Interview with Igor Pušenjak from LimaSky

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Features, Industry, Interviews, Mobile Apps

It’s always fascinating talking to someone who has created something massive but had no idea on how big their product would become when creating it. At The Mobile Show 2012, one of the keynote speaker was Igor Pušenjak from LimaSky, creators of the massively popular Doodle Jump game.

After his session, Igor was kind enough to spend a few minutes with me where we talked about how his company expanded and is coping up with the success that Doodle Jump brought them as well as advice for someone looking into developing apps. Igor makes no excuses for repeatedly stating his fondness for Apple and the platform they have developed. It’s certainly a very interesting conversation.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roqnKM175t8&w=600]

I would like to thank Igor for taking the time to speak to us and wish him continued success.

Jaguar XFR

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Product of the Week

Bold, sporting design, outstanding dynamics and performance to make the heart race. The Supercharged XFR is the most dynamic and exhilarating expression of Jaguar sporting luxury. 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds with the space and comfort of a luxury sedan.

Check out our full video review for more details and how the XFR feels.

Apacer Performance RAM Roundup

Apacer is a brand that’s been around for a while, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of them before. They’re a company focused solely on storage products, which encompasses memory modules (desktop and laptop), USB and flash storage as well as SSDs. Today, though, we’ll be looking at three of their memory modules recently introduced into the market.

 

First off we have the Apacer Giant II Series Dual Channel 8GB kit. The  two 4GB DDR3 modules run at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.65v. The only module in this roundup with a huge heatspreader, the Giant II features “air-fall” vents that apparently help in better heat dissipation.

 

Next we have the Black Panther series 8GB kit; again with two 4GB DDR3 modules running at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.65v. The heatspreaders on the Black panther are small and thin, making their low profile ideal for people with large CPU heatsinks.

Both the Giant II and Black Panther have thoroughly tested memory modules that will run at the rated speeds and also come with lifetime warranty from Apacer. Running in dual channel mode, both Black panther and Giant II support Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) for easy overclocking.

Lastly we have a pair of non-overclocking (UDIMM) memory modules, which utilize two 4GB DDR3 modules running at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.5v. The unique thing about this pair is that it has a white colored PCB with 16 white LEDs on the top. Sadly these LEDs are always lit up, and don’t show the resource usage in real-time.

I obviously wasn’t expecting the last pair to overclock, and they didn’t, but I was surprised to see that the Giant II didn’t go beyond the rated speeds of 1600MHz. Pushing it to 1866Mhz with voltage increases didn’t help at all. That said, the Black Panther overclocked very nicely to 1866MHz at the rated 1.65v.

Interview with with Mike Al Mefleh from RIM

It is always a pleasure sitting down with Mike Al Mefleh, Director Carrier Product Marketing at RIM Middle East. RIM we present at The Mobile Show 2012 in Dubai where, among other things, they were upgrading devices to their latest OS7.1 release.

I managed to get a few minutes with Mike after his keynote session and we talked about RIM’s phenomenal and growing market share in the Middle East, the flagship store they are planning on opening in Dubai as well as their upcoming BB10 operating system.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehyqqou8WaM&w=600]

I would like to thank Mike for his time as well as the entire team at RIM for being extremely helpful.

Interview with SoundCloud’s Caroline Drucker

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Features, Industry, Interviews

I didn’t know anything about SoundCloud until today and the only reason I came to know of it is because Caroline Drucker, the Partnerships Marketing Manager was in town for The Mobile Show and was on stage talking about what her organization does. I guess you can call SoundCloud a YouTube for audio where people can upload sounds from all facets of life that can either be professionally consumed or just listened to for enjoyment.

I managed to steal a few minutes of Caroline’s time after her stage appearance and find out more about SoundCloud in the interview posted below. It certainly is a pretty interesting space to be in and for anyone that is into audio, SoundCloud sounds like a pretty impressive platform.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu1wSLRDiOM&w=600]

I want to thank Caroline for taking the time to talk to us and wish her the best of luck with SoundCloud. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

AOC launches new monitor e1649Fwu

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Press Release:

AOC, part of Taiwan based TPV Technology Limited, and the largest display manufacturer in the world, today announced the launch of its new monitor e1649Fwu, an ultra-light, super slim, 15.6” WLED USB Monitor, a must have laptop accessory in the Middle East and Africa region.

The neatly designed lightweight USB monitor comes with a flexi stand that rotates by 90 degrees to accommodate portrait or landscape mode and instantly transforms into a digital photo frame or presentation display, further enhancing its value as an extension of display capability for every PC.

 The screen features a 1366×768 resolution, 500:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time and 200 cd/m2 of brightness. It is supported on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X.

AOC e1649Fwu comes with Power-Saving feature for environmental protection and uses WLED backlight technology to reduce power consumption up to 50% compared to traditional CCFL displays, so it draws less than 8W in operation and below 1W when idle, minimising the electronic burden on notebook batteries.

Suchit Kumar, Vice President, Sales MENA & CIS Central Asia, AOC, says, “The market for extended displays is growing rapidly, and our new USB monitor provides a perfect solution for multi-screen computing with its low power consumption, cord independence and highly competitive price. AOC e1649Fwu offers a great opportunity to all our channel partners to rapidly tap into this growing market segment.”

 

Key features for AOC e1649Fwu:

  • Contrast Ratio (Typical)                 – 500:1 (DCR)
  • Viewable Image Size                      – 39.49cm
  • Screen Size                                         – 15.6″ W
  • Display Colour                                   – 262K
  • Viewing Angles                                 – 90/50 (CR≥10)
  • Response Time (Typical)                               – 8ms
  • Input Signal                                        -  USB
  • Input Connector                               – micro USB
  • Power Supply                                    – PC USB 5V
  • Power Consumption                      – Power On: <8W (max.), Standby: <1W
  • Operation Systems                         – Windows 7/Windows Vista/ Windows XP
  • Cabinet Colour                                  – Black

Pricing Warranty and availability: The price for the AOC e1649Fwu WLED USB monitor is US$ 109 and it comes with 3 years local warranty. The monitor is available across the Middle East and Africa region.

Rumor: iPad 3 to launch before April 30 in the UAE

April 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

According to a report on Emirates 24|7, the iPad 3 will see an official release before April 30 in the UAE.

“Based on information from my sources I have learnt that the new iPad will be brought to the UAE within the next two weeks,” a grey market merchandiser told the website yesterday.

“That’s the reason we are trying to move our remaining stocks at the earliest. But you can never be sure, especially when it’s an apple product the dates are never fixed,” he added.

Grey imports of Apple’s latest tablet is widely available in the region. The prices have surprisingly remained sane, and are already closer – and could be even cheaper – than the official price.

Apple data centers use the most coal to power up

As more of us start relying on cloud storage and bigger corporates start storing our data, the demand for huge storage spaces increases exponentially. This incredibly large amount of data requires an equally large number of hard drives and storage servers to keep everything safe and running steady, with multiple backups in case of failure or data corruption. And we all know how much we hate those! But how much power is going into maintain these data centers? What’s the cost to our environment?

While renewable energy is on the agenda for most companies who want public favor, or indeed are following such courses out of the goodness of their hearts, fossil fuel is still the primary way to power things. And apart from oil, coal is one of the second largest energy provider due to low costs. The adverse effect on Earth’s atmosphere due to burning coal is considerable, in a recent finding reported by Mother Jones. So let’s have a look at some of the top companies whose data centers use the most coal energy according to Greenpeace.

1. Apple: 55.1 percent
2. HP: 49.7 percent
3. IBM: 49.5 percent
4. Oracle: 48.7 percent
5. Facebook: 39.4 percent
6. Microsoft 39.3 percent
7. Twitter: 35.6 percent
8. Amazon: 33.9 percent
9. Rackspace: 31.6 percent
10. Google: 28.7 percent

The full report from Greenpeace can be read here.

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