Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2012 - 9:03pm.
Intel today introduced the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processor family for desktops and laptops. The new processors are the first chips in the world made using Intel’s 22-nanometer (nm) 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology. Intel says that the combination of Intel’s cutting-edge 3-D tri-gate transistor technology and architectural enhancements help make possible up to double the 3-D graphics and HD media processing performance compared with Intel’s previous generation of chips. Overall, CPU performance should increase by up to 20% with the new architecture.
The performance gains found in the new processors are due in part to the groundbreaking, three-dimensional structure of the new Intel transistors. Until today, computers, servers and other devices have used only two-dimensional planar transistors. Adding a third dimension to transistors allows Intel to increase transistor density and put more capabilities into every square millimeter of these new processors.
According to Intel, their engineers also reworked the graphics architecture of the 3rd generation Intel Core processors, helping to deliver dramatic improvements in the overall visual experience. Changing the chips’ architecture while at the same time shrinking the size of the underlying transistors is an acceleration of Intel’s “tick-tock” model. Previously, the company adhered to a strict “tick-tock” model in which a new manufacturing process was introduced in 1 year (the “tick”), and the architecture of the chip (the “tock”) was altered the next.
Intel also claims that the 3rd generation Intel Core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to two times better 3-D graphics performance compared to the previous-generation processor, bringing more gaming fun with richer detail at higher resolutions. Intel HD Graphics 4000 supports Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1.
Systems based on quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processor products will be available beginning this month from leading system makers. Boxed versions of these processors will also be available this month from online, retail and channel resellers. Additional versions of the 3rd generation Intel Core processor products for servers, intelligent systems in retail, healthcare and other industries, Ultrabook devices and laptops and more will be available later this year.
Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2012 - 12:54pm.
Fitbit today announced that the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale is now available for purchase at national retailers and at Fitbit.com. According to Fitbit, Aria is a high performance scale that tracks weight, % body fat and BMI, and automatically uploads your info through your Wi-Fi network to your Fitbit account. With your Fitbit account, you can set weight goals, track your progress, as well as garner extra motivation by earning badges through Fitbit's online and app tools.
Aria automatically recognizes 8 users by weight and all the people can see their own stats on their separate Fitbit.com accounts. It also has iPhone and Android app for tracking your weight, setting goals and tracking process.
"Fitbit is dedicated to creating products and services that allow you to easily understand and analyze your everyday health in one simple account," said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit. "With our newest device, Fitbit Aria, and our mobile and online tools, you'll understand more about your weight and be empowered to set and achieve your weight goals."
The Fitbit Aria is now available in black and white colors for $129.95 on Fitbit’s website and Best Buy. You can also order Aria on Amazon.
Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2012 - 9:57am.
Things have been quiet on iPhone nano rumor front for quite sometime, but that is changing today as China Times is claiming that Apple will launch a low cost iPhone Nano this year. According to China Times, Apple will launch low cost iPhone model to capture lower-end smartphone market, which has been mainly dominated by Android phones. The website also claims that this move should benefit Apple’s supply chain partners like Hon Hai and Warburg in coming months. The website didn’t provide much detail/rumor about the actual iPhone nano, but said production of low cost iPhone should begin in second half of this year. There isn’t much to this iPhone nano rumor, but it should fire up the iPhone nano rumor mill and we should hear more about iPhone nano from analysts and tech journalist soon.
Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2012 - 9:20am.
Last week, Samsung sent out invitations for its May 3rd London press event to announce the next generation of Galaxy S smartphone. And this week they have started a teaser campaign to hype the Galaxy S III launch by posting a video on YouTube that indirectly makes fun of iPhone users. The video starts by stating, “Truly smart technology becomes a natural part of life.” And claims how a galaxy fits in your hand, changing your world, so that “you can now stand out from… everyone else.” At the end they show a herd of sheep making fun of Apple’s i-product users.
Samsung has previously called iPhone users iSheep and has even tried making fun of Apple customers who stand in line for new Apple product launches. While trying to get people to line-up for their own product launches by giving free phones and concert tickets. However, Samsung hasn’t been able to generate Apple like excitement even in their own backyard in Korea, where consumers lined up to get their hands on the new iPad on launch day (video below). These ads and teaser videos from Samsung have started showing their weakness (there isn’t much to differentiate Android devices) rather than gain mindshare against Apple.
Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2012 - 7:49am.
Adobe today announced the Adobe Creative Suite 6 product line that includes 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. Along with CS 6 announcement, Adobe also revealed new Adobe Creative Cloud, a new subscription based service. Adobe describes Creative cloud as a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around Creative Suite 6. Highlighted features of Creative Cloud:
The launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 will be streamed live beginning 10 AM PT, April 23 on Adobe’s website and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 AM to 4 PM PT today. Adobe will post an on-demand version on tv.adobe.com beginning April 24th.
Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now. Adobe continues to offer 14 CS6 point-products as well as Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium (US$1,899), Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard (US$1,299), Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium (US$1,899) and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (US$2,599) for purchase.
Adobe Creative Cloud membership is US$49.99 per month, with an annual contract. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Check out the tablet below for more specific pricing of each CS 6 product. We have also posted Adobe Creative Cloud introductory video that was released by Adobe.
Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2012 - 11:24pm.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple's next gen iPhone will adopt Sharp & Toshiba's in-cell touch panel technology. In-cell touch panel technology integrates capacitive sensor arrays along side LCD pixels, making the display thinner and more responsive by removing layer of touch sensor arrays. Siu Han posted:
Last year, just before iPhone 4S was launched we had heard from one of our sources that Apple was working with Toshiba to develop a 4-inch 720p (mostly 1280 x 800 resolution) display for next generation iPhone that will be more responsive and at least 20% thinner. But few days after we heard this iPhone 4S was released with same 3.5-inch Retina display, so we thought that the Toshiba display thing was just a rumor. However, now it looks like Apple was indeed working with Toshiba on development of new LCD panel and we might see the fruits of that collaboration in the next generation iPhone.
Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2012 - 9:13pm.
Samsung today added three new compact system cameras (CSC or mirrorless Interchangeable lens cameras) to their NX series – NX20, NX210 and NX1000. All three cameras come with 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, built-in WiFi, HD video recording and support i-Function lens system.
According to Samsung, the NX20 is the perfect match for enthusiast amateur or professional photographers looking for a highly portable camera that gives the professional look and feel of a DSLR but at a fraction of the size and weight, with the addition of an ergonomic grip to fit comfortably into the hand. Delivering impressive speed with its 1/8000s Fast Shutter, breath-taking images are shown on its clear 3.0" clear AMOLED swivel display, increasing visibility by approximately 20%. The NX20 also incorporates a range of functions and manual controls in order to deliver pro-standard pictures every time, including SVGA EVF so users can frame images like a professional.
For NX210, Samsung says it follows the NX's design heritage, with a premium metallic finish. Like its predecessor the NX200, the NX210 also offers a 3.0" AMOLED display for viewing images and Full HD movies in brilliant resolution. With easy access to Wi-Fi functions, the NX210 allows quick sharing with friends and family, whilst with Samsung Mobile Link users can show off their best images on phones and tablets, or on the big screen with TV Link connecting the NX210 wirelessly to internet-enabled TVs.
And for entry level NX1000, Samsung says it is highly portable and its eye-catching compact design makes it as useable as it is attractive. Available in stunning White, classic Black or eye-catching Pink it houses a feature-rich range of specs, with technology such as Smart Auto 2.0 and the Smart Link Hot Key, making it simpler than ever to shoot and share great images instantly.
The NX20 will ship in early May priced $1,100 with 18-55mm F3.6-5.6 kit lens. The NX210 will also ship with same 18-55mm kit lens in mid-May priced $900. No word on release date or price for entry level NX1000, but it will also come with 18-55mm kit lens. Check out the hands on video of all three cameras below.
Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2012 - 6:19pm.
Logitech has added Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad to its tablet accessory lineup. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover protects your screen with a stylish, slim aluminum cover that adds minimal weight to your tablet, and features a built-in keyboard that pairs through Bluetooth. The cover works with both the new iPad and the iPad 2, offering up to 6 months battery life before recharging.
"The third-generation iPad and its apps are designed to give you more control and creativity, whether you are editing photos and movies, making music or writing a novel," said Alexis Richard, director of product marketing at Logitech. "The new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – with its ultra-sleek, smart design and extended keyboard battery life – provides a convenient way for you to make the most of your iPad no matter what activity you are using it for."
Similar to a Smart Cover, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover attaches quickly and securely to your iPad with a magnetic clip. It has an instant On/Off feature, which means your iPad automatically wakes up when you open the cover, and switches to standby when you close it.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover will be available in the U.S. and Europe by end of April 2012 for $99.99. You can preorder the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover on Amazon. Checkout the introductory video of the cover below.
Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2012 - 12:56pm.
Since Samsung announced the May 3rd London event, rumors about Galaxy S III that many believe will be launched at the event are spreading like wildfire. Rumors range from external case design to hardware specifications with many expecting some magical numbers. Below are some of the most prominent rumors:
Ceramic Case: Even before the invitations were sent by Samsung, it was rumored that they will use some new material for case design that will differentiate the new flagship handset from rest of the Android crowd. And as soon as the image of Samsung’s London event invitation was posted online this rumor caught fire with many blogs claiming that the new Galaxy S III will have ceramic case in blue and white colors because of the ceramic like droplets in the invitation image. Ceramic is both stronger and lighter, but it is also costlier than plastic used to make most smartphones. However, using ceramic for back panel will definitely differentiate the new handset giving it much richer look and feel.
Full HD Display: BGR was the first to claim that Galaxy S III would have a full HD 1080p display and now few other blogs are also saying the same thing. But from what we have heard from our industry sources the AMOLED display on S III will remain at 720p. Our sources say that not a single display manufacturer including Samsung is making an OLED display measuring 5-inch or less with 1920 x 1080 resolution. If it were LCD display then it would have been more believable as both Toshiba and Sharp are working on a 5-inch screen with 1080p resolution. However, the 4.8-inch display on Galaxy S III will see some substantial improvements as far as image quality is considered because it will be the first handset to feature a true RGB AMOLED display and won’t use the dread PenTile technology to raise the resolution count.
Quad Core Processor: The Galaxy S III will be the first smartphone that will use the new quad core 32nm Exynos processor that will be based on ARM Cortex A9 CPU units. According to The Verge, you can “expect superlative benchmark performance” from the new quad core chip from Samsung. We have also heard that the quad core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 CPU will smoke every other mobile processor when it comes to raw CPU performance.
8- or 12-Megapixel Camera: The one feature that everyone is debating is the megapixel count on the back camera of Galaxy S III. Some blogs are claiming that it will have 12-megapixel sensor, while others are saying it will be an 8-megapixel sensor. We believe that it will be an 8-megapixel camera because even though 12-megapixel sounds impressive, a sensor that small with that many pixels generates a lot of noise. An 8-megapixel sensor with bigger pixel size will be a better choice for a smartphone camera.
Other Rumors/Specifications: The Android 4.0 based Galaxy S III will have 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage, HD front camera for video chat, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Gizmodo has even posted pictures that they claim are of the upcoming Galaxy S III. The images show a Samsung device with unique oval shape Gorilla Glass front panel with a home button and the backside shows a camera with two LED flashes with Samsung logo.
It will be interesting to see which of these rumors come true when Samsung announces the new device. And if all of the rumors come true than Galaxy S III will be one heck of a smartphone.
Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2012 - 7:17am.
Intel Corporation and Lava International Ltd., today announced the general availability of the XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside. The XOLO X900 is based on Intel's smartphone reference design featuring the Intel Atom processor Z2460 with Intel Hyper Threading Technology and supporting HSPA+ 3G connectivity.
The XOLO X900 comes with 4.03-inch touchsrcreen, 8-megapixel camera, 400MHz graphics engine, 1080p video recording, WiFi, Bluetooth and microSD card slot. The handset offers up to 5 hours of 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio and 8 hours of talktime. The Android Gingerbread powered handset features an advanced imaging system developed by Intel that allows capturing of 10 pictures in under a second in burst mode.
Starting 23rdApril, the XOLO X900 will be available for purchase to Indian customers from Croma and Xolo.in priced INR 22000 (about $425), followed by availability in other retail chains, general trade and online stores from early May.
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