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Apacer reveals “World’s Fastest” microSDXC Card

December 1st, 2011

Apacer reveals

On Monday in a short-but-sweet announcement, Apacer claimed “World’s fastest” with the launch of its new high-capacity Ultra High Speed microSDXC 64 GB memory card. Compatible with the latest UHS-1 interface and version 3.01 of the SDA memory card standard, it promises up to 30 MB/s of ultra-high transmission speeds when used in devices such as smartphones, tablets, data recorders and so on.

“UHS-1 refers to Ultra-High Speed Bus 1, which can deliver transmission speeds up to 50 MB/s and features a random read/write speed of up to 500/100 IOPs,” the company said on Monday. “In addition to satisfying the requirements of smartphones, tablet PCs, HD games and audio-visual media, it can also substantially enhance the transmission speed of small files and applications.”

According to the company, the card is fully backwards compatible with the SD 2.0 memory card standard. Its massive storage capacity will allow users to store approximately 23 hours of 1080p Full HD videos, an uncompressed Blu-ray high-definition video, or over 16,000 12MP photos. “Boosting fast transfer speed and huge storage capacity, it is ideal for either current or future mobile devices,” the company added.

Actual pricing and availability wasn’t provided, but Apacer said that the new card will be offered in additional capacities other than 64 GB, starting at 8 GB. Stay tuned for more details, and probably a new challenger on the way too.

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Riot police called in for Blackberry launch in Jakarta

December 1st, 2011

When you hear reports that riot police have been called in to help calm crowds at a cell phone launch, many would assume it must have been an iPhone launch. After all, what other phones commands such a high level of excitement from shoppers? However, Apple products are not the only ones whipping shoppers into frenzy. When priced right, BlackBerrys can have a similar effect.

The Press Association reports that riot police were last week deployed in the centre of Jakarta after thousands of people showed up to try and bag a cheap Blackberry. The news outlet reports that there was a 50 percent discount on the $540 Bold 9790 for the first 1,000 people. News of the offer spread and people started showing up on Thursday night. By Friday morning, the 3,000-strong crowd was apparently rattling the gates to get in.

Sadly, there were a limited number of handsets available and when the crown outside Pacific Place shopping center was told that the phone had sold out, the PA says “the crowd of 3,000 went crazy” with some even fainting in the crush. Boy Genius Report says that as many as 90 people were injured.

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Mazda Takeri concept is how the next generation Mazda6 will look like

December 1st, 2011

Mazda Takeri concept is how the next generation Mazda6 will look like

Mazda has just taken the wraps off of its new concept sedan, the Takeri, at its display stand here at the Tokyo Big Sight expo hall. The C/D-sized concept sedan furthers Mazda’s Kodo ‘Soul of Motion’ design language while hinting at the next Mazda6.

Mazda Takeri concept is how the next generation Mazda6 will look like

Predictably, the Takeri (derived from the Japanese word for “Male”) is equipped with a full slate of Skyactiv features, including Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D clean diesel and a new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

In person, The Takeri offers a very attractive shape, with traditional Mazda cues including a prominent hexagonal grille and short overhangs. More importantly, the showcar appears to be a production-friendly shape if you discount items like the showcar mirrors, slightly oversized 20-inch wheels and raise the roofline by an inch or two. Given the Mazda6′s slow sales pace, a successor can’t get here soon enough.

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Fire fire burning on my dancing head!

December 1st, 2011

Fire fire burning on my dancing head!

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