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9Apr/120

Apple unlocks your iPhone for AT&T

We mentioned last week that AT&T was finally starting to offer the ability to unlock your iPhone once your contract has expired. The official date for unlocks to commence was yesterday, April 8. If you are wondering exactly how the process is conducted, we now have a few more details. One interesting detail is that Apple is the one that’s actually unlocking your iPhone.

The unlock can be conducted in your local AT&T store, but that’s not the only way you get your smartphone unlocked. You can also hit the AT&T website and have your device unlocked using the company’s online chat feature. Apparently, the process takes only a few minutes and the only information needed is your iPhone IMEI.

You find that number under settings – general – about on your device. Once you’ve given that information, Apple will e-mail an unlock code during the next 72 hours to your e-mail address. That means everything is done by Apple with AT&T simply being the go between. There seems to be some confusion with TheNextWeb reporting that at least one user has been told the iPhone has to be cracked open rather than only needing a code. If you have used the process to unlock your iPhone, let us know how it worked for you.

[via TheNextWeb]

Apple unlocks your iPhone for AT&T is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

Former Intel engineer pleads guilty to stealing documents


A former Intel engineer has been accused of stealing documents from the chipmaker estimated to be worth somewhere in the area of $200 million-$400 million. The former employee has pled guilty to stealing the documents and awaits sentencing. The worker is Biswamohan Pani and he pled guilty to five counts of fraud.


The case is being heard in US District Court by Judge F. Dennis Saylor in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pani worked for one of Intel’s chip making plants located in Hudson, Massachusetts in 2008. When the man turned in his resignation Intel on May 29, 2008, he asked his last day of work be June 11, 2008. Apparently, he was already an employee at rival AMD on June 2 and still had access to the Intel computer systems.

While still having access to Intel computer systems, the man begin downloading confidential documents from Intel that have to do with the design and manufacture of computer processors. Intel reported the theft right away and AMD cooperated with the investigation. It appears that no one at AMD asked the man to steal the documents and the documents were not used by anyone at AMD. Pani faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the five counts of fraud.

[via Bloomberg]

Former Intel engineer pleads guilty to stealing documents is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

LG D1L to take on Galaxy S III in May

LG is readying its defense against Samsung’s Galaxy S III, the LG D1L, a 4.7-inch dualcore flagship smartphone reportedly set to arrive in May 2012. The 1280 x 720 resolution handset will run Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset – an iteration of which held up well to the quadcore Tegra 3 - according to DDaily, and will be the first to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the gate.

There’ll also be LTE connectivity, suggesting the D1L is almost certainly headed to South Korea and potentially North America. A 3G HSPA+ version is likely to show up in Europe too. LG has used an LCD panel for its screen, rather than following Samsung down the AMOLED route.

The challenge the Galaxy S III presents is a significant one, even without official specifications for the handset known. Samsung’s previous two Galaxy S-series flagships have been best-sellers, and the third-gen model is tipped to follow in those footsteps with a sizable 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus 720p-capable screen squeezed into a slender ceramic casing.

LG has, conversely, struggled to achieve similar success with its devices, chasing 3D as a potential differentiator but finding the market reluctant to adopt it in phones. Meanwhile, the company is yet to confirm what the new smartphone will be called; D1L is only a codename at present.

[via NewLaunches and via The Verge]

LG D1L to take on Galaxy S III in May is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

NVIDIA Tegra 4 spec leak tips quadcore A15 in 2013

NVIDIA‘s next-gen Tegra 4 chipset has purportedly been detailed ahead of its expected 2013 release, using the same 4-PLUS-1 configuration as the Tegra 3 but with newer ARM A15 cores. The new chipset will run at between 1.2GHz and 2.0GHz, the slide shared by VR-Zone indicates, depending on whether the device it’s inside is targeted at the mainstream or flagship markets, and presumably what form-factor – tablet, phone or something else – is adopted.

There will be three A15-based variants, the spec sheet indicates. The T40 will target 10-inch flagship tablets and run at 1.8GHz, while the T43 will have the same audience but be slightly faster, at 2.0GHz. The AP40, meanwhile, will aim for the mainstream, running at between 1.2GHz and 1.8GHz.

Then there’ll be the Sp3X, using the older A9 cores – though still in 4-PLUS-1 configuration – but pairing the 1.2GHz to 2.0GHz chipset with an LTE and HSPA+ modem. It will come later to market, however; the T40 is expected to drop first in Q1 next year, though the other three variants supposedly won’t arrive until sometime in Q3.

The switch to four A15 cores, if true, indicates NVIDIA has presumably addressed the question of excessive heat output. That heat, rivals like Qualcomm have suggested, was what prevented the Tegra 3 from using A15 cores: so far, we’ve only seen dualcore implementations of A15 promised, such as in Texas Instruments’ OMAP5.

Whether quadcore is truly necessary for mobile devices or merely spec-sheet bragging remains to be seen; the new A15-based Tegra 4 may only really come into its own when in ultrabook-style notebooks, running Windows 8 on ARM and other more “desktop” platforms.

[via Android Community]

NVIDIA Tegra 4 spec leak tips quadcore A15 in 2013 is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

Lenovo IdeaTab S2019 pairs old iPad screen with Android 4.0

Lenovo has officially outed its latest tablet, the IdeaTab S2109, an Ice Cream Sandwich slate measuring 8.9mm thick. Spotted crossing the FCC recently, the IdeaTab S2019 takes a page from the iPad 2, with a 9.7-inch 4:3 aspect display; unfortunately, it’s using a 1024 x 768 IPS panel, rather than the double-resolution Retina Display on the new iPad.

There’s also a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, plus microUSB, micro HDMI and a microSD card slot. The back of the slate is peppered with a full four speakers for SRS Trumedia sound and what Lenovo promises is better bass than the tinny thumps we’re used to from tablets.

The unibody shell has a “gunmetal” finish, though there’s no mention of whether it’s actually metal or not. Inside is a battery good enough for a quoted 10hrs of runtime, though we still don’t have confirmation on what processor is keeping the IdeaTab S2019 running: Lenovo has previously looked to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, so it’s possible that the newer Tegra 3 is under the hood here.

It’s Ice Cream Sandwich that should make the biggest difference, though, and we’re glad to see tablet manufacturers finally waking up and packaging the newest version of Android. Both regular Android Market access along with Lenovo’s own app store are on offer for third-party software.

No word on pricing or availability at this stage.

[via Notebook Italia]

Lenovo IdeaTab S2019 pairs old iPad screen with Android 4.0 is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

Sony to shed 10,000 jobs and cut exec bonuses tips report

Sony is to axe 10,000 jobs and demand its top execs give up their annual bonus, according to a Japanese report, as the company scrabbles to save cash amid its shaky restructuring. Roughly half of the job losses will be from Sony’s chemical unit and workers involved in small/medium LCD production, the Nikkei business daily reports [sub required], though Sony has declined to comment. New Sony president Kaz Hirai is expected to announce the redundancies at a press conference later in the week.

Perhaps wary of being accused of scything away at staff while senior execs gobble down hefty bonuses, Hirai is also expected to confirm that the seven highest-level execs at the firm will sacrifice their annual reward. The decision will also affect Sir Howard Stringer, former CEO and president, and now chairman of the Sony board.

The last round of job cuts of a similar extent for Sony was during the December 2008 financial meltdown, when the company pared back its workforce by around 16,000 across global operations.

Redundancies are the less palatable side of Hirai’s “One Sony” restructuring, which the new president has said will focus on ”three core pillars” – digital imaging, gaming and mobile – at which Sony will attempt to excel. Among the changes expected are a more harmonized UI across the various Sony platforms and devices, more targeted R&D into what Sony believes will be the “next big thing” in tech, and greater horizontal integration between the firm’s disparate divisions and product lines, such as phones, PCs, TVs and tablets.

The plans are ambitious and Sony faces a challenge enacting them. The company is believed to be preparing the next-gen PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, for a potential launch in time for the 2013 holidays, though more recent gaming efforts have blundered.

[via AFP]

Sony to shed 10,000 jobs and cut exec bonuses tips report is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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9Apr/120

Pink Samsung Galaxy Note hits Korean shelves

Samsung’s pink version of the Galaxy Note has gone on sale in Korea, and when you’re dealing with an oversized phablet like the 5.3-inch Note, that’s a whole lot of pink. Offering the same 1280 x 800 touchscreen with both finger and digital stylus input – then pen here also being matching pink, with a fetching grey barrel button – and Android Gingerbread complete with TouchWiz modifications, the pink Galaxy Note should, Samsung hopes, extend the appeal of the handset to a more female audience.

Whether that’s the case or not remains to be seen; it’s also worth noting that it’s not only women who sometimes like pink devices, too. The particular hue Samsung has opted for it certainly striking, with the company going for a particularly saturated example rather than, say, the pastels we’ve often seen.

It also appears some matching accessories are in the pipeline, with a pink folio case shown in-use with the new version. The pink Note goes on sale alongside the existing white, black and metallic blue models, of which Samsung recently boasted of 5m sales.

There’s no word on when – or indeed if – the pink model will make it to Europe or North America, though a leaked product sheet back in February indicated there’d be a “berry pink” model with GSM product numbers (GT-N7000ZIA for the 16GB; GT-N7000ZIE for the 32GB). That at least suggests the option is on the table.

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Pink Samsung Galaxy Note hits Korean shelves is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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