HTC One S Review — It’s Like Summer, It’s Awesome But Complicated

"So this One S is just chilling, you know?"This is the HTC One S (obviously). It is the little cousin/brother/lovechild of the One X that resides on the 4G LTE network that AT&T has. But enough of that: as stated in the title of this review, using the One S is like going on a date: it’s awesome, but complicated, because while it’s a fairy tale of awesome design and functionality, there’s a life-long pitfall you can find in almost every direction. That’s not to say the One S is flawed, but that is to say that to really find out what HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone is like, you have to continue reading the latest LaptopMemo review.

So, here’s why Microsoft got rid of the Start button in Windows 8

It’s because the Start button isn’t “trendy”. No, really.

As put by Microsoft’s Chaitanya Sareen, the company had witnessed a “trend” towards using the new taskbar as a way to simply launch applications rather than navigating to links within the Start menu — like users have been doing for 15 years since the operating system first introduced the Start button and menu. While that may seem like the final word on the matter, it is not. In fact, Sareen went on to say that, “We’re going to unlock a whole new set of scenarios,” when describing the new Metro Start Screen in Windows, but despite the new user interface’s features and design, Sareen let loose, stating that “you can’t beat the taskbar”.

The technology world and the rest of the planet will see just how this plays out, when Windows 8 comes out in October.

Via: PCPRO, image credit

Google+ Now Has Tablet Versions, 150M Active Users, 250M Total, 75M Daily, And New Features

It’s another tidbit from Google: Google+ is doing very well in their eyes. The Google+ social network has 250 million total users, 150 million of them are active, and of those 150M, 50% of those log-on every day, spending at least 60 minutes on Google+ and other G products. As part of a new set of features, Google has announced Google+ Events, which allow you to plan events for yourself or for a grouop, with great designs and photography possible. Also new is the Sharing VIew, which allows you to see the world through another Googler’s eyes. And finally, updated versions of the app, including iPad and Android tablet versions. Solid news on the Google+ front from Google I/O. Via: Google+

The Nexus 7: A 7-Inch HD IPS screen, Tegra 3, Jelly Bean, and $199 price

This is Google’s ploy at a $199 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet: the Nexus 7. It contains a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, contains a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, has WiFi with Bluetooth and NFC, sports a massive 4325 mAh battery for up to 8 hours of use, and measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm, while weighing 340 grams. It makes heavy featuring of the Google Play experience, like movies, reading magazine and books, music, apps (just what the Store consists 600k of, anyways), and because of the Tegra 3 SoC tech, games. Especially graphically-intensive games.. Now for the price: $199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB — obviously aimed to pin down and kill the Kindle Fire, using its slim 10.45mm thin profile and Jelly Bean operating system.

It has a striking chance. Just look at it: it’s produced by ASUS, therefor ensuring a satisfying build quality considering the price point. Google is currently taking pre-orders for the Nexus 7 and it should start shipping in 2-3 weeks from now. Oh, and to kcik things off, Google is including the Transformers: Dark of the Moon film on Nexus 7, free of charge. Announcement video for the Nexus 7 from Google can be seen below.

Via: Google

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Announced, Based Around ‘Project Butter’ For Smooth UI, Tons Of New Features

So, this is the next version of Android: 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean. One of the major improvements part of the new version includes Project Butter, which aims to run the graphical elements of Android 4.1 at a silky smooth 60 FPS using VSync and triple buffering from the CPU, GPU, and display. Next is a newer, even cleaner homescreen, with one objective: to keep things clean and tidy. Dismissing widgets is simply tossing them away, and you can resize elements on the homescreen and everything else with sync and resize in harmony. And of course, there’s the little things, like a new keyboard, UI tweaks, fixes, Smart App Updates (which compress tweaks to an app as a very small file instead of a new download), and so on.

Now for the groundbreakers: official voice dication, available offline, and only in US English. Jelly Bean will allow users to have full control over the voice typing functions in an Android device, without a connection to the internet (like Ice Cream Sandwich). Things like the camera have also been revamped and allow for easier editing than ever before. Next up is a new Search, which is improved, and a top-of-the-line notification system, which allows for viewing of messages and other items without being obtrusive and basically an inbox for all notifications, in one place where they can all be easily dismissed. Oh, and there’s Google Now, a card-based search engine that uses your specific time and location to bring you results: basically the most accurate and timely searches that Google has to offer.

As for the update reaching devices: the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S get the update in early July, via an OTA update. It’s nice to see Google still kicking butt when it comes to features added to Android versions. Announcement video after the break; full rundown of Jelly Bean from Google at the source link.
Via: Android Developers

Apple wins preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in the States

So, thi sis a first for Apple in the United States. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh late Tuesday issued a ruling, granting the injunction of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its sales in the United States, pending further review. What this means for Samsung is that the damage has already been done, and now it’s time to defend, then jump to offense. Furthermore, Judge Koh went on to say that, “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products.”

Let’s see how far this one rolls out. Via: AllThingsD

Nintendo 3DS XL seen in hands-on video, somewhere in France

So unexpectedly, Puissance Nintendo , a French site got their grimy hands on a Nintendo 3DS XL to see just what it’s like — and to give us tech sites a swift kick in the pants about what’s going on with the 3DS. As stated by Nintendo when they announced the 3DS last week, the screens of the 3DS XL are 90% larger than the original’s. Apparently the site also says that some sort of filtering is in effect to keep the 3D bearable and even enjoyable, as well even weight distribution, because let’s face it: the 3DS XL is freaking huge. See the video after the break.