Samsung’s Galaxy Note II Sales Pass 1M In Korea, Could Hit 10M Everywhere

DSC_0088If you’re into the extra-large 5″ smartphone industry, then it’s high-time that you know Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has been a major success, selling 1 million units in South Korea, nearly 4-5 months after launch, a feat which took its predecessor over a year to accomplish. Current observations pin the Note II to reach 10 million units globally by the first quarter of 2013.

Things are looking good on Samsung’s end, obviously.

Via: Unwired View 

Ubuntu Touch-Based OS Teaser Is All About January 2nd Launch

ubuntuteaserUbuntu’s home page is bragging that their teaser is, “So close, you can almost touch it”. That must be a touch-supported Linux Ubuntu operating system we’re talking about here, pre-CES. While it’s still counting down to its launch at 8AM ET on Wednesday, January 2nd the next pinnacle version of Ubuntu is planned;14.04 LTS not set to launch until April 2014 at the earliest, so this announcement is probably only a small piece of the equation.

Via: Ubuntu

Foursquare Likes Full Names, Will Start Displaying Yours In Check-Ins

foursquare-logoStarting January 28th of the fantastic upcoming year, 2013, Foursquare will start displaying your full name in search results inside of the app, as well as check-ins. Foursquare does acknowledge the fact that this could step on some toes, so they’ve allowed the option of allowing users to just use any name they want; basically a false identity.

There are many other changes to their app, including handing over more data to businesses, to better advertise and track users, to some extent. Grumble all you want; stuff happens.

Via: TC

Brevity Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile)

DSC_0095Price as Reviewed: $370 on a new 2-year contract with T-Mobile (web-only)

After already reviewing the awesome Galaxy Note II on AT&T, giving it a solid score of 9/10, praising how awesome it was, in ever sense of the word, it was high time to do another review of it, on another network. So, it’s time to look at T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy Note II: the same specs, sans LTE, instead going for T-Mobile’s overclocked 4G HSPA+ network. The results are a little less amazing; HSPA+ gets you anywhere from 5MBps to 17MBps in the download sectorin New York City and the surrounding area.

The included carrier apps are pretty much equivalent to the apps that AT&T includes on their version of the Note II. Multi-Window, a feature that was just recently added via software update, is fantastic and useful if you want to multitask or switch to other apps quickly — it also just looks cool when you use it.

South Korea Is Getting Ready To Censor Teenager’s Phones

Rocking it on the Porsche wheels.While we rant about the fiscal cliff here in the United States, as well as WiFi on planes or the next device to debut, South Korea is using its government to allow for censorship. Ministry Of Gender Equality And Family, the censorship would come in the form of mandatory filtering software installed on teenagers’ phones designed to block “illegal [and] harmful information.” Such information includes swear words and slang—the removal of which is intended to curb cyber-bullying—as well as pornography and nudity.

Now, this may all be good and well, but last time I checked, South Korea was full of extremely tech-savvy teens, such as myself, that would immediately reverse the software which would be installed on their smartphones. So, it’s time to put your hacker hats on, and get ready to pwn some n00bz.

ViaNewsisThe Verge

Samsung Offering Free TecTiles And Flip Covers For GS3 And Note II Owners

314038_10151153285121786_1640482703_nWant to sign off some details on Facebook, plus the serial codes to your new Galaxy S III or Note II? Well, Samsung will give you something in return for your information (apparently): the promise of a free Flip Cover and free NFC TecTiles in return for registering their device. The offer, available to Samsung owners in the US, requires users to register their handset on the company’s Facebook Owner’s Hub, with a “customized care package” of accessories in return. Not bad.

If a Note II or GS3 owner does go through with this, they’ll get the NFC TecTiles, which would allow him/her to tag apps or actions for their phone to perform, as soon as it comes into contact with the tag. The Flip Cover is simply a useful accessory, however but are only available “while supplies last”, plus delivery takes 6-8 weeks.

Hmph. Via: Samsung (Facebook)

Landsat 5, The Oldest Satellite Watching Us, Shutting Down After 30 Years

Landsat5Both interesting and somber: US Geological Survey will soon shut down Landsat 5, an observational satellite that has been running since 1984. Landsat 5 was designed for a three-year run, but it’s now orbited the Earth over 150,000 times and transmitted 2.5 million images in nearly three decades, making it the longest-running Earth-observing satellite (yay!), though not the oldest satellite still in orbit. Ready for the fun fact?

Okay, let’s see: “Any major event since 1984 that left a mark on this Earth larger than a football field was likely recorded by Landsat 5, whether it was a hurricane, a tsunami, a wildfire, deforestation, or an oil spill,” says USGS Director Marcia McNutt.

But as of December 21st, the USGS announced that a gyroscope had broken, putting it beyond repair. Thus, it will be decommissioned over the next few months. As for the other USGS observation satellite, Landsat 7, launched in 1999 and is still running, while Landsat 8 is scheduled to launch in February of 2013.

Via: Space

Gmail Phone Calls To Remain Free Until 2013, For The Third Year In-A-Row

googlexmasdoodleIn a rather refreshing update from the official Google Gmail Blog, phone calls placed through VoIP (essentially Google Voice) will remain free for the third year, extending through 2013. Is this good news? Yes. Of course, if you think placing phone calls while typing out lengthy emails in Gmail to any number in the United States for free is a good thing, then it is. Also, consider this your Christmas gift from Google.

Via: Google