Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

By on August 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM.

Firefox 4 beta 3 is out

If you like to be on the bleeding edge of browser releases you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla has released a third beta of its Firefox 4 browser. The update includes improvements to the JavaScript processing engine, built-in multitouch support for Windows 7, as well as a handful of bug fixes. Mozilla is due to release two more beta versions of Firefox, and a feature-freeze is scheduled for Monday, August 16th. You can grab the new version from here. Enjoy!
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Leaked Windows Phone 7 smartphone from HTC: 4.5" Super AMOLED display and 1.5GHz processor

By on July 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM.

Leaked Windows Phone 7 smartphone from HTC: 4.5" Super AMOLED display and 1.5GHz processor

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As with any leak, we suggest you approach this with a healthy amount of skepticism, but if a post made to PConline is to be believed, this upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC — the HD3 — is going to be an absolute beast. We mean, take a look at the purported specs:

  • 4.5″ WXGA Super AMOLED multi-touch display
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 1080p HD playback
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  • 3G / 4G connectivity
  • 32GB microSD support
  • 1GB RAM / 1GB ROM
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • 115mm x 65mm x 10mm

Like we said, this is strictly a rumor, but how great would it be if it all came true?

[Via Gizmodo] More →

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Motorola DROID X review

By on June 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM.

Motorola DROID X review

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Ah, yes 4.3-inches of sensual haptic, multitouch glass strapped to a 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera, and so much more. The Motorola DROID X is the latest and greatest Android handset to be unleashed upon the U.S. market, and it will be making its debut on America’s largest network — Verizon Wireless — on July 15th. We’ve been using, abusing, and confusing our review unit for just over a week, so lets jump right into our review. Buckle up and hit the break. More →

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Rumor: Apple to introduce iMac with iOS support within 60 days

By on June 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM.

Rumor: Apple to introduce iMac with iOS support within 60 days

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According to one of LOOPRumors’ sources, Apple will sometime in the next 60 days host a special event gathering to introduce a refreshed iMac. No ordinary iMac, it is alleged that the new model will feature “a touch interface” meant for running iOS which seems to indicate the presence of a Multi-Touch display. It’s said that this move will not only allow Apple to gauge how consumers react to a touchscreen desktop, but also aide developers with the creation of iOS applications. Anyone think there’s something to this? More →

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Apple files second patent infringement lawsuit against HTC

By on June 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM.

Apple files second patent infringement lawsuit against HTC

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Apple launched yet another attack against HTC this week with a second patent infringement lawsuit filed in Delaware District Court. This second lawsuit focuses specifically on four patents held by Apple; two of which were included in the original lawsuit and two which are new to this second lawsuit. The patents cited include:

  • Patent 7,383,453: Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor (granted June 3, 2008)
  • Patent 7,657,849: Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image (granted February 2, 2010)
  • Patent 6,282,646: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration (granted August 28, 2001)
  • Patent 7,380,116: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration (granted May 27, 2008)

This second lawsuit also cites HTC subsidiary Exedea which imports HTC handsets and distributes them in the US. Neither side has commented on this latest lawsuit but we don’t need e thofficial word to know that this battle is going to be long and messy.

[Via TechCrunch]
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Apple's Magic Trackpad leaks out hours ahead of WWDC keynote

By on June 7, 2010 at 5:00 AM.

Apple's Magic Trackpad leaks out hours ahead of WWDC keynote

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Rumors of a multi-touch trackpad for desktops Macs have been along for ages, but the last time we really heard of them was last October. Since then it’s essentially been relegated to the annals of Apple rumor history, but oh look! Just hours before Steve Jobs & Co. are to take to the stage at Moscone Center for the WWDC 2010 keynote, a trio of photos said to be of the mythical multi-touch accessory have surfaced by way of Engadget. The images look extremely convincing, but let’s try to not lose our heads over a rumor this early in the morning. We’ve got a long day ahead of us. More →

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Samsung's upcoming i5801 gets a hands-on

By on May 13, 2010 at 2:14 AM.

Samsung's upcoming i5801 gets a hands-on

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Apple’s not the only company dealing with a misplaced prototype this morning, as the Samsung GT-i5801 has been giving the hands on treatment by HoFo founder Howard Chui. Much like the Galaxy Spica, the i5801 — which may or may not be branded as the Galaxy 3 — is an entry-level Android smartphone. What sets it apart however, is that it is sporting Android 2.1 and appears to have an AMOLED display — albeit at a resolution of 240×400. Other features include: a 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth (possibly 3.0), around 300MB of internal memory, and the same awful custom UI as seen on the Galaxy S. Is this something you’d rock? Check out the video after the break and report back! More →

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Google acquires BumpTop, possibly bringing features to Android

By on May 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM.

Google acquires BumpTop, possibly bringing features to Android

google-bumptopGoogle is certainly making good on their promise to again start acquiring companies on a pretty quick pace. Latest on the list is BumpTop, a multitouch 3D interface for the computer desktop. Chatter around the web has suggested Google might use some of BumpTop’s IP to give Android a makeover, possibly even making a 3D environment. Then, of course, there’s the fantastic multitouch implementation BumpTop has integrated into their UI and it’s pretty impressive. BumpTop raised $1.65 million in funding in 2007 and the rumored selling price is said to be $35-$40 million. Check out the video of it in action after the break! More →

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BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!

By on April 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM.

BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!

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If you’re a BlackBerry fan, there is probably not a single thing you have been looking forward to more than what we have right here — screenshots and full details of RIM’s upcoming operating system, OS 6.0. One of our AT&T sources has not only showed us the brand new OS, but has also given us some screenshots that we could share. Since we have seen OS 6.0 in action first hand, we will break it down for you guys, along with all the other screenshots, after the break! More →

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Is the mysterious squared Motorola Android slider, the Twist?

By on April 14, 2010 at 6:37 AM.

Is the mysterious squared Motorola Android slider, the Twist?

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What you see above might just be the entire spec sheet for that mysterious Android slider from Motorola we caught a glimpse of the other day. Allegedly known as the Twist, the strange smartphone is said to measure in at 67mm-squared and 15.8mm thick, and possess a rather underwhelming feature set which includes a 2.8″ QVGA multitouch display, 3 megapixel camera, aGPS, Wi-Fi, dual-band HSPA (850/1900MHz), 700MHz OMAP 3410 processor and 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM. The slide mentions the Twist as running Android 1.5, so unless the information is badly outdated, it looks like those rumors of the device running Android 2.1 in conjunction with MOTOBLUR were wishful thinking. That is if any of this is even real.

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Tell us your iPad story

By on April 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

Tell us your iPad story

ipadToday is just about as big a day as possible in the tech world, as literally hundreds of thousands of Americans will be waiting in line at retail stores or waiting patiently at home for the UPS man so they can finally get their hands on the Apple iPad, a gadget that even the most computer illiterate by now know all too well. Easily one of the most polarizing gadgets to come out in the past decade, many of its new owners will view the iPad as the pinnacle of personal tech while others will sorely regret spending their tax rebate on something they could easily have gone without. With this in mind, we want to know just what it is you, our loyal readers, think of your new gear. Is it worth all the hype, or are you already bored of it and planning on giving it to your mom on Mother’s Day? Let us know your thoughts when you get one today!

P.S. We’re just snapping some pics and giving the thing the once over, so expect an initial hands on very shortly. We’ll put up a full review once we get to spend some alone time with the thing.

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Apple sues HTC for patent infringement

By on March 2, 2010 at 10:02 AM.

Apple sues HTC for patent infringement

After talking to HTC when they were giving us a preview of the HTC Hero a while back, we asked about multitouch and why they finally decided to include it. More or less, the response we received was that HTC and their legal team felt confident about including it, and with other competitors like Palm including multitouch, everything would be alright. Fast forward to literally a couple minutes ago, and we now find Apple filing suit against HTC regarding everything from hardware to the iPhone’s user interface. Let’s see if you can figure out who gave this quote:

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

If you said Steve Jobs, you’d be correct. Full press release after the break. More →

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Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID rolling out this week

By on February 8, 2010 at 11:31 PM.

Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID rolling out this week

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Motorola DROID users as a whole are a pretty happy bunch, but after finally getting their first taste of official multi-touch, we can’t help but blame them for wanting a whole lot more. The good news on this front is that Android 2.1 for the DROID will be made available next week, according to Motorola’s Facebook page. Motorola has not detailed what the update will encompass, but here’s what Engadget has been told:

  • The current test build is Android 2.1 version 1
  • The browser will have multi-touch
  • Google Googles is pre-installed
  • No visual changes to the homescreen or app drawer
  • Active wallpapers aren’t included, but the fancy widgets that made their debut with the Nexus One are

Most of us probably agree that things like multi-touch in the browser are big news, but we can’t help but eagerly wait to see what all the Negative Nancy’s out there have to say about some of the nifty features that will allegedly be left behind. Regardless, we’ll be sure to give you all a shout as soon as the update starts trickling out. More →

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