Nokia N9 Rumored Specifications Leak

At the CES 2011, Nokia did not announce any new product or services. It is expected that Nokia will announce some killer devices at the upcoming MWC 2011. One of the handsets expected to be announced by the Finnish giant is the Nokia N9 the first phone which will be running on MeeGo.

Now a Finnish website is reporting that the Nokia N9 is expected to sport some killer internal specifications. Apparently, The N9 will be sporting a 1.2GHz Intel Atom CPU. However, I seriously doubt if this is going to be true. An Atom processor will eat up the battery of the phone in no time, and the Atom processors are based on the X86 architecture.

I guess the site is talking about the Intel Moorestown platform here which is closely based on the Intel Atom processor.


The site also suggests that the MeeGo handset will feature the same 12MP camera as found on the N8. Until the official announcement from Nokia itself, this news is too good to be true for me. The last rumor is that the N9 will sport 4G LTE antennas as well. However, the source says they are not too sure about it.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is less than a month from now. Only then we will know whether these rumors turn out to be true or not. Until then, I will suggest readers to gobble up all this information with a pinch of salt.


HP Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 Updated To Sport Sandy Bridge Processors

Yesterday, Intel unveiled its Sandy Bridge based processors and today HP has announced a refresh of a few of their laptop at the CES sporting these new processors. The Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 laptops have been updated to sport the new generation of Core processors from Intel. Along with this, the Envy 17 GPU has been upgraded to an AMD Radeon 6850M.

The laptop also sports Intel’s Wireless Display technology along with HP CoolSense cooling.   The Intel Wireless Display technology will allow users to stream HD videos directly to their HDTVs from their laptop.


The Envy 17 also has the ability to switch between the integrated GPU and the 6850M GPU under different workloads so as to maximize performance and battery life. Other specs of the Envy 17 include a 17.6-inch screen, up to 2TB of storage, a USB 3.0 port and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Readers can find the full specs of Envy 17 here.

The dv6 and d7 laptops have only got a processor bump to the Sandy Bridge processors and nothing else. HP did not mention anything about the pricing of these laptops but looking at the monstrous Envy 17 I can safely say that it’s not going to be cheap.

The dv6 and dv7 laptops will cost $899 and $999 respectively and will hit the shelves on January 9.


Intel Unveils Its Next Generation Of Core Processors

Intel has finally unveiled its next generation of Core architecture based micro-processors. This new generation of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel promise to be faster and more power efficient as well. These new CPUs also feature a new integrated graphics core dubbed as processor graphics. They are capable of providing up to 2x the performance boost compared to the GMA4500 IGP from Intel.


In all, Intel has released 29 brand new CPUs across the Core ix range including the mobile processors. All these new CPUs are manufactured on the 32nm fabrication process thus helping in reducing power consumption. With this refresh, Intel has also improved its Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading technologies. These new CPUs also include new features from Intel like WiDi 2.0, Intel InTru 3D and Quick Sync Video. Readers can read more about these new CPUs here.

The sad part is that these new Core CPU’s from Intel requires an all new LGA-1155 socket based motherboards. Intel could have easily maintained backward compatibility with the older LGA-1156 socket based motherboards. Sadly, the company did not do so.

Ironically, these CPUs have been on sale even before Intel announced them. In fact, many consumers have already got new systems based on these new generation Core processors.

Intel To Deploy It’s Netbook App Marketplace Through Croma Retail

Intel launched a service called the AppUp Center for Intel Atom based netbook users so that they can browse a catalog of applications for purchase or download on their netbooks or other computing devices. Now in order to push the AppUp Center to users in India, Intel has signed a deal with Croma Retail stores. This app store will be termed as “Croma Apps” and a corresponding application (that lets users browse the AppUp Center) will be pre-installed on Intel Atom based netbooks which will be sold by Croma.

The Croma App Store currently has more than 1000 free and paid applications for a wide range of verticals such as entertainment, social networking, gaming and productivity. The Croma App store is currently supported only on Windows based netbooks. Existing Intel Atom netbook users can also download these applications by visiting Croma’s website and downloading the Croma Apps client.

Users can download the Croma Apps client from this link:

Microsoft to Bring Windows to ARM Processors at CES

Intel leads the processor market in terms of sales by a huge margin. With the success of the Core 2 Duo, and then the Core i7, Core i3 and Core i5 line of processors, AMD has been completely relegated to the sidelines.

However, when it comes to mobile, Intel is still trying to get a foothold in the processor market. The majority of mobile processors are based on the ARM platform, mainly because its architecture is much more power efficient, which is a very important requirement in smartphones. ARM based platforms are also being increasingly used in tablets, a relatively new market which Intel is desperately trying to corner.

With Microsoft’s latest move though, the fight may get even tougher for Intel. Microsoft may be planning to launch an ARM based version of Windows at CES 2011, according to a report by Bloomberg. Such a move would be very beneficial for Microsoft which is trying to make a dent in the tablet market, as well as ARM which will cement its position in the mobile processor segment.

via Bloomberg

MeeGo Tablet and Phone Spotted in Russia

At an Intel press event held in Moscow on December 2, for launching MeeGo based netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor, Intel executives also showcased a MeeGo powered phone and tablet.

Both the tablet, and the phone are powered by Intel Atom. The HI/LO Vibrant phone sports a 5 MP camera and a secondary videocall camera. The tablet looks quite good, but no detailed specifications have been released.

We should probably see the onslaught of MeeGo devices in Q1 2011, but I wonder if it isn’t too late already.

MeeGo Phone

Meego Phone

MeeGo Tablet

Meego Tablet

via MeeGoExperts

Intel Launches Dual Core Atom N550 For Netbooks

Intel Atom N550Intel has launched the new dual core Atom N550 processor for netbooks. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and is the first dual core Atom.

The netbook space hasn’t been seeing a lot of action lately; almost all major netbook manufacturers like Asus, MSI and Samsung are now planning to launch their own tablets. Tablets are now the next big thing.

However, netbooks may have a chance to regain their lost glory. Today, Intel announced the new Intel Atom N550 dual core processor. This is the first dual core Atom processor and is based on the new Pineview architecture. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and an L2 cache of 2 x 512 KB. It supports DDR3 800 MHz RAM and offers battery life similar to the Atom N450, with much better performance.

Most netbook users have always lamented about the slow performance in netbooks; the Atom N550 will probably change that. It was reviewed by a few hardware sites back in June and performed very well in the benchmarks. It improves the multitasking capabilities and offers improved application and graphics performance. It can also handle 720p video flawlessly and is perfect for watching high resolution Youtube and Hulu videos.

Intel also announced that netbooks based on the Atom N550 will be launched by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba by the end of 2010.

Check out the official press release by Intel here.

Cameron Diaz is the Sweet Spot in Malware Baits

Cameron Diaz is the top favorite celebrity on the Internet when it comes to malware. Security company McAfee recently conducted a study in which, Cameron Diaz turned out to be the name associated with malware at large. It is a hot favorite for attracting traffic and the success rate, as projected by McAfee is a whooping one in ten when considering search results.

The search result was tested for the term “Cameron Diaz and screensavers”. McAfee researched the results returned for the names of celebrities, politicians and numerous other famous personalities. The data was estimated by comparing stats from McAfee SiteAdvisor against a search term.

SiteAdvisor provides content advice for websites like presence of malware. The earlier record was held by Jessica Biel who dropped to third place this year. Julia Roberts took second place while Brad Pitt, at 10th position was the first man. As evident from this, men are more  susceptible  to getting affected by malware.

The news of  McAfee being acquired by Intel gained pace recently and you can get more on it from this earlier coverage. With this acquisition, Intel is not only acquiring a security firm but also a huge data powerhouse in the form of the SiteAdvisor. Let us see what Intel cooks up with McAfee.


Intel Acquires McAfee for $7.68 Billion

McAfeeIn an interesting move, Intel has announced that it will be buying the security software firm McAfee for $7.68 billion. This acquisition comes close on the heels of McAfee’s acquisition of tenCube – the developer of WaveSecure.

At first glance this might appear to be a strange acquisition, given that Intel is mainly a hardware manufacturer, whereas McAfee is a software developer. However, as Intel goes on to explain in the following statement, McAfee will help Intel in its goal of providing on-chip security.

The acquisition reflects that security is now a fundamental component of online computing. Today’s security approach does not fully address the billions of new Internet-ready devices connecting, including mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines as well as the accompanying surge in cyber threats. Providing protection to a diverse online world requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services.

The price offered by Intel amounts to $48 per share, which is a 60% premium on the value of McAfee’s stock. Intel obviously wants McAfee pretty desperately, since McAfee hasn’t traded at the quoted price since 1999. The acquisition will make McAfee a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and is expected to be finalized after shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement.

Apple Unveils New Cinema Display, Mac Pro(s) And iMac Line-up

Today, Apple unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, New Mac Pros and also updated their iMac line-up. The new 27-inch LED Cinema Display from Apple features a resolution of 2560*1440, and also features an integratedApple Logo camera, microphone and speakers. The new display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and has 60% more real screen estate than the previous generation 24-inch Cinema Display. The LED display uses an IPS (In Plane Switching) panel to offer outstanding contrast ratio and color reproduction.

The new Mac Pro line-up from Apple features the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, and the latest generation of ATI video cards. Users can also install up to four 512GB SSDs on their Mac Pro. Users can also install either the ATI HD5770 or the HD5870 with 1 GB of memory on their Mac Pro. The new updated iMac line from Apple features the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel. Along with this, users can also upgrade the graphics card of the iMac to the ATI HD5750.

The new iMac also features a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad is made of smooth glass and aluminium and allows iMac users to enjoy multi-touch gestures which other Mac owners have been enjoying. The 27-inch LED Display from Apple costs $999, while the Mac Pros prices will be listed from 1st August onwards. The iMac line-up cost varies from $1,199 for the base model to $1,999 for the fully loaded one.