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Archive for March 7th, 2012

During the Apple iPad event today, CEO Tim Cook casually mentioned that iOS 5.1 will be available today . In addition to Siri support for Japanese, the OS has a few other new tricks, here’s what to expect. More »

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If you’ve long been annoyed by the 20MB limit in the iOS App Store, get ready to be slightly less-annoyed! Apple’s just raised the limit to 50MB, making way for larger apps on your 3G—and soon-to-be 4G LTE iPad—connection. No limit would be nice, but I suppose that’s what jailbreaking is for. Happy up-to-50MB downloading! More »

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Well, it’s finally here, Apple’s new hotness. But how does it compare to the new hotness from Asus, Samsung, Amazon, BlackBerry, or heck, the iPad 2? We’ve got you covered with this head-to-head spec sheet. More »

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Wine 1.4 Released

Posted by kenmay on March - 7 - 2012

vinn writes “Wine 1.4 was released today and includes support for a wide range of applications, including Office 2010. There are some major architectural changes, including a built-in DIB engine for better graphics display and a new audio stack designed around the newer Vista / Win 7 system and integrated into the native audio system. Almost every other subsystem received substantial updates, including Direct3D, the Gecko-based web browsing components, and better internationalization. The release notes contain more detail and you can download the source code now, or wait for packages to appear soon.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Apple Unveils New iPad

Posted by kenmay on March - 7 - 2012

adeelarshad82 writes “As expected, Apple announced the new iPad complete with a Retina Display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE, and an improved camera. The new iPad will run the rumored A5X processor, which according to Apple will provide four times the performance of the Tegra 3. The revamped tablet will also include a 2048-by-1536 display, apparently most in any mobile device. And finally with 4G LTE, the new iPad will provide up to 73 Mbps download speeds; partners for which include Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and AT&T.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Our Apple iPad HD Liveblog Starts Now [Apple]

Posted by kenmay on March - 7 - 2012

Oh joy! It’s Apple announcement time again. We know you’ve got a lot of live blog options, but we hope you’ll join us on our super meta iPad HD Liveblog with your hosts, Brian Barrett and Mat Honan. More »

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The folks over at Anandtech managed to spend some time with early Ivy bridge production samples and perform a few benchmarks. The skinny: CPU performance is mildly increased as expected, but the GPU is 20-50% faster than the Sandy Bridge GPU. Power consumption is also down about 30W under full load. The graphics, however, are still slower than AMD’s Llano (but the Ivy Bridge CPU beats the pants off of the Fusion’s). Is the tradeoff worth it? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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As the clock ticks down to Apple’s special media event today, a few last-minute rumors concerning the expected announcements have surfaced. In particular, the “iPad 3″ may have more RAM, get LTE service from Verizon, and have a new $99 AppleCare+ option. We may also see Apple adopt a new haptic technology that enables the smooth glass surface of an iPad’s screen to have variable virtual textures. The iPad 3 is widely expected to feature a 2048 x 1536 pixel “Retina” display, an improved “A5X” dual-core ARM processor, and updated camera hardware in a slightly thicker, but largely similar design as the iPad 2. It has also been rumored that the iPad 3 will come in a version with 4G LTE wireless networking built in. Based on debugging information for a presumed iPad 3 prototype, ChronicWire has calculated that the next-gen iPad will come equipped with 1GB of RAM . A developer recently told Ars that additional RAM would be required to handle graphics for the extremely high “Retina” resolution based on his tests using 2048 x 1536 pixel artwork, so this information makes a lot of sense to us. While an LTE-equipped iPad 3 is also expected, it seems certain that wireless service will be available from Verizon on launch. A source for Cult of Mac said that Verizon has been installing LTE networking equipment in Apple Store retail locations across the country for the last few days. Recent information suggested that both Verizon and AT&T would offer LTE service, but the latest information seems to suggest that Verizon might be an exclusive LTE partner to start. Also, Apple appears to be upgrading its $79 AppleCare extended warranty for the iPad to a $99 AppleCare+ plan, according to MacRumors’ sources. AppleCare+, first offered for the iPhone last October , includes two years of extended regular warranty as well as two incidents of “accidental damage.” For a $49 fee, an iPad damaged by dropping, dunking in the pool, or other means not typically covered under a warranty will be replaced with a refurbished unit. 9to5 Mac said that readers have reported that AppleCare+ has been showing up this week as an option in Apple’s EasyPay app. Most interesting, we think, is a rumor that Apple may include haptic “texture” technology in the iPad 3. Senseg, the developer of a technology that uses electric fields to selectively generate the sensation of texture on a touchscreen, may have inadvertently hinted that Apple will be using the technology in iOS devices. “We won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement,” a company spokesman told Pocket-lint after asking if the company would be involved in the iPad 3 launch. Haptic feedback could certainly elevate user interaction with an iPad or other iOS device, and would be something you ” have to touch ” to experience. Be sure to keep an eye on our live coverage of Apple’s announcements today at 10AM PST (GMT -0800). Read the comments on this post

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Between Google Books , iBooks , Nook , Kindle , Kobo , Sony … you’d figure the e-book field was crowded enough, right? Well, if you’re specifically in the market for children’s stories, things might look a little less packed. We guess that’s why Scholastic is attempting to enter the fray with Storia , an e-reading app and store designed for kids. As part of a massive digitization effort, the company has launched Storia in beta for Windows and the iPad, alongside a market of over 1,000 titles. By the time it officially launches in the fall Scholastic hopes to have a fully stocked digital library of over 2,000 books loaded with interactive features. You can download the beta now with five free e-books by hitting up the more coverage link. Scholastic enters the e-book fray with Storia and 1,000 children’s stories originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Mar 2012 08:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink mocoNews | Associated Press | Email this | Comments

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Windows 8: 20 Tips and Tricks [Windows 8 Tips]

Posted by kenmay on March - 7 - 2012

What do you do with a new operating system? You roll up your shirt sleeves and jump elbow-deep into every part of the OS you can get your hands on. You make manual registry tweaks to open up hidden elements of your new OS; you navigate through all of the different configuration options to see what’s changed, what’s new, and what you can personalize to your liking; you devote hours to playing around with all the different features. More »

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