Microsoft has been keeping some information about Surface secret, namely it's price and launch date. Thanks to a filing with the SEC, we can now report the launch date of the upcoming Surface tablets. According to the filing, the new Surface tablets will go on sale October 26 alongside the launch of Windows 8.
In Microsoft's annual filing, you can find the following: "The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices." We still don't have any numbers on the price.
A typically ambitious Microsoft is looking to sell "a few million Surface PCs" in the coming year", but this could prove easier said than done. Apple has a major stronghold on the tablet market and Google is adding to the competition with its newly released Nexus 7. Not knowing the price could cause people to write the tablets off before they even launch so it's important for Microsoft to get that information out.
However, it is understandable why Microsoft doesn't want to set pricing. For one, they may need to modify it later if the cost to build increases. Another issue could be that Microsoft might have to lower the price to be competitive. Both of these reasons could be why Microsoft is keeping pricing secret, at least for now.
We all know Apple loves to bang their Retina drum, but it would always be a matter of time before another company got close, or passed their technology. Considering that Samsung and LG make the Retina displays, it was purely a matter of time before one of the companies announced their own "Retina-like" display.
News has floated out that Samsung have developed AMOLED displays with a pixel density of 350ppi. ETNews reports that Samsung have managed to get this working by achieving a scalable manufacture of displays featuring pixel densities exceeding Apple's Retina technology thanks to the advancements in the Fine Metal Mask production technique.
There's no ETA on when these bad boys would arrive in devices, and thus, in your hands, but you can rest assured that they're being worked on. At 350ppi, the new AMOLED displays would easily beat Apple's iPad at 264ppi, and the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch with 326ppi each.
Windows Phone users, you can finally rejoice in the knowledge that Microsoft is just like Apple in that they are hesitant to add features wanted by users. Just like it took Apple a long time to add copy and paste to iOS, it has taken Microsoft at least an equal time, if not longer, to add native screenshot capabilities to Windows Mobile.
The video above shows the new feature in action. Not only is this a nice feature for users as they can now capture those auto correct fails more easily, it fills a need for journalists and bloggers covering the platform. It's extremely maddening to try and write about an app when you can't capture a screenshot.
It's not really clear why the feature has taken so long to be added, and in fact it hasn't yet been added. Windows Phone 8 is due out in a couple of months and is based on an entirely new core. Due to this, current Windows Phone devices won't be able to run the new OS, which comes as a major disappointment to many current device owners.
We had previously reported that Samsung's updates to the Galaxy S III removed universal search. Yesterday, the company issued a statement that the removal was inadvertent and not as a result of the ongoing patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. They said that they would roll out an update to fix it within a few days.
However, Samsung has started rolling out the update within a few hours. Samsung's statement is below:
The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days.
The update is a 5MB download and can be installed over the air or via Kies. The update is labeled I9300XXBLG8 and does in fact restore universal search to the Samsung Galaxy S III device. If you don't have the update quite yet, you should within a day or two.
Reports have surfaced that an Apple iPhone 5 has been smuggled out of the factory. Included in those reports are purported pictures of the device. If this is truly an iPhone 5, then Foxconn is seriously not doing its job of protecting Apple's upcoming device from prying eyes.
This isn't the first time that we've seen supposed leaks of the iPhone 5 nature, but this is certainly the first time that we have seen the full device. It seems as though Apple's security measures are slipping as Apple experienced these same issues with the last iPhone produced.
The device looks strikingly similar to the device in previous predictive renders and it could just be another render. Furthermore, it could be a non-working dummy phone that is designed to be used by accessory manufacturers for design and verification.
Lot's of Facebook news and talk today thanks to their first finance report since the social networking site went public with its IPO a couple of months ago, and during the earnings call, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg was probed about the rumors of Facebook building their own phone with HTC, with Zuckerberg saying:
Building out a whole phone really wouldn't make much sense for us to do.
This is the first time that Facebook has actually come out and said that they aren't making a Facebook-branded phone. Considering the talk of the social networking site employing ex-Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad, maybe they hired them to make their iOS-based Facebook app better?
It seems like everyday there's a new iPhone-related post, but we all know just how many people in the world have iPhones, so we'll continue posting the news, but it looks like The Verge has stumbled across a few photos of the iPhone prototypes in court documents related to Apple's lawsuit against Samsung.
One of the photos in their report shows a two-tone design with a central aluminum backing that looks like the early version of the next-gen iPhone, as the side-by-side picture shows above.
The one on the left is a rendering of the next-gen iPhone by Blackpool Creative, which was based on leaked parts of the upcoming iPhone. On the right, we have a prototype iPhone design posted by the Verge. What do you think? I think both designs look good, the color scheme is definitely an improvement. But, can Apple do enough to the phone to give it a total edge over the competition like the original iPhone did?
A reporter over at Bloomberg has said that social networking juggernaut, Facebook, are working with mobile phone manufacturer HTC on a device that would be released mid next year. Rumors of a Facebook phone have been around for quite some time now, but this report re-affirms this rumor, with the same specifics, that something is coming.
It was rumored in late-2011 that "Buffy" was being worked on, and was a HTC-made, Facebook phone. We also heard that Facebook were hiring Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad, but we know what rumors are like.
TNW reached out for a comment to Facebook, with a spokesperson saying:
Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.
Swedish website Webhallen.com is reporting the prices for all four upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets, which covers both the RT and Pro editions. A screengrab from WPCentral shows the pricing:
This means we're looking at around $1,000 for an ARM-based Windows RT device in its 32GB flavor. Considering the 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad is around $100 cheaper than the above Surface tablet, Microsoft could have some issues here.
I will still be grabbing a Surface personally, but this price is going to turn many, many people away. Apple's iPad has its foot firmly placed into the market, and its hard to sell anything but an iDevice to most people these days. Microsoft will need to make a loss on each Surface tablet if it even wants to begin competing in the market.
But then again, the Surface isn't out, and this is a RumorTT post. Things could change over the coming months.
Samsung first showed off their 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, and since its unveiling the slate, Samsung have baked in a few changes before release.
Since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received some of the same treatment the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone was treated to, this includes a similar color scheme of white and silver. It also includes the same Exynos 4 Quad processor, giving us a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU rocking along inside, as well as 2GB of RAM and support for HSPA+ 3G internet.
The Brave Post have managed to get their grubby little paws on one, and revealed the above details. Not only that, but they suggest that the inclusion of 3G internet access extends the Note 10.1's phone functionality, where it can act as a speaker phone and message access point. Samsung are still prepped to announce something on August 15, but this could well be their Galaxy Note II.
Google and ASUS' new $199 tablet is enjoying some nice pure, raw, technology lust, with the tablet being pulled from sale as it was selling out faster than the companies had expected, but official sales figures are still not here.
Chitika have collected some data, and in its early stages it looks like the Nexus 7 is doing very well indeed. Chitika's data includes the number of impressions per 100 Apple iPad impressions, with the Nexus 7 sitting at just 0.3.
But, considering it went on sale just a couple of weeks ago, it has already edged out HP's Touchpad, and Sony's Tablet S. Close to it we have the Motorola XOOM with 0.89, Amazon's Kindle Fire with 0.90, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab (which exact model, or the entire range, I don't know) at 2.69.
At this rate, it could overtake the already established Fire and XOOM within the coming months, without breaking a sweat.
Samsung turns their Galaxy S III smartphone into a four-in-one check-in, keycard, TV remote and AC control in Olympic hotel, even MacGyver is jealous
For those staying at the new Holiday Inn London Stratford City hotel, which is situated next to the Olympic Park, Samsung have some exciting news. Samsung has partnered up with Fingi Inc., to enable Holiday Inn London Stratford City to offer residents' a full suite of hotel services.
This includes remote control of room settings, and a special Samsung & Holiday Inn 'Olympic Newsletter', which includes the latest updates from London 2012 - all on the Galaxy S III smartphone. The mobile solution offers the ability to provide complete integration of TVs, lighting, AC and other audio-visual and in-room functions, topping it off as acting as the room key.
The service will initially be made available to VIPs staying at the aforementioned hotel, and will see 40 rooms at the hotel equipped with the hospitality solution. You can read more about this unbelievably cool feature here.
It's probably a good idea to not update to the latest version of the Galaxy S III software if you enjoy or need local search. The latest update to the international version of the device removes its ability to earch applications, music, contacts, bookmarks and quite a few other things. This is an update the North American version received a few weeks ago.
The XXBLG6 firmware is the update to avoid if you want to continue being able to search the above listed items. It's likely that this update is to avoid litigation with Apple as this feature is what caused the Google Nexus to be temporarily banned in the United States earlier this month. The patent concerned is one that deals with multiple source search.
It is seen as a away for Apple to protect Siri. What's interesting here is that the international Galaxy S III is never sold in the United States. Thus, it isn't a necessity to issue this update to the international version unless they are trying to avoid issues with Apple in court going forward.
Qualcomm have shown off their first tablet, which is powered by the companies Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC, backed up by an ADreno 320 GPU. It's a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.5GHz.
It's also very fast, and beats Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad which is found in the Galaxy S III, as well as HTC One X's NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip. Of course, it also beats Qualcomm's own Snapdragon S4 processor in a bunch of synthetic benchmarks. But, what is this beast priced at?
$1,300. Considering that Google's Nexus 7 is just $199, and Apple's iPad is a shave under $500, $1,300 is a huge price to pay for a tablet. But, if you want the best performing tablet on the market, this seems to be it. After the quad-core 1.5GHz chip, we find 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
It's been about two years since the last iPod Touch refresh was released and rumors are saying another one is coming. Back in 2010, the iPod Touch fourth-generation was released and brought with it a front and rear camera and a Retina display. Since then, the iPod Touch has proved popular with a wide variety of users but has seemingly been neglected by the media and Apple.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a person who has been very accurate on previous predictions for Apple products, has said that the iPod Touch refresh will be released in September-October alongside the iPhone 5 and an updated iPod Nano. Kuo predicts the fifth-generation iPod touch will use in-cell technology, something rumored to be used in the iPhone 5.
In-cell technology allows the screen to be thinner. However, a thinner screen doesn't mean a thinner device. Apple could completely rework the internals or use the extra space for a larger battery, something most users would surely appreciate. It's also likely to get a 4-inch screen to replace the current 3.5-inch one and will probably be upgraded to the A5 SoC.
Tablets seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Almost every major player in the computer market has one on sale and this includes Lenovo who has begun selling their IdeaTab S2110 for $450. However, the device is currently available for $343.20 and you can snag the optional keyboard accessory for only $56 more.
This pricing has Lenovo's competitors beat by a small margin. ASUS charges $150 alone for the keyboard for their Transformer tablets and the tablets start around $400-500. The S2110 comes with a very nice specification list which is sure to not disappoint. It runs Android 4.0, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 1.3-megapixel front webcam.
It also comes with stereo speakers, optional 3G connectivity, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal flash storage, and gets 8-9 hours of battery life (Lenovo says 10 hours). The screen seems to be the only place "lacking" as it is only 1280x800. While that's not bad, it's no longer impressive like the iPad Retina or other displays on tablets.
Samsung may be enjoying some seriously nice success with their high-end Galaxy S III smartphone, but it looks like its time for the Korean electronics maker to hit the mid-range market running, too.
Although the company is ready to unveil the "newest Galaxy" on August 15, this device is not it. It looks as though the Stellar, teased in the above Verizon document is a mid-range device, and not on the same playing field as their high-end Galaxy S III.
We should hear more about Samsung's Galaxy Stellar, so for now this is merely a tease. Samsung have plenty of phones, as you can see from the above picture, but this is definitely a new one.
It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) are getting into the news today with something positive, instead of job losses, negative finance reports, or delays on BB10.
Mobile Syrup is reporting that they've been informed that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is set to launch via Bell, and most likely on other Canadian carriers, next Tuesday, the 31st of July. According to an internal Bell document, the price of the 4G-capable PlayBook will be $549.95.
Spec-wise, we're looking at the usual 7-inch display with a 1024x600 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE (and HSPA+), OS 2.0, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing cam capable of shooting 1080p video, 3-megapixel front-facer, 4800 mAh battery and only comes in one size: 32GB.
Yesterday we reported that the 7-inch superstar tablet from Google, Nexus 7 (16GB), was ripped from sale as it had sold out. This has been followed by a new commercial of the tablet.
The first commercial arrives as 'Nexus 7: Camping', and features a father and his son venturing into the woods for some bonding, Nexus 7 in tow. I bet you're thinking "who takes a Wi-Fi-only tablet camping, it wouldn't work!" but you need to watch the video.
It's simple, it shows off just a slither of what the 7-inch slate is capable of. I know that I want one pretty bad.
RumorTT: New iPhone to have a smaller 19-pin dock connector, makes way for headphone jack next to it
It looks like its nearly confirmed that Apple is going to shift to a 19-pin dock connector for their next-generation iPhone, versus the current 30-pin connector. Two sources close to Reuters "familiar with the matter" have said the move to the 19-pin connector move is "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom".
This would mean that the new iPhone would not be compatible with the thousands upon thousands of accessories out there which use the current 30-pin connector. But, personally, I think it's a great move.
If you're like me, your phone in in your pocket (for me, right front pocket of my trousers/jeans) and is always head-first, meaning if a headphone set is used, I have to flip it around. This way, you could have it down-facing in your pants, and still have the headphones in. I kinda like the move Apple have (maybe) made here.
But, it also represents a problem for people with their accessories, as well as a new opportunity for accessory makers. Your thoughts?
A company that you've probably never heard of has released an infographic that shows the radiation output for five different phones. The higher the output, the worse it is for your health. The FCC has a limit of 1.6W/kg and the iPhone 4S isn't too far away from that number. On the other hand, the Galaxy SIII does considerably better.
The company in question is Tawkon, a company that released an app on iOS and Android which shows how much radiation your phone is emitting. Apple, of course, quickly removed the app since it didn't make the iPhone look very good. The app is still available on the Google Play store if you would like to check out your device.
According to the infographic, the BlackBerry Bold is one of the worst phones you can buy, in terms of radiation, as it is the closest to the legal limit imposed by the FCC. The iPhone 4S comes in second with a SAR rating of 1.11W/kg. The Samsung Galaxy S3, however, comes in with only .34W/kg, more than three times less than the iPhone 4S. If you prefer to keep your brains raw, you might want to rethink your phone choice.