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Apple’s App Store Reaches Historic 50 Billionth Download

Submitted by lalit on May 16, 2013 - 1:10pm.

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded over 50 billion apps from the revolutionary App Store. Customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. The 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, which was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio who received a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate this historic milestone.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”

 

AMD Announces Radeon HD 7990 – World’s Fastest Graphics Card

Submitted by lalit on April 26, 2013 - 9:16am.

AMD has launched new Radeon HD 7990, which they claim is the world’s fastest graphics card. The new card is based on AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture with AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card delivers unrivaled performance and world-class technology for playing the latest DirectX 11 games in extreme resolutions and multi-monitor configurations.

"If you crave the ultimate in PC gaming, the clear and commanding choice is the Radeon HD 7990 graphics card. No other graphics card on the market measures up to the unparalleled gaming experience it delivers, and it comes with eight AAA game titles optimized for AMD Radeon award-winning GCN architecture," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "Once again, AMD shatters the industry benchmark for state-of-the-art graphics technology."

Key features of AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card: Ultimate in Speed:

  • Combining two of the world's most advanced GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7990 is the world's fastest graphics card.
  • More Screen, More Pixels: Supports up to six simultaneous displays with AMD Eyefinity technology and is the ideal graphics card for gaming on Ultra HD displays (4K resolution).
  • Silence is Golden: At 100% utilization, AMD Radeon HD 7990 GPU's whisper-quiet triple-fan cooler is more silent than a typical library.

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics card will be available worldwide in two weeks, priced $999 in US. Check out the video review of HD 7990 posted by PC Perspective.

 

Apple Announces WWDC 2013 for June 10-14, Hints at Upcoming iOS and OS X Versions

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2013 - 9:05am.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps available through the App Store and Mac App Store. Tickets for this year’s WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.

“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”

You can get more information about WWDC 2013 on Apple’s website.

 

AMD Announces Next Generation G-Series Embedded Chips

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2013 - 7:19am.

AMD today announced the new AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on the AMD next-generation “Jaguar” CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. According to AMD, Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. Among the forces that are enabling this next-generation computing era are single-chip, SOC solutions that offer smaller size, higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

AMD claims Embedded G-Series SOC platform sets the new bar for SOC design, offering up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.2 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.

AMD will ship five new Embedded G-Series SOCs including:

  • GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics, Quad-core, 25W TDP, 2GHz CPU and 600MHz GPU.
  • GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics, Quad-core, 15W TDP, 1.50GHz CPU and 500MHz GPU.
  • GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics, Dual-core, 15W TDP, 1.65GHz CPU and 450MHz GPU.
  • GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics, Dual-core, 9W TDP, 1.0GHz CPU and 300MHz GPU.
  • GX-416RA SOC, Quad-Core, 15W, 1.6GHz CPU and no GPU.

The Embedded G-Series SOCs will have a price range of $40 - $75 and will be available to customers this quarter.

 

Apple Reports Record Revenue for Q2 2013, But Profit Down

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 3:51pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $39.2 billion and net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.5 percent compared to 47.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 35.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 19.5 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 11.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold just under 4 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter.

“We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.”

 

Western Digital Ships World’s First 5mm 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 2:47pm.

Western Digital today announced it is shipping the world’s first ultraslim 2.5-inch, 5mm hard drive, which is designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments. With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line helps to address the tradeoffs system designers often make between capacity, physical size and performance.

“With the launch of our new WD Blue 5 mm ultra slim hard drives and our WD Black SSHD products, currently shipping to OEMs, WD is delivering to our customers a variety of solutions that maximize storage capacity and volumetric efficiency, as well as performance and system responsiveness, for consumers,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client computing business unit. “Our engineering team took a clean-sheet approach with 5 mm to deliver an ultra-thin hard drive that enables a world of possibilities and applications for mobile computing and beyond.”

WD Blue 2.5-inch 5 mm hard drives, (model: WD5000MPCK) is priced $89.00 USD. WD Black SSHD versions are currently shipping to OEM’s and integrators with both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA I/O technology. You can get more information about WD Blue 2.5-inch 5mm hard drive on WD’s website.

 

Logitech Introduces Two New Folios for iPad

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 11:55am.

Logitech today introduced two new Folios for iPad, Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad and Logitech Folio for iPad and iPad mini.

"We've combined design cues from the world of high fashion with the unbeatable typing experience you expect from Logitech to bring a new level of self-expression to iPad protection," said Mike Culver, vice president of brand development for tablet accessories at Logitech. "The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio and Logitech Folio give you more than just a protective case for your iPad, they add a distinctive accent to your iPad that reflects your personal style."

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio and Logitech Folio are offered in a range of colors from Electric Blue and Sunflower Yellow to Mars Red Orange, and in an array of on-trend fabrics from matte leather to finely woven cotton.

The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio features the first Bluetooth keyboard with its keys seamlessly fused into an interior fabric. Its full-size keys give you the tactile feedback you're used to in a traditional keyboard, but in a sleek new look. The keyboard folio's high-end fabrics are treated with a coating that is liquid repellent to help keep your folio looking new for longer. Hidden magnets hold your iPad in two convenient positions, snapping your tablet securely into typing mode and ensuring the folio stays shut when you're moving around.

Designed for the iPad or iPad mini, the Logitech Folio features the same sophisticated style and premium materials on the inside and outside to safeguard your tablet while you're on the go. Magnetic closures minimize the risk of damage to your tablet and its screen while in transit. For an extra measure of convenience, its four-way flip stand allows you to view your tablet from the stand without having to hold it.

The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $149.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Folio for iPad and iPad mini are expected to be available in the U.S. in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $69.99 and $59.99.

Leaked Photos Show iPad 5 Rear Shell and iPhone 5S SIM Tray

Submitted by lalit on April 22, 2013 - 9:43am.

Two separate photo leaks have revealed the parts of upcoming iOS devices that Apple will ship later this year. In the first leak, case company called Tactus have posted on their blog a photo, which they claim is rear shell of fifth generation iPad. And the shell in the photo indeed matches the rumored design of the upcoming iPad 5, which according to rumors will follow the iPad mini’s design. The rear shell in the photo looks completely finished, which would indicate that Apple is in final stages of product development and manufacturing.

In the second leak, Japanese parts shop Moumantai has posted photo of nano SIM trays that they claim are for next generation iPhone 5S. However, as the SIM trays are almost identical to current iPhone 5’s SIM tray, but in slightly different color we believe that they are just cheap iPhone 5 replacement parts advertised as iPhone 5S parts.

 

Samsung Galaxy S IV Press Event Live Coverage (Video Link Added)

Submitted by lalit on March 14, 2013 - 6:14pm.

Samsung is launching the next generation Galaxy S IV smartphone today at an event in New York. You can watch the live coverage of the event above.

 

Apple Working on 2TB SSDs for Next Generation Mac Pro

Submitted by lalit on March 5, 2013 - 12:06am.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already confirmed that we will be seeing next generation Mac Pros this year with completely new design that will amaze us. And it looks like Apple is indeed planning something big for the next generation Mac Pro. Blog Bright Side of News is reporting that during their recent visit to factories in the Far East they came across 2TB Solid State Drives bearing Apple logo. Theo Valich posted:

While touring the facility on a completely unrelated subject, we encountered something very interesting – an initial run of Solid State drives bearing a logo which is very recognizable in the West - Apple Inc. The fruity company from Cupertino remained silent on the strategy with their professional line of products, Mac Pro. They also keep on making the iMac as thin as humanly possible, using the same components as on their notebooks.

But seeing a 2TB Solid State Drive with an Apple logo on it opens very large ground for speculation. Given that we were not able to learn more about the parts in question, we have to leave it at that. But from the looks of it, the 2TB drives used industry standard 3.5” form factor, full height (just like your regular 3.5” spinning drive) and a SATA connector (not SAS or some proprietary port).

The 3.5” form factor leaves only one possibility; if the drives are real, Apple will be using them in the next Mac Pro. As other Apple desktops iMac and Mac mini use smaller 2.5-inch hard drive. Development of 3.5” 2TB SSD by Apple clearly shows that they are pulling out all the stops in development of the next generation Mac Pro. And it won’t be combination of generic parts just to make the Mac Pro fans happy by releasing an updated model.