Archive for September, 2011

Verizon HTC Rhyme goes on sale

Verizon HTC Rhyme goes on sale

Verizon has begun selling the Rhyme, the Android smartphone that's manufacturer HTC insists is definitely not obsessed with ladies. Announced earlier this month, the Rhyme has a 3.7-inch WVGA display, a mere 1GHz single-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera, but is bundled with a healthy range of accessories: a docking station with integrated Bluetooth speakers, a "charm" dongle that lights up to show you when you have a new call or message, and a set of tangle-free headphones.

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Pioneer DDJ-ERGO-V DJ controller makes your mix flashy

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO-V DJ controller makes your mix flashy

Pioneer continues to polish its virtual DJ controller line-up, with the latest DDJ-ERGO-V model packing so many LEDs you could probably outshine a half dozen glitterballs. Hooking up to your PC or Mac via a single USB connection, the DDJ-ERGO-V offers a pair of 115mm controllers, an integrated audio interface, the ability to control up to four decks from one unit, and various blinking light patterns to show you how well you're doing on your mixing, beat matching and more.

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Samsung “knows it can’t rely on Google” says exec

Samsung “knows it can’t rely on Google” says exec

Samsung has lashed out at Google over Android patent issues, with an executive at the company claiming it signed the Microsoft licensing deal because "Samsung knows it can't rely on Google." The unnamed official dismissed suggestions that Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility would be beneficial to the ecosystem of Android device manufacturers at large, telling The Korea Times that "if Samsung truly believed that Google's takeover of Motorola Mobility was going to be helpful ... it would have waited until that deal was closed before concluding the license agreement with Microsoft."

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Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype has added video calling support for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the original Google Nexus One and the Motorola Photon 4G, as well as a host of other Android devices. Skype for Android v2.5 adds fourteen new phones and tablets to the compatibility list, bringing the total to 41, as well as adding support for switching between portrait and landscape orientation midway through a video call.

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Steve Jobs opened Samsung patent negotiations court told

Steve Jobs opened Samsung patent negotiations court told

Apple ex-CEO Steve Jobs personally contacted Samsung management in 2010, in an attempt to hash out the ongoing patent concerns and give the Korean company "a chance to do the right thing" it has been revealed. The exec outreach news was shared as part of Apple's legal presentation in Austalian courts yesterday, the WSJ reports, though Jobs' involvement was apparently limited to just the initial olive-branch. "The discussions started with contact from [Jobs], and then he wasn't involved in meetings beyond that" senior Apple exec Richard Lutton confirmed during cross-examination.

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Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon may well be planning a version of its Silk browser for PC, Mac and mobile platforms, rather than just the Kindle Fire tablet announced yesterday, if domain name registrations are anything to go by. The retailer has gone on a URL spree, buying over 500 domains, but it's registrations for "amazonsilkforandroid.com", "amazonsilkformac.com" and "amazonsilkforpc.com" that have particularly caught attention. Silk uses a combination of caching and on-the-fly server-side compression to boost browsing speed on the Kindle Fire.

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Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Tizen, the platform that gobbled up MeeGo, may only be a few days old but already it's reportedly gaining support from new companies including ASUS and Acer. The firms are each apparently set to add Tizen development to their engineer's workload, DigiTimes' sources claim, with HTC said to be "currently evaluating its decision." The shift in OS focus will mean that ASUS and Acer's existing MeeGo device plans are put on ice, it's suggested.

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Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook's HTML5 app push, codenamed Project Spartan, looks set to launch next week, with a Monday unveil for the mobile platform - and the iPad Facebook app - tipped. The scheduling, so TechCrunch's sources say, is designed to offer Facebook a fallback option if Apple decides not to share stage-space with the social network at the iPhone 5 launch on October 4. Meanwhile, a prematurely posted (and subsequently yanked) Facebook page seemingly documented exactly what Project Spartan will offer to users and developers.

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Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5GHz dual-core eyes speedy smartphones

Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5GHz dual-core eyes speedy smartphones

Samsung has announced its latest Exynos mobile processor, the Samsung Exynos 4212, a 1.5GHz dual-core chip intended for the company's upcoming smartphones and tablets. Built using 32nm processes, the Exynos 4212 has apparently been designed for 3D gaming and graphics in mind, with developers Gameloft already onboard with a selection of titles that take advantage of the new chip's abilities.

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