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HTC One Landing In U.K., Germany & Taiwan Next Week, Heading To North America, Asia-Pac & Across Europe Prior to End Of April


HTC ’ s new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, will go on sale in the U.K., Germany and the business ’ s home market of Taiwan next week, HTC has actually confirmed today. The rollout will then ramp up “ across Europe ”, North America and “ most of Asia-Pacific ” before the end of the April.

The company had formerly stated the phone would start rolling out to consumers “ from mid-March ”.

A HTC spokeswoman provided the following statement: “HTC has actually seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the brand-new HTC One, and the care taken to design and construct it is evidenced in very early testimonials. The brand-new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan following week and throughout Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We value our clients’ determination, and believe that as soon as they have the phone in their hands they will concur that it has been worth the wait.”

The One has a 4.7-inch 1080p screen — putting it close in display size to ‘ phablet ’ area — which is topped and tailed with aluminium trim. Inside it ’ s powered by among Qualcomm’s brand-new quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipsets, clocked at 1.6 GHz, and additionally loads in 2GB of RAM.

In looks the One looks like BlackBerry ’ s Z10, and that ’ s not the only similarity in between the 2 companies at this point. Both have a whole lot riding on their respective flagships as rivals have gobbled up huge portions of the smartphone market.

HTC needs the One to fly, having actually struggled to make an impact in an Android area controlled by Samsung ’ s Galaxy collection of devices. Earlier this month the company stated its most affordable sales since January 2010. Sales for the month of February fell by almost 44 % to 11.37 billion Taiwan dollars($ 384 million). However with falling revenues, HTC has fewer resources to marshal in its battle with Samsung — possiblydescribing its staggered rollout — making it even more important it gets a hit with the One. Enders Analysis expert Benedict Evans noted just recently that HTC has actually now “ quit every penny of profits growth it got from Android ” — illustrating the fluctuate on the following graph: Evans added that while the HTC One “ is an extremely good phone ” in the existing very competitive handset market nice hardware is ” insufficient to contend ”. HTC

will be hoping it can prove him wrong.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: U.S. Court Lifts Sales Ban Granted Prior To Apple Vs Samsung Patent Trial

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The Northern District Court of California has overturned a sales ban against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 won by Apple in patent litigation against Samsung, Reuters is reporting.

This follows a ruling at the end of last month by the  U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh could decide whether or not to lift the ban on U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch tablet. Koh had previously refused to rule on the matter.

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung is reported as saying in a statement.

We’ve contacted Apple and Samsung for further comment and will update with any response. Samsung provided the following statement: “On September 28, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made a ruling, permitting the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to consider our request to lift the preliminary injunction on the GALAXY Tab 10.1. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products.”

Apple filed for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet back in May ahead of the trial. In the U.S. the dispute focuses on the iPad D’889 design patent — Apple’s trade dress — but the jury in the Apple vs Samsung trial subsequently decided Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 had not infringed this design patent, effectively invalidating the earlier ruling banning U.S. sales.

However it’s not necessary the end of the road for the Tab 10.1 design disputes — FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller notes that after a hearing scheduled for early December Apple can still win a permanent injunction against Samsung’s slate “over the D’889 tablet design patent if it prevails on the related part of its Rule 50 (“overrule-the-jury”) motion”.

Apple won an E.U.-wide preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year – although this was subsequently lifted in all countries except Germany, where the sales ban was granted. The dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the E.U. rested on Apple’s Community Design 000181607 for the iPad.

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Source: OnLive Found A Buyer, Cleaned House To Lessen Liability Prior To Acquisition (UPDATED)


We ’ re hearing from a reliable source that OnLive ’ s creator and CEO Steve Perlman finally decided to make an exit — and at the same time, is screwing the workers who helped develop the business and brand name. The cloud games business apparently had a number of suitors over the last couple of years (probably featuring Microsoft) but Perlman reportedly held tight control over the business, obviously not preferring to sell or share any of OnLive ’ s secret sauce.

Our source informs us that the buyer wishes all of OnLive ’ s assets — the intellectual property, branding, and most likely patents — however the plan is to keep the gaming business up and running. Nonetheless, OnLive management washed residence today, supposedly firing almost the whole entire personnel, and we hear it was done just to decrease the business ’ s liability, thus reducing employee equity to practically absolutely no. Yeah, it ’ s a massive dick move.

OnLive hit the gaming globe hard when it launched in 2009. Promising playable games there were lag cost-free, OnLive moved games to the cloud. The service took some time to gain grip but finally hit its stride last year with the addition of many top-tier titles. It was reported in June that even Microsoft considered buying the company. Some also thought OnLive would certainly be a really good fit within Sony — until Sony purchased OnLive opponent Gaikai last month as an alternative.

” Sony Computer Home entertainment will certainly deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service” Andrew House, president and group CEO of SCE stated last month. Sony paid $ 380M for Gaikai, a cloud games business with almost zero brand name acknowledgment. OnLive could have opted for a whole lot more.

For an upstart cloud gaming service, OnLive has actually done fairly well for itself. The business at first outed only one cloud games console, however quickly embraced others. The software application works with the majority of Android tablets, ships preinstalled on Vizio Televisions (and its brand-new Co Star Google TELEVISION), and is offered for the iPad and pc desktops.

We reached out to OnLive for comment but the business will certainly neither verify nor deny the claim. All the PR representative was prepared to state was that the aforementioned Vizio Co Star launches today. The company also would certainly not comment on the layoffs however Martyn Williams tweeted seeing OnLive staffers leaving their workplace carry boxes. These people most likely merely lost their jobs and equity prior to OnLive ’ s exit.

Update: OnLive offered TechCrunch the statement below. Like earlier reports recommended, it sounds like OnLive Inc. was liquefied and a brand-new company, OnLive Inc 2 or something of the kind, will continue in its place and is likely backed by new investors. The statement indicates that “ a huge amount of OnLive Inc. ’ s staff ” will certainly be hired by this brand-new company, which will certainly then hire more people. However there ’ s no word on if the original employees completely lost their equity. No matter how OnLive spins this move, it ’ s still looks shady to me.

We can now confirm that the assets of OnLive, Inc. have been attained into a newly-formed company and is backed by significant funding, and which will continue to operate the OnLive Game and Desktop computer services, in addition to support all of OnLive ’ s apps and gadgets, along with game, productivity and venture partnerships. The new business is choosing a large amount of OnLive, Inc. ’ s staff across all divisions and plans to continue to employ significantly even more people, featuring extra OnLive employees. All formerly revealed items and services, including those in the works, will certainly continue and there is no expected disturbance of any type of OnLive services.

We apologize that we were unable to comment on this transaction until it completed, and were limited to reporting on news associated with OnLive ’ s companies. Now that the transaction is complete, we are able to make this statement.

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Windows 8 Release Preview users can upgrade to final edition for $39.99 with prior valid license

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer will also apply to users of the Release Preview edition, the company has revealed. The deal, that lets Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $ 39.99, will be offered to Release Preview users once the final version is available. However, a previous valid license of Windows will be required for upgrade eligibility.

Microsoft tells us that if you had a “previous version of Windows that qualified on the PC already and installed Windows 8 Release Preview on top of it, you still qualify for the upgrade,” because of the previous installation of Windows. Users who clean install a version of Release Preview “on top” of a previous version of Windows (Xp, Vista, Windows 7)…

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SpaceX’s Historic Launch Aborted Less Than A Second Prior To Launch

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“Entering terminal count autosequence. 60 seconds to engine fire. #DragonLaunch,” Tweeted Elon Musk as his space company was less than a minute away from <a href=" But the launch didn’t happen. Nothing happened as Long-time NASA commentator George Diller counted down the seconds, “3..2..1……We’ve had a cutoff. Liftoff did not occur.” Musk tweeted 11 minutes later at 5:06am EDT, “Launch aborted: slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5. Will adjust limits for countdown in a few days.”

The SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket was literally a half a second away from launching. NASA is still inspecting the engine but early reports, tweeted by both Musk and NASA, state that the chamber pressure on engine 5 was abnormally high, causing the rocket’s onboard computer to abort the launch.

SpaceX was on the cusp of making history and becoming the first privately owned institution to dock a capsule with the International Space Station. Only governments, the US, Russia and Japan, have so far accomplished this task. Space X is hoping to take over the transport duties from NASA starting first with cargo but eventually shuttling personally between terra firma and the ISS.

This isn’t SpaceX’s first rodeo. The company has been launching its Falcon rockets since 2006 although the first flight of a Falcon 1 failed a few seconds in. The rocket on the launchpad today, a Falcon 9, saw a successful first flight in 2010.

Today’s launch, while cut short, will likely (hopefully) just be a footnote in SpaceX history. The company is set to try again in the coming days. The next launch attempt will come on May 22 but it could be pushed to May 23 according to some reports.

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Apple, Philippe Starck To Reveal “Revolutionary” Project Prior To Christmas


$ 10 says it’s an iPhone 5 case.

AFP is reporting Philippe Stark and Apple have teamed up on a project that Starck called “fairly, if not very, revolutionary.” The project is said to drop in time for Christmas.

However that’s where the fun info stops. No other details were given including the nature or scope of this so-called revolutionary project. It could anything from a new consumer product to a “revolutionary” design element of the new Apple HQ. And for what it’s worth, Apple already has their own powerhouse designer in Sir Jonathan Ive.

Starck himself revealed this info to a French radio station today. It’s unclear if it was an unintentional slip or an announcement sanctioned by Apple. But Starck apparently knows Apple. Several of his products are sold in Apple Stores. In fact the designer revealed that he had a personal relationship with Steve Jobs. The two apparently met on a monthly basis for seven years and Starck still returns to Palo Alto to see Laurene Jobs.

Nearly anything could come of this partnership. Starck’s designs and products range from street lights to cutlery to headphones to super yachts. The man and his design firm are apparently comfortable rethinking nearly anything — just like Apple. But if it’s true that said upcoming project is supposed to hit before Christmas, the most important retail time of year, then it’s likely a new consumer product. The Apple HDTV? Perhaps.

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Thanko’s Bracelet Battery is back, better and geekier than ever

Thanko's Bracelet Battery is back, better and geekier than ever

If 2007’s Bracelet Battery from Thanko didn’t match your lifestyle, there’s a good chance 2010’s model won’t either. That’s because it looks identical to the prior model, sporting the kind of style that would go perfectly with a Caped Crusader costume and virtually nothing else. New with this year’s model is an adapter cable that enables it to work with an even greater variety of devices, a 1,500mAh lithium-ion battery, and (wonder of wonders) an on/off switch. Yours for just

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