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Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th

Are you a smartphone user with an itchy trigger finger? Listen up. Rockstar Games has announced that the one and only Max Payne will begin terrorizing your iOS and Android devices in the very near future. The wares will be available for Apple-branded gear (iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, along with the iPod touch 4 and all iPad iterations) on April 12th, and Google’s implements two weeks later on the 26th. Max Payne Mobile is promising to deliver HD graphics, high resolution textures and exclusive content via the company’s Social Club service to your miniaturized screen. Rockstar did not elaborate on which Android sets would be supported, but promised to publish a full list “in the coming weeks.” Limber up those thumbs, charge up that handset and get ready to lay waste to… pretty much anything that moves.

Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple stock hits $600 ahead of new iPad launch

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Shares of Apple stock briefly jumped above $600 shortly before the market opened on Thursday as investors anticipate the launch of the new iPad. Apple’s iPad, which is already available in Australia, launches in preliminary markets at 8:00 a.m. local time. The tablet features a new high-resolution 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display, a faster dual-core Apple A5X processor, an upgraded 5-megapixel camera and an option for integrated 4G LTE connectivity. Shares of Apple stock had dipped back below $600 at the time of this writing.

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Nokia PureView technology confirmed for Lumia Windows Phone family

Monday, March 5th, 2012

During Nokia’s press conference at Mobile World Congress 2012, the Finnish smartphone maker introduced the Nokia 808 PureView. The handset is equipped with a jaw-dropping 41 megapixel camera, a 1.3GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and the dated Symbian Belle operating system. The high resolution 41 megapixel sensor features Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology that allows you to zoom in without any loss of clarity when taking pictures at low resolutions. Nokia’s VP of Marketing, Jo Harlow, confirmed to Finnish newspaper Aamulehti that its PureView technology is heading to the Windows Phone mobile platform as a part of the Lumia series of smartphones. Harlow said that “it will not take very long” for the feature to come to its Windows Phone handsets, although he didn’t give a precise timeframe.

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Quantum dots could increase fiber optic bandwidth up to 10 times (video)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Quantum dots could increase fiber optic bandwidth up to 10 times (video)

Nothing screams World of Tomorrow quite like quantum dots. Alongside the possibility of paint-on solar cells, the technology could also multiply optic fiber bandwidth by up to ten times. The Photonic Network Research Institute at NICT has been able to crank up the capacity of the data transmission system by combining a light source and photonic crystal fiber. The quantum dots act as the light source, and via the NICT’s new “sandwiched sub-nano separator structure” [above], they can be tweaked to work at 70THz — far in excess of the 10THz frequencies typically used. Aside from optical communications, the potency of these high frequencies allow it to pass beyond skin, opening up the use of quantum dots to medical scanning and high resolution cell imaging. Is there anything these dots can’t do? Catch a slightly more technical explanation in the video right after the break.

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Quantum dots could increase fiber optic bandwidth up to 10 times (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Photos of purported iPad 3 part suggests tweaked internals

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Photos of a part that is allegedly an iPad 3 component suggest that the tablet will continue to use Apple’s 30-pin connector, as opposed to microUSB or another popular industry-wide standard port. Images of the piece were published by Macotakara, which spotted them on TVC-Mall.com, a website belonging to an Apple parts reseller. Apple has included the 30-pin connector on the iPad, iPod and iPhone since the iPod first made its debut. A microphone mic flex cable ribbon leaked earlier this month by TVC-Mall also suggests that the iPad 3 will feature a cosmetic redesign, which may include a thicker case in order to make room for a new high-resolution display. The iPad 3 could launch as soon as March or April and the company is rumored to have an “iPad mini” in the works as well. A few more images of the iPad 3′s purported 30-pin connector follow after the break.

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Leaked part hints at upcoming iPad 3 redesign

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A leaked component that is purportedly part of Apple’s unannounced iPad 3 suggests that the tablet may feature a brand new design. The new part is a microphone mic flex cable ribbon that was leaked by TVC-Mall. Unlike the iPad 2, the flex cable in the iPad 3 makes a U-Turn, suggesting additional components have been reconfigured within the iPad 3′s case. Redesigned internal hardware don’t necessarily mean the iPad 3 will will feature a cosmetic redesign, but earlier reports claimed that Apple’s new iPad would feature a thicker case in order to accomodate a high-resolution display panel that isn’t quite as slender as the iPad 2′s panel. The latest rumors suggest Apple could unveil the tablet as soon as March or April, and it may also be working on a new smaller iPad model that will launch later in the year.

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Samsung announces dual-core Exynos 5250 SoC clocked at 2GHz

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Samsung on Wednesday announced the Exynos 5250, the company’s latest system-on-a-chip (SoC), which packs two ARM Cortex-A15 processors clocked at 2GHz. Samsung said the dual-core chip, which will be used primarily in high-end tablets, offers about twice the CPU performance of its existing products that are equipped with a pair of ARM’s 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processors. The Exynos 5250 supports 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution displays and also offers more than four times the graphics performance of existing ARM Cortex-A9 chips. Samsung expects to mass produce the Exynos 5250 during the second quarter of 2012. The full press release, translated from Korean to English, follows after the break.

Samsung Electronics, the industry’s first Cortex-A15-based development of the mobile AP

- The industry’s first Cortex-A15 core applied 2.0GHz ‘Exynos 5250′
- The industry’s first ultra-high resolution WQXGA (2560 * 1600) display support

CHANDLER, Ariz. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – November 30, 2011 – Samsung Electronics, the industry’s first next-generation Cortex-A15 equipped with 2.0GHz (gigahertz), high-performance dual-core mobile AP ‘Exynos 5250′ was developed.

‘Exynos 5250′ a 32-nm low-power HKMG (high-k metal gate, High-K Metal Gate) process was applied, one can process two instructions per second by 14 billion (14,000 DMIPS) based on the existing 1.5GHz dual Cortex-A9 Core Products (7,500 DMIPS), compared to about twice the CPU performance has been improved.

Primarily in high-end tablet PC mounted ‘Exynos 5250′ which evolved into a high-resolution ultra-high resolution according to the tablet market trends WQXGA (2560 * 1600) displays are supported.

In addition, when implementing a still image of the mobile device of the AP without additional signal transmission timing of the display screen with the images stored in the controller itself implements (Panel Self Refresh feature) at the system level power consumption is reduced.

‘Exynos 5250′ 3D graphics performance for 3D graphics processing speed significantly strengthen the existing Cortex-A9 based products has been improved compared to the more than four times. Stereoscopic 3D display in mobile environments (Stereoscopic 3D Display) and you can enjoy high-end 3D gaming is.

In particular, rapid data processing, 3D graphics, implementation, and support high resolution display of the most important memory bandwidth (Memory Bandwidth, per second, the ability to read and store data in memory) This 12.8GBytes/sec was improved by 2 times compared to existing products.

The Samsung Electronics ‘Exynos 5250′ release of the sample and mass production plans for the second quarter of next year.

Vice President of System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics yidojun the “Cortex-A15 with dramatically improved the processing power of next-generation mobile AP core,” said “Samsung Exynos 5250 users with low power and high performance of the mobile environment to provide a new level,” he said.

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iPad 3 with high-res display is definitely happening, analyst says

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Will Apple’s next iPad have a high resolution screen? At this point, we hope so. We’ve typed the rumor so many times that our fingers are getting numb from reporting on it. LG’s CEO already confirmed his company is building a Retina Display for the device, we’ve heard Samsung and Sharp are also involved, we’ve seen rumors that it will offer a dual-LED light bar and we most recently reported that LCD builders are already shipping the new screens in volume. Now, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says Apple is definitely releasing a high-res iPad. “It’s happening — QXGA 2048 x 1536,” Shim told CNET. “Panel production has started. There’s three suppliers.” The big question we’re all wondering is when Apple will launch the device. Several reports suggest Apple will release a lower-priced “iPad minibefore the company launches the iPad 3 during the second quarter of 2012. For our sake, and the sake of our tired fingertips, let’s just hope it happens soon.

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New iPad due in March, aluminum iPhone 5 may launch this summer

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Apple reportedly plans to launch a slightly thicker (0.7mm) iPad in March with a dual-backlit display and a new high-resolution screen. It may be shown off in January if it’s ready in time, iLounge reports. In addition, iLounge cites its “most reliable source” in stating that Apple will likely launch the iPhone 5 next summer. In contrast to a number of rumors, the site says that the iPhone 5 does not have a tear-drop design. Instead, it will be 8mm longer than the current model and will sport a metal case as well as a 4-inch display. Lastly, Apple’s MacBook Pro line will be updated in 2012 and the new models will be thinner than the current generation notebooks, the report claims.

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iPad 3 displays reportedly shipping in volume, but what about Apple’s iPad mini?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Apple’s LCD display panel suppliers are already shipping panels for Apple’s next-generation “iPad 3″ by the millions according to a new report. Citing unnamed industry sources, DigiTimes on Friday reported that Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Sharp shipped a total of one million high-resolution displays for Apple’s next-generation iPad, which will enter production in January. Volume in November is expected to ramp to up more than 2 million units, the report said, and touch module suppliers TPK Holding and Wintek are expected to begin shipping components this month. According to DigiTimes, the touch modules to be used in Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 successor are comparable to the modules in Apple’s current iPad. Read on for more.

Reports surrounding Apple’s next iPad already conflict. Claiming an inside track, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White recently said Apple is working on an “iPad mini” that will launch early next year. According to White, the “mini” refers to the tablet’s price rather than its size, however; the analyst says Apple’s new tablet will be the same size as Apple’s iPad 2 but it will be priced in the mid to high-$200 range. Apple’s will then release a more powerful iPad 3 in the second quarter according to White.

Other reports claim Apple’s mini tablet will in fact be a smaller iPad model that will launch in addition to a full-size iPad 3 with a new Retina Display. Taiwan’s United Daily News reported last month that Apple has a new smaller iPad model in the works with a 7.85-inch display. DigiTimes’ report on Friday also mentions the smaller slate, suggesting that Apple has already taken delivery of display samples for the new tablet. According to the report, however, Apple’s smaller iPad is still in the early stages of development and it remains to be seen if Apple will add the tablet to its iPad lineup.

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HTC Rezound hands-on

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We just spent a couple minutes with HTC’s latest and greatest, the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless complete with Beats audio, and it’s surely positioned as an iconic media device. It’s reasonably thin, packs 4G LTE, a super high resolution 720p display which looks amazing, and that’s not mentioning the 8-megapixel camera with improved optics and low-light performance. And then, of course, there’s Beats audio processing that will work with the included Beats headphones or ones you might already own. All in all, Verizon’s lineup for the holidays is incredible, and the HTC Rezound will surely be music to a media-centric person’s ears. Check out all of the photos in our gallery!

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Traktor Kontrol S2 digital DJ system shaves a few inches and bones off its big brother

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Traktor S2

Look, last year’s Traktor Kontrol S4 was pretty damn awesome but, at $1,000 and about the size of your average Williamsburg DJ, it wasn’t exactly for everyone. That’s where the S2 comes in. Instead of four channels, it’s a “2+1″ setup that supplements the two standard audio ones with a dedicated sample channel. You still get the same high-resolution jog wheels and integrated 24bit / 96kHz sound card, but Native Instruments managed to shave a few inches, pounds and bucks off its predecessor. At $669 it’s much more affordable — still not exactly an impulse purchase, but within the range of most serious hobbyists. Check out the gallery bellow as well as the video and the PR after the break.

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T-Mobile to offer prepaid phone in 6,000 Family Dollar locations

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

T-Mobile announced on Tuesday that it is now offering the LG GS170, a prepaid phone, in 6,000 Family Dollar stores around the United States. As you might expect from a phone being sold at a dollar store, the $30 GS170 offers a relatively basic feature set. It offers a large keypad, a VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and support for e-mail. The phone will be available with T-Mobile’s no annual contract Monthly 4G plans, which includes the carrier’s $50 unlimited talk, text and web option. “T-Mobile’s track record for providing quality service and customer support fits well with our culture and commitment to the customer, and we are very excited to take our partnership to the next level and begin selling the company’s devices as well,” Family Dollar divisional vice president Bob Giles said, suggesting that Family Dollar will begin to stock more T-Mobile devices in the future. Read on for the full press release.

T-Mobile USA and Family Dollar Partner to Make Prepaid More Accessible and Affordable

T-Mobile introduces prepaid device to Family Dollar stores across America

BELLEVUE, Wash., and MATHEWS, N.C. — Aug. 16, 2011 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Family Dollar Stores, Inc. announced the availability of a T-Mobile prepaid device — to complement T-Mobile’s innovative prepaid plans and services — in nearly 6,000 Family Dollar locations, one of the fastest-growing discount retail chains in the United States.

Family Dollar customers now have convenient access to an affordable T-Mobile prepaid phone, the LG GS170. Available for $30 (plus taxes and fees), the LG GS170 offers an intuitive user interface with one-touch speakerphone, large visible keys and a high-resolution color display. In addition, the LG GS170 features a VGA camera, MP3 ringtone capability, Bluetooth® 2.1, text and picture messaging capability, and email support packaged in a sleek, pocket-size design.

“T-Mobile is excited to work with Family Dollar to offer an affordable prepaid device to its customers who seek value and convenience when shopping,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail, T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile is delivering great prices, simplicity and a nationwide 4G network with our prepaid products, which we know Family Dollar customers will find appealing.”

Family Dollar customers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s affordable No Annual Contract Monthly4G plans, including the $50 per month plan featuring unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited Web, with no overage charges and the first 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds*, on America’s Largest 4G Network™ for an unlimited and economical way to stay in touch.

Family Dollar stores will highlight T-Mobile’s products, along with other wireless offerings, in colorful new endcap displays that are conveniently placed in front of each Family Dollar store. In-store promotions and marketing collateral will help customers easily locate and learn more about these new T-Mobile products.

“We have had a great relationship with T-Mobile since 2003 and believe that this partnership has been a key factor in Family Dollar becoming one of the nation’s largest national retailers of mobile airtime,” said Bob Giles, divisional vice president for Family Dollar. “T-Mobile’s track record for providing quality service and customer support fits well with our culture and commitment to the customer, and we are very excited to take our partnership to the next level and begin selling the company’s devices as well.”

All invoicing, shipping and supply functions, as well as other operational and fulfillment needs, will be handled through a partnership with Brightstar Corp.

*Monthly4G plans provide access to wireless service for 30 days; capable device required to achieve 4G speeds. After high-speed allotment is used, speeds slowed to up to 2G speeds for remainder of month. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

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Apple bumps iPad 3 launch to 2012 over display issues, report claims

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Though Apple had never made public its intention to release a third-generation iPad model this year, a new report claims the 2011 launch of the iPad 3 has been canceled. It has been widely reported that Apple intended to launch a new iPad model with a Retina Display this year, however DigiTimes on Tuesday claims Apple has canceled those plans due to display issues. The trade paper’s unnamed sources from within Apple’s supply chain believe the reason for the delay lies in the inability of Apple’s display partners — Sharp, LG and Samsung — to manufacture high-resolution 9.7-inch Retina Display panels quickly enough. DigiTimes says that Apple plans to have between 28 and 30 million iPad 2 units built in the second half of 2011 in lieu of an iPad 3. A report from TiPb late last week claimed Apple would launch its iPhone 5 in October and the iPad 3 would not launch until spring 2012.

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OfficeMax to sell Amazon Kindle beginning August 7th

Friday, August 5th, 2011

OfficeMax announced on Thursday that it will stock Amazon’s popular Kindle eReader in its nationwide stores beginning on August 7th. The company mentions 3G in its press release so we assume it will only carry the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the eReader and not the ad-supported “Kindle with Special Offers” model. The Kindle provides access to more than 950,000 books and offers a 6-inch E Ink display. OfficeMax did not specify the device’s price, but Amazon currently sells its 3G/Wi-Fi model for $189. Read on for the full press release.

OfficeMax Introduces Bestselling Kindle to Expanding Line of Tech Products

Amazon’s innovative wireless reading device now at OfficeMax stores nationwide

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) a leader in office supplies, technology and services, today announced that Amazon’s bestselling wireless reading device is now available at OfficeMax stores nationwide starting Sunday, August 7.

“OfficeMax is thrilled to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle and its related accessories to our customers,” said Ryan Vero, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for OfficeMax. “Kindle is a highly innovative and versatile wireless reader that brings our customers new ways to access and enjoy books and news.”

Kindle is Amazon’s popular reading device that wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and personal documents to a crisp, high resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper.  Kindle fits comfortably in one hand for hours, has an e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright daylight, up to two months of battery life, and global 3G wireless with no monthly fees or annual contracts.  All Kindle Books are “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” — customers can read Kindle books on their Kindles and free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and HP TouchPad. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books and magazines purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in customers’ Kindle libraries on Amazon, where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime. These features, paired with the massive selection of over 950,000 books available in the Kindle Store, have made Kindle the bestselling product in the history of Amazon.com and the bestselling e-reader in the world. OfficeMax will also sell popular Kindle accessories.

“We’re excited that customers will now have yet another way to discover and purchase Kindle,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “OfficeMax will be offering its customers a great experience with Kindle—the ability to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds, read on a screen that is easy on the eyes even in bright sunlight, and carry thousands of books with them wherever they go in just 8.5 ounces.”

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Motorola DROID 3 review

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Motorola has been on a roll. With the introduction of the original DROID handset, a phone that we exclusively showed the world, Motorola has been set on a path of success with Android. The first Motorola DROID was innovative and brought forth a brand new version of Android, Android 2.0. The device featured a high resolution display with full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, and ran on Verizon Wireless’ solid voice and data network. Motorola and Verizon followed it up with an evolutionary upgrade in the DROID 2, but the Motorola DROID 3 is supposed to be the next big step in both hardware and software. I have been using a Motorola DROID 3 for over a week now, and my full review is after the break.

Hardware / Design

The Motorola DROID 3 is taller and wider than the original Motorola DROID from over two years ago, though it’s also a hair thinner. This is due in part to the 4-inch display that replaces the 3.7-inch LCD found on the first DROID and DROID 2. Still, the bezel surrounding the qHD screen seems abnormally large and makes the entire handset footprint very big.

The DROID 3′s build materials are top notch though, complete with a metal bezel around the screen, a soft-touch rubberized finish and high-quality glossy plastic on the back. On top of the device you’ll find a power on/off/lock button in the center along with a 3.5mm headset jack towards the right. The power button itself is recessed and unusually difficult to press, I should add. On the right side there’s a volume up/down rocker, and on the left side there is a mini-HDMI port and a microUSB port. Around back there is an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, and it’s capable of 1080p HD video capture.

The device itself feels reasonably solid, though it really is heavy. Combined with such a large footprint, the Motorola DROID 3 doesn’t feel like a phone that should be replacing the original DROID, even if the internals say otherwise. It’s really big, and seemingly without reason. Phones should be getting thinner and slimmer, not thicker and wider, especially when they’re replacing such an innovating handset like the original Motorola DROID. In my opinion, Motorola’s inclusion of a 4-inch display forced the company to take a step back hardware-wise, instead of leaping forward. This was a trade off that wasn’t worth making.

The display on the Motorola DROID 3 is a PenTile display, used in the company’s other dual-core handsets like the Motorola ATRIX 4G. This display, while using less power over superior qHD displays, looks incredibly pixelated, and cheap. Text is blurry at times, especially combined with Motorola’s custom UI when scrolling between app panes, for instance.

Keyboard

The full QWERTY keyboard has been a staple with all Motorola DROID devices, and the DROID 3′s doesn’t disappoint. It’s easily the best keyboard of the pack, and the best overall on any Verizon Android handset I’ve used. Keys have definition and the keyboard is spacious, complete with a dedicated number row at the top. The buttons also have a perfect tactile feel when pressed, and the backlighting looks very good in low-light conditions. The layout of the keys is even a major win, as most manufacturers constantly muck up key layouts; the keys are placed properly here.

Motorola also included directional arrow keys, which are great to have on the physical keyboard. Oddly enough though, the accent symbols on the keyboard include very rarely used symbols (for most of the U.S. population) like a yen symbol, { } symbols, and comically, even an elipsis.

Software

The DROID 3 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but with Motorola’s customizations you’d pretty much never know it. Google’s fastest Android OS stutters on the DROID 3, and it also faces random slowdowns. Motorola’s UI clearly appears to be the cause. Cheesy animations and effects like 3D scrolling, darkening and lightening of widgets and screen sliding make the device actually feel slower than it is and it’s pretty mind boggling to think that Motorola thinks cheap effects were worth the sacrificed performance in order to try and differentiate their device. The DROID 3 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, but you definitely wouldn’t know it.

Little things software-wise annoy me. For starters, the ability to touch and hold an app and have the phone let you immediately drop it on the home screen was a nice shortcut in Android. Motorola has replaced that with the following functionality: touch and hold an app, and be prompted to add the icon to the home screen, or add it to a group. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s an unnecessary addition to something that worked very well to start. Similarly, most of Motorola’s customizations aren’t enhancing Android, they’re making it worse. And for an OS that already doesn’t offer the ease of use and fluidity of a platform like iOS or webOS, Motorola shouldn’t be making UI changes just for the sake of making UI changes. Instead, the company should be trying to make the platform better and lighter, but it is adding rather than subtracting.

Running Qualcomm Labs’ Vellamo benchmarking tool, the Motorola DROID 3 performed reasonably well as far as raw tests are concerned, though coming in below the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D, and even other older devices like the HTC myTouch 4G and HTC Desire S. This obviously shows the large role that both hardware and software configurations play with a device’s speed, but it’s interesting that Motorola’s flagship handset is slower than HTC’s non-flagship handsets, even with the heavy UI customization that HTC uses with Sense.

Phone / Battery

Talking on the Motorola DROID 3 is one of the worst voice experiences I have had in recent memory. In fact, I can’t actually believe that a network with as high standards as Verizon Wireless would release a device this bad as far as the phone function is concerned. Calls are often choppy and distorted, they cut in and out, and callers on the other end sound incredibly tinny. Volume isn’t that great either, and I’ve had to keep the volume all the way up at all times during testing.

The speakerphone suffers from most of the same issues, with choppy audio, thin sound quality and poor projection.

As far as the battery is concerned, battery life on the DROID 3 is reasonably good. With moderate use, the battery lasts through a day with ease, and you could even probably squeeze out two days if needed. This included some basic web browsing, music playback, and light app usage. As soon as I started playing video, or recording video, or even taking photos, battery life became noticeably diminished. Again, with moderate usage, you should be able to power through a day even with push Gmail and an Exchange server set up, though nightly recharges will be mandatory.

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Conclusion

The Motorola DROID 3 was rushed and I’m betting pushed to the side in favor of the upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic. There is no other explanation. The fact that Motorola and Verizon could release the third major iteration of the original Motorola DROID and have most of the handset’s usability features not live up to the first is disappointing, especially because the phone is more than competitive in terms of raw specs.

Motorola pretty much missed the boat with the DROID 3. While it adds necessary features like a dual-core CPU, global roaming, and a qHD display, the sum of these parts surely doesn’t equal an enjoyable product in every day usage, even if they do on paper. Phone calling is borderline atrocious. The device is just too big and heavy, doesn’t feature a solid UI, and isn’t unique enough to offer a compelling reason to buy one over another Android handset on Verizon, especially not with the Motorola DROID Bionic on the way. Unfortunately, this likely isn’t the DROID you’re looking for.

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Magazine and newspaper subscriptions now available on Kindle for iOS

Monday, July 25th, 2011


Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS application with support for magazine and newspaper subscriptions. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can now browse, purchase, and read from more than 100 newspapers and magazines, complete with high resolution color photos, and the company confirmed that more content is on its way. Amazon customers with existing subscriptions can find recent issues under the “Archived Items” menu inside the application. The update also removes Amazon’s Kindle Store button from the the app now allows users to share quotes and passages with Facebook and Twitter friends. Kindle for iOS version 2.8 is available in the iTunes App Store for free.

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