Nokia releases Maps App for iPhone and iPad

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, Articles, News, Smartphones

While Google continues to work to bring back Google Maps to iPhone and iPad, Nokia has released their version of mapping software for iOS devices today. HERE Maps is now available in App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and has an impressive list of features.

  • Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
  • Save map areas & wander without data coverage
  • In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
  • Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries
  • Search with history and suggestions
  • Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks
  • Organize places you love into Collections
  • Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
  • Sync with Here.net – Access your Collections anywhere
  • Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
  • Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
  • Public transportation and driving directions

Alienware M14x R2 Review

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Laptops, Notebooks, Reviews, Spotlight

The Alienware brand is of near legendary status after more than two decades in existence. However, with the brand name’s laptop two things are synonymous: powerful machines that are equally big and bulky. Two years ago Alienware set out to change this image of theirs with the much loved M11x laptops, sadly these were discontinued last year and it’s replacement, the M14x is what I’ll be looking at today.

I know a lot of people loved the M11x, but once I used it, I realized that gaming on that small 11-inch screen was sort of unfulfilling. Meanwhile the M17x and especially the M18x are practically desktop replacement notebooks, and as such are nowhere near as portable for daily life as the M11x would be. The M14x is, therefore, the perfect compromise in giving relatively powerful specs on a relatively light chassis.

Our test M14x R2 (revision two) came armed to the teeth in the highest-end hardware possible. The 3rd gen Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM quad-core processor runs at 2.30GHz, TurboBoosting up to 3.3GHz under pressure. Coupled with 16GB DDR3 memory and a 750GB HDD with 32GB SSD for cache makes the M14x R2 an excellent mobile workstation in its own right. The 1600×900 screen provides sharp image without straining the eyes and quite a lot of real estate, and mated to a mid-range Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with 2GB GDDR5 memory it’s also a decent gaming machine.

Alienware doesn’t allow any dual-card configuration or higher-end GPU as option because, frankly speaking, a chassis this small couldn’t support the heat levels. Those power options are left for the M17x and M18x.

Design

Alienware’s current design for laptops has been going on since 2009 with the M15x and M17x, and it certainly looks just as impressive today on the M14x R2, making it one of the most well-recognized and sharp looking gaming laptops around.

The body of the M14x R2 is comprised of a felt, almost rubberized, material; the finish is also carried inside on the palmrest area. While this gives the M14x R2 a solid feel, especially when you’re carrying it around, it does tend to attract dust particles, which stand out very obviously on the dark colored body. Measuring 1.49 inches thick the M14x R2 weighs a modest 2.92kg.

On the left we have a VGA, HDMI and mini-DisplayPort, plus a USB 2.0 port with power charging, audio ports and a memory card reader. On the right we have the Blu-ray/ DVD combo drive, two USB 3.0 ports and the LAN port. Meanwhile the only thing on the back is the power connector.

The M14x R2 obviously carries the multicolor keyboard, with four areas of customization on the colors, rate of pulse and cycling mode between colors. Obviously the speakers, Alienware logo at the bottom of the screen, the power button and WiFi LEDs, mouse pad border and front grills are all customizable. Sadly the alien head on the lid only comes with white color for its eyes.

Microsoft plans bio gas powered data center

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Microsoft has announced that it is in development of ‘Data Plant’ – the first zero carbon data center. Data Plant will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services.

The announcement reveals that the data center will be located at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Wyoming, USA. While having the data center and bio gas facility on the same location may cause a few noses to turn up, Microsoft claims, “By capturing and reusing biogas on premise with our data centers, we will be able to significantly reduce their carbon emissions while producing beneficial uses at the same time.”

The company is investing approximately $5.5 million in R&D on the project and eventually hopes that Data Plant will “help to concretely demonstrate the benefits possible by integrating the collection, treatment, and consumption of biogas at the source to create an extremely efficient use of renewable energy.”

Don’t scoff yet, besides the noble objective of ecological self sufficiency, this writer thinks using crap to power some of the crap that’s on the internet is a goal too clever to resist reaching for.

Samsung to unveil Galaxy S4 at CES 2013

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under News

With the Galaxy S3 being a huge success for Samsung, all eyes are on their S4 to follow up on that and Samsung isn’t slacking. In fact, looks like they’re already working on it and have plans to debut it early next year.

Rumors are already abound with the specs of the device, which include a 4.99-inch, Full HD Super AMOLED screen, a pixel density of 441 ppi, Adonis Exynos 5400 Series Chipset, at least 2GB of RAM, and an Cortex-A15 processor. Also, better contrast and refresh rates along with lower power consumption is in the cards. And Mobile Choice reports that Samsung plans to demo the phone at CES 2013 to release it on March 2013 instead of its usual summer release.

Have you bought a Note 2 or are holding out for the S4?

Windows 8 ain’t flying off the shelves

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Windows 8 is the riskiest thing Microsoft has done in years. A total revamp of its tried-and-tested Windows formula, Windows 8 delivers an innovate format of using a PC, an experience very close to a tablet, with its speed, too. But alas, that hasn’t proven to be too interesting for consumers.

According to WinSuperSite, Windows 8 sales are going slow, and have so far failed to meet Microsoft’s internal projections. The site’s source is putting the blame on OEMs, whose “inability to deliver” interesting and powerful hardware might be cutting on the ‘wow’ factor a bit.

NewEgg VP of product management, Merle McIntosh is hopeful though, saying that he expects sales to go up from Q2 2013.

“So we planned with our partners to be prepared for an explosion,” McIntosh said. “Did we really believe there was going to be one? Even within our own building, there were some people that thought that this was going to be the next coming of God, and other people were saying, this will be the next coming of God, but not until next year sometime. What we wanted to make sure with our own customers and our own business is that we were ready for any event. So yes, we were prepared for some pretty big upside on the software side of the equation, and the hardware side of the equation, and it is has been steadily improving. But it did not explode, as I think you know, coming out of the gate.”

What do you think of Windows 8? What are the reasons that is holding you from upgrading? Let us know in the comments below!

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