iPhone 5 rumors: Apple’s next iPhone to run on Clearwire after the carrier moves to LTE?

According to Clearwire CEO Eric Prusch, if the company switches to LTE, an iPhone that would be compatible with its network seems like a very plausible option for Apple.

“Our spectrum is clean, it’s contiguous, it’s deep and it doesn’t suffer from interference issues,” Prusch recently told AllThingsD at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Clearwire initially built its 4G network around WiMax and a few months ago they were having financial issues.

But thanks to Sprint Nextel, its wholesale partner, the company has overcome the difficulties.

And as Sprint gets the iPhone in October, Clearwire’s network is likely to offer its services to Apple’s next iPhone, as long as it moves to LTE.

Prusch refused to comment on whether an iPhone would run on Clearwire.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck welcome third child and it’s a boy

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“We are happy to announce that on February 27, Jennifer gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Samuel Garner Affleck,” Affleck posted on his official Facebook page this morning.

The baby boy joins the couple’s daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3.

The pair announced they were expecting their third child in August 2011 and decided to stay mum on the baby’s gender.

But while Jennifer admitted that having a girl would be a great idea, she said her hubby was excited either way.

“I would have thought [he wanted a boy]. At first…I really thought so,” she told Jay Leno last month. “And then [Ben] kind of said, ‘Well, we have girls. We know how to do girls. My girls love me. I’m the big guy in the house.’ So, now I’m not sure.”

Earlier this month, the Alias star revealed that she and Ben let their two daughters pick a name for their younger sibling.

“Our girls are working on names. At first they were definitely Disney. It was like, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse Affleck. And then they’ve moved on. Then it was Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Smee,” she told E! Online.

“They’re coming up with lists and coming in and saying, ‘Let’s have a baby-naming contest! Let’s have a baby-naming poll!’ They ask everyone, because they just want to know. But we’re not telling.”

Garner and Affleck, both 39, married in June 2005 at a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos, in the Caribbean.

Jersey Shore star Snooki is reportedly three months pregnant with first child

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Despite having denied pregnancy rumors earlier this month, sources tell the New York Post that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and boyfriend Jionni LaValle are preparing to become first-time parents.

“At this time, we are not commenting,” Snooki’s rep told the Daily News Wednesday morning.

According to the Post, Snooki, 24, is three months along and she hopes “to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming ‘the next Kourtney Kardashian.'”

“Yes, it’s true. SNOOKI IS PREGNANT!!! mazel tov!!! Source just confirmed the ny post story with me,” E!’s Marc Malkin tweeted Wednesday morning.

After news of her pregnancy broke, MTV reportedly went into “crisis mode” as the reality star is set to film a new spin-off series with fellow Guidette Jenni J-Woww Farley.

“They’re trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show,” a source told the Post.

On February 2nd, Snooki denied news that she was expecting in an interview on Good Morning America.

“I definitely do want kids, but I’m not pregnant,” she told host Lara Spencer. “Being pregnant should be a real thing and a happy thing, and I’m not.”

iPhone 5 specs & components: rumors rollup for the month of February

MasterCard hints at NFC incorporation

At the beginning of the month, Fast Company interviewed Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard’s head of emerging payments, sparking speculation on the technical specifications of the next iPhone.

McLaughlin said Apple was very interested in the integration of NFC technology in its next smartphone models, an allusion concerning especially the iPhone 5.

In addition, tech site 9to5Mac discussed this issue with a “well-connected developer” currently working on designing an app compatible with NFC.

The developer, whose identity was not revealed, is cited as saying that Apple software engineers are “heavy into NFC.”

iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III to feature Liquipel?

Citing a “well-placed” source within one of the top British independent phone retailers, todaysiphone.com reported that Apple and Samsung’ future smartphones could become completely waterproof thanks to the Liquipel technology.

The treatment would cover both the outer shells of the devices, as well as their internal components.

iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to have “macroscalar” architecture?</strong>

A trademark application from Apple for the word “Macroscalar” was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office earlier this month.

The patent suggested that the Cupertino tech giant is getting ready to implement the technology on its upcoming products, namely the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3.

Macroscalar provides better support for the performance of a processor, while consuming less power.

Apple patent reveals 3D eye-tracking technology

Another Apple patent revealed a 3D eye-tracking-based interface, which could be used in future generations of devices such as the iPhone, iPad or the Mac.

The documents described a system that relies on sensors which track the position of a user’s eyes with the front facing camera and uses data provided by the accelerometer, compass, gyrometer and its GPS in order to create the perfect 3D image.

The technique could create a “virtual 3D operating system environment,” according to the filing, which would allow a user to “look around” the interface on their display.

iPhone 5, iPad 3 likely to feature 4G LTE

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu speculated that the upcoming iPhone and iPad are bound to offer LTE.

In a note to clients, Wu said, “We are frankly not surprised as this is consistent with our supply chain checks inmid-January. As we had commented then, we believe the upcoming iPad refresh could be significant with notable new features including a 4G LTE wireless, beefed upprocessor, higher resolution screen, and Siri voice recognition.”

Regarding the iPhone 5, the analyst believes the handset will very probably benefit from LTE technology.

“We view the potential inclusion of 4G LTE for iPad as a positive and a good indicator that the upcoming iPhone 5 refresh in the fall time frame will likely include this key feature as well,” Wu wrote. “We continue to believe that AAPL is positioned to outperform in this tough macroeconomic environment with its defendable strategic and structural advantages and its vertical integration.”

iPhone 5, iPad 3 could be powered by Qualcomm Gobi Chipset

Besides LTE, speculation is rife regarding the chipset that could equip both the iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

Chipmaker Qualcomm introduced its fifth generation Gobi chipset for mobile computing this month, leading many to assume that the gadget will equip Apple’s future products.

The current Gobi chipset can be found on the iPhone 4S and in the past Apple has been known to use Qualcomm chipsets for its iDevices.

Various tech sites and analysts assume that the chipset could power the long-awaited iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

iPhone 5 could sport micro dock for larger batteries?

Recently, iMore reported that Apple is ditching the current 30-Pin connector in order to include bigger batteries and 4G LTE tech.

The iPhone 5 is believed to be the first Apple device to feature the micro dock connector, followed by the iPad and iPod touch.

The site wrote that Apple is not satisfied with the current 30-pin connector that uses space that could be used for other components and a new micro dock connector would allow the company to bring new features to the future iPhone without having to increase its size.

iPhone 5, not iPad 3, will be waterproof

Latest reports suggest that various companies are interested in making Apple’s devices resistant to water.

Among them, HzO and Liquipel are competing to make the iPhone 5 waterproof at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

HzO has presented a method by which they are able to make any electronic component waterproof by applying a protective film at a nanometer scale on them during the assembly.

“We have agreements in place with all of our partners preventing us from talking about upcoming devices,” HzO’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Rick Peterson, told Cult of Mac regarding the company’s collaboration with Apple on making future iPhones and iPads waterproof.

As for Liquipel, the company has created a method of using a “nano” coating of the inside and outside of the iPhone that will protect it if you are clumsy by nature or your job requires you to be near water.

New Apple TV expected to be unveiled alongside iPad 3 on March 7

Citing “reliable sources familiar with Apple’s upcoming product release,” 9to5Mac.com reports that the Cupertino company might unveil a new Apple TV.

Recent coding evidence has revealed that a product, code-named J33, could be the next Apple TV.

Latest rumored have suggested that the device might be equipped with a faster dual-core processor and that it will include Siri capabilities.

It is also expected to broadcast 1080p content and support a redesigned Bluetooth 4.0-based remote.

The 9to5Mac report also confirms rumors that the company might be releasing two big products this month.

iPad 3 to be officially announced on March 7, pricier than iPad 2

The next Apple keynote will take place on March 7 and the company has send out invitations to journalists today.

The invitations sport a photo of what looks like an iPad touchscreen and reads: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”

The image shows that the handset will have a new high resolution screen, confirming the rumors on the arrival of a Retina Display.

In addition, insiders have suggested that the iPad 3 will be thinner because of its new display technology and that it will feature Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant.

The latest rumors indicate that the tablet could be $70-$80 pricier than the iPad 2.

According to a Chinese microblogging site, the price will start at $579 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, which is more expensive than the $499 price of the iPad 2.

The components that are likely to be blamed for this price increase include the Retina Display, as well as the new processor and video sensor.

The event is set to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).

Samsung Galaxy S III: 1080p display and ceramic case

BGR was able to get hold of the technical specifications of one of the most anticipated smartphones at the moment.

The handset is expected to have a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 2-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display, all in Android 4.0.

In addition, the device would offer a ceramic case instead of the previous glossy plastic and the support of 4G LTE.

Previous reports have speculated on the presence of a quad core processor, 2GB of memory, and a 7mm thick frame.

Samsung has set a presentation event for April, with a worldwide release in nearly 50 countries expected in the month of May.

Apple developing A5X and A6 processors, iOS 5.1 code hints

A recently leaked image, presumed to be iPad 3’s logic board, showed an A5X processor. After the image went around the world, many concluded that the tablet won’t feature a quad-core processor, but a much improved dual-core one.

However, 9to5Mac claims that Apple is preparing a nice surprise for the month of March.

To argue their case, they present a series of lines of codes hidden in the beta version of iOS 5.1. According to the various indications on the screenshot, the A6 processor is codenamed S5L89 50X, while the A5X processor is marked by the code S5L89 45X.

The images have led to mounts of speculation. Bloomberg concludes that the next Apple touch pad will be equipped with an A6 quad-core processor.

Others, like Joshua Topolsky from The Verge, indicate an improved dual-core processor compared to the iPad 2.

Others still speculate that the A5X processor is reserved for the Apple TV or a possible 8-inch iPad or that the model overview would in fact be only a prototype of the iPad 3.

iPhone 5, not iPad 3, will be waterproof

According to Cult of Mac, various companies are interested in making Apple’s devices resistant to water.

Among them, HzO and Liquipel are competing to make the iPhone 5 waterproof at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

HzO has made a name for themselves after presenting their technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The tech is able to make watertight any electronic component by applying a protective film at the nanometer scale on them during the assembly of a device

“HzO uses a unique coating processes to shield almost anything from water and corrosion damage,” the company said.

“Unlike other water damage solutions, with HzO technology a device is not sealed, water is able to enter. Instead, the electronic components inside the device are coated to provide protection, leaving the device unencumbered and always guarded against unexpected accidents.”

The ‘nanotech’ spray coating is applied to the components when assembling the electronic device. To demonstrate the reliability of his technique, a working iPhone and Samsung Galaxy were dunked into a bowl of water and still remained functional.

“We have agreements in place with all of our partners preventing us from talking about upcoming devices,” HzO’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Rick Peterson, told Cult of Mac regarding the company’s collaboration with Apple on making future iPhones and iPads waterproof.

When the site inquired whether the iPad 3 will benefit from such a feature, Peterson didn’t seem to encourage hopes of a waterproofed such device: “In general, it takes at least six months or more from signing a deal with a partner to the release of a device using our technology. No one was even talking about this technology six months ago, so it’s going to take a while for the first phones shipping with HzO to reach market. We hope to see some of them announced this week at Mobile World Congress, and some of these will be shipping later in the year.”

As for Liquipel, the small U.S. company has launched an ultra-thin coating that promises to make smartphones completely waterproof.

The company has created a method of using a “nano” coating of the inside and outside of the iPhone that will protect it if you are clumsy by nature or your job requires you to be near water.

Based in Santa Ana, California, the company posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.

“Water will just run through the machine,” says Liquipel president Danny McPhail. “It actually beads right on top of the circuit board and rolls off.”

Liquipel charges $US60 to coat a smartphone, with shipping adding to the cost.

Oscars 2012: “The Artist” wins Best Picture award

Film awards ceremonies have been greatly dominated by The Artist, a movie that has received, among others, a prize for Jean Dujardin’s interpretation at Cannes in 2011, three Golden Globes, seven BAFTA awards, a Goya, numerous trophies awarded by professional associations in the film industry and six Cesar awards.

The Artist is the first (almost completely) silent film nominated for the Oscar in the past 83 years.

The Descendants, a movie credited with chances in the race for the Oscars, grabbed a few prizes on Saturday evening at the Independent Spirit Awards gala for Best Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) and Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley).

The film, which takes place in Hawaii, tells the story of a man who is trying to connect emotionally to his daughters while his wife is in coma, following an accident.

The Tree of Life is the story of a family in the 1950s. The film follows the life of the eldest son Jack, since childhood to an adulthood full of disappointment, as he tries to resolve the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) feels like a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers and the meaning of life.

The true story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Bean (Brad Pitt) who decides to come up with a way to compete without spending money following his team’s elimination by the New York Yankees.

Although the team’s financial situation is precarious, Bean manages to improve its performance using revolutionary techniques, taken afterwards by the rest of the U.S. baseball clubs.