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T-Mobile is more than a little eager to justify its acquisition of MetroPCS. To its relief, there’s early evidence that the money was well spent: it says that MetroPCS’ switch to a blend of HSPA+ and LTE is ahead of schedule, and it cites the just-started Bring Your Own Phone program as proof. The bigger carrier is already planning to expand MetroPCS’ device mix, too. In addition to the recent launches of the Galaxy Exhibit and Optimus L9, T-Mobile’s refreshed Galaxy S III is due on June 17th. We won’t declare the transition a resounding success just yet, however — when T-Mobile only expects to finish converting MetroPCS customers by 2015, there’s still a lot of ground left to cover.
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Taiwanese PC maker ASUS dropped this gem yesterday ahead of Computex 2013 — the PQ321, a professional-grade 31.5-inch 4K monitor. It features a 3840 x 2160-pixel (16:9, 140 ppi) 10-bit RGB (one billion colors) IGZO panel with LED backlight, 176-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 8ms GTG response time. Beyond its Ultra HD capability, the monitor comes with built-in stereo speakers (2W) plus height, tilt and swivel adjustments. It’s wall-mountable (VESA) and only 35mm thick — according to ASUS, that makes it the thinnest 4K monitor on the market today. Connectivity includes DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio, RS-232C and, for US models, dual HDMI inputs with picture-in-picture support. There’s no word on pricing yet, but the PQ321 will be available in North America at the end of June and ASUS is expected to show the monitor in Taipei next week along with a 39-inch 4K model.
Via: PC Perspective
Heads up, Android fans. If you took the plunge and backed the rather sleek Shine wearable activity tracker from Misfit Wearables, you may want to get your money back. According to a recent update posted to the project’s Indiegogo listing, the Founders Fund-backed company has decided to drop Android support from the final version in a bid to better focus on polishing the experience for iOS users.
Seriously, that’s the only reason they gave, which is likely little consolation to the backers who were originally told that the Shine would support certain devices running Android 4.1 and up when the thing officially launched. But let’s back up a moment first — in case you haven’t been following the Misfit Wearables odyssey, the Redwood City/Vietnam startup aimed to inject some style into the world of personal activity tracking with the $ 99, quarter-sized Shine doodad that could seamlessly sync your motion information to a slew of supported smartphones. It’s not entirely unlike what you would do with a Jawbone Up or a Fitbit, except that the hardware involved was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible — a welcome quality for a device you’re meant to wear all day long.
There’s no firm count on how many Android users wound up backing the project, but I’d wager there’s a decent chunk of them considering that the project raised more than eight times the $ 100,000 funding goal the team was originally shooting for. For what it’s worth, the decision seems to have been made fairly recently — a response on the Misfit Wearables Facebook page posted on May 8 confirmed to one fan that the team intended to have Android support ready for the masses when the Shine officially launches in July.
That said, the team has been working on the Shine Android app for at least a few months now, and they provided a first glimpse at the app in the form a of a render (see above) before ultimately putting it on the back burner. I’ve reached out to Misfit to see if they would clarify the issues they’ve been having on the Android front, and I’ll update if/when they respond.
Sad to say it’s hardly the first time a purveyor of fitness gadgets has decided to drop support for Google’s mobile operating system. Despite claiming that an Android version of its FuelBand syncing app was in the works for the better part of summer 2012, Nike unceremoniously pulled the plug on the project earlier this year noting that it would instead focus on building out the Fuel experience for iOS and the web.
MacBook Air inventory begins dwindling ahead of Apple's WWDC
The popular 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8-gigahertz processor and 256-gigabyte solid-state drive is currently out of stock at resellers Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall. In addition, J&R is currently advertising that the thin-and-light notebook …
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Mirasol reborn: 5.1″ phone display with near Retina MacBook resolution
Qualcomm has unexpectedly revealed a new mirasol mobile display, a 5.1-inch panel running at a whopping 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. Last we heard of mirasol, Qualcomm was dousing production plans and focusing on licensing out the low-power …
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Review: HardShell Case coats Retina MacBook Pro in a candy-colored shell
As sturdy as Apple's MacBooks are, it's a little depressing to pull your laptop out of your bag and discover a ding or scratch on the aluminum case. If you want some extra protection for your laptop, Handy Candy Cases' $ 60 HardShell Case might be the …
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Earlier today, Yahoo sent press invites to a “product-related” event in New York City Monday afternoon and there are already two separate rumors about the company’s plans. The first, from Bloomberg, concerns the event specifically and cites a “person familiar with the matter” reporting we’ll hear about new updates for Yahoo’s once-mighty Flickr photo service. The second is from AllThingsD, which has upgraded rumors of a Tumblr purchase from possible to possibly imminent, saying the company’s board will meet to decide whether it will make a $ 1.1 billion all-cash offer for the site. That announcement is also penciled in for the 20th, but whatever actually goes down you can be sure we’ll have the details as they’re unveiled at 4:30PM ET.
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Sure, Google I/O may not focus on new products, but it might just take a moment to unveil the firm’s take on music streaming. According to The Verge, industry sources say that Mountain View has inked licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment for YouTube and Google Play. With Fortune having reported that a similar deal with Warner Music Group is already in the can, it’s entirely possible that the search titan could reveal its Spotify-like service at the developer event. Page & Co.’s dev shindig may not have skydivers this year, but on-demand music may be on the program.
Source: The Verge
At some point — we’re not sure when — Sony’s naming scheme for laptops got confusing. There was the C series and the E series. The S, T, Z and even the F (RIP). Fortunately, Sony’s been working to clear things up: its first Windows 8 products all had descriptive names like “Duo” or “Tap.” Now, it’s streamlining its mainstream notebooks too. The company just unveiled some redesigned models for back-to-school season, and they’re all named ‘Fit.’ As the replacement to the entry-level E series and most of the T line, the Fit family includes both lower-end models (the Fit 14E / Fit 15E) and premium ones (the Fit 14 / Fit 15). They’ll be available this month, starting at $ 550 and going all the way up to $ 2,210, depending on how many upgrades you check off during the configuration process.
Regardless, there are certain specs you’ll find across the board – not just on the Fit machines, mind you, but on every Sony PC announced this season. These include NFC, backlit keyboards and webcams with Sony’s Exmor R imaging tech for better low-light performance. They’ll all have 1080p screens, too, with the exception of the 14-inch Fits, which start at 1,600 x 900. Both the Fit and Fit E will be offered with optional NVIDIA GT 740M GPUs (1GB or 2GB), touchscreens, optical drives and a choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors (Ivy Bridge for now). Ultimately, then, the difference between the two comes down to build quality: the Fit E is made of plastic, whereas the Fit has a thinner aluminum chassis, with the fans hidden above the keyboard, and a lid that covers the hinge. Also, the Fit will be offered with SSDs, with hybrid drives being the base option; the Fit E comes standard with a regular HDD and can be upgraded to a hybrid drive — and in any event, all of these will be available later this month.
Sky customers with On Demand or Sky Go access can snag an early look at the very first episode of Hannibal, along with Trollied, Mad Dogs and The Borgias. That first hit is due for a May 7th premiere on Sky Living at 10PM in the UK, but in what’s being billed as a television experiment of sorts, the show’s available now through On Demand with select Sky+ set-top boxes, or the Sky Go streaming service, if you’re able to access that. We can imagine plenty of other ways to get your fix without waiting for next Tuesday to roll around, but we’ll let you use your own imagination to tackle that one.
Jolla Confirms It Will Program Its Debut Phone Next Month & Begin “Pre-Sales Project” To Take Repayments From Followers Ahead Of 2H Launch
Jolla, the Finnish start-up consisted of ex-Nokians who left to keep the MeeGo fire burning, has verified it will be reflecting off its first mobile next month, and kicking off a “pre-sales” campaign to permit fans to register to purchase the phone. Although Jolla has demoed its Sailfish UI in some information previously, it has actually usually been tight-lipped about its plans for the gadget’s hardware design — so next month will imply another huge reveal.
Jolla had previously pegged the 2nd half of this yearfor its launching gadget launch. Today it has verified to TechCrunch that this launch timeframe is not altering, despite its purpose to reflect the phone following month. It provided the following emailed statement confirming the pre-sales campaign and noting that the shipping timeframe remains the exact same:
Jolla will showcase its first device in May. The precise timing of the introduction will be revealed later. A pre-sales campaign is anticipated to start after mid-May. The campaign is currently being planned and further details will be readily available at the time of the item introduction. The sales beginning of the first Jolla gadget will take location throughout the 2nd half of 2013 as earlier revealed. The pre-sales campaign was stated previously in Finnish publication digitoday, which ran a meet with Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio. According to the meeting (translated from the Finnish by Google equate), the pre-sales campaign will be a”Kickstarter-style”crowdfunding campaign, whereby very early backers can anticipate to obtain a gadget with a couple of unique extras compared to buyers who pile in later. Jolla told TechCrunch via Twitter that the pre-sales project is not a crowdfunding project to money the initial production run, rather”pre-sales is for the followers to register their interest and see to it they get the device initially”.
Nevertheless the difference in between a pre-sales project for fans and a crowdfunding project to fund manufacturing is a minimal one, and mainly an advantage of emphasis. In its meet with digitoday, Saarnio evidently discusses taking”advance repayments” and”pre-payments”from fans who sign up to buy the device — payments that” will not be so wonderful as to make up a threshold for the fans”but will be tiered, allowing them to get a more” customized”phone, the even more they pay. Jolla has not, nonetheless, confirmed this advanced payment detail separately to TechCrunch. Its statement suggests it is still wrapping up strategies for the pre-sales campaign. Update: Jolla has now verified by means of Twitter that it will be taking payments ahead of the phone’s launch from fans who mean to buy it.”Yes, there will be different choices to reveal the support and get something in return. Stay tuned for the announcement in May,”it stated. The pre-sales campaign is clearly component of Jolla’s marketing and community-building efforts to spread out the word about Sailfish and construct energy behind it. But taking payments ahead of production likewise makes good sense for a start-up with limited resources to develop hardware and one that is competing in such as fiercely competitive space, against smartphone makers with such huge resources.
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Regardless of revealing that it would be looking to offer its Consistency remote division early this year, Logitech has announced 2 new universal push-button controls, the Harmony Ultimate and the Harmony Smart Control. Both remotes connect to Logitech’s new Consistency Hub which can managing your house entertainment devices via RF or over Wi-Fi, enabling you to place your entertainment devices anywhere you wish.
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