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Nov 13 2011

LG’s Revolution With VMware Horizon Mobile Mixes Business With Pleasure

Tarndeep

Tired of getting an awesome corporate phone to use, only to be forced to use a secondary, crappier phone you don’t like as much, or do you simply hate using two phones, one for work and one for personal use? Well LG has partnered up with VMware Horizon Mobile, to provide an awesome solution to this problem. With a successful collaboration between LG and the leader in OS virtualization, VMware, LG has come up with a great dual-persona solution that was good enough to name them an Internation 2012 CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.

The phone used in said project is the LG Revolution 3D, which will be available on Verizon’s network soon – Verizon also happens to be partnered up with VMware to offer similar solutions to various corporate communications. The Revolution by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile, is one of the world’s first single mobile device, with dual personas, using virtualization, as well as LTE. That’s right, real dual persona, not just a social and work profile you can switch between on sense devices, for example. The application is titled “Privacy & Business,” on the phone, and the user of the phone would be able to cycle through profiles, which would essentially be a work or business profiles, and the second, a personal profile, with their favorite apps and games. “This device also facilitates enterprise IT organizations in enforcing IT governance policies, particularly around data security and device manageability.” Continue reading


Nov 12 2011

Google TV Won’t Be Getting Anymore Love From Logitech!

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Google TV, which already lets you browse for what you want to watch, versus flipping through channels and the channel guide, sounds like a great product, but apparently it’s in beta. Well, not really – one of Logitech’s slide, at a Logitech hosted an Analyst and Investor Day, hosted by the CEO, Guerrino De Luca, stated that Google TV was “beta” software, which just isn’t true. Even if it was beta, it would be a non-issue, considering how many og Google’s products are still in beta, and many products that we in beta worked almost flawlessly, one of the prime examples being GMail. What De Luca himself said, directly to investors, was, Logitech’s 2010 Google TV & Logitech Revue launch was ”a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature.” According to De Luca, the current plan of action is to let all the Logitech Revue units sell out, with “no plans to introduce another box to replace Revue.”

De Luca feels strongly about Google TV being released prematurely, and accepting some of the faults as their own. Maybe they shouldn’t have taken such a huge risk on “beta” software – he basically called it a massive mistake. Expecting Google TV to lead the revolution in the TV world might have been an overstatement, considering how new the product was. De Luca stated the following -

To make the long story short, we thought we had invented [sliced] bread and we just made them. [We made a commitment to] just build a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes [at] $300 [...] that was a big mistake.

This “mistake,” apparently cost the company [Logitech] “well over $100M in operating profits.” De Luca does think that Google TV will be great some time in the future, but it’s not ready for the masses at the moment. From what I’ve seen, Google TV looks pretty good, but it would’ve helped if Logitech had better marketing and a lower than $300 price point. Does this mean the end for Google TV? I don’t think so, not at all. CES is just around the corner, and rumor is LG will be playing around with Google TV. We’ll have to wait and see what they have in store, as well as many other companies out there!

via The Verge


Nov 11 2011

Verzo’s Kinzo: A Good Buy For $459?

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The Czech American Company, Verzo, debuted its first Android powered smartphone today. While the company is little known, they came out fairly strong with a great, stylish first phone, which is compatible with AT&T. The stylish-looking Kinzo comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA glass screen, powered by a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 512MB ROM. It also includes a 5MP camera and VGA front-facing camera. The phone also ships with a leather case and high quality headphones.

While the specs are not that impressive, it is a good start for a company to leave its footprints in the Android ecosystem. In my opinion, the phone is a little pricey, considering the fact that its specs are not all that impressive. But you can never know for sure, if the phone will do good or bad, so be on the lookout. While the specs aren’t amazing, like many other Android phones coming out today, Verzo mentions it’ll be a great, speedy experience – “Kinzo might not be the fastest phone in the world, but you can rely on it. We have prepared the hardware in such a way that Kinzo will never hold you back or offer you something it cannot deliver. We wanted to avoid the situations where you need better performance, are limited by low resolution of the screen or camera, when you would be missing some important function, and we also wanted to avoid a complicated phone, which would not be user-friendly and would overheat or have very short battery life.” It has 16 hours of battery life, supposedly! That is an extremely impressive feat, and it certainly makes up for some of the lower end specs.

As far as the software goes, it has the latest version of Android, Gingerbread, and we’re hoping it will see ICS.

We are not the only developer of mobile phones in the world, who was not completely satisfied with the graphics of the Android OS. The difference lies in the approach and the final processing. As with the outer design of the phone, so with the VERZO GUI we were thinking it through carefully, while focusing on functionality and originality, neatness. We have examined every original graphic element and its placement within the Android system and if it did not seem fit or well placed, it has been notably modified.

We have dreamt of the most amazing graphic interface for mobile phones with Android OS available on the market and even though we have managed to make most of those ideas come true, only your reactions can tell us if we were right.

We’re pretty excited about this phone, regardless of the specs, and we’ll try to get a unit over for review!

Tarndeep helped contribute to this report

Nov 11 2011

Skullcandy’s Got A Solution To Your Ear Bud Woes – They Won’t Fall Out Anymore

Tarndeep

Gone are the days of your ear buds/in-ear headphones always falling out! It’s so frustrating that just a little tug would rip out the ear buds from my ear, but Skullcandy thinks they can counter this problem as well. They’ve released a new line up of what they call, Fix Buds. Straight from Skullcandy’s press release, “The Problem: Ear buds fall out of your ears. The Solution: Ear buds that stay fixed in you years.”

FIX Technology is a new dawn of patent-pending ear bud design. Engineered for a FIXed in-ear fit. Revolutionary Engineering. Evolutionary Sound.

There are a couple different versions we got to check out, the above versions, which we were actually given a pair of. Those will run you just shy of $40 at $39.95; they also have a more premium version, with a different design, as well as some extra perks and accessories, like various silicone gel sizes and a pag friction-free cable. They also differ slightly, as far as the tech specs go, but we don’t know why there’s a $30 differences – we’re going to have to try the premium, Red/Chrome version and let you know in our review. The image below corresponds to the premium version.

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Nov 8 2011

Who Wants To Buy WebOS Now?

Tarndeep

While nothing’s official, rumor is HP is looking to rid itself of their WebOS acquisition, which occurred in April 2010, for a whopping $1.2 billion dollars! HP’s former CEO, Mark Hurd, was looking to integrate WebOS into HP products, like its vast array of servers, PCs, mobile devices, printers, and other hardware products, to offer a better experience to customers, together to better offer total HP solutions to its business customers. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way, and that’s partially why he was replaced by former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman. Now, WebOS is a great operating system, but sadly, HP didn’t go about further developing it or marketing it the right way, and now, the rumor is they want out – they want to auction off WebOS for hundreds of millions of dollars. Some speculate it might sell just for the slew of patents WebOS comes bundled with, but that would be unfortunate, as WebOS is a rather good, different OS option out there, that can easily be a top contender in the right hands! At the very least, HP should consider licensing WebOS, rather than potentially selling it to a company who shelfs WebOS, and uses it merely for the patents. However, they probably blew that opportunity with their failed attempts. Maybe a company like Google could buy it and somehow integrate it with Android, marrying the great features of both operating systems – that might require a lot of work, though, considering how different both operating systems are, but perhaps it’s possible, considering they’re both based on the linux kernel. Provided HP ends up selling WebOS, and Google buys it, I wouldn’t put it past the Google engineers to hack up a hybrid version of Android/WebOS – that’d be cool.


Nov 8 2011

Welcome The Galaxy Tab 7.0+ To T-Mobile’s 4G Tablet Portfolio!

Tarndeep

We heard about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0+ just a little while ago, in fact, our own Adam is writing the review on it, so stay tuned for that, but now, this baby comes packing with T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+) network! In case you don’t remember, the Galaxy Tab 7.0+  is one of the thinnest and lightest 7-inch tablets on the market, weighing at a mere 0.77 pounds! For $250 on a two-year contract, you can pick it up November 16th!

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Nov 8 2011

Move Outta The Way, Samsung. HTC Wants The King Of Android Phones Title Back, With The HTC Edge

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Thanks to Pocketnow.com, we’ve got some nice details on a new phone by HTC, HTC Edge. Apparently HTC Edge will be one of the first quad-core powered Android smartphones, with Nvidia’s AP30 Tegra 3 CPU, along with other internals making it a top of the line headset and a likely upgrade from HTC Rezound. The other supposed sepcs are, a 4.7-inch screen, with a 720p resolution, like Rezound, 1 GB of RAM,an internal storage increase to 32 GB, bluetooth 4.0, a backlit eight-megapixel camera with 28-millimeter f/2.2 lens, and all this allegedly slightly under 11 millimeters thick. What’s great about the AP30 Tegra 3 CPU, it’s clocked at 1.5 GHz – that’s 4 cores at 1.5 GHz each! Aside from the specs, I love how wide this phone is, as well as the recently announced Rezound. As a former Sensation user, as much as I loved the phone, I absolutely hate how narrow the phone was; it didn’t do my fatty fingers justice…

On the software end, we should see Beats audio, not to mention HTC’s latest version of HTC Sense UI, on top of Android 4.o, Ice Cream Sandwich. If for whatever reason this phone comes with Gingerbread, Android 2.3, we should see a quick upgrade to Android 4.0. According to pocketnow, “Edge may also see the rollout of new or improved HTC content services, such as the previously tipped HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore, and HTC Play gaming hub; the HTC Watch movie portal will reportedly begin to offer HD fare.” Continue reading


Nov 6 2011

WP7 Requirements Stealthily Updated

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Unlike Android, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, they also announced a certain number of requirements the phone must have, before Microsoft would give the green light. Many people speculated as to why this is. Personally, I think it’s to avoid slow/low end phones that would provide a sluggish, bad WP7 experience, defaming the name of Microsoft’s new handheld OS. To be quite honest, I think this is a good idea because Google’s openness, while good, could use some requirements. There are way to too many low end Android devices being produced, degrading the overall Android experience, and if Google wants to keep their customers and gain new customers, they’re going to have to do something about this soon.

The WP7 requirements are, a standard set of buttons, WVGA (800 x 480) display, cell and Wi-Fi connectivity, at least 256 MB of RAM, and at least 8 GB of storage. However, what now changed is, the requirement for a camera. A camera is no longer a requirement for WP7 devices, and one could speculate this is so that companies like Nokia can offer these devices in low end markets, and removing the camera would cut cost. Also, camera-less devices could be used in government work.


Nov 5 2011

Reminder: You Can Pick Up The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0+ Today!

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In case you don’t remember, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0+ is available today from Amazon! In case you don’t remember, Google had another 7 inch Tab that launched with Android 2.2 some time ago, but now, this 7-incher’s got it good! Running Android 3.2, honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX user interface built on top, the Galaxy Tab 7.0+ has got an extra bit of polish than other tablets in its range. Some of the other notable specs include:

  • A 7-inch display with a great resolution of 1024 x 600
  • Dual cameras – 2 megapixel front facing camera and a 3 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, capable of 720p HD video capture!
  • A 1.2 GHZ dual-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Your choice of built in storage of 16 GB or 32 GB, expandable with a microSD card slot!
  • Peel Smart Remote – You have the built in infrared capabilities to turn your 7-inch tab into an overpriced, awesome, useful, universal remote!
It’s really not your run of the mill Android tablet, and the fact that it’s 7 inches and packing such power makes it attractive. Personally, I prefer something a little bigger, but there are many people that prefer tablets smaller than 9-10 inches, and I think this is something they can appreciate. Also, our very own Adam Shear will be reviewing this tablet, as well as the 7-inch HTC Flyer, so we should be able to see a greatly detailed comparison! Stay tuned!

Nov 5 2011

Move Over Fios, I’m Getting Google’s TV Service!

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Could we be seeing a Fios like TV service from Google in the near future?

Could we be seeing a pay TV service, like Verizon Fios, from our friends over at Google?! Well, Google’s already been working on something called Google Fiber in Kansas City, where they’re setting up high speed internet, and stopping there is unlikely. Now, when Google was asked about moving outside of Kansas City, something national, to major cities like New York City, Google was unclear and basically said no. Interestingly enough, Google is supposedly talking to major media companies about licensing their channels and making it available to the national public. They’re not alone; other media companies are also talking within themselves, about making a program like this national.

This is certainly possible with Google’s all new YouTube launched content and YouTube channels, and married with Google TV, which already lets you browse for what you want to watch, versus flipping through channels and the channel guide, Google can offer us a cable system of the future, offering us an unbeatable service. To tie this all together, Google has gained Motorola’s Set-top box business, which they got when they went forward and bought Motorola! Continue reading