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

 

2011 Apple New MacBook Pro – Boosted with better processor, graphic and I/O



After weeks of rumor and speculation, Apple has finally unveiled its MacBook Pro product line on Thursday. In summary, there are 3 major changes

  1. Apple adds in new Intel’s latest SandyBridge processor with dual-core (13” model only) and quad-core (15” and 17” models). They perform 2 times as fast as the previous generation MacBook Pro.
  2. Intel Light Peak – It is rather known as “ThunderBolt”, which transfer data at rate of 10GB per second. Technically, it exceeds USB3.0 transfer rate by as much as 2 folds.
  3. Graphics performance also gets boost with the new models which are by default in-built with Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor. If you are seeking more graphic performance, Apple has included additional AMD Radeon graphics processor but it is limited to 15” and 17” models. It makes the video encode and decode quicker and more efficient that greatly enhance the gaming experience and video playback.

Take a quick glimpse at the spec for each model and their prices below.

13” – 2.3GHZ dual-core i5 | 4GB RAM | 320GB HDD | Intel HD Graphics 3000 – RM3699 ($1199)

13” – 2.7GHZ dual-core i7 | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | Intel HD Graphics 3000 – RM4599 ($1499)

15” – 2.0GHZ quad-core i7 | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | Intel HD Graphics 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 – RM5499 ($1799)

15” – 2.2GHZ quad-core i7 | 4GB RAM | 750GB HDD | Intel HD Graphics 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 – RM6799 ($2199)

17” – 2.2GHZ quad-core i7 | 4GB RAM | 750GB HDD | Intel HD Graphics 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 – RM7699 ($2499)

For more details, you can refer to http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/

 

Google Chrome 10 Beta Released – Speed improved by 66%



Google Chrome has been my favourite web browser due to its simplicity and fast web browsing experience. Now, Google has just released new Chrome version 10 beta to its fans.

The major and most appealing feature is its significant speed improvement. It’s equiped with new version of V8 JavaScript engine which boosts the performance by whopping 66% (measured by Google’s own V8 benchmark suite. You will get even faster and notable web browsing experience.

For user who has capable graphic card, this release supports CPU-accelerated video. According to Google offical blog, it is said that it would decrease CPU by 80% when viewing video in full-screen mode. This significant power saving feature has been always wanted and welcomed especially for mobile devices users.

Along with bookmark, extension, preference and theme synchronization, you can now even synch your saved site passwords on multiple machines. If you are particular about security, you can create your own passphrase and encrypt you synched passwords without hassle.

Another feature is that browser setting page now opens in a tab just like other new webpage instead of a separate window. There is a new search function in setting page. A handy search box is added that allows user to search specific setting you are looking for instead of scrolling down all the options manually.

Try it yourself, download Google Chrome Beta version 10 here.

Google Released Chrome Web Store!

The Google Chrome Web Store

Google has followed the Apple footprint to launch its own Chrome Web Store. Like Apple’s apps store, the Chrome Web store offers a wide range of apps, extensions and themes which works on Chrome. Once you are in the store, it is intuitive to find the apps categories on the left-hand section.

Once you have searched your favorite apps, simply click on it and it will brings you to its own page displaying all related information about the app. Some apps are for free but some require you to buy it before you can install it. If you are not satisfied with the apps, Google allows you to cancel your order within 30 minutes after you have paid the app. Not a bad idea!

To start with, I recommend you to install “NPR for Chrome”, “Dream2”, “NYTimes”, “Poppit” and “Amazon Windowshop” because these were the apps being demo’ed in the launch event and Google even invited senior officers from NYTimes, Electronic Arts (EA) and Amazon to run the demo.

You can literally find your installed apps by opening a new tab. All of the apps will be listed nicely in the first row.

While most of these apps are developed in HTML5 format, the user interface are so rich, visually appealing and interactive. I have tried NYTimes and absolutely love it. The display of news and images are never been engaging and interactive. I think viewing and navigating the page with touch screen device by flipping with fingers will be an awesome experience. Too bad I don’t own any of those devices but still quite enjoyable using keyboard. And, you can read it offline if disconnected from internet.

The store starts with 500 apps and is growing fast. For developer, it is yet another great store for you to showcase your masterpiece and generate popularity. For normally user like me, I have another choice to download great apps and enjoy them!

Visit at https://chrome.google.com/webstore and I am sure you will love it like I do.