It’s the end of another week and It’s time for another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News.
One of the big news stories from this week was Amazon’s Kindle Announcement. The online marketplace announced a new version of their Kindle e-ink e-reader. However, the two main stars of the show were the new Kindle Fire tablet and Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindle Fire will have a 7″ touch screen 1GB of RAM and 1.2GHz CPU. The Kindle Fire HD will have a 7″ 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and will have either 16GB or 32GB of storage. The Kindle Fire will cost £129, the 16GB Kindle Fire HD will cost £159 and the 32GB Kindle Fire HD. The new Kindle(£69) will release in the UK on September 12th, the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD will release in the UK on October 25th.
Nokia also played a part in the mobile device announcement season during this week. They announced the Lumia 920. This handset will have a 4.5″ screen, an 8.7 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz Dual-core CPU, QI wireless charging just to name a few things. In terms of battery life, you will get up to 10 hours of 3G talk time or 17 hours of 2G talk time. The second phone announced was the Nokia Lumia 820. This phone will sport a 4.3″ display, an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, LTE 4G and HSUPA to name a few things. On the battery side you can get up to 8 hours of 3G talk time, or 14 hours of 2G talk time.
A group of hackers were able to hack into a laptop and steal a file. It was a database containing a list of 1 million iOS device UDIDs.
In response to the recent flaw discovered in the recently released Java 1.7 Apple has pushed out a software update for their version of Java for Mac. The update is now available for Macs running OSX Snow Leopard(AKA 10.6), Lion(AKA 10.7) and Mountain Lion (AKA 10.8) via the “Software Update” tool. Alternatively you can grab the manual installer below. If you use Java I would highly recommend downloading this right now.
Java for OS X 2012-005 – For OSX 10.7(Lion) or later
Java for Mac OSX 10.6 update 10 – For OSX 10.6(Snow Leopard) only
The folks at Apple have finally started sending out invitations to the media for a special event with the tagline It’s almost here. The event will be happening on September 12th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts(California, USA) at 10AM Pacific time(6PM UK time). Come back shortly after the event for my roundup of all the announcements.
The release date for Windows 8 is coming very soon. In the run-up to the release there is an interesting tidbit of information with regards to the licensing side of things. If you buy an OEM license of Windows 8 Pro, then you will have downgrade rights for Windows Vista and Windows 7. That means, if people don’t like Windows 8 and want to downgrade to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, then they will be able to do that.