Toshiba is working on developing a camera sensor for smartphones and tablets that will allow you to chose the point of focus after the photo has been taken. This is quite similar to the way that the popular Lytro camera works.
The camera is designed to use 500,000 small lenses layers on top of the camera's sensor with each taking a slightly different focused image. Users can take a photo, then tap the screen to select the main point of focus and never again wind up with a useless blurry image.
Unlike the very elongated body of the Lytro, these "Selective Focus" cameras would fit in your pocket. Toshiba is hard at work trying to bring this to tablet and phone OEM's but we do not expect to see the first product sporting this new camera until late 2013 or maybe CES 2014.
Apple and Intel have a very interesting relationship, as Intel are the ones powering their Mac range of products now. Gone are the years of PowerPC-based Macs, Intel have come to the rescue with their Core range of processors.
Now this relationship is reportedly growing, where Intel are working with Apple for the Apple Smart Watch which should arrive in the first half of next year if the current rumors are anything to go by. There's no information on it, but there is the above concept design which should hopefully come close to the final design.
Apple's iWatch or whatever they decide to name it, would connect to another iOS-powered device like the iPhone in your pocket displaying something on the screen. Replace 'something' with a phone call, Facebook, iTunes or just the time - because, you know, it is a watch after all. Mobile Geeks' insider sources have talked some specs, which are speculation right now, where we would find a 1.5-inch RiTdisplay with OLED technology.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Nikki in the UK wanting some help choosing the right tablet for her needs.
I am wanting to buy a tablet but have no idea what sort!
I want one for the usual; surfing the web, emails, FB, photos, movies etc, but I'd ideally like one with at least Microsoft Word, or a way I can record/write anything I need to, a good variety of apps, adequate memory and speed.....and if I was really to be demanding a USB port (but that is not a 'must have').
I'd appreciate any advice on options, cost is not really an issue, but nothing too unreasonable (probably 600 pounds max :)
Thanks in advance,
A: You can view the answer to Nikki's question right here.
An Amazon customer is claiming the online retail giant sold him an iPhone 5 that was stolen merchandise. Ben Dreyfuss is claiming to have received a stolen iPhone which he purchased for his mother.
The phone was discovered to be hot when Dreyfuss' mother tried to activate the phone with Verizon. A represenative informed her that the phone had been blacklisted due to theft.
Dreyfuss tweeted that the iPhone in question had been listed on Amazon's warehouse deals section as Refurbished. He claimed that it originally was an Amazon Trade-in, which would mean that someone stole the phone and Amazon acquired it through a buyback program. Amazon has instructed Dreyfuss to return the phone and has apologized for the mix up.
Apple have already replaced their third-generation iPad with the fourth-generation iPad not long ago, but it looks like we'll also be receiving a fifth-generation iPad in March according to the latest rumors.
Japanese blog Macotakara are reporting that a redesigned, fifth-generation iPad could arrive as soon as March 2013:
However Chinese news ZOL (CBS Interactive) reported next iPad mini in AppleInsider's article, according to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013.
Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight.
Considering the fourth-generation iPad was only released two months ago, this would be three iPad's in twelve months. Are Apple beginning to feel the Android squeeze? Are they preparing for Microsoft's Surface Pro early next year? Whatever is happening, Apple aren't too confident anymore.
Rumors are running rampant at the moment concerning upcoming Windows RT tablets. Nokia is the newest victim with leaks appearing about it's upcoming 10.1 inch tablet. Rumors are circulating that the tablet will feature a keyboard cover that doubles as a battery providing 10 hours of battery life.
The 10.1 inch slate will will be ARM based, feature a screen similar to Microsoft's Surface RT display, two USB ports and an HDMI port. The tablet is also said to feature a fast charging circuit that "Boost" battery capacity by 50%.
No word has been released yet on whether or not the tablet will have SD card provisions or USB 3.0 capabilities. We are hearing reports of the tablet featuring cellular data support through AT&T. The unveiling is rumored to take place at the Mobil World Congress show in February 2013.
Google Nexus 10 owners might like to know that the Mountain View-based search giant are teasing a dock for the 10-inch slate from the company, where it has been teased in a holiday-themed video from Google.
The video is called "Happy Holidays from Android" and shows off the otherwise unannounced accessory alongside a craft-based dock for the Nexus 4 which is made with paper, and the Nexus 7-specific dock that we already know about. AndroidCentral spotted the ad, noticing the dock looking quite small next to the Nexus 10, and looks like it sports a high-back to hold the tablet's design.
Since the teased dock doesn't seem to feature a molded cradle, it could be possible that it would work with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 devices. Google didn't show off any of the connectivity, unfortunately, but it shouldn't be too far away from reaching us.
Archos have unveiled their latest tablet, named the 97 Titanium. The 97 isn't just there for looks, it represents the size of the screen if you add a dot in between the 9 and 7 for 9.7 inches.
Throwing the name to the side for a minute, it has some impressive specs. The 97 Titanium sports a 9.7-inch 2048x1536-pixel display with a pixel density of 264ppi, so we're getting into the fourth-generation iPad class here, folks. It packs a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable via microSD cards.
A 5-megapixel rear shooter is in play, backed up with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Underneath all of this speccy goodness, we have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Best of all, it doesn't look like Archos have spoiled the stock Jelly Bean look with their own UI splashed on top, which is actually quite impressive and gets a flicker of strong interest from yours truly.
We heard about Huawei's 6.1-inch smartphone not long ago, but it looks like a Huawei executive has been showing off the new phone ahead of its expected unveiling at CES in Las Vegas next month.
Richard Yu is the Huawei exec showing off the device, which is the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. The tease happened in a Huawei store in Guangzhou, where he pulled the behemoth out and started showing it off to consumers.
Part of the demonstration involved showing off a movie on the phone - which is what you'd want that huge 6.1-inch screen for, right? There's a video above you can check out, too.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Motorola and Google are working on an "X Phone" that will be released sometime next year. The "X Phone" looks to put competition to the likes of Samsung and Apple. As of late, the two companies have been increasingly hard to beat when it comes to market share and design.
An X Tablet is expected after the launch of the X Phone. The X Phone production will continue alongside of the development of Droid devices for Verizon and devices for other carriers. According to the WSJ, "Dennis Woodside, a former Google top sales executive who is now Motorola's chief executive, declined to discuss products under development. But he said in an interview that the company is 'investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.'"
Motorola has run into difficulties with the device when they tried implementing a flexible screen and ceramic materials. Google is taking the Apple approach with Motorola by trying to more closely merge software with hardware. We have already seen examples of this with the Nexus line of devices, and should see next year the fruit of their labor on the "X Phone."
A leak picked up by SlashGear is showing an Acer Iconia tablet that will be reportedly on sale for less than $100. The tablet, if released at that price, would undercut most every other Android tablet currently available and would beat Google to the punch for a sub-$100 Nexus tablet.
If the leaked renders are anything to go on, it looks like a pretty slick tablet, though it won't be featuring quite the hardware that more expensive models do. The model is reportedly a 7-inch tablet going by the name Acer Iconia B1. It will likely see its release at either CES 2013 or MWC 2013.
The processor is said to be a Mediatek dual-core coupled with 512MB of RAM. This isn't as powerful as the Nexus 7's quad-core, but would still provide decent performance. 8GB of internal storage will be present, with the option of adding a MicroSD for more capacity. The operating system is said to be Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The rumor mill likes to spit out whispers of cheaper Google Nexus 7 tablets every now and then. This time the word comes from a member of the supply chain. O-Film Tech, an Asia-based display component maker, has said that it has began shipping parts for the cheaper Google tablets.
Glass-Glass Film, the companies touch screen technology is said to be featured on the cheaper Nexus 7's. This equates to lower production cost and a thinner device which could retail for $99, but not at first.
Speculation is for the tablet to retail initially somewhere in the $129 to $149 range. Rumors that 500,000-600,000 of these cheaper Nexus 7's could ship within the first 3 months are also being overheard. ASUS which manufacturers the Nexus 7 for google, is also rumored to be developing an afordable tablet as well which might make an appearance at CES.
Information Week are reporting that the new energy-efficient, Intel-powered, Windows 8-based tablets have been delayed into 2013. PC makers are reportedly have issues building drivers for Intel's dual-core Clover Trail Atom Z2760 processor.
The new Clover Trail-based processor is set to enter the tablet battlefield against the iPad and high-end Android tablets, where it will compete on both performance and battery life. The delays are pushing multiple companies' tablets back, such as Dell's Latitude 10, HP's Envy x2, ASUS' VivoTab Smart and Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2.
The only Atom Z2760-based tablets hitting the market at the moment is Samsung's ATIV Smart PC and Acer's Iconia W510. Cindy Shaw, from research firm DISCERN, have said that this could really hurt PC makers, especially those in enterprise sales, where she continues:
HP and Dell are conceding they've given up on the consumer, so missing the holiday season is not that big of a deal. They're not missing that magical time of the year,"ï¿½ the analysts said. "But the longer it takes for businesses to get their hands on evaluation units, the longer it's going to take to translate into enterprise sales.
Nokia and Microsoft have pushed out an over-the-air (OTA) update to AT&T Lumia 920s and 820s. The new update is a pretty important OTA update, with the companies saying that it will help Bluetooth reliability and connectivity, bolster Nokia Messaging, improve start-up performance, and update battery management.
Currently, you'll have to be on AT&T or Canadian's Rogers to get the update, though Nokia insists that they are "working with our operator partners in all regions to ensure the highest quality experience in every market." They add that they are "working closely with Microsoft...to deliver these updates to other markets in early February 2013."
So, if you have a Lumia 920 or 820 on another carrier, you have another 2 months, or so, to wait until you get these same improvements. Of course, you're highly encouraged to download the OTA update if you can as the fixes and updates are pretty significant.
The iPad Mini was met with great fanfare when it released back in November, and consumers flocked to the stores to secure one for themselves. One major disappointment was the lack of a retina display being featured on the Mini.
The new device is speculated to feature a Retina display but a release date more than likely not on the near horizon as Apple has not yet completed it's world wide roll-out of the iPad Mini.
Let's play the devil's advocate here and speculate that the next iPad Mini with Retina display will launch in March, would you purchase one even though your first gen Mini is less than six months old? Let us know in the comments.
Nokia aren't doing huge things in the market these days, and while they've launched their latest Lumia devices, they aren't touching the sales of the iPhone or Galaxy devices. This latest rumor is sparking some interest, where the talk is that the company have entered into an agreement with ODM Compal, Microsoft and Qualcomm for a 10-inch tablet.
This 10-inch slate would run Windows RT and would be exposed to the world at Mobile World Congress in February next year. The above image shows off a mockup that Nokia Lumia Tabs showed off in 2011, and there have been reports from DigiTimes that Nokia wanted to release a 10-inch tablet this year, but had to push these plans into 2013 because of Microsoft's Surface RT slate.
With Qualcomm being involved, we should expect the Snapdragon S4 Pro to be the SoC of choice in the Nokia 10-inch tablet, which should give it some powerhouse performance. If Nokia can make it look great, perform well, and most of all - price it very, very competitively, Nokia could be back in the game in no time. If Nokia were to release it at, let's say, $399, it would be a huge contendor to the iPad and Nexus 10.
Samsung have just unveiled their Galaxy Grand smartphone, which sports a 5-inch WVGA 480x800 resolution screen and 186ppi pixel density. Not the highest of resolutions, but it does stick to the nice design of the Galaxy S III, with a removable cover so that you can access the battery.
The rest of the specs aren't too bad, but they're toned down from the S III, so we have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable through a microSD card slot. An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera offering 1080p video recording an a 2-megapixel front-facing camera are both on offer. Connectivity wise, we have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, A-GPS, Glonass and DLNA.
Out of the box the Galaxy Grand has Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and will come in two variants - a single-SIM model, the GT-I9080 and a dual-SIM model, the GT-I9082. The dual-SIM model has the ability of receiving calls on either number, at the same time, and even simultaneously. No details on pricing or availability just yet.
Microsoft believes 88 percent of users like Windows Phone more than their current phones after being shown a device
It looks like one of Microsoft's marketing campaigns may have paid off. Much like their "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenges, their new "Meet your Match" challenge has been designed to increase awareness about Microsoft's underdog mobile operating system. Apparently, it has worked as Microsoft is touting some impressive numbers.
According to Microsoft, 88 percent of more than 75,000 people who competed in the Meet Your Match campaign across the US, UK, France, and Germany felt that the Windows Phone was better than than their current phone. Microsoft says the challenge shows consumers why Windows Phone is "more fun, more useful and more personal than what they're currently using."
I've actually heard from many people that Windows Phone 8 is a pretty great operating system, and that the Live Tiles are really useful. Whether or not the operating system catches on, no matter how good it is, remains to be seen. Can it overtake the behemoth that is Android? Only time will tell.
It has been my experience that ladies love red things on Valentines day. Red roses, red wine, red heart shaped candy,the list goes on and on. The folks at Samsung must know this as well because this coming Valentines Day Samsung will release 3 of it's popular tables in red.
As the old saying goes: "Flowers and candy are temporary, Galaxy Tablets are forever" At least I think that is right... The day before Valentines Day Samsung will release the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab Note in Red.
While this may sound like the perfect gift for the techie lady in your life the red color scheme will only be available for the 3G/Wi-Fi models (GT-P3100, GT-P5100 and GT-N8000, respectively).
Google's Nexus 4 smartphone is one of the best smartphones on the market, and if you're lucky enough to get one, you treasure it. But, stock has been so up and down lately, and it looks like Google just can't get enough of them into consumers' hands.
Google UK and Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley took to his Google+ page to explain what has been happening, where he blamed LG on their "scarce and erratic" supplies to Google, admitting that their communication had been flawed. Cobley took it a step further personally offering "an unreserved apology" to Nexus 4 buyers, calling the delays "unacceptable", and he has promised to work "through the nights and weekends" to resolve the issue.
HTC is working on gaining marketshare back after losing most of it to Apple and Samsung. Rumor says that the new Android handset will be released at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, and while it won't come with quite the upgrade the One X did, it will be one of the first 4.7-inch devices with a full HD screen.
The M7, as it is codenamed, will feature a pixel density of 468PPI, which is 40 percent higher than the iPhone 5. It is said to feature a second-gen quad-core Qualcomm processor, clocked at 1.7GHz. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage complement the full HD screen and powerful processor.
The M7 is reported to be coming with a 13MP camera and f/2.0 lens. There are lots of other improvements rumored in the device, and should arrive at Verizon and Sprint.