Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 in San Francisco has started. There was a keynote, as usual, a few hours ago. New Products have been announced. Here’s a list of the important stuff:
- New 15″ Macbook Pro. This one has an SD-card slot, and a battery that keeps the MBP running for 7 hours when fully charged.
- The 13″ Macbook is now replaced by a 13″ Macbook Pro. This one also includes Firewire 800.
- Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” is going to be launched in September this year.
- The iPhone OS 3.0 is going to be launched on the 17th of June. It’s a free upgrade for all iPhones, and costs $9,95 for the iPod Touch (both generations).
- A new iPhone, called the iPhone 3G S, is going to be launched in the US on the 19th of June and on the 9th of August in 80 other countries. The new version has a faster CPU, better battery, 3.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, white balance, macro and video caputure at 30 FPS.
- Safari 4. This one is now available for both Mac OS X 10.4 and Windows.
Read more: Engadget | Computer World
Microsoft has released a patch that addresses an bug with the e-mail feature of Windows Mobile 6.1, causing an error message when sending e-mail messages. This problem is caused by the Alternate SMTP server feature. When there’s no server specified, it then tries to connect to a nameless server.
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According to the NPD group, Apple’s iPhone 3G is the best sold phone in the United States, passing the Motorola Razr V3 that used to be #1 for three years in a row.
The NPD also notes that the average amount of sold mobile devices is 10% less, compared to the same period last year. The average price of mobile devices has increased with 6%.
Dell Mini 9 and the ASUS N10 netbooks have been reviewed by register hardware! They seem to like the Mini 9, calling it the “nicest netbook out there” but does come with a two year 3g contract! I personally like the Samsung NC10 which many reports suggest has excellent battery life. Jump for the full reviews.
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The Russian based security firm ElcomSoft is claiming to be able to crack WPA2 Personal wireless authentication security in a matter of weeks rather than years. According to their press release, they’ve employed purpose-written software which is powered with a backend of clustered, commodity-grade NVIDIA GPUs.
This all sounds rather alarming at face value. But how effective would their methods be in real-life application? Read on for my dissection of this development.
Samsung and Armani have joined forced to release a sleek looking candybar phone called Samsung Armani Night Effect! reminds me of a Sony Ericsson phone, can’t remember which model though. Anyway, It should get a release around November priced at €300 ($439).
Key Features of Armani Night Effect:
- a 2.2-inch OLED display
- HSDPA support
- 3.2-megapixel camera
- multimedia player
- FM radio tuner
- Bluetooth 2.0
- USB 2.0
- 120MB of internal memory
- a microSD expansion slot
Just on Tuesday, Apple announced the latest firmware update version 2.1 and now its out. Looks like the backup procedure has be improved, hurray! hopefully I won’t have to wait an hour or so for my backups to complete.
- Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
- Significantly better battery life for most users
- Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
- Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
- Faster installation of 3rd party applications
- Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
- Improved performance in text messaging
- Faster loading and searching of contacts
- Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
- Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
- Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation
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It appears that Google has introduced a new service, called Mobile Search with My Location. With this service, it’s possible for users of Mobile Devices to perform a local search in their location. It uses the Gears Geolocation API to detect your location, and then shows search results in that location.
This service is now available for the US and the UK. Just go to google.com with a mobile device, and choose the option ‘My Location’.
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The first-ever BlackBerry flip phone was announced today at the CITA Wireless trade show by Research in Motion. The BlackBerry Pearl 8220 must be first Blackberry that actually looks pretty nice, well anyway! It features a 128×160 screen, which displays the usually stuff we’ve come to expect from flip phones; Caller ID, message notifications and the much needed clock that might get you to work on time.
Pricing or availability unknown for now!
[ Source Engadget, Slashgear and Gearlog ]
Sony Errisson have announced the release of their new handset G705. It has a very decent sized screen at 2.4 inch, 3G support (I wonder what that does to battery life?), built-in FM radio (iPhone ahhh!) and pretty good camera at 3.2 megapixel. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of Sony Ericsson, IMHO their designs are better than Nokia but functionality wise Nokia are ahead, anyway! read on for more information.
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