French blog Consomac has discovered an interesting bit of intel inside Apple’s latest developer build of Mac OS X Lion. The information insinuates that users of the company’s MobileMe cloud service will be prompted to upgrade to an offering dubbed “Castle” at some point in the future. It is unclear if Castle will be the new name of an expanded cloud-service offering — iCloud? — or rather the name of an update to the current service. The company’s World Wide Developer Conference is set to take place next month, and we’re sure most of the details will be ironed out by then. More →
Can’t get enough Sony tablet madness? The company has just posted a teaser video for their just announced S1 and S2 tablets set to debut later this fall. We’re talking about products that could change at any time (even the names aren’t final), but it’s still great to see a visual representation of what they’ll presumably offer, no? More →
Included in Apple’s “Q&A on Location Data” press release this morning was a rare and concrete statement that pointed to a future project the company is working on. “Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years,” reads the release. Currently, iOS offers its users traffic-data through the bundled Google Maps application. It is unclear whether Apple is collecting this information to supplement the aforementioned offering, or — as rumors suggest — to build a new application that is less reliant on Google. Either way, it is an unusual statement from the Cupertino-based company about a future service. More →
A recent report indicates that the unreleased Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a processor upgrade. Blog GSMArena states that the company will upgrade the 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor to run at a blistering 1.2GHz. The site points to a slip on Samsung’s Estonian Facebook page — which mentioned the upgrade — and cites an “internal source” as its information sources. Samsung has yet to announce a specific release date for its next-generation flagship handset. More →
Over the weekend, Bloomberg filed a very brief report stating that electronics manufacturer Sony will soon test the Android-tablet waters. Citing statements made by the company’s CEO to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, the publication writes: “Sony Corp. plans to release a tablet computer by the end of summer [...] the tablet will run Google Inc.’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb software, and will be sold in the U.S. market first.” The company, through its partnership with Ericsson, has plenty of experience with Android handsets. Whether or not Sony can break into the highly-competitive U.S. tablet market will be the $1 million question. More →
Mozilla announced on Tuesday that the final release version of its Firefox 4 Web browser was available for download. Within its first 24 hours of availability, the browser was downloaded over 6 million times. Microsoft’s latest browser release, Internet Explorer 9, was downloaded 2.35 million times in its first 24 hours of availability. Version 4 of the popular Firefox Web browser features a variety of enhancements including a redesigned UI, improved tab management and faster performance. Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the second most popular browser in the world according to market share tracker Net Applications. Firefox held a 21.74% global browser share in February, behind Internet Explorer’s 56.77% and ahead of No. 3 browser Chrome, which has grown to 10.93% in a very short period of time. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have seen their shares decrease over the past year, while Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari browser have gained popularity. Hit the break for a video highlighting Firefox 4′s new features. More →
In a recent blog post, Twitter announced a new measure aimed at keeping its users data a bit more secure as it travels over the wire. Via the “Settings” preference pane, users can now force Twitter communications to always travel over a secure, HTTPS connection. “This will improve the security of your account and better protect your information if you’re using Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection,” writes Twitter. “In the future, we hope to make HTTPS the default setting.” Enabling the feature also secures traffic traveling to and from the official Twitter applications for both the iPhone and iPad — it will not, however, automatically enable HTTPS on the mobile Twitter website. Unless you have a specific reason not to enable the feature, we highly recommend it. More →
According to blog Electricpig in the UK, Apple will be refunding the new price difference to customers that purchased an iPad between February 16th and March 2nd. “We were assured by Apple’s sales team that Apple would refund the £100 price difference, without any complicated returns and exchanges, so you can take advantage of the price drop on the original iPad,” writes the site. Apple’s standard return policy is 14-days, so if you purchased an original iPad in the last two weeks: get your head examined and then bring that tablet back to your local Apple Store for a price adjustment. More →
We have been sent an image that looks very convincing. A tipster has shot us over what could be — and appears to be — an image of the back of Apple’s next generation iPad. The rear-facing camera, redesigned speaker, and flat back with tapered edges are all visible. We’ll know either way pretty soon — Apple’s iPad event is quickly approaching.
UPDATE: Though it is highly likely that the image above will end up being a good representation of the iPad 2, it’s looking like this image was created by an Apple fan and is not an official render.
According to Korean based Yonhap News Agency, Samsung Electronics is readying an 8.9-inch Android tablet due in the first half of 2011. The publications cites Samsung as the source of the information and adds that a “company spokesperson” indicated that the 8.9-inch tablet “will be released in the global market through mobile operators.” Samsung currently offers a 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab, and is scheduled to release a 10.1-inch tablet later this year. What do you say Goldilocks? Is 8.9-inches just right? More →
Following the Apple MacBook Pro leak saga? Rumors have been swirling practically every day about Apple’s latest MacBook Pro refresh, and a leaked photo from earlier today appears to confirm part of what we exclusively reported — that Apple’s new MacBook Pro’s will have larger all-glass multitouch trackpads. The same report also confirms the presence of a Thunderbolt port on the new MacBook Pro, which is Apple’s name for Intel’s Light Peak connection set to be unveiled tomorrow as well.
UPDATE: Upon closer inspection, it looks as though the MacBook Pro pictured above may have the same sized trackpad as the current 13-inch model, though it is possible that the new 13-inch model will retain the same sized trackpad while the 15 and/or 17-inch models may see a size increase. More →
It’s no secret that BlackBerry 6 will be coming to the Bold 9650 and Curve 9330. RIM has publicly stated that the two devices are in line for the yet-to-be-release update and both sets are marketed as “BlackBerry 6 ready.” Exactly when the updates will start to roll-out is, however, still a mystery. Several unofficial builds of BB6 for both handsets have been circulating on the Internet for quite some time, but as with all handset updates, the code needs to be carrier tested and ultimately carrier approved — a process that has historically proven to be the opposite of swift.
Bureaucracy aside, blog CrackBerry has produced some hard intel that indicates — at minimum — Verizon is getting their proverbial ducks in a row for a BB6 release. An advertisement that shows the company’s Curve 9330 and Bold 9650 running the new code has surfaced. The advert dramatically proclaims RIM’s OS as “the ultimate blend of productivity and fun” and lists some of the new features the update packs: social feeds, new browser, universal search, better multimedia, etc.
Both the 9330 and 9650 are seen sporting their current price tags, $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. More →
The genesis of Facebook continues. Yesterday, via a blog post, the social networking site announced that it would be rolling out a new, more intuitive profile page for its users. The new landing page, which houses all of your personal details, offers a new introduction, featured friends, an improved way to share favorite music, movies, books, and television shows, and better photos and friend pages. The goal of the new layout is to enable viewers of your profile to learn more about who you are and who you’re friends with in less time. For example: where you work, live, and attend(ed) school, whom you are in a relationship with, and when you were born are now prominently displayed on your profile page.
The new feature will be rolling out to all users through the end of this year, but if you are anxious to try out the new goodies, you can head to http://www.facebook.com/about/profile and manually enable the new style. If you take the plunge, let us know what you think. More →