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Facebook releases "Home" trailer video on YouTube, provides good hands-on look

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:20 pm

Facebook has just posted a "Home" trailer to its official YouTube channel showcasing its upcoming Android home-screen replacement that focuses on your friends, rather than apps.



The above embedded video gives you a good hands-on look at Home and how it works. Clearly the focus here is big on friends and family and staying in touch, and up-to-date even more so than you probably already are.




So, are you excited about Facebook Home? You have to wait one week and you get to try it, if you have one of the Android devices that are initially being supported.

HTC First does exist, is world's first smartphone optimized for Facebook Home

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:05 pm

It looks like @evleaks was spot on once again. At the Facebook Home event, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook has teamed up with AT&T and HTC to design a smartphone that was based around Facebook Home. HTC's Peter Chou stepped up on the stage and proudly presented the HTC First.




The HTC First is a very sleek and very minimalist looking Android phone that was solely designed with Facebook Home in mind and will come in four colors. "It's the only phone that has Home pre-loaded and optimized. That means you're going to have a unique experience", said Chou.




AT&T's Ralph de la Vega then took the stage to talk about AT&T's role in the Facebook Home experience. "This is going to be the best Facebook mobile experience ever, and it's going to be people-centered. We bought into that," he said. "What I like about the First is that it's an LTE device, as you would expect. This phone has the most immersive experience I've ever seen."




The HTC First will be exclusively available through AT&T and will retail for $99.99 on April 12th. No information was given on what hardware it runs or what version of Android it features. We are sure that information will be released shortly, though. AT&T is offering the HTC First through pre-order starting today.

Facebook Home coming April 12th for download on HTC One, One X and Samsung GSIII, S4 and Note II

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:44 pm

The Facebook Home press event is just about done. As we've already covered, there is no new Facebook phone. What is new is the "Home", which is a new UI to replace the home screen of your Android device. The big part of it is "Cover Feed" which automatically shows you a stream of your friend's content from Facebook, as soon as you turn on your phone.




Mark Zuckerberg announced that Home will be available for download on a few Android devices on April 12 in the Play Store.


The devices supported initially include the HTC One, HTC One X / One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note II.




What are your thoughts on Facebook Home and Cover Feed? Let us know if you're excited to try it out. I guess Apple being Apple and containing super tight control over their UI means there will be little to no chance of seeing something like this on the iPhone or iPad.

Facebook "Home" is not a phone, but is a new home screen UI of Android, with "Cover Feed" as the main feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:30 pm

At this morning's Facebook Home event, Mark Zuckerberg debunked recent rumors that Facebook is building a phone. He cited that a great Facebook smartphone would only sell 10 million to 20 million devices, which would equate to reaching just one to two percent of its users.




Instead, Facebook "Home" is an entire user interface in the form of a suite of apps for your Android phone that focuses on people rather than apps. When you start your phone, you get a new home screen called "Cover Feed", which is an automatic scrolling feed that is generated from your friend's activities.




Cover Feed is the foundation of Facebook Home, and is very clean and refined. "There's no Chrome here, no nav, it's all content based." said Adam Mosseri, Director of Product at Facebook. He went on to say, "Typically, all you see is a clock and a snippet of an email or calendar. With Home, we offer more value with that screen."

Raven Studios release source code for Star Wars games after Disney shuts down LucasArts

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:26 pm

The developers of the vastly popular Star Wars game Jedi Outcast, have released its source code in the wake of yesterday's closure of LucasArts. The development company has also released the source code to the games sequel, Jedi Academy, as well.




In a statement Raven said:


"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years. We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry. We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with.


Those interested can hit up the Source #2 and #3 links below to download the source code. Users should note that there is no documentation, support or direction given with either download. If you do happen to create something awesome from the code, please let us know and you just might see it on the front page of TweakTown.

BlackBerry cancels BBM Music service due to lack of popularity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 4:29 pm

BlackBerry has shut the doors on it music streaming service. BBM was BlackBerry's version of a streaming service similar to Rdio or Spotify and this morning the company has announced that after April, the service will close for good on the grounds of a lack of popularity.




For those not familiar with the service, BBM let users download up to 50 tracks a month to listen to offline, but you could also connect to your friends and gain even more music to listen to. The idea was to have a more social interaction with the music and not just a vanilla "build a playlist" style app.


BlackBerry is advising users to begin transitioning to another service ASAP as everything halts at the beginning of May, but says that the shutdown date could change without notice. BlackBerry is not leaving users totally in the dark though as they are offering a free 30 day trial to Rdio premium.

Apple makes age ratings on apps more visible in the App Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 3:58 pm

Apple has tweaked the App Store UI in an effort to make age ratings on apps more visible. The new change is a small and stubble, but easy to notice notification box that is placed beside an apps developer information.




The change comes as consumer groups put pressure on the company to curb content that parents may consider too graphic or obscene for children. This new "Age Rating Box" will do little to prevent such exposure to kids though because as of this posting, the age rating does not show up in App Store charts or search results.


The company is also hoping that the new update will help put out some fires that has arisen over apps like Vine and 500px displaying pornographic material. Personally, I feel that kids will be kids, and they will find a way into things that they are not supposed to get into. A pretty new box of pixels is going to do little to stop that problem.

Samsung's new WiFi-only Galaxy Camera will begin shipping this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 3:10 pm

Samsung is set to release its WiFi-only point and shoot camera / smartphone mash-up this month. Samsung took the tech community by storm when it first released the Galaxy Camera which basically features a fully connected Galaxy smartphone on the back of a full featured point and shoot camera.




Now those who want a smartphone / high-end point and shoot camera, but hate the idea of a monthly data fee can rejoice as Samsung is finally going to begin shipping its WiFi only version just a mere three months after it was announced at CES.


The WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Camera will feature a 4.8-inch Super Clear Touch LCD, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21X optical zoom. The Android Jelly Bean powered device will retail for about $50 less than its cellular data connected big brother, which retails at a price point of $500.

Google and Mozilla develop new web rendering engines that replace WebKit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 2:46 pm

Just as web developers across the world were settling down to enjoy the good life, Google and Mozilla have walked in the door and thrown a wrench into their smoothly running machines. This morning both Google and Mozilla announced that they are moving their browsers to new rendering engines.




Google has announced that it has forked the popular WebKit engine off into a more "manageable for chromium" engine called Blink. Google says that Blink will focus on speed and simplicity, and will still hold true to its WebKit roots. Opera, who just switched to WebKit says that they will follow Google's lead and fully embrace and contribute to Blink.


In a blog post, Adam Barth, a Software Engineer at Google said:


"Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation - so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit."


Not to be left out, Mozilla had its own announcement about a new rendering engine as well. Dubbed Servo, the engine is a collaboration between Mozilla and Samsung, and is coded in an entirely new language called Rust. It will not replace the Gecko engine current versions of Firefox are built around just yet, but the transition will take place at some point says Mozilla.

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RumorTT: Samsung to release the Galaxy Win next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 10:35 am

It was only yesterday that we heard about Samsung's Galaxy Mega range of smartphones, coming in both 5.8- and 6.3-inch, but now there's news of yet another smartphone under the Galaxy umbrella of devices.






The new device is being referred to as the Galaxy Win I8552 handset, with the details of the device unveiling by a Vietnamese mobile retailer, Mainguyen. They've said that the Galaxy Win I8552 will arrive with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, dual-SIM support, a 2000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.