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Ice Cream Sandwich reveal party, Hong Kong, Tuesday night, we’ll be there!

This post is just a big reminder for you that we will indeed be hitting up China for some tasty treats this Tuesday at the Samsung / Google event in Hong Kong. It’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich we’re expecting, and we’re gonna get it! Not only that, we expect a lovely new device by the name of Samsung Galaxy Nexus – we’ve also hear Nexus Prime as a possible name, but if this poll has anything to say about it, Galaxy Nexus is the real deal. In Hong Kong the event is on the 19th of October at 10AM – conveniently that is also the time of day, 12 hours earlier, that it will be taking place New York time — October 18th at 10PM.

Photo taken by Michael Wickus for TOTCB : “Squirrel from a Balcony”

Per the invite we’ve received this past week, this event will both be taking place live in China and will be available to the whole world as a live streaming video event via YouTube.com/Android at the time listed above. You’re welcome to watch, and we encourage you to do so, but definitely sit here with us on SlashGear and comment to your heart’s content while we post each and every news bit surrounding the event as it goes down. Also be sure to stick around to see our hands-on with the Samsung / Google / Android device, or dare I say devices?!, that we’ll surely be peeking at right after the live portion of the event is over.

Also for your preparation, have a look at our bigtime [Ice Cream Sandwich portal], our [Android portal] for everything all around the Google mobile OS world, and hit up the following links for a full pre-event education!

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

See you Tuesday!


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Ice Cream Sandwich reveal party, Hong Kong, Tuesday night, we’ll be there! is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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14Oct/11Off

Galaxy Nexus found on Verizon MAP for November 10 at $299

It appears that there’s a rat in the house at Verizon, vermin just loving the idea of letting loose some key information on future products via a MAP which includes not only the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but a device by the name of HTC Rezound as well. These two devices will be released on the 10th of November if this little chart is to be believed, and both of them will be priced at $299.99 right out of the gate. Judging by the rest of the items on the chart, it appears that this price may well be the price ON a 2-year contract – but of course it’s the name that counts the most, isn’t it – Galaxy Nexus. Sounds kinda tasty, doesn’t it?

The HTC Rezound has also been called the HTC Vigor in the past, a device that comes with Beats enhancements and official earbuds to bring you the hottest sounds on the block – but we’ve yet to confirm that they’re one in the same. Meanwhile go ahead and have yourself a look at the HTC Sensation XL while you’re waiting on the rest of the states-bound Beats devices from HTC. And send a note to whoever you can asking when Detox is coming out, while you’re at it.

Then there’s that Galaxy Nexus. Oh how we’ve waited for thee. This is the device, if our suspicions are correct, that’ll usher in the Ice Cream Sandwich of the Android world. Chances are that this is the device we’ll be seeing LIVE IN HONG KONG next week at the Samsung / Google event. This event will be taking place at 10AM October 19th in China, this also corresponding with 10PM Eastern time in the states on October 18th. China is in the future, and we’ll be there to bring you to lowdown from start to finish, including some hands-on time with the newest Android on the block. Head to our Android portal to catch the whole sweet mess!

[via DroidLife]


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Galaxy Nexus found on Verizon MAP for November 10 at $299 is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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14Oct/11Off

Google Gives Buzz the Boot, Focuses on Google+

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Many would say Google Buzz was an experiment that lasted just a bit too long, and Google today announced it will finally pull the plug on one of its first forays into social networking. For all of its initial buzz (too easy), Buzz never caught on with the masses. Along the way it created a real headache for Google when privacy concerns relating to pose warranted a much harder look at how Google uses user data.

With the launch of Google+, Buzz became superfluous at best, and as part of an effort to refocus and streamline certain Google products, the social update service will be shut down for good come “in a few weeks.” Efforts will be shifted to developing and enhancing Google+ as the technology giant’s sole social platform.

Other services to get the axe in Google’s recent house cleaning include Code Search, Jaiku, iGoogle’s social elements, and the University Research Program for Google Search.

[via Google]


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Motorola Droid RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Which Do You Want More? [POLL]

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Things really don’t get much more exciting for Android than they will next week. With the holiday season around the corner, manufacturers are poised to come out firing with their best offerings of the year. Things kick off in a big way next week with the announcement of the Motorola Droid RAZR and the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The Droid RAZR (to be announced October 18) has been designed to erase all the hype of the Droid Bionic with one fell swoop. It will match or best that device in almost every area, and promises to come in a super-sleek form factor. Adding the brand-recognition of the RAZR name on top of the huge marketing power of Verizon’s Droid lineup will surely equate to some big holiday sales. But another device is headed to Verizon, one which has Android fans foaming at the mouth.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus gains a huge advantage simply on the software it runs alone. Perhaps overshadowing the announcement of the next Google flagship is the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, an overhauled and updated version of the Android OS that merges the Gingerbread and Honeycomb code branches. The device itself is designed to combine best-in-class specs with the updated OS to provide a one-two punch of pure Android awesomeness.

Both devices will sport dual-core processors clocked somewhere in the 1.2 to 1.5GHz range. The Droid RAZR will rock a qHD display measuring in at 4.3-inches, while the Galaxy Nexus will sport a mammoth 4.6-inch display with 720p resolution. Both devices look to feature LTE compatibility. The screen size may be a deciding factor for some, but a lack of physical buttons allows the Nexus to make more efficient use of the overall device footprint, creating a phone that shouldn’t feel as big as its screen. The real selling point will be Ice Cream Sandwich and a pure implementation of Android. It is likely the Droid RAZR will run on Android Gingerbread and feature Moto’s custom interface.

So which device has you staying up at night in eager anticipation? Sound off below in our poll! [We'll revisit the results post-announcements and see how opinions change.]

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14Oct/11Off

Apple v. Samsung Hinges on Patent Validity

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On the same day an Australian court enforced a preliminary ban of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1,  Samsung and Apple met before US District Judge Lucy Koh to battle over a similar lawsuit. While a large part of the case is focused on accusations of Samsung blatantly copying Apple’s product designs, Judge Koh has expressed concern with the validity of the patents the Galaxy Tab is said to infringe upon.

We know from court documents that Samsung intended to raise questions about the legality of Apple’s patents by introducing as evidence a series of references to tablet-like computers in media and popular culture dating all the way back to the 1960s sci-fi class 2001: A Space Odyssey. They point to a clip in which two astronauts use tablets which resemble the Apple iPad:

Samsung hopes to establish the idea that the design that Apple has patented is not a new concept, and is rather a generic concept that existed long before the iPad hit shelves.

A report from Reuters indicates that Judge Koh is at least considering the argument, though she does not deny the similarities between Samsung and Apple’s competing products. During the hearing, Koh held both the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 above her head and asked Samsung attorney Kathleen Sullivan to identify which was tablet was made by the company she represented. Sullivan was unable to distinguish between the two from a distance. Turning to the rest of Samsung’s legal team, one lawyer was able to correctly identify the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

At this point no final decision has been made, but Koh already stated that she would not rule in favor of a ban on at least one “utility” patent. Her final decision will be based around three design patents.

 


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14Oct/11Off

Apple’s new iPhone 4S / iOS 5 experience as it exists on Android

There’s something about Apple that brings people in and makes them feel at home, secure, and well taken care of, and as with all previous updates, never before has this been more true than with iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. What you might wonder though, all of you out there who own Android devices and aren’t planning on making the switch, if there’s a set of apps that match up with what Apple is presenting as their newest most perfect package. Why, yes there is, and as our good pal Sam K shows us, the matching set has been around now for quite some time.

The image you see above is a play on the image you see below, the image you see below coming from Apple official regarding the newest operating system for Apple mobile devices, that being iOS 5 (a system we’ve got a full review of as well, now that you mention it.) What you’re about to see is a bit of matching that in most cases will lead you directly to Android Market links so you can grab the full alternate universe feel you’ve always wanted but never took the time to grab to show off to your Apple-loving buddies. I must warn you here though, that if you do grab all these apps and walk up to an iPhone 4S user saying how cool you are, you will instantly be vaporized by Apple ninja commandoes, as that is a function of Siri. She’s cold like that.

The newest version of iMessage is relatively comparable to several Android-based services including Google Talk(included on all Google-certified devices) (check out Chris Davies article on this situation), Facebook Messenger [market link], and Beluga [market link]. Apple’s Reminders can be compared to both Google Calendar and Jorte [market link]. Check out this awesome Google Calendar on Android video from the GoogleMobileBlog filmed all the way back in 2008 – the app has been updated QUITE a bit since back then.

Next there’s the mother of features coming with the iPhone 4S, that being Siri herself. It should be noted that at the moment nothing on Android has the same “fuzzy logic” technology working that Siri does for Apple, this brand of listening allowing Siri to understand what you’re asking basically no matter how you phrase it. What Android DOES have is several apps that allow you to use voice commands that are pre-set, such as “Call my wife” and translate what you’re saying into words. Some apps for this are: Google Voice Search [market link], Google Car Home [market link], and Vlingo [market link]. We spoke about these apps briefly back when we were first sure that the new iPhone would employ Siri. Vlingo has been around for a couple years now, check out this official video to watch it work – and also note that it’s been updated quite a bit since this video was filmed, as well:

Next there’s a few items that could be obvious, but let’s go through them anyway since they’re on the featured list for iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. For Newsstand, there’s NOOK for Android [market link], Kindle [market link], and of course Google Books [market link]. For the “PC Free” icon, there’s no equivalent for Android because it’s not an app, it’s a way of working with your device – and yes, Android has been “PC Free” since its initial release. For Twitter, there’s the official Twitter app [market link], there’s Tweetcaster [market link], and there’s Twidroyd (now called Twidroyd Legacy) [market link].

For Camera theres the perfectly awesome camera app that’s built in to every Android device (or every one of them that has a camera, of course), or you could use one of the billion camera apps on the Android Market in the Photography section. Here’s one for you: Camera ZOOM FX [market link]. For Safari there’s several web-browsing alternatives including the built-in web browser (called WebKit, for you Android aficionados), Dolphin [market link], and soon there’ll be an official Chrome for Android! Finally, as iOS 5 adds Wi-fi Sync, there’s apps such as WebSharing File/Media Sync [market link] to keep you going without any chords.

Note that there are other apps out there that work just as well as some of these – if you’ve got suggestions, please feel free to comment below with links to the market!

PLUS remember that Google and Samsung are about to release a new device wielding the newest Android Ice Cream Sandwich next week in Hong Kong. We’ll BE THERE LIVE in CHINA and will not only be reporting from the scene, we’ll be getting some hands-on time with whatever they end up showing off. That’s 10AM local time on the 19th – that’s the 18th and 10PM EST for those of you living in the states – we’ll be covering it all here on SlashGear!


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Apple’s new iPhone 4S / iOS 5 experience as it exists on Android is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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14Oct/11Off

BlackBerry outage may cost RIM over $100 million

According to JPMorgan Chase analyst Rod Hall, the nearly four-day BlackBerry service outage may cost RIM more than $100 million. The service went down on Monday due to a hardware failure in Europe that caused a backlog on RIM’s servers, which then brought down the service in the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and eventually the US and Canada.

RIM has been very apologetic about the situation and has updated customers with its progress throughout but has not revealed any plans regarding compensation for the downtime. During the press conference yesterday, co-CEO Jim Balsillie announced that the service was fully restored. He was asked about the matter of compensation, but responded that the company did not know at the moment as the focus and priority has been on getting the service back up and running.

Under RIM’s service terms, the company is contractually obligated to maintain a certain ratio of up time for its servers. The nearly four-day outage could have breached the agreement and require RIM to pay out punitive fees. However, the company has not confirmed any amounts that it might owe.

Hall’s estimate of $100 million is based on the monthly fee that RIM charges its wireless carriers for each active BlackBerry user. Although he admits a large margin of error due to the confidentiality of those agreements, he believes that RIM will indeed have to give a portion of those fees back to the carriers.

[via FinancialPost]


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BlackBerry outage may cost RIM over $100 million is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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iPhone 4S speed test: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint

The iPhone 4S hit stores today, now being offered through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The phone is identical on all carriers with each having to differentiate based on other factors like network speed, reliability, customer service, and data plan terms. If you’re still undecided about which carrier and network speed is key to your decision, then definitely check out this speed test video of all three iPhone 4S models side-by-side after the cut.

AT&T has been touting that its iPhone 4S will be the fastest because the device supports the carrier’s HSPA+ enhanced 3G network, whereas on Verizon or Sprint, you’d be getting just standard 3G speeds. But in the below video, you’ll see that Verizon and AT&T are neck to neck with Sprint generally behind.

However, the SpeedTest.net comparison shows AT&T way ahead with a download speed of 0.65Mbps, Verizon with 0.26Mbps, and Sprint with 0.16Mbps. The tester claims that the results were similar no matter how he arranged the positions of the devices.

Although the comparison isn’t exactly scientific, it does give you an idea of what you might expect. But speeds will also depend on which part of the country you’re located along with other factors. Sprint looks clearly to be the slowest, but they are hoping to offset that with unlimited data plans. And if you’re still debating on whether to upgrade, then make sure to check out our full iPhone 4S review and our iOS 5 review.

[via iDownloadBlog]


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iPhone 4S speed test: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Dennis Ritchie dies, and just like the code he wrote, noone notices

Had I written this article a couple of days ago when Dennis Ritchie actually passed away, you probably would have heard it here on SlashGear first. As it stands, there have been quite a few publications that have taken notice since, and I applaud them for it. The reason I find it perfectly poetic that Ritchie’s death won’t strike nearly as many people directly in the heart as did Steve Jobs’ is that Ritchie’s masterpieces were both code-based, and like any designer of great things meant to work in the guts of products, it’s the greatest compliment of all for someone to use one of these products never having to touch or look at the code even once.

If you design a billboard that noone can remember, but whose product they’re all suddenly craving without relent, you’ve done your job. If you’re a creator, an inventor, a scientist like Dennie Ritchie and you’ve worked to create two computer-based inventions like the C programming language and the Unix Operating System, and people use your creations every day of their lives without thinking twice about it, you’ve done your job. The first (and perhaps only) time many people came in contact with UNIX on the surface was the film Jurassic Park in the following classic scene:

The character Lex Murphy hits the computer with the quote “it’s a UNIX system, I know this” followed by some quick clicks (since clearly, as one clever YouTube commenter put it, ” I am familiar with this operating system. That means I completely understand any proprietary security system software written for it within seconds of looking at it.”) The same isn’t true in real life, Lex would never have been able to navigate the security program you see on the screen simply because she’d worked with the operating system before, but the point is that the creators of the movie thought UNIX to be such a forward-thinking OS that they included it in the film for future generations.

In fact UNIX is still in use and has had a major impact on the computing world as we know it. There’s an open-source version of UNIX out there that you may have heard of, too, called Linux. Data centers at Google and Amazon run on Linux, and operating systems like Apple’s iOS (for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch,) are built on Linux.

EDIT: I’ve been corrected by our good friend DrBob! Hear what he’s educated us all on in some well-nutshelled sentences below – thanks DrBob!

Mac OS X (and Darwin) came from Apple’s purchase of NeXT (NeXTStep, OpenStep) in 1996/97 itself a BSD UNIX, based on the Mach microkernal created by Avi Trevanian, there is no Linux in Mac OS X or iOS whatsoever. The confusion commonly arises because folks think that Linux means UNIX, it does not. Linux is a knock-off of UNIX, not the other way around. In fact, Max OS X is one of the very few true, certified, UNIX distributions in the works. There is no such thing as a UNIX certified Linux, and since there is a constant influx of hem made code, there never can be. Linux apps that are well written an UNIX compatible can run in Mac OS X, but the reverse is not true.

Ritchie built UNIX with his longtime Bell Labs collaborator Ken Thompson, and other former Labs partners of Ritchies have been vocal about his contributions to the modern world of technology:

“The tools that Dennis built — and their direct descendants — run pretty much everything today,” said Brian Kernighan, computer scientist at Princeton University and former collaborator with Ritchie at Bell Labs – via NYT

Ritchie’s creation of C, similarly, was made with developers and professional programmers in mind, made for them to work more productively as they coded in this relatively simple to learn and utilize set of characters. At the moment, C is one of the most commonly used programming languages in the history of the world. C inspired C++, a language with application domains that include such gems as Microsoft Windows. Essentially any computer you can see in the room with you right this second has an architecture with a C compiler. For the lay man, that means there’s C everywhere.

The short story: Dennis Ritchie, a man who took part in creating the very brain langue or inspiration for the brain language essentially ALL your devices run on or with, has passed away. Fire up a program in his honor. The image used at the head of this article comes straight from Bell Labs and is entitled “An amusing photo”, noting “Ken (sitting) and me (standing), both with more luxuriant and darker hair than we have now.” – per mister John Holden. Rest in peace mister Ritchie, your legacy will live on forever.


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iPhone 4S activations, iOS 5 downloads face delays from traffic overload

Apple released iOS 5 on Wednesday and officially launched the iPhone 4S today to massive lines. But things have not been going so smooth for Apple fans and early adopters attempting to either download iOS 5 or to activate their iPhone 4S. The massive load of traffic on AT&T and Apple servers have caused many to experience either errors or messages that the process they’re attempting is still pending.

Several AT&T iPhone 4S owners that attempted to activate their devices encountered server issues and got messages stating either that “iPhone activations are unavailable at this time,” or that “Your activation is still pending. You will receive an email notification once your activiation is complete. We’re sorry. There was a problem connecting to the server. Please try again.”

This isn’t the first time AT&T’s servers went down during a mad iPhone rush. Back in 2009, activations for some new iPhone 3GS owners took up to two days. However, the iPhone 4S launch may be Apple’s largest debut so far, selling more than 1 million pre-orders in its first day, breaking the iPhone 4 sales record of 600,000.

Folks wanting to upgrade to iOS 5 on their current iPhones also had issues as Apple’s servers faced a immense amount of traffic. Many who tried to download iOS 5 on Wednesday were faced with “Error 3200″ or “Internal Service” error messages because their devices could not connect with Apple’s servers.

[via Apple Insider]


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iPhone 4S activations, iOS 5 downloads face delays from traffic overload is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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