Apple Releases Smart Cover and HDMI Cable for iPad 2

Along with the iPad 2, Apple also introduced a couple of new accessories for the iPad 2 an HDMI out cable and a cover. The HDMI Out cable will allow users to mirror content from the iPad to their HDTV in full HD resolution, while charging the device!

The cable works with all existing apps and supports rotation as well. The cable will set back users by $39. However, it is the ‘Smart’ cover introduced by Apple for the iPad, which is truly a must have.


This new cover from Apple covers the front of the iPad, and when users open the cover, the cover automatically wakes up the iPad. The cover puts the iPad back to sleep when users put it back on. The cover is made up entirely from magnets, which automatically grasp the iPad 2 and auto-align themselves.

The inside of the cover features a micro-fiber cloth, which cleans the screen of the tablet, whenever you close it. The new cover will be available in five colors including pink, and will be made up of either polyurethane or leather. The polyurethane cover will set you back by $39, while the leather cover will cost users $69.

As of now, it is unknown whether this new ‘Smart’ cover from Apple will be compatible with the original iPad or not.

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New Motorola Atrix 4G Promo Video Released; Makes Us Drool Even More

Motorola unveiled the Atrix 4G at the CES 2011. The Atrix 4G is a beast of a phone packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) LCD display. The phone is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and has 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory.

What makes the Atrix 4G special is its docking’ capabilities. At the CES, Motorola wowed the whole world by plugging in the Atrix 4G into a WebTop’ dock and transforming the whole phone into a laptop.

When plugged into a WebTop’, the Atrix 4G can provide users access with a full fledge Firefox web browser with full Flash 10.1 support and some other useful apps including one for IM. Android lovers and techies all over the world were totally awe-struck by the beast of a phone Atrix 4G.

Now, Motorola has released another promo video of the Atrix 4G. Below is the video I am talking about :

After watching the above video, I am pretty sure most of you would have been completely blown away by the handset. The docking’ capabilities, fingerprint recognition, dual-core processor and the abundance of RAM make the Atrix 4G one of the most desirable handset to have.

The Atrix 4G is supposedly going to hit the stores on Feb 14th. The Atrix G sure is going to set the sales chart on fire after it’s released to the general masses.

Living in India, I can only hope that Motorola launches this beast of a phone here as well. I also hope that the Atrix 4G won’t come with a locked down bootloader like the Droid X and the Droid 2. Otherwise, the modding potential of this phone will be heavily restricted.

LG Star To Have HDMI Port And Runs On Android 2.2

Earlier this month, information about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphone codenamed Star leaked on the Internet. Now, we have more information about the upcoming Star’ handset from LG thanks to berryjuice who has managed to get his hands on two of these devices. He has posted some specifications of the device along with some pictures.


From the pictures he has posted, it is clear that the LG Star will be sporting an HDMI out port. He also confirmed that the handset will have WVGA resolution and won’t be sporting a kickstand at its back. Earlier, it was assumed that the Star will launch with stock Android 2.3 onboard. However, both the prototypes run on Android 2.2 with LG’s UI on top of it. LG’s UI looks very similar to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.

Berryjuice also posted the Quadrant score of the device. The Star managed to score 1759 points in the Quadrant benchmark. Pretty impressive for a prototype!


Sony Playstation 3 Firmware 3.50 Is Out; Supports Playback Of 3D Blu-Ray Movies

Sony has just pushed out a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 which adds support for playback of 3D Blu-Ray movies. Of course to playback 3D Blu-ray movies on your PS3, users need to make sure that they have a 3D compatible TV.PS3 3.50 Firmware update

Other changes in this firmware update includes :

* Facebook Integration: Developers will be able to create PS3 games that have deep interaction with Facebook. Once compatible PS3 titles are available, PS3 users can choose to access their information on Facebook including user name, profile, photos and friends list to enhance their gameplay experience.

* Grief Reporting Function: Users can send claim reports directly from the XMB for any inappropriate messages they receive from other PlayStation Network users. This feature is accessible from the option menu of the messages list in the FRIENDS category.

Users need to set their HDMI setting on Auto, and the PS3 will automatically detect your 3D supported TV and do the rest for you.


Make Full Use Of Droid X HDMI-Out Port

The Motorola Droid X is a multimedia powerhouse. The phone features a mammoth 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854×480. The Droid X is also among the very few handsets in the market to feature a mini-HDMI outclip_image001 port. A mini-HDMI port on a phone is very useful as it allows a user to hook the phone up to his LCD and directly enjoy 720p content shot with the phone or loaded on the phone. Other advantages of a mini-HDMI out port are that users can play games on the LCD, browse websites etcetera.

However, Motorola spoilt the party of all the Droid X owners by limiting the HDMI out to only the Gallery mode. Nevertheless, an application called Real HDMI has surfaced on the AppBrain market which allows Droid X owners to take full advantage of the mini-HDMI out port of the device. The reviews of the application are highly positive and the only downsides are some minor bugs.