So, are you enjoying the new Firefox 5, or are you still on Chrome 13 Beta like yours truly? Via: Mozilla Firefox
This is first class design from Nokia and a helpful step-up to survive in the taiga that is the smartphone market. Following this sentence is a detailed description of the Nokia N9, bit by bit according to press images and the press release. Each Nokia N9 includes a 3.9-inch multitouch AMOLED screen (854 x 480), 16GB or 64GB of onboard memory, 1GB of RAM, a polycarbonate shell (scratches won’t appear unless deep), no mentioning of what processor it uses, quad-band GSM with penta-band WCDMA radios, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and GPS. Next up is the glorious 8 megapixel wide-angle camera with AF, which is capable of aperture F2.2 for low light picture taking and true 16:9 720p HD video recording.
But the spec sheet gets better: dimensions of 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm, weight of 135 grams, battery life capable of lasting up to 50 hours (music), 4.5 hours (720p video), or finally between 7and 11 hours (GSM voice calls). There’s more though! Turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance in Maps, a dedicated Drive app, proximity sensor and the different colors choices of black, cyan, and magenta. The Nokia N9 also has an ambient light sensor, compass, orientation sensor, a micro SIM slot, tethering support and a 3.5mm “AV connector.”
Finally, in terms of MeeGo itself, it runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, has apps compliant with Qt 4.7 and HTML5 support, bundled games like Angry Birds Magic, Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011 and OpenGL ES 2.0, a Webkit2-based browser, pinch-to-zoom support, unified notifications for Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds in the Events section, along with a multitouch gesture that gets- you back to the homescreen. There’s much more to know and learn about the Nokia N9 in the press release after the break, but for now, let’s just say we’re in love with it (or at least I am). Good going so far, Nokia, however MeeGo is an operating system that is and will not go anywhere. Till Windows Phone 7 Mango then?
A launch is expected sometimes “later this year”. Via: Nokia
This is an awkward moment. Canon, notorious for being a fan of the color black in its DSLRs (and only black, at that) has begun selling the well-respected entry-level Canon EOS Rebel T3 in red, gray, brown, and the usual black that it has always come in. Costing $549 for the lens kit which includes an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom II lens, 12.2 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording, 9-point autofocus system, ISO 100 to 6,400, and a 63-zone dual-metering system the Rebel T3 is available for purchase at the source link. However, I don’t think a change of colors warrant its worth of beating the Pentax K-r, a rival DSLR which comes in at the very least a few more colors. Or at least that’s my opinion.
It’s quite a jump for Android versions it seems as Android 3.2 Honeycomb is the operating system being used on the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad. The MediaPad sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, support for HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, HDMI-out, weighs 390g and is thicker than the iPad 2, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of storage. Huawei also says the MediaPad’s 4,100mAh battery lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge. It is planned to launch sometimes in the fall for an as of yet unknown price.
It’s a new high-powered gaming rig (yay!), this time built by ASUS. The ASUS G74 has two configurations available, both of which contain a quad-core Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 3GB of video memory, 12GB DDR3 RAM (out of 16GB, yikes), dual 750GB speedy 7200RPM drives (!), a 1080p display, Blu-ray player, backlit keyboard and 3 USB 2.0 ports along with one USB 3.0, all of which comes down to $1,745 and is named the G74SX-A1. Not enough and want to spend a bit more? Then there’s also the $1,979 version with a 3D display, dubbed the G74SX-3DE. Either way, the above shot only displays the edges of the laptop, not the full width. Pre-order links are right next to this sentence.
Made possible by a mistake (possibly) by Mozilla themselves, Firefox 5 is now available from their download servers for all their supported platforms — Windows, Mac, and Linux. While the truly final version of Firefox 5 may contain a few more bug fixes and improvements that the early release is supposed to offer, it stills means you have Firefox 5, if that’s your thing. Download links to their FTP servers are at the source links. Via: Mozilla (Linux), (Mac), (Windows)
For some reason, I’m not starting off a review with the nice introduction. I’m going straight into the review. It focuses on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPad 2’s only worthy rival on the market right now, and it’s so close yet so far to being the better product. At the very least, it’s the best Android tablet we’ve seen ever since there was talk of Android tablets, even before Android Honeycomb 3.1 was released, which is what the Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses as its OS. Review is after the break.