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Microsoft’s Surface tablet said to come with only Wi-Fi

While the software giant has yet to release full specs on its forthcoming tablet, rumors are circulating that it may be Wi-Fi only and without a mobile network connection.

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Microsoft unveils iPad rival

This product rendering released by Microsoft shows Surface, a 9.3 millimeter thick tablet with a kickstand to hold it upright and keyboard that is part of the device’s cover. It weighs under 1.5 pounds.

Microsoft’s much talked about Surface tablet may be Wi-Fi only, according toBloomberg.

The news agency reports that people familiar with the tablet‘s specs say the device will go on sale without any mobile-phone network connection, but will come with a short-range Wi-Fi connection. This could change in later models.

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Surface will be running Microsoft’s next-generation Windows operating system and marks the company’s first foray into the ever-expanding tablet market. Though the software giant has unveiled Surface, it has yet to release all the details on the specifications.

Apparently, the tablet is thought to be a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad. Network accessibility could hinder this goal, however. The new iPad, which went on sale in March, comes equipped with LTE and has the option of a mobile-phone chip, according to Bloomberg. Users can also buy the iPad‘s Wi-Fi-only model if they prefer.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft plans to start selling the Surface later this year and will be working with Apple’s iPhone-maker, Pegatron, to manufacture the tablet.
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What It’s Like To Use The New Microsoft Tablet

Microsoft’s Surface is the most interesting tablet since the iPad. But how does it actually feel, you know, in your hands?

by mattnovak

A few years ago my dad discovered a Nepali/Tibetan restaurant in St. Paul that served yak. Not being a terribly adventurous eater, yak seemed pretty damn exotic. But the first time he tried yak, he loved it. He started comparing yak to other new things he tried. “That pasta was good, but it’s no yak.”

So let’s say, then, that Microsoft’s new Surface is good.

Admittedly, I’m not Microsoft’s core audience. I haven’t owned a Windows machine since the Clinton administration. And even then, technically my parents owned it. So the only thing I can compare Microsoft’s new Surface to with any degree of honesty is Apple products. But frankly, that’s fitting, because Microsoft desperately wants my business. And the business of so many others who have jumped ship to Apple products — specifically mobile devices — in the past decade.

Everything about the Surface launch event — from the super-duper-top-secret meeting location to the cultish chant of “design, design, design” — screamed Apple. Frankly, I wanted to love whatever the hell they were unveiling. Their promo video was slick and exciting, opening with a beautifully cinematic shot of a crumpled lump of metal soaring a few feet over a barren wasteland; lens flare letting you know that they take themselves seriously, but not too seriously. Then the lump of metal bursts apart to form the word Surface, the sun beautifully revealing itself. I’m a sucker for techno-glitz — and here in L.A., glitz is pretty much the currency — but actually holding the Surface just isn’t that satisfying.

For an iPad user, the Surface will feel familiar, but let’s say 10% different. I’m intrigued by the beveled edges and it feels pretty comfortable to hold. But I’m skeptical of the pop-out stand. Surface also feels a little bit bulkier than the iPad — just enough to notice. One reporter was holding his iPad up to the Surface to compare thickness between the two machines and someone from Microsoft was quick to point out that the stand was one of the reasons it was thicker.

The response time when touching the Surface screen feels just a millisecond longer — and comparatively, the flip from vertical to horizontal feels like an eternity. The user interface is, again, perfectly acceptable in the limited amount of time I got to play with one. But it felt 10 percentage points from wonderful. I suppose these are the minor details you notice when you’ve been using Apple products pretty much exclusively, but that’s precisely why they matter — most people have only used one other tablet in their lives, and that tablet is an iPad.

To me, the most appealing thing about Surface is the aspect ratio of the screen. Most movies and TV shows these days are shot in widescreen, or the 16:9 aspect ratio. In the 1950s, movie production companies started shooting in widescreen to compete with the emerging medium of television. The idea was to provide something that you couldn’t get at home. But since the iPad is formatted like a television (4:3), I’ve always been frustrated watching new movies on it. You’re either forced to watch in pseudo-pan-and-scan mode like you’re renting a VHS tape from Blockbuster circa 1994, or you just have to deal with the letterbox bars.

We don’t have a release date, or a price, or essentially half the specs, or any sense of what developers will end up doing with the new Windows platform, but we do know that the device feels like. And it feels pretty good, but it’s no yak.

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Untethered Jailbreak For Your iOS 5.1.1 iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Is Here

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

A lot of you have been asking for this … and now it’s finally here!

The Chronic Dev Team have today announced the release of Absinthe 2.0, a tool which offers users the ability to jailbreak most iOS devices running the latest iOS 5.1.1 update, including the third-generation iPad.

This jailbreak is untethered, which means that the jailbreak persists even after the device has been rebooted. A tethered jailbreak requires the devices to be connected to a computer and jailbroken again if it is rebooted.

Absinthe 2.0 can jailbreak all iPhones from the iPhone 3GS onward, as well as third- and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. It can also jailbreak all iPads except the latest 16GB iPad 2, although support for this is planned.

Note that to use this jailbreak tool your device MUST be running iOS 5.1.1.

The jailbreak process is simple.

  1. Connect your iDevice to your computer using a cable, fire up iTunes and make a backup of it by right clicking on your device name under the Devices menu and clicking Back Up.
  2. Once the backup is complete, wipe your device by going Settings >General >Reset >Erase all Content and Settings.
  3. LaunchAbsinthe 2.0.
  4. Click on Jailbreak, and then wait!
  5. Once the jailbreak process is completed, go back to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the Devices menu in the left panel of iTunes and click Restore from Back Up… then select the latest backup.

Here are the download links for Absinthe 2.0:

If your device is currently jailbroken using a tethered jailbreak then you can turn this into an untethered jailbreak by downloading and installing the Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether package, which is available via Cydia.

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Apple Says It May Offer iPad Refunds to Customers in Australia

By Soraya Permatasari

Apple Inc. said it’s prepared to offer iPad refunds to Australian customers after the nation’s consumer commission accused the company of misleading people that the new tablet is compatible with local 4G networks.

The company also plans to post a statement on its website and at stores to alert consumers that its iPad 3 isn’t compatible with Telstra Corp.’s 4G network, also known as long- term evolution, or LTE, Paul Anastassiou, a lawyer representing Apple, told a Federal Court in Melbourne today.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission yesterday said Apple misled consumers by suggesting the new iPad connects to 4G networks, when that’s not the case. Apple’s refund proposal came today as the commission sought a court order including injunctions, monetary penalties and refunds.

The new iPad is priced at $499 to $829 in the U.S. and includes a chip that enables better graphics than with previous models. The device is also compatible with U.S. 4G wireless services that deliver data faster than earlier networks. The tablet sells for A$429 to A$899 ($448 to $939) in Australia.

The new iPad, advertised as Wi-Fi + 4G, uses the 700 megahertz and 2,100 megahertz frequencies, which are not compatible with Australian 4G service. Telstra, the only telecommunications company with a working 4G network in Australia, uses the 1,800 megahertz frequency.

Network Compatibility?

Apple never claimed the new iPad would be compatible with Telstra’s LTE networks and is now discussing with the commission about the content of a clarifying statement to be issued later, Anastassiou said today.

Judge Mordecai Bromberg said he may set dates for the next hearing of the case when the court resumes later today.

The iPad, first introduced in 2010, is Apple’s biggest source of revenue after the iPhone. The new version features a high-definition screen and a faster processor.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has said he thinks purchases of tablet computers including the iPad will eventually surpass those of personal computers.

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Tip: How to Make Your iPhone or iPad Run Faster

Has your Apple iPhone or iPad been sluggish? Here are five easy ways to clean out some junk and hopefully make your devices run faster.

By Jill Duffy

My iPhone (3GS), now nearing its second birthday, has seemed sluggish for a few months. It started around the same time that I installed iOS 5, that latest major update to the mobile operating system. When iOS 5.1 came out a few weeks ago, I wondered whether it would only exacerbate the problem when I installed it. Would the OS update take up even more space on my little phone, making it run even slower?
You don’t need to know much at all about how your iPhone or iPad works, or even how much a gigabyte is, to make your Apple mobile device run faster. Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a cleaner and quicker iPhone or iPad.

5 Tips for Making Your iPhone or iPad Run Faster

1. Check your usage.
Click on the Settings icon. Select General. Select Usage.

At the very top, you’ll see two numbers: GB available and GB used.

You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply. All you need to know for the purpose of making your phone run faster is the percent of free space you have. There are no hard and fast rules, but you probably want your available space to be at least 10 percent, but perhaps as much as 15 or 20 percent. Obviously, if the available space is larger than the used space, you’re in good shape.

Note that when you add the available space and the used space, it won’t add up to the total size of your phone (e.g., a 16GB iPhone will appear to have only about 13.6GB total space) because it doesn’t include the space being used by the operating system.

Select any app, and a new page will break down the usage into two parts: the app and the data and documents stored in the app. For example, my Instapaper app takes up 30.7MB total: 22.9MB for the app (see where it says “app size” on the image) and 7.8MB for documents and data. Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app but what you store in it that’s eating up space. In the case of my Instapaper app, I’m in the clear. Neither the app nor the data are taking up much space. To delete documents and data when they are taking up too much space, open the app where they’re contained and remove them there, because you can’t delete them from the iPhone or iPad Settings area.

2. Delete apps.
To create more available or free space, you’ll need to delete apps, music, videos, or other data. Here’s how to figure out which ones are worth nixing.

Staying right on the same screen from step no. 1, look through the next section, which shows the apps you have installed and how much space they use. This list automatically sorts by space used, from greatest to least. The apps appear at the top are using the most space. Most of your apps are probably measured in MB rather than GB (1GB=1,024MB).

The app highest on your list is probably either Music or Video. You can’t actually delete those apps, but you can remove some of the music or video files, explained next in step no. 3. But first, take a look at the other apps in the list and decide which ones you’ll delete. Judging them by the amount of space they consume could be more effective than simply thinking about whether you want to keep them.

To delete apps, go to your iPhone or iPad’s homescreen and press and hold any app. All the apps will quiver on screen, and a small black X will appear on the top right corner of the icons for any app that can be deleted. Press the X, and you’ll see a screen asking for confirmation to delete the app. For some apps, you may see a second confirmation screen, warning you that you’ll lose additional information associated with the app, such as data in Game Center. To kiss those apps goodbye, confirm.

3. Delete songs, albums, podcasts, videos.

You can delete music and videos two ways.

From Settings. Staying in the Usage screen (Settings > General > Usage), tap the option for Music or Video in the apps list. The next screen summarizes your music and podcast data usage. Clean out any of these in one shot by pressing the Edit button (top right), hitting the red circle with white stripe next to the appropriate entry, and selecting “delete.” This action deletes all the files associated with the entry. It doesn’t give you a track-by-track option for deleting.

From within the apps. You can delete track by track, album by album, and so forth, from within the app. Launch the app, navigate to a page that shows the items you want to delete, and simply use one finger to swipe from right to left across the listings you want to delete. When the delete button appears, press it.

4. Delete Photos.
Confusingly, when you navigate to Settings > Photos, you can’t see how much space the images on your iPhone or iPad use. The easiest way to see this statistic is to connect your device to your computer and open iTunes. Click on the device name at the left side of the dashboard, and you’ll see at the bottom a graph showing how many GB different features use. It’s color-coded; photos are orange.

If you want to save images to your computer, you can import to your computer. To delete them from the iPhone or iPad, go to the Photos app and open any album. Click the square-with-arrow icon at the top left, then tap each photo you want to delete; when you’ve selected them all, press the red delete button. Alternatively, from the Album page, select “Edit” to delete entire albums in one shot.

5. Clear Safari’s cache.
Another way to free up space is to clear the Safari Web browser cache.

Go to Settings > Safari.
In the image below, it’s right in the center.

Next, two buttons are applicable: Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data. If you’ve never cleared your Safari browser before, you’ll probably want to use both these buttons. When the history or cookies and data sections are empty, the text of those buttons will turn gray.

There’s one more step you can take in the Safari area, and it’s under this section: Advanced > Website Data. At the bottom of that page, you can select “Remove All Website Data,” which may free up some additional space.

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Apple’s new iPad hits the streets

Apple’s next-generation iPad goes on sale, while Yahoo goes on the patent offensive against Facebook. Also: the homeless hot spot controversy at South by Southwest.

by Steven Musil

week in review Eager iPad shoppers mobbed stores around the world in hopes of getting their hands on Apple’s next-generation tablet, which is already sold out online.

Wal-Mart’s 24-hour stores in the U.S. got the jump on Apple by selling the tablet a full eight hours before Apple stores even opened. There was limited supply, however. For example, dozens of people lined up at a Wal-Mart in Union City, Calif., which had 40 iPads to sell. And many left disappointed.

At Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, hundreds of iPad fans waited in the cold, damp weather, but the first iPad went to a man who had been in line since Monday. Protesters from Change.org were also there with a petition asking Apple for fair and ethical treatment of workers.

About 300 people braved the weather and construction in San Francisco to get the new iPad. To avoid blocking the front of neighboring stores, the company rented out a nearby parking lot, where about 100 shoppers were snaked into a line.

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Apps Rush: Barefoot Atlas, Flight Control Rocket, Sky Gamblers, Little Fox Music Box, My Little Geek & more

What’s new on the app stores on Friday 16 March 2012

A selection of 19 new apps for you today:

Barefoot World Atlas

Book-app publisher Touch Press is back with an innovative atlas app for children, based on the Barefoot Books World Atlas. A spinning 3D global can be zoomed in on to check out animations, photos and historical objects, with text and narration from BBC presenter Nick Crane. It’s optimised for the new iPad’s Retina display too.
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Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

Namco’s Sky Gamblers dogfighting game was one of three app demos at Apple’s launch for the new iPad, so it’s hotly anticipated. Its spiffing 3D visuals show off that device’s Retina display, but it runs on older iOS devices too. Expect 40 jets to fly, and a combination of solo and online multiplayer modes.
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Scramble With Friends Free

Zynga has ported its Boggle-like social game Scramble With Friends from iPhone to Android, opening up even more potential for competitive wordplay between friends. It involves finding words in a 4×4 letter grid in two-minute rounds, with players taking their turns at their leisure.
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Flight Control Rocket

Now an EA studio, Aussie developer Firemint has launched an interstellar sequel to its hugely popular Flight Control game. It sees you guiding 15 different spacecraft into base safely, with robots chipping in to boost your score. It’s fully Retina-friendly for the new iPad too.
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FIFA 12

EA has taken its latest FIFA football game to Android, with the usual big licensing stats (22 leagues, 500+ teams, more than 15,000 players), and silky-smooth gameplay.
Android

Little Fox Music Box

This is a real work of craft: a “sing-along app” for iOS that teaches three songs to children using beautiful visuals, before letting them create their own tunes by tapping on objects in a fox’s treehouse. It’s the work of German developer Shape Minds and Moving Images.
iPhone / iPad

Mass Effect 3 Live Wallpaper

Nvidia and Bioware are making… live wallpapers? Yes indeed: this promotional download on Android kits your smartphone out in full Mass Effect 3 branding.
Android

Qello – Watch HD Music Concerts

Live music website Qello has launched its first iOS app, which offers a large archive of gig videos from the likes of Jay-Z, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, U2, Mumford & Sons and other artists. It’s free to download but costs £2.99 a month via an iTunes subscription.
iPhone / iPad

Dora’s Rhyming Word Adventure

There’s a definite increase in the number of rich apps for kids launching on Android, after a long time where iOS was the platform of choice for children’s apps. Dora the Explorer stars in this educational app from MTV Networks.
Android

Zombie Jombie

Japanese social mobile gaming company Gree is setting its sights on western markets, with Zombie Jombie its first game on that score. It’s a card game that sees you battling zombies, while using in-app purchases to boost your prospects.
iPhone

NBA Jam

Another big EA franchise makes its way to Android, as 30 NBA duos do battle on the court with big dunks, tricks and a local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth multiplayer mode.
Android

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