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High resolution images found within iOS 5 SDK, hints at an iPad with Retina display

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Here we go again. Someone has discovered some high resolution images within the Twitter framework portion of the iOS 5 SDK and not just any high resolution images but those with 2048 x 1536 resolution, four times the current resolution of the current iPad.

Now we have gone though this before the iPad 2 was released. Unfortunately, the iPad 2 was launched with the same resolution display as the first iPad. But now it’s starting to seem that the next iPad will have a higher resolution display. Read more »

Nuance releases Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5, let’s you post verbally to Facebook and Twitter

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I’m sure you are all familiar with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. It lets you input text or control certain functions of your computer just by using your voice. With the latest 11.5 update, it has learned a new trick. You can now send messages on Facebook and Twitter using your voice. All you have to do is say “Post to Facebook [your message]” or “Post to Twitter [your message]” and the software will do the rest.

But that’s not all. There is also a new Dragon Remote Microphone app for iOS, which lets you use the device as a wireless mic for your PC. Read more »

HTC to remove certain apps from Gingerbread for Desire, will let you download them separately

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Now that HTC has finally made up its mind that it will be giving Gingerbread to Desire users, they still have to take care of that little problem which made them deny it in the first place. The Desire has only 512MB ROM which is not enough to contain all the awesomeness of Gingerbread, along with HTC’s Sense UI.!/htc/status/81205297317806080

So as a result, the company has decided that they will be removing certain apps from the OS to make it fit on the Desire. They haven’t exactly given a list of what they will be removing as it is still being decided, however, they have been kind enough to let the users know that they will be able to download the applications separately from the Android Market. Read more »

Adobe Eazel, Color Lava and Nav for iPad get new updates, price drop

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Despite their differences, Adobe never stopped making software for Apple’s platforms. First it was the Mac and now it’s iOS. And why would they? After all, they too are making money off them. In fact Apple products are often used for creative work, the kind of stuff that would require the use of Adobe’s products.

This year they launched three applications for the iPad, Eazel, Color Lava and Nav. All three apps have just been updated and offer more features, that too at a lower price. Read more »

Here’s an iPad prototype with a functional 3D display, complete with the glasses

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One of the vendors, CPT, was displaying an iPad with a 3D display at the Display Taiwan show. Although they did their best to cover up the logos on the back there was no mistaking what was the first generation iPad. The standard display on the said iPad was replaced with a 3D panel which has to be seen through polarized glasses for its magic to work.

Do note that this is not the official Apple branded Magicâ„¢ and definitely not the next generation iPad, no matter what the video says. It’s not even the iPad 2 for that matter, just the first iPad running a 3D display. This was just done to get some eyeballs at the event and there is very little chance that Apple would consider a 3D display for their next iPad. Or even if they do, you can be damn sure it won’t require glasses. Check out the video of this prototype in action after the break. Read more »

Google integrates Places in mobile search page, makes us want to use it more often

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Google has integrated Places in the mobile version of their search site. So now you can search for a restaurant, coffee shop, gas station or an ATM with just a coupe of taps through your mobile browser.

The feature obviously requires your location so you must share that information with your browser. Then you will see restaurants, coffee and bars being displayed prominently on the screen. To access other categories you need to click on More. Read more »

Why I love and hate having a smartphone, an Oatmeal comic

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I love smartphones and I love Oatmeal’s comics and I know a lot of you do as well. So today when I came across his latest comic which talks about his love and hate for smartphones, I couldn’t help but share it with you.

As is usually the case with his comics, this one turns the dial marked ‘Awesomeness’ all the way to eleven. And being a smartphone user and a nerd it is easy to relate with what he has depicted in it. Read more »

Toshiba Thrive available for pre-order, will go on sale mid-July

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Toshiba has finally started selling the Android-based Thrive tablet that they have been showing us for quite some time now, or at least started taking pre-orders. The Thrive will be sold in three models, 8GB for $429.99, 16GB for $479.99 and 32GB for $579.99.

The Toshiba Thrive has a 10-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution. It runs on NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Read more »

HP puts official price tag on TouchPad accessories, videos of TouchPad in action on YouTube

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After announcing that the TouchPad will go on sale on the 1st of July, HP has now also revealed the official pricing for its accessories. The Touchstone charging dock will be priced at $80, the wireless keyboard will be $70, the case will be for $50 and the standard charger will cost you $30.

Along with the pricing, HP has also released a slew of YouTube videos showing the new TouchPad in action, doing stuff like multitasking, web browsing, gaming, typing, etc., you know, the stuff that you’d normally do on a tablet along with stuff that is exclusive to the TouchPad, such as the Touchstone technology and wireless charging. Must say though there is a heavy Apple vibe to all the videos. Even the music sounds similar, with the word “magic” being thrown around a few times. But don’t just take my word for it, check them out for yourself below. Read more »

Panasonic launches Lumix GF3 camera, packs in 12.1 megapixel sensor and 1080/60i video recording

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Panasonic has launched the new Lumix GF3, their smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. Although it might seem as if it is the successor to the GF2, the GF3 will be selling alongside it and takes a more simplified approach to photography that would appeal to novices.

It has the same 12.1 megapixel sensor in a similar looking body but if you pay attention you will notice that there are some differences. For starters there is no hot shoe for you to attach a second, more powerful flash. The stereo microphones are replaced by a single one. And you will also notice Read more »

iOS 5 could have Nuance integration, Google Voice style speech-to-text input

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It seems there is one more thing that was not demoed in the iOS 5 keynote at WWDC 2011, nor was included in the developer beta and that one more thing is Nuance integration in iOS 5.

What this means is that iOS 5 may have speech-to-text input built-in, just like Android 2.1 and above devices. Now iOS does have some voice input capability, introduced by iOS 4 but it can only be used for certain functions, such as making calls or playing a track and even that is powered by Nuance. However, it seems with iOS 5 Read more »

Next generation MacBook Air to go into production this month, will be armed with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt

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The current generation MacBook Air were quite successful when they were launched last year, thanks to their new design and lower price, as well as a smaller 11-inch model. But it seems Apple is now ready to take them to the next level.

According to Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo who talked with AppleInsider, Apple has placed an order for the production of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based MacBook Airs this month. Out of these, roughly 55% will be the more popular 11-inch models while the rest will be the 13-inch models. Read more »

Certain Verizon iPad 2 being recalled, duplicate MEIDs are the culprit

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Few days back there were reports of certain iPad 2 that were shipped to users being recalled by Apple before they reached their owners. At that time Apple did not give any reason for this behaviour but now it seems we have the answer.

The reason for the recall is due to duplicate MEIDs on certain iPad 2 and this is restricted to the Verizon iPads. A MEID or Mobile Equipment Identifier is a unique number of every CDMA device. If more than one device is using the same number, then the device would fail to work with the network, which is also what happened to some of those who did receive their iPad 2. Read more »

Australian inventor develops Hoverbike, the words “crazy” and “I want one” come to our mind

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Is it a bike? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Hoverbike. Developed by Australian inventor Chris Malloy, the Hoverbike is like a combination of a helicopter and a motorcycle that uses two massive rotors and a BMW boxer engine to cheat gravity and move around. The engine is 1170cc and develops 80KW of power at 7500rpm. According to Malloy, the engine is powerful enough to lift the Hoverbike 10,000 ft. into the air and travel at a speed of 172mph!

All the controls on the bike are handlebar mounted, which is also what you hold on to for dear life when it is travelling at those aforementioned speeds. The Hoverbike is made out of reinforced carbon fiber and foam core and uses Tasmanian oak for the propellers. Read more »

HP TouchPad to go officially on sale from July 1 in the US, priced at $500 and $600 for the 16GB and 32GB version respectively

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Amazon may not be selling the TouchPad till July 17, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get it before then. HP has released the official launch dates for the first WebOS tablet. The TouchPad will be launched first in the US on July 1 and will be priced at $499.99 and $599.99 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.

Those in UK, Ireland, France and Germany will be getting the TouchPad a few days later while Canada will get it by mid-July. As for other countries, HP will be launching it in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain later this year. Read more »