Aug 242012

According to media reports, Amazon today issued invitations to the media, and claimed that the company will hold a press conference in Santa Monica, California on September 6.

Amazon’s invitation did not disclose any information about the content of the news conference. The body of the invitation is only one sentence: “We invite you to participate in the Amazon news conference.”

Amazon’s press conference will be held at Barker Hangar Pavilion in Santa Monica City. The Barker Hangar pavilion is located in the Santa Monica Airport, adjacent to the Los Angeles city, and also private parties and filming are often held in the pavilion.

A year ago, Amazon released Kindle series products, including the Kindle Fire Tablet PC which fully compliance with consumer expectations. Kindle Fire is a 7-inch Android tablet and focused on media consumption, the price is much lower than the Apple iPad.

There are many rumors about the next generation Kindle Fire. Most people think that the next-generation Kindle Fire will be configured a larger display.

According to informed sources, this product is likely to be launched at the second half of the year(may be before Christmas), the next-generation Kindle Fire is thinner and lighter than the previous generation, it will be equipped with a built-in camera and the display quality will be much improved.

As the press conference is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, the industry believes that the release will focus in video, music, and other forms of entertainment such as games and other content. At the same time, the first generation Kindle products may also be upgraded, but the majority of people in the industry believe that the Kindle products is not strong enough to compete with the iPhone and iPad.

Aug 232012

According to media reports, Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason announced today that the company’s game development tool Unity getting the universal application willget support from Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 7 system has never been a game development platform, but the next generation Windows systems will support the Unity game development tool.

Helgason said the Unity does not support Windows Phone 7 before, because it is relatively closed, but he hopes that Windows 8 system can be improved in this respect.

The Unity license supports almost all the modern game platforms, including iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Wii and PS3. Many well-known games, such as “Shadowgun” is developed by the use of it.

Helgason said, 53% mobile developers take advantage of the Unity to develop games.

Although it is not guaranteed that developers will promote their games to the new version Windows system, at least in addition to Microsoft’s own XNA and Silverlight platforms, developers have a new option.

Aug 232012

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, said on a analysts callconference today, in additopn to the Windows 8 business Tablet PC, HP will also launch two new consumer-oriented notebook-Tablet PC hybrid devices.

When asked about the PC business by the analyst, Whitman said: “We are facing a very strong competitive pressure, and we will take action.”

According to Whitman, the company will respond with two consumer-oriented and with laptop features Tablet PCs.

She added that HP now has one of the best products in the long time PC business, which refers to the company’s ultrabook products.

HP today announced the revenue fell 5% to $29.7 billion, while $31.2 billion last year. Profit is $1 per share after adjustment .

The company’s results includ a one-time expenditure of $10.8 billion, about $5.49 per share.

Analysts had expected the profit after adjustment is 98 cents per share, and the revenue is $30.2 billion.

Aug 232012

Earlier the Microsoft released the message that Windows 8 system upgrading tolls, but there has been no news of the original boxing retail price. However, according to the sources, Windows 8 Pro price is $199, but it will be on sale as $69.99 before January 31, 2013.

The previously announced Windows 8 Pro upgrade program fits for existing Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, and users can upgrade at a preferential price of $39.99, for rhe users who bought Windows 7 on June 2 this year, the upgrade price is only $14.99 , but all are for the downloadable version price, and it doesn’t include the DVD Disc, namely the purchase licensing fees.

Windows 8 is divided into three different versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro is enough for general users.

Aug 232012

A couple of companies have started promoting new Android mini PCs featuring dual core Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processors over the past week. Now South African distributor Reno Botes has received his first shipment from the manufacturer, and he plans to start filling orders tomorrow.

But he’s also taken the time to share a few photos with us, so we can get a better look at what the little computers look like.


The mini PC is the size of a large USB flash drive — if a flash drive had a dual core CPU, 4GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM, as well as a microSD card slot, full and micro-sized USB ports, 802.11n WiFi, and an HDMI connector.

The little computer runs Google Android 4.0 and it’s designed to be plugged directly into the HDMI port on a TV. You can hook up a mouse and/or keyboard to navigate through the Android interface.

There case is pretty much covered with vents, which should help keep the little computer from overheating.

Botes also included a few photos of the retail packaging and images of what the mini PC looks like when you remove its plastic shell if you want to go for that Raspberry Pi-esque look.

Reno Botes isn’t the only one offering this sort of product. This week US retailer Oval Elephant started taking pre-orders for an identical mini PC for $90. It’s expected to start shipping in September.

Meanwhile, a company called Minix plans to launch a similar device called the Minix NEO G4 soon. Like the other two mini PCs, it features a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor. But the Neo G4 comes with 8GB of storage instead of 4GB. The case design is also a little different.

Aug 232012

There are some great tools for Windows computers that make it easy to root the Google Nexus 7 tablet, unlock, the bootloader, or install a custom recovery. But what if you’re a Mac user?

There’s an app for that.


Xda-developers forum techfanatic9 has put together a  Mac Toolkit for Google Nexus 7 users.

The toolkit lets you:

  • Root the tablet
  • Unlock the bootloader
  • Install ClockworkMod Recovery

You can also use it to undo and of those things. So if you want to remove root and go back to the stock Android 4.1 firmware, you can do that. You can also lock the bootloader again.

There are different scripts for different actions, so only have to download the ones you need.

Aug 222012


According to media reports, South Korea Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has developed a new technology, which will significantly reduce the charging time of the rechargeable battery. If the product launches to the market successfully, then the future laptops charging time will be shortened to 1 minute.

Scientists uses a nanometer particulate to produce battery, then decomposes and carbonizes in graphite solution, and eventually covering the entire electrode conductor network to a lithium ion battery. Through such process, all particles can be charged at the same time, so as to achieve the purpose of rapid charging.

This technique can be applied in a variety of devices using lithium ion batteries. In addition to notebook computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices that we usually use, it can also be used in areas such as automobiles.

Aug 222012

According to the U.S. technology news site TechCrunch reports, a staff of the U.S. mobile operator Verizon Wireless said on Tuesday, Verizon Wireless has prohibited all employees making any vacations from September 21 to 30, which implies that Apple’s new iPhone, will be on sale in the U.S. market on September 21, 2002 (Friday).

The specific name of the Apple’s next generation iPhone is not yet clear, the product may be called the iPhone 5, may also be just called as the new iPhone. TechCrunch pointed out that if the above message thst Verizon Wireless employees revealed is true, it indicates that the new Apple iPhone certainly will start selling on September 21, then there will be a lot of Apple fans lining up in front of various stores.

Earlier there were media reports speculating that according to Apple’s past practice, the time of the next generation iPhone release in the U.S. market should be around September 12 this year. But taking into account Wayne Goodrich, one of the executives responsible for the promotion of the iPhone was fired in December last year, plus booking, releasing preparation and other matters, so the time-to-market of new iPhone this year postponed to Sept. 21 fell more in line with the actual situation.

Apple on last October 4 (Tuesday) announced the launch of the iPhone 4S version phone, and indicated that the product could accept reservations on October 7(Friday); one week later, ie October 14 (Fri.), the iPhone 4S Edition was officially on sale in the U.S. market.

TechCrunch speculated that the iPhone 5 release plan this year is as follows:

September 12 (Wednesday), Apple announced the launch of the new iPhone;

The new iPhone would start reservations on September 12;

The official sales time of the new iPhone is on September 21 (Friday).

Aug 222012

There are many reasons for DIY declining, but it’s believed the hardware vendors tossing and turning the whole bunch of mess specifications is one mail reason that scares off a lot of people, complex parameters even makes the professionals annoyed, what’s even worse is that it doesn’t have a slowed trend, but more and more excessive.

The next generation Haswell processors Intel will be launched next year is a good example, the modularized flexible design allows Intel to mix and match at will. if just divide according to the number of cores, graphics core and memory controller, it derives nine versions, plus different frequency, cache, power consumption, as well as a variety of technical characteristics, it really drives us crazy.

Simply speaking, there are quad-core and dual-core two versions on desktop, the graphics cores are mid-range GT2, dual-channel memory, maximum 32GB, LGA1150 package interface (not compatible with the existing platform).

The mobile notebook platforms are troublesome. The high-end gaming notebook uses the quad-core, with the strongest GT3 graphics core, and it supports dual channel 32GB memory, BGA package.

In the mainstream market, quad-core and dual-core notebooks are all with GT2 graphics cores and dual-channel memory, but the maximum capacity of the latter is halved to 16GB, both package has BGA and rPGA two kinds, the latter is a stand-alone package that can be used to replace upgrade.

The ultrabook is the only one that uses single-chip SoC design, but they are all dual-core BGA package, one is with GT3 graphics core and dual-channel 16GB memory, and the other is with GT2 graphics core, single-channel 8GB memory.

To simplify call, Intel used the “A+B +C” format, representing the number of cores, graphics core level and the number of memory channels, for example, the most high-end on desktop is 4 +2 +2, and teh wrost on ultrabook is 2 +2 +1.

Aug 212012

Touchpad gestures operation is commonly seen in the use of notebook, but the U.S. Synaptics intends to offer a better touch experience for the releasing Windows 8 system . Synopsys is trying to enhance the user experience, and today they demonstrated the latest ForcePad technology, which additionally brings touch enhancement on the operation of multi-point gesture touchpad, and also add supports for force detection.

ForcePad uses pressure track to replace the traditional mouse clicks, which can effectively reduce the thickness of the touchpad. Traditional trackpad only provides a certain intensity of finger sliding and pressing, but ForcePad will continue to adjust its own investigation on the user touches pressing efforts to adapt to the user’s habits and provide users with the best touch experience. ForcePad supports up to 5 points touch, and Synopsys provides developers with a five-point touch gestures operation to enhance the experience of Windows 8 and its applications.

Synopsys gave a very interesting example in force detection, fast-forward in the video file, there is no need to increase the fast forward speed by continuous click, users need only to press fast forward and then continue to press, you can achieve fast forward speed changes. Once the fingers let go, the video returns to normal video playback speed.

The company also introduced a new keyboard technology, which is mainly designed for ultrabook. Synopsys calls it as “ThinTouch”, the key process is reduced to 2.5mm. In addition, the entire keyboard layout contains capacitive touch original, you can process similar to the touchpad gestures operation on the keyboard touch. Due to each key is designed closer to the bottom panel, the keyboard backlight will seem brighter.

Synopsys said these two technologies will be on display in 2013 netbooks, but they didn’t mention when it will be listed on the products to be applied. The first notebook using  ForcePad touchpad technology will be on appearance on CES 2013, so please concern about the press conference in January next year.