Come annunciato da HDblog in esclusiva, Spotify è pronto a sbarcare ufficialmente anche in Italia, con lo switch-on deciso per martedì 12 Febbraio. La notizia ha ormai raggiunto tutti i canali e per il debutto è stato scelto l’evento musicale italiano più rappresentativo: il Festival di Sanremo!
Il servizio di streaming musicale on demand è già piuttosto conosciuto qui da noi, visto l’immenso successo raggiunto in poco tempo nei pochi paesi dove disponibile; tuttavia, Sanremo sarà il giusto palcoscenico per arrivare direttamente al grande pubblico, ai milioni di utenti italiani appassionati di musica che da tempo attendono l’arrivo di una simile piattaforma, del tutto legale.
Sanremo e il suo festival saranno parte integrante nel lancio di Spotify, con tutti i brani in gara e le altre canzoni dei nuovi album resi immediatamente disponibili per lo streaming. Una partnership davvero importante per la ‘startup’ svedese, che grazie ad accordi precisi con alcune delle principali etichette musicali (Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group, Universal e diverse indipendenti) renderà il tutto disponibile su smartphone e tablet con sistema Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, come su Windows, Linux, Mac OS X.
Il sistema operativo mobile di Microsoft è stato l’ultimo a ricevere l’applicazione ufficiale, giunta sullo Store Windows Phone soltanto nella giornata di ieri, giusto qualche giorno prima del debutto in Italia, paese con il più alto share di Windows Phone 8 al mondo. L’applicazione non è ancora presente nello store virtuale italiano, ma lo sarà ben presto.
Ricordiamo che Spotify mette tradizionalmente a disposizione tre diversi piani (Free, Unlimited e Premium) uno solo dei quali gratuito. Ma attendiamo martedì per conoscere nel dettaglio l’offerta dedicata al mercato italiano.
Apple has had massive success with their iPad, and according to a recent report by research firm Canalys, in the final quarter of 2012, one in six PCs shipped was an Apple iPad, and tablets made up a third of all PC shipments for the same quarter.
Apple’s growth in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for the iPad mini. Its overall shipments, however, were hampered by supply issues. Canalys estimates that the mini made up over half of Apple’s total pad shipments, with its attractive price point and compact design leading to significant cannibalization in the iPad range and wider PC market. Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple’s pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market. ‘Apple timed the launch of the iPad mini well,’ said Pin-Chen Tang, Canalys Research Analyst. ‘Its success proves there is a clear demand for pads with smaller screens at a more affordable price. Without the launch, Apple would surely have lost more ground to its competitors.’
You can see more information on the report over at Canalys, it is impressive to think that out of all computers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012 one in six was an iPad and one third was a tablet.
Il debutto di Surface Pro si avvicina; la nuova versione del primo Tablet targato Microsoft sarà infatti disponibile sul mercato a partire dal 9 Febbraio. L’azienda di Redmond, che non ha riscosso il successo sperato con la prima versione equipaggiata con Windows 8 RT, è sicura di invertire questa tendenza con la nuova release che prevede invece la versione completa del Sistema Operativo con pieno supporto alle applicazioni Desktop.
Surface Pro sarà disponibile in versione da 64 e 128 GB con prezzi a partire da 899 dollari e già non mancano le prime “critiche” (puoi leggere Surface Pro: problemi di storage a causa di Windows 8 ed altri software preinstallati).
Secondo i primi dati trapelati Digitimes e da fonti vicine “alla catena di montaggio”, nonostante il colosso del software sia molto sicuro della riuscita di Surface Pro, prevede comunque un lancio più contenuto in termini di unità. Per il 9 Febbraio infatti saranno 1 Milione i tablet disponibili, un volume nettamente inferiore a quello visto con Surface RT che si attestava a circa 3,5/4 Milioni.
Earlier this month it was rumoured that Samsung was preparing to launch three new tablets to its Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. Now snippets of code have been found that indicate the new range of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets could include a tablet fitted with a 2560 x 1600 resolution screen.
Other information about that tablets has also been discovered in the UAProf revealing that a 7 inch tablet reference GT-P3200 will be arriving with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Which will be an affordably priced tablet to compete with lower end tablets already in the market
The code also reveals that a GT-P3200 8 inch model with the resolution of 1280 x 800 will also be released, and a GT-P8200 which is also known as Galaxy Tab 3 Plus is a 10 inch model with the same resolution as that of Nexus 10 which is 2500 x 1600.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Source: Android Authority
Sony recently announced their new Sony Xperia Tablet Z, yesterday we got so see a look at the tablets launcher in action, and now we have an actual video of the device in action from the guys over at DigInfo TV.
As a reminder the Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, there is also a quad core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.
Other specifications on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z include an 8.1 megapixel rear facing camera which features Sony’s Exmor R sensor, plus 32GB of built in storage, NFC, LTE, a microSD card slot and the device is also waterproof and dustproof.
Source DigInfo TV
Microsoft have announced that their new Microsoft Surface Pro tablet will be launching in the US and Canada on February 9th with prices starting from $899 and rising.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB model will be available for $899 and the 128GB for $999, both of which will include a pressure-sensitive stylus, but will not include a keyboard.
Keyboards for the Microsoft Surface Pro are available in two models the Touch and Type available for around $120. As well as the Surface Pro, Microsoft will also start offering a 64GB standalone version of Surface for Windows RT tablet for $599, which comes without the black Touch cover. If you would prefer to have the Touch cover the bundle is available for $699.
To re-cap the Microsoft Surface Pro comes powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and allows users to run both Windows 8 applications, together with current Windows 7 desktop applications.
“The response to Surface has been exciting to see,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. “We’re thrilled to continue growing the Surface family with the availability of Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb. 9 and by increasing the number of places customers can experience Surface firsthand.”
MSI has introduced a new Android tablet to their range in the form of the MSI Enjoy 71, which is equipped with a 7 inch display sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The new MSI Enjoy 71 Android Tablet is powered by a 1.5 GHz Amlogic AM8726 dual core processor, supported by 1GB of RAM and comes supplied running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.
Other features of the dual core MSI Enjoy 71 Android tablet include, a 3200mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage, a 2 megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA camera, together with mini HDMI port, microSD card slot.
The MSI Enjoy 71 Android tablet is now available in Taiwan for around $172, but unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by MSI.
Ainol has this week added a new addition to their range of Android tablets, in the form of the newly launched Ainol Novo 7 Venus, which is available to purchase for around $140.
The Ainol Novo 7 Venus tablet id equipped with a 7 inch capacitive multitouch IPS display sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, powered by a quad-core ATM7029 processor , supported by 1GB of RAM.
Graphics are looked after with a Vivante GC1000 processor and 16GB of onboard storage is provided together with 2 megapixel back-facing camera and 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all run by Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Ainol Novo 7 Venus Android 4.1 Tablet is also equipped with a 4000mAH battery that is capable of providing from 5 to 10 hours of use say Ainol.
Sony recently announced their flagship Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z and now it would appear that Sony has a new tablet in the works, which will be called the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is rumored to come with a 10.1 inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and it will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Other rumored specifications on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z include a quad core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, plus 32GB of built in storage.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also rumored to feature dual camera with a 2,2 megapixel camera up front for video chat and a rear facing 8.1 megapixel camera for photos and video.
The device will also come with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE and a 6,000 mAh battery, it is expected to launch some time in quarter 2, as soon as we get some more details including some actual pictures of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, we will let you guys know.
Samsung has been rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to a number of its devices, and now it is the turn of the WiFi Galaxy Note 10.1 in the US, which is the latest device to get the Jelly Bean update.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is available as an over the air update also also through Samsung’s Kies software updating tool.
The update should be available for your Galaxy Note 10.1 as of now if you live in the US, if you have received the update, leave a comment and let us know.
Source Android Community
Building on the technology used in their first ClamCase keyboard case designed for Apple’s iPad, ClamCase has this week unveiled their latest creation in the form of the ClamCase Pro.
The new ClamCase Pro iPad keyboard case is now even thinner and lighter than the original, but still provides you iPad tablet with the maximum protection and productivity
The ClamCase Pro easily transforms into either a laptop style keyboard for your iPad, a touchscreen stand or tablet case, and is equipped with a 360 degree hinge, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated rechargeable battery and a full QWERTY keyboard with auto wake and sleep features.
“Enjoy your favorite apps at any viewing angle with ClamCase™’s infinitely positionable stand. Play games and watch movies in the ultimate comfort. Kick back, relax and have fun with your iPad… handsfree.”
The latest ClamCase Pro iPad keyboard case has been designed for use with Apple’s iPad 2,3 and 4 devices and weighs 1.5lbs and once fitted to your iPad measures just 0.85 inches thick. The ClamCase Pro is now available to purchase for $169.
We have bean hearing about Asus’s MeMo Pad Android tablet for quite some time now, Asus has now officially announced the Memo Pad and it will be available later this month for $149.99.
The Asus MeMo Pad will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it features a 1GHZ VIA WM8950 processor and a Mali-400 GPU, plus a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
Other specifications on the Asus Memo Pad include 16GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards, there is also a front facing 1MP back illuminated camera with an f/2.0 lens which can capture HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second.
The Asus Memo Pad will be available in a range of colors later this month and will retail for $150.
Se in questi giorni abbiamo visto annunci importanti a livello di processori, sembra che Samsung abbia sbaragliato la concorrenza. Ovviamente non possiamo ancora sapere le prestazioni del nuovo processore Coreano, ma già il nome promette qualcosa di unico. Si chiama Exynos 5 Octa e in pratica è un processore formato da ben 8 core fisici che lavorano in sincronia. Tutti i Core sono realizzati con processo produttivo a 28nm ma non sono tutti uguali.
Il Quad Core principale è una potentissima unità da 1.8GHz Cortex-A15 che viene affiancata da un Quad Core da 1.2GHz Cortex-A7. Come detto tutti e 8 i processori sono realizzati con processo produttivo a 28nm e sono quindi di ultimissima generazione e in grado di offrire una potenza davvero elevata. Qualcomm ha annunciato lo Snapdragon 800 che riesce a spingersi fino a 2.3GHz di clock ma i 4 core A7 della soluzione Exynos 5 Octa potrebbero portare benefici importanti in termini di consumo energetico. Non resta che attendere i primi benchmark e sperare che Galaxy S4 possa beneficiare di questa nuovissima architettura hardware.
Samsung ha mostrato durante la presentazione alcune sequenze di gaming 3D affermando che le prestazioni sono doppie rispetto agli altri competitor concorrenti. Inoltre il produttore rilancia affermando che l’architettura ARM big.LITTLE che caratterizza questo SoC permetterà un risparmio energetico fino 70% rispetto all’Exynos 5 dual core montato sul Nexus 10.
As well as unveiling a couple of new smartphones at CES this week in the form of the new Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD Smartphone.
Alcatel has also announced the arrival of their new Alcatel One Touch Tab tablet which will be supplied running Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Alcatel One Touch Tab is available in three versions either a One Touch Tab 7 HD equipped with a 7-inch WXGA IPS display sporting a resolution of 1,280 x 800, and powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz processor supported by 1GB of RAM for $149.
As well as the One Touch Tab 8 HD fitted with an 8-inch XGA IPS display with a lower resolution of 1,024 x 768, and powered by the same dual-core 1.6GHz processor supported by 1GB of RAM for $179.
Or finally as the One Touch Tab 7 which is equipped with a 7-inch WSVGA TFT display sporting a resolution of 1,024 x 600, powered by a single-core 1GHz processor supported by 1GB of RAM for $129.
All three are expected to start shipping later this year, for more details and full specifications on all three new Android tablets from Alactel jump over to their website in the coming months.
At the CES 2013 exhibition in Vegas today Gigabyte has taken the opportunity to launched two new tablets to their range of tablets with the unveiling of their new S1185 and S1082 Windows 8 tablets.
The Gigabyte S1185 is equipped with a 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display, powered by a 3rd Generation Intel Core processor, and includes connections for VGA & HDMI ports.
Other features of the Gigabyte S1185 include magnetic keyboard, mouse buttons, Optical Finger Navigation when in PC mode and two cameras. The S1082 Windows 8 tablet from Gigabyte is equipped with the latest energy efficient Intel dual-core processor, 500 GB HDD installed rather than a solid state disk (SSD), together with cellular connectivity.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Source: Mobile Geeks
Lenovo has announced the launch of a new Windows 8 tablet, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S which comes with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, and it comes with Windows 8 instead of Windows RT.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S features an 11 inch display with a resolution of 1,600 a 900 pixels, there is also up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of solid state storage.
Plus a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge processors up to a dual core i5 processor, it will go on sale in June with prices starting at $799, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
If you own a smartphone or tablet there is a good chance that your device uses Corning’s Gorilla glass, and now the company has announced a new version which is designed to be even tougher than the last one, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Corning will be showing off their Gorilla Glass 3 at this years CES which starts next week, and it is designed to be more scratch resistant than the previous versions.
“This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers’ favorite devices,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity.”
You can find out more details about the new Corning Gorilla Glass 3 over at their website and we should details when it is officially launched next week at CES 2013.
Come riportato dal blog degli sviluppatori alcuni giorni fa, il primo aggiornamento per la rinnovata applicazione di Facebook per Android è arrivato e con lui non soltanto è stata implementata la funzionalità “Nelle vicinanze” attraverso l’aggiunta di una nuova scheda nel menù laterale di ogni profilo, ma le novità hanno riguardato anche la velocità nel caricamento delle foto, ulteriormente migliorata.
HP first announced their new HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet back at the beginning of October this year which is equipped with a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 resolution display and an active digitiser. But be aware that Windows 8 does require a 1366 x 768 resolution or higher for some features to work as designed.
Now HP has unveiled that the new Windows 8 ElitePad 900 tablet is now available to pre-order for $649 for the 32GB version and $699 for the 64GB ElitePad 900 tablet.
The ElitePad 900 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor supported by 2GB of RAM and comes supplied running Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 Pro operating system.
Other features of the HP ElitePad 900 tablet include 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8MP rear camera, 1080p front-facing camera and micro SDHC card slot.