iPad 2 Goes on Sale in 25 Countries, March 25

According to Apple official press website, the iPad 2 is going on sale in 25 additional countries this coming Friday (March 25) like what was announced during the iPad 2 launch day. iPad 2 has been massively demanding in United States and extremely hard to acquire. One has to wait for another 4 to 5 weeks to get the new iPad 2 and all major retail stores are out of stock.

Fans from Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore and additional countries (not clearly specified), you will see long queue forming at your nearby Apple stores in April.

For the rest of countries, there is no mentioned of exact month it will arrives but I am guessing till the first generation iPad’s stock is cleared then you will see iPad 2 made available for sale.

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RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook On Sale at April 19 – Accept PreOrder Today!

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that the highly anticipated Blackberry Playbook will be available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in U.S. and Canada starting April 19.

You can now pre-order the PlayBook from bestbuy.com with start price $499 for 16GB WiFi version, 32GB and 64GB with $599 and $699 respectively.

Tablet competition between army of Android devices and Apple’s iPad has been intense and now Playbook has just joined in with hope to grab some shares. The PlayBook was announced September 2010 and only make its presence for sale on April 2011. It would be interesting to see how it can take off from here considering Apple’s second generation iPad is highly demanding in US and on its way to global on 25th March. Furthermore, a more powerful and impressive Android Honeycomb seems to becoming standard for all Android-based devices and is gaining its popularity.

However, it is still early to conclude anything as BlackBerry has its own fans and lovers.

BlackBerry PlayBook specifications:

  • 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

 

My Experience on Opera 11.01

I like to try something new especially using web browser. I have installed Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari and of course, the Microsoft’s Internet Explorer which is pre-installed in every Windows OS built computer. But Opera is the last browser I come to discover – maybe it is not as popular as the others. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try.

Installation is a breeze. I go to the opera.com and download the latest Opera v11.01. The setup package is 7.2MB and it just takes me less than a minute to finish the downloading. I then run the installing right after the downloading and it takes another few seconds to finish up the setup – that’s all. It was straight forward and easy like 1-2-3. Even a granny can do it.

Everyday I use Chrome as main browser to surf net and I like to do this because it has simple user interface and it’s neat. I have the same feeling during the first time seeing Opera browser. The Tab can be found on top of the browser but it can be enlarged so that the content of the web page that I am opening can be seen. It enriches the overall browsing experience because you can see exactly what page is on the tab.

Also, I can place the Tab at the top (default), bottom, left and right of my screen. I really like this feature due to the fact that my laptop has wide screen and normally the web page I visited doesn’t really fit in completely and leave some spaces unoccupied. I can now have my big size tab on my left and web page on my right – all fit in perfectly. Not only that, I can group the Tab by dragging one tab over another allows for grouping. This is nice for more organized and controlled web pages.

Opera comes with 2 fields – one for address field and one for search field (Google search by default). The address field has a unique function that is it can be changed to any search engine. For example, to search the item in Google, I start with “g” followed by the search item and this will goes for Google search. For Yahoo, it is started with “y”. This is pretty convenient to use.

I like the built-in Notes in Opera. It comes in handy when you are researching something and would like to joke down some notes. The note is opened as a separate panel on the browser itself so you don’t have to switch over between Notepad and browser. This is absolutely useful if you are blogger. I love it.

Another feature that I like is its build-in email where you can receive and send email on a browser. The mail appears on the panel and can be easily recognized by its envelope icon. To setup the email account, you just type in your name, email account and password and leave everything else to Opera to auto-setup. By the time you finish the setup, all your emails start downloading. Using the email client in Opera is intuitive. You know how to use it when you see it.

Choices for extensions are scarce (just hundred of them). These are way less than what is being offered by Google Chrome. Anyway, I am fine with it since the already built-in features are meeting my needs.

Overall, the Opera browser are very user-oriented with all the handy and useful small gadgets. If you don’t want to be bothered by them, just simply hide them. But if you are really care about the speedy web page loading, Opera probably is not your cup of tea. Chrome is still the fastest browser I have ever used.

So get your Opera installed here with your hands down and you can start using it in minute one or two. Experience yourself!

Facebook Photo Zoom – Zoom in your photo has never been easier!

Everyone loves Facebook or simply addicted with it. You may check it out every now and then to find out the latest topics, gossips and photos shared by your friends and families. People especially likes to post photos. To view the them, you properly need to open the photo collection in tumbnail view and click on each photo to zoom in for closer look or maybe in a new tab.

With Facebook Photo Zoom, you don’t have to waste time clicking through the screen for zooming. You can now hover your cursor on the picture and there you go – a original photo size will be displayed in a separate window. To close it, simply move your cursor to elsewhere.

This small application is really useful and save a lot of time. You can download it from Google chrome extensions website or simply click here.

A small Facebook Photo Zoom indicator will be displayed at the bottom of your page. It allows you turn it off by clicking on it or hit Ctrl+Shift+Z keys.

Enjoy it!

iPad is on sale in Malaysia after iPad 2 launched – You can save up to RM400

Apple Store in Malaysia has slashed its iPad (first generation) pricing to as low as RM1199 (16GB WiFi model) after the launched of iPad 2 on 3rd March. The new iPad 2 is claimed to be faster, better and slimmer. And, it comes with 2 cameras for FaceTime user. However, if you are not delighted with the new iPad 2 and can live with current iPad, perhaps you will be happy with the new pricing.

Apple puts other tablet competitors to struggle with iPad 2!

On 2nd March, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 to its fans. If 2010 is the year of iPad, then it will continue to lead all its way in 2011.  With Apple’s strong AppStore ecosystem (more than 65,000 apps designed specifically for iPad) and advanced technology, the competitors must change its strategy in order to penetrate the tablet empire built by Apple. Although the newly introduced  iPad 2 doesn’t seem to be impressive but it is still far better than its competitors.

Better And Faster Processor

Apple adds up to 2x faster CPU  and up to 9x faster graphics to its iPad 2 with its new A5 Dual-core processor. With so powerful upgrade one might think it would means more power consumption. But, Steve Jobs promised that the new iPad 2 is going to preserve the same low power as A4 processor used in iPad with 10 hour battery life. Apple demonstrated 2 new iPad in-house built apps – iMovie and GarageBand, and showed the fans how these apps take full advantage of these powerful CPU and graphic performance to a whole new level. I was so impressed with the demo. Editing video with iMovie is no-brainer and extremely easy to use. GarageBand turns iPad into professional recording and editing studio, complete with all kinds of musical instruments in digital form. Even you are completely know nothing about musical instruments, you can play them professionally and create your own music creatively. It really creates a lot of possibilities and opportunities to musical and movie industry. You wouldn’t want to miss these 2 apps. Though, they are not free but you can download them with $4.99 each from AppStore.

Thinner And Lighter

Jobs claimed that Apple engineers have redesigned, not just tweak design, iPad 2 by cutting the weight from 1.3 pound to 1.5 pound and it is a third thinner than iPad from 13.4mm to 8.8mm. Imagine, it is even thinner than the iPhone 4. It is by far the thinner and the most potential competitors like Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad and BlackBerry don’t even come closer. It comes with 2 colors: black and white (yes, white finally).

Added with Two Cameras

It is no surprise this feature is added in iPad 2. Being the fact that Mac products like iPhone 4 and iPod Touch come with 2 cameras, iPad 2 joins them to make the video conferencing compatible with each other. Like others, the front camera focuses on you and the rear one focuses on everything else. With 9.7inch screen size, you can now use FaceTime to share a larger view to your friends and family during video conferencing.

Smart Covers

It is claimed that the cover is designed along the iPad 2 itself so it is pretty much customized to the iPad 2 body. It covers the iPad 2 glass screen perfectly but just add minimal weight and thickness while preserve the stylish look of iPad like never before. The iPad 2 actually has magnets inside its case making it possible to grab and secure the stylish sheet of flexible cover attached to a set of embedded metal hinges – and it will be auto-aligned too. When you open the cover by flipping it, it will wake up the iPad. Flip it closed, and it goes to sleep mode. It can become a stand when you flop and folder the cover. The cover comes with Polyurethane (used to make space suits) or leather with 5 colors for selection and cost $39 and $69 respectively.

HDMI Video Output

With HDMI mirrored video output (cost $39), you can now hook your iPad 2 to the flat screen TV in your living room so that everyone can see it. This is especially useful for those who want to present to large group of audience like teacher, trainer and businessman. For gamers, it means you can turn your iPad 2 into a great gaming platform.

Price And Shipping
The best part is that the iPad 2 price is preserved same as its predecessor of all models starting with the lowest price of $499 (16 GB + WiFi mode). You can buy it in Apple Retail Stores near you or Apple Online Store both starting from March 11 for US and 26 other countries on March 25th.

iPhone 5 Comes with 4-inch Screen Size

Is bigger screen size one of your wish item in the list for iPhone5? You probably got it. iDealsChina has recently leaked an iPhone 5 edge-to-edge 4-inch screen. To face the fierce competition from major brands that come with larger screen, the move from 3.5-inch to 4-inch would be quite reasonable and appropriate to stay competitive. What seems to be disappointed is the home button is still there. Why don’t Apple just remove it and stretch up the screen size?

UPDATED [12 March, 2011]

A more closer look to coming iPhone 5 design is leaked. It looks exactly same like iPhone 4 except the edge-to-edge screen. It is really no surprise at all with its designs. Perhaps Apple will put more muscle to its engine like the iPad 2. Does it look nice in white?