Archives for March 2012

iPad Launching in 10 Countries at 8am Friday March 16

Apple has announced that the new iPad will go on sale at 8am local time on March 16 in 10 countries. The launch date has been known for the last week now as well as what countries it will arrive in. But, the 8am is the new piece of information here.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Confirmed for Several HTC Smartphones

HTC has confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is coming to several devices (16 to be precise) over the next few months.

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Samsung Could be the Sole Supplier of the iPad Retina Display

It appears that Samsung is the sole provide of Retina displays for the new iPad. The report comes from Bloomberg that said:

Samsung Electronics Co. will supply the touch screen for Apple Inc.’s new iPad after LG Display Co. and Sharp Corp didn’t meet the U.S. company’s quality requirements, according to an analyst with iSuppli. Samsung, the world’s top flat-panel maker, currently is the sole vendor of the display for the 9.7-inch device, said Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc.

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Sony Alpha STL-A57 Announced

Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha STL-A57 which falls in to the popular A-mount camera range. The new camera has a 16 megapixel sensor and is capable of shooting at 12 frames per second. Video can be captured with the camera at 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60p, 60i or 24p/25p.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Gets the Android 4.0 Update

Samsung Galaxy S II users are now beginning to get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update has begun rolling out in a few countries in Europe which includes Poland, Hungary as well as Sweden. Samsung is running the update cycle in stages starting with the three countries just mentioned and after that, it will spread further across Europe.

Update: Coming to the UK March 19.

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New iPad Unboxed Early – Video

Although the iPad has yet to be release, a website in Vietnam has managed to get hold of a fully boxed retail version and has opened it up to see what is included in the box. To be honest, there’s absolutely no surprises at all about what you get with the new iPad as it all looks practically the same as the iPad 2, but either way, I’m sure there will be some who get excited about the video below.

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PlayStation Vita Can get AngryBirds Space – If Sony Want It

Rovio has commented more on what Angry Birds Space will be available on. At launch (22 March) it will be made available on Mac, PC, iOS and Android. After that it will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS. Rovio is also interested on making a version available on the PlayStation Vita although this may or may not happen.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Available for Pre-Order in the UK

Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy Mini 2 soon. The device has now been made available for pre-order in the UK. The only version currently available for pre-order is the SIM free option which has a price tag of £179.95.

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Windows 8 Tablet from Nokia Coming Q4 This Year

Rumours are hinting that Nokia could be launching a Windows 8 based tablet in quarter 4 of this year. The new tablet is believed to have a 10 inch screen and run a dual-core Qualcomm ARM processor. The chip inside is expected to be the Snapdragon S4 Krait.

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Apple to Close iWork Service on July 31 2012

Apple has announced that will be closing on July 31 2012. When that date passes it will be no longer possible to log in and use the service. Any documents still in there will be gone.

Apple is now encouraging users to switch to iCloud. Full text below.

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Apple Changes Delivery Dates for Some new iPad Orders

The new iPad is expected to be delivered this Friday in several countries to those who pre-ordered in time. We are starting to hear some info that indicates some of the UK orders might be shipping a little later though with some readers of Macrumors getting new dates of March 20 instead of March 16 in their original email.

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iPad Pre-Orders Now Have 2 – 3 Weeks Estimated Shipping Times (UK)

In the UK, Apple has sold out of the first batch of pre-orders of the new iPad. The shipping estimate is now set at 2 – 3 weeks on all models in the UK.

For those in the US, there’s still some stock available for delivery on launch day with most options showing March 16 delivery although a few of the AT&T models are showing March 19 delivery dates which indicates that plenty of people are pre-ordering.

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