Samsung’s Monster 11.8 Inch Tablet With Retina-like Display

The Apple vs Samsung court battle started yesterday, and it’s already shed light on an upcoming tablet by the Korean company.The device – codenamed P10 – measures a monster 11.8-inches, which would make it Samsung’s biggest tablet to date.And it’ll also come packing a display on a par with that on Apple’s latest iPad.

Retina display

According to court documents, the screen will have a resolution of 2,560×1,600-pixels. That dwarfs the iPad’s 2,048×1,536-pixels, but spread over the larger screen (the iPad is just 9.7-inches), still has a mighty impressive 256 pixels per inch (ppi).The iPad’s screen is 264ppi, but Samsung’s should still be just as bright and sharp.And standing nearly 12-inches, it should look phenomenal.

August announcement?

Samsung is holding an event in mid-August, pre-IFA, so it could well announce the monster tablet then. Or that could be the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 we saw back at CES in January, and haven’t heard much about since.The ‘P10’ tablet should have LTE connectivity, too. Though that’s not much good to us Brits, seeing as we don’t have LTE networks rolled out here yet.

The trial

These kinds of revelations are an upside to the court proceedings between Apple and Samsung. Previously Apple’s prototype iPhone mock-ups were revealed, along with a prospective iPad design that had a kickstand.The case is expected to last about a month. A jury of 10 people has now been selected, and they should be hearing the opening statements later today.

Via: The Verge

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[RUMOUR]The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012

The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012 [Rumor]

September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.

According to a report from Rene Richie at  iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.

We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.

Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.

I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.

As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.

HTC Offers Explanation on Lack of ICS for the Desire HD

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The seemingly never-ending tale of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Desire HD has added yet another chapter.

Owners of the HTC Desire HD originally received a bit of a surprise when the manufacturer announced that the single-core device would be amongst those that would get updated to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich.   Three months later, however, things didn’t look as promising.  That was untilthe next day when things were looking up yet again … and five days later it was officially canceled.

Does no one in this world realize you shouldn’t toy with the emotions of smartphone owners?

HTC has now taken to its official blog to explain the reasoning behind the cancelation.

We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.

While the explanation is sure to not thrill all of those who had been looking forward to the update, we do have to say that it makes some sense. If it was not going to enhance the experience of using the phone, then why go through with it? There are custom ROMs out there for those who desperately want to get ICS on to their Desire HD, but for the vast majority of consumers out there with the device, it looks like you have reached the end of the line for operating system updates.

 

Beware Tweeters: Twitter Virus Asks, “It’s You On Photo?”

This week an insidious and evil attack has been discovered that spreads via Twitter. The messages usually come across like an innocuous inquiry from a pal, asking “It’s you on photo?” or “It’s about you?”, followed by a URL. When a user clicks on that, a webpage opens up and distributes a particularly nasty bit of kit called Blackhole. It doesn’t directly attack your computer, but goes through the system, figuring out what its vulnerabilities are. Then it puts every viable piece of malware onto it.

Horrified? You should be. Finding and removing a virus or trojan is one thing — dealing with a load of malware is a nightmare and a massive security risk. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. Luckily, the best defense is common sense.

Most of us avoid suspicious emails or messages with bizarre links, yet we often click willy-nilly on Twitter links. Maybe it’s because we’re used to seeing odd-looking links from shorteners like Bitly or TinyURL, so we let our guard down and blindly accept any URLs we see. But that’s exactly why this exploit kit has spread, so staying vigilant is key, regardless of what program or service you use.

Be wary of strange links (including any from the domains below) and use a URL expander, so you always know where you’re going. Again, do not visit these domains if you care about the integrity of your system. But do bear them in mind, so you can avoid them.

Have you seen one of these messages in the Twitterverse?

Galaxy S3 Premium Edition Olympic Inspired Accessories Launched

I’m fairly sure that most in the mobile space are aware that the latest Android handset from the Samsung camp, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the official handset of the London 2012 Olympics, and a limited edition Galaxy S3 will be given to Olympic athletes sporting the Visa payWave app.

According to an article over on Pocket Droid, by way of ePrice, Du Weiyu, the general manager of Samsung’s mobile phone division, along with Chunghwa Telecom has announced a collection of premium edition accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Taiwan.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 premium edition accessories pack has been inspired by the 2012 Olympics, and includes three Samsung Galaxy S3 holders sporting an Olympic figurine depicting a weightlifter, Taekwondo and a cyclist, whilst the bases depict the Union Jack flag.

There is also a Galaxy S3 back cover that sports a faceless British Guardsman, along with a mini Guard that can be placed into the 3.5mm jack on the Samsung Galaxy S3 handset, just for decoration of course, and there is a wallpaper of that faceless British Guardsman available to download via Samsung Apps.

However just how much the Samsung Galaxy S3 premium edition Olympics inspired accessories pack commands isn’t know other than the Galaxy S3 British Guardsman back cover costs 299 Taiwan dollars, which is roughly 10 US bucks.

     

HTC Incredible S Review

HTC is without a doubt one of the leading lights that has made Android a success. The trouble with being in front, though, is that everybody is out to get you. You have to keep one eye on the competition, and one eye on making sure what you do constantly raises the stakes. This device in an wonderful device, with a bold look.

First Impressions

This thing looks a lot like an iPhone at first glance. It’s textured back plate feels oddly pleasant and not at all “cheap” as I had expected it might.

The 4 main function buttons are hidden from sight when the device is asleep and rather than being physical buttons they actually respond to touches.

Typing is easy in both portrait and landscape modes and the aforementioned buttons actually rotate to match the orientation which I thought was charming. Although the keyboard is not to my expectations, but still it’s very usable.

Responsiveness and Speed

This is easily one of the fastest and most responsive Android devices I have ever used. It’s actually comparable to a Samsung Galaxy S II, which here is over twice the price.

I have tested a variety of apps including those that are fairly physics-heavy without any noticeable lag and all around reasonable load times.

Battery

Although I have yet to truly put the battery through its paces, it is holding up surprisingly well. Charged to around 80% roughly 32 hours ago it is now sitting at 36% despite a fair amount of use over that time.

With many apps running in the background like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more, yet the device is still a battery saver.  Overall still it has very good battery life.

Display

At 4-inches, the screen on the Incredible S packs in a respectable 800×480 resolution – standard fare for this generation of smartphones. HTC call the technology used in their latest batch of phones “Super LCD” technology,

which is kinder on battery life than the traditional LCD displays of yesteryear. However, having used both up close, we can say that in terms of colour and contrast, Super LCD is no match for AMOLED, looking paler and more

washed out than the tech now featuring exclusively on Samsung handsets like the Galaxy S2.

Performance

The Incredible S has nearly identical specs when compared to the Desire HD, though it tends to score a bit lower in Quadrant, usually around 1400 (the Desire HD scored 1600).

Browsing the web was a solid experience on the Incredible S. Even on long web pages, we didn’t see any checker pattern, probably thanks to the large amount of RAM on the device. The device does not lag and has a smooth User Interface. This is due to all the power produced by the 1GHz Snapdragon chip.

Memory

Internal memory is a pitiful 1.1GB, however the HTC Incredible S does come with a 16GB microSD card so you aren’t likely to run out of space any time soon.

Wrap-up

Overall there’s nothing inherently wrong with the HTC Incredible S which offers a large screen, the great HTC Sense overlay, oodles of widgets, good battery life and a smart chassis design. The HTC Incredible S is a great phone. Marmite styling aside, it has perhaps the ideal screen size possible in a phone, and nice UI touches abound – its’ HTC at its best. Buttery smooth and predictable, it really makes Android look like a thing of beauty  and that’s no small achievement.

The only thing it lacks is a dual core processor. But other then that it a very good device to get your hand on it.

Appreciation

We would like to thank HTC Malaysia for loaning us this wonderful device. Also our sincere thanks to Ms. Hwei  and Mr.Pau from Roots Asia for helping us to get this device

Stay tuned for more phone reviews only on Crack Tech.

 

 

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1: VIDEO AD, 2GB RAM AND SMS CAPABILITY

Now that we have more information regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note II, what does the company have to show about its Note 10.1? The 10.1” version of Samsung’s Note device equipped with the company’s very own S Pen and a suite of apps for the stylus recently appeared in a short advertisement, which was uploaded onto YouTube. Currently removed, the video clip seems to be targeted at business users with a collection of versatile tools to simplify their daily tasks.

One of the features showed off is a multi-screen that allows several applications to be displayed on the screen at the same time. I.e. S Note will be located on the left side while the browser occupies the right; you can even grab things from the browser and place it into S Note and have Shape Match straighten up your S Pen doodles.

Specifications wise, Samsung isn’t going to disappoint its fans either, Note 10.1 is touted to come with as much as 2GB of RAM. According to a Korean website, The Brave Post who recently did an unboxing of the device, on top of all the other regular specs that confirms previous leaks, it’s written on the back of the box that it has a whopping 2GB of RAM. Don’t be too happy yet though, the Galaxy S3 also has a 2GB of RAM but only in the Japanese version so Samsung might repeat its history of only giving the premium units to selected countries. Another notable feature is SMS capability, further enhancing its productivity. Note II or Note 10.1, what’s your pick?