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Jan 28, 2013

Watch the BlackBerry 10 Launch via RIM Live Stream

Research In Motion (RIM) confirmed a couple of months ago that it would launch the BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30.

Today, the Canadian company announced it would be broadcasting the whole launch event via webcast. Keep in mind that these important events will happen at the same time in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Delhi. Those who wish to watch the entire BlackBerry 10 launch event should know that a live webcast will be held beginning at 10 am ET, which can be accessed here.

In the same piece of new, RIM stated, that aside 10 OS, it will launch the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the Z10 and N10. Details on both smartphones, along with pricing options and availability will be announced at the event as well.

BlackBerry 10 logo
Image credits to RIM

Samsung Galaxy Duos (GT-I8262) Officially Introduced in China

Samsung China has just announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy DUOS (GT-I8262) Android smartphone. Specially designed for the Chinese market, this handset will not be released in other countries.

No word on the phone’s pricing options yet, but the guys over at SamMobile report that the GT-I8262 will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. In addition, the smartphone sports a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, as well as 5-megapixel rear camera.

On the inside, the Galaxy DUOS packs a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of ROM, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card. Samsung Galaxy DUOS (GT-I8262) offers dual-SIM capability, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, as well as GPS with A-GPS and 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy DUOS (GT-I8262)
Image credits to Samsung China

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Arrives in Taiwan for $475/€350

Unveiled earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy S II Plus has just hit shelves in Taiwan. This is the first country to get the upgraded version of the popular Galaxy S II smartphone, but it will come to other countries as well.

The folks at UnwiredView report that the smartphone is now available for customers in Taiwan for around 13,900 TWD outright, which is about $475 or €350. Unlike its Galaxy S II predecessor, the Plus version comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. However, those who still own the old Galaxy S II will be happy to know that Samsung is readying a Jelly Bean upgrade for their devices as well. The update is expected to roll out in February, but an exact release date has yet to be unveiled. Aside from the updated software, the Galaxy S II Plus does not come with anything new it terms of hardware.   Although it packs a similar 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Galaxy S II Plus’ CPU is manufactured by Broadcom, while the Galaxy S II is powered by a 1.2 GHz Exynos processor made by Samsung.

Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy S II Plus sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating. On the back, the smartphone has an enhanced 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while on the front there is a 2-megapixel camera for video calls. It is also worth mentioning that Samsung Galaxy S II Plus embeds only 8GB of internal memory, unlike the Galaxy S II that packs 16GB storage. The good news is that the former also features microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 64GB). The Galaxy S II Plus is powered by a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery that has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
Image credits to Samsung

HTC M7 with Aluminum Front Case Confirmed by Leaked Video

The next HTC flagship smartphone powered by Android, the M7 was expected to go official earlier this month at Consumer Electronics Show 2013, in Las Vegas.

However, that did not happen and the latest hearsay suggests HTC M7 might be announced during a separate launch event ahead of Mobile World Congress 2013, which is set to kick off in late February.  Most of the handset’s specs sheet has already been leaked, but details on M7’s design and construction are a bit scarce for the moment.

Luckily, the folks over at Phonearena spotted the M7’s components, which appear in a video made by ETradeSupply.com. According to the leaked video, HTC’s flagship smartphone will feature an aluminum front plate casing. It measures 70mm x 130.7mm, which makes it big enough for a 4.7-inch display.

See more details and photos at: http://www.etradesupply.com/blog/htc-m7-housing-parts-leaked/
A first look at some leaked HTC M7 parts. Including a front housing and battery door. In the video we say middle housing, but I now think it's the front housing after looking at photos of the assembled phone.
Buy these parts at: http://www.etradesupply.com/htc/android-models/htc-m7.html
For more information on these and more upcoming parts, or if you have any questions, come join us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/etradesupply
Video credits to etradesupply

White BlackBerry Z10 Smiles Again to Camera

On January 30, Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion will unveil to the world its newest mobile operating system, the BlackBerry 10, which should land on shelves on new devices in the very near future.

The first handsets running under it will be full-touch smartphones, which should be launched in both black and white flavors, and the latter version has made an appearance online once again, in a set of images available courtesy of gadgethelpline. Unlike previous leaks with the phone, the new photos with the white BlackBerry Z10 handset are clearer, enabling us to spot more details on the device.

The smartphone is said to feature a 4.2-inch HD screen, dual-core processor, and hardware specs in line with other high-end devices available on shelves today. It also has the looks, especially in this pale flavor, one should agree.

White BlackBerry Z10
Image credits to GadgetHelpline

Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 Does the Job on Both Mac and Windows to Jailbreak iOS 6.1

The latest iOS 6.1 beta from Apple is supported by Redsn0w 0.9.15b3, a jailbreak tool coded by the infamous iPhone Dev Team. The hack is a tethered one for now, but as soon as Apple releases the final version of iOS 6.1 to the public, the untethered jailbreak will also be made available.

Developers who’ve downloaded the iOS 6.1 beta 5 from Apple confirmed this weekend that, unlike previous betas, it doesn’t require registration. In other words, the IPSW is usable much in the same way as a public iOS release. This doesn’t mean you should mess around with your device like that, but we’re not here to take sides or hold lectures on jailbreaking. Apple doesn’t like it, and it might void your warranty. ‘Nuff said.

With that out of the way, if you’re an iOS developer who has already downloaded the latest iOS 6.1 beta and you’re looking for a jailbreak, we’re pleased to inform you that Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 does the job brilliantly. As before, all you need to do is point the software to a stock iOS 6 IPSW designated for your device (only A4 handsets supported for now). To get Cydia, make sure its box is checked during the installation process. You’ll also need to click OK on the Tethered Jailbreak notification.

Jailbreak artwork
Image credits to boomboomphone.com

Sony C530X HuaShan Live Pictures

The first details on Sony C530X HuaShan smartphones surfaced in mid-December, along with the Japanese company’s roadmap for the first half of 2013.

The device was spotted in various benchmarks earlier this month, including AnTuTu and GLBenchmark. According to these benchmarks, Sony C530X HuaShan is expected to come equipped with a powerful 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 32 GPU. Today, XperiaBlog published the first live pictures showing the C530X HuaShan, courtesy of USP-Forum.de.

The leaked photos confirm that the smartphone will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. The unannounced Sony C530X (C5302, C5303, C5306), also known as HuaShan, will be released on the market in the first half of the year for a price that will be unveiled closer to launch. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Sony C530X HuaShan
Image credits to USP-Forum.de

Pictures and Video Gallery Apps Screenshots of BlackBerry 10

Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion is set to make the BlackBerry 10 operating system official this week, and some more info on the features it will have to offer has emerged online.

A series of leaked screenshots that made it online courtesy of blackberryempire provide us with a glimpse at the Photo and Video Gallery apps in the platform, and at the capabilities it will have to offer to users.  Among these, we can count the option to go to the BlackBerry World for new purchases, along with the possibility to easily sync media with a desktop or laptop through the use of BlackBerry Link.

BlackBerry 10 users will also have at their disposal various means of keeping their content organized, and the aforementioned screenshots show sections such as “Recent,” “Camera,” and “Library” present in the OS.

BlackBerry 10 screenshots
Image credits to BlackberryEmpire

Super Talent VLP DDR3

There used to be a time when memory modules, like all other pieces of hardware in a computer, were large, bulky, ugly things. Now, though, there are various ways to make them small, and Super Talent is eagerly using them.

DRAM and NAND chip maker Super Talent has formally introduced a new collection of memory modules with a very low height. They are seventeen in number and range from low-capacity but standard voltage to high capacity and low voltage, and every combination thereof. The IT player made them so that all sorts of PC motherboards and servers could benefit from their use. The low height will not matter so much for PCs, but blade servers will definitely have cause to rejoice, since it will permit them to be thinner than usual.

Just as important, if not more so, is that some of them can function at just 1.35V (versus 1.5V). Power efficiency is always a benefit, and explains why Super Talent describes this new memory set as “ updated green memory modules.” "Decreasing overhead in a data center is an easy way for a company to reduce costs. With Super Talent's Green Memory, power and cooling costs can be easily cut while maintaining speed and reliability for a company," said Shimon, VP of engineering, Super Talent Technology.

The amount of FR4 material used in the construction of the new RAM is 38% less than normal, even while sticking to JEDEC standard schematics. The capacities go from 2 GB to 8 GB. For details on each and every last module and kit, prospective buyers can go here, or take a look at the table embedded on the left.  If it's green memory but not RAM that people are looking for, Super Talent has also launched some new DuraDrive solid-state drives earlier this month (January 2013).

Super Talent VLP DDR3
Images credits to Super Talent

Samsung Galaxy S IV for AT&T Emerges in UAProf as Samsung SGH-I337

Galaxy S IV, the next flagship Android-based smartphone from South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung, might be set to land on shelves in the United States with model number SGH-I337 attached to it, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

The handset was spotted in a User Agent Profile featuring this model number and packing a 1080x1920 pixels display, which could be none other than the full HD screen that Galaxy S IV was long rumored to feature.

The UAProf points at an AT&T smartphone, based on the fact that the Galaxy S III landed at this carrier as the SGH-I747, yet it remains to be seen whether it will indeed prove to be the successor of this handset. The phone was spotted with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and should land on the global market as GT-I9500X, Ameblo notes.

UAProf for Samsung SGH-I337
Image credits to Samsung

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