3D graphics. What is this phenomena all about? James Cameron’s Avatar made record earnings from its seamless integration of 3D technology in the realm of film, but what does this imply for the world of gaming?
Nvidia already seems to know that 3D gaming will be the next revolution in interactive entertainment and they’ve jumped on board full steam with their newest product, the GTX 480 graphics card and its “little brother,” the GTX 470. Technical specs are almost unimportant for this monster, rendering graphics and benchmarks at about double the quality of prior Nvidia chipsets.
Well, not quite... Opera has Opera Mini web browser working on iPhone, and has submitted it to Apple iPhone App Store, on 23rd this month. Only after approval can the users get the browser via the App Store (officially, anyway).
Opera claims that Mini is up to 5 times faster than Apple's Safari. And has a video of a real life comparison test. Besides, as the data gets compressed by central servers, the user will spend much less on a data plan. More about this on our last article on Opera browsers.
So, will Apple approve such a threat to Apple's own browser? Historically, the answer most likely will be a "No". But Opera is very confident. So much so that they published a web site with a counter, since the submission to App Store, and are taking bets on how long will Apple need to approve it. The winner gets a free iPhone.
More info, video preview, speed comparison test, and sign up for the contest, on Opera Mini on iPhone webpage.
As usual no log file, so it's not clear what is different.. I believe it to be a little faster on the synching, but can not be sure. Anyway, the program will automatically prompt the users next time they use it, so it's difficult to miss it.
For those not aware of this service from Microsoft, a little intro: My Phone backs up all the main data of your Windows Phone, namely the PIM data (contacts, calendar and tasks), SMS, PIE browser favorites, photos, videos, music, and docs. Including data from the Storage Card. The user can also post photos on several social networks, automatically.
SanDisk has launched a new microSDHC memory card. The first with 32GB capacity! SanDisk launched it as an ideal companion to the new multimedia phones.
These new generation of smartphones, with bigger screens, better photo/video cameras, internet connectivity, audio capabilities, really need some serious storage, so the user can always have his/hers photos, movies, music, and even programs and games.
SanDisk targets this new card to mobile operators and phone manufacturers, so they can offer a complete solution to their costumers. At this time the announced price for retail, in USA, is USD 199.99. No price for the rest of the world yet, but we believe it will arrive shortly.
More info on SanDisk site.
Panasonic apparently struck a gold mine: their 3D TV's sold out in 1 week, against all expectations. No numbers were disclosed, but all the available units were sold, and the retailers keep ordering more units.
The products, a 50" TV, a Blu-Ray disc player and an active 3D glasses came with a hefty price tag of USD 2.899,99 (EUR 2.107), and even with just a few media contents on the market, it seems to be just what the consumers wanted.
Today Opera announced the final versions of Mobile 10 and Mini 5.
The Opera Mobile is a powerful browser available for the S60 Symbian and Windows Mobile.
The Mini now released is not one, but two: a JAVA version, as the previous versions, suitable to any phone with a JAVA Virtual Machine, and the native BlackBerry version. It's also possible to download the beta versions for native Windows Mobile and Android.
Redfly is not a computer, although it resembles any modern mini notebook. In fact, you can use it as one, but with a twist: it's just a bigger screen, battery and keyboard... for your Windows Phone or BlackBerry!
So, what's the big advantage? Well, think about it: no OS, no programs to buy, install and update. No parts like hard-drives or motherboards to get damaged or obsolete. Almost totally maintenance free! You use your smartphone's OS and programs, with the advantage of a bigger screen (7 or 8"), really expanding the viewing area, not just making everything bigger (view the picture), and a bigger keyboard, with touch-pad.