4.16.2013

YugaTech

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Facebook iOS app updated to v6.0, brings Chat heads

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 08:15 PM PDT

Facebook has updated their iOS app to version 6.0 which bring new messaging enhancements and features such as Chat heads to both the iPhone and the iPad.

Here’s what’s new in version 6.0:

Brand new ways to chat and a cleaner look for News Feed.

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New for iPhone
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Send stickers to bring your messages to life
• Explore new feeds like Music, Photos and Games

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New for iPad
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Browse brighter, more beautiful stories

Chat heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks.

You can download the update by checking the Updates section of the App Store on your iOS device.

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Sony sold over 4 Million Xperia Z in 40 days

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 01:24 PM PDT

Being first at anything certainly has its perks, and who better to tell us this than Sony who according to analyst said sold more than 4-million of their current flagship device in less than two months.

This success is attributed to the fact that the Xperia Z lacked a strong competition in the 5-inch, 1080p category. Even though HTC beat Sony to the punch when the Taiwanese firm released the HTC Butterfly, it didn't gain too much traction on the market.

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Furthermore, the handset is just simply awesome both inside and out. The deadly combo of gorgeous IP57-certified glass body and quad-core processor with 2GB RAM made it an easy choice for those who are looking for a top of the line handset.

Unfortunately, the source didn't mention where it got the sales information besides citing "analyst". Nevertheless, from what we saw from the Xperia Z, it's got the tools to pull this kind of numbers. You can check out our full review of the Sony Xperia Z here.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: The Possibilities

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 01:07 PM PDT

So, the Galaxy S4 or any other flagship phone didn’t impress you and decided to wait for something else bigger (literally and figuratively). Your best would be the Galaxy Note line and there’s the uncertainty that what you’re waiting for may not be really worth it.

The likely candidate is the Galaxy Note 3. Take these information with a grain of salt as these are not official yet, though some are based on facts and reports.

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Design & Construction

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, 5.8 the Note 8.0 and juxtapose that with the S4 — these are all recent Samsung devices that go above 5-inches in size. Cool thing to note here is that the Mega and the S4 share the same signature, so imagine the Note 3 having a similar design, but in a different screen size.

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While that seems already a bit boring, there are reports from SamMobile that there was actually a metal Galaxy S4 hiding in Samsung’s labs, which everyone there loved, but due to production problems, they didn’t push it through. However, probably due to the likes of the HTC One, Samsung is planning to use this metal build on the Note 3 to change their so-called plastic construction.

Hardware

The Note line has always been like an extension of the S line, as specs were merely just slightly modified across devices. We’re expecting the same amount of RAM (2GB), the same Exynos Octa CPU with a higher clock speed (1.8GHz probably) and the same 13MP camera used on the Galaxy S4.

Battery seems to be always beefed up with the Note line-up with the last one packing a 3,100mAh battery. That’s already huge and we don’t think Samsung to go any lower, so expect it to be around 3,500mAh or higher.

Screen size is tricky to predict. If Samsung keeps the 5.5-inch size of the Note 2, then the lines between the ‘phablet’ and the phone will be blurry since smartphones are already catching up (LG Optimus G Pro for example). They could do the same trick as with the S3 and narrow down the bezel to make room for more screen real estate.

Perhaps a 5.8-inch display but with the same chassis dimensions as the 5.5-inch Note 2.

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Samsung has revealed the Game Pad with the SGS4, which converts your Galaxy phone to a handheld console. The range of screen sizes that it supports is up to 6.3-inches — the same size with the Galaxy Mega. Hence, 6.3-inches is probably the ceiling for the next Galaxy Note’s display, although it’s probable that it could go for 6-inches as Samsung still doesn’t have any device sporting that screen size.

Software

The same report from SamMobile mentioned above stated that Samsung feels confident with its software, and as seen with the Galaxy S4, it did little changes with the UI; they only added more and more features. The thing here is, Google may have released the next version of Android by then, and last year, the Galaxy Note 2 was the first non-Nexus handset to get Android 4.1.

With all of that said, expect the Samsung Galaxy S4′s software on the next version of Android topped with an S-Pen suite. If that holds true, the Note 3 might already have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Estimated Announcement

The first Galaxy Note was announced 7 months after the Galaxy S2 flagship. That long period of wait may be due to the fact that the jump to 5.3 inches is really huge at that time. The following year, it only took 3 months from the Galaxy S3 to announce the Note 2. The time frame is significantly shorter.

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Samsung may give it time for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to sink in. Besides, there’s IFA in Berlin which Samsung normally coincides with their own launches. Our best guess is August or September but if Samsung is really good, it could also be as early as June.

Possible Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs:
6-inch Super AMOLED display @ 1080×1920, 367ppi
Exynos 5 Octa 1.8GHz quad-core CPU
PowerVR SGX 544MP3
16, 32GB, 64GB
Up to 64GB microSD
2GB RAM
NFC
IR Blaster
S-Pen
13MP autofocus, rear camera with LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
2MP front-facing camera
1080p video recording @ 30fps
+-3,500mAh battery
TouchWiz UI 4
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

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Coby to sell Intel Atom MID1054 tablet for Php12,995

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 08:26 AM PDT

Coby has about 2 dozen tablet SKUs already out in the local market (the most in any brand) and it’s also bringing in Intel Atom powered ones this coming June (Coby MID5140).

Based on documents we received, the Coby MID1054 will run on an Intel Atom Z2460 1.6GHz. It’s only a single-core processor but has Hyperthreading so it acts like it’s dual-core. The last device we saw running a Z2460 is the Motorola Razr i XT890 and the benchmarks were really good.

Coby MID1054 specs:
10.1-inch capacitive WXGA LCD @ 1280×800 pixels
Intel Atom Medfield Z2460 1.6GHz
Hyperthreading
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
USB 2.0 port
mini-HDMI port
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.0
2MP rear camera
0.3MP front-facing camera
Android 4.0 ICS
Li-Po 5,150mAh battery

We’re not sure about the graphics but it could also be a PowerVR SGX540 just like the Razr i.

Coby promises up to 8 hours full HD video playback on a single full charge. We’ll check out a demo unit tomorrow and share with you performance and benchmarks. The unit is expected to be released in the Philippines this June and will retail for about Php12,995.

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Cherry Mobile Hyper now out for Php5k

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 02:50 AM PDT

Posted on their Facebook page, the Cherry Mobile Hyper is a new 5-inch Android smartphone that sports a dual-core processor, a 2,000mAh battery, dual SIM capabilities and more, all for a price of Php5k.

The Cherry Mobile Hyper boasts a 5-inch display, reminiscent of other CM phones, with a resolution of 480 x 800, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8625 CPU. It’s running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the 5MP has flash and can shoot 720p video.

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Cherry Mobile Hyper specs:
5-inch 800×480 capacitive display (187ppi)
1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8625 Snapdragon processor
Adreno 203 GPU
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS w/ a-GPS support
Dual SIM
3G
5MP AF camera w/LED flash
720p@30fps HD video
VGA front-facing camera
Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Li-Ion 2,000mAh battery

The phone will be available in black and white color variants and it will retail for Php4,990. CM has been releasing a lot of phones lately; just today, CM’s facebook page also posted a teaser saying “another dragon is rising”. That obviously points to a possible successor of the well-marketed W900 Dragon Phone from the company. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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Google Glass tech specs released

Posted: 15 Apr 2013 11:09 PM PDT

Google’s first foray into wearable technology is Google Glass. While it is yet to go mainstream, we have to admit that this is a really cool tech that everyone would like to try. So if you’re curious to find out what this device is packing inside its slim body, then take a look at the recently published spec sheet below.

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Fit:

  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.

Display:

  • High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

Camera:

  • Photos – 5 MP
  • Videos – 720p

Audio:

  • Bone Conduction Transducer

Connectivity:

  • WiFi – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth

Storage:

  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.

Battery:

  • One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.

Charger:

  • Included Micro USB cable and charger.

While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.

Compatibility:

  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
  • The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

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