Amazon introduces the Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon introduces the Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon announced Thursday during a press conference in Santa Monica, California, a new Kindle with an e-ink screen “frontlit”, achieving greater sharpness.

Called “Kindle Paperwhite”, the device is likely to competence with the Nook Simple Touch from Barnes & Noble. The Paperwhite Kindle 3G is priced at $179 and $119 for the version with Wi-Fi only.

The Paperwhite Kindle will be available on October 1 and the pre-order has already started. The e-reader has a contrast 25% higher than the Pearl screens that appear on other Kindle models and has a screen resolution 62% greater. It measures 9.1 mm thick with a narrow bezel. Bezos said that is actually thinner than a magazine and lighter than a paperpack. The sources are resizable.

The Paperwhite Kindle also includes the “Time to read” feature which is its reading speed and tells you how long it is likely that you take to finish a chapter. This can help you decide whether or not to go to bed or stay up late to finish a chapter, based on your own pace. Another feature called X-Ray provides biographies of the characters and allows you to jump back to the part of the book in which it is first introduced.

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.

Ouya bags $8.6 million from KickStarter

Ouya bags $  8.6 million from KickStarter

Well it seemed to drag on for an age, but finally the Ouya KickStarter funding scheme has expired after 30 days. The initial target was to reach $ 950,000 for the project to become viable. However, that figure was easily surpassed in less than a day. The final total generated was a staggering $ 8,596,475 with 63,416 backers. Several major developers and content providers including OnLive, Square Enix, Vevo, Namco Bandai and others have also jumped on board the Ouya bandwagon.

Its expected that early backers of the Ouya project will get their Ouya system delivered by March 2013 whilst the general public should be able to buy in April or May 2013. Not bad considering the whole console is going to be designed from the ground up with all the new partnerships and deals in mind – i.e. optimisations will need to be made for OnLive (such as LAN/Wi-Fi optimisations for high speed internet) and for Vevo (introduction of high quality audio channelling).

Ouya just recently announced that their console will support up to 4 controllers, as well as the news that they will be working with XBMC (media player provider) and Tuneln (a free online radio station).

To check all the updates from the Ouya project be sure to check out the KickStarter page here.

MSI preview Z77 MPower overclocking motherboard

MSI preview Z77 MPower overclocking motherboard

At the infamous Computex 2012 event this year we caught our first glimpse of the MSI Z77 MPower motherboard design. Not much has changed with the design since Computex 2012, in fact we can spot only one change – a reduction in the size of the heat sink labelled with “Military Class III” to make room for an additional 4 pin PWM fan header.

The MPower Z77 has been designed from the ground up to support the needs of overclockers. MSI used its MOA competitions to get feedback on these motherboards from gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers. MSI claim the board has the stability to support very heavy overclocks, on a 24/7 basis without failure.

MSI preview Z77 MPower overclocking motherboard

The power regulation is one of the key selling points of this board, with Military Class III grade components and a 16 phase VRM this is more than most people could hope for when it comes to Z77 and Ivy/Sandy Bridge.

Connectivity includes all the standards you would expect from Z77 – SATA III, USB 3.0, PCI Express Gen 3 and so forth. The uniquely added connectivity from MSI includes the addition of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

MSI have gone all out on the nifty overclocking features, such as an easily accessible clear CMOS button in the top left of the board, and a selectable BIOS feature in the bottom right corner. Debug LEDs, a power button and reset button top off the useful overclocking feature set.

MSI preview Z77 MPower overclocking motherboard

Based on what MSI have told us, they expect this to be the best Z77 board they have ever made for overclocking capabilities – so if you want to push your CPU to the maximum, then this is the motherboard to do it with if MSI is your preferred motherboard brand.

MSI are chucking a solid warranty behind this protect, boasting that overclocking is covered and should your MPower Z77 motherboard break under overclocking – or during any other form of reasonable use – then MSI will repair it free of charge.

Although the MPower Z77 is targeted at overclockers in general, MSI particular had watercooling enthusiasts in mind. Making sure the motherboard components can deal with a high temperature environment with low or no airflow for long periods of time.

MSI preview Z77 MPower overclocking motherboard

Finally to top things off the MSI MPower Z77 has been colour coordinated to match the MSI Lightning series, so if you’ve bought, or are thinking about buying, the MSI HD 7970 Lightning Edition graphics card then it would be criminal not to pair it up with this.

We don’t know any numbers and dates just yet, but the MPower Z77 is “about to launch” and claims to be “at a more attractive price point” than the MSI Big Bang series of motherboards.


Samsung EX2F: High performance camera with great aperture and Wi-Fi

Samsung has announced by “surprise” the latest addition to its “point and shoot” range of cameras, the new version of its high performance EX1 camera launched in early 2010. The new compact EX2F camera from the Korean manufacturer is very successful with features that put it in the “high end” area of cameras in its category, beginning with its interesting lens with a f/1.4 maximum aperture that is very fast, which allows a large amount of light allowing it to obtain clear, sharp images when lighting conditions are not optimal.

This Samsung EX2F integrates a backlit CMOS sensor of 1/1.7 inch and 12.4-megapixel capable of shooting in RAW, and full HD video recording at 30 frames per second, with the ability to take snapshots while video is recording, a very useful feature and certainly a welcome edition in many situations.

Its 24-80mm lens, which the company claims is the “brightest” among all compact cameras, is equivalent to a 3.3 optical zoom with an optical OIS + DIS stabilization increase and can provide an f/2.7 aperture in its maximum focal length, pretty decent for a camera in this category. The camera also has a neutral density filter that helps capture colors correctly especially when we do not have too much light.

The new Samsung EX2F supports ISO from 80 to 3200, and an 12800 ISO in forced mode, incorporates a 3-inch AMOLED display screen with an “arm” that can deploy and rotated 180 degrees, and a front control wheel for easy access to the manual modes. Like its “cousins” from the NX series, the Samsung compact camera adds “smart” features such as as its remote viewer, mobile link to share images, send photos via email or automatic backup

The new advanced compact camera from Samsung is one in thousands, like its competitors in this field, such as the Canon G1X with its impressive close up sensor APS-C and similar models, and like them its price is worthy of more “advanced” cameras. Samsung EX2F is said to arrive in mid-August with a price tag of 429 pounds in the UK, equivalent to about 533 Euros at current exchange rates.

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, 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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Analyst: Nexus 7 no threat to the iPad

According to Brian White, despite the compelling value that presents the new tablet from Google, this can not possibly threaten the supremacy of the Apple device on the market, and should focus instead on facing the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Its because to a member of Topeka Capital Markets the technical specifications of the Nexus 7, which features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a battery of nine hours, a micro-USB, GPS, gyroscope and support for NFC and Android Beam, are not enough.

For White, the resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels does not match the 2048 × 1536 pixel retina that is in the new iPad and Nexus 7 is only available in a Wi-Fi, while Apple’s device is compatible with 3G and 4G .

Another point in favor of Apple in its ecosystem, as App Store that offers more than 650,000 and 225,000 mobile applications that are native only iPad.

Google is getting closer with 600,000 applications in total, but only a small number optimized for tablets.

“We believe the combination of the expansion of Apple’s digital network, innovative design, unparalleled aesthetics, application availability, intuitive user interface and expanding technological innovations remain to keep the company as market leader of tablets for many years, “said White.

More details at:CNET News

Contour 200i Air: Speaker designed to be compatible with AirPlay

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Today we will show you a new speaker design that surely will match your iPod / iPhone. Not only for its external finish, but also because it has some advanced features that will maximize the use of your Apple devices. I’m talking about the speakers Contour 200i Air, from the company Pure.

With 36W RMS power, the Contour 200i Air takes advantage of its Airplay compatibility, so you can listen to any music file or podcast directly from your iPod, iPhone or even via iTunes Wi-Fi Connection or without laying a single cable between rooms. For those who like to leave their iPod charging while listening to their favorite tunes, the Contour 200i Air also features a typical dock for Apple hardware, so you can kill two birds with one stone. But if you enjoy the radio, there is no problem, and thanks to the free “ Pure Lounge ” (available for IOS and Android) you can access hundreds of Internet radio stations completely free of charge and with just a touch of a button. Equipped with a remote control with which to control your iPod, multi-room audio system, audio jack of 3.5 mm for connecting external sources and digital audio output, this great little gadget will not leave anyone unimpressed. Priced at $200 , this speaker system is on sale now.

The formidable ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH72

In we show you one of the finest and most elegant notebooks in the market the, ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E – DH72, also known as Ultrabook. Has a thickness of only 3 mm in front and 9 mm at the rear. It is built with polished and brushed metal finish to give it an incredible look and is really fast, it starts in just 2 seconds. The price if you are looking for one can be found online at around $1500 although there is a similar model but with lower specs that can be had for $1000.

ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH72  features:

– Super thin: Its thickness in the front is only 3 mm and the rear is 9 mm.

– Quick answer: It only takes 2 seconds to catch and hold up to 2 weeks on standby to open files and data secure in memory.

– Incredible speed: Asus offers the first ultrabook with SATA solid state disk with a speed of 6 GB / s. All models come with ZENBOOK ASUS USB 3.0.

ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH72  specifications:

– Intel Core i7-2677M.

Operating System:
– Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.

– Intel QS67 Express.

– 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, OnBoard.

– LED HD 13.3 “. 16:9. 1600 x 900.

– Intel HD Graphics 3000.

– 256 GB SSD.

Card Reader:
– 4 in 1: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC.

– Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n.
– Bluetooth v4.0.
– Output to headphones.
– 1 USB 3.0.
– 1 USB 2.0.
– 1 micro HDMI.
– 1 Mini VGA.
– TV-Tuner: Analog.

– 50 Whrs polymer.

– 32.5 x 22.3 x 0.3 to 1.7 cm.

– 1.3 Kg

ViewSonic tablet comes with a 22-inch monitor

The California company will present its Smart Display VCD Android 22 at the Computex fair in Taiwan, becoming the largest device of this generation.

The model belongs to the “Smart business tablet monitor” series and will have a more corporate approach, despite having Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich.

also packs full HD, Tegra SoC 3, 1 or 2 Gbytes of RAM, solid state drive up to 128 Gbytes and extensive connectivity with HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and webcam .

this exceeds the Excite 13, Toshiba and we are still awaiting the Samsung SUR40, which will have Windows 7 and Surface 2.0, and 80″ panel and will have Windows 8, according to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has one in its office.