Archive

Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Has CES Lost Its Star Appeal?

January 6th, 2013 01:03 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An opinion piece by tech writer, David Gilbert, looks at how CES might be losing some of its luster. “It’s hard to know who the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) really benefits. A common perception is that CES is the place where all the major technology companies launch their latest and greatest gadgets. But this is simply not the case. Let’s look at 2012 as an example. Last year’s most talked about consumer technology products (in no particular order) were: the iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad mini, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Wii U. How many were launched at CES 2012? None.”

Source: Has CES Lost Its Star Appeal?

TSMC Preparing To Manufacturer A6X Chip As Apple Looks to Ditch Samsung

January 2nd, 2013 01:33 admin View Comments

Iphone

An anonymous reader writes with reports that TSMC is preparing to do a first test run of Apple’s A6X chipset currently manufactured by Samsung. The TSMC manufactured chips will feature a process shrink from 32nm to 28nm, and there’s a good chance Apple will grant them the contract for the next generation A7 chip. From SlashGear: “The test will kick off in Q1 2013, The China Times reports, with TSMC producing a new, 28nm version of the existing 32nm A6X that Samsung has been producing for the full-sized iPad 4th-gen; the smaller chip, which will likely be more power efficient as well, will debut in a new iPad 5th-gen and iPad mini 2.”

Source: TSMC Preparing To Manufacturer A6X Chip As Apple Looks to Ditch Samsung

Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

January 1st, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Piracy

SternisheFan writes with this excerpt from CNET: “Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple’s App Store, won’t be around anymore. Development team Hackulous today announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site. As of today, the pirated app store no longer works, and only shows these errors: “Outdated version. Installous will now terminate” or “API Error. API unavailable.” For many years, Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught.”

Source: Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

Does 2012 Mark the End of the Netbook?

December 31st, 2012 12:05 admin View Comments

Businesses

Voline writes “Digitimes reports that Asus and Acer will not be producing netbooks in 2013 , signaling the end of a product category that Asus began five years ago with it’s Eee PC. The Guardian looks at the rise and fall of the netbook and posits some reasons for it’s end. Reasons include: manufacturers shifting from Linux to Windows causing an increase in price that brought netbooks into competition with full-on laptops that offered better specs for not much more money, the global recession beginning in 2008, and the introduction of the iPad and Android tablets.”

Source: Does 2012 Mark the End of the Netbook?

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

December 13th, 2012 12:49 admin View Comments

Google

hcs_$reboot writes “After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google has a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It’s available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format).” Adds reader snowtigger: “It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. Google also released the Google Maps SDK for iOS, and a simple URL scheme to help developers use Google Maps when building their beautiful and innovative apps. The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages.”

Source: Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

News Corp’s The Daily iPad App Shutting Down On December 15

December 3rd, 2012 12:35 admin View Comments

The Media

An anonymous reader writes with news that, as predicted, the iPad only newspaper The Daily failed. From the article: “The goal of The Daily was to provide a modern spin on the news cycle by delivering world news draped in a multimedia experience. In other words, The Daily devoted a lot of resources towards adding photos, video, and touch controls to news stories that would otherwise be static. … It was announced today that The Daily will be closing up shop on December 15 after failing to rake in the dough.”

Source: News Corp’s The Daily iPad App Shutting Down On December 15

7 Jailed In ‘Kidney For iPad’ Case In China

November 30th, 2012 11:19 admin View Comments

China

hackingbear writes “In China, the whole team of medical staff and their brokers were sentenced to jail yesterday over their involvement in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney to buy an iPhone and iPad. He Wei, who organized the illegal transaction in April 2011, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the Beihu District People’s Court in Chenzhou City. The court added that the defendants had paid compensation worth more than 1.47 million yuan (~ US $237,000) to Wang. Ministry of Health statistics show that about 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but only 10,000 operations are performed each year.”

Source: 7 Jailed In ‘Kidney For iPad’ Case In China

Why Microsoft’s Surface Pro Could Fail

November 30th, 2012 11:18 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Microsoft’s Surface Pro boasts one feature that could rapidly become an Achilles Heel, especially if Microsoft intends for the device to compete against Apple’s iPad and a host of lightweight Google Android touch-screens. In a Nov. 29 Tweet to a customer, the official Surface Twitter feed claimed: ‘We expect it [Surface Pro] to have approx. half the battery life of Surface with Windows RT.’ That means Surface Pro will have roughly four hours of battery life. That’s roughly half the battery life (if not less) of Apple’s various iPads, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Research In Motion’s PlayBook, Hewlett-Packard’s now-cancelled TouchPad, and Motorola’s all-but-forgotten Xoom. In other words, pretty much every tablet currently on the market. Nor can the Surface Pro compete with other tablets on price. The 64GB version of the device will retail for $899, with the 128GB version coming in a little higher at $999.”

Source: Why Microsoft’s Surface Pro Could Fail

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

November 23rd, 2012 11:59 admin View Comments

IOS

Oyjord writes “I have a very smart and curious 3-year-old daughter. Before anyone tries to derail my query, yes, we get a lot of play time outside with soccer and baseballs, and inside with blocks, Hot Wheels, PlayDoh, etc. However, on the rare occasion that we do sit down with my iPad, I’d like to solicit recommendations for good Math and Science apps for kids. There are hundreds of horribly gender-biased baking apps and Barbie apps for young girls, but they turn my stomach. She has a wonderfully curious mind, and really likes SkyView already, but I feel lost in a sea of pink and Hello Kitty apps.”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

November 22nd, 2012 11:31 admin View Comments

Patents

SternisheFan writes “Here we go again. Korean electronics giant Samsung has added three new Apple products to the list of products that the company claims infringes on its patents. In a filing to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Samsung has added the iPad mini, the new iPad 4, and the fifth-generation iPod touch to an existing lawsuit that covers devices such as the iPhone 5, iPad 4, and earlier iPod touch devices. According to the filing, Samsung believes that ‘good cause exists’ to add these three devices to the original infringement claim, ‘because Apple’s new products were not yet available when Samsung submitted its original contentions on June 15, 2012 or its first motion to supplement its infringement contentions on October 1, 2012.’”

Source: Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

YOYOYOOYOYOYO