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It's full steam ahead for Apple's next-generation iPad, the iPad 3. We've talked about it before, reporting that it would sport a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 display, but it seems that CNET's Richard Shim is claiming that the iPad 3 panels are going into production.
The new screens are said to be QXGA displays and will be manufactured by no less than three separate display suppliers which is set to ensure Apple have enough devices at launch, which is said to be in April, with an announcement the month before, in March. From CNET:
It's happening-QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There's three suppliers," Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.
I was in high school when Buffy was on TV, I absolutely was in teen-love with Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Now there's rumors of the Facebook phone once again, codenamed "Buffy." The phone is reportedly going to sport a modified version of Google's Android OS which Facebook have tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as featuring support for HTML5 as a platform for applications.
Facebook have only recently chosen HTC after considering Samsung as a potential hardware partner. This means we won't see products with the Facebook branding for at least 12 months. Buffy has reportedly been an ongoing area of concert for Facebook for two years now. Buffy is led by Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, and a spokesperson for Facebook may have declined to comment on Buffy directly, but did say to AllThingsD:
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.
The NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablets like ASUS' Transformer Prime and the just-rumored HTC Quattro aren't even out yet, but NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has come out and said that he expects Tegra 3-powered tablets to drop to $299 in just "a couple quarters."
Now, that's a pretty big claim, considering ASUS' Transformer Prime is set to be $500, which is already a great price compared to the iPad 2. 2012 is set to be filled with some super-fast, super-cheap, Android-rocking tablets. Christmas 2012 should be a very interesting time indeed.
Norwegian-based start-up FXI, has unveiled their new prototype, codenamed 'Cotton Candy', a cloud-client on a USB stick. Cotton Candy sports a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9, as well as a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, MicroSD reader, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB and HDMI outputs.
This is virtually the same hardware that powers one of the best smartphones on the market, Samsung's Galaxy S II. What is different with Cotton Candy is software. It acts as a cloud-client on-the-go. You could be running a PC with Windows, Linux, or a Mac, an Embedded device or just a TV, you'll be able to plug the Cotton Candy stick into a USB port of a PC or into the HDMI port of a TV. After you've plugged it into the device, that device turns into a portal to the cloud, allowing you to carry your own personal OS on you at all times, whilst having the experience that is identical no matter the device you're next to.
HTC are reportedly preparing a quad-core tablet that is set to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in late February, with the rumors being flared up due to a leaked picture and spec sheet of the unofficially-named HTC Quattro.
HTC Quattro is rumored to be sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display with 1280x720 resolution. We also have a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, all snuggled with 16GB of on-board storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Beats Audio. It is also rumored to include a HTC Scribe pen to prevent fingerprints on the screen.
While HTC are being quiet about the tablet, we should state that they've also confirmed (but also unannounced) the HTC Edge, which sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch display with 1280x720 resolution, it would make sense we'd see a tablet from HTC with similar specs.
Amazon are on fire lately. First we have the release of their tablet, Kindle Fire and now we have the rumor goodness of an Amazon-branded smartphone to be released in 2012. According to a research note from Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, Amazon are looking to release the smartphone for 2012's holiday season.
On a positive note, the smartphone would even make Amazon a profit, compared to the Kindle Fire which is currently being sold at a loss. Mahaney has checked supply chains in Asia which has led him to believe that Amazon will develop a smartphone next year. They're reportedly working with Foxconn International to develop the phone and the memo goes into detail that Foxconn won't actually manufacture the phone, that task will be passed through to Hon Hai's TMS business group.
Mahaney believes that the phone will sport a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and is set to include Qualcomm's dual-mode 6-series baseband chip. Mahaney thinks that Amazon could produce the phone for $150 - $170 and could sell it at cost.
I don't know what to think about Apple right now, the once seemingly invincible company is now having so many issues with the iPhone 4S. First off we had the initial launch and screen quality issues, then battery life issues, then a fix for the battery life issues which caused different issues again.
Today, we have reports of a 'No SIM card installed' message coming up for some users. It's affecting all different carriers, across the world, even Sprint and Verizon Wireless users aren't immune to the issue. There are some reports of the problem being resolved with a new SIM being installed, while others believe its the SIM reader itself.
Acer! Where have you been all my life! Notebook Italia have found listed on Acer's support site, the Acer A700 and A701. The main features of these are NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip as well as a beautiful 1920x1200 display resolution.
The benefits of the high-resolution are endless, 2x scaling is an important feature of this. With graphic elements and icons requiring a blow-up, it helps that the resolution is high enough to support the image quality, as the image can just be doubled with no filtering required. Let's hope that Acer and Google have worked together to iron out the issues of the 2x scaling, though.
Most high-res Android-based phones feature borders to the icons to make them feel like the right size, because scaling would make them look blurry. The new Acer tablet screen size is not specified, but we're expecting 10-inch or thereabouts.
Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia France, has let slip in an interview with a French newspaper that Nokia would have a Windows 8-based tablet by June 2012. Nokia PR's official line is "we have not announced any specific plans as it relates to tablets," but we know that Nokia are most likely tapping that sweet butt of Windows 8.
Earlier this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was talking to Bloomberg where he said Windows 8 will "change the dynamics" of the tablet market, and that there was a "new tablet opportunity coming." Was he talking about other companies having an opportunity with Windows 8-based tablets, while Nokia sit with their twiddling thumbs? I don't think so.
Nokia's close partnership with Microsoft and their comments of a "new opportunity" should be enough to start the rumor mill. In my opinion, it's a bit obvious that Nokia will release a Windows 8-based tablet, but I guess we'll have to just wait and see.
We've seen some pretty amazing advances in mobile technology over the past decade, and even more so in the past two to three years. Battery life is one thing that has not kept up with the fast pace of the industry and this is set to [hopefully] change.
A team of engineers at Northwestern University claim to have discovered a breakthrough that could revolutionize the industry. The researchers have developed an electrode for lithium-ion batteries that could increase the capacity and recharge rate by 10 times. If this can be done, we could see smartphones lasting for an entire week before requiring a recharge. Oh, what's that? You need to recharge it to last another week? That'll only take a few minutes versus a few hours.