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Jan 19 2012

CES 2012: Hands On Kupa X11, A Windows 8 Ready Tablet That Can Please Professionals

Adam Shear

viagra online“373″ height=”398″ />With the release of Windows 8 coming in the next few months, tablet manufacturers are readying their own Windows 8 tablets to compete in the marketplace.  The tablet PC company Kupa has its users already enjoying Windows 7 while they wait to upgrade to Windows 8.  Kupa’s X11 tablet has been on the marketplace for some time already.  It currently runs Windows 7 Professional, has enough power to smoothly play 1080p HD video with its Intel 1.5 GHz processor, and contains two USB ports and one mini HDMI port.  All this on a tablet with a 10 hour battery life and a screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

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Nov 27 2011

Documents to Go: Productivity in Your Pocket

Eric Engoron

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.

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Nov 6 2011

WP7 Requirements Stealthily Updated


Unlike Android, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, they also announced a certain number of requirements the phone must have, before Microsoft would give the green light. Many people speculated as to why this is. Personally, I think it’s to avoid slow/low end phones that would provide a sluggish, bad WP7 experience, defaming the name of Microsoft’s new handheld OS. To be quite honest, I think this is a good idea because Google’s openness, while good, could use some requirements. There are way to too many low end Android devices being produced, degrading the overall Android experience, and if Google wants to keep their customers and gain new customers, they’re going to have to do something about this soon.

The WP7 requirements are, a standard set of buttons, WVGA (800 x 480) display, cell and Wi-Fi connectivity, at least 256 MB of RAM, and at least 8 GB of storage. However, what now changed is, the requirement for a camera. A camera is no longer a requirement for WP7 devices, and one could speculate this is so that companies like Nokia can offer these devices in low end markets, and removing the camera would cut cost. Also, camera-less devices could be used in government work.

Nov 2 2011

15-Inch MacBook Pro-Air Redesign Coming Soon?

Macbook Air 2010 13 & 11 inch

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

Oct 31 2011

HTC Will Be Having A Press Conference This Thrusday, And We’ll Be There Live!


Well, if you don’t know already, HTC will be having another press conference in NYC, this Thursday, November 3rd. We’ll be there covering it live! We will try to get a good live blog going, but if we can’t get a sophisticated self-refreshing live blog going, we’ll try to do something as good! Stay tuned! Could this be the HTC Rezound we’ve seen leaked Verizon ads for? The invite sports the Beats by Dre logo, as well as the Rezound advertisement.

In case you don’t remember, the HTC Rezound specs are said to include -

  • Red on the inside like the Droid Incredible.
  • 4G LTE access.
  • 16GB microSD card installed.
  • Comes with a car charger.
  • HTC bootup screen.
  • Beats audio splash screen.
  • Box calls it HTC Vigor.
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 1GB memory on board.
  • 4.3″ 720 touchscreen.
  • 8MP front camera.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Android 2.3.4. HTC Sense 3.5.

Oct 31 2011

Recently Released, Apple’s iCloud. Next, Is Google’s GDrive Finally Ready To Be Unveiled?


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.

Oct 26 2011

After His Departure, Jobs Is Still Number One


Image courtesy of Business Insider

Steve Jobs is gone. It still feels surreal; he was a genius, and his genius lives on through his imagination and magical creations. Steve Jobs was a visionary, and an extraordinary salesman. He was the type of guy who could sell a comb to a bald man.

Shortly after Jobs’ passing, Walter Isaacson penned out Steve’s biography. Isaacson has had numerous interviews with Jobs in the past, in fact, they were friends, so it’s great he wrote the biography. It’s no surprise this book is a best seller, but I find it interesting to note that Steve Jobs’ bio is the number one eBook seller! It seems almost fitting that the eBook is number one; I expected nothing less. Rest in peace, Steve; you were great.

Oct 26 2011

It’s A (Kindle) Fire Sale! All new Kindle Fire Sales Look Like They Will Hit 5 Million.


We got some interesting news via JP Morgan, from EWeek. The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which JP Morgan was initially unimpressed by, said that sales are on track to hit somewhere between 4.5 – 5 million! This information comes from channel checks with supply chain vendors which were conducted by financial research concern J.P. Morgan.

Pre-orders have been amazingly successful with figures like 30,000 – 50,000 a day! This is explained by the low and competitive price point, and it certainly helps that this is following the $99 HP TouchPad fire sale. At $199, the Kindle Fire tablet is a great price and a great Android tablet with competitive services, thanks to Amazon’s cloud involvement. Not only is it just a Kindle for books, but the Kindle Fire can also be used to watch movies, stream music, as well as downloading and using apps/games, available from from Amazon’s Android App Store. It’s important to note that Amazon won’t be including Google Apps, which includes the Google Android App Market; this is all thanks to the previously mentioned Amazon App Store that launched several months ago, which shaves off some of Amazon’s cost to produce this tablet.

This is a great 7 inch tablet with many attractive options. If you’re in the market for a good, relatively cheap Android tablet, I’d recommend the Kindle Fire, although one of the downside is no cameras, but still, I think it’s worth it.

Oct 24 2011

Look At Apple All Quiet Like, Updating There MacBook Pros Without Making A Fuss


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!

Oct 24 2011

Want Some Mango Love? T-Mobile’s Got You On Their Radar!


HTC Radar for TMOUSAnnouncing the Radar 4G some time ago, T-Mobile never provided us with a release date, until today…via Facebook. To refresh, the HTC Radar 4G features Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Mango, also known as WP7 version 7.5. Under the hood, we’ve got a 1 GHZ Snapdragon CU, 5 MP rear camera with T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+) network, all packed under a 3.8 screen. The Radar will run you a mere $100 bucks, after $50 dollar rebate, but the downside is, this is on a two year contract… This phone looks rather nice; you can look forward to our review of it soon! You can pick this puppy up starting as early as November 2nd!

Purchase via T-Mobile’s HTC Radar Page, now!