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The iPad 3 (HD)

Apple’s invite to the iPad 3 launch event.

Keeping with it’s regular release schedule, Apple is going to release the much awaited iPad 3 or iPad HD on March 7 2012. What is it going to offer? Let’s take a look at the rumor roundup.

The 2048 x 1536 Retina Display.

Everyone is looking forward to this. Comparisons are telling us that the next iPad will pack as many pixels as a 42-inch HDTV, thrashing any competition in the way. Here is a comparison of how the game Food Run would look on the next iPad. Basically, it’s going to be a lot of fun using the next iPad to watch movies, look at pictures and play all those amazing HD games that are going to follow!

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iPhone 4 CDMA. Arriving on Verizon, 02/10/11.

Yesterday on the 11th of January 2011 , the  iPhone changed the way we live, yet again. Verizon announced that it would be offering the iPhone 4 on its network.

So what?  Well, first of all nobody has to deal with crappy network anymore thanks to Verizon’s excellent service. There are people who didn’t buy the iPhone because of AT&T.

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Apple’s iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 was released a few weeks ago among much fanfare. The usual queuing up outside the stores, unboxing videos all over the internet, and the reviews and the fact that Apple sold over a million units of this phone in just 3 days, itself is enough to say that this device is one of the most sought after.

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Apple unveils iPhone 4. To be released June 24th.

iPhone 4. This changes everything. All over again.

The iPhone was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC 2010 amid much fanfare. What does the iPhone 4 have that the other iPhones didn’t? First of all, its much thinner than any other iPhone. Apple’s calling it the thinnest smartphone on earth. Then there’s the new retina display which Steve Jobs showed off as the best display a phone has ever had. The front camera for video talk, a 5 megapixel camera on the behind which is capable of recording HD videos at 720p and the gyroscope, which I would call a better accelerometer.

Is the iPhone really going to change everything all over again or is it going to struggle to keep up with all the android phones that are coming out day after day? More than revolutionary will it just be evolutionary? We’ll have to wait and find out.

The iStore comes to Hyderabad!!

Some good news finally for all Apple fans/enthusiasts/maniacs/admirers/lovers/…the list simply goes on! Yes, I am talking about the Apple iStore in India, and particularly in Hyderabad! It has been the moment the above category (includes me) has been praying for…Looks like the computer giant Apple has finally realized it has takers outside US too and this comes right before the launch of the much awaited iPhone sometime in May this year(In India). With the iPhone and of course the iPod, Apple is a brand that spread fast in India.

The iStore in Hyderabad is located right at the famous intersection of Road No. 1 and Road No. 12 in Banjara Hills at the front facing ground floor of the new Ashoka Metropolitan shopping mall which is still under construction. Even though the mall is still in construction the store opened a few days ago. Reliance Digital Media is the store’s partner.

I haven’t been to the store yet but I surely will be there in a few days. Let’s Hope that the iStore keeps up to our expectations.

I’ve finally been to the iStore. It has all the apple stuff except the iphone on display. You can actually use them. The iPod Touch s had wifi in range and were ready to jailbreak. There was the thin MacBook Air, the iMac,Macbook Pro and all the rest of the apple stuff.

MacBook Air Competitor on the Way

Apple’s much-hyped “MacBook Air” may finally have found its competitor in Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 — at least that’s what analysts are saying.Like the MacBook Air, the ThinkPad X300 boasts an ultra-thin frame though it weighs in at around 3.12 pounds, which is heavier than the very light-weight MacBook Air.Both the Air and the ThinkPad X300 sport a 13.3-inches wide-screen and a full keyboard.
But the Air lacks: an optical drive, a network port, extra USB ports (it has only one), and removable battery. By contrast, the ThinkPad X300 is a typical road warrior — what with a built-in DVD drive, three USB ports, and a removable battery.
MacBook Air users cannot upgrade memory on the device, and there’s no integrated support for EV-DO or HSDPA. By comparison, the ThinkPad X300 comes with an Ethernet networking jack, and can be customized with a cell-phone modem or GPS.There’s yet another advantage for ThinkPad X300 users; they have the option to choose between either Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Meanwhile, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 comes with a 64GB SSD (Solid State Drive) only, which might be the reason for the ramped up price; somewhere between $2,500 and $2,800. By comparison, Apple’s MacBook Air, when equipped with a 80GB hard disk drive (HDD), carries a lower price tag, i.e. $1,800.

However, add to the MacBook Air a 64GB SSD, and it comes for not less than $3,000, which is higher than the price of the ThinkPad X300.

While the ThinkPad X300 has almost all the features required to beat the hell out of Apple’s MacBook Air; there’s one drawback — its processor speed. The notebook includes a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor. Whereas, the MacBook Air incorporates 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo processors.

All said, the X300’s 12W processor is believed to be more power-efficient than the Air’s 20W processors, in turn leading to greater battery life.

Citing from a Business Week report, the development of the ThinkPad X300 has taken nearly 20 months from the original concept to production. The mandate for the notebook is not so much to be a revenue spinner for Lenovo as it is to be a “halo” product for the company, somewhat like a MacBook Air is for Apple Computer.

In a statement, Lenovo Chairman, Yang Yuanqing said that they want to send out the message that if there’s any company in the industry that can continuously develop the most inventive and best-quality products with efficiency, it has to be Lenovo. Besides, they also want to send firepower against arch rivals, HP and Dell. Of which, Dell is believed to feel not at all threatened by Lenovo, not at least in the US market.

There’s no word yet on availability and pricing of this notebook.

Both the Air and the ThinkPad X300 sport a 13.3-inches wide-screen and a full keyboard.But the Air lacks: an optical drive, a network port, extra USB ports (it has only one), and removable battery. By contrast, the ThinkPad X300 is a typical road warrior — what with a built-in DVD drive, three USB ports, and a removable battery.MacBook Air users cannot upgrade memory on the device, and there’s no integrated support for EV-DO or HSDPA. By comparison, the ThinkPad X300 comes with an Ethernet networking jack, and can be customized with a cell-phone modem or GPS.

There’s yet another advantage for ThinkPad X300 users; they have the option to choose between either Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Meanwhile, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 comes with a 64GB SSD (Solid State Drive) only, which might be the reason for the ramped up price; somewhere between $2,500 and $2,800. By comparison, Apple’s MacBook Air, when equipped with a 80GB hard disk drive (HDD), carries a lower price tag, i.e. $1,800.

However, add to the MacBook Air a 64GB SSD, and it comes for not less than $3,000, which is higher than the price of the ThinkPad X300.

While the ThinkPad X300 has almost all the features required to beat the hell out of Apple’s MacBook Air; there’s one drawback — its processor speed. The notebook includes a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor. Whereas, the MacBook Air incorporates 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo processors.

All said, the X300’s 12W processor is believed to be more power-efficient than the Air’s 20W processors, in turn leading to greater battery life.

Citing from a Business Week report, the development of the ThinkPad X300 has taken nearly 20 months from the original concept to production. The mandate for the notebook is not so much to be a revenue spinner for Lenovo as it is to be a “halo” product for the company, somewhat like a MacBook Air is for Apple Computer.

In a statement, Lenovo Chairman, Yang Yuanqing said that they want to send out the message that if there’s any company in the industry that can continuously develop the most inventive and best-quality products with efficiency, it has to be Lenovo. Besides, they also want to send firepower against arch rivals, HP and Dell. Of which, Dell is believed to feel not at all threatened by Lenovo, not at least in the US market.

There’s no word yet on availability and pricing of this notebook.

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Via Techcrunch

First Trojan for iPhone Appears!!!

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News about the first Trojan for the Mac OS X-based iPhone has been doing the rounds since Saturday. However, the Trojan is believed to be mild one.It targets iPhone users who have modified their phone to install third-party utilities.

The malicious package, called “iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep” aka “113 prep”, disguises itself as an important system upgrade supposedly needed before upgrading to version 1.1.3 of Apple’s firmware. Once users install it on their iPhone, the Trojan appears to do nothing more than display the word “shoes” on the screen.

What the Trojan does is that it overwrites applications such as ‘Erica’s utilities’, a collection of command-line utilities for the mobile device, along with ‘OpenSSH’, an open-source encryption protocol.

While users attempt to get rid of the Trojan and try uninstalling it, the above mentioned applications also get deleted.

The risk in this Trojan’s case is minimal as it does not cause any significant harm to the iPhone. Those affected would simply need to re-install the deleted applications to get back on track.

Apparently, a 11-year-old kid playing with XML files created the Trojan.

Hopefully, this will serve as warning for those who have opened their iPhones using a security hole in the system, and then installed unverified software without a second thought as to what they are doing, say security vendors.
 

Via Techtree

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