Intel launches new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors (finally!)

Intel has finally launched its new breed of Ivy Bridge (Sandy Bridge) processors, bringing along some delightful features in the package. The new 3D transistor chip, measuring just 22-nano-meter in size, is touted to be more efficient than the bigger Sandy Bridge processors it is replacing, and will also make its way into future Apple Macs. The new chip, which will add improved A/V, USB 3.0 support, and much more will initially be available in 13 quad-core models, in both the i5 and i7 versions, and, according to Intel, will launch in lower end i3 and i5 models later this Spring.

Lenovo announces sleek new All-in-One PC, takes entertainment to a whole new level [Price+Specs]

Lenovo today announced a new entrant to its All-in-One desktop PC lineup – the Lenovo C320 – that “boasts affordable, entertainment-focused computing packed with family-friendly features.” The sleek computer is designed in such a way that enables you to make the most of its computing abilities along with watching movies, video chat, etc without occupying much space in your living room.

Boasting a fairly large 20-inch multi-touch display, the C320 is powered by 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and comes loaded with a LED-backlit display with optional multitouch touchscreen support. For a larger experience, you can always hook up your HDTV or monitor to the AIO’s HDMI port and rake up a mini home theater in your own backyard.

For audio, Lenovo says you need to “look no further than this device’s integrated stereo speakers supporting SRS® Premium Sound” that deliver high quality sound, enriching your movie experiences.

The C320 also bundles a High Sensitivity webcam that allows you to video chat with your near and dear ones over a WiFi network, and includes advanced software for facial tracking and fun image effects.

This AIO PC from Lenovo also comes loaded with family-friendly features, basic multimedia features and mainstream processor, graphics technologies, preloaded games and an optional TV tuner. The family-friendly tools include Lenovo Eye Distance System and Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, which alert when you are too close to the screen and dynamically adjust screen brightness.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo C320 All-In-One desktop will be priced from Rs.25,490/- plus taxes and will be available at retail stores across the country.

Via Lenovo

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch get native Gmail application. Finally.

Google has finally released a native Gmail application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, just as we reported yesterday. The app, which is available for devices running iOS 4+, allows you to:

  • Receive notification badges for new messages
  • Read your mail with threaded conversations
  • Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
  • Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
  • Auto-complete contact names as you type
  • Send and receive attachments
  • Search through all your mail

Says Google:

We’ve created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it’s one more reason to switch to Gmail.

A full-fledged, feature-rich native Gmail experience was indeed missing on iOS. Thankfully, not any more.

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OFFICIAL: Lumia 800 — The ‘first real Windows Phone’ (video)

The curtains are up and we finally have our first real Nokia Windows Phone device named Lumia 800, unveiled at Nokia World few hours ago. A Nokia N9 look-alike, the 800 is a pretty impressive device powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. Towards the center it sports a curved ClearBlack AMOLED (800 x 480) display, with a Carl Zeiss optics-enhanced lens around the back.

On the inside it comes loaded with 16GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 25GB of free SkyDrive space, and features Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and ESPN Sports Hub — all built into the OS. As for the OS itself, well, its the magical Windows Phone Mango, as you’d have already expected.

Other features include an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, designed specifically for low-light environments, and quad-band GSM support, with HSDPA download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.

Priced at €420 ($585), the Lumia 800 is already available for pre-order in the U.S. and will roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK beginning next month, and will make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, with “further markets” on the horizon for a launch sometime next year.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 800
The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black) and the best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The new Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in select countries for pre-order on www.nokia.com and is scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November, with 31 leading operators and retailers providing unprecedented marketing support in those first six countries. It is scheduled to be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

OS X Lion available on the Mac App Store for download; USB flash drive for those with slow net connection

As promised, Apple has today launched Mac OS X Lion, the first major upgrade to its operating system software in two years, through the Mac App Store. Costing $29.99, the download weighs in at 3.74GB (though the Mac App Store calculates it as a 3.5GB download). To those that are blessed with high net speeds can download the Lion from the Mac App Store. For those on the slow side, read on…

Mac owners with a snail’s pace internet connection can download the upgrade at any Apple retail store, or for that matter, at any public Wi-Fi hotspot for free (legally). If this is not your cup of coffee then you can cough up an additional $40 and buy the official USB dongle, pre-loaded with the Lion installer, to be available on Apple’s online store some time in August.

To upgrade your Mac to Lion, you will require Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Apple said in a statement and on the Mac App Store.