It hasn't even been a week since criminals infiltrated Building 261 at JFK International Airport and stole approximately 3,600 iPad minis, but the FBI has reportedly arrested a suspect involved in the caper.
The suspect that's currently in FBI custody was part of the three-man operation whose job was to be the lookout while the two other suspects worked on loading their truck with the iPad minis.
Thanks to @evleaks, we have yet another mobile device leak, this time the ZTE Grand X Pro. With most leaks, we usually get a quick glimpse of a render of the Grand X Pro, along with some specs - not this time, though.
The ZTE Grand X Pro, judging by the leaked render of it, sports an edge-to-edge screen, and from the looks of things, stock Ice Cream Sandwich. No capacitive buttons anywhere, either. This isn't a bad thing, but usually ICS-based smartphones sport physical buttons.
No carrier information or specs isn't good, but the render does look nice. If ZTE can hit a nice price point, they could be onto something quite good here. More details should hopefully surface soon.
Most of you may have missed out on getting the oh-so-awesome Nexus 4 when it sold out in a matter of just minutes last week, but it looks like the 16GB Nexus 10 is in stock with both the US and AU Google Play stores.
The 16GB Nexus 10 is available, but the 32GB version is not. I'm guessing they all got scooped up in the Nexus 10 launch madness - but hey, if you're like me and don't use much of the internal storage - this is a great time to jump in and get one.
Check your Google Play store, and if you want to purchase one I'd say jump in now, because once the news is out - they might sell awfully quickly.
Powerbook Medic have down a detailed teardown on the recently launched Nexus 10 from Samsung. After they've pulled that high-res 2560x1600-pixel screen, the insides get peeked at.
They've found that the battery, processor, and flash storage are all genuine Samsung-made parts. Considering that Samsung make components for most of the other big players in the mobile market, it would make sense for them to bake their own goods into their own product.
Powerbook Medic found that there's not much glue used, which is good news, meaning that the Nexus 10 can be pulled apart easily - requiring just a few tools.
The purple haze appears to be a phenomenon with most high-end smartphone cameras, not just something limited to the iPhone 5 and a few others. The latest device to join the purple haze party is Google's recently released Nexus 4 smartphone, which is selling quite well, if you hadn't heard the news.
As you can see in the picture above, the purple haze affects this brand new device just as much as the others. It only shows up in a few different lighting scenarios, so people should try to avoid these few conditions that will lead to the purple haze. Mainly, avoid shooting towards bright lights that are just out of frame.
The current thought regarding the issue is that the hard crystals that are used as lenses impart the purple hue because they are not perfectly clear. When the light comes roughly straight through, it doesn't present a problem, but as it reaches the outer parts of the lens, the purple color becomes apparent. Of course, this is only a theory.
Let's just hope that the manufacturers can work out the purple haze issue so that I can take whatever type of pictures I want--even though I know not to shoot with a bright light in the background.
A new rumor is placing the Galaxy S IV as being announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas in a couple of months. The latest rumor comes from Asi Economics and says that the new Samsung flagship device will be introduced in January at everyone's favorite technology show, CES. Not only do we get an announce date, but Asia Economics has also reported some specifications.
The new Galaxy S IV is said to be coming with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen that measures 5 inches. It's said to be an HD AMOLED display, and if the resolution and size are accurate, it would come with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch, which is higher than any of the Retina displays utilized by Apple.
Other rumored specifications are that it will come with a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities. If it didn't have either of those two specifications, the device really would be dead on arrival. If the rumors prove true, rest assured that TweakTown will have the scoop for you come CES 2013.
Earlier today we had HP exec slamming Microsoft's first roll out into the tablet world with their Surface tablet, and now we have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer taking a few swings at Android and iOS - why can't we all just get along?
Ballmer had a discussion with LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman at a Churchill Club event, where they talked about a variety of tech-related topics. One of the topics included during the talk were Ballmer's comments on the top players in the mobile industry. Ballmer said that Google's mobile OS, Android, was a little "wild", saying that compatibility issues and vulnerability to malware as two serious issues.
The talk turned to Apple, where Ballmer noted that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker have tight control over their system, with prices being quite high. Ballmer pointed out the fact that iPhones have a $1,000 MSRP in Russia. Because we all know that the Russian market is just oh-so-important. Ballmer then started talking about how to get a premium product in a more "relaxed ecosystem" without paying a high price for this luxury.
During an interview with IDG, HP's PC business chief, Todd Bradley, had a few not-so-kind words for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Bradley said that Surface is "slow" and "kludgey", adding that he doesn't even consider Surface as competition to HP.
Considering HP's problems over the last year, and the fact that they don't even have a tablet on the market, that's some very strong opinion being pushed into the world. But, Bradley was the CEO of PalmOne before joining HP in 2005, but considering the failure that HP had in the tablet world, Bradley's words are very hollow.
HP's TouchPad complete disaster in 2011 saw the company avoid the consumer tablet market completely, and according to Bradley, HP won't look into the tablet space until 2013:
We're not entering the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We'll be doing something next year, but you won't see a consumer tablet from HP before Christmas.
I will now pin all hopes on HP having a much better tablet than Microsoft's Surface, which sells more than MS did, and is the opposite of "slow" and "kludgey". If not, be prepared to eat those words, Mr Todd Bradley.
I was lucky enough to get in and get a Nexus 4 in Australia within 20 minutes, which felt like no effort at all - although my delivery was meant to arrive yesterday, I rang FedEx and they've said that there was a stuff up with Google, and it has been delayed in China - boo. Now I won't get my Nexus 4 until next week - #firstworldproblems.
Well, those not lucky enough to score a Nexus 4 will have to wait another few weeks, as the Mountain View-based search giant have been sending out emails to those who backordered a Nexus 4, telling them to expect a Nexus 4 to ship out "within three weeks". Google have decided to be a great company here, and in order to stem the pain of not scoring a Nexus 4 with the first batch, they're waiving shipping charges and will allow consumers to cancel their stock if they find a Nexus 4 at a local T-Mobile dealer.
Samsung don't just have a twelve-month release cycle like their competition, nor do they just have one flagship product, with a second in development. They continue to innovate, and try to keep more than one portion of consumers happy - this latest news could change the entire market.
Samsung have been working on bendable screen technology for a while, but according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, they're working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable". The South Korean company are reportedly in the final stages of development, and hope to be the first company on the market to start mass production of the interesting new technology.
The new unbreakable screens use OLD technology to emit images, as OLED is thin and can be put onto flexible displays. Instead of using glass, plastic is used to make the phones lighter, with the more durable display. Samsung have told the WSJ that they are already some consumers testing out the new display, and according to an unnamed source in the report, Samsung hope to bake this new tech into displays and put them on the market in the first half of 2013.
Throughout the years of going to movie theaters, I've experienced pretty much every kind of rude behavior a person can experience including witnessing a group of pre-teens urinating on the movie screen. But the not-so recent trend of moviegoers who absolutely need to be on their cell phones during a movie is especially annoying as their phone screens always distract me no matter how much they try to conceal their device. If a new program from Cinemark takes off, moviegoers may finally learn to keep their phones in their pockets or purses for the duration of the film.
Cinemark has announced a new program called CineMode which is an application that will keep track of a moviegoers cell phone usage during a film. When the application is launched, CineMode will dim the users' cell phone screen and ask them to set their phone to vibrate. If the user is able to keep their mitts off their phone for the duration of the film, they will be presented with a digital coupon that can be redeemed for a discount on a future movie at a Cinemark theater.
The iPad mini may not have been something Steve Jobs would have wanted Apple to produce, but a team of thieves are probably grateful they exist as they were able to pull off quite the heist earlier this week as roughly around 3,600 iPad minis, worth around $1.5 million, were taken from a cargo building in JFK Airport.
The crime took place before midnight on Monday night at Building 261 as the thieves stole two pallets worth of iPad minis. The thieves used the airport's forklifts to move the pallets into a truck, but left behind three more pallets when an airport worker who was returning from dinner stumbled onto the crime.
If you're based in Taiwan, and were waiting for the latest HTC One series smartphone to go on sale, according to ePrice, it is now on sale in Taiwan. The latest release is a little bit special, sporting a beautiful white look, as well as something else very special.
Out of the box, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+ dashed on top. 64GB of internal storage is included, if the deal wasn't already looking good. The same screen, processor, RAM and camera are all the same as the previous One S - but those few changes in color and OS are definitely a plus-one for most.
Unfortunately, there's no ETA on whether this will jump across to any other country outside of Taiwan just yet, but if you were looking to pick up this nice-looking HTC One S, it's going to set you back 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or around $616.
If Apple is to be believed, the new iPad is a mere 0.37mm thick, a claim that not even the most Apple-crazed fan could believe. To put that number in perspective, let's take a look at some other things that are roughly that thick. It's about the same as mechanical pencil lead, or four human hairs stacked together.
It's a typo, that's for sure, and a funny one at that. Apple is usually a perfectionist company, a company that would never stand for such an obvious mistake. Of course, the correct size, .37 inch, is stated in the accompanying text and official spec page. I'm just wondering if anyone will get fired over this.
Apple seems to be on a downhill trend as of late. Stock price is tumbling, typos are popping up, and products just don't seem to have the same pizazz. Typos such as this are a personal favorite of mine, so if you know of any or find any, please let me know!
Windows Phone 8 is here, but it hasn't made that much of a wave in the market yet, and now Sprint are looking to not even bother selling any Windows Phone 8-based devices this year at all. Sprint are reportedly waiting it out, until next year, to see how Microsoft's latest mobile OS is received.
TechCrunch have reported that the US carrier is waiting to see if Windows Phone 8 is worth the investment, but haven't released an official statement just yet. They could be delaying it for their $20 billion acquisition by Softbank, and don't have the time or money to invest in a yet unproven platform, especially with iOS and Android are already so strong.
Windows Phone 7 wasn't received that well compared to the mobile OS competition found in Google and Apple's offerings, so Sprint are probably just playing a waiting game. I don't blame them, and I would be doing the same thing. If there was an absolutely killer Windows Phone 8-based smartphone, like the iPhone was when it came out - then that would be different. As good as the Nokia Lumia 920 is, it's not the absolute be all and end all of smartphones.
Previous rumors have now materialized, with T-Mobile offering nearly all Samsung devices for free on contract over the coming weekend. November 16-17 will see the US telco offering sales on pretty much every Samsung device on offer for $0 on contract.
The savings will come in the form of a mail-in rebate, meaning that if you were looking to grab a Samsung Galaxy S III on a Class Plan, you will still have to dump $299 down onto the counter, but you'll get a $299 mail-in rebate in return - not bad at all, but not the best considering you still have to cough up the cash first.
There is a phone missing here, which is the Galaxy Note II, but considering the phone just launched and that T-Mobile's on-contract price is still very expensive, it makes sense. A Galaxy S III for $0 on-contract is pretty good, and you can't complain about that.
HTC states you need 512MB of RAM for Jelly Bean updates, One V, Desire C to stay on ICS unfortunately
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been here for a little while now, but HTC are slowly rolling out the deliciously-named OS to their handsets, and will continue to do so as soon as carrier testing is completed. But, which exact HTC phones will receive the new update is the biggest question, with the company reviewing their 2012 handsets to see which will receive JB updates.
Two phones that won't be receiving JB updates are the Desire C and One V, as HTC usually requires 512MB of RAM or more in order to bake Jelly Bean onto the devices. For 2011 handsets, they'll also be under consideration once the 2012 units are finished with.
They've also noted that they plan to post "generic development ROMs" of Jelly Bean for the One X and One S to its developer site as soon as they're fully ready. Isn't that an interesting development for HTC?
HTC's new device, the Droid DNA, packs some serious hardware into a slick form-factor. The powerhouse features a 1080p screen packed into only 5-inches, meaning it has a pixel density of 440 PPI. This high density puts it at the top of any available mobile device on the market, an impressive feat.
HTC claims that they have made the screen brighter than that of the One X, a screen that people are already impressed with. The viewing angles are said to be improved up to 80 degrees, which HTC has compared to the Galaxy S III's 30 degree viewing angle. It also runs a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, and 2GB of RAM.
It's got an 8-MP camera, 16GB of storage, Beats Audio, and NFC. It also comes with support for the Qi wireless charging standard. Verizon customers will be able to pick up the new Droid DNA on November 21 for $199 with a two-year contract. Keep in mind, this is a phone, not a "phablet" as it is slimmer than the S III and doesn't have a stylus.
Ever since I got myself a smartphone and tablet, the majority of my messaging takes place on those devices than on my computer. I rarely use text seeing as alternatives like Google Talk and iMessage are around, and it now looks like other smartphone users are starting to take notice of alternatives to text messaging as it looks like its use is dropping in the U.S. for the first time.
According to a report by Chetan Sharma, who is a mobile analyst and consultant for wireless carriers, in the third quarter of 2012, cellphone users in the U.S. only sent an average of 678 texts a month. Previously, the average rate of text messages being sent was 696, which isn't necessarily a huge dip in use, but a dip nonetheless.
Based in Australia, at the time of writing this, it is 4:11pm in my state (South Australia). The Nexus 4 was set to go on sale "Tuesday 13th of November", which was 16 hours ago for me.
This morning I woke up, and starting my round of work for TweakTown, keeping the Nexus 4 order page open. Every time I finished a piece of news, I'd check back and refresh the page, after a few times the "notify me" turned into "order now". I clicked it with anticipation and filled out the details for my credit card and scored a Nexus 4.
I sat back thinking, do I really need this - as I get some seriously bad buyers remorse sometimes, but I think this is definitely worthy of replacing my Galaxy S II flashed with a customized ROM (Cynanogen Mod 9). I then had fellow TweakTown-er Matthew Wu tag me on a post on Facebook telling me the Nexus 4 had sold out - oh really!