Everyone seems to be getting excited regarding Samsung's upcoming GALAXY S III phone. And why shouldn't they? With all the rumors flying around the internet, it appears to be a damn nice phone, filled with some incredible features such as a rumored 1920x1080 screen! Rumor has it that the phone pictured below appeared in an ad for Visa. Rumor also has it that the phone pictured is the new Samsung GALAXY S III!
No specific launch date for the phone has been confirmed, or even rumored, as far as I am aware. Yet, it seems that the phone has appeared in the commercial. A few key details lead us to suspect this. First, it looks fairly wide. Second, it appears to be lacking a Home key. Both of these are part of the rumors that have been flying around. What are your thoughts? Is this a legitimate photo of the upcoming phone? Or is it just the GALAXY S II? Let us know!
Shock. Horror. Stop the presses. Apple's latest iPad has an issue! It runs hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2. Not by something small like 1c or 5-percent, but a decent whack of an increase. I've personally noticed this, and thought it was the apps I was running, or my iPad specifically, but it seems I'm not the only one.
The new iPad has been tested by Tweakers.net, with an infrared camera, and 5 minutes of GLBenchmark. The results? It runs much hotter. According to the site's measurements, the latest third-generation iPad runs at 33.6C (92.5F) compared to the iPad 2's temps of 28.3C (82.9F). This is a sizeable increase. Personally, mine gets too hot for my left hand to hold it for prolonged periods of time.
I have to put it on my legs, or put something between me and the iPad. I really didn't want to buy a cover for it (because it makes it even heavier than it already is), but it seems I might have to, just to escape the heat issues. I'm attributing it to the more powerful GPU, driving the more pixel-laden display, as well as the much bigger battery to handle all of it. One would think Apple would've known it ran hot and did something with the device to escape this.
For all the Virgin Mobile customers out there, we hope to bring you an important service announcement regarding your cell phone. Virgin Mobile is currently experiencing a nationwide data and texting outage, as confirmed by many users and Virgin Mobile's official Twitter feed. A representative for the company posted "We're currently experiencing a national data & text messaging outage. Our engineers are working to resolve it. Thank you for your patience," on the Twitter feed around 4 p.m. Pacific time.
Curiously enough, Sprint, who owns the company, and its users have reported no issues on the Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile officials have been oddly silent on the cause of the issue. It could possibly be in relation to the upcoming data throttling changes that go into effect in 3 days. Do you have Virgin Mobile? Are you experiencing the outage? Let us know regarding that and your thoughts regarding the changes to unlimited data.
I'm beginning to think that HTC named their latest smartphone One S for a reason, it has just smashed every single other smartphone in Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji, cementing themselves into the number one position with the best scores for the benchmark.
If we look at the top 10 devices, 7 of them are Samsung-built devices, with the Pantech Burst sliding into #8, and OPPO Find 3 with #10. Samsung fill out everything else but #1. The closest device is Samsung's Galaxy S II I777 which scores a minimum, maximum and average frame rate of 41, 44 and 43, respectively. HTC One S scores 49, 49, and 49, respectively.
Kicking the shiny butt off Samsung's closest smartphone. This is a sure win for HTC, something that people should definitely be checking out when they want to purchase a new smartphone. Considering that HTC's next phone to be listed in the benchmark is their Velocity 4G at #17, this is a huge win for HTC.
A Purdue University study has shown that free mobile apps on average drain the battery quicker than the paid equivalents. The Indiana-based university researchers found that the third-party advertising services use up to 75% of the app's power drain. Take for example Angry Birds: the game itself only used 20% of its total power draw, 45% was used to find the user's location to provide targeted ads, with the remaining 35% powering said ads.
Additionally, the study went on to find another problem called a "3G tail" which is where the 3G connection is left open for up to 10 seconds after a download is completed. This results in a needless loss of power and opens up the possibility for extra data charges for the user. I understand the need for advertising to maintain free development, but battery optimization really needs to take a priority when you see numbers like this.
Apple's third-generation Apple TV has splashed down, and it has already been taken apart by a forum member of XBMC.org, revealing a bunch of details of its innards. Apple has previously noticed on its tech specs page for the new Apple TV that it sports a unique single-core A5 system-on-a-chip, an upgrade from the previous A4 chip featured in the previous generation, but lacking the dual-core goodness of the A5 featured in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
The A5 chip in the new Apple TV is identified as APL2498, indicating a variation on the APL0498 processor that is found in the standard dual-core A5 part. The part number for the RAM included in the chip suggests that it's a 512MB chip from Hynix, a nice upgrade from the 256MB of RAM in the A4 package on the previous-gen Apple TV.
Flash storage is the same, where we have an 8GB part from Toshiba, the same storage capacity found in the previous model. Apple could've increased the storage amount, considering the new Apple TV is capable of 1080p playback, but at the same time Apple most likely enjoy keeping the $99 pricing. Lastly, the new APple TV also seems to sport a second antenna which was not found in the previous-generation model, it's currently unknown what this new antenna is capable of.
Apple has to be happy with the sales numbers coming in regarding the new iPad 3. "The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday."
The new iPad is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands. 24 more countries get the ability to buy the joy that is the new iPad 3 this upcoming Friday when it launches. It will be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores, and select Authorized Resellers. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, if you're looking for a good deal, now might be the time to pick up an iPad 2 because it is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. (Prices USD)
The two main competing technologies for tablets show off after Apple's Phil Schiller threw up a slide claiming that it has four times the graphics performance of Nvidia's Tegra 3. For those of you who don't know what the A5X is, it's the new CPU in the iPad 3. Thankfully, someone decided to check Apple's claim for validity. Laptop Mag compared the performance of Apple's new iPad with that of Asus's Transformer Prime. They used some benchmarking software available on both platforms.
The results, however, were less one-sided then I'm sure Apple would like to see. In Open GL 3D performance, Laptop Mag found that A5X came out far ahead of Tegra 3 on GLBenchmark 2.1. But, this was not the case in number-crunching. The Tegra 3 beat the iPad's new chip at integer and floating point performance, as well as memory performance. The iPad did win on memory bandwidth.
Additionally, games that are available on both iOS and Android were tested side-by-side. The iPad's retina display made games look sharper and more colorful, but the Tegra 3 powered tablet had more special effects and "eye candy." nVidia noted that the games used, Riptide GP and Shadowgun, had been specifically optimized for Tegra 3, and that the effects could possibly be reproduced on the new iPad.
Our unboxing video preview of the new iPad should be up shortly, and the full review should be up in the next week or so - with the below news something I totally agree with. You really can't tell the difference between the new iPad, and the iPad 2.
The Next Web have done this, where they actually set up a test with the new iPad and the iPad 2 set up side-by-side. Could anyone tell a difference between the near-identical iPads? Let's see:
Spoilers ahead! Virtually every single person guessed that the iPad 2 was the new iPad. Wow. Am I surprised? After my initial impressions/unboxing video - you'll see that my impressions were the same. Apple's marketing is just so powerful, they can pull this off and no one is going to really care. People will line up, buy the new iPad, and be happy.
Can they tell the difference between the screen? Probably not, but as long as they are happy with their purchase, that's all that matters.
Sony's Tablet S and dual-screen Tablet P were released not long ago, featuring NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). Now it seems that Sony are working on their next-generation tablet, which should sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. The new doesn't stop there, as it seems that a developer has run Nenamark 1 and the results have been unearthed by Japanese site, Ambelo.
If the news is true, it's called the Sony V150, according to the specifications of the Nenamark benchmark. The new Sony tablet rocks the quad-core Tegra 3, and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display resolution seems to be the same as the Sony Tablet S, at 1280x752. The device was tested just once, and scored a total of 59.70.
Now we just have to decide, or hope, that this is something new from Sony and will make an appearance soon. In a sea of tablets with higher resolution displays such as the newly-released iPad, or ASUS' Transformer range.. it's strange to only sport 1280x752. Maybe it will hit a different price point ($350 and lower), we should know soon enough.
Lenovo wants to be the first out of the gate with a Windows 8 tablet, could release one as early as October
It is being reported that Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to release a Windows 8-based tablet, according to insiders at the company, says The Verge. Lenovo reportedly want to release a Windows 8 tablet as soon as Microsoft unleash Windows 8, and they believe it will happen in October.
The yet-unnamed tablet would sport an Intel-powered chip, but specifications beyond "it'll use an Intel chip" are unknown. CNET believe we could see Lenovo release their first Windows 8 tablet, IdeaPad Yoga, which is a prototype device that first popped up at CES 2012, which I was very impressed with. It sported a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1600x900 with 10 touch points.
What makes the Yoga stand out from the crowd is its flexibility (see what I did there?), where its display can flip over, letting the user either opt to use it as a full-blown notebook, or a full-blown touchscreen tablet. It's electronic heaven!
Reddit is the place where magic happens, and todays magic is in the form of a supposed press image of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone, which is said to be unveiled at Samsung's Unpacked event being held in London, on May 22nd.
Samsung have previously stated that the successor to their super-popular Galaxy S II would be unveiled at a "separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product". On the leaked image above, first up is the bottom right hand corner where we can see the name of a PR firm: Weber Shandwick.
Weber Shandwick have previously done work for Samsung in the past, even their press conference at CES 2010. Other details shown in the leaked picture is a dedicated camera button, a single home button, a front speaker grill, and an edge-to-edge screen. Every feature, I love. Dedicated camera button? Yes please! Edge-to-edge screen, bring it on!
The Apple iPhone alone at the top of the customer satisfaction survey. It was the only smartphone to receive a five Power Circle rating from J.D. Power in its two recent reports. Both reports measured satisfaction with devices used for less than a year. In the smartphone category, Apple received a rating of 840 out of 1,000 points, whereas HTC, received four circles and a rating of 793. Samsung and Motorola took third and fourth places, each with three circles and ratings of 789 and 758, respectively.
Quite obviously, the biggest factor impacting customer satisfaction was, according to J.D. Power's reports, battery life. Customers found battery life to be the least satisfying aspect of smartphones. Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power wrote a March 15 statement:
Both carriers and manufacturers recognize the fact that battery life needs to be improved. However, the study uncovers the need for a greater sense of urgency - short battery life can result in perceived phone problems, higher rates of merchandise returns and customer defections.
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.