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Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Books, Gadgets, iPad, Microsoft, Rumors

Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

Microsoft sent out invitations for a major announcement in Los Angeles next Monday, rumors about just what the company will be announcing are starting to fly, beginning with TheWrap reporting that the company would be announcing a Microsoft-manufactured tablet, AllThingsD followed claiming that Microsoft wanted to take on the iPad directly.

Sources say that Microsoft concluded that it needs its own tablet, with the company designing both the hardware and software in an effort to better compete against Apple’s strengths. Microsoft’s tablets may include machines running ARM-based processors as well as models running on traditional PC processors, sources said.

Following the success of own device Xbox, Microsoft could be actually working on manufactured by Microsoft itself, running on Windows RT (a version of Windows 8) tablet intended to rival Apple’s iPad.

Other sources claim that Microsoft is actually aiming at Amazon not Apple, by bringing a 7-inch tablet and not to mention that Microsoft had signed a deal with Barnes & Noble to invest in nook business. A Nokia-made, Microsoft-branded 7-inch tablet is also a possibility

The timing is interesting, as it comes just before Google I/O, where Google is expected to announce a new 7-inch tablet running Android.

Google to Hold Maps Event Ahead of Apple’s WWDC

Written by Gradly on . Posted in 3D, Apple, blog, google, News, Rumors, Tech.

Google to Hold Maps Event Ahead of Apple's WWDC

Google to Hold Maps Event Ahead of Apple's WWDC

It makes sense for the timing Google has chosen to unveil what they have up their sleeves in terms of maps industry. Google will hold an invite-only event, on June 6th, to give the press their latest maps technologies.

At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We’ll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go – both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.

The event takes place ahead of Apple’s WWDC, which to be held June 11th, in which Apple highly expected to reveal their propietary Maps solution along with 3D technology ditching the long-in-use Google Maps since the original 2007 iPhone.

Google’s invitation touted the words”The Next Dimension of Google Maps” seems to point directly to the 3D feature expected to play a major part in Apple’s upcoming Maps service after the company purchased C3 Technologies, a Swedish 3D mapping company in 2010.

Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, iPhone, News, Rants & Raves, Rumors

Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

A new purported image of Apple’s upcoming Maps service has surfaced and this time by the guys at BGR who just posted a few images of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps app with 3D option which was heavily rumored this month.

These shots looked very likely and they add up to the claims that Apple has worked on an in-house mapping solution for years now. Apple is reportedly testing its 3D technology in build 10A314 of iOS 6.

Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for a few years, and it appears as if the company is finally ready to release a new Maps app for iOS, sidestepping Google’s mapping data for its own. BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.

The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner. A photo of this feature can be seen in our gallery.

iPhone 5 to Sport 1132 X 640 Pixels, 4-inch, 16:9 Display

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, iPhone, Rants & Raves, Rumors

iPhone 5 Mockup

iPhone 5 Mockup

The next-generation iPhone, iPhone 5, rumor mill is hot on tracks as we are approaching the announcement time. Previous rumors suggested a bigger screen and today we have more tidbits that worth noticing.

The next iPhone, iPhone 5, no doubt will sport a slimmer shell and feature a taller screen display, probably to keep the overall device measurements. The new display will sport around 1132 x 640 pixles at 326 ppi measuring a 4″ display with 16:9 ratio (current iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have 960 X 640 pixels, 3.5″ with 3:2 ratio).

Next iPod Touch Panel Leaked

Next iPod Touch Panel Leaked

Adding to the rumors, MacRumors and BadGizmo have posted the front panel for the next alleged iPod touch along with the camera sensor for the next iPhone. Interestingly, according to this, the front panel for the iPod measures 4.1-inches diagonally:

"iPhone 5" front camera (left) and rear camera (right)

"iPhone 5" front camera (left) and rear camera (right)

BothThe Wall Street Journal and Reuters have stated previously that the next iPhone will be “at least 4-inches.”

Other rumors suggest that Apple is about to introduce an all new smaller dock connector. Stay tuned

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