Browse Month: March 2011

Interesting Facts on the iPad in the UK

Among the Apple iDevices such as the iPhone 3G S, the iPhone 4, and the iPad, which one do you think has influenced the way we look at technology. Some Britons think that it is Apple’s tablet. Although there are some who think that tablets are the next big thing when it comes to technology; there are some who think that tablet technology is just a fad. To put an end to this debate, we have gathered a few facts that will hopefully tip the balance.

A survey was conducted by two of the top strategic content agencies, YouGov and Seven. They surveyed a total of 1,007 adult Apple iPad users in the UK on March of this year. They were able to gather some pretty interesting facts about how the tablet affects the way we use technology and how it affects our lives.

The results were staggering. According to the survey, 69% of these users make use of their tablets in the bedroom. Presumably, they use the slate before going to bed in the evening and after they wake up in the morning. 42% of them mostly use the Apple tablet when they are in their kitchens. It is most likely that they use the device as a cookbook. Mostly, it is the women that bring their tablets to the kitchen (44% for women and 41% for men). 19% of these adult users use the tablet while on the commute (while driving or on the train).

Here is how the tablets influences the way they use the technology and how it affects their daily routines. 53% of these users use the Apple iPad for entertainment. Peak hours for this form of use is from 7 to 9 pm. During this time, 73% of the users watch videos, listen to music, or play games. 90% of users use the tablet mainly for surfing the web. Because of the iPad, 36% of them use their laptops less, 31% use desktop PCs less, 10% watch less TV, 2% read less printed media, work productivity is up by 3%, watching movies is up by 4%, online shopping is up by 7%, listening to tracks is up by 11%, using email is up by 20%, and playing games is up by 40%. These figures speak for themselves. With this much use, we are sure to see more of the iPad in the UK in years to come.

Source: Knowyourmobile

Tablets – Technological Marvel or Just a Fad

These days, we see tablets in the hands of a growing number of users. Ever since the iPad was launched in March of 2010, tablet technology has created such an infectious craze that more and more people want one. We see people lining up for hours upon hours just waiting to get the iPad 2 and other dual-core slates. Various manufacturers are coming up with more specialized tablets such as gaming tablets just like the HTC Flyer. With NVIDIA announcing quad-core processors especially designed for tablets, we are sure to see exponentially more powerful tablets that are soon to be released within the year. In fact, it is rumored that an up and coming version of the Motorola Xoom will come with this processing power. Despite the craze that is spreading like wildfire, a software giant thinks that this impressive piece of technology is more of a fad than technological marvel. This software giant is Microsoft.

Although there are tablets that run on the Windows platform, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President Craig Mundle does not think that the tablet will last. He added that the whole point of mobile devices is portability. Tablets are just too bulky to lug around. We are not sure if this is Microsoft’s thinking as a whole or if he’s just trying to throw us off. However, there is speculation that the software giant is currently working on its version of tablet software, which will be in stores sometime in 2012. This will rival the Honeycomb, iOS, and webOS.

There might be a viable reason why Mundle made this statement. Microsoft’s research lab is currently working on a smartphone that beams rays of light towards the retina. This will allow you enjoy high-definition without the need for LCD or LED displays. In addition, the device will more portable than imaginable. Although we are unsure when this technology will be available, the enormous potential of such a device is enough to keep us jumping in excitement.

Source: Crave

Heartbeat Generates Power for Future Apple Devices?

These days, renewable and unlimited sources of power are constantly being harnessed. We see cars that run on electricity; we now harness power from the sun; we collect power form the wind, and we are constantly on the lookout for other alternative sources of power. This way, we never have to rely on our dwindling natural resources. With a growing awareness of these environmental issues, Apple has found a way to make its contribution.

Rumor has it that Apple is currently developing a chip that is more optimized for harnessing power from microscopic body movement. It is said that this technology will be available on future generations of the iPod. However, you may be wondering if the body can produce enough energy to power these devices.

There have been studies conducted on the amount of output the human body can produce. According to studies, on average, the human body produces 81 watts while asleep; soldiers produce 128 watts while at ease; while walking, we produce an average of 163 watts; while briskly walking, we produce an average of 407 watts; long distance runners produce an average of 1,048 watts, and sprinters produce an average of 1,630 watts while on a sprint. The human body produces more power than one would think.

It is most likely that this technology will be available to up and coming iPods in the near future. This means that the only thing you have to do to charge the device is to keep it close to more muscle movement or close to your own heartbeat. The question is, will this technology be available for future Apple smartphones and tablets? Surely, microscopic body movement chips will not be available on the iPad, the iPhone 4, or the iPhone 3G S. However, who knows what future Apple devices will come with a few years from now.

Source: Electricpig

iPhone Games That Will Give Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Games a Run for its Money

This 2011, there is one Android smartphone that has changed the way we play games on mobile devices. This is the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play. Once the 4 inch display is pushed upwards, it reveals controls similar to that of a PSP. This game controller will allow you to play popular console game titles. It is also the reason why the Android handset has been dubbed the only PlayStation smartphone in the mobile market. This is the cause of envy on Apple smartphone users such as the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3G S. However, there are still games in the Apple App Store’s roster that will give Sony Ericsson Play games a run for its money.

Here are those games:

Rage

Rage was created by one of the most renowned game developers, id Software. This game developer was behind a number of popular games such as Commander Keen, Wolfenstien, Doom, and Quake. With Rage, you get a gory high-definition shooter game that will not disappoint. This game is available for £0.59.

Terminator Salvation

Based on one of the most popular movie franchises, this game puts you in the shoes of the rebellion’s leader John Connor and the hybrid human Marcus Wright. The game involves manning turrets, assaulting T600s, hacking through the machine’s mainframe, and dodging bullets while on motorcycles.

Call of Duty: Zombies

Who hasn’t heard of this popular first and third person shooting game? In this version of the popular series, you must survive against an onslaught of Nazi zombies. There is just nothing more enjoyable than blasting off a zombie’s head at close range.

Real Racing 2

If you love racing, this is the game for you. With Real Racing 2, you get to play career mode, with others online, and with others through local networking. Get ready for burned rubber with this realistic racing game.

Chaos Rings

From the makers of Final Fantasy, this role playing game will keep you adventuring through a fantasy realm. The game comes with a unique story line, a powerful soundtrack, and intense graphics.

Source: T3.com

10 Reasons for the iPhone 5 Delay

If you are an avid iOS enthusiast, you must have been following the developments on the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3G S closely. You also must have been terribly excited about the expected release of the iPhone 5 this summer. However, there have been reports of this release being pushed back to September. This may be infuriating, but there are reasons behind the delay, which is more strategy than design issues.

Here are those reasons:

1. Adding Fuel to the Fire

This is a simple scheme to get us all excited. By keeping us in anticipation, we long for the device even more. This is tantamount to people lining up in stores once the smartphone comes out.

2. Feature the iOS 5

Instead of featuring the new iOS 5 separately or making it available in an update, it will be better to feature the new OS in an all new smartphone. This just makes more sense.

3. Assessing the Competition

We all know who the iOS’s biggest completion is. This is Android. For more optimal sales, Apple would like to see what tricks the competition has up its sleeve. Also it would be wise to see what other operating systems are brewing.

4. Synchronize Release with the Next Generation iPad

It is rumored that Apple will release another next generation iPad. It will be a strategic move to release the tablet alongside the new iPhone. This will help Apple keep the public’s attention on both markets.

5. Christmas Rush

Anything sold during Christmas has proven to be a success. This is the season when people try to get the most unique gifts both for other people and themselves. The iPhone 5 definitely falls into this category.

6. Link the Smartphone’s Release with All New MobileMe

The new MobileMe is said to be tied with the new iOS 5. Tying up the release of the new iOS, the new MobileMe, and the next generation iPhone will surely corner market shares.

7. IFA

IFA is one of the biggest technological events that have proven to determine trends. Samsung’s tablet owes its success to this event. Apple is planning to capitalize on this same event.

8. Moving Away from the iPod’s Decline

The iPod was Apple’s former bestseller. However, the amount of sales is now on the decline. Releasing the new smartphone while on the iPod’s decline might divert attention away from the new smartphone.

9. Resolve Antenna Issues

The iPhone 4 had terrible antenna issues. This resulted in many problems such as dropped calls and loss of signal. It is important for Apple to iron out these issues before releasing the new smartphone.

10. Standardize NFC

There are a number of phone manufacturers that have adapted their handsets to make use of NFC technology. However, Apple is still not convinced. They are deciding if the technology will become a standard feature or if it will fail to attract more users.

As you can see, it is a wise choice to hold back on the smartphone’s release. By doing so, Apple has a better chance of avoiding disaster with the iPhone 5.

Source: Top10.com