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23Jun/11Off

Microsoft Previews New Games Hub For Windows Phone Mango

Microsoft today revealed new details on their updated Games Hub for Windows Phone Mango. Xbox LIVE is fast becoming the pervasive games and media platform for Microsoft’s ecosystem, with recent announcements that Windows 8 will have Xbox LIVE built-in. Hence, the new Games Hub will now have front and center many of the features that were originally available only in the Xbox LIVE Extras app.

However, the first thing you’ll notice is a revamped Games Hub interface in Mango. The new look is cleaner and lighter, continuing on the Metro UI, so that the focus is on your game collection and Xbox LIVE info without any other distraction. The speed and performance of the UI have also been tweaked and enhanced.

There’s an improved Collection view with large icons on the left and names listed on the right. A new Recent category will now show the last three titles you’ve played when your entire collection exceeds 20 games, which can happen pretty quickly. This makes it easier to navigate to your favorite games when your collection gets too large. New 3D avatars have also been introduced and now they have more attitude. The avatars yawn, wave and do various other actions like dancing when you shake your phone.

Best of all may be the integration of Xbox LIVE Extras app features. Those include Xbox LIVE messaging, friends, and achievement comparison views. You can also edit your profile now directly from your phone. Spotlight content and game request notifications have also been improved.

[via Windows Team Blog]


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23Jun/11Off

RadioShack Evo 3D Launch Party – Unboxing [Video]

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Alright. So we just received our HTC EVO 3D courtesy of Radio Shack and I decided to film an unboxing video – right on the hood of the Green Hornet car. LMFAO just took the stage (exactly as I predicted), Amber Rose walked through the door right now and there are tons of celebs. The kind you don’t know their name and you have to think a little bit about which movie they were in but celebs none the less. Enough about that. Let’s get back to the real focus of the show. The HTC Evo 3D. I’ve also got good word that one lucky Phandroid user will be going home with this in an upcoming contest but you didn’t hear that from me..


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23Jun/11Off

We Have Arrived – RadioShack’s Evo 3D Pre-Release Launch Party [Images]

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Just pulled up to the super secret location that is RadioShack’s launch party for the HTC EVO 3D Have to admit, walking down the “green carpet” was a little awkward. Rubbing elbows with celebrities like Jayde Nicole, various TV tech shows and Disney actors is going to take some getting used to. I’m actually kind of surprised. They even have the car from The Green Hornet. Word on the street is RadioShack managed to snag LMFAO as the surprise musical guest but we wont know more until a little later in the evening. In any case, snack on these pics for now and I’ll bring you some more goodies a little later in the night. Now, lets see if I can’t find Gary Busey stumbling around here…


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23Jun/11Off

ITC delays Kodak vs. Apple and RIM decision

The ITC has announced on Thursday that a decision on RIM vs. Apple and Kodak will be delayed [PDF] by one week. It's a bit of a surprise, especially this late in the day, as ITC was supposed to make a decision today. There's no clear reason for the postponement that we could find, but FOSS Patents suggests, "This could either be due to a delay on the ITC's part or a way for the ITC to give the parties more time to negotiate a settlement."

You'll remember that Kodak sued both Apple and RIM, focusing mainly a patent broadly described as an "image-preview feature in camera phones." Kodak CEO Antonio Perez told Bloomberg that the company is seeking US$1 billion.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogITC delays Kodak vs. Apple and RIM decision originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23Jun/11Off

Mac OS X 10.6.8 now available for your downloading pleasure

It may be the last Snow Leopard to prowl the snowy hills of Mac-land, but Mac OS X 10.6.8 has just arrived in Software Update.

According to MacUpdate, the release notes are as follows:

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
Improve support for IPv6
Improve VPN reliability
Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender

The combo updater for 10.6.8 is available directly from Apple and measures 1.01 GB in size. For my 10.6.7 iMac, the delta updater was only 275 MB and quickly downloaded.

For detailed information about the update, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4561. Information about the security content of 10.6.8 can be found at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogMac OS X 10.6.8 now available for your downloading pleasure originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23Jun/11Off

iPhone 5 To Have Dual LED Flash?

Despite being primarily a smartphone, Apple’s iPhone 4 has recently become the most used camera on Flickr, according to one of their latest reports. Convenience may have contributed to its popularity, but the upcoming iPhone 5 with a rumored 8-megapixel camera will bring added quality as well. And now, new reports suggest that the next-gen iPhone could also boast dual-LED flash.

Digitimes says that the rumors emerged amidst market reports that revealed Apple was reducing its orders for Lumileds high-power LED flash products from Phillips and switching to new LED flash products from Taiwanese manufacturers. The potential Taiwanese suppliers include Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto, and Lite-On Technology.

Everlight and Lite-On have been supplying the smartphone market for awhile now, with their LED flash products already being used in brand-name handsets. However, Edison Opto specializes in high-power LEDs and has also begun shipping to handset vendors, giving them a good chance of winning Apple’s dual-LED flash orders. However, Digitimes also reports that all three companies have so far denied these reports.

[via DigiTimes]


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23Jun/11Off

Google To Face Subpoenas in FTC Antitrust Probe

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be serving Google with civil subpoenas as part of an antitrust investigation. The WSJ’s insider sources familiar with the situation tipped that the five-member FTC panel is preparing to send formal requests for information to Google within the next few days and may later on send out requests for information to other companies that have dealt with Google.

Google has faced antitrust probes in the past for mergers and acquisitions such as the one they’re facing now for the the purchase of Admeld. But what makes this new investigation different is that it targets Google’s core search-advertising business, which comprises a major chunk of Google’s revenues. Google has a growing network of services beyond search and so the investigation is to determine whether Google has been abusing its search dominance to channel users from rival services to its own.

The investigation comes after many complaints from companies such as Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Yelp. Google has begun offering services that directly compete with these companies, as it expands into many other markets including mobile phones, online television, publishing, and airline travel. The companies claim that Google search-advertising model may be rigged to channel traffic away from them to Google’s own competing services.

The FTC has been inquiring about Google’s business practices for several months already, but this move to issue subpoenas could mean that they’ve finally gotten enough evidence to move forward with a formal investigation.

[via WSJ]


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23Jun/11Off

HTC Glamor Smartphone Designed For Women?

Looks like HTC it still trying to figure out what women want. Early last month, there were rumors that the company was working on a female-targeted smartphone for Verizon called the HTC Bliss. At least from what was speculated, their approach seemed a bit condescending—slapping on feminine colors, apps, and a cutesy charm. You can’t fault them for trying and they’ve reportedly even setup focus groups just for this cause. But could this newly leaked image be the result of their efforts to find a place in women’s purses?

PocketNow first posted the above image, which shows three very colorful HTC devices that look like shortened Incredible S or Sensation smartphones. The bright colors seem strangely akin to those shown of the latest Nokia N9, and vastly different from the original light green of the HTC Bliss. The handset is codenamed HTC Glamor, but other than that, there are no other details on the specs.

Could the HTC Glamor be the evolution of the HTC Bliss? If so, then that makes me wonder if the original ideas of preloading “soothing” wallpapers and calorie-counting apps will make it to the final product. And we mustn’t forget the cube-shaped flashing charm that works as an notifications indicator—which actually can be useful.

[via PocketNow]


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HTC Glamor Smartphone Designed For Women? is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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23Jun/11Off

Panasonic Toughbook C1 Convertible Tablet PC Gets Major Upgrade

Panasonic’s Toughbook line of products are known for their rugged durability and enterprise security. The Toughbook C1 is the world’s lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC, making it a favorite for portability and working in harsh conditions. Today, the Toughbook C1 gets revamped with Panasonic announcing a major upgrade in specs for the convertible tablet PC.

The new Toughbook C1 gets a speed and performance boost with a new Intel Core i5 2520M vPro processor, a 2.5GHz CPU with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. Hard drive storage has been bumped up to 320GB, RAM is 2GB and expandable to 8GB, while battery life is now up to 12 hours with the use of an optional second battery. Also, boot up time is now 30 percent faster than before.

Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 support, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G connectivity. The new Toughbook C1 weighs only 3.28lbs and has a special triple-hinge design along with a hands-free ergonomic strap and dome cradle. It can withstand drops from 30″ off the ground and has a spill-resistant keyboard that protects again up to 6 ounces of liquids. The 12.1-inch widescreen is WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution that’s available in multi-touch and digitizer screen or gloved multi-touch. Anti-glare treatment is also available.

The new Toughbook C1 will be availabe in July with a price starting at $2,599. It comes with a full three-year limited warranty including parts and labor.


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23Jun/11Off

comScore Reports iOS Device Traffic Beats Android In Every Market


The battle never ends between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms, but thus far iOS continues to take the lead despite a broad and rapidly growing selection of Android smartphones and tablets. Research firm comScore has just issued a report introducing a new Device Essentials service that measures digital traffic from all devices and once again finds Apple’s iOS to dominate all markets.

comScore’s Device Essentials service measures the digital traffic by device, which includes computers, mobile phones, tablets, music players, e-readers, gaming devices, and other devices that connect to the web. The digital traffic will initially be measured based on page view activity with various different reporting dimensions including but not limited to share of smartphone and feature phone usage by OS, carrier share of smartphone traffic, and OS share of carrier traffic.

Using Device Essentials to compare specifically the device traffic of Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch to their Android counterparts as well as those of other brands, comScore’s chart clearly shows a iOS to dominate in every country surveyed. You can take a look at the chart below.

Totaling up the percentages in the chart above from select countries gives us the following numbers:

US = 53.1% traffic on iOS / 36.2% on Android
UK = 59.9% traffic on iOS / 15.4% on Android
Germany = 72.8 traffic on iOS / 17.1% on Android
France = 65.1% traffic on iOS / 17.7% on Android
Australia = 83% traffic on iOS / 11% on Android

The numbers clearly show the dominance of iOS in the five major markets thanks to the strength of the iPad or the weakness of competing tablets. With Android’s late start along with a slew of unsuccessful Android slates, Apple’s iPad traffic numbers are way ahead of the pack. In the U.S. iPads account for 21.8% of the traffic while Android tablets account for only 0.6%. Similar sub-1% numbers go across the board for Android tablets.

But when it comes to smartphone traffic, Android actually leads in the U.S., Argentina, and India. In the U.S. Android smartphone traffic wins with 35.6% compared to iPhone’s traffic of 23.5%. But you also have to take into consideration the vast number of Android smartphones on the market compared to Apple’s lone iPhone.

Also, if you compare the split on WiFi access versus mobile network access, you will see that a greater share of iOS smartphone users access data via WiFi, while a majority of Android smartphone users access data via their mobile network.

[via comScore]


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