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Kyocera launches FS monochrome print range

CNETAnalysis: Kyocera Document Solutions UK Limited has launched a range of entry-level monochrome and multi-function printers aimed at small to midsized businesses and home office buyers. There are five models in the range, the FS-1041, FS-106 1DN, FS-1220MFP, FS-1320MFP and FS-1325MFP. Common features on each model include a quiet mode button, a print drum that can produce up to 100,000 prints and a replaceable toner, eliminating the need for cartridge exchange. Most have a printing capacity of 20 A4 pages per minute, except for the FS-1325MFP which can produce 25. Toner yields are 1,600 pages on the FS-106 1DN, FS-1220MFP and FS-1320MFP, and go up to 2,100 on the FS-132MFP. The top two models in the line also have a fax capability, and the premium FS-132MFP has USB and network connectivity, plus automatic duplex print. Steve Mitchell, Group Product Marketing Manager for Kyocera, said: “This entry-level range is something of a departure for Kyocera and lets us bring our exceptional…

We have been lucky enough to get hands-on with a couple of accessories…

CNET Analysis: We have been lucky enough to get hands-on with a couple of accessories from Be.ez over the last week or two, which include the Apple iPad mini LA robe and LA cover Allure for iPhone 5. This review takes a close look at both products after we spent many hours using them. LA robe Black Addict for iPad mini – you can see a side shot of the iPad mini LA robe in the photo below that also shows just… read the full story More On: apple , Be.ez For more coverage: Follow Product Reviews on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook

Samsung User Agent Profiles detail trio of Galaxy Tab 3 models

CNETAnalysis: A trio of Samsung tablet User Agent Profiles (UAProf) point to the Galaxy Tab 3 making its debut in three different models. The files were uncovered by colorfully-named Japanese tech blog Blue Ringer Men , with UAProfs for tablet model numbers GT-P3200, GT-P5200, and GT-P8200. The GT-P3200 is listed with a 1024 x 600 resolution display, which is consistent with what looks to be the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. Meanwhile, the GT-P5200 is believed to be the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, with a listed display resolution of 1280 x 800. The GT-P8200 is the most interesting of the bunch though with a listed 2560 x 1600 resolution display, putting it on par with the Nexus 10 as a new tier to Samsung’s tablet hierarchy. The high-end tablet was first suggested under the codename Roma , with more recent rumors referring to it as the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus. Rumor has it Other rumors have suggested that the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has been dropped, and Samsung will instead favor an 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model. Comple…

Updated: Apple sold 47.8M iPhones, 22.9M iPads at the end of last year

CNETAnalysis: Beating its own projections, Apple released results for its earnings in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 today, revealing that it made a record $54.5 billion in revenue with a net profit of $13.1 billion. During the same quarter last year (which was 14 and not 13 weeks long), Apple earned $46.3 billion in revenue and a profit of $13.1 billion. As for devices, Apple said it sold a record 47.8 million iPhones during the 13-week period ending Dec. 29, 2012, up from 37 million the same quarter last year. A record (there’s that word again) 22.9 million iPads made it into consumer hands, up from 15.4 million during the same time last year. Both figures were records at the time the numbers were posted – this last quarter blew both out of the water. “We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO, in a statement. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus o…

It’s been a wild few months for the Nexus 4 because there have been…

CNET Analysis: It’s been a wild few months for the Nexus 4 because there have been several issues where potential owners have been unable to get their hands on one because of poor stock control, which Google and LG have been blaming each other for. However, a couple of days ago these Android devices were back in stock on the Google Play Store, but there's still no sign of the Nexus 4 Charging Orb. Just under… read the full story More On: google , Nexus 4 For more coverage: Follow Product Reviews on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook

SAMAA e-MAIL ALERTS

SAMAA EMAIL NEWS ALERTSThursday, January 31, 2013RPP Implementation: Copy of NAB chief’s letter to be presented todayJan 31, 2013 10:35:13 AMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) will continue today the hearing of the rental power projects (RPPs) Implementation case, as copy of the controversial letter written by Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to Preside....No role of president, PM in judges appointment: SCJan 31, 2013 10:03:32 AMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said President and Prime Minister have no discretionary powers and no role for the appointment of judges in the superior courts, as the president is bound to implement the recommendations of the judicial commi....Four MQM candidates elected unopposed to Sindh AssemblyJan 31, 2013 06:20:12 AMStaff Report KARACHI: Four candidates of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have been elected unopposed on vacant seats of provincial assembly, SAMAA reported. The seats had…

Lenovo lapping up tablet shipments

CNETAnalysis: Lenovo is IdeaPadding its pockets thanks to a sharp increase in the company’s tablet shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012. Shipments of the IdeaPad and ThinkPad line represented an “almost 80 percent year-to-year growth,” according to Lenovo CEO and chairman Yang Yuanqing during a conference call today. The more than 800,000 tablets shipped by Lenovo contributed to the USD$9.4 billion (around £5.95 billion, AUD$9.03 billion) in total fiscal third quarter sales for the Chinese manufacturer. “We will continue to have hyper growth in smartphones and tablets,” Yuanqing said of Lenovo’s best quarter ever. IdeaPad pays off The accelerated growth of Lenovo’s IdeaPad tablet line is significant because the company’s first IdeaPad tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, came out just a year-and-a-half ago. Since then, it has launched additional Android and Windows-powered tablets meant for consumers rather than business professionals like its Thinkpad line. The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110…

Tutorial: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: recover lost data on Linux

CNETAnalysis: Recover lost data: get back your files No matter how long you have been using computers, the chances are at some point you will have lost some valuable data. And, in the first of what will become an increasingly tenuous excuse to use some pictures of zombies, the chances of data loss rise when you’re under attack from the undead. If you are a relatively new user, chances are you will have botched up a regular disk cleanup task and accidentally deleted important files, or zapped memory cards without first transferring the images to a more permanent medium. Don’t blame your inexperience – it happens to the best of us. In fact, more experienced users make the most severe mistakes, such as messing up the partition table, wiping the MBR, or even worse formatting the wrong partition. There is one simple solution – backups. Yet, despite the desktop distros making the process of taking regular automated backups completely painless, most of us only think of backups after deletin…

Steve Ballmer plays down Office for iPad speculation

CNETAnalysis: For the last couple of years, it’s been a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ Microsoft brings dedicated Office apps to the iPad , but bossman Steve Ballmer might have other ideas. Despite numerous leaked screenshots and rumoured release dates , everyone is still waiting for the world’s most famous productivity suite to hit Apple’s tablet, and it looks like they’ll be waiting a good while longer. In an interview with Businessweek, the larger-than-life Microsoft CEO appeared almost affronted by a reporter asking how the Office for iPad project was coming along. He said: “I have nothing to say on that topic. We’re very glad with the product, very happy with the product that we’re putting in market.” Does it make sense? Furthermore, Ballmer hinted that a release for the iPad wouldn’t make sense at this time, despite the company optimising Office 2013 for Windows RT touchscreen tablets like the Microsoft Surface . “It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a produc…

BlackBerry PlayBook will definitely be upgraded to BB10

CNETAnalysis: BlackBerry 10 will arrive eventually on all PlayBook tablets, BlackBerry announced at the BB10 launch event on Wedneday. And yes, they’re just BlackBerry now – don’t forget that Research in Motion is no more . Wednesday’s BlackBerry 10 event served to officially introduce the new OS and BB’s new devices to the world, with simultaneous events going down in New York, Toronto, London, Johannesburg, New Delhi and Jakarta. The BlackBerry PlayBook news was only one small part of a much bigger show, but no doubt there are some PlayBook users out there who are grateful they haven’t been forgotten. BlackBerry 10 on PlayBook BB10′s eventual arrival on PlayBooks is nothing new; Research in Motion (when it was still Research in Motion) confirmed as much last March , almost a year ago. But it was great to hear on Wednesday that that plan had not changed. PCMag’s Sascha Segan helped break the news on Twitter , and responses from other Twitter users ranged from the predictable “people…

BlackBerry 10 finally launches; can it save the brand?

CNETAnalysis: In a move that’s designed to safeguard RIM for the next decade, BB10 has been unveiled. Although the Canadian firm is still relatively cash-rich, the ‘brand new platform’ is seen by many as the last roll of the dice for RIM, so a re-tooled OS is seen as ultra-necessary. The main feature of the operating system is BlackBerry Balance, allowing users to have partitions between work and personal sections of the phone. The new OS is also designed to scale to other machines as well, which means it can be used in the car, home or healthcare applications, as well as tablets. Hub of the matter BlackBerry Hub is at the heart of the phone; with a swipe to the right from anywhere within the phone a list of all your messages, interests and notifications. It’s similar to the universal inbox of the BlackBerry of old, meaning anything that pops up in your life, be it BBM, missed calls or a simple tweet, it’s only ever a gesture away. Bringing Balance As mentioned, BlackBerry 10 offers …

Apple is outdated…. OLED technology

Opinion: RIM is so excited it won’t tell us what went wrong with BlackBerry

CNETAnalysis: While the world holds its breath for the launch of BlackBerry 10 , it seems the execs are struggling to talk about it. With any brand trying to relaunch itself, we’re used to the tranche of interviews with key executive members showing the world that things are now all better and missing out on the new product would mean missing out on the greatest thing ever. However, sometimes the message can overwhelm the ability to hold a normal human conversation, and that’s precisely what happened to Stephen Bates, RIM’s European MD, when speaking about the launch on BBC Breakfast . Bates was clearly ready for this little media tour, having learned the press release by heart, and was full of the buzzwords surrounding “transition” and “mobile computing” and most importantly “excited”, a word he used in various guises no fewer than seven times in a three and a half minute interview. However, at no point did he answer the question about RIM’s dramatic plunge in smartphone market shar…

SAMAA e-MAIL ALERTS

SAMAA EMAIL NEWS ALERTSWednesday, January 30, 2013MQM to hold large public meeting in Punjab: AltafJan 30, 2013 04:42:20 PMStaff Report KARACHI: MQM leader Altaf Hussain on Wednesday announced that his party would stage a large public meeting in Punjab soon. In a telephonic address to workers in Rawalpindi from London, Hussain said that the MQM would break the status quo and bring....Pakistan’s economy likely to grow by over 3.5% this year, says State Bank annual reportJan 30, 2013 04:20:56 PMWeb Desk KARACHI: Pakistan’s economy witnessed a modest improvement in FY12 – real GDP grew by 3.7 percent during the year, compared with 3.0 percent in FY11, according to the State Bank’s Annual Report on the State of the Economy for the year 2011-12 released o....Tauqir Sadiq handed over to Pakistan consulate in DubaiJan 30, 2013 03:42:29 PMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: Former chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Tauqir Sadiq has been handed over to Pakistan consulate in Dubai, SAMAA…

Acer alludes low-priced 8- and 10-inch tablets are in the works

CNETAnalysis: Acer has two new low-cost tablets on the way, according to a Tuesday report from the China Times . According to the Chinese site (as translated by Google), Acer’s president in Greater China, Linxian Lang, revealed plans to release 8- and 10-inch tablets at “aggressive” price points. Acer’s new budget slates will follow in the footsteps of the Iconia B1 , a 7-incher that goes for UK£99, though it’s not available in the U.S. The new devices will reportedly feature quad-core MediaTek processors that will provide a speed boost over the Iconia B1′s dual-core MediaTek. U.S. release TechRadar asked an Acer rep for further comment on Tuesday’s report and we will update this story if and when the company responds. It’s also unclear whether the tablets that Lang hinted at will ever make it to the U.S.; despite rumors that the Iconia B1 would be released in Europe , Engadget reports that it’s “been ruled out” for a U.S. release. TechRadar is hoping to get confirmation on that poin…

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