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29Dec/110

Acer Iconia Tab A700 Shows Up In Russia – On Its Way To CES 2012 With A 1920×1200 Display

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A pair of Acer Iconia Tabs showed up in Russia today and since we know just about all there is to know on the more affordable A200, we wanted to focus on the higher powered, more premium A700 model. The Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core toting Acer Iconia Tab A700 will be arriving at CES 2012 next month (where the entire Phandroid team will be on-hand) and to give you a better idea of what to expect, this new tablet will have a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 resolution display that is sure to make die-hard Android fanboys shed tears of joy.

Along the sides of the tab are SIM and micro USB slots, rotation lock switch, audio jack and micro HDMI port. The rear of the device is noticeably different from the A200, featuring a 5MP shooter accompanied by an LED flash and Dolby Digital tramp stamp. The whole tab weighs in at only 1.43lbs and will last about 10 hours in between charges. The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is looking towards a March release. Only thing left out was the actual pricing but if cheaper than the T-Prime, should this should give ASUS a run for their money. Competition is always good. What do you guys think of it?

[NoMobile via Endgadget]


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29Dec/110

Why A 32- to 37-inch Apple TV Isn’t Worth Buying

If you’ve been following the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s television plans, you know that a new report claims the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is only planning to offer 32- and 37-inch options starting next summer.

Now, before we get into this, I should note that the rumor comes from Digitimes, a publication that has been wildly wrong in the past, but continues to pump out rumors at an astounding rate. So, even if the idea sounds convincing, it’s best to take its report with a grain of salt.

However, for this column, let’s assume that the Digitimes report is true and Apple really is planning to launch 32- and 37-inch TV models. Am I the only one who would hate the idea of buying such a small set?

Yes, I know that I’ve said here before that I will buy the Apple television no matter what. But that was based on an earlier report that suggested the smallest Apple TV screen size would be 42 inches. Now, with the prospect of getting a small, 32-inch set, I just don’t see any reason to buy an Apple television.

With the way people are using their televisions today, bigger screens matter. For instance, folks might put a television above a fireplace and sit, say, 15 feet from the set. A 32- or 37-inch Apple television wouldn’t do the trick for that set-up.

"One of the features people desire is a big screen"

Granted, Apple might be trying to release smaller screens so it can keep the price down, but as the popularity of Samsung’s expensive 7000 and 8000 series of televisions have shown, people are more than willing to drop a couple grand on a television as long as it comes with all the features they want. And one of the features they desire is a big screen.

Of course, there are those who might disagree with my argument. They might say that the 32- or 37-inch Apple TV would be perfect for bedrooms or dorm rooms or other areas where a larger display might not be so important. And I would gladly agree with that sentiment.

However, it’s worth noting that in most cases, consumers aren’t so willing to spend thousands of dollars on a television for a bedroom or dorm room. And according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple’s televisions will cost about twice as much as comparable sets already on store shelves. In other words, you’ll be paying 55-inch TV prices on a 32-inch set.

So, I just don’t see how a 32- or 37-inch Apple TV is worth buying. I have no doubt the televisions will be well-built and compelling in their own, unique way, but at such high prices for such small screens, I see absolutely no good reason to buy them.

Apple must deliver 42-inch screens and up. If it can’t do that, I just don’t see how the company — even with its successful branding — can come close to matching Samsung and Vizio in the television market.


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Why A 32- to 37-inch Apple TV Isn’t Worth Buying is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Dec/110

ComScore: Android still on top, Apple gets a boost

Market research firm comScore has released its November 2011 report on US mobile subscribers, revealing unsurprisingly that Android continues to take the lead in smartphone platforms while Samsung is still on top in smartphone manufacturer market share. However, Apple saw increasing growth while the others plateaued likely due to a boost from its iPhone 4S sales.

The comScore study surveyed 30,000 US mobile subscribers and looked at the three-month average period ending in November. When it comes to the top five smartphone OEMs, Samsung maintains first place at 25.6 percent, a 0.3 point change, while Apple comes in fourth at 11.2 percent, a more dramatic 1.4 point change. In second and third is LG and Motorola at 20.5 percent and 13.7 percent, each seeing a drop of -0.5 and -0.3 point changes.

Google’s Android continues to lead in the top five smartphone platforms, now at 46.9 percent, a 3.1 point change that’s dropped from the 4.4 point change reported in the three month period ending last month. Apple’s iOS is now at 28.7 percent, a 1.4 point change up from the 1.0 point change last month.

RIM saw the greatest drop with a negative 3.1 point change, bringing its platform market share down to 16.6 percent. Microsoft also isn’t doing too well despite its recent launch of new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices, now seeing a 5.2 percent market share that’s a negative 0.5 point change over the three month period.


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ComScore: Android still on top, Apple gets a boost is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Dec/110

Microsoft testing fix for Windows Phone SMS bug, desktop software not immune

Microsoft has found the root cause behind the SMS vulnerability in its Windows Phone operating system. The bug was reported earlier this month by Khaled Salameh, who found that the platform could be exploited via a malicious SMS message that forces a Windows Phone device to reboot and then disables its messaging hub.

Although it’s good that Microsoft has found a fix for the bug in Windows Phone devices, the exploit may also affect its other applications. So far it’s known to work not only through SMS messages but also through Facebook chat or Windows Live Messenger. The malicious code could be used to crash Windows Live Messenger in a way that would prevent all your contacts from signing in.

Microsoft is still investigating its other products that may be affected, including its desktop applications. Salameh revealed that the following applications are vulnerable to the SMS attack string: Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, Silverlight-based apps, Visual Studio 2010, Expressions Blend, and Windows Presentation Foundation-based apps.

[via The Verge]


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Microsoft testing fix for Windows Phone SMS bug, desktop software not immune is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Dec/110

Android Overload: Google Hits Oracle Hard In Fight Over Android, Android Still Dominating Market Share and More

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Hello again, everyone. You seem to have found yourself in the Android Overload. This is the place where we stash all the important Android/mobile related news from throughout our day — the ones that didn’t make it onto our front page — for you guys to give the final once over. Because we like our readers to be well learned, take a look around. If you find anything of interest, be sure to leave your mark in the comments.

  • Words with Friends updated. Adds in-app payments for ad-free and cheat version. [Market Link]
  • The 250GB Archos 80 is now available in the UK for £249. [EuroDroid]
  • Amazon snaps up the domain “KindleTutor.com.” No word on what this may be yet. [Fusible]
  • Blackberry Playbook only $200 on NewEgg.com
  • Kairosoft releases newest title for Android. Mega Mall Story now available in the Market.
  • Motorola Droid Xyboard sees $50 price drop. [Verizon Wireless]
  • Logitech Bluetooth Mini Boombox is $25 off at Buy.com. Bring total to $75.
  • Samsung announces pink Galaxy S II for Taiwan. [SammyHub]
  • CNBC Real-time for Google TV now available. [GoogleTVBlog]
  • Gingerbread arrives for the Huawei Honor (Ideos X5). [UberGizmo]
  • US court grant immunity to telecoms who participate with government for surveillance. [Reuters]
  • ComScore report shows Android still dominating the market share. No surprise.
  • Sony Ericsson trademarks Xperia ION for US. New devices coming soon? [XperiaBlog]
  • Google lands punishing blow to Oracle in fight over Android. [Wired]
  • Nook Color receives early Ice Cream Sandwich ROM. [XDA]


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29Dec/110

Cyanogen Mod Team Bringing Custom Google Music App To All Devices

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If you though the Cyanogen Mod launcher — Trebuchet — was the only thing CM9 had going for it you’d be wrong. Turns out those wild boys are also working on a modified version of the Google Music player app. Andrew Neal, one of the team’s devs, broke it down for everyone mentioning there will more tweaks and enhancements than you can shake a phone at. No really. One of the tweaks is the ability to set custom shake actions that will work no matter which app you’re in or if the screen is off/on. Completely customizable notification controls will also be found in the app along with a full theme engine to change up the look of the app as desired. Pretty fun stuff.

My only complaint with Google Music is that it’s not very smooth (unless you go into the landscape album view) which I’ve always found frustrating. It’s likely that because this will be replacing the stock music player app in CM9 going forward, streaming your music from the cloud should remain intact (update: it wont until Google releases their streaming API’s. Until then, this music player will remain crippled).

Best part about the new modified Google Music app? Once available in CM9, it will also be available for everyone to download via the Android Market — whether you’re rooted or stock.

Via The Verge


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29Dec/110

Galaxy Nexus Battery Now 50% Off At Verizon Wireless – $20 For A Limited Time

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If your recent Galaxy Nexus purchase found the battery life to be a bit… lacking, I have some good news. Verizon Wireless has the official Samsung — NFC enabled — 1850 mAh batter for only $20. That’s half-off the original asking price! Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite as liberating as having a spare battery at hand. Still a bit expensive for a regular ‘ol battery (you can get a 3-pack from China for half that price) but that’s the price you pay to keep full NFC capabilities intact.We have no idea how long this deal will last so you may want to hurry.

[Verizon Wireless]

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29Dec/110

Sprint Discounting Samsung Conquer 4G To $50 In January – Offers You Another One FREE With Purchase

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Sprint is trying to kick off 2012 into high gear with a new winter promotion starting next month. From January 8th through March 10th, new or existing Sprint customers (with an upgrade) can get a Samsung Conquer 4G at the discounted price of $50 but that’s not all — it also comes with a matching Conquer for free. Deals always sound more fun with you throw BOGO into the mix and you could do a lot worse than the Conquer 4G. As a refresher for anyone suddenly interested in the device, the Conquer features a 3.5-inch screen, 1GHz 2nd gen Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and connectivity to Sprint’s 4G WiMax network (where available). Not too shabby for $25 a pop when you buy two.

[Via SprintFeed]


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29Dec/110

ASUS announces MS-100 USB speakers and HS-W1 wireless USB headset

ASUS has announced two new USB audio devices, the MS-100 USB speaker and the HS-W1 Wireless USB headset. Both products feature a sleek and minimalist style that’s easy to pack away for travel as well as premium audio quality with easy plug-and-play usability.

The MS-100 is a compact stereo speaker powered completely by a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. It features a minimalist cone design that houses large 54mm speaker drivers that can generate up to 93 dB of sound with less than 3% distortion, providing rich highs and full low tones. It works right out of the box without additional software when used with a Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine.

The HS-W1 is a wireless USB headset offers natural comfort through large 70mm leather earpads and provides crisp clear sound through 40mm tuned drivers with a built-in equalizer. The 2.4 GHz wireless technology transmits CD quality sound from a small USB dongle to the headset. It also allows up to twice the distance compared to Bluetooth wireless technology.

The headset also comes with a noise filtering microphone, on-ear volume controls, and a folding design that fits into a touring case for easy traveling. The build-in rechargeable battery is rated for 8 hours. Pricing and availability for the two new USB audio devices have not been announced yet.

[via TweakTown]


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ASUS announces MS-100 USB speakers and HS-W1 wireless USB headset is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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29Dec/110

Apple files for iOS face detection patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published a patent application today from Apple that reveals the company’s plans for implementing face recognition and presence detection technology. Apple intends to implement the technology in iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as in its MacBook laptop computers.

The presence detection technology can be used to automatically turn on a device when it senses a user’s presence. The face recognition technology then can be used to unlock a device in lieu of entering a password. Devices can also be configured to recognize faces from a group of users such as among family or at the workplace.

Apple’s solution for facial recognition relies on a simple weighted difference map, rather than the traditional and more computationally heavy correlation matching technology. In this way, it uses less system resources and could reduce the impact of lighting and skin variation. It can also tap directly into the GPU of an iOS device or MacBook, reducing the load on software and relying more on the hardware.

[via PatentlyApple]


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Apple files for iOS face detection patent is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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