Archive for July, 2012

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note Review

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note Review

This week we've got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note as carried by T-Mobile in the USA - and with it we've got another home-run for the unique device team. Samsung took the time to create something unique in the Galaxy Note when it was first revealed for an international audience, and now the T-Mobile user base has the opportunity to use it on their favorite carrier. Is that the beginning and the end of it? Let's have a peek!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

This morning it's a torrent of magical Apple news, and it's not going to let up all day long, I guarantee it. We're just about this close to a new iPhone and perhaps a new iPad mini as well, and what you're going to find is no less than a billion stories on both coming up in the pipe. Start your journey with the Apple design chief himself talking about how they don't care about money. Check out the iPad mini tipline and factoids on how it might ship in November. Then if you're not in for the long haul with Apple, you might want to check out the relatively bad news coming from HTC on how they're pulling out. Microsoft is also staying vocal with information about Perceptive Pixel and how they're going big with giant screens.

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iPad mini may get own event, ship in November

iPad mini may get own event, ship in November

A report from iMore this morning indicated that Apple is planning to unveil the next iPhone along with the iPad mini on September 12th. The next iPhone would then ship out to customers 9 days later on September 21st, although the exact launch date for the iPad mini wasn’t quite as clear. iLounge corroborates iMore’s sources, saying that the next iPhone will launch in late September, but the site isn’t quite as confident on the prospects of the iPad mini.

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Apple design chief: We don’t care about money (and that almost killed the iPhone)

Apple design chief: We don’t care about money (and that almost killed the iPhone)

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has insisted that the company is resolutely focused on product innovation not revenue, merely relying on being "operationally competent" to make money. Coming after the Cupertino firm announced $8.8bn in income in the last financial quarter, Ive said that Apple's goal is always "to try and make good products", the Telegraph reports, and that the he and the company "trust that if we are successful people will like them." That approach almost saw the iPhone canned before it launched, in fact.

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HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC may have put out an impressive range of smartphones for 2012, but the company has still been struggling financially against the likes of Samsung. The company announced today that it would be withdrawing completely from the South Korean market following strong competition. As a result, HTC will be closing its Korean office, although it notes that it will be “a long term process and not an immediate one as we want to cause the least disturbance for our customers here and continue after-sales services.”

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Microsoft finalizes Perceptive Pixel buy for huge-screen touchscreen tech

Microsoft finalizes Perceptive Pixel buy for huge-screen touchscreen tech

Microsoft has finalized its acquisition of multitouch-magic firm Perceptive Pixel, bringing the complex infinite-point touchscreen developer in-house with the Windows maker. Announced last month, the deal hasn't been fleshed out with details as to exactly what Microsoft intends to do with Perceptive Pixel, but company founder, president and CTO Jeff Han will be reporting as part of the Office team.

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Sony and LG ditch phones in Jelly Bean and ICS upgrade cycle

Sony and LG ditch phones in Jelly Bean and ICS upgrade cycle

Android fragmentation, what Android fragmentation? Oh, there it is. Sony and LG are surprising few but disappointing plenty with confirmation that several devices apiece won't be getting new versions of the OS. For Sony, it's the Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro which have reached the end of the update line, with no chance of an official Jelly Bean release. However, the news is arguably even worse for some LG users, who still aren't even on Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets are limited in their mapping abilities, currently relying on Google's web interface to access any kind of maps. That’s set to change today, as the company has announced a partnership with skobbler that will see the Nook tablets gain the ability to natively search and view maps. It’s an interesting move from Barnes & Noble to avoid using Google’s services, although we imagine the advent of the Nexus 7 and its low price point has made the company’s options clearer.

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BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW has revealed its latest electric vehicle, but unlike the i-Series cars the new C evolution bike is somewhat less glamorous and likely to be a whole lot more affordable. Part of BMW's Motorrad group, the BMW C evolution uses a 11 kW electric drive for a top speed 120 kph and a range of 100 km from an 8 kWh battery. Unlike electric city cars, however, BMW believes the C evolution bike is perfectly suited to motorway driving as well.

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