Archives for March 2011

24 Hours of Battery on New Lenovo X220

The X220 and X220 convertible laptop/tablet have been announced by Lenovo. The new devices show some quite impressive numbers, especially where battery life is detailed. We see in the press release that users can expect up to 24 hours of use on a single charge which puts them far above other similar devices already available on the market.

Lenovo also claim that performance is about 75% better than other ultraportable devices.

Back to the battery, one thing to note is that this isn’t the regular battery that comes supplied. Instead, you get 15 hours out of the standard 9-cell battery and if you hook up an external battery, it further adds another 9 hours on to the total life. Either way, 15 with the regular and an extra 9 with the external is still excellent. [Read more…]

HTC Flyer Hits 1 Million Orders

The HTC Flyer was announced at MWC a few weeks ago. We now hear that 1 million orders have been made for the new Android 2.4 tablet computer which according to Digitimes, should see the company through to August this year.

1 million is a good milestone to reach although we need to wait to see what users actually want. It isn’t clear if they will prefer the larger 9 to 10 inch Android 3.0 tablets, or if the smaller Android 2.4 7 inch tablets will suffice. [Read more…]

Warner Bros. Movie Rentals Coming to Facebook

Facebook will soon become a place where you can rent Warner Bros. movies. The first of which will be The Dark Knight when the services goes live.

To get the movie, all you need to do is visit the official Facebook page of Warner Bros. and once there, select the movie and click to apply Facebook credits. The cost will be $3 which is the equivalent of 30 credits. [Read more…]

1 Million Subscribers Now at Spotify

Spotify has reached another milestone today and has just announced that they now have 1 million paying subscribers to the service. The 1 million subscribers count arrives about two years after the 1 million users mark which at that time, was also a big accomplishment for the company.

Daniel Ek also comments that about 200 million playlists have been created so far. [Read more…]

Samsung Galaxy Pro Demoed by Three

This morning, the Three UK network Blog posted a video demonstration of the new Samsung Galaxy Pro smartphone that will soon be launching on its network.

The technical specs show that it has a 2.8 inch screen which is capacitive touch. The screen takes up about half of the screen unlike the regular Samsung Galaxy which covers the whole front panel. This is of course, because of the QWERTY keyboard that takes up the bottom side of the device. [Read more…]

PS3 Comes to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with everyAir

pandaelf Labs has created a system that allows PS3 games to be played on any iOS device which includes iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch.

The system isn’t self contained in that you actually play the PS3 games that are stored on the device. Rather, you are connecting up to a PS3, PC and various other bits of hardware so that you use the iOS device as an interface.

The process is that the capture device streams live video from the PS3 to a computer. You then connect everyAir on iOS to the computer and with a few tweaks to the hardware, the interpreter knows what buttons you’ve pressed on the screen, sends them to the PS3 which then streams the appropriate video content back through the PC. [Read more…]

iPad 2 Coming Orange and T-Mobile UK

Everything Everywhere, AKA Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has announced on Twitter that they will be selling the iPad 2 when it launches later this month. If the company follows along with the official release date, we should see subsidized versions landing on March 25 in the UK.

No details of pricing have been revealed yet, partly because Apple [AAPL] hasn’t released UK pricing just yet. We expect that the new tablet will be priced similarly to what the original iPad was which was £199 with a two year contract. [Read more…]

iOS 4.3 GM Seed Available to Developers

The iOS 4.3 GM seed has been released by Apple to developers. This particular version is the final step before the official and final launch that will see iOS 4.3 being publicly made available on March 11.

With this particular step in the testing phase, it also now signals the point at which developers can start submitting iOS 4.3 compatible apps to Apple for approval. [Read more…]

Apple to Give $100 Refund For Recent iPad Purchases

If you didn’t realise a new iPad was coming out and went ahead and purchased a first gen iPad in the last few days, you will soon be eligible for a refund of $100, £100 or 100 depending on what region you purchased it in.

The refund period is believed to cover the last 2 weeks up till yesterday when the priced dropped by £100 on each model in the UK. To get the refund you need to contact the store where you purchased the iPad from. If you ordered online, you need to call Apple to claim the refund. [Read more…]

Gmail Data Loss Now Fixed – Emails Back

Earlier this week, a small percentage of Gmail users had problems with ALL emails vanishing from the system. We now see that the update, as of this morning, that all should have returned to normal:

The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

Gmail should be back to normal for the vast majority of people affected by this issue. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us at [email protected]. Thanks again for bearing with us.

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Nintendo 3DS Teardown

If seeing inside the latest technology is something you enjoy, then iFixit are on hand again as they have now taken apart a Nintendo 3DS.

The 3DS is similar to older models in someways, but in other ways it has a totally different approach. The team found that the 3D effect worked well although out of the 10 employees who tested it, one of them couldn’t see the effect at all. The way the screen works is by using a parallax barrier. The 3DS has an adjustment slide that when moved, sends the images off center and towards each eye. By making two slightly different images, you then get to see a 3D effect. For a more detailed approach on 3D, this post should sort you out. [Read more…]

Global iPad iPlayer App Will be Less Than $10 Per Month

The BBC will be launching iPlayer internationally for the iPad in the coming months. Due to the content being used abroad, a charge will be made to use the service. It has been announced that the price per month will be less than $10.

At the FT Digital Media & Broadcasting conference held in London, Mark Thompson said that “The greatest month-on-month growth now is not on PCs or cable TVs but on iPads, iPhones, other smartphones and games consoles.” [Read more…]