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HTC reveals One X and S with Snapdragon S4 CPU at MWC 2012

Get the HTC One X from AT&T or the One S from T-Mobile, but you will have to wait until at last April.

HTC just made its flagship superphone lineup, the HTC One, official at Mobile World Congress 2012.

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Although HTC CEO Peter Chou cheekily kicked things off by declaring, “I’ve never been so excited by a phone like HTC One,” he eventually revealed there are three siblings in this family: the One X, One S and One V.

HTC One X

Photos: A closer look at the HTC One X

AT&T will be carrying the 4G/LTE HTC One X with Qualcomm’s new dual-core, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with Krait architecture under the hood, in a polycarbonate body like the Nokia Lumia/N9. (According to AnandTech, the dual-core S4 would actually out-duel an identical device powered by the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU.) Contrary to earlier rumors published by various tech sites, only the HTC One V will be using the Tegra 3 processor.

HTC One S

The One S manages to cram everything its more high-end brother has into a 7.95mm thin, scratch resistant unibody design, albeit with a slightly smaller 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display. This is the model T-Mobile will be offering customers this Spring (see below, right). Not only will the One S be the sleekest phone in T-Mobile’s portfolio, it will also be among the fastest 4G (HSPA +42) phones available as it is capable of 42 Mbps that can be faster than some home broadband speeds.

Otherwise, all the HTC One brothers share the same DNA, including: (For a more detailed breakdown, check out Matthew Miller’s post.)

OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
UI: HTC Sense 4 with ImageSense

Wi-Fi Sync means you will be able to update your media content library automatically and wirelessly after hooking the phone up to a computer for the first transfer
Lock screen offers a shortcut to launch the camera quickly
Every HTC device with Sense 4 will get 25 GB of free storage from Dropbox for two-years
Audio: Beats Audio is integrated into all apps (games, music services like Pandora); AT&T will be carrying Beats Audio accessories beginning this Spring
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 lens and back illuminated sensor; 1080p HD video capable of 60 fps for slow motion videos

The One series’ camera actually offer some sophisticated features normally reserved for higher-end cameras. All three models allow users to take still photos while recording videos and during playback, with a fast 0.7 second shutter speed, a 0.2 second auto-focus, as well as auto-burst mode for continuous shots. Videos are also said to automatically remove jitters so they will look more sharp and focused. It’s hard to say whether the camera in these HTC phones will live up to its billing, but who would say no to a phone that happens to have a reliable camera embedded into it?

No exact price or release date for the HTC One X was announced at the press conference or by either carriers, but Chou did conclude the event by saying the One portfolio will launch globally starting in April, so HTC fans have some time to save up for this superphone.

Want your beer and wings faster? Order on the iPad, please

Pass the buffalo wings and the iPad.

IPads are popping up in the military, on car showfloors and at wineries and are now being tested out at customer tables by the Buffalo Wild Wings grill and bar chain.

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Nestled in a rugged case from integrator Hubworks, the 9.7-in. iPad is being tested for customers to make food and drink orders from their tables. They can also use the tablets to jump online to check out Facebook, Twitter and play interactive games.

The 830-store Buffalo Wild Wings chain is about to launch a second phase of the iPad pilot program at a Minneapolis location after working out technical kinks at a suburban Toronto site, said Tim Murphy, director of international business for the chain.

“Ultimately, we are trying to use the technology to enhance the customer experience,” he said in an interview. “People are familiar with iPads, iPhones and Android tablets, so this would enhance that.”

The chain hasn’t decided whether to combine purchasing from the device with purely entertainment uses, something it hopes to measure in its tests, Murphy said.

If the chain decides the device can be used for entertainment, it might sell advertising on the tablets, license popular games or even design custom-built games suited to its audience and brand, he said.

Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t expect the devices to replace waiters. Instead, if customers make their own orders, waiters will be freed up to interact more with their guests and promote food and drinks or the in-bar live trivia games, Murphy said.

Other companies make table-top ordering devices used by some other restaurant chains, but most are smaller devices and some are fixed to a spot on the table, Murphy noted. He said he evaluated products by Ziosk, which provides a table-top surface touchscreen, and E la Carte, which uses a Presto tablet with a 7-in. screen.

Hubworks has included a charging capability and credit card reader in the rugged case, and has enhanced battery efficiency so that a single unit can last up 12 to 15 hours before being placed in a charging dock, Murphy said. Hubworks minimized the power drain with a screensaver and other features.

The Hubworks case doesn’t cover the glass screen of the iPads, and waiters must wipe them down after every use to remove fingerprints. “We’ve not added a protective layer over the screen, but we’re evaluating if we need one,” Murphy said.

Hubworks sells each 8GB iPad with the case, a magnetic credit card reader slot and extended charging capability for $750; it also offers integration with point-of-sale systems selling its software as a service and charging licensing fees, said Aaron Gabriel, vice president of sales and marketing and co-founder of Hubworks Interactive. Units can be mounted to tables, but Buffalo Wild Wings has included an RFID security system to keep the devices from being stolen, he said.

Murphy said that there were complications integrating the iPad with its existing point-of-sales system, so the chain may simply have customers order their wings and drinks through a Web-based ordering system already in place. That system is used by customers who order food for pick-up.

Depending on how the trials go, Hubworks believes restaurants could offer more functions, including video chat using the newer iPad 2 at each table.

Why the iPad?P Partly because the device is well-known and larger than others on the market, Murphy said. Plus, many customers come to the sports bars in groups and stay for several hours at a time.

In the first test, while men in a group typically watched a football or hockey game, women in the group would pick up the iPad and launch Facebook, Murphy said. “We have a very captive audience with good sales volume in our restaurants, so we view this iPad as a way for customers to stay connected socially and not have to use their own device.”

If the device cuts costs through advertising or offers greater restaurant efficiencies, so much the better. Those factors will be among those Buffalo Wild Wings evaluates.

“We have a lot to work out,” Murphy added. “Nobody knows where this is heading.”

Next-gen Apple TV gets J33 codename

The next generation of Apple TV appears to be moving closer to reality.

Hints of the much-rumored product appeared today in a new beta of iOS 5.1 given to developers. As 9to5Mac notes, as products move closer to release, Apple gives them a codename, such as N94 for the latest iPhone. In this case, the blog found notes in the string code that refer to the next version of Apple TV as J33.
Apple’s current Apple TV model is a bit long in the tooth when it comes to processing power. The small set-top box sports an A4 processor, which Apple has since replaced in devices such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S with the dual-core A5.

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9to5Mac suggests the A5 could churn out something better than the 720p video at which the current Apple TV tops out. Apple’s latest iPhone has a 1080p video output.

Amazon recently updated its listing for the current Apple TV, redesignating it as the “(2010)” version of the product. By comparison, Amazon lists the most up-to-date version of other Apple products, such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, as the “(NEWEST VERSION),” suggesting that the 2010 label could be a precursor to it being outdated by something newer.

Apple ‘fires employee’ for critical Facebook posting: Were they right to?

A UK employment tribunal reportedly upheld the sacking firing of an Apple retail store employee, who posted negative comments about the stores on the social network Facebook.

A supposed ‘friend’ showed the post to the store manager, who subsequently let the hapless employee go. Despite posting the negative comment as ‘private’, the employee appealed to an employment tribunal after being sacked for “gross misconduct”.

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But was Apple in the right, or should it have issued a stern warning? It’s ‘this old chestnut’ once again.

The Cupertino-based company has a series of serious brands to maintain, and clearly employees put their hearts and souls into maintaining that image. The brand, arguably, is what makes Apple what it is — a global giant for which tens, if not hundreds of millions around the world have utter adoration for.

But the company has strict social media rules to protect its commercial reputation, and forbids the posting of any negative comments on any social media site or social network.

According to the initial report, Apple “made it absolutely plain throughout the induction process that commentary on Apple products, or critical remarks about the brand, were strictly prohibited”.

The UK employment tribunal, according to CNET, upheld the firing because it ruled that posting even a seemingly private comment “does not give privacy protection”, therefore, “Apple successfully

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If this is the case, then any communication, whether verbal, written or electronically published, could be seen as ‘not private’, breaking the rules

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wide open for potential abuse by employers.

Companies can often be left in difficult territory when social media rules are not defined. A recent Cisco study suggests that amongst the Generation Y, two-thirds of college students will ask about social media policies during a job interview, with over half not accepting a job that bans social media in the workplace.

Social media is a tricky one to control. Anybody could copy and paste, and then tag — or not, if one were to be clandestine about it — and repost a comment; something which in itself leads to the spread of viral activity.

Many have been caught out by social media, particularly when it comes down to commenting on their jobs or colleagues. It was only during the summer where the U.S. National Labor Relations Board had to contend with a series of cases where employees were fired over Facebook.

But the rules between the U.S. and the UK are different. Had this case presented itself in ‘the land of the free’, perhaps the outcome would have been different. A settlement earlier

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this year led to a ruling whereby employees could not be disciplined by their employers over the content they post on Facebook.

For younger people, however, the divide between a ‘personal Facebook’ and a ‘work Facebook’ is yet to be differentiated. Ultimately, company policies need to be put in place to ensure that all employees are not only aware of social media risks, but also the brands they represent inside and outside of the workplace.

After the iPhone 4S, Android just feels wrong

Like I usually do when new gadgets hit the tool kit, I have been using only the iPhone 4S for the past few days. I still have my Nexus S 4G Android phone running the current version of Gingerbread, but it remained on the charger while I carried the new iPhone everywhere. Last night I decided it was time to pick up the Nexus and get reacquainted with the phone that has served me well. It didn’t take me long to realize that after using the smooth, polished iPhone 4S that Android just feels wrong.

 

This realization hit me hard, as I found that as I used the Nexus, a phone I absolutely love, the user experience was jangling my nerves. The inconsistencies in the interface between apps and the occasional lag doing simple things like scrolling in windows just screamed at me. I hadn’t really noticed it before, but after using the iPhone these things jump out

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Don’t get me wrong, the Android Gingerbread interface isn’t bad, it’s just not always smooth. In just a few days with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 I had come to expect operation to be fluid and consistent system-wide. That’s just not the case with Android, and every little interruption in smooth operation now accumulates into a feeling of frustration as I use the phone.

The biggest area of discontent is in web browsing, one of the primary things I do with a smartphone. I have long found stock Android browsers to be lacking, not in a major way but in fluid operation. That never bothered me as the strength of Android is the number of apps available, and third party browsers stepped in and served my needs just fine. Or so I thought.

After the totally flawless operation of Mobile Safari on the iPhone 4S, I realize that the browsing experience in Android just falls short. Sometimes pages stutter while loading, other times a page doesn’t load at all. Hitting the X to stop a stalled page and then refreshing the page to get the browser to load the page was something I had gotten used to doing to make it work. Now that seems like a jarring interruption to what I now know can be a fluid experience. And don’t get me started on pinching to zoom in or out on web pages and how terrible that is on Android compared to iOS.

The lack of fluid operation in Android may be due to the OS, or perhaps it is hardware related. It might be due to better apps on the iPhone, or tighter control by Apple over them. I really don’t care as a user, I want the best user experience I can get. The good one delivered by the iPhone 4S makes it clear to me how wanting the Android experience actually is. It just feels wrong.

Samsung sells 30M Galaxy S phones, gets no respect

Apple isn’t the only company touting strong smartphone sales today.

Samsung announced this morning that it has sold 30 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones worldwide since the line’s launch in 2010. According to the company, it has sold nearly 20 million Galaxy S units, making that handset the fastest-selling smartphone it has ever launched. Sales of the Galaxy S II have reached more than 10 million since its launch earlier this year, the company said.

Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy S II are two of the more impressive Android-based smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S 4G, for example, earned four stars out of five from CNET’s reviews team. CNET’s Bonnie Cha, who reviewed the handset, called the device “fantastic.” It was a similar story for the Galaxy S II, which Cha also gave four stars, calling it one of the market’s top Android smartphones.

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But even with all that and their sales success, the devices are still in the shadow of Apple’s

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After Samsung announced Galaxy S sales today, Apple said that it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units over the weekend, shattering the sales record held by the iPhone 4 when 1.7 million units of that device were sold during its first weekend of availability. That news comes just a few months after Apple announced that it sold more than 20 million iPhone units in the three-month period ended June 25.

However, at least in Japan and Australia, Samsung is trying to stop Apple’s iPhone 4S sales from going any higher. The company today filed injunction requests in Japan and Australia, arguing that Apple’s new handset violates patents it holds related to wireless technology and user-interface designs. So far, Apple has not responded to those lawsuits.

After Samsung announced Galaxy S sales today, Apple said that it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units over the weekend, shattering the sales record held by the iPhone 4 when 1.7 million units of that device were sold during its first weekend of availability. That news comes just a few months after Apple announced that it sold more than 20 million iPhone units in the three-month period ended June 25.

However, at least in Japan and Australia, Samsung is trying to stop Apple’s iPhone 4S sales from going any higher. The company today filed injunction requests in Japan and Australia, arguing that Apple’s new handset violates patents it holds related to wireless technology and user-interface designs. So far, Apple has not responded to those lawsuits.

iPad 3 going into production for early 2012 launch?

When will the iPad 2 be replaced?

Even as the iPhone 4S is just hitting store shelves today, Apple is hard at work on future product launches, a new report claims.

According to All Things Digital, which spoke with Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, Apple is sending the iPad 3 into production this quarter. Fidacaro told All Things Digital that he didn’t know exactly how many iPad 3s Apple has ordered, but based on his “supply chain checks,” he believes 600,000 to 1 million iPad 3 units will be built this quarter.

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Fidacaro’s claims are notable. As he told All Things Digital, Apple was supposed to produce between 11 million and 13 million iPads during the fourth quarter. Now, that range stands at 12 million to 14 million.

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Of course, for consumers, the big question is when the iPad 3 will launch. Fidacaro would only commit to early 2012, which falls in line with Apple’s past plans. Earlier this year, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company unveiled the iPad 2 in March.

However, not everyone is so quick to agree with the idea that Apple will launch the iPad 3 in early 2012. In August, The Linley Group, which follows the mobile processor industry, said that Apple is likely to bring the “A6” processor to the iPad 3. That processor will feature four cores instead of the dual-core A5 in the iPad 2. However, the Group said, it doesn’t expect the A6 to be available

in the iPad 3 until June 2012, at the earliest.

Of course, the only stakeholder that knows for sure is Apple. And as one might expect, the company has so far been unwilling to comment on the iPad 3. It also did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment on the All Things Digital report

iPhone 5 gossip floods internet

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This Paul McCartney song, My Best Friend, best describes the prolonged wait for the much anticipated launch of Apple’s new iphone 5. It has been almost a year since the wait began and it has been spawning all kinds of sites with names that have iphone5 in it.

This is in the hope that the surfeit of curiosity about all things iPhone 5 – just an extension of the hunger for all news Apple – would translate into some revenue for each of those sites.

A casual key search of iPhone 5 throws 2,360,000,000 results of which the first few pages are links to sites speculating on iPhone 5 with artist’s imagination and consumer craziness and geek boyish churlishness thrown in equal measure.

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Of course this would mean bad news for another persistent rumor, Wauters notes: that iPhone 5 will run on LTE networks.

 

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And yet …

iPhone 5 with LTE rumor persists.

A site called iPhone5Release.org apparently didn’t read Wauters. It picked up on last week’s “evidence” by some iOS developers sifting through the latest beta release of iOS 5, finding references there to LTE.

The post urges readers to “sit tight and keep your fingers crossed that Apple does decide to include support for the incredibly fast 4G LTE networks in the upcoming iPhone 5 handset.”

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Sprint will finally offer the iPhone, and it will be iPhone 5.

Sprint will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter.”

REPORT: Sprint will get the iPhone 5 in October

That’s in keeping with the AT&T-related rumor regarding iPhone 5 availability. It also indicates, the Journal says, that iPhone 5 will be “too late to contribute to sales in Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in September.” Not that Apple, which has been reporting record revenues and profits quarter after quarter, will be much affected by that delay.

As the Journal notes, “Landing the iPhone is a big win for Sprint, whose results have suffered without being able to sell the trend-setting device.” The iPhone has driven AT&T sales since it was introduced in 2007 and Verizon Wireless began selling iPhone 4 in February 2011.

Sprint itself is convinced that the lack of an iPhone offering has been hurtful. “In the second quarter, Sprint blamed a decline in its contract subscribers on more pronounced ‘competitive headwinds,’ most prominently, ‘the first full quarter both major competitors offered the iPhone,'” the Journal says. The carrier reportedly will also be offering the iPhone 4, according to one source.

And it’s coming to T-Mobile T-oo!

A site called MacTrast claims, based on a “contact within T-Mobile who claims to have been briefed on the matter,” that T-Mobile also will be selling the iPhone 5 and it will run at 3G speeds on what T-Mobile claims is its nationwide “4G” network.

According to MacTrast, unlocked iPhone models are limited to the 2G T-Mobile connections today.

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The Innovation Bracket

ROUND 2, MATCH 5: Marc Andreessen showed that his legacy could not be bought out like Cisco acquires companies. He defeated Chambers with 64% of the vote. John Chambers got byEd Whitacre in the first round with 70% of the vote. Andreessen had little trouble with Red Hat’s Matthew Szulik by garnering 86% of the vote.

 

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ROUND 2, MATCHUP 4: Apparently two against one is still not enough as Tim Berners-Lee garnered 81% of the vote in taking down Google’s kings. When you are the creator of the World Wide Web I suppose opponents need to gang up on you.  Berners-Lee creamed his first round opponent, HP’s Leo Apotheker, who garnered no votes. Page and Brin got a battle from former VMware head Diane Greene, but prevailed with 65% of the vote.

ROUND 2, MATCHUP 3: It appears Ray Ozzie is selected for his innovative prowess and not because people just don’t like Steve Ballmer. It was neck and neck with Yahoo’s Jerry Yang until the very end when Ozzie pulled away with 60% of the vote.

ROUND 2, MATCHUP 2: The open source world came in with full force to see Linus Torvalds off to the quarterfinals with more than 75% of the vote to defeat Google’s Eric Schmidt. Both competitors had little problems getting by their first round opponents as Torvalds took down Mark Hurd, adding to his disastrous year. Schmidt had little trouble with Meg Whitman in giving her another defeat to match her gubernatorial loss in California.

ROUND 2: In what can only be thought of as a gigantic upset to the casual fan, Vint Cerf took out the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates. The father of the Internet vs. the father of the monopolistic company that set out to rule the technology world. Vint Cerf took out Scott Kriens in the first round and looks to do the same with Gates as some believe Microsoft wouldn’t be anywhere without the Internet. But if not for the antitrust suit, maybe Microsoft would have gone after the Internet too.

MATCHUP 16: In less than 140 characters, the voters easily told Biz Stone that he doesn’t quite measure up to Lou Gerstner. Gerstner saw to it that even though IBM faded in the PC market, it remained relevant with Big Blue’s mainframes. Biz Stone had plenty of naysayers when Twitter was rolled out. What can you say in 140 characters, many asked. Perhaps riding the coattails of Facebook, Twitter became an integral part of social networking to the point of now saying it has 105 million users.

MATCHUP 15: In what was a shocker in this social networking world, Paul Otellini knocked off the social networking king Mark Zuckerberg. This was one of Zuckerberg’s rare losses this year after earning, $19.8 billion, was named this year as Time’s Person of the Year and has his own comic book. Otellini has led Intel through a constant battle with AMD, as each tries to position themselves to be king of the processors. Last month Otellini outlined Intel’s shift in an attempt to stay ahead of competitors.

MATCHUP 14: Apparently voters like Apple’s over Dell computers. Steve Wozniak garnered 71% of the vote to knock off Dell CEO Michael Dell. Dell does not fear the gigantic shift to smartphones as central processing devices. Instead he believes there is a time and a place for smartphones and desktops to play harmoniously thanks to the cloud. He believes that each user will have many devices, each geared for a specific task. Wozniak recently flopped when he took out his dancing frustrations on the “Dancing with the Stars” judges. But aside from that failed attempt, Wozniak’s main claim to fame was his partnership with Steve Jobs in starting up Apple.

MATCHUP 13: In admitting he would be the first one in line to get a new iPad 2, Miguel de Icaza pretty much talked his way out of his contest against Steve Jobs in a 70% to 30% defeat. Jobs and Apple have pretty much re-revoluntionized PCs as well as portable music players, smartphones and now tablets. It was no coincidence that Apple’s resurgence came when Jobs got back into the day-to-day operations. De Icaza, who has been prominent in the open source world since creating GNOME, seems to care at least as much about usability as he does the principles behind the free software movement. De Icaza gets his share of criticism because of his occasional support for Microsoft software and other proprietary projects, but he says that, in some cases, usability should trump openness.

MATCHUP 12: Larry Ellison squeaked past Randall Stephenson 65% to 35%. Stephenson’s most recent public bout has been with Congress, as he argues for the approval of AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile. He joined Southwestern Bell in 1982, rose up through the ranks, and in 2007 was named CEO to succeed Ed Whitacre. Oracle’s Larry Ellison has been consistently deemed the bad boy of the tech industry for his lavish lifestyle and blunt, in your face persona. He consistently ranks among the highest-paid tech CEOs and 2010 was no exception. He raked in $70.1 million, which is 17% less than the $84.5 million he netted in 2009 but still enough to top all the other pay packages we examined.

MATCHUP 11:In what is the closest result so far, Scott McNealy edged out Joe Tucci 60% to 40%.  EMC’s performance in 2010 was the “best in company history,” said Joe Tucci, who saw his own compensation climb 37% during the same timeframe. The straight-shooting Tucci has been recrafting EMC into one of the industry’s megaplayers. He has expanded EMC beyond enterprise storage into a systems management company, as demonstrated by his smart, hands-off approach to the ever more-successful VMware and his acquisition of network management vendor Smarts. Despite his quiet public life since he left Oracle after Sun was bought, his body of work at Sun pulled him through to victory.

MATCHUP 10: Marc Andreessen’s trail of success in starting up companies that provide an impact to the industry got him the victory over Red Hat’s Matthew Szulik. Andreessen co-founded Netscape with Jim Clark in 1994 to market Andreessen’s creation, the Netscape web browser. Overnight, the young Andreessen was a tech superstar. After public scrapes with Microsoft, Netscape was bought by AOL in 1999 for $4.2 billion. Szulik had his first exposure to freeware, or open source software, when living in Cambridge and attending several lectures by Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement and author of the GNU Public License. Szulik became CEO of Red Hat in 1999, shortly after the company went public. He was relieved of his CEO duties in 2007.

MATCHUP 9: As we head into the second half of the first round, Cisco CEO John Chambers garnered 70% of the vote in defeating Ed Whitacre. During Chambers’ time at the helm, Cisco has grown into many markets, which has left the company vulnerable to criticism that it is stretching itself too thin. He has recently talked of refocusing the company. Back in 1999, SBC CEO Whitacre was called “one of the savviest leaders in this new age of networks and one of the toughest competitors in the business.” He saw the buyout of AT&T in 2005 and retired in 2007.

MATCHUP 8: Diane Greene was the figurehead for the fledgling VMware as it grew into the market, highlighted by a buyout by EMC. She put up a good fight against Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin but fell to the dynamic duo 65% to 35%. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the next generation of college students who turned an idea into a mega billion dollar enterprise, taking the baton from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Page recently took over as CEO  in hopes of taking Google to the next level.  PC World named them one of the top 50 visionaries.

MATCHUP 7: Tim Berners-Lee wiped the floor with Leo Apotheker as the HP boss garnered no votes. Berners-Lee watches as the Web will officially hit adulthood this coming Christmas, which will mark 21 years since the computer scientist first initiated communications between an HTTP client and a Web server. Apotheker came into an unstable situation at HP when he took over as CEO. With Mark Hurd’s departure for questionable activity, Apotheker has been a calming influence. Hurd should be given credit for turning HP around and so the pressure is on Apotheker to keep that momentum going.  When it comes to the server market, Apotheker isn’t shy about assessing Cisco’s prospects, saying John Chambers and company are neither a threat nor an annoyance: HP simply doesn’t see Cisco in sales situations.

MATCHUP 6: The voters found the power of search more important than the power of protection in picking Yahoo’s Jerry Yang over Symantec’s John Thompson. During Thompson’s 10-year tenure, he led the firm beyond a consumer-focused antivirus company through a broader enterprise-security strategy that entailed acquiring storage, management and security firms to expand Symantec’s portfolio and customer base. The jury is still out on whether Yahoo’s rejection of a deal with Microsoft was a good business move a few years ago. Yang was at the forefront and despite calls for his dismissal after the deal fell through, he remains at the helm.

MATCHUP 5: In what was a stunner to only those outside the tech industry, Ray Ozzie easily took down Steve Ballmer, who garnered only 10% of the votes. It has long been thought that Ballmer was not a technology innovator but just Bill Gates’ righthand man. And it seems the votes bear this out. Ozzie created Lotus Notes and in an an extensive interview with Network World’s Paul McNamara, Ozzie comes off as a more candid type than one typically encounters in the upper echelons of the business world. While Ballmer has been called “monkey boy” because of his on stage antics.

MATCHUP 4: Like in the race for governor in California, Meg Whitman had a good showing but didn’t quite muster enough support for the win. Eric Schmidt’s greatest career move ever vaulted him into the win.

MATCHUP 3: Linux golden boy Linus Torvalds crushed Oracle/HP bad boy Mark Hurd. Hurd collected only two votes (must have been his vote and boss Larry Ellison) in going down in a crushing defeat. He is perhaps best known for his scandalous departure from HP, amid alleged accusations of sexual and expense-report misconduct. Torvalds, on the other hand, is the beloved creator of the Linux kernel and the buck-stops-here caretaker of the Linux kernel. Torvalds is known for his dry wit, programming brilliance and, like Hurd, his ego. According to the many writings on the man, he once began a speaking engagement by pronouncing, “My name is Linus, and I am your God.”

4G faceoff: ThunderBolt vs. Galaxy

T-Mobile claims in its marketing information that the Galaxy S 4G is theoretically capable of reaching the speed of 21Mbps for downloads. This level of throughput does not seem to be available in the real world, even when we tested the device in a location recommended by T-Mobile as having extremely fast 4G service.

 

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While measuring actual download speeds on mobile devices is fairly meaningless since there are so many variables that can affect any user, on any device at any location at any time, there did not seem to be any indication that the speeds suggested by T-Mobile were actually available.

However, the device does have a full set of other features, including T-Mobile’s WiFi calling that allows you to make voice calls using a WiFi hotspot – something can be very useful inside buildings, outside the reach of T-Mobile’s network or in countries outside the U.S. where roaming charges can be significant.

The Galaxy S 4G will also work as a mobile WiFi hotspot supporting up to five devices. Using this hotspot capability provided noticeably better throughput than you’d otherwise find in most public hotspots, provided you’re in an area with good T-Mobile data coverage.

The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G is smaller and lighter than many similar Android phones. It weighs a little over 4 ounces, and it’s less than a half-inch thick. The Galaxy S 4G comes with a number of bandwidth intensive apps installed as well as a copy of the film “Inception.” T-Mobile provides a high definition television service and you can access other video services as well. The phone was easy to use, as you’d expect from a modern Android device. You can show the full set of applications by swiping your finger sideways.

The only significant shortcoming worth mentioning is the lack of a flash for the rear-facing camera. Other versions of the Galaxy S have a flash, but for some reason T-Mobile chose to leave it off of this device. Other than that, the keyboard was easy to type on, considering it’s an on-screen keyboard. There seemed to be a delay when you rotated the phone from portrait to landscape mode while typing, and in two tries the rotation of the keyboard caused the phone to exit the application. However the data previously typed wasn’t lost when you returned to it.

Besides those relatively minor concerns, there are two other issues that prospective buyers must take into consideration. The first is T-Mobile’s relatively scant coverage in the U.S. It’s easy to find yourself without coverage even in some fairly urban areas. In addition, T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, has agreed to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T, which could affect the current 4G service as AT&T changes over to LTE from its existing HSPA+ network.
Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt

The HTC ThunderBolt is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless. It joins a collection of other 4G devices, including a mobile hotspot and a laptop aircard, which were released several months ago. As long as Verizon’s 4G LTE service was available, this smartphone performed well. However it is noticeably larger and bulkier than the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. Part of the reason is certainly the larger 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen.

Google Earth for Android fragments into Phone and Tablet optimized versions

Google Earth for Android has been available for just over a year, giving mobile users an on-the-go access to the 3D mapping software previously only available for full desktop operating systems.

With an update to Google Earth for Android that rolled out on Thursday, Google unveiled a version of the software optimized for Android tablets running Honeycomb (Android 3.0) in addition to the existant version for smartphones running 2.1 and up.

 

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“Tablet users…can now enjoy a new Google Earth experience optimized for the large screen. With a new action bar, you can get easy access to search, reset-to-north, my location, and layers. Also, you can now explore the same photo-realistic 3D buildings that have previously only been accessible with the desktop version of Google Earth,” the software’s release notes said on Thursday.

Google Earth for Android

The arrival of new Google branded Apps for Honeycomb is very promising, since the new tablet-centric Android branch has been ciriticized for launching with too few optimized apps, and Google’s services are truly the glue that held the Android experience together when it was first getting started more than two years ago.

Contract Phones Provides You With a Secure Phone Connection

Communication is a basic part of our life which help us to stay connected with one another. Now-a-days communication process is facilitated easily by the medium of mobile phones even among the people who reside in distant places. Each one of us possess a mobile phone and it seems that without possessing one would make our life cut off from the rest of the world. Mobile phones at present not only work as a communication device but it also works as a multitasking gadget featuring various technically advanced applications. In the global mobile arena numerous mobile networking stations offer several tariff plans with different set of schemes and phone deals and thus facilitate the consumers to purchase their desired handset at cost effective price.

 


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Consumers have a lot of choices of deals in the market through which they can purchase their favourite mobile handset. These are contract deals, Pay as you go deals, SIM free deals and SIM only deals. All these deals are provided by the eminent UK mobile network retailers such as Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Verizon, T Mobile, Three Mobile, O2 and Orange. Consumers are also offered various alluring free gifts by the network providers along with their deals in order to increase their customers’ base and thus increase sales of their brand. Among all the phone deals contract mobile phone deals are considered as the most beneficial deals for the mobile users. This deals is mostly preferred by the people who want to enjoy a stable and a long lasting mobile connection.

Contract phones include mobile handsets manufactured by all the major mobile makers like Nokia Mobile Phones, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC, Motorola, BlackBerry, Apple phones etc in the UK market. Consumers are offered contract deals on all these devices with their choice of networks. Contract deals let the users to buy the latest handset at a cheap rate. Users are obliged to take up a contract of a particular network provider of which they want to enjoy the services. This contract may vary from 12 months to 36 months. The only drawback of the contract deals is that users under these deals can’t switch to other network until the completion of the contract period. However, users are also offered some added advantages of free gifts and services and thus make it more worthy for them to buy the deal.

Sen. Franken Quizzes Steve Jobs On iPhone Tracking

After Wednesday’s revelation that iPhones have been storing location data since iOS 4.0, now it’s time for the fallout. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was concerned enough about it to send Apple a letter, asking how and why this happened.

In the letter (full text here), Franken wants to know why Apple collected and compiled this data, why it wasn’t encrypted, whether it’s compiled on laptops, how it’s generated, how frequently the location data is recorded, how precise it is, who’s using the data and why consumers weren’t told about it.

 

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Adding to this congressional inquiry was Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is co-chairman of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus. He wrote his own letter to Apple, asking “Is it an iPhone or an iTrack? Apple needs to safeguard the personal location information to ensure that an iPhone doesn’t become an iTrack.”

Why did Apple do this? Respected Apple watcher John Gruber writes in his Daring Fireball blog that he doesn’t have a definitive answer, but says he has some insider information about the location tracking on the iPhone, calling it “an oversight” on the part of Apple:

“…my little-birdie-informed understanding is that consolidated.db acts as a cache for location data, and that historical data should be getting culled but isn’t, either due to a bug or, more likely, an oversight. I.e. someone wrote the code to cache location data but never wrote code to cull non-recent entries from the cache, so that a database that’s meant to serve as a cache of your recent location data is instead a persistent log of your location history. I’d wager this gets fixed in the next iOS update.”

Apple still hasn’t commented about that location-tracking consolidated.db file.

There is a fix for the problem now, but only if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone. An app called Untrackerd made a surprisingly quick appearance on Cydia, the app store for jailbroken iPhones, and according to 9 to 5 Mac, will remove that location data and prevent more from being recorded.

Meanwhile, tech guru Andy Ihnatko downplayed the damage done by the tracking file, pointing out that it’s not storing GPS data, but less-precise cellphone tower triangulation data that only reveals “that you were in a certain vicinity.” He adds that the consolidated.db file is inaccessible unless someone possess both your iPhone and your computer. Finally, he says it’s “a non-issue if you’ve clicked the ‘Encrypt iPhone Backup’ option in iTunes.”

We’re expecting to see a response from Apple soon, and we’re hoping for a fix (that doesn’t require jailbreaking) that will give users the ability to turn off this tracking and delete its data.

Every iPhone 5 Release Rumor in One Place

Like clockwork, Reuters has added to the tally of fifth-generation iPhone rumors. Citing three anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain,” Reuters claims Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone will have a faster processor, and begin shipping in September.

That means mass production of the phone would have to start no later than August, with an announcement likely to come at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

 

 

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(By the way, Reuters is fast becoming a regular contributor to the Apple rumor mill; recently it has weighed in on the white iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad 3.)

Reuters’ report is the latest in a series of rumors about the release date of Apple’s next iPhone. Most rumors about the fifth-generation iPhone have focused on when the official announcement and launch date will be, which may face delays caused by the Japanese crisis.

In case you haven’t been paying close attention, here’s every what various sources have reported about fifth-generation iPhone in the last few months:

On Monday, an analyst from Concord Securities told investors he had heard from unnamed suppliers that the fifth-generation iPhone will only start mass production in September, and come equipped with a faster A5 processor, improved antenna, 8-megapixel rear camera, and Qualcomm baseband. A week before that, Avian Securities also told its investors that Apple won’t begin production until September, pushing back an iPhone 5 launch date to the end of 2011 or early 2012.

From Asia, Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes added a fresh angle, citing anonymous touch panel suppliers who claimed that Apple won’t release the fifth-generation iPhone this summer because demand for the iPhone 4 has been too strong. Parts shipments have also remained constant, and Apple hasn’t given manufacturers a timeframe for when production of the iPhone 4 will wind down.

Meanwhile South Korea-based ETNews reported last week that unnamed “industry officials” had “confirmed” a June release date for the iPhone, with South Korean carriers KT and SK Telecom starting sales by the end of June.

At the end of March, Japanese-language blog Macotakara.jp reported that Apple was pushing the fifth-generation iPhone release to the fall due to delays caused by the earthquake.

As for the older rumors, Forbes reported last month that Apple will enable mobile payments by embedding near-field communications technology in the fifth-generation iPhone. Then there’s another batch of reports claiming the fifth-generation iPhone will come with an 8-megapixel camera supplied by Sony, which recently made CEO Howard Stringer roll his eyes.

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