HTC One S Arriving On T-Mobile April 25th For $199

Ahead of HTC’s planned press meet up tonight in NYC comes news of the HTC One S launch. It will cost you $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement this April 25th on T-Mobile 4G HSPA+ 42MBps network. The One S also has access to Android 4.0 with the new Sense 4 user interface, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, and should be T-Mobile’s flagship handset for a while.

Via: T-Mobile

AT&T: The HTC One X Will Cost $200 When Pre-Orders Start April 22nd

Good news, everyone. The HTC One X, in all of its 4G LTE and 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 glory, with its 4.7-inch Super LCD 720p HD screen and Android 4.0 laden with Sense UI 4.0, is available for pre-order on April 22nd for $199.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T.And it comes in two colors: white or gray (you don’t see many gray smartphone now, do you?). Also included is the Beats by Dr. Dre audio optimization and a large 1,800mAh battery.

Are you ready for this? We are. Press release after the break. Via: AT&T

Mark Zuckerberg (At First) Omitted Facebook Board When Deciding To Buy Instagram

Want to know how the legendary acquisition of Instagram went about at Facebook? Well, look no further than the Wall Street Journal, where it was described as a simple weekend over at Zuckerberg’s house with Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO, who both established the $1 billion deal — which now has been revealed was taken down from a $2 billion deal. Zuckerberg simply informed Facebook’s board to make a vote on his decision, which was mostly symbolic, 24 hours exactly before the acquisition was made official. For the full timeline on the deal, see the source link.

Via: Wall Street Journal

Microsoft dev evangelist: All Windows Phones to get next major upgrade

This is a key form of evidence to the dedication Microsoft has to all its Windows Phone devices. Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva gave to Zwame a valuable piece of information: all current Windows Phones (down to the very first set, like the Omnia 7 and LG Quantum) are getting the next major software upgrade — in other words, Windows Phone 8 “Apollo”. The entire interview has been taken down (presumably due to this info spreading), but it has been clipped to the question, by WMPowerUser. See the video after the break. Via: WMPowerUser, Zwame

Twitter makes the Innovator’s Patent Agreement — good for innovation, and smart for defense

In theory. The Twitter Innovator’s Patent Agreement is a way for engineers creating some of Twitter’s features and technologies to file patents for their creations, but not to become “patent trolls”, so to speak, and go on the offensive, suing other companies and individuals over patents/ideas. In fact, the only applicable use of an offensive lawsuit based upon infringed property would be in the defense. In other words, it lets engineers and other stakeholders significant control over how their property might be used in litigation.

All of this comes from today’s official Twitter blog post, stating that, patents “may be used to impede the innovation of others,” and the Innovator’s Patent Agreement is built around the idea of not doing that. In fact, there’s already positive feedback on the new agreement: Loren Brichter, who worked on the Twitter app for more than a year and developed the iconic (and now also a pending patent application) pull-to-refresh gesture, jovially tweeted about it. Via: Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Halo 4 Release Date Is Nov. 6, Airs On Conan Tonight

Oh, goodie. Halo 4, the latest entry into the Master Chief saga will launch on November 6th for the Xbox 360. The new title has state-of-the-art graphics for any Halo game so far, along with a “darker” and “more compelling” storyline than we’ve seen previously within Halo games. This particular game is being designed and coded by 343 Industries, a company sprung up from many of the Bungie employees that made previous Halo games, along with some fresh minds. In it, 343 Industries plans to start the Reclaimer Saga and continue the Master Chief saga.

Apparently, there’s also going to be word about the game tonight with Conan O’Brien, on his TBS show at 11 p.m. Pacific. It’s locked and loaded from here on out for Halo 4.

Via: MarketWatch

HTC boots CFO who established Beats Audio deal

In a rather interesting turn of events, HTC CFO Winston Young has been moved over to a “corporate development role” after only a year as the CFO. He was with HTC during its highs and lows, and also established the Beats Audio deal for HTC devices, which hasn’t really been beneficial at all for the company. In his place there is a certain Chia-Lin Chang, a former Goldman Sachs partner and Motorola engineer who might be able to capitalize on the HTC One series, which could make or break the company. A reason has not been given as to why HTC made this decision, so analysts will purportedly debate why. Via: Reuters