Archive for November, 2010
If the iPad 2nd-gen gets a Retina display, what will the resolution be?
I've been thinking about the idea of the iPad 2nd-gen getting a Retina display for a while now, specifically because it presents some distinct technological challenges for Apple to overcome. Doubling the dimensions (and quadrupling the number of pixels) of the iPhone was a huge step forward, but was well within the range of technological feasibility:
Original iPhone: 480 x 320 = 153,600 pixels at 165 PPI
iPhone 4: 960…
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Are you thinking about picking up an Android tablet for Christmas? Stop. Stop right now. It’s a bad idea. Whether you spend $ 600 on a Galaxy Tab or $ 250 on a Nook Color or this Kyros thing, it’s a bad idea. They’re all cut-rate, beta products that will be obsoleted shortly by Android 2.3 and 3.0 devices. Sorry for souring the milk with this little editorial, Coby, but you know it’s true.
The Kyros doesn’t impress, but it is only $ 250. It’s got an 800MHz processor, 4GB of internal storage (plus an SD slot), a 7″, 16:9, 800×480 resistive touchscreen, HDMI and one USB port. It runs Android 2.1, with no mention of an upgrade.
See, just not very exciting. Not garbage, certainly, and it’s a nicely-designed, compact package, but with so many options available and forthcoming, I don’t see this poor guy making much of a splash.
[via Hot Hardware]
Canada’s Bell appears to be taking advantage of Netgear’s partnership with Ericsson on this one, putting its 21Mbps HSPA+ network to good use. Not to say that phones aren’t a great use for high-speed data, of course, but that’s enough bandwidth to realistically replace a home internet connection or two — and that’s exactly what the so-called MBR 1210 Turbo Hub sets out to do, spreading an incoming Bell data signal over up to 15 devices connected via WiFi and Ethernet. Interestingly, it also allows users to use the HSPA+ hookup as an automatic fallback in case your primary connection (say, DSL or cable) fails — perfect for us “blog or die” types. You’ll pay CAD $ 149.95 (about $ 147) on a two-year deal to put a Turbo Hub on your shelf, or CAD $ 299.95 ($ 294) sans contract; plans, meanwhile, range from CAD $ 35 to $ 60 ($ 34 to $ 59) for between 3GB and 10GB of data (no metric / English conversion necessary there) with a $ 10 surcharge to gain access to the 21Mbps signal — you get 7.2Mbps otherwise. It’s a pretty creative plan structure, and we’re sure folks would appreciate an unlimited option… preferably without any extra speed fees. Follow the break for the full press release.
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At the beginning of October, we pulled the curtain back on a certain Jungle device from Panasonic, but there’s been little chatter since its dramatic debut. But in an email recently sent to some users, Panasonic appears to be fishing for testers for the device. Could we be approaching a public hands-on?
The email describes the system as being “committed to the cloud and web-based content, the free-to-play movement, social and community-based gaming, and new forms digital entertainment.” They disdain “traditional” handheld gaming as being covered by those other guys, and congratulate the reader of the email for thinking outside the box with them.
You then can apply to the user-testing program, but beyond that, there are no dates or specifics regarding games, pricing, or hardware. Keeping things on the hush hush, I see.
When Dell first demoed the Inspiron Duo and its vertically rotating screen on stage at IDF in September, our mouths nearly hit the floor. It looked like a plain old netbook until its 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen did a magical backflip and folded down over its keyboard to morph into a tablet. It was like nothing we’d ever seen before. And we actually figured it would be the sort of system that would stay locked up in Dell’s labs, but when its specs were revealed — a dual-core Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, and Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator — it became evident that the netbook / tablet hybrid was the real deal. Running Windows 7 Home Premium and Dell’s new Stage interface, the $ 550 netvertible has the potential to successfully straddle both the netbook and tablet world. It also has a real shot at being the perfect device for those wavering between buying a netbook and a tablet. Indeed, the Duo is filled to the brim with potential, but what’s the thing really like to use? We’ve spent the last few days with the Duo (and its Duo Audio Station) to find out, so hit the break for the official Engadget review!
Editor’s note: The review unit Dell sent us was a hardware production unit, but we were told the software was about 95 percent done. We will update this review with our impressions of the final unit when we receive it.
Gallery: Dell Inspiron Duo review
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The thin and light Dell Vostro V130 comes in multiple colors (including red) and weighs in a 3.5 lbs. What’s under the hood? An HDMI port, one USB port, and a Core i3 or i5 ULV processor. I know, right? It supports WiMAX, Bluetooth, and WiFi.
Best of all, it uses Intel’s “hyperbaric” cooling, presumably a fanless solution to keep this thing nice and icy when it’s on your lap. It starts at $ 429 and is available now.
Despite the more recent releases of the Curve 8500 series and the Curve 3G, RIM has never really offered up a true successor to the venerable Curve 8900 — a device some would argue remains the prettiest that Waterloo has ever manufactured. Indeed, with the QVGA display and meager cam on the 3G, there’s a pretty magnificent gap between it and the business-class Bold 9700 / 9780… so we’re pretty excited to see a new model called the Curve 8980 get FCC approval. Oh, and what’s more, the filing’s now got access to a user’s manual and external shots where you can definitely picture this as being a proper optical pad-equipped follow-on to the 8900 of old, complete with a 3.2 megapixel cam with flash and — if we had to guess — a high-res display adopted either from the 9780 or the 8900. No word on a release, but here’s the kicker: as far as we can tell from the filing, it’s EDGE-only just like the device it replaces, which is pretty inexcusable for a device that’d presumably be released in 2011. Add 3G, though, and they’ve got a desperately-needed new model to slot in underneath the Bold.
Shama Langan Ding Dong?
Digitimes, whose news we need to take with a grain of salt, is reporting that Langan Precision is making the cameras for the so-called iPad 2. If you read the Digitimes statement, they’re basically saying that Langan Precision is declining to state whether they are making the part or not in a Taiwan Stock Exchange. Langan reportedly makes the 5-megapixel cameras for the iPhone 4.
The problem is that many doubt the iPad 2 will have a rear camera. So what is this strange camera? A VGA model for FaceTime? Pointing to another line in the filing, Digitimes stated:
In order to focus on high-resolution lens modules, Largan will outsource production of VGA models for use in tablet PCs instead of producing in-house, the sources indicated. In light of growing demand for tablet PCs, Largan’s shipments of related lens modules are expected to account for 10-20% of its consolidated revenues in 2011, the sources said.
So basically you’re dealing with two bits of info: Langan may or may not make iPhone cameras and Langan is planning to stick those same cameras into a tablet. Then you put the two together and you get a nice bump in share price for Langan and we learn nothing new about the iPad 2 except that, as we suspected, it will probably have a camera. Thanks, Internet!
We’re here at Virgin’s press event for Project magazine, which Sir Richard Branson just called the “first all-digital magazine.” It’s launching on iPad first, then on the iPhone, but we also snuck a peek at the app last night and noticed a line about Android tablet support coming soon. Branson says the content will change constantly — and there’ll even be comments. According to him, “this is not a battle, not a war, but the future of publishing.” There’ll be mapping features in the iPhone version, which the Project editor-in-chief describes only as “all the coolest places in the world mapped by our users.” Pricing for the iPad version is set at $ 2.99 per month, with the app updating throughout the period with new content and features. When asked about Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, the chief editor had this to say: “We’re not similar … they’re a daily newspaper, we’re a monthly style magazine … we wish them nothing but luck.”
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It’s time for a new standard for memory cards – according to Sony, Nikon and chip maker SanDisk. The three companies jointly developed a set of specifications for a next-generation memory card for digital cameras and digital video cameras and proposed the specs to the CompactFlash Association.
While existing solutions achieve data transfer speeds of up to 167MB per second, the next-generation memory card has been enhanced about three times, achieving speeds of up to 500MB a second.
The new card apparently allows for “continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images”, enables much faster transfer (obviously) of HD video data and lowers power consumption, essentially extending battery life.
Theoretically, this new type of compact flash can store slightly more than 2TB worth of data.