Archive for April, 2012
It’s time to shift around that summer vacation. Apple today announced that it will be kicking off this year’s World Wide Developers Conference on June 11th at San Francisco’s Moscone West. The event is set to run through the 15th, focusing on developing for OS X Mountain Lion and iOS, by way of 100-plus technical sessions and hands-on labs, letting the developer community work directly with Cupertino staff, though the picture shown here doesn’t seem to hint at any hardware unveiling.
It’s no secret that there’s currently a sense of urgency in Waterloo, but if a recent report from N4BB is accurate, it seems that both consumers and enterprise are bound to benefit. According to the site’s confidential source, Research in Motion is preparing to reveal its first BlackBerry 10 device in mid-August and will have the product in the hands of consumers by October. We’d previously known that RIM intends to have these units in the hands of developers next month, which gives a bit of credence to this most recent revelation. As for what consumers may expect, the first device is said to offer just a touchscreen, whereas we’ll need to wait until Q1 of next year to see a handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard. As you’ll recall, the company’s previous leader, Mike Lazaridis, previously stated that consumers wouldn’t see a BlackBerry 10 device until the end of the year, but this was due entirely to a shortage of the chipset that RIM deemed crucial to its manufacture. Perhaps Mr. Heins was able to light a bit of a fire under the company’s partners, no?
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If you’ll recall, it was only a few weeks ago when Flickr announced Aviary was replacing the vanished Picnik as the main photo-editing tool on the site. Now, continuing its ongoing makeover, the Yahoo-owned image hosting service is introducing yet another feature. Uploadr, as it’s very cleverly dubbed, is an HTML5 web apparatus, which Flickr says will make for a “completely new uploading experience.” There’s a few major attributes Uploadr brings to the table, including improvements in the speed department, a drag-and-drop UI and bigger file size limits for paid and free users. Flickr notes that folks will now see a boost in uploading speeds of up to 30 percent, while “some” international users may see a spike of somewhere between 50-60 percent. As for file sizes, the limits have been bumped to 50MB for Pro hogs and 30MB for those enjoying the freebies. Uploadr’s set to be rolling out over the “next couple of weeks,” and is currently offering browser support for Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
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Almost a year after it was first announced 3M’s Cloud Library e-book lending service is getting a proper rollout. Introduced today at a beta site in St. Paul, the system is now ready for its kiosks, e-readers and apps to hit the hands and eyes of library patrons. The touch-based Discovery Terminals allow catalog browsing for visitors and selections can be checked out — along with 3M’s eReaders — like other library materials. Already have a mobile device? E-books will play nicely with your iPad, Nook or Android device via the Cloud Library app. If you find yourself needing to read a bit on your computer, checked out items are compatible with both PCs and Macs as well. “With this technology, we are able to offer cutting-edge technology to all our patrons, whether they own their own e-reader or not,” said Kit Hadley, director of the Saint Paul Public Library. A handful of other library systems across the US have also implemented the service.
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Microsoft may make a ton of money by selling Xboxes, operating systems, and other software to consumers , but it also pads its bottom line by monetizing its IP. Its newest patent profits will be coming from Pegatron Corp. — a Taiwanese ODM that makes parts for a plethora of others, including Apple, ASUS and HP — as the two companies have entered into a licensing agreement for devices running Android and Chrome OS. The agreement covers e-readers, smartphones and tablets, with Pegatron paying Redmond royalties of unknown amount. So, the Ballmer licensing bandwagon continues unabated, but we just hope all this new-found cash will be put to use creating fantastic new products instead of funding more courtroom conflicts.
Clearly, we weren’t the only ones who spent the better part of their childhoods building all manner of strange and wonderful Lego vehicles. We’re pretty sure we had this design knocked out back in the early 80s, but as far as we know, exactly no one has figured out how to fit easily removable tracks to a conventional vehicle in real life. We’ve seen some pretty neat track conversions, mind you, but they’ve always required a fair bit of work and the removal of a vehicle’s wheels. But not the Track N Go.
This creative solution for foul-weather-mastery comes from AD Boivin, a company better known for marketing products for powersports vehicles like motocross bikes and snowmobiles. The company says that this is the world’s first wheel-driven track system, and judging by the video available after the jump, it appears quite capable when fitted to what looks like stock GMC Sierra and Ford F-Series Super Duty 4×4 pickups blasting through the snow.
The video indicates that the system is a prototype, and it doesn’t show how easily the tracks can be secured to the vehicle’s wheels (though it does briefly show that you drive onto the tracks before locking them in place – no jacking required). AD Boivin doesn’t say if and when the Track N Go will actually come to market, let alone what sort of fitments will be available and how much the system will cost. While we’re waiting, we’ll just watch the video one more time… Read more…
While we’re only getting rumors and leaks here and there about the Samsung Galaxy S III, here’s something that’s for sure – it will be powered by the company’s very own 32nm 1.4GHz quad-core processor that boasts not only a faster processing power, but also better energy savings. Samsung recently unveiled that the production of the Exynos 4 Quad processor is on-going and will make its debut into Samsung’s next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May – the next Galaxy!
Thanks to its High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power technology, the new Exynos 4 Quad is twice as fast and yet consumes 20% less power over its predecessor, the 45nm process-based Exynos 4 Dual. Like all multi-core processors, Exynos 4 Quad processor delivers enhanced performance, and enables users to accomplish more tasks in a shorter period of time. To top that off, the company adopted hot-plug functional to support on-off switching for each core as well as the per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS). This offers a dramatic reduction in power consumption by adapting different levels of voltage and frequency when changing workloads.
“The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.” – Taehoon Kim, Vice President of System LSI Marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
SOURCE via Samsung