Today Marks 40-Years Since The Birth Of The Cellphone

martin-cooper-stefan-etienneIt is monumental. On April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch long and 28-ounce heavy Motorola DynaTAC. He was dialing up a rival at AT&T, apparently on the grounds if whether or not “to see if my call sounds good at your end.” Since then, we’ve come a long way, switching to fast digital connectivity, new materials and forms factors, full operating systems, and operating systems as complex and capable as their desktop counterparts. And as you can see above, I am posing in a picture with the great Dr. Martin Cooper.

Ah, the cellphone. It will never cease to amaze us all — hopefully.

Google Changes Android Version Usage Stats By Checking Visits

android-stats-april13Previously, Google would check the usage of different versions of Android via the times the device pinged Google’s servers, stating what software version it had. Starting this month, however, Google has included the actual visit(s) of devices to the Google Play Store, so that more versions can be recorded. Since this is meant to help developers building apps, it rather innocently boosts the stats of newer devices. Specifically, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 or higher), up to 25 percent from 16.5 percent last month when it was calculated using the previous method. The number of devices recorded running Froyo and Gingerbread also took a bigt hit, down 3.6 and 4 percentage points, respectively.

It’s an interesting new way of calculating the way Android works and if it’s being introduced on better, higher-end devices.

ViaAndroid Developers (Google+)Android Dashboard

HTC One Will Cost $199 At AT&T, Pre-Orders Start April 4th

HTC One Software DeetsComing in either silver or black unibody aluminum with 32GB of internal storage, the HTC One will cost $199.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T’s 4G LTE network starting April 4th. After that, an official release for the One will be closer than ever, as the ship date is the 19th. As for that AT&T-exclusive 64GB version: availability has been kept completely under wraps, except an internal AT&T memo points to the price of $299, so that’s something.

As for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions; there’s no news on that front.

Editor’s Note: Post updated on 4/2/2013 to reflect official details. 

Via: AT&T

What If The Sun Just, You Know, Totally Fizzled Out, For Good?

Interestingly enough, we wouldn’t go into an instant ice age. In fact, as Vsauce walks us through an excellent dictation of how earth’s natural systems would slowly fail, but over the course of weeks and even years, not merely seconds. The cold would eventually ruin humanity, but extremophiles that live in deep sea volcanoes and thermal vents could survive for billions of years thereafter. The more you know, right?

Oh, and we need a new planet. Via: Vsauce

Samsung’s Octa-Core Processor Supports LTE, But Isn’t Coming To The U.S.

snapdragonApparently, someone at Samsung thought it was a genius idea to put an eight-core (!) processor inside of a smartphone, namely the Galaxy S IV, but decided to leave it out of the United States release, on all major carriers, with support of 20 different LTE radio bands. Instead, the U.S. release will see the new 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, while international 3G models will use a Exynos chipset.

So, while disappointing the tech press and consumers, Samsung also outsourced its processors (again) to Qualcomm. But, the Galaxy S IV still has an awesome amount of power at its disposal with the Qualcomm processor setup, just not as much if it were Samsung’s Exynos 5 chip.

Via: Samsung (Twitter)

Brevity Review: Skullcandy Navigator Headphones

skullcandynavigatorThere’s nothing like the $100 headphones price point. It’s the sweet spot between completely sucking or being the best headphones you’ve ever had. Since I use a $300 headset for gaming, a $350 headset for noise-cancellation, and other hardware for various listening or communicating needs, it can feel somewhat awkward to go down to the $100 range, where you sacrifice materials for a enriching sound.

Skullcandy is very experienced with producing budget headphones that sound great, but to hit the $100 range for over-ear headphones is something newer to them. So, it begs one to ask the question: are they any good?

Exclusive: An Interview With Sony VP of SCEA Marketing, John Koller!

ps4-controllerIt was only right that with all the great news being put out by Sony’s news pipes in the past few weeks that I interview one of their executives, specifically in the Sony Computer Entertainment America sector. Enter, John Koller, Vice President of Hardware Marketing at SCEA.

In the phone interview, which you can listen to, there’s talk about all of Sony’s past, present, and possible future attempts at inter-connected systems and the “Second Screen” terminology; people that are interested in what happens on the move, rather than in any stationary place.

Listen to the interview, past the break!