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3 years ago

Hands-on with dummy iPad 2 at CES 2011

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Hands-on with dummy iPad 2 at CES 2011

No, it's not a working iPad 2 but I did just go hands on with a dummy unit that could just be very close to what the final iPad 2 will look like when Apple announces it this spring. It does match up with rumored features -- tapered edges, flat back, cameras back and front, and an amped up speaker grill at the bottom. Check out the video above and pictures below, and let us know what you think. Is this what iPad 2 will look like and if so, what's your take on the changes?

[Thanks to Arn from MacRumors for the lead on this!]

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3 years ago

iPad to gain facial recognition camera and new speaker array? [Patent Watch]

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iPad to gain facial recognition camera and new speaker array? [Patent Watch]

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent submitted by Apple today that indicates the use of a facial recognition camera as well as a new speaker array for use with the iPad. The patent shows off three and four speaker arrays to help give off better audio at increased ranges. Also indicated in this patent is a camera that will include facial and location orientation. This will allow the camera to reorient itself depending on if you are chatting with it in landscape or portrait mode. Stay with us to find out what else Apple has patents on.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom brings iPad competition - TiPb at CES 2011

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Motorola Xoom brings iPad competition - TiPb at CES 2011

Our good friend Phil over at AndroidCentral managed to capture a video showing off the Motorola Xoom tablet at CES. The Motorola Xoom could bring some real competition to not only the iPad but the iPad 2 as well. Packing a dual core 1Ghz processor, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800 and 16:10 aspect ratio) display, 2-mega-pixel front facing camera, 5-mega-pixel rear facing camera, microSD slot, HDMI out and a whopping 1024Mb of RAM.

The Xoom will run Android Honeycomb and supports Adobe Flash. Availability is said to be first quarter of this year and exclusive to Verizon. No details on pricing yet.

Strangely, LTE won't come immediately and will require a *

The video is after the break,  make sure you visit AndroidCentral for more details and hands on pictures, then pop back and  let us know what you think of this one in the comments!

[AndroidCentral]

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3 years ago

Apple denying retail store vacation time for CDMA Verizon iPhone launch?

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Apple denying retail store vacation time for CDMA Verizon iPhone launch?

Apple has issued a vacation time blackout period from the last week of January to the middle of February where retail employees without seniority won't be able to take time off, presumably to ensure employee coverage for the first major product launch of 2011. Could this be in preparation for a Verizon iPhone launch?

Apple is quietly prohibiting vacation days for some retail employees for three weeks beginning later this month, a move that could foreshadow a significant product introduction in the coming weeks.

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3 years ago

Daily Tip: Saving Locations on Google Maps [Beginner]

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Daily Tip: Saving Locations on Google Maps [Beginner]

Do you want to save a location that you've found on Google Maps? After searching for a place on Google Maps, you can save the results to Bookmarks or Contacts so you can easily come back to it later. Stay with us after the break and we will show you how.

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3 years ago

Mac App Store now live!

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Mac App Store now live!

Apple's long-awaited Mac App Store has gone live! The New Mac App Store, part of Apple's taking iPhone and iPad innovation "Back to the Mac" comes with OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6, which is available as a software update on your Mac.

Some of the apps available at launch include old Mac favorites -- and iOS favorites as well:

  • The iWork '09 suite
  • The iLife '11 suite
  • Twitter for Mac
  • Flight Control
  • Angry Birds
  • Things
  • Aperture 3
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4

So are you going to be using the new Mac App Store? Let us know what you think in the comments.

[Apple]

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3 years ago

Corning Gorilla Glass demo - TiPb at CES 2011

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Corning Gorilla Glass demo - TiPb at CES 2011

Chances are, even if it's not been confirmed and Corning is not allowed to disclose it, your phone or tablet device might just have a super tough Gorilla Glass screen. Ahem. So how tough is it? We caught up with the folks from Gorilla Glass live at CES 2011 and they gave us the full-on scratching, cracking, bending, breaking demo. (And as anyone who's ever dropped their iPhone or iPad knows, your heart breaks along with the glass.)

Check out the video above and let us know if it makes you feel any better about having glass on both sides of your iPhone 4...?

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3 years ago

AT&T to offer iPhone 3GS for $49 starting Friday

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AT&T to offer iPhone 3GS for $49 starting Friday

AT&T is set to offer new iPhone 3GS’s to customers willing to sign up for a new 2 year service contract and data plan for just $49. The iPhone 3GS will be available from AT&T stores as well as Apple stores starting this Friday.

Currently AT&T offers a brand new iPhone 3GS for $99 with a 2 year service agreement, but also offer refurbished models for $49. Now however that it is set to change, with new models being offered at the refurbished price. The iPhone 3GS is still a very capable handset and can run the latest iOS 4.2.1 software with the omission of a few features.

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3 years ago

iPad/iPhone dock meets projector from WowWee

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iPad/iPhone dock meets projector from WowWee

The WowWee Cinemin Slice is an iPad and iPhone dock that doubles as a pico projector. With it, you can project movies, videos, photos, games, and slides onto walls and ceilings. It's also equipped with a 6 watt stereo speaker system.

WowWee Cinemin Slice puts your favorite content on the big screen, wherever that may be. In a dimly lit room, Slice can project a crisp 60-inch image from over 10 feet away, or from floor-to-ceiling in a typical room. Enhanced by Texas Instruments’ superior DLP projection technology, you get an ultra-clear, high contrast picture with vivid color.

Stay with us after the break for all of the techie details!

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3 years ago

Apple iPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook hands on - CES 2011

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Apple iPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook hands on - CES 2011

Our good friend CrackBerry Kevin got to go hands-on and do a full BlackBerry Playbook review today -- including a one-on-one with Apple's iPad -- and I got dragged along as camera guy.

The PlayBook looked very good. Much more responsive and fluid than the Galaxy Tabs I've tried (that will likely change come Honeycomb on the Droid Pad) and while it wasn't finished hardware or software yet, it certainly looks like it's living up to RIM's ambitions. Developer support/platform momentum, future form factors (RIM has one of every phone type, could there be bigger tablets, keyboard sliders, who knows?), how it will play beyond the BlackBerry base, and what the tablet market will look like when iPad 2 hits are all questions that remain to be answered. But for today, kudos to RIM for a slick, smooth UI and really nice looking hardware.

Kevin's iPad vs. Playbook video after the break. Check out CrackBerry.com for the full Blackberry PlayBook review including RIM's walkthrough video, Kevin's impressions, and a ton more photos. Then race back here and tell us what you think, is the BlackBerry PlayBook going to make a dent in Apple's iPad 2 plans?

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