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20Aug/140

HTC One M8 for Windows con WP8: prezzo, scheda e uscita

HTC One M8 video anteprima esclusiva

HTC One (M8) alias HTC One 2 è la seconda versione dello smartphone top di gamma del produttore taiwanese che è stato presentato ufficialmente ieri sera 25 marzo e che sarà in uscita in commercio ad Aprile per un prezzo di 729 euro (pre-ordine già attivo su Amazon). Punterà su una scocca metallica forgiata da un unico pezzo, aggiunge finalmente l'espansione di memoria via microSD, migliora la fotocamera Ultrapixel e il sensore frontale. Ecco il nostro video di anteprima.

HTC One M8 for Windows è davvero in uscita: stiamo ovviamente parlando della versione con sistema operativo Windows Phone del premiato topclass dei taiwanesi con Android, HTC One M8. Non cambia praticamente niente della scheda tecnica con caratteristiche che rimarrebbero le stesse, salvo ospitare appunto l’OS di Microsoft. Anche se il nome sarebbe stato perfetto come HTC One W8 con l’8 che ben si accoppierebbe con la W di WP riproponendo lo stesso numero già visto con M8, alla fine si è optato per la soluzione meno appetibile, ma più pratica. HTC One M8 for Windows, come rumoreggiato, è stato al centro della presentazione di oggi 19 agosto con l’operatore americano Verizon. Tuttavia, ora che ha passato la certificazione Wi-Fi sembra che sia a un passo dall’ufficialità e pronto anche al debutto internazionale. Scopriamo di più su scheda e prezzo.

Secondo quando lasciato intendere dai principali rumors online, HTC One M8 for Windows potrebbe addirittura già uscire negli USA il prossimo 21 agosto, con l’operatore Verizon Wireless per un prezzo di 99 dollari con un contratto biennale. Da tempo si chiedeva una versione con Windows Phone dell’apprezzato e premiato HTC One M8 e già da qualche giorno è emerso che il nome scelto fosse l’improponibile “HTC One M8 for Windows”, che però non è che sia così facilmente memorizzabile e soprattutto vendibile. Il terminale non cambia molto dunque dato che offrre sempre il doppio altoparlante BoomSound, la speciale Duo camera con doppio sensore e connessione veloce LTE, con la scocca metallica seducente e sottile del dispositivo per Android HTC One M8 (vedi la nostra anteprima).

In più, grazie a Windows Phone e alle novità in arrivo, dovrebbe anche supportare la tecnologia per la comunicazione Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Le caratteristiche tecniche dovrebbero dunque proporre un processore quad core di Qualcomm, uno Snapdragon 801 da 2.3GHz con una Ram da 2GB, display da 5 pollici a risoluzione Full HD 1920×1080 pixel con un pannello SLCD 3 con vetro Gorilla Glass 3, fotocamera Ultrapixel, doppia, con sensore da 4 megapixel (1/3.0″ , apertura f/2.0, dimensione dei pixel 2µm), sensore secondario e con fotocamera frontale da 5 megapixel, infine, batteria da 2600mAh, GPS, Wi-fi, Bluetooth e NFC. Infine, dimensioni di 70.6 x 146.36 x 9.35 mm per 160 grammi di peso. L’assistente vocale Google Now è sostituito da Cortana.

Ecco il riepilogo:

  • Sistema operativo Windows Phone 8.1
  • Schermo touchscreen da 5 pollici a risoluzione Full HD 1920×1080 pixel di natura SLCD 3 con vetro Gorilla Glass 3
  • Fotocamera Ultrapixel da 4 megapixel (sensore da 1/3.0″ , apertura f/2.0, dimensione dei pixel 2µm) frontale da 5 megapixel
  • Batteria da 2600mAh
  • GPS, Wi-fi, Bluetooth e NFC
  • Memoria da 16GB espandibile via microSD
  • Processore quad core di Qualcomm, uno Snapdragon 801 da 2.3GHz con una Ram da 2GB
  • Dimensioni 70.6 x 146.36 x 9.35 mm per 160 grammi

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20Aug/140

YouTube Music Key: il nuovo modo per ascoltare musica

Circolano da tempo le voci di corridoio secondo cui Google abbia in mente di progettare uno streaming musicale legale da associare al servizio YouTube, ma adesso questa novità sembra essere più vicina che mai. In effetti ora abbiamo tutti i dettagli del progetto, persino il nome. Il servizio si chiama YouTube Music Key (e non Music Pass come era stato precedentemente accennato) e sarà in abbonamento a 9.99 dollari al mese. Proprio come Spotify, gli utenti avranno diritto ad un periodo di prova di 30 giorni. Per risparmiare batteria, sarà possibile inoltre di ascoltare l’audio in background e anche la funzione offline sarà disponibile per chi non è sempre connesso ad una rete. Gli annunci pubblicitari non sono previsti, per cui un abbonamento “free” è da escludere a priori.

Nell’abbonamento dovrebbe essere incluso anche il Play Music All Access che, per l’occasione, si chiamerà Play Music Key. A proposito di questo servizio, non sappiamo per il momento se sarà possibile effettuare l’abbonamento solo a quest ultimo. Google mette a disposizione oltre 20 milioni di brani ad alta qualità e non si tratta solo ed esclusivamente di album completi, ma anche di remix, cover e concerti. Gli aspetti principali riguardano le playlist Mix di YouTube e i nuovi contenuti raccomandati secondo i propri gusti dell’utente.

Come si può ben vedere dalla cattura schermo qui sopra, Google ha registrato il dominio “youtubemusickey.com”, ma il fattore su cui dubitiamo ancora riguarda la data di lancio. Il ritardo della presentazione sarebbe dovuto, a quanto pare, a trattative di natura economica con le etichette. Indipendentemente da questo aspetto, l’offerta proposta da Google sembra essere molto convincente soprattutto sull’aspetto pratico, una vera alternativa al ben più famoso Sportify. Riuscirà il nuovo servizio YouTube Music Key a diventare così importante da far tremare il gigante della musica? Questo è ancora da vedere, ma intanto aspettiamo la sua data di uscita fissata per il 4 settembre per poter conoscere tutte le sue caratteristiche principali.

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19Aug/140

Which 4K TVs are worth buying?

Both Netflix and Amazon stream in 4K. Cameras like the Sony a7S and the Panasonic Lumix GH4 can shoot in 4K. Even smartphones have been getting in on the act, with handsets like the LG G Pro 2 and Sony Xperia Z2 capable of recording 4K video. So with the amount of 4K content available increasing every day, you may have been thinking about buying a 4K set so you too can bask in the glow of 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. But 4K sets don't come cheap, and you're going to want to do a bit of research before dropping that much cash. While we don't really review televisions here at Engadget, we've done the next best thing, compiling the opinions of trusted critics from across the web. Which set offers you the most bang for your buck? Do bells and whistles like a curved screen make a difference? Check out a few members of the 4K Class of 2014 below.

Panasonic Life+Screen AX800

At first blush, the Panasonic AX800 series has a lot going for it. It's a nice-looking set that PC Mag says is "minimalist and unique," suited for both TV stands and entertainment centers. Turn it on, and the picture is equally impressive, delivering what AVForums calls "rich textures and nuanced lighting," while Reviewed.com thinks this LCD could stand toe to toe with a good plasma set, due to its "good black levels, accurate colors and reliable screen uniformity." But if you're looking to sit down and enjoy some House of Cards in beautiful 4K, you'll be disappointed -- Netflix on the AX800 is limited to 1080p (and lower). Given the relative scarcity of commercial 4K content, the inability to watch a major provider like Netflix is a big ding on an otherwise stellar UHD set.

Price: $2,300 and up

Samsung U9000

Walk into a room and the first thing you'll notice about the Samsung U9000 is its curved screen, which CNET says adds a "unique, futuristic look" to a set that is overall "drop-dead gorgeous." It says the picture is equally stunning, offering "deep black levels, accurate color and great bright-room viewing qualities." But what about that curve? Though it's meant to create a feeling of depth and immersion, CNET found it "didn't have any major effect on the picture aside from reducing reflections somewhat," and Reviewed.com found it actually made some reflections worse, such that "lamps and lights are occasionally stretched across the entire arc of the screen." It's worth noting that the U9000 also includes an improved Smart Hub experience, but you can also find other Samsung sets that are a lot cheaper (and less curvy).

Price: $3,297 and up

Samsung U8550

The Samsung U8550 is a set that eschews the curved screen of its high-end sibling U9000 in favor of "trim bezels and a very narrow panel" that Reviewed.com says "lend this television a modern air." The picture also does it credit, with LCD TV Buying Guide complimenting its "brilliant images in 4K," while Sound+Vision was impressed with the "crisp detail and the clean, smooth clarity" of its upconversions. As on the U9000, the Smart Hub has been upgraded with "subtle improvements" that "hit the mark" according to LCD TV Buying Guide, and Reviewed.com says it provides "all of the streaming content and web-browsing functions you'd expect for the price." And that's a price that undercuts the competition by $1,000, leaving you some extra cash for an awesome sound or gaming system on the side.

Price: $1,597 and up

Sony X900B

At first glance, it's clear that the Sony X900B is very different from other UHD sets, and even many regular ol' HDTVs, due to its huge set of front-facing speakers. The sacrifice of a slim bezel is well worth it, though, as What Hi-Fi compliments its "rich, open and detailed sound quality," while CNET calls it the "best sound of any TV we've heard, bar none." The picture is also up to the challenge, offering quality that HDTVTest calls "spectacular" and CNET says is the "best picture quality of any 4K TV we've tested so far." Sure, the X900B isn't as cheap as some other sets, but unlike the AX800, it supports Netflix and, with those massive speakers flanking the screen, you won't need to fork out the extra dough for a quality sound system.

Price: $2,998 and up

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19Aug/140

Hitchhiking robot completes its cross-Canada trip

It looks like robots can trust us humans to take care of them, after all. Hitchbot has successfully completed its hitchhiking trek across Canada, landing in Victoria, British Columbia this past weekend. The ride-bumming robot didn't survive its 4,000-mile journey completely unscathed. Its LED protector was cracked, and its speech had clearly suffered after two weeks of travel (hey, you try talking to people for that long). It doesn't look like there's another adventure in store, but that's okay by us; it clearly accomplished its goals of testing artificial intelligence techniques and human interaction. If you're ever keen to relive the trip, there's a photo gallery available to satisfy your nostalgic side.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Ryerson University]

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19Aug/140

Lockheed Martin’s FORTIS exoskeleton helps US Navy with heavy lifting

While it may not be a full suit of high-tech gadgetry like Iron Man dons, the US Navy is set to test exoskeletons from Lockheed Martin. In the first contract to employs the company's strength-boosting garb for industrial use, two FORTIS exoskeletons will help carry heavy loads for the trial period. The lightweight unpowered option lends endurance by using the ground to help bear the mass. During the testing phase, the company hopes to further develop the tech for use at Navy shipyards where a smattering of heavy tools are needed for maintenance. "By wearing the FORTIS exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue," said Adam Mill, director of new initiatives at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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19Aug/140

Google’s panoramic Photo Sphere Camera app reaches the iPhone

Google's all-encompassing Photo Spheres are no longer limited to Android users and those comfy with photo stitching software -- the internet giant has just released a Photo Sphere Camera app for the iPhone-toting crowd. As before, it lets you create 360-degree panoramas just by spinning around in place. You can both share the resulting masterworks with others (including the Google Maps community) and check out others' spheres in the Views hub. It's overkill if you're perfectly content with alternative panoramic apps or plain old landscape shots, but it's hard to object to having one more way to liven up your vacation photos. Swing by the App Store to check out Photo Sphere for yourself.

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19Aug/140

Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on basketball, teaching

He was Microsoft's 30th employee, its first business manager and CEO for over a decade. Now, after 34 years with the company, Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft behind. In a letter to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, Ballmer explained that he's leaving the company's board of directors effective immediately. "I have become very busy," he explains. "I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time." It's not a surprising development -- owning an NBA franchise is a pretty big responsibility, after all -- but it marks the end of Ballmer's decades-long influence over the company. Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice.

"Microsoft will need to be bold and make big bets to succeed in this new environment," he told Nadella. "Our board must also support and encourage that fearlessness for shareholders to get the best performance from Microsoft. You must drive that." While he's no longer a voice within the company, Ballmer still cares about Microsoft's stock performance: outside of index funds, he still owns more Microsoft shares than anyone, he says. "I bleed Microsoft, have for 34 years and I always will," he concluded. "I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."

Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world." End of an era? For sure -- you can read the full, unabridged letter (and Nadella's response) at the source link below.

[Image credit: NBAE/Getty Images]

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19Aug/140

Fandango finalizes a truce with the FTC after exposing your movie ticket data

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19Aug/140

Sound off! How do you keep your digital data safe?

We create a lot of digital content each day. Not all of it is important, but there are a few things we want to keep safe -- you know, things like financial documents, vacation selfies, MP3's from when we played in a hair-metal garage band. But what happens if your hard drive dies and takes your most sacred (and scandalous) digital memories with it? Has this ever happened to you? Head over to the Engadget forums and share your tips, tricks and strategies for avoiding a datapocalypse.

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19Aug/140

‘Antiselfie’ app uses face tracking to ruin your best pout

The onward march of the selfie, there's no stopping it. Many people shudder at the slightest mention of the (now official) word. Others need only the flimsiest (and sometimes eyebrow-raising) reason to extend one arm and assume the duck face. Unsurprisingly, as with any part of popular culture, there's a backlash. SLMMSK is an "antiselfie" app for iOS (and Android eventually) that subverts the selfie, using the art form's very own weapon of choice -- the filter -- to obscure, rather than enhance, the subject's face. The app also adds a CCTV-esque grain effect and VHS-style timestamp to ramp up the underground vibe. You just need to pull your best grin, say YOLO, and take the snap. The "filters" include a black censor bar, heavy pixelation, warping and more. The dislike for selfies doesn't extend to social sharing though -- you can upload your best shots to Instagram and Facebook and jostle for attention among the uncensored self portraits as per usual. Judging by the associated (and equally anarchic-looking) website, you might even increase your infamy by bagging a featured spot.

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