The New iPad: Thinner, Clearer, Smarter, Faster

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Now you’re thinking with Portals

Yes, that is indeed a portal gun. For all the Portal fans out there, that image above shows the steampunk model of Aperture’s portal gun. Beautiful, I know.

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Introducing the NEW iPad

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In what turned out to be a surprising turn of events, Apple did NOT unveil the iPad 3, nor the iPad HD at its media event today. Instead, they unveiled what is now simply called The new iPad. Although the name may be a ill conceived and unimaginative, the device itself is far from so.

With the third release of its widely popular tablet, Apple looks to revolutionize the industry, once again.

One of the things in the new iPad that will help them achieve that goal is the addition of an iPhone 4/4S style retina display that quadruples the resolution from 1024 x 768 to a jaw dropping 2048 x 1536. With this increased resolution, images, texts, games, and apps will have an unmatched crispness and clarity. This type of resolution easily places the iPad as the top tablet in terms of display.

To go along with an improved display is an improved camera that will make the most use out of that display. The new iPad will feature a vastly improved 5 Megapixel back camera that boasts advanced optics, 1080p video recording, and tons of other features. This camera is also the camera found in the iPhone 4S.

Another hardware change found in the new iPad is the addition of 4G LTE. With this addition users will be able to reach speeds of up to 73 Mbps while on the go on either AT&T or Verizon’s networks.

The new iPad also sports a new A5X processor that offers a quad core GPU that will drive the new Retina display. It also allows games and other apps to reach a level of clarity and finest never before seen on a mobile device.

Despite all these new seemingly power consuming features, the engineers at Apple have managed to keep the battery life at around 10 hours of usage on Wi-Fi and 9 hours of usage on 4G LTE. Impressive to say the least.

Finally, the new iPad is also slightly thicker, and slightly heavier than its predecessor, changes that will not be hard to get accustomed to. Besides this, the form factor of it largely resembles the iPad 2.

All in all, although the it looks like the iPad 2, the new iPad is a completely different beast all in its own. Through enhancements such as a retina display, the user experience becomes entirely different, and better. Images, games, texts, books, everything all load faster and look better.

The new iPad will be available on March 16th in white and black flavors of 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi, 64GB Wi-FI, at $499, $599, and $699 respectively. Also in white and black flavors of Wi-Fi + 4G 16GB, Wi-Fi + 4G 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G 64GB from AT&T or Verizon at $629, $729, and $829 respectively.

 

Today’s the day!

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Today’s the day! With Apple set to announce the new iPad in a matter of minutes, the world (including myself) eagerly awaits the grand unveiling. Although Apple won’t be televising or streaming the event, you can can’t LIVE coverage of it from any one of these links:

Check back here for a round up and summary of the event as well as any and all newfound features in the iPad 3!

Iron Man Suit

(Sept. 28) — Defense companies are hoping someday to outfit soldiers with external skeletons that would bestow the wearer with superhuman capabilities.

That day may still be years away, but Raytheon, one of the companies working on this technology for the Army, is riding the coattails of “Iron Man,” which helped popularize the notion of such high-tech armored suits, to show off the prototype it’s already created. The company Monday released a video featuring actor Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the movie version of “Iron Man,” talking about the latest updates to the suit.

Raytheon's second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2), essentially a wearable robotics suit, was unveiled for the first time.

Raytheon
Raytheon’s second-generation exoskeleton, essentially a wearable robotics suit, was unveiled recently at the company’s Salt Lake City research facility. The suit is lighter, stronger and faster than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power.

While such technology may not have quite the capabilities provided by the “Iron Man” suit of comic book fame, it does have similar goals of bestowing the wearer with superhuman strength. A video of the second-generation exoskeleton robotics suit shows a test engineer karate-chopping wood, performing push-ups and lifting weights.

In reality, the main purpose of the suit is to enable soldiers to carry large amounts of weight on the battlefield.

Raytheon officials say the suit could have two versions: a combat one that goes just from the legs down and would be used primarily to support a backpack, and a full-body logistics version, which would enable a soldier to carry even more supplies.

A Sub Worth Buying

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Do you remember the time when you used to play in the swimming pool? Remember the time when you pretended to be a shark by putting a fake fin on your back? Well it seems that there is finally an upgrade to that and it can be purchased for a mere $100,000 dollars. After checking Coolest Gadgets [Link] I came across this awesome item that I would indeed buy if I had the money. It is a one man submarine designed to look like a killer whale! Not only can you go underwater in this vessel but you also get to scare the bejeebies out of your friends, family, and pretty much everyone else at the beach. Sounds like a lot of fun right? Plus how many people do you know own their own submarine? If you go to the link above there is even a link to take you to purchase the item. Interested? I know I am.

iPad for kids?

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I guess it was only inevitable until a company invented iPad for little tykes. Archos has released a version of a tablet PC for toddlers and younger children, dubbed the Child Pad. With a 7″ touch screen and running Andriod 4.0 operating system, could this device replace traditional portable gaming systems such as the GameBoy and PSP consoles? Undoubtedly, downloading games from the android market will be much cheaper and a wider variety of games and apps will be available. Priced at $129, the Archos Child Pad will be hard to beat.

iPad2 vs Kindle Fire

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Which tablet is best for you?  The iPad has long dominated the tablet market, but the Kindle Fire and Android are Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are seeking to grab a part of the market with a low cost alternative. Let the battle begin!

Cost –

$499 (16 GB iPad2)

$199 (Kindle fire)

Display –

9.7′, 1024*768 IPS LCD (iPad)

7′, 1024×600 Gorilla Glass (Kindle Fire)

Apps –

140,000 (iPad)

8,230 (Kindle Fire)

CPU –

1 GHz Apple A4 system-on-a-chip (iPad)

1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor (Kindle Fire)

Storage Space –

8 GB (Android)

16, 32, or 64 GB (iPad)

8 GB (Kindle Fire)

Memory –

512 MB DDR2 RAM (iPad)

512 MB RAM (Kindle Fire)

Size –

9.5 in. H, 7.31 in. W., 0.34 in D, 1.325 lb (iPad)

7.5 in. H, 4.7 in. W., 0.45in. D, 14.6oz (Kindle Fire)

41 megapixel Smart Phone?!

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Yes.. introducing the Nokia 808 PureView, featuring a 41 megapixel camera for those moments when you wish you had your DSLR camera. Not to fear, with the highest megapixel camera up to date, the Nokia 808 PureView contains even more megapixels than the average DSLR, which features only around 14-20 megapixels. Of course, it will feature a 4″ AMOLED display at nHD resolution (640 x 360 pixels), WiFi connection, Bluetooth connectivity, and regular phone functions. The price is unknown at the moment since it is just a press release from Nokia, but something tells me it won’t be cheap. How much are YOU willing to pay for this DSLR/Smart Phone hybrid?

It’s Official! iPad 3 to be announced on 3/7

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It’s official folks! The much awaited and much anticipated iPad 3 is set to be announced on Wednesday March 7th, 2012! The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10:00 AM PST (invitation only!). The event itself will center around the iPad 3 and all of its new features. One of the most anticipated of those features a Retina display screen that more than doubles the resolution and easily places the iPad as the highest resolution tablet in the market. Other features to be expected is the addition of LTE, a new form factor, improved front and back cameras, and improved graphics performance. In addition to these expected features, Apple is surely to pull some surprises out of its hat with never before seen features that will wow the world all over again.

Along side the iPad 3, Apple is also rumored to announce a a refreshed version of the popular Apple TV. NOT an actual Television set from Apple, but a new version of their existing set-top-box.

Many around the world , including myself, are eagerly awaiting the announcement. Be sure to check back here on the 7th for a full round up of the event as well as all the details announced!

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