Apple Brings HBO GO, Watch ESPN, Sky News, Qello and Crunchyroll to Apple TV

Submitted by lalit on June 19, 2013 - 10:30am.

Apple today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers. iTunes users have downloaded more than one billion TV episodes and 380 million movies from iTunes to date, and they are purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies per day.

“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”

In addition to HBO GO and WatchESPN, three new content providers* are also available today on Apple TV including Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello offering live news, sports and current TV programming. All the new channels are available via software update.


Photos of New Application Icons in iOS 7 and Other UI Changes

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2013 - 4:16am.

9to5mac’s Seth Weintraub got a peek at what early beta of iOS 7 looked like and they have posted some photoshopped pictures showing what the new application icons and UI looks like in iOS7. As you can see in the image above Apple is going for flatter look with Helvetica Nueue Ultra Light like font. Seth also notes:

Perhaps most interesting: There are two color schemes for many of these apps – one black-ish and one white-ish. We’re not sure if they are A/B decoys, if white iPhones and Black iPhones will have their own color schemes or as someone else suggested, the different color schemes might be invoked by the amount of ambient light or the time of day. But it is super-interesting, especially since we’ve heard whispers that the whole UI might shift slightly based on external factors similar to the way the music volume icon switches based on how you hold the iPhone.

In the article on 9to5mac, Seth also talks about other design changes like 5 dots for representation of signal strength and the rumored Airdrop feature. Check out the article on 9to5mac.


Live Coverage: Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2013 - 3:27am.

Apple will kick start their Worldwide Develop Conference tomorrow with a keynote at Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already commented that Apple will be showing the next generation iOS 7 with some major redesign at the keynote. And there are rumors that Apple will also introduced updated MacBooks along with completely redesigned Mac Pro. The WWDC keynote will start at 10AM PST/ 1PM EST/ 6PM London/ 2AM Japan. We will be doing live coverage and analysis of the event start at 9:30 AM PST tomorrow. Please join us on for the coverage.


Apple Plans to Introduce iRadio and AirDrop for iOS at WWDC 2013

Submitted by lalit on June 3, 2013 - 10:40am.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just a week away and rumors about the event have started flooding the blogoshpere. Today, two very interesting rumors were posted that are very likely to come true. The first rumor comes from 9to5mac that claims Mac’s AirDrop file sharing feature will come to iOS devices. Mark Gurman wrote:

Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person’s iPhone to another person’s iPad.

The second rumor was posted by CNET, which claims that Apple is planning to launch iRadio service at WWDC. Paul Sloan wrote:

Apple struck a licensing deal Sunday with both Warner Music Group and its publishing arm, Warner Chappell, bringing Apple's free Internet radio product that much closer to launching, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

The deal suggests that Apple is working hard to unveil what's been dubbed iRadio at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins June 10.

The product, which would be tied to iTunes, would be made for mobile devices. It would contain some features not available on Pandora -- such as the ability to rewind a song from the middle of it, sources say -- and would have a simple button that would let users easily purchase a song.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already said that we will be seeing a major redesign of iOS done by Jony Ivy. And now various rumors about the new features are only increasing the excitement for WWDC 2013 keynote.


Apple’s App Store Reaches Historic 50 Billionth Download

Submitted by lalit on May 16, 2013 - 1:10pm.

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded over 50 billion apps from the revolutionary App Store. Customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. The 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, which was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio who received a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate this historic milestone.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”


AMD Announces Radeon HD 7990 – World’s Fastest Graphics Card

Submitted by lalit on April 26, 2013 - 9:16am.

AMD has launched new Radeon HD 7990, which they claim is the world’s fastest graphics card. The new card is based on AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture with AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card delivers unrivaled performance and world-class technology for playing the latest DirectX 11 games in extreme resolutions and multi-monitor configurations.

"If you crave the ultimate in PC gaming, the clear and commanding choice is the Radeon HD 7990 graphics card. No other graphics card on the market measures up to the unparalleled gaming experience it delivers, and it comes with eight AAA game titles optimized for AMD Radeon award-winning GCN architecture," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "Once again, AMD shatters the industry benchmark for state-of-the-art graphics technology."

Key features of AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card: Ultimate in Speed:

  • Combining two of the world's most advanced GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7990 is the world's fastest graphics card.
  • More Screen, More Pixels: Supports up to six simultaneous displays with AMD Eyefinity technology and is the ideal graphics card for gaming on Ultra HD displays (4K resolution).
  • Silence is Golden: At 100% utilization, AMD Radeon HD 7990 GPU's whisper-quiet triple-fan cooler is more silent than a typical library.

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card will be available worldwide in two weeks, priced $999 in US. Check out the video review of HD 7990 posted by PC Perspective.


Apple Announces WWDC 2013 for June 10-14, Hints at Upcoming iOS and OS X Versions

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2013 - 9:05am.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps available through the App Store and Mac App Store. Tickets for this year’s WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.

“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”

You can get more information about WWDC 2013 on Apple’s website.


AMD Announces Next Generation G-Series Embedded Chips

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2013 - 7:19am.

AMD today announced the new AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on the AMD next-generation “Jaguar” CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. According to AMD, Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. Among the forces that are enabling this next-generation computing era are single-chip, SOC solutions that offer smaller size, higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

AMD claims Embedded G-Series SOC platform sets the new bar for SOC design, offering up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.2 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.

AMD will ship five new Embedded G-Series SOCs including:

  • GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics, Quad-core, 25W TDP, 2GHz CPU and 600MHz GPU.
  • GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics, Quad-core, 15W TDP, 1.50GHz CPU and 500MHz GPU.
  • GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics, Dual-core, 15W TDP, 1.65GHz CPU and 450MHz GPU.
  • GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics, Dual-core, 9W TDP, 1.0GHz CPU and 300MHz GPU.
  • GX-416RA SOC, Quad-Core, 15W, 1.6GHz CPU and no GPU.

The Embedded G-Series SOCs will have a price range of $40 - $75 and will be available to customers this quarter.


Apple Reports Record Revenue for Q2 2013, But Profit Down

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 3:51pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $39.2 billion and net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.5 percent compared to 47.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 35.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 19.5 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 11.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold just under 4 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter.

“We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.”


Western Digital Ships World’s First 5mm 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 2:47pm.

Western Digital today announced it is shipping the world’s first ultraslim 2.5-inch, 5mm hard drive, which is designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments. With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line helps to address the tradeoffs system designers often make between capacity, physical size and performance.

“With the launch of our new WD Blue 5 mm ultra slim hard drives and our WD Black SSHD products, currently shipping to OEMs, WD is delivering to our customers a variety of solutions that maximize storage capacity and volumetric efficiency, as well as performance and system responsiveness, for consumers,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client computing business unit. “Our engineering team took a clean-sheet approach with 5 mm to deliver an ultra-thin hard drive that enables a world of possibilities and applications for mobile computing and beyond.”

WD Blue 2.5-inch 5 mm hard drives, (model: WD5000MPCK) is priced $89.00 USD. WD Black SSHD versions are currently shipping to OEM’s and integrators with both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA I/O technology. You can get more information about WD Blue 2.5-inch 5mm hard drive on WD’s website.