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Thanks to Apple, the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been banned ‘indefinitely’ from the US Read PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Van Camp   

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:01

HTC One X Banned In USA

The US Customs agency has 'indefinitely' delayed the importation of the HTC One X for AT&T and HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint due to alleged patent infringement and an ITC victory Apple won last December.

If you’ve wanted to know when the patent wars would get out of hand, mark your calendars. Apple has been successful at delaying a few Samsung products in Australia and Germany, but today the litigation has gotten real for all of us in the United States. Because of Apple’s claims of patent infringement, the HTC One X for AT&T and the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint have been delayed ‘indefinitely’ at US Customs as the agency investigates if the devices are still breaking Apple patents. All of HTC’s phones, and most electronic devices, are manufactured in China and other regions of the world. They must be imported into the United States to be sold here.

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order,” HTC said, in a statement. “We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.”

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Google’s plan to cut out carriers: Sell a bunch of Android 5.0 Nexus devices directly to consumers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Van Camp   

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:55

Google To Sell Nexuse Direct To Users

Google has new plan: Instead of releasing one Nexus device with each new version of Android, it's going to release a bunch of new devices and sell them directly to customers through its Google Play store. Will it work? We've got the details.

In Hollywood, sequels always have to be bigger and better than their predecessors. Google seems to agree. According to a new report by WSJ, Google is planning to change its strategy with new Android releases. In the past, it has worked with one manufacturer — Motorola, HTC, and Samsung are favorites so far — to create a single Google ‘Nexus’ branded phone or tablet. With the upcoming Android 5.0 (codenamed “Jelly Bean”), Google will offer a ‘portfolio’ of Nexus phones and tablets from as many as five manufacturers. If that’s not a big enough change, Google will also sell them all directly to consumers (you and me) through the new Devices section of the Google Play store

Mimicking Microsoft

The change in direction is huge, putting Google’s strategy more in line with the likes of Microsoft, which attempts to launch new versions of Windows and Windows Phone with a flurry of new devices. Though Google has made great strides improving the design and performance of Android, it is still taking manufacturers anywhere from 3-12+ months to upgrade their devices to the newest version of Android. For example, with Android 4.0, Google worked with Samsung to create the Galaxy Nexus. This is a fantastic phone, but even now, five months later, it remains one of the only Android 4.0 phones available. New devices are only starting to trickle out with Google’s updated operating system. The slowness isn’t hurting it now, but could hinder Android when stiffer competition, like Microsoft’s Windows 8, enter’s the market.

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Blizzard to manage Diablo III server stress with log-in delays PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 11:24

Diablo III Is Almost Here!!

Blizzard may deliberately hold up player log-ins for Diablo III by up to 40 seconds in order to manage the predicted server stress when the game launches on May 15.

"It's possible we'll need to adjust the rate at which we're logging people in to ensure a stable experience, and if we do you may see a delay when attempting to login," Blizzard warned in a Diablo 3 launch day update. "Please be aware that a delay of up to 40 seconds is possible while the game attempts to connect you. If your connection doesn't succeed in 40 seconds, you'll be presented with an Error 37 message and asked to try again.

"If you see this error it does in fact mean that you should try again. We'll be working around the clock to keep you informed of any issues that are occurring through the in-game breaking news window, as well as the official forums."

In order to maximise your chances of playing without a significant delay, Blizzard is asking Diablo III players to create their BattleTag now.

"We expect that on launch night both the game service and website will be under very heavy strain due to the immense number of people excited to be among the first playing Diablo 3. With that in mind, we highly recommend you create your BattleTag now, as it's required to play Diablo 3."

Diablo III servers go live from midnight on Monday, May 14.

 
Samsung Galaxy Note Getting Android 4.0 Update PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 10:28

Samsung Galaxy Note Get's Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Samsung has started to roll out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Galaxy Notes in Europe, according to several reports.

News of the rollout originated from Devin Balentina, a Netherlands-based Galaxy Note owner. Balentina, whose tweet was first discovered by The Verge, posted an image of the software update alert, which includes mention of a host of upgrades, including the new S Note App's "advanced note-taking [and] productivity tools". The update also includes the S Memo Widget, and a host of other improvements.

Although one person getting access to Android 4.0 is by no means a smoking gun, Samsung-tracking site Sammy Hub is reporting today that Germany-based members of the XDA Developers forum have also gotten their hands on the update.

Galaxy Note owners had hoped to get Ice Cream Sandwich in the first quarter, but Samsung back in March announced that the "premium suite upgrade" that would accompany the Android 4.0 update wouldn't launch until the second quarter. The company said that the update would be rolled out worldwide, so even if it's currently only available in parts of Europe, hopefully it'll eventually make its way to other countries.

 
Hands On With The Samsung Focus 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 17:29

Samsung Focus 2

Impressions of the Samsung Focus 2, the newest Windows Phone on AT&T to come with 4G LTE connectivity. Nokia has yet another competitor.

AT&T seems determined to make Windows Phone a success. It has launched more of Microsoft’s phones than any other wireless carrier and lately, they’re getting quite affordable. The Samsung Focus 2 is the fourth Focus phone to be released in the year and a half since Windows Phone came onto the scene, and it might be our favorite since the original. 

The first Samsung Focus is still a great Windows Phone and its sequels aren’t bad either, but neither the Focus Flash or Focus S really recaptured the magic of the original. Sometimes size does matter and by returning to its roots, the Samsung Focus 2 excels. Samsung has brought back the 4-inch screen and overall shape of the original Focus as well as its AMOLED screen, which helps the bright colors and dark blacks of Windows Phone pop. The nicely spaced haptic navigation buttons are also back. 

Though it’s not as thin and sexy as the new Galaxy S3, the Focus 2 merges the style of the original Focus with the new white and silver look of the S3, helping it look and feel like one of the best Windows Phones out there. 

Like all Windows Phone 7.5 devices, this runs on a single-core processor, added 4G LTE connectivity, a 480×800 pixel screen, and 512MB of RAM — basically, nobody will be buying this phone for its specs. But Windows Phone isn’t really about cutting edge processors (at least not currently), and the OS runs and looks just as good as it ever has on this new device. Later this fall, Microsoft will likely introduce Windows Phone 8, but until then, this is as good a Windows Phone as any. It’s also pretty cheap.

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Samsung Galaxy S III: Meet The New Android Emperor! PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2012 20:19

Samsung Galaxy S3

Thanks to the previous Galaxy model’s success, Samsung is now the world’s biggest phone manufacturer, a title it will no doubt keep once the slim and pebble-like Galaxy S III hits stores at the end of May. At 4.8-inches, you can tell Samsung worked really hard at retaining the slightly-smaller Galaxy S II’s footprint, so despite the 22 per cent larger display, it’s only 16 per cent bigger than the S II. We hear HTC’s One X is already quaking a little in fear.

Reassuringly, Samsung seems to have cottoned on to the fact that there’s only so far you can go with hardware at the moment. Rather than bolting a silly 16MP camera sensor on, or slimming it down to the slim widths of the Motorola Droid RAZR, they’ve instead focused most of their attention on upgrading Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with some much-needed features, and in several cases, new tweaks and additions that you never knew you wanted before.

Specs
But before we get bogged down with the glossy stuff, let’s talk hardware. The 4.8-inch display is a Super AMOLED panel with 720 x 1280 (306ppi) resolution, and inserted just above that display? Why, it’s a 1.9MP forward-facing camera which shoots 720p video. Over on the Galaxy S III’s backside, it’s got a simple 8MP camera that can shoot 1080p video. But don’t let that lowly sensor number put you off — Samsung’s got a few camera tricks in store this time, which I’ll touch on in a minute.

Running on one of Samsung’s beastly new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Cortex-A9 quad-core chips, it comes with 1GB of RAM, and a choice of either 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage configurations (all of which also let you chuck a microSD card up to 64GB in, as well.)

In certain territories (the US, Japan and Korea), the S III will be available in LTE, but we’ll have to make do with HSPA+ here in the UK. Seven sensors, including an accelerometer; RGB light; digital compass; proximity; gryoscope; NFC, and barometer have been shoved in too.

All of this in a body that weighs 133grams, measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, and houses a 2100mAh battery; Samsung’s first smartphone with a battery that size.

The names for the two colour options, marble white and pebble blue, should lead you down the garden path and knocking on the door of Samsung’s inspiration with this phone, but if it doesn’t, then the lock screen and wallpaper skins will scream “nature” at you, even if you live in a concrete jungle with nary a potplant in sight.

Android Tweaks
As mentioned before, Samsung’s overhauled ICS with some nifty new TouchWiz tricks. These include:

- Smart Stay, which uses the forward-facing camera to determine if you’re looking at the phone. You can set time intervals from as little as 15 seconds, which result in a small flashing eye logo in the Android notification bar. If it recognises that your eyes aren’t focused on the phone anymore, the screen dims.

- Direct Call, which will auto-dial a contact if you have their contact details or a message open. By moving the phone to your ear, the proximity sensor; accelerometer and gyroscope all kick into use, and automatically dial the contact’s number.

- Smart Alert, which will make the phone vibrate in your hand and flash an LED if you pick the phone up after a missed call.

- S Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature, that you can use to enquire about the weather; take a photo (“Hi Galaxy, please take a photo” to open the camera app, or “cheese” to snap it), and other tasks such as locking the phone, or controlling music. Each demand can be configured by the user.

- Social Tag, which links photos of friends in your photo gallery to their Facebook or Google+ accounts, using facial recognition.

- S Beam, which pairs other Galaxy S III phones (and only them, for now) via NFC, shares photos, videos, files or even albums of media over Wi-Fi. If your friend’s S III doesn’t have Wi-Fi enabled, S Beam will automatically turn that user’s Wi-Fi on, and then off.

- AllShare Cast, which pairs to TVs, laptops or tablets over Wi-Fi, mirroring whatever’s on the S III. You can also use the S III as a game controller.

- PopUp Play, which will literally pop a video out of its player, rendering it in a small thumbnail so you can continue watching while surfing the web or doing other functions on the phone. The thumbnail is movable around the display, even if it’s pretty small.


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Major ISPs to turn into copyright police by July, says RIAA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Couts   

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Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:44

By July 12, major Internet service providers in the US will begin taking actions against customers who are suspected of downloading copyrighted content illegally.

File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US.

The “gradual response” program works like this: ISPs will automatically monitor the Web activity of their customers. If a subscriber is found to be downloading copyrighted content illegally, their ISP will send them an “educational” notice saying such activity has been detected from IP addresses linked to their account. If that customer continues to download content illegally, the ISP will send “confirmation notices” to make sure they received the original notices. If copyright infringing activity continues still, the ISP then reserves the right to throttle Web access speeds, or cut off a subscriber’s Internet access altogether, at least until that user agrees to stop pirating copyrighted material. According to CNet, the ISPs have the option to skip these “mitigation measures,” and none have yet committed to completely cutting Internet access.

“Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system,” said Sherman, at a CNet event in New York this week. This is required “for establishing the database so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion.”

While the RIAA, MPAA, and even the White House support this measure, many questions still remain. For instance, what about customers that get Internet access from smaller providers? Will those companies be pressured into jumping on the Hollywood bandwagon? Moreover, given the staunch public opposition to governmental efforts to impose restrictions on the Internet, how will people react if they lose their connection altogether? Our prediction: Dark days are ahead.


 
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