Monthly Archives: February 2012

Microsoft has been revamping it’s Operating System to make it look alike the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Months ago, we have also tried out the Developer Preview of the new OS and was pleasantly surprised by the speed and ease of use.

Today, Microsoft will announce it’s Windows 8 beta, a more touch up compared to it’s previous Developer release at the Mobile World  Congress at Barcelona.

The system also is expected to enable users to easily back up their pictures, movies, music and other files on a Microsoft storage service called SkyDrive, which will compete against Apple’s iCloud.

In anticipation for the launch of Windows 8,  MSFT closing at $US31.35 on Monday in the US. The stock has gained about 21 per cent so far this year. By comparison, Apple’s stock has surged 30 per cent during the same period, while Google’s shares have dropped 6 per cent.

Here is our first look of the Developer Preview some 5 months ago. We expect the beta to bug fix the earlier version and should be ready for launch later this year.

Apple today issued invitations to the media for an event next Wednesday, March 7, where it’s expected to launch the next iPad. Invitations were received by bloggers and reporters in the United States.

The news also confirmed earlier speculations that Apple would debut the new iPad 3 this March 7 which is the same day of the week Apple used to launch the original tablet in 2010 and last year’s iPad 2.

The invitation writes “We have something you really have to see. And touch,” read the invitation, which continues Apple’s tradition of keeping its invitation text cryptic. The background is a photo of iPad 3 with  a finger pointing to the Calendar app. It seems that the there won’t be a home button on the iPad 3.

Although specifications is not confirmed, the new iPad 3 might just sport a faster quad core processor, higher internal memory capacity. There might be 3 versions, LTE, 3G and WIFI only.

We shall see on March 7. Post your comments below.

MWC 2012 – Huawei, ZTE, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Toshiba latest mobile phones on display

Other than the major brands that were present at the Mobile World Congress 2012 Barcelona, Chinese and Japanese firms were also present. They showcase some of their latest mobile phones based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Huawei the well known company that makes most HSPA USB sticks showcased the Ascend D series of phones and it’s MediaPad 10.1 FHD etc..

Huawei’s Ascend D series includes the Ascend D Quad, D1, D LTE etc. The Ascend D Quad is the flagship model. It has a 330ppi 4.5 inchs IPS+ display. Powering the device is their own K3V2 Quad Core processor. It runs on Android 4.0.

Ascend D1 is a mid range product, it has a 326ppi 4.5″ screen but uses the TI 4460 dual core processor.

Huawei Ascend D Quad

As for tablets, Huawei showcased the MediaPad 10.1 FHD. It has a full HD 1080p 10 inch screen. built in 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage. It is powered by Huawei’s self engineered processor the K3V2.


Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD

ASUS PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad Lineup unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest ASUS mobile devices and discusses his vision of ubiquitous cloud computing with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (27 February, 2012) – At today’s “Incredibly Mobile Endless Possibilities” ASUS press event, Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the revolutionary PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad lineup with Qualcomm’s CEO and President Paul Jacobs.

“The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world,” said Mr. Shih as he introduced the ASUS PadFone which transforms into a three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a tablet and a notebook when accessorized with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock.

The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3” smartphone featuring a Super AMOLED qHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” tablet with 5 times the battery capacity. The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS’ proprietary Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the PadFone into an ultraportable computing device. The PadFone also comes with the option of a PadFone Stylus Headset which is a Bluetooth stylus pen that transforms into a headset for picking up calls easilyhi.

ASUS is redefining the future of mobile computing devices and is excited to announce the new and innovative ASUS Transformer Pad lineup. Offering three distinct models to fit the unique needs of mobile media consumers, ASUS believes in providing consumers with choices. The ASUS Transformer Pad lineup includes the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity series and ASUS Transformer Pad 300 series.

The Transformer Pad Infinity Series is poised to be the go-to tablet for HD mobile entertainment as it features an impressive 1920×1200 Full HD Super IPS+ display and ASUS SonicMaster technology. The Transformer Pad 300 Series makes for an ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform with its NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and high quality 10.1” 1280×800 IPS display.

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone

Networks WCDMA 900/2100 MHz /EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900HSPA+(DL: 21Mbps, 42Mbps(optional) UL: 5.76Mbps)
Operating System Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU Snapdragon S4 processor by Qualcomm with up to 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPUs and Adreno 225 GPU
Memory 16GB, 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash + 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
Connectivity 802.11b+g+n, Bluetooth 4.03.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0
GPS GPS  and A-GPS Support
Display 4.3“ Super AMOLED, qHD (960 x 540), Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Camera Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel, F2.2 Aperture, Auto Focus with LED FlashFront: VGA Camera
Others Built-in motion sensor / proximity light sensor /gyro sensor / E-compass
Battery 1520mAh Lithium-ion (5.62 Watt-hr)
Talk time WCDMA: Up to 510 mins    GSM: Up to 650 mins
Standby time WCDMA: Up to 440 hours   GSM: Up to 373 hours
Expansion Slot Micro-SD (supports SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
Browser HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / IM / Push E-mail (Gmail, Exchange)
Video Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264 1.4a/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080pVideo Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080p

H.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p

H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP
Picture JPEG / PNG / GIP / BMP
Audio MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC
Dimensions 128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm
Weight 129g
Accessories^ Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone Station*

Connected interface Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI
Display 10.1“, 1280X800,with capacitive touch/multi-touch, scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Camera Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel (via PadFone rear camera)Front: 1.3 Mega-Pixel (1280*800)
Others Vibration sensor built-in,2 color LED indicators for battery status
Battery 24.4 Watt-hr
Interface 2-in-1 Audio Jack(Head Phone, Microphone-in)

40pin connector

External Antenna Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna
Audio High Quality Speakers, SonicMaster
Dimensions 273 (W) x 176.9 (D) x 13.55mm (H-average)
Weight 724g

 

*Product specifications, market availability and features may change without prior notice. Actual results vary based on device settings, usage and other factors. Check www.asus.com for further details. 

ASUS PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad Lineup unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest ASUS mobile devices and discusses his vision of ubiquitous cloud computing with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (27 February, 2012) – At today’s “Incredibly Mobile Endless Possibilities” ASUS press event, Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the revolutionary PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad lineup with Qualcomm’s CEO and President Paul Jacobs.

 

“The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world,” said Mr. Shih as he introduced the ASUS PadFone which transforms into a three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a tablet and a notebook when accessorized with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock.

 

The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3” smartphone featuring a Super AMOLED qHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” tablet with 5 times the battery capacity. The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS’ proprietary Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the PadFone into an ultraportable computing device. The PadFone also comes with the option of a PadFone Stylus Headset which is a Bluetooth stylus pen that transforms into a headset for picking up calls easilyhi.

     

ASUS is redefining the future of mobile computing devices and is excited to announce the new and innovative ASUS Transformer Pad lineup. Offering three distinct models to fit the unique needs of mobile media consumers, ASUS believes in providing consumers with choices. The ASUS Transformer Pad lineup includes the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity series and ASUS Transformer Pad 300 series.

 

The Transformer Pad Infinity Series is poised to be the go-to tablet for HD mobile entertainment as it features an impressive 1920×1200 Full HD Super IPS+ display and ASUS SonicMaster technology. The Transformer Pad 300 Series makes for an ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform with its NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and high quality 10.1” 1280×800 IPS display.

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone

Networks

WCDMA 900/2100 MHz /EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900

HSPA+(DL: 21Mbps, 42Mbps(optional) UL: 5.76Mbps)

Operating System

Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

CPU

Snapdragon S4 processor by Qualcomm with up to 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPUs and Adreno 225 GPU

Memory

16GB, 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash + 1GB LPDDR2 RAM

Connectivity

802.11b+g+n, Bluetooth 4.0

3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0

GPS

GPS  and A-GPS Support

Display

4.3“ Super AMOLED, qHD (960 x 540), Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film

Camera

Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel, F2.2 Aperture, Auto Focus with LED Flash

Front: VGA Camera

Others

Built-in motion sensor / proximity light sensor /

gyro sensor / E-compass

Battery 

1520mAh Lithium-ion (5.62 Watt-hr)

Talk time

WCDMA: Up to 510 mins    GSM: Up to 650 mins

Standby time

WCDMA: Up to 440 hours   GSM: Up to 373 hours

Expansion Slot

Micro-SD (supports SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)

Browser

HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook

Messaging

SMS / MMS / Email / IM / Push E-mail (Gmail, Exchange)

Video

Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264 1.4a/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080p

Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080p

H.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p

H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP

Picture

JPEG / PNG / GIP / BMP

Audio

MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC

Dimensions

128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm

Weight

129g

Accessories^

Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve

 

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone Station*

Connected interface

Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI

Display

10.1“, 1280X800,

with capacitive touch/multi-touch, scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film

Camera

Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel (via PadFone rear camera)

Front: 1.3 Mega-Pixel (1280*800)

Others

Vibration sensor built-in,

2 color LED indicators for battery status

Battery 

24.4 Watt-hr

Interface

2-in-1 Audio Jack

(Head Phone, Microphone-in)

40pin connector

External Antenna

Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna

Audio

High Quality Speakers, SonicMaster

Dimensions

273 (W) x 176.9 (D) x 13.55mm (H-average)

Weight

724g

 

*Product specifications, market availability and features may change without prior notice. Actual results vary based on device settings, usage and other factors. Check www.asus.com for further details.

Many of you have been waiting for this. And today we are excited to announce our new Skype for Windows Phone Beta app. This now makes Skype available on almost all of the leading mobile smartphone operating systems. The gold version of the app will be available in April.

Starting today, download the beta version directly from your Windows Phone or at the Marketplace from your computer to test drive Skype for Windows Phone and share your feedback with us.


Skype for Windows Phone Beta* supports the most important Skype features you’ve come to know and love. And you will be especially thrilled by the clean and simple Skype experience that the Metro user interface delivers on your Windows Phone. It has never before been so easy to connect with the people you care about most.

With Skype for Windows Phone Beta you can make free audio and video calls** to your Skype contacts over 3G and 4G or WiFi***, make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit, create and hold one-to-one and group chats, and update your profile and account information, among others features.
This is only the beginning for Skype for Windows Phone…it’s just going to get better and better. We see incredible potential to include Skype capabilities in Windows Phone in order to enable a great experience for you.

You can download the beta version of the Skype for Windows Phone app for free**** by clicking here directly from your Windows Phone, or simply scanning the QR code below. You will need to have a smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5. You can check what version of Windows Phone your phone is running at Settings > About.

We have already tested and certified the following devices for the best performance of Skype for Windows Phone:

• Nokia Lumia 710
• Nokia Lumia 800
• HTC Titan
• HTC Radar
• Samsung Focus S
• Samsung Focus Flash

HTC One Series Unveiled

HTC One™ Highlighted by an Amazing Camera and Authentic Sound Experience

Unprecedented momentum for HTC One series – available beginning in April with broad global availability through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 26, 2012 – HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled its new HTC One series of smartphones that represent its most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design and amazing camera and authentic sound experience.

“The best moments in life are captured with a photo or remembered by a song, so it was key for the HTC One series to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are very focused on creating a camera and audio experience customers will love and use often and we believe the HTC One series delivers this in a way never seen on a phone before.”

With HTC’s most premium experience, the HTC One series integrates Android 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense™ 4, the new version of HTC’s branded user experience that is introducing HTC ImageSense™, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones. HTC Sense 4 also includes broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifies how people listen to music on their phone.

Amazing Camera

With ImageSense HTC One rivals traditional digital cameras with improvements to every part of the camera, including the lens, the sensor, the software, and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip. These enhancements combine to deliver our fastest image capture, best image quality under adverse conditions and easiest interface that enables quick access to capturing stills and videos with side-by-side photo and video capture buttons.

Superfast Capture – HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.

Good photos in adverse conditions – HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.

Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) – With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time. Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot. You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.

Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense – HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.

Sharing your photos and more – HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.

Authentic Sound

With HTC One, Beats By Dr. Dre Audio™ integration is enabled for the first time across the entire experience for richer, more authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube™ video or playing a game. HTC One also makes it easy to get and listen to your music on your phone with the built-in HTC Sync Manager software that automatically installs to your computer when connected. Once connected, it is easy to transfer songs, artists and playlists from your music library.

Of course, people today no longer just listen to the songs stored on their phones; they use streaming services and tune into Internet radio. So HTC One lets you customize the new Music Hub with your favorite services and music applications, like the latest Soundhound technology, giving you one place to go for all of your music.

HTC One lets you take all of your music anywhere, including the car. With HTC One, you get an easy way to bring your mobile music to your car’s sound system with the HTC Car Stereo Clip*. It also lets you connect to your music through more than 50 thousand online radio stations worldwide or play music from any service or app on your phone through your car speakers. All this makes HTC One the one place to enjoy all your music, wherever you are, with the power of Beats By Dr. Dre Audio and HTC Car.

HTC One X

The HTC One X features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight. With seamless construction, the unibody combines a unique high gloss ‘piano’ finish and a matte back. HTC One is blazing fast with the new NVIDIA® Tegra 3 Mobile Processor for clear graphics, faster applications and longer battery life. It includes a 1.5GHz Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core with an integrated fifth Battery Saver Core and a high-performance 12-Core NVIDIA® GPU. The HTC One also has an amazing 4.7-inch, 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning™ Gorilla Glass. HTC One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4™ processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s.

HTC One S

The HTC One S is for people who want a high-end smartphone in a more compact size. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. It also includes a 4.3-inch screen crafted from contoured Corning™ Gorilla Glass. HTC One S brings HTC’s innovative metal unibody styling to a new thin 7.9-mm design, making it HTC’s thinnest phone yet. The HTC One S sports two new finishes that break new ground in mobile phone innovation. The first is an ultra-matte black Ceramic Metal surface that is the result of a microarc oxidation (MAO) process originally developed for use in satellites. It transforms the surface of the aluminum unibody into a ceramic, super-dense crystalline structure that is four times harder than anodized aluminum, enabling the HTC One S to look great over time. The second finish for the One S takes anodizing to a new level with a new patented process that creates a light-to-dark gradient fade that looks gorgeous and sophisticated.

HTC One V

Utilizing the classic, award-winning design of the HTC Legend, the HTC One V brings top-end design to a smartphone with broad appeal and a premium experience that delivers an amazing camera and authentic sound. It features a simple, iconic aluminum unibody design that exudes craftsmanship and quality.

Global Availability

With unprecedented excitement, the HTC One series will begin shipping in April with broad global availability available beginning in April through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors globally. For more information and to pre-register for HTC One visit www.htc.com.

HTC One Series

Europe, Middle East and Africa – A1 Austria, BH Telecom Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bite Lithuania, Bouygues Telecom France, Cellcom Israel, Cosmote Greece, Cosmote Romania & Global Bulgaria, Cyta Cyprus, E-Plus Germany, Elisa Estonia, Elisa Finland, EMT Estonia, Euroset Russia, Everything Everywhere UK, H3G Austria, H3G Denmark, H3G Ireland, H3G Sweden, H3G UK, KPN Netherlands, Turkcell Turkey, LMT Latvia, M-Tel Bulgaria, Meteor Ireland, Mirs Israel, Mobilezone Switzerland, Avea Turkey, MTN Cyprus, Netcom Norway, O2 Germany, O2 Ireland, O2 UK, Omnitel Lithuania, Orange Austria, Orange France, Orange Israel, Orange Poland, Orange Romania, Orange Slovakia, Orange Switzerland, Pelephone Israel, Play Poland, MTS Russia, SFR France, SiMobil Slovenia, Sunrise Switzerland, Svyaznoy Russia, Swisscom Switzerland, T-Mobile Austria, T-Mobile Croatia, T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile Hungary, T-Mobile Macedonia, T-Mobile Netherlands, T-Mobile Slovakia, TDC Denmark, Tele2 Estonia, Tele2 Latvia, Tele2 Lithuania, Telefonica Czech Republic, Telekom Slovenia, Telenor Denmark, Telenor Hungary, Telenor Montenegro, Telenor Norway, Telenor Serbia, Telenor Sweden, Telia Denmark, Telia Sweden, TIM Italy, Tusmobil Slovenia, Vipnet Croatia, VIP Mobile Serbia, VIP Operator Macedonia, Virgin UK, Vodafone Czech Republic, Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Greece, Vodafone Hungary, Vodafone Ireland, Vodafone Italy, Vodafone Netherlands, Vodafone Romania, Vodafone Turkey, Vodafone UK, Wind Greece North America: AT&T, Bell Mobility, Best Buy, C-Spire, Cellcom, Fido, Metro PCS, Bluegrass, OpenMobile, RadioShack, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile USA, Target, TELUS, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Mobile Canada Latin America: Cellcom, Claro Argentina (América Móvil), Claro Perú (América Móvil), Claro Puerto Rico (América Móvil), Entel Chile, Iusacell México, Movistar Chile (Telefónica), nTelos, Telcel México (América Móvil), Telecom Personal Argentina, Telefónica Brazil, Asia-Pacific: AIS, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile (TD-SCDMA), ChungHwa Telecom, 3HK, CSL, DiGi, DTAC, Fareastone, Globe Telecom, Indosat, M1, Mobifone, Maxis, Optus, SingTel, Smart, Smartone, StarHub, Taiwan Mobile, Telkomsel, Telstra, Viettel, Vinaphone, Vivo, Vodafone Australia, Vodafone New Zealand, XL Axiata, TRUE

Nokia advances on its new strategic direction, rolls out range of new mobile devices and services

– New Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable Lumia, an ideal introduction to Windows Phone
– Award-winning Nokia Lumia 900 being made available in various markets outside the U.S.
– Nokia PureView elevates industry standard in smartphone imaging
– New Asha feature phones and services grow increasingly ‘smarter’

Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today introduced a range of new products, services and partnerships at Mobile World Congress, setting the pace for 2012 and demonstrating rapid execution of its new strategic direction. The new strategy already has resulted in the adoption of Windows Phone as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, major changes to its feature phones, and additional emphasis on location-based services with the launch of its Location & Commerce business.

“One year ago, we shared that Nokia was embarking on a new journey to build great mobile devices,” said Stephen Elop, president and CEO of Nokia. “Today, with our fourth Lumia device, smarter mobile phones and an array of new services, we are demonstrating that we can change the clock speed of Nokia.”

Lumia portfolio extends, availability expands
Nokia has extended the range of products with Windows Phone by introducing the Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable Lumia yet, as well as targeting availability of the widely acclaimed Lumia 900 to additional markets beyond the U.S.

Aimed at young people who want an affordable introduction to Lumia and Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 610 provides easy access to social networks, web browsing, music, games, navigation and tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. It comes in four vibrant colors and will cost just €189, before taxes or subsidies, and is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012.

The Nokia Lumia 900, which launched in January as Nokia’s first LTE-enabled smartphone, will now be available in Dual Carrier HSPA for up 42.2 Mbps. The superior content experience of the phone’s 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and large capacity battery will be available to more countries around the world.

Nokia announced Nokia Reading providing a single, integrated reading hub experience. Nokia Reading makes it easier and faster to enjoy news, books, and audio books including an extensive catalogue of local language reading material and the ability to access content offline.

The announcements cap a year in which Nokia introduced the Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 to critical acclaim and ahead of schedule.

New era in smartphone imaging starts with Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia also today ushered in a new era in high end smartphone imaging. The Nokia 808 PureView is the first smartphone to feature exclusive Nokia PureView imaging technologies that will enable a range of high-end imaging experiences into Nokia products over the coming years. The Nokia 808 PureView combines a large, high-resolution 41-megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia-developed pixel over-sampling technology. This means incredibly sharp, detailed images, superior low light performance and the capability to save images in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS and on social networks.

The Nokia 808 PureView also includes Nokia Rich Recording for CD-like quality audio recording, full HD 1080p video recording and playback, and exclusive Dolby Headphone technology to transform any stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any headphones.

Asha ignites smarter feature phones
Nokia is further blurring the line between feature phones and smartphones, launching three new Asha devices for people who want to work, learn and play. Developed for urban consumers and entrepreneurs, the Nokia Asha 302 is a premium QWERTY device. It delivers a mobile office experience with push email and calendar, and contacts synchronization under the Mail for Exchange support – a first for Nokia Series 40 devices.

Designed for easy access to social networks, the Nokia Asha 202 and 203 bring touchscreens to volume-priced products and a pack of 40 free Electronic Arts games. The Asha 202 also features Nokia’s Easy Swap Dual SIM technology, allowing people to simply swap between tariffs and get the best value from carriers.

Nokia is also differentiating itself by updating its popular Life Tools service, now called Nokia Life, that provides life-enhancing information across the range of Nokia Series 30 and Series 40 products, including the new Asha 202 and Asha 203. People in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria will benefit from life skills, parenting, education, agriculture and entertainment services, delivered via SMS.

The new Asha devices complement the Nokia Asha range that is available now in more than 100 markets globally.

Going further, faster
In location-based services, Nokia and Groupon plan to offer market-leading location-sensitive discounts and deals. Nokia is also announcing a new version of Nokia Drive for Windows Phone that will come with full offline support for turn-by-turn navigation. Moving forward, Nokia Drive will also remember a personal commute, give advance traffic notice and automatically re-route to avoid jams.

Additionally, Nokia plans to release the Windows Phone version of Nokia Transport for door-to-door, underground, tram, suburban train, and bus directions in more than 500 cities and 45 countries.

NVIDIA Delivers Quad-Core Performance in New HTC One X

BARCELONA, SPAIN, Feb 26, 2012 –NVIDIA today announced that its NVIDIA(R) Tegra(R) 3 mobile processor, the world’s only 4-PLUS-1(TM) quad-core processor, is powering the new HTC One(TM) X unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The smartphone represents the first collaboration between the two companies.

The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a unique 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture that delivers outstanding performance and exceptional battery life. It does this by progressively powering on each of its four main CPU cores as they’re needed for increasingly more demanding tasks, and relying on its fifth battery saver core for less demanding tasks and active standby mode. Tegra 3’s 12-core GPU enables consumers to enjoy console-quality gaming, as well as 1080p HD video capabilities unlike anything seen before on a smartphone.

“The HTC One X with Tegra 3 provides an experience that consumers will absolutely love,” said Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer at HTC. “We knew our next super phone had to be fantastic. That’s why we chose to work with NVIDIA.”

“HTC has quickly become one of the world’s most innovative makers of mobile devices,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “The HTC One X exemplifies what we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s top phone makers.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab ‘GT-P5100′ pictured alongside two unannounced smartphones

Samsung might not have a press conference scheduled for this year’s Mobile World Congress, but the South Korea-based technology giant still has a handful of new devices that are expected to be unveiled during the show. Among them is a new Samsung Galaxy Tab code-named GT-P5100, and German tech blog BestBoyz claims to have obtained several pictures of the unannounced tablet. Not much can be gleaned from the images, but BestBoyZ says the tablet features a 10-inch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We can also see from the image above that the tablet will sport Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on top of Android 4.0, and the design of the GT-P5100 looks very similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Could this be the high-definition slate we scooped back in December? Mobile World Congress kicks off in less than a day, so we’ll know soon enough. One more picture of the new tablet alongside two unannounced Samsung smartphones follows below.

LG to showcase 5 inches Optimus Vu; Optimus 4X HD quad core smartphone; Optimus 3D Max and L Style Optimus L3, L5 and L7
LG TO INTRODUCE LEADING EDGE SMARTPHONES
WITH TREND-SETTING FEATURES AT MWC 2012
LG Sets High Target with Smartphones Offering Fast LTE,
Stunning Display Technologies and Distinctive Designs


                                                                        

 BARCELONA, FEB. 26, 2012 –LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its biggest collection of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week. Equipped with LG’s mature LTE technology, the new smartphones will exemplify LG’s new tagline, “LTE, it’s always LG.” Also at the show, LG will further demonstrate its leadership in LTE by demonstrating the world’s first voice-to-video conversion over a 4G LTE network.

The premium smartphones boast new features, such as a large 5.0-inch, 4:3 ratio screen, True HD IPS display and glasses-free 3D technology, all of which are based on LG’s proprietary technologies. The LG’s first Quad-Core smartphone will take portable performance to a whole new level, while LG’s new design identity, L-Style, will be introduced on a number of new, visually appealing devices.

“LG will be taking premium smartphones to a whole new level in 2012 with a combination of powerful performance, unparalleled display quality and sophisticated design,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our 2012 smartphones and the technologies they offer will establish a number of benchmarks for others to match.”

LG Optimus Vu: – Ideal Combination for Your Viewing Pleasure
Equipped with LG’s LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GM internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia fan’s dream device.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG’s advanced LTE technology, the large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, websites and multimedia content easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio screen is optimized for easy viewing at a glance and jotting down notes, making the Optimus Vu: not only a great smartphone, but a great productivity tool as well.

LG Optimus 4X HD – LG’s First Quad-Core Processor Smartphone
LG’s next milestone is the Optimus 4X HD, which reinforces the company’s multi-core leadership with a powerful quad-core processor running on the latest version of Android OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also offers a high definition viewing experience powered by True HD IPS technology .

Equipped with the latest NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the LG Optimus 4X HD offers PC-like performance in a smartphone package by efficiently allocating workload to its four cores. The Tegra 3 processor is the world`s only 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core mobile processor designed for high-level multimedia performance that also utilizes a fifth battery-saver core to handle less demanding tasks. When running at full speed, the 12-core graphics processing unit (GPU) in Tegra 3 delivers a visually rich experience and console-quality game playability.

LG Optimus 3D Max – Complete 3D Entertainment Platform
LG Optimus 3D Max is the latest result of LG’s continuous commitment to portable 3D entertainment. With true performance muscle and the latest in mobile technology, Optimus 3D Max not only offers great 3D viewing enjoyment but also “gotta have” 2D features as well.

The Optimus 3D Max provides real viewing enjoyment with LG’s exclusive brightened display. Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views to 3D through the enhanced 3D Converter and use the 3D Hot Key to easily toggle between 2D and 3D modes. At MWC 2012, LG will also provide a sneak peek of some upcoming features, such as HD Converter, Range Finder and DSLR Shot.

L-Style – LG’s New Design Strategy for Timeless Value
LG’s relentless effort to strengthen its design leadership has resulted in L-Style, the company’s new design identity for mobile devices. The core essence of L-Style involves a timeless design with finer details that further differentiates LG’s mobile devices from the competition. L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for more intuitive key arrangement, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.

At the MWC 2012, LG will unveil three smartphones that embody the initial L-Style concept: LG Optimus L3, LG Optimus L5 and LG Optimus L7.

ASUS F1A75-V Pro
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The AMD Fusion platform has been released for some time. Not every board is made the same. This is definitely true for the ASUS F1A75-V Pro which excels in its design for this Socket FM1 board.

Based on the AMD A75 FCH (hudson D3) chipset supports the AMD Socket FM1 A series/E series APUs. These APUs comes with an DX11 integrated graphics core Radeon HD 6550 series that provides resoultion of up to 1920×1200@60Hz for HDMI, DVI or RGB. On DisplayPort it can support up to 2560×1600@60Hz.

The chipset A75 FCH supports 6 SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID 0,1,10, JBOD. It also supports 4 USB 3.0 and 10 USB 2.0 ports.

The F1A75 V-Pro comes with 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16,x4 – CrossFireX), 2 PCIe 2.0×1 and 3 PCI slots. It has Realtek 8111E GbE, Realtek ALC 892  8 channel audio. In addition to the support by the chipset, the on board ASMedia PCIe SATA controller supports 1 SATA 6bps and 1 eSATA 6bps connector. There is also another ASMedia USB 3.0 controller which supports 2 USB 3.0 connectors (blue connectors at the back of the board).


On top of the standard features available from the chipset. The board’s ASMedia USB 3.0 supports a faster USB 3.0 UASP mode, it delivers a 170% performance compared to other USB 3.0 solutions.

The board features Dual Intelligent Processor 2 with DIGI+ VRM – the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit). The DIGI+ VRM allows power phase performance and system voltages adjustments to maximise overall performance and overclocking potential while the EPU to server power signal and eliminating digital to analog conversion lag.

The board also supporst auto tuning and ASUS TurboV for real time OC tuning.

Other features of this board include a GUI based UEFI BIOS, AI Suite II, MEMOK and Anti Surge Protection.

The APU we are going to use is the A8-3850. This APU is 32nm DX11 3D graphics capable. It also supports OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 standards. It has 4 Core 4 threads and the embedded video is a Radeon HD6550D class video capable of doing 4000 marks in 3DMark Vantage Performance test.

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the open-ended Richter scale rocked southern Taiwan at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, the largest temblor this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The earthquake was centered in Wutai, Pingtung County, about 30 kilometers north of the southernmost county’s government, and occurred at a depth of 20 kilometers beneath the surface of the sea, the CWB’s Seismology Center said.

It is also the largest earthquake on Taiwan proper since a magnitude 6.42 earthquake hit southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung on March 4, 2010, the center added.

Nationwide monitoring indicated that the quake had an intensity of 5.0 in Chulu of Taitung County, Sandimen of Pingtung County and Sinhua of Tainan City, while measuring 4.0 in Taitung City, Jiayi County, Kaohsiung City and Yunlin County. It had an intensity of 1.0 in the capital city of Taipei in the north.

No immediate casualties have been reported in the areas affected by the earthquake.

Two aftershocks measuring over 4.0 have since occurred in Taitung, according to the weather bureau.

Also, service was suspended on the south-bound high-speed railwayfor 19 minutes due to the tremor.

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Although the product is not available, leaks from various sources indicate that the flagship product, Intel Core i7-3770K is a quad-core processor with 128 KB of L1 cache (4×32 KB), 1 MB of L2 cache (4×256 KB) and 8 MB of L3 cache. The default speed of this new ivy bridge processor clocks at 3.5GHz; similar to Core i7 2500K.

Other than being a 22nm processor, the ivy bridge processors basically has an improved graphics core built in with support of HDMI 3D etc.

According to some sources, engineering samples of the Intel Core i7-3770K going is capable of doing an overclock of 2X the default clock reaching 7.06GHz on Dry Ice cooling. The applied voltage is 1.889 Volts, with a 63x multiplier and 112.11 MHz.

As this processor is more affordable than the Intel Sandy Bridge-E LGA2011, at 1/3 of it’s price at USD 350 range, there will be utmost interest in this new processor to pair it up with either the new Intel Z77 boards or the older boards.

The following is a screen shot of the CPU-Z, we suspect that this preliminary information is leaked by engineers from one of the big mainboard manufacturer. Looks like they don’t really care about NDA signed with Intel. Discuss.

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MSI Z68 (G3) / H61 (G3) mainboard supports Intel next generation ivy bridge 22nm processors with BIOS update. So, if you own one of these boards, you can just update the BIOS and run your new processor on the existing Z68 or H61 board listed below.

 
 
Models Chipset BIOS Version
Z68A-GD80 (G3) Z68 Coming Soon!
Z68A-GD65 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68A-GD55 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68A-G45 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68A-G43 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68S-G43 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68MA-G45 (G3) Coming Soon!
Z68MA-G43 (G3) Coming Soon!
H61M-G35 (G3) H61 30.2
H61M-P35 (G3) Coming Soon!
H61M-P31 (G3) 2.3
H61M-P25 (G3) Coming Soon!
H61M-P23 (G3) Coming Soon!
H61M-P20 (G3) 1.5
H61M-E23 (G3) Coming Soon!

 

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ASUS just delivered it’s over the air firmware update to the 1st generation ASUS EeePad Transformer based on nVIDIA Tegra2. Our editor happens to own a set and took 10 minutes to update it. The update took 10 minutes and the new firmware is Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.3.

If you own an ASUS Transformer, do update it and tell us your experiences in the forum.

有不少廠商推出了以 Google Android 系統為主的平板電腦 (Tablet), 華碩 Asus 是其中一家. 筆者家中也有一台平板電腦, 華碩 EeePad Transformer (第一代).

今天突然收到OTA 更新通知, 花了十多分鐘的時間, 就正式更新了!
華碩提供的更新, 是Android 4.0.3!

如果是第一代EeePad Transformer 的用家, 可以到

設定–>關於平板電腦—>系統韌體更新

作在線檢查及更新!

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Sony will be launching its much-anticipated “Sony Tablet” P on 24th February 2012, putting a creative spin and a fresh take to the current tablet landscape with its unique clamshell dual 5.5-inch TFT screens.

Allowing for unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability; you can watch a movie on one screen while using the other as a controller, or even catch up on emails on one screen as you use the other as a keyboard!

With a list of exciting features, the “Sony Tablet” P is a unique device bound to turn heads, standing out from the crowd. These include:

  • ·         Unique clamshell design featuring dual 5.5-inch TFT screens
  • ·         Ultra-portability, weighing just an amazing 372g
  • ·         The latest Android 3.2 OS, with an over-the-air upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future
  • ·         Super-quick NVIDIA® Tegra™2 mobile processor
  • ·         Seamless cross device connectivity with the “throw” function over DLNA technology
  • ·         PlayStation® certified, with access to the “Sony Entertainment Network”

The “Sony Tablet” P will be available from 24th February 2012 at all Sony stores and authorised outlets, and will retail for S$848.