Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fourth generation iPad is twice as fast as the iPad 3


Primatelabs has performed some benchmarks on the new fourth generation iPad. They`ve found that the new iPad with Apple`s A6X is twice as fast as the previous generation iPad 3 with the A5X and 10% faster than the iPhone 5.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Google search app for IOS adds Siri like enhancements



From Google:

"In the latest version of the Google Search App for iOS and Android, not only can you say your question out loud, but your search app can speak your answer right back to you.

Apple: Big upper management shake up

This from Reuters:


"Scott Forstall, a long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was asked to leave following years of friction with other top executives and his recent refusal to take responsibility for the mishandling of the Apple's much-criticized mapping software, people familiar with the situation said.

Monday, October 29, 2012

AMD to build 64 bit ARM server processors

AMD has revealed that it is teaming up with ARM to develop processors for the server market.

This from ZDNet:


"AMD will transform the computing data center environment today," said AMD CEO and president Rory Read during a press conference on Monday afternoon, asserting that AMD will be the first company to offer both 64-bit ARM and x86 server processors.

Google unveils $299 Nexus 4 phone and $399 Nexus 10 tablet


Today Google officially unveiled it`s new Nexus 4 smartphone alongside a new Nexus 10 tablet.
Here`s the breakdown,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Angry granny tries to shut down Microsoft launch party



Hey Microsoft is celebrating the release of their Surface tablet, but not everyone`s happy about it.

Windows 8 survival guide: tips and tricks for making your life easier


There`s no denying it, Windows 8 is different, big departure from XP, Vista and Windows 7, actually it`s pretty different from any PC interface that's out there. Is that good? Is that bad?, well that`s up to you to decide.

Shocker: Microsoft exec says iPad mini is a ripoff

Microsoft`s Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live divisions had this to say about Apple`s new iPad mini:

Samsung showcases phone`s ability to share sex videos with your spouse



Samsung is now showcasing their phones as a way to share sex videos.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Windows 8 available now, upgrades from $15


Microsoft has announced the availability of its brand new operating system, Windows 8. Windows 8 is available starting at just $39.99 for a limited time and upgrades from Windows 7 start at just $14.99.
Available October 26.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Samsung being investigated for SEP abuse

The Register is reporting that Samsung is being investigated for misusing SEP (standards essential patents) in a couple of regions.

Microsoft Surface RT review



Engadget has a video review of the new Surface RT tablet from Microsoft. Buyers should be aware that this is the ARM version of the Surface running the ARM version of Windows 8. Your x86 applications will not work on this at all. Besides that I hope developers embrace it and release some great applications for this platform.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AMD Vishera review

Anandtech has a very in depth AMD Vishera CPU review. Here`s a bit to wet your appetite:

AMD releases Vishera based FX CPUs

AMD has formally announced it`s new Vishera based FX line of CPUs available in 4, 6 or 8 core variants.

Apple event roundup: LOTS of stuff

Apple has just finished their scheduled event where everyone and their brother was expecting the iPad mini. Not only was the iPad mini released but we also got a new Mac mini, a new very thin Macbook Air like 13" Macbook Pro with a retina display, sticking with the thin theme the new iMac`s edge is only 5mm thick and has a new hybrid flash drive option called "Fusion Drive". An unexpected surprise today is the unveiling of the new iPad with a new processor, Apple`s A6X, faster and with the new lightning port. More details below:

Watch Apple`s live stream today at 10PDT

Today is the day folks. Expect Apple to release an iPad mini, new iMac and Mac mini, and who knows maybe "one more thing".

Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple and VMware team up to build iPad Microsoft Office killer

CRN is reporting that Apple and VMware are teaming to build an IOS cloud based office suite that will let you ditch Office entirely.

Stop the presses! Bill Gates says he loves the Surface tablet



From Microsoft:

"Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates chats about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Natural User Interface and Microsoft Surface."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

AMD to showcase piledriver based Opterons at SC12

This from CPUworld:

"AMD Piledriver microarchitecture was officially launched in May, but only now AMD releases desktop and server products, based on it. Entry-level and mid-cass "Piledriver" APUs were introduced on October 2nd, and high-end FX parts will be available on October 23.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

iPad mini display tech to give Apple a lead over competitors


Appleinsider is reporting that the upcoming iPad mini will be sporting a new display technology that will give the company a 3-5 year lead over competitors.

Friday, October 19, 2012

French hacker steals 500 000 Euros from Android users

The BBC is reporting that a French hacker has admitted to stealing approximately 500 000 Euros from unsuspecting Android smartphone users.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

One third of Surface RT`s storage is taken up by the OS

Microsoft`s entry level Surface RT tablet comes with 32GB of storage on board. Problem is the after Windows 8, the Office suite and a couple more preinstalled apps are installed on it that figure drops to around 20GB of free space. This according to Microsoft Surface test manager Ricardo Lopez who was part of an "Ask me anything" session on Reddit.

you can read the posts here

By contrast IOS eats up only 1GB of space in the iPad

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It`s Official: Apple schedules event for October 23

Apple has sent out invites for an event dubbed "We`ve got a little more to show you" on October 23rd.
Expected to be showcased are: iPad mini, a new iMac, Mac mini and who knows what else?

Apple TV update and SDK anyone?

Microsoft Surface pre orders start at noon today

Microsoft has released more details regarding it`s Surface tablet:

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 16, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows. In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order for Surface with Windows RT available 9 a.m. PDT. Those who want to learn more or pre-order can visit http://www.Surface.com.

Microsoft details Surface RT prices

Looks like we finally know the pricing details for the Microsoft Surface RT tablets. The 32GB Surface RT tablet will start at $499 without a Touch Cover keyboard and $599 with the Touch Cover keyboard included.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Microsoft to launch Xbox music October 16



From Microsoft:


"Introducing Xbox Music: The Ultimate All-in-One Music Service Featuring Free Streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs

Oct. 14, 2012

Enjoy your favorite music from a 30 million-song global catalog powered by the one service that integrates your music experiences across your tablet, PC, phone and TV. All the music you love, every way you want it.

Rumour: new iMac with "water droplet" design October 23

If true this Apple event on October 23rd could be packed with lots of goodies.

This from macrumors:


"The redesigned iMac is said to be considerably thinner than the current form factor, with the machine's thickness almost impossible to gauge when viewed from the side. The curved rear shell is also said to appear more like a water droplet than the squared-off design seen in the current model.

Windows 8 getting "overwhelmingly negative" response from vendors

Businessinsider is reporting vendors are none to happy about Windows 8.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Apple hosting an event October 23... expect the iPad mini

From Reuters:


"Apple Inc will host an event on October 23 where it is expected to unveil a smaller iPad that will take on the less expensive devices offered by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What if Batman used Apple Maps



The Dark Knight always seams to get there in the nick of time, but what if it was`nt this way?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Windows 8 pre-orders now available

Microsoft has announced today that consumers can now reserve an upgrade copy of Windows 8 Pro from certain retailers. Windows 8 Pro upgrade will be available for $69.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store. Microsoft states that customers can to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro online with Microsoft’s Upgrade Assistant for only $39.99 online and at retail locations until January 31st 2013.

good promo offer, wish it was the full version and not an upgrade

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Apple hires chip design luminary.... from Samsung

Keeping with the Apple chip design theme today it seams that Apple has hired chip design luminary Jim Mergard, a 16 year AMD veteran who was vice president and chief engineer at AMD before he left for Samsung.

Microsoft about to build branded phones and tablets to save money

Microsoft is about to make a fundamental shift in it`s branding strategy. As we all know in the past Microsoft has been content primarily selling licenses to its products to OEMs. But according to industry insider Eldar Murtazin that`s about to change, and drastically.

AMD Vishera prices leak

AMD`s next generation Bulldozer processors are almost here. Some retailers have leaked pricing for the new CPUs and here they are:

Is Apple about to dump Intel?

Chalk this up as rumour, but what a rumour!
Semiaccurate is reporting that Apple is going to show Intel the door, not only that but it`s a done deal.

Monday, October 8, 2012

US Congress tags Huawei and ZTE as national security threats

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has decided that Chinese telco equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE are a potential threat to national security. The report is based on an 11 month investigation and claims that Huawei and ZTE could be working with the Chinese government.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Super Mario Skyrim mod



Pretty cool, this Skyrim mod allows you to play it Super Mario style. Nintendo`s classic has never been the same.

AMD teases new low power product



AMD`s latest viral video showcases something spooky. Many are speculating this new product is their new "Hondo" ultra low power APU.

Samsung`s record profits and child labour

Site patentlyapple is reporting that Samsung is enjoying record profits while employing child labour.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Microsoft Surface launches at midnight October 26th


TheVerge reports that Microsoft started sending out press invitations Thursday for a Windows 8 event in New York that will start 10 a.m. on October 25th and that will launch of the Surface at midnight on October 26th. There are also rumours that select Microsoft stores will be selling the surface at midnight come launch day.

more here

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

iPad mini won`t have a retina display

Informationweek is reporting that the new iPad mini will not have a retina display. The report goes on by stating the iPad Mini's screen will use the same liquid crystal display technology that the larger iPad does, but it won't have a resolution high enough to merit the "Retina" descriptor.

more here

sounds like a measure taken to keep developers from having to deal with yet another resolution.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leaked iPad mini parts sport new back and nano sim

Ukrainianiphone has some alleged shots of the back casing of the upcoming iPad mini, in the photos you can see the back of unit matches with the iPhone 5` anodized aluminum and there`s a tray for the nano sim. Just like the iPhone 5 the iPad mini will also sport Apple`s new lightning connector.

more here including photos

HTC Windows Phone 8X preview video



From HTC:

AMD launches A-series APUs


Today, AMD  releases the new Trinity based A-Series APUs. These are available from AMD's channel partners and retailers worldwide:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Google`s market cap surpasses Microsoft

Bloomberg has tweeted that Google had passed Microsoft’s total market cap for the first time ever on Monday morning, making the search and advertising company the second largest market capitalization of any tech company in the world. Google closed Monday with a market cap of $249.13 billion while Microsoft’s market cap closed at $247.23.

more here

AMD brings Android apps to Windows 8

The BBC is reporting that AMD in conjunction with software maker Bluestacks is bringing Android apps to certain Windows 8 devices.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy SIII destruction face off



Squaretrade has a nice video showdown where they test the durability of both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. A number of simple tests were performed simulating typical accidents a smartphone may encounter, including drops, submersion in water and some other mishaps.

Some interesting results indeed!

Rumour: Apple event invites set to go out Oct.10th

Although nothing is confirmed CNNMoney is reporting an unnamed source is calling for Apple to send out invites on October 10th, to another event which most likely will be to unveil the iPad mini. This event should take place October 17th.

If true, the iPad mini is imminent, also hoping for an Apple TV update (bring apps to the Apple TV already!).

more here