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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Image Issues Hound MacBook Pro with Retina Display


MacBook Pro With Retina Display
MacBook Pro With Retina Display
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It appears that the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display of Apple may be experiencing some image issues, which has compelled the company to offer replacements for the affected units.

Some users of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display have indicated that some images would continue to stay on the screen for a number of minutes. This may be the first issue that the latest Apple device is facing.

Messages were posted by the users on the Apple Support Communities as they complained that some issue have cropped up as image continue to stay of the screen even though they were supposed to fade away already. The persistent image issue on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is noted when the background is light and will continue to stay on the display screen for around five minutes before they fade away.

Some of the users whose units were affected have revealed that replacement units were ordered by the Apple Store after the personnel saw the issue for themselves. Speculations have emerged that the problem may be limited to a particular batch of MacBook Pro with Retina Display units since no reports have emerged that the issue affected numerous units of the Apple device.

However some observers have indicated that the in-plane-switching or IPS displays have been affected by image persistence, which is one of the problems with the technology that is being used on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Since Apple has a fourteen-day return policy for its devices, replacements for the defective units will not be a problem for users of the affected MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

A ninety-day technical phone support warranty is also offer by the company for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well as a one-year limited warranty for defective components on its devices.

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE May Be Released By July 5


HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
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It appears that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE may be released by Verizon into the market by the fifth of July or a day after the Independence Day celebrations.

Reports of the upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE have been inundated recently by reports on the Android 4.0 update for the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx as well as the recently released Samsung Galaxy S3. However latest reports have given indications that the latest smartphone offering of HTC is set to be released through Verizon on July 5.

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE was initially announced during the CTIA event that was held in New Orleans earlier. The upcoming device will reportedly offer a number of features despite its relatively small design. The device will feature a four-inch Super LCD 2 display screen as well as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm.

The upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be using the Android 4.0 mobile platform as well as the latest edition of the HTC Sense user interface.

The smartphone will also take advantage of the huge 4G LTE network of Verizon that will offer fast wireless data connections. In addition to these features, the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE will also come with an eight-megapixel camera.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Possible July Release For Amazon Kindle 2


Amazon Kindle Fire 2
Amazon Kindle Fire 2
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The AmazonKindle Fire was launched by the company in September last year and it appears the second version of this popular device may be introduced at earlier for this year. Reports have given indications that the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will be unveiled by the company on July 31.

Although the date remains uncertain, reports on the upcoming device have started to increase recently. One of the latest reports gave indications that the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire 2 may be priced at around $199 and may be available at the start of the third quarter.

The source of the report on the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 supposedly came from the upstream supply chain. The report also indicated that the price of the original Amazon Kindle Fire may be reduced to around$149 even as speculations have emerged that Amazon was setting aside plans for a bigger device although a new set of e-ink Kindles may be released together with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2.

It remains uncertain what type of processor or camera the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will feature. The reports also did not make mention of Bluetooth connectivity and whether it will still feature an 8GB internal storage.

Amazon is also expected to copy the upgrade strategy of Apple since it may enhance the features, performance and the design of the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire 2 while maintaining its price range. The price of its latest e-ink Kindle units will likely be at least $79, which is similar to the current basic Kindle devices.

A new Kindle Touch may also be offered by Amazon that will feature a built-in light at a price lower compared to the $139 of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

Although Amazon may try to take advantage of the holiday shopping season by offering the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 and its upcoming models of the e-ink Kindle near the start of the holidays, the company may also opt to offer back-to-school campaigns for the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 especially since the Kindle sales have decline following reports of the upcoming introduction of the iPhone 5 of Apple as well as a new seven-inch iPad and latest model of the iPod Touch.

Following the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire, the market for low-cost tablet has been altered. Competition in the market has increased with the entry of a Nook Tablet that has a price tag of $199 as well as the seven –inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which offers a number of features that were not initially offered in this market segment.

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will also have to deal with the Google Nexus tablet which was unveiled recently by Google into the market. This means that Amazon will have to offer consumers a much better tablet that will not only have to match the features of the tablets that have been unveiled in the market recently but it should offer much more value for the money of consumers with the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire 2.

NFC Support Hinted on Prototypes of iPhone 5


iPhone 5
iPhone 5

It appears that the upcoming iPhone 5 will feature near field communication or NFC capabilities if the early prototypes of the device are used as a basis. Reports have indicated that some details were obtained that indicated possible NFC capabilities for the upcoming device basing on its early prototypes.

Codes that were obtained from the Pre-EVT iPhone 5.1 and iPhone 5.2 prototypes have hinted at the possibility that the upcoming model of the iPhone will feature an NFC chip and antenna.

This will give indications that Apple will likely join in the mobile payments trend and offer users the capability of purchasing products and services using their smartphones. The latest reports on the possible NFC capabilities of the upcoming iPhone 5 follow the launch of Passbook , which is featured on the iOS6 and allows users to store electronic versions of tickets, receipts, and other information from merchants.

Although the Passbook feature may not require an NFC functionality since it merely acts as a storage, some industry watchers believe that Apple will incorporate NFC into the Passbook feature. Some speculations have emerged on the possibility that the upcoming iPhone 5 however some observers are convinced that the next version of the iPhone will feature this capability.

An NFC feature has been highly-touted since it provides users with the capability of making payments through a simple swipe on a smartphone near an NFC-enabled register. It will also offer a number of potential functions for users of the upcoming iPhone 5 including the capability of sharing content with other devices, which would make it unnecessary to synchronize through iTunes.

Reports last year had hinted at the possibility that the current model of the iPhone will feature NFC support however these reports were proven to be false.

With the latest reports on the data obtained from prototypes of the iPhone 5 may give indications that the upcoming flagship smartphone of Apple may finally offer NFC capabilities to its potential users.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Google TV Release Schedule Revealed


NSZ-GS7 with Google TV
NSZ-GS7 with Google TV
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Pre-orders for the upcoming NSZ-GS7 with Google TV are already being accepted by Sony as speculations have emerged on how it will fare in the market.

The launch of the latest Google TV of Sony, which was initially introduced during the Consumer Electronics Show near the start of the year, was finally announced by the company. The upcoming device, which will be called the NSZ-GS7 with Google TV, will be launched into the market by Sony on July 22.

The upcoming device will have a price tag of around $199. The company has also introduced another device, the NSZ-GP9, which offers support for Blu-ray to the built-in Google TV feature. The NSZ-GP9 will reportedly be available by the holiday shopping season and will have a price tag of around $299.

Although the Google TV was supposed to expand the capabilities of users in the living room through the incorporation of the home theater content of the user into one platform, it has been a bit of a disappointment for users. The lack of support for the Google TV and the fact that the DVR integration will only work for subscribers to the Dish Network has made it more of a niche product.

It remains uncertain of the Google TV will benefit from the NSZ-GS7 even as a recent review made on the device showed that the software for Google TV remains unremarkable as it lacks support for applications of major streaming services such as Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and MLB.TV. The movie rental service of Google itself is not supported by the device.

However the trendy design of the NSZ-GS7 has impressed some observers while the double-sided remote control that features a touch pad and keyboard may prove to be practical.

With that said, the consumers will have the final say on how the NSZ-GS7 with Google TV will fare in the market.

Upcoming iPhone 5 May Be A True World Phone


iPhone 5
iPhone 5

An analyst from Sterne Agee has hinted at the possibility that the upcoming iPhone 5 will be a significant upgrade from the previous model of the device and will be considered as a true world phone by offering both 3G as well as 4G network support.

According to Shaw Wu, the upcoming iPhone 5 will increase the appeal of the device throughout the world even as it offers a major refresh from its predecessor.

Three major enhancements are expected from the upcoming model of the iPhone including a bigger screen size, new design, and support for 4G LTE networks. These new features on the upcoming iPhone 5 will allow the device to be more appealing to potential users of the device compared to the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. It will also tempt present users of the iPhone to upgrade to the upcoming flagship smartphone of Apple.

Earlier reports have hinted that the upcoming iPhone 5 will feature a four-inch screen display, redesigned body and 4G LTE network support.

Wu added that the upcoming iPhone 5 will also be made more appealing to consumers in China, which is considered as the biggest smartphone market in the world.

The upcoming iPhone 5 will reportedly be compatible with the proprietary TD – SCDMA 3G network of China Mobile, according to the analyst. Even as China Unicom and China Mobile have started to evaluate the use of 4G LTE networks, its full adoption may not be coming soon, which makes it important for Apple to offer 3G support for the upcoming iPhone 5 in order to increase its market in China.

By giving Siri the capability of understanding and speaking Cantonese and Mandarin, the iOS 6 has already initiated increased support in the Chinese market. The new mobile OS of Apple will facilitate the input of Chinese characters as well as integrate a number of online services in China including Tudou, Youku, Sina Weibo, and Baidu.

Merging the iOS 6 with the upcoming iPhone 5 will facilitate the expansion of Apple into China through China Mobile.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Takedown Notice Served By Microsoft To Websites Hosting the Xbox 720 Roadmap

Xbox
Xbox
A number of takedown notices from Microsoft seem to give the confirmation on the genuineness of the PowerPoint file that reportedly shows the road map for the upcoming Xbox 720 game console of the company.

The software giant is reportedly intent in going after the companies that have hosted the supposed leaked document linked to the upcoming Xbox 720. According to reports, a tech site based in Czechoslovakia, a notice was sent by an internet investigator from Microsoft requesting the website to remove the copyrighted work.  The notice indicated that the website was offering copies that are unlicensed or is engaged in unauthorized activities in relation to copyrighted works that were published by Microsoft.

Another report indicated that the file containing the supposed Xbox 720 roadmap was banned by Dropbox from its service. A reporter from WP Central supposedly attempted to open the Xbox 720-linked document through Dropbox but he was directed to a page that indicated that the document was unavailable because of a takedown request by Microsoft under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The leaked document from Microsoft reported showcased the plans of the company for the upcoming Xbox 720 game console. It emerged over at Scribd before the document was removed from the website by Covington & Burling, an international law firm that has Microsoft among its client list.

The recent takedown request for the document linked to the Xbox 720 roadmap is just one of the requests made by Microsoft, which has requested the removal of over 480,000 URLs last month basing on the Transparency Report of Google. In second place in the number of takedown requests is NBC Universal which has around 242,000 requests.

No statements were issued by Microsoft on the takedown request made on the document that reportedly showed the roadmap for the upcoming Xbox 720 game console.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Choosing Between The Samsung Galaxy S 3 And The HTC One X


Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S3
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Following the availability of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S 3, Android enthusiasts are facing a difficult decision on which smartphone to purchase. These two smartphones are considered as among the best in the market which makes it doubly difficult to pick one.

In terms of design, the all-white polycarbonate plastic chassis of the HTC One X makes it a really attractive option. The handset has a smooth feel but offers an easy grip for users. Although it has a large 4.7-inch display, the HTC One X is a rather slim device at 0.36 inches although the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is slimmer at 0.34 inches.

However the Samsung Galaxy S 3 also offers some design advantages over the HTC One X. The latest flagship smartphone of Samsung features rounded curves that are smooth to the touch and fits the hand like a glove. Although it is made of plastic, it comes with a premium paint that is better compared to its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy S 3 also features a removable battery and microSD memory card slot.

The huge 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display screen of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 features a 1280 by 720 resolution and offers vivid colors and deep blacks. On the other hand, the HTC One X also features a resolution of 1280 by 720 on its 4.7-inch Super LCD display screen which offers lifelike hues although its colors do not offer the same vividness as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. The text and images on the HTC One X are also crisper while its display is brighter.

HTC One X
HTC One X
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The Samsung Galaxy S 3 comes with numerous features that make it a cutting-edge device. Among these features are the Android 4.0 mobile platform from Google and the S Beam which facilitates the transmission of content between devices by simply tapping them against each other. It also features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM and an internal memory of 16GB.

The HTC One X also comes with the Android 4.0 OS and the latest HTC 3 custom user interface. Although the HTC device does not feature the voice and gesture controls that are found on the Samsung Galaxy S 3, some of these features may not be useful to ordinary smartphone users. The HTC one X also comes with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S 3 and the HTC One X both feature an eight-megapixel camera that features backlit sensors. The two devices also fully utilize the burst shot feature of the Ice Cream Sandwich Android which allows rapid image capture. However the Samsung Galaxy S 3 maintains its advantage over the HTC One X due to its much clearer HD video capability as well as the two-megapixel front-facing camera.

 In terms of network connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and HTC One X use the 4G LTE network of AT&T which offer similar data speeds.

Choosing between the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and the HTC One X is not an easy task to do since both devices offer similar features that have made them among the best devices in the market today. However the Samsung Galaxy S 3 provides users with a removable battery that will come handy whenever the power cell of the device needs to be replaced. Despite this, the HTC one X also offers an stylish interface as well as excellent design qualities making the choice between the two devices all the more difficult.

Whichever smartphone users may opt for, both the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and the HTC One X offer potential users advanced features that will give its competitors a run for their money.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Microsoft Reveals Possible Delivery of Windows Phone 8 Devices By Fall


Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8
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Microsoft recently revealed that handsets using the Windows Phone 8 OS will be delivered starting fall. The upcoming mobile OS, which has a codename Apollo, is the successor to the Mango mobile OS or the Windows Phone 7.5 OS.

The Windows Phone 8 OS offers a number of features including multi-core processor support, near field communication or NFC capabilities, and support for three display screen resolutions. The upcoming mobile OS will also offer support for microSD memory cards.

In addition to these features, the kernel of the Windows Phone 8 OS will be similar to the kernel on the Windows 8 OS for the PC. This will reportedly facilitate the development of software that will cut across different platforms among all Windows 8 OS versions.

The multi-tasking capabilities as well as seamless VoIP integration for voice and video chats are also being promised by Microsoft. Among the manufacturers that will reportedly offer their own Windows Phone 8 devices are Nokia, HTC, Samsung, ZTE, and Huawei.

Even though the Windows Phone 8 OS was unveiled recently, the company will not be releasing its software development kit or the SDK of the software until summer.

The company has indicated that operators and its OEM partners have shown their enthusiasm for the prospects of the Windows Phone 8 OS even as the company is continuing to evaluate its efforts in further development for its new OS as it competes against the iOS and the Android platforms.

Some iOS 6 Features Hint Of Upcoming iPhone 5


iPhone 5
iPhone 5

Even as Apple has remained secretive about its upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone, a number of observers have indicated that some hints on the upcoming device can be found on the official page of the iOS 6 of the company.

Following a recent announcement that the company will increase its security following supposed leaked images of the upcoming device, observers are anticipating a lesser number of leaks in connection to the iPhone 5.

The iOS 6 was recently unveiled by Apple during the Worldwide Developers Conference and is considered as the most advanced mobile platform of the company. The company did not give any hints about the iPhone 5 during the event.

However with the upcoming release of the iOS 6 by fall, it is quite possible that the company will be unveiling its latest smartphone in order to fully optimize the latest mobile platform of the company. Two of the features that the iOS 6 will offer are the Passbook app and the FaceTime on 3G. These two features on the latest mobile platform of Apple are considered to be hints of the upcoming iPhone 5.

The new Passbook application will provide the company with a new income channel. The application will allow users to use their mobile devices to watch a movie, check into a flight, and redeem coupons. Users will also be able to see the expiration date of the coupons, their concert seats, and the balance on their coffee bar card. The new application will likely be delivered together with the upcoming iPhone 5 to allow the application to be fully optimized by Apple device users.

The FaceTime on 3G feature on the iOS 6 is considered by some observers as an application designed for the iPhone 5. The upcoming feature will give users of the iPhone to have a video call with their friends using the unlimited data plans of mobile service providers. Some observers have also hinted that the same feature may be offered on a 4G network in the future.

The new FaceTime feature will be fully optimized on a 4G LTE network, which will be more stable and reliable. Mobile service providers have started to increase their 4G LTE coverage in the country although Verizon has remained dominant in terms of coverage and data speed. With earlier reports pointing at the possibility that the iPhone 5 will feature 4G LTE, the upcoming device will definitely benefit from a 4G LTE capability for the FaceTime application.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Reports Show Some Possible Features of Microsoft Surface Tablet



Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft Surface Tablet
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Following the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablet by the software giant recently, a number of questions have emerged on the release date of the device as well as its possible price tag.

For the moment no official announcements were made on the release date or the possible price tag of the Microsoft Surface tablet however some speculations have started to emerge. Aside from the possible price tag, speculations have also emerged on the connectivity options and the battery life of the upcoming device.

Reports have hinted at the possibility that the Microsoft Surface tablet will only feature Wi-Fi connectivity and will not offer cellular connections. This does not bode well for the device since the new iPad of Apple was unveiled featuring 4G LTE network support.

Another report has also hinted at the possible price tag of the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Surface tablet. According to sources among notebook players, the upcoming tablet will have a$599 price tag for the Windows RT model while the Windows 8 Pro model will be priced at around $799.

In comparison, the Wi-Fi only models of the iPad have a price tag of $499, $599, and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively.

Despite a reported Wi-Fi only connectivity option, the battery life of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet will not be as high as one would expect.

According to reports the battery life of the Windows RT powered model of the Microsoft Surface tablet will have a battery life of around 7.5 hours, which is lower compared to the 10 hours of the iPad. The Windows 8 Pro model will be limited to a 6-hour battery life, which is even lower than a good number of Ultrabooks.

Although these are just speculations based on reports that have cited some anonymous sources within the industry, it still gives potential owners of the Microsoft Surface tablet an idea on what to expect once the device is finally released into the market.

Preparations For Downloading Of All Nintendo Wii U Games Hinted


Nintendo Wii U Gamepad
Nintendo Wii U Gamepad
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Reports have given indications that Nintendo may be offering all of its titles for download for its soon-to-be-released Nintendo Wii U game console.

Apparently the company aims to offer more access to its game titles to game enthusiasts for its upcoming Nintendo Wii U. Currently, the company is offering developers the capability of downloading all the games for the upcoming game console in order to increase its appeal. The source of the report has reportedly been in contact with a developer in Europe who has offered accurate information in connection to the Nintendo Wii U.

The developer reportedly indicated that Nintendo was offering a number of incentives for publishers such as downloading to the console in order to sell its games. The Wii U eShop will reportedly offer the games for downloading.

Nintendo reportedly mentions the eShop on the Nintendo Wii U website as the digital storefront that will become available once the game console enters the market. However it does not give indications that all the games will be available for download through the eShop although it has indicated that users some games for the Nintendo Wii U that are offered through retail outlets will also be available for purchase and download through the eShop.

The absence of a clear-cut digital strategy has been one of the criticisms that Nintendo received in the past. Although the company has reportedly offered Nintendo Wii titles for download and videos can be streamed through Netflix, it still has to offer a digital strategy similar to its competition. However Nintendo has reportedly indicated that digital will be a major component for its strategy for the Nintendo Wii U.

In addition to game play, the company also revealed that YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix will be accessible through the Nintendo Wii U. For the moment the company has not made any statements in connection to the reports on the availability of all the games for download for the game console.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Acer Founder Hints At Withdrawal Of Microsoft Surface Tablet Later


Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft Surface Tablet
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Even as the Microsoft Surface tablet was unveiled recently by the software giant, the founder of Acer has indicated that the branded device will likely pave the way for other devices using the Windows 8 OS before Microsoft will withdraw from the market once this is done.

The introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablet will supposedly compel device manufacturers to create their own tablets using the Windows 8 OS before Microsoft will step out of the way according to Stan Shih, the founder of Acer. Reports have indicated that Microsoft did not really intend to sell its own brand of tablets and will not offer new models of the Microsoft Surface tablets once it has served its purpose.

Reports have revealed that the strategy of Microsoft in the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets was to persuade device manufacturers to develop their own Windows 8 tablets. The company has no reason to offer the hardware into the market since it was more profitable to license its software to manufacturers. The conclusion of Shish was reportedly reached after analyzing the strategy of Microsoft with the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets.

This may be taken as a positive move for Microsoft although some views have given indications that Microsoft has offered the Microsoft Surface tablets in order to put it in a better position to go up against the Android-powered tablets and the iPad of Apple. The introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets will compel manufacturers to compete not only with each other but with Microsoft itself as well.

Despite the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets, Dell has recently announced that it considers Microsoft as an important partner for the company and it looks forward to offering a new line of Windows 8-powered devices by fall. Shish reportedly added that the adoption of the Windows 8 OS by vendors shows that they see the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets positively and will be beneficial for the marketing of Microsoft.

The supposed strategy in the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets appears similar to the strategy of Google where it offers the Nexus devices prior to offering the latest Android OS to its hardware partners.

Price and Availability of Doom 3 BFG Edition Revealed


Doom 3 BFG Edition
Doom 3 BFG Edition
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It appears that the latest version of the Doom game that was announced by id Software last month will not be a new game at all. According to reports, the upcoming game will be an updated version of the game which make the game up-to-date and will be dubbed as Doom 3 BFG Edition.

The Doom 3 BFG Edition game will include the four previous versions of the game as well as a new Lost Mission package for the game. Doom game fans will see an enhanced version of the game as it will feature better graphics and will be released for the PC, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360. The Doom 3 BFG Edition kit will also have an option that will allow players to play in 3D.

However the initial announcement about the Doom 3 BFG Edition game did not include its price tag as well as its date of release. That is until now, the publisher recently revealed that the upcoming Doom 3 BFG Edition game will be released on October 16 in the United States at a price tag of around $30 for the PC and around $40 for the game console version. Game enthusiasts in Europe will see its release in their area by October 19 at around the same prices as it is offered in the US.

The enhanced graphics on the upcoming Doom 3 BFG Edition will likely make it a good game to purchase even for those who already have all versions of the game. Game enthusiasts will also find the Lost Mission pack worthwhile since it adds more game play to the game that were not available in previous versions of the game.

Some industry watchers are hoping that the Doom 3 BFG Edition game will entertain Doom fans long enough before the Doom 4 will be officially released into the market. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Android 4.0 Update Coming To Samsung Galaxy Tab Devices


Android 4.0
Android 4.0
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It appears that the Android 4.0 update is gradually being released to a number of devices and the latest devices that are set to receive the latest version of the Android mobile platform are the Samsung Galaxy Tab devices.

Reports have indicated that owners of Samsung Galaxy Tab devices can expect to receive the Android 4.0 update starting next month. The Wi-Fi only model as well as the Wi-Fi / 3G versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9 and the 10.1 will be receiving the Android 4.0 update.

Although the specific date of release of the Android 4.0 update for the devices remains uncertain, most of them should expect it to come by August. In addition to the standard features of the Android 4.0 platform, the devices will also see an enhancement in the speed and the battery life of the devices once they receive the Android 4.0 update.

The release plans for the Android 4.0 update of Samsung has been quite transparent as it often offers updates through Twitter or Facebook.

Even though some time has passed since reports of an update was made by the company, it has revealed that a number of devices will be receiving the Android 4.0 update over the summer. The official announcement of the release of the update should be expected in the coming weeks.

Android 4.0 Update Finally Released To Sony Tablet P


Sony Tablet P
Sony Tablet P
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The Android 4.0 update has become available to the Sony Tablet P as indicated in recent reports. The release of the latest Android platform was supposed to have been made last May 24 in a number of selected markets however it only saw the light of day recently.

Following the release of the Sony Tablet P into the market, some industry watchers hinted at possible issues that may arise for the dual-screen device. Among the issues that were foreseen were in connection the upgrades of the device. However it appears that the Android 4.0 update was uncomplicated so far.

The Sony Tablet S received its update last April and the release of the update for the Sony Tablet P, a number of features will be available to users of the device. Among the features that will come into the update for the Sony Tablet P is the Small Apps feature which functions similar to that of the Dashboard of an Apple device

The update for the Sony Tablet P will also allow the camera in a panorama mode to be opened directly from a locked screen while the new browser will allow users to switch from a mobile version of the website to the desktop version at the flick of a button.

Even as the Android 4.0 update has been released to the Sony Tablet P, Google is also anticipated to launch the upcoming version of the Android, the Jelly Bean. The upcoming Jelly Bean Android will offer more features that are not being offered by the Android 4.0 mobile platform.

The release of the update for the Sony Tablet P may be timely for some although it may be quite late for others. Whichever the case may be, at least the users of the device will finally be able to take advantage of the features that the new mobile platform offers to the market.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Features of Upcoming Dell XPS 14 and Dell XPS 15 Leaked


Dell Inc.
Dell Inc.

A technology site based in China has reportedly posted the features of two upcoming Dell ultrabooks. The Dell XPS 14 and the Dell XPS 15 are bigger versions of the Dell XPS 13 although the upcoming devices will feature the Ivy Bridge processors of Intel as well as Nvidia discrete graphics and HD + or full HD screen displays

The leaked details have indicated that the upcoming Dell XPS 14 and Dell XPS 15 will feature the quad-core Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors of Intel and an 8GB RAM. The Dell XPS 14 was previously spotted on Amazon and the latest leak has confirmed and given more details on the features of the upcoming device.

The device will reportedly feature an HD + Gorilla Glass screen display that has a 1600 by 900 resolution.

The resolution on the screen of the upcoming Dell XPS 14 is better compared to an older model of the XPS 14 and the XPS 13 Ultrabook. The upcoming Dell XPS 14 will also come with a hybrid 32GB SSD / 500GB HDD as well as an Nvidia GT 630 M graphics card that has a video memory of 1GB.

The Dell XPS 15 will feature a full HD screen display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 as well as the Nvidia GT 640 M graphics card that has a video memory of 2GB. The upcoming device will also come with a hybrid storage made up of a 256 SSD and 1TB HDD.

The upcoming Dell XPS 15 will also feature an optical drive that is quite unusual for an Ultrabook.

The Dell XPS 14 and the Dell XPS 15 will feature backlit keyboards and a battery life of around eight hours. The two upcoming devices will also feature HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The upcoming Dell XPS 14 and the Dell XPS 15 Dell XPS 14 and Dell XPS 15 will be made of carbon fiber and aluminum which will allow them to be durable and light weight.

The price tag for the Dell XPS 14 and the Dell XPS 15 were not mentioned on the website although Amazon had indicated that the older XPS 14 has a price tag of $1200. This means the upcoming devices will be more expensive by around $100 to around $300.

The upcoming Dell XPS 14 and Dell XPS 15 will definitely be competitive in the market basing on their leaked features and possibly reasonable price tags.

Next-Gen Stylus May Be Featured On Samsung Galaxy S3


Samsung Next-Gen Stylus
Samsung Next-Gen Stylus
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A patent application was spotted recently by Patent Bolt that gave indications that the Samsung Galaxy S3 may come with a next-gen stylus that allows users to take down notes as well as chat with friends.

The reported digital stylus, which may be used on the Samsung Galaxy S3, is supposedly designed for tapping and writing on the display of a smartphone or a tablet and will feature an integrated wireless headset that will facilitate chatting. The headset is located in the clip will allow users to receive or make calls without any interruptions on the note-taking of the user. It will also indicate that it will not be necessary to place the tablet or smartphone such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 near the ear of the user.

The stylus was initially featured for the Samsung Galaxy Note, which was called the S-Pen, while another stylus, the C-Pen, will be featured on the Samsung Galaxy S3. However with the newly-discovered patent, the next-gen stylus may be even used on the Samsung Galaxy S3 as well as the other Galaxy devices of Samsung.

The headset will be linked to a smartphone or tablet through a short-range wireless connection and the buttons found on the pen will be used as the volume controls of the headset once it is used. Since pens do not work well with capacitive screens, which are designed to perceive the electricity coming from the fingers, the pens of Samsung feature plates that transmit the micro-current from the finger to the tip of the pen.

The next-gen stylus will be a welcome addition to the Galaxy devices of Samsung including the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is set to be released into the US market soon.

The use of a stylus is becoming so popular that Apple is reportedly looking into the possibility of creating its own version of the device as indicated in an earlier patent for an iPen that will feature an integrated speaker, haptic feedback and multi-touch gestures.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Of Sprint Faces Delivery Delays

Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S3
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Sprint recently announced that the demand for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 was so strong that the delivery of the latest smartphone offering of Samsung may be delayed.

Although the mobile service provider indicated that it was optimistic that the delivery of the 16GB model of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be released by June 21 for customers who made the orders, there is also the possibility that the delivery will be delayed by at least one day.

The delivery of the pre-ordered units of the 32GB model of the Samsung Galaxy S3 of Sprint is expected to start by the coming week.

Consumers who order the smartphone can check the status of their orders through the website of the mobile service provider.

The company has apologized for any inconvenience that the consumers may experience with the delay and has expressed its appreciation for the patience of the customers as the company is dealing with the minor delay in the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S3.  The company also informed consumers that it will provide updates if there are any changes in the situation.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is being offer in all major US-based wireless service providers by month’s end. The much-anticipated smartphone will also be offered by C Spire and US Cellular.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 features a display screen measuring 4.8 inches and a 1280 by 720 resolution. The upcoming device will also come with an 8MP camera at the back, 1.9MP camera in front and will use the Android 4.0 OS.

Leaked Document Hints At Upcoming Xbox 720



Xbox
Xbox
Although the Xbox 720 never made an appearance at the E3 event, a recently leaked document reportedly provides more evidence about the upcoming successor to the Xbox 360 of Microsoft.

A 56-page document reportedly gives the details of the upcoming Xbox 720 game console along with the successor to the Kinect and add-on glasses that was called Project Fortaleza. According to The Verge, the document was dated on August 2010 and makes references that are consistent with the Metro dashboard and SmartGlass.

The document makes references to the Xbox 720, which may just be a working title for the upcoming game console although it may be possible for the device to use it as its final name. The reported Xbox 720 will reportedly come with a Blu-ray feature that will offer the playing of 1080pHD videos. The upcoming device will also offer 3D movie-playing capabilities.

The leaked document also gives indications that the upcoming Xbox 720 will feature a massive increase in power compared to the present version of the game console. It ‘always on’ state will also give indications that the upcoming Xbox 720 will feature fast start-up speeds.

The full features of the upcoming Xbox 720 were not revealed in the document although it make likely come with eight x86 or ARM cores and may be clocked at 2GHz each as well as feature a 4GB memory.

Using the Windows 8 OS, the upcoming Xbox 720 will likely offer users with the capability of recording television shows and it will facilitate the developments of applications that will be compatible with a number of devices including mobile devices and PCs. The price tag of the reported successor to the Xbox 360 is around $299 and may be on the market for around a decade with sales projected to reach 100 million units.

In addition to references to the upcoming Xbox 720, the leaked document also offers a look at the upcoming Kinect 2. The upcoming device will reportedly be more accurate, have an enhanced voice recognition feature, offers stereo imaging, player tracking support, dedicated hardware processor and an enhanced camera. Dedicated controllers will reportedly be offered as well.

Project Fortaleza is a pair of glasses that will function over 4G or Wi-Fi and will include augmented reality into the gaming experience. However the glasses will not be unveiled before 2014 although they can also be used far from the upcoming Xbox 720 game console.

Microsoft Surface Tablets Introduced During Recent Media Event


Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft Surface Tablet
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Microsoft recently introduced two new Microsoft Surface tablets that will use the upcoming Windows 8 and the Windows RT operating systems.

The company has broken its tradition of relying exclusively on PC partners that will provide the hardware which will use the Windows OS as it attempts to use a new business strategy with the upcoming release of its software. The two Microsoft Surface tablets signal the start of a new era in the company.

Although another company will be producing the Microsoft Surface tablets, the two tablets will feature the name of the company. This will put the company in direct competition with Apple as well as its PC partners.

For the moment the price tag of the upcoming tablet offerings of Microsoft remain uncertain since the company indicated that the pricing will be made available close to the release date of the two Microsoft Surface tablets. Some industry watchers expect the price tag of the upcoming devices to be similar to the Intel ultrabooks or the ARM tablets.

The two Microsoft Surface tablets are expected to be released for production during the summer or sometime near the end of next month. Due to this, the upcoming devices are anticipated to become available in the market sometime in August.

The Microsoft Surface tablet using the Windows RT OS will feature a 10.6 ClearType HD Display, microSD memory card slot, USB 2.0 port and Micro HD video. The upcoming device will also be offered with the MS Office Home and Student 2013 RT. The device will also feature a kick stand and an attachable cover that allows users to touch type. Two storage options will be available for the Microsoft Surface tablet for the Windows RT, 32GB and 64GB.

The Microsoft Surface tablet for Windows 8 OS will also feature a 10.6-inch Full HD ClearType Display, microSDXC memory card slot, USB 3.0 port, and mini-Display Port video. The upcoming device will also have a Touch Cover, Type Cover and a pen with Palm block. The upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet for the Windows 8 OS will have two storage options, 64GB and 128 GB.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx May Receive Android 4.0 Soon


Motorola Droid Razr
Motorola Droid Razr

Verizon recently confirmed that the Android 4.0 update will be released to the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx soon.

The US-based mobile service provider had promised to release the latest version of the Android platform for the slim smartphones of Motorola in the second quarter and it appears that the company is moving quickly to meet its own deadline.

Previous reports have given indications of possible release schedules of the Android 4.0 update for the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. However these schedules have been constantly moved back.

The most recent schedule for the release of the update for the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx was on June 12, but the update has yet to be seen. Sources of the report has indicated that the June 12 release schedule was on the internal calendar of the company and it appears that the delay was due to some issues in another department within the company.

It appears that the recent confirmation released by Motorola on the upcoming Android 4.0 update for the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has been sent to a number of Verizon customers.

The text message indicated that when the Android 4.0 update will be released to the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, the Verizon Mobile IM application will be removed from the device since the latest Android mobile platform does not support the app.

Owners of the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx from Verizon are advised to download the new instant messaging application in order to use the IM on their devices.

The waiting may soon be over for owners of the Motorola Droid Razr and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx from Verizon as the release of the Android 4.0 update draws closer.

Patent Hints At Interchangeable Lens for the iPhone


iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S
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A recent patent application of Apple hints at the possibility that users of the iPhone will soon have the capability of changing the camera lens of their devices. The patent application was published recently and it covers a mobile electronic device like a mobile phone.

The patent shows that the back panel of the device may be removed, which would give users the capability of changing the lens on the camera of the device. However this will be a major change from the design of the iPhone since the company would normally deliver a device that is completely sealed.

For the moment, iPhone photography enthusiasts are using add-ons in order to make modifications on the lens of the device. This may change once the capability of switching the lens is incorporated into the design of the iPhone of Apple.

It may appear that the patent may have been a part of the grand plans of the late Steve Jobs in making the cameras of the iPhone more appealing to photography enthusiasts. Jobs also had some interest in photography and had envisioned an enhanced camera during a meeting with the CEO of Lytro, Ren Ng, last year.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Release of 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Coming Soon


MacBook Pro With Retina Display
MacBook Pro With Retina Display
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Three analysts have hinted that the 13-inch model of the new MacBook Pro of Apple will be released within a few months time following the introduction of the 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

According to KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, production of the 13-inch model of the new device of Apple may start within three months time. This may be good news for Apple enthusiasts who are find the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display a bit too bulky for comfort.

The 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display was supposed to be introduced together with the 15-inch model of the new Apple notebook however things did not go on as planned by the company.

Jeff Lin and Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch have a similar sentiment as they indicated that preparations were being made for the production of the 13-inch Retina Display panels. The production of the panel for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will begin by the third quarter of the year.

The first quarter report of NPD revealed that preparations for the production of the 13.3-inch panel that has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 for the third quarter were being made. Sources within the ODM supply chain had hinted that the panel will be used on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display that will be introduced before the end of the year.

It may be expected that the price tag of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display to be lower compared to the 15-inch model of the device. The 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a price tag starting at $2,199 and goes up to around $3,750 with all of the add-ons and features. In comparison the 15-inch MacBook Pro without the Retina Display has a price tag that starts at around $1,799 although its hardware has some significant differences.

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is currently not easy to find since a number of Apple retail outlets do not have the device on its inventory.