Asian fans of the HTC one M8 that launched in the US last week who are waiting to get their hands-on the device will be able to get it soon. The M8 will roll out to most of Asia by early May according to reports.
The report comes from a company spokesperson who said the rollout for most of Asia would begin in early May. That would seem to indicate the device would be available in the first week or so of the month. HTC has launched the One M8 in Singapore.
The smartphone launched in Singapore this week at a price of 998 Singapore dollars with availability on April 5. That equates to about $792 here in the US. Presumably, that is the unlocked and no contract price for the phone, but that is unclear. The global launch for the smartphone is April 11.
If you have spent much time on Google+, you like many others, have probably noticed that here isn't as much going on there as there is on other social networks. Google is apparently trying to show people that there are visitors to its social network.
It has enabled a view counter on the profile page of the Google+ service. The number of views shows up beside the number of subscribers you have on the profile page, below your picture. The views number is an aggregate amount of views for posts, photos, and the profile page.
The number should prove or disprove the theory of many that they are wasting their time on Google+. I can see some brands or people not wanting the number of times their content has been viewed showing up. Those people can opt to turn off the views counter.
Wearable electronics are the hottest thing in tech right now and with things like fitness trackers, smartwatches, and head mounted displays being released every week, it was only a matter of time before the DIY community joined the party. Today, MbientLab has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its new MetaWear development and production platform that is designed to make DIY wearables easy, cheap, and fun!
MetaWear is designed around a small ARM processor and Bluetooth LE platform that is small enough to fit in arm bands, watches, headbands and more. MbientLab has optimized Metawear for cost and shrunken the Bill of Materials, so that use can take its design and move straight into production with your finished product. The entire development board is about the same size of a US quarter and is CE and FCC certified by TCB lab in California, meaning that no additional paperwork needs to be filled out.
A few days ago, we mentioned that some images had leaked that were supposed to be a new line of tablets from Samsung. Samsung has now made those Galaxy Tab4 tablets official. There are three different tablet models in the series, and they are all very similar.
The only real differences between the tablets are the screen size and the battery capacity. All three tablets can be had in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and mobile broadband equipped versions. They all use a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and have screens with 1280 x 800 resolution. All three offerings also use Android 4.4 for the operating system. Rear cameras have 3MP resolution with the front camera having 1.3MP resolution.
Rounding out the feature list for the trio is Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Glonass. The quad-core processors are paired with 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM on all units. They also all have microSD card slot for expansion.
HP has taken a beating on its purchase of WebOS from Palm. The sell off of WebOS left many investors in the computer maker upset. They were angry enough that they filed a class action suit against HP. That suit now has a settlement offer on the table.
HP has agreed to a $57 million settlement that will be placed into an interest-earning escrow account. The money will sit there until the judge presiding over the case decides whether he feels that the deal is good enough. The suit was filed by some major investors of HP after the company talked up its major WebOS plans only to back out and sell the asset off later.
The plaintiffs are a number of institutional investors that are angry about what HP said publicly and planned privately to do. The suit that was filed lists information given from unnamed HP employees that claims while HP was saying it would flood the market with WebOS devices; it didn't plan to launch the first devices using the OS until 2013.
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead or other zombie movies and shows, you probably have wondered how you would fare in a zombie apocalypse. I know I would not want to be in a major city in the event of a zombie outbreak, too many people to be turned. I'd certainly rather be in a rural area.
A site has taken a bunch of statistics on gun owners and fitness along with data gleaned from Facebook and cobbled together a list of the states most likely and least likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. The list is entertaining if you like zombie shows, but ultimately the research is a bit weak.
The publisher of the list doesn't even give us a key so we know what the points mean. It appears the less points in a category, the better. I also take issue with Texas being labeled as not surviving the zombie hoard. We may not have as many paintball or laser tag places as some states, but there are three gun ranges within a 15-minute drive of me in a city of 100,000 people. I think a gun range and a real weapon is the best training. The best state to be in according to this list if the zombies come is Alaska with the worst being New Jersey.
Mozilla's new CEO has come under a lot of fire lately because of his negative stance on gay marriage. In fact three of Mozilla's board members resigned over his appointment to the CEO position. Today the entire company is catching more flack due to Brendan Eich's anti-gay politics, with OkCupid notifying every Firefox user of his stance on gay rights and urging them to use another browser that is headed up by a more equal rights friendly CEO.
OkCupid is not outright banning Firefox users from accessing its site though, and has a small link at the bottom of the letter that lets users pass through to the full site. Mozilla takes issue with the new CEO over a $1000 donation he made to support proposition 8, the bill that would have banned gay marriage in California. OkCupid says that if gay marriage were banned world-wide more than 8-percent of the relationships it has created would be illegal.
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This morning Tesla Motors announced it is teaming up with Apple to design and release a special edition of Tesla's Model S electric vehicle that matches perfectly, the colored anodized finish of Apple's iPhone 5S smartphone models. This news puts an end to months of speculation surrounding a secret, behind-the-scenes meeting between Elon Musk, Tim Cook and Apple & Tesla executives.
"This partnership signifies both Apple and Tesla Motor's commitment to releasing products that its users demand as well as continuing the cutting edge design that both companies are known for," Tesla said in a statement. "Apple's expertise and assistance with anodizing has been paramount to getting this project off the ground. In late 2014, the first iPhone Gold, Silver, and Space Gray Model S vehicles will roll off the line, thanks to Apple's amazing commitment."
Tesla says that Apple has been hands-on throughout the entire design process, and has helped the team tackle the enormous task of anodizing an entire car with a uniform, blemish-free color coating, just like that on the iPhone 5S models. The surface finish is said to be of the same hardness as an iPhone 5S, leading it to be very resistant to scratches from keys, road debris, and bumps in parking lots. Apple says that it only makes sense to merge qualities from the best iPhone ever made, with the best electric vehicle ever produced, and with both the car and iPhone carrying the model designation of "S," it was destined to be.
The man behind a successful Microsoft computer scam was handed a four-month suspended sentence, in what was a rather clever scam. Mohammed Khalid Jamil, based in Luton, England, created a fake company and outsourced calling efforts to an Indian firm, which led to British citizens cold called from people posing as Microsoft reps.
Victims were targeted for around $60 up to $250, and scammers would be given remote access from victims - leading to poor PC security - and a "software fix," a Microsoft-provided software patch available for free, which would solve the problem.
Jamil needs to pay $8,300 in fines, along with $9,440 in compensation, then pay almost $24,000 in court restitution penalties.