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Oct

Apple iMac i3 2010 review


Every year we run into the same problem: what do you call the update to Apple’s latest device? This is always going to be the case when you keep the name, but change the design and specs of a device. So here we have the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, announced in July 2010, and equipped with the Intel Core i3 3.06GHz processor.

This is currently the cheapest iMac that Apple makes: it’s the entry point for its all-in-one computer at £999. The all-in-one market is rather fragmented, with many manufacturers on the Windows side of things producing low-spec cheap AIOs, as well as a variety of touch and non-touch. The iMac is not touch, but it is powerful: with the Intel Core i3 3.06GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card offering 256MB of dedicated graphics memory; it cuts through most daily tasks with ease. As it is, this iMac handles gaming as it is on the Mac, although it isn’t a powerhouse.

There are step-up options too, with a 3.2GHz Core i3 and 3.6GHz Core i5 processors offered for extra cash. The RAM can be boosted to 8GB at the point of ordering and although this model comes with 500GB hard drive, if you opt for the faster processor models, you’ll get the 1TB drive and 2TB drive options, but at the entry-point your options are limited. Read more »

6
Oct

Google Goggles: Now viewing on the iPhone


Google Goggles has finally made its way to the iPhone, almost a year after Android users first got in on the photo tagging fun.

Goggles lets you search for things using your camera, instead of text, or your voice. For example, point it at a book cover and you will get links to buy the book, read reviews or info – all the usual stuff you’d get if you typed the book title into the search engine. Read more »

6
Oct

Sharp Lynx SH-10B appears at CEATEC


Sharp’s NTT DoCoMo-living / Android-loving Lynx SH-10B isn’t brand new by any stretch — it hit local markets in late July, and earlier this year was released on KDDI as the ISO1 — but this week’s CEATEC would be the first time we’ve had a chance to play around with, and given the dearth of comparable US form factors, we couldn’t resist. The 5-inch 960 x 480 resolution MID / smartphone sports a pretty snappy and easy-to-use keyboard and a responsive touchscreen. Unless you’ve already prepared for the likes of Dell’s Streak, the Lynx isn’t exactly pocketable, and by our estimates, it’s about twice the thickness o the iPhone 4 when closed up. The customized UI (running over what we presume is Android 1.6) is pretty unique in design, although functionally there was some minor lag in change panels and opening panes.

6
Oct

8.9-inch Eee Pad tablet leaks, Asus looking to dominate every mark on the ruler?


Okay ASUS, you win. We can’t keep all your leaked Eee Pad prototypes straight anymore. We’re guessing this is some sort of counter-intelligence move you’re making, leaking report after conflicting report of various sizes and operating systems for the things, and now we have word of yet another model joining the hypothetical fray. This one’s supposedly called the EP90, an 8.9-inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 display, storage of 16 or 32GB, a dual-core 1GHz processor paired with Tegra graphics and, apparently, some flavor if Microsoft Windows if reports of it running Office are to be believed. Beyond that, Ynet is also saying there’s a 12-inch tablet model on the way, which either proves the company’s disinformation plot or confirms that the Eee Pad lineup is about to get as confusing as the Eee PC series is today.

6
Oct

Hack improves Nokia N8's image and video quality (video)


Clearly a lot of folks out there are pretty passionate about the quality of their cameraphone pics. So too is cellphone modder hyperX, who is developing some custom tweaks to improve the quality of the stills and vids coming out of Nokia’s latest darling. First is a hack to enable 720p30 video, a slight improvement over the 720p25 default. That’s demonstrated after the break, along with a continuous autofocus mod. More notable, however, is a tweak to enable nearly uncompressed images. Stock JPEGs coming from the camera clock in around 2MB, but the example image he’s provided (on the other end of that source link) is a rather heftier 11MB — truly a hack that won’t do your memory card any favors, but it’ll sure make those pixels shine. Sadly without back-to-back before and after images we can’t say for sure what kind of tangible improvement this makes, but we hear if you ask nicely he’ll let you try it out for yourself. Read more »

6
Oct

Apple iPad breaks new record


CNBC reports that the iPad has become the most quickly adopted non-phone consumer electronics product in history, topping the DVD player, which shifted only 350,000 units in its first year on the market. Apple sold over 300,000 iPads in its first day, and took just 28 days to reach one million units sold.

iPad sold three million units in the first 80 days after its April release and its current sales rate is about 4.5 million units per quarter, according to Bernstein Research. This sales rate is blowing past the one million units the iPhone sold in its first quarter and the 350,000 units sold in the first year by the DVD player, the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product.

While many products have quickly reached sales into the millions of units, Bernstein appears to be focusing on consumer electronics categories, where the iPad has seen unusual success as the launch product in a segment as it has been jumpstarted by its connection to the rest of Apple’s iOS ecosystem.

Perhaps more interesting is Bernstein’s observation that the iPad is set to become the fourth-largest consumer electronics category in 2011 with over $9 billion in sales.

At this current rate, the iPad will pass gaming hardware and the cellular phone to become the 4th biggest consumer electronics category with estimated sales of more than $9 billion in the U.S. next year, according to Bernstein. TVs, smart phones and notebook PCs are the current three largest categories.

Bernstein’s Colin McGranahan also suggests that the iPad is likely to be “cannibalizing” even TVs and digital cameras, noting that customers who make $600 iPad purchases are likely to delay purchases of other electronics due to financial considerations.

6
Oct

LG Optimus 7 (E900) official pics outed


LG’s Windows Phone 7 handset, the E900 – or LG Optimus 7, is expected to be announced officially on 11 October along with a handful of other handsets from Samsung and HTC.

Blowing any chance of surprise out of the water, official looking press shots of the new phone have appeared on a German site for all to see giving us an early glimpse of what LG is expected to debut ahead of schedule.
Aside from the name, which is also yet to be confirmed by the way, the pictures give us little to go on other than that it will be a touchscreen device sporting a 5 megapixel camera on the back.

6
Oct

Motorola Spice is the Brazilian Android portrait slider of your mid-range dreams


It was just announced at CTIA (and released in Brazil) as the Spice. Apart from the form factor, it’s basically a Flipout with a different hinge — it’s got Android 2.1 with Motoblur, a 528MHz processor, a 3.2-inch QVGA screen, Motorola’s crazy “Backtrack” rear trackpad, and a 3.2 megapixel camera — but it was apparently designed and built entirely in Brazil, so that’s something. We’re assuming AT&T passed on this one when it chose to release the Flipout, Flipside and Bravo instead, but damn — can someone please take this form factor and put it together with a high-end Android spec sheet already? We have cash money.

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