iPad 3 Event Confirmed for March 7th

Apple has sent out the invitations for the unavailing of the iPad 3, too be announced on March 7th in SF. The even is too take place at 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday. The iPad 3, which may in fact be called the ‘HD’ will feature a retina display, improved camera, an either an A5X chip the is slated to be dual-core, or  an A6 chip, to be quad-core. Until the big day, everything is just a rumor though!

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HTC One X announced, Tegra 3 international, S4 AT&T

HTC has confirmed the existence and let the specs flow of it’s newest “Superp

hone”. The HTC One X is the high end model of HTC’s newest ONE line of phones. The ONE line is line of three phones ranging from low, medium, to high. The low line is the new

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C One V, the medium is the HTC One S, being exclusively available on T-Mobile. It boasts a 4.3 inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of ram. The HTC One X is the highest of them all, stocking either a quad-core Tegra 3 processor if you buy it unlocked, or a dual-core S4 if you buy it on it’s exclusive US carrier, AT&T. Don’t be sad by the swap, as the S4 has been proven to be faster than the quad-core Tegra 3 in benchmarks. Either way, the One X is said to be coming to AT&T within the next 60 days.

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Apple announces Mountain Lion OS X, the merge of iOS and OS X is near

Today Apple shocked us all by doing something foreign: announcing a major OS X release with no rumors, no speculation and no keynote. Out of the blue, Apple let the cat of the bag by announcing it’s current desktop OS’s successor: Mountain Lion. OS X 10.8 dubbed Mountain Lion is going to be just like the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard,  small but affective. Likely to be priced at $29.99 for a summer release, Mountain Lion features the best from iOS 5. The most important being the new notification center. Just like in iOS 5, you click a button on your status bar and boom, your notifications pop up. 10.8 also includes great new features like iMessage for Mac (which you can download today in a beta form right from Apple), Notes, Reminders and a share feature in Safari. If you’re interested in more, hit up the source link for more infomoration on the new desktop OS.

Note: Mountain Lion is available today for Mac devs but it will not run on Intel Core 2 Duo machines. Sorry Macbook Air owners! 😦

Source: Apple

Samsung Focus S Review

Samsung Focus S Review

 

 

Here we have Windows’ newest smartphone, the Samsung Focus S. A classic Samsung look and an 8-MP camera stolen from its android brother, (the Galaxy S II) make this a top tier windows phone. There’s no doubt that Samsung has once again created a quality device, but we aren’t so sure it lives up to it’s expectations–especially when you consider the competition from Apple and Google.

 

Design

The Focus S has a sleek design, one that is very simple. Its look closely resembles the Galaxy S II (International or AT&T Model). Hide the capacitive buttons and I wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart. It has a textured back that is clearly made out of cheap material–which you may or may not like. At under a centimeter thick, the Focus S measures into a minimalistic and skinny piece of hardware. 7/10

 

Reception & Data Speeds

The Focus S runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, which they consider to be 4G. Truth be told, the speeds you get won’t top 5-7 megabits per second as download speeds, and 1-2 upload speeds, so if you are looking for speed, you will want to wait it out for the next batch of windows phones or just go with an android LTE phone.  The phone call reception is fantastic, and I can’t complain about muffled sounds–in fact I could hear the caller quite clearly. 9/10

 

Display

The Focus S’s display is absolutely stunning. The bright Super AMOLED Plus screen is not wasted on the devices 4.3 inch display. Colors pop out, blacks are deeper, and it is the same high quality we saw on the Galaxy S II. The display is beautiful from any angle you look at it from. Text is crisper than I’ve seen on any mobile phone. The only issue with the display on this device was that we saw a bit of pixelation when doing things like watching a movie on Netflix, or a playing a youtube video, however it was generally a fantastic viewing experience. 8/10

 

Hardware/Software

The Focus S has a camera button on its lower right side, a power button on its upper right, and volume buttons on its left. One thing I noticed was that the buttons sticked out more than other smartphones, making them easy to accidentally press. Like all Windows phones, it has three capacitive buttons below the screen; back, home, and search. Above the screen is its front-facing camera. The Samsung Focus S runs on a 1.4GHz, single-core Qualcomm processor which allows Windows Phone Mango to run very smoothly, due to hardware acceleration and the light load it takes to run the software. I think Samsung made the right choice with this SoC, and you won’t notice any lag at any time. 9/10

 

Camera

The Focus S’s camera is easily one of the best mobile cameras on the market. Its stunning 8-megapixel sensor takes breathtaking pictures. The Focus S’s photo quality and color accuracy is incredible. The Focus S has a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. Yes, I know it seems dull compare to the back-facing camera, but it’s definitely decent enough for video chatting. The Focus S is not only a smartphone, but a great camera as well, and when Microsoft releases integrated Skype support, be ready for a mind blowing experience. 9/10

 

The Bottom Line

I can’t stress enough the specs that this phone packs into a nice “Samsungy” design. That being said, I can’t recommend it over any of the newer Windows Phone devices coming out int he next few months. Even if you are getting a Windows Phone powered device, I would have to suggest something like the Lumia 900 on AT&T over this. At the end of the day, all Windows Phones are guaranteed to have the same hardware requirements and run perfectly smoothly, so why not take the one with the better camera, design and reputation. The answer is that you should take that one. 8/10

 

 

Pros: design, camera, 4G, Mango OS, AMOLED+ display, and more

Cons: 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, buttons on side of phone stick out too much

Samsung announces Galaxy SIII event will be separate from MWC 2012

Regardless of the fact that the world expected the unavailing of the Samsung’s Galaxy SII’s successor at Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung has sent out a PR statement confirming those rumors to be…not true. Samsung is Samsunging is us all by pulling an Apple on us. In the statement, they claim that they would rather “announce their new device closer to the commercial release date. PR statment after the break!

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.”

AT&T adds new data plans, 3GB for $30, 300MBs for $20, 5GB + tethering for $50

Remember the day that AT&T announced that their unlimited plans would go bye-bye? Everyone, including myself was upset at the new plans, and felt that they were getting ripped off that 2GBS of data was now $25 bucks. For only $5 dollars more, you used to be getting unlimited. Don’t forget though it wasn’t true unlimited though, it was really 5GBs. Regardless, AT&T feels your pain, so they decided to add back higher data plans. For $30 bucks (which used to get you unlimited/5GB), you can now get 3GBs of data. For about $20 bucks, they’ll give you a tiny little 300MB of data. But if you pay a whooping 50 big ones, Ma Bell’ll give you some 5GB of data, plus a tethering option. They’ll be available on Sunday, the 22th of January. So, will you switch?

Alienware’s “big reveal” is coming 8PM Pacific tonight!

Alienware has just posted on their Facebook page that they have a “big reveal” set for tonight. It’s said to be ready for reveal at 8PM tonight (Pacific). Many think it is a new desktop, but anything is possible. As it may even be a new tablet to compete against the Fiona from Razer. Regardless, stay tuned tonight to find out what it is!

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Introducing Allegrotechie Photography!

We’ve got a big announcement today. We are going to launch a new, sister site: Allegrotechiephotography.com! Allegrotechie Photography is a site with gorgeous photos, taken on a Canon EOS Rebel XT. These photos are edited with either Instagram or Pixelmator. The photos we post are gorgeous photos you’ll want to set as the background on your phones. So check us out, and share any pictures that you like to Facebook and Twitter! We appreciate all your support and reading, and would love it if you checked us out here too!

CES Day 1: Roundup

The first day of CES started off with a bang! Introducing incredible products that will live in tech history for years to come. Here is a roundup of the best things that we saw yesterday.

Gaming

Razer’s Fiona

This is probably the most unique product we’ve seen so far at CES. Razer’s Project Fiona is the first real gaming tablet. It’s a 10.1 inch screen, with two single handed controllers attached to each side. You hold the device almost like a steering wheel. The tablet runs Windows 8 and plays full on, legit PC games. The games demoed were Assassins Creed, Minecraft and other various PC games. The Fiona also packs an amazing Ivy Bridge i7 processor (!) Razer says that the Fiona will be released for “Under $1000” by the end of the year, Q3 or Q4. After Windows 8 is released!

PS Vita to AT&T
The long awaited Playstation Vita, the quad-core hand held monster is going to be released on AT&T in Febuary for $249.99. AT&T will sell the Vita contract free but allow the user to go on a pay-as-you-go plan, just like what we see on the iPad 3G. The two plans are a 250MB data plan for $14.99 and a 2GB plan for $25. At the end of the keynote, the speaker also said that “It’ll be even better when it gets LTE.” Maybe just a slip, or maybe not.. Hmm..
Mobile
AT&T Lumia 900
The long awaited LTE Windows Phone has arrived, to AT&T that is. The Nokia Lumia 900 is the very first LTE Windows Phone in the world right now. It sports a 1.6GHz single core processor, a 4.3 inch display, and the gorgeous Nokia body we love. AT&T is picking up the LTE train really fast, as it just launched LTE in New York a few weeks ago.
AT&T Galaxy Note
Even though this wasn’t much of a surprise, it was still nice to be confirmed, the AT&T band Galaxy Note is heading over with LTE sometime soon. This massive 5.3 inch screen phone/tablet may not even fit in your pocket, but it’s still a very nice device