Archives for January 2011

RIM PlayBook Battery Life Expected to Beat iPad

RIMs senior business marketing VP has commented that the battery life on the PlayBook will either match or beat that of the Apple iPad.

The iPad battery life on the WiFi version is just over 10 hours with the 3G version following closely behind it. When the PlayBook was seen at CES with a 93% battery life it showed as having just 4 hours and 5 minutes remaining life left which indicates RIM needs to do a lot of optimizing to attain that goal. [Read more…]

PS3 Slim HDD Enclosure

Check out the PS3 HDD drive enclosure. It has been designed to look like a PS3, but is a lot smaller and can carry 2.5 inch hard disk drives or 2.5 inch solid state drives inside. [Read more…]

Panasonic Lumix Point and Shoot Cameras Unveiled

Panasonic has announced four new point and shoot cameras that fall into the Lumix range. These four cameras follow on from eight that were announced just a couple of weeks ago at CES.

The new cameras are the ZS10, ZS8, FX78, and TS3 which have a number of features all of which are explained below.

The Lumix ZS10 and the ZS8 each have a zoom lens capable of an optical zoom of 16 times. Each has a 14.1 megapixel sensor with the ZS10 being capable of capturing video at 1080p while the ZS8 is restricted to 720p. The ZS10 has a 24mm wide angle lens and has a 3 inch touchscreen. A 3D mode is also included with this camera. [Read more…]

iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Could Get NFC

Early last year we saw a patent that indicated that NFC (near field communication) was heading to the iPhone 4. This of course didn’t happen which then led to speculation that the iPhone 5 might be the device which sees NFC implanted inside it.

Bloomberg is reporting today that Apple appears likely to add NFC to the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 making them into mobile payment systems.

The main goal for Apple would be to get a piece of the $6.2 trillion Americans spend each year on goods and services, Crone said. Today, the company pays credit-card processing fees on every purchase from iTunes. By encouraging consumers to use cheaper methods — such as tapping their bank accounts directly, which is how many purchases are made via PayPal — Apple could cut its own costs and those of retailers selling Apple products.

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PSP 2 Could get OLED Screen and 3G Connectivity

We heard rumors recently that indicated that the PSP 2 would be as powerful as the PS3. We also now hear that Sony want to put both 3G connectivity inside it as well as an OLED screen.

Other than the quick rumors of the OLED screen and 3G, not much else is known about the device other than we hear that it might be officially announced this week on January 27. If so, we should hear a number of new details about the device such as the release date, price and what runs inside. [Read more…]

Apple Motion Control Keyboard Could Replace Mouse

The diagram here shows a concept idea from a patent which indicates Apple has looked in to, or considered, getting rid of the mouse and replacing it with motion sensors on the keyboard.

Patent applications are not an indication of what will happen, but an indication of where Apple might choose to go. This latest patent shows the sensors on the keyboard that essentially convert it in to a hybrid keyboard. [Read more…]

More iPad Camera Rumors Hint It’ll Get iPod Touch Camera

Some digging around the latest SDK from Apple has revealed that the iPad 2 might get a camera similar, if not the same, as the current generation iPod touch. This means it will be somewhere in the region of 0.7 to 1 Megapixels. This is referring to the camera on the back of the iPad. As for the iPad camera on the front, expect it to be of VGA quality.

The information in the SDK was listed under the name of K94 which 9to5Mac have been told is a codename for the iPad 2. [Read more…]

HTC HD2 Dual Boot to Windows 7 and Android

The HTC HD2 is now capable of dual booting in to either Windows Phone 7 or Android thanks to the guys at XDA Developers.

To do this, you need to have a couple of SD cards ie, an 8GB and 16GB card. You need two cards so that you can create the needed partitions and once done, you copy the smaller card partition to the larger card. [Read more…]

Apple App Store Statistics Show 10 Billion Downloads

About a week ago we heard that the Apple App Store was approaching the 10 billion app download mark. Over this weekend, the 10 billionth app was downloaded.

The person who downloaded the 10 billionth app was from Kent in the UK and is called Gail Davis. The app is called Paper Glider and is a free app that simply is used to see who can throw a paper airplane the furthest. [Read more…]

Universal iPhone 4 Bumper Works with Verizon and AT&T

When Verizon announced the iPhone 4 recently, a couple of subtle changes were spotted. These revolved around the top left side of the phone where the volume buttons and mute switch are. With the slight change to the antenna on the Verizon model, the mute switch was pushed down slightly as were the up and down volume buttons. This raised a few questions about cases and what will happen.

What we see above is a picture of exactly what will happen. The two volume buttons will retain the same location as the AT&T bumper and the mute switch will be cut out a little wider to accommodate the mute switch in the higher AT&T location and lower Verizon location. [Read more…]

Cydia Brings Manage Account Feature to iPhone

Cydia for iOS based devices has received quite a big update. The new version allows you to login with Facebook or a Google account and with that login, access all the downloads you have previously used.

Reasons for using this feature is that each time you jailbreak an updated iPhone, you need to reinstall all your apps. The same applies when you get a new iPhone. By authenticating with Cydia with your FaceBook or Google username and password, you’ll have access to download all the apps you already had, and you’ll not be charged again for the apps. [Read more…]

Nexus One Android 2.3 Update Coming Within Weeks

The tweet above was actually sent out on December 20th 2010 which basically suggests that the Nexus One should get the Android 2.3 update within weeks. A few weeks have gone since then and according to ComputerWorld, the Nexus One Android 2.3 update is getting ready for launch.

Google’s answer: Don’t worry — it’s on the way. A representative from the Android team tells me there have been no unexpected hurdles and that the rollout should be starting soon.

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