New RAM and clock speed confirmed for new iPad, launching 8AM this Friday

So, three good bits of additional news on the new iPad (or third-generation iPad, if you prefer accuracy). The first, being that the Apple A5 SoC (system-on-a-chip) is still clocked at 1GHz dual-core, like the iPad 2, but with more RAM: a whole 1GB, to be exact — this allows for a smoother and more responsive experience overall in iOS. Then comes the fact that the graphics performance is indeed improved because the A5X has quad-core graphics processors, and dual-core computational processors, as I mentioned before.

It really is a marvel, really — Apple never talks nerd-level specs like I do (and many other tech sites/bloggers/geeks/etc.), but when it comes to other manufacturers trying to replicate the efforts of Apple, even using similair hardware setups, the competition generally remains stagnant: the iPad can’t be beat. Yet.

Oh, and it launches nationwide (in the United States) at 8AM at all Apple Stores. Details here.


Firefox 11 up for shots: Chrome migration and more dev tools, included

So, this is the new Firefox 11. Since Mozilla to dedicated to a Google Chrome-esque release cycle (4-8 weeks, roughly), then it’s just about time for Firefox 11, which includes a new Chrome migration tool (!) which supports bookmarks, history, and cookies, as well as more dev tools. There’s also more fullscreen apps, less crashes than Firefox 10, and the dev tools include a Style Editor for your CSS tweaks, file storage in IndexedDB and SPDY protocol support for those quintessential speedier page loads. Check it out at the source link!

Via: Firefox

Posterous acquired by Twitter. Yes, that is an interesting development.

Posterous, a blogging platform that allows users to post information to a personal page, has just been acquired by Twitter.  According to Posterous’ Sachin Agarwal, “The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe,” and “Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.”

No noticeable changes have been made to Posterous as a service, and the company vows to let its users know if changes are to be made. Financial details have not been disclosed by either company. Via: Posterous

Yahoo! Sues Facebook For Patent Infringement, In Almost Every Form

In the recent shakeup at Yahoo!, management has been evaluated over and over again. In this particular lawsuit, Yahoo! is suing Facebook in patent infringements left and right, and that the 10 infringed patents include privacy measures to messaging, social networking in itself, the News Feed, user profiles, and its advertising methods. The real question here is if Yahoo! will win its case — in which none of us can give a very clear answer. However, Yahoo! seems very confident, stating that it is “compelled to seek redress in federal court,” and adding that it’s “confident” it will prevail. Hmph.

On the flipside of things, Facebook says that it is “disappointed that Yahoo’s effort to engage with us was limited to a few short phone calls and that we continue to learn of new developments about a long-time partner through the press,” adding that “we will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions.” The usual friendly jargon used to ensure nothing wrong is said, yet nothing too right is said, either. Via: AllThingsD

Khan Academy iPad App Now Available: 2,700 Videos, Almost Every Subject

What Khan’s Academy has done is simple: use videos to teach. However, the way it teaches its users is in a very bright and clever method: Wacom tablet scribbles and brief, straightforward explanations on almost every subject. The iPad app, available on the App Store for free, will allow users to watch over 2,700 videos, with options for subtitles, progress tracking, and the gift of being able to download videos and playlists for offline viewing. Check it out, it’s free, and worth it. Via: App Store (Khan Academy)

Instagram: Android version coming very soon, ‘better than our iPhone app’ says its founders

Some interesting news out of SXSW, no doubt. Famous photo-sharing iOS app, Instagram is headed to Android very, very soon. Instagram’s Kevin Systrom pulled out a Galaxy Nexus running a prototype version of Instagram, and flashed it towards the crowd. He continued to say that, “it’s one of the most amazing Android apps you’ll ever see,” and furthermore, “in some ways, it’s better than our iPhone app.” The app is currently in a private beta, and the team hopes “to have it out to people really soon.”

There also is confirmation of Instagram’s new stats:  27 million registered users, nearly double the 15 million announced back in December 2011. Good going.

Via: Techmeme, Image credit: @stefanetienne