The Ubuntu team has been busy working on a phone OS, but it decided to take an intermediate step and create a tablet OS. The timing of the launch coincided exactly with the HTC event (leading us to question if the two are related, turns out it wasn’t) and while the new HTC One got all of the attention yesterday, it’s time to meet Ubuntu for Tablets.
Ubuntu’s interface started off as a desktop UI, but Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu – has a vision similar to that of Microsoft. They want one interface to conquer all screen sizes, from a pocketable phone to the 60” TV on your wall. Read more »
SwiftKey has released the final version of the SwiftKey 4 keyboard on the Google Play Store. The main feature in this update is the inclusion of the new Flow feature.
What SwiftKey Flow does is that not only does it let you enter words by swiping your finger across the screen but you can also string together entire sentences without lifting your finger. Read more »
One of the parts of the very solid specs sheet of the HTC One that has attracted the most attention is the smartphone’s Ultrapixel camera. After we got to see the first still shots, captured with the HTC One, it’s now time to see the video camera in action.
We got a trio of videos, which were captured using the HTC One camcorder’s HDR mode, a feature which is still pretty rare to come by in smartphones. The HDR mode allows the camera to fit more dynamic range, while shooting videos, avoiding the unpleasant clipping in highlights and shadows. Read more »
Sony has just dropped five new cameras upon us that cover various categories, from the basic point and shoot to their higher end SLT cameras and even a new NEX camera.
Let’s start with the new NEX-3N (pictured above), which is Sony’s new entry-level mirrorless camera. It has a 16.1 megapixel APS CMOS sensor that goes up to ISO 16,000 and records 1080p video. There’s also a 3.0-inch LCD that flips 180º and a zoom lever on the body that works with certain Sony powered lenses. Read more »
Mozilla has released version 19 of the popular Firefox web browser. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of a PDF reader, such as the one in Chrome. This means you no longer have to rely on something like the Adobe Reader to be able to view PDF files within the browser.
Above is what the new PDF viewer looks like. You have various options such as zoom settings and the ability to print or download the file. On the left, you can also view the pages within the file in thumbnail or list view. Read more »
Apple has revealed that it was attacked by hackers and a small group of its employees Macintosh computers were infected. The good news is no data appears to be stolen, but the company will continue to be watchful.
Apparently, the attack on the Cupertino’s was from the same hackers who had targeted Facebook last month. Read more »
In one of the bravest moves in smartphone history, HTC gave up on the megapixel war and decided to equip its latest smartphone with a 4 MP snapper at the back. The low resolution allowed each individual pixel to be much larger, which improves per-pixel detail and low-light performance significantly. So even though the HTC One sensor measures a modest 1/3″ in diagonal, each of its 4 million Ultrapixels (as HTC calls them) is much larger than that of the average smartphone (by about 300%).
So in theory, while you will be sacrificing some detail in well-lit environments, you should be getting better low-light results. Add the super bright F/2.0 lens and you should be getting the smartphone with the best low-light performance in business. And since you would be downsizing many of your images anyway, this seems like a fair trade to us. As long as the HTC One delivers on those promises, that is. Read more »
As usual with high-end devices, we are sure that by the time the HTC One hits the stores, there would be plenty of third-party accessories to choose from. Nevertheless, it’s still reassuring to know HTC has created several high-quality accessories, matching the HTC One colors and design language.
The list of accessories we managed to snap at the HTC One unveiling event includes several cases, a desk cradle, an external power-pack and a new white/silver version of the HTC Bluetooth stereo headset. Read more »
The HTC One comes with a brand new Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is the first to offer four 1.7GHz Krait CPU cores and we were pretty curious to find how much of a performance boost it brings.
To be honest we were taken by surprise by the HTC One processing prowess. We did expect it to deliver some of the best performance out there, but some of the scores were simply amazing. Read more »
HTC One is now official and it’s maker is hoping it will be its best chance of reclaiming the smartphone throne yet. Armed with 4.7″ 1080p display of insane pixel density, a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait CPU and a build quality like that, the HTC One is certainly in the running for the smartphone of the season.
But competition might disagree and Sony in particular will be keen to point your attention in the direction of its own Xperia Z. So we decided to pit them against each other and see which one comes on top. The Samsung Galaxy S III joined the fun, too, to show how much smartphones have evolved for the better part of a year. Read more »
Moments after the unveiling of HTC’s new flagship – the HTC One – we can now enjoy the first official video ad.
The video makes a nice job of explaining the various buzzwords HTC invented to pet-name some of the new features, introduced on the HTC One. Read more »
NVIDIA has officially unveiled its GTX Titan, a powerful graphic card, which has the ability to power the world’s first gaming supercomputers and comes with 2,688 CUDA cores, 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM and 7.1 billion transistors. The 10.5″ powerhouse also has the ability to push 4,500 gigaflops of raw power.
The latest graphic card from the American company was in action, bootstrapped to two others running together and the GTX Titan powered the graphics from the Crysis 3, which was running at 5760×1080 pixel resolution across three monitors. Read more »
Canonical, which recently announced it’s developing Ubuntu for smartphones, has put a peculiar countdown on the ubuntu.com website saying “Tick, tock, tablet time!”
Interestingly, the timer coincides with the one on the HTC website, which will end at the start of the company’s press events in London and New York. The Taiwanese company is set to announce its new One flagship smartphone at the event, but could we also see an Ubuntu tablet debut there? Read more »
Samsung Galaxy Camera, which was announced at IFA trade show last year, was the company’s first attempt at an Android-powered camera, but its high asking price has steered quite a lot of people away from it. To address that Samsung has now introduced a cheaper version of the hybrid device.
The new model is simply a Wi-Fi-only (no 3G or 4G radios) variant of the Galaxy Camera and is indexed as EK-GC110. Read more »
Astonishingly, the root access of Sony Xperia Z has been successfully achieved before the smarpthone’s global launch. The Sony Xperia Z has just yesterday hit French shelves, with the rest of Europe expecting to get it in two days, but DooMLoRD, a recognized developer at XDA has already managed to gain root access on the smartphone.
According to the developer, the modification of the CF-Auto-Root for the Nexus 4 has worked on the Xperia Z smartphones and has helped him achieve the root access. Read more »