Archives for January 2012

Intel Core i7 Gets Overclocked to 5.6GHz

An Intel Core i7 has been overclocked to 5.6GHz on a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 motherboard. The motherboard is the first in the world to achieve a multiplier of 57x. Although it’s not the fastest a chip has been overclocked, that record was set at 8.58Ghz, it is the fastest this model of the Core i7 has reached.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Holo Theme Mandatory on All Devices

Google has made the Holo theme mandatory on all Ice Cream Sandwich devices. To have access to the Android Market, and other Google services, all devices running Android 4.0 must have the Holo theme available.

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iPhone 4/4S Projector from Sanwa Supply Rolls Out

Sanwa Supply has created a new projector for the iPhone 4 and 4S that simply slides on to the Apple smartphone and allows a screen of up to 65 inches to be projected. The device is a DLP micro projector that has a resolution of 640×360 pixels and a contract ratio of 1,000:1.

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Report Hints at Two New iPads This Year

Digitimes is reporting that there will be two new iPad models launched this year. When they say two models, they don’t just mean black and white or 3G vs non-3G. They actually mean that a second and cheaper iPad will be launched to target the mid-range price of $299. The main difference will be that the high-end model which is priced around that of the current iPad 2 will have a higher resolution screen. Both the high-end and mid-range models will use the Apple A6 processor.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Eats in to iPad Sales

Estimates indicate that Apple [AAPL] sold 2 million fewer iPads this past holiday season. It is estimated that almost 16 million units were to be shipped but figures hint at about 13 million were shipped. A lot of that shortfall is believed to caused by the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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IE 6 Usage in the US Drops Below 1%

Internet Explorer 6 usage in the US has finally dropped below 1 percent. Last year the company set up a website called ie6countdown that aimed to kill off the 10+ year old browser. Reasons for pushing users away from that browser is that its extremely old now and has a number of security issues as well as outdated code running it. By dropping usage to below 1 percent it allows developers to focus on current browsers when designing websites.

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iOS Multitasking Explained in Detail

It appears that there is a misunderstanding on how iOS handles multitasking. Thanks to Fraser Speirs we now have an extremely detailed report on how it works and what the multitasking bar actually does, or doesn’t do in this instance.

Advice handed out by some people is that you need to kill the apps in order to free up memory. While this can be correct in some circumstances, generally you need to do nothing to preserve the available RAM on your iOS device.

If memory is becoming scarce, iOS will automatically move Suspended apps into the Not Running state and reclaim their memory.

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iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Jailbreak Could Arrive Next Week

A tweet made by pod2g today hints that an iPhone 4S and iPad 2 jailbreak could be released as early as next week.

“I made a step today for the A5. With some luck we could expect a release in a week.”

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ASUS Begin to Respond to Transformer Prime Locked Bootloader Questions

Update: ASUS has provided the following update…

“Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.” – ASUS

ASUS has started to respond to the concerns about the Transformer Prime having a locked bootloader. Earlier today we reported that ASUS had opted to secure the bootloader by putting 128-bit encryption in front of it which prevents users being able to install custom ROMs on to the device.

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More Details Revealed about Nokia Lumia 900 Ace

The mockup image below shows what the Nokia Lumia 900 could look like. The device is expected to launch soon and be a follow on from the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone. The new details reveal that it will likely run the Windows Phone Mango operating system rather than Tango which was previously mentioned.

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HP Envy Spectre Leaked in Video

A video released by HP, or leaked we should say, reveals that the company could be about to launch a new ultrabook. Not much of the ultrabook is seen in the video (embedded below) with the image below showing one of the best shots of the device. What we do see is an extremely thin looking device that looks very sleek.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Announced

Samsung has unveiled a new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. The new device appears to be a mid-range device in terms of specs in that it has a 3.65 inch HVGA screen with a resolution of just 320 x 480 pixels. The screen uses TFT technology. It isn’t clear why Samsung have opted for a low resolution screen when compared to the high-end models, but it could (or will likely) mean that the device will cost a lot less when it launches.

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