Archive for Nov 29, 2011

Lenovo LePad S2005 tabletphone and S2007/S2010 tablets official

Lenovo LePad S2005 tabletphone and S2007/S2010 tablets official

Lenovo has launched a trio of new tablets, including a 5-inch LePad/IdeaTab S2005 tablet/phone hybrid, and 7-inch and 10.1-inch slates to sate your browsing the multimedia needs. The LePad S2007 and S2010 will hit China in December, Engadget Chinese reports, running a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1280 x 800 IPS display; however, Lenovo also apparently has a separate Tegra 3 tablet, the IdeaTab K2 leaked earlier this month, for the international market.

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Games coming back to Android Market in South Korea

Games coming back to Android Market in South Korea

Google has just announced that its bringing back games to the Android Market in South Korea. The decision follows Apple's re-introduction of iOS platform games earlier this mont,h and comes because South Korea has changed its policy regarding mobile applications. Until recently, the South Korean government required that all games be appraised and audited by the "Game Rating Board," a stringent demand that quickly prompted companies Apple and Google to remove their entire games category from their respective app stores.

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US leading way in LTE smartphone subscribers, facing competition in Asia

US leading way in LTE smartphone subscribers, facing competition in Asia

What's up, fellow Americans. We've officially taken the early lead in LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphone subscribers, according to a new study by TeleGeography. Although, it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given that the first inaugural wave of LTE 4G deployments took place right here in the U.S. What's more of a surprise is that the report also revealed that North America’s lead in LTE smartphone subscribers will facing much stiff competition in the way of Asia, as they ramp up their own LTE activity. Let the LTE games begin.

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Apple’s founding contract signed by Jobs & Wozniak could fetch $150,000 in auction

Apple’s founding contract signed by Jobs & Wozniak could fetch $150,000 in auction

Reports from Bloomberg have come in that auction house Sotheby's is gearing up to auction off the original three-page contract among Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne that established Apple Computer Co. on April 1st, 1976. The document, which will be one of Sotheby's highlights, is expected to hit the auction block in New York City next month for December 13th and predicted to fetch $100,000 up to $150,000 in auction. Now this is a three page document worth bidding for, in all its historical, societal and sentimental value.

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Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SSHD official, test videos released

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SSHD official, test videos released

The folks at Seagate have announced the 3rd generation unit in their Momentus solid state hybrid drive line, here in the Momentus XT 750GB - as large as an HDD and as fast as an SSD, and at one tenth the price. This newest unit comes with 750GB of space, SLC NAND at 8GB, and a SATA 6GB/s NCQ interface. This newest drive has 50% more capacity than the previous generation Seagate Momentus, is 1.5x faster, and has both double the NAND flash and double the interface speed of its predecessor. Though it has the same name as its 500GB older sibling, this newest generation hybrid drive acts as the new plateau for Seagate and is available at a handful of online retailers today.

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iPhone 4 combusts spontaneously aboard Australian flight

iPhone 4 combusts spontaneously aboard Australian flight

Well, this is one of those unexpected, crazy stories about consumer electronics gone wild again. An iPhone 4 began spontaneously smoking and emitting a red glow while aboard an Australian airplane, specifically, the Regional Express flight ZL319, flying to its destination of Sydney. According to the airline Qantas, a passenger’s iPhone began “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow” shortly after the flight landed, but at some point afterwards the glow was "extinguished successfully", and no one onboard was hurt or inujured.

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Google Catalogs now available on Android Tablets

Google Catalogs now available on Android Tablets

Google has finally made its Google Catalogs service available today on its tablets running the Android operating system, months after arriving on, well, Apple's iPad back in August. There are store catalogs from more than 125 brands, including Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and Sephora. The app itself, which is entirely free, is downloadable from the Android Market, and also offers more than 400 digital catalog issues that can be browsed by various categories. Could have come a bit earlier to Android tablets from Google themselves, instead of to the iPad first, but, oh well, it's at least here.

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iOS 5.1 released early for developers

iOS 5.1 released early for developers

Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 5.1, making it the first real update since iOS 5 was released last month. A minor update, 5.0.1, was released earlier this month with the goal of addressing user's poor battery performance. There is much speculation that 5.1 will include updates to Siri, the iPhone 4S voice assistant, that will let users give instructions like turning on off settings like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Samsung SM’ART Gallery Panels aren’t just pieces of art, they’re for displaying art

Samsung SM’ART Gallery Panels aren’t just pieces of art, they’re for displaying art

Samsung seems to be pumping out new devices like there's no tomorrow, but here's something new to set a precedent: SM'ART Panels specifically designed for displaying fine art. In development for five years, the high resolution LCD panels surpass standard television sets in an attempt to be a truly digital canvas. The panels are designed to display the fine details that an artist wishes to come through, such as texture and the exact color envisioned.

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Intel’s copy protection cracked

Intel’s copy protection cracked

HDCP, Intel's heavily used copy protection system for audio and video, has been cracked by a professor in Germany, not in an attempt to get a bootleg of the latest Transformers on Blu-ray, but to point out the flaws in the encryption. HDCP is the protection is used in almost every HDMI or DVI compatible TV or computer monitor. With a tool that cost approximately 200 Euros ($266), Prof. Dr. Ing. Tim Güneysu was able to get around the security.

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