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iPhone 5 Rumour Roundup

Posted: August 12, 2011 in All Categories, Apps, Firmware, Gadgets
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iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 4S, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already.

Let’s raid the iPhone 5 rumour fridge to find the tomatoes of truth amid the stinky stilton of baseless speculation.

The iPhone 5 is coming. Maybe it’ll land in September, maybe October, maybe some time after that, but sooner or later Apple is going to release a sequel to the wildly successful iPhone 4. That successor might have a larger screen, NFC, a slimmer design, or any number of other features… if the rumors are to be believed. Before every launch we hear all sorts of rumors/leaks and some of them inevitably end up being true, so while we take everything we hear with a healthy dose of skepticism, it’s still worth it to pay attention.

What top features do you want to see in the next generation iphone..??

USB 3.0 devices are coming in thick and fast, ranging from external storage devices to media servers. Just getting one of these devices is not going to be enough to enjoy the significant increase in transfer speeds. Before investing in a USB 3.0 device, it is essential to have compatibility at the other end—namely, desktop and/or laptop.

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I have put together a quick guide that lists the available upgrade options for the computer and then we round it off with some of USB 3.0 device that may be worthy of purchase.

Express card

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This is by far the cheapest and quickest way to add USB 3.0 compatibility to your existing system. D-Link has PCIe riser card for desktop computers and an Express card for latops, with both of these offering two USB 3.0 ports.

The PCIe card for desktops can be had for Rs. 2,799 and the Express card for laptops is going for Rs 3,699.

Motherboard swap

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The option to add native USB 3.0 support is only available for desktop computers, while laptop users will just have to save and buy a model with such support.

Getting a new motherboard is not going to be cheap, like the one pictured here from ASUS is selling for Rs 7,145.

This cost can go even higher as getting a new motherboard may also require getting a new central processor and memory modules, depending how old the rig in question is.

Pendrives

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Transcend is selling a couple of USB 3.0 pen drives with decent storage capacities at an affordable price. The 8GB version of Transcend Jet Flash 700 is selling for Rs. 660 and the 16GB model is yours for Rs 1,099.

Portable hard-drives

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Hitachi is offering quite an attractive package with its Touro series of external hard-drives. These USB 3.0 complaint hard-drives come in 500GB and 700GB models and in addition offer 3GB of online storage space.

The Touro Mobile Pro 500GB model has a suggested retail price of Rs 4,408 and the 750GB model’s SRP is Rs 5,309.

External desktop drives

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While these drives are portable, they are likely going to stay put on your desktop. These drives are the mother of all external storage devices with the capacity of a data warehouse and need for an additional power source.

MyBook from Western Digital is a 3.5-inch external drive with capacity to house two terabytes of data. This one is retailing for Rs 4,900 and is backed-up by three years of warranty.

Everyone loves their music on the move, and so we all need a good pair of headphones, the best music sounds even better with some of the cool headphones available in the marketplace. Here’s a list of the best headphones I think is worth the Mention.

Sony MDR-570 LP

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If you’re after a pair of great-sounding on-ears at a bargain price, look no further. With decent bass, bags of detail and a musical balance that embarrasses more expensive designs, they’re better than they have any right to be. And they look great, too. Price: ~$60.

Phonak Audeo PFE 012

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It’s not easy creating the perfect headphone. Music is so subjective that one human’s perfect pitch is a little lacking in bass for another, and too brightsounding for pedant no.3. The PFE 012s do about as good a job of satisfying disparate tastes as any in-ears we’ve tried. Building on the success of the pricier 111s, they dig up bags of detail, deliver sweet vocals and a palpable soundstage, and up the bass to party-worthy levels. They’re also barely-there lightweight and subtly attractive. They could easily sell for twice the price. Price: ~$80.

Klipsch Image X10i

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Though the X10s were our favourite in-ears for years, the X10i now looks too pricey for the no.1 spot. Built-in iPod/iPhone controls are useful, but it’s the sound and size that really impress – the buds are slim as lolly sticks but sound thrilling and insightful. Price: ~$250.

Sennheiser CX300-II

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Thanks to amazing price reductions, the CX300-IIs represent even better value for money. Replace your bundled headphones with these and you’ll find out what you’ve been missing: deep bass, sparkling detail and dramatic dynamics. You’ll thank us later. Price: ~$60.

Powerbeats by Dr Dre

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We never had Dr Dre down as a fitness fan, but the headphones he’s designed for sweaty gym sessions are seriously impressive. Expect powerful, weighty and dynamic sound, then be pleasantly surprised by the in-line mic and three-button iPhone remote. Price: ~$300.

Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10vi

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Offering audio that’s full-bodied and punchy, with excellent levels of detail, the 10vis will stay firmly nestled in your lugholes thanks to a shapeable over-ear band. With phone controls on-hand , they’re a marvellous choice for affluent iPhone owners. Price: ~$600.

Bose QuietComfort 15

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Bose’s latest long-haul headphones are its finest yet. Wearing a pair is as comfortable as binding pillows to your head with silken thread, and both sound and noise cancelling are exemplary. For a louder, more rocking listen, try Monster’s Beats Studio. Price: ~$450.

Shure SE535

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Your eyes don’t deceive – that is how much Shure’s flagship three-driver IEMs cost. They look and feel it, though, with a thick, replaceable cable that attaches to the buds via articulated joints. And the sound? Unbelievably detailed, utterly uncompromising. Price: ~$750.

Sennheiser PX310 BT

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Here we have an excellent pair of noise-cancellers that are a significant step above ordinary budget headphones. Smooth, crisp and balanced sound along with Bluetooth capability and a powerful enough battery make this a winner. Price: ~$550.

AKG K701

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With a swanky headphone amp, these reference-quality , openbacked headphones create a sound to rival hi-fi speakers ten times the price. Got more dosh? Try the supremely revealing Sennheiser HD 800s or breathtaking Grado GS1000is. Price: ~$450.

What’s you best headphone, leave a comment in the comments section of this post.