Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

The BlackBerry N-Series has been more elusive than the L-Series. We haven’t quite seen so many leaks for the device. We did capture its first glimpse as a render in a promotional video.

Since then, we’ve only been given a Mr. Blurry Cam look at the back-side and front of the N-Series. Furthermore, we’ve learned the final production name for the N-Series might be BlackBerry X10.

Nonetheless, take a gander at these new clear photos of the X10. We finally see how the screen proportions look with icon rows. What do you think of the BlackBerry X10?


Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

Exclusive: BlackBerry X10 (N-Series) Clear Photos

SOURCE– Here

HTC Touch HD2 – The Wolverine of snartphones

The Mighty Mouse of devices, yep the HTC Touch HD 2 refuses to die. Launched in October 2009, this big boy has been successfully running all the operating systems that you can’t even think of. Launched with Windows Mobile 6.5 , this phone has run Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.8 , Android (all versions up to Jelly Bean), Ubuntu, Linux’es(including BT5) and MeeGo of all things. There is a new entry to the list, the Windows RT !

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla has a long track record of doing extraordinary things with Windows devices, and the HD2 is
no exception. After teasing the developer world with what he called a “proof of concept” of getting Windows Phone 8 installed and running on the HD2, he released
the first images of the device running Windows RT. While he hasn’t released any more details as to the full status of the project, the image gallery below should give
anyone who owns the HD2 butterflies of excitement. After viewing the images, you can
stop by the discussion thread to follow along with updates as Cotulla provides them.

And for those wondering why it is the HTC HD2 continues to live and breathe over 3 years after it’s release, it is because the device is completely wide open thanks to
HTC’s old philosophy. They have since gone away from that, which would account for part of their meteoric slide in sales and relevance. When developers can do anything and everything they desire to a device, we get gems like this one. When they can’t, they stop recommending the manufacturer and people stop buying.
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New GTA V screenshots show sharks, submarines and pets.

The screens were posted on the Rockstar site under the headline “Happy Holidays — Enjoy”. So it’s not giving us much to go on. But still, who needs explanations when you’ve got sharks, planes, Rottweilers and more? Click through for the full gallery.

The game looks to be typically gangsterish, with a mean-looking man in a car, and an even meaner dog in the passenger seat. It also looks like water will play a bigger part than in previous games, seeing as one of the shots shows a mini submarine. And what’s that lurking below the surface in another? Why it’s a massive shark of course, eyeing up a particularly tasty-looking diver. So don’t expect the action to let up just because you’re underwater.

Series creator Dan Houser has said previously that this will be the biggest Grand Theft Auto to date, with the map being bigger than Red Dead RedemptionGTA San Andreas and GTA 4 combined. And that’s all so we can do more flying. What looks like a commercial airliner is pictured alongside a fighter jet, with an airship in the background, so we could potentially take control of all three. Imagine the possibilities.

The final picture sees some pretty bad-looking dudes standing in front of a car at night. One of them is on the phone, and from his expression, it doesn’t look like he’s ordering a pizza.

Rockstar revealed the second trailer for GTA 5 last month, a full year on from the first.

GTA 5 Screenshots

Submarines!
What next Rockstar? Can we expect Space Stations??

GTA 5 Screenshots

SHARKS!!!

Jumbo jet in Grand Theft Auto 5

A Jumbo Jet – Surely GTA 5 will take Gaming to the next level {Did you notice the Airship behind?}

Grand Theft Auto 5

Did you notice on who’s sitting with the driver ?

GTA 5 poster

GTA 5 poster

Grand Theft Auto 5

The Cars and environment look much better and polished, the game will surely take the juice out of our rigs.

Grand Theft Auto 5

With such a big map we can expect Heli’s, Jumbo Jets, Fighter Jets and not to forget Submarines too.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5

Fighter Jet 😀

The HTC Desire X- The ‘not-that-smart’phone

White Desire X

Hands down, theWhite HTC Desire X looks much better than Black One(No Racism)

The HTC Desire X forces its way between the low-end Desire C and the mid-level One V. Safe to say that the Desire X is One V repacked with a dual core. The main difference from the One V it seems is the design, with the HTC Desire X sporting a look and feel which owners of the flagship HTC One X will be familiar with, however the polycarbonate unibody is out, in favour of a rubberised plastic back which you can peel off very easily.

HTC Desire X

The phone does feel elegant, even though it is a finger-print magnet

On the front of the Desire X you find the 4-inch, Super LCD display with three touch buttons below it, back, home and multi-tasking, which tells you this handset is packing Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – but you won’t find a front-facing camera here.  There’s also a distinctive looking brushed aluminium plate around the camera lens and LED flash, which doesn’t appear to serve any purpose other than making it look a bit difference.

The 4-inch LCD screen is nice and bright, and fairly sharp too with a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels. But the glass covering sits a little uncomfortably within the casing, and it nestles slightly below the surround, which feels a bit awkward. The screen isn’t as sensitive as it could be either, and uncharacteristically for HTC, we found ourselves having to make more repeat presses than we’d like.

It’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — still fairly rare for a fresh midrange handset. It also has the 4.1 version of HTC’s Sense user interface, which is as slick and fulsome as we’ve come to expect.

HTC Desire X

The comparion- ‘Baap aur Beta :D’

There’s a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon processor on board, backed by 768MB RAM, which isn’t bad for this price range. It benchmarked a performance score of 4,969 with AnTuTu, which puts it a nudge in front of Samsung’s Galaxy Beam but behind the Huawei Ascend P1. In practise, there were occasional signs of lag when opening new apps, especially when you have a few open already.

The Camera quality is good for a regular user.

The Camera quality is good for a regular user.

Music and movie playback gets a bit of help from Beats Audio processing technology, which boosts your volume and your bass — fine if you like that sort of thing, but if you don’t you can always disable it. This is a stripped-down version of the technology, with no graphic equaliser, and you won’t find any Beats Audio headphones in the box either.

The 5-megapixel camera is standard at this price point, but this one has a few extras borrowed from its more expensive brother. There’s a BSI (Backside Illuminated) sensor that helps with low-light snaps as well as an f2.0 aperture, which should let in a bit more light. It has autofocus, as well as a burst mode which can take up to 30 quick-fire snaps in a row if you hold the shutter button down for long enough. And the features keep coming, with face detection and auto smile capture, plus HDR to help with high-contrast shots and a panorama mode. You can also take snaps while you’re in the middle of filming video.

The Camera of HTC Desire X

The Camera of HTC Desire X

Speaking of video, recording drops to WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels), so it’s certainly not HD, though the fact that it records at 30fps means it looks pretty good. Picture quality overall is only so-so though, with a lack of detail in many snaps.

The battery held up fairly well, all told, delivering a little over a day of fairly heavy use.

HTC Desire X

HTC Desire X, the three touch sensitive buttons

Conclusion
The HTC Desire X is a perfectly decent midrange handset but is let down by its insensitive screen and it doesn’t really do a lot to distinguish itself from rivals in this space, like the Sony Xperia Sola, Galaxy Ace 2, Sony Xperia P or Orange San Diego. It is better to opt for Xperia P by stretching your pocket a bit.

For– Dual Core, 768 MB RAM, Snappier User Interface, Usabilty, Price.

Against– Camera, GPU is a let down, low developer community support, no Jelly Bean as yet of now, touch sensitivity.

Rating- 7.5/10

NASA Sends You an SMS or Email When the ISS is Visible Overhead

For those of you that don’t know what the ISS means, here’s a short explanation. ISS comes from the International Space Station which is the third brightest object that the human eye can detect on the sky, after the Sun and the Moon.

NASA International Space Station

NASA International Space Station

An exhaustive article on Wikipedia will tell you much more, if you’re interested. You’ve probably seen it before with the naked eye, but you weren’t aware it was the ISS. NASA has decided to inform us when the International Space Station is above our houses. To know when the ISS is just over your head, head over to the official page and sign up for alerts. This is a free service, so don’t worry about any costs at all.

NASA’s small program will inform you hours before the ISS will pass above your home, so that you can prepare for the moment carefully. Right now, I can only envy those that have a telescope at home. Spot the Station is free and available from the entire world, you’ll only need a phone number and email. Don’t worry, NASA won’t spam you. Expect to receive notifications from twice per week to twice per month, everything depends on the good sighting of the station.

HTC One S getting Android 4.1 across Europe

HTC and the gang had some gifts to bestow upon its HTC One S users this holiday season. Specifically, the HTC One S received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean across the region of Europe. This massive update comes in at over 600MB large, but with the  extensive suite of tools and UI customization that is HTC Sense we didn’t expect a petite package.

HTC One S gets taste of Jelly Bean

HTC One S gets taste of Jelly Bean

HTC Sense itself hasn’t changed much here, but you do get a few new goodies to play around with. The biggest change will be the addition of Google Now and the new Google Search experience, on-device voice input, expanded notifications and Project Butter. Most users in Europe should be seeing the update on their unlocked handsets, but those on carrier editions needn’t worry if nothing is available yet.

Updates are always subject to carrier approval and testing, so you’ll want to take it up with your provider of choice if you are unsure as to why you have yet to receive the upgrade. Be sure to check for the upgrade within your device’s settings menu, and flip that handy WiFi switch to “on” because your bandwidth will be taxed like it’s never been taxed before. Have at it!

Else head over to XDA and get yourself a custom ROM, lot better much snappier and butter like smooth Jelly Bean with a lot of customization. Many ROMS are available like The PARANOID_ANDROID and AOKPS and CM 10.1(yep it is JEllyBean 4.2.1)—

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BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots revealed, show new homescreen, widgets and more

For the revamped operating system, it looks like RIM has taken pieces from Apple, Google, and Microsoft competitors and jammed them together. It’s the best looking thing RIM has ever done, but sadly, it still doesn’t look very good.

The overall UI is pretty conservative, which isn’t terrible considering the prototypical BlackBerry user needs something easy to use. The homescreen and pull down menus look like a direct descendant of Samsung’s Touch Wiz skin for Android. The icon design is pretty horrendous. What’s up with the shadowing behind the icons and why is the LinkedIn icon bigger than the others? Hopefully that dimension within the icon will be standardized for the final version. The skeuomorphic page flapping in the wind on the calendar icon doesn’t bode well either. Also, please tell us which enterprise Blackberry client is going to enjoy an app called story maker.

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

Here we see what appears to be some kind of voice search application. A Siri for Blackberry perhaps. The boxy design of those dialogues sure reminds us of Windows Phone, but that square microphone button at the button doesn’t quite do it for us. Maybe RIM is just trying to avoid getting sued by Apple over the design of the Siri mic button.

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BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

Blackberry Hub is the central messaging system for BB10. Hard to judge from what we see here. But then, it’s a little worrisome that we can’t tell what’s going on from a graphical UI standpoint by glancing at it either. It all looks very redundant.

BB10-BlackBerry Messenger-to be called BlackBerry Hub

BB10-BlackBerry Messenger-to be called BlackBerry Hub

Mercifully, Twitter and Facebook and other apps look more or less the way they do on other mobile operating systems.

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

We’ll see what RIM shows us when BB10 is officially launch on January 30 in NYC.

OG Droid RAZR (And MAXX) Gets Jelly Bean As Users Report A Surprise Update (98.72.8) Rolls Out

It may not be all that often that a phone over a year old will still be getting many updates, but lo and behold, it’s a Festivus miracle. Users are reporting that the original Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX is currently seeing an update roll out to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) right now. And to think, this phone launched with Gingerbread.

Droid RAZR Jelly Bean Update

Droid RAZR Jelly Bean Update

Droid RAZR Jelly Bean Update

Droid RAZR Jelly Bean Update

More Info – Here

Huawei Chairman shows off 6.1″ Ascend Mate ahead of CES

At a Huawei store in Guangzhou, China, Richard Yu Huawei Chairman of devices showed off the Ascend Mate – a 6.1″ quad-core Android smartphone with a 1080p resolution.

The device is said to be powered by a quad-core K3V3 chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, and offer a 4000 mAh battery, 9.9 mm frame and a screen with the impressive 361 ppi density. Richard Yu shared that the display is of the LTPS type, meaning low temperature polysilicon.

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As we can see it is bigger than the Note 2

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huawei-ascend-mate-thesmallgeek

Prior to Richard Yu’s demonstration of the Ascend Mate he had confirmed the company is working on such a device.

The Ascend Mate should make an appearance at CES, alongside the 5″ Ascend D2, and should cost around $480 (¥3000).

It remains to be seen what version of Android the Ascend Mate will be running but Jelly Bean is a safe bet.

GOOGLE, MOTOROLA PLOTTING A SO-CALLED ‘X PHONE’ TO TAKE ON THE IPHONE AND GALAXY S III

Motorola X-phone

Motorola X-phone

Dubbed simply the “X Phone”, the device is expected to show up some time next year, according to WSJ’s source. The project is reportedly being led by Lior Ron, who has previously worked as a Google Product Manager, but now is busy at work with the Motorola team.

Additionally, Motorola engineers are also working on an “X” tablet, that’s going to launch after the “X” phone debuts. In the meantime, the company is going to continue its work on the DROID lineup of smartphones.

Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside (former Google top sales exec) said in an interview with the WSJ that the company is “investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches. 

The project’s leader, Lior Ron, reportedly has demanded the phone to sport killer camera. In its quest to make the phone truly unique, Motorola has looked into incorporating different materials such as ceramics, which would make the “X Phone” more resistant to drops.

WSJ sources add that Motorola’s acquisition of gesture and facial recognition company Viewdle will also be thrown in to the mix to bring some truly unique features to the device. Could the X Phone, intriguing as it sounds, be ready for Google’s I/O 2013 event in the summer of 2013? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source | Via

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