Oh hey, it’s the HTC One series! This time, the overclocked and upgraded One X+ will debut November 16th for $200 on contract for a high-end Android phone with a quad-core processor, one of the best 4.7-inch screens in the industry, and Android 4.1 with Google Now to keep things modern. There’s also the One XV, a $50 smartphone for budget users, which also requires a two-year agreement like its more powerful cousin does. More info about both devices is in the source link.
In one big shakeup of roles at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky is leaving the, effective immediately — he was the former leader of the Windows diviosn, and oversaw development of Windows 8. Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface veteran Julie Larson-Green will be taking on most of his duties by heading up all Windows development, including hardware “opportunities” like Surface; whilst CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on pure business and marketing sectors of the Windows platform.
Sinofsky commented on his departure:
“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”
This comes as a continued surprise, with Microsoft shuffling around internally much like Apple has in the past few months. Whoa.
This is the first Samsung Galaxy camera. Obviously, it’s a new concept that people haven’t really heard of before: a camera with Android, but backed-up with AT&T 4G connectivity. Its specs include a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (with Google Now), a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen, 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, with the cheapest AT&T data plan at $10 per month. All of that will cost you $499.99 at AT&T — for that much money, you’re getting something more like spy equipment than a simple point-and-shoot camera.
And, it might just be worth it. Press release is on the post’s page.
Currently, I’m a 16-year-old who takes 11th grade classes. Chemistry and trigonometry hardly give me much trouble — but do they brighten my day? Not really. Physics however — recent physics — would change all that. And I agree with MinutePhysics — the newly-elected President Obama should get the physics brewing in high schools — without hesitation.
There goes any hopes of intense patent war between HTC and Apple. There’s just a nice little legal notice that popped up on everyone’s screen today, referencing a court deal between both companies: lifting all existing patent disputes, and agreeing to a 10-year licensing deal for all patents disputed, and any new patents that may be created in that time span.
Both CEOs of the multi-million dollar consumer technology companies have issued statements about the agreement:
“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.
So from now on we can only get our technology patent disputes from Apple and Samsung? Aww, no fair. On a serious note though, this is good news.
Think about the graphing calculators you use in American classrooms. Now, think of the Texas Instruments TI-84 calculator (or TI-83) and you’ll remember how useful it can be. Well, there’s a new version coming out, and it has a color screen. Apparently, this new calculator is called the TI-84+ C Silver Edition, and a site called Cemetech, claimed that it was one of 24 provided by TI for in-classroom testing and that it’s slated to launch next spring. Time to look forward to that, if you’re a math geek, no?
And I can’t disagree — playing Halo 4 is amazing. It turns out that 343 Industries has made a fantastic game, selling 3.1 million copies of Halo 4 in its first 24 hours, with 1.9 million of those sales coming from the U.S., according to VGChartz. The video game sales tracking website says Halo 4 managed to sell about 15% more copies than previous games in the franchise including Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
But do you want a really amazing fact? The Xbox 360 will turn seven on November 22nd — who’s to say this “aging console” doesn’t have some kick left in it?
Introducing another one of LaCie’s epic USB keys: the Petite. That’s right, because it is small. Smaller than your actual house keys, it comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB for $15, $23, and $40. Plus, it’s waterproof down to 100-meters, is scratch-resistant, and comes with a two-year warranty just to back up that ruggedness. And just to be sure to prove the point that this is an amazing USB key, its dimensions are 0.25 ounces and measures just 1.5 inches long.
EA and Twitch has produced a partnership that will take affect for most users in an Origin beta than a stable version for all users at a later date, that allows you to livestream your gameplay to TwitchTV, in HD resolution, with different frame rates available. Needless to say, this is pretty awesome. The only setup needed to is sign into Origin, open your game, log-in with your Twitch account, then start broadcasting. Even better yet, you can import games that are not from Origin (Steam, anyone?) and have them get livestreamed as well.
It’s an interesting development, but Origin seems to be getting better and better than other PC gaming platforms, slowly but surely.
Nice work from the Vergers in New York: iPad, iPhone, and Android versions of the Microsoft Office suite — which includes Excel, PowerPoint and Word — would start off as free viewing apps and only unlock editing for those who dutifully subscribe to Office 365 (thus you’d have to pay for the real MS Office, obviously). It turns out the design of the interfaces for these versions of the Office suite reflect the operating system they’ll work on in some way, but are still faithful to the tiles debuted on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. It’s just nice to know there’s an alternative to Google Drive and Apple iWork as productivity software on your phone or tablet (it’s coming to iOS, first).