Archive for December, 2012
Apple received a patent on the design of the fourth generation iPod touch. The request has been filed in August 2011 and finally got approved. Forth generation of iPod touch has two cameras – front and rear. The gadget also has unique design with rounded corners and it is noticeably thicker and shorter than the fifth-generation iPod touch with a 4-inch display presented by Apple in September 2012. This is probably one of the last patents where Steve Jobs name is present.
Acer Iconia B1 is a new extremely cheap tablet running on Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. According to the Wall Street Journal the price of the tablet is expected around $99.
The heart of Acer Iconia B1 tablet is MediaTek hardware platform powered by dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and the GPU PowerVR SGX 531. Acer Iconia B1 comes with 7-inch display with resolution of 1024×600 pixels and 512 MB of operating memory. There are also built-in GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular modules, 8 GB of internal memory and microSD memory expansion slot.
Low cost and advanced functionality may attract consumers and Acer Iconia B1 could become one of the most popular on Android tablets market. The new Acer tablet may well compete with popular gadgets such as Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.
According to The Wall Street Journal Acer Iconia B1 should be available early next year.
Recently released iPad mini tablet by Apple came with 1024×768 pixels display. Such resolution corresponds to the density of 163 pixels per imch. According to DigiTimes Apple is planning to release updated iPad mini tablet equipped with high resolution Retina display. the device will receive the second generation improved display with a higher resolution. Provided information is based on sources of suppliers of the tablets cited by DigiTimes.
Although sources do not specifically mention Retina display the most analysts expect that the updated iPad mini should come with 2058×1536 pixels Retina display providing pixels density of 326 ppi.
9.7-inch display of iPad 3 is also going to change. In particular two LED-backlight modules are going to be replaced by one. Such change will decrease the weight of iPad and therefore make the tablet more comfortable for end users.
iPhone 5 leads the annual ranking of the best gadget 2012 by Time magazine. According to Times magazine iPhone 5 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing devices in the world. Features of Apple iPhone 5 includes extra-large display, high-quality camera and the relatively low cost of service contracts provided by wireless network providers.
Nintendo Wii U took the second place in the list. The gaming console become very popular.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels was appointed to the third place.
15-inch Apple MacBookPro with high resolution Retina display also has been selected as one of the top 10 gadgets of 2012.
Here is the list of top 10 gadgets of 2012:
1) iPhone 5;
2) Nintendo Wii U;
3) Sony Cyber-shot RX100;
4) Raspberry Pi Model B;
6) 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina-display;
7) Microsoft Surface on Windows RT platform;
Samsung Galaxy Note II;
Microsoft announced today the start of the distribution of Windows RT based Surface tablets through third-party retailers. Sales will start in the middle of December. The company was unhappy with sales of the device and therefore decided to take this step.
U.S. and Australian retailers will begin selling the tablet in the next few days. The number of retailers will be increased in the coming months. Currently, the tablet is available in Microsoft official stores in U.S. and Canada. Surface tablet is also available in online stores in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, France and Great Britain. In the next few days Surface RT will become available in Staples, Best Buy and Walmart.
“Our goal is to expand retail distribution channels Surface within the next year. Depending on the interest of some stores, we offer them the possibility to deliver the device even before the other,”- said Steve Schuler, vice president of Microsoft’s sales and marketing.
Retail outlets will sell have three models of Surface: a model with 32 GB of memory without Touch Cover, as well as two models with Touch Cover and memory capacity 32 GB and 64 GB. The price of the cheapest model will start at $499. This price does not include a protective Keyboard Touch Cover. It will have to be purchased separately for $ 119.