Archive for Jun 27, 2011

Apple Now Number One Mobile Brand In Australia

Apple Now Number One Mobile Brand In Australia

The Apple brand continues to surge when it comes to mobile devices despite the growing competition. According to a new report from IDC, the first quarter 2011 results show that Apple has become the number one mobile brand in Australia for the very first time. The market there has mainly been dominated by Nokia, but this year the Symbian platform has seen a huge tumble along with a dip in demand for feature phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus 1.4GHz Upgrade Tipped as Global iPhone 5 Competitor

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus 1.4GHz Upgrade Tipped as Global iPhone 5 Competitor

As the Android world reels in awe of the awesomeness of the new king of Google mobile OS power, the famed Galaxy S II appears now to have an upgrade coming at or before the USA release. If you'll look below the second paragraph in the post you're reading now, you'll see a benchmark run on the standard Galaxy S II that's out on the world market right this moment. This benchmark shows that the Galaxy S II as it exists today is the clear forerunner for most powerful Android device benchmarked thus far. What we've come to understand today is that, if "sources in Asia" are to be believed, there's an even more powerful Galaxy S II coming soon.

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Apple to dump Samsung for TSMC in A6 chip production snub?

Apple to dump Samsung for TSMC in A6 chip production snub?

Apple and Samsung's ongoing legal rumpus could see the Korean company lose the manufacturing contract for the next-gen Apple A6 processor, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) the likely benefactor of the supply chain shakeup. According to both a Taipei Merill Lynch analyst and an Ars Technica source, Apple and TSMC are currently in talks with the entire A6 production deal on the table.

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Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

As you may recall from back in May 2011, a story broke on the fact that HTC, one of the biggest manufacturers behind the wave of Android devices that has been sweeping the world since the inception of Google's mobile OS, is paying Microsoft $5 for every single Android device the company sells. Keeping that in mind, note that Microsoft is now agreeing on a patent licensing deal with another OEM by the name of General Dynamics Itronix. Is this the first block to fall in a wall of signings with groups like Microsoft that collapses the concept of a Free and Open Android?

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo Review

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo arrives with something of a personality problem. Where the XPERIA Play was resolute in its gaming ambitions, and the XPERIA Arc promised to put Sony's living room prowess into a pocket-friendly package, the Neo takes on the competitive mid-tier mainstream segment, Android for the every-man. With luminaries like HTC's Desire S keeping the masses connected, can the Neo carve its own niche? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Supreme Court strikes down California law aimed at barring some video games from sale to minors

Supreme Court strikes down California law aimed at barring some video games from sale to minors

Most of the time legal battles that have to do with technology and the sale of certain items are decided in lower courts. On a few occasions the fight goes all the way to the top court in the land with the Supreme Court being the place when the final decision is made. That is where the legal battle between Brown v. Entertainment merchants Association was finally decided. The case centered on a California law that would restrict the sale of violent video games to minors.

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iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 could both drop in late Q3 tip analysts

iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 could both drop in late Q3 tip analysts

The next-gen iPhone rumors continue to come thick & fast, and building on the talk of there being two devices in the wild right now - an iPhone 4S to give developers a taste of the Apple A5 dual-core processor, and the advanced iPhone 5 with more groundbreaking specs - there's now word from analysts to expect both to go on sale. According to Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore, Fortune reports, investors should count on seeing both devices hit the market in September, as part of Apple's attempt to capture the mid-range smartphone segment.

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Vizio hops into LED lighting industry

Vizio hops into LED lighting industry

I would wager most readers are familiar with the Vizio brand. The company has a great line of HDTVs that are the best selling in the US market thanks to the performance and the price of the sets. The company will also soon get into the Android tablet market with a new offering that sounds very nice for the price. Vizio is also now looking to get into a new market to make use of its LED prowess and I hope that it can bring the same low price and quality to this new market.

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Solar Sinter uses sand and sun for 3D printing

Solar Sinter uses sand and sun for 3D printing

A student named Markus Kayser created an awesome project for a MA Design Products project. I hope he graduates with honors simply for the coolness of this project. Kayser created a device that can take advantage of the two unlimited resources out in the desert - sun and sand. The project is dubbed Solar Sinter and is a 3D printer powered by the sun and it uses the sand as the medium to create the objects it prints.

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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android tablet coming late June or early July

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android tablet coming late June or early July

You might recall back on June 16 we said that the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet had been confirmed for a July launch. Lenovo has now confirmed via an update to its affiliate network in the US that the K1 could be coming a bit earlier than we though. Lenovo lists the official launch for the K1 as late June or early July. That would put the launch of the Android tablet any day now since this is the last week of June.

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DARPA XC2V crowd-sourced combat vehicle is complete and awesome

DARPA XC2V crowd-sourced combat vehicle is complete and awesome

Crowd-sourcing for a design is nothing new. It's done for all sorts of things. Typically those things have nothing to do with the military though. It often takes years and years simply to get a design approved by the military and then takes more years to get a functional prototype and it can take a decade or more before a fully functional prototype is in the field and production version rolls off the line. DARPA wanted to find a new military ground vehicle and decided to test a new method to get it.

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