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Apple’s Co-Founder Steve Jobs Died At The Age Of 56

According to a statement released by Apple this Oct 5th, co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs has died.

The statement is as follows:

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

The company has replaced Apple.com with the image above and created a page where fans can email the company, sharing their thoughts and condolences.

May the great visionary in technologies Rest In Peace.

Courtesy: ign

The Next iPhone Is Not The 5, It’s The 4S!

Well Apple new CEO unveiled his first product for the company on October 4th, and it is an iPhone. Everyone including us was speculating for an revelutionary change in the phone but Apple just went into the next edition of  iPhone 4 the iPhone 4S. When the conference ended everyone was hoping there was more but all our thoughts went in vain. FOX NEWS just said ” We don’t want an another iPhone 4 ” and that was the saying of all other visitor and fans of Apple.

iPhone 5: Phil Schiller introduces the iPhone 4S

But clearly on the bright side Apple went guns blazing on the techie side of the product from it’s predecessor. And yes we do get an Dual Core A5 processor in the iPhone 4S. Well Samsung reign is in an wobbly shape after this. The new phone also gets an revamped iOS and it is the iOS 5. There are too much changes to this phone but its all technical. It is an new phone with an old form factor.

The iPhone 4S releases on Oct 14th, one day earlier from what we stated. And pre-ordering starts on Oct 7th. For more updates follow us on facebook and twitter. If you want to follow me as well http://twitter.com/#!/Sudharshan_Hi5 .

Apple’s iPhone 5 Unveiling On October 4th 2011

Its been the most highly anticipated topic search on for months. And it is finally happening on Tuesday October 4th 2011. Apple sent out many invites to people all over the world. In the invite it has four icons, one is an calendar icon marking the date when function is about to be held. Second it is the clock icon which is set on 10:00 AM PST, which is the time it will air. The third is an GPS map icon shows where the event is going to be held at their Coopertino HQ. The fourth and final one is an call icon “Which indicates the number 1 on the top” tell us only one phone that they are going to show. Well the last was our guessing.

Previously we got an information that two iPhones are releasing like super high-end iPhone 5 and an mid-end iPhone 4s or lite. But certainly we are not sure about the Number 1 on top but we will find it out on Oct 4th.

And before anyone say Apple might be releasing their iPhone in market by Oct 15th 2011 itself. Our guess two phones will be unveiled and only one might be releasing on Oct 15th. To know for sure lets wait till Oct 4th. We will keep posting what happens and do follow us on twitter and facebook. And if you guys want to follow me on twitter click here.

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Graphics With Unlimited Detail Is On Developement

3D graphics have for many years now are made from polygons, flat shapes fitted together to form objects. There have been some experiments with other approaches as well, but for the most part, polygons were seen as the way forward. New consoles and graphics cards were marketed based around how many polygons they could push around the screen at once, and it looked like the industry had settled on a good solution.

Enter an Australian company called Euclideon, who were unconvinced that polygons were the future. Last year, they decided to work on a fundamental reimagining of how graphics were drawn. Taking inspiration from the world of scientific and medical imaging, which uses tiny atoms or “point cloud data” rather than polygons, Euclideon claimed that it could produce a potentially unlimited level of detail in real time.

One year on, Euclideon hasn’t finished its tech, but it has certainly made a huge amount of progress. To demonstrate the power of its system, it’s created a 1 km square island that would be made of 21,062,352,435,000 polygons using conventional drawing methods. By using its proprietary “polygon conversion engine” Euclideon has converted these polygons to a scale of 64 atoms per cubic millimeter — this is small enough for you to be able to zoom right down and look at individual grains of dirt on the ground. All this running at 20fps in software and potentially much higher when taking advantage of specialist graphics hardware.

Euclideon’s technology allows the ability to scan real 3D objects into a virtual world. Previously, this produced models far too high in geometry and polygon counts to be practical for gaming, but the atom-based system of drawing potentially makes for graphics with an unprecedented level of detail.

Euclideon claims that its software development kit will be finished and in the hands of the games industry within the next few months. Only then will we be able to tell if its claim that their system is the “biggest breakthrough since 3D graphics” holds any water, it certainly looks like a potentially exciting development.

Source: Pcworld

Windows 8 The Next Windows Is Announced!

Good news for all Windows users and Microsoft fans. The next installment of Windows Operating System ” Windows 8 ” successor of currently available Windows 7.

The new Windows OS now have over-hauled its GUI to something more of an Tablet or Gaming console GUI. Well this is an great move? Well, Yes it is specifically for Tablets and its really been promising. I wish this OS will merge the distance between the PC and Tablets. This new OS is now being demonstrated only on Tablets so an PC version of this OS is not shown yet.

There is also some rumor that this UI will come to the PC version with the help of Microsoft Console sibling the Kinect camera. If that comes it will be soo easy for some Users who don’t have any OS working knowledge.

This is an great step by Microsoft but if they sacrifice all the customizing options on PC. Well this is an utter disaster. Do tell us your thought below by commenting and do follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/Sudharshan_Hi5

Next Generation Gaming Consoles Are In Developement!

Well guys we have been hearing for a while in the about Nintendo’s new console successor to the Wii. It is also been given the name Project Cafe, we ourselves have done some overview in the past. Back then the release dates were not clear, well now Nintendo says it will be released on spring 2012.

Well, when the most selling console company is off the mark saying that they are bringing the next console; Well its rivals Microsoft and Sony also gave up some details of it.

Sony actually revealed the successor to the PlayStation 3 is currently in development at its company’s investor meeting .

Executive vice president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato was asked to explain the rising research and development costs for the company’s fiscal year. “In the game segment, we have the NGP to launch later this year. So we have development expenses to be incurred for this product,” he explained.

“For the home console, the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform when we will introduce the product I cannot discuss but development work is underway, so the costs are incurred there.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft began hiring for its “next generation console” this past March. No official words from Microsoft thought.

So people start gathering money in your ” Piggy Bank’s”, In E3 we might see some new consoles.

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Apple Is Tracking Your Location With The Help Of Its Mobile Devices

Yes, recently it has been come to know that Apple can track your locations with the help of your iPhone’s and iPad’s. How? Because they have actually built the device with an tracker into it. This has offended many people that are using Apple’s products. Hey! everyone does needs some privacy here and there. So this actually caused an lot of issues and Mr. Jobs is questioned again for this problem and well, he started defending his company for it.

Jobs admitted in a New York Times interview Wednesday that the storing of location data was a mistake, but said the company wasn’t keeping tabs on its customers.

And Jobs said;

“We haven’t been tracking anybody,” Jobs said. “Never have. Never will.”

In a press release, Apple said that it didn’t receive location data for iPhone and iPad users, but rather signals from nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers. The maps showing customer location history was called “a bug” that will be fixed in a free iTunes update soon.

The location data, according to Apple, “helps your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.” After the update, the data cache will be saved for a maximum of seven days.But many people don’t believe Jobs’ explanation.The attacks against Apple built up quickly in the week following the release of an iPhone Tracker app that showed customers’ location history, including a lawsuit. “South Park” even had fun with it in an episode Wednesday night showing dark-suited men from Apple tracking down Cartman’s iPad and attempt to take his blood.

Well that episode was indeed really funny and sometime kinda make us think like are we being watched by some goofy guys over the internet? Well I sure don’t like to be tracked because I hate being tracked. Do tell us what you think of this misery that Apple created and what should be done by commenting below.

Those who are planning on getting the new White iPhone. Think again.

Apple’s iPad 2 Revealed

Yesterday Apple has unveiled its new iPad ” The iPad 2″ at San Fransisco, in the live press event. From the first look of it the new iPad is way much thinner. It is thinner by 30% and it is lighter by 15%. The new iPad has trimmed edges unlike of the older version. Now the ipad feels more effortless while picking it up.

The new iPad comes with serious hardware upgrade than the predecessor. It houses an Apple’s new A5 dual core processor, it also upgraded the its OS to iOS 4.3. This combination makes the iPad scroll through the menus smoothly. The new iPad has an front and back camera which can record 720p videos. It also has Facetime as of in its iPhone counterparts. The new iPad comes series of widgets like your own video and photo editing software, which is actually pretty neat by my hands on it.

The iPad has an 1080p HDMI output. And now the speakers are shimmered around the edges.

The new iPad is releasing on March, 11 2011.

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Air Breathing Battery

The lithium ion batteries used in laptops and cellphones, and tipped for future use in electric cars, are approaching their technological limits. But chemists in the UK say that there’s a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier – let the batteries “breathe” oxygen from the air.

A standard lithium ion battery contains a negative electrode of graphite, a positive electrode of lithium cobalt oxide, and a lithium salt-containing electrolyte. Lithium ions shuttle between the two electrodes during charging and discharging, sending electrons around the external circuit to power a gadget in the process.

The problem with that design, says Peter Bruce at the University of St Andrews, is that the lithium cobalt oxide is bulky and heavy. “The major barrier to increasing the energy density of these batteries is the positive electrode,” he says. “Everyone wants to find a way to push up the amount of lithium stored there, which would raise the capacity.”

The answer, he thinks, is to borrow an idea from the zinc-air batteries used in hearing aids, which get their power reacting zinc with oxygen from air. So, working with colleagues at the Universities of Strathclyde and Newcastle, Bruce has begun designing a lithium-air battery.

The new battery has a higher energy density than existing lithium ion batteries because it no longer contains dense lithium cobalt oxide. Instead, the positive electrode is made from lightweight porous carbon, and the lithium ions are packed into the electrolyte which floods into the spongy material.

When the battery is discharged, oxygen from the air also floods through a membrane (see image, top) into the porous carbon, where it reacts with lithium ions in the electrolyte and electrons from the external circuit to form a solid lithium oxide.

The team’s prototype device has a capacity-to-weight ratio of 4000 milliamp hours per gram – eight times that of a cellphone battery. Even a 10-fold improvement is possible, but tweaking conventional lithium-ion designs will likely offer only a doubling in capacityBruce and colleagues are now working to transform their proof-of-principle version into a small working battery like those used in mobile electronic devices. “But the technology could be just as important for electric and hybrid vehicles in future”.

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Motorola Xoom releases Tommorrow

The Motorola Xoom tablet is easily the best competition Apple’s iPad has ever seen. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen, front and rear cameras, HDMI output, a dual-core processor, and Google’s tablet-optimized version of Android, the Motorola is also entering the tablet wars with their Xoom.

Priced at $800 off-contract or $600 with a two-year commitment from Verizon, the Xoom is not for the regulars. Instead, Motorola is taking the approach used with its successful line of Droid smartphones and developing the device’s horsepower and the many capabilities not found on its Apple counterpart.

This is also the first release of tablets only optimized Android from Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

Motorola might have the ability to beat Apple with this launch, for the results of this war only time will conclude it.

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