Amazon sets its sights on iPad with fully loaded Kindle Fire HD at $499

Amazon has clearly set its sights on the market leading iPad with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fully loaded at $499, a price set to compete against Apple’s entry level model


KJ-slate-02-lg._V389691478_ Amazon has clearly set its sights on the market leading iPad with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fully loaded at $499, a price set to compete against Apple’s entry level model. The previous generation Kindle Fire was priced at half the price of the iPad but this new revision is set to compete against the iPad in both specs and price.

Fully loaded vs entry level

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G offers a fully loaded 32 GB 4G LTE model at $499 to compete against iPad’s 16 GB wi-fi only version at the same price. To get a comparable iPad, you will have to pay $729 for the iPad 3 with 32 GB with 4G LTE. Continue reading “Amazon sets its sights on iPad with fully loaded Kindle Fire HD at $499”

Apple granted patent to remotely disable iPhone cameras sparking fears of a Big Brother future

In short, this technology provides a means to control certain functions of the device (ie: iPhone) based on certain conditions such as entering an area defined by a wireless signal.

Apple patent 8,254,902Last week, Apple was granted patent # 8,254,902 which according to the filing is “Apparatus and methods for changing one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event. In one embodiment, the event comprises detecting that the wireless device is within range of one or more other devices. In another variant, the event comprises the wireless device associating with a certain access point.” Continue reading “Apple granted patent to remotely disable iPhone cameras sparking fears of a Big Brother future”

Apple’s patent pending infrared camera data encoding system may have serious consequences for photographers

Apple has been much maligned in the press recently for filing a patent application covering a camera system with infrared technology that could, among other things, allow the recording functionality to be shut off by a third party. For example, in its application, Apple shows how the technology could be used to “prevent illegal image capturing” at a rock concert.

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Apple has been much maligned in the press recently for filing a patent application covering a camera system with infrared technology that could, among other things, allow the recording functionality to be shut off by a third party. For example, in its application, Apple shows how the technology could be used to “prevent illegal image capturing” at a rock concert. Continue reading “Apple’s patent pending infrared camera data encoding system may have serious consequences for photographers”

Apple iTunes 10 adds social networking features

iTunes 10 is all about Ping, Apple’s new music social network. Like Twitter, you can follow and be followed. You can be public about it or be private . Jobs is hoping artists will be public.

iTunes 10 is all about Ping, Apple’s new music social network. Like Twitter, you can follow and be followed. You can be public about it or be private . Jobs is hoping artists will be public. Continue reading “Apple iTunes 10 adds social networking features”

Apple announces HDR feature for new iOS4

Apple will release a new version of iOS4, adding HDR photo capture, fixing iPhone 3G performance, and finally adding Game Center support. The 4.1 update will be available next week for iPhone and iPod touch (though not all models).

What iOS 4.1 Does For You

Apple will release a new version of iOS4, adding HDR photo capture, fixing iPhone 3G performance, and finally adding Game Center support. The 4.1 update will be available next week for iPhone and iPod touch (though not all models). Continue reading “Apple announces HDR feature for new iOS4”

iPhone prototype finder identified, Apple asked to search home

Wired magazine is reporting the finder of the lost Apple iPhone prototype has been identified as Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California. Contrary to earlier reports, Hogan made no attempts to contact Apple or the bar where the phone was found. He made inquiries through a third party to contact various tech sites in an attempt to sell exclusive access to the prototype phone finally catching the attention of Gizmodo.com. Since he is likely to be the target of any criminal charges if it ever comes to that, he has retained legal council and issued a statement saying he “regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone”. Continue reading “iPhone prototype finder identified, Apple asked to search home”

Gizmodo leaks iPhone 4 prototype

via This Is Apple’s Next iPhone – Iphone 4 – Gizmodo

It looks legitimate. Apple has reported it lost and disabled the phone shortly after it was lost. The level of integration makes it highly unlikely anyone could have faked this. Apple has never intentionally leaked a product that I know of. In fact, they go to extreme lengths to keep all their new products a secret.

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Update: The Apple employee who lost the phone has been identified as Gary Powell.

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