Saturday, April 9, 2011

Apple acknowledges Verizon iPad issue, working on a fix asap might be in 4.3.2

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Apple’s Discussion Forums are filling up with Verizon iPad 2 owners who are having issues connecting to Verizon’s 3G network. The issue forces users to have to restart if they want to connect to 3G after disconnecting. Mobilized got Apple to make a statement on the matter:

“We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues with the Verizon 3G network and we are investigating it,” the company said in a statement to Mobilized. A Verizon representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Verizon and AT&T iPad 2s have different chipsets as was discovered last month. AT&T’s uses the Infineon chipset while Verizon’s uses a new Gobi chipset from Qualcomm.

A fix will likely occur in an upcoming software update.





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Larger silicon lets Apple’s A5 chip beat Nvidia’s Tegra 2

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The results of the GL Benchmark tests pitting a bunch of GPUs show that Apple’s A5 chip beats Nvidia’s Tegra 2 silicon to the graphics punch. Apple advertises the A5 silicon as being twice as fast than the previous generation with up to ninefold jump in graphics performance. But how was Apple able to beat Nvidia’s graphics wizards at their own game?

Tiernan Ray over at Barron’s has an interesting explanation – Apple’s chip is two and a half times larger than Nvidia’s. More precisely, the A5 measures 122 square millimeters versus 49 square millimeters for the Tegra 2 chip. No matter what people think, size matters. Read on…



The Tegra 2 chip is manufactured on the 40-nanometer process, while the A5 is fabbed on Samsung’s 45-nanometer process. As a result, features on the Apple chip are physically larger.

Still, the difference in size does not explain the performance discrepancy. While both chips run an ARM-designed Cortex-A9 processing core, the Tegra 2 is based on Nvidia’s GeForce versus Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX543 on the A5 chip. Both GPUs are dual-core and support hardware-optimized HD video decoding and encoding, 1080p video output and other nice features.

If the GL Benchmark is anything to go by, then the SGX543 is simply a better performing GPU than Nvidia’s GeForce GPU. Nvidia plans to narrow the gap with the quad-core Tegra 3, codenamed Kal-El, due in the fourth quarter of this year with five times the performance of Tegra 2 silicon.




Custom design doesn’t come cheap but it pays off in Apple’s case, an RBS analyst Didier Scemama explains:

Apple can afford to use a larger chip, which delivers substantially better performance, as it pays a fraction of the price it would pay if it used an off-the-shelf solution with similar performance.
A Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip is a commodity item found in many smartphones and the vast majority of tablets. Apple’s A5 chip powers only the iPad 2 (and soon a next-generation iPod touch and iPhone 5). The two chips have been engineered in-house and manufactured by outer parties. Interestingly, both parties are turning to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for its 28-nanometer process. Nvidia’s partnership with TSMC is confirmed and Apple’s is only rumored, but likely true.

In Apple’s case, the TSMC move will also sooth worries that Samsung – which competes with Apple on everything from smartphones to tablets to notebooks (and successfully, too) – is able to keep up with gadgets from Cupertino because they have early access to Apple’s silicon designs.


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WSJ: Google spending $100 million to commission YouTube television channels

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YouTube has cable and broadcast television in its sight, planning “a major overhaul” designed around premium content. About twenty specialized “channels” of professionally produced web programming are being considered around a variety of topics, including arts and sports.



Google is allegedly in talks with Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management over a possible co-operation. YouTube channels will simply collect existing premium content scattered elsewhere on the site. Google expects to spend a hundred million dollars to commission this content, author Jessica Vascellaro writes for The Wall Street Journal.

Google’s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions.
Of course, clues have been all over the place for quite some time that Google is planning on turning YouTube into a full-fledged entertainment content store akin to iTunes. Read on…




The ubiquity of Google’s video sharing site, visited by a comScore-estimated 120 million unique visitors each month, and the proliferation of broadband Internet are advantageous to YouTube which began streaming 1080p content last year.

The site also hosts trailers, movie and TV show rentals as well as full-length documentaries, all licensed from content owners. It will take more than a couple of channels comprised of low-cost web video to make YouTube an entertainment powerhouse, though. On the other hand, YouTube could offset the failure of Google TV project after television sets from Sony and Logitech fell on deaf ears with the consumers.

YouTube faces an uphill battle against the incumbents like Netflix, which rules on-demand Hollywood entertainment, as well as Hulu and Dish Network which bought bankrupt Blockbuster to bolster its online content offering. Meanwhile, Apple has allegedly placed an order for twelve million Gigabytes of storage, most likely for its $1 billion server farm in North Carolina, that sources claim will support movie downloads.


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Toys R Us latest to pick up iPad 2

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The latest venue for distribution of non-existant iPad 2s is Toys R Us who have been distributing training materials ahead of launch. See if you can guess the answer to the question below:





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