HTC confirms its One X and One S smartphones will obviously get Jelly Bean

Keep in mind that for the past few weeks, Android smartphone manufacturers have been quiet on the fact of Jelly Bean Android 4.1 upgrades to the top-of-line smartphones they’ve recently released with Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC on the other hand, got the return of serve and now has the ball in their hands (pardon me for such a graphic image, but I believe that HTC has the guts to do such a thing) and has announced Jelly Bean will be developed for the HTC One X and One S. According to Jeff Gordon, the HTC Global Online Communications Manager:

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Your turn, Motorola, Samsung, ASUS, etc.

Via: Le Verge

Microsoft posts Q4 earnings: $18.06 billion revenue, loss of $192 million

The definition of great earnings has many different angles and hues. Microsoft took the quarterly liberty of posting theirs and it turns out that had a net loss of $192 million from the previous last three months. The flipside of that being Microsoft did gain $18.06 billion of revenue, beating the previous quarter’s $17.41 billion earnings report. The reason for Microsoft’s multi-million dollar loss woes is due to a writedown from its failed acquisition of aQuantitative.

But in traditional Microsoft fashion, it gets brushed off by their CEO, Steve Ballmer:

“We delivered record fourth quarter and annual revenue, and we’re fast approaching the most exciting launch season in Microsoft history,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft in a canned statement. “Over the coming year, we’ll release the next versions of Windows, Office, Windows Server, Windows Phone, and many other products and services that will drive our business forward and provide unprecedented opportunity to our customers and partners.”

Now to see if all of those upcoming products truly make Microsoft the most exciting company of 2012.

Via: Microsoft 

Google’s Q2 2012 earnings: $12.21B gross, $2.79B net income

Details have recently trickled in, and Google has had a solid second quarter of 2012. Google even beat Wall Street earnings expectations, at $10.12 per share on revenue of $12.21 billion. This also points towards a 35% increase of gross revenue from the previous quarter this year. That’s quite obviously called progress.

A statement put forth by Google’s CEO, Larry Page expresses the confidence and accomplishment that Google currently has:

“Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new products at I/O – in particular the Nexus 7 tablet, which has received rave reviews,”  [sic] “This quarter is also special because Motorola is now part of the Google family, and we’re excited about the potential to build great devices for users.”

Promising indeed. And that leaves little reason for Google not to pursue meaningful hardware ventures, like Project Glass or the Nexus 7.

Via: Google Investors

Twitter is getting its Hawkeye: targeted tweets based on location for advertisers

This may be a bit spooky and shows that Twitter is serious about making money — both good and bad news — so by introducing targeted tweets based on location for users to gawk at, advertisers have better chances of nailing that next buyer. Thus, this also creates some sort of locked-away version of Twitter, where some of these tweets can also be seen via a specific location (or even only on mobile devices), which is also cool but dangerous. @British_Airways, @CocaCola, The Washington Post (@wpsocialreader), and @Wendys all have started using the new feature, and only more advertisers will start using it, as the tools are available to all advertisers, today.

Twitter is changing.

Via: Twitter Advertising Blog

Panasonic launches new cameras, including the high-end LX7 and the LUMIX G5

Panasonic launched new cameras. Of course they did. However, it’d be better to pull out the two best cameras from their announcement today: the LUMIX G5 and the LUMIX LX7. Starting off with the LX7, it’s a point-and-shoot camera with a 3.8x zoom lens starting at 24mm, and corresponding aperture of f/1.4-2.3. The 10.1-megapixel sensor takes the photos and you see them on the high-res 920,000-dot 3-inch LCD. The LX7 can also shoot 1080p video at 60 frames per second in AVCHD, or 30 frames per second in MP4.

Now on to the big guy: the LUMIX G5. It’s their next-generation, 16.05-megapixel MOS sensor camera with the Venus engine which allows for faster image shooting and makes the whole experience “better”. Along with that is the built-in flash, compact interchangeable lens body, and Contrast AF which can be controlled by the camera’s own systems.

The G5 can also shoot full 1920 x 1080p HD video in AVCHD or MP4 format, all viewable on the adjustable viewfinder with a 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution, so it’s probably full-frame viewing (that makes sense, science-wise). It’ll be out in 30 days in either black, silver, or white; currently pricing is unannounced.

Microsoft Office 2013 Is Not Headed To The Mac, SkyDrive Update For 2011 Edition Promised

In the land that is Microsoft disappointing Mac users and reducing their overall future productivity (perhaps), Office 2013 is not coming to the Mac. At least as according to this statement: “We haven’t announced the next release of Office for Mac,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. So right now, only Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs are going to get Office 2013. On the upside of things for Mac users, a SkyDrive update is planned for the Office 2011 edition, which allows for cloud storage and sharing, as well as Office 365, so users will find some sort of convenience and comfort in that. Unless of course, somebody thinks of using Bootcamp with Windows 8 installed.

Via: The Verge