Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blackberry 10 Device For Verizon Leaked

RIM is set to officially launch BB10 early next year and is expected to reinvent what we think of Blackberry. Last week some videos leaked online showing the gestures for navigating through BB10. Now we have some specs of a BB10 device codnamed Laguna and it is headed to Verizon with 4G LTE support. The device will have an unusual 4.2" screen with a HD+ display of 1280 X 768 and translates into a 355PPI which is a pretty astounding number. The phone will be powered by a dual core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. The camera in the rear is an 8MP shooter capable of taking 1080P video. 16GB of onboard storage and an expandable microSD slot is available. All of this is running of a 1800mAh battery with BB10 inside. 

Source: GSMArena 

Blackberry 10 L And N Series Devices Leaked

Last week at Blackberry Jam 2012 RIM showed us some of the features of Blackberry 10. Although RIM is set to officially launch BB10 early next year it seems like the OS is already nearly complete. We have seen the BB10 Dev alpha device numerous times but till now we have not seen any of the BB10 devices. Well here is a leak of future BB10 devices, this include the L and N series of devices. The L series is a full touch based phone and is targeted towards the general consumer. The N series in the other hand looks like the current Bold 9900 without the touch buttons and it also keeps the QWERTY keyboards RIM is known for. Personally i think that blackberry is a very good looking OS but the problem now is the ever growing competition. The competition might just force RIM in to bankrupcy, who knows how will blackberry be in this time next year ? But overall the touchscreen BB10 is to my likings.
Source: Crackberry 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sony Xperia Sola Receives A New Feature Called Glove Mode In ICS Update

This week Sony released ICS updates for a few of its early 2012 models, among the devices being updated is the Xperia Sola. This is an entry level device, which has a dual core processor and a 3.7" screen. With the new ICS update for this device, Sony is introducing a new feature called glove mode. This mode enables you to use your device even when you are wearing gloves and this update comes just in time before winter arrives in some regions. The glove mode is an extension to their floating touch feature. The glove mode is something like the super sensitive screen on the Nokia Lumia 920. Watch the video below to see this feature in action. 
Source: Soyacincau And Sony 

Apple Retracts Their Statement About Their Maps App

Earlier today we reported that Apple has created a special section for alternative mapping solutions. Now Apple has done something else by retracting their statement about their iOS 6 maps. Previously the statement says that their maps is the most powerful mapping service ever and now it the a beautiful vector based interface that scales an zooms with ease. Apple is now working very hard to improve the quality of their maps and by the time they hold their next WWDC it is most probably a more perfect maps app. 

Source: Phonearena 

Apple Creates New Section In App Store For Alternative Mapping Apps

A few days ago Tim Cook released an official statement apologizing to the public that their maps app on iOS 6 is not that capable and asked users to use alternative solutions like waze, bing maps and mapquest. Now apple has made it easier for users to find map app on the app store by putting it in a category. Just go to the app store on your iOS 6 device and click the find maps for your iPhone tile to be redirected to a whole page of mapping apps. Other than that Apple also created a dedicated page on their site telling users how to pin a website icon on your homescreen. They also said that using nokia maps or google maps for the mean time while waiting for the iOS 6 maps to be better. 
Source: GSMArena Blog 

Windows Phone 8 Ship Party 2012 Marks The Completion Of The Mobile OS

A few weeks back we reported that the Windows Phone team has finished the latest iteration of the OS and is ready for RTM. Now it seems like we have some confirmation of this story, yesterday the Windows Phone 8 ship party was held and it marks the completion of WP8 and is ready for manufacturers to implement on their devices. Last year WP7 Mango was completed on August 6 and devices started shipping in early November, so it seems like this year they are a bit late. But currently the new suggest that WP8 devices will start to go on sale on early November. 
Source: WMPoweruser 

The Smartphone Revolution

The smartphone is by far one of the most popular tech device to date and more than 50% of the people in the face of the earth owns one. Here is an infograpic of this revolution by Dialphone. In this infographic they talk about the evolution of devices, uses of smartphones, major mobile operating systems, network evolution, and the processors powering modern smartphones. The first ever smartphone was the IBM Simon and that device was introduced in 1993 but the problem is that it is not so much easier to use. We fast forward to almost 20 years in the future and we now have smartphones like the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 which are both smart and easy to use. There are 4 major smartphone OS's currently in the market which are Android, iOS, Blackberry OS and Windows Phone. The pack is leaded by Android which has over 60% of the market share. The evolution of mobile networks have evolved throughout the years and now we have 4G LTE which is  capable of data speeds of up to 100 mbits/s. Finally we have one of the most essential piece of hardware which is powering the modern smartphone which is the processor. The are 5 major mobile processors which are Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Texas Instruments OMAP, Nvidia's Tegra lineup, Samsung's Exynos, and Apple's A series of chips. So this tells us we have been through so much in such a short period so who knows how the smartphone will look in the next 5-10 years. 

Source: Phonearena 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Galaxy Note II Launch Video

This week Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note II in korea and they are set to launch it in a few major european countries early next week. Yesterday Samsung also released invitations for a Galaxy Note II launch in the US which is happening one the 24th of October at NYC. Here is a launch video of the Galaxy Note II, it does not reveal something that we don't know but it shows the features it has and most of them are based around the S Pen. 

iPhone 5 Torture Test

There are quite a few drop tests on the iPhone 5 on Youtbe but here is one of the first torture tests featuring the iPhone 5. In this torture test the iPhone 5 has hot coffee spilled on it, placed in a bag of keys and finally it it is submerged in water for about 15 seconds. The iPhone 5 survived all of the tests with flying colors except for the water test where it failed to boot. 

iPhone 5 Pointed With High Performance Lasers, Ends Up Burning The Screen

There is always some videos on the iPhone 5 where people do some crazy stuff on it. In this particular video the youtuber decided to point lasers at the iPhone 5 to see what happens to it. The first lasers they pointed it the Spyder II Arctic which resulted the phone to heat up substantially. Finally they placed a powerful flashlight torch on top of the screen and within seconds the screen starts having minor cracks and smokes start coming out. It all ended with the screen not functioning.

Source: Phonearena 

Asus Officially Launches The ROG Matrix HD 7970 Platinum


Faster and more aggressive than any other AMD-based graphics card, ASUS ROG MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Platinum Edition represents the apex of graphics performance and tweakability for enthusiast gamers and competitive benchmarkers.
With its hand-picked GPU overclocked to 1100MHz, it offers extensive overvolting facilities via VGA Hotwire and TweakIt. The latter also enables one-press 100% fan speed activation. Power delivery uses 20-phase architecture, tapped and managed by DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power components. The ASUS GPU Tweak utility has been reloaded for ASUS ROG MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Platinum Edition, now offering GPU loadline calibration and VRM overclocking. The card is offered in a standard version and a platinum edition, both including a Diablo III mouse pad. The platinum edition features 50MHz faster boost and base clocks.
MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition has gained highly positive feedback from AMD in recognition of its contribution to making the most of the company’s GPU technology:
“The ASUS line of ROG products denotes a special class of gaming and performance. Likewise, the enthusiast-class performance delivered by AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics represents the pinnacle of the single-GPU game experience. We see ASUS ROG MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition as a perfect match of enthusiast-class branding and elite-level graphics performance”, said Matt Skynner, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, AMD Graphics.
“ROG MATRIX signifies the spirit of uncompromising performance. We build MATRIX cards with the fastest GPUs available each generation, in this case using AMD’s HD 7970 GHz Edition GPU alongside exclusive ASUS innovations. We believe ROG MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition is set to break world performance records yet again”, added Kent Chien, General Manager of the ASUS Graphics Card Business Unit.

TOP version: AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs boosted for new world records

True to the ROG approach of getting more out of leading technology, MATRIX HD 7970 uses the cream of the AMD HD 7970 28nm GPU crop, picked through rigorous selection in a similar fashion to the ASUS TOP process, which includes extreme heat and heavy-load stress testing. It arrives factory-tuned to 1100MHz, representing a 175MHz frequency gain compared to reference HD 7970 cards. Currently, MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition offers the fastest and most capable graphics card based on AMD technology, and can easily handle every DirectX® 11 game with completely smooth performance and all details set to ultra at 1080p and higher resolutions. Plus, a single MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition has the power and quad DisplayPort connectivity to support six-screen displays via AMD Eyefinity™ technology.

VGA Hotwire: accessible hardware-level overvolting puts enthusiasts in charge

VGA Hotwire affords easier DIY modification of voltages on MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition, simplifying the process by removing the need for complicated and risky soldering. Customers connect wires from dedicated headers on compatible ROG motherboards to VGA Hotwire connectors on MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition, after which changing voltages directly on the hardware level becomes possible via a variety of interfaces. The exclusive TweakIt utility is one such option, revised for MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition to offer a wider voltage modulation range, allowing quick changes by simply pressing the + and – keys. TweakIt further supports immediate full-rev activation of the dual 100mm fans. At a press, customers can set the fans to 100% speed for maximized airflow and instant cooling, a highly useful feature in overclocking and benchmarking scenarios. The card further includes an overclocking safe mode to quickly restore default settings should a tuning profile prove unstable and at-a-glance LED load indicators to ensure more informed and safer performance modification.

DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power: greater output, extra reliability, and longer lifespan

MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition ships with massive 20-phase power delivery that supplies ample room for experimental performance tuning. Its DIGI+ VRM digital voltage regulation design augments precision overclocking capabilities, which are further supported by the use of hardened Super Alloy Power capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs. All withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials to increase reliability, power output, and overall card lifespan. The design also eliminates bothersome choke buzzing noise, unlike much tamer reference cards. All these and more enable the absolute best in overclocking potential and experiences.

GPU Tweak: world’s first quad-focus overclocking suite

For MATRIX HD 7970 GHz Edition, the exclusive GPU Tweak utility has been revamped, making better use of the card’s power through the world’s first quad-focus overclocking tool. With its friendly software interface, GPU Tweak enables deep GPU, video memory, voltage, and fan speed adjustments. The new edition adds VRM overclocking and loadline calibration, by that catering to casual overclockers and those dedicated to competitive benchmarking towards new world records. It is the most complete GPU Tweak yet, with tangible performance improvements guaranteed to users of all experience levels.
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Source: Wccftech 

Tim Cook Represents Apple In Apologizing To The Public About The Apple Maps

Apple Maps have been receiving quite some negative feedback from customers. So for the first time in Apple history Tim Cook is apologizing to the customers and saying that they are extremely sorry for the maps they released for iOS 6. In his official statement he recommended either using Waze, Bing or Mapquest from the App Store. He also said that Google Maps and Nokia Maps can be accessed through the we browser. 

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

Source: Phonearena 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jetpack Joyride Officially Launched In The Google Play Store

Back in August, the Jetpack Joyride game finally reached android but at that time it was only available in the Amazon Store. But you being our readers we gave you a download link for the APK file. Today Halfbrick finally released it to the Play Store. So now you can download it from the Play Store.
Google Play Store Download Link 
Here is our full review of the game: 

Samsung Launching The Galaxy Note II In US On October 24

This week Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II at Korea and they are launching it again next week at the UK. But there is still not official date for the US launch till now. This morning Samsung released invitations for a October 24 event which features the S Pen in the invitation. This event will be held in NYC on the 24th of October at 7PM. They are expected to announce carrier pricing and availability of this device at the event. We are still not certain when will it go on sale of each carrier but my guess it will be available for purchase on the day itself or one week after that which is early November. Samsung recently announced that the 4 major carriers will be carrying this device so carrier support is no myth. 

Source: Phonearena 

Happy 14th Birthday Google

Today is a day in history where a small company became a mega corporate company. Google is now 14 years old and since it was established 14 years ago it has been giving the whole world a lot. Currently Google is the number 1 search engine and their mobile operating system Android has the largest market share. Their Chrome browser is also on of the most commonly used browsers. So i would like to wish Google a Happy Birthday and would like to thank them for everything they helped the world with.

Source: GSMArena Blog 

Lumia 900 Gets Tortured

Here is a video by CNET about the Lumia 900, in this video they are torturing the Lumia 900 till it breaks and it shows some amazing things the Lumia 900 can do. First off they put it in the freezer for 2 hours and it comes out unharmed. Then they placed it in an oven which is 93 degrees hot for about an hour, the result is the Lumia 900 survived. After that they did the controversial Lumia 900 as a hammer test and it went very well without harming or cracking the screen. Next they did a drop test and the screen was intact and unharmed but the body suffered some scratches and scuffs. Finally after many tests the Lumia 900 faces of with every smartphone's enemy, water. It failed to boot up so water is the only weakness of the Lumia 900
Source: Phonearena 

Bad Piggies Officially Launched On iOS And Android

Rovio has finally launched their newest game called Bad Piggies which is a sequel to the Angry Birds Trilogy. This app is now available in the App Store and the Play Store. This game is a strategy game similar to the Amazing Alex game they launched in Summer 2012. This game feature the piggies from the Angry Birds and the aim of the game it to move the piggies from one spot to another with some props given. You need to be creative and not all levels are straight forward so prepare to train your brain while playing this game. Currently this app is available in the App store for $0.99 and free for the Android version but with the exception of ads. The android version which was launched today only include the HD versions so only devices with HD resolution can support it. Catch our full video review at
Source: Phonearena 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple Maps Apologizes To The General Public About Its Incapabilities

Apple's Maps service has gotten a lot of negative response from users and the news of Google Maps not coming to iOS 6 for another 3 months. Here is a humorous comic strip of the Apple Maps apologizing to its users for its incapability. 

Source: Phonearena 

Chrome For Windows, Android And Mac Updated

Chrome is by far one of the best web browsers out there now at it is in most major platforms like android, PC and Mac. Google recently updated the Chrome on all platforms including the mobile platform. In Windows Google has updated Chrome to version 22 and this bring some stability fixes and a new Mouse Lock API. The Mouse Lock API allows you to play games within your browser and not worrying about the mouse pointer going out of the browser. Google has also added some enhancements to chrome for Windows 8. Users using the MacBook Pro with Retina display also gets and update which has some improvements for the HiDPI screen on it. Chrome for android has been updated now to support the Motorola Droid Razr i which is an intel based ICS android phone. A few days back Google also rolled out and update for chrome for iOS which bring support for the iPhone 5's 4" display. 

Source: GSMArena Blog 

The Oppo Find 5 Has A 5" Screen With A 441 PPI

A few weeks back there was a rumor that Oppo is going to release the world's first phone with a 1080P screen. Now it seems like we have more news on it, apparently the exec of Oppo has confirmed the specs for the upcoming Oppo Find 5. The highlight of the phone is obviously the 441 screen pixel density. The Oppo Find 5 will also be one of the first devices to use the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro. This device will have a 5" display with a 1080P resolution and all of this is enclosed in a razer thin 6.65mm body. Other specs include a 12MP camera, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 out of the box and wireless charging support. 

Source: Phonearena