Apple announces iPad 2

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2011 - 02:38 PM |

Today, amidst much rumor and speculation, Apple announced the second generation of their iPad. The iPad 2 as Apple is calling it, is the first device to feature their new A5 processor. Apple is touting the specs of the A5 as having a dual core processor with a "9x faster' GPU. It seems most likely that PA Semi and Intrinsity (both ARM design companies purchased by Apple in the past few years) have developed a chip based off of the ARM Cortex A9 platform with a PowerVR SGX543 dual core GPU.

The power of this GPU is utilized in the new HDMI video out feature of the iPad 2. Like some Android Tegra devices that we have seen, the iPad 2 will support mirroring on the screen through HDMI output at resolutions up to 1080p with a separate adapter. A nice feature of the adapter however is that it has a fullsize HDMI port, and Apple 30pin dock connector to still facilitate charging.

Image courtesy of Engadget

Apple is also saying that this new iPad is 33% percent thinner (8.5mm), with the same battery life oh 10 hours that the original iPad achieved. This points to improvements in efficiency of the new A5 chip.

The iPad 2 also adds cameras to the equation. Both a back and front facing camera allow for things such as video conferencing through FaceTime on Apple devices.

Apple also talked about features of their new iOS 4.3, such as the Photo Booth application, enhancements to the Apple AirPlay standard, and an improved JavaScript rendering engine for the mobile Safari browser.

The iPad 2 will be available in both black and white on March 11, in the same pricing scheme for the current iPad with prices ranging from $599 to $830 (16GB WiFi only to 64GB 3G model).

Hate the iPhones and figure Android is a flash in the pan? HTC has a Win7 phone for you.

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2011 - 01:16 PM |

If you are a Windows user and want a phone with a familiar interface then perhaps the HTC HD7 Windows 7 smartphone will be perfect for you.  A 4.3" WVGA display at 480 x 800 pixels gives decent video as it is powered by a a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  It even has some nice extras like a built in kickstand so you can rest it on a flat surface, but expandable storage would have been nice.


Apple updates Macbook Pros with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2011 - 01:52 PM |

Along with the release of Intel's Thunderbolt technology, Apple also released updated MacBook Pros that is really only a minor product update.  In general, the major update includes a move from Arrandale platform on the 15-in and 17-in models and from the Core 2 Duo CPU on the 13-in model to a complete Sandy Bridge based lineup.  Dual-core CPUs ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz will make up the 13-in MacBook Pro while the 15-in and 17-in versions will get the quad-core varian

Check out the Viewsonic Viewpad 7

Subject: Mobile | February 21, 2011 - 02:22 PM |

The numeral on the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 indicates the size, not the version.  It is a 7-inch TFT @ 800x480 powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, 512MB SDRAM and with 512MB NAND Flash storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of removable storage.  The Inquirer had a chance to try it out and were quite impressed by all but the resolution of the front-facing camera which sports a 0.3MP resolution.

Source: The Inquirer

Motorola announces price for Xoom tablet, release date leaked?

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2011 - 08:31 PM |

According to a report today from Reuters, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has officially announced the pricing for their Xoom Tablet. While rumors have been flying about how expensive the 32GB Android 3.0 tablet will be, it has been confirmed to $799 (3G model) and $599 (WiFi only). As the Xoom seems to be Google's flagship product for Android 3.0, it becomes an interesting comparison with the 3G and WiFi only iPad 32GB at $729.00 and $599 respectively.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA announces quad-core Tegra SoC and demos performance

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2011 - 01:02 AM |

Geez, you step away from the computer for just a couple of hours and all hell breaks loose over in Spain at the Mobile World Congress.  NVIDIA decided that just a month or so after the official release of the Tegra 2 dual-core processor was a great time to let loose information on project "Kal-El", the next step in the Tegra chip line that first entered the NVIDIA offices only 12 days ago.

HTC announces first Android tablet at MWC 2011

Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2011 - 05:39 PM |

In the run up to, and subsequent release of the Samsung GALAXY Tab just a few months ago, one of the main questions on our mind became when would HTC enter the Android tablet market. Being one of the biggest players in the mobile phone market, it seemed only natural for HTC to branch into tablets.

Source: engadget

Nokia drops Symbian, as Windows Phone 7 gains momentum

Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2011 - 12:19 AM |

The rumors were true, as late last week Nokia killed off their long developed and cherished Symbian mobile Operating System. While the mainstream adoption of Symbian may have been lacking in the United States, it was once a force to be reckoned with in Europe and other parts of the world. Nokia has said that they will continue development on their MeeGo operating system, which is a joint effort with Intel.

Source: engadget

Samsung introduces new GALAXY S Family of Mobile Devices

Subject: Mobile | February 14, 2011 - 06:33 PM |

This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain has already brought a plethora of mobile device announcements, with one of the most exciting being the Galaxy S II family. Samsung has announced 3 different devices, including a phone, tablet, and wifi only iPod touch competitor

Source: engadget

The iPad is no longer alone

Subject: Mobile | February 14, 2011 - 05:47 PM |

The iPad had the pleasure of being the only mass produced product of its particular species for a while, but that time is up and its particular niche is now home to several competitive products.  RIM, Samsung and others have hit the scene and the newest comes from HP in the form of the TouchPad.  A quick run down of the pertinent stats was provided by Think Computers; 1.6lbs, 24cm (9.45") x 19cm (7.48") x 1.4cm (0.54") with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 CPU, 1GB of RAM with a 9.7-in