Archive for September, 2012
A few days ago Barnes & Noble announced 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD + tablets running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Image is from official Barnes&Noble site
Current Nook tablet
The manufacturer claims Nook HD as the world’s lightest 7-inch tablet with a high-resolution display. The weight of the gadget is 315 g only. 7-inch Nook HD powered by dual core 1.3GHz processor and has 1GB of RAM. Flash storage capacity could be 8 or 16GB depending on the model. In addition Nook HD equipped with MicroSD slot for storage extension.
7-inch Nook HD comes with high resolution 1440×900 pixels display 1440 × 900 pixels with density of 243 pixels per inch. The equipment includes wireless adapter Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), MicroUSB and HDMI ports. The tablet could run up to 10.5 hours while reading and up to 9 hours while watching video on a single battery charge.
According to the Barnes & Noble, Nook HD + model is the lightest and most affordable tablet equipped with a 9-inch high-definition touch screen display. The device weighs 515 g. Nook HD + display supports full HD and has a resolution of 1920×1280 pixels, i.e. 256 pixels per inch.
Nook HD+ powered by dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP 4470 processor and has 1 GB of RAM. Flash storage capacity of the device could be 16 or 32 GB depending on the model.
Other features of Nook HD + are: Wi-Fi adapter, MicroSD slot, MicroUSB and HDMI ports. The battery supports up to 10 hours of reading and 9 hours of video playback on single charge.
Tablets are integrated with online services Barnes & Noble: users can download books, magazines, movies, various applications, training materials and other digital content.
Sales of Nook HD tablets may begin in late October. 8 GB Nook HD model will cost $199 and 16 GB Nook HD- $229. Prices of Nook HD + with a flash storage of 16 GB and 32 are $269 and $299 respectively.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been introduced almost a year ago. It is a time to prepare the next Nexus smartphone. According to some rumors this time Google will select HTC as a manufacturer of the next Nexus smartphone. One of the candidates is known as 5-inch HTC Droid Incredible X or One X 5.
Such mobile devices are called fablets because they technically very close to both smartphones and tablets. Some experts call them mini tablets while some others just smartphones. One of the well known fablet is Samsung Galaxy Note with large display and powerful processor.
Traditionally Google release the new version of Nexus device with the latest version of Google Android. According to some HTC sources Google Nexus 5 may run on the latest Android 4.1.2 operating system that comes with a number of fixes, improvements and additional functionality.
The first Google fablet could be powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro with support of 1080p-Full HD graphic. Google Nexus 5 may come with 64 GB of internal memory and to cameras: 12-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera. Support of LTE networks is also expected.
Raspberry Pi micro computer is powered by 700 MHz Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor. A while ago advanced users started experiments in order to increase frequency of the processor. Up to the last moment the Raspberry Pi Foundation did not supported such experiments because it could potentially damage the processor and void the user’s warranty.
However a few days ago the manufacturer of Raspberry Pi officially approved the use of the turbo mode that allows to overclock the CPU without voiding the warranty on the micro-computer. Turbo mode offers 5 different presets increasing CPU frequency of up to 1 GHz delivering up to 50 percent better performance.
The temperature of CPU does not go higher than 85° C even while running at the highest possible frequency and therefore does not cause damage to the Raspberry PI micro-computer.
Turbo mode is included in the latest version of Raspbian operating system as a new feature. There is a new widget controlling temperature and frequency and monitoring the status of the processor. In addition the new version of OS also has improved WiFi connectivity and audio support.
A group of American designers leading by Adrienn Harrington developed unique case that turns the fourth generation of iPod touch to “almost” iPhone.
The case is equipped with a microphone and speaker and allows owners of iPod touch to make calls over the Internet via Wi-Fi. The case was named MorphCase by designers.
It is widely known that iPod touch functionality is almost identical with iPhone except the ability of making and receiving calls. Adrienn Harrington and group of designers decided to expand the functionality of iPod touch and make it as closer to iPhone as possible.
MorphCase plugs into the headphone jack. According to developers of the case there is no need to download and install any additional software for iPod touch in order to make MorpCase work. The case works as soon as plugged in and requires internet connection only.
At present the project is at the stage of fundraising. Expected price of MorthCase is $35. There are also plans to release the case for the recently released latest generations of iPod touch and iPhone. The device will be available in black and white colors.
Sony announced the upcoming release of a new version of PlayStation 3 gaming console. The new console is slimmer and lighter. Sony claims that the upgraded PlayStation 3 is 20% smaller and 25% lighter than current PlayStation 3 Slim model introduced in 2009.
The storage capacity of the device has been increased. CD-ROM slot of the Sony PlayStation 3 console replaced by a sliding panel with a top placing optical media.
Sales of the upgraded version of Sony Play Station 3 console will start on September 25. The console will be available in two colors black and white. Customers will also be able to select the hard drive capacity. Models with 250 or 500 GB of space will be available. Such amount of space allows install a number of games as well as keep the collection of music and videos on the hard drive of the console.
The cost of the device is $270 and $300 for 250GB and 500GB models respectively.
$270 model will be released in limited edition and include Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception game and a $30 credit for Dust 514 content. $300 model will be released later on October 30 and will come with Assassin’s Creed III game.
Sony has also promised to release a number of options and accessories such as holders for PS3. Shortly after the release of the new console Sony PlayStation Store will be updated making on-line shopping easier and more convenient.