HTC Investing $300M In Beats Audio For Smartphones

So, yes. That “big announcement” by HTC CEO Peter Chou was blown to AllThingsD recently. All it seems to be is a partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre by investing a healthy $300 million which gives HTC exclusive rights to use Beats Audio in their mobile devices, of which Peter Chou stated the first of their Beats line would launch later in 2011. This also meaning that the webOS devices from HP and their laptops will cease use of the Beats branding, which is more of a blow in the face than anything else. 

Amazon Creates Cloud Reader To Fight Against Apple’s App Store Terms, Works On iPad Like A Boss

What if you’re a company like Amazon, and Apple’s newer App Store policies blocked you from doing certain things? Even if you complied (Which Amazon has), then you’d still be pretty pissed, right? Well, that’s where Amazon is brilliant: they’ve created a rich, great-looking, fast, and simple web app: Amazon Cloud Reader. And you guessed it: it works on Mac, PC, only on Chrome and Safari web browsers, and works like a charm on the iPad, since Amazon says it’s optimized for it anyways.  Books can be made available offline and synced with  limited number of devices. And while the iPhone is not currently supported, I think that Amazon could very well be working on a version for it also — it wouldn’t make much sense if they didn’t. Good going here, Amazon.

Via: Amazon Cloud Reader

Toshiba Debuts The First Glasses-Free 3D Laptop: The Qosmio F755

At the time of this writing, I am using a ASUS G74SX 3D laptop, which is by no means a little thing (8-9 pounds, much like the Qosmio F755). It can play most games on their highest settings without coughing, and has a 3D screen to boot. However, the 3D function requires those heavy Nvidia 3D Vision glasses. Enter the Toshiba Qosmio F755, which uses a quad-core 2GHz Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDA GeForce 540M graphics (weaker than the GeForce 560M the G74SX 3D has), and the prime feature: a 15.6-inch auto-stereoscopic display 3D display. Translation: sans-glasses 3D, by use face-tracking technology in the webcam. Other things to note of is that the F755 includes 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard disk, Blu-ray drive, and the partnership between Nvidia and Toshiba, where 2D games willbe converted to 3D, by November. It launches August 17th for $1,700. Via: Wired

Twitter Is Now Rolling Out Its Direct Image Uploading Feature

It’s about time. Twitter now has integrated image uploading, courtesy of Photobucket. On the Twitter desktop site, you can just click the icon and browse for the file you’d want to upload. Then just type the few lines that consist of a tweet, and you’re done. Two interesting things to heed as according to Twitter is that one, the images may “disappear” after a certain amount of time (that time period isn’t exactly specified) and that two, the new feature will take some time to roll out to all Twitter users. Otherwise, it’s only up from here. 

Apple Blocks Sale Of Galaxy Tab 10.1 EU, Design-Related Injuction Won In Germany

According to Foss Patents and numerous other sources, Apple has won a preliminary injuction against Samsung in their ongoing, worldwide intellectual property and patents battle, with Apple decalring one thing, for almost every new Samsung product released within the last few months: A copied or stolen design, technology, or “feel” that Apple has patented (in this case it’s a design patent in Germany for the iPad). This time it’s the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Apple has won an injuction to ban the sale of all Galaxy Tab 10.1s in the European Union, sans the Netherlands, where additional legal proceedings would need to be initiated to achieve the same result. Already in Germany, Apple’s immediate injunction now has the right to stop sales of the Tab 10.1 (and if Samsung disobeys, a fine of $350,000 per offence would be enforced) and until Samsung appeals (which is extremely likely), then the Tab 10.1 has no place in Germany. In fact, in order for Apple to secure the ban in every EU nation, then they will still have to follow through with extra paperwork.

Whatever they have to do at the moment though, it’s still a massive blow to Samsung. Via: Foss Patents

GUNNAR Anime Onyx Review: These Glasses Are Awesomesauce

I rarely give any reviewed product the “awesomesauce” in the title of the review. But the Gunnar Anime Onyx glasses does deserve it. To put it short and simple, these glasses are designed for long computer-usage. They refrain the amount of brightness seen on the screen, and turn that light into natural light, using several technologies that Gunnar has patented and/or has found in a variety of sunglasses/prescriptions. The end result is less eye strain, a smaller chance of migraines, along with well-lubricated eyes that could take several hours of computer usage without take a major beating to the optical nerves and/or the retina. As you might know, at the age of 14 I do spend quite a while in front of tablets, smartphones, computers, and just about anything else with a screen. So I do get eye strain (on occasion). And it is very annoying. So when I found out that Gunnars existed, and that my friends at ThinkGeek were willing to send me a pair for review, I decided it’s time to get locked and loaded.

Review after the break.

Google+ iOS App Updated, Now Works On iOS 5, iPod Touch, And iPad

Huzzah for a Google+ for iOS update! The app now supports several tweaked and performance related things, like aggregated circle add notifications, huddle settings, as well as adding support to both the iPad and iPod Touch. Also, when using my iPad 2 with iOS 5 beta 5 installed, the app works on it as well. Check out the rest of the details on the updated Google+ app at the iTunes link. Via: iTunes

$700 HP Touchpad “4G” HSPA+ Edition Now Up For Pre-Order

HP is so desperate to sell a ton of Touchpads. Like really. They’ve even discounted them, and now the $700 32GB internal storage, 1.5GHz processor, webOS 3.0.2, 4G HSPA+ model on AT&T is available for (sans-contract) pre-order on Amazon. Link for those interested in an operating system without much of a future at this pace on a tablet is at the source. I honestly believed a webOS tablet wouldbe a hit, but with so many bugs at launch (and most of those bugs fixed after launch) I’m no finding anyone interested in it, at all. Is webOS really doomed? Via: Amazon