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Mum may still be the word at Samsung, but between user agent profiles, leaked details and the word of the Wall Street Journal, the arrival of the Galaxy S 4 mini seems imminent. Still, there’s nothing like a leaked gallery of snapshots to stoke the fire — and Weibo user PunkPanda is happy to provide. A series of new images shows the diminutive Galaxy sizing up to its full sized sibling and a stray cigarette. Rumor has it the handset will debut later this summer with a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core 1.6Ghz processor and an 8MP camera. No word on pricing, availability or market just yet, but check out the attached gallery for an early eyeful.
Gallery: Galaxy S 4 Mini (Weibo)
Source: PunkPanda (Weibo)
Ready for round two? Nokia is: it’s put the Galaxy S III and its own Lumia 928 back in the ring,challenging Samsung’s handset to an audio recording duel. The company’s latest video tasks both phones with capturing a musical performance in a New York subway. Naturally, Nokia uses the clip to promote the Lumia’s strengths, flipping back and forth between the 928′s clear, undistorted audio, and the much noisier recording captured on the Galaxy S III. A graphic overlay jumps and dips with the volume, peaking into the red distortion threshold whenever the view switches to the Samsung phone’s perspective. “Nokia Lumia retains audio quality under high volume recording with no distortion,” it reads, and indeed the Lumia’s footage does sound clearer by comparison, if a bit muted. What Nokia’s handset lacks in volume, however, it makes up in balance — not only is the audio free of distortion, it also lacks the echo picked up by the Galaxy S III. Smartphone audiophiles with a discerning ear can find the full video after the break.
Entire countries can go offline. Syria’s done it before, and now it appears that the troubled nation has dropped its web connection again, according to Google’s Transparency Report and other online sources. The outage appears to have begun just before 3PM ET, according to Google’s report, and has yet to be resolved nearly three hours later. It’s not entirely clear what’s caused the outage, but based on educated speculation surrounding previous incidents, it wouldn’t be out of the question to conclude that the government was behind this latest interruption. For now, the country remains in the dark — we’ll update this post just as soon as that’s resolved.
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Source: Google Transparency Report
Our initial look at the BlackBerry R10 quickly suggested that the smartphone would be a budget alternative to the Q10, but it wasn’t clear just what we’d lose by penny-pinching. If DGtle is on the ball with its newly claimed specs, though, we won’t sacrifice as much as we thought. Along with offering more photos of the R10, the site believes that the handset will have the same 3.1-inch screen size and 2GB of RAM as its QWERTY sibling. Instead, the sacrifices would mostly affect media hounds: the R10 reportedly steps down to a 5-megapixel camera in addition to previously hinted cutbacks in storage (to 8GB) and battery (to 1,800mAh). We may learn the full truth soon enough — while there’s no guarantees anything will happen, next week’s BlackBerry Live conference is a prime opportunity for an unveiling.
Source: DGtle (translated)
Better start working on those powerball exercises. At least if Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was the thing you thought your life was missing, as it’s just landed at the FCC. Yeah, we know this isn’t the first time, but on second time around it’s the LTE-sporting AT&T-friendly GT-i9205 model. The usual lab tests show little that we didn’t know already — unless you didn’t know it had LTE Band 5, dual band WiFi, NFC or GSM 850 / 1900. As the 5.8-inch isn’t 4G-enabled, this means we’re looking at the bigger 6.3-inch version, but still no word on if, when or how this might land on US shores. Still no harm in limbering up though, is there?
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News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting unit, rebuffed in earlier efforts to obstruct Dish’s Hopper DVR for skipping commercials, now seeks an injunction to shut out the brand-new Hopper with Sling for delivering live and recorded TELEVISION to computers, phones, and tablets over the web.
According to Bloomberg, Fox sought a preliminary injunction yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging the Hopper’s Sling attributes breach Fox’s license arrangement with Meal and infringe the network & rsquo; s copyrights on its programs. The Hollywood Press reporter keeps in mind that this is a modified version of Fox’s earlier claim against Recipe in the same court, with the same judge. A copy of the modified problem acquired by the EFF shows some of the brand-new charges Fox is making …
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When HTC CEO Peter Chou showed off his company’s next flagship phone, the M7 / HTC One a few weeks ago, he had both black and silver versions in hand. Shortly after, known press pic source evleaks snagged a promo image in silver and now has posted another to Unwired View, this time of the black one. Still sporting a unique two button design seen previously and what we assume is a Sense 5.0 homescreen widget, this pic also flashes New York localized info, as compared to the earlier leak’s London home. For now, we’re left counting down until its expected unveiling on the 19th in… New York and London — see you there.
Source: Unwired View
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Nintendo’s Q3 earnings report is out, and it’s sold just over 3 million units of its new Wii U console (at a loss) along with 11.69 million pieces of software. The other big news is that it’s adjusted sales forecasts downward — again, after it announced they were being cut back in October. It’s not all bad news however, as it’s showing about $ 160 million in net income for the year, compared with last year’s losses. The 3DS has jumped up to 29.84 million sold, while the original Wii is within shouting distance of the 100 million number. We’re digging through the report now, so hit the source link to check it out for yourself or check back in a moment for more data.
Apple’s warranty plans have drawn the ire of a Belgian consumer watchdog agency, Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats. The group has filed a complaint against the company over how AppleCare is sold and marketed to customers, who in the EU by default are entitled to a free two-year warranty with any consumer electronics purchase. The complaint says Apple markets its warranties in a manner which doesn’t properly explain consumer rights to Belgian gadget shoppers.
The decision to pursue legal action comes only after Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats decided to join up with 10 other Europe-based entities to make complaints about how Apple operates its warranties, but now the group feels it is time to escalate to a court case after efforts to petition the Mac maker have gone unheard. The move also follows successful action in Italy regarding the same exact issue, a case which the Belgian watchdog cites as a precedent, noting that Apple not only had to pay a €900,000 penalty in that case, but also modified its practices for the Italian market.
Why all the fuss? There is lots of money to be made in value-added warranties, that’s why. It’s not clear exactly how much Apple makes via AppleCare, which offers consumers extended protection on their devices above Apple’s basic one-year warranty, for an additional fee. But it is likely a lot; added warranties are much higher profit than gadgets themselves, since many consumers never take advantage of their services at all, more than compensating for the few who do redeem them for expensive repairs or replacements. That’s why Apple isn’t moving to change its practices in the EU for anything short of a court order to do so, and why we may see others beyond the Belgian group pursue the same kind of action.