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iPad 2 “amazing” sales: 7,200 at flagship NYC store, online orders now 4-5 weeks delayed

15 Mar

Unofficial iPad 2 sales figures continue to circulate, in the absence of any official stats from Apple itself. The company’s official spokesperson Trudy Miller would only say that “demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing”; however, a “well connected” source told Business Insider that Apple sold 7,200 iPad 2 units on launch day at its 5th Avenue Manhattan store.

Estimates of iPad 2 sales have reached as high as 1m units over the launch weekend, with analysts vying to pinpoint Apple’s exact numbers. Some Best Buy locations reportedly sold out of their entire stock within 10 minutes, along with all accessories of these electronic gadgets, though it’s unclear exactly how many tablets they had in to begin with.

Constrained stock looks to be the biggest qualifier of sales success right now. Online orders have slipped once again, now taking 4-5 weeks from point of order; as of yesterday, they were listed as 3-4 weeks. Questions are now being asked as to whether Apple will be able to meet its ambitious 25 country roll-out on March 25, on the basis that the company doesn’t appear to have enough stock to satisfy even one territory.

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All Smartphones Are Vulnerable to ‘Death Grip,’ Study Says

15 Mar

It looks like the iPhone 4 isn’t the only smartphone that’s susceptible to the so-called ‘death grip.’ A recent study from the University of Bristol found that placing your thumb over any smartphone’s antenna can reduce the device’s sensitivity by up to 100 fold. The researchers also found that placing a buffer between your thumb and the antenna doesn’t mitigate this signal-reducing effect. It should be noted, though, that the iPhone 4 tech gadgets weren’t included in the study — so there’s no reason to throw away those free bumpers just yet.

 

Source from: Switched

Instapaper for iOS Updated to Version 3.0

15 Mar

The popular Instapaper app for iPhone and iPad has received a major update today. The new version is 3.0 and it brings a number new features that according to the developer, makes it the largest Instapaper update to date.

New features include Sharing, Likes, Connecting with Friends, Editors Pick as well as a completely written web browser. A number of other features and bug fixes can also be found in the update.

The new sharing feature allows you to push out content to friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinboard as well as pass updates on to your Evernote account as and when needed.

The Stars function has been removed, basically because people didn’t know how to use it, or what it was for I should say. This is now called Likes and what it does is allows you to Like a page and if you have a friend following your Instapaper feed, it lets them see what you like so they can read it also.

Overall, an impressive update to an already handy app. For those unaware of what Instapaper does, it allows you to install a bookmark on your iOS browser, or desktop browser and each time you come across something you want to read, you can click a “Read Later” button and this is then sent to your Instapaper account and made available for you to read on your iPhone or iPad at a time when you are traveling for example.

The update is free to those who have already purchased the app. You can grab that from the App Store. Alternatively, it’s $4.99 for those who haven’t purchased it yet.

White iPhone Coming in the Spring

15 Mar

Excited News:

Phil Schiller has confirmed on Twitter that the white iPhone will be made available in the sprint.

@airickanderson Hi Eric. The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).

The brief answer came when he was asked how to get a white iPhone.

Of course, Apple has been promising the white iPhone since June 2010 and it keeps on getting delayed, so take this with a pinch of salt at the moment. We are more inclined to think that Apple will wait for the iPhone 5 (4S) electronic gadgets to be launched, perhaps in June this year.

iPhone 5 Could Get Larger Display – Or Smaller Device

15 Mar

Leaked engineering images, if real, show what could be the iPhone 5 with a larger display. Thanks to advances in technology on the iPad 2, it appears that some of the same technology can be used in the iPhone 5 display that makes the bezel needed thinner. The iPhone 4 already has a small bezel on the sides, but there’s still a few more mm of screen that could be squeezed in there.

What we see on the image above is that the screen seems to have kept the same aspect ratio and is basically just a few mm longer on the diagonal pushing it down, in proportion, to the home button.

Alternatively, Apple could use the exact same 3.5 inch Retina display, but make the casing around it smaller essentially making a smaller iPhone than before, but while still retaining the same screen size. We won’t know for sure till Apple take the stage sometime in June this year.

As for the rest of the design, if the drawings are correct we should see an almost identical device to the iPhone 4. It appears like the iPhone 5 might be a similar upgrade to what the iPad 2 was to the iPad 1… ie, a bit of speed and perhaps some slimming down.

For those of you unfamiliar with the technical drawings, Apple keeps these and makes them available publicly at launch which in turn, lets case developers have all the details they need to work with.

Can’t wait these cool electronic gadgets?

 

Source from: GadgetVenue

Sony CyberShot with 3G Connection Rumored

15 Mar

We received info today hinting that Sony could be looking at introducing 3G connectivity in to a new CyberShot camera. In doing so, it would allow the camera to be cloud based so to speak. The 3G enabled CyberShot digital camera would work in a similar way to how a camera with an Eye-fi card works in that pictures are captured and then transmitted to an online storage area such as Flickr or an FTP account. By bundling in a 3G connection in the camera, it bypassed the need to be in a WiFi enabled area and thus, becomes a lot more convenient.

We also hear that the 3G connection could be free to use, much like the tech gadgets Amazon Kindle uses for downloading books. For those who are light users, they wouldn’t need to pay, but for those who are pro users, a small charge maybe required.

What isn’t clear at this point is where the images will be uploaded to. If the service is free, perhaps Sony will force images on to their servers for advertising purposes. If not, Flickr, Facebook and many other online services could be utilised.

Although the average smartphone has a camera and internet connectivity, the main problem with smartphone cameras is the small lens. Regular point and shoot cameras can take far better pictures. Mixing this with 3G and free uploads adds a nice touch to the camera.

Expect to hear more over the coming weeks about this one. PS.. the picture above is a regular CyberShot for illustration purposes only.

 

Source from: GadgetVenue

Windows Phone 7 Yahoo! IMAP Bug Fixed

15 Mar

When Yahoo! launched its implementation of IMAP for Windows Phone 7, it was quickly noted that there were issues with bandwidth usage caused by the app. Due to some errors in coding, a lot more data was being transmitted than actually was needed which in turn, caused a lot of users monthly allowances to be used up.

At the time this was first spotted, it was recommended to switch the collection frequency to further apart, or set to manual to avoid the automatic checking utilizing all the available bandwidth.

The Within Windows blog has now noticed that Yahoo! has updated the software that is responsible for collecting email via IMAP and found that the version has gone from 0.7.65_12.286037 to 0.7.65_14.298026. This newer version fixes the problem.

The exact fix is unknown, but when testing it was found that the fetch command only got a small reply back showing just the essential information, rather than the full header like before.

For those who use IMAP on Windows Phone 7 electronic gadgets, the fix is now already in place and you should see your data usage drop.

 

Source from: GadgetVenue

Microsoft Kinect Hits 10 Million Sales

15 Mar

In a short press release sent out yesterday, Microsoft [MSFT] confirmed that it had now sold 10 million Kinects since launch last year. Not only did it hit 10 million sales, it also took the title as quoted below:

Guinness World Records: Kinect for Xbox 360 is Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device

In a nod to the recent sales success of Kinect, Guinness World Records has officially named Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest selling consumer electronics device

As well as shifting 10 million Kinect sensors, Microsoft also confirmed that more than 10 million games had sold. These figures are worldwide numbers.

For those questioning the 10 million games, this doesn’t include the 10 million that were bundled with the Kinect. This is actual individual games sold. Impressive! Cool tech gadgets!

Let The Honeyclones Begin: The Pioneer DreamBook ePad H10 HD

15 Mar

Right off the bat, let’s just make something clear: this isn’t from Pioneer, makers of quality audio devies. No, this is a tablet by Pioneer Computers, a major Australian laptop maker that makes a whole line of Android tablets — but this ePad H10 HD (catchy) is their first Honeycomb device.

It costs $700 (Australian) naked and is actually quite competitively specced: Tegra II 120 (it’s what’s in many upcoming Honeycomb tablets), a gig of RAM, a 10.1″ 1280×800 capacitive screen, dual cameras (5 and 2 megapixels), 16-64GB SSD, GPS, 3G, and yes, it ships with Honeycomb.

Those are really almost exactly the specs we see on the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Why should you choose these electronic gadgets over this? Well, they’re probably built better, and you might get a better return policy (big company, new device), but really, there’s not much difference. And at 760g and 12mm thick, it’s not like it’s that chubby either.

They’re shipping in April (supposedly), but don’t blame me if it gets lost in the post between Australia and wherever you live. If you’re looking for an “off-brand” Android tablet, wait a couple months and there will be a hot dozen to choose from. The price will go down, too; even the clones can’t beat the iPad on price right now, hardware differences aside.

 

Source from: CrunchGear

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is alive and kicking

15 Mar

Every hero needs a sidekick, and anyone who is looking for a smartphone will, well you know where we’re heading with this – need a Sidekick too – a Sidekick 4G in this case.

The handset itself is developed by Samsung and will run on the Android operating system, where it is touted to be one of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones to date, and is capable of working on theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

Taking off where its predecessor has left off, the Sidekick 4G will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge, a five-row QWERTY keyboard, as well as keeping you in touch easily thanks to the Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text options.

Preloaded with essential Facebook and Twitter applications, you can be sure that keeping in touch with this puppy is not a problem at all. Other hardware specifications include a VGA front-facing camera, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and integrated Google services support among others.

Out in spring this year, these cool electronic gadgets will come in a couple of colors – matte black or pearl magenta, for a yet unidentified price point.

 

Source from: Ubergizmo