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Leaked images show new red and brown Galaxy Note 2 versions

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It looks as though the Galaxy Note 2 is going to have some new color options for 2013 — at least brown and red as seen in a leaked image today. The official color names are "Ruby Wine" and "Amber Brown," but we think just "red" and "brown" will do. Our first reaction is to think that these may be carrier- or region-specific variants that get the new colors, but considering that the original two colors made it around the world at launch, we could see these hit the U.S. carriers as well.

This may remind you of a leaked image from a couple days ago which showed a Note 2 in svelte black casing, but AndroidSlash has updated its original story to say that the image appears to be a fan-made fake. For now, the best bet is that we'll see brown and red along with the current crop of colors. Anything more is a bonus.

Source: UnwiredView; AndroidSlash

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Top iPhone Shooter Dear Zombie is Now Free on the App Store

Dear Zombie  
Developer: Darryl Bartlett  
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Top iPhone Shooter, Dear Zombie 1.0 is now free for both iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Dear Zombie was released on the 20th December and it now allows new gamers the opportunity to download the game for free. A late Christmas present to all from developer Darryl Bartlett.

Dear Zombie is a fast paced zombie . The player gets the chance to play through 10 levels of frantic zombie attacks, where they must survive for as long as they can but also shoot as many zombies as possible. The game will certainly test both your survival and reaction skills in such a fast paced zombie environment. It’s not just the gameplay which brings excitement to the game, but also the beautifully crafted scenery and 2d graphics which adds a sense of fun. Players also get the chance to post their scores on the GameCenter leaderboard and complete the set achievements.

Dear Zombie is one of the top iOS shooters out there on the app store at the moment and the sudden price drop will no doubt grow it’s fan base. There is also a special competition to celebrate the release of the game, where there is a chance to win $25 and $50 Gift Cards – more details can be found on the website.

Dear Zombie 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Microsoft to increase production of Surface tablets for sale in third party retail stores

Microsoft_Surface_RT_rearDemand for the new Microsoft Surface tablet is heating up as the tech giant is reportedly making plans to step up production. The new tablet is designed to battle with Apple’s popular iPad, and Microsoft is expected to introduce them to third-party retailers within the week.

Microsoft is yet to reveal sales figures of the new tablet but the recent move is a sign that demand for the new product is rising.

“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see,” general manager of Microsoft’s Surface project Panos Panay said.

“We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” Panay added. He did not give any details how many tablets are being produced though.

He did not provide names of retailers that will sell the new Surface, though Staples Inc had already said that it would soon be selling the tablet starting Wednesday.

Retailers in Australia will have stocks of Surface starting mid-December, while other countries will follow at later dates.

After its launch in October, Surface was sold primarily by Microsoft itself through its  brick and mortar stores in North America. Customers from Australia, France, China, Germany, and the UK could avail of the new product though the Microsoft online store.

The currently available variant of Surface–officially dubbed Surface with Windows RT–is running a modified version of Windows 8 designed to work with low-power chips manufactured by ARM Holdings, the same maker of chips that being used in most tablets and smartphones.

32-GB Surface version costs around $499 before tax. An additional $120 thin cover that can also be used as a keyboard is also available.

Another heavier variant of Surface called Surface with Windows 8 Pro will become available in January and will run on Intel Corp chip that are compatible with Microsoft’s Windows and Office apps. It will reportedly costs around $899 for a 64 GB version.

Microsoft also revealed that it would open and keep a chain of “pop-up” holiday shops into the new year and will eventually turn them into permanent retail outlets it calls “specialy store locations”.

Following the lead of Apple to open physical retail stores, Microsoft opened 31 permanent stores and another 34 holiday “pop-up” stores in both the United States and Canada.

Converting the pop-up holiday shops into permanent ones will  increase the number of physical retail stores for Microsoft to 65, well below Apple Inc’s 400 worldwide stores.

source: reuters

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From the Editor’s Desk: Android forum life

Phil Nickinson

With the year winding down and my plate relatively clear of any review work (mad props to Alex and Anndrew and Andrew and Jerry and everyone else for helping make that happen), I've been spending more time in the forums. That's where any one of us here will tell you the real work happens. Questions come in, questions get answered. Tips are proffered. Sweeping how-to threads are created. It's really incredible stuff, all guided by our awesome moderators and advisers.

And it's been extremely interesting to read reaction to the hottest phones of the second half of the year. First and foremost, however, it's important to keep things in perspective. Forums by definition tend to be a bit of an echo chamber. That's not to say that what's being posted isn't important — it most certainly is. But you tend to start saying "Everyone says this about that phone!" when it's never "everyone," just as it's never "no one." Some people have problems. Some don't. You look for trends. You get feelings about the way things are going. It's not an exact science, and I'm hardly an expert. (The guys and gals at CrackBerry teach me something new about forums every day.)

The pleasant surprises lately? There have been a few.

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Sony overtakes HTC for second place in UK Android market

Good news for Sony, bad news for HTC. The latest figured show the Xperia manufacturers outselling HTC over the past summer in the UK. Sony moved 500,000 Android phones compared to HTC’s 440,000. They both lost market share to Samsung, however, who maintains first place with a whopping 3.2 million Android phones for comparison.

This news shows Sony’s new intense smartphone drive appears to be having some success, and if Sony does announce their new flagship in early 2013, they stand a good chance to eat up even more market share. Sony did say they though its recent restructuring to become Sony Mobile, as well as the James Bond marketing tactics, has caused a “positive reaction” with consumers, and the numbers seem to agree.

source: Mobile Today

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Android 5.0 Testing on Unknown Sony Device?

We all still have that Android 4.2 buzz going on, and out of the Android blue, rumors of an unknown Sony device showing up on a NenaMark2 test showing it running Android 5.0. Very random indeed. I think everyone’s first reaction is that it is BS, but I think some of us would like to believe it is true.

The model number for this Sony device is listed as LT30i. The submitter remains anonymous, but yes, as you can see it shows that it is running Android 5.0. Not much else can be determined about this NenaMark2 test, and other sites that have reported it, have asked the question, is it real or fake? Odds are it is fake. Then again, Google has a tendency to sprint to the next step, so we might be seeing what could be the early signs of the next flagship device. I mean the Nexus program is open to all OEMs, and why wouldn’t Sony want to join in on all the fun. Really wish it was HTC, but I am hoping that for the end of next year.

Let us know what you think. Obvious hoax? Or early signs of more Android epic-ness? You tell me.

Source: Nenamark

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Initial Impressions Of The DROID DNA: This Could Be The DROID You’re Looking For


The DROID DNA is, without a doubt, the most exciting HTC phone to come to Verizon since the original Incredible. And I can already tell you that it doesn’t disappoint – this is a serious effort from HTC, whose US handset sales have dropped sharply in the last year. It could be the phone that catapults them back into relevance.

After spending a short amount of time with it, I’m going to try and give you my first-blush reaction to this spec sheet titan. (The full review should be coming some time next week.)


The Display: Not the jaw-dropper we were expecting.

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Apple claims patent infringement on Samsung’s Note 10 and Jelly Bean software

Would you be surprised if I said Apple is trying to sue Samsung over their Galaxy Note 10.1? No? Didn’t think so. Apple told a judge in California that Samsung infringes patents on the Samsung Note 10.1, and even wanted to add Android 4.1 into that lawsuit. Now, to be fair, this is in reaction to Samsung suing Apple over LTE patents in the iPhone 5, but even after Samsung is making clear strides to differentiate their phones and tablets from Apple’s products, Apple still continues to litigate.

On October 1st, Judge Lucy Koh rescinded a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 declaring there were no grounds for the injunction after jurors ruled on August 24th that Samsung did not infringe the Apple design patent that was the basis of the injunction. Apple, naturally, objected, claiming that the Tab should remain banned as it was found guilty of other patent infringements. Regardless, the ban was, and still is, lifted.

Fast forward a few months, and now Apple seeks to add several new Samsung products to its list of infringing devices on the basis that they are capable of using a stylus. Now, maybe I’m taking this the wrong way, but I think Apple is starting to sue Samsung over things that the iPhone and iPad don’t do. In addition to that, they’re adding lawsuits over Jelly Bean, which technically isn’t even Samsung’s product. Just when you think it couldn’t get any more crazy, Apple pulls a move like this.

This trial isn’t set to take place until 2014, so it’s very doubtful that this will actually impact any sales. And in a win for common sense, Judge Grewel declined to make any preliminary rulings on the case for fear of either company filing another round of lawsuits. Not a bad move; anything to slow down the constant lawsuits is a good thing.

source: Bloomberg

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UK courts force Apple to rewrite statement regarding Samsung infringement

Samsung and Apple have been at each other’s throats in this legal battle between the two, and some of the most interesting bits have come out of the United Kingdom. Samsung was found to be in the clear on the grounds of infringement with a judge saying Samsung’s products weren’t “cool” enough for people to get them confused with Apple’s products.

As such, Apple was forced to make a statement on its UK website stating that very fact, though we felt the manner in which they did it was a tad distasteful. Apple made the statement, but it spent even more text letting people know that the company has been victorious in other regions. In fact, Apple seemed to welcome the “not cool enough” statement so it took that and ran wild.

Well, it looks like the courts across the pond seem to agree with our initital reaction — the statement isn’t what they had in mind. They’re going as far as forcing Apple to correct the statement on its website.

They want the new statement to be short and sweet, and nothing more. A simple “Samsung didn’t infringe on our products, UK courts have found” or something to that effect might do the trick.

Oh, and the statement mustn’t be tucked away via an obscure, hard to find link — it has to be smack dab on Apple’s homepage, and must remain there until the middle of this month. The ruling even goes as far as forcing Apple how visible the link must be — nothing less than 11 point font, apparently.

This particular correction won’t do much to help Samsung get over the fact that one of its biggest component buyers is suing the pants off of them, but hey — at least the UK courts won’t let Apple stomp all over them. That has to count for something. Apple is said to have 24-48 hours to comply with the request for a correction, and you can bet we’ll be looking for that correction as the week closes. Score one for the good guys!

[via The Guardian]

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Sprint sits out Windows Phone 8 launch in the United States after tepid WP7 reaction

Sprint sits out Windows Phone 8 launch in the United States after tepid WP7 reaction

Microsoft may be readying an all-out marketing blitz to get Windows Phone 8 all up in your cranium, but those loyal to Sprint won’t be getting anything but perturbed. During today’s Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile were “all in” for Windows Phone 8. Strangely, however, America’s number three carrier is evidently “all out.” While Sprint was a carrier for Windows Phone 7 handsets like the HTC Arrive, the carrier was showing cold feet as far back as January of this year. Given that the Arrive was its “most returned phone,” though, it’s hard to cast blame.

It could very well be due to the way Sprint’s 4G drama has gone done — at the time, Microsoft likely didn’t want to create WP8 devices that supported by WiMAX and LTE, and now that Sprint has foregone the former in order to grab the latter, it’s all a bit too late. Of course, it comments made to PhoneScoop earlier this year by spokesperson David Owen are to be believed, Sprint may join the WP8 party early next year. Sort of seems like a familiar refrain, actually.

For more, check out our Windows Phone 8 event liveblog!

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Sprint sits out Windows Phone 8 launch in the United States after tepid WP7 reaction originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Editorial: The Android 4.2 Tablet UI Looks Just Like A Giant Phone’s, And That’s Fantastic


After BriefMobile leaked what appear to be the first shots of a near-production-build of Android 4.2 running on a Samsung Nexus 10 tablet this morning, the response from many people has been absolutely vicious: the new UI looks like a giant phone, it doesn’t look it’s meant for a tablet, the pull-down notification bar doesn’t make sense, the centered navigation buttons are going to be harder to reach, etc.

I think, though, that this is reactionary. It’s kind of what I expected, honestly. Not the reaction, but the look – because Google never really said whether or not they were keeping the old tablet UI, which inherently put its future in peril.

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LG Intuition review: Optimus Deja Vu with a Verizon LTE twist

LG Intuition review Optimus Deja Vu with a Verizon LTE twist

It’s not uncommon for US carriers to take an international smartphone under their wings, make a few adjustments to hardware and firmware, stamp their fat logos in multiple places and then sell it to the masses. Verizon is no exception: the LG Intuition is its interpretation of the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch phablet we reviewed over the summer. Perhaps calling it an “interpretation” is a bit of an overstatement: aside from a bump in firmware and Big Red’s LTE, it is the Optimus Vu. In fact, going into this review, we had a difficult time believing our experience would be much different than our run-in with the Korean version.

Our first reaction is that this doesn’t bode well for the carrier. If Verizon opted for the Intuition in order to fill a gaping hole in its lineup, we have a hard time understanding why it would choose to greenlight this particular device with the Samsung Galaxy Note II coming within the next two months. The device’s quiet launch is a solid enough indication that the network isn’t planning on throwing a lot marketing dollars behind it, so it feels as though the Intuition’s main reason for existing is to bolster Verizon’s rapidly expanding LTE portfolio. Is there something intriguing about the Intuition ($200 with a two-year commitment) that wasn’t there when we first played with the Vu? Or will we find ourselves in the Twilight Zone, reliving the same moment over and over again? Let’s find out.

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LG Intuition review: Optimus Deja Vu with a Verizon LTE twist originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola CloudBB HMC3260 Android desktop computer

What would be your reaction if I say there is a desktop computer which is running Android as its operating system? Well, do you not believe me? This is true! Motorola has come up with a new device for the Chinese market (only). The Motorola CloudBB HMC3260 is an Android powered desktop computer, which is coming to the market very soon to tickle our senses. Even the thought of Android powering a desktop computer is making me feel funny. It is nothing like I hate Android or anything. I have been an Android fan and user for quite a few years, and hence, I’m pretty sure that the ‘mobile’ operating system is not yet completely ready to take on a desktop computer.

There have been products like this before. For example, the ViewSonic Android powered monitor was a very similar product and it was rightly marketed as a monitor. But Motorola is marketing this product as a desktop computer just because the monitor comes with a keyboard and a mouse. Well, before I talk any further, let’s take a look at this ‘desktop computer.’

The system is going to be running on a 1GHz Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 CPU, has 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory. And the monitor is an 18-inch 1366×768 pixels touchscreen. With such an awesome display, you would expect at least Ice Cream Sandwich to be running the show. But unfortunately, it is still the way too old Gingerbread (Android v 2.3.4), which comes with this machine.

The operating system on this machine seems to have some kind of a manufacturer custom overlay, as can be seen from the image. The overlay is designed to give the user a desktop computer look and feel. There is no mention of the availability of a microSD card slot to increase the story capacity. I honestly do not believe that the on board 4 gigs of storage will be enough. Also, the processor seems to a bit under the mark for such an awesome monitor. What do you think?

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Bad Guy Google? Acer Cancels Launch Of Non-Android Device After Pressure From Google

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It was announced a few nights ago that Acer would release a new device running the Linux-based Aliyun OS developed by Alibaba for China. Dow Jones reported today that this didn’t sit too well with Google who — according to an Acer representative –  told Acer they would “terminate its Android-related cooperation and other technology licensing with our partner.”

It’s this strong language that caused the last minute shutting down of an Acer unveiling event, leaving the press who were to attend the event scratching their heads. Acer is still talking it over with Google and would like to go through with releasing an Aliyun OS device for the Chinese market, but it’s up in the air at this point.

In reaction to the news, Alibaba was quoted by CNET today saying, “we respect and understand our partner’s decision to postpone the introduction of the phone, and are dismayed by the impact this dispute has had on our partner.”

Google has long had a reputation for having a lax relationship with its Android partners, letting them slice and hack up their OS to suit their tastes (and motives). This marks the first we’ve heard of Google playing hardball with OEM’s and we have to admit, sounds very unlike Google who’s seemingly okay with manufacturers releasing devices with rival OS’s (Windows Phone 8) around the world. That being said, something sound fishy about all this and we’ll have to wait for Google to issue a statement to hear their side of the story.

For those interested, I’ve included a quick video showing off the mobile OS that allegedly has Google in a tizzy. I admit, it doesn’t look half bad but maybe that’s because it’s essentially a fork of Android (can even run Android apps natively).

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The Woz weighs in on Apple-Samsung patent war: “I hate it”

While catching up with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to get his reaction to the iPhone 5, Bloomberg also wanted to get the tech icons take on the recent ruling out of a California courtroom that found Samsung guilty of infringing upon several Apple patents. Years removed from working with the company, the Woz offered a candid take, saying, “I hate it.”

He continued, “I don’t agree with it,” questioning the validity of the patents. “Very small things,” he said, “I don’t call that innovative.” Wozniak’s opinion is that the decision of the court will be overturned upon further review, and he hopes for a world where tech patents are exchanged freely in an effort to improve software and hardware as a whole.

And, in case you were wondering, while Woz has been known to carry an Android device or two in his pocket, he has every intention to pick up the new iPhone, saying Apple took some “important steps” in advancing the latest iteration of their flagship device.

[via Bloomberg]

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Samsung sends Canadian a truly unique Galaxy S III, guarantees a loyal customer

Samsung sends Canadian a truly unique Galaxy S III, guarantees a loyal customer

And you thought your future brown Galaxy S III would be special. We’re just learning the full story of how avid fan Shane Bennett got what may be the rarest version of Samsung’s flagship phone through an unusual chain of events. After half-jokingly asking Samsung Canada for a free phone with the drawing of a dragon as a token gift, Shane was given a kangaroo drawing as a response; the overwhelming reaction to his posting that story on Reddit led to not just a thank-you trip to a Galaxy S III launch party but a custom phone designed around his off-hand doodle. We’re not kidding when we mean custom, either. Along with the distinctive front and back, his phone came with matching on-screen wallpaper and even a specially wrapped box. The likelihood of anyone else receiving a similar gesture is slim — who’d want to spoil the originality? — but credit has to go to community manager Drew Bomhof for going the extra distance and acknowledging that even a giant phone maker is only as strong as its individual customers.

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Samsung releases internal memo in the wake of the $1 billion U.S. patent verdict

I know, we’ve all had it up to here with the continuous reaction of the jury’s recent decision in favor of Apple over Samsung. Following Google’s first official statement regarding the $1 billion patent verdict, Samsung released an internal memo on its blog which highlights a not too surprising opinion of the decision by the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA). Samsung highlights the District Court made a decision which it respectfully disagrees with and contradicts other decisions made by courts in other countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea who all sided with Samsung regarding similar patent cases. This internal memo appears to be the first step in rallying Samsung’s employees as well as trying to ease their customers’ concerns following the $1 billion gut punch. You can read the full internal memo after the break.

“We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.”


source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Rumor dismissed, HTC isn’t killing Beats Audio in future Devices

Insiders and tipsters aren’t always right. Could be from misinterpretation during a meeting, maybe the topic of ditching something was mentioned but never concrete, or, maybe it was put out on purpose to see the reaction from the world. The latter of those is actually a pretty great way to feel out consumers before a final decision is made without having to take any backlash after the fact. This leads us back to the rumor that was going around about HTC dropping Beats Audio from their future devices. Seem plausible after HTC quit bundling headphones with their devices and gave controlling stakes back to the company.

Even with those two fairly large indicators in place, HTC states otherwise. HTC’s Global Communications Manager put out a small, but straight to the point statement regarding that rumor.

HTC remains strongly committed to Beats Audio and including their innovation in our devices. Any rumor of HTC no longer integrating Beats Audio into our devices is categorically false.

Guess that about sums it up. Those of you that love the Beats software integration will continue to do so in your future HTC device purchases.

Source: Phandroid



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HTC saying bye-bye to Beats in future handsets?

Perhaps the writing was on the wall when HTC decided to stop bundling Beats headphones with their devices. Maybe it was even more clear when HTC gave up its controlling stake in Beats, relinquishing the majority of ownership to the company’s founders. Taking both developments into account, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that the latest industry whispers suggest that a complete divorce between HTC hardware and Beats software could be coming soon.

According to insider sources, HTC has plans to strip Beats functionality from future handsets and remove the logo that has adorned their most recent generation of Android handsets. The development should garner a mixed reaction, with many buying into what Beats is selling while others remain skeptical. While we never found any reason to deride HTC’s decision to include Beats equalization software within HTC Sense, the feature was nothing to write home about in most aspects. Yes, you got a decent bass boost and improved quality of audio, but you probably didn’t need Beats to make that a reality.

If and when HTC and Beats decide to go their separate ways it will be interesting to see if HTC sells off its small remaining hold in the company. HTC has been strapped for cash lately and is examining all avenues when it comes to padding the coffers. Selling their stake in Beats might be a quick and easy way to gain a little without sacrificing much.

[via AndroidPolice]

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[Poll] Would you take up a restaurant’s offer for 5% discount if you don’t use your cellphone during the meal?

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I came upon a rather interesting story on Mashable where a restaurant in Los Angeles has offered customers a 5% discount if they would check their phones in at the entrance. The first reaction I had was a bit of a laughter at the thought of where we, the human species, have ended up. You know the usual “technology has made us so much more disconnected in person” et cetera et cetera stuff.

Then it hit me: If I were offered that discount, I’m not sure I would take it up. Of course, it’s dependent upon various other factors, but I’m uncertain of whether I would be comfortable sitting some thirty feet away from my phone, unable to hear any notifications. Heck, what would I do in all those awkward moments of silence? Play with my spoon? And what would Instagrammers do with their food? Eat it?

Let’s hear from the rest of you, vote below, and maybe mention in the comments some sort of an explanation for your choice.

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Sony Xperia S to get a new color, dark silver added to the lineup

Android Central

Another day, another batch of Sony related news. For once however, this latest piece of news concerns an existing device — the current flagship to the 2012 Xperia line, the Sony Xperia S. Until now, the Xperia S has only been available in two different colors — black and white. Sony has announced today a third color choice, imaginatively titled "Dark Silver." 

OK, so the name might not be that inspiring, and for many the device itself may provoke a similar reaction. It's a good looking thing though, and this latest color choice just might be the best yet. After all, who doesn't want their phone to look good? No word on availability yet though, we're just told to "keep your eyes peeled."

At this point in time we're finding it difficult to get excited for any current Sony devices. We're a lot more excited to see — for real at least — the excessively leaked new Xperia devices, which we expect to see unveiled in a couple of weeks at IFA 2012 in Berlin. 

Source: Sony

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LG Optimus Vu review

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Oh Optimus Vu, what an odd little device you are. Developed as a less than subtle knee-jerk reaction to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the Vu went on sale in Korea earlier this year, and it’ll soon be making its way to Japan on NTT Docomo, too. Stateside, a Verizon launch is rumored, though far from certain. In any case, this is LG’s 5-inch, stylus-using, 4:3 aspect ratio squarish slab. It ran Android 2.3 at launch, but it’s recently received a substantial update to version 4.0 and the new LG Optimus UI 3.0. Shaped more like a placemat than a telephone, the Optimus Vu is one of the most outlandish-looking devices to have ever passed across our desk.

The Vu’s internal specs closely match the device it emulates, and the recent ICS update has done a lot to unlock the potential of that hardware. But considering the 5+ inch phone space is dominated by Samsung, is there space for a second device in this product class? And with the Galaxy Note 2 expected in a matter of weeks, is there any reason to consider LG’s offering? Find out in our full review of the LG Optimus Vu.

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Editorial: Are Android-Powered Cameras, Cars, Fridges, And More A Misguided View Of The Future?


I know I’m starting off with a question here that most Android fans are going to have a knee-jerk reaction to – “absolutely not, the more Android-powered smart-stuff out there the better.” After all, we want to live in a world where our refrigerators know what’s inside them, where our laundry lets us know on our phones when it’s done, and our cars’ infotainment systems aren’t so god-effing-awful (even the best ones really are terrible).

Eric Schmidt said he wants your fridge to run Android at CES back in January. Nikon is making an Android-powered camera (and Polaroid already has made one).

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Worries Acer, HP, Dell

While tech enthusiasts are waiting for the release of Microsoft Surface Tablet which is set on October 26th, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are wary Microsoft might be taking their place on the shelf. Tensions between the software giant and OEMs are starting to build up just as Surface is nearing release.

Taiwan-based computer manufacturer Acer said recently that Microsoft should think twice about its plans on Surface tablet but it seems too late for that now.

“It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice,” J.T. Wang, Acer CEO, told Financial Times.

For decades, Microsoft OEMs like Acer, HP, and Dell never had any sort of competition against the software giant; they build hardware that would run Windows OS and other applications from Microsoft.

Campbell Kan, President of Personal Computer Global Operations at Acer, said that they might be looking for better alternatives as they could no longer rely on Microsoft. The fact that it becomes their competition on the hardware business is evident things will never remain the way they were.

A few weeks after Surface was unveiled, Hewlett-Packard (HP) said they will no longer continue building tablets based on ARM processor, instead they will set their focus on building x86-based slates to stay away from the competition they knew they can’t win. Likewise, Dell also shared their intentions to stop producing ARM-based tablets following the footsteps of HP. This is evident that Surface tablet has a negative impact on the ecosystem as far as these companies are concerned.

The pricing is the determining factor whether Microsoft is trying to take away the piece of the pie of these OEMs. If Surface will be marketed around $1000 to $2000, it may just be targeting the high-end market and manufacturers offering their device lower than $1000 could probably survive. But if Microsoft goes below the 1000-dollar range, everybody knows what it’s after.

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Rejected Samsung evidence sent to media angers judge in Apple v Samsung lawsuit

As the Apple vs. Samsung trial got going in earnest today, it did not take long for events to take a turn for the unusual. After yet another attempt to introduce evidence regarding its F700 phone, in development months before the iPhone, Samsung decided to appeal to the media, setting off an angry reaction from Judge Lucy Koh.

The involvement of the media came when Samsung e-mailed slides the court had disallowed to the press along with a statement claiming, “the excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design.” Upon learning of media reports about the F700, Judge Koh was so incensed that she demaned Samsung lead counsel John Quinn provide a declaration regarding his role in releasing the info.

All of this occurred after Apple included a slide in their opening statements showing the F700. Samsung saw this as Apple opening the door to introducing the F700 evidence through yet another motion. Judge Koh had ruled on several previous occasions that the evidence could not be introduced because Samsung had not complied with discovery deadlines. That gambit had already annoyed Judge Koh and led to some heated exchanges in the courtroom. The media release only served to pour more fuel on the fire.

Keep watching TalkAndroid for more updates as this trial will surely continue to produce noteworthy courtroom drama.

source: The Verge

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Chemputer – A printer to print out drugs on the desk

Technology is advancing at a very fast pace and we are just few years away from having robotic slaves. We already have printers that can print out simple 3D object. Though the 3D printing technology is very slow and in its infancy at the moment, scientists have found more useful purpose for this idea. Professor Lee Cronin, a leader of a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University has taken things to ultimate level by creating a printer which can produce or “print” any drug that we need. It is christened as Chemputer and makes use of simple reagent as its ink cartridge. The idea is to mix those reagents in right amounts in order to produce complex chemicals, which are actually the drugs that we desire.

Chemputer isn’t a 3D printer as such, but uses the basic idea where in which simple organic molecules can be altered to obtain useful compounds. The project is far from being completed, and Cronin’s team is working day and nights to synthesize a fairly simple drug, Ibuprofen, using the machine, but hey, it’s the start. It’s all based on organic chemistry. Not all drugs are made the same way, and some drugs are way easier to make. There are many variables such as temperature and pressure taken into account while manufacturing any modern drug. Also, chirality is very important in any drug. Few drugs interact with your body in the same way in any chiral state, however, there are few drugs which are effective only in an exact chiral state and either fail by being inert or even turn toxic and backfire, which can be dangerous and something that’s not desirable.

Cronin says – “What we are trying to do is to combine the notion of a reaction with a reactor,” he says. “Conventionally the reactor is just the passive space or the environment in which a reaction takes place. It could be something as simple as a test tube. The printer allows it to be a far more active context.”

This is all happening when 3D printers are just coming out science fiction and becoming a reality. Aside from the “personal chemputer” idea, he is also enthusiastic about creating a reaction ware model where scientists can produce new variety of drugs and test them. Also, there are many counterfeit drugs out there, mostly anti malerials and anti retrovirals. Using a machine like Chemputer, one can print their own drug according to pharmaceutical company’s software in their house or local pharmacy, thus reducing risk of buying counterfeit drugs due to which many lives have been lost. There are few drugs which aren’t freely available just because there is no demand, and if there is demand, the buyers aren’t rich enough. Such drugs can be produced on a Chemputer like machine in a cost effective way.

There are few potential legal dangers and real-world shortcomings, such as a gangster printing his own drug, but Cronin is currently focusing on positive aspects of such a technology. Basically, if you have all the ingredients needed for manufacturing a particular drug, all you have to do is follow a series of steps, a recipe, in order to manufacture the needed drug. That recipe needs to be provided by the manufacturer. The idea is similar to an app, where you download a particular drug’s app which contains the recipe and ingredient’s value, and will enable the machine to recreate the exact drug that is instructed in the software.

After attracting attention from media, Cronin has been busy talking to various big shots interested in development of such a technology. He has been contacted by pharmaceutical companies which are intrigued by his business model and Nato generals who think a machine like Chemputer could save lives of soldiers on a battlefield.

Nevertheless, it is a very intriguing idea. Imagine future when you have to just feel prescription to your computer and the printer will print the drug for you. You don’t have to pay hefty shipping cost for some drug that is not available in your country, instead you can just electronically download an app and start printing your own drug. According to us, Chemputer like device will be more suitable for local pharmacies as various variables will have to be maintained in order to get quality output, something which is tough to happen in our kitchen. Perhaps, somebody may as well create a printer to print household objects on your desk. What are your thoughts? Let us know using the comment form below.

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News: So Much Drama Studios Releases Fireflies! A Relaxing iPhone Mobile Game

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So Much Drama Studios, the trendy new gaming company, launched its first in a series of unique mobile games, Fireflies! This ‘sit back and unwind’ game is targeted for all ages and is available for free today on the App Store and will later sell for $0.99.

Fireflies! lets users catch fireflies with bursts of light at the tap of a finger. Once a firefly enters a burst of light, it illuminates its own light causing a chain reaction of fireflies lighting up the sky. The hand-drawn forest sceneries and relaxing music put players in a beautiful, one of a kind fantasy world. ‘There’s an addictive nature to the game when the visual and audio come together so smoothly’ says Jeff Meador, founder of So Much Drama Studios. The game is unique in its ability to entertain young toddlers, older children, teenagers and adults alike, bridging the age gap most games can’t.

The idea derived from Meador’s childhood, catching fireflies at his grandparents’ house. ‘I wanted to create a game that moved away from a lot of the frantic action that is common out there.’ notes Meador. ‘For me, playing a game on my phone is a bit of a break and I wanted something that had a more calming tone to it.’

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B&N Nook Messes up Tolstoy Masterpiece

Phillip Howard, a blogger reported a serious screw up in Barnes and Nobles’ translation of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian classic, War and Peace. Howard reported that the first time he came across the word “Nookd” in the translation, he deferred it as a minor translation error, the kind that even the best publishing houses fall victim to from time to time.

As he read on, Howard soon found that every instance of the word “Kindle” was replaced by “Nookd” in the entire book. For example, ”It was as if a light had been kindled in a carved and painted lantern …” was printed as “It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern …” Howard describes his reaction to the screw up as finsing it hilarious at first and then downright outrageous.

Ironically, the publisher from whom this version of the book originates is names Superior Formatting. Superior, you see. If the mistake was not intentional, it was probably caused by generation of a Nook ebook from a previously prepared Kindle ebook. The publisher probably took a proofread copy of the Kindle translation and replaced all instances of “Kinldle” with “Nook”, not caring to proofread the new copy before publishing. All I can say is that Tolstoy would not have been pleased.

Technology giants are increasingly going to greater lengths to limit references to their competitors in their products. Remember how last week Apple fixed Siri to answer that iPhone and not Nokia Lumia 900, as Siri had previously said is the best smartphone available today. However, fiddling with a literary masterpiece that has been around for more than 100 years is going too far. Isn’t it? What do you think of Nook’s War and Peace screw up?

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Google Acquires QuickOffice, Probably Looking to Improve Drive

QuickOffice, one of the top office suites on Android, has been acquired by Google, the Mountain View based company announced this morning. Your immediate reaction is probably the same as ours – “Time for Google Drive to get some much needed love and polishing.” Google wouldn’t mention Drive specifically, but they did have this to [...]

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