Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Apple's next-gen, dual-core iPhone could debut in April


The Korea Times claimed Tuesday that sources at KT said the new phone would have an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen, would feature video chat functionality, and a removable battery is "highly likely." The report also said the new iPhone would include dual-core processors, more powerful graphics capabilities, and a superior camera.

Talks over initial sales have reportedly been under way at KT, which plans to sell the fourth-generation device to corporate clients in April as a "litmus test." Local distributors would allegedly receive the new device in June, which would represent the typical timeframe for an iPhone launch.

The Times quoted a "high ranking KT executive" as saying that Apple and the wireless provider have reached "a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible."

If true, multi-core support for the new iPhone would likely come in the form of the new Cortex-A9 processor design from ARM. The new processors are capable of breaking the 2GHz barrier.

Last week, AppleInsider reported that Apple has moved to purchase significant quantities of LED camera flash components. These could be used to improve both picture and quality in low-light situations.

Last year, rumors said Apple was testing RFID swipe support in new iPhone prototypes. Radio-Frequency Identification is a technology that allows a device to sense embedded chips in nearby objects without making direct contact or without visible light. It could allow users to use their phone as a credit card to swipe payments, or to swipe and obtain information from a kiosk.

Intel's 48-core processor debut

Intel debuted and demonstrated its Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor Wednesday. The processor has 48 cores--24 dual-core "tiles"--connected with a high-speed mesh network. Intel wants the experimental chip, at least 100 of which it'll distribute to researchers in 2010, to lead to new attempts to tackle multicore system and software design. Ultimately, Intel believes its aggressive multicore approach will be the way computers get enough power for tasks such as vision and speech comparable to what humans have. Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner showed off the SCC chip. Here he holds a silicon wafer of the processors at a press event in San Francisco. The processor consumes between 25 and 125 watts of power--the numbers from Rattner's slide presentation projected on the wafer. Intel had two SCC prototype computers on display. Because the SCC chips use ordinary x86 processor cores, regular software such as Windows and Linux can run on them. The SCC systems can accommodate up to 64GB of memory, but this machine had 16GB. Intel's SCC chip's x86 cores each are comparable in power to the lower-end Atom line used in Netbooks today. Intel expects programmers eventually will have to reckon with many more cores. That's an issue that the computing industry is struggling to adjust to because most PC software is geared to perform a single sequence of instructions, not many things in parallel. Each node on the SCC chip includes two x86 cores with its own memory cache. Linking them to the outside world is router circuitry that handles networking on the chip. The network lets processors exchange information and communicate with any of four DDR3 memory banks.
The SCC motherboard features a giant central block for the single SCC processor.
Another look at an SCC system. It had two fans on the back and was larger than your average PC, but was hardly as mammoth as, for example, four-socket servers.
It looks like Intel wants to keep its SCC chips cool, judging by the size and amount of copper around the processor


Unboxing the Nexus One

The most discussed gadget in the recent times has been the Nexus One with the google's Android OS. Unboxing before you some of its photos and specs.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Google on Tuesday announced the Nexus One, the latest mobile handset to come with the Android operating system. It begins shipping this week and runs either $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile, or $529 unlocked.

The Nexus One comes with plenty of goodies, including two cables to charge it: a USB cord and an AC adapter. Users also get a neoprene sleeve, and headphones with a built-in microphone.

The Nexus One comes with a removable 1,400mAh battery. The inside of the battery compartment also houses a microSD card slot, along with a slot for a SIM card. Included is 4GB of storage, although it can be expanded up to 32GB.

The metallic area below the battery compartment can also be personalized at the time of purchase.
The Nexus One has its own special logo at boot. For us, the average boot was a little under 40 seconds.
The Nexus One packs a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash. Like some other Android phones it can also shoot video, alongside still shots.
The Nexus One is a hair thinner than the iPhone, although slightly taller.
The Nexus One and the iPhone have similar tops, with a standard headphone jack and a sleep button.


iPhone OS 3.1 Software Update

Hello Everybody I'm Back after a very long to discuss what this blog is for..
Apple has launched the iPhone OS 3.1 Software Update for older iPhones and iPhone 3GS.Lets discuss its features.
The free iPhone OS 3.1 Software Update includes some great new features, as well as all the features from previous updates. iPhone OS 3.1 gives you Genius recommendations for apps, lets you download ringtones wirelessly, offers a new way to organize apps on your iPhone, and more.
Genius Recommendations for Apps
Get recommendations for apps you might like based on apps you’ve already downloaded.
Genius Mixes
Have iTunes automatically create mixes based on what’s already in your library. You don’t even have to choose a sample song.
Download Ringtones Wirelessly
Choose from thousands of iPhone ringtones on the iTunes Store and buy them with a tap.
Organize Apps in iTunes
Use iTunes on your computer to drag apps onto virtual Home screens, then sync them to your iPhone.

iPhone OS 3.1 also includes these features and updates:
1.Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos1
2.iTunes U content organization1
3.Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store
4.Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
5.Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
6.Option to "Save as new clip" when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
7.Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
8.Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe
9.Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
10.Paste phone numbers into the keypad
11.Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
12.Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing)
13.Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
14.Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly