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Apple has finally released iOS 5.0 to the world with a very long list of new features (around 200!), changes and updates. Included are the big ones like Twitter integration, iCloud support, improved notifcations, iMessage, Newsstand and much more.
Enjoy! We are sure Steve would have a big grin on his face right now.
Apple's new iCloud service is almost complete and ready to rumble. The newly supporting version of iTunes was just outed yesterday and now Apple has just opened up the gates to its iCloud site.
You will now be able to sign into the service which gives seamless backup of your data to the cloud; but of course, you won't be able to actually use it until the final and most important piece of the puzzle becomes available; running on either the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5 (both of which are yet to be released - but are imminent).
ASUS's Transformer has enjoyed the fruits of its labor, winning the hearts of many tablet-loving fans across the world. But, the Tegra 3-packing Transformer 2 has been gettings its fair share of rumor-filled goodness, and today is a great day for that. LambdaTek Component Shop currently lists the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, or as its model number TF201-1I020A, for £537.85 including VAT.
The retailers site details are limited, but it does list the Transformer 2 as sporting the quad-core Tegra 3 from NVIDIA, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display and all powered by Android 3 Honeycomb. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has previously said that the Transformer 2 will launch by the end of the year, with a retail price of $499, 40% below what is currently listed on LambdaTek's website.
Sling Media have just released a dedicated SlingPlayer app for Android 3.x tablets that has just hit the Android Market. A mobile phone version has been available for a while now but could only be used in compatibility mode, where picture quality suffered. Sling Media charge the same price as the iPad version, $29.99. If you had purchased the smartphone version, this is another $29.99 you'll have to spend.
The tablet version sports improved video quality and a new program guide that makes it a breeze to browse content while still watching TV. There's also a new remote interface that provides even easier control over programming. Grab it here if you're a fan of the Sling.
The iPhone 4S is rumored to include the same amount of RAM found in the ageing iPhone 4, just 512MB. The Infinity Blade developer was quoted last week:
I'm still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I'm literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?
They would be more inclined to know, as they demoed their game on the iPhone 4S during last week's keynote. AppVV is now also confirming the rumor of 512MB on the iPhone 4S. But, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
We reported last week that Samsung's Unpacked 2011 event had been cancelled due to the unfortunate death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But now it seems the event has been rescheduled and is actually just over a week away, hitting on October 19th. A source of Engadget's says that the Unpacked event should be on October 19th in Hong Kong, timed to go alongside AsiaD: All Things Digital even next week.
We'll have to wait and see, but I will have my eyes peeled for news as it hits.
The recently announced iPhone 4S had pre-orders last Friday and they should start hitting retail stores and customers door steps on this Friday. But, while industry-folk were mostly underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S, Apple still managed to break sales records by scooping up over one million pre-orders in 24 hours, impressive. Now that the initial first week wave of buzz is over, we can move onto the juicy bits: actual reviews.
The iPhone 4S packs a new dual-core A5 processor (like the iPad 2 sports), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p recording capabilities, the swish new Siri voice recognition technology and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support. It is also the hero standing in the wind for iOS 5. Now we have reviews, maybe not real-world, in-the-hands-of-real-customers reviews, but closer than the marketing magic that Apple sprinkle onto their followers.
Samsung's current flagship Android-based handset, the Galaxy S II has won Phone of the Year award at the T3 awards. This is the first time in three years that Apple or HTC have not won the prize, so Samsung really are shining bright right now. The Galaxy S II packs a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. Luke Peters, editor of T3 talked about the GSII:
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a gorgeous looking phone with slick operation, a great social hub and the best camera on any smartphone to date. It has great integration with Samsung's TVs and a screen that matches the iPhone 4.
Even though Apple missed out on Phone of the Year, Apple did take home three awards. First of all, the MacBook Air 11-inch took out the T3 Design Award and Computer of the Year, whilst the iPad took home Tablet of the Year. Microsoft actually didn't too bad, as they won Gaming Gadget of the Year and overall Gadget of the Year for their motion-sensing gizmo, Kinect.
Some ads from Nokia have popped online early displaying the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 running "Nokia 800" smart phone. The leaked ads of the phone (previously referred to as Sea Ray) show up with two weeks to go until Nokia World winds up and the phone is formally announced (along with other models most likely).
The ads show the phone physically looking much like the MeeGo-powered N9. What we can ascertain about the phone to date from prior information is that it runs a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) AMOLED touchscreen with a 1.4GHz single core processor and is said to sport 16GB of built-in storage.
Some Geekbench benchmark results have shown up on the web showing off the performance on tap with Apple's new iPhone 4S and it's looking like quite the speedy smart phone indeed.
If you were impressed with the iPhone 4's performance, you'll be astounded by the iPhone 4S' thanks to its dual core A5 processor running at 800MHz. While still packing the same 512MB RAM, the processor pushes the Geekbench result to a very impressive score of 623, versus the original iPhone 4's score of 360.
This equates to the new iPhone being a whopping 68% faster than its predecessor, and only 17% slower than the iPad 2 with the same processor used, but running 200MHz quicker at 1GHz.