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Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint HTC 8XT retail package

I was given an HTC 8X at the Windows Phone 8 launch event and loved the design that seemed to disappear in your hand. Sprint hasn’t seen much Windows Phone love, but has two decent options for customers. I’ve been using the HTC 8XT for a couple days and wanted to share some first impressions.

The HTC 8XT from Sprint brings a mixture of HTC’s best with design aspects of the HTC 8X and 8S, along with features from the excellent HTC One. It is available now from Sprint for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

Hardware

It comes in California Blue and at first glance looks like a slightly larger 8S with a different shade of color on the bottom button area. Specifications include:

  • 4.3 inch 800×480 pixels resolution Gorilla Glass display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB integrated storage with microSD card (up to 64GB supported)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, and NFC
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches and 4.9 ounces

As you can see this is more of a mid-range device with the lower resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and processor. Then you see high end aspects with the HTC BoomSound speakers, Beats Audio, NFC, and 1GB of RAM.

Like the HTC 8X, the 8XT feels great in your hand and if I was a Sprint customer looking for a Windows Phone then this would probably be the one. The camera has been improved over the 8X with a more attractive design around the lens and new HTC Camera utility. The HTC Camera utility gives you some different effects to use when you capture your photo, just like the HTC One camera utility. You also get the ability to capture photos in burst mode with the software then selecting the best shot so you can make sure to capture the best photo. You can also capture still images while recording video, something again seen on HTC Android devices.

Software

The HTC 8XT launches with Windows Phone 8, which is a very functional OS that has enough apps to compete with iOS and Android. You will find all the typical Windows Phone 8 functionality in the 8XT with some HTC-specific experiences included. Windows Phone 8’s latest Data Sense utility is included with Office, OneNote, Wallet, and more. Don’t forget you can also download and install HERE Maps from Nokia on the 8XT.

HTC includes their weather/news/stocks utility, handy flashlight app, photo enhancer, unit converter, and utility to manage space on your device. As I mentioned earlier, they also provide an HTC Camera app similar to what Nokia does with their special apps. I haven’t taken a ton of photos yet, but so far I am pleased with the camera performance and functionality of the HTC Camera application.

Sprint also includes apps and services, but like all Windows Phone devices you can easily remove anything you want, unlike on Android devices. Sprint apps and services include Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, Visual Voicemail, and Slacker Radio.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Telenav Scout on the HTC 8XT since I find this application to be quite useful on my iPhone 5. I did not know they had a Windows Phone 8 client and after trying it on the HTC 8XT I saw it is also available on T-Mobile Windows Phone devices so I installed it on my new Nokia Lumia 925.

First experiences

The HTC 8XT is a solid Windows Phone device for Sprint customers. The device feels excellent in your hand and the resolution looks good on a 4.3 inch display. All the user reviews on the Sprint site show nearly all five star ratings so it seems Sprint customers like the device so far.

The light weight and curved design of the 8X always appealed to me and the 8XT continues that look and feel. With the soft touch material all around, the 8XT doesn’t slide around and the California Blue looks great.

I understand that there is still no LTE coverage in the Puget Sound area so I won’t be able to test out those speeds unless I travel in the next couple of weeks. With Seattle being the home of Microsoft and Windows Phone, I find this lack of LTE to be rather disappointing.

Acer M5 Series Notebook Line Strengthens newest

Acer M5 Series Notebook Line Strengthens newest

Acer back strengthening M4 Series flagship notebook line by presenting models M5-583P-6428 new to the market. Based on the use of the latest advanced technology, the latest Acer laptops visited the market with a number of its best features like Display Technology (WiDi) for wireless streaming to HDTVs, HDMI output, and much more. And even for the sake of optimizing the performance of voice over Dihadirkannya, powerful sound system that involves Dolby Home Theater v4 audio, four 2-watt speakers on the front side and the technology package Purified Acer reportedly also included in it.

Besides equipped by a 10-point capacitive touch screen measuring 15.6-inch multitouch which supports a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, Acer M5-583P-6428 is also fully supported by the Intel Core i5 processor reliability in collaboration with a capacity of up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM plus 500GB hard drive .

Support Acer Instant Connect technology makes the process of access to the internet connection to four times faster than normal, while the Intel Smart Connect feature will make the connection to access applications / online services / social networking sites such as Facebook, Outlook and others continuously refreshed during internet network is still connected, and can also serve to determine whether the PC is in sleep mode or not.

Not only that, the use of battery 4-cell Lithium Polymer 3560mAh accompanied PowerSmart feature also makes the device capable of operating up to 6.5?? Hours duration on the condition of the battery is fully charged. It is said to last up to 4 years into the future without losing any potency and decreased performance.

In the U.S. market alone, the latest Series M5 notebook Acer is reportedly now been introduced to the market with a price tag starting around $ 699.99 or the equivalent of 6.97 million dollars per unit.

Radeon HD 8970M Mobile Graphics Chip Fastest Claimed

Radeon HD 8970M Mobile Graphics Chip Fastest Claimed

Jakarta – Radeon HD8000 officially announced, but not for the desktop computer but notebook users. It was not just one variant, there are some models that are ready to fill the mainstream segment, performance, and enthusiast.

In the mainstream segment, AMD Radeon HD 8500M prepare and HD 8600M. Entrusted to fill class performance on the Radeon HD 8700M and HD 8800M. While the top-class enthusiast who inhabited occupied by the Radeon HD 8970M.

Interestingly, AMD Radeon HD 8970M claimed as the fastest mobile graphics chips today. The claim was based on the known specs diusungnya rely kecepetan clock 850 MHz (900 MHz when turbo mode is active), 1280 stream processors and RAM speed of 1.2 GHz.

This specification combinations touted able to achieve a score of 2304 GFLOPS performance on a single computational precision. While achievement in computing by 144 GFLOPS double precision.

While the first notebook product will apply, as quoted from MaximumPC, Wednesday (15/05/2013), is MSI GX70 which is present as a gaming notebook. To prove his supposedly MSI also bundled game Crysis 3 in the product.

Powerful laptop at a Time Rich Graphics

Powerful laptop at a Time Rich Graphics

JAKARTA – Toshiba Satellite C40D could be a consideration for those who are looking for a laptop with a budget of less than Rp 5 million. Budget that much for a laptop is indeed impressive entry entry-level segment. Just do not worry, the name of the Toshiba could be a guarantee of the product is far from the predicate Abal Abal.
SPECIFICATIONS of the list handed Toshiba, Satellite C40D not stated clearly underestimated laptop features and performance is poor. Instead, Toshiba has crammed the new product is released in early July with the latest features and technology.
Toshiba provides an opportunity to dissect out the Tribune called as laptop devices in Indonesia to adopt AMD Quad-Core A4 Acceerated Processing Unit (APU) with integrated AMD Radeon graphics card.
Toshiba also provides convenient storage of the data on the laptop’s hard drive. Field capacity up to 500GB, this hard drive can also be designed to absorb shock or impact so that data is not lost.
For example, performance. Toshiba Satellite C40 is running on the Windows 8 operating system Single Language. Surely it’s the operating system will not run comfortably without sustained specifications that qualified innards. APU AMD A4 processor which integrates with the Quad Core AMD Radeon graphics card is so warranty Satellite C40 plus 2 GB of RAM can execute all software and multimedia applications smoothly.
Offal is enough to guarantee the Satellite C40 is powered laptop and rich in graphics which presents a different experience with other products in the market. Satellite C40 feel engrossed invited to work for all computing activities.

Former Apple CEO Advises to Stop Producing BlackBerry Hardware

Former Apple CEO Advises to Stop Producing BlackBerry Hardware

Former Apple CEO John Sculley gives important advice to the BlackBerry. In a statement, he said that BlackBerry should change its strategy and stop producing hardware.

Sculley, who served as CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993 said that BlackBerry should focus on developing a secure messaging applications. He also believes that by developing it, the BlackBerry can be developed and can be equated himself with the world renowned brands like BMW.

John Sculley himself known as a user of BlackBerry products. Even more recently, this time he’s using new products from BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry itself is still struggling in the smartphone market. Although they’ve launched a new smartphone such as a BlackBerry Z10, Q10 or Q5, a Canadian company that still has not been able to raise significantly the BlackBerry name.

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Jakarta – Not long after AMD launched its latest graphics processor, the Radeon HD 7790, to fill the mainstream classroom, Nvidia did not remain silent and be ready menggeber rival product through Boost GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

Naming Boost on the back of the mainstream series leads directly to the clock speed that it has, which of course has got a touch of ‘turbo’ from Nvidia. Boost rumored GTX 650 Ti GPU Boost feature.

With these features, the GTX 650 Ti Boost which actually has a clock speed of 980 MHz can dynamically increase the clock speed to 1033 MHz as needed. Moreover Boost GTX 650 Ti has 768 CUDA cores armed, 64 TMU, 24 ROP.

While the sector is supported by the use of GDDR5 memory running on a 192-bit interface that comes with a capacity of 1 GB and 2 GB respectively by Nvidia priced at USD 149 (USD 1.4 million) and USD 169 (USD 1.6 million) . Similarly, as quoted from Techpowerup, Wednesday (27/03/2013).

Latest Google Gadget Specification: New Nexus 7

Latest Google Gadget Specification: New Nexus 7

San Francisco – Google officially released its new gadget, New Nexus 7, in the show “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai”, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Sundar Pichai is the Senior Vice President of Google Chrome fields, Android, and Apps.

New Nexus 7 is still holding Taiwanese manufacturer Asus. Body New Nexus 2 millimeters thinner than his brother. Glossy casing. In terms of audio, now Nexus has dual stereo. Also two camera, 1.2 megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear. The size of the screen resolution is also encouraged so 1,920 x 1,200. In the 7-inch screen, the resolution makes the display reaches 323 ppi density, up from 216 ppi on old Nexus.

Offal New Nexus 77 also pretty wild. Cipnya made by Qualcomm, Snapdragon Pro 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB RAM. To connect an HDMI dilengkai slimport, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and LTE high-speed Internet connection (for certain countries).

The New Nexus battery contents can dicas with wireless charging. But the battery capacity shrinks when compared to the previous generation, reaching 4,325 mAh battery. While the New Nexus just 3,950 mAh. Also lighter weight 50 grams. Screen is also thinner bezel.

Although the battery is more stingy, Google promises this gadget is more efficient because the new operating system, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Some new things that exist on the Android series of which could be used by the multiuser customize profile, Bluetooth smart, easiertext input, and fast user switching.

One prominent updates on new Nexus series is powered by the Open GL ES 3.0 is very indulgent games enthusiasts. In fact, to complete it, Google also create categories in the application market: Google Play Games.

Android 4.3 will be available starting today. Devices that can instantly update the Android is the Nexus series; Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. New Nexus will be available starting July 30, 2013 coming in a few countries. But Indonesia is not included. New Nexus 7 will be priced at U.S. $ 229 (16 GB + Wi-Fi), U.S. $ 269 (capacity 32 GB + Wi-Fi), and U.S. $ 349 (32GB + 4G).

Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games

Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games

Inspired by the growing trend of motion control in the game industry, Rolocule Games announced Rolomotion. This technology combines the functionality of the Apple TV and iPhone into a new game console. However, in contrast to existing consoles on the market today, Rolomotion does not require additional hardware or sensors to create a gaming experience with motion control.
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Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games
The first game is optimized for this technology called Motion Tennis. With the help of AirPlay mirroring feature and Apple TV, which is stored in an iPhone game can be displayed on screen HD TV. iPhone also changed into game controls and complete console-style gaming experience with the advantages, you do not need to carry a lot of CD / DVD game when they want to play at a friend’s house. Just make sure they also have an Apple TV.
“We are pleased to announce Rolomotion and we think customers will love the experience of playing games with motion control using the iPhone and Apple TV,” said Rohit Gupta, Founder and CEO Rolocule Games. “We have always been interested in the potential of the Apple TV and the gaming industry and I think Rolomotion is our first step in that direction.”
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Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games
Rohit also said that the Motion Tennis is the first game that comes accompanied Rolomotion technology. There are many other games that will be coming in the future. Not only playing themselves, Motion Tennis can be played by two people at once in doubles tennis match.
Rolomotion can be enjoyed with the iPhone 4S and iPod Touch to the top of the 5th generation Apple TV are connected to the 2nd generation or 3rd. Apple TV should have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi or Ethernet network and connected to a HD TV with a minimum resolution of 720p.

Tizen protype Display Tablet Appears on Internet

Tizen protype Display Tablet Appears on Internet

A tablet operating system Tizen has just appeared on the internet. The emergence of the prototype tablet Tizen Tizen obtained from Indonesia who has a chance to look deeper into the tablet.

The tablet has a screen size of 10 inches and using the Tizen OS is a Linux-based OS developed by Intel with Samsung. According to the plan, the operating system will also be used in a variety of devices, from smartphones, tablets, laptops and even systems for vehicle bermotoro.

Tizen tablet prototype that appears is from a Japanese company called Shisutena. The tablet is also scheduled to be introduced this year in Japan. According to the Indonesian Tizen, this tablet will come with Tizen OS 2.1.

The tablet has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The tablet also comes with 802.11n WiFi, 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP camera on the front.

Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2, PC Portable LCD TV to Change Android Devices Being Great

Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2, PC Portable LCD TV to Change Android Devices Being Great

Want to feel the sensation of the Android experience to a jolly? If so, the latest portable PCs known as Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 this might be an alternative solution.

With features and capabilities that it has, you can use Android SmartTV Thanko Quad-core 2 is to convert non-Adroid devices such as LCD TV into an Android device.

PC portable measuring 122x175x121mm and weighs 250g is complemented by a 1.6GHz Quad Core CPU, operating system Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a built-in 2GB memory. And thanks to the existence of two existing USB terminal, you can use it with a keyboard, mouse, portable HDD and so on.

While about prices in Japan itself, Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 priced around ¥ 14,800 or the equivalent of 1.5 million dollars per unit.