HTC Gets Lowest Profits On Record, HTC One Delay To Blame

THE HTC ONEHTC is falling through the cracks, again. In a long list of earnings reports comes low profits, and the first three months of 2013 have proved to be the worst ever, mostly thanks due to the HTC One launch delays — currently available in only three of the eighty countries that were planned for launch.

HTC only made NT$85 million (roughly $2.8 million) over the past three months after generating NT$42.8 billion (roughly $1.4 billion) in revenue. Last year’s figures were significantly higher: in Q1 2012 the company made roughly $470 million on $2.2 billion revenue.

For the next quarter it’s crucial that the HTC One and HTC First (the recently announced Facebook phone) reap in profits for the ailing HTC, because this can’t go on much longer.

Via: Bloomberg

Google Chromebook Pixel (4G LTE) Review: There’s Nothing This Balanced

DSC_0016The idea of a mobile operating system with lots of flexibility in what the user could do has become a top-notch platform for tablets and smartphones: Android. But Google’s other platform, destined for small desktops and laptops, called Chrome OS, has been in development for a few years, and has seen amazing improvement — and now a climax.

Enter, the Google Chromebook Pixel, the company’s own laptop, with the highest resolution touchscreen on a laptop: 2560 x 1700 — basically, the best-in-class. There’s a lot more that makes the Pixel what it is (and isn’t) all of which you can find out in the full review.

HTC First Brings The Facebook Phone To Reality For $99 On AT&T 4G LTE

htc-firstThis is the Facebook Phone. Built by HTC (just like the previous Facebook oriented phone, the Status), the  smartphone is called the HTC First, and incorporates Facebook’s new user experience called Home, which integrates notifications, the newsfeed, and all things social with butter-smooth animations. The HTC First itself has a will come in red, light blue, white, and black color variants. It’s very minimalistic  has a 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel Super LCD display.

Below the screen are three capacitive touch buttons with an overall rounded shape that has a camera on the front and back. Powering it is a new dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM — making the HTC First one of the first (no pun intended) devices with the Snapdragon 400 chip. Moving on, there’s 16GB of internal storage, a 2,000mAh battery, a 5 megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0, 28mm lens, while the front camera is a simple 1.6-megapixel sensor.

The First exclusively supports AT&T’s 4G LTE network and will be available starting April 12th for $99.99.

Via: AT&T

Samsung Is Opening 1,400 Stores Inside Of Best Buys, Out Of Thin Air

samsung-experienceIn the coming weeks and months, Samsung will deploy 1,400 “Samsung Experience” stores inside of BestBuys all over the country, 900 of which will be available by early next month — that’s five times more stores than Apple has in the entire country. Of course, Samsung is doing this to support the Galaxy S 4 launch as well as all the other products under its lead. Of course, you could say Apple has their own centers in BestBuy stores, but this is different: Samsung’s Experience will literally be one of the first things you see, and will be massive.

It’ll be very tough for other HTC, LG and others to have such an iron grip in the retail sector like Samsung will have.

Via: BestBuy

Bill Gates And Paul Allen Pose For Replica Of Famous 1981 Photo

originalvs1981Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Paul Allen has licensed their new operating system to IBM, called MS-DOS, but retained full control of the software. Fast forward, and they are some f the two richest men the world has ever seen. In this photo, they recreate the shot they took in black and white in 1981. Interestingly, the new photo was shot at  Seattle’s Living Computer Museum, which is founded by Allen, and features some of the same systems seen in the original.

Via: Paul Allen

Google Kills Webkit, Moves To New Blink Rendering Engine For Chrome

chromiumIn what can only be described as a “buzz kill”, Google will stop using the WebKit engine inside of Chrome, instead opting for one it’s creating: called “Blink.” What this means is that the engine used to actually display web pages inside of the browser will be changed, but according to Google, it’s for the better. Apparently, Google says that it is to speed up development on Chrome, thanks to reducing complexity of actually coding for the browser.

Chrome uses some slightly different processes for making web pages load (a “multi-process architecture,” which helps keep your other tabs running when a web page crashes, you can probably see this happening in your task manager), but when trying to mesh its innovative technical setup with the rest of WebKit — also used on Apple’s Safari — it made Chrome more prone to bugs, crashes, and everything icky about bad coding when making computer apps.

In the long run, it’s may mean that website developers (and some app devs) will need to make some changes to their existing work to support the Blink engine, but for the short-term, it seems like things won’t be of much issue. I think it’s a great move, further moving away from the most-used web rendering engine and creating something that works better for everyone that uses Chrome. How Google goes about doing that, the right way, remains to be seen, like issuing an update to Chrome to start this change.

Via: Chromium Blog, Blink


Twitter Refreshes The Android App, Finally Sets The Design Straight

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After all these years, Twitter family has revised their app for Android to reflect what Android really looks like (the Google Holo design interface). As a result, you not only have a much more attractive app, but the inclusion of new features like the larger size of tweets displayed in the timeline, long-presses for “quick actions,” and the ability to swipe left or right to parse through navigation tabs. As for that new Card integration, it also makes an appearance in the app, available at the Google Play Store now, for Android 4.0 and up devices.


Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear Plus Contact Lenses Review

DSC_0008The advancement of visual correction had skyrocketed in the past few years. But nothing has been as revolutionary in the contact lenses space as silicone hydrogel, which allows for high exposure to oxygen, while still maintaining a moist layer when on the eye — essentially everything you’d want when wearing contacts. The Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear Plus contact lenses are this exact fusion of technologies that make the wearer feel comfortable while being able to wear the lenses all day long, for a period of 2 weeks before they should be disposed of.