Samsung Galaxy Note Receiving Premium Suite Upgrade In Android 4.0 This Q2

The Samsung Galaxy Note over-the-air upgrade has been delayed till the second quarter of this year — for good reason. This new update will add the Premium Suite of apps, which are centered around the new S pen that the device comes with, which we reviewed earlier this year. The “GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s president of IT & Mobile Communications. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”

So overall, the Galaxy Note is only getting better. Nice. Video after the break.

MIT scientists create camera capable of quickly seeing around corners

To begin with, this is an ingenious creation by the scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With that note to the side, it is now time to proceed towards the creation: a camera capable of seeing around corners. How so? Its function is to construct a hidden object using scattered laser light, which bounces off walls and surfaces that are close to the obstructed object (in this case, something around a corner). “We are all familiar with sound echoes, but we can also exploit echoes of light,” said Ramesh Raskar, head of the Camera Culture Research Group at the MIT Media Lab. How the camera achieves this is by recording an image every two picoseconds, allowing the location of the object to me measured with extreme precision. An algorithm created by the team then processes the collected data and use it to construct an actual image of the object that is hidden — however this whole process takes an agonizing 10 minutes.


The scientists are striving to trim the time to just 10 seconds, where they make the inevitable suggestion for a true applicable use of the camera — the military. Still, in my mind there are much more useful places for a camera that can see around corners, but I’ll save that observation for another article. Video after the break. Via: Digital Trends

Twitter: Now Six, With 140 Million Active Users, All Started With A Single Tweet

Back in the day — in 2006, Wednesday, mind you –, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey published the very first post on his new service, called Twttr. “Just setting up my twttr,” said Dorsey, with brevity. Flash forward 6 years later and Twitter is populated with 532 million accounts, 140 million active users, and 340 billion tweets, Every. Single. Day. Despite the social network’s service to be the poster-child of irrelevant conversations among people, just as many perceive Twitter (like myself) as the prime to have a quick internet conversation, over tweets, and companies see it as a glowing market of promotion.

All in all, Twitter is successful, and will become more so, still. Via: Twitter’s Official Blog

HTC and Sprint have NYC event planned April 4th, could announce One X

Both HTC and Sprint will hold a joint operation event on April 4th, in New York City. The exact device (or devices, even) have not even been teased by the companies, including Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and HTC President Jason Mackenzie, both of whom will be on hand at the event. A possible (and coat this with a grain of salt, as it where) announcement is the HTC One X, an incredible Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0 smartphone, containing a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.6-inch 720p high-definition display and the class-leading 8-megapixel camera powered by HTC’s dedicated ImageChip.

On April 4th, we shall see.

Uh Oh: New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2

Tech site took the initiative to really find out if the new, 3rd-generation iPad runs at a hotter temperature that the previous model. Well, while running the GLBenchmark and looking at both models through an infrared cam, they confirmed that it runs at 33.6 degrees centigrade (92.5 Fahrenheit), compared to 28.3 centigrade (82.9 Fahrenheit) with the iPad 2.

Keep in mind there are numerous changing variables in their hypothesis. For one, every new iPad could have gone through something in its manufacturing process that could be considered a defect, or some change of sorts that causes the higher temperature. And of course, there’s no control group of other iPad 2s and new iPads to really prove this. It’s only one report. Regardless, if you think it’s warmer when using it, then you’re probably right. Via: Tweakers

Apple Sells 3 Million New iPads Worldwide Since Launch

Apple’s Fifth Avenue store sold 13,000 new iPads in 12 hours, or 18 per minute. However, that is just a tiny sliver of the 3 million new iPads sold worldwide since launch, which was the 16th of March (just last Friday). How are these numbers so amazing? The original iPad took 80 days to sell 3 million units. Very impressive, Tim Cook and Co.; press release after the break.

This Week On LaptopMemo: The New iPad, Etc.

This week was dominated by the launch of the new iPad. Rightly so, actually (sorry guys). But on the flipside, your kills in Skyrim look better, the Sidekick 4G is gone but the series will come back (again), there’s new Tweetdeck apps inbound, Instagram is coming very soon for Android, Yahoo! sued Facebook, and Twitter bought Posterous.

Oh, a lest I forget, there’s a certain BlackBerry Bold 9900 that got bashed on-site. Read all about it.

What a week, indeed.

Brevity Review: The BlackBerry Bold 9900 — It’s Insufficient

For the love of — oh, this is the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on T-Mobile USA that retails for $299 on contract. Its changes from the earlier Bold it replaced, the 9780, are needless to say, very vast. Each and every Bold 9900 on T-Mobile contains a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, a 2.8-inch TFT LCD multitouch screen (640 x 480, on 286 ppi pixel density), 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 768MB of RAM, a decent 8GB of built-in memory, BlackBerry OS 7, NFC support, is 10.5mm thin, and weighs 130 grams. Aesthetically, it is one of the most beautiful phones ever created. It is meant for truly productive person. Kudos RIM.