Archivio mensile:agosto 2011
Remember that crazy wearable 3D display concept Sony was showing off at CES 2011? Turns out the company is actually going to make it, and the HMZ-T1 is scheduled to be released in Japan on November 11th. While the design has changed slightly since we first laid our eyes, and heads, on it, the specs appear to be the same, with two 1280×720 0.7-inch OLED panels mounted in front of each eye giving the wearer an experience similar to viewing a 750-inch screen from 20m away, as well as 5.1 surround sound from headphones integrated into the Head Mounted Display (HMD). You can see the helmet above, as well as the processor unit (complete with HDMI input and output, so you can take off the helmet and watch on TV) that it must remain tethered to. Pricing is expected to be 60,000 yen ($783 US). Check out the press release and our hands-on video from CES after the break and decide if living out a Geordi La Forge-style fantasy is worth it.
Samsung has had its sights set on a PMP with MP3 HD support for some time now — first announcing (and later killing) the IceTouch in 2010, and now launching the YP-R2 and YP-Z3 in markets including Russia and Korea. Claiming that the lossy/lossless HD MP3 sound is five times better than the standard variety, the company will put it to the test with access to Melon, Korea’s largest 2.2 million song music store. So far, Samsung has only confirmed the R2 has a 3-inch WQVGA full touch display, is .3-inches thick and weighs around 52 grams, while the Z3, on the other hand has a 1.8-inch display and measures in at 36 grams. The music players also support photo and text viewing, FM radio and 5.1-channel surround sound. The R2 comes in black and silver and costs 149,000 KRW ($140) for 4GB, and 169,000 KRW ($160) for 8GB. The Z3 comes in white, pink and blue and costs 89,000 KRW ($83) for 4GB, and 119,000 KRW for 8GB ($110). There’s no word yet if these devices will ever see US release, but check out the source for more pictures.
The Mozilla team has been quietly toiling to bring Firefox to a mid-sized screen near you. It’s already a perpetual favorite on the desktop and has made a bit of a splash on Android phones, now the group has Honeycomb tablets squarely in its crosshairs. It’s still very much in the early stages of development but a few UI decisions have been made, including the choice to adhere pretty strictly to Android 3.0′s minimalist appearance. In landscape mode tabs will be represented as a persistent thumbnail bar on the left, but in portrait they’ll revert to the top with a more familiar appearance. The tabbed Awesome from the mobile version also returns. Check out the gallery below, as well as the source for more detail and more mockups.
One of Samsung’s Series 7 laptops was outed not long ago, but that PC was made for fragging, while the rest in this line of laptops is meant for more pedestrian purposes. The new members of the family come sheathed in the same silver aluminum skin, but sport a smaller 300-nit, 1600 x 900 matte display in both 15.6-inch and 14-inch versions. Those displays are surrounded by a minimalist bezel, which allowed Samsung to stuff a 14-inch panel into a 13-inch chassis. Around the sides, there are two USB 3.0 ports (and one of the 2.0 variety), Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA sockets (the latter requires an included dongle a la the Series 9).
On the inside, users can get up to a Core i7-2675QM CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, Radeon HD 6750M graphics and a 750GB HDD spinning at 7,200RPM. On all but the base model, there’s an additional 8GB of flash memory mounted on the motherboard that helps shave boot times down to mere seconds using Sammy’s FastStart technology. A lithium polymer battery powers everything, and Samsung claims the 80Wh cell will maintain 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,500 charges. Prices start at $1,000, and run all the way up to $1,300 for all the fixins’. Sound good? Head on past the break for some hands-on impressions.
If you’ve been wondering just when you’ll be able to get Europe’s hottest smartphone from last year, wonder no more: tonight the Samsung Galaxy S II was formally (and finally) announced for US release. Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T all will be receiving variants, with the first two getting a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the AT&T unit being stuck with the same 4.3-inch display as the earlier GS II. In fact, the AT&T model looks indistinguishable from the European version that we compared it against, while the other two look a bit different.
Sprint’s model, aka the Epic 4G Touch, has that larger 4.5-inch screen, plus a slightly more rounded profile than the AT&T model. The T-Mobile version, meanwhile, is the most rounded of the three, but otherwise we were hard-pressed to find any differences between ‘em, as you can see in the video below. All are powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processors, 16GB of storage, eight megapixel webcams on the back, batteries that are said to be at least 10 percent larger than the previous version, and “4G” wireless — either in the form of HSPA+ or WiMAX.
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but you fine folks living in the good ol’ U-S-of-A are finally getting blessed with Galaxy S IIs to call your own. Conspicuously missing from the party is Verizon, but Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are all getting in on the Super AMOLED Plus action under the guise of the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint and just plain old Galaxy S II on AT&T and T-Mo. As we had heard earlier the Epic 4G Touch is sporting a slightly larger 4.52-inch screen as will the T-Mobile variant, while AT&T is sticking with the 4.3-inch panel found on the international model. Sprint customers will be first to get their shot at owning one on September 16th for $200, with AT&T and T-Mobile a little further down the road. Otherwise there are very few surprises here, with a 1.2GHz Exynos pushing Gingerbread and TouchWiz to each gorgeous screen. All are packing 16GB of internal storage and being pitched as 4G handsets — with WiMax on board the Sprint model and HSPA+ for T-Mo and AT&T. Ma Bell’s is specifically championing its variant as the “thinnest 4G smartphone,” which might have something to do with the smaller 1650 mAh battery inside (the Epic 4G Touch is sporting an 1800 mAh pack). Check back soon for some hands-on.
Not ready for the future? Too bad, it’s here — well, at least in concept form. Debuting soon at Frankfurt’s international auto show is Ford’s Evos, a cloud-connected hybrid EV that serves as a preview of the kinds of smart and hyper-connected vehicles Dearborn eventually wants to build. Details on what powers it are scant, but we do know it’ll rock the gasoline-electric drivetrain from the upcoming C-Max Energi. And when you’ve exhausted the combined 500 mile range, you can top up that lithium-ion pack by plugging in or wirelessly through inductive charging.
With gratuitous access to data you’ve slung into the cloud, the Evos is deeply intertwined with your daily routine. It’ll change your alarm clock if your morning meeting is canceled, continue music playback from other devices where you’ve left off and even suggest alternative routes based on your schedule and past driving history. Oh and it’ll monitor your heart rate too. Don’t believe us? Proof of that and more reside in the video after the break, which’ll hopefully tide you over til September — when we get to see if it lives up to the hype in person.
You know what’s great? Mechanical keyboards — what with their satisfying clicks. You know what’s less awesome? Having to listen to that obnoxious racket all day. Razer claims you can have your cake (in this case, tactile feedback) and eat it too (blessed silence!) with its BlackWidow Stealth Editions. These are, more or less, the same boards that debuted last August, but with quieter switches and a matte finish. Both models are available now, with the same programmable keys and on-the-fly macro recording, while the Ultimate version adds “extreme anti-ghosting” to its already impressive noise pwnage. The standard model will run you a cool $80, while the Ultimate weighs in at a hefty $140. Check out the gallery below, as well as the PR and video after the break.
We’ve seen it before, but not against one of its chief rivals: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now here they are, sharing a little table space — but not getting along too well. On one hand the Tab 10.1 is thin and light on its feet. On the other, the ThinkPad Tablet is large and would very much like to be in charge of your corporate lifestyle. Due to Honeycomb’s limited customizations, Lenovo’s tackling this angle thanks in large part to some enterprise- and stylus-friendly software, much of which the device comes with pre-installed. Join us after the break for a quick demonstration, plus a look back at our first hands-on with the thing.
Not long ago Xiaomi, a Beijing-based company with around 250 staff, shocked the industry with the announcement of its conveniently named Xiaomi Phone. We’re looking at a well-built device packing a 1.5GHz dual-core SoC, 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM, 4-inch LCD, GPS plus GLONASS, and a generous 1,900mAh battery. Set at an extremely competitive price point of around $310 for October, this has no doubt made other local manufacturers — Meizu in particular — think twice about their current strategy.
But let’s ignore the competitors for now and focus on Xiaomi. Many Android enthusiasts might already recognize this small startup as the star behind the popular MIUI, an Android ROM that offers a vast range of user customization along with the promise of great performance. Alas, we only had a glimpse of this at the Xiaomi Phone launch. Worse yet, it turned out that due to some miscommunication, the prototype unit we handled with actually had a very old firmware, which didn’t do justice for the developers. Luckily, we were offered a second chance to take a closer look at a much more up-to-date device. Read on to see what we discovered.
We’ll save you the details for the video above, but it’s worth pointing out that the MIUI build for the Xiaomi Phone has a rather unique feature that no other phone currently support: a dual partition system. What this means is that you can have two MIUI builds simultaneously installed on the phone (and strictly MIUI only; also, major OS jumps like from 2.x to 3.x are not supported), while the two also share the same database for apps, contacts, calendar, etc. For instance, you can keep a stable firmware on one side while dipping your toes into a beta build on the other; and if something goes wrong, you can simply go back to the stable build. Also, you can still use the phone as usual while it performs an upgrade in the background — the new build is installed onto the other partition, and then the phone reboots from there without having to enter recovery mode.
We asked a Xiaomi engineer whether this dual partition feature can be implemented on other MIUI-compatible devices, but the answer was this is up to the manufacturer, as Xiaomi itself isn’t capable of tampering with such a low level structure. Perhaps someone from xda-developers can give this a go?
Like many other highly-anticipated product announcements, a few bits of information have leaked out mere hours prior to tonight’s reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S II. This time, we have a new piece of 411 about the Epic 4G Touch, Sprint’s weapon of choice. According to leaked training documents that surfaced today, it appears the device will match the Hercules in screen size, receiving a healthy bump up to a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. True or not, we don’t have much longer to wait before Sammy lets us in on all of the secrets these three Galaxy S II models have been keeping for so long.
Are you settling for non-3D sound to go with all of your 3D movies? You should be ashamed of yourself. Thankfully, Sony’s looking out for you. The company’s new MDR-DS7500 headphones promise 3D surround sound, thanks in part to the inclusion of Dolby Pro Logic IIz technology. The headphones have a number of different sound settings, serving different audio needs, including Cinema Mode, Game Mode, and Voice Mode. Also, that extra padding assures that they’ll play nicely with your 3D glasses. The headphones will be hitting Japan on October 10th, running ¥49,350 ($643) for the full package and ¥24,675 ($321) for additional headphones. Extra dimensions don’t come cheap, after all.
LG has announced that at IFA 2011 kicking off next week it will have a couple cool new LCDs that it will be showing off. The new screens will include the sleek E91 and the 3D D237IPS monitors. Both of the displays are 23-inch units. The E91 is a very thin display measuring 7.2mm.
The thing screen has a bezel only 7.2mm thick and has a cool hinge style stand that allows for lots of adjustment. The contrast ratio is 10M:1 and the resolution is 1920 x 1080. It all has 16.7 million colors.
The D237IPS has a 23-inch screen as well with the same resolution and is a 3D screen with 250-nits brightness in 2D and 100-nits in 3D modes. The D237IPS is also certified flicker-free to be easier on the eyes. Pricing and availability on the screens is unknown at this time.
In occasione del PAX Prime 2011 di Seattle 343 Industries ha dichiarato ufficialmente che con Halo 4 prenderà il via la nuova Reclaimer Trilogy.
La versione del protagonista Master Chief vista all’E3 di Los Angeles non è ancora definitiva ma gli sviluppatori sono concordi nell’affermare che egli sarà “un eroe da più di 300 chili, un po’ jet e un po’ carro armato”.
Facebook ha deciso poco tempo fa di aggiungere le videochiamate sul proprio Social Network, e grazie a Vichat for Facebook video chat Pro, potremo usufruire di tale funzionalità anche sul nostro iPhone ed iPad. Funziona sia su iPhone 4 che su i modelli di precedente generazione, stessa situazione con iPad. Vediamo le caratteristiche:
Rumor, una parola che ultimamente state leggendo spesso in giro per il web e che forse ha un po’ stancato. Noi cerchiamo sempre di filtrare i tantissimi rumor che quotidianamente si leggono sul web, ma alcuni provengono da fonti più o meno attendibili e devono essere pubblicati. Stiamo parlando dell’ultimo rapporto pubblicato da Digitimes che contiene, ovviamente, informazioni sul prossimo iPhone 5; informazioni che vanno a rafforzare le altre voci di corridoio pubblicate in questi giorni.
Ancora una volta, quindi, si parla del display che monterà il nuovo melafonino, che si “allargherà” di soli 0.2″, passando dall’attuale 3.5″ (montato su tutti gli iPhone attualmente in commercio) ad un 3.7″, che, grazie ad un design molto “slim” e a particolari accorgimenti, darà la sensazione di essere più grande.
Un altra informazione riguarda la struttura, che anche in questo rumor, si dice essere metallica, in pieno stile iPad, abbandonando il vetro posteriore che attualmente è presente su iPhone 4.
Oggi vi proponiamo un video pubblicato da iguitardude2744, un giovane ragazzo che, in 15 minuti, ci mostra in maniera esaustiva i 30 Tweak che non possono mancare sul vostro iPad. Nel video, i Tweak sono utilizzati su un iPad 2, che ovviamente dovrete prima Jailbrekkare (Leggi qui per sapere come eseguire il Jailbreak del tuo iPad 2).
Dopo una breve premessa di 50 secondi, inizierà la carrellata di Tweak che andrà oltre il semplice elenco; sarà, infatti, mostrata l’esecuzione di ciascun tweak per capirne meglio il funzionamento. A seguire il video:
Abbiamo visto in questi giorni la presentazione e ufficializzazione di diversi smartphone e in particolare la fascia media dei device Android ha visto quattro protagonisti principali tra i nuovi arrivi. Stiamo parlando di Xperia Ray, Xperia Neo V, Galaxy W e Optimus Sol. Quattro smartphone che offrono caratteristiche simili ai top gamma dello scorso anno, ancora oggi molto validi e a prezzi ottimi, ma che sono in uscita nel mese di settembre o durante l’inizio del prossimo autunno.