Android 4.0 Descends Upon The HTC Amaze 4G

First the Sensation 4G, and now its faster, heavy cousin — the Amaze 4G. The 1.5GHz dual-core processor can make quick work of Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6, which is currently available for download OTA (over-the-air). It can either be pleasantly and patiently awaited for as a notification on your Amaze 4G, or the process and can accelerated by instigating a “check for update” via Settings under the “HTC software update” category.

In the meantime, enjoy.

Google Play Now Allows For Android In-App Subscriptions

Google has finally taken into accord the fact that Android’s Google Play market was in need of not only in-app purchases, carrier billing, but in-app subscriptions (hi, iOS!). Imagine paying for your Spotify Premium subscription (like I do), but just via the app? Or renewing the New York Times from the app itself? It’s all good, plus available now to all versions of Google Play 3.5 and up starting now.

Via: Android Developers

Windows 8 Will Boot Too Quickly To Use Your Function Keys

In a rather interesting turn of events at Microsoft’s Windows 8 development department, there are some plans to create new boot options for the operating system. Why? Well, Windows 8 boots up so quickly that it will leave only a tiny 200ms window in which to signal to the booting system that the user intends to change its boot setup. If you’re very worried about the change, then there’s an alter boot and BIOS settings panel via the Advanced startup section of the General options menu.

To get the full explanation of the change, check out Chris Clark’s post relating to the boot options. He also made not that the changes apply to newer PCs with UEFI BIOS. As he states, “legacy hardware that was made before Windows 8 will not have these new UEFI-provided menu features (booting to firmware settings and booting directly to a device). The firmware on these devices will continue to support this functionality from the POST screen as it did in the past.” Indeed, sir.

DICE Will No Longer Produce Games For Non-64-Bit Computers In 2013

With the ongoing change of pace to 64-bit gaming, Battlefield developer DICE, specifically their Rendering Architect, Johan Andersson will stop producing Frostbite games for PCs with less than a 64-bit operating system — in other words, 32-bit machines, and it doesn’t matter if you have a new Ivy Bridge Core i7 rig straight from the lab; it would need the minimum 4GB of RAM or more on top of a 64-bit operating system.

Progressive development, I like that.

ViaJohan Andersson (Twitter)

David Beckham Promotes Galaxy Note As Samsung’s Olympic Games Ambassador

This is perhaps one of the more brilliant ads for technology produced and recorded in years. In it, David Beckham uses a Galaxy Note to plan his kicks to hit specific drums to make a sound reminiscent to that of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. By aiming the footballs (also soccer balls) at the correct target, he makes the correct sounds. Check it out and watch it by hitting “read more”, which takes you after the break.

Pentax K-30: The Higher-End, Rugged Successor To My Beloved K-r

Time to get personal: have both a Pentax K-x and the K-r. I love both of those DSLRs to end and beyond. And now Pentax (now owned by Ricoh) is toying with me: They’ve announced the new K-30. It bumps up the 12.4 megapixels to 16, a much tougher body that’s both resilient to rain, dust, and temperature extremes, but sadly light sensitivity staying the same from 3 years ago (ISO 100 to 25,600), with a much higher 1080p video recording at a steady 30 frames per second, and lastly, burst shooting at a decent 6 fps. Hmm.

Now for pricing and availability: stores will contain the K-30 in July at $850 body-only and $900 for an 18-55mm kit. On the bonus side, a new 50mm f/1.8 prime lens will be available for $250. It’s an alright refresh, Pentax. PR after the break.

Via: Pentax 

HTC EVO 4G LTE Passes Customs, Launch Purportedly Underway

After last week’s odd delay of the HTC EVO 4G LTE being held up at customs due to the ITC declaring that HTC had infringed upon an Apple patent, the first few shipments of the device are being allowed within the States. On top of that the EVO 4G LTE shipments are at Sprint warehouses and will be delivered by May 24 to customers. Oddly enough, this smartphone doesn’t even have a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to connect to, but Sprint plans for its first six LTE cities to launch within the next several weeks.

Nice save, HTC and Sprint. Now, can you make this launch successful?

Via: GigaOM

Kinect For Windows SDK Now Reaches v1.5, Works When Sitting


So, in the interim and for the sake of consistency in news coverage, I’ll tell you about the Kinect for Windows SDK that just hit version 1.5. New features include 10-joint skeletal tracking that works when you’re sitting down, face following capabilities and joint orientation — the latter enabling it to predict how your body will move for greater accuracy, four addition languages for speech recognition: French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Then there’s the Kinect Studio, which will help all the devs to record and play back your movements to fine-tune their applications; in essence teaching a Kinect to better comprehend, if you will.

Via: Windows Blog