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Apple has finally released its third-gen iPad, dubbed the new iPad (Yes, and not iPad HD or iPad 3 as rumours claimed!). And for what it does, it’s definitely a PC killer! Looking pretty similar to iPad 2, the changes are very subtle on the outside – only when it’s powered on, the differences are evident.
Here are the specs in brief:
- 9.7″ HD Retina Display at 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution (at 264 pixels per inch (ppi))
- Dual-core A5X CPU
- 1GB RAM (rumoured!)
- PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU
- Sizes of 16GB to 64GB (same as iPad 2)
- iOS 5.1
- WiFi and WiFi+4G models
- 9.4mm thick and weighs 652-662g
- 5 megapixel iSight rear camera with 1080p recording (and VGA secondary camera)
- 10 hours of battery with 42.5Wh battery
- AssistiveTouch and other accessibility options (not Siri!)
For more info, visit Apple.com/iPad
I’m totally getting one!
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Finally, after 2 years reigning the mobile world, the N8 can finally retire. For the time has now come for the Nokia 808 to rule!
Last week at MWC 2012, Nokia brought the PureView teaser to fever pitch with the 41 megapixel camera of the Symbian Belle-running Nokia PureView 808.
The Nokia 808 PureView uses a 41 MP sensor, which captures image data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one, resulting in stills at around 5 MP resolution with amazing detail and low noise levels. The optics are Carl Zeiss and there’s Xenon flash and a LED one acting as a video light.
Technically, the sensor is able to capture 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 38 MP at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2 MP, 5 MP [Default], 8 MP, 34 MP at 16:9.
Video recording goes as high as FullHD 1080p at 30 fps and there’s also 720p@30fps. Video is H264 encoded and supports stereo sound. The large image sensor allows 4x zoom in 1080p and 6x in 720p.
The Nokia 808 PureView has a single-core 1.3 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM and runs Symbian Belle. The display is a 16:9 4″ AMOLED unit of nHD (640 x 360) resolution covered with curved Gorilla Glass.
There’s NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB on the go and 16 GB of onboard storage.
The Nokia 808 PureView should be on the shelves around May 2012.
The specs, in brief:
- 1.3 Ghz ARM11 CPU (with unspecified Broadcom GPU)
- 512 RAM
- 16 GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card
- 4 inch CBD AMOLED with 640×360 resolution (how sad!)
- Polycarbonate body with Gorilla glass front
- Physical buttons up front
- 41 MP camera (with 1/1.2″ CMOS sensor) and Full HD (1080p) video recording – with PureView technology
- And other usual stuffs on a Nokia
To all my readers, have a nice and joyous Valentine’s day! For the singles, wish for something nice on this nice day
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This is kinda funny, but not all are quite accurate, I should say.
Check out the rest at Heavy Comedy
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Now, take this with a large pinch of salt.
Apparently, what we’re seeing is a picture of the unannounced and long-rumoured Nokia tablet, codenamed ‘Champagne‘.
As the source indicates, nothing much can be deduced.
“…the Nokia tablet does appear to be a possible black and champagne coloured tablet/possible keyboard combo, with rounded edges.”
But it does look like it’s having a curved glass, ala N9/Lumia 800. So this could possibly be a real deal. Well, let’s just wait and see.
Update: Now, this could very well be fake. Take a look at this picture below, of the Nokia Booklet 3G, and judge yourself!
Happy New Year peeps!
Well, been MIA for months now. So let’s hope that in 2012, I shall have more time to spend on my beloved blog
Anyway, have a good year ahead everyone. Don’t miss 2011 too much.
Photo credit: Ugendran L.
Steve Jobs, the visionary behind some of the world’s best loved technology, has passed away at the age of 56.
One of the most important and influential figures of our time, the name of which could be found in the credits of all Pixar movies, left us peacefully, surrounded by his family members, early today (Malaysian time).
Thank you Mr. Jobs, thank you for everything we have today – personal laptops, mp3 players, touchscreen smartphones, all-in-one desktops, legal music downloads, etc, the list goes on! There is no area of technology that Steve Jobs’ work has not directly influenced and profoundly transformed. He built products that transcended technology and dealt in meaning and wonder rather than hardware and software.
Jobs, along with his engineer friend Steve Wozniak, was the man behind the first popular, low-cost computer. Jobs created the concept of an all-in-one computer in the Macintosh, which lives on today in the iMac, and hundreds of millions of smartphones and tablets. In 1997 Jobs returned to Apple, and in 2001 he launched the iPod — a device that drove the revolution of the antiquated, analog music industry into the digital beast that it is today. This paved the way for the iPhone and then the iPad, two products that forever changed the course of consumer technology.
In his own words (something he wrote recently):
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, putatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancrefine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs will be sorely missed by his family, his friends, his comrades in Cupertino, and of course all of us.
Rest in peace, and farewell, Steve Jobs.
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iPhone 4 was phenomenal. iPhone 4S, albeit with minimal changes, has done it again. Taking into account of the OS, the new iPhone is one of the most powerful devices to enter the market this year (Android is still considerably slow and sluggish to a certain extent, so there’s no point comparing Android phones with computer-like hardware specs even).
- Dual core Ghz processor;
- Dual core GPU (7 times faster than previous iPhone);
- 1GB of RAM
- 8MP camera (f 2/4, backside illuminated CMOS), with IR filter, 5 element lens, mere 1.1 seconds from first picture to another;
- 1080p video recording;
- Same retina display (3.5″);
- Wireless mirroring;
- iOS 5;
- Siri – Assistant feature! [This one is really revolutionary, with natural language mastering];
- Black and white versions, 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399 (US prices with carrier contracts).
The phone goes on sale in the US (and 6 other countries) on 14 October 2011, and in 22 other countries on 28 October 2011. The remaining 70+ countries will get it later!
I have to admit, I’m crazy over this one. Been waiting years for this, and we finally get a sneak peek at what’s cooking in Nolan’s kitchen.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy,
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.
Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Lamborghini has released a very cool promotional trailer for the Lamborghini Aventador. Make sure to watch!
Various scenes show the testing of carbon-fibre, the checking of panel gaps and the workmanship involved in the leatherwork. It’s a stunningly produced piece, which will have keen automotive fans glued to the screen throughout the entire three-minute clip.