Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 8:09am.
AT&T today announced IP-based home security monitoring and automation services called AT&T Digital Life that offers customers control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.
“The AT&T Digital Life service has the potential to take home monitoring and home security solutions to another level,” said Larry Hettick, Research Director, Consumer Services, for Current Analysis. “The service promises to be as robust as anything in the marketplace today backed by the trusted AT&T brand. I am particularly impressed with its IP-based wireless platform, plans for a nationwide offering, and a wide range of devices that can be monitored and viewed from any carrier’s wireless or wireline Internet connection. These consumer-friendly capabilities will help grow this industry.”
AT&T Digital Life will have connected devices and sensors like cameras, window/door sensors, smoke sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, motion sensor, glass break sensor, automated door locks, connected thermostats, moisture detection and appliance power controls. The main features and benefits of the new service according to AT&T are:
Professional installation of the platform, sensors and other devices
Integrated, wirelessly enabled platform that combines home security and automation capabilities
AT&T owned and operated 24/7 security monitoring centers
A state-of-the-art user interface application, which allows customers to customize a solution based on individual needs, and the ability to manage and control their services from the U.S. or while traveling abroad
AT&T will begin trial run of the Digital Life services in Atlanta and Dallas this summer and will require subscription of AT&T’s wireless home service for it to work. You can get more information about the Digital Life services by signing up on AT&T’s website. Also check out the introductory video of the Digital Life service below.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 7:40am.
LG is planning to launch Google TV based HDTVs in US in the week of May 21, according to Reuters. Initially the Google TVs from LG will only be available in US and after seeing their sales performance LG will decide whether to expand the offering to Europe and Asia. The TV will be based on second version of Google TV, which many analyst says is better than the failed first attempt by Google last year.
"Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21," Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG's TV business unit, told a small group of reporters.
From the report by Reuters, it looks like LG is just testing waters with small Google TV launch, as they will have Google TV support on a very small number of HDTVs, In fact, some analyst say that it will be just one model series with three screen sizes. Over 60 percent of all LG HDTVs will still use their own NetCast platform with rest 30-35% percent having no Internet capability.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 6:45am.
Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release a lower price model of MacBook Air in Q3 to compete with low end Ultrabooks from other PC makers. According to Digitimes this MacBook Air will be in response to aggressive push by Intel and other PC makers to bring down the cost of Ultrabooks to $699. Monica Chen posted:
We seriously doubt that Apple will launch a $799 MacBook Air to compete with other PC maker in a race to the bottom of profit margins. Apple has never bothered to compete in low-end market where profits are almost zero, DigiTimes was one of the publications that kept on claiming few years back that Apple will release $799 white MacBook, but Apple simply replaced the MacBook lineup with MacBook Air. We believe Apple will add more features to $999 MacBook Air (bigger storage, more RAM) rather than bring the price down, like they have been doing with other Apple products.
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 10:25pm.
Although the new Galaxy S III has excellent specs, today’s Samsung launch event made it sound like boring and uninteresting. Even their press release for Galaxy S III was completely laughable. And the trend continuous with the first TV commercial for Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s a weird touchy feely ad, check it out above. Also, I seriously don’t understand what is with “Samsung Galaxy S III Designed for Humans”. Are other smartphones designed for aliens or animals? Samsung’s marketing department is destroying an excellent handset.
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 6:33pm.
Samsung today announced the much anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone, which they claim is designed for humans and inspired by nature (I don’t know for whom Samsung was designing their previous generation Galaxy S handsets, but this one is for us humans). Samsung’s press release aside, the new Galaxy S III does have some class leading features including 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display (its still PenTile based), 8-megpiaxel back camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung has also added some innovative new features like ‘Smart stay’ and ‘S Voice’ to the new handset. The Smart stay feature detects your face, voice and motions to recognize how you are using your phone - reading an e-book or browsing the web for instance – by having the front camera identify your eyes; the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.
On the other hand, ‘S Voice’ is an advanced natural language user interface like Siri on iPhone that listens and responds to your words. Samsung says “In addition to allowing information search and basic device-user communication, S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands. When your phone alarm goes off but you need a little extra rest, just tell the GALAXY S III “snooze.” You can also use S Voice to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize your schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.”
Other features of the new Galaxy S III are Samsung Exynos quad core processor (dual core Snapdragon S4 in US), 1GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, S Beam support, WiFi Channel Bonding, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, microSD card slot and 2,100mAh battery.
The Samsung GALAXY S III will be available from the end of May in Europe before rolling out to other markets globally. The handset will come to US by end of June and no word on pricing yet. Check the introductory video of Galaxy S III below.
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 10:16am.
iLounge has a mixed record about Apple rumors, but they have been right more times than wrong about upcoming Apple product. The website now reports that the iPhone 5 won’t be teardrop-shaped as was rumored before. However, it will be longer and thinner with a bigger screen. Jeremy Horwitz posted on iLounge:
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 6:10am.
TSMC today announced its 28nm high performance ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor test chip achieved 3.1GHz performance under typical conditions.
The TSMC 28nm HPM (high performance for mobile applications) process technology that achieved these results addresses applications requiring both high speed and low leakage power. TSMC says, using various design signoff conditions, ARM A9 at TSMC 28HPM delivers performance speed range from 1.5GHz to 2.0GHz, suitable for mobile computing, and up to 3.1GHz for high-performance uses.
The ARM Cortex-A9 silicon implementation and validation is part of TSMC's ongoing technology benchmarking effort to demonstrate performance, power and area (PPA) capabilities at the system-on-chip (SoC) level for each process technology node.
"At 3.1 GHz this 28HPM dual-core processor implementation is twice as fast as its counterpart at TSMC 40nm under the same operating conditions," said Cliff Hou, TSMC Vice President, Research & Development. "This work demonstrates how ARM and TSMC can satisfy high performance market demands. With other implementation options, 28HPM is also highly suited for a wide range of markets that prize performance and power efficiency."
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 2:54am.
Intel hasn’t yet announced Ivy Bridge processors for Ultrabooks, but that isn’t stopping Samsung from revealing updated 15-inch Series 9 Ultrabook featuring next generation 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor. Other features of the new Series 9 Ultrabook are 15-inch SuperBright 400 nit display (1600 x 900), 8GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 1.3-megapixel webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and multi-card reader. No word on price or shipping date yet, but you can get other information about the laptop on Samsung’s UK website.
Submitted by lalit on May 2, 2012 - 10:44pm.
Yamaha today unveiled new RX-V series AV receivers - the 7.2-channel RX-V773WA and RX-V673. The new receivers offer features including AirPlay compatibility with Apple iOS devices, direct connectivity to iPads, iPhones and iPods via front panel USB ports, intelligent assignable amplifiers and the company's proprietary YPAO system calibration.
"These network AV receivers represent the culmination of our RX-V series and our belief that consumers seek sophisticated high performance features with simple intuitive source connectivity and operation," said Tom Sumner, senior vice-president, Yamaha Corporation of America. "This belief was the basis for our approach to the entire RX-V series line. The RX-V773WA and RX-V673 go a step further, adding a suite of multi-zone installation and setup features usually found in higher end models at moderate price points."
The models offer 4K video pass-through from yet-to-be-introduced source components that will deliver content with four times the resolution of 1080p. Both models offer a full complement of HD Audio format decoding, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.
The main difference between the two receivers is that the flagship RX-V773WA model also features an improved YPAO room calibration system, YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control), which offers automatic multi-point room measurement to determine speaker positioning for the highest degree of sound optimization possible. The RX-V673 offers YPAO R.S.C. for automatic single-point room measurement. The RX-V773WA also has an attractive aluminum front panel that eliminates electrical interference from other components.
The RX-V773WA will be available in June for $849.95, and the RX-V673 will be available in May for $649.95. You can get more information about the two systems on Yamaha’s website.
Submitted by lalit on May 2, 2012 - 7:30pm.
It has been rumored for quite sometime that current BlackBerry users will not be able to upgrade their device when BlackBerry 10 OS comes later this year. And this rumor was confirmed by RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins, according to The Verge. David Pierce wrote:
So in short, if you are planning to buy a BlackBerry handset it’s better to wait till the end of this year and see what BB 10 has to offer, rather than regret buying an out dated handset that can’t be updated with the new OS six months down the line.
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