Yesterday ICANN decided to allow custom domain suffixes. Right now companies have to settle for .com or .org or one of the 20 others standard suffixes or use country-specific ones. Starting 2012 they can create custom suffixes – if they’re willing to pay for it.
It’s pricy but I’m sure sites ending in .google or .apple are not very far off. It would allow companies to offer very memorable URLs for their important products – think mail.google for Gmail (instead of the current mail.google.com) or iphone.apple (instead of www.apple.com/iphone). Read more »
When Sony announced their S1 and S2 Android tablets, they left a few things out – like a launch date for example. Now there’s chatter that the tablets (or at least one of them) will be arriving in Europe in September.
An alleged note from Sony says that a tablet (which the note doesn’t explicitly name) will be available through three retailers in September, after a pre-order period in August. Read more »
Google introduced a trio of new features that make searching from a desktop computer so much better. The first feature is Voice search, something that has been around on mobiles for a while.
Then there’s the Search by image feature, which does what it says and is surprisingly good at it and convenient to use too. There’s Google’s latest attempt to speed up browsing as well, called Instant Pages. Read more »
It’s updating time for Symbian Fring users. The new update is hot off the presses in fring HQ and promises improved audio-visual experience during calls and the stability of the app should be better too.
This particular update is Symbian-only. It comes shortly after the four-way calling update from a week ago. Read more »
HTC used the canned response “Every phone experiences a slight variation in signal strength when the antenna is covered in its entirety by a palm and/or fingers” when questioned about the death grip issues on the HTC Sensation.
While that’s true, it says nothing about the severity of the problem – it could be a small signal drop for completely covering the phone, or a large drop for barely holding it. HTC also said the problem was exaggerated in our video, so we decided to record a new one. Read more »
Samsung earned some serious brownie points – all four of the CyanogenMod devs that work on Samsung ports (“teamhacksung”) received a free Samsung Galaxy S II to help them develop a version of the Mod for Samsung’s new flagship.
One of the devs, Atin, explains that they can only port CyanogenMod to phones they have available – and now they can add the Galaxy S II to that list. Read more »
Death grip is a sensitive topic, but I’m afraid we’ll have to stir it again. The HTC Sensation barely entered our office and we’re already trying to strangle the (wireless) life out of it. The problem is two-fold – the Wi-Fi antenna and the cell antenna – they both get attenuated when you hold the phone in what you may call a natural way.
The two antennas are positioned on both ends of the phone – the cell antenna is at the bottom and the Wi-Fi antenna is at the top. Cover them with your cupped hands while holding the phone naturally in landscape position and you will see the signal degrade. But don’t just take our word for it, we have it shot on video. Read more »
Breaking news – it’s a Sensation! Yes, the new super droid from HTC has dropped by our office. It’s got almost every feature in the book, so we’ll have to do a lot of tests – and if you’re as impatient as us, you’ll want to join us for the unboxing.
The HTC Sensation is all screen – whole 4.3″ of it with qHD resolution (that’s 540 x 960) – and very little bezel. What hides behind the screen is a lot of processing power oomph – a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 chipset with Adreno 220 graphics. There’s 768MB RAM in there too. Read more »
So, the rumors were true – Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D will hit the shelves on 24 June. It will be accompanied by the HTC EVO View 4G tablet. The 3D-loving droid phone will go for $199 on contract, while the tablet will set you back $399.
Here’s how you can get an EVO 3D or an EVO View 4G: Read more »
Here’s something from the “curious, but is it useful?” category – MSI have released an Android version of their Afterburner utility. Afterburner allows users to overclock the MSI graphics cards on their computers.
So, with this new app you can do it remotely from your droid phone or tablet. Read more »
The HTC Flyer tablet and ChaCha Facebook-loving phone have started receiving their first updates in the UK. That was quite quick, considering both have been on sale there for under a month.
Both updates are available Over-The-Air and offer some under the hood improvements to both. Read more »
Every time Steve Jobs is presenting an Apple product, he uses the word “magic” a lot. Well, it seems that they really mean it with the upcoming iOS 5 update, which should be announced tomorrow at the WWDC.
Simon Pierro, who may or may not be a wizard of some sort, is demonstrating a beta version of iOS 5 running on his iPad 2. Let’s watch… Read more »
Mobile CPU manufacturers are rushing to show off their upcoming mobile chipsets. The latest is the Texas Instruments boasting the OMAP 4470 System-on-a-chip with dual-core CPU running at up to 1.8GHz.
The powerful PowerVR SGX544 GPU supports DirectX-enabled games – with the upcoming Windows 8 supporting ARM processors that’s quite an important feature. Read more »
Microsoft showed off its progress with Windows 8 at the D9 Conference as promised. A 4 minute video demonstrates how they’ve broken away from the interface that has been slowly evolving since Windows 1.0 and they’ve gone for something that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7.
The major change here is the Start screen – that’s right, gone is the iconic Start menu, replaced with a tile-based screen, much like the WP7 one. Instead of shortcuts, apps get a tile, which they can use to display various relevant info. Read more »
It seems that CMIT has beaten Asus to the phone in a tablet dock punch because on 28 May, two days before the Asus Padphone went official (and only five days after the initial teaser).
There’s not much info on the so-called TransPhone but it supposedly runs Android on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU. Read more »