Archive for December, 2011

Asus has added another netbook to their line up with the launch of the Asus Eee PC 1225B, and the device comes with an 11.6 inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Processing is provided by a dual core AMD Fusion APU E450 1.65GHz processor, and you get a choice of either 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM, plus up to a 750GB HDD.

Asus Eee PC 1225B Netbook

Other specifications on the Asus Eee PC 1225B include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a 0.3 megapixel web camera, a 6 cell battery, HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and a multi format card reader.

There are no details on pricing as yet and also no details on when the Asus Eee PC 1225B netbook will go on sale.

To read more about ASUS Eee PC 1225B, click here.

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Will The iPhone 5 Look Like This?

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Apple, Iphone
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We have seen quite a few different design concepts for the iPhone 5, the latest one comes from the guys over at Mac Rumors, and the design is based on a case from Chinese manufacturers which was reportedly designed on the iPhone 5 specifications.

Last month, we saw a leak of the design specification which claimed to be for the iPhone 5. Chinese case manufacturers seem to be betting on that design as they’ve alreadystarted producing cases based on that design document. We’d even requested and received some early renders based on the case designs.

Given how predictive the case designs have been in the past, we commissioned CiccareseDesign to create high quality renderings made as closely as possible to the original leaked case designs. Measurements were taken against the original case design leaks, and then imported into 3D modeling software.

The designs show manufacturers what areas need to be open or exposed for cases, but reveal little else. In the past, this has caused some misunderstandings about future features. iPad 2 cases seemed to suggest an extra port at the top of the device, but that turned out to be a space for a microphone hole. Similarly, there are a few areas on the iPhone 5 case designs that are open to interpretation. Click on the images for a larger view.

The elongated hole for the home button has suggested that the home button may itself also become more oval in shape. That is the direction our designer took as well. It’s also possible, however, that the home button will retain its round shape and Apple has simply allowed extra space for swiping across the home button in a left to right or right to left manner. These’s been some speculation that Apple could allow such a gesture for users to quickly switch between multitasking apps.


The exact screen size is another aspect that was hard to determine on the design drawings alone. Our renderings have enlarged the screen size to the space shown on the case designs. But, Apple has introduced a “swipe down” from the top of the screen notification system in iOS 5 that could benefit from some extra finger-space near the top of the screen in order to properly register. So, it may be that the screen isn’t quite as large as depicted by the cases, and simply Apple allowing for extra space for these swipes. The representation here, however, does show a 4 inch screen which preserves Apple’s current screen ratio. Rumors have suggested that Apple may be enlarging the screen size in the upcoming iPhone models.

The back of the device has tapered edges which makes it look much closer to the iPod touch. As well, there had been rumors that Apple would be abandoning the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and instead moving back to an aluminum design.

The final dimensions of the new design are calculated to be: 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom In comparison, the iPhone 4 dimensions are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″. So the new design is actually shorter than the existing iPhone 4, but slightly wider and thinner.

Assuming the leaked case designs are accurate, the iPhone 5 should be close in appearance to these renderings. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September or October of this year.

Source: MacRumors

Rumors have been floating around for months now that Apple would be launching a new HDTV that has been dubbed the AppleTV or iTV. Apple already had the AppleTV set-top box that has been around for a while and has been selling decently in the latest form.

AppleTV

 

A source has now said that the Apple supply chain is ramping up to start preparing the materials for the iTV in Q1. The source claims production will kick off in Q2 or Q3. Apple is said to be prepping 32-inch and 37-inch sizes to start.

The next generation of the AppleTV set-top boxes are also said to still be coming. A solution for users with existing TVs and one of people that want a TV with the tech inside already makes sense. I would bet that the set-top box and the iTV would share many of the same features.

However, other sources also revealed that Apple may continue to launch its next-generation STB-like Apple TVs in 2012 as it has lowered the price of its current version of Apple TV listed on Amazon by 9% recently.

Source: GeekyGadgets, Digitimes

It looks like Microsoft will be showing off the latest version of their smartphone OS, Windows Phone Tango, at CES 2012 in January, which would tie in with Nokia’s recent announcement that they are holding a Windows Phone event at CES.

Windows Phone 7 hasn’t quite caught up to iOS or Android, but the Mango update with its 500+ upgrades sure made a significant dent. Now, we’re ready for the next major update to Microsoft’s smartphone platform and it looks like next month’s CES is where they’re going to reveal the Tango update to WP7.

Windows Phone Tango doesn’t sound like it’s going to be nearly as substantial as its tropical fruit-named predecessor, but it will reportedly still bring some new moves to the dance floor. For instance, we’re hearing that it’ll get support for smaller screens, smaller chassis sizes, and even LTE. Considering all the LTE-equipped Droids out there, that’s a good thing for Redmond.

Windows Phone Tango is expected to bring a range of new features to Windows Phone devices, which include support for LTE, and also support for smaller devices with smaller displays.

But it takes two to tango! There’s a good chance that Nokia will be showing off its new Nokia 719 and Nokia 900 at CES, both of which could very well ship with Tango right out of the box. The newest WP7 update is rumored to be released “soon” after CES.

 

Super Talent has announced another portable storage solution, the Super Talent Storage Pod, which is a mini portable solid state drive, with a USB 3.0 connection.

The Storage Pod features a SandForce SSD processor and it comes with speeds of up to 260MB/s, and it features an anodized aluminum casing and it is about the same size as a 2.5 inch drive.

A blue anodized, all-aluminum enclosure enables this drive to be both lightweight and rugged yet measure a mere 110 x 68 x 10 mm (roughly the same size as an internal 2.5” HDD; without the enclosure). It fits easily in your pocket and requires no power adapter. It’s the perfect travelling companion.

Featuring a SandForce SSD processor, this solid state drive offers top speed of over 260MB/s.

It also has a One-Touch Backup button that launches a backup routine that can support numerous machines. Just push the backup button and it will begin to back up all your pre-determined data areas at writes speeds of up to 174MB/s.

The Storage Pod Mini will be available with a choice of 60GB, 120GB or 240GB of storage, there are no details on pricing as yet.

Source: GeekyGadgets

Myriad Brings Android to Your TV

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Android
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  • Myriad’s latest innovation Alien Vue brings Android apps to your existing TV / Set-Top Box 
  • Myriad Alien Vue enables TV service providers to respond to over-the-top services like Apple TV, Roku, and Google TV
  • TV service providers can leverage existing customer technology to provide speedy access to rich Android ecosystems

Myriad has this week unveiled a new customisable OEM platform which has been designed to enable TV and set top box manufactures to add Android Apps to their existing products.

The Myriad Alien Vue allows app designed for Google TV and HTML5 to be added to non-Android devices which can include iOs and MeeGo. Myriad will be showcasing Alien Vue, demonstrating Android apps on TV for the first time at CES 2012 January 10-13. But for a sneak peek prior to CES, watch the video after the jump to see it in action.

Myriad Alien Vue is unique in that not only does it allow you to use your existing TV and set-top box equipment, it also supports mobile phones and tablets giving you complete control over your TV experience.

Simon Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Group explains:

“Since launching at Mobile World Congress early this year, we have had an incredible response to our Myriad Alien Dalvik software,” – “We have shown how Android apps can work seamlessly across non-Android devices, including mobile phones, tablets and iPads, and now, with Myriad Alien Vue, we have delivered Android to another key screen in people’s lives, the TV.”

Source: Geeky Gadgets, RealWire,

Yesterday Mozilla launched Firefox 9 and now they have released a new version for Google’s mobile devices, Firefox 9 for Android which comes with a range of new features for Android tablets and smartphones.

Firefox 9 for Android comes with a new user interface which has been designed for tablets, it is also designed to be faster than the previous version, have a look at the video of it in action below.

You get a bigger, bolder tabbing system, with completely different layout options depending on if you’re viewing in landscape or portrait mode, plus a tab-hiding full-screen option when it’s used in portrait. Looks quite a bit like Opera. There’s a video of the new tablet Firefox in action over on the Mozilla blog and the full release notes are here.

Firefox 9.0 is on the Android Market here.