iPad Mini 2 And iPad 5 Launching In March

The rumors aren’t stopping. Today, we’re hearing reports that Apple is brewing next-generation models of its iPad mini and the iPad. The reports are based on the recent changes Apple has made on its product launch schedule. For example, iPad 3 owners were a little upset when Apple decided to launch the iPad 4 just months after its release. The same was true with the iPad mini. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes that Apple will mostly likely update its iDevices every six months, bringing a total of 2 new devices to the table every year.

White says that his “checks” with industry sources at this week’s CES indicate signs of a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini in the works. White takes it further saying that the aforementioned devices will debut this March, nearly 6 months after the iPad mini and the iPad were announced. Describing the upcoming features of the two devices, White writes, “Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.”


8 Cool Origami Made With Dollar Bills

Honolulu, Hawaii based artist Won Park creates these incredible origami pieces using just a dollar bill. Usual origami sheets are square, but the dollar bills of course are rectangular and may not generally be considered as suitable for origami. Park worked around that, and infact used it to his advantage in creating these wonderful pieces without the use of glue, cuts or tape.


Apple Working on a Less-Expensive iPhone

Sources say Apple is working on a lower-end iPhone, which could launch as soon as later this year. The cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body, one of the sources says.

According to Wall Street Journal, the Apple possibly recycle specs from older iPhone models and using a different shell made of polycarbonate plastic; in contrast, iPhone 5 currently has an aluminum housing.

Any such device would certainly represent a major shift in Apple’s product strategy; Cupertino currently offers the iPhone 4 for free with a two-year contract, but doesn’t have any inexpensive unlocked phones — a major hole in its lineup for several global markets.

The cost for this low-cost iPhone expected to be between $99 and $149.

Polaroid announces first interchangeable lens Android camera

Sakar International has formally unveiled the distinctly Nikon-esque iM1836 – a modular camera system wearing Polaroid branding. There are no technical details about the sensor as yet, but the first model is said to be an Android-based, Wi-Fi-connected camera with Ricoh GXR-style interchangeable modules with the sensor built into the lens. Further adapter modules are promised to allow use of Pentax K, Nikon F and Micro Four Thirds lenses.

This Polaroid’s Android camera differs from Samsung’s; there is no 3G. You’ll be relying on either Wi-Fi or your smartphone to access the Internet, and it comes ready to tether (via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth).

The iM1836 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with a 10-30mm zoom lens. It features a 3.5” touch screen on the back of the body to operate it. The camera will be an 18 megapixels and video up to 1080p. The camera also will be embedded with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The iM1836 will cost $399, coming in the first quarter of 2013.

Ubuntu Phone Download, Source Available in February

Currently, in the mobile operating system(OS) space, we have iPhone iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry OS. Now Ubuntu, popular open source desktop OS, available for mobile OS. This new phone operating system unveiled by its parent company, Canonical.

Canonical are ‘confident’ a major manufacturer will ship Ubuntu for Android this year; that will be the first step. But the first pure Ubuntu Phone devices will appear towards the end of the year.

Unlike Android, Ubuntu Phone OS has been designed from the ground up to deliver a ‘crisper, sharper’ experience on low-powered devices – a market segment Shuttleworth sees as being key to adoption.   These ‘starter smartphone’ users will, he says benefit from a leaner, ‘less complex’ user experience than rivals. Something he says emerging markets are calling out for.

Although Canonical’s ‘primary market’ will be selling Ubuntu Phones via retail, and making a cut from such sales, you will be able to download and install the phone OS on certain device handsets.

Alan Pope has reportedly confirmed Ubuntu for Phone available late February. For all its glitz and glamour, the Ubuntu Phone image due in February is unlikely to be feature complete – and it’s important that anyone contemplating installing it is aware of this beforehand.  Please take a look this video. Looks promising.