Recently I saw a few Torrents which include Windows 8 RTM. Versions Basic and Enterprise. Every .iso is about 3-3.5 GB so it’s real for sure.
Try it and write comment how it works.
Recently I saw a few Torrents which include Windows 8 RTM. Versions Basic and Enterprise. Every .iso is about 3-3.5 GB so it’s real for sure.
Try it and write comment how it works.
Have you ever been one of the users getting the sad face graphic that appears instead of the requested video content?
Guess what.. Proxtube helps! The application is even easier than installing it. You have to do absolutely nothing. You just have to click on the video, wait while Proxtube unlocked it and you can look at it!
This is my personal reason Proxtube number 1 of all Firefox & Google Chrome add-ons !
Using proxy technology, however, it is possible to bypass the georestrictions in place by YouTube, since it is only based on your computer’s IP address. ProxTube is an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that bounces your IP via a different country, giving you a different IP address and enabling you to watch the latest music videos, or any clip that contains commercial music over the soundtrack.
The Add-on is so easy to install, you just click here to download it. Once it is installed, you simply have to do nothing, the Add-on will unblock any video restrictions now. The video should now start playing normally, with no more annoying messages. It is ranked “Safe” by Norton Safeweb & Google Safebrowsing.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to take up a USB port on your computer with your phone’s cable? That is very possible and it’s a one- time process. You will need: an Android device and a Windows computer. If you have any questions, please refer to my video below for a step by step guide.
First, download SwiFTP Server to your Android device. This is a free application. Next, open the application and hit the setup button. Fill in the client log in information (remember this information for later). Leave the port number the same; it’s not necessary to change it. Everything else is optional. Save it and hit start on the main screen. Then go to your computer.
On your computer, navigate to your start menu and click on “Computer” in the start menu side bar. Once that opens, click on “Map network drive”. Once that opens up, click on “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”. After that, hit “Next” in the window that pops up. Make sure the option “Chose a custom network location” is selected, then click “Next”.
Go back to your phone and on the main page of the app. You’ll see the Wifi URL, type that URL into the “Internet or network address” box. Once that is done, click next, name your device and then you’re done!
From this point on all you need to do is start the app and click start. Then navigate back to “Computer” on your computer and whatever you named your device will be under “Network Location”. You can send and receive files wirelessly from your phone.
The reason this works is because you’re creating a server on your phone, so you’re accessing a server from your computer. Thanks for reading and watching!
Owning a BlackBerry Playbook just got a lot cooler, people. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – the latest installment of the video game adventure, has made its way to the BlackBerry App World.
The game is bound to offer hours of typical Tomb Raider gameplay – that is action, adventure and puzzle solving, taking place in exotic environments. The screenshots, which I got a glimpse of, suggest really impressive graphics too.
In case you are a proud PlayBook owner with a knack for Lara Croft, head over here to download the game. It will set you back a fairly reasonable $3.99. As always, feel free to share your experience with the app in the comments section below.
A new thing here at Tech Square are ‘Daily Deals’, where we will hunt out some of the best technology and gaming deals across the internet. From computers and tablets, games consoles, games and more! So, here’s today’s ‘Daily Deal’.
The HP TouchPad is the overlooked $99 tablet that has been overlooked by many, but now in the UK, can be found for just £115 at Tesco Direct. visit the site here and see for yourself. Not only, but this is the 32GB model, but beware as stock’s are an a drought at the moment.
See your yourself, and while you’re at it, check this video
Blackberry’s Playbook has been a hit or miss, launching a while back at a really stupid price, even more in places than the iPad. But around Christmas, the Playbook got a huge price cut, making the 16GB model only £169, and this offer is still available at the likes of Currys!
But however, recently, a picture showing that the Playbook is running 4G, has been released onto the internet, looking quite realistic, and showing the same build quality as the Blackberry Playbook!
However, pictures containing the 4G chip and BBM on the tablet has also been released.
Does this all look legit to you?
Acer recently announced the Acer Iconia Tab A510. It was mentioned a few weeks back at the CES 2012, but with no information as such as the specification. Today, it was all revealed. The tablet is going to be one of the first to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, giving the tablet a huge marketing point. By no doubt, the Quad Core processor will definitely making this tablet a great finished product!
Acer Iconia Tab A510 Specification:
10.1-inch display with a 1280×800 resolution
1GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage as standard
microSD card slot – upto 32gb
5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting HD video (most likely 720p)
1-megapixel front-facing camera
All this for, $449. Not bad is it for a release price, especially taking in account you won’t be waiting endless boring months on end to get the Android 4.0 update. You can now pre-order this Tablet in the USA and Canada. Unfortunately, there is not yet a confirmed release date, were sure Acer will let you all know soon!
Will you be pre-ordering the Iconia Tab A510?
We all know the amazing success of Apple’s new iPad released this month, selling a mass quantity, and also having their stock drought aswell, but already, consumers are encounting ‘not so hot’ problems with the new iPad.
The new iPad is slightly thicker than the iPad 2, due to the bigger battery, but users have experienced over heating in their tablet, and their iPad breaking and becoming unusable, that’s not good for a £400+ device.
Despite the iPad’s new 42.5 Watt battery, the iPad takes WAY too long to charge, being a few hours longer than the iPad 2, making the iPad not even feeling that the iPad’s battery is all that’s cracked up to be.
You experienced any of these problems with your brand new iPad?
Yesterday, Samsung released some informations saying they were going to make a big announcement during the SXSW festival/trade show on Friday.
There is no confirmed specifications yet, but Pocket Now have said that the South Korea-based company will unveil its highly rumored 11.6-inch tablet. The device is said to offer a quad-core processor and a display with an amazing 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution. That even sharper than the 2048 x 1536 Retina Display screen that was just unveiled on the new iPad yesterday, one of Apple main new auditions to their all new iPad. If the tablet featured a Quad-Core processor, their would definitely be a lot of competition on the market since this would make it one of the first to run at this level of performance.
Do you think Samsung will reveal this tablet today? Are you more towards the iPad or this new Galaxy Tab 11.6inch? Let us know what you think.
Today, Motorola has issued its Android operating system update from Android 3.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as promised from last year on the Motorola Xoom. The update is only currently available to the owners of the tablet in the US and for those with the Wi-Fi tablet.
Motorola’s company website this morning announced the release, and advises Xoom users to “Install today for peak performance”:
We are pleased to announce the new software update for the Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi). Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, delivers a refined user interface and introduces innovative features for tablet users. The software update includes numerous enhancements as well as providing additional features, and will roll out to XOOM. Install today for peak performance.
Sadly, for those of you with a 3G Zoom or who are outside the US will have to wait a while longer for the update. For those of with these conditions, you may have to wait a while longer. Previous information when the tablet was updated from Android 3.2 to Android 3.3 shows that the update landed in the US in July last year and those with a 3G tablet had to wait yet another month. Those in the UK received the update in November around 2 months after the release in the US. We’re hoping that this time Motorola will issue out the update quicker than this though this year with the update to Android 4.0.
So for those of you with the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi tablet wanting to get your hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich update, a notification will pop up on your tablet asking weather you would like to download the latest Android Operating System. It’s a simple as that!
Have you got your Ice Cream Sandwich update yet?
The hardware manufacturer announced a high-specs tablet PC designed for gaming today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Project Fiona hardware includes a 10″ multi-touch display, a powerful Core i7 processor from Intel, and two force feedback-equipped gamepad controllers.
Razer touts the machine’s ability to play gamepad-enabled PC games – which include most console cross-platform titles such as Skyrim and Arkham City – without them needing to be modified at all for the device. It is unclear whether Project Fiona runs any kind of Windows-based operating system.
In addition to the touchscreen and gamepad inputs, Project Fiona has a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometers for motion-based control methods. The concept tablet also supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound in case you have a pair of extremely expensive headphones to plug into it.
Putting this hardware package together at the announced “sub-$1000″ price point is impressive, but the announcement leaves many questions unanswered. What kind of graphics hardware is it packing? Why bother with the tablet form factor when it seemingly won’t have access to the touchscreen-based game development going on with iOS and Android? Does anyone really want a tablet with a big controller bolted onto each side? How would you maintain your dignity when you pull this bad boy out of your backpack on the bus?
CES is the place for weird new concepts that may or may not turn into actual products, and so Project Fiona should be right at home there. It’ll be interesting to see if Razer ever actually releases a consumer device based on this design.
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Acer have got things off at CES, by releasing a slurry of new products, from laptops to tablets, lets take a look what Acer have install.
Acer announce new tablet
Acer haven’t kept quiet by releasing a new tablet to compete with likes of the iPad 3, Kindle Fire, and future tablets we could see in the next few days at CES. The new tablet is set to include a 1280×800 (compared to the iPad’s 1024×768 screen). The tablet also features a 1080p screen, and a quad core processor. More information on the way!
Acer on the untrabook bandwagon
Probably the product we’re more excited for, Acer have also plunged into the untrabook market, by revealing their latest 13.3″ ultrabook. Acer have called this product “The worlds thinnest untrabook” and we actually cannot believe how thin this thing is. No news on specs yet, but we can expect something to compete with the likes of Lenovo and Apple
More CES posts coming your way over the next few days!
It’s pretty clear now that we will be seeing Apple unveil their new iPad sometime this year. We’ve had rumors since the iPad 2 came out about the possibility of an iPad 3. But could we see more than an iPad 3 this year? Tech sites big and small have rocketed the thought that Apple could announce two iPads this year. One in Spring (around March) and one around the holidays (around October)
So are these rumors true? Could we see two iPads this year? Or the possibility of two different tablets, one said to be called the hyped iPad 3, and another to compete with tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire. Let us know your thoughts and what you hope Apple do with the iPad in 2012.
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Like 2011, companies came up with lots of exiting and innovating products, like the rise of Tablet PCs and even more powerful laptops and computers.
Let’s focus on Acer, a company mostly known for their take on computers, laptops and most recently, tablets. With their recent installment of the Acer a500 tablet, which has been a real competitor to Apple and their iPad. So, what can we expect?
We can probably expect the usual from Acer, a huge range of computers being launched, from netbooks to desktops, we should see the lot. But what we should see is what companies like Lenovo and Apple have started doing, which is the introduction of Ultrabooks, which are basically untra thin laptops, but still hold all the features of a normal computer. E.g. 15.6″ screen, around 3GB ram, and a big harddrive. These have seemed to be really popular, and Acer probably know a lot about laptops and computers to release their own one to market. We also expect Acer to take a bigger plunge to the mobile phone market, by releasing a slurry of phones to the market to compete with Apple’s iPhone 4S (and speculated iPhone 5 coming later this year)
So that’s Acer, what other brands should we hunt out?
-Andrew, Director of TechSqaure.co.uk
Could Apple be planning to announce two new iPads in January?
According to DigiTimes, sources at Apple’s supply chain partners claim that Apple will be releasing two new versions of the iPad to be sold alongside the existing iPad 2. The two new tablets would be announced at iWorld which is scheduled for January 26, 2012, and the three tablet models would represent an entry-level, mid-range and high-end variety, with the existing iPad 2 being the low-end of that spectrum.
“The iPad 2 will be competing directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire in the price-sensitive market segment, while the new models will focus on the mid-range and high-end segments respectively, the sources said.”
All three tablets will reportedly have 9.7-inch screens with QXGA resolution (1,536×2,048 pixels) and dual-light bars to brighten the screens. The A5 processor would be replaced with a quad-core A6 model, and the tablets would get new higher-capacity batteries allowing them to run for twice the time as the current iPad 2. The high-end of the spectrum would have an 8-megapixel camera, while the mid-range iPad would sport a 5-megapixel shooter. The camera resolution appears to be the only difference between those two devices.
This rumor almost had me until it mentions the iPad 2 being the low-end of the iPad offerings, and the direct competition with the Kindle Fire. Anyone who has spent a little time with the Kindle Fire and the iPad 2 knows that they are both very different devices. Releasing a low-cost iPad to compete with the Fire makes sense. Turning the iPad 2 into the Kindle Fire’s competition? Unless Apple drops the price down to $199 in the process seems a little unlikely – and the chances of the iPad 2 as we all know it being sold for $199 are pretty slim.
Three iPad models would also go against how Apple typically does business. Part of what make the iPad such an easy sell is that there’s essentially just one model out there, save choosing your storage size, and whether you want a Wi-Fi or 3G model. Selling three iPads that could be differentiated by low-, middle, and high-class? Doesn’t seem likely.
What do you think? Will we see two new version of the iPad in January?
In the last 24 hours, we have reported a huge loss of websites stop selling the HTC Flyer, even the HTC Flyers main seller Best Buy made the product unavailable on their website earlier.
We have also seen a lot of the UK markets discontinue the product from their shelves. Including Currys, PC World and Dixons. However, we think these companies knew about the discontinue of the Flyer. As we saw the HTC Flyer fall to £199, and also the Playbook falling to £169.
So could we see the Playbook being taken off the market anytime soon? Will either of these companies release a new tablet in the future, to compete with the Kindle Fire (announced for early 2012 in the UK). We’ll have to wait and see.
UPDATE – 31/12/11 – 20:46
It seems like RIM (The company behind Blackberry) are going to be keeping their tablet going, and hopefully sticking to their new price point (16GB £169, 32GB £199, 64GB £329.
So will you be picking a Playbook up for yourself? We just picked one up from Currys/PC World and we’re lovin’ it! Review coming soon.
So, that was 2011. Well, OK, it’s not over yet, and many people will no doubt be hoping for one of this year’s best gadgets for Christmas, but for big, game-changing releases, we’ve already moved on to looking at 2012 now.
In some ways, we’re reminded of the excitement during the build up to the 2012 gadget season, but everything’s bigger and flashier. Where once we were waiting on the influx of dual-core tablets, now we’re looking at a quad-core revolution on the horizon. We were looking forward to Android 3.0 and Google’s Chrome OS, but now we’re clamouring for Android 4.0 and Windows 8.
Gaming also looks set to have a bumper year, with new consoles and technologies coming, and this is all before we get the usual raft of awesome announcements at CES 2012 in January.
Here’s our pick of the 10 we’re most excited about so far.
You might wonder what this is doing at the top of our list when it’s quite clearly already out – heck, we’ve even already got an Amazon Kindle Fire review on TechRadar. But it’s only out in the USA so far, so for the UK and the rest of the world, it remains a gadget for 2012.
So what’s got us so excited about the Kindle Fire? Our review called it “a brilliant media consumption device that doesn’t break the bank”, making it “perhaps the best gadget bargain of this era”.
We’ll be interested to see what video streaming options and other content it launches with outside of the US, and it’ll be fascinating to see if it spurs tablet adoption with its relatively tiny price.
There’s no doubt the Wii sparked a motion-control revolution when it launched, with all three major consoles now sporting some sort of wavy-arm option. However, despite phenomenal sales for much of its life, it isn’t still banging out the hit games in the way the Xbox and PS3 are.
Enter the Wii U, then. The Wii’s successor looks set to be a powerful HD console, offering 1080p output and 3D support, with yet another interesting new controller. The Wii U comes with a kind of small tablet – a controller with all the usual buttons, but a touchscreen in the middle as well. The touchscreen can be used to control games, or you can actually play the game on that screen, leaving your TV free for Masterchef.
Nintendo-quality games, awesome HD graphics, support from lots of third-party games developers, and a handy way to play in any room in your house? Count us in.
This is where tablets really start to grow up when it comes to horsepower. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet, which means quad-core processing and amazing graphics performance for a portable device. Somehow, it’s also unbelievably thin and light, and comes in a bundle with keyboard dock for typing on the go.
Our Eee Pad Transformer Prime review found that it had good battery life, a great screen and amazing performance, especially for games. It’s probably going to be just the first step in what’s to come for Tegra 3 tablets in 2012, but it’ll be a hell of a way to start the year when it’s released in January.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to Windows 8 tablets, but the information is starting to come out, and there’s no doubt Microsoft is prepared to make a real go of this tablet malarkey.
Windows 8 will use a Metro interface that’s much like Windows Phone 7 for when it’s used on touch devices, with separate Metro apps. It will support ARM processors, such as Tegra 3, as well, which means manufacturers have options for the hardware they include.
Whether the addition of a new touch interface on top of the traditional Windows look will entice developers and customers is hard to say, but it seems to have the manufacturers on board, and we’ll be able to see more when the public beta arrives early next year. If Microsoft pulls it off, it may suddenly become a big mobile player again.
We could fill this article with what Apple’s supposedly got in the works for next year, but since they’re all officially fictional until the moment Tim Cook walks on stage and reveals them to the world, let’s not get too wrapped up in them. Rumours of an iPad 3 with a Retina display are stronger than ever, and it’s fair to say that we’d be drooling all over a tablet with a screen as highly detailed as the iPhone 4S‘s.
iPhone 5 rumours persist too, though at this point we suspect it’ll be called something else, since it won’t be the fifth iPhone. A thinner design with a larger, possibly edge-to-edge, screen is supposedly the order of the day, which will be unusual, but we’d love to see if Apple can pull it off.
And then there’s the Apple TV. No, not the Apple TV you can buy now, the newApple iTV television set that’s supposed to be in the works. Of course, it’s hard to say how good an Apple TV would be from a visual point of view, but we like the sound of a TV with AirPlay and iCloud built in, with Siri functionality as a remote control option.
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We’ve gathered together details on its possible specifications including chips, cameras and retina displays – with a little bit of help from mysterious, unnamed people who can’t possibly be identified.
So what’s the word on the street about the next iPad?
We’ve put together a video wishlist of the features we’d like to see in the next iPad.
On 1 July, Digitimes reported that Taiwanese-based component suppliers were gearing up for production of the iPad 3. In October 2011 it was later reported that production would certainly start before the end of the year.
However, during August, a rumour broke that Apple was set to delay the launch of the iPad 3, due to a shortage of retina displays from its suppliers LG and Samsung – more on the display shortly.
Digitimes reported in late November 2011 that panel makers had already started shipping panels for the new iPad 3 – a million in October and two million in November.
Interestingly, in November 2011, Digitimes suggested that the spring’s new iPad would, in fact, be a revised iPad 2, with a brand new iPad design due later in 2012.
Foxconn, Apple’s major manufacturing partner, is also said to be starting production on the iPad 3 in January. Digitimes says the new model is expected to meet the heady heights of 9.5 to 9.8 million units over the course of Q1 2012.
The iPad 3 release date looks set for Spring 2012, with Citi analyst Richard Gardner even predicting it could be as early as February.
With Apple unable to meet initial demand for the iPad 2, we’d expect a staggered release date for the iPad 3 too: Apple will most likely follow the pattern it has with the previous two iPad launches and have a US release first, followed by a UK release days later.
According to the Korea Times in November 2011, the A6 processors are to be manufactured by Samsung, despite the companies’ ongoing patent battles.
It’s possible that the iPad 3 will have a brand spanking new processor, Apple’s A6 – which will surely be a quad-core ARM-based processor. Quad-core designs are imminent from all ARM partners.
A retina display was widely predicted for the iPad 2, but of course the current iPad doesn’t have a double-resolution display: for now, that’s something you’ll only get in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Could an iPad 3 Retina Displaybe on the way? It’s the very first thing on our iPad 3 wish list.
The exciting news is that it looks as though it is happening, with Apple reportedly testing suppliers’ current shipments of 2048 x 1536 resolution 9.7-inch displays.
However, rumours continued over the summer and autumn of 2011 that the retina display in the iPad 3 was continuing to be a challenge.
Back in May 2011, we reported that the iPad 3 could launch with a Samsung-made AMOLED screen, following rumours that Apple has been in talks on the matter with Samsung execs. There have also been more LG and Samsung rumours, too.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal in late November 2011, Sharp will manufacture panels for the device. Apparently Apple is investing in infrastructure at Sharp’s LCD plant. Further rumourssaid that Apple is looking to implement some nifty dual LED lightbar technology into the iPad 3, apparently in a bid to counter-balance the brightness issue that the Apple tablet may have, due to its super-high pixel density.
A part leak in early December again pointed to a Sharp-manufactured 2048×1536 retina display and dual lightbar.
Parts previewed on some websites indicate that, although the iPad 3 will still have a 30 pin dock connector, the packaging is streamlined. Well, if this is true, we knew it would happen sooner or later.
Apple’s very interested in Near Field Communications, and one particularly tasty rumour at Cult of Mac suggests that the iPhone 5 will use NFC to take over nearby Macs, enabling you to use your data and settings with a flick of the wrist.
The iPad 2 has the familiar 16/32/64GB storage options, but as flash storage comes down in price, a 128GB option for the iPad 3 isn’t impossible – although that might depend on the situation in Asia, where natural disasters have caused chaos in parts of the electronics industry this year.
Two generations of USB-free iPads suggest that Apple just isn’t interested in adding one, but the new Thunderbolt port found in the 2011 MacBook Pro andMacBook Air could be another story: it’s a combined accessory/display connector with astonishingly fast performance.
Cnet.com believes that the new iPad may feature a Qualcomm 4G LTE Gobi 4000 chip for next-gen connectivity.
TUAW says the iOS 5 code features new code files for USB devices in the iOS 5 firmware, Through this, TUAW found references to an iPad 3,1 and an iPad 3,2.
The iPad 3 might be bulking out, reportedly so it can house a higher-resolution display than the iPad 2, and the extra girth is all down to pixel density.
Apple was said to be in talks with another Far Eastern manufacturer as the release of the iPad 3 nears. Digitimes says that as there was a fire at usual supplier Foxconn in May, Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology could benefit.
On 1 August it was reported that a contract had definitely gone to Pegatron rather than Foxconn.
This was widely predicted for the iPad 2 and, like the Retina Display, didn’t materialise. One for version 3, perhaps? Using a separate adapter to read camera cards is rather inelegant and clunky.
The rear-facing camera on the iPad 2 isn’t brilliant: an iPhone 4S-style camera and flash would do nicely.
Could the iPad 3 have Kinect-style gesture controls? We’re not so sure, butrumours suggested so in late October 2011.
Apple has hired a carbon fibre expert, senior composites engineer Kevin Kenney, fuelling speculation that the next iPad could be encased in the lightweight material.
Article from – techradar.com
In Depth: iPad 3, iPhone 5, iLife ’12, iWork ’12, death of the iPod Classic
It’s that time of year where we dust off the ol’ crystal ball and try to figure out where Apple’s heading over the next 12 months.
Although the company lobs the odd curveball, its releases to date, along with scrutinising subtler trends, point to the following ten things arriving from the Cupertino giant over the coming year.
You can barely swing a digital cat on the internet without nastily cracking its head on a ton of iPad 3 rumours. Reports suggest anyone wanting a higher-resolution iPad screenmight be in luck, but we recommend taking rumours about major changes in form factor (such as a 7-inch iPad) with a fistful of salt. Less fanciful rumours we’re hoping come true are that the device will have more storage and some kind of Thunderbolt support.
Roughly eleven seconds after the iPhone 4S was revealed, the tech corner of the internet exploded. Steve Jobs had barely touched a 4S, claimed frenzied tech conspiracy theorists, because he was working on the iPhone 4′s true successor: the iPhone 5! Right. All we really know for sure is we’ll see another iPhone revision next year, and it’ll almost certainly pack more power and a few new features. Beyond that, one unicorn-shaped rumour’s just as shiny as another.
During Apple’s last earnings call of 2011, it revealed that the minority of its revenue (22 per cent) comes from Macs, and of that, 74 per cent comes from notebook sales. Of the desktop sales, iMacs take the lion’s share. This means, increasingly, that the Mac Pro is a luxury—a niche within a niche (desktop machines) within an area of Apple’s business that’s no longer its strongest (Macs). Given the power of modern iMacs and Apple’s development of Thunderbolt, it’s no surprise rumours have appeared about Applequestioning its tower’s future (AppleInsider). We reckon it has one more update in it: 2012 will see the last new Mac Pro.
GOODBYE: Hello, Mac Pro? I’m afraid we’ve some bad news. No-one really cares about you any more. Yeah, sorry about that
In 2011, Apple’s focus was mostly on iOS, which saw updates to iWork and iLife apps. By comparison, the equivalent desktop software was largely ignored, bar some improvements to tie the apps into their iOS cousins. Expect this to be rectified, with more major updates to Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie. Don’t expect these to be available anywhere other than the Mac App Store.
Rumours abound about the Apple ‘iTV’, and various predictions have been made about its price, specs and release date. The thing is, most of the rumours have been driven by relatively throwaway lines in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs where the Apple co-founder said he “finally cracked” reworking the television.
But rarely updated consumer electronics doesn’t sound like an Apple market, nor does making multiple displays, given that it only offers a single desktop monitor. But remove the TV from the equation and Apple has the infrastructure (iCloud, iTunes) and also the hardware, in the ‘hobby’ that is the Apple TV. Perhaps by saying he’d “finally cracked” television, Jobs meant Apple’s hobby was going to turn into something serious; if that’s the case, 2012 could well bring us a new, more powerful Apple TV (rather than an actual TV), better suited to gaming (via AirPlay) and high-def TV.
APPLE iTV?: This is the kind of Apple TV we want to see in 2012, albeit with a more powerful chip and able to output full HD quality
It’s quite amusing watching analysts backtrack over market-share figures for the iPad. It wasn’t long ago they were claiming Android tablets would (collectively) overtake the iPad during 2011. Then it would happen in 2012. Then it became a moving point in the future, at some random time before the heat death of the universe.
On the sluggishness of Android sales, Gary Marshall noted in October: “iPads sell on the basis of what you can do; Android ones are sold on the basis of what they are”. Even Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t seem to be making changes there. So while the iPad’s share will probably fall in 2012 (in part due to the Kindle Fire), it’ll still be dominant until this time next year at the very least.
Remember when Apple ditched the floppy drive and everyone had a huge hissy fit, bought an external USB floppy drive, and then realised that, honestly, they didn’t use floppy disks all that much any more and wished they hadn’t bothered? That’s Apple, next year, with the rest of its notebook line—and possibly even the iMac—joining the MacBook Air and Mac mini in phasing out optical media. Also on borrowed time: HDDs. There’s a shortage and Apple’s been pushing flash storage across its line. Don’t be surprised if the company uses every excuse it can to set flash storage as the default option in more of its machines.
NO OPTICAL: Look, ma, no optical drive! Expect more of this from Apple in 2012
With Lion and Snow Leopard, Mac users now have a Mac App Store icon in the dock and are being trained, like iOS users, to go shopping for new apps. For new users, this will become second-nature; buying boxed copies or software from websites won’t. Increasingly, to succeed, you’ll need to have your app on the Mac App Store—and there are currently some notable products that are absent. Expect some of them to appear over the next year, including a version of Microsoft Office and perhaps some pro-level Adobe apps.
Frankly, we’re surprised the iPod Classic—the ‘truck’ of the line—survives, but we can’t imagine its luck’s going to continue for another twelve months. The device looks long-in-the-tooth when up against Apple’s iOS line-up, and there are reasons to expect its disappearance: worldwide hard-drive shortages that could impact on Apple’s bottom line; Apple’s shift to the cloud regarding music; and its increasing focus on iOS. All it needs is for a drop in flash memory prices along with a swift update to the high-end iPod touch and the iPod Classic will be history.
FINAL CLASSIC: Party like it’s whatever year it was before iOS devices arrived with this thick and chunky hard-drive iPod! Until Apple cancels it next year, natch
We said the doomsayers would be rebuffed last year, and we were right. Apple had many sales successes, opened new stores, and generally had a very strong year.
Still, 2012 will be different, according to some pundits. Steve Jobs is gone. Android is kicking bottom in smartphone market-share (even if iOS is sucking up most of the profits, like some kind of giant money vacuum cleaner).
Fifty million new Android tablets are due out, and at least one of them will be that ever-elusive ‘iPad killer’. And there’s the possibility Jony Ive will go nuts, make an iPod made from bees, leading to Beegate and Apple being sued into oblivion by animal welfare groups.
Or perhaps what’s undoubtedly our easiest prediction will come to pass: Apple, in 2012, will enjoy another successful year, selling tons of kit, occasionally confounding expectations, and almost certainly not making any iOS devices likely to sting your face off.
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It’s slimmer and lighter than the iPad 2, and it’s the best Android tablet yet
Welcome to the top spot, Samsung.
The outstanding Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablet is lighter and a hair thinner than the Apple iPad 2, and has a smaller footprint than either the MotorolaXoom or the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which are heavier and bulkier than most tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a major contender.
We reviewed the short-livedSamsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Valready, but that thicker and heavier device has since been discontinued (It looked as if Vodafone might pick up the 10.1V tab but it is now waiting to release the newer 10.1 model).The only other important players in the tablet market, are the brilliant 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer as well as theBlackBerry PlayBook and the HTC Flyer, which are both so-so 7-inch models.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently slated to go on sale in the UK at the end of July/beginning of August.
And if you want to take a closer look at the slate, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 video review.
So what sets the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 apart? For starters, this is one light and thin tablet. At just 8.6mm, it is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2. And you know what? At 565g it’s also 36g lighter.
It’s as though someone at Samsung sat down and demanded that the 10.1 have world-beating raw system specs.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a marvel of engineering, given its size. Holding one in your hand, you might mistake it for a truncated version of a Samsung LED HDTV, which are also market leaders. There’s a slight edge around the screen that is not touch enabled, a silver edge, and an all-white back.
The device just feels right. Unlike the Acer Iconia A500 and the MotorolaXoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 finds that ideal balance between a pick-up-and go e-book reader such as the Amazon Kindle 3 and a 10-inch tablet that’s perfect for watching movies on a long car trip.
By including Android Honeycomb (version 3.1 to be exact) Samsung has also one-upped the competition (though 3.1 has also already landed on the Transformer). The point release includes a few new additions. You can resize widgets and scroll through open apps in the pop-up thumbnails for the “recent apps” list.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t have a USB port, so it doesn’t take advantage of the new Android 3.1 feature to support USB-connected peripherals which is a shame, but that’s not the direction Samsung is going with this tablet. This is all about pick-up-and-go functionality and portability.
Samsung actually downgraded the built-in camera on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 compared to the Galaxy Tab 10.1V, which had an 8MP rear camera. Still, the new model has a 3MP rear camera, which is three times higher than the Apple iPad 2‘s camera. There’s also a front-facing 2MP camera.
There are quite a few interesting perks and additions on this tablet. Some may seem underwhelming at first, but as a whole they give Apple a good run for the prize.
One subtle change is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 7000mAh battery for all-day tablet use. In our tests, it lasted about nine hours for everyday tasks. The Apple iPad 2 battery is 6600mAh.
The 10.1 also has a four-way accelerometer and gyro (the Apple iPad 2 uses a three-way accelerometer and gyro – starting to see a pattern here?). That may seem like a minor upgrade, but most of the games we tested on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 responded faster to quick turns and screen rotations, and generally worked better for controlling games. It also has great side speakers for playing music and movie audio, and plays smooth 1080p video.
And of course, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 matches the features of other Android tabs: built-in GPS, support for Adobe Flash in the browser (you still have to download it on your own), 1290 x 800 screen resolution, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and Android tablet app.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a smart buy for anyone who wants a light and portable Android tablet. Google still has a ways to go on apps for Android – there are only a few dozen that are seriously worth downloading, compared to thousands of worthy iOS apps.
The ecosystem for media is a bit underdeveloped on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well. Sure, you can watch movies stream on the web, but for downloads you’re mostly on your own.
Want to read more – Review from Tech Radar - http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab-10-1-965650/review