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HTC made just $34 million last quarter, its lowest profit since 2004

HTC made just $34 million last quarter, its lowest profit since 2004

Think back to the days of Windows Mobile, to when PDAs were a thing, to when HTC barely had enough clout to put its name on its own hardware. That was the last time the Taiwanese manufacturer reported a profit as measly as today’s. Despite Peter Chou’s recent bout of hopefulness, the Taiwanese manufacture says it took home just NT$1 billion ($34 million) in net income in Q4 of 2012 — which is less than a tenth of what it made in the same quarter of 2011. Revenue was at least in line with HTC’s pessimistic forecast of NT$60 billion, which equates to a 41 percent drop year-over-year, so the stock market won’t find any of this particularly shocking — even though history says it is.

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How would you change the Orange San Diego?

How would you change the Orange San Diego

Orange’s £200 ($308) San Diego was one of the first Intel-powered Android devices to hit the market. Despite its budget price, it packed a Medfield-based 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU that the company promised would deliver more performance and battery life than its pricier rivals. It almost achieved it too, with benchmarks that stood equal to the Galaxy S III and more than 24-hours of standby life. The problem, was that our reviewer couldn’t find a compelling reason to buy one of these over a last-gen Android flagship — but was that the case for you? If you bought one, how has the ownership experience been, so tell us what did you love, what did you hate and what would you change?

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NVIDIA unveils i500 Soft Modem with Tegra 4, capable of pushing 1.2 trillion ops per second

NVIDIA unveils i500 Soft Modem, first fruits of Icera purchase

NVIDIA’s apparently still not out of news from its CES 2013 presser — the company just unveiled the i500 Soft Modem chip. The soft modem, which is the fruit of the company’s purchase of Icera and is utilized with Tegra 4, is a baseband processor that can do 1.2 trillion operations per second and is reprogrammable with software to work with a lot of different networks. The modem, which is 40 percent smaller than a conventional baseband chip, is sampling to manufacturers this month.

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Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyes-on

Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyeson

The Kickstarter page for Urban Hello’s beautiful, strange home phone may not be live yet, but we’ve already gotten our hands all over it. The HD voice device is more than looks, though, featuring two OLED screens built into a minimalist aesthetic, intended to simplify the home phone experience. The handset even comes in a handful of colors, “in order to blend in better with the decoration of any interior.” A pre-order of $85 will net you one of the very first off the production line — of course, the Kickstarter has to go live before you can pledge any money. Head past the break for all the specifics, straight from Urban Hello.

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Huawei’s Ascend D2 confirmed by uncovered billboard at CES

Huawei's Ascend D2 confirmed by uncovered billboard at CES

The days preceding CES are like an easter egg hunt, with clues of future products everywhere. Easily revealed near the cabstand line of the Las Vegas Convention Center is a billboard proudly displaying the Huawei Ascend D2 we’ve been expecting. We will have to wait until tomorrow at 1pm ET for the Huawei press event for the official details, though, which we’ll of course be covering live.

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Refresh Roundup: week of December 31st, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 31st, 2012

Mobile Miscellany week of December 31st, 2012

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, two of the best cameraphones out there were pitted against one another in a shootout rematch and a very handy widget was added to the latest nightly builds of CyanogenMod. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of December 31st, 2012.

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Samsung Korea posts Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update details, but not the release date

Samsung Korea posts Galaxy S II Android 41 Jelly Bean update details

Samsung Galaxy S II owners waiting for an update that adds features (instead of taking them away) may not have long to wait, now that support pages for the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update — announced months ago — have been found on the company’s Korean website. Listing details for all three local carriers, the update will arrive via KIES and change the amount of available internal memory from 12GB to 11GB. Other than the usual list of Android 4.1 features, it will also preload the Google+ and some additional Play apps while adding Samsung features like Smart Stay. There’s no word yet on exactly when the official update will arrive (or a schedule for rollout on US carrier editions), but once it’s out in Korea it shouldn’t take much for owners of the GT-I9100 international version to try it out as well.

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Source: Samsung Korea, XDA-Developers

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T-Mobile Monthly4G plans may get an unlimited data tier on January 9th

TMobile Monthly4G plans poised to get unlimited data tier on January 9th

The perpetual gotcha for T-Mobile’s Monthly4G prepaid service has been the absence of truly unlimited data — you could have one advantage or the other, but not both. TmoNews understands that this either/or choice is fading away after spotting what looks to be leaked promo material. Come January 9th, the carrier is reportedly replacing its 5GB Monthly4G tier with an unlimited alternative. The same $70 should net the previous unlimited talk and text, but skip the pesky throttling for very frequent users. As long as customers have good coverage, it’s hard to see a downside for them if this proves real; next week can’t come soon enough.

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Google Play Magazines offers free digital versions to print subscribers

Google Play Magazines offers free digital versions to print subscribers

Google Play’s magazine subscriptions have always, sadly, existed separate from a publications print offerings. Meaning, even if you already had the paper edition of Beer Advocate delivered to your home, you still had to cough up for the digital version. That’s finally changed, however, which should make many magazine hounds quite happy. Now when you select a new periodical, you’ll be offered the standard monthly and yearly subscription options, along with the new “free for print subscribers.” You’ll need to verify your subscription before Google will allow you to download issues, but that’s one less barrier to entry for those looking to dip their toes in the digital magazine pool. For a bit more info check out the source link.

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Via: Droid Life

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Samsung working on fix for ‘sudden death’ bug affecting some Galaxy S III owners

If you own a Galaxy S III that appears to have suffered some form of cardiac arrest, failing suddenly for no apparent reason, Samsung is aware of the problem, and is working on a fix. The issue, being referred to in the forums as “sudden death,” seems to be relatively rare: a Samsung spokeswoman told Tweakers that the problem affects “only a very limited number” of devices. So far, we know the problem applies to users running the stock software, as well as custom ROMs. For whatever reason, too, these defective models are all 16GB variants, according to Samsung. In any case, Sammy says it will push out a firmware update to correct the problem, though the company hasn’t said when that patch will be ready.

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HTC’s Peter Chou: poor marketing held us back in 2012, but the worst has probably passed

HTC's CEO we didn't spend enough on marketing in 2012, but the worst has probably passed

Peter Chou has gone on the record with the Wall Street Journal blaming his company’s rough financial performance last year on insufficient marketing. Speaking about HTC’s competitors, and presumably about Samsung in particular, he described them as “too strong and very resourceful, pouring lots of money into marketing.” He was candid about the fact that, relatively speaking, he doesn’t have a great deal of cash at hand to counter rival publicity, but instead puts his faith in having more “unique products” — possibly referring to phones like the 1080p Droid DNA. Overall, he said that the “the worst for HTC has probably passed” and that 2013 will be “not too bad.” Which is about as cautious as optimism can get.

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Samsung rolling out Exynos security patch to UK Galaxy S III owners

DNP Samsung rolling out Exynos security fix to UK Galaxy S III users

A few weeks back a security exploit was discovered that left owners of select Exynos-powered Samsung devices feeling uneasy. While an independent developer quickly cooked up a fix, Samsung soon acknowledged the issue and pledged that an official patch was in the works. UK Galaxy S III owners can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Sammy has made good on its word and is now issuing an over-the-air update that addresses this potential security flaw. While we’re happy to see Samsung actively working on this issue, there’s still no word of when the company will release this fix to other devices and additional regions. Hopefully the software’s ongoing European tour is a sign of things to come globally.

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Android Dashboard update shows Jelly Bean on 10 percent of active hardware

Android Dashboard update shows Jelly Bean on 10 percent of active hardware

The last time we checked out Google’s Android Device Dashboard, penetration of the latest version had reached 1.8 percent of active hardware. A couple of months later and Android 4.1 / 4.2 Jelly Bean is accounting for more than 10 percent of devices that accessed Google Play in the last 14 days. The share of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices also grew to represent 29.1 percent of active hardware, and while 2.3 Gingerbread still has the largest slice, it slid below half to 47.6 percent. That means developers can more confidently taking advantage of the latest APIs, but while the environment is much improved over when the dashboard launched in 2009, those fragments still mean some hard choices on exactly what to target with apps. Hit the source link for a larger look at the current numbers.

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We’re live from CES 2013 in Las Vegas!

DNP We're live from CES 2013!

The Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansive exhibition space may not be open for another five days, but we’re already on site, gearing up for the CES madness to come and setting up shop in our temporary headquarters — that beautiful trailer just above. Sure, we have a pretty good idea of which new mobile gadgets we might see — and what products not to expect — and it’s pretty much a given that Windows 8 will be just about everywhere, but as always the show is bound to bring some surprises. For now, though, we’ll all have to sit tight as thousands of exhibitors put the final lavish touches on their enormous booths. In the meantime, get a taste of the pre-show scene at the LVCC in the gallery just below.

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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Samsung confirms multiple Tizen phone launches in 2013

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Talk of Samsung building a Tizen phone for non-developers has existed almost since the platform got started, but the company was silent on any definitive plans throughout 2012. It’s speaking up this year: Samsung has confirmed to Bloomberg BusinessWeek that there’s multiple “competitive” Tizen devices in the pipeline for 2013. While the firm unsurprisingly won’t say what’s involved, it’s willing to say that the lineup will grow “depending on market conditions” — in other words, it’s watching early sales like a hawk. Does this mean a Galaxy S III with Tizen? A refined version of the developer device we saw last spring? At this stage, it might not matter when just having a major smartphone maker onboard is big news for a fledgling platform.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 swoops by FCC with Verizon-friendly LTE

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 swoops by FCC with Verizon-friendly LTE

An LTE-equipped Galaxy Note 10.1 slipped through the FCC’s doors last month, but it was missing 4G bands that would allow it to work with American carriers. Now, however, the FCC has rubber-stamped a model with Verizon-friendly LTE, which includes support for the firm’s traditional Band 13, along with its fresh Band 4 (AWS) spectrum. In addition, the slate packs 3G connectivity and the expected support for Bluetooth and WiFi. Big Red and Samsung haven’t made a peep regarding a release, but with one of the final regulatory hurdles cleared for US availability, we imagine that an official announcement isn’t far off.

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 163 – 1.2.2013

Engadget Mobile Podcast 163 - 1.2.2013

Can you hear that? That’s the calm before the storm. The fiery, relentless, gadgety storm that is CES. While we wait to see what what mobile delights the show brings us, we’ve a few things already in the bag to discuss. So bring in the garden furniture, baton down the hatches and tune in to this week’s mobile podcast.

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen

Producer: James Trew
Music: TychoCoastal Brake (Ghostly International)

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Apple acknowledges Do Not Disturb bug, says it will magically fix itself on January 8th

Apple acknowledges Do Not Disturb bug, says it will magically fix itself on January 7th

Well, it’s no “you’re holding it wrong,” but we can’t say we’re 100 percent satisfied with Apple’s response to the recent discovery of a bug affecting iOS’s Do Not Disturb feature. Starting January first, ringers failed to turn back on after the predetermined silent period. Today Cupertino seemed to acknowledge the existence of the flaw but, rather than offer a patch, it simply told customers to be patient:

“Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.”

Understandably, it’ll probably take longer than five days to find the offending code, whip up a fix, test it and roll it out to users. Still, a thorough explanation is always appreciated and the iOS faithful have already been patient enough.

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Amazon gets Apple’s false advertising claim dismissed from trademark infringement lawsuit

Amazon gets Apple's false advertising claim dismissed from trademark infringement lawsuitIt’s been awhile since we last had news from Apple’s App Store-based trademark infringement lawsuit against Amazon. Today, Amazon got Apple’s claim for false advertising dismissed from that very same case after filing for partial summary judgement. In finding for Amazon, the judge held that Apple failed to identify a single false statement (expressly stated or implied) that Amazon made about the nature, characteristics, or quality of the Amazon Appstore that would deceive customers into thinking it was the same as the Apple App Store — a legal requirement to establish false advertising under federal law. Not a bad way for Bezos to ring in the new year, eh?

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The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 1pm ET!

The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 1pm ET!

Happy new year, everyone! The first Wednesday of 2013 also includes our first podcast, and it may also be our shortest; preparations for CES are in full effect and we’ll be taking to the ‘cast to discuss what we expect to see next week. There are a couple other items on the docket as well, so make sure to stay tuned!

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CTIA and MobileCon merging in 2014, forming ‘super mobile show’

CTIA and MobileCon merging in 2014, forming 'super mobile show'

There are some things in life you can count on year after year — like having to file taxes. For mobile journalists this includes an annual pilgrimage to CES, MWC, plus the spring and fall editions of CTIA. This year is no exception, with CTIA spring taking place May 21-23rd in Las Vegas and the fall show (re-baptized MobileCon in 2012) happening October 9-11th in San Jose. But things are going to be different next year — the Wireless Association announced today that it will be merging the spring and fall editions in 2014 and forming a single CTIA “super mobile show.” Considering how quiet CTIA and MobileCon were last year, this sounds like a great opportunity for both consumer and enterprise-centric vendors to mingle and bring some excitement back to the show. CTIA 2014 is scheduled for September 9-11th in Las Vegas and we’ll be there, of course. Full PR after the break.

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Nokia to lock down access to Navifirm and early firmware images later this month

There’s some potentially bad news for Nokia users who were willing to dabble in untamed firmware releases via the company’s online repository. Navifirm, which has inadvertently offered several early glimpses of updates for Nokia hardware, will shutter open access to its firmware repository at the end of the month. Starting in February, the system will require a “Nokia Online” login for access to both application and device software downloads. The brief announcement doesn’t detail whether this would involve a standard Nokia account or something else, but it might mean fewer previews — and a slightly longer wait for subsequent (and official) Lumia updates.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II purportedly reaching South Korea in brown and red

Samsung Galaxy Note II purportedly reaching South Korea in brown and red

Yes, the black Galaxy Note II may have been more wishful thinking than reality, but that doesn’t mean Samsung is sticking to a narrow palette for its extra-large flagship. A supposed magazine page in South Korea shows both a brown Note II (already available in Japan) and a previously unseen red model headed to the country at an unspecified point in the future. The claim sounds promising for those who’ve wanted more options than gray and white. All the same, we’ll remain skeptical unless the new colors are made official — Samsung hasn’t commented on the authenticity of the page, and the original Korean forum post has disappeared without a trace. We can’t help but hope it’s real, though, if just for the chance of another smartphone designed for vampires.

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Source: Blog of Mobile (translated)

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Samsung Galaxy Note II sales exceed one million in Korea, may hit 10M globally in Q1

By all accounts, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has been a massive success. The oversized smartphone has now made its way into the hands of more than one million consumers in South Korea, just a month after Samsung announced that global sales had exceeded five million units. At that pace, the smartphone maker is reportedly on track to move 10 million Note IIs within four to five months of its late-September launch, compared to the nearly 10 months that it took to meet that milestone with the device’s predecessor. LG is also reporting similar domestic sales for its aging 5-inch Optimus Vu, so if you’ve taken the plunge on either 5+ inch behemoth, it looks like you’re in good company.

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Samsung reportedly launching Tizen-based phones on NTT DoCoMo in 2013

According to Japan’s Daily Yomiuri, NTT DoCoMo is parterning with Samsung to develop phones running the open-source Tizen operating system, with the first handsets reaching the market next year. According to the Yomiuri, other mobile carriers are also getting behind the development of Tizen because they “fear the hegemony” of Apple and Google. We’ve heard about Tizen as far back as September of 2011 — this Linux-based (and Intel-backed) software came about when Nokia’s MeeGo OS bit the dust, and we’ve already seen evidence of a Tizen-based Galaxy S III.

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Refresh Roundup: week of December 24th, 2012

Refresh Roundup week of December 24th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 24th, 2012

Mobile Miscellany week of December 24th, 2012

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, we stumbled upon a sneak peek of Sony’s promised Jelly Bean update and XDA University opened its doors to educate others about the curious world of Android customization. Not to stop there, Nokia unleashed a new entry-level handset for those in mainland China. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of December 24th, 2012.

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Samsung offers free flip covers and TecTiles for GS III and Note II device registrations

DNP Samsung doles out free flip covers and Tectiles if you register your device, only S III and Note II owners may apply

If you just received a Galaxy S III or a Note II this holiday season, you could do yourself a favor and register it on Samsung’s Facebook page to get even more goodies from Santa Sammy. What do you get in exchange for handing over some personal details and giving the Korean company access to your timeline? Why, a free flip cover and six TecTiles, which usually go for about $15 for a pack of five. We haven’t heard much about wide adoption of these programmable NFC tags, but maybe it’ll gain some traction after a recent 3.0 app update and this promotional giveaway. We’re not sure why the offer doesn’t extend to other Samsung phones, but maybe they just don’t have enough of those pastel covers to go around.

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Apple withdraws patent claim against Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini

Apple’s patent claim against Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini is no more, with Cupertino citing the phone’s lacking availability in the US for the amendment to its original November filing. In the ongoing litigation between the two electronics giants, Samsung argued that it’s Galaxy S III mini didn’t warrant inclusion in the latest volley of Samsung devices Apple wants added to its patent lawsuit; Apple apparently agreed, and is thusly withdrawing its claim against that particular device. The argument also highlights the sad news that the S III mini won’t join Samsung’s Galaxy lineup in the US.

An agreement filing spotted by Reuters from a San Jose, CA. US District Court revealed today’s news, coming just days after Judge Lucy Koh dismissed a request to permanently ban sales on several Samsung devices. It’s unclear if the other Samsung devices Apple asked to be added to the ongoing case are approved yet by the court, but we can certainly count the S III mini out for the time being.

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