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VTech debuts InnoPad,tablet for kids

February 13, 2011 |

VTech, a leader in technology-toys has announced the debut of InnoPad,educational tablet for kids. With promise for abundant educational development and fun, InnoPad provides interactive reading, creative activities and gaming for kids aged 4-9. The animated events are provided via a cartridge library featuring kids’ favorite characters.

The InnoPad comes with a 5 inch touch panel, microphone and USB interface, an SD card,headphone jack and a  tilt-sensor for gaming control.It supports digital downloads and features an integrated MP3 player. Other applications include a calculator,friends address book, a calendar and more. It has a large title of softwares to choose from and is tagged  at $79.99, with each title priced at $24.99.

A recent survey revealed that 25% of kids aged six and below have read e-books. Together, VTech’s own hits like V.Smile, V.Reader and MobiGo are proof that technology is no longer away from kids. So,combining the versatility of tablets with the functionality of … Read More

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

February 13, 2011 |

With promise for higher standards and performance, the Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9 is now available. Microsoft has announced the launch of IE9 RC at in 40 languages. With over 17,000 feed backs and guidelines from more than 25 million beta testers,  IE9 RC comes with a faster script engine and better compiler optimizations.

The RC has an improved play over the beta with support for emerging Web standards like CSS3 2D Transforms, HTML5 Geolocation and HTML5 elements. The version has accessibility to the audio and video controls of HTML5 as well. The privacy improvements of IE are well-featured in IE9 RC. In addition to an opt-in Tracking Protection,a Tracking Protection List is also provided.

IE9 RC functions on Windows Vista and Windows 7 but does not support Windows XP models.Microsoft has assured that the final IE9 will be available soon; as for now users can download the 32-bit or 64-bit versions … Read More

Motorola Xoom for pre-order on Best Buy from Thursday

February 13, 2011 |

The much awaited Motorola Xoom will be available for pre-order from February 17 on Best Buy. The tablet is priced at $1,199. The Honeycomb device comes with two financing options- an 18 month and a 6 month long term. Together with the price tag comes the reality that a one month prior data subscription is needed to activate WiFi on the device.

Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor T20, 1GB DDR2 memory and 32GB hard drive, Motorola Xoom has the power for performance. The Google Mobile Services, high-speed USB 2.0 port and Adobe Flash Player support are some of the few impressive specs of the Xoom. To add-on, the 10.1 inch wide screen HD display, the 5.0MP and 2.0MP cameras add credit to the Xoom capabilities.

Whatsoever, the absurd pricing and data activation requirements might decrease the demand. The Best Buy package includes the Motorola Xoom Tablet,Lithium-ion battery, an 8′ wall charger, USB … Read More

iBuyPower brings forth Chimera XLC Gaming desktop

February 12, 2011 |

iBuyPower has unleashed the latest gaming desktop PC in its chimera line, the Chimera XLC, which comes with packed with an Extreme Liquid Cooling(XLC) system to cool down the fiery nature of its mythical namesake.

The chimera which is a mind blowing mix of a lion, a snake, and a goat, is painted onto the front and side panels of the Chimera Inferno 3 case that encapsulates the Chimera XLC. As for the inside story, the cooling system aims to keep the temperatures down during long and very intense gaming sessions making use of a 240mm radiator, a 200mm fan, and five 120mm fans to chill the insides at all the times.

In addition to these is its Level 3 Power Drive service for factory overclocking which according to claims can increase speed up to 30 percent. The Chimera XLC also offers a choice of Intel Core i7 CPUs and AMD or Nvidia video … Read More

MacBook Air to get Sandy Bridge update in June

February 11, 2011 |

Apple is in for an update of its MacBook Air this summer with the inclusion of Intel’s sandy Bridge processors. The MacBook Air upgrading is expected in June according to sources.The Sandy Bridge processor would be a huge add on to the MacBook Air, which currently incorporates a Core 2 Duo chip, which has been used since its introduction about three years ago. That three year span puts Core 2 Duo chips two generations behind the Sandy Bridge. This MacBook and the MacBook Pro also use Core 2 Duo processors.

Apparently PC makers are all eager to ship systems with the latest Intel processor because it speeds up the gaming graphics and multimedia tasks over current Intel silicon at little or no extra cost. This is due to the fact that the graphics silicon is built directly onto the main processor which is a first for a mainstream Intel chip. With the inclusion of … Read More

Nokia connects with Microsoft

February 11, 2011 |

Nokia and Microsoft have announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary expertise to create a new global mobile for. They would join forces to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

There is much more on the palette for the consumers with the announcement. The extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia windows phone services in countries where credit- card use is low. There would be a more compelling consumer experience with the integration of Nokia’s content and application store.

As for the other aspects of the agreement, Nokia would be contributing its expertise in hardware design, language support, to help bring windows phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and locations. Also Bing would be powering Nokia’s search services across the Nokia devices and … Read More

Yahoo to release digital newsstand for tablets

February 11, 2011 |

Yahoo announced that it would be launching a digital news stand for tablet devices in the near future. The service, named “Livestand” will feature Yahoo’s finance, sports,newspapers, magazines and celebrity contents together with other releases.It is expected to create a personalized reading experience covering a variety of feeds.

Livestand is not the first of the kind, there will be stiff competition from news readers like Flipboard and Pulse, as well as digital publishes of Google, Apple, Adobe and others.The news stand will have content from a wide range of publishers that will be published to users in exchange for a reduction of advertising and subscription charges.

However, no information has been passed on relating to the revenue sharing deal. Livestand is expected to be launched in the first quarter of the year and will be initially available on the iPad and other Android powered tablets from Google.

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Apple releases iOS 4.2.6 with bug fixes for Verizon iPhone 4

February 11, 2011 |

Apple has released an iPhone4 software iOS 4.2.6 that can resolve bugs affecting the accuracy of Personal Hotspot data reporting in the smartphone. It is interesting to note that the software has been released on the same day as the debut date of iPhone4 on the Verizon network.

Verizon’s Personal Hotspot WiFi tethering plan supports up to 5 WiFi devices and costs an additional $20 per month for 2GB of tethered data.Exceeding the limit will cost each gigabyte an additional $20.The bug might have resulted in billing errors due to in-efficient reporting of the hotspot data usage. The iOS4.2.6 takes care of these reporting errors.

The release of iOS 4.2.6 would have come as a great news to the Verizon as the carrier has had billing error related issues lately. Though Verizon is not the only carrier that has had trouble, it is notable that last October Verizon had to refund $90 million to … Read More

Blackberry Playbook tablet PC coming in April

February 10, 2011 |

Research in motion has taken a much appreciable effort in pricing its forthcoming tablet. It comes as a much more advantageous move when compared to the pricing that Motorola has placed for its Xoom tablet which stands at a mammoth $800. The 16GB version will be available in April as per the available reports.

According to the report from Office Depot the Playbook will be priced at $499.99 for its 16GB model. This would make it come on par with Apple iPad in cost. The document also reveals an on-sale date of late March/early April, which will make it appear a few months before the roll out of HP TouchPad.

Though RIM’s pricing is a huge relief than the Motorola pricing, there is still some reluctance in undercutting the price of iPad. It’s a scenario where there are many dirt-cheap tablets running on Android cruising the markets from no-name vendors, and there are still … Read More

Verizon iPhone is in for Sale

February 10, 2011 |

And the wait for Verizon Wireless iPhone is finally over! Starting today, the Verizon’s version of iPhone 4 will be available in retail stores.

Apple and Verizon Wireless stores, along with Best Buy and other selected Wal-Mart stores, will start selling the Verizon iPhones at 7 a.m. local time. Apple and Verizon had quickly sold out the initial batch of iPhones that had been made available through presale to Verizon customers last week. Also Verizon had claimed that demand for iPhone 4 had surpassed any other previous smartphone launch on its network, including the much anticipated Motorola Droid and Droid X, as well as the HTC Incredible.

In an attempt to move the sales process more quickly, Apple has been taking online reservations for customers buying the phone in its retail stores. Customers who have reserved their iPhones can drop in to pick up their smartphones at the Apple stores. It comes with the … Read More

Acer unveils 23.6- inch GN245HQ monitor with HDMI 3D

February 10, 2011 |

Acer is in again with the world’s first 3D monitor. This 23.6- inch GN245HQ can support the HDMI 3D solution from NVIDIA. Users have two options to get 3D content. They can either get it through NVIDIA’s HDMI 3D connectivity or through DVI-DL. The specific feature of this GN245HQ is that it comes with active shutter 3D glasses in the box that work with the display’s built-in IR emitter.

As for the information about the specs this sleek monitor of full HD(1,920 x 1,080) packs together a 2ms response time, 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has LED- backlighting that contributes to saving power up to 68% approximately.

There has been no word about the launch in the U.S but this Acer product will appear in the U.K market in mid-March. It is expected to carry a price tag of £419.99($675).

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Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux released

February 10, 2011 |

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2 that works for Windows,Mac and Linux. The new Player comes packed with features and is now available for download. The most impressive of the lot is the new Stage Video architecture that drastically reduces the processor load of playing back high resolution videos.With the feature, Adobe claims that a 1080p playback will not take up more than 15 percent of a CPU cycle.

The additional features in Flash Player 10.2 include the ability to go to true full screen playback in a single click. The multiple display full screen support adds to the multitasking ability. Developers can create their own cursors with the added support for  native mouse cursors that the 10.2 version holds.

To add-on, the new sub-pixel text rendering is a credible update for all complex character-based languages. GPU rendering technology that will be seen in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 is supported as well.

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INQ announces Android- based Facebook phones

February 10, 2011 |

Mobile phone manufacturer INQ has collaborated with Facebook on phones facilitating the social networking site, and the outcome are the Android based INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q.

The phones are primarily meant for people who use Facebook as their main means of communication. The home screen contains a feed for seeing  friends updates, pictures, videos and web pages. Some touch links to facilities like Facebook Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications. Facebook events will come as a pop up in the Google calendar on both phones.

The INQ Touch and INQ Cloud Q also packs together streaming music service Spotify through which the users can access the service’s application via a dedicated key. To use Spotify on mobile phones, users at the moment have to sign up and pay a monthly fee for premium service.

INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q use the Android 2.2 version. INQ Cloud Touch carries a … Read More