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Apr

HTC publishes Q1 2015 earnings, revenue up 25% year over year


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HTC has just posted its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, showing strong improvements in overall revenue and net profit.

From January 1st to March 31st of this year, HTC earned a total revenue of $41.5 billion, which is up a massive 25% year over year. While this is roughly $1.5 billion less than the company earned in Q4 2014, HTC is still showing many signs of progress. After taxes have been taken out, HTC earned $.36 billion in net profit, or $.43 per share. HTC expects revenue in Q2 2015 to be in the range of NT$46 billion to NT$51 billion.

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Moving into Q2, HTC is certainly putting its best foot forward. The company just recently launched the One M9 flagship at MWC a few months ago, alongside the HTC Grip, their first fitness tracker. Also announced at the show was the HTC Vive, a futuristic virtual reality headset built in partnership with Valve. HTC also recently announced in Beijing the HTC One M9+, a bigger One M9 flagship with a fingerprint sensor slated to make its way to a select number of Asian regions.

If you’re interested in learning more about HTC’s financial earnings, head to the source link below.



29
Apr

Microsoft shows off Windows Holographic running Windows 10 apps


When Microsoft debuted its Windows Holographic software and HoloLens headset a few months back, Windows 10 apps were mentioned as a possibility. Well, at Build 2015 today, the folks in Redmond offered a look at Windows 10 Universal apps in holographic action. During the onstage demo, apps could be placed on walls or set to float in space, and resized based on the user’s needs — something we’d only seen in videos up to this point. Of course, this means that users in different locations can collaborate on 3D models without having to be in the same room. Any Windows 10 app can be used as a hologram with the headset, so getting work done at a place other than your desk will soon be a possibility.

With those apps in play, you can overlay a hologram on top of a physical object and make tweaks without heading back to the keyboard. Just like the real and virtual robots we saw onstage, you wrangle simple changes, like the color of an LED, with gestures and the projected UI. Microsoft partnered with Case Western Reserve University to develop medical solutions for the platform, and those were shown off, too. Up-close examinations of the nervous and skeletal systems are now possible without the use of cadavers, and each of the body’s systems can be displayed as a separate model in seconds. For architects, Windows Holographic brings the ability to walk through buildings without leaving the office, or through those projects that are still just blueprints. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what the final version looks like, but Microsoft’s vision for how we’ll work in the near-future is pretty enticing.

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29
Apr

Your Windows 10 phone is a tiny desktop computer with Continuum


Microsoft just demoed its 2-in-1 Continuum feature on a Windows 10 phone giving the mobile device the ability to become a really tiny desktop computer. Continuum adjusts the UI of Windows 10 on a device from desktop to tablet mode based on what’s plugged into it. If you plug a keyboard and mouse into a tablet or phone, it goes into desktop mode. When those are unplugged, a pop-up asks if you want to enter tablet mode with touch input. Desktop mode includes the Start Menu and Taskbar you usually associate with a full-size computer. For anyone that travels who would like to pare down the devices they pack, this is great. Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore did note that phones would need a hardware upgrade to fully implement the feature.

Filed under: Cellphones, Desktops, Peripherals, Software, Microsoft

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29
Apr

iPad ‘test model’ swiped in Cupertino kidnapping


Despite Apple’s notorious love for secrecy, it famously lost a prototype device in the past (maybe even two), when one of its employees left it in a bar. Now, the company might have lost another: a 20-year-old man reported that a couple robbed his Cupertino home and took an iPad “test model” with them, along with $7,500, prescription drugs and more electronics. It’s unclear at this point what exactly “test model” means, and if it’s a prototype for an upcoming version or one for an earlier iteration. Either way, it hasn’t been returned yet, even though the couple is already in custody.

According to Mercury News, the victim was kidnapped by the duo after answering the woman’s advertisement (its nature wasn’t revealed) and meeting them two blocks away. They all drove to the victim’s house, where his guests pepper-sprayed him at knifepoint. While authorities refused to divulge more details about the tablet, we’ll likely hear more about it in case it’s an upcoming version. After all, Apple has already proven that it’ll go to great lengths to retrieve and protect its unreleased devices.

Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, Apple

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Via: 9to5mac

Source: Mercury News

29
Apr

Evernote’s Plus tier gives you a bit more notetaking for $25 a year


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Until now, Evernote’s service options have been something of an all-or-nothing proposition: either you stick to the free, very limited tier for your notetaking or shell out $50 a year for the full Premium package. You won’t have to pay quite so much after today, though. The company has introduced an in-between plan, Evernote Plus, that unlocks a few key features at a more reasonable $25 per year, or $3 per month. You can only upload 1GB per month, but you get access to offline notes on mobile devices, automatic email-to-note conversion and a passcode lock. It’s enough to help you with some serious life organization or your schoolwork, and not much more. If you do need more, though, you’ll be glad to hear that Premium now has unlimited uploads and larger note sizes. All told, you’re more likely to pay only for the features you’ll actually use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile

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Source: Evernote Blog

29
Apr

iOS 8 Adoption Reaches 81% Following Apple Watch Launch [iOS Blog]


iOS 8 Adoption April 27 2015Apple’s latest distribution numbers show that 81% of iOS devices are now running iOS 8 or later, less than one week after the release of the Apple Watch. 17% of devices used to access the App Store continue to run iOS 7 and the remaining 2% are running an earlier software version.

iOS 8 adoption rose 2 percentage points since Apple shared its last distribution numbers earlier this month, with the Apple Watch launch last Friday likely contributing to the marginal increase. Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or newer.

According to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel, approximately 91% of devices were running iOS 7 at this time last year, meaning that iOS 8 adoption continues to be slower, likely due to a wide range of reasons including software bugs and excessive storage space required to install updates.



29
Apr

Microsoft Announces Cross-Platform Add-Ins for Office Apps, Plans to Bring iOS Apps to Windows 10


Microsoft held its annual BUILD conference for developers this morning, where it made several announcements that may be of interest to Mac and iOS users. First off, the company announced cross-platform add-ins that will deeply integrate third-party apps and services into multiple versions of Office, including Office for iOS.

Microsoft’s add-ins (which can be thought of as plug-ins) will enable a range of third-party services to integrate with Office on Windows, iOS, Android, and presumably Mac when the new Office 2016 is released. For example, Uber might be built into Outlook, letting users call for rides directly from their calendar appointments. Another example shown on stage was PicHit, an app offering a photo marketplace within the PowerPoint app.

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The implementation sounds similar to Apple’s own use of app extensions, letting third-party apps interact with Microsoft’s offerings in new ways, but with Microsoft’s tools, add-ins created for one platform will work on all platforms. On stage, third-party apps integrated into Office were shown off on an iPad and an iPhone 6.

According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, deep cross-platform app integration is aimed at preventing users from needing to jump from application to application to accomplish tasks. The company’s vision is to make it easier to use Office apps and various services regardless of the device the software is being run on, turning Office into a platform.

Microsoft is also planning to make it easier for developers to bring their iOS and Android apps over to Windows 10, its upcoming cross-platform operating system, by releasing new tools. iOS developers will be able to compile Objective C code using Microsoft’s Visual Studio to quickly create apps compatible with Windows 10.

On stage at the conference, Terry Myerson demonstrated an iPad app that had been converted to a Windows 10 app. Getting Android apps on Windows 10 is even easier, as Windows 10 includes “an Android subsystem” to support Java and C++ code Android apps are already built from. App availability has always been the major downside to Microsoft’s Windows mobile devices, as they lag behind iOS and Android when it comes to the number of apps available.

The introduction of tools to make it simple to port existing apps over to Windows 10 could be a huge boon for Microsoft, growing its App Store exponentially in the coming months.

Microsoft’s final Apple-related announcement was the introduction of a Mac version of Visual Studio Code, its former Windows-only coding app. According to Microsoft’s site, the app is free and aimed at letting developers build and debug modern web and cloud applications.



29
Apr

LG takes to its YouTube channel to showcase the G4’s camera


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LG’s G4 features one of the best integrated cameras currently on the market and the South Korean company has chosen a tried and tested way to showcase its capabilities. Earlier today, LG Electronics took to YouTube to demonstrate to the world just how powerful the handset’s shooter is by flying it around the United States attached to a drone. The result is pretty astonishing.

Check it out after the break.

 

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29
Apr

Sprint kicks off new 50% promotion on data plans for tablets


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Sprint has announced that it’s now offering 50% off its 100MB and 1GB data plans for tablets, cutting the cost down to $5 or $7.50 per month, respectively, on a 6-month tariff.

To celebrate the launch of this promotion, Sprint is holding a special offer on the LG G Pad, which you can grab for free when you sign up to a 12-month data plan through Sprint Easy Pay.

Hit the source link to find out more.

Source: Sprint

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29
Apr

Samsung now rolling out Lollipop OTA for all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 in India


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As expected, Samsung has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 update to all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 located in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

All the changes you’d expect to find are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

 

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