Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nokia Windows RT prototype.

Rumors have been around for some time about a Nokia branded Windows powered tablet. Meanwhile, a member of the forum on Windows Phone Central posted a picture that he claims is of a prototype Nokia tablet, powered by Windows RT. The specs include a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16point touchscreen, HDMI-Out, USB port and a SIM slot. The poster states that Nokia pulled the device because of the dated Tegra 3 silicon. There still are questions about the legitimacy of the picture. Note the lack of a rear camera, something that is strange considering Nokia's heavy focus on cameras these days.

Just the other day, a Nokia Lumia road-map of sorts mentioned two tablets in the works. One has an 8.5 inch screen and the other has a 10.5 inch panel and is 8.5mm thin. Both will be offered in Green, Black, Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow and White and will feature aluminum casing. The camera on the tablets is said to feature Nokia's new Zoom technology which is supposed to be part of the Finnish OEM's media event.

Apple's new TV set 'will have NO adverts.

U.S media is reporting that Apple wants viewers of its TV set to be able to skip through all adverts at the press of a single button when watching on-demand shows. It would be a slight difference to the current model seen on set-top boxes, such as Virgin's TiVo, that lets users fast-forward though advertising on recorded programs. 
However, sources claim the service would not be used with live television. Rumours about an Apple TV set began last summer when sources claimed the company had been in talks with American cable firms about streaming live TV to an upcoming set.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has not yet reached a deal with American cable companies.
Apple already sells a £99 'Apple TV', a small device which plugs into a HD TV. Apple also produced an app for iPhones and iPads letting owners control this device from their gadget. A full Apple TV is expected to improve on this functionality, allowing users to see information about programmes they are watching and to change channels.

In April, analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets claimed in a research note that the Apple TV would have a 60-inch screen and cost £1,650. These rumours have not been confirmed or denied by Apple. White additionally claimed, after meeting with Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan, that the Apple TV set could be controlled using what's been dubbed iRing - a ring worn by the viewer that could control channels, volumes and, potentially, the adverts when the viewer points their finger at the screen. He added the ring could also have motion detectors built in. White believes this ring will be accompanied by a small iPad-sized screen, to add security, telephone and video-conferencing tools.

Apple is reportedly offering $280million for an Israeli company called PrimeSense that created the motion sensing technology used in Microsoft's Kinect sensors. 
The PrimeSense technology can 'see' objects in 3D and Apple is believed to be wanting to buy the company to add this software to a gesture-controlled system for its TVs.

The HTC Butterfly S with a UltraPixel camera.

Design and Specs:

The HTC Butterfly S is a newer version of the HTC Butterfly. The device looks the same as Butterfly but comes with a few differences under the hood. The phone has a 5-inch HD Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920X1080 with a pixel density of 441ppi. The phone runs on the latest Android v4.2 (jelly Bean). HTC's Sense User Interface is integrated in addition to Android to make the phone simple and easy to use. A 2 GB of RAM along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 form the internal hardware of the device.

Camera and Multimedia:

The HTC Butterfly packs a 4 MP UltraPixel camera with LED flash. The camera can take pictures at a resolution of 2688 X 1520 pixels. The camera has various features such as simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization and Zoe mode. The phone also features a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video calling. Both cameras can record HD videos at 30fps. The camera on this phone is splendid, and one of the best when it comes to lowlight shooting. The device should be amazing for entertainment. The 5-inch screen should be ideal when watching HD content on the go, and such a large screen means that reading can also be done quite effectively. The text on the phone looks crisp and clear as the pixel density of the phone is high.

Connectivity and Features:

The phone has all the regular features that can keep you connected to your friends and family very easily. The phone has 2G, 3G and market dependent 4G (LTE). The phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The phone has a market dependent NFC feature that allows you to share your credentials in a flash. There is also Bluetooth v4.0 and USB v2.0 for connectivity and usage. The BlinkFeed feature in the phone lets you be up to date on social networking notifications and news from over 1200 sources from all around the world.

Battery and Storage:
The device comes with a 3200 mAh battery that should be more than enough when it comes to lasting around 2 days on a charge. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage of which only 11 GB will be available for the user.