Samsung Galaxy S III’s April launch confirmations coming in

As we reported earlier, the next big thing from Samsung, the Galaxy S III Android smartphone was rumored for an April arrival, and now we have confirmations regarding the same coming in, confirming the launch time frame. The report comes in from ZDNet Korea, who claim to get the confirmation from Samsung’s marketing and advertising agency, Cheil Worldwide. Boasting 1080p full HD visuals, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a revamped ceramic encasing among the improvisations over its predecessor — the Galaxy S II, it isn’t surprising the Galaxy S III is the hottest Android property at the moment the world over, garnering almost as much attention as Apple always garners when a new iPhone is due for launch. Talk about competing neck-and-neck…

Apple prepping up 7.85-inch iPads?

So Apple is gearing up for a 7.85-inch iPad launch next year, eh? This is not the first time we’re hearing such ‘rumors’ and it definitely won’t be the last. Back in September of last year, rumors began circulating that Apple is working on a smaller 7-inch iPad to compete with RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook launch back then. The rumors also went on to state that the 7-inch iPads will have a USB port, orchestrating mixed reactions among people. But those rumors were quickly quashed when the late Steve Jobs said the following at Apple’s quarterly conference call last year:

Let’s talk about the avalanche of tablets; first, there are only a few credible competitors, and they all have seven-inch screens. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.

Today, those rumors are back again with a publication from Digitimes a few hours ago that states that Apple is definitely considering a smaller iPad and that the production for it will start in the second quarter of 2012, ready for sale by the end of the same year. This smaller iPad, though, won’t be the iPad 3.

Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain.

The new iPad that is rumored to launch early next year will presumably be the iPad 3, while the smaller 7-85 inch iPad, rumored for a late 2012 release, is still searching for a suitable name (iPad 3S?).

Digitimes’ “sources” believe Apple will go for smaller iPads to compete with the fast-selling Kindle Fire which is threatening to eat up Apple’s tablet market share, as well as similar new entrants which pose a threat to Apple, including large-sized smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.

LG Display and AU Optronics are reportedly leading the race to be the manufacturers for the 7.85-inch panels that will hit the supply streams in Q2 2012.

While it definitely makes sense for Apple to go for a 7.85-inch iPad, i personally don’t think we’ll see an iPad smaller than what we already have. Apple is always known to lead the way rather than follow the competition and change its policies according to them so it’s hard to believe Apple will mend this time. And besides, as the great man once said: “This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.” He may be no more but his ideology and vision is echoed by those working at Apple. Even after his unfortunate death.

Via Digitimes

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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iPad 3 and its screen resolution – breakthrough

Will the iPad 3 sport a 3D display?

According to CNET, there are some sources who have informed them that manufacturers are finding it very difficult to create the high resolution 2048×1536 resolution display in large quantities that Apple requires. Though they will start production in November it is quite unsure whether they will be able to make enough to cater to Apple’s needs.

If the manufacturers are unable to make the required number of displays then they will make a 1,600×1,200 resolution display.

Detailed information on this is currently unavailable but we will try to get it very soon.

Until then hope that the manufacturers can make enough display so that we can have an iPad 3 with a better resolution (264 PPI [pixel per inch] — twice than the 132 PPI on the iPad 2).

Muammar Gaddafi Killed [Pic + Video]

Muammar Gaddafi, the ex rebellious king of Libya, has now been killed and his bloodied body stripped and displayed around the world from a cellphone video, reports Reuters.

“We confirm that all the evils, plus Gaddafi, have vanished from this beloved country,” Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in Tripoli as the body was delivered, a prize of war, to Misrata, the city whose siege and suffering at the hands of Gaddafi’s forces made it a symbol of the rebel cause.

“It’s time to start a new Libya, a united Libya,” Jibril added. “One people, one future.”

A formal declaration of liberation, that will set the clock ticking on a timeline to elections, would be made by Friday.

More coverage: Reuters

Steve Jobs and a Redesigned iPhone 5

In an interesting report coming out this morning, it is revealed that the iPhone 4S was NOT Steve Jobs‘ last project. Instead, it was the ‘next generation iPhone’ (iPhone 5?) that the iconic chief worked on before he departed for the heavens. Continue reading “Steve Jobs and a Redesigned iPhone 5”

Power of 5: iPhone-iOS-October?

According to a new report published today, Apple is all set to launch iPhone 5 and iOS 5 on October 5.

PocketGamer reports that an “inside source” has hinted them that Apple is planning to host a media event on October 5th to launch some new hardware, which will then subsequently release a week later on October 12th.

In the sort of hush-hush operation whereby we’d have to kill you etc etc, it seems that Apple is gearing up for a slightly earlier than previously expected iPhone 5 launch.

Our inside source says there will be a press conference announcing the new hardware on October 5th, with retail release occurring a week later.

The symbolism works well too: iPhone 5, iOS 5, October 5.

Various reports are strongly suggesting that there will be not one but two different variations of iPhones available, one pretty similar to the current iPhone 4 (iPhone 4S) and the other a totally different one (iPhone 5). The report also expects a new 3G-equipped iPod Touch to arrive with the iPhones.

While all this sounds good and exciting, we must not get carried away as previously too a report had suggested that Apple will hold an event on September 7 and launch the iPhone 5 and iOS 5. But nothing of the sort happened. And now, we have October 5 as the date when some new hardware from Cupertino arrives. But will we be disappointed this time too? Only time will tell.

Via PocketGamer

Breaking: Zaheer Khan to get married soon!!

Sorry girls, yet another eligible bachelor, Zaheer Khan, may soon go off the ‘available’ list straight into Isha Sharvani’s arms, according to a report in the Times Of India today.

The report says that “soon after India emerged victorious at the World Cup 2011, and Zaheer Khan finished as the joint highest wicket taker of the tournament (he and Afridi both got 21 scalps), his proud parents were reportedly insistent on getting the best bowler (read, flavour) of the season married. And their wish was Zaheer’s command! We hear Zaheer is planning to walk the aisle with his long time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani very soon.”

Their love story is almost like a movie script. Isha was performing during an event in 2005. Zaheer was there. They got introduced and kept bumping into each other at various social dos. And before long they were seeing each other. However, after two years of dating they decided to call it quits. Both went their seperate ways. And were not in touch till they met again in 2010.

Isha and Zaheer decided to give love a second chance. “True love deserves a second chance and Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani are doing just that,” said Hindustan Times. And now, it seems their decision was the right one.

The pretty damsel, who began her Bollywood career with Subhash Ghai’s ‘Kisna’ opposite Vivek Oberoi did not outright deny this news when contacted by a tabloid. Nonetheless, she preferred to keep it simple by saying, ‘I really don’t want to comment on this.’

Love is in the air folks and the good news is just around the corner… 😉

The all new MacBook Pro Core i7

MacBook Pro Core i7

Apple has finally released it new Macbook Pro. Below are its specs

Size and weight

Height:
0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width:
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth:
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Weight:
5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)1

15-inch MacBook Pro with dimensions.

Connections and expansion

Connections and Expansion on the 15-inch MacBook ProView larger

  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • SD card slot
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot

Communications

802.11n

  • AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with subwoofers
  • Omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
  • Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
  • Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

Environmental Status Report

MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free3
  • Reduced packaging volume
  • Meets ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold4

Display

15-inch MacBook Pro showing display.

  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
  • Optional 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen display with 1680 by 1050 pixels (glossy or antiglare)

Graphics and video support

NVIDIA GeForce 330M GT

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz configurations; or 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.66GHz configuration
  • Intel HD Graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
  • Automatic graphics switching
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • iSightiSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort

Pure digital video output

DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (optional)

VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (optional)

Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display (optional)

HDMI output using Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (optional)

Input

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  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Processor and memory

intel Core i7

  • 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB shared L3 cache; or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

15-inch MacBook Pro configurations

Storage

Storage

  • 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive6
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD

slot-loading SuperDrive

Battery and power7

Up to 9 hours of wireless productivity.

  • Built-in 77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
  • MagSafe power port

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F
    (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F
    (-24° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Credits: Apple