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The New iPAD – quick overview

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Rumored for the past two years, the new iPad fea­tur­ing a high­er res­o­lu­tion Reti­na dis­play is final­ly here, and it’s sim­ply called “iPad “. Announced at Apple’s media event in San Fran­cis­co a few min­utes ago, the new device fea­tures the same design of the iPad 2 (flat alu­minum back with tapered edges), and it comes in two col­ors, black & white. Look­ing at the ini­tial pho­tos of the new iPad, a less tech-savvy eye wouldn’t notice any dif­fer­ence from the current-gen model. The new iPad, how­ev­er, is packed with com­plete­ly new hard­ware com­po­nents inside, so let’s take a look.

Reti­na dis­play.
The biggest new fea­ture of the new iPad is its high-res Reti­na dis­play. Car­ry­ing four times the pix­els of the orig­i­nal iPad at 2048 x 1536, the Reti­na dis­play will allow for incred­i­bly crisp text dis­played on screen, vibrant col­ors in pho­tos and images, and apps sport­ing detail like never before. With “the most pix­els ever seen in a mobile device”, the new iPad was demon­strat­ed on stage show­ing the increased qual­i­ty in read­ing text, brows­ing web­pages, and view­ing pho­tos. With 264 pix­els per inch, Apple’s Phil Schiller said “that is enough to call it a Reti­na Dis­play” — that is because, whilst the iPhone is gen­er­al­ly held at a dis­tance of 10 inch­es, iPad is held at 15 inch­es, mak­ing notic­ing indi­vid­ual pix­els almost impos­si­ble. The Reti­na Dis­play will also allow for 44% greater color sat­u­ra­tion.

A5X proces­sor.
The new iPad car­ries a quad-core A5X proces­sor. Apple says the pre­vi­ous A5 is twice as fast as a Tegra 3 chip, and the A5X will offer four times the per­for­mance.

New Cam­era.
The new iPad comes with a new 5-megapix­el iSight cam­era with aut­o­fo­cus and white bal­ance, advanced optics with IR fil­ter, face detec­tion, and 1080p video record­ing. The video record­ing app, in par­tic­u­lar, was shown as hav­ing a new UI. 1080p record­ing will also fea­ture noise reduc­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion.

Siri Dic­ta­tion.
The new iPad will fea­ture voice dic­ta­tion in 6 lan­guages through the iOS key­board.

LTE.
The rumors were true — the new iPad will sup­port LTE, as well as 3G. The new iPad has 21 Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42 Mbps, whilst LTE will top at 73 Mbps. AT&T, Ver­i­zon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus will be ini­tial LTE part­ners, and the device can also be turned into an LTE hotspot. The 3G func­tion­al­i­ty is world­wide, and Apple claimed the new iPad has “the most bands ever” while refer­ring to its con­nec­tiv­i­ty options. The device will fea­ture the same 10 hours of bat­tery life of the iPad 2, and 9 hours while on 4G LTE.

The new iPad will come with the same stor­age options and price points of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion: 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599), and 64 GB ($699) for the WiFi ver­sion. 4G ver­sions will be $629, $729 and $829.

The new iPad will launch world­wide on March 16th in 10 coun­tries. More will fol­low on March 23.

March 16th Launch Coun­tries
US
Cana­da
UK
France
Ger­many
Switzer­land
Japan
Hong Kong
Sin­ga­pore
Aus­tralia
March 23rd Launch Coun­tries
Aus­tria
Bel­gium
Bul­gar­ia
Czech Repub­lic
Den­mark
Fin­land
Greece
Hun­gary
Ice­land
Italy
Liecht­en­stein
Lux­em­bourg
Macau
Mex­i­co
Nether­lands
New Zealand
Nor­way
Poland
Por­tu­gal
Puer­to Rico
Roma­nia
Slo­va­kia
Slove­nia
Spain
Swe­den

The iPad 2 will stick around this time, at a lower price of $399 for the 16 GB model. The 3G version will be kept as well, at $529. On stage, Apple’s Schiller mentioned education was a big reason behing the decision to keep the iPad 2 alive this year.

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CloudFTP – Wirelessly share ANY USB storage with iPad, iPhone

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CloudFTP is a pocket size adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with WiFi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.). It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.

How It Works?

CloudFTP features a powered USB port (just like on the computer) which connects and powers any USB mass storage device (USB hard drives, flash drives, card readers, digital cameras etc.)

Ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) mode

By default, CloudFTP creates its own (ad-hoc) wireless WiFi network to share the connected USB data. Users just need to join this network from their WiFi-enabled devices to access the USB storage device wirelessly by means of a HTML5 web app, dedicated iOS/Android app or FTP client. This network works independently of the Internet and other existing wireless networks

Infrastructure (Internet) mode

Alternatively, CloudFTP can also join an existing (infrastructure) wireless WiFi network to share with devices on the same network. CloudFTP will automatically  connect to the Internet (if present) to backup/sync the USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.

Features at a glance

  • Connects to any USB mass storage compliant device
  • 2600mAh li-ion rechargeable battery powers USB port and device up to 5 hours.
  • High performance, low power consumption ARM9 microprocessor
  • USB data is shared over a secure wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi network
  • Creates its own (ad-hoc) wireless network to share and stream media for up to 3 WiFi-enabled device (e.g. iPad, iPhone, computer) at the same time.
  • Alternatively, it can join an existing (infrastructure) WiFi network to share files with other devices on the same network.
  • Automatically connect to the Internet in infrastructure WiFi mode to backup and sync data with Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, box.net.
Source : Kickstarter

 

Personalise your phone / device – make your own skin, instantly using your home printer

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If you truly want a unique look for your phone, you have to make your own case, by yourself. That’s where iaPeel comes in.
 

Using their design software, for Mac or PC, and your inkjet printer, you print a custom graphic on blank, printable vinyl skins, which are themselves made in the USA.

The good news is they include three sets of skins to cover the front and back, plus three practice sheets. There is also a patented guide that makes it foolproof to install the skins.

Inkjet Printable Skins
design and print at home

  • Design and Print at Home
  • Built-in Alignment System
  • No Adhesive Residue
  • Scratch Protection

These skins are made using a durable vinyl material with high tech adhesive that leaves no residue. All you need is an inkjet printer to produce your own photo-quality skins. There’s even a built-in alignment system… just pull up the tabs and your device fits right inside. No more problems putting it on straight.

 


 

A nice touch is the ability to create a matching wallpaper or lockscreen image so the skin and the screen match nicely! The vinyl skin is easily removed, leaving no residue, however once it is removed do not expect to be able to reuse that skin
 

 

These skins are available for majority of devices

Source : iaPeel

Peel’s Amazingly Simple Universal Remote

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There are a couple of solutions on the market that combine simple hardware with an iOS app to take control of your entertainment system, but Peel is probably the coolest and most easy to use solution that we’ve played with. Peel invisibly controls your entire entertainment system — TV, cable box, Blu-ray player, AV receiver, Apple TV, and more — without the extra hassles of plugging stuff into your phone and dealing with network passwords. Normally the Peel system retails for $99

 

Peel features include:

  • Universal remote control supports thousands of TVs, Cable & Satellite DVRs, DVD and Blu-ray players, Stereos, Apple TV, and more…
  • Go from finding your shows to watching them with a single tap
  • Control your entire entertainment system with simple gestures, right from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Change channels and volume, navigate menus, and more
  • Super simple setup with an amazingly clean and smart interface
  • Personalized TV recommendations
  • Easily switch between activities
  • Requires iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and the Peel app with FREE updates, available on the iTunes App Store
  • Requires Wi-Fi router with an available ethernet port
  • One-year limited warranty

Source : CultofMac /Peel.com

 

 

Dual simcard capability for iPhone 4: Unique iPhone battery case from 2phone

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Many business travelers often need to be contactable on 2 mobile numbers: 1 local number for their business clients and another personal number for family and friends. Until now, this means having 2 phones and the constant need to make sure that contacts are transferred from one phone to another, or having to forward messages from one phone to another.

The 2phone dual sim case is a very neat solution that is offered by a website linked to the well-known iPhone accessory maker, the QYG group. This iPhone case not only protects the iPhone, but also has its own full size simcard slot that allows the iPhone to operate a second mobile line SIMULTANEOUSLY. And i mean complete voice and text messaging functionality for the second simcard.


The iPhone is able to run two mobile lines simultaneously with the 2phone case.


The 2phone app is where voice calls and messaging can be made using the 2nd simcard. The settings for the 2nd line is also accessed from this menu. The menu interface has been thoughtfully designed to have the same outlook as the iPhone’s call app.

The 2phone case also has its own separate 800mAh battery that can serve as an emergency battery charger for the iPhone. The catch is that this accessory requires the phone to be jailbroken because the 2phone cydia app is required in order to install the 2phone voice call and text app.


2phone case comes with an internal replaceable battery and extra simcard slot for a 2nd line. It also has a free simcard tray pin and mini simcard adaptor that neatly sits within the case.

During testing with my iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1 (jailbroken with redsnow), I found that the voice and text messaging capability works smoothly as advertised. The ringtone for the second line can be set differently from the main line so that you can immediately identify whether an incoming call or sms is coming through the main or second line.


2phone settings allows the user to set a different ring/text tone for the 2nd simcard.

However, I found that there is added battery drain on the iPhone due to having 2 lines operating at the same time. With my usage profile (with about 50-100mb of data usage per day, checking email throughout the day, making about 5-10 calls and 5-10 sms per day), I found that I could be low on battery by the evening. The added battery capacity of 800mAh also proves to be insufficient at times as it will only charge the iPhone if it has more than 50% of charge remaining. In practice, this means that it will only charge about 10-20% of the iPhone.

Battery issues aside, I found that the added convenience (and in my case, necessity whenever I am overseas) of having 2 lines on my iPhone turns out to be a game-changer. I can now easily buy a local simcard while overseas for making local calls while retaining the use of my own simcard for any calls from home. I can now use both at the same time without worrying about missing calls or sms from either line. Since the 2phone app is able to access the iPhone contact book, there is also no need to maintain two separate contact lists on separate phones. The build quality of the case is good and does not add much weight or bulkiness to the iPhone. It is similar in size to the Mophie Juice Pack Air but slightly lighter at 59 grams.


iPhone 4 with 2phone case.

The 2phone is available in Singapore for about S$99. The international model is FM-01A.

The 2phone packaging is basic but provides the key specifications at the rear.

Source : http://singaporeanipaduser.blogspot.com/

This $35 Computer-On-A-Stick Is All You Need To Bring AirPlay To Any HDTV

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This is a quick fix solution for AirPlay without the Apple TV device meaning u can now connect to your TV wirelessly with the help of this device. Ignore the technical part in the post just focus on what it can do

The Rasp­bery Pi project is a dar­ling lit­tle exer­cise in inge­nu­ity. It looks like a USB thumb drive, but instead of 2GB of flash, it’s a fully func­tion­al com­put­er run­ning Debian Linux, fea­tur­ing a 700 MHz ARM 11 proces­sor, 128 MB of RAM, a USB port, and an Eth­er­net port… all for just $35. Splen­did, splen­did geek­i­ness. Hang­ing this from your car keys, you can lit­er­al­ly get con­nect­ed any­where. But where’s the Apple angle?

Video link – here

It’s a lit­tle hacky in the video above, but as you can see, one of the Rasp­ber­ry Pi devel­op­ers was suc­cess­ful in hook­ing the device up to an HDMI-connected TV, then get­ting Air­play Video pump­ing through it via his iPad.

Awe­some. This is an Air­Play solu­tion for your tele­vi­sion that is $65 cheap­er than an Apple TV. The only prob­lem is that while the Rasp­ber­ry Pi is in pro­duc­tion, there’s still no ship date, so if you’re look­ing to graft Air­Play onto your exist­ing set, you’ll have to wait a lit­tle bit longer.

Source : Cult of Mac / raspberrypi.org

How a “missed call” in India can control a farm’s water use

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Using text messages or iPhone apps to manage physical devices isn’t all that uncommon — think Zipcar’s door unlocking app or Verizon’s new apps to remotely manage thermostats and lighting. But in India sometimes it’s the “missed call” (the fee-less “ring once, hang up”) that’s driving the platform for managing devices, and in some cases precious resources like water and energy.

Pluggd.in, an Indian site focused on Indian entrepreneurs and startups, profiled a startup called RealTech Systems which has developed an irrigation control system for farmers that uses cell phone networks and missed calls. Essentially a farmer installs the company’s Real Mobile Starter Control product at an irrigation pump, and the device uses a SIM card and a missed call to turn the pump on and off remotely.

The problem, as Pluggd.in puts it, is that many farmers have to walk many miles to get to the pumps for their farms, but once they reach the pump sometimes the power to run the irrigation system isn’t available — unreliable power is one of the biggest infrastructure problems throughout much of India. The farmers can use the product to check to see if power in the area is turned on, and then run the irrigation accordingly — from miles away.

The missed call ecosystem has emerged around the abundance of callers who aren’t willing to spend on making a call, or sending a text, so they call a company or friend to signal something pre-arranged — and that’s free. It’s very common across India and companies like Zipdial have developed the missed call into a platform for a host of services from advertising to delivery of goods to information. Picture a person who wants to buy tea calls up the local tea seller and sends him three missed calls to indicate he wants to buy three cups worth.

In the case of RealTech Systems they’re moving the missed call beyond just communication between companies and customers (or between friends) and linking it to resource management. Helping companies and people more smartly manage resources like energy and water will also be a very important trend in the coming years for the country and its 1.2 billion population.

Pluggd.in has a full interview with the founder of RealTech Systems, T. Kumar, so check that out.

Source : Gigaom // Katie Fehrenbacher