Archives for May 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets Android 2.3.3 Update

Galaxy Tab owners are in for a treat as Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the tablet. The rollout is happening now in Italy and is available through Kies. When installing, you’ll see the P1000XXJQ1 and P1000XXPZ updates available.

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Nokia Event Planned for May 17

Nokia is holding an event in Athens a week today. Nothing is known about the event other than being held on the 17th May at 8pm in Athens.

What we expect to hear is that Nokia will unveil or provide more details on Windows Phone smartphones.

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Microsoft to Buy Skype

Microsoft has announced that it is buying Skype. The deal will see Microsoft pay $8.5 billion in an all cash deal.

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

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Android 3.0 Gets Google Earth

Google has launched a new version of Google Earth for Android. The new and updated version has been designed to take advantage of the new processors found in Android 3.0 tablets. As well as using the new processors more efficiently, Google has also optimised the software to be more compatible with the larger screen devices.

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Stylus for HTC Flyer to Cost $79.99

One thing that makes the HTC Flyer different to other tables being launched is the stylus that can be used with it. The stylus is called the HTC Digital Pen and allows users to interact with the Android tablet by scribbling on the screen while any app is open.

We find out today that the price has been revealed for the digital pen and when launched it will cost $79.99 over at Best Buy.

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Android Market Catching Apple App Store in Size

In the next few months, it’s expected that the amount of apps available in the Android Market will overtake those available in the Apple App Store. The date this will happen will more than likely fall in August 2011 if the current trends continue.

By August, Google will have around 425,000 apps in the store available for download. What is important to note with this is that although there will be more apps available, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Android apps will make more money for developers.

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Mac OS X Lion Could be Launched Via App Store

When Apple launch the next version of OS X, we could see it launching via the Mac App store before being sold online or in store. By making the operating system available through the App Store, it allows those running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard a simple way to get hold of the latest version of the OS.

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Spotify Comes to the iPod

Spotify is in the process of rolling out a new service to regular iPod users. This includes those with an iPod classic, iPod nano and iPod shuffle which will see each of the devices capable of being connected up to the Spotify app on the PC or Mac. Once connected with the regular 30 pin connector, the iPod will show up in a new Devices section.

With that connection, you can now sync across to your iPod any tracks that you own. You also have the ability to download tracks or/and complete playlists that you have saved. The pricing drops to as low as 50p per track in the UK depending on how many MP3’s you purchase.

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Apple Update the iMac

Over the past few weeks, there’s been some speculation about a new 2011 line of iMac’s being launched by Apple. That speculation can now come to an end as Apple has indeed launched a new range of iMacs.

Just like the previous generation, there are four different models to choose from with two of them having 21.5 inch screens and two of them having larger 27 inch screens. Each has a faster CPU which is now quad-core for every model. Each has 3x faster graphics power and includes a HD camera to be used with FaceTime. The new Thunderbolt port is also included in the 2011 refresh.

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iOS 4.3.3 To Fix Location Tracking – Update Coming Soon

A new version of iOS will be launching soon. The new update will be version 4.3.3 and will fix a few recently uncovered problems such as the location tracking issue.

The changes made to location include the decrease in the size of the database, down to 7 days I believe. Also, this particular database will no longer be backed up by iTunes. We also hear that the location based data will be wiped completely when the location services are switched off.

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Modified Camera and Proximity Sensor Found in White iPhone 4

Now that the white iPhone 4 has arrived, 9 months late, it’s time to take a quick look inside to see what changes have been made. We hear that the device is 0.2mm thicker than the black version and this could be to do with extra UV filtering on the front panel that Apple needed to add. (Phil Schiller doesn’t agree to that though… tweet now deleted).

Differences that have also been found are the camera and the proximity sensor which have both been modified a little. This could be for a number of reasons, but more than likely it’s the fix to what was broken on the original white iPhone 4 when it didn’t launch due to technical problems. Alternatively, it could be just different parts as the new white version has been manufactured a lot later.
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