HTC makes the One X+ official, to debut this month in Europe and North Asia

HTC finally took the wraps off of the One X+, and as expected, it’s going to have more speed, more storage, and more battery life. There’s nothing shocking about the specs only because most of the rumors came true. It will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 AP37 processor, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.6MP front camera, a 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. Originally the rumors showed an 1800mAh battery, but we heard it would actually be larger so that’s a good thing. As far as RAM, nobody was ever sure, but we were hoping for 2GB. I guess HTC feels that 1GB will be enough to handle Sense 4+ on top of stock Jelly Bean.

The One X+ will launch in Europe and North Asia in early October and South Asia in November. We fully expect it to arrive in North America as well, but nothing was mentioned other than a separate announcement will take place. No pricing was specified, so we will have to wait till the carriers post something.

Full press release after the break:

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American Red Cross releases an earthquake awareness app

The American Red Cross have released an app that could one day help out families if an earthquake were to happen. The application will notify you once an earthquake happens and helps prepare you and your family for such an event. Here’s what the app can offer you:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

The application is free and if you live in earthquake prone areas, this definitely can’t hurt to download. Download links and a QR code will be available after the break!

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I535VRALHD ROM leaked for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III

A new ROM labeled as I535VRALHD has leaked for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. This new ROM includes a new baseband radio that is supposed to improve 4G signal strength and includes several other improvements such as battery life. Sadly, the ROM is still ICS 4.0.4 and not a Jelly Bean build, but any improvement is still good nonetheless. If you’re interested in installing this onto your device then follow the instructions in the source link provided.

Also, let us know your experience with the new version and if you’ve noticed any noticeable improvements!

source: Phonearena

Judge Lucy Koh lifts ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

Judge Lucy Koh has reneged on her previous decision to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, and has officially lifted the sales injunction on the device. This change of heart has come after a California Court of Appeals found that the tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress patents.

As expected, Samsung is thrilled with the decision, saying:

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for.”

Apple’s $2.6 million bond could also potentially be issued to Samsung due to the wrongful accusation. While this decision is certainly good news, Apple should undoubtedly be held responsible for Samsung’s inability to sell its product. Besides, that’s what the bond was posted for in the first place. At this point, though, it’s not even that big of a deal, seeing as the company is already selling its third iteration of the device.

Source: Reuters

Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution launches in the Amazon Appstore

Top Gear is one of the most favorable international shows watched in the U.S. With the continuation of the American series, the Top Gear franchise has grown much larger than its younger years of dry comedy, and average cars. It is now a hilarious supercar/ comedy special, where people who are, or aren’t car enthusiasts can unite.

Luckily the development team over at BBC has created the game, Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution, to give users their Top Gear “fix” while on the go. The game revolves around a crash-style environment, including time trial races and competetive gaming. Here are some of the features:

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Garnet red Galaxy S III now available in the UK for a sweet deal

The Galaxy S III is undoubtedly one of the most powerful smartphones  manufactured. With the international version featuring a quad-core Exynos processor, it is hard not to love. In addition, Samsung creatively gave consumers a variety of different color choices including blue, white, and the infamous garnet red.

The blue and white models have made up the majority of Galaxy S III sales, while the garnet red color has been very limited. Unfortunately, due to AT&T’s agreement with Samsung Mobile, the premier color was exclusively sold through their network only. This was kind of a let down for fans who craved the red design.

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Google close to completing acquisition of face recognition firm Viewdle

As reported earlier today, Google has surpassed Microsoft to take over the number two spot on the largest technology firm list as measured by market cap. Part of Google’s success can be attributed to their diverse portfolio of products and services. That portfolio is close to growing once again as reports indicate Google is very close to completing an acquisition of facial recognition technology firm Viewdle for a price tag of $30 to $45 million. The deal has been in the works for a year after Motorola started the initial talks with Viewdle.

Viewdle’s facial recognition technology can be used to automatically tag photos. This capability was put to work in their SocialCamera app that will automatically tag Facebook friends. In addition to the photo tagging app, Viewdle also created an Android game called Third Eye which tries to weave elements of an MMPORG title with social gaming.

Acquisition of Viewdle and their technology should allow Google to implement facial recognition functions in a variety of their platforms like Google+, Picasa, or the Android system.

source: c|net

Peel Smart Remote app will give Samsung tablet users an interactive experience during Presidential debates

Every four years the Presidential election becomes the thing to talk about in the United States. There are countless commercials, ads, news stories and debates. This time around, Samsung and Peel want their customers to be more proactive in the process. Peel is adding a new interactive feature which will allow their customers to give immediate feedback during the Presidential debates starting on October 3. Peel comes preloaded on Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1,  and the Galaxy Note 10.1 so they want to flourish that partnership.

With the Peel app you will be able to cheer or boo what either candidate says in the middle of the debate and then look at what everyone else using the app is thinking. If you feel especially moved by any of the comments you can even donate to one of the candidates on the spot. We have seen other interactive devices that let you take over the living room, but this would be an interesting step in interactive tv. The Peel app is available in the Google Play Store, hit the break for the full press release.

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Adobe Reader XI for tablets brings cloud services and productivity features

In an announcement made earlier today, Adobe has unveiled the next iteration of its Acrobat and Reader software. Along with the new desktop software comes updated mobile applications, which bring some major enhancements, like the ability to edit PDF files, modify paragraph layouts and images, as well as other objects through a newly-introduced design tool.

Adobe is also touting its new cloud applications, including EchoSign, which is the company’s very own electronic signature service. Now users can digitally sign PDF documents directly from their devices, meaning there’s no need to deal with pesky printers and fax machines. Additionally, annotation and comment support has been added. Compatibility has also served as a major focus, as Adobe has engineered the new software to allow users to fill in forms using check boxes, radio buttons and text boxes, with the ability to save these edited documents.

Unfortunately, these new features will only be available on tablets initially, though it’s entirely possible we could see them hit smartphones in the future. Adobe hasn’t provided an exact release date, though we expect to see the new software later this month. Jump past the break to read the official PR.

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Google overtakes Microsoft as third-most valuable company

Google passed Microsoft today for the title of third-most valuable publicly traded company, following market leaders Exxon Mobil and Apple. The company overtook Microsoft this morning on the New York Stock Exchange, and while some speculated that the new position would be temporary, the market has now closed, solidifying the company’s number three spot.  Despite concerns over the company’s decision to purchase Motorola Mobility, Google’s share price is up 30 percent over the previous quarter.

The next competitor on Google’s horizon is Apple, though the folks from Mountain View have quite the gap to fill if they intend to reach that number two position. Regardless, this is glorious victory for Google, and portrays the growing importance of the web and mobile computing.

Source: Wall Street Journal