With smartphones becoming more and more popular among teenagers, they have begun to lose their true meaning, productivity on the go. In an attempt to bring back the productive side of smartphones, DataViz inc. has released Documents to Go, an app that aims to be Microsoft office in your pocket, and succeeds in being so.
Originally intended for release in October, Apple’s long awaited iTunes Match service is finally here, and it definitely takes cloud computing to a new level of amazing.
iOS 5 is a great update to the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Operating System, adding a refined notification system, speed tweaks, better multitasking, etc, but there were some problems that many people, including my friend face. The battery drain, upon upgrading his iPhone 4, among other iDevices, is significantly elevated after the update to the point that some people now have to travel with their charger. There is already a fix out there, but it’s not open to the public yet. Apple’s 2nd beta update to iOS 5 seemingly gets rid of this battery drain whilst adding some more features like, multitasking gestures to original iPad owners, as well as (via CNet) fixing a security issue with Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad 2 that would let users gain access to whatever app the owner of that device was running, even if they didn’t know that user’s lockscreen password, along with fixing a bug with documents in Apple’s iCloud service, and voice recognition accuracy for Australian users using Apple’s dictation feature on the iPhone 4S. The general public can expect an update in a “few weeks,” according to Apple PR.
Courtesy of CNet
Is it time for new MacBooks already? Maybe. We recently saw a MacBook Pro refresh where Apple quietly bumped up the specs on their line of MacBook Pros without a word. Well, while we saw some nice upgrades in the MacBook Pros this year, to the intel Sandy Bridge processors, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a physical change, and I’ve been telling my Apple fan boy friends to hold off on upgrading their current iterations of this laptop. I say wait for a few reasons – the biggest being, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a real physical change to these MacBook Pros, and while we do have the option of the 13 inch air, some people don’t want it. Some people would prefer something bigger, with better specs. Apple probably has newly designed 15-inch and 17-inch MBPs ready to unveil at their next conference, which would appease many people; I think what we’ll see is skinnier 15-17-inch MBPs with updated ports, and if we’re lucky full HD screens, on the 15-inch iteration, but that may be pushing it. Apple could just as well release that in a later version, making thousands of dollars. Continue reading
Courtesty of TechCrunch
It seems the one of the new big focuses is the cloud, and with a report from the Wall Street Journal saying it will be a $241 billion dollar industry by 2020, which is a huge increase from about $41 billion today, 2011, why wouldn’t it be? Many people don’t really understand what the cloud is and the aspect of cloud computing – I think Wikipedia’s description does it best, with a great little graphic to match. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). Well today, the very mythical GDrive popped up on Google’s search engine, under the search word, “writely,” which is an online word processing service Google acquired in 2006. The title for the test page reads “test page for Platypus (GDrive).” Now, Project page for Platypus (GDrive) has been live since 2006, but now it’s pointing to Google Docs. It could be a sign that “GDrive” is close, or it could mean absolutely nothing at all. I’d like to think the former. It certainly is possible considering Google’s already been playing around with the Cloud, and chances are you use the Cloud daily, if you use services like GMail, Google Docs, Office 365, etc. A very big aspect of Google’s Cloud services is Google’s Chromebook – they’re the epitome of Cloud Computing.
I for one, cannot wait until some Cloud like offering from Google. In the past, Google’s been able to pleasantly surprise me, and I imagine they’ll continue to do so. I guess it’s partially because I’m somewhat of a Google fan boy.
Today, Apple stealthily updated its MacBook Pro lineup, internally. You’re not going to find any external changes, but rather a boost on internal specs, specifically faster processors and graphics cards. The specific details are as follows: the 13-inch model got upgraded to a 2.4 GHz Core i5 or a 2.8 GHz Core i7 dual-core processor, depending on your preference. Before this, they were 2.3 GHZ and 2.7 GHZ, respectively, but that’s not it; Apple also took the liberty of upgrading the hard drive space to a 500 GB minimum, up from the previous 320 GB! The 15-inch model on the other hand doesn’t get any extra hard drive space, BUT, it gets a processor upgrade as well as a graphics upgrade! Previously, the 15-inchers were sporting 2.0 GHZ and 2.2 GHZ core i7 processors, by intel, and now, they’re bumped to 2.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz intel core i7 processors. As far as the upgraded graphics go, they’ll be bumped to an AMD Radeon HD 6750M (Graphical Processing Unit) GPU which has 512 MB of GDDR5 video RAM, whereas before, it was merely packing a 256 MB 6490M. As far as the high end option goes, it was bumped to a 1GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 6770M; before it had a 1GB GDDR5 6750M. And lastly, as far as the 17-inchers go, we see a boost in graphics to a 1GB 6770M, from a 6750M, and the CPU went up to a 2.4 GHz core i7 from the previous 2.2 GHz core i7. The best part is the prices don’t change at all; they’re the same as before the spec bump!
Personally, I plan on getting a MacBook Pro as my next laptop, BUT I plan on waiting till a a new refresh. I want one with some physical alterations, whether it’s weight reduction or a some new ports, I’m planning on waiting. I’m pretty sure we’ll see these changes during the Spring of 2012, if we go by Apple’s track record. Either ways, these are beasts!
What the…It can’t be…Well it happened. Today for the better part of the morning and into the afternoon Apple’s online store was down. Many blogs went straight to the speculations…did someone say iPhone 5? lol, just asking. Here at TTTech we took a deep breath and tried to think things through, we tryed not to stoke the iPhone insomnia, come on admit it, we’ve all found ourselves clicking the refresh button at 3 in the morning only to realize it isn’t even September. We realized, it was probably all those college freshmen deciding to buy a mac….on the same day. Can anyone say noobs. Just kidding, its Apple we’re talking about, from what I see they got all the free publicity they wanted. It’s unclear what caused the crash, it could be anywhere from those crazy freshmen all the way to Apple being Apple. What we can confirm is Apple’s store is up and running and you guessed it, the new Iphone is… wait for it, wait for it, not on there site. The site is exactly like it was a day ago. Come on Apple, just let us see a new phone when we hit the refresh button next time.
While announcing their always impressive quarterly earnings, Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion will be available to the masses tomorrow. The gold master copy has been in the hands of developers for well over a week and Apple has been making preparations for Lion’s launch over the last week including getting apps in the Mac App Store for Lion submitted and approved and getting Apple retail store Macs ready for Lion to be installed on them. It has been a pretty long wait and now OS X Lion is ready to launch tomorrow.
- via Apple Insider
Well folks, it’s that time of year again! Apple Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, and we will be covering it as it happens! We know that Apple has iOS 5, possibly with OTA updates, Mac OS X Lion, and iCloud; I think we’re also going to see a new iPhone, whether it’s the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5! If so, I believe it’ll either be released the end of July, if not this fall and upcoming holiday season!
As expected, Apple today have rolled out updates for their entire MacBook Pro line-up, bringing Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) I/O technology. Also, graphics in the machines have been switched from NVIDIA chipsets to AMD for the first time.
From the bottom, the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes loaded with a dual-core Core i5 or i7 processor clocked at up to 2.7 GHz with Intel HD 3000 graphics on-die. Next up, the 15″ base model gets bumped to a 2.0 GHz Core i7 quad-core with 4GB of DDR3 and AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics. The 17″ model finishes the line with a 2.2 GHz quad-core, 4GB of RAM and AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics.
Each model is configurable, up to a maximum of a 2.3 GHz Core i7 in the 15″/17″ model with 8GB of RAM and a 512 GB solid state drive – which sets you back over US$4,000. As mentioned, the new 2011 MacBook Pros come with Intel’s Thunderbolt connectivity technology, which Apple claims is 12x faster than Firewire 800 and can transfer at 10 Gbps rates.
If you don’t plan on maxing out a model, base model prices come in at US$1,199, US$1,799 and US$2,499 for the 13″, 15″ and 17″ respectively; all are available now.