According to NetbookNews' Korean Samsung insider, Samsung have stopped the production of the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 so that they can upgrade it to a quad-core processor. Previous specs pointed toward the next-gen GALAXY tablet to sport a dual-core processor, but it seems Samsung have come to their senses.
Samsung's internal codename for the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 is "Espresso", and this quad-core processor will sure give it the... shot.. it needs to compete with other tablets. No specifics were given on the new upgraded quad-core processor, but it will most likely be one of Samsung's Exynos chips.
Samsung are also updating the GALAXY Note 10.1 to a quad-core, and we should hopefully see more of this rolling through Samsung's smart devices. Remember, their "next GALAXY" is unveiled in just over a fortnights time, and I'm pegging my bets on that sporting a quad-core processor too.
Users of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet have been plagued with issues since the release of the device last December. Most of the issues have been resolved through updates and patches, but one problem remained. It turns out that the aluminium shell does a great job of blocking the high-frequency radio waves of devices such as GPS.
Finally Asus has come up with a solution. Last week, the company announced that a solution to the problem was on its way. Today, you are now able to register for your free GPS dongle which should fix the GPS problems experienced by users. The registration site is available here and will require you to log in and register your device if you haven't done so already.
You must request your dongle before July 31, 2012 as that is when the offer expires. The fix is hardly elegant and looks like a growth attached to the bottom of your device. However, it is free, so there is little room to complain. Additionally, it connects using the proprietary connector on the tablet which means you cannot use the keyboard dock at the same time as the dongle.
RumorTT: Apple are working on a "revolutionary" new device that will be unveiled in the next 8 months
We all know that Apple's next iPhone will have to be something quite spectacular if it's to hold off the constant releases from companies such as Samsung, HTC and Nokia. But AppleInsider has heard some news that Apple are working with acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck on a "revolutionary" new product that will be revealed in the next 8 months.
Starck revealed the news in a radio interview with France Info, but didn't elaborate on what type of product we should expect. He did say:
Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months.
He also cites Apple's "religious cult of secrecy" where they don't reveal any information, but did add that the new project is "quite revolutionary". Starck also revealed that he regularly met with Apple co-founder and recently deceased Steve Jobs, where he'd see Jobs once a month in his Palo Alto home. Starck now meets up with Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell, whenever he is in California.
Samsung's 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone is enjoying a life of great sales numbers, user feedback and now, an Ice Cream Sandwich update that is imminent. Samsung have shown off the GALAXY Note ICS update, which provides a slew of new features and options.
S Note is included, which is a unique tool that combines your notes and sketches with other digital content, this gives GALAXY Note owns a new way to create stories. Also included is the ability of shape- and formula-match functions, instant digitization of tables, and grids as well as knowledge search engines. S Note seems quite powerful with 7 easy-to-use templates including Note, Meeting Note, Idea Note, Magazine, Travel, Diary and Recipe. Each with a new style and layout.
S Note also sports a floating "Productivity tools" bar, which can be moved with the S Pen like you would click-and-drag within an operating system like Windows or OS X. From here, you can use the S Pen to draw shapes within a plan, such as boxes, and even if the boxes aren't dead-straight lines, Shape Match has automatic shape correction and will on-the-fly correct your shapes to perfect squares, triangles, and more. S Note also has the ability of letting you choose from existing shapes, creating your own, and easily editing the size and color of the shapes, too.
Meizu is finally releasing details on their next smartphone, the MX Quad-core. The device sports a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) quad-core Samsung Exynos chip, but we don't have any details on clock speed, or RAM. Engadget thinks it'll be the Exynos 4412 that ramps right up to 1.5GHz.
Meizu goes as far as to say that the MX Quad-core will save up to 20-percent of CPU power consumption when compared to its dual-core counterpart. Battery-wise, we're looking at it being bumped from 1,600mAh to 1,700mAh. The back covers can also be changed, with one of the five optional colors shown in the picture above.
MX Quad-core will sport a Meizu-customized Ice Cream Sandwich OS (Flyme OS), although the company did promise to simultaneously release a vanilla ROM-based handset, but we shall see. FIlling out the specs is a 4-inch 960x640-pixel ASV display, an 8-megapixel BSI camera, and it'll come standard with 32GB at the same price as the current 16GB MX, something quite good from Meizu.
After having a few hiccups in the form of a manufacturing eror, then the certification issue, Raspberry Pi is ready to ship! Yes! It's coming! The Raspberry Pi will float out to the first 10,000 pre-order customers, who did so back in February.
Let's talk stats, first up the Raspberry Pi was selling 700 units per second when the pre-orders opened. That's enough to impress most people I think. This is an insane 42,000 units sold per minute. The device measures in at 3.37-inch x 2.13-inch x 0.67-inch (85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm), and sports a 700MHz ARM chip, 256MB of RAM, HDMI, 2 x USB, Ethernet, and an SD card slot.
The hardware is said to include some decent gaming performance, where it should beat Apple's iPhone 4S and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC. If any of our readers get their hand on the Raspberry Pi, definitely let us know what you think of it, and what you're going to use the device for!
Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel star in Verizon's new iPhone 4S commercial, isn't called Siri on a Plane
Apple and Verizon have teamed up and renewed the iPhone 4S ad run with their first celebrity commercial for the iPhone 4S. The TV spots star Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel, Jackson's commercial features him acting out of stereotype, where he asks Siri to cancel golf, shop for dinner ingredients, and time his gazpacho.
The second ad features Zooey Deschanel and shows her using the iPhone 4S' Siri to ask her some questions, like reminding her to clean up her house and to play some music so she can dance. Both the ads are cute, but with Siri only working in certain countries, these ads really only apply to the U.S. mainly, which is most likely why Verizon teamed up with Apple.
Another thing, is why haven't Apple put these up on YouTube instead of someone recording it on their camera phone (iPhone?) off-screen. It just looks poor and brings the ad itself down. Watch them above, and let us know what you think in the comments.
All of our hopes and dreams could soon be coming to reality, that is as long as Samsung isn't yanking our chains anymore. According to a press event invite by the Korean company, they are releasing the "next Galaxy." It doesn't specifically name the device, just that it is the "next Galaxy." Could it be the long awaited Galaxy S3?
While it is technically possible for Samsung to release another Galaxy phone that isn't the Galaxy S3, I find it unlikely for a couple of reasons. First, I'll bet you that several mobile gadget geeks would snap after having their chains yanked for so long. Second, there have been a number of leaks in the past weeks, and leaks or rumors usually start happening close to release time.
If you can't afford to take time of work or spend the money on a flight to London, Samsung has you covered. They are streaming the event starting at 2PM Eastern Time at facebook.com/samsungmobile. I'm sure with this announcement, more rumors and leaks are sure to start flowing. We will try to keep you up-to-date on all of them.
Some people have been wandering into Apple Stores, where they've had their iPhone 4 smartphones swapped to the iPhone 4S due to a shortage of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S stock would most likely be a refurbished unit, but hey, you can't complain about that upgrade!
Claims made by Apple retail staff when talking to 9to5Mac have said that Apple have a shortage on the 16GB white iPhone 4 model, and are offering a swap to the iPhone 4S if the store in question is out of stock of the older model.
Shortage of Apple replacement units are rare, so this is a very unique event. Some will luck out, but I wouldn't be hoping that you'd get an iPhone 4S if you walked in to an Apple Store with a faulty 16GB white iPhone 4.
Intel is now pushing more information out on their Windows 8-based tablets during a conference in Beijing. The goals Intel have set for themselves are, well, quite a stretch, but if they pull them off I'm willing to say they will definitely have a strong iPad competitor.
Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will sport an Atom Z2760 "Clover Trail" chip, a dual-core CPU with "burst mode" (which provides quick bursts of performance when required) and Hyper-Threading, which lets the dual-core chip act like a quad-core, again, when needed.
Intel are looking to have two tablet designs, a 10-inch tablets to verse all the tablets out now, such as the iPad, and hybrid 11-inch designs with physical keyboards. Battery life is king here, with Intel boasting 9+ hours of battery life, and roughly 30 days of standby. Remember this is just on paper right now, real-world testing will surely be less than that.
Google may be rumored to be ditching the hardware side of Motorola, but that doesn't mean Motorola are sitting around crying in the corner. No, nothing of the sort here: they seem to be actually working on brand new products.
The name of this product, Droid RAZR HD, has been leaked out from the EXIF data from a series of photos uploaded by a purported Motorola employee. The photos were uploaded to Picasa, and are listed as being uploaded by Vic Yu, who according to his Google+ and LinkedIn page is an engineer and program manager at Motorola Mobility.
Not only is the product name shown, but we know details of the camera itself: it sports an f/2.4 aperture and a focal length of 5mm. The software version listed is Ice Cream Sandwich build 4.0.3 and could have a product codename of "Vanquish". We should note that EXIF data can be faked, so the usual TweakTown-branded Salt should be thrown around here.
The E Ink screen used by both the Kindle and the Nook gets pretty close to paper. But that also means that you need some sort of light to read it in the dark. Rumors have been flying left and right about a new Kindle design that solves this, but Barnes and Noble has stolen the thunder and beat Amazon to the punch with an updated version of its Nook.
The "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight," as its called, uses a "patent pending" technology that has LEDs placed around its bezel coupled with an anti-glare surface that helps with uniform lighting. The lighting does affect the battery life negatively, but this shouldn't come as a surprise. With the LEDs on, it cuts the rated life by half down to one month for 30 minutes a day.
The battery life remains unchanged if the LEDs are off. This reduced battery life shouldn't be of much concern to many people. It's still a heck of a lot longer than any iPad or smartphone! The new version is available for pre-orders for $139. The original remains priced at $99. The new version is also about a half an ounce lighter.
Sony launched their wearable device gadget, SmartWatch, in the U.K. before the U.S. but now U.S.-based gadget lovers can get in on the SmartWatch action. Sony have made the watch available in the State for just $149. Not too bad, if you ask me.
Don't know what the SmartWatch is? Yeah, neither did I until I saw it today. Sony's SmartWatch is a normal watch, which reads the time, etc - all from a 1.3-inch OLED display, that is also capable of displaying users e-mails, text messages, control of your music, and more. It connects to any Bluetooth-enabled Android 2.1-based (and above) device, and requires an app on your device to be installed.
You know what? I don't wear a watch, but I seriously want one now. For $149 it is not too badly priced, and I do rock Samsung's Android-powered GALAXY S II smartphone. I've noticed most comments on this in the social sphere, and on other tech sites is quite negative. Maybe because those iOS-based people are jelly. UMADBRAH? I'm sure Apple will have one in 3-4 years, and call it "iWatch", it'll be revolutionary, resolutionary and timeolutionary? New word, yeah. I know.
After a handful of delays, the $25 Raspberry Pi system is expected to ship very shortly. Some customers are already receiving e-mail alerts telling them that shipment of the devices is imminent. This means that lucky customers will get the Model B version of Raspberry Pi, but there are others complaining that they're having issues using their e-mailed voucher codes.
The problem is the amount of customers demands of the unit, rushing to complete their order has crashed the website. E-mailed voucher codes are being distributed in the order in which they were received, which is said to stagger customer arrival on the order RS Components site. What some people are doing, is jumping on the site without their e-mailed voucher code, which is causing more problems.
The device should hit users door steps over the next week or so, with the Model B ($35 version) sold out of its pre-order stock, with the cheaper $25 Model A version not yet in production. The cheaper version drops two USB ports as well as its Ethernet connectivity.
Apparently it's not enough for Boeing to make planes, helicopters, and satellites because they have now announced they will be moving into an additional market. Yes, that's right, Boeing is planning on making an Android-based cell phone. Reports are circulating that Boeing is currently working a super-secure Android-based smartphone.
Boeing President Roger Krone declined to go into specifics when it came to the device's hardware or release date. It is, however, nearing the end of its development cycle the CEO notes. It would appear that the device has been in the works for a while now, so it's doubtful that the hardware is competitive. Don't expect anything past Gingerbread or Froyo.
I'm assuming you have already guessed that this phone won't exactly be available at your local electronics shop. Most of their competitors charge a five-figure amount for their secure phones. Boeing plans to release this phone at a much lower price which should make the government accountants happy.
It's not everyday that someone gets to tour the factory where the iPad is made. Often it is reserved for Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, or Bill Weir of Nightline. Thanks to American Public Media's Marketplace, we can now all take a peek inside the factory and see where one of Apple's hottest gadgets gets made.
"When I gave examples of some of the American media coverage of the working conditions at Foxconn, many workers laughed, telling me it's not really that bad" Schmitz wrote. "But that doesn't mean the workers don't have complaints." Schmitz is partially responsible for debunking Daisey's "theatrical" version of what happens in the Foxconn plants.
"The first misconception I had about Foxconn's Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen was that I've always called it a 'factory' -- technically, it is," Schmitz wrote. "But after you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it's also a city -- 240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms."
So take this unique chance to take a gander inside the factory where the iPad is made. See it being built and tested. Watch the video above.
If you want to take your subsidized phone off of the carrier it was made for, you need to a code from your cell carrier. This will allow you to then use any network with the correct technology (GSM/CDMA). Starting yesterday, Wednesday, April 11, customers wishing to unlock their device will now have to wait 30 days and ensure their first payment has been made to Three.
In addition to the waiting, you will have to pay a fee of £15.32 for them to unlock the device. Devices are locked to a carrier because the carrier often subsidize the phone. They need to have the phone active on their network to gain that money back. The fee cannot be added to a customers bill and must be paid with a credit/debit card.
To get a phone unlocked, you have to call in--the stores cannot do it. 3 says: "In most cases, once the payment has been made we can give the unlock code to the customer straight away. Where that isn't possible it may take 2-3 days to get the unlock code processed. Throughout the process we'll text to advise when the code is ready, and if there's a problem we will also text the customer to let them know when to expect the code."
Samsung have just priced their new Galaxy Tab and Player series, where we now know the pricing of the 7- and 10.1-inch tablets. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be $250, with its bigger brother, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be priced at $400.
On top of this, Samsung have also unveiled the price of their Galaxy Player 3.6 which will cost you $150, or the 4.2 version for $200 exactly. Both of the Galaxy Tab 2 tablets will sport the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, we well as an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities, and more.
The two new Galaxy Player devices come in the aforementioned 3.6- and 4.2-inch variants, and should give Samsung yet another arm into the market with new customers wanting their latest wares. I wouldn't mind getting a few of these Galaxy devices for more video reviews, what do you think?
This is something that I've been dreaming about ever since I first got a cell phone. The FCC and all four major wireless carriers in the United States have agreed to create a central database of stolen phones. This will allow all of the carriers to deny service to any reported stolen phones. No longer will there be a temptation to steal phones.
Additionally, carriers will start to encourage users to use lock screen passwords. The new database has come around due to the staggering statistics regarding phone theft in the United States. "We made sure that they saw the statistics, that they understood how important this was to the police chiefs," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "And to their credit they said, 'You know what? You're right. This is a priority, we're going to get it done.'"
The debate began a few months ago due to the increase of violent crimes involving cell phone theft. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this will reduce cell phone theft, at least to some degree, because the phones will be rendered useless. However, they could be stolen and resold to an unsuspecting customer. This, I believe, will result in some residual cell phone theft.
Following in the footsteps of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon has announced that starting April 22 they will charge you a $30 fee to have the privilege to sign a new two-year contract and upgrade your phone with a new, subsidized, one. It's just another way that cell carriers are trying to recoup their margins that have been undermined by subsidies for the iPhone and similar.
Verizon tries to claim the fee is for some other uses, but in my opinion, it's strictly for profit margins: "This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever."
There is a way to mitigate the cost of upgrade. Verizon notes that if you make use of its "green trade-in program" that the fee can be mitigated or completely offset. The program is available here. If you are due for an upgrade and are on Verizon, I highly suggest that you do your upgrade before April 22.
Intel have announced something out of the blue today, a reference design for a new 7-inch tablet that has quite the special ability: it can run either Windows 7 or Android operating systems. The 7-inch tablet would sport Intel's Atom processor, and would be tailored to students and developing countries.
Intel's "Studybook" is made from a single piece of plastic that is designed to resist liquid spills and survive up to a 27-inch drop onto concrete. The Studybook sports a rubber band reinforcing the bezel and around the ports to keep sand and other elements out. The 7-inch tablet weighs in at 525 grams, with the reference design featuring a 1.2GHz Intel Z650 Atom "Oak Trail" CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 1024x600-pixel capacitive touch screen, USB 2.0, HDMI, microSD/SIM slots, WI-Fi, dual cameras and varying storage from 4GB to 32GB.
Battery life isn't too bad, with Intel rating it at 5.5 hours on active usage, which is quite poor compared to the iPad and Android-based tablets that are hitting 10 or so hours on a single charge. The Studybook does have a trick up its sleeve, though: it can run either Windows 7 or Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Windows 7 will be available first, with Android ready by mid-summer. Intel will also bundle e-reader, note-taking and drawing apps, as well as digital textbooks from Kno.com and other education-based apps.