Has Samsung’s Marketing Department Gone Insane…

Submitted by lalit on April 26, 2012 - 1:05pm.

Samsung has started a new campaign in Australia in collaboration with marketing company Tongue for launch of Samsung Galaxy S III. The odd and ill-conceived campaign is more like a staged protest in which black bus branded “WAKE UP.” came in front of Apple Store in Sydney and a group of phony protesters climbed down from the bus shouting and waving “Wake Up” placards. Samsung also has series of billboards around Sydney and a website for “Wake Up” campaign.

A video of the campaign has been posted on YouTube and after seeing the video I just have one question… What is Samsung doing? Not only are they crying outside Apple Store like losers, but they are also making a mockery of genuine protesters who rally for real causes. While giving free publicity for Apple, when they should be focusing on Galaxy S III, which by all accounts/rumors will be a very good handset.

Someone in Samsung’s marketing department has gone bonkers because this kind of marketing actually shows that they are losing the smartphone battle and are very frustrated by that. Samsung should have had this protest in front of their marketing department building and not Apple Store.


Leaked Verizon 2012 Smartphone Roadmap Shows Some Exciting Devices

Submitted by lalit on April 26, 2012 - 10:30am.

BGR has got their hands on Verizon’s Smartphone launch plans for remainder of 2012. Not only will Verizon customers get the upcoming Galaxy S III handset they will also have option of some exciting handsets from Motorola and HTC. Jonathan Geller posted on BGR:

Speaking of Android smartphones, there are “multiple” Motorola RAZR models due to hit Verizon in the coming months, one of which will most likely be the Motorola RAZR HD (or a name similar to that) with a larger and clearer display.

HTC might actually be the star of the Android show this time around though, as we have been told HTC will have a major flagship device hitting Verizon shelves in the fall. It’s said to feature a whopping 5-inch 1080p HD display (a non-PenTile screen), a new chipset that includes a quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. Yes, HTC is launching a Galaxy Note competitor.


Samsung Reveals New Exynos 4 Quad Processor will Power Upcoming Galaxy S III

Submitted by lalit on April 26, 2012 - 9:26am.

Samsung today announced their new “Exynos 4 Quad” processor and also revealed that the new processor will be powering the much rumored Galaxy S III smartphone, which will be launched on May 3rd at London press event. The new processor is industry’s first quad-core ARM processor built on the High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) low power process technology.

The Exynos 4 Quad runs at 1.4GHz clock speed and features ARM Cortex A9 quad core CPU. Samsung didn’t provide information about the graphics engine on the new chip, but said that it support full HD 1080p video at 30fps and offers improved 3D gaming performance when compared to last generation Exynos 4 Dual processor. It also supports HDMI 1.4 interface and is pin-to-pin compatible with the 32nm process based Exynos 4 Dual processor as it has identical form factor measurements (12mm X 12mm X 1.37mm).

Due to its 32nm HKMG low-power process and power-saving design, the Exynos 4 Quad has two times the processing capability over the 45nm process based Exynos 4 Dual while consuming 20-percent less power. To improve power efficiency, Samsung adopted hot-plug functionality to support on-off switching for each core as well as the per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), which offers a dramatic reduction in power consumption by adapting different levels of voltage and frequency when changing workloads.

"The application processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with a PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung's next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multi-tasking features, thanks to Exynos 4 Quad's powerful performance and efficient energy management technology," said Hankil Yoon, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy Team, Samsung's Mobile Communications Business.

Already in production, the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May. Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad is also sampling to other major handset makers.


Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 11

Submitted by lalit on April 25, 2012 - 9:41am.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 11 through June 15 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, allowing them to build incredible new apps. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps from the past year.

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

Developers will be able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

Developers can purchase tickets, as well as get more information on Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 website.


HP Announces Six New Ivy Bridge Based Desktops

Submitted by lalit on April 25, 2012 - 8:11am.

Following the announcement of new 3rd generation Intel Quad-Core processors (codenamed Ivy Bridge) by Intel, HP today announced six new desktops based on the new processors. The new processors offer features like built-in security, improved HD and 3-D performance. HP describes the 6 new desktops as follows:

  • HP Omni 220qd: A 22-inch sleek all-in-one PC that offers a streamlined cantilever design and optional features such as Beats Audio for a PC that sounds as good as it looks.
  • HP Omni 27qd: The company's first 27-inch all-in-one PC and the first non-touch HP PC to feature HP's exclusive Magic Canvas software for a truly engaging experience.
  • HP TouchSmart 520xt: The 23-inch all-in-one is designed for consumers who demand a premium multimedia and touch experience.
  • HP Pavilion HPE h8t and h8xt: The stand-alone desktops provide the ultimate computing experience in a sleek and simple design. Select models can support up to three displays.
  • HP Pavilion HPE h9t Phoenix: The company's most powerful Pavilion stand alone desktop to date, it is engineered to run power-hungry applications such as video editing and games with ease.

HP didn’t provide detailed specifications for the new systems, but provided starting price for them. The Omni 22qd will start at $999, Omni 27qd will start at $1,199, TouchSmart 520xt will start at $999, Pavilion HPE h8t will start at $699, Pavilion HPE h8xt will start at $799 and Pavillion HPE h9t Phoenix will start at $1,149. All the desktops except h9t Phoenix will ship on June 24th, the Phoenix will ship on April 29th.


Apple Reports Record $39.2 Billion Revenue and $11.6 Billion Profit for Second Quarter

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2012 - 3:41pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 second quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $39.2 billion and quarterly net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $24.7 billion and net profit of $6.0 billion, or $6.40 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 47.4 percent compared to 41.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter, a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4 million Macs during the quarter, a 7 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 7.7 million iPods, a 15 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

“Our record March quarter results drove $14 billion in cash flow from operations,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the third fiscal quarter, we expect revenue of about $34 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $8.68.”


Much Rumored Google Drive is Finally Here

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2012 - 3:04pm.

Google today officially introduced the much rumored Google Drive that will allow you to upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDF and more. Google calls it a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Main features of Google Drive are:

Create and collaborate: Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.

Store everything safely and access it anywhere: All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.

Search everything: Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

You can get 5GB of storage for free on Google Drive and if you need more, you can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB. You can learn more and start using Google Drive here. Check out the introductory video of Google Drive below.


iOS Inspired iPhoto ‘12 for Mac Coming This Summer

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2012 - 1:56pm.

A Dutch website claims that Apple will release a new version of iPhoto for Mac that will be inspired by iPhoto app for iOS and will allow better integration between the two apps. The website wrote they have heard from their sources that “the new version will be largely inspired by iPhoto for iOS”.

The new iPhoto for Mac will have option of creating photo albums to share via iCloud, a feature that will replace MobileMe photo gallery. It will also allow transfer/editing of photos between iPhoto app on iOS devices and iPhoto ’12 on Mac. The new iPhoto will require Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion and will not work on Snow Leopard or older OSes.

Feature-wise it will offer the same easy retouching tools found on iPhoto app for iOS devices and offer quick edit and share features. According to Apple Weetjes, the new iPhoto ’12 should come this summer, which would indicate that Apple might launch the new application along with Mac OS X Mountain Lion.


AMD Unveils Next Gen 28nm HD 7000M Series GPUs, Perfect for Upcoming MacBook Pros

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2012 - 1:01pm.

AMD today added the new HD 7970M, HD 7870M and HD 7770M graphics cards to their mobile GPU lineup. All the three cards are based on new 28nm Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture that AMD claims is responsible for the world’s most powerful and advanced mobile GPU with the new HD 7970M. AMD says that not only the new GCN architecture improves performance, but also increases efficiency by using less power in idle state.

The new chips have AMD ZeroCore Power technology that allows the GPU to completely power down when not in use. For additional power saving the new cards also feature AMD Enduor technology that seamlessly powers down GPU when integrated graphics is being used and then powers up the GPU when needed.

The HD 7970M GPU is aimed at gaming laptops and comes with 850MHz clock speed, 1280 Stream processors, 256-Bit memory interface, 1200MHz memory clock, 153.6 GB/s memory bandwidth and 2GB GDDR5 memory. The HD 7870M is designed for high-end mainstream laptops with 800MHz clock speed, half the number of Stream processors at 640, 128-Bit memory interface, 1000MHz memory clock, 64GB/s memory bandwidth and 2GB GDDR5 memory. And finally, HD 7770M is designed for ultrathin laptops needing full-fledged graphics and it comes with 675MHz clock speed, 512 Stream processors, 128-Bit memory interface, 1000MHz memory clock, 64GB/s memory bandwidth and up to 2GB GDDR5 memory.

AMD says that the new HD 7000M series GPUs will appear in over 200 laptops in coming weeks from various PC makers. We think that Apple might use the HD 7870M and HD 7770M GPUs in upcoming MacBook Pros. Below we have added complete specifications list of the new GPUs and the introductory video.



Sony Introduces Flagship Blu-ray Player BDP-S790 with 4K Upscaling

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2012 - 9:51am.


With every major TV maker now planning to introduce TVs with 4K resolution by 2013, it is now very clear that 1080p is the past and 4K is the future. So how can you secure your home theater’s future? The answer is very simple, buy 4K supporting home theater equipment. And even though Blu-ray only offers 1080p video you can buy upscaling Blu-ray players like the new flagship Blu-ray player from Sony, BDP-S790 that supports 4K upscaling for Blu-ray playback.

The WiFi connected player also supports streaming services like Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited, Netflix, Flixter, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, Slacker, Pandora and many other, along with Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback. It comes with dual core processor for faster response, dedicated 4K upscaling chip, dual HDMI outputs and noise reduction technology for streaming content. It also has “Media Remote” app for controlling the player via iOS and Android devices. Other features are social media integration, Gracenote support, Homeshare network speaker compatibility and USB support.

Sony BDP-S790 is available for pre-order on Sony’s website priced $249.99 and will be available in other stores starting May 5th 2012.