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Next generation Macbook Air coming out next month?
Industry

Apple is one of the leading consumer technology companies in the world, and in past few years, they have launched a number of amazing devices, which actually changed the way we think about mobile phones and computers. Apple iPhone and iPad are Apple’s one of the best selling products, but how can we forget Apple Macbook Air? Macbook Air is the slimmest Macbook and its thin form factor makes it really beautiful. Apple launched the latest version of Air last year in October, which is the most improved and fastest version of it. But now it looks like the best ever version of Air is around the corner because DigiTimes is reporting that:

The Taiwan-based supply chain for Apple products will begin shipments of new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models featuring Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface in late May for launch in June or July, according to makers in the supply chain”

Next version of Macbook Air will be assembled by Quanta Computer, Catcher Technology, Auras Technology, Shin Zu Shing, Simplo Technology, and Dynapack. The only drawback in the current version of Air is that it’s featuring the old version of Intel processor, and people are waiting for the Air to come with the next generation of Intel processor i.e. Sandy Bridge, so soon their dream will become true. As Apple also launched the new iMac and Macbook Pro with Sandy Bridge platform, it seems that Macbook Air is next in their list.

So who’s getting the next Macbook Air, anyone?

Source: DigiTimes

Blackberry Playbook hitting UK on June 16th, price revealed
Hardware

Research in Motion recently launched their first ever tablet in USA and Canada which is known as BlackBerry Playbook. We recently reviewed it for you, and we told you that it’s a good tablet. Mobilink also announced that they will bring it in Pakistan whereas HomeShopping PK and other retailers are already offering it. Now RIM is gearing up to launch their first ever tablet in UK via retailers and today Carphone Warehouse, Insight, Phones 4u and BestBuy UK confirmed it that they will be launching it on June 16th. It will be available in all models on different prices. People will be able to get 16 GB version for £400, 32 GB for £480 and 64 GB for £560. Playbook is already available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse and Insight, so pre-order before it goes out.

So who’s getting a Playbook next month, anyone?

Source: Engadget

Google I/O keynotes now available on YouTube
Software

Last Tuesday, Google held their annual developers conference which is known as Google I/O. It’s Google’s largest developer conference where Google introduce some new stuff. This year, Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the next version of Android OS and will be out later this year. Google also told people about the Google Chrome OS, and Samsung and Acer will be launching their first ever Chrome OS powered laptops later this year. Google also giveaway some stuff to all the people who attend the event. Well, if you were busy in something and missed the live streaming of Google I/O keynote 1 and keynote 2, then don’t worry because both keynotes are now available on Youtube. So if you missed it, then watch both keynotes after the break:

Source: Google Blog

Verizon finally launching Droid X2 on May 26th?
Software

Last year, Verizon launched the Droid X which is their one of the best selling phones. Now they are looking forward to launch the successor of it, which will be known as Droid X2. We saw first leaked screenshot of it a few days ago, and actually there is no difference between designs of both Droid X and X2, only some difference between button placements, but there are some changes under the hood. Our friends over at Droid Life got their hands on some promo images of Droid X2 which is saying that Verizon will be launching it in stores on May 26th, and it will be available for pre-order on May 19th.

As I said there are some changes in hardware. The device comes with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 4.3 inch qHD display, 8 MP camera and 1080p HDMI-out video. Well, Droid X2 is still missing some important stuff. It’s missing LTE and front-facing camera, which is actually a big drawback. It’s reported that it will come with Gingerbread, so let’s wait for Verizon and Motorola to come out and clear the air.

Well friends, are you looking forward to get Droid X2 or you are happy with Droid X?

Microsoft buying Skype for over $8 Billion
General

There are 3 companies which are currently ruling the technology world, and they are Microsoft, Apple and Google. Microsoft is around from a long time now, and their Chairman and CEO are one of the richest persons in the world. Now it looks like Microsoft is about to make a move ahead by buying Skype. Skype is the leading software which is used for online voice and video chatting over internet and also over 3G and it’s available for computers and mobile phones. All Things Digital is reporting that Microsoft will be acquiring Skype for a big price of $8.5 Billion. They are also reporting that the deal is already done and Microsoft will announce it officially today and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Microsoft General Manager of Corporate Strategy and dealmaker Charles Songhurst played a big role in this deal.

Well, that sounds good and if it’s true, then we will see future Windows Phone 7 device with pre-installed version of Skype, and it will bring features like video calling and other stuff to WP7, but what about other operating systems i.e. Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS. Well, I hope if Microsoft is buying it, then they will also do justice with other mobile users, not only with WP7 users.

So people, do you think Microsoft acquiring Skype is a good idea?

Sony Ericsson officially launches Xperia Acro for Japan
Software

Recently at MWC, Sony Ericsson officially announced Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc which is actually a successor to Xperia X10 and is an amazing looking device. It’s currently the slimmest SE device available in the market and they are offering it in several international markets. But for Japan, Sony Ericsson has made a special phone which is slightly different from Arc. Presenting the Sony Ericsson Acro, which is an Android powered device and Japanese variant of Arc. It comes with 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 8.1 MP camera which is capable of 720p video recording, 4.2-inch Reality Display powered by the Mobile Bravia Engine and some other common features. The main difference between Arc and Acro is that Acro comes with mobile TV tuner, which is actually what Japanese are looking in the mobile phone and it’s thicker than Arc. Hit the press release after the break for more information.

Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia acro – the ultimate smartphone for users in Japan

Combines best-in-class imaging and display technology with features familiar to users in Japan, such as an infrared port for data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV functionality.

May 5, 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia™ acro, a new addition to the Xperia™ range, designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan. The Xperia™ acro builds on the success of the product family with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and runs on the latest Android platform – Gingerbread 2.3. Best-in-class imaging and display technology features from Sony – the perfect enabler for its mobile TV functionality.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We are delighted to be introducing this flagship model to Japan. In this sophisticated market, we are listening to consumers and are happy to adapt our products to fit in with requirements which they believe to be an essential part of the mobile experience. We expect that they will be pleased to have such a uniquely adept premium smartphone and look forward to a new wave of consumers experiencing the world of Xperia™.”

The Xperia™ acro provides an excellent multimedia experience, powered by a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and presented on an extra wide 4.2″ screen. The 8.1 megapixel camera with ‘Exmor R™ for mobile’ enables the capture of low-noise, high quality images and HD video (720p), even in low light. Pictures and videos can then be shared in HD on a HDTV through a built in HDMI-connector.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro – Key features

  • Human Curvature™ design and form factor
  • Mobile TV functionality enabling live TV viewing
  • Infrared port enables data sharing with other infrared enabled devices
  • Mobile wallet: Instead of paying with cash, cheque or credit cards, a user can use the Xperia™ acro to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.
  • Extra wide 4.2″ multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
  • Sony Exmor R™ for mobile delivers best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
  • 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
  • 1GHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro will be available in Japan from this summer in Black and White

VIA

No BlackBerry OS 7 for current models, says RIM
General

RIM recently announced BlackBerry OS 7 at BlackBerry World, which is a new BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the first device to feature it. Bold 9900 will be out later this year, and T-Mobile is the first one to carry it in USA. But with every good news, there is also some bad news. If you are thinking that your beloved Storm 2 or Torch will receive BlackBerry OS 7 update, then you are thinking wrong. RIM has officially confirmed it that BlackBerry OS 7 is not compatible with current models. The reason is that the new OS is completely different from the previous OS and it’s not compatible with hardware of current devices. The new OS comes with some new graphic options and it’s missing on old devices, so no update for old BB owners. But I am pretty sure that all future BB devices will feature the new OS.

I know how it feels BB owners, but that’s how RIM rolls. If you a hardcore BB lover, then wait for the Bold 9900 and get it when it’s launch. Or if you are tired of current BB OS, then you have other options. Anyway, who’s getting the new Bold 9900 this year?

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Reuters: Next iPhone is coming this September, be ready
Gadgets

Last year when Apple launched the Apple iPhone 4, it was one of the most selling devices and it’s also the most selling iPhone ever. But there is a phone which can break this record, and it’s none other than the upcoming successor of iPhone 4, which might be known as iPhone 5. Rumors were on the street that Apple will launch the next iPhone in June-July time period, but it looks like the rumors are just wrong. Reuters are saying that Apple will launch the next iPhone in September. They also said that the phone will be just like iPhone 4 in design, but there will be some major changes under the hood. The new iPhone will feature a better camera and processor; improve antenna design, bigger screen and obviously a new software i.e. new version of iOS. Apple suppliers will start the production in July and Apple will start shipping it in September.

Well everyone, it’s just a rumor but Reuters sources are very strong and they are right most of the time. But one thing is 100% confirmed that the new iPhone will be out this year because with all this competition, Apple can’t survive without launching an iPhone every year. So Apple fanboys and girls out there, are you waiting for the next iPhone?

Source: Reuters

Motorola Droid Bionic is not cancelled, coming this summer after some tweaks
Software

At the CES 2011, Motorola officially announced Motorola Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless, which is Motorola’s first LTE phone for Verizon. Motorola is always lucky with Verizon, because if you take a look at Droid X and Droid, both are one of the best selling Android devices in USA. Motorola Droid Bionic is a dual-core device and actually a challenger to its cousin over at AT&T which is known as Atrix 4G. Atrix is around from a long time now but no sign of Droid Bionic yet. It was expected that Verizon will launch it in Q2 but now according to Wall Street Journal, the launch of the phone is delayed. Motorola said that they will be making some changes in the device. We don’t know what type of changes but whatever it is, I am sure they are doing it for their customers good. They also said that instead of Q2, the device will be out in summer. So I hope Motorola will fulfill their promise.

So people who are looking forward to Droid Bionic, lets have some patience because I know whatever Motorola is doing, they are making it even better and amazing. So are you waiting or you already got the Atrix?

Source: Android Community

Mobilink shocks the world by announcing BlackBerry Playbook in Pakistan
General

Mobilink is currently the largest mobile phone network in Pakistan and they are offering a number of good devices too. They recently announced Nexus S in Pakistan and now they are planning to bring BlackBerry Playbook to Pakistan. The tablet is just launched in USA and Canada, and now Mobilink Pakistan is looking to grab it. The news came from Mobilink Twitter account and it’s spotted by ProPakistani, where they are saying that Mobilink Indigo exclusively launches Playbook in Pakistan. No words on the release date but I think it will be out next month. About the price, the tablet is available for Rs. 62,000.

If you are a Mobilink Indigo customer, then you can pre-order the tablet from nearby sale and service centers or you can contact your sale account manager if you are a club Indigo member. In case you don’t know about the specs of the tablet, then have a look:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions to be available
  • 5300mAh battery
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.

So who’s getting the tablet in Pakistan, anyone? or you are happy with your Motorola XOOM or iPad2?

Source: ProPakistani

Specs

Blackberry Playbook lands in USA and Canada, up for grab
General

In the beginning of 2011, Motorola shocked everyone by announcing their first ever Android tablet which is also the first one to run Honeycomb, it’s known as the Motorola XOOM. A lot of other manufacturers announced Android tablets i.e. Samsung, LG, Archos, Toshiba this year. Recently, Apple also launched the successor to the famous iPad which is known as iPad2 and is an amazing tablet. If you are thinking that RIM is hiding under a rock, then stop thinking that because they also announced their first ever tablet which is known as the BlackBerry Playbook. Today, RIM officially launched the tablet in USA and Canada where it’s starting from $499.99. BlackBerry Playbook is available at official BlackBerry retailers in both countries. It is available at following retailers in USA and Canada.

16GB version is available for $499.99, where as the 32 GB and 64 GB is available for $599.99 and $699.99 respectively. BlackBerry Playbook seems to be a good device. And it looks like that it will give iPad2 and other Android tablets a hard time. So who’s looking forward to buy the Playbook, anyone?

Source: Official BlackBerry Blog

T-Mobile launching G-Slate on April 20th for $529
Software

LG is the third largest mobile phone company in the world. Their devices are not always high quality but now they are giving attention towards quality, because quality is the thing actual thing customer is looking for. They launched the first smartphone with Tegra 2 processor earlier this year known as Optimus 2x, which is an amazing device. At MWC, they officially announced their first ever tablet running on Google Honeycomb, which is exclusive to T-Mobile in the USA, known as T-Mobile G-Slate and LG Optimus Pad in other countries. Now T-Mobile has officially announced that they will be launching it in stores on April 20th and it’s going for $529 with 2-yr contact and $100 MIR.  Have a look on the specs of the device:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 8.9-inch 3D-enable display (1280×720 pixels)
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing stereoscopic camera with LED flash, Full HD 1080p and 3D video recording
  • 720p HD video playback
  • HDMI for 1080p HD and 3D output
  • HSPA+ connectivity

So T-Mobile customers, tomorrow is your lucky day if you are looking forward to this tablet. So who’s getting it?

Source: T-Mobile

Motorola XOOM passes FCC, hitting AT&T this year
Software

Motorola XOOM is the first ever Android tablet running on Google Android Honeycomb OS, which is especially designed for tablets. XOOM is an amazing tablet and offers some great features. Currently, XOOM is exclusive to Verizon Wireless in USA, and AT&T CMO said a few months ago that they will be getting Motorola XOOM later this year. Now it looks like the time is near because the image below is showing it that Motorola XOOM for AT&T is listed on FCC.

Model number of the tablet is IHDT65ME1 and is listed as a wireless tablet.  About the radio capability, the listed device comes with GSM 850/1900 bands and WCDMA 850/1900. Actually, it means that the listed device is capable to run on AT&T network. Well, no words on when it’s coming but I think it will be out in 2-3 months.

So AT&T folks, are you looking forward to Motorola XOOM?

Source: Phandroid

O2 UK announces Samsung Galaxy S II, launching next month
Software

Samsung is currently offering some good number of Android devices, and Galaxy S is the king. But now the Galaxy S is replaced by a new device which is powerful enough to blow your mind away. At MWC, Samsung officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is actually a successor to Galaxy S. We heard that the device will be out in May and it will be available in all the major countries. Now O2 UK is giving us a confirmation about the Galaxy S II that it’s coming to UK officially next month and now you can see the Galaxy S II in their “coming soon” section.

Well, no words on the price of the phone. But I believe that the device will be going for free on selected and expensive plans with 2-yr contract. (You may have seen the benchmark of the device on Quadrant, where the device is blowing all the devices out of the water. With whopping 3000+ score on quadrant, I think it’s the highest score achieved on a device running on Stock Rom.)

So people in UK, are you looking forward to the Galaxy S II? If yes then tell us the reason of buying it.

Source: O2

Samsung launching 2GHz Dual-Core phone next year
Software

Samsung is known as one of the most famous and largest mobile phone providers in the world. In the past 2 years, Samsung has improved a lot, thanks to phones like Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Wave. Samsung recently announced the Samsung Galaxy S II which is their first ever dual-core phone and successor to the famous Galaxy S. Galaxy S II is a great phone and I am sure when it will be out, it will be a strong challenge for all the other mobile phone companies. But Samsung has something even better up their sleeves. According to Chinese Search provider Daum, Samsung said that:

“We are planning to release a 2Ghz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year. This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC.”

Well, that sounds good. There is no doubt in it that the time will come when smartphones will be powerful like PC and notebooks, but I am pretty sure that they will never replace it. 2 GHz sounds good but with speed, users also want some good battery life. If the 2 GHz phone can easily pass one day without charging, then I am sure people will love it, otherwise it’s a fail. Samsung is working on that chip, and it will be a success like their Hummingbird processor. Samsung didn’t tell us about the OS it will run, but it’s most likely Android. As Android is leading the smartphone race, and there are already some Android phones running on dual core processor. So there is a possibility that it will run Android.

Do you think that 2 GHz dual-core processor is enough for you?

Source: Daum



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