Archive for May, 2012

Google’s Pichai hints at Chome OS / Android convergence

Google’s Pichai hints at Chome OS / Android convergence

This year at All Things Digital's D10 conference, Google's Senior Vice President of Chome and Applications Sundar Pichai was interviewed by Walk Mossberg, speaking about both Chrome and Android in one. The main object of their discussion, which also included Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising Susan Wojcicki, was indeed Chrome OS but also Chrome as a web browser, and how it's overtaken the former king Internet Explorer in world browser share. Perhaps the most interesting bit of the conversation, on the other hand, sat squarely in the world of Android, and how Pichai saw mobile and not-so-mobile Google operating systems converging.

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iPhone 5 display glass spotted in the wild

iPhone 5 display glass spotted in the wild

Right on top of a leak which showed us essential bits of the innards of the iPhone 5 today, we've been treated to a glimpse of the front glass panel of the device as well. This leak comes all the way from Japanese blog Macotakara who've taken the time to film a video of what appears to be an Apple-made panel being compared to the current iPhone 4S glass panel with enough room for the current 3.5-inch display. This new glass panel is black and appears currently to be prepared with a border with enough room for a 10.33-cm diagonal, that being aproximately 4.1-inches if it does end up coming to fruition.

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iPhone 5 hardware tipped to include Samsung processor

iPhone 5 hardware tipped to include Samsung processor

It appears today that Samsung is indeed inside the next iPhone if a leaked Beta version of iOS 6 is to be believed. This version of Apple's mobile operating system is being run by the folks at 9to5mac who also note that they've got the software running on an iPhone today, it showing off Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0 and signs of an ARM S5L8950X processor from Samsung. This basic confirmation that Samsung is in the next Apple mobile device takes rumors that Apple was moving away from Samsung parts in their devices and puts the processor portion, at least, to rest as a falsehood.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk: “it’s like seeing your kid come home”

SpaceX’s Elon Musk: “it’s like seeing your kid come home”

In it's historic first-ever mission lead by a private company accessing the Internationl Space Station, the SpaceX group have now not only delivered their cargo, but have safely returned their newest Dragon model spacecraft back to the planet as well. This event makes the Dragon spacecraft a holder of two fantastic space-related records, the other being that it was the first comercially-built and operated spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit. SpaceX is at the head of these feats, with CEO Elon Musk greeting the pod as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean earlier today: "welcome home baby."

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Pre-Paid Leap iPhone not exactly cheap

Pre-Paid Leap iPhone not exactly cheap

Today we're finding that the idea of a pre-paid, no-contract iPhone is something that is driving the news media, but not necessarily customers, right up the wall. Reactions this week appear to be stemming from the unspoken rule that Apple's selection of approved carriers for the iPhone is a near-impossible cookie to crack. What we're finding here on Cricket is that there's certainly nothing to get excited about, especially given the similarities between this carrier's pricing and the prices users pay through every other outlet.

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Windows 8 Release Preview download available for all

Windows 8 Release Preview download available for all

This week Microsoft has come forth with the first real public pre-release version of their next-generation operating system Windows 8, and you can download it today. This software will have you working with Microsoft's new touch-friendly Metro User Interface and will allow you to dive deep into the vision Microsoft has for the future of convergence-minded machines. This software is just a bit different from what we saw ealier this year at our own preview at Mobile World Congress, it being ready for a more public viewing with downloads as easy at a couple of clicks.

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Sony unveils world’s first 4K home cinema projector

Sony unveils world’s first 4K home cinema projector

Sony has unveiled the VPL-VW1000ES, a new super high definition projector that's the world's first to offer home theaters 4K resolution, which is four times that of Full HD 1080p. The Sony VPL-VW1000ES projects a 4096 x 2160-pixel resolution or over 8.8 million pixels for image clarity that brings a truly immersive visual experience.

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ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

This year at Computex we're likely going to be seeing a dual-booting Android / Windows 8 device coming from ASUS, the company that brought you the dual-device PadFone last year at this same event. The device we'll be looking at will likely have much of the same impact of that device - that device having gone through quite a few revisions before hitting the market in the end with just Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than its original Android 3.0 Honeycomb/Gingerbread combination. What we're expecting this time instead of a phone that plugs into a tablet is a tablet that plugs into a notebook - dual-booting Windows 8 and Android 4.0 might mean a whole new generation of ASUS Transformer Pads for the world by the end of the year.

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Microsoft Office for iPad coming November 10

Microsoft Office for iPad coming November 10

Today information leading to the release of Microsoft's ubiquitious Office suite of apps has been leaked with November 10th being the big drop-off point. This release date has been leaked by a source familiar with the matter to The Daily where they've also learned that Office Mobile has nearly wrapped work on the actual final version of the application. This application does now appear to be in the hands of Microsoft's assigned usability team to make sure it will fit in with Metro design language to remind all iPad users that this is a Microsoft app - "get on Windows 8!" it will say thusly.

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Nokia’s profit margin struggle against Apple

Nokia’s profit margin struggle against Apple

A new infographic has been put together by iSuppli that delves into the numbers behind Nokia and Apple's profit margins in mobile. It really shows why it's so difficult for Nokia or almost any competitor to put a dent in Apple's dominance. The chart compares the cost to produce the Lumia 900 versus the iPhone 4S, revealing that Apple not only gets to charge way more for its device but also pays less for its components.

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