Photoshop Touch for iOS and Android gets updated with interesting improvements


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Photoshop Touch, is the popular Adobe design editor mobile application designed specifically for tablets, which just received a major update in the latest 1.3 version and brought interesting improvements for both iOS and Android. For those unfamiliar with this application, I commented that users will have the ability to create layered images, edit their images and apply professional effects. The creations can be easily shared with family and friends on Facebook or automatically synchronize with Adobe Creative Cloud and perfect them in Photoshop CS6.

One of the main features that this graphics editing application has for mobile devices is the ability to post your creations directly to our Facebook wall, where we can look at the comments that our friends made ??directly from the application.

Among the new features added to Photoshop Touch for iOS and Android are the following:

 

  • Retina display support
  • Higher resolution capabilities. Supports images up to 12 megapixels.
  • Two new languages: Russian and Portuguese (Brazil).
  • Two new effects
  • Animation and more fluid movement in the organizer, browser and file selector tutorials
  • New gesture to switch between the view of 100% to fit screen (tap with three fingers)
  • New way to push pixels for precise movement
  • Support for Apple Photo Stream
  • Correction to various problems

That said, Photoshop Touch is not a free application, and it is priced at $120 for Apple tablets and $131 for Android tablets.

The most prominent tech releases so far of 2012

IFA 2012 show and developments in smartphones from Nokia and Motorola to battle the iPhone 5 which is released this week.

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, the largest in Europe, has just closed its doors with several new novelties.

The stakes of companies this year passed through tablets (or PC) convertible netbooks and with touchscreens, realizing that users bet for extreme mobility.

A common denominator in each release had to do with the presence of Windows 8, the operating system that Microsoft will officially release late October.

The arrival of Windows 8 and its version for smartphones that companies like Samsung did reveal a whole family of mobile devices for that platform.

Ativ is the name chosen by South Korea for its family with Windows 8. It consists of a convertible tablet (Ativ Smart PC), a traditional (Ativ) and a smartphone, the Ativ S.

Samsung also had time to renew its Galaxy Note and publicly displayed a camera that uses Android operating system.

Transformers with Windows 8
HP Envy X2 is the Hewlett-Packard bet for this segment of hybrids that allow the user to have a tablet with a detachable keyboard for more comfortable work when needed.

Vivo Tab from the Asus family is in the transformer sector. It consists of two models, one with an Intel platform and one for ARM.

But its Sony who brought the most extreme design of these devices with their Vaio Duo 11. This hybrid has a keyboard that slides behind the screen and adds a stylus to work more comfortably.

Another device of Sony that did not go unnoticed is the Vaio Tap 20, an all in one computer with an internal battery that can transported to any home space.

The Japanese company also used IFA 2012 to unveil a renewed version of its tablet. The Xperia Tablet S with Android, maintains a similar design to its predecessor and will be released in a few weeks.

Ultrabooks, now touchscreen
The rise of tablets made Microsoft create Windows 8 with touch capabilities. And a sector of companies began to show their devices set to arrive in the coming months.

HP showed two ultrathin notebook models with touchscreens (Spectre XT and Envy TouchSmart 4), the same as Sony with its Vaio T Serie 13 and Vaio E Serie 14.

This is just four notebook models with touch screens, a number that will undoubtedly grow throughout 2013.

But to know more about these systems we will have to wait for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the consumer electronics show is the worlds’ best show for all things electronics.

Nokia and Motorola are ahead of the iPhone
The Finnish company took the spotlight this week with the launch of its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in New York.

These two smartphones with Windows Phone 8 will seek to reposition Nokia in a increasingly competitive industry.

The launch was accompanied by the presentation of a series of novel accessories that is able to wirelessly recharge batteries.

A few hours later it was the turn of Motorola. In the same U.S. city, the company unveiled three new devices:  Droid Razr M, Droid Razr Maxx y Droid Razr HD.

It was the first launch of Motorola Mobility since it was bought by Google.

Apparently, both companies wanted to get ahead of Apple and its iPhone 5, which will be presented on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Sony to abandon the CD, DVD and Blu-ray business


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The Japanese company Sony will definitely leave the business of CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Therefore it expects to close the Optiarc factory, focused on the development of readers and players of these three types of optical discs, according to Europa Press agency. The process would be completed in March 2013.

The company will focus on the manufacture and marketing of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, cameras, camcorders and games.

The closing of the line of optical discs is one of the final steps of a restructuring process that Sony has taken. In that sense, most of the 400 employees in the sector will undergo a program of early retirement or relocated to other positions.

Poor Results.

Sony Optiarc has a stake of between 10 and 15% of the world market for optical disk drives. The division was founded six years ago as a joint venture with NEC, and in 2008 became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese group.

With the launch of the PlayStation 3, it tried to drive adoption of Blu-ray to replace the DVD, but the rise of digital downloads has resulted in the downgrade of use of disk based consumption.

Sony also reviewed other unprofitable divisions, so it will also reduce its Mobile Sony factory in Sweden and move it over to Japan, in doing so it will lay off 1,000 workers.

Samsung unveiles the Galaxy Note II

The South Korean company unveiled the revamped version of its hybrid between tablet and smartphone, with a design similar to Galaxy S III


The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes a year after the first model, with completely redesigned: bigger screen (5.5”) and an improved S Pen.

The layout resembles the Galaxy SIII. In fact, it is made from the same materials and colors. Its dimensions are 151.1 mm x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. The company did well to narrow the housing and reduce the weight to 180 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II has a Super AMOLED HD screen of 5.5”, with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels.

The interior carries a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-400MP GPU.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which follows the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, will be offered in three versions: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. The storage space can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB.

The device has two cameras: 8MP rear and 1.9 MP front for video conferencing. Both record video in Full HD.

You can connect to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

The stylus that comes with the device, the S Pen, added enhancements related to ergonomics and accuracy. It is longer and thicker for more comfortable use.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II rolls out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s operating system for mobile devices.

The dedicated device adds new software. The main programs are highlighted by Air View to preview documents by placing the S Pen over (Photo) Popup Note opens a window at any time to write a quick note. This can be done even when you are in the middle of a call; Quick Command to launch applications with a flick of the S Pen, and Screen Recorder to record screen activity and screen sharing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will go on sale from October at a price not yet confirmed.

More than one third of Android apps have Malware

More than one third of Android apps have Malware

British Telecommunications, or BT, has been doing some interesting research with Android apps. The security branch of the Telecoms giant has reported that over 1 third of Android apps contain some form of malware.BT bases their statement on tests that the firm itself has conducted, where they examined more than 1,000 Android apps.

According to BT the fact it has discovered so much malware, means that most of the Android devices we use are compromised in some way – so be safe and careful with what kind of data you store and transmit on them. At a security conference the panel moderator pointed out that he had found malware in an application whilst reviewing Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III, with BT’s representatives detailing the company’s findings.

BT didn’t detail where it collected the sample of Apps from. Some think the figure would be significantly lower had BT sourced all 1000 apps from the Google Play Store. But the reality of the scenario is that security on Android devices is a growing problem, and irrelevant of where the malware comes from – it still exists.

BT have urged for increased security throughout the entire mobile computing sector, and have said they’ll be testing other operating systems for malware over the coming months.

How long until we see anti-virus and anti-malware programs become mainstream across mobile devices? An interesting prospect.

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Nvidia back “Miracast” open wireless display standard

Nvidia back Miracast open wireless display standard

Miracast is an open standard for the wireless broadcasting of video signals, much like Apple’s AirPlay and Intel’s WiDi except not having the pitfalls of being a closed proprietary standard. Nvidia is the latest company to back the Miracast open standard which is set to go very far in the market as mobile devices grow in popularity.

The standard, which was formed by the WiFi alliance, is set for release soon and Nvidia has announced software that will enable it to take advantage of Miracast along with full backing. In addition the 4+1 core design of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 has been optimised to provide high performance and low latency streaming through the Miracast standard.

Nvidia joins Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom in signing up to this new standard. It will probably be a while before the standard catches on but with such big names behind it, the prospects look good.

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“Miracast is based on Wi-Fi Direct technology, which can be implemented on any device featuring modern wireless capabilities, without the need for a wireless network. The WiFi Alliance claims that the technology is inherently low-latency and efficient, as it’s direct and, with less consideration to multiple MAC addresses reducing overhead.”

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AnyFi Networks announce innovative Wi-Fi solution

AnyFi Networks announce innovative Wi Fi solution

Anyfi Networks today announced the general availability of their flagship Wi-Fi mobility solution for Internet service providers, Anyfi.net Simple.

“We call it Simple because it’s so simple to use: there is absolutely nothing the subscriber needs to do to connect on the go, not even the first time. It’s like having your home Wi-Fi network follow you around wherever you go” said Johan Almbladh, CTO of Anyfi Networks. “There is no software to install on the device and no manual registration process. If you have connected your device to Wi-Fi at home it will connect automatically whenever you are close to any one of the ISPs residential gateways.”

The trick is combining Wi-Fi with IP, Internet Protocol, to break the tie between logical network and physical access point, effectively letting every subscriber access their own home Wi-Fi remotely, through any residential gateway (home router/modem) in the ISPs network.

“Our patent pending software, embedded in the residential gateway firmware, listens on the radio for mobile devices. When one is detected the software creates a ‘virtual access point’ that is indistinguishable from the visitors own home access point. The mobile device will connect to this virtual access point automatically and, when it does, we simply tunnel the raw Wi-Fi radio traffic over the Internet to the visitors own home gateway, where the device can be authenticated using the standard WPA2 security mechanism” explained Johan Almbladh. “Not only do you get a completely seamless user experience but you also get perfect end-to-end security.”

The company has been trialing the solution with select Internet service providers for over a year and now claims it is ready for prime time. “The challenge has been in implementing support for all the Wi-Fi chipsets commonly used in residential gateways. Now we have verified the solution on chipsets from the three main vendors in this space. This means we can quickly integrate the software in just about any residential gateway and are ready to start working with more ISPs and residential gateway vendors” said Björn Smedman, CEO of Anyfi Networks.

While this managed solution is targeted at ISPs that can remotely update the firmware in their residential gateways (home router/modem) the technology as such is available to anyone.

“Our goal is to create an open technology platform,” said Björn Smedman. “Our software is available to all residential gateway vendors under a no-charge royalty-free license, and evaluation firmware images can be downloaded from our website.”

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Apu brazos: The APU E2-1800 and E2-1200 show what it can do, Bencharks

Apu brazos making news, earlier this month of June we announced the launch of the APU AMD Brazos 2.0, the new generation of APU E-Series from AMD. The APU Brazos 2.0 provide us with greater operating frequencies of both CPU and GPU and native support for SATA ports -3 , USB 3.0 and SD cards. Today we will show you the performance offered by models E2-1800 and E2-1200 versus Brazos 1.0, Ontario, Intel Atom and Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge.

Another expected AMD launch expected was the APU Brazos 2.0, which are aimed at economical mobile devices and even laptops for multimedia equipment rooms, as the recently showed AMD Livebox. To assess performance we will show you some charts that compare to the APU Brazos 2.0 vs the Brazos 1.0, APU Ontario and Intel ATOM and Sandy Bridge Core i5.

First of all let’s meet the contenders. On the one hand we have as usual to the APU E2 and E2-1800-1200 mounted on a HP Pavilion laptop DM1. The APU Ontario C-50 does so with an Acer Aspire One 522, the APU Brazos 1.0 with an HP Pavillion DM1Z, the Intel Atom N2600 in an Asus EeePC X101CH, we also have another Intel ATOM N550 along with ION 2 card on EeePC 1015PN and finally the Core i5 2557M Sandy Bridge working in a Ultrabook Asus ZenBook UX31.

If we rely on the chart we can see how the Core i5 beats all in the benchmarks, although the difference against the Brazos 2.0 is less then thought in terms of file compression and Audio encoding. Also note that AMD has improved compared to the Brazos 1.0 generation, but not much. The APU Ontario and the Intel ATOM N550 lag behind compared to its rivals.

Here you can see the result you get in the Intel Atom N2600, as seen it lags behind the APU Brazos 2.0 and almost on par with Brazos 1.0

In 3DMark we can seen as the Core i5 dominates the benchmark results, but followed closely by Brazos 2.0. The difference is found mainly in the 3DMark CPU, where the Core i5 is unrivaled and wins by a landslide against the other processors/APU. Finally, in terms of gaming benchmarks, Brazos 2.0 is the leader with the first position and exceeds the Core i5 and the rest.

In conclusion we can assume that AMD has done a good job with the APU Brazos 2.0, performs well above in terms of graphics, but it has weak performance in CPU power, which is also what happens if we compare Trinity with Ivy Bridge.

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On Monday IOS 6 will be presented

The long-awaited new operating system for Apple’s mobile devices, IOS 6, finally make its first public appearance on Monday, when WWDC 2012 begins from the company. Not much is known about the new operating system, although there is much that is speculation, and at least two of the speculations have now occurred that being the name and the release date that it will be show which was publicly confirmed already: it is called IOS 6 and will be presented next week at WWDC 2012, World Wide Developers Conference.

As reported in the site specializing in the brand, 9to5mac, images are clear, as they show a huge poster that announces the arrival of IOS 6, in the Moscone West Convention Center, where the show will be conducted. Under the new IOS logo is written “The World s most advanced mobile operating system” (“The most advanced mobile operating system in the world”). Some of the incorporated iOS 6 features expected it will bring  are new maps, which have caused much controversy during the last week, Facebook integration, the ability to mix with the schedules and agendas of social network contacts to the device ; improved IMessages , with a proper and actual ability to communicate between devices, and a new improved version of Siri, with greater capacity for recognition of voice commands.

Check the website 9to5mac for the complete report.

Belkin Announces Entry Into 802.11ac Wireless Networking Market

Belkin today announced plans to become one of the first to market with a line of wireless dual-band routers supporting the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. New Belkin products will feature Broadcom’s fifth generation (5G WiFi) 802.11ac chips, which enable speeds up to three times faster than existing 802.11n technology.

“802.11ac technology provides the wireless networking backbone needed to reliably handle the increasing amount of mobile devices and streaming content on today’s home networks,” said Mike Chen, senior director of networking at Belkin. “We are excited to partner with Broadcom to bring cutting-edge Wi-Fi products to market this summer that not only provide great speed and coverage, but also enhance the online streaming experience for videos, movies, and music throughout the home.”

Featuring gigabit speeds wirelessly, 802.11ac is ideal for smartphones and tablets because it enables faster web downloads and file syncing with less drainage on battery life. More powerful than 802.11n, 5G WiFi also extends your home network range, giving you greater throughput and more reliable coverage at greater distances in the home so your mobile devices can be used in more locations.

“As a leader in mobile accessories and solutions, Belkin is strongly positioned to help drive the transition to the fifth generation of Wi-Fi,” said Michael Hurlston, Broadcom’s SVP of Wireless Combo Connectivity. “By incorporating Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips, Belkin’s new products will improve home wireless range, provide faster video streaming, enable simultaneous connection of multiple devices to the network, and deliver broader coverage-all with a longer battery life. We’re thrilled to partner with Belkin to help bring all the benefits of 5G WiFi to consumers.”

For more information about 802.11ac and 5G WiFi, visit this page.

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