Next Generation 13” MacBook Pro Specs Leak; Sports A Thunderbolt Port!

The announcement of the next generation of iPad may be garnering all the limelight, but Apple’s range of premium laptops the MacBook Pro(s) are also due for an update. Now, a seemingly unpopular blog fscklog.com have managed to get their hands on a leaked document which contains the specs of the upcoming 13MacBook Pro.

According to the leaked document, the 13MacBook Pro will feature the latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor from Intel running at 2.3GHz. The Nvidia discrete graphics card currently found in the 13MacBook Pro has been replaced with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 IGP with 384MB of dedicated memory.

The hard disk space has also been bumped to 320GB (5400RPM). Other than this, there are no other major changes in the next generation 13MacBook Pro from Apple.

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The iSight’ camera has now been renamed to Facetime HD’, with the HD moniker hopefully meaning that Facetime will soon support 720p or higher resolutions for video chatting. One new feature which the 13MacBook Pro will get is the Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which in all probability is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak port.

Intel’s Light Peak port is capable of connecting to multiple devices and provide a staggering bandwidth of up to 10Gbps. The Thunderbolt I/O’ port should make its way to other higher spec’d MacBook Pros as well.

Apple iPad 2 Event To Be Held On March 2

It’s official! It’s finally official! Apple has just made it official that they will be unveiling the successor to the iPad the iPad 2 on March 2 i.e. next Wednesday. It was just yesterday that rumors were floating around the Internet that the iPad 2 will be unveiled on March 2. Apple sent an invite to all the popular bloggers (Sadly, not me  Sad smile ) out there with the image shown below : Apple_iPad_2 Last year, it was the original iPad from Apple that kick-started this whole tablet wars among manufacturers. It was only at the beginning of this year that we some worthy competitors to the iPad like the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is more or less confirmed that the iPad 2 will feature a front-facing camera for Facetime video calling. A faster processor, more RAM and higher storage capacity will also be on-board. Hopefully, Apple will make the iPad 2 lighter compared to its predecessor. The iPad 2 will be compared to all the upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets from different manufactures, so it better be good!

Samsung Captivate Android 2.2 FroYo Update To Roll Out From Tomorrow

A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!

However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.

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As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.

Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.

Microsoft Pulls Back WP7 Update For Samsung Phones

It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft started rolling out an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update for all WP7 based handsets out there. The OTA update did not bring any visible changes or any performance improvements. According to the Windows Team Blog, the update improves the software update process. Yes, you guys have read it write! An update to improve the *software update* process itself.

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However, reports are flying in that the first OTA update for WP7 devices has been bricking Samsung WP7 devices. Depending on your luck, your Samsung branded WP7 running handset may even brick itself. Now, Microsoft has pulled back the OTA update for Samsung phones so as to make sure no further chaos ensures.

Here is the official statement from Microsoft :

In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.

The reason behind the update failing on Samsung device is being blamed on the numbers of firmware available for the Samsung WP7 handsets. Users who are running the latest firmware are able to successfully update their Samsung handset. However, users running the older firmware end up bricking their device. Hopefully, Samsung and Microsoft will soon come up with a solution to this problem.

One of the major advantages of WP7 over Android the ability to push out update for all handsets simultaneously due to their uniformity just became their disadvantage!

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To Nexus One And Nexus S Handsets

Google has kept its words and has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One and Nexus S owners, alike. When Google announced the Nexus S and the next version of Android Gingerbread, the company stated that they will release the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One within few weeks.

However, nearly 2 months later, the company has finally started rolling out the OTA update for the N1 (Nexus One). Android 2.3.3 contains some major changes as well, including API level 10, NFC enhancements, improvements to the graphics department of the handset and bug fixes.

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Nexus S users should also keep in mind that updating their handset to Android 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact sync on their phone. The reason behind this as stated by Google is :

We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation — and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.

Hopefully, Facebook will soon update its Android app to use the Contacts API.

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update will take a few weeksto complete so N1 owners need to wait patiently for the update to be pushed to their handset.

HP Palm Pre Plus Gets webOS 2.1 Update In The U.K And Germany

At the beginning of this month, HP announced a slew of new webOS based devices including three handsets and a tablet.   The company also announced that the Palm Pre Plus won’t get the update to the latest version of webOS i.e. v2.1.

Now, in a surprise move, HP has rolled out the webOS 2.1 OTA (Over-The-Air) firmware package for the O2 branded Pre Plus handsets in the U.K as well as in Germany. Palm Pre Plus owners who love to tinker around with their phone can download and install the update manually as well.

The update has been confirmed to work on unlocked Pre Pre Plus handsets as well. Sadly, the update won’t work on CDMA based Pre Plus handsets.

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The latest version of webOS will bring with it more than 50 changes on-board including voice dialing, better memory management and improved multi-tasking. Palm Pre Plus owners can download the latest version of HP webOS doctor from here. The software will then update your Pre Plus to the latest version of webOS.

It is still unknown whether HP/Palm will release a webOS 2.1 OTA update for the CDMA based Pre Plus handsets in the United States.

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Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 FroYo Update Now Available

As reported earlier by us, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Sprint branded Epic 4G. Originally, the FroYo update was supposed to come in an OTA form. However, Samsung went ahead and released an exe file that will help Epic owners update their handset to Android 2.2.

The EB13 software build version is available in an exe form for Windows users, which will allow them to easily update their handset to FroYo, irrespective of the current firmware the handset is running on. For Mac owners, Samsung has an update.zip’ file which will only work with the DI18 software build or above.

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However, users should keep in mind that updating via the above method will wipe their handset clean of all their data including contacts and SMS. Thus, users are advised to make backups of their important data present on the phone before proceeding with the firmware update. Epic 4G owners can download the update from here.

The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will include support for Flash 10.1, ability to install apps in the SD card, better memory management, improved battery life, a kernel update and some bug fixes.

Motorola XOOM To Get Flash 10.2 “Within Weeks” Of Its Launch

Yesterday, we reported that the Motorola XOOM won’t ship with Flash support out-of-the-box! Now, a XDA member rothnic has uploaded an APK file of Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Tegra 2 based phones and tablets.

rothnic received the APK file from Malata Zpad owners, which is also based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Since the XOOM is not yet officially available to the general masses, no one knows whether the APK works or not. Interested users can download the Flash 10.1 APK optimized for Honeycomb tablets from here.

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Earlier, it was believed that the XOOM and other Android 3.0 based tablets won’t get Flash support until spring 2011. However, Adobe has busted all the rumors in a blog post which states that some Honeycomb tablets will actually ship with Flash 10.2 pre-installed. For other tablets like the Motorola XOOM, an OTA update will soon be rolled out by the company within weeks of Android 3.0 devicesbecoming available to the public.

Hopefully, Adobe will keep its word and release Adobe Flash 10.2 for the XOOM and other Tegra 2 based Honeycomb tablets soon.

Nokia E5 Firmware Updated To V54.003

Nokia has released a new firmware update for its mid-range business oriented handset the E52. The new firmware version is 54.003 and aims at improving the stability and performance of the handset.

The E52 sports a 2.4-inch screen with QVGA display and runs on Symbian S60v3. It also sports Wi-Fi, GPS, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth.

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Here is a small un-official change-log of the firmware update :

  • Issues with Java Apps download fixed
  • Ovi files removed
  • Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in homescreen
  • Time zone issue for Vietnam fixed
  • Some problems with Chinese characters solved
  • Wrong internet APN issues fixed
  • General System performance improved
  • Ovi Maps updated

The firmware will be rolled out slowly and in batches by Nokia in the coming few days. The firmware update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and via Ovi Suite or Nokia Software Updater (NSU) as well. Since the E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia N8 And C7 Shipping With Defective Screens?

Nokia has been facing a lot of criticism for nearly all of their moves including the highly debatable and the much controversial Nokia-Microsoft deal. Irrespective of all this, there is no denying of the fact that the latest Symbian (former Symbian^3) handsets from Nokia have been selling in decent numbers.

The Finnish giant managed to sell nearly 4 million N8’s in the last quarter of 2010 and the C7 is also selling in decent quantities. Both these handsets the N8 and the C7 use an AMOLED screen, with the latter featuring a CBD (ClearBlack Display) as well. Now, some N8 and C7 owners are reporting that the screen on their handset(s ) is having some red-purple color tint and poor color gradients issue.

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Apparently, the issue is a hardware one and not a software one or a poor color calibration of the screen from Nokia. The issue is not a widespread one but quite a sizeable number of N8/C7 owners are facing the same problem.

Here is a link to a thread on DailyMobile about the AMOLED screen color problem on the N8. Users can read more about this problem and check if their N8/C7 has the same screen problem or not, here.

Nokia has not made any official statement regarding this issue until now, and if the issue is a hardware one, I doubt that they will!