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Galaxy Note aimed at capturing the female market says Samsung

This week it’s been said by Samsung UK Sales Director Andrew Glass that the upcoming Galaxy Note device “is really good for the female market.” With a gigantic 5.37-inch display and a thin stylus that’s able to be carried by the device itself when not in use, we’ve been thinking that this halfway point between a tablet and a smartphone would be a good shot aimed at basically any set of humans, Glass this week detailed a few ways in which Samsung would be tending to the female market specifically. Does this 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED HD display having 1.4GHz dual-core wielding Note device look like the lady product for you?

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Glass speak in the past few weeks, last time he spoke we found out the true name of the Nexus Prime and that we would be “seeing it in shops sooner than [we] think.” Now this fellow is letting us know that the Galaxy Note will be perfect for all the XY chromos out there amongst us. Will the smartphone/tablet stack up particularly for girls? Read Glass yourself:

“The Galaxy Note is really good for the female market,” said Glass describing the device as “a merger between smartphones and tablets. To have a handbag and be able to put a 5.37-inch phone in instead of a 10.1-inch tablet is something that I think will capture the female market.”

And how will Samsung aim to do that?

“We will be looking at special propositions for the female consumer. There are different colour waves, thoughts and propositions that we hope to unveil later this month.”

Ohhh fantastic! All kinds of colors, that’s what we love to hear! Though I’m CERTAIN we’ll be hearing about this one for a while again, just like the last time we got a feminine-positioned device with Android. Remember it’s name? HTC Ladyfone. No wait, HTC Rhyme. What we’re seeing here is the unfolding of a more conscious smartphone market. First we’re going to have to wade through all the hot pink, and eventually we’ll be back and black and holding a device that’s perfect for everyone. Or does that already exist?

Thus far we’ve only got prices on the Galaxy Note for the UK, a release date of November 17th and SIM-free preorders open at £479 + VAT, according to unlocked-mobiles.com.

Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on:

Samsung Galaxy Note inking, video editing & more:

[via T3]


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13Oct/11Off

Google Maps gets 3D on the web with WebGL

Have you see the view of Google Maps with the buildings that pop out at your face as you’re driving through the city with your mouse clicker? It’s time to take a look. Google this week has enabled MapsGL, an option that will allow you to see 3D buildings rendered to replicate the buildings that are actually standing on site throughout their massive mapping of the earth. Through the power of WebGL, those of you using Firefox beta, Chrome, Safari (if you enable it), and starting today Opera 12 Alpha, can all see the buildings, the lovely, lovely buildings.

You may recognize these buildings if you’re an Android user, as they’ve been active for more than a few weeks now – in fact, I remember seeing them all the way back at Mobile World Congress 2011 in the Google pod, now that I think of it. Now we’ve got it everywhere!

Other features relatively new to the web-based version of Google Maps are the swoop transition between Street View and birds-eye view, and the ability to rotate the map so that North isn’t the only direction that can be facing up. By god, what kind of world do we live in where North isn’t up!? The greatest place you can use such an ability at this very moment is at the Piazze del Collosseo, Roma, Italia. For those of you unawares, that’s the colluseum you see in the movie Gladiator, the one with the lions and whatnot. This location was chosen by Google to demonstrate the awesome power of a 360 degree view at 45 degrees – and oh my goodness is it awesome.

Go now, instantly, to Google Maps with your Chrome browser and start the tour by hitting the button in the lower left-hand corner, then come back and tell us how it went. Google Maps! What will you attain and display next?!

Bonus! Watch out for the paper trains. They still exist! This one found in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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13Oct/11Off

Google announces Q3 2011 financial results

Google’s 2011 third quarter earnings results are in and they’ve surpassed Wall Street expectations.
The company is reporting $9.72 billion in revenue, which is a 33 percent increase from the same quarter last year. GAAP net income came in at $2.73 billion, up from $2.17 billion a year ago.

“We had a great quarter,” said Google CEO Larry Page, who has returned to the reigns for the third quarter. During this time, Google has notably announced the acquisition of Motorola Mobility and successfully kicked off its own social network called Google+. Along with the earnings release, Page made it a point to reveal that Google+ now has more than 40 million users. Page also revealed that Android has now reached 190 million activated devices worldwide and that the Chrome web browser now has 200 million users.

As for the financial figures, Google-owned sites continued to generate the largest chunk of revenue with $6.74 billion, followed by Google’s partner sites revenues, such as through the AdSense program, of $2.6 billion. Expenses have also increased with revenue costs now reaching 12 percent of revenues and operating expenses now at 34 percent of revenues.

For the full details, you can visit investor.google.com


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Google announces Q3 2011 financial results is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out, Apple orders more

Despite not being the more dramatic iPhone 5 revamp, the iPhone 4S isn’t doing too shabby. It may very well be Apple’s best-selling smartphone and now pre-orders for the entry-level $199 iPhone 4S are reportedly sold out on all three partnering US carriers. Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on the very first day were said to have passed the 1 million mark, breaking the previous iPhone 4 sales record of 600,000.

The websites of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are now all posting a wait time for new iPhone 4S stock with AT&T saying it’s out 3 to 4 weeks while Verizon estimates new stock arrival by month-end. On Sprint, the larger capacity models are still available, but the 16GB entry-level model is sold out. If you were hoping to get an early iPhone 4S, you can still try your chances at other retailers, such as Target, which is said to still be taking pre-orders.

Apple is said to be upping its iPhone 4S order with supplier Pegatron from 10 million units to 15 million and it could sell more than 25 million this quarter. Pre-orders began on October 7 and the device will officially hit stores starting tomorrow. With online pre-orders being sold out, lines may get quite long with Apple fans hoping to pick up the device tomorrow in-store instead.

If you’re still deciding whether to go for the iPhone 4S, make sure to check out our full review on the next-gen Apple smartphone as well as our review of iOS 5.

[via VentureBeat]


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iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out, Apple orders more is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Google Translate for Android adds speech-to-speech translations in 14 languages

Google released an update today to its Google Translate app for Android that further knocks down language barriers. The Conversation Mode that was launched earlier this year allowed users to speak to the app and then have the app repeat what was said in the target language. However, this feature was only available for English and Spanish conversations. With this latest update, Google is expanding the speech-to-speech translation to 14 languages.

The 14 languages now supported by Conversation Mode include Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian, and Turkish. The feature, however, is still in alpha and could get a little wonky from background noise and regional accents. Google currently offers text translation for 63 languages and voice input translations for 17 of those languages.

To use the feature, you have to click on the microphone icon in the Translate app to speak what you want translated. The app then does the translation and says it back in the target language. The foreign language person, who you’re attempting to communicate with, can then speak their response to the app, which will then translate and say their response back to you in English.

The Conversation Mode also now lets you easily correct a voice input before it gets translated and lets you tap-to-magnify translated text. To see the new Google Translate in action, watch the video below.

[via Google]


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Google Translate for Android adds speech-to-speech translations in 14 languages is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Microsoft details new Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft revealed today some more details on its Windows 8 developments by discussing the improvements made to its new Task Manager. In a post to the Building Windows 8 blog, group program manager Ryan Haveson explained that the team assessed how people were currently using the Task Manager and then redesigned it with the focus of optimizing for the most common scenarios, using modern information design, and not removing functionality.

Of the several tabs across the top of the current Windows Task Manager, Haveson’s team found that most people were using only the first two tabs for simply ending an application or process. Hence, the revamped Task Manager for Windows 8 has this interface simplified and the extra tabs removed so that the utility now looks cleaner while still serving its main purpose: to kill misbehaving apps.

A new feature of the Windows 8 Task Manager is the addition of a colorized heat map view that makes it easy to locate which apps are misbehaving and taking up too much system resources. Apps or processes that are using resources above a certain threshold are also highlighted in this view.

Additionally, the new Task Manager makes it easier to identify each application in use on your system by grouping applications, background processes, and Windows processes. For processes that you’re unsure of, Windows 8 includes a context menu option that lets you right click on the process to do a search on the web to learn more about it.

[via WinRumors]


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Microsoft details new Windows 8 Task Manager is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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What Happened to that RIM Apple TV Rival?

Over the summer, some reports cropped up suggesting RIM was working on a set-top box that would compete against devices like the Apple TV. Dubbed “BlackBerry Cyclone,” the product would reportedly include Netflix streaming, YouTube content, and all kinds of other features.

Soon after that report surfaced, I took to SlashGear to discuss why I believed the device would fail miserably. I told readers that as an enterprise-focused mobile company, it wouldn’t make any sense for RIM to release such a device. And many of you agreed.

Now months later, I thought it might be a good time to revisit that device and its viability as RIM’s stock price continues to plummet.

If you haven’t been watching Wall Street lately, RIM’s stock price has halved in the last 12 months, and is down nearly 60 percent so far this year. Even worse, the company’s financial performance has disappointed investors as revenue and profit figures continue to decline. Just about everywhere I turn, I find shareholders saying that the company needs to do something to fix itself, and that could very well mean taking risks.

So, perhaps now the question is, should RIM try to take a risk by jumping into the set-top box market and surprise shareholders that are looking for a jolt?

Not a chance. As far as I’m concerned, the set-top box market is dead. The Apple TV was the last best hope to revive that market, and although it has sold relatively well, it hasn’t done enough for the average mainstream consumer to want to add another box to their home-theater set-up. The future is in the television, and that’s why so many companies, like Samsung and Vizio, are bringing as many apps as possible to their products.

Given that, maybe it would be a better idea for RIM to develop its own television. After all, it appears that that’s the way the market is headed and if it was really serious about getting into home entertainment, shouldn’t it, for once, be ahead of the curve instead of behind it?

"I don’t believe RIM should develop a TV any more than I think the company’s co-CEOs know how to get RIM out of the mess it’s in"

Of course, I kid. I don’t believe that RIM should develop a television any more than I think the company’s co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, know how to get RIM out of the mess it finds itself in. Like it or not, RIM is inexorably tied to the mobile market, and even considering getting into the home-entertainment space tells me everything I need to know about its management.

Right now, RIM should be thinking of ways to improve its smartphones and operating system so more than large companies will want to use its products. The idea that RIM would want to break into the entertainment market (and the fact that its supporters actually think it’s a good idea!) is laughable.

So, let’s allow the BlackBerry Cyclone to die its hard-earned death and never talk of it again. The device would have been a failure from day one, and it would have made RIM a laughing stock in the industry.

And at this point, committing such a huge blunder would be disastrous for RIM and its future.


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What Happened to that RIM Apple TV Rival? is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Oct/11Off

Google HQ adds Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue

The collection of tasty statues on the front lawn of Google’s headquarters now has a new addition to celebrate the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. Originally scheduled for this week, the launch event has now been pushed back to October 19. The joint event with Samsung will be held in Hong Kong and will include the unveiling of Google’s next-gen hero device, the Nexus Prime.

Google has generally uploaded videos in the past whenever they erect a new statue, such as with the Honeycomb sculpture as well as the Froyo sculpture, so there will likely be one posting soon. This new Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue has got to be the best one so far and indeed the update itself will be revolutionary for the ecosystem.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be uniting the smartphone and tablet platforms, bringing many of its new tablet interface features, such as the multitask switcher, to its smartphone interface. For a preview of what to expect, you can check out this allegedly leaked video of an earlier build of Ice Cream Sandwich. For all the official details on the next-gen platform and the Nexus Prime, stay tuned here on SlashGear as we cover the launch event live on October 19.

[via Android Community]


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Google HQ adds Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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iPhone 4 with iOS 5 gets speed test video

Apple released iOS 5 to the masses yesterday and if you’re curious how the update performs on an iPhone 4 compared to an iPhone 4 still running iOS 4.3.5, then here’s a video that does a side-by-side speed test. Not only does the video compare two iPhone 4 devices running different iOS versions, it also includes the iPhone 3G running iOS 4.2 and the iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.

Various features and apps were tested across all four devices with the iPhone 3G unsurprisingly lagging behind most of the time. But it’s pretty close between the two iPhone 4 devices, depending on which feature or app was being launched. Generally, when it came to accessing the iPhone’s settings, Safari, search results, email, camera, and weather app, iOS 5 came out ahead.

But the results weren’t as certain when it came to launching games. For instance, starting Angry Birds was slightly faster on iOS 4.3.5 as was launching Fruit Ninja. And with the game Cut the Rope, the iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3 was by far faster than both iPhone 4 devices. If you’re still deciding whether to upgrade to the iOS 5 for your current iPhone 4, check out the video below as well as our iOS 5 review. And if you’re thinking about completely upgrading to the latest Apple handset, make sure to read our full iPhone 4S review.


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iPhone 4 with iOS 5 gets speed test video is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official]

Invites have been sent out to those considered worthy of attending what may well be the biggest event in the shared history of Samsung and Google, one taking place LIVE from Hong Kong, China. This event will almost certainly be showing off the newest Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich working on a Samsung device either called the Nexus Prime or the Galaxy Nexus. One way or another, the 19th of October, Hong Kong (and the 18th of October, USA, for those that understand time zones,) will be the date of the big Samsung Unpacked event that was cancelled last week. Can you even contain your excitement at a time like this?!

Samsung and Google have never really done an event that takes place on the other side of the sea and livecast at the same time like this before, the event certainly a gesture of how far reaching this new Android platform will be. Google has only officially revealed a few key points on Ice Cream Sandwich, but rumors on the subject have been running rampant for months now.

“Samsung/Google media event has been rescheduled to take place on October 19 in Hong Kong, China. … The event livestream will be available at YouTube.com/Android at 10 p.m. EST on October 18 for U.S. media who cannot attend the event. ” – via the email invite sent out today

Have a look at some posts that should wrap your mind around the operating system:

Samsung teases handset for upcoming event
ICS launch confirmed on YouTube
Nexus Prime detailed for Verizon LTE
Nexus Prime name and release leaked by Samsung UK
Nexus Prime pictured clear as day
Google Nexus phone details roundup mid-September
Galaxy Nexus specs avalanche
Google Nexus Prime renderings appear accurate
Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands-on video leaks

Then start flipping out about the Samsung device we’re about to see. Recently we’ve gotten some rather obviously real and true looks at the device which we’re still debating the name of, Nexus Prime or Galaxy Nexus – or perhaps it will just be called “The One,” certainly the road to this moment has implied as much. Google, Samsung, will you bring the fire with Ice Cream Sandwich on the greatest device on the planet? We shall see, as we’ll be there LIVE to cover the event – next week!


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Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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