When the new iPad starred in an entertaining magic show… (video)

When Apple launched the original iPad back in 2010, it described it as a ‘magical and revolutionary’ device. There was no doubt it was revolutionary, but the ‘magical’ aspect of it was still shaky-dicey. Of course, we’ve seen plenty of magical acts featuring Apple’s popular gadget but none as entertaining and crisp as what we have below. Again, many of the tricks you’ll see in the video below have already been demonstrated in other magical acts, but there are many other tricks which make it possibly the most impressive video we have seen to date. The act was performed by Step2 Communication at MIPIM in Cannes and included no less than seven different iPads!

Apple releases first TV ad for the new iPad (video)

Just hours after Apple unveiled to the world the new iPad, the Cupertino company has gone ahead with the release of a first TV commercial for the “resolutionary” gadget, focusing, as expected, on the device’s retina display.

When a screen becomes this good, it’s simply you and the things you care about.

Check out the new iPad advertisement below:

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phones leak ahead of tomorrow’s announcement at Nokia World

With just hours to go for Nokia World to kick off, two new Nokia Windows Phone devices have made their way out a little too early before they are dashed out officially tomorrow. The two devices in question are the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 — both, of course, running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS donning the Nokia hardware. Unfortunately there isn’t much information available about the said devices as yet but we’re sure to find out more over a cup of coffee tomorrow morning at Nokia World at these times:

10:00PM – Hawaii (October 25th)
01:00AM – Pacific (October 26th)
02:00AM – Mountain (October 26th)
03:00AM – Central (October 26th)
04:00AM – Eastern (October 26th)
09:00AM – London (October 26th)
10:00AM – Paris (October 26th)
12:00PM – Moscow (October 26th)
05:00PM – Tokyo (October 26th)

As always, we’ll keep you updated with the latest. Enjoy these close-ups of the 800 and 710 till then:

Image via WinRumors

India finally launch world’s cheapest tablet — ‘Aakash’

The Government Of India has kept its promise and finally launched, as scheduled, the cheapest tablet the world has seen named ‘Aakash’. Previously expected to arrive earlier this year, the tablet’s October launch has bought a huge sigh of relief to people, especially students, all over India. Costing the government Rs. 2,276 (Approx. $49.98), the device  will be given to students after subsidising the price by up to 50 per cent, Human Resources Development Minister Shri Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the device in New Delhi.

Aakash (which means ‘Sky’ in Hindi) is a low cost access cum computing device running on Google’s Android OS, possessing some decent features required for educational purposes. The device was distributed among 500 children on the occasion of its unveiling a few hours ago.

The device will be available at retail stores at a maximum retail price of Rs 2999 through renowned carrier Aircel in November.

Aakash UbiSlate 7 Specifications

•         Hardware:

–        Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor

–        Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash

–        Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported

–        Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number):  1 Standard USB port

–        Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack

–        Display and Resolution: 7” display with 800×480 pixel resolution

–        Input Devices: Resistive touch screen

–        Connectivity and Networking: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g

–        Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery.  AC adapter 200-240 volt range.

•         Software:

–        OS: Android 2.2

–        Document Rendering

•         Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP

•         PDF viewer, Text editor

–        Multimedia and Image Display

•         Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF

•         Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA

•         Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

–        Communication and Internet

•         Web browser – Standards Compliance:  xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant

•         Separate application for online YouTube video

•         Safety and other standards compliance

–        CE certification / RoHS certification

Other: Additional Web Browser: UbiSurfer-Browser with compression/acceleration and IE8 rendering.

For more detailed information check out the press release.

Apple Announces New iPod Touch, available from October 12

Apart from the Nano, Apple has updated the Touch as well, giving users a host of new products today.

Prices

  • 8GB – $199
  • 32GB – $299
  • 64GB – $399

Please note there is no 16GB update

The new iPod Touch will be available from October 12.

Samsung Galaxy Note gets launch date

Remember Samsung’s mini tablet / large smartphone they unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin last month which goes by the name of Galaxy Note? It has apparently been given a launch date — November 17.

Korean gadget maker Samsung had announced the device last month, which looks like either a monster smartphone or a mini tablet as it fits in between these two categories with a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with 800×1280 resolution.

The Galaxy Note will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an update expected to available pretty soon for it) and packs a punch with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+. It will also have two cameras — an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP webcam on the front, a ‘Smart Pen’ stylus for control and on-screen scribbling, and 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via the microSD card slot. It will be 9.65mm thick and weigh 178g and is rumored to cost as much as £600 SIM free.

Simon Stanford, MD of mobile for Samsung UK and Ireland said, “The Galaxy Note is a great example of Samsung’s passion for innovation by bringing to market a brand new category of mobile products. It is our fastest handset to date and brings together all the benefits of our award-winning smartphone technology and services.”

We’ll be eagerly waiting for this “new category” device to launch.

Spotted: iPad knock-off running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (video)

Look what we’ve found here: a 9.7 inch tablet that looks pretty similar to Apple’s iPad BUT runs Google’s Android operating system (2.3.3 Gingerbread). The knock-off is called Aocos N19 and, of course, like all other knock-offs, this device too originates from China.

The device comes loaded with an impressive 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor (which basically means it is quite fast), runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card. The best part: it dons a high-resolution (1024×768) 9.7” capacitive display that offers wide viewing angles and bright, bright colors thanks to IPS Technology which is used in the original iPad as well.

You probably have an iPad. But some Chinese could not afford it. So what they do? Get an iPad knockoff. The Aocos N19 is the latest iPad clone to hit the scene. Unlike Apple’s original iPad, the Aocos is all about Android.

The Aocos N19 is a pretty decent iPad knockoff. It was widely discussed at the local tablet computer forums for its amazing IPS display. At first sight, it is clearly an iPad clone. It packs the usual Android build into a casing that looks a lot like the real thing.

Other features include 720p HDMI output, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, a microSD card slot, miniUSB slot. It is 13mm thick (same as original iPad) and weighs 660g (60g more than the original iPad).

M.I.C. Gadget went hands-on with the device and found it to be running smoothly. Performance on heavy games was just satisfactory.

Best Buy: 1,499 Yuan (around $235)

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iPad 2 with iOS 5 vs Windows 8 slate (video)

Microsoft recently unveiled a few Windows 8 slates at BUILD, a developers conference, showcasing the power of the new Windows operating system, Windows 8. While it is still quite some time away from a final release and launch, it hopes to take on Apple’s iOS 5 and iPad 2, a device that is already established in the market and is already awaiting its successor. So, can Windows 8 slates take on iPad 2s running iOS 5? WinRumors helps us:

Would you be purchasing a Windows 8 slate when it launches next year?

Park your Volkswagen with an iPhone with Valeo’s Park4U, be cool

Auto-part and equipment supplier Valeo demonstrated a cool variation of their automatic Park4U system at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt yesterday, showing how we can park a Volkswagen using their system.

Equipped with only the ability to brake and accelerate, CNET explains a “Valeo representative stood outside the car, a Volkswagen Sharan, and parked it merely by using an iPhone app.”

Recently, Bentley too incorporated a few Apple gadgets in their car — 2 iPads, 1 Mac Mini and an iPod Touch. In the past, too, Apple products have honored car functioning of major manufacturers. Seeing the trend, it won’t be long before every car comes equipped with Apple gadgets like iPad and iPhone built-in to enhance functionality and driving experience.

Is THIS the next iPhone?

A new iPhone-like smartphone has leaked its image into the web and is doing the rounds all over. The purported device, which was uploaded by a reader at MacRumors Forums who claims that the device IS the iPhone 5, was photographed yesterday in the office of a French wireless carrier.

What do you think of the device? Is it really the next iPhone? And for that matter, the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5?

Presenting the iPhone 5 (fake, of course)

There”s a saying here in my country which goes like this: “It happens only in India!” It”s not just a statement but a famous phrase used in many places. And for fake gadgets and products, well, we have to aptly say “It happens only in China!”

The city of Shenzhen in Guangdong, China is known for producing a lot of fake gadgets, some exact clones & mockups and some little different, but each having one similarity — they are all fake. The latest phony, or should i say iPhoney, addition to that list is the holy iPhone 5, a gadget which even the original maker hasn”t completed work upon. The design is based on the rumors surrounding the next iPhone from Cupertino, and is, somewhat, a roundup of all these rumors.

From GizChina (pardon their grammatical errors):

The latest rumor is that the iPhone 5 MAY ship at the end of September, but the impatient Shenzhen guys have jumped the gun slots games again and already launched an iPhone 5 clone!

It’s not the most awe inspiring clone, to us at least, we’ve seen and, but it does look to follow the shape those leaked iPhone 5 case designs pointed at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese gadget blog, GizChina discovered this unholy gadget which features an iPhone 3GS-like curved back, a thinner profile, 7mm thickness, has Wi-Fi connectivity, dual cameras with LED flash and, get this, 64GB memory (at least that’s what it says on its back). And as is the case with all fake gadgets, it runs on a disappointing (and horrible) Java-based OS which has MP3/MP4 playback.

The fake iPhone 5 will cost you 699 yuan or approximately $108, if the thought of buying it ever crosses your mind.

via MacRumors

INFOGRAPHIC: 35 years of Apple Inc. products

 

 

 

Apple has been ruling our technological purchases since 1976, ever since they launched their first product. Since then, Apple has grown to become a beast of a company, providing us gadgets since the last 35 years that has made life much easier for us. In remembrance of that, Mashable has shared an infographic of all the gadgets Apple has released over the last 35 years, titled the “Apple Tree”…