This Monday Apple announced the new MacBook Air and two short days later it has already been torn down by the iFixit team. What they found was that the new 13″ model is almost identical to the old one. even the model number was the same, which might make things confusing and the only external difference is the new microphone grill. Apple has added a second microphone on the new Air.
Things on the inside looked pretty similar, but with newer components obviously. The big bump in battery life comes from Mac OS X Mavericks enhancements, Intel’s new Haswell CPU and a slightly bigger battery – 7.6V and 7,150mAh (up from 7.3V, 6,700mAh). Read more »
AMD just claimed the title “First-Ever 5 GHz Processor” with its new FX-9590 based on the Piledriver architecture. That’s the official max frequency, not the work of an overclock-happy enthusiast. But the keyword is “max” – this is how fast the 9590 goes with Turbo Core 3.0 topped out and some of the cores powered off.
The FX-9590 packs an octa-core processor (four modules of two cores) and promises “new levels of gaming and multimedia performance” for the desktop. Read more »
Apple just announced a brand new version of its Mac OS X operating system and the biggest challenge the dev team had to overcome was that they ran out of felines to name the OS versions. So, meet Mac OS Mavericks (new versions will be named after places in California).
The new version focuses on extending battery life and UI responsiveness. Part of that is moving to OpenGL 4 to optimize graphic drawing, but also other tricks like compressed memory and more. With optimizations Apple promises up to 72% lower CPU usage. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S4 scored a second certificate from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), this one for its screen. The 5″ Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution achieves 97% coverage of the Adobe RGB, which can represent about 35% more color ranges than sRGB.
Earlier this year, the Galaxy S4 received another UL certification – one for its eco-friendliness – and one from TCO as well. Read more »
With an uninspiring Galaxy Tab 10.1 refresh out of the way, Samsung may be looking to produce something more interesting – Korean site ETNews claims that a 12.2″ tablet is on the way.
Samsung has reportedly partnered with Sharp to deliver 2—2.5 million 12.2″ screens a month for a total of about 12 million panels per quarter. The two companies announced they will work closer after Samsung bought a 3% stake in Sharp. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship phone is split into two versions – with Snapdragon 600 chipset and with Exynos 5 SoC. Could there be a third one with Snapdragon 800? Quite possibly, according to an AnTuTu benchmark result for the SHV-E330S, which showed up with a 2.3GHz CPU.
That is supposedly the Galaxy S4 LTE Advanced model for Samsung’s home country of South Korea (which is where the benchmark was run too). Read more »
The Internet loves making memes about how tough Nokia phones are and the trailer for the upcoming Man of Steel movie will just add fuel to that fire. The trailer (“presented by Nokia”) shows a quick peek of the Nokia Lumia 925, which as you may have heard will come in a limited Superman edition.
The trailer shows astounding amounts of destruction (the movie is directed by Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame, what did you expect). Check it out after the break. Read more »
There’s a lot of talk about Apple introducing a cheaper iPhone (even if Phil Schiller said no) and analyst Brian White thinks Cupertino will also break it’s black and white color scheme to introduce 5 color options on the “iPhone mini”.
There’s some evidence that Apple will introduce a third color option for its iPhone flagship, so colors might be on Jony Ive’s mind. Also, the iPod touch (an iPhone without the “phone”) does come in five different colors. Read more »
Windows Phone aims to be business friendly and it’s apps like Nokia Conference that make it so. The app is still in beta, but it’s getting closer to proper release – it’s currently at v0.9.5. The app takes out the hassle of joining a conference call, on a WP8-running Lumia it’s as easy as saying “conference join.”
The phone will figure out what call it needs to join based on your schedule. With the latest update, the app can handle recurring calls too, not just ones you got an invite for. Conference also integrates with Microsoft Lync and will launch the app automatically if your company uses it. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a big device, no question about it, it even makes the Galaxy S4 look compact. We already have a feel for the Mega 6.3 from its preview and we’re working on a full review. But before that’s done, we have to ask – does the battery live up to the “mega” monicker?
We’ve seen great battery efficiency from dual-core Snapdragon chipsets and the 3,200mAh battery has plenty of juice. So, it all comes down to the screen – and what a screen it is, it measures 6.3″ in diagonal and its surface area is only 23% smaller than a 7″ tablet (assuming a 16:10 screen for the tablet, like the Nexus 7). Read more »
A deluge of new laptops hit after Intel announced its next generation Core processors and Sony unveiled the spiritual successor of the Vaio Z (and P to some extent), the Vaio Pro, plus a new Vaio Duo.
The Sony Vaio Pro comes in 13.3″ and 11.6″ versions, both targeting “lightest laptop with touch, ever” for their respective sizes, thanks to a carbon fiber build. The big one weighs 1,060g, while the small one tips the scale at just 871g. Read more »
Eye-Fi cards bring some “smarts” to digital cameras, which haven’t really experienced a functionality boom like smartphones have. If price was the only thing keeping you from getting one, then have a look at the new Eye-Fi Mobi.
Just like the pricier Pro X2 card, the Mobi creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to with your iOS or Android device where the Eye-fi app will automatically download the photos. You can then browse the photos, edit them with your image editor of choice and share them on your favorite social network. Read more »
The Asus Fonepad raised a lot of eyebrows when it was announced – a 7″ tablet with phone aspirations, which was too underpowered to gain major traction. Yet the company seems undeterred as it today announced the Asus Fonepad Note, a 6″ phablet.
Just like the original Fonepad, this is an Intel-powered Android device but the specs are a lot more alluring. Read more »
Holo fans are probably still a little hung over after finding out that the Galaxy S4 Google Edition wasn’t an accident – HTC is doing it too with the One. So, the two arguably best Android phones are getting a pure Android option, but what does that mean in terms of proprietary functionality?
Android Police asked HTC who sent back a detailed reply. Read more »
Windows 8 made sweeping changes to the traditional Windows UI and that made many people unhappy. Well, they’ll be glad to hear that with the free Windows 8.1 update (formerly ‘Blue’), Microsoft has listened to their demands and made big improvements to the interface.
Perhaps the change that will draw the most attention at first is the Start button – yes, it’s back, yay! But don’t get too excited, the Start menu is still dead, the button is just an always-visible way to launch the Start screen (to be fair, that disappearing charm annoyed the hell out of me). Read more »