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Apple has topped J.D Power’s smartphone customer satisfaction survey for the fifth time running. The iPhone recently earned a score of 795 out of a possible 1,000 points. Competitors such as Motorola and HTC followed Apple with scores of 763 and 762, respectively. J.D Power weighs the total result from the various categories:
Operation (30%); physical design (30%); features (20%); and battery function (20%). For smartphones, the key factors are: ease of operation (26%); operating system (24%); physical design (23%); features (19%); and battery function (8%).
Palm (736), Nokia (734), More >
Recently, we reported that Federal Magistrate Joseph Spero officially authorized Sony to subpoena GeoHot’s web provider to secure the official log of IP addresses that visited GeoHot.com between January 2009 and early 2011. In addition to Sony being given access to this information, the PS3 maker is about to delve even deeper into GeoHot’s personal records. This week Sony was also granted access rights to all of GeoHot’s PayPal records for 2009, 2010, and even January of 2011.
The reason Sony was given access to GeoHot’s personal PayPal log is the same reason the company was similarly handed More >
In a recent press release, Motorola Mobility announced the release of it’s Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States. Available starting March 27th, for $599, the 32 GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam’s Club locations, Staples, and Walmart. The XOOM was the first tablet to launch with Google’s Honeycomb operating system (Android 3.0) back in February. The price tag, which has been a point of contention among technology analysts mirrors that of Apple’s 32GB Wi-Fi iPad. How many of you are excited about the XOOM or are you guys going to stick More >
The Netflix APK has recently been pulled from a prototype of the LG Revoluion, the first Android smartphone to offer full Netflix support. This was done by a guy named Alex Smith and thanks to his work, the Netflix APK is now readily available to anyone who wants to give it a whirl. The downside here is that you’ll only be able to use it to manage your Netflix queue and browse movies. The app alerts you that it “could not reach the Netflix service,” if you try to stream a movie, which is probably due to the DRM issues that have been responsible for a full Netflix on Android client delay in More >
Recent reports are pointing towards iPad’s A5 chip manufactured by Samsung, according to independent tear downs and analyses of the latest generation system-on-a-chip. Even though there were rumors that Apple was going with Taiwan Semiconductor to create the A5, decapsulations of the SoC by UBM TechInsights and Chipworks clearly show telltales of a Samsung fab process.
The process analysis and lab techs at UBM TechInsights dissecting the A5 using optical die and scanning electron microscope cross-section images to look at the edge seal of the silicon die and pitch of the first metal More >
The folks over at iFixIt have completed their teardown of Apple’s new iPad 2. The broad consensus in response to the tablet’s disembowelment is clear. There are definitely a few surprises found beneath the hood of the iPad 2. As reported by the iFixit team in their teardown and subsequent highlight video (which you can find below), the most attention-worthy discoveries of the teardown are largely limited to the dwindling sizes of iPad parts and components.
As we all know, the iPad 2 is thinner and sleeker than its predecessor. The teardown shows that the new tablet’s glass screen is More >
The new A5 system-on-a-chip in the iPad 2 has been said to have a dual core processor which has up to 2x the power of its predecessor, the A4. If you review the actual words Steve Jobs used when announcing the new iPad though, you’ll note he says “two processors inside” right after he read “dual-core processors” off the slide. It is a distinction that is quite meaningful because if “dual core” meant a Cortex A9 CPU, then the iPad 2 would be much more than “up to twice as fast on CPU performance.” Given the low power draw of the new SoC, it’s reasonable to speculate that what they have done More >
Following a recent report that iPad 2 production was backlogged, Apple supposedly pushed the ship date of the refreshed tablet into the summer, we’re now hearing indications that they’ll be in stores as early as next week. AppleInsider is quoting the well-known “people familiar with the matter” as saying that at least some iPad 2s “will be in transit to retail outlets” during next Wednesday’s announcement. Last week, Yuanta, a Taiwanese research firm said that there had been production problems with the second-generation iPad that would delay the release by was much as two months. Most More >
Apple released the new MacBook Pro‘s with its implementation of Intel‘s Light Peak standard and it’s called Thunderbolt, which is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. It was developed through a collaboration between Intel and Apple and uses the same mini Display port connector that was previously only used for connecting an external monitor.
Apple offers the following description of the new technology:
Powerful technology from a powerful collaboration. Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs More >
As we expected, Apple pushed the button to launch a new range of MacBook Pros earlier today on its store. The new models come complete with Thunderbolt – the official name for Intel’s “Lightpeak” high-speed connection technology, along with upgraded processors and graphics chips. All of te models start at $1,199 for the 13-inch, with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors that go upto 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros offer quad-core Core i7 processors aand upto 2.4 GHz with an AMD Radeon HD graphics processor with up to 1GB of video memory for More >