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6Apr/120

Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

There’s a lot to be said for the satisfaction of workers in this day and age, especially here in the tech industry where Apple is gaining on Windows machines for employee use due to what CBS Interactive CTO Peter Yared implies as a “time machine” effect. In a talk with the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal, Yared spoke candidly about why he’s seeing Apple gain relatively quickly in businesses where employees have Apple computers at home and therefor expect to be able to use the same hardware and software when at work.

Imagine a world where employees of businesses around the world had as much say in their working conditions as their employers – that’s actually a reality here where Yared started implementing Macs in the workplace. It’s in San Francisco where he’s speaking about operating, and as he explains, it’s not necessarily the quality of the hardware of software on the business side of things that matters most – it’s the feeling that Apple is just more forward-thinking:

“People aren’t going to step into a time machine when they go to work, it makes them very frustrated and it makes it hard to attract and retain top talent.” – Yared

Along these same lines, Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Frank Gillett spoke on the Macs invasion of the enterprise world noted that “the use of iPads and iPhones in the workplace is creating increased awareness and consideration of Macs.” Do you think Apple had this in mind when they first started creating this extended ecosystem? You bet they did!

The coverage of this oncoming, creeping, crawling Windows killer Apple’s invasion of the enterprise world stemmed this week from a Gartner report which showed December 2011 Mac Sales by Segment to be a whopping 21% for business use alone. Of course everyone should expect home use to be giant, and it is at 63%, but then there’s a sliver of a 1% there for the government and another generous 15% for education. Is Apple spreading its wings, or is this where the company reminds us of its roots?

[via Apple Insider]

Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

AT&T’s HTC One X pictured, you won’t notice the difference

One look at the AT&T HTC One X and you could hardly tell that the quad-core Tegra 3 processor of the international version has been swapped out for a dual-core Snapdragon S4 and LTE support. If you can deduce the internals of a phone just by glancing at it your powers are better served elsewhere. As expected the AT&T variant of the handset is identical in its outward appearance, right down to its white paint job and Beats Audio logo.

We’ve seen plenty of evidence to suggest users won’t notice much of a difference between the quad-core and dual-core setup, and the added LTE speeds will surely sweeten the pot. No official announcement has been made, but the One X is expected to arrive at AT&T some time in early May.

[via WirelessGoodness]


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6Apr/120

Report: Galaxy Note 10.1 delayed until June, will launch with quad-core Exynos CPU

A new report has surfaced that claims the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is getting pushed back to June, but for good reason. A Korean economic daily claims the delay is due to a change in processor from the dual-core model shown off at Mobile World Congress to an edition that will feature Samsung’s upcoming quad-core Exynos platform.

The model we saw at MWC largely resembled a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with S Pen support, but the change to a beefier processor — if the report pans out — will equate to a big jump in power. The June release date would follow the likely release of the Galaxy S III, which is rumored to be the first device to utilize the new Samsung Exynos CPU.

[via PocketDroid]


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6Apr/120

Google Project Glass still ‘years away’

It wasn’t because Google was close to a final product in the least bit at all that they showed of their heads-up user interface-toting Project Glass glasses this week – this device is still very much in pre-pre-production. As Project Glass gains massive amounts of feedback from prospect consumers after a very well-received preview in video form (shown below), it’s a harsh reminder by Google co-founder Sergey Brin today that stings the ears: an actual consumer product is “many months, if not years” from reality.

That said, today’s second-hand showing of the device Google has ready now is suitably impressive – Brin wearing the device in real life with Robert Scoble looking on and Thomas Hawk snapping photos. “Give us time” noted Brin upon being asked how long it will be before the glasses were going up for sale – Brin appeared with the glasses at a benefit for the Foundation Fighting Blindness “Dinner in the Dark” in San Francisco, California.

The curious of course might wonder if the pair of glasses (if you can call them that) Brin was wearing were working – you’ll be glad to know that indeed they where. As Scoble tweeted:

“Sergey wouldn’t let me wear the Google Glasses but I could see they were flashing info to him.”- Scoble

Can we hope for a release inside 2012-2013 perhaps? Let’s hope so! Now whether we’ll actually be able to stand wearing them on a daily basis: that’s a different conversation entirely.

Google Project Glass still ‘years away’ is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen

Amazon’s next-gen e-ink Kindle may come with a front-lit screen, according to TechCrunch, which claims to have caught a glimpse of an early prototype. The e-ink display offers a more comfortable paper-like reading experience, but like paper it can only be read during the day or in well-lit conditions.

Apparently, Amazon has been considering introducing glowing screens to its Kindles for awhile as it had quietly purchased Oy Modilis, a leading company in light-guide technology, back in 2010. The company has several patents for display lighting technology, one of which appears to be the one that will be used in the new Kindle.

From what could be seen on the prototype, the illumination of the next-gen Kindle is a soft glow compared to the harsher brightness of back-lit LCDs. The light is turned on by tapping the screen and dragging a slider to the right. At this point, the color is still bluish white rather than a warmer off-white associated with books being read under lamp lighting.

It’s not clear what other changes will be made to the new e-ink Kindle, but the addition of the illuminated screen isn’t expected to add much thickness. The refreshed e-reader should arrive later this year.

Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

Nokia Lumia 900 brings out the Windows Phone lovers

Smartphone seekers brand-loyal to the Microsoft-made mobile operating system Windows Phone will be glad to know that the Nokia Lumia 900 is out now – and reviewers are loving it. Everyone including our own Michael Crider seems to be lauding Nokia’s effort in this device which takes their well-received Windows Phone lineup thus far and boosts it to what might be the perfect chassis size with a 4.3-inch display inside. The only down-side appears to be – if tech reviewers across the web are correct – the operating system.

So what good is a smartphone if its operating system limits its hardware? The real question isn’t that – it’s whether or not a non-Android or iPhone user would say the same thing if this device where the first smartphone they’d ever used. Nokia and Microsoft are testing the waters for both the consumers out there that have had experience with other operating systems in the past, but because Nokia is a brand known worldwide for their awesomely omnipotent phone line, they’ve got brand power to collect the new users.

Have a peek at one of our hands-on videos with the Lumia 900 to see what you’ll be getting into with this device when you head to AT&T this week:

Is this the first Windows Phone you plan on owning? It certainly will be for a gigantic number of new-to-smartphone users this summer. With the perfectly simplistic and user-friendly pillow-like hardware, the promise of a Windows friendly set of connections working with Windows 8 starting later this year, and just a $100 price tag, Lumia 900 may just be the package Microsoft and Nokia will be winning with.

Nokia Lumia 900 brings out the Windows Phone lovers is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

HTC One S vs iPhone 4S Hands-on Part 1

This week we’ve had ample time to show you everything there is to know about the Android-based HTC One series in the HTC One X and the unit we’re looking at today vs the iPhone 4S: the HTC One S. The HTC One S is much more comparable to the iPhone 4S than the X is because of several simple factors: the screen size at 4.3-inches is much closer to the iPhone 4S’s 3.5-inches than the X’s massive 4.7-inches, the S has a dual-core processor like the Apple-made iPhone 4S rather than the X’s quad-core, and their overall chassis size is much more similar to one another than the X. That said, let’s have a peek at how these two kings of their own mobile OS’s fair against one another.

In the hands-on video below you’re going to see both devices start up at once, the HTC One S beating the iPhone 4S by a mile due to HTC’s own quick-start function. Next you’ll see some user interface similarities and differences – most of these for the new-to-mobile user. If you know about Android and iOS quite well, you’ll be best to skip to the part about the cameras.

In the camera section, you’ll see that these two beasts both take photos so fast it’s difficult to test how fast they really are. Tap the button as quick as you can and you’ll have that many photos waiting for you in the end. On top of this, both cameras create such great photos you’ll wonder why you have any camera besides the smartphone you’re holding in your hands. Both the iPhone 4S and the HTC One S have enhanced photo and video abilities stemming from both manufacturer’s push for camera quality in these device’s releases – both are rated 8-megapixels for photos and have the ability to capture 1080p video as well.

HTC One S

iPhone 4S

HTC One S

iPhone 4S

The HTC One S (as well as the other HTC One devices) are working with Beats Audio enhanced sound. What that means is that they’re supposed to show off some of the most awesomely well-tuned speaker and headphone-based music on the market. Listen to how the HTC One S sounds compared to the iPhone as they sit next to one another in the video above. At the same time, each time an app opens or a function is requested, note the speed at which it happens – this speed comes from the iPhone 4S’s Apple-designed A5 dual-core chip or the HTC One S’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor – both of them the hero SoC for their manufacturers at this very moment – both of them undeniably well tuned.

This is only one step in a long stairway which leads you to either the iPhone 4S or the HTC One series of smartphones. For the iPhone 4S hands-on experience we’ve got here you’ll want to check out two links: [iOS App Reviews] and the [iPhone 4S Review]. For the HTC One X, have a peek at the timeline below – we’ve been showing it off all week!

HTC One S vs iPhone 4S Hands-on Part 1 is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

AT&T to unlock off-contract iPhones starting April 8

AT&T has announced today that it will start unlocking iPhones this Sunday, April 8, for customers that either purchased an iPhone off-contract or are now out-of-contract but in good standing. These customers can now request AT&T to unlock their iPhones if they want to switch to another GSM carrier or plan to use the device internationally.

AT&T posted the following statement:

“Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”

Unlocked AT&T iPhones will only work on other GSM carriers, which therefore rules out Verizon and Sprint. However, on T-Mobile the device is not officially supported and is limited to its slow 2G EDGE network data speeds for the time being.

AT&T’s decision to change its policy on unlocking iPhones reportedly comes after mounting complaints from customers and pressure from Apple.

[via Cult of Mac]

AT&T to unlock off-contract iPhones starting April 8 is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

Google Chrome hit by SSL bug restricting Google services

Google Chrome today has been hit by a bug that prevents the browser from logging on to Google services requiring SSL, such as Gmail and Google Docs. After an update was pushed to Google Chrome, users on Windows 7 found that trying to access Google services resulted in an “Invalid Server Certificate” message, with no way around the problem except to use another browser.

The problem seems to be isolated to those using the latest version of Chrome, 18.0.1025.151, and running the 64-bit version of Windows 7. So far the only way to gain access to Google services with Chrome again is to reinstall the browser, which will give temporary access. Once you close the browser and reopen it, the server certificate error will return.

We stumbled across the bug earlier this afternoon after updating Chrome, and had to switch to Firefox in order to access Google’s services. The bug has hit one of our desktop machines running Windows 7, but doesn’t seem to have affected a MacBook Air running Windows 7 via BootCamp.

Users of Chrome have taken to Google’s support pages with the same problem. There are two threads on Google Groups, with dozens of people all reporting the same issue. A representative from Google has replied, saying that they’re looking into the issue, as well as asking people for more details in order to troubleshoot. The exact cause of the problem is unclear right now.

Google Chrome hit by SSL bug restricting Google services is written by Ben Kersey & originally posted on SlashGear.
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6Apr/120

Google’s Floor Plan Marker app to crowdsource indoor mapping data

Google has released a new app for Android users called Floor Plan Marker that will help improve the accuracy of its indoor maps. The company had launched its indoor mapping initiative last November with Google Maps 6.0 that provided indoor maps and navigation for major shopping centers and airports in the US and Japan.

To expand and improve its indoor mapping, Google is enlisting business owners and map enthusiasts to help provide indoor location data through the Floor Plan Marker app. Business owners are encouraged to upload floor plans of their buildings and use the app to help gather data about nearby WiFi hotspots and cell towers.

The app gives you onscreen directions to follow and then to provide feedback by placing onscreen markers to indicate your location. The data collected will help Google improve the accuracy of triangulating your exact position inside a building, especially with being able to determine which floor of a building you’re on. The app is free to download but can only be used by those who upload a floor plan.

[via TechCrunch]

Google’s Floor Plan Marker app to crowdsource indoor mapping data is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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