Watch an iPod drop from 100,000 feet

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under News

We’ve all seen countless videos on YouTube of people torturing their devices. Whether they’re being blended, driven over, boiled in water or stuck in a freezer, there seems to be no end to this madness.

The latest comes from case-manufacturers G-Form, who took it upon themselves to bundle an iPod in one of their iPhone 5 cases – and then drop it from 100,000 feet above the earth. Unfortunately, the video below shows the camera dying at about 40,000 feet supposedly due to extreme temperatures. The next shot is of the case landing safely back on earth, with the iPod intact. While the legitimacy of the video can be calling into question, it’s still worth investing in a good case for your iPhone or iPod, which seem to have a knack for flying off tables.


Toshiba AT300SE Tablet Review

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Reviews, Spotlight, Tablets

When I recently reviewed the Toshiba 7 and 10 inch tablets, the AT270 and AT300 respectively, it was the 7-inch tablet that came out on top. The AT300’s screen felt lackluster for the price, and Ice Cream Sandwich OS felt like it slowed things down just for the sake of having Flash compatibility.

With the AT300SE, Toshiba aims to provide a cheaper, slightly bulkier, but much faster alternative to the regular AT300 tablet. So the AT300SE comes with the same hardware as the regular AT300, carrying the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The 10-inch IPS display panel also remains the same with a 1280 x 800 resolution, giving it a rather bland 149ppi density.

The AT300SE also comes with the same battery, giving it almost 9 hours of usage. Two things have changed significantly, though. The first is the rear camera, downgraded from the 5MP in the AT300 to just 3MP in the AT300SE, while the front facing drops 2MP to 1.2MP. However, there is a nice upgrade in the form of Android Jelly Bean, which helps giving the ageing processor a nice shot in the arm.

Rear 3MP camera quality.

I don’t personally mind the camera downgrade as I’m from the crowd who never takes photos from a tablet. Meanwhile the front facing camera downgrade will hurt the quality of Skype calls. The size increase is marginal, with the width increasing by 2.3mm and the depth increasing by 1.2mm and a total weight increase of 40.6 grams. The size and weight increase, plus the camera downgrades all add up to marginal inconveniences which is then offset by the price decrease of AED 400. Well, that and the Jelly Bean update which makes the AT300SE feel much faster than the AT300.

The build quality is the same, with a complete plastic casing and a front that’s dominated by the glass screen. On the top we have the power button and the mic; nothing on the right. At the bottom we have two thin slots for the stereo speakers, while the left houses the 3.5mm headphones jack, the volume control buttons, the micro-USB data transfer & charge port and a microSD slot.

On the far top left, just under the power button, we have the rear 3MP camera, while the front facing camera sits smack in the middle on the top. The build quality itself feels very solid, with the overall design being kept very simple.

Daily usage is identical to the AT300, except for the speed improvements that come along with Jelly Bean, plus the smooth UI. Between the two I would definitely recommend the AT300SE over the regular AT300. Of course, there’s no audio or visual enhancement on the AT300SE like the ones Toshiba has on the AT300 and AT270, but that’s not a big deciding factor when looking at such a large price drop.

The AT300 is definitely a more premium product, but it has enough drawbacks that a cheaper alternative is better. And while the Toshiba AT270 is one of the best 7-inch tablets out there, the price point is prohibitively high, making the AT300SE the best tablet of choice from Toshiba right now.

Thief enters Microsoft building, steals only iPads and walks away

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles, News

A random story of robbery has been made newsworthy with an interesting little detail. TheTechStorm reports that about two days ago, a thief entered the Microsoft Mountain View Campus building. Only thing is – all he took five iPads. Nothing more.

For those wondering what iPads were doing at the Microsoft office, you need to keep in mind that Microsoft has been developing applications for the Apple platform lately and it makes sense why they would have the devices. Who knows, they probably even had some development unit of the next iPad which is bound to get the robber a fortune in the black market.

The surprising bit is that not a single Microsoft item was stolen, and one can make jokes about it all they want but there’s probably a reason based on the robber’s motivation itself.

What do you think?

Google Time concept makes us want to wear watches again

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under News

I remember when people used to wear watches. But then people decided that it was much easier to whip out their smartphones when they wanted to know the time (and using that as an excuse to check their Facebook).

But a novel concept by Adrian Maciburko might change that. His ‘Google Time‘ concept watch would display the time, weather, and a few alerts from Google+. It would also support swipes and pinch gestures to navigate around, as well as voice commands.

It would be completely awesome if Google actually went through with something like this, given that they’re already testing wearable computing with Google Glasses.

Is this the Samsung Galaxy SIV?

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under News

Technology website SAMmobile claims to have received an authentic image of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy SIV.

The image is a render, and not of an actual product. It appears to be have been clicked from a computer screen, probably taken from a presentation slide.

Based on the image, the Galaxy SIV sports a slender frame with more room for screen space. The home button is missing, and  interestingly, so is the  notification  LED as well, although it just might be hidden due to the flash as it does not have a very a obvious place on the surface.

The Galaxy SIV is rumored to pack an Exynos 5450 Quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.99″ SuperAMOLED screen, 13 MP rear facing and 2MP front facing camera, and running on the newest Android 4.2.1 operating system.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything so far, but are expected to officially reveal it sometime in March.

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