iPhone 5 Coming on September 21?

It is coming. Get Ready. Apple is reportedly set to make the most awaited launch of this year, the launch of iPhone 5, scheduled on September 21. The reports have flown directly from the nest of iMore, which have claimed that the source from where the information has come has “proven accurate in the past”.

The reports for the iPhone 5 and the new iPad has been building up for quite a while and it was expected that that both Apple products will be hitting the shelves later this year but it seems that iPhone and iOS6 would arrive a bit earlier than expected.

As pointed by Gigaom, Apple does only one upgrade in a year but this time it is  just after 11 months of release of iPhone 4S that Apple may put the new model in store. Moreover, iPad Mini, which is going to be a significant addition to the company’s product line up, may release after 6 months of the recent iPad update, this would be something which Apple has not done before. However, the early launch of iPad Mini would put Apple in a better position against its competitors, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon who are ruling the 7 inch tablet market for now.

iMore’s report says iOS 6 would be given a final presentation on September 12, and be released as a software update a week later, which would be September 19.

Though Apple SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall said at WWDC in June that iOS 6 will be released “sometime this fall.” And if seen logically fall doesn’t began from September 22 but yes Apple is allowed to change its mind especially after its products sale has slowed down.

And if Apple delivers iPhone 5 this September then it would get itself many customers who are waiting to upgrade their phone. Apple is also going to earn major benefit from the quarterly release of iPad as it will fetch more profits.

In the words of Washington Post, timing the launch at the end of its fiscal fourth quarter would be one way to avoid repeating what happened in its fiscal fourth quarter last year – and again in its fiscal third, reported last week — with Apple seeing its iPhones sales dip while customers wait until October for a new iPhone. Even a late-in-the-quarter release (the quarter ends Sept. 30), would result in one of the company’s typically insane launch weekend numbers press releases, which would be encouraging to investors.

And there is no doubt that a kind of company which Apple is, futuristic in its approach, it will by no means take Wall Street concerns lightly especially under the leadership of Tim Cook.… Read the rest

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16GB Nexus 7 is Now in Stock at Google Play Store

It took less than a week for Google to get its in demand 16 GB version of Nexus 7 tablet back on sale at the Google Play store. After all how could they let their buyers wait for long!

Nexus 7 was launched almost a month back and since then has been of lot of interest among people. The 7-inch tablet has lured customers towards itself largely because of its exceptional features and the extraordinary price, $200 that it is being offered at. The tablet runs on latest OS from Google, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is connected with Google Play store for music, movies, and TV shows, has 1 GB of RAM, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, an inbuilt camera and a 1,280-by-800 screen display.

The 16GB version of Nexus 7 was so much in demand that Google Play Store declared it out of stock almost a week ago. Apparently, Google had no clue that its 16 GB version would be accepted so well despite it being costlier by $50 as compared to the 8GB version that is priced at $200. Last week even Google was not sure when it will be able to make 16GB version available again and was asking interested people to leave their email addresses so that they could get back and inform when it will be available for sale again.

However, Google Nexus 7 16 GB tablet is back in stores now and will be delivered in 3 to 5 business days.… Read the rest

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Another Patent Suit Siri’s Voice-to-Text Feature Haunts Apple

This time its Siri’s voice-to-text feature that has got Apple into fresh trouble. According to a report from Reuters, Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University has filed a patent suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. According to the report, the University has claimed that it owns two U.S patents for the technology that Siri uses in order to translate voice commands into texts and notes.

National Cheng Kung University has said that the patents that it owns were issued in 2007 and 2010. Siri originally started as an artificial intelligence project at SRI International that was funded by U.S. government. Eventually, it turned into an independent company by the name SIRI, in 2007, the company was then bought by Apple in 2010.

Though nothing has been proved yet but if Apple loses this one, then for compensation, the company will have to pay a percentage of its U.S. sales of the devices that has Siri. In a nutshell, this will include sales of all iPhone 4S and iPads that have iOS 6 software, which is expected to enter the market this fall. This means that the university may get a good amount in terms of compensation.

This is one of the many lawsuits that have been filed against Apple regarding its mobile technology. Speculations are that filing charges against international companies has become a kind of trend these days. What has really boosted the courage of companies is the Apple’s decision of settling with the almost bankrupt Proview over the iPad trademark in China, which happened last month for $60 million.

Though at present, Siri has simply sued Apple, but University’s lawyers told Reuters that it is also planning to sue to Microsoft and Google on the violation of same two patents.

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Pre-order Perks for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3; New Revelations in Stores!

The gaming season is beginning as the big names of Fall 2012 come out with their own set of perks to boost up their sales. The latest to join the league is Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3…

The games have come a long way from the earlier times when we used to buy simple discs for playing out sequenced formats one after the other. Just like a sale in the Holiday season, every game comes along with a bagful of ‘perks’ and ‘pre-order benefits’ for the gamer. As Fall 2012 approaches, gaming majors have raised their bar for promoting their own brands of the season. Starting off the proceedings, Activision’s Call of Duty series is offering a series of goodies at an additional price of 10 pounds including a Quadrotor drone prop for Xbox 360 players and an entry into the Black Ops 2 Perks Program sweepstake as well. A pre-order before August 5 will make them eligible to win a chance to visit Gamescom. Playstation 3 players can get a Quadrotor theme for themselves as well.

Pre-order benefits also include a Nuketown 2025 map on a 10 pound deposit. There are more to follow and you don’t have to worry if you have already made the pre-order and did not get any of these perks. You just have to shell out an extra 5 pounds to get the required deal. And if you think that your kitty is not yet full, then pick up the Assassin’s Creed III pre-order package through Newegg. You will get a straight 20 per cent discount on the retail price of the game. You can get the game for a cool 47.99 dollars as compared to 59.99 dollars offered by the manufacturer. Do remember to enter “EMCYTZT1964” as the promo code to get the discount. The game would have a release date of October 30, 2012 and besides the usual perk, Ubisoft is also planning to also promote a ‘post launch episodic content’ which is expected to the top of the line DLC, which is expected to ‘set the bar’ in the gaming industry.

Ubisoft, which is gaining a lot of publicity owing to its latest enterprise ‘Watch Dogs’ is now expected to give tough competition to its contemporaries with Assassin’s Creed III. The ‘Season Pass’ is another feature that is going to be part of this edition, which has lead to speculations that the game would be augmented through a series of DLC releases. This is expected to commence soon. The game has progressed nicely and its latest edition is expected to make the battleground tougher for established enterprises such as Red Dead Redemption as well. Ubisoft seems to picking up well on the ‘trail’ of other gaming majors and catching up on favorites such as Rockstar Games. But as the season begins, more pre-order goodies are being announced every day and as long as the ‘perks’ keep on increasing, I am not complaining! After all, these just keep the gaming clime more ‘perkier’!… Read the rest

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Top 5 Ultrabooks: the Best and Slimmest Notebooks in the Market

Thinking of picking up a new laptop anytime soon? Have you already checked out the latest ads all over the place for those super-sleek, super-light utlrabooks yet? Are you in two minds about investing some extra moolah in this purchase and picking up an ultrabook instead of a regular laptop? We’ll help you decide if it is the right choice for you, and even offer you advice on some of the best ultrabooks available in the market that you can choose from.

Well, for starters, they are a whole lot sleeker and lighter than the regular laptops. But they don’t just look good from the outside, they are meant to be extremely functional. With long lasting battery life, and higher processor powers as well as tons of storage space, ultrabooks are designed for heavy usage. Add to the fact that ultrabooks have a metallic body that makes them a lot tougher than ordinary notebooks. Intel has conceptualized the ultrabook to be the perfect computing companion for those who are constantly on the move, and prefer using their devices constantly on the batteries.

Here’s a list of the most popular ultrabooks out in the market currently:

Dell XPS 13: Now here’s one that definitely wins in the looks segment. An extremely gorgeous chassis made of carbon fiber; it is also one of the slimmest ultrabooks available today, its slimmest region being only 6mm thick! The Dell XPS 13 is powered by an i5 processor and has 4GB RAM, as well as a 128GM SSD drive. Go for the Dell XPS 13 if you are looking to splurge on your purchase, and are a fan of understated style.

Lenovo IdeaPad U300S: Lenovo’s ultrabooks are extremely stylish and are available in numerous color options. While the company claims up to 8 hours of battery backup on a single charge, we think you could easily use this one for at least 6 hours without worrying about running out of charge. Sporting a 13.3-inch screen, you can choose from Intel’s 3rd generation i5 or i7 processor to power this IdeaPad. Featuring an Intel HD 3000 graphics card and 4GB RAM, you can get 128GB or even 256GB SSD drives in this ultrabook for storage. Extremely light and compact, the IdeaPad is only 0.59 inches thick and weighs a mere 1.33kg.

Asus Zenbook UX31: This is a company that is known for its extremely robust machines to begin with. So when it comes to ultrabooks, Asus does complete justice to Intel’s concept in the form of the Zenbook UX31. Taking inspiration from the Macbook Air, it is just 3mm thick at its thinnest point and goes up to a mere 17mm at its thickest region, and weighs only 1.1kg! The aluminum casing makes the Zenbook quite sturdy and even succeeds in giving a decent 5.5 hours of battery life, thanks to its onboard ultra-low voltage i5 processor. What’s more, the Zenbook also happens to one of the most affordable ultrabooks in the market.

HP Envy 14 Spectre: Now HP’s take on ultrabooks may not be quite as sleek as what the others are offering, but in terms of performance, the Envy 14 Spectre does quite an outstanding job, leaving us all fairly impressed. Featuring Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for its screen and even on its lid, this ultrabook is built to survive excess wear and tear, but at the same time looks elegant and quite distinct from its competition. Powered by an i5 processor and 4GB RAM, and weighing almost 4 pounds, we can forgive HP for making this a little chunkier than its competition for something quite this good looking and functional.

Samsung Series 9: While Samsung may have failed to make a mark initially when it stepped into the laptop market, its range of ultrabooks sure does look promising. The Series 9 features an aluminum shell and a bright high resolution screen, and comes in two models – choose from a screen size of 13 inches or 15 inches. These ultrabooks have an i5 processor, Intel HD 3000 graphics card, and 128GB SSD drive for storage. The 13-inch model is powered by 4GB RAM, while the 15-inch version has 8GB RAM. Both these models provide a decent 4 hours of battery life.… Read the rest

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Successful Release by Apple: Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times

Saturday marked an eventful day for Apple Inc. as the company marked around 3 million downloads of OS X Mountain Lion that is the latest desktop operating system. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation, OS X is the fastest update of desktop OS and has full advantages of the technologies. It is engineered to deliver the most intuitive and integrated computer experience to users.

OS X Mountain Lion was released last Wednesday on the Mac App Store with a download price of $19.99.

Apple looks to add innovative functions to its software as part of a broader push so that all of its products work flawlessly together to encourage customers to buy several devices.

The features of OS X Mountain Lion from the iPhone and iPad include a notification system that shows text messages sent to the devices on the Mac computer. Analysts believe that this feature makes customers addictive to Apple products that refrain them from buying anything other than the Apple.

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London Olympics 2012: Digitized the Technology

An array of technology has transformed the way spectators view 2012 London Olympics Games. Technology has changed the way we consume, share, and see the world around us. Although, majority of spectators watching this year’s Olympics Games will put on their television sets, there are many people who will follow the games on their mobiles and tablets. With the influx of social network, this year’s games are aimed to reach wide audience as all digital savvy Olympians connect to their devices and gadgets to reach their fans, making the game more accessible to people all over.

Let’s go back in the history of the Olympic Games before the Internet to see how the communication evolved from birds to tweets.

Dating back to centuries, it all began with pigeons.

From 776 B.C. games until 384 A.D., Roman Emperor Theodosius I had put a ban on the Olympics so that he could impose Christianity as a state religion. During that time, pigeons were the main source used to spread news.

There was then, centuries of Olympic radio silence. It was by 1896, when the pigeons finally were replaced by telegraphs as the messengers of information. This decision was taken by the newly formed International Olympic Committee.

It was for the first time in history that the radio did Olympics broadcast in 1924. The year 1936 saw a live telecast for viewers in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany. By 1960, the Games were being broadcast on television worldwide; and then 36 years later, in 1996, Atlanta hosted the first ‘Internet Olympics’.

And today, almost 16 years later, the world is now following the Olympics at the 24/7 Olympics Athletes Hub, with various applications for smartphones. These applications help viewers track everything from the progress of the Olympic torch to the location of toilets in the host city. It also shows the London Eye full with a rainbow of colors that correspond to Twitter’s sentiment about the Games.

It is believed that by 2016, when the next Summer Olympics are held in Rio, the digital reach of the Games will have evolved even further and there will be more mobile devices on the planet than humans. In this age, we now have a different kind of bird, who has taken over pigeons as messengers of information. Even with all this advancement in technology and media, there is still one question that interests all viewers- who won?… Read the rest

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It’s Time to Move Ahead of Google, Bottlenose Launches New Search Engine

Social media search experience doesn’t get any better than this. Bottlenose, which was a game changer for social media, has today launched its discovery engine in public beta. The discovery engine is one of its kinds, which lets you keep tab of the news, pictures and links that are in vogue. With Bottlenoses’ discovery engine, searching the web becomes an enthralling experience as you come across the freshest and most vital information at click of a button. In the words of Nova Spivack, CEO, who says that Bottlenose effectively does for social networks what Google did for the Web.

When you enter your query in the discovery engine search bar,  Bottlenose pulls out information related to your term from social websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and you get to see your search in a tabular format synopsis called ‘Now’ which gives you immediate access to the current trends.

“We’re trying to be the ‘Now’ company,” Spivack told Jennifer Van Grove of Venture Beat. “We’re trying to build the highest resolution picture of what’s happening right now.”

Bottlenose’s works on a technology that measure the crowd to sense the drift across major social networks. What it gives you is a precise piece of information of what is happening and what is current in the world.
Bottlenose also gives you a handful of apps such as Now, Paper, Pictures, Scanner and Sonar, which lets you choose from the trending content. These neat apps engage you in the first instance and give you a better understanding of content.

“The messages flowing through social networks reflect what’s happening in the world. Bottlenose measures the crowd to provide a live view of what’s important,” said Nova Spivack, co-founder and CEO of Bottlenose. “We’re mapping the global mind in real-time. It’s a new way to tap into collective consciousness that literally lets you see what the world is thinking.”

You can also create your Bottleneck account in case you want to save your searches for later viewing. This way you have your personal start page, which gives you fresh dose of whatever is happening around you whenever you log in.

“We had to develop entirely new technologies to make Bottlenose’s real-time discovery engine even possible. Bottlenose is entirely built in Javascript and HTML5 and leverages a patent-pending crowd computing architecture to achieve massive scale at amazing low costs,” said Dominiek ter Heide, CTO and co-founder, Bottlenose. “Bottlenose builds an interest graph for every person, topic and link mentioned in social media. It also uses proprietary analytics, natural language processing and trend detection algorithms to map the global brain at any point in time.”

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Google Fiber Launches with a Bang in Kansas City

It was just a few days ago when Google publicly released the registration of 1 gigabit fiber network. The company plans to launch Google Fiber on both the Kansas and Missouri sides of Kansas City. What’s good news for Google is that there are already more than 20 percent of the qualified neighborhoods on the Missouri side who have arrived at Google’s thresholds within two days of its opening. This network is new and super-fast.

However, things are a bit slow in Kansas City, Kansas, where the median household income is notably lower than on the other side of the city. Here, there are only three neighborhoods that have met Google’s goals. There are still hundreds of people who still have to sign up to bring fiber to their houses.

Last week, Google officially launched Google Fiber and set it up as an unusual system as the company still had to decide where to roll it out first. Google separated the metropolitan area into ‘fiberhoods’ with around 250 to 1,500 households. It wants all likely subscribers pre-register for Fiber service for a fee of $10.

Before rolling out a Fiber in an area, Google wants all neighborhoods to arrive at a definite threshold of households, which was between 5 to 25 percent. Neighborhoods that don’t reach their pre-registration goals by September 9 will be last in line. Those who reach their goals will be given priorities as per the total number of pre-registrations in each area.… Read the rest

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Mobile Traffic Jammed the Network at Olympic Broadcast

Controversy around the broadcast of 2012 Olympics Games in London does not seem to have come to a close yet. The International Olympic Committee had to request all attendees to avoid sending too many messages and texts. They have put a limit to the output of status updates only to ‘urgent’. Mobile updates by spectators at the Olympics clogged a mobile network that was being used by official TV data suppliers to transmit live telecast.

Twitter and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have both worked hand-in-hand for the endorsement of the microblog service to connect with athletes, competitors and London 2012. The IOC says that the increase in number of users accessing mobile social media at some Olympic venues has interfered with mobile networks on which the games themselves depend.

There are many television broadcasters who state that the coverage of Olympic cycling road races lacked official timing data supplied by the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS). There was one BBC commentator who actually relied on his own stopwatch.

However, the name of the underperforming network was not revealed.

The request to send only urgent tweets sounds ironic in the IOC’s own social media commitment. The way Twitter has undone coverage is even more agreeably ironic for all onlookers who compared the fortunes of each medium. Unlike the TV data issue, spectators do not yet seem to have experienced mobile signal issues during the games.

Some of the UK’s five main mobile carriers such as Orange, T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone, and Three had lined together with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to plan out 3G signal requirements around London well in advance. But now they had to ask users to prioritize use of their mobile so that the burden could be lessened.

It might have been embarrassing for the industry to watch the internal strife. The networks during broadcast were broken and so these concerns regarding volume in network could have been avoided.… Read the rest

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