iOS 7 beta points to slow-mo cam feature in next iPhone

 

Odds are strong that Apple will debut an iPhone 5S in September or October, making this peak season for both rumors and educated guesses about the future device. This one, from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, seems to fall squarely into the latter category and substantiates earlier speculation thatan improved camera is in the works.

Gurman was tipped by a developer to some hidden references inside of the latest iOS 7 betas that indicate Apple is designing a new iPhone camera mode called “Mogul,” which would allow for the capture of video at a superfast and precise rate — 120 frames per second — although the resolution of such a recording is still unknown.

This would let users make slow-motion films, a capability already present in competitor phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and some sports cameras on the market. Let’s face it, smartphone camera competition is getting stiff.

The big question is whether the feature would be ready for a fall debut. But the release of aniPhone 5S will all but certainly coincide with the availability of iOS 7.

Gurman points out rightly that Apple’s previous iPhone “S” upgrades have “included unique features to set it apart from either previous iPhones or other devices on the market.” The 3GS included new video camera and voice control features. And the 4S introduced Siri.

However, Gurman goes on to say that because the word mogul is defined as “a powerful person in a media industry,” it’s “a perfect code name (or even a marketing name) for a new iPhone camera feature.” We’d challenge that notion by adding that the term might also refer to ski moguls, aka bumps, and could be a code name for an image stabilization tool.

 

source: Cnet

You can now buy a Microsoft Surface RT for $349

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Following news that a price cut was planned for the Surface RT tablet, Microsoft has made the change today, and is now selling its 32GB model for $349 — down from $499.

Available at this price in the Microsoft store and elsewhere, the drop is a clear — if not painful — attempt by Microsoft to boost sales of its first in-house tablet. The 64GB RT model has also been reduced by $150, to $499.

As for Surface’s sales figures, Bloomberg reported back in March that Microsoft has sold roughly 1.5 million Surface devices, 400,000 of which were the Pro model, which went on sale roughly three months after the cheaper RT model. In other words, the Pro is selling well, which explains why its price remains unchanged. At the time of that report, we noted that these stats are reportedly below Microsoft’s expectations, but not low enough to sink the Surface brand.

The obvious question now is, with this new price cut, will you actually buy a Surface RT? Also, do rumors that new devices are on the way change your mind?

 

Image credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty

 

Source: ThenextWeb

Here’s 66 Google Now Commands That You May or May Not Known About

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One of the features we use on Android to brag about how great Android is to our friends is Google Now. Which is a pretty big feature as well as a cool one. Google Now was introduced back at Google I/O 2012 with Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean, and is available on every phone running Android 4.1 or higher. Now there are two parts to Google Now. There’s the screen that shows you cards, like the one below, then there’s the search where you can type in your search or say what you want to search for. In that screen there are plenty of commands you can use to show off how great Android really is.

 

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Here are 66 different commands you can use:

1.Remind me to walk the dog in 2 hours

2.Call the Drake Hotel in Toronto

3. Send a Text to (insert name) “are you busy?”

4. Listen to “insert artist name”Should pull from collection

5. Turn off WiFi

6. Turn on Silent Mode

7.Is it going to rain tomorrow?

8. Pizza Places in ::insert city::

9. Take me to (location) by foot

10. Where’s that museum with Egyptian stuff in San Jose?

11. Where is Wooster Mass?

12. Where is Wooster College?

13. When is the next (insert team) game?

14. Did the (insert team) win their last game?

15. What time is it in Paris?

16. When is sun rise in Tokyo?

17. What time zone is Amsterdam in?

18. When was Canada day?

19. When is Mother’s day in 2015?

20. What is 1 US dollar in Euro?

21. What’s 12 in hexadecimal?

22. 15.5% of 70.20

23. What’s 50 miles in kilometers?

24. What’s once in a blue moon?

25. What’s the answer to life, the universe and everything?

26. US Airways 400

27. AirCanada760

28. G O O G (spell it out)

29. Facebook Stock

30. What’s the cast of the Big Bang Theory?

31. Who produced Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

32. Who founded Napster?

33. Where did Natalie Portman go to college?

34. What’s the definition of dynamic programming?

35. How much is Angelina Jolie worth?

36. Who wrote The Grand Design?

37. What is Area Code 212?

38. What are some movies Bill Murray played in?

39. Fish species in Lake Tahoe

40. How long is the George Washington Bridge?

41. How long is the movie Ted?

42. How old is Mark Zuckerburg?

43. What is the height requirement for Space Mountain?

44. Pictures of the Eiffel Tower at sunset

45. Show me pictures of Android eating Apple

46. Do a barrel roll

47. Where’s the tallest building in the world?

48. Where is The Starry Night?

49. How did Elvis Presley die?

50. How much is a bakers dozen?

51. What is the loneliest number?

52. What’s the temperature of the Sun?

53. How old is the Earth?

54. What’s the theme on Splash Mountain?

55. What’s the slogan at Apple?

56. How tall is Taylor Swift?

57. When was the Statue of Liberty built?

58. When was the first episode of The Simpsons?

59. What are the dimensions of the Mona Lisa?

60. Who are the mascots of the San Francisco Giants?

61. Who is Donald Trump married to?

62. What’s the rating for The Amazing Spider-Man

63. What’s the capacity of Wembley Stadium?

64. What’s the acceptance rate at UCLA?

65. Note to self, buy some apples so I can make a really nice pie.

66. Where is the Pier Cafe in San Diego? >Click See Inside > Menu > Compass mode

 

source: android headlines

Google’s Nexus 10 goes for the iPad’s jugular

Does this ad look familiar? Like Apple, Google is touting its high pixel density display -- which in fact beats the Retina iPad handily on the pixels-per-inch metric.

 

On paper, at least, Google’s Nexus 10 is a remarkable-sounding tablet that challenges the iPadon key hardware metrics.

Those metrics would include size, weight, and display. Not to mention price.

“What we’re seeing is the establishment of the new high end,” said Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch.

 

Google’s high-end 32GB Nexus 10 model is priced at $499 ($399 with 16GB). By comparison, Apple’s 32GB Wi-Fi iPad is $599.

And the lower-priced Nexus 10 includes impressive iPad-busting hardware specifications, making it harder for Apple to distinguish itself on hardware alone.

“Apple has always demanded a premium for their products and we’ll see during the holiday season how much [market share] they’re able to hold onto,” said Shim, who correctly anticipated the new tablet, telling CNET earlier in the month that Google would hook up with Samsung on a very-high-resolution 10-inch tablet .

The Nexus 10, announced today, boasts features such as Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), a 2560-by-1600 pixel density 10-inch display and a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor, the first tablet from a top-tier vendor to use ARM’s latest chip technology.

The iPad is still ahead on connectivity, though. Google is not currently offering a version of the Nexus 10 with 3G or 4G/LTE. And, needless to say, hardware alone does not define a device.

 

Nexus 10, Retina iPad key metrics: the Google tablet is thinner, lighter, and boasts a higher pixel density.

  • Thickness: Nexus 10: 8.9mm, iPad: 9.4mm
  • Weight: Nexus 10: 603g, iPad: 652g
  • Display: Nexus 10: 300 PPI*, iPad: 264 PPI

*PPI = pixels per inch

 

“Having winning hardware specs is important but only one piece of the total tablet experience. Android is narrowing the gap but iOS is still leading on the content and applications race, which is a big component of the end-user’s purchase decision,” said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS-iSuppli.

And Apple may not suffer as much as other Android players. “The biggest short term share damage is likely to be to other Android players, rather than Apple specifically,” she added.

Apple's Retina display tech had been a key feature that set Apple apart from the pack.Apple’s Retina display tech had been a key feature that set Apple apart from the pack.

(Credit: Apple)

source:cnet

Google unveils 32GB Nexus 7 for $249, new 3G version for $299

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After weeks of rumours and speculation, Google has finally unveiled two new variants of its Nexus 7 tablet. The Wi-Fi only 32GB Nexus 7 will be available in the Google Play store for $249 in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and  Canada. This version will also be available in-stores with the company’s retail partners like Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, and Walmart in the US.

Google also launched the 32GB Nexus 7 3G version with HSPA+ connectivity, which will be sold in US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada starting November 13. The unlocked model of this version will be offered at $299 starting November 13.

Further, the search giant has now made the Wi-Fi only 16GB version of the 7-inch tablet as the entry-level device and as we reported earlier, it also received a price cut.

Despite cancelling the Android event scheduled for Monday, Google made the announcement via its blogpost.

Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google-YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps-and all the great content from Google Play in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand. To give you more room for all that great content you can now get Nexus 7 with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage. But we also wanted to make this highly portable tablet even more mobile. So we added HSPA+ mobile data. Nexus 7 is now also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

 

The only new change in both Nexus 7 variants is the additional memory and data options along with the Android 4.2 OS. Both new devices are the same as the original Nexus 7 models in terms of specs. They come with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, 1280×800 pixel resolution display and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Google also took the wraps off of its highly rumoured Nexus 4 smartphone. The Nexus 4 phone boasts a 4.7-inch screen with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution.

A 16GB model of the Nexus 4 will sell for $199 with a two-year contract to buy phone service and Internet access from T-Mobile. A contract-free version is available for $299 with 8GB and $349 for the 16GB model.

The 10-inch tablet from Samsung was also a part of the unveiling. The entry-level Nexus 10 will be sold at $399, or about $100 less than the least expensive iPad, starting November 13 in the US, Britain, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The only other option is a 32GB Wi-Fi only Nexus 10 that costs $499.

 

source:ndtv