Thursday, 28 June 2012


In year 2011 we saw the launch of many amazing new gadgets that technology geeks, and people in general loved, like Chromebook, Google Plus,iPhone 4S and iPad 2 etc. Now as this year is coming to an end, everyone is looking forward to what gadgets and products the year 2012 will have in store for us! Well, the good news is many awesome products are set to be launched in 2012.
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Apple iPhone 5


iphone-5
It is quite obvious that Apple iPhone 5 is one of the most anticipated 2012 gadgets. In 2011 we saw the release of iPhone 4S, which was sort of disappointing, as it had no extraordinary change except for Siri, an excellent 8-megapixel camera and a faster processor etc. So now everyone is waiting for iPhone 5, which is expected to boast the Apple’s latest A5 processor chip, iCloud service, higher-resolution camera, and a 4-inch screen size. Hope it would not disappoint us!

Apple iPad 3


Apple iPad 3

Just like iPhone 5, iPad 3 is also one of the most anticipated products for year 2012. According to reports it would be released in February 2012. iPad 3 is expected to feature a new, thinner and sleeker design, down nearly 20 % in size in comparison to the iPad 2. It will also support full touchscreen HD display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536. Lighter battery life is also expected, but that battery is reported to cost 20 – 30 % more than the current iPad’s battery. It will also have a longer battery life. It is expected to have a wireless charging and data transfering technology.

Quad Core Mobile Devices


Quad Core Mobile Devices
Quad-core is the new Dual-core! 2012 will see the launch of Quad-core smartphones with high resolution screens and graphics. nVidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon are fighting for the fastest quad processor. According to Nvidia smartphones boasting its quad-core Tegra 3 processors might be launched in the first half of 2012. While, Qualcomm says that its quad-core Snapdragon will be launched in Windows 8 tablets in the second half of 2012. It will offer some amazing features like advanced video and photo edition, multi-tab web browsing, high-end graphics games, improved voice control and “air” gestures and better multitasking etc.

Xbox 360 Update


Xbox 360 Update
You would also see the next generation of the Xbox be launched in 2012. It would be a rival of Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. It will have some great features like new personal and social features including Cloud storage for game saves and Live profile; beacons and Facebook sharing, enhanced family settings, integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps, Bing voice search (available in the US, UK and CA). The new Xbox 360 Dashboard update was just unveiled and its look is quite noticeable difference, as it sports a Windows 8, Metro-style interface.

Facebook Timeline


Facebook Timeline
Facebook laucnhed its new profile, the Timeline in September 2011. It is developed to “tell your life story” in an ameliorated way. It was set to be released to all users on Facebook in November. But Timelines.com, which is a small Chicago based company has sued Facebook over trademark issues and saying that Facebook’s new Timeline feature might “eliminate” the company from the site. Timelines.com has a trademark for the “timeline” name, filed in May 2008 and granted in January 2009. Facebook is expected to roll out this feature to its users starting January, 2012.

PlayStation Vita


PlayStation Vita
The next version of the PSP called the PlayStation Vita is set to be launched in 2012. The gaming console would have a quad-core graphics processor, and would be mroe impressively and elegantly designed. It would boast a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, 24-bit color with a resolution of 960 × 540 qHD and has pixel density of 220 ppi, both front and rear cameras and other awesome features like face detection, head detection and head tracking that can be used for personalization and customization.

Wii U


Wii U
Nintendo is also going to launch the next version of its gaming console called Wii U. It was unveiled by unveiled at its press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7, 2011. It would have 1080p high-definition graphics, and a new controller with an embedded touchscreen. It also has a touch screen 6 inches wide and has a built-in microphone, speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, rumble and camera. It would also boast an internal flash based memory for media storage and game save data, and an external SD card and USB HDD is also supported. It is expected to be launched after March 2012.

Apple HD TV


Apple HD TV
According to reports Apple is going to launch a high-definition television set. It is expected to come in 15 to 19-inch range powered by the Apple’s mobile OS, the iOS. It can be used to play videos, play games, run apps and let you handle your social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Apple has already released its Apple TV on January 9, 2007, which is a set-up box that can be used for streaming video to a television. Apple TV set is expected to be available in time for the 2012 holiday season.

Samsung Galaxy S3


Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S2 was a great success, and now it is reported that Samsung has been preparing its next version which is Samsung Galaxy S3. This next version is expected to have Exynos 4212 processor with 1.8GHz and an ARM Cortex A9 chip, that is going to offer a 25 percent performance boost and a 30 percent reduction in power consumption. It is most probably going to be powered by Google’s latest OS, which is Android Ice Cream Sandwich. According to rumors Samsung might launch Galaxy S3 with iPhone 5 simultaneously.

Windows 8


Windows 8
This next version of Windows would boast some amazing new features, like an all new UI, Windows App Store and improvised security features. It would have a simple yet interactive UI called the “Metro-style” design, which would display the most important information and gives you full control over it. Microsoft has launched a Developer Preview of the Windows 8, that is presently in pre-beta version. You can download it from the official Windows site for free.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Ipod Nano
Apple iPod Nano 8GB is more colorful in comparison to the previous model of iPod. This is another genius creation from Apple. It also includes accessibility features for visually impaired, music, videos, new tilt sensors, podcast playbacks, calendars, games, alarm, stopwatch, clocks and notes.
Special features of Apple iPod Nano 8GB
Design
Apple iPod Nano 8GB is attractive and available in nine distinct colors. The metal-build body of the device is light and thin. A curved glass covers the screen, which is reflective and glossy, of the player.
Share Photos
Apple iPod Nano 8GB helps you in sharing several photos irrespective of your location. You can even have the option of having the portrait or landscape view of the pictures in your device.
Ipod Nano 8GB
Easy tracking of your favorite numbers
The interface of Apple iPod Nano 8GB is excellent. The device allows the task of finding the list of your favorite songs quite easy. You even have the option of seeing the album art in Cover Flow. By pressing and holding its center button, you can browse the songs by your favorite artist or album. After coming across the one, which you wish to hear, you need to select the song by pressing the center button. This will help you in adding the same to your ongoing playlist.
Games
Apple iPod Nano 8GB is available with all the games, which have been devised especially for iPod Nanos and accelerometer. The thinking behind these games has made many users addictive to them and you are sure to have a blast too. In case your favorite game is not there, you can download from a collection of thousands in the iTune stores.
Movies & TV shows
You’ll find it fun and exciting in watching TV Shows and movies on your newApple iPod Nano 8GB. The picture visible on the screen appears lifelike and crisp, as the device has a high-resolution 2-inch display.
Get your hands on this amazing offering from Apple. There is no doubt that Apple iPod Nano 8GB is filled with exciting features, which you always wished for!
iPad 2 is the second generation of an extremely popular Apple tablet computer that gained even more popularity and admirationthan its predecessor. With iPad 2 you will be able to enjoy a variety of multimedia features, such as reading books and periodicals, watching movies, listening tomusic, web surfing, and playing games. A possibility to transfervideo to iPad 2 is definitely one of the most called-for features of this device, as it provides perfect playback quality and high resolution.
However, if you want to enjoy movies, TV shows, or any other videos on your iPad 2, you need to bear in mind that this device has a limited number of supported video formats and will not play back any others. Luckily, it doesn’t mean that you will need to purchase videos especially for iPad 2, because with the help of special tools you will be able to convert any video from your collection to iPad-compatible format.
Media Buddy is a versatile video converter for iPad that will let you watch videos on iPad 2 regardless of their initial format and file size. With this powerful iPad 2 converter you will quickly and effortlessly convert your wholemusic library to enjoy on your favorite device. Media Buddy is user-friendly software with intuitive interface, therefore its use doesn’t require high level of computer literacy or specific technical knowledge.
You will need just a couple of mouse clicks and a little time to watch videos on iPad 2, since Media Buddy is perfectly optimized to perform any kind of iPad conversions. You can choose among three ready-to-use iPad conversion presets, and all of your videos will be converted for iPad 2 without a necessity to make any additional adjustments. After conversion is finished, you will be able to watch videos on iPad 2 in highest possible quality because Media Buddy provides almost lossless video conversion.
With Media Buddy you no longer have to bother yourself with the problems of incompatibility between your video files and iPad 2. This potent video converter can convert almost any video to iPad 2, since it supports all popular video formats. Media Buddy was created to ensure the easiest, fastest, and the most convenient way to convert movies, music videos, TV shows, and any other videos to iPad 2. Extremely high conversion speed and a possibility to perform simultaneous conversions will significantly save your time, reserving it for watching videos on iPad 2. Thanks to Media Buddy even a large video collection will become iPad-compatible just with a few mouse clicks and virtually in no time, providing you with a possibility to enjoy your favorite videos on iPad 2 without any limitations.

Competition watchdog takes Apple to court after tablet was sold as 'iPad with WiFi + 4G' but cannot use Australian network
Apple's iPad 3, shown on launch day in Sydney, does not work on Australia's 4G network
Apple has offered refunds to Australians who bought a new iPad 3 after the maker admitted it does not work on the country's 4G network.
Australia's consumer watchdog found Apple had misled customers with its recent promotion of the new "iPad with WiFi + 4G".
In a statement, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said Apple had "represented to Australian consumers that the product 'iPad with WiFi + 4G' can, with a sim card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case".
Australia does have 4G service on the Telstra network but the new iPad connects to 4G on the 700MHz and 2100Mhz frequencies, neither of which is used by Telstra.
The ACCC has taken Apple to court alleging its advertising broke four sections of Australian consumer law.
The new iPad is compatible with some 4G networks in the US and Canada. It is incompatible with all European 4G frequencies, including those proposed for the UK.
The ACCC is seeking a court order for Apple to publish corrective advertising on its website and in newspapers, and for Apple to stop branding it as "iPad with WiFi + 4G".
Australia was the first country to sell the new iPad, launching it on 16 March. The ACCC has said in court it wrote to Apple outlining its concerns the day before the launch.
Apple says it will place a clarifying statement at point of sale and send emails to customers offering them a refund if they bought the iPad 3 thinking it was compatible with Australia's 4G network. It is resisting an ACCC attempt to force it to put stickers on its packaging.
Telstra has not promoted the new iPad as 4G compatible. Instead it has marketed it as the "new Ipad on our data + tablet bundle".
Another major Australian carrier, Optus, advertises it as a Wi-Fi and 3G device.



Apple advertised its latest iPad "with WiFi + 4G" worldwide but seems to have forgotten to check.
When the latest technology must-have launched this year, Australian buyers were disappointed to find they could not access 4G from the tablet, and the tech giant was yesterday fined A$2.25m (£1.46m) for misleading customers.
Adverts plastered around Australia for two months implied the iPad could connect to the country's Telstra 4G broadband network when it could not, Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled. Apple was told to pay A$300,000 in costs."
A Dutch court also ordered Apple to pay damages to Samsung Electronics for patent infringement.

Google is to enter the UK television market with the launch next month of its interactive TV service for British consumers.
A tie-up with electronics giant Sony will see Google's interactive TV service made available outside the US for the first time with viewers able to surf the internet, watch videos and play games on TV.
The set top box, priced at £200, allows viewers to use the internet through their television as well as access a range of specially designed applications.
Sony Europe said the NSZ-GS7 internet player with Google TV would be available to buy from July.
Gildas Pelliet, Sony's European head of marketing, said: "Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen or play with the freedom of the internet and using the familiar Chrome browser."
A spokesman for Sony UK said the service would give access to thousands of Android apps including 150 apps optimised for television.
He said users of the service would have access to BBC iPlayer and YouTube, and hundreds of thousands of films.

Summary: Apple has won a preliminary injunction barring U.S. sales of Samsung’s iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Apple has prevailed in seeking a preliminary sales injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet over the alleged infringement of the iPad’s patented design.
The win marks a major victory for Apple in the ongoing “thermonuclear war” against rival mobile operating system Google’s Android.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh previously rejected Apple’s attempt to block the tablet in the U.S., but was forced to reconsider her position following an appeals court ruling.
Once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung against damages should the injunction be appealed and overturned, the sales ban can come into force.
“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh wrote on Tuesday.
“While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to directly compete with Samsung’s infringing products outweighs Samsung’s harm in light of the previous findings by the Court.”
Samsung will likely appeal the ruling, though a spokesperson was unavailable for comment at the time of writing to confirm the company’s next move.
A Samsung statement said: “Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”
An Apple spokesperson said that “this kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” reiterating an earlier company statement. The Cupertino-based company did not say when — or even if — the bond would be posted.
The case hinges on a single design patent owned by Apple that protects the aesthetics of its iPad tablet. But many have argued the patent is too broad and could stifle innovation in the burgeoning tablet market.
Apple has more than 60 percent of the tablet market and sold more than 13.6 million iPads in the first calendar quarter. Samsung only sold 1.6 million tablets, giving the Korean-based technology giant just over 7 percent of the overall market share.
Prepaid mobile plans can save consumers beaucoup bucks. So is there any reason to not to go prepaid? Ask Maggie's Marguerite Reardon answers.


Prepaid may be the way to go for savvy smartphone consumers, as more and more wireless operators are offering cool devices with their cheap prepaid plans.


It used to be that prepaid cell phone users had to sacrifice the ability to get cool devices for cheap service. But that's not true anymore as carriers like Virgin Mobile get top of the line Google Android handsets and even offer the popular Apple iPhone. Consumers can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on prepaid services compared to so-called post-paid services, which require a contract. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I make the case for one Sprint subscriber to ditch post-paid and go prepaid. I also clear up some confusion for another Verizon Wireless customer who wants to know if he can keep his unlimited data plan.
Why not prepaid?
Dear Maggie,
In a couple of months time I'm coming to end of my contract with Sprint. I've had zero problems with them or with the service they've given me.
But I'm wondering if they're worth the cost versus prepaid. I'm paying $100 per month for Sprint and looking at a number of prepaid services. I can get comparable service for about $50 a month.
Other than not getting the latest and greatest phones, are there any other downsides to this approach? If it's so much cheaper to go prepaid and the service is comparable, why would anyone be on contract?
Thanks,
Chris
Dear Chris,
You bring up a very valid point for a lot of consumers. And the short answer to your question is that it probably doesn't make sense for you to spend $100 on Sprint service when you could probably find a comparable plan on the prepaid brand Virgin Mobile for much less.
Virgin Mobile is a prepaid service that is owned by Sprint. It actually uses Sprint's CDMA and WiMax networks. So if you get good service with Sprint now, you'll still get good service if you switch to Virgin Mobile.
While it used to be true that you had to sacrifice cool phones by going prepaid, that's no longer the case. For example, Virgin Mobile offers the HTC Evo V 4G. It's the same phone that Sprint offers on its network. Virgin Mobile will also soon offer the iPhone 4S.
A quick comparison of the plans shows that you'd pay half the price for your Virgin Mobile prepaid service compared to the same service offered on Sprint. Virgin Mobile's unlimited talk, text and data plans are $55 a month. Meanwhile, Sprint charges $110 for the same unlimited, talk, text and data service.
But there are a couple of things you should be aware of with these prepaid plans. For one, on Virgin Mobile, the unlimited data isn't really unlimited. Users who use more than 2.5GB of data per month will see their speeds slowed down to 256Kbps or below for the rest of the month. That means slower page loads, slower file downloads, and more lag-time for streaming media.
But unless you're a very heavy data user, you probably won't get close to using more than 2.5GB of data per month. So this so-called cap probably won't affect you. And if you do happen to exceed the cap at some point, you won't be charged extra for the overage.That said, Sprint says that its smartphone data plans are truly unlimited. The company doesn't charge extra if you go over your limit nor does it slow down your service.
The second big caveat to keep in mind with the cheaper prepaid offering is that you'll have to pay full price for your new smartphone. While this may hurt your wallet upfront, the fact is that over time, you'll actually pay less over a two year period for the service and full-price than you would if you took the subsidy and paid an extra $55 a month. In fact, if you bought an iPhone 4S, you'd end up saving about $870 over two years on Virgin Mobile compared to Sprint.
Virgin Mobile isn't the only prepaid offer available, of course. But since you are already a Sprint customer, it is the most obvious choice for you since you know you'll get good coverage with your device. While price is important when evaluating whether to get a prepaid smartphone or subscribe to a post paid service, the reality is that not all low-cost, prepaid services offer the network coverage that you need.
But if you are interested in exploring your options you may want to consider Leap Wireless and MetroPCS, which also offer all-you-can-eat data, voice, and text messaging prepaid plans for extremely low prices.
If these networks aren't available where you live and work, you might also want to consider T-Mobile USA. It offers traditional post-paid services, which are lower than its other nationwide competitors. And it also offers prepaid services.
And if it's hard for you to come up with the cash for a prepaid device, T-Mobile offers these value plans that lets you pay for your phone in 20 monthly installments. On the 21st month when your device is paid for, the cost of your plan is reduced. This differs from other post plans on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon that do not lower your monthly cost, even after you've paid off the subsidy for the device.
So the bottom line is this: Ditch Sprint's postpaid service and sign-up for a prepaid plan. You will save money over the long haul. Good luck!
Keeping Verizon's unlimited data plan
Dear Maggie,
I have the $30 unlimited data plan with Verizon, and instead of upgrading to a new phone at full price, can I buy one from Gazelle or eBay and use it with my $30 unlimited plan. Would this include 4G LTE phone and plan?
Thanks,
Confused in Louisville
Dear Confused in Louisville,
The short answer to your question is "yes."
As you know, Verizon has changed its pricing policy. After June 28 anyone who had an unlimited data plan will have to give up that plan if he or she buys a new Verizon smartphone for a subsidized price.
Verizon booth at CES 2012(Credit: Roger Cheng/CNET)
In order for you to keep your unlimited data plan on Verizon after June 28 should you renew your contract, you can either buy a new phone at full retail price or you can bring a device you already own to the network. So if you buy a used Verizon smartphone on Gazelle or eBay that would work. The only way you will lose the unlimited data plan is if you sign up for a new phone from Verizon and the price of the device is subsidized.
Also, just to clarify here, it doesn't matter if the new phone you buy or the phone you get from Gazelle or eBay is a 3G device or a 4G device. So long as Verizon didn't subsidize the cost of the device, you're able to keep the unlimited data plan for as long you like.

Casual game is the most grown-up and realistic yet in the company's franchise.

 


In a first for a Zynga casual game, users can now have virtual sex in the company's new title, The Ville. It will be available tomorrow.
The Ville, which appears to be heavily inspired (to put it kindly) by the popular game The Sims, is the most realistic game yet in the Ville series of games that includes FarmVille, CityVille, and CastleVille. The concept is that you build your dream house in the app and then invite your friends over to hang out.
Or more.
According to Zynga executive producer David Gray, when someone is in your house and you begin to interact with them, you can level up by interacting with them in ways that the game sees as romantic. As you climb the experience tree, you eventually unlock the capability to initiate the "happiness home run," or just "whoopee," as Gray called it in an interview.
When you do so, the two characters begin to disrobe on-screen (not completely, though) and the bed in the virtual bedroom gets covered, briefly, with little floating hearts.
Then it's over. Congratulations.
While you can have virtual sex in The Ville, you cannot yet get virtually married. And there are no virtual consequences, like children. Some pro-family groups are bound to take issue with that



The game is not age-restricted. Gray says that since the game requires a Facebook login, Zynga can rely on Facebook's own age restrictions. No news on what happens if Facebook opens up (officially) to users under its current cut-off of 13.
While all Zynga games are social, this game is more of a dating app than anything Zynga has yet done. Users will want to feather their nests to attract friends over to hang out, and there is an option, when talking with an on-screen character, to click over to see their real-world Facebook profile.
A big part of today's Zynga press conference was a discussion of the platform's new matchmaking platform, which will help players connect with new users that they're most likely to enjoy playing their favorite games with. Gray says that The Ville doesn't yet use the matchmaking system, but it may in the future, and it will be opt-in.
Gray estimates that the overall game design -- it's not all about sex -- will lead to a female gender bias. He estimated about 65 percent. At least at the start.
Update at 4:20 p.m. PT: Zynga's SVP of product development, Mark Skaggs, takes issue with the characterization of The Ville as a dating app. "It's a house-and-people game," he told me. "You build the house of your dreams and invite friends over to play with your toys. The romantic relationship channel is just a small part of it."
I concede the point that there's plenty more you can do in the app and that The Ville is not a dating app per se. But it is more about modeling ordinary human interactions than anything else Zynga has done. And social-game designers know where their bread is buttered. As Draw Something creator Dan Porter told me before Zynga bought the game, "It's designed for an 11th-grade boy to flirt with an 11th-grade girl."
Skaggs is adamant that The Ville is a typical, family-friendly Zynga game. "The inspiration really does come from the dollhouse genre and from YoVille [Zynga's first "ville" game]. We're trying to come at it from a wholesome point of view.
Details obtained from early iPhone prototypes by 9to5Mac suggest that the new phone will include the necessary hardware to enable near field communication.




The next iPhone could let users buy products and share files through near field communication.
Code pulled from Pre-EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypes by 9to5Mac leads the Apple enthusiast site to believe that NFC chips and an antenna will be built into this year's iPhone.
If true, it means Apple would finally jump onto the mobile payments bandwagon, allowing its users to purchase goods and services directly through their smartphones. This latest rumor also comes on top of the company's launch of Passbook, a feature slated for iOS 6 that would let people store electronic versions of receipts, tickets, boarding passes, and other information from merchants.
On its own, Passbook doesn't necessarily need to depend on NFC since it serves more as a repository. But Jim Peters, chief technology officer of air transport technology company SITA, believes Apple will incorporate NFC into Passbook, maybe not at first but certainly down the road.
"There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments," Peters told 9to5Mac. "But you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen. By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it's game over."
Apple could also hook up with an existing mobile payment service like CitiBank's PayPass or even handle payments on its own through all the credit cards already stored through iTunes, suggests 9to5Mac.
NFC has been touted for its ability to enable mobile payments merely by swiping your smartphone past a merchant's NFC-equipped reader. But the technology potentially offers much more. iPhone owners would be able to swap and share files between different devices, reducing the need to synchronize through iTunes.
Apple has reportedly been working on NFC integration for a while.
A New York Times story from March 2011 confirmed that a future iPhone would include the NFC hardware. Some rumors at the time speculated that last year's iPhone would be NFC-enabled, but obviously those rumors missed the mark.
NFC is still struggling to move beyond its first baby steps. Google has already been playing in this sandbox. Certain Android phones come equipped with the NFC hardware, and the search giant has been pushing its Google Wallet service. So the time seems ripe for Apple to finally enter this nascent market, a development that could give NFC the push it needs to enter the mainstream.



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