After months of supply issues and courtroom wrangling, HTC might have finally put its hardware woes behind it. The company’s North Asian president, Jack Tong, let slip that production capacity for the HTC One will double this month and continue to increase in June to meet “strong demand.” Tong also casually dropped into conversation that the J Butterfly saw its own sales double in Japan when it became free on contract — so perhaps those second-quarter financial results won’t make for such depressing reading.
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Source: Focus Taiwan
With all of the recent chatter about the rise of Bitcoin, a number of theories have been put forth as to how the “digital gold” achieved its status. In this week’s issue of our slate mag, we examine whether the so-called virtual currency is the prototype for a digital economy or if the anonymity that it carries will lead to black market dealings. As far as reviews go, HP’s ElitePad 900 and Sony’s Xperia XP both get extended time in the hands of our editors. Eyes-On takes to the streets of San Francisco with Stealth’s Bomber, Hands-On tackles the latest from Google I/O and Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinksi offers up his thoughts on next-gen gaming. The weekend is almost here, so we’ll let you get right to it via the usual download links that follow.
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According to co-CEO JK Shin, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 will soon hit the 10 million mark in sales, less than a month after its debut. That beats the Galaxy S III’s time to that mark by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company’s quickest seller, ever. The model will also get another push thanks to a stock Android 4.2 version that’ll be available for $649 at Google Play on June 26th. That’s a pretty impressive figure, especially considering its bizarre reveal.
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Via: Android Beat
Source: Korea Times
Yesterday there was some pretty damning news for owners of Google’s Nexus Q musical orb: confirmation that the device isn’t supported in the current version of the its Play Music app. This much is undoubtedly true, and verified by many owners. What is less clear, however, is whether this really is the end of the road. All the signals may be there, but some readers have forwarded us emails received from Google Play Support advising that a fix for Nexus Q streaming is definitely on the way. We contacted Google directly, but it was unable to give an official statement on the issue. We were simply told that the developer product never made it to commercial release, and as such the company can’t promise either way. Mountain View isn’t shy about shuttering much-loved services, so Nexus Q owners might take a small amount of solace from this current ambiguity, at least enough to delay taking matters into their own hands.
Filed under: Home Entertainment, Peripherals, Google
When Samsung revealed the third iteration of its Galaxy Tab line, it was met with a somewhat underwhelming reception. But the Korean firm’s never held back on trying out different shapes and sizes. This makes this latest leak — of a reported 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 — at least plausible, and definitely not surprising. The reported resolution of 1,280 x 800 and that of the 7-inch Tab 3 (1,024 x 600) certainly match the mystery profiles we saw earlier this year. Think it looks just like the Galaxy Note 8.0? You’d be mostly right, bar a few details like a thinner side bezel and the top camera / speaker arrangement. SamMobile claims to have the full specification, which includes a general feature boost all round over the 7-inch version: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB on board storage (expandable up to 64GB) plus 5- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 4,450 mAh battery. WiFi and 3G versions get mentioned, so all bases covered if you really don’t want that S pen.
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There are over 470 species of sharks and they have been living on Planet Earth for 420 million years.
The smallest shark – the dwarf lantern shark – is only 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in length, while the whale shark is the largest specie in the world, with approximately 12 meters (39 feet).
Sharks live in all oceans down to depths of 2,000 meters (6,600 feet). Usually, they do not live in freshwater with the exception of the bull shark and river shark.
Can surfers get bored of powerful and deadly waves because they’re riding them for three consecutive days? Down at “The End of the Road”, the big wave surfing hysteria keeps rolling. After all, it’s Teahupoo isn’t it?
Reef McIntosh confirms the theory of Teahupoo waves as freight trains, at full speed. He may have conquered the title of fastest tube rider of the French Polynesian islands. This thing called Teahupoo it’s been pumping. Day one, day two and now chapter three.
Kohl Christensen, a passionate farmer, enjoys planting some wave seeds in Tahiti to let them grow and, if possible, to get literally inside them. The tall Hawaiian goofy-footer is always where big waves are pumping.
A Portuguese company has recovered thousands of old video tapes featuring surfers and surfing of the early 1990s.
Surfing has exploded in Portugal, in the early 1990s. Twenty years ago, rash guards were fluorescent and surfers were riding twin fin surfboards, mainly.
The first ever TV show dedicated to action sports and surfing, in particular, was called “Portugal Radical”. The weekly program helped boosting the sport of surfing among teenagers and grownups.
Today a bipartisan Congressional privacy caucus sent Google a letter with eight questions regarding a topic that’s caused a lot of speculation: how will privacy be protected by Google Glass? The headsets can take photos and video in a more discreet manner than raising a smartphone or a camera and pointing it in the direction of a subject. Advances in facial recognition technology, as well as the wealth of data that Google has collected through increasingly consolidated user accounts, have raised the possibility that a stranger could see you on the street and access considerable data about you.
Co-Chairman of the privacy caucus Joe Barton (R-TX) and seven other members of the caucus signed the letter, which said, “we are uncertain of Google’s plans to incorporate privacy protections into the device.” The caucus demanded that Google address how it would deal with getting consent from non-users who might have their information collected by Glass, how facial recognition would factor into Glass, and whether Google will allow people to store any personal information on Glass itself.
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Once it became simple to record, upload, and share digital video over the Internet, gamers quickly became interested in recording themselves playing games—especially with humorous or profane commentary. The phenomenon of creating and sharing so-called “Let’s Play” videos took off around 2006 and today has its own channel on YouTube. Practitioners of this self-recording art sometimes refer to themselves as LPers for short.
Now, it looks like Let’s Play videos are one more piece of content that’s being caught up in YouTube’s Content ID system. It’s an automated copyright-enforcement system that’s been glitchy from the start and often criticized for taking down legitimate content. Remixes of cultural icons have been taken down with no good explanation, as well as NASA content that should be in the public domain. Political satire didn’t stand a chance either. Until October, there wasn’t even a meaningful appeal system for owners of wrongly removed videos.
It looks like LPers are the latest victims. A prolific LPer named Zack Scott took to Facebook yesterday to complain that several LPers had experienced takedowns of the videos including Nintendo games. A company fan like himself wasn’t the right target for automated takedowns, Scott complained, and he said he’d stop playing Nintendo games until the situation was straightened out. “It jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers,” he wrote.
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