The Piratebay rises from the ashes once again

tpbbackThe Piratebay is back online after being shut down by police back in December and according to a website called Torrent Freak, thePirateBay came back online on January 31st which was ahead of its planned launch date which was for February 1st.

However after it was raided and closed down back in December by Swedish police other torrent sites came to fill the voice such as Kickass torrents and isohunt.

The home page of tpb does now feature a symbol of a Phoenix, which is symbolic.

It’s worth pointing out that at the moment ThepirateBay does not appear to have everything operational for example, the website does not display any ads and The “Contact Us,” “RSS” and “Register” links are not operational which results in a 404 error when trying to access them. However the website overall does look and feel the same as it did before it was closed down. 

It seems like the data loss is minimal on the website. The latest upload appears to be on December 9 last year, that was on the same day the website was closed down by the police.However it is experiencing some dropouts at the moment which is probably due to the huge amount of traffic on the website. It will be interesting to see if tpb can reclaim its spot as the king of the torrents sites.

 

You can access ThePirateBay here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An 8 inch Windows 8 tablet gets outed

An 8 inch tablet that will run Windows 8 pro has been outed acer iconia w3by French website called Minimachines. This tablet is to be made by a company called Acer and it is to be called the Acer Iconia W3.

It is rumoured to have a dual-core Atom Z2760 1.8GHz processor,32gb of memory, 2GB of RAM, as well as a micro usb and hdmi connection. It  is also likely to come packed with a front and back camera and dual speakers and a keyboard dock.

This tablet is needed if the Windows OS is ever to make a major indent into the tablet market, because its within the 7 or 8 inch size is where the most growth has occurred recently within the tablet arena .

This comes after rumours that Microsoft might be developing a smaller tablet of its own. The release date is rumoured to around summertime.

The Google Nexus 7 3g version to be released in 6 weeks

Asus is to bring out a 3g version of the recently released Nexus 7. According to MoDaCo‘s Paul O’Brien: 

“Asus is currently ramping production in preparation for launch in around 6 weeks,” says O’Brien. While the Nexus 7 is Google’s baby, it’s actually Taiwanese manufacturer Asus that produces the tablets.

The 3g version will be useful for roaming, because data hot spots are often not  always available  everywhere you go.

However no details have been leaked regarding the price of the new version and it is unlikely there will be other hardware changes.   Its’s a shame some of the tablets other short comings of the tablet  are not being addressed, such as there being no 4G, no rear-facing camera and no way to expand the memory which is limited to only 16 GB of internal memory.  But it still does offer some out standing specs when compared to it’s competitors within the price range it is being sold at, such as a fast quad-core CPU and a build quality which is said to be solid. 

 

Google s Nexus 7 tablet could be released this month

Google plans to release a Nexus 7 tablet  this month. According to Android Authority the release date is likely to be at the end of June and it going to be a collaboration between Google and Asus  and it will have a Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It will also feature a 7 inch screen, but there has been no information on whether the screen will be LCD or amoled, it will come with Android’s next operating system pre installed which is Android Jelly Bean.

The odds of it being released at the end of June are good, because Google holds it’s annual I/O developer conference then, so there is a good chance that these rumours might have some validity. It likely to be priced around the $150-$250 range, which will make it competitive against the likes of the Kindle Fire tablet. In order for Apple to compete effectively at this end of the market, they really need to bring out their rumoured budget iPad that is supposedly coming with a 7 inch screen.

It’s doubtful the release of this tablet will make an impact within an already crowded tablet market. Windows 8 Arm powered tablets are also due for release in the near future, this will further pose a problem for Google s future Android tablet market share.

 

Dell realises the XPS One 27 to take on Apple

Dell has just released the XPS One 27 to take on Apple’s iMac. This PC is considered the first serious competition to Apple’s iMac from any manufacturer. It has a great line up of top end features that will make most PC owners lust for it.

It comes with a larger 27 inch “Full Quad HD” screen with a resolution of 2560-by-1440, which provides an amazing viewing experience. The XPS One 27 also comes packed with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors, which will provide a supper slick experience. The 2TB of storage it has will be enough for even the most demanding user. This PC also comes with a 16GB of RAM, that will provide you with a ultra smooth experience with no glitches, there is even a option to select discrete graphics card to further boost your multimedia experience.

This PC blows Apple’s iMac out of the water in a number of ways, firstly Apple comes with a slower Intel quad-core processor which is based on the chip maker’s older Sandy Bridge architecture. If you buy a XPS One 27 you get a larger screen 27 inch screen vs the 21 inch screen that you get with the iMac’s cheapest model.  Apple’s iMac also looses out on the price front too, it for example has a starting price of $1,699 vs $1,399 for the XPS One 27.

Its important to note that this battle does not ultimately come down to hardware, the choice between operating systems will have a large influence on the buyer too. When the XPS One 27 release is combined with the release of Windows 8, which is just around the corner it might just be enough to persuade many avid Apple users to come into the Windows fold. 

The XPS One 27 is out now in the US and some Asian countries. It is expected to be released in other countries around the world within a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Android tablets have a future

The is a question doing the rounds lately that is asking the question do Android tablets have a future. 

The sales of the Android tablets seem to be decreasing, the first quarter numbers from IDC showed that Android tablet shipments declined in Q1-12 from Q4-11.  While the competition from Apples ipad and the Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon seems to be growing. 

The reason for Androids poor results seems to come down to Googles strategy of competing directly against the iPad with many of its high end models such as the Moto Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tablet.  

The reasons why Google cannot effectively compete with Apple’s ipad, range from poorer hardware performances in certain models, poorer availability of decent quality apps and also poorer out of the box user experiences. 

The best strategy is for Google to focus more on the lower end of the market more and compete more against Amazon’s Kindle Fire table which has successfully created a whole new market with the Kindle fire tablet, which is has been characterised by simpler hardware specifications and software, which is set at the $200 price point.

Android could even be further hammered when Windows releases its Arm based tablets later on in the year. Google  needs to resolve these issues or act to produce a new strategy soon to stop the rot before its too late. 

 

 

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