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A year after revitalizing the once-sleepy, now red-hot tablet market with the original iPad, Apple surprised absolutely no one Wednesday by taking the wrapper off a slimmer, trimmer version of the wildly popular slate, complete with a front-facing camera for video chat (finally!) and a souped-up processor.

The new iPad 2 took the spotlight during a press event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with none other than Apple CEO Steve Jobs—who is still on medical leave, mind you (“he looks good,” Engadget noted on its live blog)—taking the stage to unveil the much-anticipated follow-up to the best-selling original.

The “dramatically faster” iPad 2 boasts a dual-core A5 “system on a chip” processor under the hood, said Jobs, good for twice the CPU power and nine times the graphics performance of the original while maintaining the same 10-hour battery life.

Also new: dual cameras (at last), including a front-facing camera for VGA-quality video chat, while the rear camera will be good for 720p video capture. (Apple hasn’t listed specific megapixel counts for the iPad 2’s cameras yet.)

As predicted, the 9.7-inch display on the iPad 2 has the same resolution as that on the original: 1,024 by 768, to be exact, disappointing news for anyone hoping that the new iPad would boast an improved “retina”-style display.

Measuring 9.5 by 7.3 by 0.34 inches, the iPad 2 is slightly shorter and narrower than the original (according to Apple’s specs, at least), with the listed weight of 1.33 pounds (or 1.35 for the 3G-enabled iPad 2) a bit lighter than the iPad 1.

As with the first iPad, the iPad 2 comes with Apple’s proprietary 30-pin dock connector for syncing and charging, along with a 3.5mm headset jack. Missing in action, however, is a slot for SD (or microSD) memory cards.

A white version of the iPad will be available on “Day One,” promised Jobs, with Apple probably hoping to avoid last year’s debacle of the white iPhone that never quite arrived.

The iPad 2 retains the same price points as the original: $499 for the 16GB version, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. The 3G-enabled versions will again come at a $130 premium, and they’ll be available for both AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

The ship date? March 11 in the U.S., and March 25 in 26 additional countries.

Jobs also announced a new “Smart Cover” to go along with the iPad 2—one with magnetic clasps that either wakes up the iPad or puts it to sleep depending on whether it’s being attached or removed. The polyurethane version of the case will sell for $39, while a pricier leather one goes for $69.

Another new accessory is a $39 HDMI video-out cable that’s capable of 1080p video mirroring. The cable works with all iPad apps, Jobs said, and it’ll charge your iPad when plugged into a power source.

March 11 will also see the release of iOS version 4.3, with new features such as personal hotspot support for the iPhone 4 (nice), a speedier version of Safari, improvements to AirPlay media streaming, and FaceTime video chat. Not bad, but the iOS 4.3 release on the 11th will only be for iPads, third- and fourth-generation iPod Touches, and the GSM version of the iPhone—meaning that owners of the iPhone for Verizon (which runs a CDMA network) will have to wait.

There will also be a new iPad version of Apple’s iMovie video-editing app, which is slated to arrive March 11 for $4.99.

Before unveiling the new iPad, Jobs confirmed recent rumors that book publisher Random House, the last of the major iBooks holdouts, would be offering more than 17,000 volumes through Apple’s e-book store.

Jobs also took a shot at Honeycomb, Google’s new Android-based tablet OS, by bragging that only 100 Honeycomb-ready apps are currently available for download, versus about 65,000 apps for the iPad—perhaps not the fairest comparison, since the first Honeycomb-enabled tablet only landed in stores about a week ago.

The event is still in progress, so I’ll be adding more details to this post as they’re announced. (For the record, I’m not at Apple’s event in person; instead, I’m following the festivities from my Brooklyn HQ.) Hit the “Refresh” button on your browser early and often for the very latest.

The first iPad, originally unveiled last January before landing in stores the following April, was initially greeted with skepticism.

Where’s the camera, reviewers (including me, I’ll admit) and wary consumers asked? Why no SD card slot—or USB, for that matter? How are you supposed to hold the thing, especially while tapping the on-screen keypad? Isn’t it just a jumbo-sized iPod Touch? And what are you supposed to do with the thing, anyway?

Valid questions all, but in the end, the numbers speak for themselves: 14.8 million sold in 2010 alone, a total that shocked even the most optimistic Apple watchers, with the iPad laying waste to the once-burgeoning netbook market and even taking a bite out of laptop sales. During Wednesday’s event, Jobs claimed that the iPad now has a 90-percent share of the tablet market.

Unsurprisingly, the massive success of the iPad has drawn a slew of competitors, with sleek new tablets from the likes of Dell, HP, LG, Motorola, and Samsung either on sale now or waiting in the wings.

Most of the hottest new tablets (such as the Motorola Xoom and the upcoming LG G-Slate) are based on Google’s tablet-oriented Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” OS, although we’ll also be seeing HP’s WebOS-based TouchPad and the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM.

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How much better can the iPhone get in today’s competitive market? The iPhone 4 is a beast, clearly, but arguably the best smart phone and mobile gaming device in the market, but what else can Apple introduce to give the next iPhone the edge in today’s competitive world? How about a bigger screen without changing the size of the phone? A better gaming experience indeed.

iDealschina Forums has leaked the bezel shot and for the record they have a pretty good track record when it comes to iPhone leaks. 9to5 Mac believes the leaked photo depicts a digitizer for the iPhone 5′s touch screen. The bezel of the pictured digitizer is much thinner than that of the iPhone 4.

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This new feature if it turns out to be true, will indeed be an incredible feature for all iPhone gamers. A bigger screen is always better.

This is what it could look like. (mock-up image)

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Sources behind BGR sources has claimed that Apple has finalized the code for long awaited iOS 4.3. The sources also told that iOS 4.3 GM (Gold Master) will be released on the upcoming iPad 2 Media Event.

For who don’t know, Apple has released the first beta of iOS 4.3 bringing multitouch gestures and more, followed by iOS 4.3 beta 2 with the removal of this awesome gestures, and finally iOS 4.3 beta 3 with bugs fixing.

This will be pretty cool. According to TNW. Apple has been awarded a patent for the use of LiquidMetal for use with its batteries. At first that seams awkward because LiquidMetal is mainly known because it is scratch resistant, super strong, and light. Seems more pertinent to use it on the outside of a phone, right?

 

But why Apple will use it? A cool and science fiction style cell that would be able to power an iPhone for 30 days, without recharge. How cool would that be?

Yeah, amazingly cool which is why a lot of companies are looking into it. So far however nobody has developed a fully working, and economically feasible, product. The current patent might change that, and if it does, it would be an amazing breakthrough.

Or maybe Apple is just becoming a patent troll and has patented a small detail in the development of fuel cells to use in the negotiations once another company comes up with a working product. Always nice to be able to throw a patent on the table during negotiations.

Either way, judge for yourself by reading the relatively short and official description of the patent:

The current invention is directed to collector plates made of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys, the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys providing ruggedness, lightweight structure, excellent resistance to chemical and environmental effects, and low-cost manufacturing. Another object of the current invention is a method of making collector plates from such bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys.

Its all about collector plates baby. I don’t care as long as my iPhone 5 gets me through the month on a single charge next year.

How long does your iPhone last on a single charge? I own the iPhone 4 and I’m perfectly happy with the 10+ hours I get these days…

Shocking, According to Engaget sources, an “engineering issues” have led Apple to make last-minute design changes to iPad 2, these changes will cause to launch iPad 2 which scheduled to be released by March 2nd without a Retina Display.

 

What’s the cause of the switch? Well our sources weren’t crystal clear on the exact reasons, but the gist of what was explained to us centered around vague “engineering issues” which may have forced some changes at the eleventh hour. It’s worth noting once again that these sources have been dead right on specific Apple plans and specifications for unannounced products in the past, and we have no reason to believe these changes are due to anything more than legitimate engineering decisions made close to launch.

According to the floating rumors, it’s expected to see a thinner iPad, 512MB RAM, more powerful CPU with A5 processor, front camera and more. In the same event, it’s rumored to see a preview for iOS 5 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and releasing for iOS 4.3 GM (Gold Master).

New and free Cydia app for iPhone allows you to remove VoiceMail tab in iPhone app, this app called NoVoiceMail. This app is useful for those who don’t use voice mail button and annoyed by mistakenly pressing it while dialing numbers.

As you see on the above screenshot that Voicemail button has been removed. NoVoiceMail is availavle via Cydia from BigBoss Repo for free.

This is very cool, since along time I was digging for something like this. New hackers and developers called “pandaelf” was successfully able to find a way to play PS3 Games on your any iOS device  (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad). With a little wrangling of simple hardware and everyAir, the developers have successfully made it possible to play PS3 games on any iOS device.

 

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Q: What’s the overall picture for how this works?
A: The trick is to connect a capture device and a USB mouse/keyboard device to the PS3. The capture device sends video data to the PC, and the USB keyboard/mouse sends the button presses. On the PC itself, you run a custom build of everyAir which understands custom gestures and pipes the input to the PC which then sends it to the PS3 via the input interpreter.

Q: What were some of the hurdles?
A: There are two problems to solve: sending the video signal to the iOS device and sending back input from the iOS device. Sending the video signal is solved by using an off the shelf capture device, and then sending back the input is a combination of a custom build of everyAir with an off the shelf mouse/keyboard device that connects to the PS3.

Q: How do you send input to the PS3?
A: Using one of those USB Keyboard/Mouse devices. For example, Eagle Eye (search for it on Amazon).

Q: How do you get the video signal from the PS3 to the iOS device?
A: We do this by using an off the shelf capture device. The capture device connects to the PC, TV, and to the PS3. The result is that a livestream of the PS3’s video signal ends up on the PC.

Q: How do you connect to the PC from the iOS device?
A: Using everyAir – our remote desktop application.

Q: How does everyAir understand the game gestures?
A: We’re using a custom build of everyAir, and it’s hardcoded to understand these gestures. Additionally, it knows how to pipe input to the mouse/kb device in a way that it expects.

Q: Will this be publicly available?
A: We plan to release a fully customizable version at some point in the future.

As you read on the above quotation, till now there is no ETA for this cool idea, as usual I will let you informed with any updates, stay tuned. [via CoveringWeb]

Geohot (George Hotz) asked for donations few days ago, to cover his legal fee and continue the war against Sony. Geohot closed the first round of donations but it looks like that giants war begins, Microsoft paid Geohot a huge amount of money to fight against Sony.

I love this kind of wars and competition, what do you think.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The countdown to the next Call of Duty 3  has begun. Activison, the developer behind Call of Duty, is now sending dogtags which has this URL www.findmakarov.com printed on it.

By visiting this URL, you will find countdown timer, when writing this article, the timer looks to be expired in less than 5 days, which will lead to the announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

We have to wait for these few days, of course I will let you informed once it release, stay tuned. [via CoveringWeb]

You can follow the below simple steps in order to clear your iPad history (cookies and cache) to keep its performance. These cookies stored in the browser (Safari) settings of iPad. If you want to clear the cookies, cache and history on your iPad then simply follow the below steps to keep the performance of your iPad.
STEP 1: From the iPad home screen select Settings -> Safari

STEP 2: Now you have to click on either “Clear Cookies”, “Clear Cache” or “Clear History” in order to clear Cookies, Cache or History.  

For who don’t know, history is a list of websites and keywords those are used in search engines. Cache are the temporary files those are downloaded through the Internet browser.

Lion was announced at the developer conference in september when the iPod touch 4 was announced. We are now seeing the beta version of mac os x lion being seeded to mac developers.

To get Mac OS X lion your going to need a PAID Mac Dev account. Using a friends mac dev account is tricky because you need to authorize your computer with their iTunes account. Also you can only use the redeeming code once for the download.

What you have to do is log in to your PAID mac dev account. You then need to go to the Lion tab. Once you do that you will see a redeeming code for Lion. You use this to copy and paste into the mac app store on your mac. Once you do this the download will start right away.

Note: At this time there is no other way to download Mac OS X Lion without paying the $99.







Earlier this week a rumor was reported that apple was going to make an Apple HDTV.  Like what Sony did with Google and integrate the set-top box into the TV.  I would assume that apple would be taking the same step but going even farther by letting you iDevices stream apps to the TV.  Also this would give them a chance to integrate Face time into a Living Room/ TV Room setting.   The rumor came from a job posting that was from Apple.

New Macbook

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For you die hard Apple fans, and Apple newbies who are saving up or have saved up to buy a new MBP.  You might want to hang on for a few days. Rumors have it that Thursday of this week (the 21st) the new Macbook Pro line will be released.  Now this is just rumors but this speculation seems to be more reasonable and reliable from previous rumors.

For people who  have bought a Macbook PRO in the last week and a half and will be smacking themselves come Thursday, don’t worry, Apple will upgrade your Macbook PRO to the updated model for free (within two weeks of original purchase date), however because I believe that the Macbook will be phased out, for you new owners of the basic end Macbook, you might be out of luck.

What will be in the New Macbook Pro?

I think that the more expensive models (15 and 17), will support the new Sandy Bridge models of the Intel “i” series. However the Macbook Pro 13″ will be kept on the older version of the i3 for the price tag of $1200 and the $1500 will support and older i5.

As for the Ram, I think that the new Macs will all come base with 8GB of Ram with the option to upgrade to 16GB. The hard drives will most likely be kept around the same, except bumped from 250GB to 320GB and the 500GB will become the price of the 320GB model . The battery will be improved as well, I don’t know by how much, but instead of 8-10 hours, we might see 10-12 or even 11-13 (which is pushing it).

As for the White Macbook,  I believe that the Air will take the White Macbook place, so don’t expect an upgrade for the MBA until next year or at the very earliest fall of 2011.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this subject

-Applephanatic

 

Theme Review: iLimeLightHD

This is my first theme review so hopefully you like it. If not let me know in the comments below of what to do better.

To start off the lock screen looks really nice. In order to show the built-in clock you need to have LockScreenClockHide from Cydia.

The UI is completely themed with a built-in mask for every icon that is not already built-in, which makes it even more complete.

The number pad is themed, as well as every other aspect of this theme.

Make sure to follow xpprem to thank him for the theme! http://www.twitter.com/xpprem

Here is a video I did on the them iLimeLight HD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmyVY_6j0e0&feature=player_embedded

New Mac book Specs Leaked

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MacGeneration (French) claims that a trusted source has leaked the specs of the new MacBook Pros. As summary of the new specs are provided:

– no more white MacBook (Apple goes back to two lines of 13″ inchers)
– 16 GB SSD mSATA drives on all models to store the system Core i3 and third USB port on the 13″ model
– Matte screen option on the higher-end 13″
– Option to replace the SuperDrive with a SSD on the 15 and 17″ models- HD screens on all models : 1440×900 on the 13″, 1680×1050 on the 15″
– 200 to 300 grams lighter : 1.8 kg for the 13″, 2.3 kg for the 15″, 2.65 kg for the 17″
– Better battery life : 12 hours on the 13″, 10 hours on the 15″-

– 8 GB of RAM on the 17″

In addition to all these changes, MacGeneration cites another source who claims a “new technology” will make its way into the MacBook Pros. At this point, it seems likely that Light Peak will be introduced. Intel is reportedly holding an event on the same day (Thursday) to officially launch Light Peak.



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