HTC CEO Peter Chou Steps Down, Co-Founder Cher Wang Takes Spot


Peter Chou used to be the CEO of HTC, but in the up-and-downs that HTC has experienced in the past few years, Chou was not always at the head of the company’s greatest decisions (see the Robert Downey Jr. deal). Shortly after the One M9 launch, Chou will stand down as CEO and transition as the leader of the HTC Future Development Lab. What they’ll be doing? Apparently he “will be instrumental in identifying future growth opportunities for the company.”

Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang will take the position as chief executive officer. The journey continues.

T-Mobile Uncarrier 9.0: The Un-Contract, Business Plans, And Partnering With GoDaddy & Microsoft

DSC_0081T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere is in New York City with the T-Mobile crew to present Uncarrier 9.0. This particular event ups the ante for T-Mobile public relations and their business customers.

The best price is the only price for everyone (in terms of business lines). Unlimited talk & text plus 1GB of 4G LTE data, at $15 per line at 20+ lines; at 1,000 lines a business can get each line priced at $10. Adding more data per line is accomplished per line, or per pool. In pooled purchasing of additional 4G LTE data for business users, $4.75 per gigabyte (an overage over the gig is still $4.75) is the price for a pool (say a 100GB pool).

To help invigorate the use of websites for businesses: T-Mobile has partnered with GoDaddy (!) to supply a free .com domain and website plan, as long as a single business line is activated. For a custom .com email, T-Mobile has also partnered with Microsoft, for customized email addresses.

Business family discounts are also being introduced, says Legere. Employees’ families save up to 50% when a business line is activated at T-Mobile, since family members are added as lines, rather than as completely new customers.

But, don’t fret: consumers will experience a different plan, called Carrier Freedom, which allows T-Mobile to pay the ETF up to $650, now including devices and the plan.

Legere, also states he’s bringing the contract back — in a new format, called the Un-Contract. It’s a consumer commitment that makes promotional plans permanent. Fixed plans won’t be changed, and unlimited plans will not be changed in price (but it might go down) or availability for the next two years.

Images after the break of some of the new Uncarrier moves, visualized.

HTC’s ‘Uh Oh’ Program: Offering A Replacement One M9, Once, For Free

htc-one-m9-announce-fullbleedExtending the pros of owning an HTC smartphone, the Taiwanese tech talent is adding the ‘Uh Oh’ program to its HTC Advantage customer guarantee.

The deal is: break your shiny new HTC One M9 once due to a cracked screen or water damage (or switch carriers) and they’ll offer one free replacement. Do it again — well, you’re out of luck buddy.

Also, there’s an incentive to not abuse the service: if you don’t wreck your new phone in its first year of life, you receive a $100 discount on the next HTC One purchase, presumably for the One M9’s future successor.

The only con of all this? It’s a United States-only program.

Via: HTC ‘Uh Oh’

Windows 10 Will Launch In 190 Countries This Summer

windows-10Times are changing in the PC space. Windows 10, the grand unification of Xbox, mobile, tablets, desktops, and laptops for Microsoft is due for release in the summer, in 190 countries and in 111 languages, the company states. So, all of that should be fun, no doubt.

However, a bit of news that is more interesting is the free upgrade for users on Windows 7 and 8 that includes all versions — genuine or otherwise (!). Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, told Reuters that, “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10.”

The report was in regards to  China, but considering “all qualified PCs” is a very broad term, this could also extend to other regions — and thus really make the adoption rate of Windows 10 immense, then luring the profits through the use of premium programs.

Via: Microsoft

Nintendo Will (Finally) Begin Developing Games For Smartphones

nintendo-mobileUsually denying the concept of developing games for mobile, Nintendo is seeing the prospect in a new light, courtesy of a press release sent out by the Japanese gaming company this morning. Using Nintendo intellectual property, the company has paired up with another Japanese company, called DeNA, to produce games for mobile platforms.

Nintendo had the following to say regarding what kind of games we’ll see:

“Only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”

Sounds interesting. This also comes off the heels of another announcement: Nintendo is working on its next console, codenamed “NX”, due for unveil next year.

Via: Businesswire (Nintendo)

ASUS’ G501 Is The 4K Screen, GTX 960M Boasting, And 0.81″ Thin Gaming Ultrabook

G501_lighting_01-copy-980x621That doesn’t sound quite right, but it is: the ASUS G501 is technically, a gaming ultrabook. It’s a svelte .81 of a inch thin (or thick, depending on how you look at it), sports the newest GTX 960M graphics chip form NVIDA. A 15.6-inch true 4K IPS screen with pixel density 282 PPI in a case that’s 4.54 pounds.

The aluminum body contains a 512GB SSD with up to 1400MB/s data transfer speeds, all of which benefits from ASUS’ Hyper Cool tech (two fans and copper heat-pipes) for the starting price of $1,999 — cheaper than a Razer Blade, mind you.


The New Chrombook Pixel: $999 And Up, Rocking USB-C

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 2.22.05 PMThe new price tag of the Chromebook Pixel is still rather high for any Chromebook: $999. At that price, you can get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8G RAM, and 32GB SSD or for $1,299 a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 64GB SSD. Efforts have been made to increase battery life as well, to 12 hours.

The same industrial design of fame from two years ago persists, but with a new USB-C port, also serving as the charger port, and becoming part of the industry push to standardize the better laptop port.

Oh, and in case you forgot: with wider color gamut, the 3:2, 2560 x 1700 pixel screen makes a magnificent return. Even if it’s running the constricting Chrome OS, the Pixel sounds like a great laptop.

Via: Google Store