This tid-bit didn’t warrant a lot of attention during Apple’s presentation today, but it’s definitely worth noting: the limit on downloads from the App Store is now 50MB over-the-air, instead of a paltry 20MB. Now, anything larger than that and you’ll still need to hop on a WiFi network, but you probably don’t want to chew through your data plan that quick any way. So, enjoy downloading Jaws Revenge without the aid of 802.11.
The Geneva Motor Show means one thing: fantastic cars will be dangled in front of our faces, before being snatched away and being told that it’ll never see the light of day, as it’s “only a concept.” The latest vehicle we’d purchase if they’d let us is Tata’s Megapixel, a four-seater compact hybrid EV that promises a range of 560 miles (900km) on a single tank of fuel. A hub motor sits atop each of the four wheels, driven by a petrol-electric engine under the cabin, with a wireless inductive charging panel for topping up the batteries at home. It’s designed for the city: with a turning circle of 180 degrees in a 2.8 meter space and sliding doors for easy entry. Inside, there’s a rear-projected dashboard with a joystick controller (that reminds us of BMWs iDrive) and a smartphone dock for connectivity. Head on past the break to see the vehicle in action and wonder if it’ll ever reach the market, like we’re doing.
Gallery: Tata Megapixel gallery
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/07/tata-megapixel-concept/
When the iPhone 4S was announced last year, the fine folks over in Cupertino outed an extended, premium protection plan, dubbed AppleCare+. That service, which boosts the standard 90 days of coverage to two years, in addition to ensuring “up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage,” will now also be available to prospective new iPad owners for an additional fee. The company’s set to charge $99 for the package — though you’ll have to fork over an extra $49 apiece for hardware service — but as for a release, there’s still no word on a firm date; simply a promise that the plan’s “coming soon.” Until then, prepare to handle that A5X beast with kid’s gloves.
In what will surely be welcome news for many, it turns out you don’t have to drop another $100 to get everything the new Apple TV offers. Owners of the second generation model can now download a software update (version 5.0) that adds the same interface found on Apple’s latest device, along with support for other new additions like the ability to pay for Netflix through your iTunes account. No magic upgrade to 1080p, though. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the changes.
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Gallery: Apple TV software update
Ever since T-Mobile and ATT began touting their HSPA+ networks as “4G,” the debate on the term’s legitimacy has raged on. Regardless of how you feel about the matter, one thing’s for sure: Apple’s finally taken sides on the argument, and the company’s all for it. In today’s iOS update, Cupertino features an “updated ATT network indicator,” which means you’ll see a 4G icon whenever you’re in HSPA+ coverage. Granted, this doesn’t actually mean you’ll enjoy faster speeds — you’ll just have a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that another G just got added to your screen. Such an action makes us wonder if Apple’s slowly losing its ability to stand up against ATT’s wishes, not to mention the demands of other US carriers.
Phew! We managed to survive the unveiling of Apple’s next iPad, and now we’re back outside of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California in order to bring you our live, on-site wrap-up of today’s bevy of announcements. It’ll be Tim and Darren on the mics once more, and there’s a video here that’s just waiting for your attention. Can’t catch it live? It’ll loop ad nauseum once we’ve wrapped up and headed out for the evening. Which, naturally, translates into “going to find some really, really exceptional coffee.”
Update: And we’re done! But you can relive the magic after the break.
It’s not just iOS device users getting a software update today. Apple has also now made iTunes 10.6 available for download, which includes support for 1080p movies and TV shows to match those available on the new Apple TV. The update also brings with it a number of improvements to iTunes Match, including better song matching, and improvements to the way album artwork is downloaded and displayed. You can find it at the link below or download it via Apple’s Software Update tool.
We’re taking a trip into the fantastical world of patents, so the usual disclaimer applies. There’s no guarantee we’ll ever see this in a product, or that a patent will even be granted. Got that? Good. You’re lost in the city and GPS isn’t exactly being helpful, so whaddya’ do? Well, if this application from Google get’s the go-ahead, the solution might be as simple as snapping a pic of the nearest landmark. Uploading the image to Mountain View’s servers, it’ll compare your image to its geographical database of images and work out the closest match before sending you back your location. If it ever emerges from the two dimensional world of line drawings, it might be a handy navigation tool, or as an even more elegant way of getting around with those rumored Google Glasses.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/07/google-photo-location-patent/
Another season, another reason for Cupertino to update its major product lines (hello new iPad!) and one particular hobby: Apple TV. The revamped box, now imbued with an ability to stream videos in 1080p, will allow users to download previous iTunes store purchases from the iCloud. But before you dive in and revisit those cinematic gems in full HD, bear in mind not every studio is on board. According to All Things D, titles from Fox and Universal’s libraries won’t be made available as they’re currently locked within an exclusive release window with HBO. For the pay cabler’s part, a company exec has hinted that a resolution could be forthcoming, although no specific time frame for that peace-making play was specified. It’s a down note to an otherwise exciting day in the land of Cupertino, but hey, at least we still have that $99 price point to keep our frustrations in check.
See that? That’s the first shot we’ve been able to secure using the new iPad and its “iPhone 4S-esque” sensor. For those unaware, it’s rocking a five megapixel sensor and plenty of niceties grabbed from the 4S, and the shot here is entirely unedited in any way. To be honest, it’s pretty impressive given the exceptionally challenging lighting situation that we were facing in this here room, with a well-lit backdrop and a poorly lit foreground. Looking for the full resolution version to pore over? Hit up the source link, and forgive us if it loads upside-down.
P.S. – It’s 1.3MB.