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Japan disaster could delay iPhone 5, disrupt PC supply chain

22 Mar

Much of the consumer electronics industry could be affected by the catastrophes in Japan within three months, experts say.

The global electronics supply chain could soon be disrupted by the ongoing disasters in Japan caused by recent earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear catastrophes. That includes access to parts that make up PCs, as well as components of Apple electronic gadgets, like the iPad 2 and the upcoming iPhone 5, experts say.

News of such disruptions comes first via Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin, who says that, while the PC industry’s supply chain will remain intact for 2.5 to 3 months, some companies are beginning to stockpile their inventories of DRAM and LCD panels, causing short-term price inflation for those components, Digitimes reports. Lin also says that the availability of silicon wafers and adhesive used in LCD panel assembly, 90 percent of which is produced by Japan-based companies Sony and Hitachi, are already in short supply.

According to Lin, who knows first-hand how natural disaster can affect the electronics industry after experiencing the 1999 Taiwan earthquake, says that the key to resolving the supply problem is to restore Japan’s power system, which is currently in shambles due to multiple nuclear meltdowns.

As iSuppli principal analyst Michael Yang tells Computerworld, a shortage of NAND flash memory chips, which are often used in tablets and smartphones, is already underway due to production disruptions at Toshiba, which produces about 40 percent of the world’s NAND chips.

The short supply of NAND flash memory could potentially cause a delay in the release of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is expected to debut in June. But because of Apple’s position in the industry, the Cupertino-based company has little reason for concern.

“Apple’s purchasing power and its relationship with the [NAND] suppliers means it will get priority,” Yang tells Computerworld. “There are three other major suppliers of NAND — Samsung, Hynex and Micron — and there’s enough flex there that it shouldn’t be a huge issue for Apple.”

Other companies, including HP, Nokia and Motorola, could also be affected by an NAND shortage.

Production of the iPad 2 could also experience hang-ups, according to iSuppli analyst Wayne Lam who spoke with All Things Digital. The problem primarily centers on the iPad’s three-cell li-ion battery pack, which Lam believes is manufactured in Japan.

With disaster in Japan still taking its catastrophic toll on countless lives, the last thing on most people’s minds at the moment is how their future electronic gadgets purchases might be affected. But in this age of a global economy, it’s something everyone — from Steve Jobs to your neighborhood Best Buy register jockey — should start to consider.


Source from digitaltrends

Sprint’s BlackBerry 4G PlayBook portal goes live, still on track for a summer release

22 Mar

We knew good and well that the 4G version of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook was on track for a summertime release on Sprint, and here at CTIA 2011, the carrier has launched a newfangled product portal confirming that things are still on lock. For those in need of a refresher, these electronic gadgets will boast a 1GHz dual-core CPU, Adobe Flash / HTML 5 support, “true” multitasking, rear- and front-facing HD video cameras and a price that’s still to be determined. What’s most interesting here, however, is the dearth of information about a WiFi-only version — we’re hoping that it’ll slip out a bit earlier than the WiMAX variant, but we’re intentionally keeping our expectations on the low side. No one enjoys a bursting bubble, you know?


Source from Engadget


Nokia Astound for T-Mobile coming April 6th for $80

22 Mar

Want to know where those next 150 million Symbian devices that Nokia wants to sell are going to come from? Well, here’s a little sliver of your answer. We’ve just swung by Nokia’s swank dinner event well outside CTIA’s convention center grounds in Orlando tonight to check out the official introduction of the rumored Astound for T-Mobile tech gadgets. Make no mistake — this is a straight-up C7 in every sense of the word, featuring the same 3.5-inch AMOLED display, 8 megapixel camera, and 720p capture as the original announced last year atop Symbian^3 — so the only real differences are the T-Mobile branding (or should that be AT&T branding?) tastefully featured along the bottom chin and a slight platform bump to Symbian^3.1, which we’re told features “some, but not all” of the PR2.0 update’s features like portrait QWERTY support and a refreshed browser. Interestingly, the carrier will be offering WiFi calling on this one — just as it did on the E73 Mode — and you’ll be able to do unrestricted video calling over Qik thanks to the front-facing cam. Look for it to launch on April 6th for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on contract (and pre-orders start tomorrow). Follow the break for our hands-on video and Nokia’s press release.


Source from Engadget


Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 specs and Honeycomb UI tweaks leak out before its official launch

22 Mar

You didn’t have any doubt that Samsung was going to bring its new Galaxy Tab 8.9 to CTIA, did you? Well, this thing is definitely coming very soon. We snuck onto the show floor this afternoon, and while we didn’t find the actual tablet, there was a serious amount of Galaxy Tab 8.9 signage. We couldn’t get a close look at the placards, but the guys at PocketNow had better luck.

Here are some specs and features abour these brilliant electronic gadgets.

Not only does the 8.9-inch display have a 1280×800-resolution, but the tablet itself is said to be incredibly thin — it measures just .33-inches thick and weighs 1.03 pounds. It also looks like the 8.9 will be the first Honeycomb tablet with some noticeable interface customizations — one of the signs showed a new “Live Panel” and a “Mini App” tray. All that certainly makes this one a bit more interesting — we’re assuming we will be hearing all the official details at Samsung’s press conference tomorrow, so stay tuned!


Source from engadget

First Impressions Of The Nintendo 3DS: 3D Done Right

22 Mar

I’ll be the first to admit that I thought the 3DS would be a gimmicky also-ran. I followed the handheld console from E3 to a hands-on at CES and now with the device in my hands I can report that Nintendo will have a hit on their hands.

The 3DS is the DSi grown up. The UI is highly polished and there are a number of interesting features including a “suspend mode” for games that allows you to drop into Nintendo’s communication and photo interface to take pictures and send notes. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Nintendo was trying to create a lifestyle device a la the iPod Touch tech gadgets, a path they’ve hinted at in the past with the DSi.

The biggest question on everyone’s minds is obviously the quality and value of 3D play. The 3D play is immersive and exciting. It is, in short, revolutionary. To be able to “feel” you are in an environment – or at least that your little plane or Jedi is in an environment – makes my jaded old reviewer’s heart tremble. I played Pilotwings and Lego Star Wars III and both titles were improved using 3D.

Pilotwings, for example, really shone simply because you felt as if the little plane was “there” in 3D space. I’m reminded of Willam Gibson’s Dogfight as the closest fictional analog, about a man who beats the reigning champion at a game of holographic bi-plane fighting :

He could see a crowd of the local kickers clustered around a pool table.
Aimless, his boredom following him like a cloud, he stuck his head in. And saw a biplane, wings no longer than his thumb, blossom bright orange flame. Corkscrewing, trailing smoke, it vanished the instant it struck the green-felt field of the table.

Other features include a pedometer as well as a unique StreetPass system that lets the 3DS interact with other consoles as you walk by them in the street. That’s right: the 3DS plays with other 3DSes electronic gadgets. It also takes 3D photos thanks to the dual front cameras.

My concern is that 3D may be too much for little eyes. My son turned the 3D all the way down immediately and played the games in 2D mode and I also worry about eye-strain related with the odd need to focus “inside” the game console. When I lift my head away from the 3DS I actually feel a bit of an blurring after effect when focusing on distant objects, something that may alarm optometrists down the road.

I’m not one to make pronouncements of glorious fanboyery. However, given my experience over the past few days and barring some concerns about 3D for younger children, I think Nintendo has changed the landscape when it comes to handheld gaming. I rarely heap encomiums on any device but this one deserves all the praise we can muster for breaking the stale paradigms thus far foisted upon us by handheld console manufacturers.


Source from CrunchGear

Wenger Titanium Tool Is Titanium

22 Mar

We had a nice little multi-tool roundup over the holidays, but there are way more than we could ever review, not to mention new ones coming out all the time. This one stands out for two reasons: it’s designed to the spec of mountaineer Ueli Steck, and it’s made of lightweight titanium. Who can say no to a titanium steck-knife?

It’s not the most original piece of all time, but it looks like a practical quick-grab tool for snipping, tightening, or adjusting this and that on short notice. The blades of these coolest gadgets are all 50% thicker than normal steel blades, which doesn’t amount to much as far as millimeters and what not go, but probably contributes significantly to the stiffness.

Solid-looking little knife — a bit expensive at $200, though of course you don’t want to skimp on tools like this, and Titanium is naturally expensive (as is the endorsement of a famous mountaineer). There are cheaper versions with less doodads for a bit less if you don’t need the accessories.

Source from  Uncrate


Smartfish Engage Keyboard adjusts to prevent strain and injury

22 Mar

This keyboard from Smartfish tracks your typing patterns and adjusts itself to avoid stress and fatigue.

With the amount of jobs that require staring at a computer all day long multiplying like rabbits, plus our desire to continue typing on various coolest gadgets when we get home at night, the risk for stress and injury is no laughing matter. The Engage Keyboard ($150) from Smartfish uses ErgoMotion technology to help better the way you type. Its curved design and separated keyboard aim to eliminate the natural stress that occurs from typing, but the real design feat is in the company’s ErgoMotion technology, which uses motion of the keyboard to prevent the stress that comes from constantly typing in the exact same position. The intelligent keyboard actually tracks your typing patterns and determines slight adjustments it can make to ensure that your hands are never in a fixed state. It can even adjust itself to help correct someone who types in a poor position. Considering we’d all like to use our hands into old age, an intelligent keyboard seems like something we could get used to.


Source from digitaltrends

Is Your 2011 MacBook Pro Freezing Up? You’re Not The Only One

22 Mar

It appears that the new MacBook Pros (introduced in February) aren’t quite fully baked. Or rather, they’re a bit overdone: there seems to be a pervasive overheating issue related to the new discrete Radeon GPUs.

The crash occurring during times of high heat and CPU load, when the GPU is switched on to handle graphics that are just too much for the CPU alone. These electronic gadgets are freezing up quite completely, and a hard reboot seems the only universal cure. One person suffering from this issue even reproduced it in every susceptible model on the floor at an Apple store, baffling (and hopefully disillusioning) one of the “geniuses.”

Apple has noted the issue and claims it is a software problem, fixable via updated drivers. Of course, they say that about everything, and of course if you severely limit use of the GPU and blast the fan at all times, technically that is a software solution. But iFixit pointed out in their teardown that the thermal situation of the processing units isn’t exactly the neatest (above), and suggested this sloppy slathering might cause issues down the road. It’s too early to tell whether that’s the case, but it’ll sure be embarrassing if it is.


Source from MacRumors

Sony Ericsson P1 Reviews

22 Mar

Here, we are trying to give you full gadget reviews of the Sony Ericsson P1 .

Sony Ericsson P1is the high technology multimedia phone released in May, 2007 by Sony Ericsson Company, which has a QWERTY key pad, 3.2 mega pixel cameras with a video recording, and 2.6 inch TFT LCD touch screen display with 256k colors. It supports 3G up to 384 kb per second and Wi-Fi. Also, these electronic gadgets have Bluetooth, Infrared port, USB and so on. It has 160 MB internal memory. 128 MB RAM with 256 MB ROM and 4 GB memory stick and 512 MB included. It supports HTML browser, Symbian OS version 9.1 and JAVA MIDP 2.0, a media player, games, FM radio, SMS, MMS, Email and so on.

White Samsung Galaxy mini available on Pay As You Go

22 Mar

The White Samsung Galaxy mini is now available on Pay As You Go with O2, and is confirmed as being in stock.

The Galaxy mini is Samsung‘s latest affordable handset, offering a full Android experience within its compact chassis. The handset, also available in Black, sports a 3.15 inch touchscreen, displaying Samsung’s social TouchWiz UI and a host of pre-loaded Google widgets. It may be small, but it offers a full Froyo experience, packing integrated GPS, Facebook and Twitter integration and access to the Android market. Media-wise, the Samsung Galaxy mini tech gadgets feature a 3 megapixel camera, capable of recording video footage at 15 frames per second. That’s not all, as it also features HSDPA and WiFi speeds, up to 32GB of storage and a powerful 1200mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy mini White is now available to order on Pay As You Go with O2, for just £149.99.

The handset is also available on pay monthly deals with O2. Prices start from just £25.53/month, including a free handset, 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data.


Source from dialtosave