Word Has It The HTC One S Is Launching The 25th?

Something leaked to TmoNews suggests that the HTC One S will launch very soon — Wednesday, April 25th. Why? Well, according to an internal T-Mobile training document sent to the site, most plans are to be set in stone by the 16th, then the One S will take the flagship position at its stores, online advertising, and TV until mid-June, as well as a push for the Beats Solo headset, as Beats Audio-enhanced HTC devices no longer come with the headphones required for the full experience.

Annoying? Yes. Making the HTC One series less exciting? No.

Via: TmoNews

Google Chrome OS Sees Aura UI Update, Reminiscent Of Windows And OS X

OK, then. Stealing would be too harsh of a word, but Google Chrome OS has just seen the Aura UI update, which adds several features to the development channel (the least stable build). To be very specific, version 19.0.1048.17 adds Google’s hardware-accelerated Aura UI, window manager, desktop, overlapping windows, a Windows-style taskbar, and a Launchpad-esque app launcher. It’s almost the best of both worlds, but the sad part is that the very first Chrome OS device, the Cr-48, won’t get access to the update (at least, for now?), but rather the newer and branded Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks.

Otherwise, there a are few other incremental changes, like additional file support (tar, gz, and bzip2), updates to Chrome OS’ local audio and video player, and new modes for multiple monitor handling. Very nice.

Via: Google Chrome Releases, Aura Chromium Page, Google Operating System

Last Week On LaptopMemo: Iconic News And A Site Redesign

Last week was all about changes. See? Well, except the first link below; that’s for this week.

Instagram bought by Facebook. (And launched on Android last week.)

A new Dodge Viper.

AT&T now unlocking off-contract iPhones and HTC has pitiful Q1 earnings

Plus, we redesigned the entire site with young internet entrepreneur Dustin Snider and his team of ninjas! It looks very chic yet just shy minimalism, if we do say so ourselves.

Surprise: Facebook Is Buying Instagram For A Billion Dollars

Just coming out of the room and into the office to find this in my news feed was — unusually interesting.

Moving on, Facebook intends to purchase Instagram, the much-favored photo-sharing and vignette-filtering social networking app for iOS and Android, for a solid $1 billion. This comes not long after Instagram and Co. launched the new Android app, alongside several updates to keep both versions of the app up to speed.

The only real question now is — what is Facebook going to do to (or with, rather) Instagram? For one, it has to steer clear of Gowalla’s fate, which was one of death, but also to reach higher than it currently is. Check out Mark Zuckerberg’s full statement on the deal, after the cut.

In Photo, HTC One S Clearly Smokes Galaxy Nexus’ Benchmark Score

This is a very premature thing to say, or rather speculative, but above you can clearly see that the HTC One S on T-Mobile reaches much higher computational benchmark scores in the app, Quadrant, which is used by both enthusiasts and tech reviewers alike to see some of the overall capability of an Android device, besides the anecdotal methods, like downloading many apps at once and multitasking between different apps in a short period of time. Needless to say, we’re (and by this, I mainly mean myself) excited to see both the One S on T-Mobile and One X on AT&T release this month.

Via: SlashGear

Nvidia Tegra 4 specs purportedly leak, no 4G LTE support until Q3 2013

This is both a purported leak and just downright interesting. Nvidia’s Tegra 4 specs are supposed to be a part of this spec sheet leak, with all versions of the SoC (system-on-a-chip) to contain four cores and a final fith core for lower-power computing (like messaging or social networking).

There is the flagship 1.8GHz T40, said to arrive in the first quarter of next year, followed by the 2GHz T43, in the third quarter of that same year. The AP40, listed as a mainstream model, is also set to appear in Q3 2013, and will feature clock speeds ranging from blazing 1.2GHz to 1.8GHz. All three, targeted for large, 10-inch tablets, are based upon ARM’s own Cortex-A15 processor. Also, the final and 4th model, the SP3X, will be aimed at 7-inch devices, with clock speeds ranging from 1.2GHz to 2GHz, along with —  wait for it — built-in LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+ support, something absent from all Tegra 3 chips, sadly. However, this change will launch in Q3 of 2013, which is quite a ways away, and competitors to Nvidia may have well captured the market share with smartphone manufacturers by then.

Via: Gadgets Tip, Verge

AT&T To Begin Unlocking Off-Contract iPhones Starting This Sunday

If you fall under the list of requirements set forth by AT&T, you and your iPhone will have access to micro SIMs that are compatible with the devices radio bands, and thus allowing you to use it on different networks. According to the statement sent to MacRumors:

Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.

This will be the very first oppurtunity for the iPhone to see official unlocks, rather than through hacks. About time! Via: MacRumors