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Apple Charts A Path To Slimmer iPhones With New Camera Autofocus Tech

iPhone5c-back-camera Apple has a new patent granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) which describes a means for reducing the size of a key component of the iPhone (and iPad), making it possible to create ever-smaller gadgets with thinner frames. The piece in question is a camera autofocus module, and the patent describes use of a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) which improves greatly in terms of both size… Read More

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Slimmer PS Vita is coming to North America this spring

The redesigned, slimmer version of the PS Vita is coming to North America. Already available in both Japan and the UK, the latest version of the handheld sports a smaller body and swaps out the original’s OLED screen for an LCD display — it’s 20 percent thinner and features slightly improved battery life. The North American version will be released as part of a bundle alongside sci-fi shooter Borderlands 2 for $ 199. No specific release date has been announced just yet, but the new handheld is expected to launch in the spring and should be a great way to get in on the Vita’s steadily growing library of fantastic indie games.

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Sony’s slimmer PlayStation Vita coming to the UK for around £180, pre-orders start today

Alright, so perhaps we took Sony’s invite to its London PlayStation event a little too seriously when we speculated Vita TV news was on the agenda. Although it’s not technically the “slimmest” PS device, Sony’s brought us here to welcome the …

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NASA underwater testing slimmer suits for spacewalking on asteroids (video)

In a tank of water in Texas, NASA’s busily testing its wardrobe for a future Armageddon-esque mission. The space agency has been taking advantage of its Neutral Buoyancy Lab near the Johnson Space Center in Houston to run a some new space suits …

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Alleged ‘iPad 5′ case spotted in Hong Kong, hints at slimmer and narrower body

Alleged 'iPad 5' case spotted at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Rumors of an upcoming iPad sporting a similar design as the iPad mini go as far back as late January this year, when our reliable buddies at 9to5Mac shared some clear images of a leaked chassis (check them out at the “More Coverage” link below). This was followed by an alleged picture of the front panel sent out around previously this month. However as before, cases for this unreleased “iPad 5″ have likewise been making the rounds in China, and we’ve handled to get our hands on one at the Hong Kong Electronic devices Fair earlier today. It coincides old tale according to a staff at the booth: the case is based upon a leaked mold. Oops!

Compared with a similar case made for the 2 latest generations of the bigger iPad, this case again suggests a slimmer and narrower iPad is in the works, which would suggest that this mysterious tablet is most likely to have the exact same display size however thinner left and right-side bezels– just like the iPad mini. Similarly, the straighter edges support 9to5Mac’s earlier leakage of the iPad mini-like body. Let’s simply hope that Apple will still have a couple of shocks up its sleeves then, eh?

Apple’s Next iPad Could Sport A Slimmer Shell, Take A Page From The iPad Mini Playbook


Apple’s next iPad might look like an enlarged iPad mini, according to new pictures received by 9to5Mac that claim to represent the device’s new back casing. The pics aren’t “verified,” the blog says, but 9to5Mac’s track record is solid, with another example that it generally posts good info coming earlier this week. And let’s face it, Apple has nowhere to go with the big boy iPad except for slimmer and lighter, if it wants to keep the thing appealing.

The iPad getting a mid-cycle update could suggest that we won’t see a bigger update for the Retina model until later in the year, so these could still be very early prototypes. But we have heard before that there will be a new iPad around spring, which would fit with case parts being in-stream among Chinese supply partners, for production testing ahead of building a shipping product. And Apple borrowing a design page out of the iPad mini’s book makes a lot of sense: the smaller tablet blows the pants of of the larger one in terms of look and feel in my opinion.

What makes the iPad mini such an attractive option over its larger sibling, for me and for many of my fellow tech bloggers and reviewers, is the fact that it’s so much smaller, lighter and generally more manageable than the full-sized iPad. Cutting weight and depth, as the case depicted in these photos appears to do, would be a good move in terms of giving reviewers something to crow about with a new iPad launch. And it could help the device strike a nice balance between portability and screen real estate, maybe attracting back a few customers who purchased the iPad mini despite its lack of a Retina display and other trade-offs, strictly for the nearly pocketable design.

Apple CEO Tim Cook may not fear cannibalization, but a better situation would be one where Apple can create compelling-enough design iterations on both the iPad and iPad mini to keep a percentage of consumers swinging back from one to the other with each successive update. The one advantage of Apple having had to go to a slightly thicker, heavier design between iPad 2 and the first Retina Display iPad is that a swing back the other direction now could really impress. Even if customers only upgrade each once every two cycles, the relationship could become more synergistic than cannibalistic, though we’ll have to see what kind of additional product differentiation Apple has in store to make that happen.

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Samsung reveals the Series 7 Ultra, refreshes the Series 7 Chronos with a slimmer design

Samsung unveils the Series 7 Ultra, refreshes the Series 7 Chronos with a slimmer design

We’ve gotta hand it to Samsung: announcing brand-new products before CES is a smart means of grabbing our undivided attention. With days to go before the show officially commences, the attire’s currently revealed some brand-new displays, and placed out teasers for at least 3 other items. Now the business’s PC division is getting a headstart also: Samsung simply included two notebooks to its high-performance Collection 7 family of products. These include the Collection 7 Ultra, a 13-inch Ultrabook, as well as a rejuvenated Series 7 Chronos with AMD graphics.

Starting with the Ultra (visualized above), this is the first Ultrabook in the Series 7 family, which emphasizes hearty efficiency at least other Computers in Samsung’s lineup. It’ll be offered in 2 versions, one with a touchscreen and one without, however even then, you’ll locate variations with various processors (Core i5 or i7) and various storage abilities (128GB or 256GB). Whichever setup you choose, however, you’ll get a 350-nit, 1080p show, approximately 16GB of RAM (!), a backlit keyboard, JBL speakers and a 1GB AMD HD8570M GPU. Other specifications include three USB ports (two 2.0, one 3.0), HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA, a memory card reader and a battery ranked for up to eight hours (we’re presuming that’s the non-touch model).

When it comes to the brand-new Series 7 Chronos, Samsung in fact simply teased it in a video earlier today. Based upon that, we already understood the 15-inch variation would be freshened with AMD’s new AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU, whose RAMaccelerator modern technology declares to enhance surfing and basic application rates by up to 150 percent. At the same time, Samsung’s also given the framework a makeover so that it’s now thinner than the last-gen design (0.82 inches thick versus 0.94). Aside from that, it loads a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 3635QM CPU, a 300-nit, 1080p display, approximately 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage space, an optional touchscreen, a backlit keyboard, JBL speakers and 11 hours of battery life (in idea, anyhow).

In any type of case, Samsung hasn’t revealed rates or accessibility for either of these designs, but you could bet your Nexus 10 we’ll be getting hands-on at CES next week. Until then, we have actually slipped a photo of the Chronos after the break. You understand, since we could play the teaser game too.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S review: Sony’s second-gen Android slate has a slimmer design, faster intestines

Sony Xperia Tablet S review

For Sony, it’s all about the presentation. To be sure, given that the business put all of its mobile products under one roofing system, it’s attained even more of a balance between style and substance than it did with the original Tablet S and Tablet P– two devices that had a lopsided focus on special, proof-of-concept designs over user experience. It’s fair to state those initial tablet efforts failed to sound with individuals, leaving the business with little recourse besides an all-out do-over.

Which is why the new Xperia Tablet S has a whole lot to prove: it can’t get by based on looks alone. Running skinned Ice Cream Sandwich and packing a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, this 9.4-incher preserves the exact same 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD panel made use of on the first-gen S, as well as assumes the same folded-over magazine form– albeit, in thinner kind. Yes, that full SD slot remains, however you might not have to count on it now that the tablet includes up to 64GB of inbuilt storage space. So, will an emphasis on OS, ecosystem (Video clip Unlimited, Popular music Unlimited, Crackle, Reader, etc.) and a slimmed-down develop make up for the blunders of the first-gen Tablet S? Will a $ 399 starting rate aid this WiFi-only tab stand out amongst the Android competitors? Stick around as we learn whether this S is more than initially satisfies the eye.

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LG Optimus 3D Cube is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing

We’re not sure if the world was anxiously awaiting a follow-up to LG’s Optimus 3D (the AT&T Thrill 4G here in the states), but here it is: the LG Optimus Cube 3D. Only announced for Korean carrier SK Telecom so far, the Optimus 3D Cube is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.6mm vs. 10.9mm, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB of storage built-in, confirming most of the rumors we’d heard previously. According to LG, it will also be the world’s first that can handle 3D photo and video editing right on its glasses-free 4.3-inch screen, all shot by the dual 5MP cameras mounted on the back. It also has NFC baked in to support the new LG Tag+ stickers that change the phone’s settings when swiped, just like the Optimus LTE Tag. It’s scheduled for release in early March with Android 2.3, and although we didn’t see it mentioned in the Korean press release, will probably be due for an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover sometime soon just like its cousin, the Optimus Vu. Check out the machine-translated specs and press release after the break, there should be a native English version along soon and of course, we’ll be getting a look firsthand when Mobile World Congress kicks off on the 27th.

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Panasonic’s new DMP-BDT100 is a cheaper, slimmer choice for Blu-ray 3D playback

Panasonic’s not letting us know exactly how cheap it’s going with the new DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray player, but with an existing lineup that starts at $399 for the DMP-BDT300 it’s not hard to see why it would need a mainstream option to compete with Samsung, Sony and the rest. The DMP-BDT100 still promises high quality playback and Viera Cast features including Netflix, Amazon VOD and Pandora access, but it does it in a smaller, energy efficient package as Panasonic’s first single-HDMI out 3D Blu-ray player. It will ship in August, but we’ll have to wait for any pricing info or possible new Blu-ray 3D pack-in deals (c’mon Avatar.) Press release and one more pic from are after the break.

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