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Apple's Marth 7th Event: Possibly the New iPad 3

clock February 28, 2012 23:55 by author Jeremy

There are probably more rumors going around about the iPad 3 than there are about the new kid that joins your high school mid-year. "I heard this iPad 3 was kicked out of his last school for fighting!" Oh yeah? Well I heard that this iPad 3 will a slightly upgraded processor. Gasp! Oh, rumors.

However, after much gossiping and waiting, we finally have a real piece of information about it, in the form of a launch event. On 10 AM of Wednesday, March 7th, Apple will hold a more-than-likely iPad-related-event in the Yerba Buena Center for Arts Theater in San Francisco. Why is it "more than likely", you ask? Well, the picture they've sent above seems to relay that message to us fairly clearly.

Source: theverge

 



Quad-Core Smartphones 2012

clock February 27, 2012 15:09 by author Ty

quad-core processors

As we enter into a new era of cellular phone technology, quad-core smartphones are coming out and are impressively fast with quad-core smartphone technology. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore once said, “the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years.” And now is the time we will be seeing super fast quad-core smartphones and tablets.

Here is the current quad-core smartphone list for 2012 of cellular phone /smart phone manufacturers and models. We have also included quad-core tablets in this list. All of these quad-core devices were announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 (MWC 2012).

Fujitsu Quad Core

Fujitsu - “Quad-Core Prototype” – (Cell Phone)
Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3
Memory: 8GB microSD card. (Unconfirmed if higher)
Primary Camera: 13.1-megapixel camera, capable of shooting ISO 25,600 sensitivity.
Secondary Camera: Front Facing Camera, unknown megapixels
Video: full HD (1080p)
Display: 4.6-inch display
OS: NX UI, which is a very lightly skinned version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Release Date: Q4 2012
(Water Resistant, 1.5m for up to 30 minutes)

 

HTC One XL Quad Core Smartphone Cell Phone

HTC - One XL – (Cell Phone)
Processor: Quad-Core Tegra 3 (Non-U.S. versions), U.S. versions get the dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor.
Memory: 32GB storage, 1GB RAM
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. f/2 optics with an 8-megapixel back illuminated sensor.
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP, 720p
Video: 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
Display: Multitouch. Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. 720 x 1280 pixels HD screen, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density)
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: Q2 2012

 

Huawei Ascend D Quad Core Smartphone Cell Phone

Huawei - Ascend D – (Cell Phone)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz (Huawei K3V2 Chipset)
Memory:, 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, microSD Card Slot with up to 32 GB.
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP, 720p
Video: 1080p@30fps
Display: Multitouch. 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (330 ppi pixel density) 720p. IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: Expected Q2 2012

 

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD Quad Core Tablet

Huawei - MediaPad 10 FHD – (Tablet)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz (Huawei K3V2 Chipset)
Memory: 2 GB RAM internal, Card Slot TBD.
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP, 720p
Video: 1080p@30fps
Display: Multitouch. 1920 x 1200 pixels, 10.0 inches (~226 ppi pixel density). IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: Q2 2012

 

LG Optimus Quad Core Smartphone Cell Phone

LG - Optimus 4X – (Cell Phone)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 3
Memory: 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM internal, Card Slot TBD.
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP
Video: 1080p@30fps
Display: Multitouch. 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density). HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: Q2 2012

 

ZTE Era Quad Core Smartphone Cell Phone

ZTE - Era – (Cell Phone)
Processor: Quad-core 1.3Ghz Tegra 3
Memory: 8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM internal. microSD, up to 32GB.
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera: VGA
Video: 1080p@30fps
Display: Multitouch. 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density). TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: Q3 2012

 

ZTE PF100 Quad Core Tablet

ZTE - PF100 – (Tablet)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia T30S Tegra 3
Memory: 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM internal. microSD
Primary Camera: 5 megapixels, Autofocus
Secondary Camera: 2 megapixels
Video: 1080p HD
Display: Multitouch. 10.1-inch display with WXGA resolution LCD. 1280 X 768 pixels.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: 2012

 

ZTE T98 Quad Core Tablet

ZTE - T98 – (Tablet)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia T30S Tegra 3
Memory: 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM internal. microSD
Primary Camera: 5 megapixels, Autofocus
Secondary Camera: 2 megapixels
Video: 1080p HD
Display: Multitouch. 7-inch display LCD. 1280 X 768 pixels.
OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Release Date: 2012

The majority of the new quad-core cell phones and tablets are running the Nvidia T30S Tegra 3 quad-core processor at 1.5 GHz.  Huawei is the only manufacturer running their own K3V2 quad-core chipset at 1.5 GHz for the One XL smartphone and MediaPad 10 FHD tablet. Fujitsu is still a prototype smartphone with a water resistant and dust resistant features. There is no word yet if the quad-core smartphones will be available in the US. Currently, they will be available in Europe and Asia for 2012.

 

 



Ultrabook – The New Notebook

clock February 16, 2012 12:45 by author Ty

Ultrabook - 2nd Gen Intel Core

Many people may ask, “What’s an Ultrabook?” It’s quite simple really. Think of an Apple MacBook Air. Thin, light, and has a sleek design. It’s a cross between a small netbook and a full size laptop, but the new line of Ultrabooks come with complete hardware specs of the 2nd gen Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. This makes an Ultrabook a very fast netbook with all of the upgrades. A true Ultrabook must weigh less than 4 pounds, is no more that 0.8 inches thick, and has a battery life of 5 hour or more.

Check out a few of the top Ultrabooks that have hit the notebook market.

Acer Aspire S3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM
Price: $899 list

Asus Zenbook UX31E
Specs: Intel Core i5 2557M Processor 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $1049 list

Dell XPS 13
Specs: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $999 list

HP Folio 13
Specs: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $899.99 list

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $1495 list

Samsung Series 5 Ultra
Specs: Intel (Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $899.99 list

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 6GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $1,429.00 list

Toshiba Portege Z835-P330
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 6GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $799.99 list

You also might notice that the new Asustek Zenbook looks almost identical to the Apple MacBook Air.

 

MacBook Air and Zenbook

It looks like Apple has set the standard for an Ultrabook way back in 2008. Everyone else is finally catching up.

Here’s a video overview of the new Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook:

 

Sources:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400007,00.asp
http://asia.cnet.com/top-5-affordable-ultrabooks-62213298.htm
http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/13/report-apple-forcing-contract-manufacturer-pegatron-to-choose-sides-give-up-asustek-zenbook-orders/

 

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iPad 3 Release Date - Apple Launch Event in March

clock February 9, 2012 09:41 by author Ty

The rumored iPad 3 launch date in March is still holding true with Apple proposing a launch event in San Francisco the first week of March. The new Apple iPad 3 will be revealed at the launch event with complete specs, functionality and details. The Apple iPad 3 will most likely go on sale within two weeks of it's announcement, just like the iPad 2 after it's first launch event.

If you are interested in the spec rumors for the new iPad 3, you can refer back to our previous Apple iPad 3 rumors blog article. The new iPad 3 could end up with all of the bells and whistles that were rumored. Including an amazing 2048 x 1536 Retina Display resolution and a much faster processor, compared to the iPad 2. Most likely Apple will continue to stick with the dual-core processor hardware.

Apple iPad 3 Launch Date Rumors

Sources:
http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/9/2786732/ipad-3-launch-event-rumor
http://allthingsd.com/20120209/apple-to-announce-ipad-3-first-week-in-march/

 



The Superbowl 2012 Commercials

clock February 7, 2012 00:02 by author Jeremy

Between football, half-time performers, and odd commercials, there's a reason for just about anybody to clunk down on their couch with some chips, dip, and friends during the Superbowl. As years continue, the advertisements have earned their own fanbase due to their hilarity. So in case you missed out on the ridiculousness that is media and marketing during yesterday's Superbowl, then head on over to the Internet, home of youtube and reruns!

Which ones are our favorites? The ones regarding tech-stuff, of course! Engadget has supplied a page containing just a few of the best ads, including Best Buy, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and more.

And after browsing for new gadgets, why not check back here to supply it with some batteries, chargers, and other accessories?

Source: engadget



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