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Archive for April 30th, 2012

The new iPad has finally arrived in India, and as usual, it comes on a wave of sales records, hype and controversy. There are those who insist that it does not represent a huge step forward, even as others believe that it redefines the tablet category. The truth lies somewhere between these two extreme views. We have been using the new iPad for a while and here’s what we think of Apple’s latest tablet.

Style and substance

The new iPad is as sleek as its predecessors even though it has gained a bit in terms of thickness and weight-it is 9.4 mm thick and tips the scales at 652 g (the iPad 2 was 8.8 mm thick and weighed 601 g). But the device really impresses when you switch it on. The 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display is easily the best we have seen on a portable device. Forget the figures, there are more pixels on this device than you get on an HDTV. The result is dazzling, not just in the case of videos and games, but also in something as mundane as text. We have not been as surprised by a display since Samsung launched the Super AMOLED-borne Galaxy S.  Read more HERE

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The fruit science magazine Pomology.org has newly included 296 resources to the apple which is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known fruits used by humans. Pomology is the science and technology of cultivating and producing fruits and within this scientific area, Pomology.org provides a wide range of resources related to temperate, subtropical and tropical fruits.

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Samsung has recently announced its new quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor that will be powering its next Galaxy smartphone(expected in the upcoming Galaxy S3).

The Exynos 4 Quad integrates four processor cores and is built on the company’s cutting-edge 32-nanometer manufacturing process. The chip will run at speeds above 1.4GHz, the company said in a statement.

 

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Samsung is now the the world’s largest mobile phone maker in the world, for the first time, overtaking Nokia.

According to the latest research report from Strategy Analytics, out of 368 million mobile phones shipped in the first quarter this year(Q1,2012), Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets worldwide, capturing a record 25 percent market share.

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Following rumors from earlier this month that Apple may use a LiquidMetal casing for their next iPhone, we’ve received word (once again) from an anonymous source stating that Apple will be using a LiquidMetal casing for their upcoming MacBook Pro/MacBook Air hybrid.

 

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BATTERY DRAG:The Turanor PlanetSolar is a 95-tonne carbon fibre catamaran that is about to complete a circumnavigation of the globe.

The 31-metre yacht has more than 530 square metres of photovoltaic panels and 10 tonnes of lithium batteries to store the electricity generated by the panels. After around 18 months at sea only 3 panels have been lost and only 5 of more than 1200 electrical connectors have failed. It’s a shame the batteries account for around 10 per cent of the total weight. New Scientist.

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Apple uses subsidiaries in Ireland, the Netherlands and other low-tax nations in a strategy that enables the technology giant to cut its global tax bill by billions every year, a report says.

The New York Times outlined legal methods used by Cupertino, California-based Apple to avoid paying billions of dollars in government and state taxes.

One approach highlighted in the report is even though the company is based in California, Apple has set up a small office in Reno, Nevada, to collect and invest its profits. The corporate tax rate in Nevada is zero, but in California, it is 8.84%.

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XPS 13 ultrabook is selling briskly, Dell says. It uses both aluminum and carbon fiber–making it light yet durable. (Credit: CNET)

 

 

The XPS 13 ultrabook is selling well above expectations, a Dell executive told CNET this week, offering some hope for the new class of skinny laptops.

“We can’t build enough of them at the moment,” said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s Consumer and SMB (small and medium business) product group, speaking about the higher-end laptop announced back in January.

“A little bit less than 3X the expected demand,” he said. Burd declined to be more specific, saying Dell “never” discloses numbers.

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AT&T, the nation’s No. 2 cellphone carrier, Tuesday reported that net income in the first quarter rose to $3.6 billion, or 60 cents per share, up from $3.4 billion in the year-ago quarter, while revenue climbed 1.8 percent to $31.8 billion.

The net income was above the expectations of Wall Street analysts. They had expected a profit of 57 cents a share on $31.86 billion in revenue, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

“We continue to capitalize on our terrific momentum in mobile Internet,” said Randall L. Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive, in a statement. “Smartphone and branded computing device sales continue to set a record pace, mobile data revenues were up nearly 20 percent. These results add confidence in our outlook for the year.”
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