Gadgets

ADATA introduces 8.9mm-thick portable USB 3.0 drive

toshibaClose on the heels of Toshiba’s recently unveiling of a 9mm-thick 500GB external hard drive, ADATA has introduced an 8.9mm-thick portable, stainless steel USB 3.0 external hard drive, which will apparently be the “world’s thinnest” drive of its kind.

The new drive announced by ADATA is called the DashDrive Elite HE720, and it is slightly more than one-third of an inch in thickness. Along with being thinner than Toshiba’s newly-unveiled drive, the $90-priced ADATA drive is also $25 cheaper than the Toshiba drive.

Intel previews tablets powered by new Atom Z2760 chip and Windows 8 OS

intelAt a Thursday event in San Francisco, chip giant Intel previewed a number of new tablet computers which are equipped with a new microprocessor which the company has specifically designed for grabbing a bigger share in the ever-growing mobile arena.

The tablets displayed by Intel comprised products from leading computer vendors; and all the devices were powered by a new Intel processor – called the Atom Z2760 - and Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 OS, which is a notably revamped version of the Windows operating system and has been optimized for tablets.

Autographer click-free camera takes pictures without user intervention

Autographer click-free camera takes pictures without user intervention  British company OMG has come up with its first consumer device --- the fascinating Autographer, which is an innovative camera that uses Microsoft software and five built-in sensors for selecting the best moment for clicking a photo without user intervention.

HTC announces its high-end Windows Phone 8X smartphone

HTC announces its high-end Windows Phone 8X smartphoneWithin two weeks of Nokia's unveiling of its Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 920 smartphone, Taiwanese handset-maker HTC has recently announced its new Windows Phone 8 handset --- the high-end Windows Phone 8X.

Announcing the new device, along with another Windows Phone 8 smartphone - Windows Phone 8S -, HTC said that Windows Phone 8X will be offered by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile in the US. The company also revealed that both 8X and 8S will hit the markets in November, and will be available form 140 mobile carriers worldwide.

IDC: Global tablet shipments likely to reach to 117 million for 2012

IDC: Global tablet shipments likely to reach to 117 million for 2012According to a new upward-revised IDC forecast, worldwide tablet shipments will probably touch 117 million for 2012; thanks to the horde of new tablet models set to hit the markets and the increasing demand by the consumers.

The new projections for global tablet shipments this year mark a notable revision over IDC's earlier estimates of a likely figure of 107 million units of tablet shipments; and are based on the indication that the demand for tablets will be quite strong in the fourth quarter.

Flipkart accepting pre-orders for Sony Xperia miro

Sony-Xperia-miroPopular online retaining site, Flipkart ha started accepting pre-orders for the new Sony Xperia miro smartphone in India.

Sony has confirmed the launch of the device, which was announced earlier in June as part of the company's Facebook campaign, in India as it has now listed on the Sony India website with a price tag of Rs. 15,249. Flipkart is offering the device for just Rs. 14,499 to the consumers in the Indian market.

Asus launches PadFone in India

AsusElectronics giant, Asus has announced the launch of its new PadFone device powered by Google’s Android platform, in the Indian market.

The Asus PadFone runs on Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The device comes with a unique dockable PadFone Station that converts the device into a 10.1-inch tablet computer.

The PadFone has a a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 960x540 pixels. The company is offering 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and VGA front facing camera for video calling service in the device. As for connectivity, the device comes with 3G, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Over-abundance of tech gadgets on the cards this holiday season

Over-abundance of tech gadgets on the cards this holiday season The holiday season this year will apparently witness an over-abundance of tech gadgets, thanks to a horde of new devices lined up from bigwig manufacturers like Nokia, Motorola, and Amazon; and the newly-unveiled Apple iPhone 5 and updated iPods.

With Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system scheduled for launch on October 26, Nokia and Microsoft have together unveiled as many as five devices, including two new Nokia Lumia smartphones - Lumia 920 and Lumia
820 - which will be among the first handsets to run Windows 8 OS.

Intel showcases 'Moore's Law Radio' and WiGig wireless standard

IntelDuring a closing keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Intel CTO Justin Rattner showcased the newest innovations from the chip giant --- its first-ever all-digital Wi-Fi radio dubbed ‘Moore's Law Radio’; and the WiGig next-generation wireless standard.

Positioning Intel’s ‘Moore’s Law Radio’ as the chipmaker’s first step in the direction of enabling an ever-connected, wireless world, Rattner said that the digital Wi-Fi radio follows the same Moore's Law development methodology which the company follows for its processors.

HP unveils Windows 8-based ENVY 20 and 23 TouchSmart all-in-one PCs

HP unveils Windows 8-based ENVY 20 and 23 TouchSmart all-in-one PCsWith the Windows 8 era set to commence next month, Hewlett Packard (HP) has recently unveiled its brand new all-in-one PCs with full touchscreen capabilities – the HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart and 23 TouchSmart.

The new compact HP all-in-one PCs are mainstream consumer computers that will run Microsoft’s newest Windows 8 OS, which is scheduled for launch on October 26; and have been so designed that they are sleek and curvy function-oriented systems.

Apple needs a home run with iPhone 5

Apple needs a home run with iPhone 5With Apple expected to introduce the eagerly-awaited and much-rumored iPhone 5 at its scheduled press event on Wednesday, September 12, industry watchers are of the opinion that the company, for the first time in years, needs a home run with the new smartphone.

Even though there is hardly any doubt that the soon-to-be-unveiled sixth-generation Apple iPhone will generate a lot of attention from the media as well as the consumers, it is almost equally certain that the handset will be launched into a notably more competitive marketplace as compared to the last few years.

The most desired feature in iPhone 5: 4G / LTE

The most desired feature in iPhone 5: 4G / LTEWith Apple having already sent invitations to the press for its September 12-scheduled event, and there being speculations galore that the company will likely unveil its next-generation iPhone – supposedly the iPhone 5 – at the event, the feature that apparently is most desired in the new iPhone is probably the 4G / LTE capability.

Oracle to continue to port its database and other software to HP’s Itanium servers

HP-ItaniumAfter a last-month ruling by Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg that Oracle was contractually obligated to continue providing support Hewlett-Packard (HP)’s Itanium-based servers, Oracle said in a Tuesday statement that it will carry on Itanium server support for HP.

The court’s ruling came in the high-profile Oracle-HP lawsuit, which HP had filed after Oracle revealed in a March 2011 announcement that it would discontinue the development of new versions of its software for Itanium.

RadioShack launches no-contract wireless plan

RadioShackIn an announcement that substantiated the rumors about RadioShack going wireless, the electronics retailer launched the RadioShack No-Contract Wireless - a wireless service under its own brand – on Tuesday.

The no-contract wireless plan has been launched by RadioShack in partnership with Leap Wireless International, whose Cricket Communications network already offers cut-rate prepaid phone plans in the US.

Announcing the launch of the RadioShack No-Contract Wireless, the Fort Worth-based retailer revealed that the no-contract RadioShack-branded handsets will be available at the RadioShack stores across the US from Wednesday, September 5.

Fujitsu launches two ultrabooks in India

FujitsuGlobal IT services provider, Fujitsu has announced the launch of two new ultrabooks U772 and UH572 in the fast growing Indian market.

LIFEBOOK U772 Ultrabook features, which is a more expensive model among the two, features 14-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The users will be able to choose from 3 CPU options, include 1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U, 1.8GHz Core i5-3427U or 2.0GHz Core i7-3667U processors. The Ultrabook weighs just 1.4 kgs and is just 15.6 millimeters thick.

Google.com promoting Nexus 7 tablet

Nexus-7-tabletTaking the promotion of its &199-priced Nexus 7 tablet - which hit the markets two months back - to a new level on Tuesday, Internet search giant Google has used its typically sparse ‘google. com’ home page to post an advertisement for the device.

The Nexus 7 ad, which Google posted on the home page on August 28, essentially had a click on the Google search page popping up the tablet from the page’s bottom, along with the following tag line under Google Search and I'm Feeling Lucky buttons: “The playground is open. The new $199 tablet from Google.”

Samsung unveils its iPod Touch competitor --- Galaxy Player 5.8

Samsung unveils its iPod Touch competitor --- Galaxy Player 5.8Samsung's Galaxy Player line of devices, which are currently available in screen sizes ranging 3.6 to 5 inches, now boasts a new addition --- the iPod Touch-competitor Galaxy Player 5.8, which has recently been unveiled by the South Korean company.

Boasting a 5.8-inch screen diagonally, with a 960-by-540-pixel resolution, the new Galaxy Player 5.8 looks quite similar to Samsung's Galaxy S III handset at the first glimpse, though the `one inch bigger' screen of the new player is the main feature distinguishing it from the Galaxy SIII smartphone.

Croma’s partnership with Amazon brings Kindle to India for Rs 6,999

Croma’s partnership with Amazon brings Kindle to India for Rs 6,999On Wednesday, Tata's durables retailer Croma worked out a partnership with the world's leading online retailer Amazon, with the result that the Amazon's Kindle e-reader will now be available in India for Rs 6,999 (approximately $126).

The Kindle model which will be sold in India will be the entry-level, non-touch-screen Kindle e-reader, which costs $79 in the US in a "Special Offers" ad-supported version. The Kindle to be sold in India will not be an ad-supported version.

Best Buy offering discounts on MacBook Pro

Retail giant, Best Buy is offering impressive discounts on Apple's newly released MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

The retailer is offering Retina Pro with 8GB of memory and a 512MB solid-state drive model for $2,659.99 compared to $2,799.99. The cheapest Retina display model is now priced $110 lower at $2,089.99. The price of New MacBook Airs fell to $949.99 from $999.99.

US blocks sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

US blocks sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tabletA court in the US has granted an preliminary injunction to Apple, effectively blocking the sale of the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the country.

U. S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose ruled on Tuesday in favor of Apple after not agreeing with a similar plea in December. The judge ruled, “Although Samsung will necessarily be harmed by being forced to withdraw its product from the market before the merits can be determined after a full trial, the harm faced by Apple absent an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is greater.”




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