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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 May Run Windows 8

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment
ASUS will be using an x86 processor from
Intel or AMD’s ranges for the Windows 8 tablet or using Windows on ARM
and picking something like a next-gen Tegra chip such as Kal-El and
Android version of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 will be cheaper than
its Windows 8 counterpart, but the grown up Microsoft OS will allow for
more complex document creation and editing. While the Android version
would cost the same as the existing one, the Windows model will carry a
premium due partly to the cost of the operating system and  it appears
that both the Android and Windows 8 models are on track for a release at
some point in 2012.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 May Run Windows 8
Asus Eee Pad Transformer is
a slate-style tablet with an optional keyboard docking station which
sort of transforms the device into a laptop and the dock also has a
separate battery which nearly doubles the run time. Currently the Eee Pad Transformer is designed to run Google Android 3.x Honeycomb, but now Eee Pad Transformer rumored to run on Windows 8. That certainly makes sense since the new tablet won’t go into production until later on in 2012 when Windows 8 is expected to launch. Like the original Eee Pad Transformer,
its successor will feature an optional keyboard dock with built-in
battery for extended mobile use. Windows 8 itself will offer a much more
tablet-friendly UX than Windows 7 currently provides,
but the keyboard dock will still come in handy for those times when an
on-screen keyboard just doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Actual hardware
specs for the Transformer 2 will likely not be known until much closer to its release, though Asus could certainly be testing Windows 8 on
the current Transformer’s ARM internals. Its dual-core, 1Ghz Tegra
processor and 1GB RAM should provide sufficient horsepower, at least for
basic testing at this stage of the game. ASUS currently
starts the Honeycomb Transformer at $399 for the tablet alone and they
charge $149 for the docking station and Microsoft isn’t scheduled to
release Windows 8 until sometime in 2012.
Categories: Computer, Laptop, Technology

Alienware Intel Core i7 Powered 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Alienware’s new m17x10-1847DSB 17‐Inch Gaming Laptop now available in Take control of your gaming with the Alienware M17X
multimedia laptop, which features a thermally optimized case design with
aggressive lines and an in-your-face attitude. It features a stunning,
high-definition 17-inch display and a powerful Intel Core i7
processor–featuring four cores of intelligent processing power. ATI
Radeon HD 5870 graphics with 1 GB of video memory and CrossFireX
capabilities. Taken together, this combination of high-performance
technologies allow you to rip through the latest 3D games at
lightning-fast frame-rates.
 Product Features:
  • Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz, 2.93GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache
  • 6GB Dual Channel
    DDR3 at 1333MHz (2 DIMMs); USB 2.0 (4) eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo (2-in-1
    Port) with PowerShare DisplayPort, HDMI?, VGA Audio-out Connectors (3)
    Audio-in/Microphone Jack Built-in Front Speakers (2) Gigabit Ethernet
  • 500GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive; 8x Slot-Loading CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)
  • CrossFireX 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Graphics; 17″(1440 x 900)Widescreen
  • McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 6 Months; Steam gaming portal
  • 17-inch high-definition widescreen display with 1440 x 900-pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • 1.73 GHz Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.93 GHz) delivers maximum processing power in response to peak demands. Intel’s Turbo Boost technology
    maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating
    performance to match your workload–providing more performance when you
    need it the most.
  • 500 GB SATA hard drive (7200 RPM)
  • 6 GB of installed RAM (DDR3) with 1333 MHz speed
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics
    with 1 GB of dedicated video memory. Loaded with advanced technology
    and support for Microsoft DirectX 11, the HD 5870 has the power and
    premium features you need for fully immersive gameplay as well as the
    capability to expand your visual real estate across up to six displays.
    And with the ATI CrossFireX
    multi-GPU performance gaming platform, you can combine two or more
    discrete graphics processors to work together to improve system
  • 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Bluetooth connectivityenables you to communicate and synchronize wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
  • Built-in stereo speakers with internal high-definition, 5.1-channel audio
  • 2.0-megapixel webcam
  • Backlit keyboard with AlienFX
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable.
  • DisplayPort video output is the newest monitor interface supporting today’s digital graphics and LCD technologies
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
    makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite
    photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and
    where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best
    entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade.
    It’s the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten
    minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you’ll keep your
    existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through
    the simple upgrade process.
  • 9-cell battery
  • Dimensions: 14.88 x 12.15 x 1.92 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 9 pounds (with 6-cell battery)
  • Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty; 24/7 phone support

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 3 total USB ports with 1 eSATA/USB combo port that
    enables you to connect to compatible external hard drives for lightning
    fast transfers of large multimedia files–up to 5 times faster than via
    a standard USB port.
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • Video output: 1 VGA and 1 DisplayPort
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • 8-in-1 memory card reader
  • 1 headphone, 1 microphone
Categories: Laptop, Technology

The Year of the Tablets

June 11, 2011 Leave a comment

2011 is the Year of the Tablets. It really is. After Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, several other tablet computers have been launched with the hope to increase their market share.

In response to the craze for tablet computers, The New York Times offers an interactive guideline which is quite handy, especially for those who are thinking of purchasing a tablet but don’t have any idea which one to opt for.
This interactive guide allows you to view features of the Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Toshiba Tablet, HP Slate and Dell Streak. It also provides URL links to comprehensive reviews of each gadget written by technology experts as well as links to the product pages.
The most amazing feature of this interactive guideline is that you can also choose which of these tablets to compare to one another, allowing an easier view and, of course, helping with your decision-making.

Life-saving inventions
The world has been struck by so many natural disasters in recent years. Before Japan was hit by a devastating tsunami, China’s Sichuan province was wrecked by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in 2008, and then Indonesia’s Java was hit the following year. Just last year it was Haiti and Chile.
Jack Lamport from BBC News has compiled several gadgets that have been invented to help the victims of natural disasters.
Inflatable hospitals, for example, have been used since 2005 mainly by international medical and humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres, particularly in the aftermath of the earthquake in Pakistan that year and in Haiti in 2010.
In times of disaster when local hospitals have been ruined, hospitals created from inflatable tents have proven to be very practical.
In Japan where people were left without access to clean water after the tsunami, Lifestraw _ a compact, lightweight filter that kills bacteria and parasites in a purification cartridge _ was also created as a life-saving device.
Categories: Tablet, Technology

20 Most-Wanted Features Of iPhone 5

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment
New rumors indicate that the next generation iPhone
could come with a new aluminum design for AT&t and Version,
ditching the ultra-fragile glass back coming with the iPhone 4 and also
features such as aluminum back, the A5 SoC, and confirmation of a June
or July 2011 release date. The iPhone 5 would look more like the iPad

The iPhone 5 rumors continue to fly fast and furious nd it’s looking more and more like a fall launch for the next iPhone.
All is unknown. But that hasn’t stopped me from updating this list of
most-wanted features with information gleaned from the arrival of iOS 5,
as well as other new products and services. As a reminder, the 20 items
in the list are ordered from least important to most in a reverse

20 most-wanted features:

  1. iOS 5:
    What new features will iOS 5 bring? Who knows, but we look forward to its arrival in June.
  2. 4G network compatible:
    The one big thing missing from the iPhone 4 is the lack of next-gen 4G
    data network support, which is probably why Apple called it the 4
    instead of the 4G.AT&T will reportedly have a 4G network up and
    running in 2011, whereas Sprint has already rolled out its next-gen
    network. Verizon has also just deployed its 4G network, but the Verizon
    iPhone 4 will not support 4G data.
  3. Dual-core processor:
    With Apple’s acquisition of PA Semiconductor, it’s started designing and
    churning out its own CPUs. The iPhone 4 has an A4 that runs at 1GHz.
    However, now that LG, Motorola, and others have unveiled dual-core
    Android phones, the processor ante has been raised.Rumor has it that
    Apple will move to a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM
    Cortex A9 cores in both the next-generation iPhone and iPad 2. But
    that’s just speculation.
  4. Better camera:
    We certainly appreciate that Apple improved the camera in the iPhone 4
    (5 megapixels; LED flash), but we’ve seen rumors that Sony is developing
    an even better 8-megapixel camera for the fifth-gen iPhone.
  5. Improved 3D graphics:
    The A4 CPU has a Imagination PowerVR graphics chip integrated into it.
    Like the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 uses a PowerVR SGX535 chip. But the
    iPhone 5 will hopefully get the PowerVR SGX545, which was announced last
  6. Better cloud-computing support:
    Setting up an Android phone is dead simple: input your Gmail username
    and password, and the phone will immediately start pulling your
    Google-based contacts, calendar, and other info. The iPhone, by
    contrast, is still a slave to iTunes for activation and media syncing.
    Whether it’s a free version of Mobile Me, or an online version of iTunes powered by Apple’s Lala acquisition, cloud-based iPhone syncing can’t come soon enough.
  7. Fewer failed and dropped calls:
    AT&T has always had problems with its iPhone service in big cities
    like San Francisco and New York, where AT&T complaints seem to run
    highest.Some have questioned whether it’s the phone or the carrier, but
    either way, it will be interesting to see how Verizon’s network handles
    the influx of iPhone users.
    It’s also possible that the migration of some AT&T iPhone customers
    to Verizon will bring relief to AT&T’s network and perhaps its
    service will improve. Let’s hope so.
  8. More carriers:
    Now that the CDMA version of the iPhone
    has finally come to Verizon, it wouldn’t be too hard to make a Sprint
    version. Or how about a T-Mobile iPhone? Alas, we don’t know whether
    Verizon’s worked in any sort of exclusivity agreement into its deal with Apple, but let the rumors begin
  9. Video chat (FaceTime) over 4G network:
    Currently, on the iPhone 4, FaceTime only works over Wi-Fi and only with
    other iPhone 4s. We’d like to see an option to use it over a cellular data network,
    and hope it’s supported when AT&T’s faster 4G network ramps up in
    2011. We’d also like to see the ability to make video calls with PCs.
  10. Improved home screen:
    We’re still waiting for a more customizable home screen, with a real “dashboard.” So far it has yet to appear in iOS 4.
  11. Better battery life:
    Every time Apple puts out a new iPhone, the battery life gets better, so
    we expect no less from the fifth-generation iPhone. Apple says the
    iPhone 4 has 40 percent more talk time than the iPhone 3GS. So, if the
    past is any indicator, we might see similar gains in next year’s model.
  12. Flash support:
    It’ll be a cold day in hell when Apple allows for Flash support on the iPhone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ask for it.
  13. Expandable memory:
    Not happening, but just thought we’d ask.
  14. More memory:
    A lot of people were disappointed that the iPhone 4 didn’t come in a
    64GB version (only 16GB and 32GB). Maybe next year we’ll get 64GB.
  15. Removable battery:
    This well-known rendering of a future iPhone dreams of a model with a removable battery. That appears to run counter to Apple’s current design principles.
  16. Enhanced voice control:
    We expect that in the the next generation of the iOS, Apple will
    continue to flesh out the voice controls for the iPhone, but there’s
    always room for more enhancements. It would be cool to be able to
    compose e-mails or text message by just using your voice, no?
  17. RFID:
    Rumor has it that Apple is looking into integrating radio frequency
    identification, or RFID, into the iPhone. RFID is sort of a bar code
    replacement and could allow your iPhone–among other things–to act as a
    payment device or even a car key. In the image to the left, you see a
    scenario where the iPhone acts as a combination lock (to open what, we
    don’t know).
  18. Biometric security:
    It’s hardly a must-have upgrade, but it would be cool to swipe your
    finger–instead of enter a password–to unlock your phone. (Image note:
    Allegedly, Apple has filed some patents related to this feature.)
  19. HD output:
    Right now, you can’t output 720p or 1080i HD video from an iPhone (any
    iPhone). We hope Apple allows for HD output in the future, particularly
    when you consider that Sprint’s Android-powered Evo has full HD output
    via HDMI.
  20. Built-in IR:
    We like the idea of using the iPhone as a universal remote, but we’re
    not so keen on attaching an IR dongle to the phone every time we want to
    use it as a remote.


Apple vs. Facebook: The battle lines are drawn

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple’s new mobile operating system will incorporate Twitter — and not Facebook. Why can’t Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg get along?

Best Opinion:  TIME, Mashable, Huff Post…
With Apple’s new operating system, iOS 5, users can take a photo and easily email it, text it, or tweet. But sharing it on Facebook is a bit tougher. Photo:
“The lines have been drawn,”says Allie Townsend in TIME. In unveiling a new mobile operating system on Monday, Apple announced a tight integration of Twitter that will let users directly post to the microblogging service from a wide range of apps on their iPhones, iPads, and iPods, without ever having to open a Twitter-specific application. Facebook did not get similar treatment. The announcement clarifies some tech allies and adversaries: Apple and Twitter on one side, and Microsoft and Facebook on the other. But why would Apple “snub” Facebook, the largest social networking site, and opt to partner instead with a service that has about half as many members? Here, three theories:
1. Apple and Facebook have sparred before
Last September, Apple launched a music social network called Ping, which, at first, had Facebook tie-ins. But a “disagreement between the two companies” over the details of Ping led to Facebook being removed, “much to the detriment of Ping’s success,” says Jennifer Van Grove at Mashable.

2. Both companies insist on control
The obstacle to getting a partnership in place may have been “Apple’s desire to maintain control over the user experience and preserve its direct relationship with its customers” — goals that “clashed with Facebook’s own ambitions,” says Bianca Bosker at The Huffington Post. Indeed, Facebook also wants to control the connection to users, says NDTV, and Twitter, by contrast, can be more easily integrated “as an underlying technology.” That gave Twitter the edge.

3. Facebook already friended Microsoft
Apple’s longtime nemesis bought into Facebook early, and has integrated the social networking service into its own mobile operating system. That means “Apple was bound to be looking for alternatives,” says NDTV. The relationship between Microsoft and Facebook means that anyone hoping for a similar deal between Apple and Facebook “will likely be left waiting for quite a while,” says Townsend in TIME.
Source: The Week

Categories: Apple iphone, Technology

Twitter Integration For iOS

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple announced that it’s bringing deep Twitter integration to all of its iOS-based devices and to many of its own apps, including Camera, Photos, Safari and Maps. That integration also extends to Contacts, where you’ll be able to link your contacts to their Twitter handle and keep their information updated.
Apple brings deep Twitter integration to iOS, which allowing users to easily tweet and share their photos, locations or even bookmarks from SafariiOS 5 will also now sync your contacts with their respective Twitter profiles automatically. Selecting this option will allow you to do three things; install the official Twitter application, enter your own Twitter credentials to enable integration, and finally synchronise Twitter handles with contacts on your phone. Twitter is enabled in Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps – you won’t need a separate client if you want to tweet your location, share a photo, video or a webpage. In each of the applications, hitting the share button will instantly reveal a “Tweet” button, which will load the editor displayed in the screenshots above. 
When you are finished editing the tweet and hit Send, you will hear a audible ping, letting you know that your message was sent successfully. Earlier we showed you that Apple provides the option for you to install the official Twitter application. Once you have done so, authenticated within the app (we were hoping it would utilise the details we had already entered) and enabled Push Notifications, you will be updated each time you receive a new Tweet, as you would an email or text message. decision to partner with Twitter is a logical one. The implementation is basic but it works and doesn’t take away from third-party applications that are able to deliver more in terms of functionality.
Categories: Apple iphone, Technology

The First Solar Powered Laptop!

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Industrial Designer Andrea Ponti‘s concept for the Luce Solar Panel Powered PC  could be the First Solar Powered Laptop. This invention may become the greenest laptop ever made. While there are plenty of solar-powered peripherals that plug into your laptop to boost its battery power, we haven’t yet seen a model that runs solely on solar. Checkout more detail bellow.
The computer has two solar panels: One on the back of the monitor and one underneath a touch keyboard. Ideally, the two panels would be able to power the computer continuously, though it’s unclear whether this has been successfully tested. Using a laptop in the sun is far more battery intensive than indoors since the screen brightness needs to be cranked up to compete with the sun’s bright light.
One solution could be to use an electronic ink display in place of the usual backlit flat panel. Although the laptop includes a battery, the cordless design means your productivity will plummet in the evening — at least until you reach for another digital device.
The Luce, which means light in Italian, is made from a clear polycarbonate and weighs about four pounds. It was shortlisted in Fujitsu’s 2011 design competition.
There’s no word on whether Fujitsu plans to turn Ponti’s design into reality, but either way they’re not the only ones thinking about integrating sunlight into computer design. Last year Apple filed a patent for “harnessing external light to illuminate a display screen.”
In Apple’s vision, a reflector could fold down to brighten the display, and the company is rumored to be looking at integrating solar cells as well.
Design images by Andrea Ponti

Apple Patent images via Patently Apple

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