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Sony Introduces NEX-5T and Alpha 3000 Cameras

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2013 - 2:23pm.

Sony updated their NEX 5 series with new NEX-5T mirrorless camera and introduced a new smaller/cheaper DSLR, Alpha 3000 featuring an E mount adaptor for lenses.

Sony NEX-5T uses the same 16.1 megapixel sensor as previous model, but adds fast Hybrid AF that combines phase-detection autofocus to track fast moving subjects with contrast detection AF for precision, speed and accurate focus. The camera also gets NFC for easier WiFi connection with your smartphone, PC or TV for wirelessly transfer of photos or videos as well as

Smart Remote Control functionality via smartphone. Smart Remote Control is now updated to Version 2.0, adding Autofocus control directly from the touchscreen of your linked smartphone or tablet (requires installation of latest version of PlayMemories Mobile). There’s even more power over your image with fingertip adjustments for EV compensation, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. In addition, MF Assist lets you accurately check focus of portraits and macro shots on your phone or tablet’s large screen.

You can get more information about Sony NEX-5T on Sony’s website and pre-order the camera with 16-50mm lens for $699.99.

The second camera that Sony introduced is a combination of DSLR and mirrorless camera because it has a DSLR like body and design, but it’s actually an E mount featuring mirrorless camera. Sony says that α3000 brings you the picture quality, manual controls and artistic possibilities of a DSLR in an easy to use camera with interchangeable lenses.

The camera comes with 20.1 megapixel APS-C Exmor sensor, ISO range of 100 to 16000, built-in flash, 3-inch LCD screen and 25 points contrast detection AF.

You can get more information about the Sony a3000 on Sony’s website and pre-order it for $399 with 18-55mm lens.


Samsung Executive Confirms Smart Watch Launch at Sept 4th Galaxy Gear Event

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2013 - 10:49am.

Samsung’s executive vice president, Lee Young-hee revealed that Samsung would launch a smartwatch and Galaxy Note 3 on Sept 4th in Berlin. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Event will take place two days before IFA consumer electronics fair. Lee Young-hee told Korea Times:

“We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept. 4. The Gear won’t have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”

Lee Young-hee also said that future wearable devices will use flexible display, but the smartwatch that will be launched on Sept 4 will have a “non-flexible display”. She added Samsung has been preparing the smartwatch product for a long time.

Since the rumors about Apple launching a smartwatch started earlier this year, Samsung executives have been constantly talking about how Samsung has been working on smartwatch for a long time and even released concept photos of smartwatches. So that people won’t see them as a me-too company following Apple again, like they did with smartphones.


iPhone 5C to Replace iPhone 5 and Not iPhone 4S

Submitted by lalit on August 16, 2013 - 4:09pm.


The highly vocal analyst Ming-Chi Kuo posted in a research note that Apple would kill iPhone 5 when they release iPhone 5C next month. Kuo says that cheaper iPhone 5C will replace iPhone 5 and Apple will keep the iPhone 4S as lower end iPhone model. Kuo also says that the new iPhone 5C will sell for $400 - $500 unlocked.

If priced $400 iPhone 5C will be almost $250 less than current unlocked 16GB iPhone 5, about $150 less than current unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S and about $50 less than unlocked 8GB iPhone 4. While offering iPhone 5 like specifications.

According to Kuo, Apple will likely have iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 4S for their holiday line-up this year.

Via Business Insider


Golden iPhone 5S is Coming

Submitted by lalit on August 16, 2013 - 2:30pm.


It looks like the rumors about Apple adding a third color (gold) to the black and white iPhone line up will be coming true. French website MacBoutic has posted photos showing the back plate of the rumored golden iPhone 5S. Also KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has confirmed that Apple will be launching iPhone 5S in three colors Black, White and Gold.

 Another iPhone 5S related rumor, it will come with 128GB storage option and A7 chip based on ARM's 64-bit ARMv8 architecture. It is very likely that Apple will bring 64-bit hardware support to iOS devices because they started adding 64-bit support on the software side with iOS 6.


iPhone 5S Rumor Roundup: Fingerprint Sensor, A7 Processor and 10th September Launch

Submitted by lalit on August 12, 2013 - 6:22pm.

It’s almost given that we will be seeing the next generation iPhone that will be called iPhone 5S next month. Rumors about iPhone 5S started as soon as iPhone 5 was launched last year. However, those rumors are now distilling into some solid news and below are rumors that we think will come true:

Home Button with Fingerprint Sensor: According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a very reliable analyst, iPhone 5S will have a convex home button with imbedded fingerprint sensor. As the convex home button could be more easily scratched, so a harder material is required. Apple will switch from plastic to sapphire, whose hardness is second only to diamond. Sapphire would protect the home button from being scratched and the fingerprint sensor from being damaged.

A7 Processor: iPhone 5S will feature Apple’s next generation A7 processor. The new processor will be based on Cortex-A15 core and Power VR Series 6 graphics chipset. Rumors are Apple will go with quad-core configuration for the A7 processor, but it’s very likely that Apple might chose dual-core configuration to keep overall power requirement down.

Camera with Dual LED Flash: Many leaked photos have shown that iPhone 5S will use dual LED setup for flash, which should result in better indoor photography and more nature skin tones. As far as megapixels go rumors range from 8- to 13-megapixel. However, the latest rumors claim that it will be an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.0 lens for better low light photography.

Colors: Along with white and black colors the iPhone 5S will also come in gold color. iPhone 5S will be available in three colors rather then two.

Launch Date: ALLThingsD claims that Apple will unveil the next iPhone at a special event on September 10th. They have been accurate with these sort of Apple rumors in past and so we believe that iPhone 5S will be announced on September 10th and ship next Friday September 20th.


Apple Brings HBO GO, Watch ESPN, Sky News, Qello and Crunchyroll to Apple TV

Submitted by lalit on June 19, 2013 - 10:30am.

Apple today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers. iTunes users have downloaded more than one billion TV episodes and 380 million movies from iTunes to date, and they are purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies per day.

“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”

In addition to HBO GO and WatchESPN, three new content providers* are also available today on Apple TV including Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello offering live news, sports and current TV programming. All the new channels are available via software update.


Photos of New Application Icons in iOS 7 and Other UI Changes

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2013 - 4:16am.

9to5mac’s Seth Weintraub got a peek at what early beta of iOS 7 looked like and they have posted some photoshopped pictures showing what the new application icons and UI looks like in iOS7. As you can see in the image above Apple is going for flatter look with Helvetica Nueue Ultra Light like font. Seth also notes:

Perhaps most interesting: There are two color schemes for many of these apps – one black-ish and one white-ish. We’re not sure if they are A/B decoys, if white iPhones and Black iPhones will have their own color schemes or as someone else suggested, the different color schemes might be invoked by the amount of ambient light or the time of day. But it is super-interesting, especially since we’ve heard whispers that the whole UI might shift slightly based on external factors similar to the way the music volume icon switches based on how you hold the iPhone.

In the article on 9to5mac, Seth also talks about other design changes like 5 dots for representation of signal strength and the rumored Airdrop feature. Check out the article on 9to5mac.


Live Coverage: Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2013 - 3:27am.

Apple will kick start their Worldwide Develop Conference tomorrow with a keynote at Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already commented that Apple will be showing the next generation iOS 7 with some major redesign at the keynote. And there are rumors that Apple will also introduced updated MacBooks along with completely redesigned Mac Pro. The WWDC keynote will start at 10AM PST/ 1PM EST/ 6PM London/ 2AM Japan. We will be doing live coverage and analysis of the event start at 9:30 AM PST tomorrow. Please join us on for the coverage.


Apple Plans to Introduce iRadio and AirDrop for iOS at WWDC 2013

Submitted by lalit on June 3, 2013 - 10:40am.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just a week away and rumors about the event have started flooding the blogoshpere. Today, two very interesting rumors were posted that are very likely to come true. The first rumor comes from 9to5mac that claims Mac’s AirDrop file sharing feature will come to iOS devices. Mark Gurman wrote:

Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person’s iPhone to another person’s iPad.

The second rumor was posted by CNET, which claims that Apple is planning to launch iRadio service at WWDC. Paul Sloan wrote:

Apple struck a licensing deal Sunday with both Warner Music Group and its publishing arm, Warner Chappell, bringing Apple's free Internet radio product that much closer to launching, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

The deal suggests that Apple is working hard to unveil what's been dubbed iRadio at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins June 10.

The product, which would be tied to iTunes, would be made for mobile devices. It would contain some features not available on Pandora -- such as the ability to rewind a song from the middle of it, sources say -- and would have a simple button that would let users easily purchase a song.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already said that we will be seeing a major redesign of iOS done by Jony Ivy. And now various rumors about the new features are only increasing the excitement for WWDC 2013 keynote.


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.”