Starbucks has just announced a new initiative to bring wireless charging stations to many of its stores. Awesome, right? The only problem is that not all wireless charging is the same, and Starbucks has gone with a technology that many devices aren’t compatible with – unless you purchase auxiliary products. (more…)
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During dual media events in both New York and London HTC Corporation officially unveiled its long-rumored new HTC One smartphone. Dubbed the HTC One (M8), the device is HTC’s latest flagship smartphone and carries on the manufacturer’s tradition of providing high-quality device for the high-end smartphone market.
Throughout the past few months rumors and leaks have detailed almost every aspect of the new HTC One. The official announcement confirms many of these features and specs, making the HTC One (M8) one of the worst-kept secrets in the tech industry.
Like previous HTC One smartphones the HTC One (M8) boasts a metal unibody case. The device has a 5-inch 1080p display (no Ultra HD yet, as predicted due to manufacturing difficulties).
The new smartphone also has dual rear cameras with dual flash that HTC says will help the device take pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions. The cameras’ depth sensor is also included for what HTC calls “a range of artistic effects and tools.” The device also has a 5MP front-facing camera.
On the inside, the HTC One (M8) has a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. The device comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and supports extra microSD card storage of up to 128GB.
“In 2013 we introduced the best smartphone in the world, but we never stopped challenging ourselves and the status quo in this category,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “As pioneers in mobile innovation, we continue to design and build devices that will dazzle, inspire and transform the smartphone industry. Today I’m proud to launch the most stunning, intuitive and advanced handset that the industry has seen to date, the new HTC One (M8).”
The HTC One (M8) was rumored to be launching sometime in April, but HTC has vastly improved its launch efforts this year. The new device is available for purchase through all major (and most minor) mobile providers and smartphone retailers as of today. The unlocked version of the smartphone retails for $650 and come in “Gunmetal Gray,” “Glacial Silver,” and “Amber Gold.” The Amber Gold can only be bought through Best Buy at launch.
An Amazon smartphone is rumored to be in the works, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If these hushed whispers and nameless tips are to be believed, the device in-question would be powered by Google’s Android operating system. The company is looking to give Apple and the iPhone a run for its money, though industry insiders seem to feel that, while a smartphone from the likes of Amazon is certainly intriguing, it will have a long, hard road ahead if it plans to compete directly with the almighty Apple.
Anonymous sources close to the project told the SFC that Foxconn International Holdings Ltd, a mobile phone manufacturer based out of China, will assist Amazon with the project. If the company’s name sounds vaguely familiar, you may recall the riot that took place at one of the factories back in June, an event which saw over 1,000 employees clash with security over poor working conditions. The manufacturer is also responsible for making iPhones. (more…)
Google has been busy today announcing a whole bunch of new and awesome stuff, including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Project Butter and major improvements to voice search, the Nexus 7 tablet, new stuff for Google Play, and the Nexus Q.
To go along with all of this, there’s one cool thing Google hasn’t announced. It seems that in honor of Jelly Bean and all the other goodies they’ve announced, Google has decided to take a chunk out of the price of the Galaxy Nexus. As of today, the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is avialable for $349 on Google Play. That’s a discount of $50 on the previous $399 price tag. While that may be less than you pay for the same phone through a carrier like Verizon, it gets you a contract-free phone that gets updates when Google releases them, rather than when the carrier gets around to it. (more…)
A lot of the focus this weeks is going to be on iOS 6 and that shiny new MacBook Pro with the retina display, but Apple also made plenty of smaller announcements during their Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Apple not only upgrades its operating systems and computers at a break-neck pace, it also constantly upgrades its accessories. Apple’s router, dubbed the AirPort Express, is getting an upgrade too – but it’s not going up in price. (more…)
Nick Bilton over at The New York Times technology blog is reporting that Facebook is getting serious about designing and releasing a smartphone. He quotes several anonymous Facebook employees and other Silicon Valley engineers in his report, stating that Facebook hopes to release a smartphone “by next year.”
The 5th generation of WiFi routers is here with the newly introduced Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge. The new Router and bridge offer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n and are fully backward compatible for legacy devices to make it easier for users to adopt the new technology. (more…)
Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals that, in spite of Google’s previous claims that the data-collected software was unauthorized, supervisors and others were actually aware of the program. (more…)
Remember the Nokia Lumia 900? It was the really impressive Windows phone that Microsoft is betting heavily on since its first positive reviews came out of CES 2012. It was announced two weeks ago that the Lumia 900 would be launching April 8. Today is April 8 and guess what, the Lumia 900 is here.
A new initiative between the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance could allow billions of mobile device users the ability to switch between mobile and Wifi networks on the fly, without having to locate hotspots or enter passwords. Today’s announcement verifies that both organizations are committed to the development of a technical and commercial infrastructure for Wifi roaming, which would use a mobile SIM card to authenticate a user, without any manual passwords. (more…)