Thursday, May 31, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview now available to download

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Microsoft has made the anticipated Windows 8 Release Preview available to download in 14 supported languages. This version is the final release before the next major operating system hits gold, and includes a number of improvements made by Microsoft using feedback received from the community in past releases.

Should you be familiar with Windows 8, and have installed the Consumer Preview, you should look forward to more features and apps, including news, travel and sport. If you've not picked up a copy yet, you might want to do so to see how Microsoft is changing things on the desktop / tablet to match Windows Phone.

You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview from Microsoft.

via: MSDN

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Asus Android-Windows 8 tablet coming at Computex 2012?

With a few days to go until Computex 2012 kicks off, Asus has decided to put up a few short teaser videos that include various hints at certain features that upcoming Asus devices could offer. But more importantly, some of these videos suggest that the Android device maker may announce a dual-booting Android-Windows 8 device next week.

The first video – which we have already shared with you – is entitled “The Incredible Transformations” and teases a tablet that will come with a keyboard, will pack certain cloud-related powers and that will be unveiled in Taiwan. That “Transformation” part of the title suggests that we could be looking at the next-gen Transformer model teased in the video.

By itself, the 43-second teaser video is not that exciting, since we already knew Asus can produce some interesting Android tablets. But Asus released two more teaser videos, shorter than the first one, to make sure tablet fans are paying attention.

The second teaser, entitled “All-in-One is No Longer In One” is a 16-second spot that clearly shows two distinct logos in water drops – see the image above. We’re looking at the Windows 8 and Android logos, each one present in its own drop of water. That clearly suggests that at least one of Asus’ future tablets will be able to run Android and Windows 8, a combination that plenty of tablet users would enjoy.

The third teaser, called “When Two Sides Unite,” a 17-second clip, also indicates that an upcoming Asus tablet will pack two “sides” that will be available on the same device. We’re obviously looking at Android and Windows 8, as no other mobile OS combination would make sense. The words “Tai” and “Chi” are present on either side of that piece of paper. Together, “Tai Chi” stands for an Asian martial arts style.

We’re certainly interested to see what this unnamed Asus Android-Windows 8 tablet will have to offer, and whether it will be able to become a competitive iPad rival or not.

However, since Microsoft will only release Windows 8 – its next-gen desktop and tablet operating system – at some point in fall 2012, we would expect this Asus dual-booting tablet to hit stores at some point by Christmas, so don’t get too excited about purchasing one yet.

At the same time, let’s not forget that Asus is also working closely with Google on the first Nexus-branded tablet, a device that’s expected to be unveiled during Google I/O later this year. The first Nexus tablet will not necessarily be an iPad-killer, as the device is currently rumored to be a mid-ranged device, priced at $150-$250 and ready to take on the Amazon Kindle Fire and its successors.

With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder which of these two Asus-made tablets would be more popular with the crowds, a dual-booting Android-Windows 8 machine, or a pure Google Nexus device running Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.

This article, Asus Android-Windows 8 tablet coming at Computex 2012? , was originally published at - Your Android News Source.

via Android Authority

Windows Phone 8 Feature: New Supported Screen Resolutions

A source at WPCentral has revealed the supported resolutions for Microsoft’s upcoming smartphone operating system. Specifically, 480×640 (VGA), 480×800 (WVGA), 720×1280, and 768×1280 (WXGA). Phone Arena reports that these resolutions could lead to Windows Phones with extraordinarily high PPI. “[O]n a 4.5 inch screen, the pixels per inch would come in at 332, topping the [...]

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Amazon Mobile app for Windows Phone gets UK and Germany support in latest update

Amazon now for the UK too

We do love our Amazon Mobile app for Windows Phone--beautiful, useful and well designed the app is one of our must-haves (especially since have Prime). However, we do get a lot of complaints about it, superficially it's lack of support for the UK market (and others).

Version 1.8 just went live in the Marketplace and support for the UK and Germany is now included (in addition to un-named bug fixes). Our own Rich Edmonds verified that the app is working there which should make many of you happy. This update follows a previous one just weeks ago which added social features to the popular app.

Amazon Mobile gives you access to's vast array of goods from their location as well as 3rd party retailers. Allowing 1-click purchasing and a nice bar-code scanner, the app allows you to comparison shop when you're out in a brick-and-mortar store. In addition, you can access your account and track your orders.

Of course since the app is "new" to the recently added Marketplaces so you can't search for it just yet. No worries as you can just use our download link to get it now. Thanks, Ben D., for the tip

QR: Amazon Mobile

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T-Mobile HTC One S Update Is Now Postponed to June 4 and beyond

T-Mobile HTC One S owners will be happy to hear that an update supposedly bringing “improved software stability” and resolution to “open issues with the device” is heading their way. Unfortunately, the update, initially scheduled to hit as of the time of this writing, was postponed to a later date. According to TmoNews, official T-Mobile documentation now shows a new roll out date, June 4 through July 7, so there’s still some waiting in store.

Here’s what you can expect from the pending One S update:

  • Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.

  • Resolves voicemail indicator not appearing while using Wi-Fi calling.

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi Calling

  • Improvements to camera stability

  • Resolves signal fluctuation.

To get the OTA (over-the-air) update, you’ll have to wait for an update notification or manually check for updates by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now. Once the update (Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 1.84.531.2.710RD) is ready to be downloaded to your phone, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • OTA update [Wi-Fi / Cellular data connection required]

  • Device is running Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 1.53.531.76 710RD

  • Device software is not rooted

  • More than 50% battery life

  • Data connection

  • 350 MB available memory (File size of update is 24.2 MB)

This article, T-Mobile HTC One S Update Is Now Postponed to June 4 and beyond , was originally published at - Your Android News Source.

via Android Authority

A look inside Foxconn, a major industry manufacturer [Video]

In February, ABC’s Nightline news visited Foxconn’s Zhengshou plant to expose poor working conditions and low wages. In addition, a reporter from the Chinese website iFeng recently visited the same plant and went on a tour with the Foxconn CEO.

The video starts off with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou taking the reporter on a helicopter ride of the Foxconn land. In addition to factories, Foxconn’s 5.6 square kilometers of land are used for living space and “wastelands”. These wastelands are “being reserved for further expansion of the plant”.

Unlike ABC’s report found below, this reporter does not seem to be looking for any violations. However, Apple’s famous pursuit of improving conditions at Foxconn only revealed more details instead of creating any improvements. More specifically, interviews with workers have revealed that cramped living conditions, punishment, and lots of overtime are all part of the normal day as a worker at Foxconn. In spite of Apple’s failed attempts, Sacom, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, has joined the fight to improve working conditions.

No related posts.

This article, A look inside Foxconn, a major industry manufacturer [Video] , was originally published at - Your Android News Source.

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I'm A WP7! dev celebrates "Best App of the Year" nomination by offering it for free

I'm A WP7

In honor of their nomination for "Best App of the Year" over at WP App List, the developers of I'm A WP7! are running an “our fans rock" freebie offer. Starting today, you can download the full version of the social networking app, plus the features of the I'm A WP7 Extras! app, free of charge, saving yourself the usual $2.99. This offer runs until Midnight PST on Sunday. Here are the full details from Scott J. Peterson, developer of I'm A WP7:

Unlocking of the all features and functionality of the app, including the Forums, GamerHub™, as well as full access to all Statistics, Wallpapers, Ringtones, Easter Eggs and Extras normally requires the purchase of the $2.99 U.S. “...I'm a WP7 Extras!” app, but all these features will now be unlocked and available for both new and existing users. Existing Fans who access the app through the weekend will continue to have full functionality as well, as long as they access the app at least once during this period. Thanks to our 310,000 fans worldwide for their support!

I'm A WP7! is a great way to share your love of Windows Phone, and has been quite a useful tool in learning about new versions that are out there in the wild.

Pick up I'm a WP7! here in the Marketplace.


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ChromeOS tablet not planned, Android and Chrome to converge in the future: Google VP


Google is expected to launch its first ever Nexus-branded tablet at its annual Google I/O developers conference this summer, but the search giant will not create a similar device running the company’s desktop operating system, Chrome OS.

According to Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, the two ecosystems will coexist although they are expected to converge at some point in the future. While introducing the new Samsung Chrome OS machines, Upson told TechRadar:

We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet. We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android team have their hands full bringing a great experience on phone and tablet. But the two teams are working together even more closely.” […]

Everyone likes to call a horse race [between Android and Chrome OS] but we don’t look at it like that at all. We look at what’s the right thing to do for the user and how you build the right experience.

The same convergence Upson talked about in his interview with the publication is seen from other companies present in the mobile business.

The competition

Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems, OS X and iOS, while independent ecosystems, already share some features that help users enjoy a seamless experience when moving between Macs and mobile devices. Once OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 will be launched later this year, Mac, iPhone and iPad users will notice an even further integration of iOS apps into OS X.

Similarly, Microsoft will launch Windows 8 later this year, a totally redesigned desktop OS which will have a Metro-based tablet-ready user interface that will bring Windows Phone 7.x devices and future Windows 8 tablets/smartphones closer together. Users that choose to buy smartphones, tablets, and desktops powered by Microsoft’s operating systems will enjoy a more unified experience.


Future of Chrome

Unlike Mac, and most importantly Windows, Chrome OS is yet to see a widespread adoption from consumers. But that doesn’t mean Google is ready to give up the fight in the desktop business and focus solely on Android development.

Chrome OS and Chrome are two important browsing-based projects for the company, that could help bring in more ad revenues in the following years, especially as mobile devices and computers running competing operating systems are ready for certain Chrome OS and Chrome features. And let’s not forget that Google’s browser, that’s compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS computers, is among the most popular web browsers in the world, if not the most popular.

Even if it arrived later than expected, the Chrome browser is now available on Android handsets, and we could see it soon on competing mobile devices as well. Upson said during the interview that “new phones have got to the point where [Google] can run all of Chrome which wasn’t possible before ARM chips got faster and faster.” Therefore, bringing the “full Chrome experience” to a variety of devices, seems possible:

So we are able to bring the full Chrome experience to phone or tablet and you see this with Microsoft and Apple devices as well. With Chrome on Android and Chrome OS and Chrome on Windows or on Mac you get the same web browsing experience everywhere.

Are you excited about the first budget-friendly Google Nexus tablet launching soon, or would you rather see a Chrome OS tablet in the works?

This article, ChromeOS tablet not planned, Android and Chrome to converge in the future: Google VP , was originally published at - Your Android News Source.

via Android Authority

Birthdays Diary : a live tile to remind you of upcoming Birthdays

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Birthdays Diary is an app that lets you add multiple live tiles to your windows phone to remind you of upcoming Birthdays

Birthdays Diary is a great app for browsing and managing your friends’ birthdays. You can easily see birthdays coming soon or find the birthday of a particular friend. Birthdays Diary features a nice, customizable live tile allowing you to peek at coming birthdays from your home screen.

Other features include:

– add custom anniversaries

– browse birthdays by month, week or day

– see additional data, like age and zodiac sign

– hide birthdays you are not interested in

– greet your friends from within the app

– Facebook integration

Simple. Useful. Elegant.


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Take that Oppo! At 6.2mm, ZTE Athena is now the world’s thinnest smartphone

Just when you thought the Oppo Finder and its 6.65mm chassis is about to clinch the world’s thinnest smartphone title, along comes another contender that will have Oppo scrambling to go to the gym and do a double check in front of the vanity mirror. ZTE is here to spoil the party for Oppo, by introducing a 6.2mm thick phone that is, for now, known as the Athena.

The ZTE Athena was first spotted in Sina Weibo, where a number of pictures were shared by the company’s director. Though they didn’t come with any specs, a source told Engadget that the ZTE Athena will be powered by a multi-core Cortex-A15 processor and boast a 720p IPS display. From the pictures, it appears to have at least a 4.3-inch screen. And despite the phone’s extremely thin profile, it is expected to ship with 64GB of internal storage. ZTE’s “Miflavor” UI overlay will run on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Athena.

The previews seem to a suggest that the ZTE Athena will have a Kevlar-like back cover, but we’re not totally sure if it’s not just some patterned plastic. Either way, it does look a bit more premium than the manufacturer’s other offerings.

There’s no word yet on the price and availability of the ZTE Athena. But we think there’s a better chance to see a global rollout for the phone, than for the obscure Oppo Finder. When it does ship, the ZTE Athena will have to face another former title-holder of the slimmest phone in the world, the Huawei Ascend P1 S.

When it comes to making the decision to buy a phone in your household, is it a case of “thin is in”? Do you think there’s a chance at all of seeing a decent battery being fitted inside the skinny ZTE Athena?

This article, Take that Oppo! At 6.2mm, ZTE Athena is now the world’s thinnest smartphone , was originally published at - Your Android News Source.

via Android Authority

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