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Apple iPhone 5 Launch: Here’s What to Expect

The iPhone 5 is coming. This is no rumor, no guesswork, no fuzzy photo taken by someone allegedly holding an iPhone 5 prototype. Apple has set the date and the place for a real product launch.

Okay, I am getting ahead of myself a bit. The invite does not explicitly mention an iPhone 5. It just promises we’ll talk about the iPhone. Yes, a nice little chat with me, Apple CEO Tim Cook and a few hundred of our closest friends at Apple’s Cupertino campus. There’ll be coffee and Danish. It’ll be cozy.

What else can we expect on October 4? Here’s the shortlist:

A Major Redesign

Shortly after Apple unveiled iOS 5, the cloud-friendly operating system that will soon reside inside current and future iPhones, there was speculation that the iPhone 5 would look almost exactly like the iPhone 4. The innards would be different, but most people could simply swath iPhone 5’s in the same cases as their previously adored iPhone 4’s.

But soon enough, some eagle-eyed folks spotted new iPhone cases that would in no way house current iPhones or the doppelganger iPhone 5. Answer? The iPhone 5 will be radical design departure. Some believe it will be thinner, or perhaps tapered. Others insist it will be wider.

Personally, I love the current design. I know, antenna attenuation nearly ruined the initial iPhone 4 launch, but my Verizon model moved the antenna bar breaks around and I rarely, if ever, lose signal. Plus, I don’t want a wider phone (read “bigger”) phone.

Read more: Apple iPhone 5 Launch: Here’s What to Expect

 

Facebook more crucial than having a toilet--survey

If you had to start life all over again today, what would be the things you'd need the most?

A roof over your brains, surely. A bed, perhaps. Running water, too. How about a toilet that worked?

I ask this perhaps unnecessary question because of a survey conducted by London's Science Museum. Scientists always care about people, so they asked 3,000 of them what things in this fair world they couldn't live without.

Because people are insane optimists, the one thing that these respondents claimed they couldn't live without was sunshine.

Because people are merely insane, the fifth thing these respondents claimed they couldn't live without was Facebook.

Well, second came Internet connection, closely followed by clean drinking water. (Yes, I have that the right way 'round.)You'll be wondering, through your self-aware haze, what other things were more important than Facebook.

Fourth was a fridge. Yes, you might wonder where, say, shoes came. Twentieth. You might also consider how highly people ranked fresh vegetables. Sixteenth.

British people than Google's own fine and searching service.There will be downcast and angry expressions at Google today to learn that Facebook is 17 places more important to the

certainly conjures a troubling view of humanity's future, as everyone socially networks amid a deadly stench.But it's ninth place that is, perhaps, most worthy of note. In that rather sad position sat a flushing toilet. This most

The Daily Mail has the full summary of this highly expressive piece of work.

I don't want to depress you about the British people's psyche too much. I want to find hope in this apparent madness. I have found it. In fiftieth place, there's something to whose importance everyone can relate: Twitter.


 

Galaxy S II Graphics Fastest Among Android Phones

The Samsung Galaxy S II packs the fastest graphics hardware among Android smartphones, according to a report at tech Web site Anandtech.

The Galaxy S II (or Galaxy S2) uses high-performance Mali-400 graphics silicon based on a design from ARM, giving it the extra performance, according to Anandtech.

"Samsung implemented a 4-core version of the Mali-400...and its resulting performance is staggering," Anandtech said. The Mali graphics hardware resides in Samsung's Exynos 4210, the main chip that powers the S II.

As with the evolution of PCs, graphics hardware is becoming an important feature for smartphones as screen resolutions increase along with the screen size. For example, the Galaxy II uses a 4.3-inch, 800x480 WVGA AMOLED display. And other phones, like the Motorola Droid Bionic, sport a resolution of 540x960. The better the graphics silicon, the faster it can push around all those pixels used for gaming and mulitmedia apps.

Samsung says the Exynos 4210 chip also has a feature that supports WSVGA resolution of two main LCD displays and 1080p HDTV display, simultaneously. "This is possible due to the capability of Exynos 4210 to support separate post processing pipelines," Samsung said.

Only the iPad 2--not a smartphone--is faster than the graphics chip in the Samsung Galaxy S II, according to Anandtech.

   

HP TouchPad screen can now support Android

The HP TouchPad is now capable of running Android with full use of the touch screen, thanks to the technical team at TouchDroid.

Hard at work porting Android over to HP's discontinued but much-in-demand tablet, the TouchDroid techs were able to create the necessary drivers to coax Android 2.3.5 to run on the TouchPad and let people tap into the touch screen.

Unveiling a video (also seen below) showing off the team's progress, a TouchDroid developer demonstrated how he could fluidly and smoothly tap and move his finger around a TouchPad running Android with no delays or skips. He even demoed Android's multitouch feature, moving five fingers and then ten fingers across the screen.

Though TouchDroid is currently using Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on its demo tablet, its ultimate goal is to support the current flavor of Honeycomb or even the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich on a TouchPad. The team seems to be making quick progress as a little more than two weeks ago, its developers were still trying to drum up a TouchPad that they could use for testing.

The latest development also follows a conflict among some of TouchDroid's members over soliciting money to buy TouchPads, an issue that actually split the group into two teams now working separately.

In addition to TouchDroid, another group called CyanogenMod is striving to port Android to the HP tablet. As of late August, the CyanogenMod team had succeeded in running Android on the TouchPad but had yet to build support for the touch-screen drivers.

HP's TouchPad has been a hot commodity since the company announced a few weeks ago that it was pulling the plug on the tablet. To sell off existing inventory, HP lowered the price to $99 for the 16GB version and $149 for the 32GB model, from $499 and $599, respectively. That fire sale ignited a flurry of buyers, causing HP and other retailers to quickly run out of available stock.


 

Report: iPhone 5 to be a dual-mode 'world phone'

Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 will support access to both CDMA and GSM networks, allowing it to operate in most countries around the world, a source tells TechCrunch.

An unidentified app developer reportedly pulled information from registration logs that show two distinct mobile network codes (MNC) / mobile country codes (MCC). These codes, which are believed to have been entered by testers a single device using Apple's upcoming mobile operating system iOS 5, are unique mobile network identifiers belonging to Verizon and AT&T, TechCrunch said.

Apple now caters to both companies, but the devices are not designed to operate on each other's networks; Verizon's works on the CDMA standard, while AT&T's iPhone 4 operates on a GSM network, the dominant global wireless technology and the standard in Europe.

While the iPhone 5 has been long rumored to be a CDMA/GSM world phone, Verizon's iPhone has always had this capability, although it's not activated. Teardowns of the device showed that it sports the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip, the same chip that's used in the Droid Pro world phone.

TechCrunch concluded that a dual-mode phone would suggest that the iPhone 5 would not support LTE. However, Apple's latest developer builds for iOS 5 contain a snippet of code that mentions LTE, according to enthusiast site MacRumors, prompting speculation that the company may be testing 4G internally.

The hotly anticipated next edition of Apple's smartphone is expected to be released in October.

 


 

   

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