Selasa, 31 Januari 2012

Sony Tablet S 3G and Tablet P Now Available in India

Unveiled back in August, Sony’s Android tablets have showcased for the first time at IFA trade fair in September 2011. While the Sony Tablet S made its debut in September, the other Sony slate, Tablet P hit shelves one month later.

Sony India officially introduced the tablets last month, but neither was available for purchase until today. Without further notice, major retailer Flipkart put both Sony Tablet P and Tablet S 3G on sale for Rs 36,750 (745 USD or 565 EUR) and Rs 33,750 (680 USD or 520 EUR), respectively.

Flipkart’s prices seem to be very close to Sony’s suggested retail prices. However, customers who want to purchase any of the two tablets will have to pay a small fortune.

Hopefully, their prices will drop, as soon as Sony announces its new Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2012, next month.

Sony Tablet S 3G is the larger of the two and features a 9.4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution and 16 million colors support. The Tablet P has a dual 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 480 pixels resolution.

Both slates are powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, but Sony has recently confirmed plans to release an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the following months.

The rest of the specs sheets seem to be similar, as both tablets are equipped with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz, as well as ULP GeForce GPUs.

However, Sony Tablet S 3G embeds 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM, whereas Sony tablet P packs only 4GB onboard memory and the same amount of RAM.

Both slates have microSD/SD card slots for memory expansion (up to 32GB), but the Sony Tablet P also comes with a free 2GB memory card pre-installed.
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HTC Ville Caught on Video with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0

The unannounced HTC Ville leaked about two months ago, along with the press shoot and specs sheet. Today, the first video showing the phone’s capabilities surfaced online, which points to an imminent announcement at Mobile World Congress 2012, next month.

The video was published by the French site HTC Hub and shows the HTC Ville in all its glory. Even though this is not the quad-core smartphone that everyone was expecting, HTC Ville is still among the powerful Android devices that will be available on the market this year.

Codenamed HTC Ville, the smartphone may be launched under a different name next month at the MWC 2012. According to the video leaked recently, the Ville is powered by Google’s Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and features HTC Sense 4.0 on top.

The folks over at BGR previously claimed that the HTC Ville would be slimmer than Apple’s iPhone 4S, which seems to be confirmed in the video.

HTC Ville is rumored to be delivered with a brilliant 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, as well as an impressive 8-megapixel rear photo snapper with LED flash, autofocus and HD video recording.

On the inside, the smartphone is equipped with a dual core Snapdragon Series 4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. There’s no word on the amount of memory, but we can safely assume that the HTC Ville will provide at least 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM.

Design-wise, the unannounced HTC Ville strongly resembles Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its curved lines inspired from an image of a magnolia petal floating in midair.

Other than that, it is also worth mentioning that the HTC Ville features three touch-sensitive buttons, instead of four and it’s said to pack HSPA+ support and a 1650 mAh battery.
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Windows 8 Will Resume Copy on Wake, Bring Less Operation Interruptions

The process of copying files in Windows 8 will be much improved starting with the beta release, when compared to the developer preview and with other flavors of Windows.

Microsoft designed the platform to handle duplicate files differently than before and to eliminate the need of copying identical files from a location to another.

But there’s more to it, as Windows 8 will also allow for copy operations to be paused when a system sleeps or hibernates, and to be resumed when the machine is awake again. However, users will need to click the depressed pause button to resume the operation.

“We decided not to have copies automatically resume on wake, as the system environment may have changed significantly in the interim and we do not want to cause an error,” Ilana Smith, a lead program manager on the Engineering System team, explains.

Another important change relates to the manner in which the machine handles user interaction that can occur during a copy job.

Confirmations such as “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?” will remain unchanged, meaning that the user will have to be there to hit the button. These need to be completed before the copy operation starts.

However, interrupts, or issues that the system encounters while copying – such as “File not found,” “File in use,” and file name conflicts – will be logged and presented when the operation completes (when the machine copied all the files it could copy). Basically, you won’t have to be there at all times to supervise the operation.

“In the beta, we’ve made improvements in how confirmations are presented, making sure they don’t get lost amongst existing running copies,” Ilana explains.

Another appealing change in Windows 8 in terms of file copying is the ability to take advantage of a faster network connection to continue a copy operation at times when a new such connection appears.

Thus, if you start copying a large chunk of files on a wireless connection and plug in a network cable, the operation will speed up. However, it is necessary for both machines to run Windows 8.
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