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Thursday, March 14, 2013

48 frames/second- A welcome change of pace.

Will faster frame-rates for big budget movies become the norm in cinemas?
                The Hobbit (the original novel was written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1937), directed by Peter Jackson came out in December 2012. If you haven't seen it yet, you are definitely missing out. This film has introduced a new debate from filmmakers and audiences alike because it was shot and screened at 48 frames per second (fps) - something us film-goers are not used to. We have been watching films at 24fps for almost 90 years and our eyes are accustomed to that particular visual 'feel'. At 48fps, we are subjected to twice as many frames in the same amount of time, making the display smoother and more fluid, much like something shot skillfully in high quality video.

              Originally, the 24fps frame-rate was selected based on the technical requirements of the early 'sound era' (-1927) of film. The minimum speed required to get decent audio fidelity out of the first optical sound tracks was 24fps. The reason filmmakers settled on the minimum speed at the time was the high cost of film stock (35mm negative), per foot, to shoot, develop and print. Even today it represents a significant percentage of a film's budget. We have been watching movies at 24fps for nearly a century, not because it is the best film speed (it is not by any standard), but rather because it was the cheapest way to achieve acceptable results, back when it was introduced.

              The introduction of 48fps means that we shoot twice as many frames per second than usual. A fair question would be: How is this practical? It is using twice the footage to shoot the same scenes that will then need to be projected at a faster speed to achieve the desired result. Well, the best thing living in the digital age is the ease with which one can transition from an older technology to the newer. Most new digital projectors are already capable of projecting faster frame-rates, with only the digital servers requiring some firmware upgrades. Surprisingly, 48 fps and 60fps look remarkably similar. The difference between these speeds is almost negligible, but the increase in quality over 24fps is immediately apparent in both. If you are into gaming, you will recognize this as the lag you experience when you try to run high-end graphics on a weak graphics card (if you turn on benchmarks, you can compare what 24fps and 48fps look like with the same content).

              Despite the technological accomplishment, 48fps did not sit well with everyone. Some critics call it "terrible execution" while supporters insist this will change the industry for the better. Well, yes and no to both. Yes, the execution was not flawless as far as The Hobbit was concerned, but that was expected of the maiden journey of this format. At the same time it is far from terrible as you hardly notice when some things go wrong and you'd have to be extremely pedantic to do so. Peter Jackson, who was popularized this technology overnight, has shared a very detailed description on his Facebook wall, on what 48fps brings to film making.

              "We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48fps, rather than the usual 24fps. So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok - and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years - but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or 'strobe'."

               Shooting and projecting at 48fps goes a long way in addressing the above mentioned issues. In this format, Subjects look much more lifelike, and the film becomes much easier to watch, especially in 3D. The first thing it reduces is the dreaded eye-strain that comes from watching movies in 3D. After viewing a film in this format a few times, older films start looking ancient.

                Despite the apparent revolution, this line of thought is not new. A man named Doug Trumbull developed and promoted a process called 'Showscan', boasting up to 60 fps some 30 years ago. Unfortunately it was never adopted for use in feature-length dramatic narratives; its main usage was as the visual medium in some theme park rides and some documentaries due to its more 'real' appearance. Also, the sheer cost of burning through more than three times the feet of film per second than normal had its own impact.

                 Peter Jackson foresaw the backlash from purists and had this to say on the matter: "Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew - many of whom are film purists - is now converts. You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience. It's similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs. There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates."

                  To this day, it was the presentation that defined movies, from the script to the execution, because nobody considered the 24fps format a hindrance to filmmaking. But with 48fps now out there, it will definitely redefine the very process through which films are made. Actors will have far less room for error as 48fps is much detailed than before. Action choreography will improve significantly and look a lot better, with its movement having been smoothed out immensely. We as movie fans have a win-win on our hands, as the perfection of this format improves our 3D, and even 20, viewing experience!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

 Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

The 7-inch Asus Fonepad, which would be the first Intel-based phablet, is expected to debut at the Mobile World Conference later this month.

Widely-reported specifications include an Intel Atom processor with Imagination PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a 1,280x800 IPS touch screen, 1GB of RAM, storage ranging up to 32GB, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera

. Asus, the maker of Google's Nexus 7, will debut a 7-inch Fonepad at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to sources familiar with the product.
Reports say the Fonepad may be priced in the same ballpark as -- or slightly higher than -- theNexus 7 but below the MeMO Pad, which Asus launched Friday in Asia.
Leaked photos show it with an aluminum body and an Intel badge on the back.

Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

 Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

Two hot cameras, a mainstream Nikon SLR and a high-end Sony compact, are on the list of models whose raw images Mac software such as iPhoto and Aperture now can handle.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

  RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

Apple and Samsung are leading the charge in PCs, which include tablets, according to market researcher Canalys.

All of this is possible because Canalys counts "pads," i.e., tablets, as PCs -- not a ludicrous concept considering that tablets have become personal computers capable of doing many of the tasks once limited to laptops and desktops.
And Samsung is shipping more and more tablets. While not a huge player in traditional PCs, it is a force in Android tablets.
"Samsung, buoyed by strong pad shipments, had its first quarter in the top five, shipping 11.7 million PCs giving it a 9% share," said Canalys.
Of those, 7.6 million were tablets, an increase of 226 percent.
Amazon, another Android tablet player, also got a mention with shipments up 18 percent year-to-year to 4.6 million units.
No. 1 Apple, due to strong iPad Minishipments, could have done even better.
"Apple's growth in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for the iPad mini. Its overall shipments, however, were hampered by supply issues," the market researcher said.
Canalys estimated that the Mini made up over half of Apple's total "pad" shipments.
There was one word of caution, though. "Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple's pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market."
And there were harsh words for Microsoft's tablet efforts. Canalys gave Microsoft a three percent tablet share in the fourth quarter, with shipments of just over 720,000 Windows RT Surface tablets.
"The outlook for Windows RT appears bleak," according to Canalys.
And as tablet shipments rise, shipments at more traditional PC makers, fall.
"Dell's reputation in the PC market continues to fade. It only shipped 9.7 million units, a 19% decline on 2011. Its direct business model is expensive and unsuitable for driving growth in new markets. A turnaround in fortunes is likely to take years," said Canalys.

Market researcher Canalys has again put Apple in top spot among PC makers with an overwhelming 20 percent market share.
Apple shipped 27 million units in the fourth quarter, while HP and Lenovo both shipped around 15 million (HP slightly more than Lenovo), putting them in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
Samsung is also on the rise: it made an appearance in the top five for the first time, pushing Dell out of fourth place.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

      Crossover? Wagon? The X1 is both, and it's beautiful

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i review:

goodness: The 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i features a responsive engine with multiple drive modes and fantastic steering and handling when equipped with the M Sport package. A control knob, voice command, and customizable shortcuts allow drivers to interact with the infotainment system however they like.
badness: The X1's infotainment system takes some getting used to and can be confusing to navigate. Not many driver aid options and technologies are available.
It's not a driver aid powerhouse, but the 2013 BMW xDrive28i with the M Sport package is a driver's car with great handling and a spartan yet premium feel.

BMW has attempted to sidestep the dreaded "W word" in marketing and designing the 2013 X1 xDrive28i that recently rolled into the Car Tech garage, but have no qualms about it, the X1 is a wagon. Granted, it's a tall wagon that perhaps skirts the lower boundaries of what could be considered a crossover, but, even with the slightly increased ground clearance of a crossover, everyone who approached me about the X1 while I was out for a spin referred to the vehicle as a big blue wagon. So, I'll be referring to it as a wagon for the duration of this review, BMW's nomenclature be damned.
There are advantages, of course, to the X1's straddling of the wagon-crossover divide. The higher-than-your-average-wagon seating position gives a more commanding view of the road. And the taller roofline of the hatchback form lends increased headroom to the 40/20/40-split rear bench seats, which fold flat to open up a rather spacious storage area. You won't be able to help your friend move a couch with the X1, but it may be possible to fit a few pieces of flat-packed IKEA furniture behind the front seats.

The TwinPower Turbo engine's torque curve is linear and predictable.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
The X1 features an auto start-stop function that stops the engine when the car is stopped at, for example, a traffic light, to save fuel that is normally wasted when idling. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, the engine cranks back up in anticipation of your tapping the gas. While the restart is relatively smooth, it is far from seamless and may annoy some drivers. The auto start-stop system can be disabled with the touch of a button, but during our testing the system reset to a default "on" state at the beginning of every trip.
Fuel economy is estimated at 22 city and 33 highway mpg by the EPA, with a combined average of 26 mpg. Extended trips to the top of the tachometer in the X1's Sport mode kept the trip computer's average near the bottom of that range. This wagon is just too fun.
Cabin comfort where it counts
Take a moment to slow down and look around the X1's cabin and you'll find that BMW didn't cheap out on the wagon's cabin. It's not that the dashboard is ultra-luxe -- the cabin is, on the whole, remarkably understated -- but the plastic, leather, and metal have a high-quality look and feel and a nice variety of textures and colors. The steering wheel is remarkably restrained, with only eight buttons on its face. The instrumentation is simple, yet effective, with two large gauges for the speedometer and tachometer and not much else. I love it.

Performance and handling
The first thing that I noticed on my first trip in the BMW X1 was the heavy steering wheel. Most cars that come through the Car Tech garage have light, boosted power steering, but the X1's steering is weighty and heavy like a sports car's. The effect was quite surprising as I got used to the weight in the tight confines of the parking garage, but by the time I hit the highway I was totally at one with the X1's steering. By the time I reached my favorite twisty back road, the steering wheel felt like an extension of my arms.
BMW says that it builds the Ultimate Driving Machine and, while the X1 may not quite live up to that lofty claim, the automaker has nailed it with this wagon's steering. There's just the right amount of steering effort, road feel, and responsiveness.

Its smallish footprint makes the vehicle easy to place in the center of San Francisco's narrow lanes and miniature street-side parking spaces. The X1's open greenhouse offers darn good 360-degree visibility, but our vehicle was also equipped with a Driver Assistance Package that adds a rearview camera with dynamic trajectory lines on the dashboard display that move with the steering wheel. This package also adds a Park Distance Control system that places sonar distance sensors on the front and rear bumpers that notify the driver with audible beeps that increase in intensity as the vehicle approaches an obstruction and a sort of visual-proximity heat map that is displayed on the dashboard display.

When equipped with the M Sport package, the X1's steering offers great weight and feedback.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
Our X1 xDrive28i was equipped with a $3,000 M Sport package that adds 18-inch, lightweight M wheels shod in performance run-flat tires, a sport suspension, sport seats, an aerodynamic kit, and a higher top-speed limiter. The X1 wouldn't be my first choice for an autocross event, but the vehicle is happy to plant itself and hustle around a sweeping bend and doesn't complain when you toss it back and forth on a snaking mountain road. The package's Performance Control system is a sort of torque-vectoring system that helps the X1 to round those bends. The M Sport option also adds a number of sport styling tweaks to the interior and exterior that don't really help with performance, but help the X1 look the part.
Under the hood is a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that is force-fed air via a twin-scroll turbocharger. Direct-injection technology and variable valve timing conspire to convert the air-fuel charge into 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of mechanical torque. The torque curve feels flat and linear, is easy to predict, and inspires confidence. The engine and exhaust notes at full bore are, on the other hand, rather uninspiring, but the grins this engine can induce more than make up for it.
That torque passes through an eight-speed automatic transmission on the way to the wheels. The gearbox features Sport, Manual, Normal, and Eco Pro modes. As an xDrive model, our X1 was equipped with BMW's all-wheel-drive system. Because the X1 is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, its all-wheel-drive system uses a rear bias that sends most of the torque to the rear wheels, but can shuffle power to the front on demand.

Computer new technology and application lead the development

Computer new technology and application lead the development

This congress to stand in a new information technology competition and key to the commanding heights, the purpose is the combination of independent enterprises set up interaction bridge, and to discuss the new trend of development of IT industry, new features and new problems. The subject covers the whole industry chain around IT, the coolest research field and the hottest technology direction, through the lecture, the question and answer, etc DuoZhong way, explore new technology development path, outstanding share ideas and the exchange of experience. “2011 China’s computer technology conference” in addition to the morning peak BBS including beyond, still has three points BBS, involving computing clouds, mobile Internet and content networking three segmentation technology

In computing clouds points on the BBS, ali cloud focused on the Internet enterprise computing clouds the road of innovation; Compuware to share with you the cloud environment application performance quality management experience; H3C is focusing on the construction of the road network cloud ready choice; China’s software testing center of experts about cloud computing system testing technology and practice; Heaven and earth, expounds the clouds cloud computing infrastructure technology evolution, VMware technology experts prospect for the cloud computing vision.
Since 2010, the Chinese government has issued a series of things networking industry policy of development related, provinces and cities and industrial park has the relative supporting support policies. “Policy, technology leading, first demand drivers,” will be the country’s content networking industry development of the main mode. In our country that the standard of key technology and network has a breakthrough, a series of key industries application products also get the promotion. Intelligent transportation, city security, intelligent power grid, and medical treatment and other areas of application will be hot.

2011 years is our country “1025″ the beginning of plan. In the national economy and social development plan for 1025 “in, the countries explicitly will develop integrated circuit, content online, mobile Internet, cloud computing, a new generation of information technology to ascend to the strategic height. To speed up a new generation of information technology industry development as an opportunity, our information industry will have of the transformation and upgrade strategic opportunity. The consultant sadie computing clouds white paper “that, over the next three years, cloud computing applications will the government, telecommunications, education, medical treatment, finance, petroleum and petrochemical and power industries as the key point. Cloud computing in China’s market is more and more enterprises and institutions, the size of the market will also from 2010 in to $16.731 billion to over 2013 in 117.412 billion yuan, compound annual growth rate of 91.5%.

Yesterday, with “new technology and application promote industrial revolution” as the theme of the “2011 China’s computer technology conference” was held in Beijing shangri-la hotel. The conference attracted from government related leaders, the domestic and international famous IT enterprise’s research and development director, CIO and CTO, enterprise institute for technology and project manager, college senior researchers, and the news media, and other 1000 DuoRen. Its researchers, the state of the Chinese academy of sciences of high performance computer engineering technology research center, XuLu, Intel China research institute President FangZhiXi, shenzhou digital group CTO, dean of the shenzhou digital academy XieYun and IBM China research institute SuHui, vice President of the well-known experts such as the theme, including speech published VMware, H3C, sina, nets imperial China, ali cloud, Compuware, heaven and earth and the cloud, YiDeSi strange, etc, in the domestic and international famous IT companies represented in the various points of BBS discussion.

BlackBerry boasts record early sales for Z10 in U.K., Canada

  BlackBerry boasts record early sales for Z10 in U.K., Canada

The phone maker says it nearly tripled the sales of its best performance over the first week in the U.K., while it had its best first day ever in Canada.

The BlackBerry Z10 had a nice start, after all.
BlackBerry said it nearly tripled the sales of its best performance over the first week in the U.K., while it had its best first day ever in Canada.
"In fact, it was more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada," BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said in a statement sent to CNET.

The Z10 has received positive critical reviews, and BlackBerry fans appear eager to buy the device. But a bigger test will lie in its longer-term sales and whether non-BlackBerry fans will consider the smartphone.
One analyst today claimed that the sell-outs were more the result of supply issues rather than demand, but BlackBerry's comments suggest the company is off to a solid start.
The company should have a better indication of the success of the Z10 when the phone makes it to the U.S. market, which its executives have said should happen by the middle of March.

GTA V gets caught up in next-gen console talk

            GTA V gets caught up in next-gen console talk

The game, which is now slated to launch in September, could either be negatively affected by next-generation consoles or take advantage of them.

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated game launches of 2013, but right now, its actual release date is the subject of debate in the gaming business.

The delay is required to deliver what people expect," Zelnick said during his company's earnings call yesterday, according to Venturebeat.
If the move is not designed to take advantage of next-generation consoles, some wonder if it will hurt Grand Theft Auto V sales. Those folks reason that because new consoles will be available soon after Grand Theft Auto V's launch, consumers might hold onto their cash and use it on next-generation products.
"While we believe that few gamers who intend to purchase GTA will hold off their purchases at launch, many next-generation consoles will be bought over the next two years (beginning with the likely launch of the PS4 in October [2013]), and those purchasers will be less likely to purchase a current generation game once they have become a next-generation household," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote today in a research note to investors. "We think that the launch of next-generation consoles shortly after the release of GTA V could impact ongoing sales in 2014 and beyond."

There is not one gamer who is going to sit out Grand Theft Auto V hoping that something down the road will be better," Zelnick said, according to Venturebeat

Apple warns against jailbreaking following evasion hack

 Apple warns against jailbreaking following evasion

The company tweaks its online warning for iOS users who choose to make unauthorized modifications to their devices

Exactly what was updated in Apple's article is difficult to know. But the company cites a range of hazards that it associates with jailbreaking, including instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services, and the inability to apply future software updates.

Apple has tweaked an online article about the dangers of jailbreaking in the wake of a recent hack of iOS code.
The article shows a last-modified date of Sunday, the same day the evasi0n jailbreak tool for iOS 6.0 through 6.1 was due to reach the public. The tool didn't actually pop up until Monday, but the timing of the modified article certainly points to concern on Apple's part.

The U.S. Copyright Office ruled last October that jailbreaking is legal, at least when it comes to smartphones. But Apple considers the practice a violation of the end-user license and as such won't necessarily provide any support or service for a jailbroken device.
Jailbreaking allows people to install applications outside of Apple's App Store.
Apple's full warning reads as follows:
Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.
Security vulnerabilities: Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses.
Shortened battery life: The hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.
Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.
Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.
Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

Smart almost laptop

              Smart almost-laptop nearly gets it right

smart almost laptop good: The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above the competition.
smart almost laptop bad: The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default.
The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.


On February 9, the Surface gets another lease on life. This version, known as the Surface Pro, tackles head-on many of the complaints about the original Surface RT -- especially that model's compromisedWindows RT operating system. The Surface Pro offers a full Windows 8 experience that works with older Windows software titles, packs a real Intel Core i5 processor, and boldly stuffs the entire PC experience into a sleek and appealing tablet body that's just a tad thicker and heavier than the RT version.
There's a lot to like here -- if not to love. While the Surface Pro isn't the first Windows 8 tablet, it may well be the best one to date, at least in terms of design. The magic here is in the details: the ingenious detachable keyboard cover and the included pressure-sensitive stylus both go a long way toward setting the Surface Pro apart from the other laptops, tablets, and hybrids we've seen so far.
Can the Surface Pro work as a real, everyday PC -- a task that rival iPads, Android tablets, and even those Windows RT models couldn't quite handle? For me, an initial skeptic, it can. You can color me impressed.

Monday, February 4, 2013

6 Major Tech Innovations for 2012

    6 Major Tech Innovations for 2012

These trends could make for huge opportunities--or huge disruptions to your business. Either way, they are ones to watchcrystal ball

We’re only a few months into 2012, but several technology innovations are starting to show promise. Whether these trends will force you to change how you do business, or present you with entirely new opportunities depends on how willing you are to be an early adopter and take risks. You'll have to find room in your IT budget for these things, too. Whatever you do, keep these innovations on your radar

High resolution displays

The Apple iPad 3 is the first sign that mobile devices are going ultra-high-res. The iPad 3 has a 2048 x 1536 screen that looks super-sharp for videos, e-books, and apps. But the iPad 3 is not the only device to offer much higher resolution. The Samsung Series 9desktop display uses 2560 x 1440 pixels for a screen that looks much more sharp than most monitors.

 Speech for business

One of the great features of Apple's Siri is its ability to understand context. You can add a reminder that tells your wife when you leave work. When you do, Siri sends the reminder based  on your location. Lately, speech tech has shown signs of improving even more. Natural language searches will become commonplace in a few years—you will be able to walk into a conference room and say “tell everyone the meeting is cancelled” and the speech system will know what you mean and send the message.

Business-ready storage

Cloud storage has changed how Big Business operates—in some cases, larger companies are ditching their data centers altogether. But small companies do not even have data centers. Some of the choices for storage are making a huge impact—Dropbox is more popular than ever. But a new service called Huddle provides better reporting, security, and team accounts that is a better choice for business.


There has been buzz about HTML5 now for the past few years. The new version of HTML provides a richer framework for videos and interactive content. Steve Jobs claimed it was a better approach to dealing with this rich content than Adobe Flash. One sign that HTML5 may finally replace Flash comes from the automotive world. In the upcoming Cadillac XTS sedan, the dashboard interface uses HTML5 so developers can make new apps without being confined to a specific code base

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Apple iPad 128GB

                     Apple iPad 128GB

It's still the fourth-generation device, but beefier. A cellular-enabled version of the higher-capacity iPad costs $929.

Apple today said it would begin offering its fourth-generation iPad with double the storage capacity.

The 128-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad will cost $799, while a cellular version pushes close to four figures at $929. The new iPads will be available on Feb. 5.

Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel both confirmed they would carry the higher capacity iPad. AT&T wasn't immediately available for comment.
The updated iPad represents a minor update to a device that already got a slight overhaul late last year. Many expect Apple to unveil a new iPad with more significant changes in the coming months.
The 128GB iPad has all of the same features as before, including a 9.7-inch Retina Display, a FaceTime HD camera, and an A6X processor.
Apple is hoping the higher-capacity iPad will be better suited for the business world. Over the past few years, the company has made a concerted push to get into companies for professional use.
The press release pointed out the potential appeal of the higher storage volume to businesses that traffic in data-intensive materials such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, and project blueprints.
While Apple's share in the tablet market remains dominant, the company is starting to see increasing competition from lower-priced devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets. In response, the company late last year unveiled the iPad Mini.

Monday, January 28, 2013

HP Envy x2 Review

                               HP Envy x2 review:
The good hp : The HP Envy x2 has a clean, comfortable design and feels lightweight in tablet form. It has excellent battery life, and works just as well as a laptop as it does as a tablet.

The bad hp : The laptop mode is top-heavy, and the awkward tablet detachment mechanism isn’t perfect; it has limited ports; and a slower Atom processor means in performance it's far behind most ultra books  even though it’s priced like one.
The bottom line: The HP Envy x2’s capacity to be a full Windows 8 tablet or dock with a keyboard works as well as advertised, provided you’re willing to live with slower performance at a high price. You’re paying for style

Take a tablet; add a keyboard. Turn it into a laptop. Do it with full Windows 8. This is the dream of the HP Envy x2, and the dream, it seems, of Windows 8 in general. Break down the barrier between tablets and PCs. Create progressive computing. The future is now. Well, the future was also four months ago, when Hewlett-Packard first started showing off the Envy x2 in public.

Facebook's earnings: It's all about mobile

Facebook's earnings: It's all about mobile

Facebook has gone from total loser to stock stud in three months. On Wednesday, the social network will need to show significant growth to its mobile ads business to keep investors interested.

But what now?
Facebook is entering Wednesday's earnings report in a position of the strength.
The social network successfully mitigated sizable lock-up expirations in October, November, and December, which added 1.2 billion shares to the public pool. The company is also now in its seventh month of offering Sponsored Stories, or status updates from brands who pay to promote their stories in members' News Feed, which means it should be able to show dramatic revenue growth from the desktop- and mobile-friendly units. Facebook also pushed its Gifts products out to all U.S. members before the holiday, ramped up its efforts to allow developers to pitch people on their applications through mobile app install ads, and started charging to deliver messages to strangers.
Some of these products may each only contribute between $20 million to $100 million to Facebook's bottom line, Pachter said, but so long as Facebook shows that the percentage of advertising revenue derived is growing on mobile, investors will be pleased. Pachter predicts that Facebook will report 17 percent of advertising revenue from mobile products in the fourth quarter.

Office 2013 to debut tomorrow

         Office 2013 to debut tomorrow

Finally, an official confirmation. Microsoft is launching the new Office, aka Office 2013, on January 29

it's finally official. Microsoft is launching the new Office, a k a Office 2013, on January 29.
There have been lots of rumors that January 29 would be the day that the latest version of Office would be generally available via retail channels. But thanks to a tweet from the Office team, and a #Timeto365 campaign/hashtag -- which I saw via Winbeta.org -- we now know Microsoft is "launching" the new Office on Tuesday in Bryant Park, New York. (Thanks for the heads up, guys! Luckily, I live within walking distance.)
. released office 2013 to manufacturing on  october  2012 The company made, as well as volume-licensing customers, before the end of last year. Recently, Microsoft made  as part of its Home Use Program.
Microsoft officials have been saying for a couple of months that Redmond planned to make the final bits commercially available in the first calendar quarter of 2013. 
Microsoft already has taken the wraps off some of its Office 2013 SKUs. The company will be pushing a new, subscription-centric version of Office that it (confusingly) has named Office 365 Home Premium. I say confusingly because, unlike the other Office 365 SKUs, the Home Premium version isn't a Microsoft-hosted version of Office. Instead, it's downloadable, locally installable versions of the Office 2013 products for which . For that subscription fee, users will have the right to install Office 2013 and/or the Office for  2011 SKUs on up to five PCs and Macs in total. (There's still no new word on what's going on with the follow-on version of Office for Mac 2011.)
Microsoft officials also have said that the "real" Office 365 update should be available around the time of the client launch. Microsoft officials have been  for the past couple of weeks.
When I asked in December 2012 for the status of the rollout of the new Office, I was told a company spokesperson: "Any of the new Office 365 SKUs don't become available for purchase until first quarter of 2013. " That said, some as part of Microsoft's regular service updates, starting in October 2012 and continuing through general availability, the spokesperson added.