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Google I/O 2012 - Jelly Bean, Nexus 7, Nexus Q, and Project Glass

clock June 28, 2012 00:40 by author Jeremy

Today marked the start of Google's I/O 2012 event. Their main attraction, which was heavily hinted at, was the release of their latest Android version, 4.1 Jelly Bean. With each new iteration of the OS, we acquire faster processing speeds and better software. Google opened up by introducing Project Butter, which is what makes the processes on Jelly Bean smoother. "In Jelly Bean we also introduced triple buffering in the graphics pipeline... this allows the CPU and GPU to run in parallel without waiting for each other." The entire OS now runs at 60 fps consistently. The devices running Jelly Bean now also bring more CPU power as soon as you touch the screen, and the OS anticipates where your finger will be next.

Perhaps one of the more exciting features of Jelly Bean, however, is its voice-search function. Similar to the Apple iPhone's Siri, the Android device will answer questions or perform tasks you issue via voice. The demonstration Google provided seemed very slick, and responses arrived quickly as well.

A new feature, Google Now, will memorize patterns of behavior, as well as using your calendar and search history. In case you routinely take a bus, Google Now will keep this in mind and offer regular bus routes. Google Now can even keep updated information on your favorite sports teams.

Currently, only the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Xoom are scheduled to get Jelly Bean, and their OTA updates will arrive mid-July.

Hardware-wise, I/O '12 saw the release of the Nexus 7, a Google-tablet made in conjunction with Asus. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 1280x800 HD display, a Tegra 3 chipset, quad-core CPU, and 12-core GPU. Since the device was built around Google Play (which replaced the previous Android Market), the tablet more-than-efficiently makes use of screen space when reading books/magazines and watching videos downloaded from the market. The tablet is available starting today at $199.

Google also showed off their Nexus Q today, a social steaming media player. The Nexus Q is a little black ball that connects to either your television or external speakers. When controlled by your devices, the Nexus Q will pull media from the Google Play Store to play to their connected devices. All this is done via the cloud, of course, and multiple Q's can be played simultaneously, turning your entire house into a media-centric home. The downside to the Q is that it currently only supports the Google Play Store, meaning no access to Netflix or Spotify.

Last but not least, Google showed off a spectacular preview of Project Glass: skydivers equipped with a version of their Google Glass Explorer Edition made their way toward the Moscone building via air (and even rapelled in through the roof), while the entire crowd watched. Designed to fit like glasses, these spectacles (if you can call them that) are positioned just above your eyes in order to capture video directly from your point of view. It can store video internally (albeit not much, yet), and is available for pre-order in the US at Google I/O only, for $1500.

Source (and pictures): TheVerge



Microsoft Surface Announced at Press Event

clock June 19, 2012 22:35 by author Jeremy

Rumors have been abuzz for days over Microsoft's press event yesterday. Most claimed that Microsoft would unveil their own tablet; the rumors were right. Finally, the big Windows-creator will be joining the tablet market under their latest product, the Microsoft Surface.

The tablet will be available in two versions: one runs with Windows 8 on Intel's Ivy Bridge chips, while the other is powered by Windows RT on an ARM chipset. The two versions are slightly different in several aspects as well, changing in software, hardware, and size. However, both products are 10.6-inches, will have a built-in kickstand, and are built with a magnesium casing. There are also additional keyboard-covers purchasable for either tablet, available in either the touch-variety or type-variety.

The Windows 8-powered Surface tablet will come in either 64GB or 128GB of storage space, supports USB 3.0, and has a 10.6-inch ClearType "Full HD" display. This model also has the bonus of additional digital ink support that utilizes a pen which magnetically connects to the tablet. Meanwhile, the ARM-powered version has slightly less space, arriving in either 32GB or 64GB, but still has the 10.6-inch ClearType HD display.

Microsft says that the Intel-tablet will efficiently compete against other Intel Ultrabooks, and the ARM-tablet can hold it's own against other ARM-competitors. The ARM-tablet is currently expected to ship out when Windows 8 releases in October, with the Intel tablet following three months afterwards.

Source: TheVerge



Apple Files Patent for iPhone's Swappable Lenses

clock June 19, 2012 00:16 by author Jeremy

As if smartphones weren't encroaching on the camera industry's turf enough, Apple's latest plans may sway a few more loyal customers to their cause. It's common to see phones with up to 12-megapixel cameras attached to them, which certainly makes digital cameras lose their appeal - after all, who wants to lug around an extra electronic when your cell phone can handle it all?

Apple seems to be thinking along the same lines, and recently filed a patent to have an iPhone with swappable lenses. Digital camera fans beware, since basic point-and-shoot cameras normally don't even have the option to change lenses.

For Apple, this could mean gaining a few consumers from the opposition, as Android phones don't have swappable lenses just yet. Meanwhile, for the digital camera industry, this is just another obstacle to overcome as they struggle with their hold on the market.

However, better pictures on your smartphone doesn't come without its quirks. While no official information has been released yet (such as, say, whether this is even going to be a feature in the next iPhone), one can only imagine what kind of an effect all the picture-taking and lens-swapping will have on your battery life.

Sources: appleinsider, pcmag



Apple's WWDC 2012: New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iOS 6

clock June 12, 2012 01:09 by author Jeremy

Apple's WWDC 2012 finally arrived at our doorstep, and it didn't disappoint. During their opening keynote earlier today, Tim Cook and other Apple representatives introduced a myriad of goodies in both hardware and software-form.

We start off with an introduction to the latest array of notebooks: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are getting some great upgrades in every department. The biggest contender here, though, is the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. That's a 15.4-inch display, 2880 x 1800, with reduced glare. This behemoth can have up to a 2.7GHz quad-core, 16GB RAM, a Kepler GT 650M graphics card, and 768GB of internal flash storage. The battery life is rated at 7 hours, but we'll see if other benchmarks prove that wrong. There's no optical drive, but by trading that away, Apple was able to create this latest MacBook Pro with a thickness of 0.71-inches.

All the latest laptops, however, will include the new MagSafe 2 adapter. This features a new (or old, technically) T-connection tip, rather than the barrel-style that Apple has used previously. A new $9.99 adapter is available at Apple stores to use in conjunction with your old charger, rather than having to buy a new one completely. Also included in all laptops are USB 3.0 slots, and the latest OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Previous customers will be able to purchase this for $19.99, and is upgradable from Lion and Snow Leopard.

On the software side, we'll be getting iOS 6 in the fall, which is available for the iPhone 3GS and up, the 2nd and 3rd-generation iPad (aka the New iPad), and the 4th-generation iPod Touch. iOS 6 includes the following:

  • Siri is now available for the iPad: it can launch apps, and even tell the current scores of sports games. Capable of providing sports fact via search and can place restaurant orders and see reviews via Yelp.
  • Facebook, like Twitter before, is now fully integrated into iOS 6, with its contacts and notifications.
  • A new call-feature has been added that allows text-replies from the call screen via pre-written messages. Do Not Disturb mode allows certain callers while blocking out the rest, and it has an emergency mode that permits a call to go through if two or more calls are placed by the same user within a short amount of time.
  • FaceTime is now available over cellular/mobile. No word on which networks this applies to.
  • Maps have been updated since leaving Google's network, but will feature turn-by-turn navigation.

This is only a small bit of what's available, and Apple says there are over 200 new features.

Last but not least, a partnership with several automobile manufacturers was announced, including BMW, Mercedes, GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, Audi, Jaguar, and Land Rover. These companies will make use of the phone-button built into the steering wheel, making it Siri-compatible. Once the button is pressed, Siri will come up and you can search by voice on your car's microphone. Your iPhone will, of course, have to be plugged into the car, but still a nifty feature nonetheless.

There's still four days left of WWDC, too. What else can Apple surprise us with? While a new iPhone was rumored, it seems unlikely that the 4S will be replaced already.

Source: The Verge (pictures)



Computex 2012 Wraps Up with Ultrabooks Galore

clock June 9, 2012 01:04 by author Jeremy

This week, Taipei welcomed back manufacturers and gadget geeks alike for their annual event, Computex. This year featured many new Ultrabooks, from the touchscreen ASUS Zenbook UX21A to the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid PC (read: tablet). Many of these featured Windows' new OS, Windows 8, and many agree that it's popularity should serve as a warning to other certain tablet OS-makers.

Engadget has rounded up all their news-bits onto one page, which can be found at the source link below. Be sure to check it out and peruse all the links for the nifty laptops and tablets that will be coming out soon.

Sources: engadget (full list of links), liliputing, slashgear



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