HTC is getting into the Developer Edition trend — a compromise necessary since CEO Peter Chou’s plan to stop locking bootloaders entirely didn’t stick — as it’s announced tonight that a variant of its new One that will be available with both SIM and bootloader unlocked. Due to arrive in the US at the same time as the standard carrier versions, it will keep the same powerful specs and slick design we loved in our review, but without the restrictions. One thing it’s missing? AWS HSPA/WCDMA access, which should limit its opportunities on T-Mobile until it rolls out LTE service. The price is $ 649 up front and it will ship in “limited quantities,” so we’d figure that’s just one more thing to keep in mind before the next Galaxy S is announced on Thursday.
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Microsoft announced today that it plans to expand its Surface RT availability to additional markets. Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan will all receive Surface RT units in late March. Microsoft is also promising that the UK, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and New Zealand will be able to buy Surface Pro “in the coming months.”
The lack of clarity on Surface Pro availability outside the US and Canada is less than ideal, but Microsoft’s continued expansion of Surface is notable. The software maker recently expanded its Surface RT availability to 13 European countries earlier this month, an important step if Microsoft is serious about its Surface future. With the additional markets announced today,…
Motorola created quite some buzz with its first “Intel inside” Android phone, the RAZR i, back in September, so it’s only natural to see the company tapping into the Chinese market with a localized variant. Dubbed the RAZR i MT788, this China Mobile device bears much similarity to its Western sibling on paper: 2GHz Intel Atom Z2480, 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display (with Gorilla Glass), eight-megapixel camera, microSD expansion (up to 32GB) and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The difference? Well, the chassis is the most obvious one: instead of using the same design as the original RAZR i, the new MT788 looks identical to the MSM8625-powered dual-SIM XT788 on China Telecom. On top of that, the battery is rated at just 1,735mAh instead of the RAZR i’s 2,000mAh, and there’s just 4GB of built-in memory instead 16GB; but the front-facing camera’s bumped up from 0.3 megapixels to 1.3. There’s no price just yet, but interested buyers can pick one up in China starting in mid-December. Will the world’s largest carrier help Intel take a significant bite out of the mobile phone market? Only time will tell.
Nokia has announced the Lumia 820, their new Windows Phone 8 device. It has a 4.3 inch-inch (800 x 480 pixels)OLED ClearBlack display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It has a 8MP Auto Focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Dual LED flash at the back that can record videos at Full HD 1080p resolution at 30fps and a VGA front-facing camera. Nokia Lumia 820 Specifications: 4.3 inch-inch (800 x 480 pixels)OLED ClearBlack display 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor Windows Phone 8 OS 8MP Auto Focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Dual LED flash, 1080p HD recording at 30 fps VGA front-facing camera 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD 4G LTE/ 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS / aGPS, NFC 1650mAh battery with support for Qi wireless charging The Lumia 820 would come in comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black colors with exchangeable shells that also adds wireless charging. More Product: goo.gl Subscribe: goo.gl Video Rating: 2 / 5Related Posts:
We’re getting close. I can almost smell that new iPhone. But what else will we see at the event? There have been plenty of rumors leading up to Wednesday’s announcement, as is often the case with Apple functions, but divining the odds on how many of those will actually come true is a thorny undertaking. Here’s a high-level overview to get your betting pools started.The iPhone
The iPhone 5 is literally the overshadowing element of the event invite, and we’ll see it. If you bet against a new iPhone unveiling Wednesday, you should stay far away from Vegas. But what it’ll look like is more up in the air.
I provided a look at what you can expect from the iPhone 5 last week, but here’s the CliffsNotes version, along with probabilities:
- Bigger, 4-inch diagonal screen (very high)
- LTE (very high)
- Redesigned dock connector (high)
- New design with more metal and less glass (high)
- NFC (low to nil)
- New earbuds (medium)
- A6 processor (high)
That’s pretty much the whole picture, discounting some of the more out-there possibilities. Here’s one thing it definitely won’t have: a discounted, ad-supported version.iOS 6
This one’s coming. Apple telegraphed it way back at WWDC in June. Features are also already known, because Apple showed them off. Some highlights include a more knowledgeable Siri (though not necessarily a smarter one), system-level Facebook integration, call response features that allow you to answer inbound phone calls with canned or custom text messages, FaceTime over 3G (where carriers allow), Passbook, and more. All of these things are definitely coming, but Apple could always sneak a feature or two in there under the radar, though it isn’t very likely given the forensic level of attention paid to iOS 6 beta releases.iPad mini
Steve Jobs used to seem to hate the idea of a smaller iPad, but, lately, rumors around such a device have reached a fever pitch. Truth be told, it feels a lot like the atmosphere around the original iPad’s release, which was also long-rumored before it became a reality. Is one in the works? Yes. Is one taking the stage on Wednesday. Smart money says no.
An iPad mini is a marquee product, and the iPhone is a marquee product. It’s true that they probably won’t compete with one another in any essential way, but why split the spotlight when it makes far more sense to keep the mini in your pocket as a pre-holiday special? Let fans spend on the iPhone, recover slightly, and then scratch that gift-giving itch with a smaller, more affordable version of Apple’s best-selling tablet.
Plus the Apple blog-o-sphere has already declared separate events much more likely, with The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple giving the textual equivalent of a knowing link to John Gruber’s supposition.Facebook Integration For Mountain Lion
Apple said it was coming eventually, and the company showed it off at WWDC. Dates were set for fall, and it seems like issuing an update for OS X alongside Facebook coming to iOS makes sense. Just for the sake of symmetry. Or Apple could just as easily throw this one out quietly on its own, since it doesn’t really need the attention of an event stage. I’m 50/50 on this one.
That’s how I’m betting for Wednesday. Feel free to jump in with your own odds, or with anything else I might have missed.Related Posts:
Microsoft is bringing its BUILD event to the company’s campus in Redmond this year. After merging its previous WinHEC and PDC conferences into BUILD for a Windows 8 unveil last year, the software giant appears to be continuing to host a dedicated development event. Despite the event being on Microsoft’s campus, the company says it “will be unlike anything we’ve held on our corporate campus in a long time.”
Microsoft says its BUILD 2012 event will kick off on October 30th, a week after the Windows 8 launch, and last until November 2nd. The company will discuss Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, and Visual Studio 2012. Registration for the event will open on August 8th at 8AM PT.
Nikon’s D4 is currently the only belle at the XQD ball, and until now, Sony was its only memory suitor. However, Lexar’s just arrived with a new line of cards to compete for the D4′s affections. The Fremont-based company says it collaborated with Nikon to build the PCI Express-based memory, and that they’ll hit the market sometime in the third quarter of 2012 — with no mention of specs or prices so far. Unfortunately, that means we don’t know how Lexar’s offerings will stack up against Sony’s H-series or S-series cards already on the market. That said, while you wait for more details about Lexar’s new cards, feel free to check out the lovely data the D4 will be putting on ‘em when they arrive.
The good-ship BBC won’t steer itself, and it’s just been announced that George Entwistle is the next to take the wheel. Currently director of BBC Vision (the Beeb’s fancy name for TV,) Entwistle will take over from Mark Thompson, who announced back in March that he’d be leaving Auntie’s warm embrace. Appointment to the £450,000-a-year (about $ 702,000) role is always keenly observed, with much of the future direction of the broadcasting stalwart considered to rest on its shoulders. Entwistle cut his teeth on such programs as Tomorrow’s World, Panorama and Newsnight, before working his way into more executive roles. Thompson will hold the fort until after the Olympics, before handing the (figurative) baton over to Entwistle.
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Windows Phone 8 shares much of its code with the firm’s PC system, making it easier for developers to write programs for different types of devices. The company said it should mean there would be some “amazing games” for handsets running its new release. A tie-up with Nokia has already brought several Windows Phone devices to market, but sales lag some way behind models running Android or Apple’s iOS. Microsoft said Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei would all be making devices powered by the system upgrade. High-def handsets Other new features announced at the Windows Phone Summit event in San Francisco included: Support for multi-core chips, allowing devices to turn on cores to access extra processing power when needed, and to switch off cores when not to preserve battery life The ability to work with different screen resolutions including the high definition 720p format Support for removable Micro SD cards allowing users to store more media files or install apps saved on the format A new “wallet” app allowing the phone to act as both credit and membership cards. It also supports NFC (near field communication) payments Built-in maps from Nokia’s Navteq division with turn-by-turn navigation A more customisable start screen allowing users the choice of three tile sizes to represent installed software and more colour options A warning alert if the software believes a website contains malware or is otherwise unsafe Background Skype The update also allows internet call software … Video Rating: 5 / 5Related Posts:
Microsoft’s rumored acquisition of enterprise-focused social networking service Yammer is seemingly all but confirmed, as The Wall Street Journal has corroborated earlier reports of a $ 1 billion buyout. But according to our sources outside of the company, Microsoft will not be announcing the deal at its mystery event on Monday, and the details of the acquisition may not emerge for some time. The acquisition is believed to be part of a larger strategy to boost Microsoft’s social networking offering, potentially leveraging Yammer’s strengths as a private, internal communications tool for businesses.