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13Feb/120

QuickShot with Dropbox for iPhone Review

The app you’re about to see a very brief review of requires little introduction and only a small explanation as it’s only got a couple of functions, and it does them well. This app is made to do three things: capture video, capture photos, and upload media to Dropbox. This app does this uploading function in a unique manner as we’ve seen no application work with Dropbox in the background as effectively or in as perfectly simple a manner as we’re seeing here – it just works!

You’ll download the app, open it up, snap a couple photos, and poof! They’ll be uploaded do your Dropbox. You’ll need a Dropbox account of course, and you’ll need to hook it up to your QuickShot with Dropbox app one single time in a rather simple manner, but that’s it! From there it’s just you approving or disapproving of the media the app collects through your iPhone’s camera. You can take front or back-facing photos or video, you’ve got the ability to use your flash, touch to focus, and that’s it!

So really the biggest drawback in this app is your inability to do anything really strange or above average with the photos you’re taking. In that case, if you’re worried about such a thing, you can upload photos from your gallery taken with other cameras. You can do this through QuickShot with Dropbox and it will upload all photos and video in, again, the background. Have a peek at the hands-on video with this app we’ve got here, then download it instantly from the iTunes App Store for a mere $1.99 – it’s worth it!

Also note that we’re using the iPhone 4S for this review, and that if you’ve got any app on the market that you’re interested in us reviewing, give a hollar!

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QuickShot with Dropbox for iPhone Review is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

Huawei Reveals Quad-Core Smartphone and MediaPad 10 To Be Unveiled At MWC 2012

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Huawei, a manufacturer normally known for their budget to low-end Android handsets, is definitely coming out swinging in 2012. At this year’s CES, we’ve already seen, and gotten our hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. With a speedy dual-core TI 1.5GHz OMAP processor and stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, we were more than impressed with the latest handset to acquire the title of ” world’s slimmest smartphone.”

If having the thinnest smartphone on the planet wasn’t enough to get your Android juices flowing (that sounds dirty), I wonder if something with a bit more power could entice you? Perhaps something along the lines of quad-cores?

Well, it appears that’s exactly what Huawei has on the menu for this year’s Mobile World Congress on February 26th. A press invite is being sent out to media and mentions Huawei’s “most powerful smartphone yet.” Further more, a Japanese blog is reporting that the device will be called the Huawei Ascend D Q. If the “S” in the Ascend P1 S stood for “slim,” we could only imagine the “Q” in this title standing for “quad-core.”

Also revealed was Huawei’s upcoming MediaPad 10, a 1o-inch version of their 7-inch MediaPad tablet that recently launched on T-Mobile. If all goes well, we expect to give you guys a full hands on during MWC in a 2 more weeks.

[Ameblo | Via UnwiredView]


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13Feb/120

Leaked Image of Motorola and Intel’s Ice Cream Sandwich Handset

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Just like Hollywood celebrities who attempt to hide their estranged lovers from the public eye, the tech world works very much the same way. Sometimes for OEM’s, despite their best efforts, the truth eventually comes out. Especially when it’s a secret as juicy as this one.

What you’re looking at in the above image is Motorola and Intel’s lovechild, to be later officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in just a few short weeks. The device will have the eyes of it’s father — Motorola’s Motoblur — mixed with soul of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich and powered by Intel’s Medfield processor (seen in a few devices at this year’s CES).

Whether we’ll see a few more surprise partnerships from Intel at Mobile World Congress in a just a few short weeks is anyone’s guess. Either way, we’re officially hyped for MWC and I have to say, I’m a little jealous of our fellow Phandroid staffers who will be attending this year. I honestly can’t wait to see what other surprises emerge. How you guys liking the thought of Motorola getting into bed with Intel? Does it change any of your opinions on making a Motorola device a future purchase?

[Pocketnow]


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13Feb/120

Fair Labor Association Begins Inspections of Foxconn

Apple today announced that the Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple’s request. “We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. A team of labor rights experts led by FLA president Auret van Heerden began the first inspections Monday morning at the facility in Shenzhen known as Foxconn City.

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13Feb/120

LG Optimus 3D 2 photo leaked, details included

Leading up to Mobile World Congress 2012, we’re seeing heaps of leaked images and details of devices in the mobile world, the latest being the LG Optimus 3D 2. This device is set to be the next generation 3D device from LG, the first being of course the LG Optimus 3D, and is set to trump the first edition with specifications that make it thinner, lighter, and as you can see – whiter. This device will also do away with capacitive buttons if our sources are correct, the front of the device relying on buttons from the operating system instead – but will it be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich?

The question remains as the leaks to not confirm the newest version of Android and the image we’ve got at the moment has an interface that could just as easily be Ice Cream Sandwich as it could be Froyo. This device sill have a few other cosmetic changes also, with the volume button and the 3D switch switching sides from the right to the left for this iteration. LG is setting us up for something brand new, but will it be a big enough change to bring us back after a slightly lackluster first edition?

This device also has the name LG Optimus 3D Max and will almost certainly share its 9.8mm thick body with the LG Optimus Vu at this year’s Mobile World Congress. This 3D device is likely to have the same screen found in the Optimus LTE, hi-res IPS sharpness and all, and will be trumped only by the Vu in its newness. Follow the action via our [MWC 2012] portal and don’t miss a beat at the end of this month!

[via OLED Display]

LG Optimus 3D 2 photo leaked, details included is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 13, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. It’s time to kick off another week with your daily dose of tech news, and there was no shortage of it today. Perhaps most noteworthy, though, at least for the business-minded folks out there, is that Google’s deal to acquire Motorola’s presence in the mobile market has been approved by both the European Union and the US Department of Justics (you know, the same people who probably would have never let AT&T buy T-Mobile). Now it’s just a matter of paperwork before Motorola and Google become one.

Featured: We start out today’s round of featured content with Don Reinsinger’s thoughts on the PlayStation Vita. As he puts it, the device will probably be Sony’s last portable. Why? Because of things like the iPhone and iPad, and their instantly accessible games. Games like Monsters Ate My Condo, which we just happened to review today. Also on the review front, check out our look at the Satechi Audio Move SD.

Tablets: Hey, guess what? You know how we’ve been talking about iPad 3 rumors for months on end? It’s time for those rumors to finally be put to rest, as Apple’s iPad 3 announcemenet has been dated. It’s about time. And not to be outdone, Samsung is also pushing its new Galaxy Tab 2, with pricing that we think is set for disaster. Samsung really wants to fight Apple, so this is definitely a clash in the making.

General Geekiness: Among the other stories making news today is we got a look at what Firefox will look like when it becomes optimized for Windows 8. But the story that probably fits the title for coolest one of the day has to go to this one Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release. Oh, yes, the hover board we’ve dreamed of is finally on its way. Well, kind of. Read the story to find out more. And that’s it for now. Check back tomorrow when we post Tuesday’s evening wrap-up.

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 13, 2012 is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

Motorola Medfield phone images leaked

The folks at Motorola have had their next Android device leaked, it appearing to have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onboard and tipped to be running an Intel-Powered Medfield processor powering it. This device has many hardware details appearing like the DROID RAZR and the DROID 4 that’ve been released just recently, a power button, volume up/down, and physical camera button all on the right side. This device would be the second device revealed to have the Medfield chip aboard, the first shown by Lenovo at CES 2012.

The renders you’re seeing here seem awfully light compared to the all-black metal devices Motorola is prone to releasing with Android, and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface appears to have been bent over backwards to work with Motorola’s own user interface, icons and all. This leak could very well be a falsified bit of evidence, but it’s certainly an interesting one nonetheless.

This device has been tipped as having an instant-on capable camera with 15 frame-per-second burst capture. This lines up decently with the rest of the camera upgrades the rest of the industry has been pushing over these past few months in light of the idea that users actually care how nice their smartphone-based camera is. Need to grab those quality photos and videos or its all for naught! Have a peek in the timeline below for additional Medfield news and leaks.

Also note that if this device does turn out to be real, we’ll likely see it at Mobile World Congress 2012 – and we’ll be there to let you in on the business as it goes down!

[via PocketNow]

Motorola Medfield phone images leaked is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

iPad 3 announcement dated, details rounded up

In what may very well be one of the last leaks of information leading up to the eventual release of the next generation iPad, that being the date, March 7th. According to reliable sources speaking with the folks at iMore, the date is set in stone and will indeed be accompanied by a release of the next iPad device. Whether or not it will be called the iPad 3 is still up to debate, but details such as a 2048×1536 Retina display and a quad-core Apple A6 chip seem to be becoming more and more solid each day.

This release has been confirmed (in so many words) by the folks at The Loop and falls in line with “first week of March” rumors we’ve been hearing now for some weeks. This device will quite likely feature upgrades that number greater than what we’ve heard thus far, but for the most part this appears to be an upgrade of specifications rather than of operating system as well.

The iPad 3 (or the iPad 4S, as some are suggesting) will almost certainly have a much more powerful camera than any iPad before, details appearing this morning pointing at a shooter much closer to the iPhone 4S. Pricing details will appear on the day of the announcement, but will likely end up keeping with the pricing setup Apple has for the iPad 2 while the iPad 2 will have its price reduced as was the case when the iPad 2 was released and the original iPad’s price was cut down.

[via iMore]

iPad 3 announcement dated, details rounded up is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

Google Motorola sale approved by US Department of Justice

Today both the European Union and the United States Department of Justice have approved the to Google Inc. of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., this sale hot on the heels of another big patent bid – Novell and Nortel. All at once did the USDoJ announce their approval of both the Motorola deal with Google and a set of other acquisitions, the first being a sale of Nortel Networks Corporations patents to Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Research in motion Ltd. (RIM). The third approval was similar, it surrounding Novell Inc. patent sales to Apple as well.

The approval was given after an Antitrust Division investigation by the department, each acquisition being found unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the markets these businesses operate in. One point of order though was the continued watching of how the groups handle their newly purchased SEPs – that is, standard essential patents. These patents are the ones that would allow any group owning them to seek legal battles against those who they found infringing on said patents.

“In light of the importance of this industry to consumers and the complex issues raised by the intersection of the intellectual property rights and antitrust law at issue here, as well as uncertainty as to the exercise of the acquired rights, the division continues to monitor the use of SEPs in the wireless device industry, particularly in the smartphone and computer tablet markets. The division will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action to stop any anticompetitive use of SEP rights.” – USDoJ

You hear that, companies? No taking these patents and putting your competitors out of business – that’s not just mean, it’s anticompetitive in this case – and it’s illegal. Each of these groups agreed to a noncompete of sorts once the deals took place, each of them also outlined in brief by the USDoJ. Have a look at what these groups agreed to:

“The division’s concerns about the potential anticompetitive use of SEPs was lessened by the clear commitments by Apple and Microsoft to license SEPs on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, as well as their commitments not to seek injunctions in disputes involving SEPs. Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP licensing policies.” – USDoJ

So we’ll see how this pans out in the months to come – Google still needs a few approvals around the world before the purchase can be completed. One at a time!

[via Justice.gov]

Google Motorola sale approved by US Department of Justice is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Feb/120

The PS Vita Will Be Sony’s Last Portable

Sony’s PlayStation Vita will be launching soon. The portable will come with dual thumbsticks, a nice, big display, and a design that puts Nintendo’s 3DS to shame. And at a starting price of $249.99, it’s in the sweet spot for serious gamers who want a solid portable.

But just because the PlayStation Vita seems attractive, it doesn’t mean that it’ll be a winner. In fact, I’m a firm believer that the Vita will be Sony’s last portable, and the device that could very well put an end to the company’s entire mobile-gaming division.

Believe it or not, that anticipated decline has nothing to do with Sony’s own strategy. The company is doing just what it should — delivering a top-notch portable that serious gamers can enjoy.

However, that serious gamer is changing his or her mind on what they’re looking for in portables. There was a time when only companies like Nintendo or Sony could deliver what they wanted. But with iPhones and Android-based smartphones becoming increasingly popular, and developers creating high-quality games for those platforms, the need for a standalone portable has declined significantly.

It’s also not a good idea on any company’s part nowadays to focus solely on the so-called “hardcore” gamer. The hardcore segment once drove much of the game revenue the industry generated, but it’s now a small portion of the entire market. In order for a console or portable device to become popular, it’ll need the mainstream’s help. And right now, the mainstream has no interest in buying a portable gaming device.

"$250 is the sweet spot, but only for devices that do much, much more than Sony’s portable"

I’m also concerned about the PlayStation Vita’s price. Yes, $250 is the sweet spot in the mobile space right now, but that’s only for devices that do much, much more than Sony’s portable. Worst of all, the most popular smartphone on the market — Apple’s iPhone — comes in at just $199 to start, making just about anyone wonder why they should be spending $50 more to get a device that does less than their smartphone.

Sony also hasn’t made a convincing argument for getting consumers to opt for the PlayStation Vita over the Nintendo 3DS. For years now, Sony has been trying to catch up to Nintendo, and so far, the company hasn’t been able to do so. Remember the mainstream I was talking about? It loves Nintendo. And based on PlayStation Portable sales, it appears it wasn’t as fond of Sony’s device over the years.

At the end of the day, I think the PlayStation Vita will be Sony’s last portable. The company was late to understand the mainstream, its new device can’t compete against smartphones, and eventually its incoming CEO Kaz Hirai will realize that focusing solely on consoles is the way to go.

For major game companies, portable gaming is a toxic market. Microsoft knows it. Nintendo is realizing it. And Sony will soon be a victim to it.

The PS Vita Will Be Sony’s Last Portable is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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