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It was wonderful while it lasted, but the days of individuals lawfully opening their very own phones is over. Back in October of last year, the Collection of Congress included an exemption to the DMCA to enable individuals to release their new phones for 90 days. That 3 month window has actually now closed. Obviously, providers are stillfree of cost to offer opened smartphones themselves, and some will likewise unlock them for you as long as particular conditions are fulfilled. “Tradition” or utilized smartphones bought before today could still be opened without any finger-wagging from federal courts. So, what does this mean exactly? Well, Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Mitch Stoltz told us, “What’s taking place is not that the Copyright Workplace is stating unlocking to be unlawful, but rather that they’re removing a cover that unlockers might utilize in court if they get taken legal action against.” This does make suits a lot more most likely according to him, but it’s still up to the courts to choose the actual legality of phone unlocking. Indeed, it’s a grim day for those who desire true flexibility over their own gadgets. Stoltz stated to us, “This shows just how absurd the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is: a law that was expected to stop the breaking of digital locks on copyrighted materials has actually led to the Librarian of Congress attempting to manage the utilized mobile phone market. “Filed under: Mobile phones, MobileCommentsVia: Tech Information DailySource: Library of Congress (Amazon)
HTC has uploaded its Q2 numbers and they ’ re not rather. While numbers were up on Q1, the Taiwanese phone maker saw decreases in almost every line of earnings compared with the same quarter a year ago. Profits were 91.04 billion Taiwan bucks ($ 3 billion), down almost 27 % on Q2 2011; gross profit was down by more than 30 % to NT24.59 billion ($ 819 million); operating profit down by over 57 % to NT8.2 billion ($ 273 million). Profits per share were also down by almost 57 % to NT8.9 ($ 0.30) per share.
The results show that regardless of some gains in some crucial markets like China, HTC proceeds to see significant competitive pressure in the smartphone portion in which it competes.
Even more to come. Refresh for updates
Competitors in the tablet area has been heating up for a while now, and it’s not simply the big men that are feeling the strain. Take the tumultuous tale of OGT Mobile, for example — they tried to make their mark on the industry by creating their very own Android tablet, but merely couldn ’ t see the project with.
I just can’t blame you if you’ve never ever heard of OGT before, however back in April 2011 when the company revealed their Eros tablet, it made a couple of waves thanks to its claims of being the thinnest Android tablet in the globe. The spec piece wasn’t too shabby at the time either — it featured a 1GHz cpu, just what seemed a 7-inch screen running at 188 ppi, 3G/WiFi radios, and either 16 or 32GB of internal storage space, all crammed into a frame that was 7mm thick. Sure, the company had a long road ahead of it, however the OGT tablet had the makings of a
solid gadget. That said, you can easily suspect where this tale is going. Thanks to some finance concerns, a general sense of distaste for the versions of Android readily available at the time, and the rate of the market, the Eros never ever made it off the ground. Earlier today, OGT CEO Alix Narcisse posted an open letter to the business ’ s supporters describing why that
Eros tablet never ever officially came to be. Right here ’ s the juicy bit: Last year, the tech world, saw an influx of interest in tablet Computers from a selection of business both huge and little. We were
amongst the lots of companies. Tablets represent the following wave of technology and the power of mobile computing, however we needed to be straightforward with ourselves knowing that our hardware was too advanced for the computer software that was readily available at the time. We took heed to just what consumers preferred in a tablet and challenged ourselves to deliver it. Sadly, with the instant modifications in this developing marketplace, we could not deliver our tablet to market in time for your enjoyment and total satisfaction.
We apologize. Our integrity is shown in our communication with you. This is the first action in establishing and maintaining that integrity. Narcisse goes on to promise that the company still has lots up its sleeves, but this is the type of game that’s merely damned hard for smaller sized companies to damage. Set up players like Apple, Asus, Motorola, and the like are capable of iterating much a lot faster, cramming an ever-increasing number of features into gadgets meant for individuals who have actually been conditioned to anticipate continual, unyielding development. It’s little shock that little men like OGT struggle to keep up with that blistering speed, so does that suggest they should stop completely? The short solution is no, of course not, however even an even weightier question comes to mind — how do hardware startups like OGT make a dent in a market that seems to be doing merely great without them? That solution might be worth millions, if only somebody might come
up with it. So far, we can easily surmise exactly what that answer isn ’ t: it ’ s probably not battling on price (Amazon and now Google have that portion well-accounted for), and shooting for mass market appeal is difficult when a brand doesn ’ t imply anything to individuals yet. As far as Narcisse is worried, his and business like it have to “ produce something brand-new from something old. ” Easier said than done, absolutely, however here ’ s expecting that an individual fractures that formula quickly — after all, even more competition pushes everybody else forward too.
Android phones have an identity problem: Few people know one model from another. There are exceptions to the rule, including Samsung’s Galaxy line, which managed to bring a phone of the same name to all four major carriers, and Verizon’s Droid, which has been a hit. The rest have been a hodgepodge of model names like Desire, Hero, Tattoo, Thunderbolt, Magic, Inspire and Sensation.
Now HTC, the company known for its stylish hardware and Sense user interface, is trying to bring some uniformity to Android phones with its $ 200 One models. Starting Wednesday, T-Mobile’s One S will be available, and AT&T’s One X will follow on May 6. On May 7, Sprint will take pre-orders for its EVO 4G LTE, and though it lacks the One name, this is nearly a twin of the One X. Verizon so far isn’t joining the party; a spokeswoman would only say the carrier’s next phone wouldn’t be part of the One series.
I’ve tested T-Mobile’s One S for the past week, and it will likely meet the needs of T-Mobile loyalists who long for the iPhone. Its battery life easily got me through each day, and its camera rivals — and even bests — certain photos captured on the iPhone 4S.
The HTC One S is the thinnest, lightest HTC One and it’s the thinnest phone HTC has ever made. It’s thinner and lighter than the iPhone.
The One S is the thinnest, lightest HTC One in the bunch and it’s the thinnest phone HTC has ever made. At 4.2 ounces and 0.30-inch thick, it’s even thinner and lighter than the iPhone, which weighs 4.9 ounces and is 0.37-inch thick. The 4.3-inch screen of the HTC One S is large, but manageable, while the AT&T and Sprint models’ 4.7-inch screens may scare people away.
The big downside to the phone is its network. T-Mobile only offers two flavors of HSPA+, which is far slower than speeds on fast LTE networks like Verizon or AT&T. In downtown Washington, D.C., my average download speed with the T-Mobile One S was just over 3 megabits per second, and upload speeds were about 1 megabit per second. When I tested the phone’s speeds on a trip to Boston, the results were even slower.
In one of the optimal locations in Washington that T-Mobile suggested I visit for testing, I averaged 6.8 mbps in download speeds and 5.9 mbps in uploads.
For comparison, Verizon’s 4G LTE gets zippy download speeds of 13 to 14 megabits per second, faster than some home Wi-Fi networks, and its LTE is now available in 230 markets. AT&T’s LTE is available in 35 markets. Sprint won’t switch its network over to LTE until later this year, so its HTC EVO phone is limited to 3G speeds. T-Mobile has no plans to launch an LTE network this year, and its One S will only operate on the HSPA+ network.
The AT&T HTC One X and Sprint HTC EVO look alike and weigh 4.6 ounces and 4.7 ounces, respectively. Sprint’s phone has two distinguishing physical features the AT&T model lacks: a kickstand, which cleverly tucks into the back of the phone when not in use, and a dedicated camera button.
All HTC One models run the newest version of the Android operating system, called Ice Cream Sandwich. They also have a good quality Beats audio system built in, which works through the phone’s speakers or any headphones. HTC’s Sense interface adds some polish to Android, and this version of Sense is more toned down to blend with Android compared with past HTC phones.
While setting up the T-Mobile One S, I was prompted to create accounts or log into existing accounts for Dropbox, SkyDrive and Evernote, which are all integrated into the phone for seamless sharing.
The One’s camera is a real draw. Its software is deceptively simple, only displaying the buttons or options that are needed at any given moment. Want to use burst mode to take several photos in a row? Hold down the shutter button and listen as a super fast shutter snaps away. A feature called Best Shot appears after a burst and will automatically select the best photo in a burst group before deleting all of the others.
Want to take a still photo while capturing a video? Tap the shutter button, which smartly remains on the screen while video footage is shot. A camera setting can automatically save all images to Dropbox, where One owners get 25 gigabytes of free storage for two years.
I took several photos on the T-Mobile One S and then captured the same photo on the iPhone 4S — the gold standard for smartphone cameras. Though the iPhone did a bit better in a couple of photos, like capturing more detail in the foreground of a sunset, I was drawn to the colors and quality captured on the HTC One. After a week, I found myself reaching for it more than the iPhone.
I used the phone for email, texting, social networking and, yes, even phone calls. Its super-thin design took a little getting used to, but I became familiar with it after a few days.
T-Mobile’s HTC One S is an elegant, fully loaded phone with well-designed features. If you don’t mind the network’s slower speeds, it’s a great find. If you prefer faster speeds, another carrier’s One model might be a better fit.
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50 Cent took the stage with our very own Matt Burns to talk about his line of SMS headphones, but that’s not all he felt like chatting about. In between giveaways, the tech-savvy musician/businessman took a moment to talk about some of the cool things to be seen at CES as well his stance on philanthropy.
Among other things, he seemed to be quite enamored with HzO’s impressive waterproofing technology, which we got a glimpse of in action last night at ShowStoppers. He even revealed that he talked to HzO about the potential of teaming up to create waterproof headsets, though that’s not all he’d like to see getting the waterproof treatment.
“We should be waterproofing telephones,” Mr. Cent said. I’m right there with him, though I guess he didn’t see the Galaxy S II survive getting dunked in a drink last night.
Interestingly, when asked what he’d like to be remembered for, he said that he hoped word of his non-entertainment endeavors would live on. He’s definitely got a bit of a humanitarian streak — sales of his energy drink benefit the UN World Food Programme — but he also thinks that the onus to solve crucial issues like poverty should fall on businesses and entrepreneurs too. Mr. Cent (as Matt calls him) has long claimed that contributing “1% of business” to charitable organizations could alleviate extreme poverty around the world, but he noted one big tech name in particular during his time on the stage.
“Google is a baby, it’s only ten years old,” he said. “If that model was implemented there, we’d have a lot of money to solve some issues.”
Full interview video should go live shortly, so stayed tuned.
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According to the manufacturers, “The Levitron automatically compensates for changes in weight by making up to 1,000 corrections per second to the electromagnets contained within the base.”
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “Buy 80 and build a hoverboard for your little brother?!” Wow, it really is like you and I share one big, retarded brain. To my basement workshop! “This…is your bedroom.” I’m getting under the covers!
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Tokyo-based accessory maker Japan Trust Technology (JTT) is known for its CHOBI CAM series of ultra-small cameras. Today JTT announced [JP] a new model, the so-called CHOBICAM1. It’s being marketed as a toy movie camera, and as you can see on the pictures, it looks like a DSLR in micro format.
The device is sized at 2.5Ã—2.5Ã—2.6cm, weighs a mere 12g and features a built-in mono speaker. Users can shoot video in 640×480 resolution in AVI format or pictures in 1,600Ã—1,200 resolution (JPEGs). The device has a slot for microSD/SDHC cards (32GB max) and can be connected to your PC via USB 2.0 (Windows machines only).
JTT started selling the CHOBICAM1 in Japan today (price: $ 120). The company also plans to offer a set of lenses for the camera in a few days (see below).
If you’re interested but live outside Japan, ask Geek Stuff 4 U to get a CHOBICAM1 shipped to you.
iPhone 4â€™s Retina Display rallies as new eye expert weighs in
Having formed one of Steve Jobsâ€™ nine key points about the new iPhone 4 this past Monday, Appleâ€™s Retina Display technology has been making headlines again today over claims that they are â€œfalse marketingâ€. Wired spoke to Dr. Raymond Soneira , president of DisplayMate Technologies, who disagreed with Appleâ€™s suggestion that Retina Display, exceeded the â€œ300 pixels per inchâ€ quoted for an average …
Steve Jobs has responded to a couple more emails — this time questions about the new iPhone developer rules, which prevent anyone from using Adobe’s Flash on the iPhone (and have infuriated many developers and Adobe employees.)
(This habit of Steve’s of responding to emails is remarkably winning, by the way. He somehow manages to be god-like and accessible at the same time, which makes him even more god-like).
The emails Steve responded to were sent by Greg at Tao Effect. You can read the whole exchange here.
And here are Steve’s two emails…
The first, sent in response to Greg’s question about whether Apple really had gone too far this time, recommends that those who are critical of Apple’s new developer rules read a post by John Gruber at Daring Fireball:
We think John Gruber’s post is very insightful and not negative:
The second is the response to Greg’s not-convinced response, which arrived three minutes after Greg sent it.
We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.
Which brings everything back to John Gruber’s post, in which John argues that what Apple is after is quality, not ubiquity.
And is that what Apple’s really after?
Yes, it probably is.
The problem, of course, is that tech is a standards-based business, and one platform usually emerges as the dominant one. And if it’s not going to be the iPhone-iPad-Mac platform, it will probably be Android. And so if Apple’s platform doesn’t become ubiquitous, it might become irrelevant–like it did on the PC. And Apple obviously doesn’t want that, either. So if it killed Flash and other “intermediate layers” and made its own platform more ubiquitous and harder for Android to beat, it probably wouldn’t be bummed about it.
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