announce the new iPad several minutes ago and as everyone expected it will come with Retina Display, you know... the same high quality display as found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
To be precise, it comes with a 2048 x 1536 resolution which equates to 264 pixels per inch. Yep, it is higher than a standard 1080p HD resolution and should offer splendid image quality just as claimed by Apple.
Apple are still calling this device the "new iPad", still no official name yet. iPad 3 or iPad HD - what do you think?
VentureBeat has heard the rumbles from reliable sources, and are reporting that the next iPad to hit, won't be called the iPad 3, and will actually be dubbed 'iPad HD'. iPad HD would make sense, as the new iPad sports a high-resolution Retina Display with a 2048x1536-pixel display.
Right now, the current iPads feature 1024x768-pixel screens, so the iPad HD will blow them out of the water. Apple aren't the first ones to hit a homerun in terms of screen resolution for a tablet, but are the first ones to go over 1080p. ASUS' Transformer Prime features a 1080p display, but of course, in the usual Apple tradition, we should expect the high-res display to be a world first somehow. Hopefully we see iTunes HD debut at the same time, or else it will [mostly] be for nothing.
The iPad HD name would also make more sense, considering it will most likely ship with a suped up version of Apple's dual-core A5 processor, dubbed A5X. No quad-core A6 for you, iPad fans! Whilst ASUS and other companies are releasing quad-core tablets, Apple will behind the eight ball this time with a slower dual-core. Yes, most apps and games don't use it, but bragging rights are bragging rights at the end of the day. Other companies will be able to use this against Apple when pushing their products.
More information is also leaking that Apple are buying up 7.1-inch screens, which means we could see some competition against the Kindle Fire from Amazon.