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Google buys Snapseed developer Nik Software, raises the eyebrows of Instagram shutterbugs

September 18th, 2012

Google buys Snapseed developer Nik Software, raises the eyebrows of Instagram shutterbugs

Google makes a lot of acquisitions, some of them more important than others. Its latest purchase might skew towards the grander side, as it just bought imaging app developer Nik Software. While the company is known for pro photography apps like Capture NX and its Efex Pro series, the real prize might be Snapseed, Nik’s simpler image tool for desktop and iOS users. Both Nik and Google’s Senior Engineering VP Vic Gundotra are silent on the exact plans, but it doesn’t take much to imagine a parallel between Facebook’s buyout of Instagram and what Google is doing here: there’s no direct, Google-run equivalent to Instagram’s social photo service in Android or for Google+ users, and Nik’s technology might bridge the gap. Whether or not Googlegram becomes a reality, the deal is likely to create waves among photographers of all kinds — including those who’ve never bought a dedicated camera.

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Anandtech: Apple iPhone 5 features 1GB of RAM, A6 is a custom SoC

September 18th, 2012

Anandtech: Apple iPhone 5 features 1GB of RAM, A6 is a custom SoC

Unsurprisingly, Apple left us in the dark regarding some specifics of the iPhone 5 upon its release. Thankfully, the good folks over at Anandtech have done a bit of digging into those numbers you see bordering Apple’s Apple A6 SoC, definitively figuring out that Cupertino’s latest phone packs in a total 1GB of Samsung-sourced memory. The site clocks the DRAM inside at 1,066Mhz, noting that it’s comprised of “two 512MB dies in a dual-channel LPDDR2 package with 32 bits per channel.” Further, Anandtech lists the speed of the iPhone 5′s memory at 8,528MB/sec — an ample 33 percent boost over the 6,400MB/sec rating for the RAM in the iPhone 4S, but well below the 12,800 MB/sec needed to drive the new iPad’s bandwidth-hungry screen resolution.

Beyond that, the site believes that the A6 is Apple’s first truly in-house creation, as it’s using math units too new to be found in an ARM Cortex-A9 architecture (like the A5 or A5X) but reportedly isn’t a match for the soon-to-be-released Cortex-A15. If true, the implication is significant — it suggests Apple is taking the more aggressive path of a chip designer like Qualcomm and custom-tailoring large parts of its processor designs to get the speed it wants on a more exacting schedule. That’s a quick summation of the details; hit up the source links below if you want the explanation in full geek speak.

SOURCE via Anandtech

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Want to use one of those new nano-SIMs? You’ll need one of these

September 14th, 2012

Want to use one of those new nano-SIMs? You'll need one of these

Thinking of hopping on a new contract, but lacking that smaller SIM standard that the iPhone 5 will be packing? You’d best pick up one of these, then. UK carriers, including Three and Vodafone, are already stocking up on these nano-SIMs, and they’re also prepping these tiny adapters to ensure the new cards will work across all their devices. These will convert a nano-SIM to both micro and standard sizes, so we’d advise picking one up the same time you visit the phone store. (We’ve included a glimpse of Vodafone’s nano-SIM after the break.)

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Apple details LTE plans for iPhone 5: true global reach requires multiple models

September 14th, 2012

Apple details LTE plans for iPhone 5: true global reach requires multiple models

So the rumors are true, and the iPhone 5 is indeed offering LTE for regions around the globe. This is no small feat, given the plethora of frequencies used by various carriers worldwide. Apple’s taken to its official website to discuss in detail its plans for making such a task possible. The new device will come in two different models and three total SKUs (excluding color): the A1428 (GSM model) will facilitate LTE for the US (AT&T) and Canada (Rogers, Bell and Telus) on the 700MHz and AWS bands; the CDMA version of the A1429 covers the US (Verizon, Sprint) and Japan (KDDI) using Bands 1, 3, 5, 13 and 25; and the GSM version of the A1429 spans Europe (Germany, UK) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia) using bands 1, 3 and 5.

This certainly prompts a few thoughts. First, if you purchase an A1429 unlocked, you won’t be able to use it on AT&T’s LTE network or that of any Canadian carriers. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the global HSPA+ capability, but its lack of LTE on the Western Hemisphere is important to note. It gives us pause to wonder if we’ll see both the A1428 and A1429 sold as unlocked models in North America in case you’d like to have either option. Additionally, it’ll be interesting to see what Verizon and Sprint do with the CDMA models — namely, will these devices allow for global LTE roaming? And will they be unlocked for traveling abroad? We’ll get you set up with answers as we hear them, but it may be an influencer on exactly which iPhone 5 option you choose.

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iOS 6 GM seed now available for developers

September 14th, 2012

iOS 6 GM seed now available for developers

Developers, start your engines: the GM (Golden Master) seed of iOS 6 is now available and ready for download on Apple’s Developer page. Essentially, the GM seed is the final version of the OS sent out to developers — as an opportunity to fully test their apps — before the rest of the general public, which will take place on September 19th. The Xcode 4.5 GM seed is now available as well. Head to the link below, log into your developer account, and venture over to the iOS Dev Center to find the download links.

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 SDK preview program, Windows Phone Store replaces Marketplace

September 14th, 2012

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 SDK preview program, Windows Phone Store replaces Marketplace

Naturally, there’s a good amount of anticipation surrounding the release of Windows Phone 8 handsets, but before that day arrives, developers will need proper software to code apps. Microsoft stopped short of releasing the requisite tools, but today, the company announced the Windows Phone 8 SDK preview program — essentially a way for developers to get in line for when the software becomes available. As is, all developers must submit an application to the Microsoft Connect website by Monday, September 17th, at which point, they’ll be provided instructions “the following week” of how and where to download the SDK. As for why the company has stopped short of an immediate release, Microsoft blames it on the fact that not all Windows Phone 8 features have been announced — which gives us reason to hope we’ll see a full disclosure in the near term.

In related news, the Redmond giant has also revealed that the Marketplace will be renamed the Windows Phone Store, which is intended to harmonize the naming scheme with the Windows Store. It’ll first rear its head in both Australia and New Zealand, but the company promises to roll out the new storefront to other countries in the weeks ahead. As for what you can expect, a cleaner design and new menu options are said to be in the mix, along with news and reviews from various technology blogs and journalists. Other improvements will include new search functionality to account for typos, along with suggestions for similar apps, regardless of what’s in the title. Finally, Microsoft will also introduce new categories such as Best Rated, Top Free and Top Paid. We’ll initially see these designations in the online store only, but the company promises to mirror the functionality on its phones later this year.

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Intel wraps up Jelly Bean port for Atom smartphones, can’t say when devices get it

September 14th, 2012

Intel wraps up Jelly Bean port for Atom smartphones, can't say when devices get it

Intel was fast to promise a port of Jelly Bean to Atom-based smartphones. We were left in the dark as to when that port would be ready, but mobile group general manager Mike Bell has put that to rest for PCWorld with news that the Medfield-native Android 4.1 build is both complete and running on Intel workers’ devices — including his. Before dreaming of Google Now searches on an Orange San Diego, though, we’d warn that the usual delays apply. Bell notes that phone makers and the carriers still need go through the lengthy process of signing off on any upgrades. Existing owners will no doubt find it frustrating to be so close and yet so far, although the limbo at least proves that Intel-based hardware isn’t being held back relative to its competition; ARM-running phone manufacturers are in the same boat.

SOURCE via PC World

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Apple launches incremental iTunes 10.7 update: supports new devices and iOS 6

September 13th, 2012

Apple launches incremental iTunes 10.7 update: supports new devices and iOS 6

While we won’t be seeing the heavily redesigned iTunes 11 until October, Apple has unveiled a new update ready for its roster of new devices, not to mention the incoming iOS 6. The refresh will work with the fresh-off-the-production-line iPod Nano and Shuffle hardware — but that’s the extent of what’s new in the 165MB download. You can grab it at the source below.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 keynote event now live for online viewing

September 13th, 2012

Apple's iPhone 5 keynote event now live for online viewing

San Francisco shook today, but thankfully, it wasn’t from an earthquake. In case you missed today’s event, Apple took the wraps off of the new iPhone 5, along with a new batch of iPods, a new version of iTunes and a round of price reductions. A replay of the keynote is available on Apple’s website, where you can join Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall and even the Foo Fighters make waves. So grab your beverage of choice and settle in for two hours of gadget goodness — you’ll find it at the source link below.

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Apple: A6 chip in iPhone 5 has 2x CPU power, 2x graphics performance, yet consumes less energy

September 13th, 2012

Apple: A6 chip in iPhone 5 has 2x CPU power, 2x graphics performance, yet consumes less energy

Every new iPhone needs a new engine, and Tim Cook has just made some bold claims about Apple’s latest silicon creation: the A6 processor. He hinted at a significant shrinkage in transistor size, allowing the chip to be 22 percent smaller than the A5 and hence more energy-efficient, while at the same time — he says — doubling all-round CPU and graphics capabilities. By way of practical benefits, the Apple CEO promises the Pages app will load up 2.1x faster than before, while Keynote attachments will hit the screen 1.7x faster. At this point we’re lacking any further detail about cores or clock speeds or indeed who actually fabricated the A6 (still Samsung, after all that bitterness?), but Apple does tend to be close-lipped on such things. In the meantime, bring on the benchmarks!

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