Two months ago Sprint announced that they would be the official launch partner for a new comer device from Sharp. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal as it is aptly named is rather interestingly design Android powered phone with a very unique edge-to-edge screen that dominates the upper section of the phone.
The AQUOS Crystal offers up an edge-to-edge 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and a micro SD slot with support for a 128GB card. The device offers a 2040 mAh battery that is rated for 13 hours of talk time. As for photos, you get a 8MP rear camera with flash and a fairly standard 1.2MP front facing camera. (Yes, it is down at the bottom.) It also launches with Android 4.4.
Sharps big push is the AQUOS Crystal design. However, in their promo video for the device, they spend a great deal of time talking about the camera software and the audio. In the audio department the AQUOS Crystal boasts Harman/Kardon LiveStage technology mixed with CLARI-FI. The CLARI-FI technology is said to restore all types of compressed digital music back to their original sound quality. Another sound achievement, or difference compared to other devices in the market, is how you hear your calls. There is no earpiece speaker. Rather it uses the entire screen panel as a speaker. They call it a direct wave receiver.
On the camera side of things Sharp has put some pretty cool features inside. You get the usual smile detection , panorama shot and sequential shot options, but you also get framing advisor and night catch. Framing advisor helps new, and seasoned, photographers use various grid overlays to set up image composition.
Kind of cool really. Night catch will brighten backgrounds and the subjects to help you take better shots in low light situations.
Overall the Sharp AQUOS Crystal packs quite a few things that make it a stand out device. Possibly the most impress thing is that the device is listed for $149.99 with Boost Mobile and is available today. The press release lists that it is also available for the same $149.99 price tag for Sprint Pre-Paid, but I am not seeing on the pre-paid site just yet. However, it is live at Best Buy and will be at Radio Shack on October 21st. It will be making its way to Sprint on October 17th for $0 down and monthly payments of $10. The suggested retail price is $239.99.
Any interest in this guy?
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GT Seeks to Void ‘Oppressive and Burdensome’ Agreements With Apple, Outlines Sapphire Wind Down Process
Yesterday, lawyers for Apple’s bankrupt sapphire production partner GT Advanced Technologies notified the court that court that the company would be seeking to “wind down” operations at its sapphire production facilities in Arizona and Massachusetts, while also pursuing efforts to escape from contracts related to those operations.
In a pair of filings today, GT has followed through on those plans, with one filing asking for court approval to void its contracts related to the operation, calling the terms of its contracts with Apple “oppressive and burdensome.”
As discussed in detail in the Supplemental First Day Declaration, the agreements imposed oppressive and burdensome terms and obligations on GTAT. The contracts and leases…provide no benefit to GTAT’s estates, and GTAT’s continued performance under the Agreements is no longer a viable business option. […]
GTAT has determined that the Agreements are no longer necessary for GTAT’s business operations. The Agreements also are not a source of potential value for GTAT’s future operations, creditors, or interest holders and constitute an unnecessary drain on GTAT’s resources.
GT believes it will be able to pursue further claims against Apple, but is unable to do so at this stage of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and so has asked that the agreements be voided while maintaining its right to pursue future claims against Apple related to the agreements.
GT’s second filing addresses the wind down procedure for its sapphire production facilities, noting that sapphire boules currently being grown in furnaces are valued at roughly $20,000 each and take up to 30 days to grow, and thus it is in the interest of the company and its creditors to allow boules already being grown to be completed.
[M]erely “pulling the plug” is not a viable option given the significant value of GTAT’s equipment at these facilities (most notably, the sapphire growing furnaces) as well as the significant value of the sapphire boules that are currently being grown in the furnaces (a process that can take up to 30 days). For these reasons, GTAT has developed the Wind Down Process, which will allow GTAT to wind down its sapphire manufacturing operations in as orderly a manner as possible while preserving the value of its assets.
The first stage of GT’s Wind Down Process involves maintaining a crew of 75 employees to monitor ongoing sapphire growth and then remove the boules and prepare them for sale, a process expected to be completed by mid-November. The second stage, requiring 15 employees, involves the cleaning and decommissioning of the furnaces themselves to preserve their value. Finally, roughly 35 employees will be needed to “shut down and clean up” the Arizona facility, with final closure coming by December 31.
Overall, GT projects that 890 employees will lose their jobs with the shutdown, with the company seeking approval to spend approximately $65,000 in incentives to ensure certain qualified employees remain with the company during the wind down process.
Apple has not commented publicly on the matter beyond its initial statement expressing surprise at GT’s bankruptcy filing and pledging to work to preserve jobs in the area.
(Image: GT sapphire furnace)
Pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus started today in China, with sales from the country’s three carriers hitting one million units, reports Chinese publication Tencent (via Fortune). This figure includes orders processed by China’s major wireless carriers and does not account for those orders accepted by Apple or the more than 6,000 resellers that also opened iPhone reservations today.
While pre-orders officially began on Friday, October 10th, Chinese website JingDong started accepting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reservations last week. In its first week, the website processed more than 9 million reservations, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus almost equally popular among consumers.
Apple launched its new iPhone models in September with sales reaching 10 million in the opening weekend. Demand for the new iPhone models remains strong, with Apple reportedly pushing back production of a rumored 12.9-inch iPad in order to boost the company’s iPhone 6 Plus supply first.
Boost Mobile confirmed that it would begin selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus starting next Friday, October 17, reports CNET. The new iPhones will join the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Boost’s existing smartphone lineup.
Boost Mobile, a division of Sprint, offers a no-contract prepaid service that requires users to purchase their phones at full price and pair them with prepaid mobile cellular and data plans. Unlike its competitors, Boost offers the iPhone at a discounted price, taking $100 off the full retail price of each available model. Prices start at $549 for the 16 GB iPhone 6, with the iPhone 6 Plus priced at $649 for the entry-level 16 GB model.
Boost’s mobile plans include unlimited talk and texts along with data available in 1 GB, 5 GB and 10 GB allotments. From now until November 3, Boost is taking an additional $5 off the cost of its prepaid plans. Plan prices now cost $35 monthly for the 1 GB plan, $45 monthly for the mid-tier 5 GB plan and $55 monthly for the 10 GB option.
Boost joins several other prepaid carriers offering the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prepaid options for the iPhone also are available from Consumer Cellular, Straight Talk, Net 10, and others.
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The practice of sending messages in bottles (or other floating vessels) has been used to determine the flow of oceans and relay military information. Of course, folks also use the method to serendipitously send correspondence to whoever should stumble upon it. The same principle applied to a contest that designer David Colombini entered as a young lad. With the goal of seeing whose balloon would travel farthest, he and other children released them, and Colombini’s made it from Switzerland to Austria. Now, he’s made Attachment: a student project that accepts messages from a website, attaches them to biodegradable balloons and floats them off “haphazardly to a potential recipient.”
Messages can take the form of text, images or videos (via links, we’d surmise) that the setup prints, stuffs into a biopolymer tube and tethers to the inflated object before taking flight. A crowdfunding campaign helped Colombini finance the construction of the machine that’s capable of sorting the entire process, except for rolling the paper and tying off the balloon. “The basic idea was to take a stand against the current use of smart technologies by creating a poetic concept, using current technology that allows us to communicate differently and rediscover expectation, the random, and the unexpected,” the project page explains. Unfortunately, you can’t send messages at the moment as the project is ongoing, but the goal is to make the rig fully automatic for use at museums, galleries or festivals in the future.
Filed under: Misc
Do you like video games? Have you been playing them for, like, 30 years? Well good news: that gum you like is going to come back in style! Okay, okay, we’re just really excited that Twin Peaks is getting a third season. But also, classic games from the likes of MicroProse, Accolade and Infogrames are being brought back to life care of Tommo and Night Dive Studios under the name “Retroism.” Starting today, Retroism is bringing back games from that trio of studios and “other iconic publishers,” and the initiative kicks off with Sid Meier’s Colonization, Pirates! Gold Plus and Covert Action.
Retroism isn’t exclusive to any particular platform, instead choosing to distribute via Steam, GOG.com, Amazon, Humble, and several others. And the two companies behind Retroism aren’t exactly new to the concept: Tommo relaunched the Neo Geo platform with Neo Geo X, while Night Dive Studios helped to bring System Shock 2 back into playable form.
Beyond this week, Retroism is aiming for weekly releases “throughout the fall,” both as individual games and in bundles. There doesn’t seem to be a defined pricing structure, nor is it clear if Retroism releases will arrive on various distribution stores all at once. Here’s hoping it doesn’t follow the Square Enix/Nintendo model of charging insanely high prices for nostalgia-fueled purchases.
Source: Tommo/Night Dive Studios
President Obama found a place in the heart of many techies during his first campaign thanks to his staunch support of net neutrality. Six years later the debate still rages on, but Obama’s position hasn’t changed. During a Q&A in California on Thursday the President reiterated his support for the principle saying:
“I made a commitment very early on that I am unequivocally committed to Net Neutrality… Tom Wheeler, knows my position. I can’t-now that he’s there-I can’t just call him up and tell him exactly what to do. But what I’ve been clear about, what the White House has been clear about, is that we expect that whatever final rules to emerge, to make sure that we’re not creating two or three or four tiers of Internet.”
That statement seems to stand in opposition to the current proposal sitting in front of the FCC which leaves plenty of wiggle room and loopholes for creating tiered service. Of course, he stopped shy of calling for broadband to be reclassified as a Title II service, which critics have said is essential for preserving true net neutrality. Reclassifying broadband under Title II would allow the FCC to regulate it as a “common carrier” like telephone lines, and would demand that ISPs act in “the public interest.”
[Photo courtesy of Getty, taken by Kevin Mazur for WireImage]
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Snapchat is a photo sharing service known for its temporary nature: you send a photo to a friend, a few seconds later the photo disappears and is erased. If you snap a screen of the image, Snapchat tells the other person. That’s the elevator pitch, anyway. A variety of third-party apps skirt around that temporality, enabling users to secretly save the images they’re sent — occasionally of the nude variety — and anonymous internet forum 4chan is claiming it hacked one of those apps to access hundreds of thousands of images. Worse, those images are allegedly tied to usernames. Yes, that means your images may be at risk of exposure. Snapchat can’t confirm the alleged leak because it didn’t involve the company’s servers if it did happen, but the company says its data centers are secure. Here’s what Snapchat told us:
First things first: don’t panic. The images from the leak aren’t actually online just yet, making the hack a claim at most right now. So, what allegedly went down?
4chan users, posting anonymously, say that the third-party service Snapsave was hacked. Snapsave is a third-party app for both iOS and Android that enables users to save snaps without the other person knowing. The posts allege that Snapsave uses cloud saving, and when it was breached, the cloud database was downloaded with approximately 200,000 images. Snapsave has yet to return our requests for comment, and 4chan says to expect the image database online by October 12th (this Sunday).
Due to the recent hacking of various celebrities and the subsequent leaking of images depicting said celebrities in the nude — which was dubbed “The Fappening,” a reference to an internet term for masturbation — some media outlets are calling this alleged breach, “The Snappening.”
Update: Snapsave rep Georgie Casey says, “Our app had nothing to do with it and we’ve never logged username/passwords.” Moreover, he says that Snapsave doesn’t run on a cloud setup.
A report on Business Insider states the service in question is known as “SnapSaved” (the same name, but in the past tense), a website that enabled Snapchat users to log in and save their images. “The service acted as a web client for the Snapchat app that allowed users to receive photos and videos, and save them online,” BI writes. “What its users didn’t realize was that the site was quietly collecting everything that passed through it, storing incriminating Snapchats on a web server, with the usernames of senders attached.”
The website “www.snapsaved.com” no longer resolves — as of this writing, it’s just a blank white page.
Apple is preparing to remove all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail environment, according to a reliable source who spoke to MacRumors. The inventory change will begin early next week, with instructions for removal being sent to employees in the coming days.
The reasons behind this removal were not disclosed, but it is very likely tied to to Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics. As part of this deal, Apple obtained the popular Beats headphone division as well as the company’s subscription music streaming service. With Beats now featured prominently by Apple, either Bose or Apple may have decided to end their retail relationship.
Bose also has a new sponsorship deal with the National Football League that has seen the league prohibit players from wearing Beats headphones while in the presence of television cameras at practice and on game days. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick defied the ban by wearing bright pink Beats headphones at a postgame press conference last Sunday, a move that saw the league hit Kaepernick with a $10,000 fine.
Apple acquired Beats Electronics earlier this year in a deal worth $3 billion. Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre reportedly have assumed senior roles within the company and are said to be working to improve Apple’s influence in the music industry. This partnership may help Apple as it supposedly negotiates with music labels in order to lower the price of its Beats Music service ahead of a planned revamp rumored for February of next year.