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iPhone 3G S Revealed by Apple

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

The fastest, most powerful iPhone to be reavealed, the new iPhone™ 3G S has been announced by Apple. It has some new features which include longer battery life with up to twice as fast improved speed and performance as iPhone 3G, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording capability and hands free voice control. The world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more, the new iPhone OS 3.0 is available with iPhone 3G S. The biggest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps, App Store, offers iPhone 3G S customers access to more than 50,000 applications. With an iPhone 3G S 16GB model for just $199 and a new 32GB model for just $299, it offers twice the capacity for the same price, Apple is now offering the iPhone 3G at the breakthrough price of just $99 for the 8GB model.

Apple’s senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, declared: “iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control.” He continued: “And with a breakthrough price of $99, we are thrilled to get iPhone 3G into the hands of even more users who want them.”

Averaging up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S offers more speed and performance, allowing you to render web pages quicker and launch applications faster. Mobile gaming and other graphic intense applications are better than ever with iPhone 3G S as it takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality 3D graphics. Along with being faster, iPhone 3G S also offers longer battery life so you can watch more videos, listen music much longer, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps more than ever until now. 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for faster networking speeds is a new feature of the new iPhone 3G S.

Now, its easier than ever to capture, edit and share pictures and videos instantly with family and friends with the new 3 megapixel autofocus camera from iPhone 3G S. Coming with an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots, the new autofocus camera adjusts focus, exposure, color and contrast to render the best possible image. The “tap to focus” feature allows you to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure only by touching the display.

You have hand free operation for iPhone and iPod® functions with the new voice control feature in iPhone 3G S. You just have to say the appropriate commands into the built-in microphone or headset microphone and you are able to dial by name or number. You can listen to your favorite music sorting it by artist, album or playlist with voice control. You can use the command to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or to find out what song are you listening to right now by just saying it to your iPhone.

A very cool feature of the iPhone 3G S is the built-in digital compass for instant navigation, showing you which way you are headed and rotating as you change direction. The digital compass it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing because is also integrated within Maps.

People with disbilities have new tools in their hands with a screen reader that speaks what appears on the iPhone 3G S display, called VoiceOver, a new universal Zoom function which can magnify the entire screen, a new feature called White on Black which reverses the colors on screen to provide higher contrast for people with low vision, and the Mono Audio function which combines left and right audio channels so that they can be heard in both earbuds for those with hearing loss in one ear.

More than 100 new features including: Cut, Copy and Paste; Spotlight Search to search across iPhone or within Mail, Contacts, Calendar and iPod; MMS; landscape keyboard for Messages, Mail, Notes and Safari®; expanded parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and the ability to capture and send audio recordings on the go with the new Voice Memo app are available on the iPhone 3G S with iPhone OS 3.0 software. The software is offering a new feature called Find My iPhone which works together with MobileMe to help you locate your lost iPhone on a map, send a message that will appear on the screen, and even play a sound to help you find it even if your phone is set to silent. The new Remote Wipe feature allows you to erase all data and content on your iPhone in the case you cannot find your iPhone.


HP Elite Book 2730p Business Tablet PC

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

HP introduces the new EliteBook 2730p tablet PC for business users. The 2730p is the successor of the 2710p.
Specs and features are mostly the same as the other EliteBooks (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, SSD option, HP business and security stuff like the biz card reader, encryption and DriveGuard).
The 2730p tablet has a 12-inch touch screen display with 1280×800 resolution, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/draft-n, a SD card slot, and Bluetooth.

Buyers may want to get 80GB SSD instead of hard drive and they can get the optional EVDO/HSPA mobile broadband module, and optional 2 Megapixel webcam.
If you want to buy the  EliteBook 2730p tablet PC, you can check all the HP Elite Books Available on Amazon , compare the prices, and then take the best decision that suits your needs.

Intel Xeon ‘Nehalem-EX’ Processor Presented by Intel

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

A new Intel® Xeon® processor codenamed “Nehalem-EX” has been revealed by Intel. Being able to deliver a number of new technical advancements and boost enterprise computing performance, the processor will be running the next generation of intelligent and expandable high-end Intel server platforms.

The Nehalem-EX processor, being ready to enter production later this year, will feature up to eight cores inside a single chip supporting 16 threads and 24MB of cache. Offering the highest-ever jump from a previous generation processor, its performance increase will be dramatic.

New reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features usually found in the company’s Intel® Itanium processor family, such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery will be available with Nehalem-EX.

the new Nehalem-EX processor, being ideal for virtualized applications, server consolidation, data demanding enterprise applications and technical computing environments, will be able to boost up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous-generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform, also doubling the memory capacity with up to 16 memory slots per processor socket, and offering four high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links. Without the need for third-party chips to “glue” the platform together, Nehalem-EX will provide tremendous scalability, from large-memory two-socket systems through eight-socket systems capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously, while, with third-party solutions, additional scalability options including greater sockets counts will also be possible.

Some of the main advantages of Nehalem-EX are:

* Intel Nehalem Architecture built on Intel’s unique 45nm high-k metal gate technology process
* Up to 8 cores per processor
* Up to 16 threads per processor with Intel® Hyper-threading
* Scalability up to eight sockets via Quick Path Interconnects and greater with third-party node controllers
* QuickPath Architecture with four high-bandwidth links
* Integrated memory controllers
* 24MB of shared cache
* Intel Turbo Boost Technology
* Intel scalable memory buffer and scalable memory interconnects
* Support for up to 16 memory slots per processor socket
* Up to 9x the memory bandwidth of previous generation
* 2.3 billion transistors
* Advanced RAS capabilities including MCA Recovery

Nehalem-EX, having new RAS capabilities for high-end enterprises, will be able to accelerate IT adoption of Intel-based platforms over RISC-based platforms by delivering a lower total cost of ownership, higher performance, lower electricity bills and the ability to standardize on a flexible IT environment.

indian superstar shah rukh khan questioned at new york airport because of his surname

August 16, 2009 2 comments

New Delhi: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has confirmed to CNN-IBN that he was detained at the Newark-New Jersey airport on Friday night when he was in transit to Chicago.

Shah Rukh Khan spoke exclusively with CNN-IBN and admitted he was shocked at the behaviour of the immigration officials.

The actor said he was told he had a “common name” and hence the questioning was required.

“It was in Newark where I was detained for questioning. It was because they said my name was common to some name that popped up on the computer. They were asking me silly questions like if I knew someone in the US who could vouch for me, if I could give them numbers of people they could get in touch with,” he said.

“I had all the documents; they were asking me where I was going to be staying. I gave the name of FOX people with whom I had finalised a deal a few days ago as contacts. I kept on giving numbers. They wanted to know why I came here,” he said.

Shah Rukh said the officers wanted to check his baggage but since it had not arrived, he was taken to a room where other people were also waiting for a second check on their visa.

He said he sent messages to his home, his secretary and also to Congress MP Rajiv Shukla, who informed the Indian embassy, whose officials came to his rescue.

“I was taken to a room where many people were awaiting a secondary check on visa, most were Asians. In fact many officers were reluctantly vouching for me, some people were asking for autographs and a Pakistani fan even said he knew who I was. But the officers said it was procedure and kept taking numbers from me. They told me you can’t use the phone in this area. I sent a message home and to my secretary and Rajiv Shukla. It took almost two hours. However, they did not take my fingerprints,” he said.

Asked if he felt angry, the actor said he felt bad “for the people in the room”.

“I did feel bad for a lot of people in that room, I know because I had an escort and someone would recognise me, I will get out. Others may face more trouble,” he said.

He also refered to ex President APJ Abdul Kalam‘s frisking episode.

“I have extra security because of my name. I can handle this but when you have someone as respectable as an ex-president getting frisked, I am nobody,” he said.

Shah Rukh also admitted that while he didn’t mind going to the US for work, it was always an inconvenient journey for him. “I am glad my family was not there, this has happened to me earlier. I am a shy, scared traveler and I really have to hold back my sense of humour. It certainly does well for people whose names are known, for others its trouble. My guard was also denied a visa apparently because he too had a common name”.

Through the chat with CNN-IBN, Shah Rukh never lost his sense of humour and kept coming up with his characteristic quirky ones. “I think my face scares people, I will try and change the way I look,” he said. He also said his son Aryan asked if he had “been caught”. ” I told him, not yet son”.


Incidentally, Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming releases include Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan which touches on the issue of racial profiling and discrimination faced by a certain minority community in a post-9/11 world.

The Fox-STAR Studios will finance and distribute the film, reportedly spending Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion/$20 million) in the process.

Guitar Hero 5 gets ready to rock

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

SAN FRANCISCO–The first couple of weeks of September are going to be a banner time for music video games. On September 9 (09/09/09), the much-anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band will hit store shelves, just eight days after Guitar Hero 5 gets its chance to rock living rooms everywhere.

With the Beatles game, it’s easy to imagine long lines and huge sales figures. After all, this will be the first time that any of the recent slew of music-oriented video games will feature any Beatles songs, let alone dozens of them.

But with Guitar Hero 5 (see video below)–has so much time gone by already that there could even be five Guitar Hero releases?–one has to work just a little bit harder to envision the big bucks that its publisher, Activision Blizzard, surely is hoping to bring in.

Still, the guys at Neversoft, the game’s developer, have proven time and again that they know what they’re doing. The Guitar Hero franchise has produced hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and created a dynamic in which people everywhere are now comfortable picking up and jamming away on a guitar, albeit a plastic one with buttons instead of strings.

And with that in mind, one has to give the Neversoft team the benefit of the doubt for their new game, which will be released for all the major video game platforms.

On Thursday, I stopped in at a Guitar Hero press event here and had the chance to speak with two of the executives most responsible for the new game: Brian Bright, the project director at Neversoft for Guitar Hero 5, and Tim Riley, who oversees the Guitar Hero franchise’s music licensing.

One of the things I was most interested in was the rationale for a new Guitar Hero game. To be sure, game companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two have a mandate to generate massive revenues, and so franchises like Guitar Hero are tried and true in that regard. But in spite of that, each new edition of a franchise game has to have something significant to offer to entice enough customers to earn its keep.

To hear Bright tell it, the best rationale for Guitar Hero–besides its 85 new songs by 83 artists–is its “Party Play” mode in which players can jump in or out of songs any time they please, all with the click of a single button.

What that means, Bright added, is that Guitar Hero 5 will offer a potentially broad new audience an entirely new level of “accessibility,” in particular because in the previous versions, many people playing for the first time would have found themselves needing a little hand-holding to get started. Now, he said, that’s no longer the case, and players new and old will be able to easily and quickly go right into rocking out.

Another important Guitar Hero 5 innovation, Bright said, is an “any instrument” selection that will, for the first time, allow more than two people to play guitar at the same time rather than someone in a foursome having to play drums and someone having to sing. And even if there isn’t a mad rush to grab a guitar, this features means that any combination of instruments is, for the first time, possible, whether a group is playing cooperatively or competitively.

Downloadable content
Given that many players of the game’s previous iteration–Guitar Hero: World Tour–likely paid to download songs, Activision is making it possible to port most of those songs to Guitar Hero 5. The company said 152 of the 158 downloadable songs from the earlier game will be compatible with the new one, though users will have to pay a “nominal re-licensing fee,” the amount of which the company hasn’t publicly spelled out yet.

And that means that with the 85 songs Guitar Hero 5 comes with, plus new downloadable songs, the new game’s players can have set lists of potentially hundreds of songs, Bright said.

I wanted to know a little bit more about how Activision persuades musicians to allow their songs to be included in Guitar Hero, especially after learning how the Beatles were won over for the forthcoming Rock Band game.

Riley, the publisher’s music licensing specialist, said that as the Guitar Hero franchise becomes better-known, he and his team have an easier time of it. In part, that’s because “the larger the game gets, the more known it gets within the (music) industry (and) with the artists themselves.”

And that means that Riley and his team have now had the chance to get musicians like Arctic Monkeys and Elliott Smith–whom they’ve never worked with before–to contribute songs to the game. Indeed, he said Guitar Hero 5 features songs from nearly 20 artists who have never allowed their music to be in a video game before.

Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. In the case of Arctic Monkeys, Riley explained, it took multiple visits with the band to show them demos and explain what the Guitar Hero franchise is all about to get permission.

One big factor, Riley added, was being able to assure artists that their music is “safe” in Guitar Hero, meaning that users won’t be able to easily pirate the songs from the game.

At the same time, he explained that for a lot of musicians, games like this are now seen as an attractive way to get their music in front of large audiences, particularly because the record industry is becoming more and more notorious for doing a poor job of helping distribute new music.

“Just by having a song in the game,” Riley said, “kids become familiar with the song, or the artist, and will go out and buy (it) or go out and purchase more music from that artist.”

‘Step Up’ In 3-D Begins Filming In NYC: How Will The City Look In Multiple Dimensions?

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Filming has officially begun in New York City on the third “Step Up” movie, which follows a tight-knit group of street dancers trying to beat some of the world’s best breakdancers in a showdown. Alyson Stoner and Adam Sevani reprise their roles from the first two dance dramas, but along with a few familiar faces expect to see something else new (no, not any street dancers busting out to “Macarena”): 3-D cinematography.

The third “Step Up” is the first 3-D movie to film entirely in New York City, and also the first-ever 3-D dance flick. Expect a summer 2010 release, but in the meantime, check out our list of the familiar Big Apple sites we’re thrilled to see on the big screen in 3-D … and which ones we’re not so sure about.

Thrilled to see pop out of the screen:

New York is home to some of the most famous and fabulous structures in the world (the Chrysler Building is a personal fave), so I wouldn’t mind getting an up-close view of all those flying buttresses and groin vaults.

I may not read Gourmet magazine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a little food porn now and again. In 3-D I imagine every speckle of grease and every strand of mozzarella would be magnified to a I-just-can’t-resist degree. I’m hungry already.

No word yet on whether the original “Step Up” dance master will be making a three-peat by making a cameo in the third flick, but just considering it makes me a little giddy.