The LG CEO, Young Soo Kwon, let slip to the Korea Times that the iPad 3 will feature a high-resolution Retina display similar to the iPhone 4. There have been many rumors surrounding this topic, and the Korea Times also reported earlier this week that the next-gen iPad (more…)
Bloomberg reports that Apple is interested in acquiring Hulu. The auction of the video streaming service is expected to exceed $2 billion, but that amount would be a drop in the bucket for Cupertio’s $76 billion in cash. Full Hulu integration with the iTunes video service would make Apple’s available library much more impressive, and would give the Apple TV an additional selling point. As noted by Bloomberg, Apple has a history of being frugal; their last major acquisition was NeXT for $400 million in 1996, so buying Hulu would be slightly out of character.
Google may also bid on Hulu in effort to expand YouTube into a television hub, but Netflix, the leading competitor in the streaming video space, has not shown interest.
Google has added support for multiple “.apk” files in the Android Market. Developers can now upload different builds of the same application to support the variety of device hardware available in the massive Android ecosystem. Tablets, for instance, may require support for a specific resolution and APIs that the developer does not want to include in the standard smartphone version. The apps are still listed as a single entry in the Market, and reviews are aggregated across all versions. While fragmentation is a major problem for Android, this change will allow developers to focus their efforts more clearly. (more…)
Apple announced in a press release today that Lion has reached 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours after its launch. The OS is also the fastest selling Mac OS in Apple’s history, notes The Loop.
Lion introduced many new features from iOS that users loved, which has won it great feedback on the Mac App Store so far. Ratings currently average at 4.5 stars with some complaints about certain software – Microsoft Office in particular – and a few others about the loss of features such as Rosetta and Front Row. Overall though, users love the new OS.
Check after the break for a full press release from Apple. (more…)
iFixit has torn apart yet another Apple product to take a peek at the goodies inside. The mid-2011 Air houses an Intel i5/i7 processor, 2/4GB of DDR3 RAM, Thunderbolt, and either a 128 or 256GB SSD. This time around, the solid state storage is not soldered to the motherboard, so it can be user-upgraded. The same cannot be said for the RAM, but 2 gigabytes should be more than enough for most lightweight computing. The Air only received a 4 out of 10 for repairability, so keep the torx in the toolbox unless you really need to pop the notebook open. (more…)
Amazon is giving away the predictive SwiftKey keyboard for free today (normally $3.99) through their very own Android Appstore. SwiftKey uses an intelligent prediction engine to correct mistakes, making it one of the most accurate keyboards available for Android. The vanilla keyboard on Google’s mobile OS can be ducking terrible at times, making alternatives like Swype and SwiftKey almost necessary. (more…)
If you were planning on purchasing the base-model white MacBook, you’ll no longer be able to do so from Apple’s online store. It appears that during Apple’s refreshes of the MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers yesterday, that the company chose to quietly drop the 13″ white polycarbonate MacBook that has been a part of Apple’s lineup of Macs since May 2006.
The white MacBook, which retailed for $999, was the best selling Mac in history, and was the top-selling laptop overall for several months during 2008. It has been reported that Apple will continue to sell the MacBook to educational institutions.
It’s very likely that what was rumored to be an Apple television is actually the upcoming Thunderbolt display. The monitor features a 2560-by-1440 LED-backlit display, a FaceTime HD camera, high-quality audio, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port to make it a “plug-and-play hub for everything you do“. Of course, such dockability won’t come cheap, the display will run a whopping $999 when it is released in “6-8 weeks”.
The MacBook Air has been updated with the lastest Intel CPUs and Thunderbolt. Apple has also decided to reintroduce the lovely backlight keyboard, which was absent from the previous version. The 11″/64GB entry level model starts at $999 and ships with OS X Lion. The 13″ build comes with a 128GB SSD standard, but will run $1299.
Apple has refreshed their lineup of Mac Mini desktops, doing away with the vestigial CD drive in the process. The tiny computer has also received a performance boost, and now come standard with an Intel i5 processor, an AMD Radeon HD GPU advertised to be “2 times faster”, and the zippy Thunderbolt interconnect. Basic model start at $599 and ship with OS X Lion.