Is iPad 2 A Slimmer Heir?

It was only an year ago that Steve Jobs introduced to the world, the iPad. Though he admitted that no market survey was done before the launch of the product, iPad was a worldwide phenomenon in no time. Sometime after its first anniversary, we can also expect the iPad 2, although the official announcement from Apple about the second generation iPad is yet to come (expected in a couple of weeks from now?).

If rumors are to be believed, the second generation Apple tablet would possess the same 25cm screen, but the edges are going to get slimmer on the lines of iPhone 4. Also introduced will be a new processor, which will enable 1080p videos. But, according to a few sources, the super resolution retina displays found in iPhone 4 will be missing in iPad 2. iPad 2 is going to come with two cameras, front and back and NFC (Near field Communication) chips that would enable users to swipe their iPad 2 instead of a debit or credit card for processing payments.

Fingers crossed people, for this slimmer heir!

PS3 3.56 Firmware Update – Hackers Crack This One Too!

Sony Corp. has released the new firware 3.56 update for its PS3 consoles. This update is a move by Sony to stop any jailbreaking activity and stop the hacks and cheats on Call of Duty: Black Ops. This update, after its introduction has banned any console that has been found to use pirated versions of the COD:Black Ops version. This new firmware update was Sony’s answer to hackers and also a move to save its Bluray discs.

But unfortunately, hackers have cracked this new firmware update within hours after its release and the new crack is already available online. The hackers have said that the necessary codes are available for all the interested users over the net.

The bright side for Sony Corp. though, is the court restraining order that was released earlier today that stopped hackers from posting online codes. But, it seems to have no effect on the web-hackers whatsoever!

Honeycomb Update For Notion Ink Adam In The Works

Although Notion Ink Adam has impressed quite a lot of its target base, one of the oft-quoted reasons for people to not go ahead with their purchase is the lack of Android market access on the pretty tablet. Of course, applications may be sideloaded even now. However, given the fact that a majority of customers would prefer the availability of the Android market application out-of-the-box, this has remained a very pertinent point so far.

That could change soon though. In a new update to the Notion Ink blog, CEO Rohan Shravan has stated that the company is already working on a Honeycomb update that could be released soon. Shravan notes,

“We have started working on the Honeycomb and looking into how soon can we offer the update to you all! For this to be achieved faster and smoother, we would need a lot of support from NVidia, and we are looking forward to it!”

We look forward to the release as well, Rohan.

Permanent Root For HTC EVO Shift 4G Released

With dozens of new Android handsets being launched in the markets over the past few months, folks at XDA – the premier community for Android and other mobile platform hackers – must be having their hands full. Despite this, the community has announced that a permanent rooting solution for the newly launched HTC EVO Shift 4G has finally been released. The procedure itself is not entirely complicated and according to users who have already tried, the solution works like a charm.

Nevertheless, we must point out that rooting your Android handset can be extremely risky and could potentially brick your device besides voiding the manufacturer warranty. So, you are requested to go ahead with the rooting procedure only if you are a seasoned hacker and are aware of the potential risks. The complete rooting instructions are available on the XDA community here. Please don’t forget to tell us how it goes in the comments below.

White iPhone 4 – Paint Issue Resolved ?

With the white iPhone 4 now featuring on the inventory lists of most sellers, looks like Apple’s resolved the so called manufacturing defect with the phone. But, rumors were circling around that the said manufacturing defect was in reality an issue with the white paint of the handset . There was a problem with the opacity and thickness of the paint that actually distorted the color.

The Japanese blog Macotakara has claimed that a new process that deals with the thickness of the paint has been developed and the availability of these phones in the market is not far away. Apparently, this issue was resolved by a small Japanese company. The paint developed by this company allows a uniform application of it when compared to the previous distorted ones.

So, if the white iPhone 4 was to hit the markets sometime this year, are you prepared to part ways with your existing black one?

Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone – Prototype Finally Unveiled

A prototype of the Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone has been finally previewed. After months of speculation, videos of the phone’s prototype have been unveiled. Called the Xperia Play , this phone has mixed Sony’s beloved PSP (Play Station Portable) into the smart phone. According to the released videos, the gamepad of this phone is being modeled on the lines of a PSP, the only difference being the joysticks. The Xperia Play will feature a touchpad along with the other usual PSP buttons.

The other highlights of this phone are going to be a 5.0 mega pixel camera, 24 hours battery life even when 3G and camera functions are used actively, a four inch LCD touch screen, stereo speakers and a keyboard as well. The technical specifications include a 512MB RAM, single core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

More details about the phone are expected in mid-February.

Voice Calls To Facebook Friends Coming Soon?

An interesting bit of rumor has been doing the rounds lately across the blogosphere. According to some Facebook users, the popular social network might be testing a new ‘Call‘ feature on the user profile pages. These users have reported to have noticed this button appear on the top right of their friends’ profile pages. However, pressing this button did not initiate any calls and neither have their friends reported to have received any alerts.

It is being speculated that Facebook may integrate its service with Skype’s VoIP calling service. It is worth noting that both these companies had signed a partnership late last year that will make it easy for Facebook users to call and video chat with their friends using Skype. Is the partnership already bearing fruits? We will await an official confirmation in this regard.

Sony PlayStation Suite For Android Phones Unveiled

Sony today unveiled its latest mobile gaming platform aimed at Android devices. Called the PlayStation Suite, the new mobile gaming platform will let Android users buy, download and play PSP games on their mobile phones. According to Sony, the PlayStation Suite is basically an emulator for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above.

Along with the emulator, the PlayStation Suite will also include an Android game store where users can browse through and purchase new PSP games. In case you are wondering, the PSP emulator will include on-screen controls that users will need to play their games. That is if you do not own one of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play “PlayStation Phone” that comes with physical controls for playing PSP games.

A launch date for PlayStation Suite has not been announced although we hear it will be “within this calendar year“.

iOS 4.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak In The Making?

With Jailbreakme being prevented by Apple through a software update, the Dev Team is working hard to bring out an untethered jailbreak not only for iOS 4.2.1, but also for all the future iDevices like iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. An untethered jailbreak would help users to hack into iDevices without the need of a PC.

While the iPhone Dev team is working on a RedsnOw untethered jailbreak, the Chronic Dev team is working on a GreenpoisOn jailbreak. A teaser that showed the successful working of the GreenpoisOn hack on an iPad and iPhone 4 was also recently posted. The best part about these untethered hacks is the easy to use interface that is going to be offered to the users.

With the legalization of these jailbreaks, Apple is finding it tough to keep a lid on these hacks.

iOS 4.3 Firmware to Pose A Challenge to Hackers?

Apparently, Apple is strengthening its upcoming iOS 4.3 firmware with the addition of ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization). ASLR is a computer security and a hacker’s nightmare. With the introduction of this security measure, jailbreakers would find it difficult to locate the target addresses as the virtual memory area is increased. While this new move from Apple would pose a stiff challenge to jailbreakers , it has been welcomed by many of them as there have been several tweets about the same saying, “this would be some fun.”

With the untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak yet to be released, the news about a much secured 4.3 could be daunting to all the jailbreakers across the world. The beta version of iOS 4.3 was launched two weeks ago and the firmware version is going to be made available to the public very soon.