Archive for May 29, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 29, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 29, 2012

This morning we're seeing the iPhone 5 rumors pour in once more, this right on top of our confirmation that we'll be live from WWDC in just a short bit! Check out the Apple WWDC 2012 June 11 invitation and get your typing fingers out - we'll be liveblogging the whole event! It's very possible that we'll be seeing a brand new map app from Apple as well as a whole new smartphone - though the latter might not be as likely. There's also a possibility that this event will bring on a brand new MacBook Pro 2012 edition as has been teased for weeks.

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Dell introduces XPS One 27

Dell introduces XPS One 27

Dell has today introduced a new all-in-one computer in the XPS range, the XPS One 27. As the name suggests, it features a 27-inch display, which has a 2560x1440 resolution with LED backlighting. The computer will ship with the choice of new two Ivy Bridge processors, the Core i5-3450s or the Core i7-3770s. Intel’s HD 4000 integrated GPU will come as standard, but there’s the option to add NVIDIA’s GT 640M GPU with 2GB of RAM also.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue misses launch in UK

Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue misses launch in UK

Here on the launch day for the Samsung Galaxy S III in the UK we're on the scene confirming that there are literally no Pebble Blue versions (of any size) in stores throughout London and likely throughout the country. This delay was noted by several carriers before today as being a partial stoppering of Pebble Blue versions of the Galaxy S III, but today has been expanded to all versions outside the White. This has resulted in masses of customers coming into stores changing their pre-ordered devices over to the White version of the device so that they might have the smartphone in their hands today rather than waiting for weeks for the Blue version.

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Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Details emerged earlier this month about Apple’s plans to overhaul the Maps application for iOS. Cupertino is said to be ditchong Google Maps in favor of its own internal offering, put together using the various mapping company acquisitions it's made over the past several years. BGR claims to have some new images of the maps that will be used in iOS 6, and has created a very rough mockup of what to expect from the redesigned Maps application.

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Alleged backplates for next iPhone leak

Alleged backplates for next iPhone leak

Well well well, what have we here? If you remember correctly, a rumor from iLounge not too long ago suggested that Apple would be changing the back design on the next iPhone, using a combination of glass and metal. A mockup showed the rough idea, with the majority of the back covered in aluminium in addition to the glass top and bottom. 9to5Mac have pictures of what they claim is a backplate for the next iPhone which shows a similar design.

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Apple WWDC 2012 June 11 keynote confirmed : We’ll be liveblogging!

Apple WWDC 2012 June 11 keynote confirmed : We’ll be liveblogging!

Apple has confirmed the WWDC 2012 keynote, taking place in San Francisco on June 11 at 10am PST, as part of the newly-published schedule for the developer-centric event. The subject of the keynote - which is expected to see CEO Tim Cook take the stage, as well as other luminaries from Apple's executive team - is still a source of contention, with predictions of both iPhone 5 and new Mac news that day.

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Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

More and more uses for drones and UAVs seem to be cropping up, but there are limitations. The Department of Defense in coordination with the University of North Dakota has developed a UAV that is capable of recognising specific objects on the ground and tracking them accordingly. Traditionally this was a hard exercise, requiring large computation powers, but the duo have come up with an imaging processing machine that’s light enough to be installed on the UAV itself.

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Analyst suggests new MacBook Pros coming next month

Analyst suggests new MacBook Pros coming next month

We’re edging closer and closer to WWDC 2012, and rumors have been flying of a potential MacBook Pro refresh with updated Retina displays and Intel’s mobile Ivy Bridge processors. RBC Capital markets believes the same, telling investors in a recent note that Apple is due to refresh its MacBooks in June, and that a new iPhone should be released towards the end of the year.

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Recently discovered asteroid passes very near Earth

Recently discovered asteroid passes very near Earth

Astronomers recently discovered a new asteroid as it passed surprisingly close to the earth this week. The asteroid was dubbed 2012 KT42 and passed a mere 14,000 km above the planet's surface. That was close enough to cause damage to some satellites, but no damage occurred.

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Just 900 Dark Knight Lumia 900s confirms exclusive retailer

Just 900 Dark Knight Lumia 900s confirms exclusive retailer

If the limited edition Dark Knight Rises Nokia Lumia 900 took your interest yesterday, Phones4u has all the information you need in order to get your hands on one of the handsets. The retailer has spilled the beans regarding the exact number of phones that will be sold: 900. The phones will be available to pre-order starting from today, and will be sold in stores and sent out to customers from June 1st.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Your next TV could be 7680 x 4320

Your next TV could be 7680 x 4320

The International Telecommunications Union has announced that it has agreed to a new draft recommendation on the technical details for what's being called Ultra High Definition Television or UHDTV. The interesting part is that not only has the ITU agreed on a draft recommendation for not one UHDTV resolution, but two. The draft recommendations will include resolutions of 3840 x 2160 and 7680 x 4320.

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