In Wednesday's late-breaking tech news we have some disappointing reports from Apple and Samsung, while Beatle fans can catch a free Macca concert on iTunes later today
No quad-core processor in iPad 3, say sources
The Verge reported on Wednesday evening that the next-generation iPad 3 is unlikely to contain a quad-core processor. The device is set to contain a "true Retina Display," in terms of the chip, the device is likely to remain dual-core. The Verge also says that a February launch is unlikely. Spoil sports.
Link: The Verge
Windows 8 Consumer Preview to launch at MWC
Microsoft will take the next step to a full Windows 8 release by unleashing the Consumer Preview of the next-gen operating system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The company will showcase the latest version of the OS on February 29th, which is likely to be the day that the public beta is released.
Google wants to pay you to spy on your web browsing habits
The Big G is looking to learn more about the web browsing habits of the general public through its new Screenwise Panel. The company will serve up Amazon vouchers and other rewards to volunteers. "Like many other web and media companies, we do panel research to help better serve our users by learning more about people's media use, on the web and elsewhere," Google says.
No Samsung presser at MWC
Well it seems that Samsung's Mobile World Congress will be mighty in its low-keyness. The company plans no press conference or keynote for the annual smartphone expo in Barcelona, according to reports. Considering that a couple of weeks ago we were expecting the Samsung Galaxy SIII and now it looks like were going to get nothing. We're not going to pretend that we're a little disappointed.
Sir Paul says, Let It Be live on iTunes
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney will be performing live in an iTunes-sponsored concert, which will be streamed live to Apple's music download portal and also Apple TV set-top boxes. Macca will be performing live from Capitol Studios at 2pm UK time to promote his new album "Kisses on the bottom." News of the concert is all over iTunes, while Apple TV owners can access the concert by selecting the iTunes Live option from the menu.