Would the Google tablet be able to compete with the iPad?

iPad, the center of media attention and idolized by journalists, accepted by early adopters and even the common folks, has proven to be a milestone in Apple’s History. It is a device that would continue to be the unrivaled king of Tablet Bog.

Thousands of features set it apart from other tablets like the App Store, Huge Screen with IPS Technology, Multi-touch etc. A lot of companies including Microsoft, Sony and even Nokia are giving their best shot to create a tablet which would be royally known as the “iPad Killer”.


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New iPhone Ads [VIDEO]

Apple is as usual back with new ads promoting their beloved device, the iPhone 3GS. The Ads show off some new Apps and how the iPhone manages to put everything in one single place. It even boasts about some of the iPhone features. All the Apps mentioned in the ads can be found on iTunes.

Well, not exactly the right moment to show off these ads with iPhone 4G in the making.

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Apple to Acquire ARM

According to a London Newspaper, Apple is going to acquire ARM. Apple is reportedly in talks with the leading company in Microprocessor Intellectual property who has supplied processors to Apple for its devices and even for the iPad.

Apple-ARM deal could mean big for the industry. ARM does not only deal with Apple but also is a supplier of microprocessors to other huge tech giants as well. The deal is rumored to be signed at 40 Billion US Dollars. Antitrust would definitely come in between and obstruct the deal from taking place.

If the deal takes place, Apple’s competitors would be left far behind because ARM even supplies chips to Sony, Microsoft, Dell and HP. This means that Apple’s competitors would have to find alternatives which would be slow and buggier.

Even this acquisition adds up to the Apple-Google fight, Apple earlier got P.A Semi which led to the development of the A4 Chip which Apple uses for the iPad. During the development some key members left the company and started a new company known as “Agnilux”. Agnilux employees include a lot of former Apple and P.A Semi members. The company (Agnilux) was acquired by Google just three days back and if this Apple-ARM deal comes true, the complete tech industry would be moved.

Through this anticipated acquisition, Apple will climb yet more higher on the ladder of performance recognition spelt out by TheAppleGoogle.

iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 2 Out Now

Apple has released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 2 and a new SDK for all the supported devices. The current build of the OS is 8A248c. This latest Beta version would include bug fixes and would be less buggier than the previous release – Beta 1.

Currently, we haven’t noticed any big changes apart from the earlier mentioned – Bug Fixes. The new OS is shortly approaching its release date and Apple wants to make sure that its end users don’t face any serious issue with the OS. These Beta releases help Apple fix issues with the product and even help improve the product. This release is yet again for developers, so that these geniuses could develop something extraordinary for the OS and even make their Apps compatible with the new OS. Apple hopes the developers take full advantage of the OS by including Multitasking and other stuff from iPhone OS 4.0.

XSS Vulnerabilities Patched in Chrome

Google Chrome’s highly critical Cross Site Scripting(XSS) issues have been solved in the recent 4.1.249.1059 update. Chrome is becoming popular these days and therefore is the target of malicious people. Cross Site Scripting is a security concern and only Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox (using add-on) prevent you from these attacks.

The critical vulnerabilities detected in Chrome suggested that Chrome could be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site request forgery and cross-site scripting attacks or potentially compromise a user’s system. Fortunately enough, these loopholes have been covered and Google has released a new Stable version of Google Chrome thus fixing these and some other ‘critical’ vulnerabilities.

An unspecified error caused pages to load with privileges of the “New Tab” page and chrome://downloads could have been exploited to conduct cross-site scripting attacks. As soon as NoScript is available for Chrome, at least Chrome would be somewhat protected from XSS attacks.

iHoldFree – The Future of the iPad

King Arthur rightly said “The old order changeth yielding place to new”. This age old idiom is the eternal truth. It is applicable to everything. We have seen great changes occur within a generation and it is more so applicable to gadgets and gizmos.

TheAppleGoogle continues its quest on “imagineering” and would like to bring to present the gadget of the future – the new iHoldFree.

Concept iHoldFree will mark the convergence of all gadgets and technology under one platform. Wearing the gadget on your hands would enhance portability and open up a whole new world of Apps and functionalities.

Fingertips Touch Keyboard – It features bubble based, touch sensitive and skin thin wearable pads. Each Metacarpal of the finger would represent an alphabet, alphanumeric or a symbol as per the keypad.

Voice Recognition – Inbuilt Mic which would support. Features such as Voice to text would help dial numbers, send emails and write up an article. The gadget would become your personal digital assistant and would mark the beginning of a whole new era in technology.

2 Estate LED backed LCD display screens – Two 2.6 inch bright LED back-lit LCD Displays with IPS technology to be placed on reverse side of both palms. Alternatively, to allow free use of the palm, the LCD’s can be worn as watches on the wrists of both the hands. Bluetooth connecting its two screens with each other.

Touch screens – The LCD’s on the palm of your hand or on the back of it would be touch enabled which would further help while playing games and interacting with apps.

Mobile – Of-course, this would be mobile. Your hand goes wherever you go. As this would fit your hands you could take in anywhere. Mobile also implies that this would be a phone. You could send an SMS, MMS or even call a person.

Front facing camera – A 3MP front facing camera for video calls and video conferences. Exponential increase in the number of Apps. Skype and note taking apps would dominate the apps market.

OS – That’s a tough one. Designing an OS for a small screen could be a tough and laborious job, if Apple plans to deliver this unique gadget they could very well run iPhone OS on it. Otherwise, Microsoft Windows Mobile and Android could be good.

Accelerometer – An inbuilt accelerometer would mean that you could work on it either horizontally or vertically.

Processor – The main and the foremost requirement of iHoldFree would be faster speed and multitasking. The new Snapdragon 1GHz processor which is used on the Nexus One could be great for such a device as it needs to handle many bluetooth connections together and Apps would altogether require a fast and snappy processor.

Graphics – nVidia’s Tegra is a graphics processor designed for mobile devices and would be definitely be great on the iHoldFree.

Ultra Slim– Slimmer than an iPad. Water and sweat proof – Would not stop functioning even if immersed in water. Sweat too wouldn’t affect it. Light weight as it would be based on ultra light super conducting nano material.

Recently Apple even hired Richard DeVaul, a veteran of the wearable computing field and co-founder of Aware Technologies, a technology company focused on creating products for the fitness and “wellness” markets.

For this product, let the War begin !

Jailbreaking – Is it worth it?

Jailbreaking seems to be a word which every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user is familiar with. Earlier, Jailbreaking used to be a notorious task and though people eagerly wanted it, they seemed to be scared of attempting it. These days even a 3rd Grader seems to be aware of the term and just wants to risk it to get the biscuit. But these days the jailbreakers have become even more proficient and have developed tools such as Blackra1n which makes Jailbreaking a ‘no big deal’. Of-course, Jailbreaking has its own pros and cons, but is it worth it?

1. Jailbreaking your iPhone OS allows you to run arbitrary code on your device .This allows you to download paid apps for free.

2. It installs a few custom based libraries to your iPhone OS which lets you increase the features of your iDevice.

3. Many of the features such as Multitasking, Folders which are now available on the iPhone OS 4.0 were available to jailbroken users quite some time back.

4. You could not upgrade your device as soon as a new firmware is released by Apple but within a week or so, the jailbreaking community usually comes up with a solution.

5. Jailbreaking does not at all slow down your device; though it adds a few additional libraries, it does not affect device performance.

6. Jailbreaking allows you to take customization on your iPhone/iPod touch to a completely new level. You could change fonts, home screen background, apply new themes and loads more.

7. While jailbreaking, there is only a 0.1% chance that you may brick your device. Though, this happens rarely.

8. Warranty does get void, but many people just restore their device back using iTunes and Apple does not even come to know about the jailbreak.

9. Recent Jailbreaking techniques don’t even add a custom firmware which leads to less chances of your device being bricked.

10. Once you jailbreak, your device is vulnerable to a lot of viruses like iKee and its variants. You need to quickly change the root password of your device.

11. After jailbreaking, many security guru’s advice you not to use online banking services from your iPhone/iPod touch.

12. And after all that, the most important thing – You finally retain freedom. You are free from Apple’s strict rules and policies.

Go ahead and evaluate your decision on whether to jailbreak or not.

iPad 3G to ship by May 7

Apple’s online Store just got updated and now they give you some more information about the iPad 3G. The iPad 3G shipments would start by May 7, 2010.

If you were not amongst the early adopters of the iPad and have made a very wise decision to go with the 3G version of the iPad, you just got lucky.

Starting from May 7, you could see every of your iPad 3G dreams come true.

How To Upload Pictures from Picasa or iPhoto to Facebook

Facebook is almost used by everybody. And by everybody, we mean everybody. Managed Security Services company Network Box discovered in a recent study that Facebook was twice as popular as Google in the Workplace. This itself justifies the above statement. We use Facebook to share pictures with our friends and family and it has become a great place to get connected.

Mostly, Google Picasa and iPhoto are two great Applications which Windows and Mac users use for all their photo shop requirements. They store pictures, edit them, email them and share them. Unfortunately, none of them has a particular button which would allow us to share our pictures on Facebook. But the Facebook developers have catered to this need and two applications would now help us achieve the above task.

Google Picasa – Picasa Uploader – Now allows you to share your pictures from Picasa and upload them to Facebook. It adds a button to your Picasa dock. Clicking it would require you to log in to Facebook, select the picture and chose an album in which you want to upload the picture to, approve it and then you’re done. It is quite a handy little Application. It runs on both Windows and Mac.

iPhoto – Facebook exporter for iPhoto – This is a free plugin that allows you to export your albums and pictures to Facebook and share them. It adds a Facebook Tab in iPhoto’s Export Panel. Select the pictures and with a click, you would be good to go. One great thing about Facebook Exporter for iPhoto is that it allows you to tag your friends using the same quick-and-easy interface found on Facebook. Click on someone in your photo, then select from a list of your friends. It requires iPhoto 5 or later to operate.

This “How To” is quite common and most of you would already be using it. However, since it is of immense use to all of us, we are featuring it.

App of the Week – Aardvark

Aardvark is a site which helps you get answers for your question in minutes. All you need to do is to log in to Aardvark or you could even use Facebook to get connected with Aardvark. Once you are logged in, you could ask questions and Aardvark would find the perfect user who could answer your question. This helps you get all your questions answered in minutes.

Aardvark is bound to get better as Google acquired it only a few weeks back. Google said that they like Aardvark’s underlying technology and have therefore acquired it. With the Aardvark team and Google working together, Aardvark has tasted success.

The iPhone app of Aardvark allows you to post questions and even answer some. Ask Aardvark a question and it would respond to you within minutes. What else, you don’t need to hang up on Aardvark waiting for your question to be answered. During the time your question is being answered, you could check your mail or browse with Safari. As soon as your question gets answered, Aardvark would send you a push notification. If Aardvark feels that you are the correct person to answer a question asked by another user on a specific topic, it would send you a push notification. You could then choose to answer that question or not. If you don’t like to be notified all the time, just disable the push notifications for Aardvark under Settings > Notifications.

You could find other users in your niche and make friends with them. Rate if you liked a particular answer and even get notifications via email or IM. Yahoo Answers is also a good alternative but there isn’t a native app for Yahoo Answers on the iPhone (at-least not yet) , your question does not get answered within minutes in Yahoo Answers and Aardvark is even backed up by Google. What could be better?

A great thing about Aardvark is that you don’t need to register for using it. It offers many other log in systems, use Facebook or Google to log in. The Aardvark iPhone experience is quite similar to that of the Web Version. But Aardvark on the iPhone is a bit slow and takes time to check the history of the questions you’ve asked. Posting an answer or a question is slow too. The response time is fast but your questions would be answered by other Aardvark users and not Aardvark in general.

Performance – 9/10
Features – 10/10
Price – FREE