Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Cygnett Rotating Armour iPad 2 case review

In typical Steve Job’s fashion, Apple’s launch of the iPad 2 was accompanied with much fan fare coupled with a slap in the face for third-party developers and accessory makers who’d been suckling at the iPad 1’s teat for the past year. Not only was the iPad 2’s form factor radically different to the iPad 1 making many existing products incompatible but Apple released the SmartCover, an excellent and innovative protection solution for the iPad 2. Not only did they have first-mover advantage but they’d also come out of the gate with an incredibly strong offering.
However, like all Apple products, there were numerous omissions and various problems that certain groups were vocal about – funky as SmartCovers may be they don’t provide the best level of protection for your precious new toy.
Enter Cygnett, provider of innovative and stylish accessories for tablets, smartphones and MP3 players, who have launched the Rotating Armour case for the iPad 2. We had a play with it at the Gadget Show but it’s out and in actual shops now.
The case boasts automatic activation of the tablet’s wake/sleep function when the case is opened or closed, which is by far my favourite feature of my SmartCover, as well as three viewing angles for the popular Apple tablet.
The case’s multiple viewing angles, in both portrait and landscape positions are incredibly convenient. FaceTime chat, watching movies, internet surfing and strain-free typing are enjoyable and comfortable experiences with the Rotating Armour case.
The design of the Rotating Armour draws attention to the Apple logo on the back of the tablet. Made from an extremely tough microsuede-lined cover, the case protects the iPad 2 from wear and tear, while the heavy-duty design enables safe and easy transportation of the tablet. A secure clasp and locking strap keep the tablet safe at all times and it looks pretty suave and business-like if that’s your thing.
Available in black with orange or black with grey, the latest in Cygnett’s line of iPad 2 cases also ensures that all functions of the iPad 2 remain operational when it is securely fastened in the Rotating Armour, which includes front/rear camera openings and the speaker vent.
The new Cygnett Rotating Armour is priced at £39.95 and is available now from Tesco and Amazon.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

NVIDIA GTX 580 joins ASUS’s Republic of Gamers

ASUS’s ROG series of products aspire to please the demanding gamer, and the latest GTX 580 based graphics accelerator from its stable appears to be bred to do just that. ASUS has redesigned the PCB from ground-up and combined that with 19-phase ‘Super Alloy Power technology’ to expand the cards over-clocking abilities.  

This card gets 1.5 GB of VRAM clocked at 4.8GHZ (GDDR5) and the graphics engine is clocked at 816GHz. Keeping all of this under acceptable temperature is the DirectCU II thermal technology with sound-dampened dual fans and copper heat pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU. ASUS claims that all of these technologies combine to give 15% performance boost, 2.5X longer lifespan and 35°C cooler operation than the reference card design. The card is equipped with a color changing LED that reports GPU load in real-time, and a Safe Mode button that restores the card to its fail-safe setting. Bundled software includes TweakIt and ProbeIt to adjust and measure engine and memory clock speeds. Additionally, the Live Update software keeps the card updated with latest version of firmware and drivers. The card has two dual-link DVI inputs, HDCP complaint HDMI port and also a single DisplayPort.

The ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 580 is retailing for Rs. 32, 435, plus taxes and carries a three-year warranty. 

Upcoming Nokia 700 Zeta leaked

Apparently, another upcoming Nokia device has been spotted. This is Nokia’s latest smartphone known as Nokia 700 or Nokia Zeta which is a candybar handset from the Finnish manufacturer. It will include a new Symbian update known as Symbian Belle.

The phone would be one of the four Symbian Belle devices which would be launched in the market. Reports suggest that it would be powered by a 1GHz processor and will sport a 3.2-inch AMOLED display. It will also include a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and NFC capabilities.

The device may also be marketed as the thinnest Nokia smartphone. It will be available in black, white and a third color which is currently unknown.

Sony's upcoming S1 and S2 tablets make an appearance in Germany

German website landed brief hands-on time with Sony’s upcoming S1 and S2 tablets. The devices provided by Sony for this session were apparently of the prototype variety, which means that there may be some hardware revisions before these devices hit retail. The S1 weighs about 900 grams and is reportedly comfortable to hold due to its folded-magazine like form factor. 

The clamshell designed S2 with dual 5.5 inch touch-screen display was also part of this preview, and were courteous enough to post a 19 second video about it. According to these reports, both the S1 and S2 will come with PlayStation Suite access, similar to the Xperia Play.

Source: Slashgear

ASUS ProArt series LCD monitor for the digital artiste

ASUS’s PA246Q ProArt series LCD monitor is packed with features that should serve artistes, designers and photographers better than general purpose monitors. This 24” monitor has a 16:10 native resolution of 1920X1200 on an IPS panel which gives it a wide viewing angle of 178°. Other features that should increase efficiency and productivity of contemporary creative-types include deeper color palette, near perfect reproduction of photographs, QuickFit Virtual Scale software and a swivel-stand that can rotate the screen in portrait or landscape mode.  

ASUS’s PA246Q boasts of reproducing Adobe RGB color space with 98% accuracy, allowing the monitor to display photographs taken with DSLR cameras, in near full color spectrum. The screen can display up to 1.07 billion colors and the bundled QuickFit Virtual Scale software gives real-size, overlay previews of documents in A4, letter and various photo sizes. The monitor’s PIP (Picture-in-Picture) capability could be the next best thing to working with dual-displays. PA246Q has input ports for HDMI, DVI, D-Sub and DisplayPort; along with two USB ports and even a 7-in-1 media card reader. You can bag this specialist display—which carries a 3-year warranty— in exchange for Rs. 31,000. 

iPhone 5 Rumours & Release Date

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Everyone is going crazy to know a word about the iPhone 5 release date. From months, this non-existent device has already gained a lot of popularity through a large number of news, updates, and rumors about its release date. Although there’s still no official confirmation from the side of Apple, many are expecting to see iPhone 5 later this year.
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According to a latest rumor, the release date of iPhone 5 has now been moved from September 2011 to November 2011. Earlier, the device was expected to release in July, which doesn’t seem like a reality since July is just around the corner. Later, it was said that iPhone 5 will be sent for production in July and be released in September 2011. Now, a UK based retailer declares that the final release date has been changed to November 2011.
iPhone 5 Rumours & Release Date
iPhone 5 has become really popular for its expected features like 64GB storage capacity, up to 14 hrs talk-time, A5 dual core processor, built-in GPS, stronger signals, face recognition capability, scratch resistant screen and a lot of other surprising stuff. Although, how many of these features are actually going to be there, is still not confirmed.
Talking about rumors, there’s no end to the discussion regarding iPhone 5, its features, specs, and of course release date. But the sad part is that there’s not even a slightest hint about this most-hyped device from its makers. Apple should clear all these vague updates and rumors by making some official statement, so that the concerned customers can expect the right thing at the right time.
In September or November, no matter when iPhone 5 hits the market, we really hope it exceeds all the expectations of people around the world. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be anything but just a waste of time reviewing the device for so long.

Kingston Data Traveller Ultimate 3.0 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Kingston data traveller Ultimate 3.0 64GB USB Flash drive also known as data traveller ultimate 3.0 has recently been launched by Kingston and it is receiving good reviews. This is one of the first USB 3.0 flash drive from Kingston and so it is necessary to understand how it performs.
Kingston Ultimate Specs
It includes the great speed that it has in comparison with others. This Kingston ultimate package comes along with plastic clamshell style package. USB cable is there on the back and you can see some of the basic information in it. As you open the package you can see a shell shaped ‘Y’ style USB cable along with small lanyard. This Kingston Data traveller includes many specifications include latest feature for USB flash drives. It makes it perfect for early adopters who are coming up with all kinds of improvements offered by USB 3.0.
Kingston data traveller USB 3.0 offers you perfect solution for easy storing and quickly transferring of your data. You can transfer your documents, images, JPEG images and many more formats of file with the help of USB 3.0 data traveller offered to you by Kingston. Although this new generation Kingston data traveller has same features as old ones but this has, much more increased capacity and higher speed of transferring of data. You keep and transfer your data with much ease and with good speed.
Kingston DT ultimate 3.0 has much speed with 3.0 to 80 MB/sec. It comes with a five-year warranty. This DT ultimate 3.0 has much better power management facility in comparison to older models. USB 3.0 is a major revision type of next bus serial bus. You can make the best use of this in form of transferring HD videos, system and data back up, Adobe applications, AutoCAD and many more features. Video is one of the greatest advantages of transferring your data. Earlier data traveller did not had much capacity with transferring videos but now with latest Kingston ultimate you get to transfer video with it too.
Kingston Data traveler Ultimate Review
When you get the Kinston USB 3.0 package at your place, you find the USB cable too in the same package. There are instructions written on it. It uses same facility of plug and play as that of earlier times. Infact the USB drive has itself as metallic and aluminium body that makes it feel very well. There is a large hole on the lanyard at the backside and you can see a blue LED light when you plug in the USB in PC. On the top of your USB you can find a hole where you can put your keychain too. This way, you can even keep that hanging on your PC when that is not in use too.
With great features and USB 3.0 specifications, it has become much advanced and many tech savvy people are going to get it with good storage and transferring capacity.