Posts Tagged ‘refreshed’
Dell’s Yoga competitor, the flexible XPS 11, has made its way into availability in the US and other select countries, with the refreshed XPS 13 also tagging along. As we mentioned in our hands-on, the 11.6-inch ultrabook’s keyboard folds all the way back to transform into a tablet with an impressive …
Dell introduced us to its Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet and Haswell refresh of the XPS 15 earlier this month, and starting today both products — along with two Venue Android slates — are available online. The Venue 8 Pro, you may recall, offers an 1,280 x 800 IPS display, an Atom processor and an …
Instagram may have missed the initial iOS 7 update run last week, but the retooled iPhone app is good to go now. Version 4.2, available for download today, brings design tweaks that mesh better with the latest iOS, with a slightly simpler interface and rounded profile pictures in the feed. Additionally, photos and video are a bit larger, and the resolution has been increased as well, enabling a better viewing experience overall. It hasn’t appeared in the App Store just yet, but Instagram says we should see the new version pop up sometime today.
Microsoft has long promised a calendar upgrade for its Outlook.com email service would be “coming soon,” but the company is finally detailing its plans today. Microsoft will begin rolling out an updated version of its calendar for Outlook.com this week, with some improved features. One click access to event creation will be available, along with improved sharing options.
The new look and feel aligns the calendar with Microsoft’s mail and contact options in Outlook.com, and looks familiar to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions. There are month, week, day, and agenda views, alongside access to tasks. Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook can be integrated into the calendar along with birthday information, weather forecasts, and holidays….
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Microsoft adding more content to Xbox Live this week, including Toys R Us movies and a refreshed MLB.tv app
Mo apps, mo couch home entertainment, right? Well, in order to increase the qualities of its mature games console and Xbox Live, Microsoft today revealed it’s bringing some additional material to the ever-evolving platform. To go along with the current inclusion of Redbox Instant, Redmond today– and in the nick of time for the brand-new season, shall we say– will welcome an MLB. tv app with a revamped user interface and other undisclosed functions that, according to the company, ought to “make seeing baseball on Xbox better than ever.” Exactly what’s even more, Microsoft didn’t simply have baseball fans in mind, and is also giving film addicts, both young and old, something to expect with a couple of new applications, such as IndieFlix, PopcornFlix and Toys R Us movies– oh, and for those who take pleasure in internet-based TELEVISION programs, there’s a Revision 3 app, to boot. As is frequently the case, the nations where they can each be appreciated will depend on where you live (and a Gold subscription, of course), so now could be a great time to peruse the PR after the break to find out which of these you can expect to see on your Dasboard.
Skype’s most current update has actually shown up on Windows (although not Windows 8) and, most likely due to its status within Microsoft, it’s incorporated Outlook attributes into version 6.1 alongside some cosmetic refreshes. You can now get access to your Skype contacts’ condition, mood message and various other contact details within Outlook contact cards, with the exact same profiles now appearing within the Skype program. You also call any phone number from within Outlook, with Skype already doing the research of connecting to any contact whose specifics are kept within your email customer. Better still, if you have actually already got them added as a contact in Skype, you can send out immediate messages and make or video telephone calls from the outset. These features will deal with Outlook 2010, while it’s now much easier to include brand-new contacts to Skype when you don’t currently have a someone in your contact list. You can choose up the brand-new integrated app (with a carefully tweaked toolbar) at the source.
(Update: We have actually additionally been informed that the Mac version has been bumped up to variation 6.1, and you’ll now have the ability to call direct from Safari webpages.)
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LG has seen it fit to refresh its 13.3-inch Z330 and 14-inch Z430 “Super Ultrabooks” today with Intel’s latest Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors. Unfortunately, the Korean press release doesn’t offer too many hard specs on the new Z350 and Z450 — forget availability dates and prices — but the company does say that it has dropped boot times down by a full second from the previous generation to a total of just nine. The Z450 has a 500GB hard drive and SSD combo to help get those quick boot-times, though it’s not clear if the Z350 has the same system or just an SSD. Both ultrabooks appear to share the same chassis as the models they replace, and we’re told that the Z350 is 14.7mm thick and weighs in at 1.2kg — specs that line up…
The BlackBerry PlayBook is about to get the gift of 4G. That is of course if a random leaked image and FCC documents are believed. And why not? Even though the PlayBook is almost a year old, RIM is actually selling more now than ever.
The PlayBook is a fine tablet. The OS is competent and slick. It packs all the standard BlackBerry apps and functions. Much as the iPad is a great iPhone companion, the PlayBook should be the BlackBerry user’s tablet of choice. The PlayBook is a fine tablet now. But it didn’t launch that way.
The PlayBook launched last April to rough reviews. Common issues cited were the buggy OS, lack of 3rd party apps, and, strangely, RIM failed to include a calendar, email, and BBM functions. The tablet went nowhere and launched with a thud. It wasn’t until a drastic price cut and the addition of these missing features some seven months post launch that the PlayBook started moving. RIM saw a five fold increase in PlayBook sales last quarter.
A 4G PlayBook makes sense in a strange way. RIM built the PlayBook to work tightly with its enterprise platform. In theory the PlayBook should work superior to the iPad in a corporate environment. Since RIM is actually now managing to sell PlayBooks, a 4G version should make traveling shower hook salesmen rather happy, since it can remotely dial the home intranet without relying on WiFi. Sure, these people might want an iPad, but IT departments can buy two PlayBooks for the price of one iPad and these tablets can be managed alongside the company’s existing BlackBerrys.
Unfortunately a 4G PlayBook would flop in the consumer market like its WiFi brother. Even if it’s priced aggressively, the PlayBook lacks the sex appeal, and more importantly, the sheer amount of functions found on the iPad. Consumers looking for a cheap tablet will still look at the Kindle Fire or perhaps the rumored Google Nexus Tablet.
RIM will likely launch the PlayBook the first week of May at its yearly BlackBerry World conference. The company needs to have a strong showing and a 4G PlayBook shows RIM is at least moving albeit rather slowly. If RIM is to recover, they need to get products on the market in a timely and complete fashion; that’s very clear. However, the company also needs to protect its revenue streams, and refreshing an old tablet with a relatively inexpensive addition like a 4G radio is a smart way to exploit the new demand and those still afflicted with the crackberry addiction.
It’s time for Garmin to refresh its lineup and flood the market with a slew of dash-mounted GPS devices. In total there are six new series of navigators, with countless models scattered amongst them. The “essential” nüvi 30, 40 and 50 (top left) lines come in three sizes: 3.5-inch, 4.3-inch, and 5-inch sizes (we’re sure you can guess which is which), and cover all the basics including a lifetime’s worth of free map updates. Stepping up a notch to the “advanced” 2405 (top right) and 2505 series (4.3-inch and 5-inch lines respectively) nets you Garmin’s Guidance 2.0 system. The software includes niceties like 3D traffic updates (for free, of course) and photoReal junction view for finding the right lane at off ramps. Last is the “prestige” line — the nüvi 3400 series — ultra-thin, 4-inch devices that looks more like a phone than a navigator. The 3400s turn in the frustrating resistive screen for a capacitive panel and upgrade to Guidance 3.0. The 3.0 edition sports all the same features as its lower numbered sibling, but adds pinch-to-zoom, lane guidance and text-to-speech for incoming SMS messages. Not overwhelmed enough yet? Check out the PR after the break.
Remember that elusive Atom N570 that popped up here and there in machines debuting last month? At long last, the spec wizards over at Intel’s headquarters have seen fit to divulge a few more details surrounding the new silicon, and it goes a little like this: the chip runs at 1.66GHz, supports four threads and touts 1MB of L2 cache, an 8.5W TDP and DDR3-667. It’ll also start shipping this month, and should emerge soon on low-power machines from ASUS, Lenovo and Samsung. Meanwhile, HP has apparently seen fit to jump the gun a bit by refreshing its Mini 110 and 210 (shown above) netbooks, both of which are making their debut with the new processor over in Japan. It’ll be interesting to see how much traction such a chip gets now that AMD’s Zacate E-350 is out and about, but as mama always said, competition makes everything just a wee bit better.