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30Sep/130

Vodafone Smart 4G: caratteristiche tecniche e prezzo in anteprima

Un nuovo smartphone all’orizzonte: si chiama Vodafone Smart 4G e – come da nome – sarà un cellulare marchiato direttamente dall’operatore multinazionale che punterà sulla connettività veloce LTE. Grazie alla spifferata su Twitter dell’utente @Flapic possiamo già anticipare buona parte della scheda con le caratteristiche tecniche. Sarà dotato di sistema operativo Android, un processore Snapdragon non meglio definito e monterà uno schermo da 4.5 pollici di diagonale, inoltre sul retro troverà spazio una fotocamera con un sensore da 8 megapixel. Verosimilmente avrà anche GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth e l’ampliamento della memoria via microSD. Quale sarà il prezzo? Possiamo anticipare quello in abbonamento.

Vodafone prosegue a presentare dunque modelli prodotti da aziende manifatturiere e ribrandizzati per essere venduti direttamente con il brand proprietario. In questi anni abbiamo visto ad esempio il piccolo e scattante Vodafone Smart Mini, così come il tablet Vodafone Smart Tab 10 o ancora il facebook-fonino Vodafone Blue. Per quanto riguarda Vodafone Smart 4G, ecco la scheda tecnica riassunta secondo le voci sopraggiunte:

  • Sistema operativo Android
  • Processore Snapdragon
  • Schermo touchscreen da 4.5 pollici di diagonale
  • Fotocamera da 8 megapixel
  • Connettività LTE 4G

Secondo quanto si può leggere sull’immagine del volantino paparazzata, si potrà comprare in abbonamento gratis dunque senza spendere nulla subito e poi con un costo di 5 euro al mese con il piano Vodafone Relax. Vi aggiorneremo quando sopraggiungeranno nuove indicazioni.

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Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2013/09/articolo/vodafone-smart-4g-caratteristiche-tecniche-e-prezzo-in-anteprima/44209/

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30Sep/130

Polaroid per iPhone: Instant LAB unisce analogico a digitale [VIDEO]

Polaroid è morta, lunga vita a Polaroid: uno spettacolare accessorio per iPhone chiamato Instant LAB è stato presentato grazie a una raccolta fondi su Kickstarter e ora è pronto a debuttare in tutto il mondo. Si tratta di uno speciale sistema che produce uno scatto di ciò che il display dello smartphone sta visualizzando attraverso speciali pellicole istananee. Instant LAB include un’ottica “wide angle” con 4 lenti in vetro con focale da 149.6mm e funziona con pellicole PX 70 Color Protection e Color Film for 600-Type Cameras. Al proprio interno include una batteria da 3000mAh. Qui sopra, un video sul funzionamento. Dopo il salto un altro accessorio molto interessante e particolare, promosso da una celebrità…

Chi c’è dietro la fotocamera per iPhone extra che va a portare le prestazioni del melafonino a un livello successivo? Nientemeno che Will.i.am, il fondatore, cantante e produttore dei Black Eyed Peas. Il poliedrico artista americano ha infatti presentato un accessorio esclusivo e innovativo pensato proprio per lo smartphone di Apple, chiamato i.am+camera. Come funziona? È una sorta di jacket, che accoglie al proprio interno iPhone e che va a interfacciarsi direttamente con i componenti interni principali (processore, memoria, Ram, ecc…) scavalcando la fotocamera integrata e – di fatto – sostituendola. Potrà così scattare foto a 14 megapixel sfruttando anche le lenti e il flash aggiuntivo. Qui sotto una prima foto, dopo il salto una seconda.

Ok molto probabilmente della foto qui sotto avrete notato solamente la bellissima Nicole Scherzinger, che con la sua presenza offusca quella di Will.i.am, ma concentratevi su ciò che il cantante porta al collo: è proprio la nuova fotocamera aggiuntiva per iPhone i.am+camera, che da un lato trasforma il melafonino in una vera e propria macchina fotografica digitale e dall’altra lo protegge con una custodia vintage-retrò non male. Come funziona l’ultima diavoleria progettata da William James Adams Jr.?

Will.i.am lo ha raccontato in una recente intervista al The Daily Telegraph: “Abbiamo un nostro sensore sviluppato da noi e un flash migliore, non si deve far altro che inserire iPhone nel nostro device e da quel momento lo smartphone diventerà un vero e proprio genius-phone. Andremo oltre la fotocamera“. In buona sostanza si andrà a pluggare iPhone 5 tramite connettore Lightning sul fondo all’accessorio che prenderà così il posto della fotocamera integrata in modo tale da cambiare “occhio” e dunque visuale sul mondo. Sarà compatibile sia con iPhone 5 sia con iPhone 4S (tramite adattatore?) ossia i due modelli da 8 megapixel.

Aspettiamoci un bombardamento mediatico soprattutto online sulla nuova i.am+camera dato che Will.i.am sa bene come funziona la rete e i suoi meccanismi, d’altra parte è testimonial-ambasciatore per la NASA (ha persino cantato la prima canzone in diretta su Marte grazie a Curiosity) ed è uno dei cantanti più seguiti su Twitter. La fotocamera apparirà anche nel nuovo videoclip Scream Shout con Britney Spears. Piccola curiosità: l’idea della camera extra gli era venuta addirittura nel 2008, a Londra, dove è tornato per la presentazione.

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Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2013/09/articolo/polaroid-per-iphone-instant-lab-unisce-analogico-a-digitale-video/41815/

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30Sep/130

Apple rumored to need Samsung for some A8 chip production

There have been rumors that TSMC would handle some of Apple's future chip production, but details of the purported arrangement have been vague. The Korea Economic Daily may have just filled us in, however. It claims that Samsung will make 30 to 40 percent of Apple's A8 processors next year, with TSMC presumably assembling the lion's share. Apple wanted TSMC to be the sole manufacturer, but the challenge of building 20 nanometer-class chips led to a supplementary agreement with Samsung, according to the Daily's tipsters. Neither side has commented on the report, so take it with a large grain of salt. If the story is accurate, though, it suggests that Apple will have only modest success in excluding its arch-rival's technology from next-generation iOS devices.

[Thanks, Byungjin]

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/29/apple-rumored-to-need-samsung-for-some-a8-chip-production/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

How would you change Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2109?

In stark contrast to its PC lineup, Lenovo's tablet offerings are often the wrong side of exciting. The IdeaTab S2109, for instance, arrived with little fanfare or enthusiasm, and little to make it stand out from the rest of the mid-range 10-inch tablet crowd. Unfortunately, the day-to-day experience was similarly underwhelming, thanks to its middling chip, short battery life and dodgy design decisions. So, instead, let's close our eyes and imagine what we'd have done if Lenovo had asked us to craft its next tablet. What would you do? Tell us in the comments below.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/29/hwyc-ideatab-s2109/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

Interbrand: Apple now most valuable brand, worth estimated at $98.3 billion

Coca-Cola's 13-year tenure as "Best Global Brand" is over, however the new leader shouldn't really surprise you. Apple knocked Penelope Cruz's favorite soft drink from the number one spot on Interbrands' annual valuation report, but after posting massive revenues time and again -- including a company-record $54.5 billion in January -- this isn't too startling. Cook and friends started their ascent at the eighth spot in 2011, and climbed to second place in 2012 before stealing the top prize in the latest list. Interbrand pegs Cupertino's brand valuation at $98.3 billion, which isn't exactly pocket change. Don't cry for the Sprite-maker though, it's still on the podium according to The New York Times, but behind another tech-powerhouse: Google.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/29/interbrand-names-apple-best-global-brand/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

Lenovo teases Yoga Tablet that can stand itself up, shift its center of gravity

Looks like Lenovo and its executives are taking a page out of Huawei's book to start leaking its own products, with the victim this time being an oddly named Yoga Tablet. Our source told us that unlike the Yoga laptop series, this mysterious device isn't a transformable device. Instead, the main selling points here are the product will have a "leg" that can somehow stand itself up, plus it has some sort of mechanism that can shift its center of gravity, in order to give you the illusion that it's lighter in hand. As a bonus, the Yoga Tablet claims to be the world's slimmest slate with the longest standby battery life, according to Lenovo's own "spy shot" above. If all goes well, we can expect this intriguing device to launch a month from now, as confirmed by Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/29/lenovo-yoga-tablet-leak/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

Gmail Android app may get ads soon, APK teardown reveals

Google's Gmail app for Android has remained an ad-free sanctuary, but code uncovered by Android Police in an APK teardown of the application's latest version hints that circumstances might change. Buried within the the program is a new library called "ads," along with messages, functions and classes mentioning advertisements. What's more, a "ShowAdPreferenceManager()" function routes users to the ad settings page for their very own Google account. Its not clear if sponsored bits will make it into the promotions folder just like the web version of Mountain View's inbox, but the clues suggest you should brace yourself to see some marketing relatively soon.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/gmail-android-app-teardown-suggest-ads-coming/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

Sharp’s first Windows 8 tablet has 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 IGZO display and water resistance (hands-on)

Kicking off this week's CEATEC show in Japan, Sharp has played to its strengths with its new Windows 8 tablet, the Mebius Pad, factoring in a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display. That puts it pretty far ahead of the current crowd of 1080p Windows 8 tablets, including Microsoft's incoming Surface 2, although we admit, we'd have loved to have seen another incredible 4K tablet. Alongside the company's 10.1-inch IGZO panel (known for their low-power credentials), the Mebius Pad runs on a slightly less-exciting Intel quad-core Atom processor (the Z3370), which we've had mixed feelings on when it comes to the Windows tablets its powered in the past. The basic Windows 8.1 model will arrive with Office for free, although you'll have to pay extra if you want it for the Pro edition. Also, following Japanese trends for practically any device, the slab is both water and dust-proof (it's in the midst of being certified for IPX5, IPX7, IP5X), while you'll be able to buy it with LTE radios on board, at least for Nippon, as the device is unlikely to leave Japanese shores once it launches in early 2014.

Unsurprisingly, in the flesh the screen looked good -- Sharp even provided a magnifying glass so we could get up close to those pixels. The 10.1-inch display is also satisfyingly bright -- if we're honest, it's unusual to see such a capable screen powered by an Atom processor. The tablet is headed towards business use (which explains the optional stylus) and the extra resolution found on Sharp's first Windows 8 tablet means there's more space for your spreadsheets and documents. The hardware itself is suitably thin and light, with the rear of the device bearing a passing resemblance to recent Sony hardware -- possibly due to the understated camera lens in the corner. We'll let you know if Sharp has plans to offer the tablet to global business types.

Sharp Mebius Pad hands-on at CEATEC 2013

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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/sharp-first-windows-8-tablet-10-1-inch-water-resistant/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

Inside look at BlackBerry reveals failed ‘SMS 2.0’ push, qualms over Z10 launch

We're familiar with much of BlackBerry's history, but there are a few unanswered questions: why did Jim Balsillie resign his board position, for example? And why did the Z10 launch ahead of Q10, to disastrous results? Thankfully, The Globe and Mail has addressed some of these mysteries through a detailed exposé. We now know that Balsillie left the board after BlackBerry axed an "SMS 2.0" plan that would have replaced carriers' text services with BlackBerry Messenger. Thorsten Heins wanted the company to remain focused on hardware, according to the newspaper. As for the Z10? Heins reportedly prioritized the all-touch phone over the objections of board members like Mike Lazaridis, who saw the Q10's keyboard as necessary for standing out in a crowded market. There's even more to the story than these two revelations, so you'll want to visit the source link if you're wondering just how BlackBerry ended up in such dire straits.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/inside-look-at-blackberry-reveals-failed-sms-2-0-push/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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30Sep/130

SpaceX launches new Falcon 9 rocket with 60 percent stronger engines (video)

While most of the news about SpaceX has surrounded the Grasshopper lately, the firm has been plugging away at its Falcon rocket, too. This just-launched Falcon 9 (dubbed version 1.1) boasts 60 percent more powerful engines, longer fuel tanks and according to the Global Post, other new features that were designed to boost lift capacity and "simplify operations for commercial service." To that end, the spacecraft was carrying a science and communications satellite for Canada's MDA Corp. when it left Earth's atmosphere. The take-off comes just over five years after the first Falcon's departure, and its itinerary will take it around both poles. Just remember, for a cool $56.5 million you too can send a Falcon 9 into space.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/space-x-falcon-9-launch-harder-better-faster/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

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