What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

Posted by Eric Torres

Jun 17, 2011 8:51:00 AM

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Topics: iPad, Internet Explorer, Google, Firefox, Apple, Apps, Android

Apple iPad 2 Event Next Week

Posted by Eric Torres

Feb 23, 2011 10:07:00 AM

After countless rumors and speculation, it looks as if the next generation of the iPad will finally be revealed next week.  Apple’s iPad 2 is rolling off assembly lines and could be on store shelves within a few months, according to the latest rumor courtesy of Wall Street Journal and “people familiar with the matter.”

Apple could unveil the iPad 2 as soon as March 2 – around the same time of year that Apple took the wraps off the original iPad. This news comes courtesy of Kara Swisher at the Wall Street apple ipad 2 Journal, who cites several anonymous sources familiar with the iPad 2 roll-out.  According to her sources, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events.

"Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display," Swisher writes on the All Things Digital blog, "as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world."

Since the date for Apple’s event has been confirmed, there is already speculation on whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be in attendance or not. He is currently on leave to deal with ongoing health issues, but he has been spotting around Silicon Valley at various places in the past few weeks. In addition, Jobs along with other technology moguls such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, had dinner with President Obama at a high-profile technology-moguls dinner last week.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on things, of course. As soon as we find more information we’ll let you know. For now, let the speculation begin as we try to figure out exactly what features will end up inside of the successor to the most successful tablet on the market.

Of course, nothing is official until Apple says so, but expect the media frenzy to begin next week!

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Topics: iPad, iPad 2, New Products, Apple

HP Announces the TouchPad Tablet

Posted by Eric Torres

Feb 9, 2011 4:04:00 PM

HP has officially announced the HP TouchPad, the heavily-anticipated webOS tablet at a media event today in San Francisco. Ever since HP purchased Palm, we’ve been waiting to see what the company had in store for the popular operating system.  Well, it’s finally a reality, it’s here and it looks like it could be a contender to Apple’s iPad.

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Topics: iPad, Tablet, Hewlett Packard, HP, webOS

River Run Tech Blog: Apple iPad 2 Will Be Released In April

Posted by Eric Torres

Dec 8, 2010 10:35:00 AM

Apple will begin production of the iPad 2 in late February and will officially launch the device in early April 2011, according to ipad2 usbsources from Taiwan-based component makers quoted by DigiTimes. Foxconn, a factory complex in China responsible for building Apple products among other things, were told they will need to ship 400,000 to 600,000 units within the next 100 days. Apple had originally planned to start mass production in January, but due to delays caused by the device's firmware, the schedule was postponed.

The iPad 2 has been widely expected to come out in the first quarter of 2011 and feature a front-facing camera. Some analysts also expected Qualcomm will provide chips that allow the iPad to run on both CDMA and GSM networks, a so-called "world" iPad. The current 3G version is GSM only.

An April Launch could mean the newest iPad would be out prior to Google's upcoming personal computer, which is due for mid-2011, according to the plans Google outlined Tuesday.

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Topics: iPad, Google, Apple

River Run Tech Blog: Verizon To Offer The iPad

Posted by Eric Torres

Oct 14, 2010 10:48:00 AM

Verizon Wireless has made it official, they are going to begin selling the Apple iPad as of October 28th. Verizon just issued a iPad1press release announcing the launch of the Apple iPad in over 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores. Could this mean the start of a new frontier in the Android vs. Apple war?

This is indeed a bit of good news, but it comes with some potentially bad points. The Verizon iPad will NOT be sold as a CDMA device – rather it will be a Wi-Fi only iPad that is bundled with the company’s MiFi service allowing a mobile modem of sorts. Whereas the AT&T iPad can simply roam around and get service via AT&T’s 3G signal. 

Here’s the deal, Verizon will be bundling the iPad with a MiFi Mobile Hotspot modem. Not entirely a bad idea, though this does mean an extra device to keep charged while on the go. That aside, this comes with some good and some bad points. First the good, the data plan will be contract free and only set you back $20 per month. The bad, you will only be given 1GB of data per month. Let’s just say that you are not going to be streaming Netflix with only 1GB. Another downside is the steep sticker price. Verizon will be offering the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi for $629.99, $729.99 and $829.99 respectively.

Either way you look at it, this is a huge symbolic shift in the way mobile politics are being played and it definitely foreshadows changes to come. Android and Apple have been very secluded in their own little carrier worlds. AT&T has had the exclusive contract on the iPhone for quite some time. Since the launch of the Motorola Droid, Verizon and the “Droid” campaign have been the dominating Android influence. The Verizon vs. AT&T war has run parallel to the Android vs. Apple war, accentuated by AT&T being the last carrier to get an Android device.

The implications are obvious, the fact is that Verizon and Apple are now officially working together definitely opens the door for the Verizon iPhone 4G early next year. There is a clear partnership and the remaining hurdle is stuffing CDMA specs inside Apple devices. This is something that hasn’t been done yet, but something that will surely come soon. And of course with Verizon getting the iPhone, and other carriers possibly getting the iPhone as well, it makes Android’s competitive landscape in the United States much different.

The Apple & Android showdown has been pretty fun for everyone involved. Not to mention, it’s been great for consumers who are seeing manufacturers and carriers push devices, capabilities, and prices to the limits. With an Apple product being sold within the House That Droid Built, let the games begin!

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Topics: iPad, Tablet, Communications, Apple, Android, Tech News

River Run Tech Blog: What's All This Ping About

Posted by Eric Torres

Sep 7, 2010 3:01:00 PM

Part of Apple’s new software announcement last week was the integration of Apple’s iTunes Ping into the newest version of iTunes. iTunes Ping, commonly referred to as simply “Ping” is a itunes pingsocial network that has been integrated into the largely popular music software. Described by Steve Jobs as "Twitter and Facebook meet iTunes," Ping aims to let the already-existing and rather massive audience of iTunes users “friend” each other, stay up-to-date on their friends' musical tastes, and like/comment on things found around iTunes. Another Ping feature allows users to rate bands and songs. 

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Topics: iPad, Social Media, Apple, iTunes

River Run Tech Blog: Facebook Places - How to use it

Posted by Eric Torres

Aug 31, 2010 1:20:00 PM

Facebook's newest feature allows you to share your location with your friends.

Facebook has launched its new Places feature allowing you to share your current location by "checking in" from your smartphone. It’s basically Facebook’s version of Foursquare, a company that Facebook considered buying earlier in the year. If you never really got into earlier location-based social networking services or just want to know what it is or how to turn it off, read on for everything you need to know about Facebook Places.

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Topics: iPad, New Products, Social Media, Communications, Facebook, Apple, Apps, Smartphone, Android

Everything You Need To Know About The iPad

Posted by Eric Torres

Feb 8, 2010 7:12:00 AM

The Apple iPad. What is it? What can it do? How does it work? How do I get one? These are just some of the questions we have received from our readers after Apple announced their next major hardware release. It was hard to miss last week's announcement and we will no doubt be inundated by the marketing machine that brought the iPod & iPhone into what seems like every household in America. To help dispel some of the rumorsand explain the facts about the newest device, here's everything you need to know about the Apple iPad.

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Topics: iPad, New Products, Communications, Apple, How To

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