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Spy Shots Of The HTC Vigor Surface In The Wilderness

Just a few days after information about the Vigor surfaced we have two photos of the device.  Rumours have pegged this, first and foremost, as HTC’s first Beats Audio device, a product of their latest partnership with Beats by Dr Dre.  Secondly?  This device is rumoured to have that 720p display we’ve all been hearing about, 1GB or RAM, 1.5GHz Dual Core and Sense 3.5 running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.  Here’s our first post on the Vigor, and there’s one more picture after the break. Continue reading

Samsung’s Legal Team Confirm The Nexus Prime

When it comes to manufacturer’s faux pas it doesn’t get any bigger than this.  Samsung’s legal department sent a Cease and Desist letter to a person claiming to be in possession of leaked Nexus Prime firmware.  Sammy, quite rightly of course, wants its property back as it is indeed Samsung’s unique property and hasn’t yet been released to the public.

So there you have it.  The Nexus Prime is indeed being made by Samsung, dashing dreams of a newborn Nexus One everywhere.  At least, judging by the Nexus S’ success, it’ll sell well this time round.  You can find details of the initial rumours here with more evidence to support the purported 4.5″ HD screen here.  You can also take a look at the letter right here, down below.

 

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HTC Omega To Be Windows Phone Mango’s Launch Device?

The folks over at PocketNow have managed to grab a hold of some pretty official looking press shots of an upcoming HTC Windows Phone device code named “Omega”.  The phone’s pegged as a Windows Phone Mango (or 7.5, if numerals are what you’re after) and has quite a nice spec sheet.  First off is a Qualcomm processor rumoured to run at the 1.5GHz mark.  Now this is a little odd as the chipset in question, the Snapdragon MSM8255 can only be clocked to 1.4GHz, but can run at 1.5GHz out of the box if it’s dual core.  The specs also list 512MB of RAM, a 3.8″ display and an 8MP snapper.

The design itself seems reminiscent of the HTC Flyer with the same plastic finish and form round the back, with what seems to be an aluminium rim around the screen that splits the lower bezel in two creating a kind of double chin.  Seems rather nice, even in white, but doesn’t seem to scream high end.  HTC have an event planned for the 1st of September that also falls in with Windows Phone Mango’s Q3 release.  It’s only 5 days away, but the next couple of months are going to be interesting to say the least.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Resigns

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Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of tech giant Apple Inc., announced Wednesday that he is resigning immediately after years of health problems. The letter of Steve Jobs:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success however I do not believe that Apple will go downhill from now onwards. Sooner or later we all lnew it had to happen. As he mentioned in his letter he is only resigning from CEO and is going to take a more inactive role, I am sure that as long as there is life in Steve Jobs he will contribute in any way he can towards Apple.

Who is the successor of Steve Jobs? It cannot be anyone else apart from Tim Cook.  “The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” Mr. Levinson said. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

“This definitely marks the end of an era,” said Michael Gartengerg, an analyst for Gartner, but he added that “there’s much more to Apple than Steve Jobs.”

 

iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup

iPhone 5?!?

 

Every year since the first gen iPhone was released way back in 2007 we’ve eagerly expected a new phone. 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 paying attention.

Main Rumors Summarized in the following points:

1. Design-According to third party cases the iPhone 5 is going to have an iPod style curved design. Others believe that the iPhone 5 will have the same design as the iPhone 4 with better specs. This is the most likely as can be seen from the iPhone 3G and 3Gs almost have an identical design. Another rumor is that the new iPhone will have a 4 inch screen an increase of 0.5 inches from the previous iPhone. I see this to be highly unlikely as all the apps will have to be modified to fit the new 4 inch screen.

2. Camera and Components-The new iPhone is said to have dual LED flash with an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The iPhone 4 took a major leap in camera quality from previous generations and may be following up on those changes.
Talk about the A5 chip going from the iPad 2 to the iPhone is old news–it’s one of the rumors that is most likely to be true. Still, it is a rumor, so we won’t accept it was fact until the iPhone 5 ships with that sweet dual-core.

3. Sadly the iPhone 5 will not support 4G capabilities “as too much will have to be tempered with the phones guts” ,states Apple.

4. iPhone 4S? It’s been rumored that Apple may be waiting a bit longer to release the iPhone 5 and in the meantime will release an iPhone 4S in September. It will have the same body as the iPhone 4, but with a few upgrades, such as an A5 processor and better cameras. But don’t get too upset… There’s also talk that the iPhone 4S would be released in additon to the iPhone 5 and will be marketed as the budget iPhone.

5. Release Date– Latest rumors say that the iPhone 5 will launch on October 7th. Pre-Orders will start September 30th but nothing is confirmed yet as many dates have been thrown around! However, the well-connected “AllThingsD” has adamantly insisted that the iPhone 5 would not ship until October.

HP Shall Discontinue Operations For webOS Devices

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Today HP officially announced, together with their plans to spinoff its Personal Systems group (essentially PCs, mobile devices etc), that they shall be ditching the platform that they bought from Palm round about a year ago.

“In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones.  HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

We probably should have seen this coming.  A few days ago HP slashed the price of the TouchPad by over $100 to $399 for the 16GB WiFi model, while Best Buy apparently had ‘mountains’ of unsold stock, as did HP themselves.  Their first webOS phone outside of the Palm mould, the Veer, wasn’t very successful either, and its take on small devices failed to catch on.

So, in essence, what this means is that we should all go and buy ourselves a TouchPad.  It won’t be opened, but it will be framed, and we shall tell our children stories of the great OS that never was. “Back in the day…”

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HTC Vigor To Be HTC’s First Beats Device?

A few days ago HTC made a staggering announcement that they had just “invested” $300 million in one of the most innovative audio and sound companies in the world, Beats by Dr Dre.  What does this mean for us?  For one, better audio on our HTC smartphones.  Another area could be new audio oriented accessories, maybe better headphones (both optional and packaged) as well as some new speakers or sound docks, iPhone style. Now, just a day ago, sharp eyed tipsters spotted what could be HTC’s first Beats device, the HTC Vigor. Continue reading

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Google Have Bought Motorola Mobility

Google have just finalised the purchase of Motorola’s newly founded Mobility unit, the division in charge of creating the highly successful Droid line up for Verizon and for bringing into existence the Xoom, Honeycomb’s launch device.

Now, what we’ve got to see is that Motorola was one of the very Android OEM’s that stuck to the platform and did not participate in Microsoft’s Windows Phone reboot. Ultimately their loyalty seems to have worked out as Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion thus giving them a solid hardware platform for their own dedicated devices, so far the Nexus range.

The news has been welcomed by Google’s partners who see this as an opportunity to revitalise the eco-system and bring about a fresh perspective to Android hardware.  What does this mean for us?  Google will now be designing and manufacturing their own devices, not just one a year we assume, thus resulting in quicker updates for current Motorola owners and the Android ecosystem in general.  All in all good news.

UPDATE: Google’s acquired over 17,000 patents from this purchase.  These patent wars are going to get hotter!

Google+ App now available on the iPad and iPod

The Google + App is now available for iOS devices, bringing with it for an update for the iPad and iPod touch, on which it was previously unavailable. The updates include aggregated circle add notifications, huddle settings, and the usual “Performance and stability improvements”.

Unfortunately, this iPad support is not completely native as the app will just be a pixel-doubled iPhone application. This choice by Google is still better than no iPad support at all, though. You should be able to update the app now via the App Store.

 

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HTC Evo 3D Available At Vodafone MT

Yes, that’s right, HTC’s Evo 3D is now available from Vodafone!  From what we can tell Malta is also amongst the first in Europe to get this incredible device. The price is 649 euro off contract or starting from 49 euro on the Smartphone 95 plan.

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First Glimpse Of Ice Cream Sandwich

And here they are! Round about two months ahead of launch we have our first glimpse of Ice Cream Sandwich. These leaked images come from a T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S. From what we can see Ice Cream (short for Ice Cream Sandwich from now on) ditches Gingerbread’s black for a dark and rather AMOLED-unfriendly blue. It also seems o be an evolution of Honeycomb in this aspect, with the holographic design cues more having a more mature, modern and coherent form. Much of the images is blacked out, but the source did give some extra info about what Ice Cream Sandwich shall entail.  Read on past the break for more info.

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Apple Blocks Sales Of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in EU

As you techies out there may have heard, there is a war being fought RIGHT NOW.  Right beneath our feet.  It’s a dirty war, with men and women loyal to opposing causes flinging themselves against each other in this bloody battle.  Some, myself included, agree that Samsung is “infringing” on Apple’s designs.  Yes, I have been talking about the Samsung vs Apple patent suit.  Others see the case differently, arguing that there are only so many ways to design a tablet.  It seems the designers of the Motorola Xoom didn’t get the memo.  Neither did the designers of Asus’ Transformer. But I digress.

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