Archive for July, 2011

HTC bypasses Apple patent ire for 2012 Android range

HTC bypasses Apple patent ire for 2012 Android range

HTC has reportedly developed workaround technologies for those systems the ITC deemed infringed on Apple's patents, and will shift its 2012 smartphone range to the new solutions no matter the outcome of its appeal. The company has called on help from component suppliers as well as software and firmware providers, DigiTimes reports, in an attempt to limit liability - should the ITC's preliminary judgement be upheld - to the last generation of handsets developed in 2011.

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HTC EVO 3D gets Vodafone snub

HTC EVO 3D gets Vodafone snub

Could the tide be turning against HTC's prime position in the Android smartphone segment? UK carrier Vodafone has confirmed this morning that it has ditched the HTC EVO 3D from its line-up, over concerns that ongoing delays in the GSM version's launch meant it would come simply too late to compete with rival devices.

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Facebook for Business launch highlights Google+ shortcomings

Facebook for Business launch highlights Google+ shortcomings

Facebook has taken advantage of Google's tardiness over business profiles on Google+ and launched its own Facebook for Business subsite. While not actually delivering any new features, Facebook for Business instead pulls together into a single place all of the social networking elements a brand might need to know to launch and run a fan page, including advice on dealing with customer feedback and how to create customized adverts.

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Windows Finally Gets RAW Image Support In Photo Gallery and Explorer

Windows Finally Gets RAW Image Support In Photo Gallery and Explorer

For those of you who find not being able to preview RAW format images in Windows to be quite annoying, then be relieved to know that Microsoft has finally addressed the issue. You will now be able to preview and edit them natively in Windows. The software giant released a codec pack for Windows 7 and Vista that will bring support for RAW format image viewing to the Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer.

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Google Shopper iPhone App Gets Map-Based Offers

Google Shopper iPhone App Gets Map-Based Offers

Google just released an update to version 1.5 for their Google Shopper iPhone app, which now integrates Google Offers. The app makes it easy to find more information on the products in front of you while you shop. It recognizes cover art, barcodes, and supports voice and text search to bring you relevant local versus online pricing, reviews, videos, and other specs. And now, it will also let you find deals nearby while you're on the go.

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Apple Readying Ultra-Thin 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros?

Apple Readying Ultra-Thin 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros?

Apple's MacBook Air ultraportable notebooks have been incredibly popular, but are only available in 11- and 13-inch models. That may soon change. Rumors have emerged that the company is already in the late testing stages of producing new ultra-thin 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks, although there's a possibility that these new additions will be branded under the MacBook Pro series instead of Air.

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Verizon 4G LTE Adding More Markets On August 18

Verizon 4G LTE Adding More Markets On August 18

Verizon is really gobbling up the nation with its 4G LTE coverage at an unrelenting pace. After having just turned on 28 new markets a week ago, the carrier announced today that its coverage will reach several new markets on August 18. At this rate, Verizon is well on its way to meeting or even exceeding its target of 175 markets by the end of this year.

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Apple Flat Keyless Keyboard Patent Revealed

Apple Flat Keyless Keyboard Patent Revealed

It appears that in addition do their Motion-Sensitive keyboard patent, Apple has sent out a patent application for a "Flat Keyless Keyboard for Desktops & More." This application was signed for late last week and may be entirely flat or may include at least one input surface which may be constructed of glass, metal, plastic, or any other solid material Apple might end up wanting to use. In the case of glass, the keys could be painted on the surface or shown beneath the surface of the glass on a display, not unlike on-screen keyboards working on smartphones and tablets today.

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