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iPhone 5 is Here!

September 13, 2012 2 comments

Well i have to say the most anticipated phone of this decade is unveiled and it might have raised a few eye brows and might have also unimpressed a few as well! With Steve Jobs and his legacy a major factor in the iPhone as a product it is ironic its got a major face lift in terms of a 4″ inch retina display and has an unparalleled camera.

It’s faster!! what Apple says is its  “Up to twice as fast compared with the [iPhone 4S’ A5 chip]. The A6 chip also offers graphics performance that’s up to twice as fast as the A5.” Really amazing in terms of a performance upgrade! Its ben suggested by most experts the A6 is mostly based on a ARM Cortex- A15 design. It appears to be a huge deal because it means Apple beat both Texas Instruments and Samsung on bringing A15s to market (now Samsung might want to file a case by any chance!). The GPU core count in the iPhone5 is mostly double from that of the iPhone 4S.

Apple claims to be able to balance increased performance with decent battery life because of tweaks done independent of the main CPU. Now that’s engineering at its best and no wonder they are the benchmark for the industry. Battery claims by Apple say that, Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi.

Siri has been improved. In an onstage demonstration, Siri was able to answer questions about the result of a recent pro football game and recite a list of movies playing around town, along with ratings.

Beyond hardware, Apple telegraphed many of the software changes to expect in iPhone 5 when it debuted iOS 6, its latest mobile operating system, in June. iOS6 has some new features like Passbook is by far my fav feature (if it is well integrated with other major players it might well make my phone my wallet on a day to day bases), Facebook integration its according to most user the best in any mobile to date, Facetime over 3G might be a killer feature, iOS6 new maps app is another anticipated venture considering Apple is directly taking on Google maps head on etc.

Apple’s stock closed at $669.79 a share today, up 1.39 percent from yesterday and with the iPhone 5 going on sale on September 21 in a few hand picked countries and would be rolling out in about 100 by the year end it is Apple’s most aggressive roll out on any iPhone to date.

Google and Samsung might well have to get cooking to counter Apple’s new beast!

 

(P.S I would still stick to my HTC One X \m/ but might consider an iPhone some day! )

#cheers

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What Is Google Drive?

April 25, 2012 1 comment

Google has finally taken the lid off of the long-rumored Google Drive, giving users another option to stack files on the cloud. Initially when i first came across it i wondered if with already established players like DropBox or iCloud or even Sky Drive would Google be able to capture the market?

Google Drive

Essentially, it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. You can store your documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with your mobile devices and your computer, so if you make a change from one gadget, it will automatically show up if you were to access it elsewhere. It tracks your changes too, so if you make an edit to the document and hit save, you can still look back at all your revisions from the past 30 days.

You can get up to 5GB of space for free, after which you can upgrade. It’s $2.49/month for 25GB, $4.99/month for 100GB, and $49.99 a month for a whopping 1TB. If you move to a premium account it also automatically expands your Gmail storage to 25GB. Noy bad i have to say for such great service.

It can handle more than 30 different types of files, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and HD video, and you don’t even have to have those programs installed on your computer. Drive also pretty much does away with email attachments, which makes sharing a lot easier. If you wanted to show a friend a video of your vacation, you could just pass them a link to that file, rather than adding it to a clunky message. You wouldn’t have to upload it to a message and your friend wouldn’t have to wait around to download a big file. (Neat i have to say)

Though Apple’s iCloud only caters to iOS users, the Google counterpart is open to all platforms. It’s easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, like Android tablets and phones, as well as the iPad and the iPhone (though only through a web browser at the moment). An app for Android dropped today, and an iOS version is coming in the next few weeks. You can also download Drive for your Mac or PC. Now that’s Google’s way of getting people hooked up to this service pronto.

With 45 million users, Dropbox has been the leader when it comes to cloud storage. However, it only gives you 2GB free. And for most people, 5GB is pretty sufficient, meaning they’re going to go with Google Drive.

I would say Google Drive is slick, clean and responsive. I definitively would recommend it to users considering most of us already use abundant Google services so why not add to the list 😀

#cheers

Story of Apple!

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Categories: apple, Tech, technology

Steve Jobs – World shall miss him!

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Jobs

Quite late indeed to write about a man who changed the world with his creations. Steve Paul Jobs is a name that goes down in the history books for what he created and the vision he left for the rest of us! When i came across details of his personal life on how he had to face hardships of walking 7Km to get free meals in Hare Krishna temple, sleeping in friends homes and selling coke bottle for cash. It makes me think he deserved what he achieved for what he endured in life.

Jobs along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others—designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential ofXerox PARC’s mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Macintosh. He made the computer move away from laboratories and put them in homes of common people. His vision of GUI made use of computer simpler affair.

After enduring a power struggle in the board, his resignation would have been termed as the last we saw of him form most critics. But to this day his story of rise to the top again by establishing NeXT Computer and Pixar (bought by him, previously called The Graphics Group). NeXT was is some way not a great success but Pixar created brilliant animation movies that had great box office success. To name a few  A Bug’s Life (1998); Toy Story 2 (1999); Monsters, Inc. (2001); Finding Nemo(2003); The Incredibles (2004); Cars (2006); Ratatouille (2007); WALL-E (2008); Up (2009); and Toy Story 3 (2010). Disney did buy Pixar but Steve was given a 7% stake and was part of the board.

Steve Jobs

Upon his return to Apple, he turned their fortune around with market dominating products like ipod, iphone and ipad. He turned valuation of $3 per share company to a $300, proving why he is just so awesome. I still remember the first time used a ipod i was amazed as how awesome the UI was and the scroll wheel was amazing experience which to this date i still remember. The iphone was one step ahead paving a boom of the touch phone is the market.

” 3 Apples changed the world
1st one seduced Eve
2nd fell on Newton
3rd was offered to the world half bitten by Steve Jobs “

Not many had the technical know how like him but his eye for detail with respect to how his gadgets look made him stand out. A true visionary who the world shall miss!!

Steve jobs

#cheers

Chip Wars !

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Intel vs ARM

Intel vs ARM

Every time anyone thinks about buying a “personal computer” we would automatically think about a comp with Intel inside and windows running as our OS. Well this ideal thought process may just have taken a wild turn considering the recent events in the realms of Technology.

In the past Intel did try to venture into the mobile chip manufacturing market but fell flat in its effort. With the recent rejuvenated effort on their part in  re-entering this sphere considering the world is moving slowly but surely into our phones. Adding more spice to this latest announcement was the fact Intel is linking up with Google to bring processors for their handheld devices running on Android OS. It virtually bring a close to a 30 year partnership of Intel and Microsoft ( often also called Wintel ).

MS Window

MS Window

This was in someway triggered by Microsoft announcing early this year that Windows 8, which would run on machines lacking x86 processor architecture used by Intel and AMD.

New era!

New era!

From my reading i would say by about first half of 2012 we might see Intel powered smartphones and tablets.  Despite 80% market share of Intel in the present market it has constantly been under pressure by ARM (who produce low power consuming chips which are more suitable for phones), who apparently happen to have  a monopoly in the mobile market.

Many would say Intel vs ARM may be a David vs Goliath story but Intel is feeling the pressure and are in the path for confrontation.

With Intel + Android (Google) & Windows 8 heating up the tech sphere, customers can expect better products in the coming months.

#cheers

iPhone 5 Concept Video

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Well with ideas like these future looks bright! 😀

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Curious Case Of The Cloud!

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Cloud

Cloud

With the sudden burst of “Cloud Computing” in the field technology, a debate rages on whether it is a sustainable approach in the long run. We should go about putting the pros and cons head to head so as to understand if we do need this intriguing tech to make the world a better place.

Steve Jobs announcing iCloud has caused a flutter after Google had previously put in the public domain its plans of the Cloud based operating system – Chrome OS. With it being fully based on the Cloud services it basically does our everyday normal computing in a cloud that is accessible through internet connection. It has put forth the debate about the security of the data and its reliability. Analysts are sceptically about people putting all their vital info in the hands of Google, Apple or any other company for that manner, They feel it’s a high risk to take considering the volume of cyber-crime being high these days!

Cloud based services on one hand offer various advantages of fast and efficient facilities to the customer with so many wonderful applications available to them at the click of a button. Music on the go, Apps up for use, Data back-up instantly etc, the customer has such varied functionalities at their disposal for a price worth thou. Such is the advantages that one would instantly consider it an essential and a dream from some Sci-fi movie but data security is a prime issue and also the availability of high-speed INTERNET connectivity is not available to the majority of the countries. We could say such tech may just about be available to a small percentage of people across the globe  (India may have a long wait till it catches up) .

To conclude, I would wait for further advances in the technology so that we can use this multi-facet tool to its fullest but have a rational approach towards the security of data and its availability to the masses!