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Apple survey from 2010 shows why people went with Android over iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:40 pm

Some good is starting to come out of the Apple vs Samsung legal battle. For instance, this survey that was released in the court documents shows the major reasons that customers chose an Android phone over an iPhone. Curiously enough, the reason given most was that people didn't want to change their carrier.

 

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Looking at the numbers, it appears that AT&T's iPhone exclusivity damaged sales of the phone as people didn't want to jump ship to the carrier. They instead chose to purchase an Android, possibly resulting in a larger uptake of the operating system. The second largest reason, 36%, was that users trusted the Google brand.

 

43% Wanted to stay with current provider

36% Trusted Google brand

30% Preferred larger screen

27% Preferred Android Market

26% Wanted better Google services intergration

25% Wanted latest and greatest smartphone

25% Wanted turn-by-turn GPS

25% Wanted latest and greatest technology

 

Interestingly, the features that have come to be known as defining differences, bigger screen, latest and greatest technology, didn't turn up as high as other answers. They rang in at only 30% and 25%, respectively. The survey also indicates that 25% of Android buyers considered an iPhone. This group of people should be the respondents to this survey.

Google increasing its travel prowess, acquires Frommer's

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Good ol' Google is trying to become the one-stop shop for everything you could ever need. While Google Maps is great for planning a route, it doesn't tell you what sights to see, where to stay, or where to eat. That's where Google's latest acquisition could come into play. Google has announced that they have acquired Frommer's, a renowned travel guide provider.

 

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No plans or purchase price has been divulged, however, it seems as though it could be to extend the Zagat team that Google owns. "The Frommer's team and the quality and scope of their content will be a great addition to the Zagat team," a Google spokesperson told CNET in an e-mailed statement. "We can't wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world."

 

Frommer's mainstay has been printed travel guides. With the Google acquisition, it's not clear whether or not Google will continue printing the travel guides or make them online only. It'll be interesting to see how other players in the travel industry will take this latest Google acquisition. Several companies expressed concerns over previous Google travel company acquisitions.

RumorTT: iPhone 5 pre-orders to begin September 12

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 8:30 pm

We've already heard the rumor that Apple will be holding a press event September 12 to announce the new iPhone 5, among other things. Shortly after that event, rumors have pegged September 21 as the day the iPhone 5 will start shipping. Now, a new rumor has popped up saying that September 12 will see the start of iPhone 5 pre-orders.

 

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iMore is citing sources that have provided "accurate iPhone launch dates in the past" to give credibility to these claims. If the press conference and pre-orders start the same day, this will be one of Apple's most aggressive launches to date. Previously, pre-orders would start a few days to a week after the press event.

 

Furthermore, iMore is saying that international launches of the iPhone 5 will occur in the first week of October, likely October 5. Additionally, rumors have said that Apple will be updating the entire line of mobile products with a new, smaller dock connector, along with releasing the rumored iPad mini. This could end up being the largest press event in Apple's history.

Sprint offering free ZTE Optik tablet, requires smartphone purchase and two two-year contracts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 7:34 pm

Sprint has a deal running for new and existing customers, but it has a catch. Sprint is offering a new ZTE Optik tablet with any smartphone purchase, provided that you sign a two-year contract for the smartphone...and the tablet. That's right, this weekend's rumors turned out to be true now that Sprint has officially confirmed the deal.

 

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The tablet that Sprint is offering features a 1.2GHz processor and 16GB of storage packed behind a 7-inch screen. It's not the greatest tablet ever unleashed onto the world, but, for the price, can't be faulted. The tablet must be purchased in the same transaction as the smartphone in order to receive the discount.

 

Sprint hasn't said how long this deal is going to last, so if you've been thinking about jumping ship to Sprint, or getting an upgrade, now may just be the time to do it, provided you want to get a tablet and a second bill.

Xbox 720 'Durango' development kit sold on Ebay for $20,100

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 6:31 pm

Someone who managed to get their hands on an Xbox 720 'Durango' development machine took a big risk by throwing it on Ebay. Turns out that the big risk was seemingly worth it as the auction has now ended with the sales price being just a bit north of $20,000. But don't worry as "All proceeds go to charity. And by charity, I[he] mean my[his] new car."

 

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Posted by user SuperDaE, this was the latest move in a series of leaks that were sure to be angering Microsoft. Prior to this auction, DaE had been leaking images of the tower. This tower is nowhere near what the final version of the product will look like. It is just the hardware so that game developers can start making games ahead of launch.

 

Since the appearance of the development kit isn't known by anyone except for those who have it, it's a bit difficult to say if this is the real deal. The case looks like a standard computer case and could easily house standard PC components. We will have to wait until the purchaser goes public with the details.

 

The ended auction can be seen on Ebay. What are your thoughts? Think Microsoft bought it? Think it's the real deal?

Google+ Hangouts On Air gets Studio Mode, ups sound quality for real-time sound broadcast

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 5:31 pm

Google has been extremely active over the past few weeks launching update after update. Today, the latest update is for Google+, more specifically Google+ Hangouts On Air. Since its inception, bands have used Google+ Hangouts On Air to "perform live for global audiences, and jam with fans face-to-face."

 

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Right now, Hangouts On Air has pretty bad sound quality that is optimized for speed and voice, not high-quality live music. However, Studio Mode aims to turn the sound feed into a seemingly CD-quality stream that has full stereo and a higher bit-rate. As of right now, the update has only been pushed out to 25% of users.

 

Google has produced a YouTube video demonstrating the difference between the audio. Take a listen for yourself, using a pair of high quality headphones for the best effect. With the new audio quality, it's hard to go back to the original. But don't take my word for it--watch the video below:

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T-Mobile-branded Samsung slider is now known as the Galaxy S Blaze Q, is slated for August 15 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:25 am

It looks like Samsung's T-Mobile-branded phone, now known officially as the Galaxy S Blaze Q is nearly here. The image below is thanks to TmoNews, and its showing off that it's a slider, and sports a full QWERTY keyboard.

 

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The Galaxy A Blaze Q comes out on August 15, and Samsung had already stated they would be announcing a new Galaxy on this date. How does the Blaze Q spec against its other Galaxy brothers? Well, we're looking at a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

 

Display-wise, it reportedly contains a 720p display, and a rear camera capable of taking 1080p video. It should arrive with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it might come with an schedule for an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Note II could sport flexible display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 9:29 am

Samsung's Galaxy Note II isn't too far away, with the 5.5-inch 'phablet' rumored to sport a flexible AMOLED display. Korea IT Times is reporting that the new Note could feature the screen tech, and that Samsung have been working with the technology for quite a while now, and are looking to bake it into the Note II.

 

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Flexible AMOLED is said to provide a much tougher handset, which means it should be able to take more than a drop or two before it hurts the phone. The technology, even with the word 'flexible', won't actually bend, but Samsung will slightly bend the screen onto the phone. With this slight bend, and the combination of an unbreakable plane display technology with its plastic substrate, it would provide the Note II with a much, much tougher screen compared to those found on competing handsets.

 

Samsung's flexible AMOLED tech will also give Samsung a little bit more room to move inside the phone, where we should see a bigger battery than what the original Note featured. Samsung have already confirmed that they'll be revealing the Note II in Berlin on August 29. This news just makes me want it even more.

Google to cut 20% of Motorola's staff as the company moulds their acquisition for its use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 8:26 am

Google haven't done too much with their Motorola acquisition, but it seems like things are about to change. Considering Motorola has quite the workforce, as well as the capability to manufacture devices on a massive scale, to their own specifications, Google have been sitting on this immense power.

 

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But, it looks like 20% of the acquired company's workforce is being cut, leading to around 4,000 job losses. This is on top of the closure of 94 offices, too. The New York Times has reported that the Mountain View-based company has sliced 40% of Motorola's vice presidents, so it's not just the blue collar workers redoing their resumes.

 

Google are probably retooling the company after the acquisition, so there was always the fact of job losses.

Samsung unveils refreshed Series 7 Gamer notebooks, sports 3D display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 7:37 am

Samsung's first dedicated gaming notebook has come and gone, and the refresh is just pulling up on the finishing line. Samsung's Series 7 Gamer notebook has been refreshed, with the company using their Samsung Tomorrow blog to tell the world.

 

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The new build is called Series 7 Gamer Yellow 3D, and if the 'yellow' and '3D' weren't strong enough hints, we're looking at the GPU being upgraded, the screen is 3D-capable, and it comes in yellow. The GPU in question is AMD's Radeon HD 7870M, and the screen is a 14.3-inch SuperBright (400 nit) 3D LED display.

 

The refreshed Series 7 Gamer comes with an 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage. Availability isn't known just yet, but those in Samsung's homeland can grab one of these bad boys for 2.99 million Won, which is around $2,643 US.

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