Category Archives: leaked specs

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

This Friday, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and upgrade from the original Galaxy Tab.  This new version is expected to be lighter and more powerful compared to the original by running on a new 1.2GHz processor.

This new Galaxy Tab will run on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).  It will also have a 7 inch screen and will weigh around 12.16 ounces compared to the 13.58 ounces on the original Tab.  It will also be running on the new dual-core 1.2GHz processor.

The Galaxy 7.0 Tab will be offered in both 16 and 32 GB versions which can both be expanded to 64GB by using a microSD card.

Pricing hasn’t been stated yet but the new tablet will be available first in Indonesia and Austria by the end of October, and then it will gradually roll out in other countries, including the U.S.

Google+ Traffic Increases 1,269%

Ever since the “new” social networking site, Google+, has opened their doors to the world, it seems that a lot of people want in.

According to Heather Dougherty, a director of research at Hitwise in the US, “Google+ emerged as the third largest site in the Social Network and Forums category last Wednesday [in the US], a day after the site went from ‘invitation-only’ to ‘open access’ available to everyone,”.

“Opening access created a massive spike in market share of visits for the site, with a 1269% growth from the week ending September 17 to the week of September 24. The site … received nearly 15 million total US visits last week.”

Tim Lovitt, with Google, says, “increasing market share for Google Plus more than 455 per cent compared to the previous week”.

Heather Dougherty added in a blog post on the network’s traffic: “In just one week, Google+ went from ranking as [the] 54th most visited site in our Social Networking and Forums category to 8th place.”

This outstanding jump in Google+ states shows both how many people are interested in joining the site AND how upset people are with Facebook’s recent changes.

 

T-Mobile Introduces Two New Smartphones

Earlier today at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, T-Mobile announced the forthcoming of two new smartphones running on the 4G network.

Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.

Both smartphones are scheduled to be available on October 12. A week ago, AT&T said it would offer the Samsung Galaxy S II on its network on October 2.

Along with these two smartphones, Brodman also introduced T-Mobile’s new 4G Mobile Hotspot which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet.

Facebook NOT Charging Users

If you’re are a user of Facebook then chances are that you have seen the common rumors floating around lately of Facebook introducing charges to members.  However, Facebook has confirmed that these rumors are NOT true.

If you missed the rumor, it said that Facebook could charge users as much as $10 a month starting today (Monday) and caused a widespread of panic on the social networking site.

Most likely, you as a Facebook user might have seen this set as many people’s status’s starting on Sunday.

“FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP,$9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES,$6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES,$3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO.”

By late Sunday, Facebook caught site of the rumor and cleared things up.

“A rumor on the internet caught our attention. We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It’s free and always will be,” read the Facebook post by Facebook.

So if there are ever any rumors out there saying that Facebook will start charging users, make sure to note that they are not true.

New Facebook Profile Layout

 

So if you have been reading about Facebook’s f8 conference lately, then you should know that they have announced some pretty significant changes to the layout of the site as well as adding in different features that integrate different softwares such as Spotify or SoundCloud.

However, their biggest change is to the layout of the profiles although not many people know of it yet because it has not been fully launched.  The “new profile” is called Facebook Timeline and was just recently announced at Facebook’s f8 developers conference.  No worries though, as you can activate the new profile on your Facebook with just a couple easy to do steps.  First off, just follow this link.

Here is a tutorial showing off the new Facebook profile made by my good friend Marques Brownlee.

Microsoft Idea of Swappable Parts on A Phone

Throughout the past, we have seen phones with slides, gaming pads, and the traditional keyboard but recently, Microsoft has put a patent exploring the possibility of swapping out your slider accessory for something new.  Tired of that keyboard? Replace it with a gamepad, or a life-giving battery pack.  According to the patent claims, some of the swappable components will even be able to function wirelessly.

Haven’t seen anything made like this so far (or in the making) but it is a neat concept to look forward to in the future.

Samsung Illusion Photos Leaked

Samsung accidentally leaked photos of an upcoming Android smartphone for Verizon on Flickr this morning.   The device is called the Samsung Illusion and it’s very much a reality now that the company inadvertently posted a public preview of the device via Flickr, but then quickly set the image to private.

You might know the device as the Samsung Viper.  Some of the specs of the device include 1GHz processor, with a 3-5 megapixel camera, 320 x 480 resolution, as well as running on the latest version of Android (Gingerbread).

Most of the details on the handset have not been confirmed except that it will be a eco-friendly device with a Sustainable Product Certification. It is expected to arrive on Verizon around September 29, priced at $100 or less with a new two-year contract.

iPad 3 on it’s way!!….Next Year

Earlier today, AllThingsDigital reported that the rumored fall iPad update is looking very unlikely.  Along with this, the iPad 3 shouldn’t be expected until next year.

“In recent months, there has been rising investor speculation that a new iPad 3 would be launched for the holiday season,” Moskowitz wrote in a research note to clients. “Our latest research continues to indicate that there is no such device slated for production this year. … There are prototypes in the supply chain related to the next-generation device, but our conversations with industry participants suggest that a new device will not be available until sometime in calendar 2012.”

The iPad 2 launched in March now holds a 68.3% market share of the tablet market.  Without much competition to upset that percentage, it is easy to see why Apple is not rushing around to get the iPad 3 out.

Xbox Live Coming To Your PC

Earlier today, Microsoft re-confirmed that it will be bringing Xbox Live to PCs running on the new Windows 8.  Xbox Live on Windows (yes, that’s the name) will be bringing the service’s gaming, music, movie and TV content to all Windows 8 devices.  Microsoft has said that they will explain more later into the week, with a build 2011 session for app developers interested in harnessing the service’s features.

Windows 8 Developer Preview

Can’t get Windows 8 off your mind? Want to mess around with it and see the new features?  Worry no more because at 8PM (Pacific Time) tonight, you will be able to download a copy of the Windows Developer Preview to your 32- or 64-bit x86 machine (no activation required) from dev.windows.com.  It is recommended that you make the change on a separate partition (or a spare machine altogether) in order to prevent unforeseen conflicts, and we’d also suggest having a stiff glass of patience waiting nearby. Something tells us Redmond’s servers are going to be hammered.