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30Sep/110

Gli accessori HTC più classici e i più strani

HTC mette a disposizione una grande varietà di accessori sia per gli smartphone sia per i tablet di casa. Alcuni sono ufficiali e acquistabili attraverso il canale ufficiale della società taiwanese, altri sono invece proposti dai produttori di gadget di parti terze. Sarà cosi possibile muoversi tra custodie, cuffiette e sistemi per l’audio fino ai supporti per la scrivania o per l’auto e non per ultimo il settore “energia” con caricabatterie e batterie extra per allungare la vita dei dispositivi. Fateci sapere la vostra, quali accessori avete acquistato per il vostro device HTC?

Accessori HTC per l’auto

Visto che i moderni smartphone possono fungere senza problemi da veri e propri navigatori satellitari, è possibile sfruttare una vasta serie di oggetti dedicati al mondo dell’automobile. Ad esempio si può acquistare uno dei tanti stand per applicare il telefono sul cruscotto oppure c’è il modello con ventosa per il parabrezza. Ma in auto è necessario anche conversare senza occupare le mani e (troppo) l’attenzione. Così spazio alle soluzioni via cavo con auricolari+microfono (Car Kit da circa 20 euro) oppure quelle wireless con le scatoline che si sincronizzano via Bluetooth. Completano il quadro i caricabatterie da pluggare all’accendisigari, per non rimanere mai a secco d’energia.

Gli accessori HTC per il suono e la musica

Oltre ai vari auricolari sia classici sia in-ear, è possibile sfruttare le cuffie più classiche da collegare attraverso il jack da 3.5 mm. Infine le cuffie Bluetooth senza fili. Per quanto riguarda gli auricolari Bluetooth più minimalisti e abbordabili, sul sito ufficiale di HTC è possibile trovare HTC BH M500 Bluetooth Mono Headset che costa 35.99 euro. La multimedialità è anche condivisione e così si può sfruttare lo speciale Media Link DLNA Adaptor DG H100 che include il cavetto DLNA e che costa 121.99 euro.

Le custodie per HTC

Sul sito ufficiale di HTC è possibile ordinare una grande varietà di custodie tra quelle più pratiche e essenziali a quelle più estrose. Prendendo a esempio gli smartphone più importanti si possono scovare chicche. Con HTC Sensation si può optare per il professionale e colorato Piel Frama Custodia Classic da 75.99 euro, il minimalista OtterBox Custodia da 35.99 euro. Per il tablet HTC Flyer spazio alla custodia rigida in pelle HC C590 (23.99 euro) e Journal Case PO S600 (30.99 euro). Per il giovane e sociale HTC ChaCha si può ordinare il Neoprene Slip Pouch PO S610 (14.99 euro) oppure l’ancora più essenziale custodia rigida HC C610 (15.99 euro).

Gli altri accessori HTC

Tra gli altri accessori possiamo senza dubbio indicare lo speciale pennino stylus capacitivo utilizzabile con tutti gli smartphone e coi tablet HTC (19.99 euro). Per il trasferimento dati più veloce ecco il Data cable DC T500 (ExtMicro USB 12pin, White 11.99 euro).

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Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/articolo/gli-accessori-htc-piu-classici-e-i-piu-strani/33085/

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30Sep/110

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, packing 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and coated in Honeycomb

Samsung reloaded more possibilities on the go with GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
Advanced 7-inch tablet experience on the go within a premium design

SEOUL, Korea – September 30, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, today announced the launch of the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience.
"Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we're now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience" said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. He added "GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere."

Enhanced Portability
With 7-inch display, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus provides enhanced portability, weighing just 345g and measuring at just 9.96mm thin. Enhanced portability ensures that it fits easily into an inside-jacket pocket or a handbag, making it an ideal device for those who need to stay productive and entertained while on-the-move.

Advanced Productivity
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor. Mini Apps allows seamless multitasking by consolidating 7 applications easily accessed from a bottom-side tray on main screen. Users can launch favorite features such as music player or calendar as pop-ups over full screen applications. Not only that, users can design an individualized up-to-the-minute interface through Live Panel.

Web browsing is also enhanced by Adobe Flash and super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, providing download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.

Furthermore, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus offers voice and video call support, with no need for a headset.
Users can see friends and family from anywhere in the world in high quality thanks to the device's larger screen.

Rich Multimedia on-the-move
Full HD videos can be enjoyed on the 7-inch WSVGA PLS display, with DivX multi codec support ensuring the device is capable of supporting a variety of different formats. An improved virtual clipboard, which stores text and images enabling easy copy and paste, further adds to these capabilities.

Additionally, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus features Social Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub services. Social Hub aggregates the user's contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface. Readers Hub provides e-reading content such as e-books, newspapers and magazines. Music Hub enables access to over 13 million songs even when out and about.

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/samsung-unveils-galaxy-tab-7-0-plus-packing-1-2ghz-dual-core-cp/

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30Sep/110

Lovefilm player goes mobile, now available on iPad

Sep 29, 2011 04:00 ET

LOVEFiLM Player Debuts on the iPad

LONDON, September 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

- Streamed Movies at Your Fingertips -

LOVEFiLM is proud to announce the LOVEFiLM App is now available on the iPad. The App allows users to instantly watch, pause, fast-forward and rewind their movie stream, view trailers and add to their DVD rental list on the go.

Subscribers can instantly watch titles from leading and independent studios such as Colin Firth's A Single Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the critically acclaimed drama The Wrestler, and access exclusive movies such as the global phenomenon The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and RED starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren.

"LOVEFiLM's debut on iPad is a huge win for our customers as the latest platform to support the service. This is a huge leap in movie watching for the 21st Century - making LOVEFiLM more portable than ever before," said Simon Calver, CEO of LOVEFiLM. "LOVEFiLM on iPad is the latest step in giving film fans total control over their viewing schedule and our commitment to expanding the ways in which members can stream movies and TV series on a range of devices."

Subscribers can now easily access instant movies in and out of the home by linking their account with LOVEFiLM. Subscribers on packages of £5.99 or above can use the app at no extra cost by simply entering their login details.

The LOVEFiLM Player for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/lovefilm-player-goes-mobile-now-available-on-ipad/

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30Sep/110

Tango releases video calling on PCs, we go hands-on (video)

TANGO EXTENDS SERVICE TO INCLUDE THE PC

Company Achieves Many Milestones in First Year

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 30, 2011 – Tango, the leader in mobile video communications, announced that its free video calling service used by more than 23 million people worldwide, is available today on the PC – one year since the company's initial launch on iOS and Android devices.

The new PC product shows its mobile roots with the same look and feel as Tango on the phone. Once downloaded, people enter their existing mobile number to create their Tango account, and the app automatically finds friends to video call. For existing Tango members, it's easy to sync accounts. People can also invite friends to connect with through email or text. Tango for the PC was built to be intuitive and as simple as making a phone call.

People can Tango between the PC, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPad, and hundreds of Android phones and Tablets.

"Our ability to develop Tango for personal computers, while continuing to ensure that Tango is available on more than 450 mobile devices within our first year, is a testament to the dedication and efforts of our team in the U.S. and China," said Uri Raz, Tango's co-founder and CEO. "Introducing Tango for the PC has been the number one request by our users, and with 1.5 billion PCs in use worldwide today it's a platform we wanted to embrace. We've doubled our usage since June and introducing Tango for the PC will accelerate our growth."

Tango Turns One
Since debuting on September 30, 2010, Tango achieved several milestones over the past year. Tango surpassed one million registrations in its first 10 days, and debuted as the number one Social Networking application in the App Store in its first week. It has since remained one of the top 10 Social Networking apps in the App Store and Android Market. Today, Tango has more than 23 million people in 190 countries using the service, and is adding 70,000 to 80,000 new members each day.

Tango's rapid growth stems from invitations sent by users within the application to friends and family, and by word-of-mouth, which accounts for 75 percent of new registrations. The remaining 25 percent comes from discovery in the application stores.

To keep up with growing demand, Tango has also grown internally. At launch, the company employed 20 people, mostly engineers, and has grown to a team of 85 people in the U.S. and China. The company is also fast on execution, delivering a new release to the market on average, every two weeks.

The adoption of Tango has moved from iOS to Android. At launch, 80 percent of all Tango downloads were for iOS devices compared to only 35 percent today, due to the larger volume of available Android devices. In fact, Tango supports 450 Android phones and tablets, more than any other video calling service, and is present on nine percent of all Android devices in use globally. Tango continues to ensure its service is available on emerging smartphone platforms.

"Last year we hit the ground running and pushed the limits of what could be done on mobile," said Eric Setton, cofounder and CTO of Tango. "We lead the market on mobile and will continue to based on new partnerships paired with our aggressive product roadmap. We've delivered on virality and growth, quality, hiring, and coverage of devices and platforms, and the next 12 months will focus on monetization."

Tango is available in the App Store and Android Market, and for the PC, available as a free download at www.tango.me.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/tango-releases-video-calling-on-pcs-we-go-hands-on-video/

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30Sep/110

AndyPad Pro review



Picture the scene: you're checking your emails on a shiny new device (worth two months pay) and from nowhere, a greasy-fingered infant is screaming at you to play. Reluctantly, you pass it over, watching your own hands cup the air beneath any potential drop zone, wondering how best to explain the jam-smeared calamity to your insurance company. Then you wonder if there isn't a useful, hard-wearing and cheap device you could let them play on without fear of bankruptcy. That's what prompted Norwich-based bedding magnate Andrew Kerry to conceive the AndyPad, an inexpensive, 7-inch Android tablet he could fling at kids. It wasn't long before jealous adults were demanding their own version, so a tooled-up edition of the device called the AndyPad Pro was born.

The tablet is currently UK-only and it retails for a lot less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (£280; $345 on Amazon) and Acer Iconia Tab A100 (£273 for the 8GB version; $328 on Amazon), and HTC Flyer (£330; $499 on Amazon). What's more, Verticool, an outfit founded by a man more famous for his Mattressman chain than any interest in technology, believes it can match the competition in a fair fight. Do the electronics giants have something to fear from the bargain-basement tablet or does it promise much and deliver little? Read on to find out.


Hardware

In the box, you'll find the tablet, a micro-USB cable, wall adapter and a pair of earbuds so large that inserting dinner plates into your ear canals would seem to be an easier proposition. The 5 x 8-inch device weighs in at 0.8 pounds (370 grams), measures 0.5-inches thick and is pleasingly chunky without feeling heavy. It also happens to be thinner than most of the other devices in its class. The only significant drawback is a creaking in the thin plastic rear shell that reduces one's confidence in its durability. The white device hides fingerprints well, though it is a veritable dust magnet. Even so, a quick wipe on the back of the sleeve will prevent people from thinking you live in a cotton mill.

In portrait mode, the power button, reset pin and speakers are on the top edge of the device, the right side houses a volume rocker and the bottom contains mini-HDMI and micro-USB ports, a headphone jack and a microSD slot. Up front is a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera and round the back, a 2 megapixel camera (in the pictures you'll see what appears to be an LED-flash beneath it; it's actually a light-sensor.) Beneath the display are three touch buttons: home, back and menu. Button placement presents a challenge when using the device in landscape -- hold it on the right and the heel of your hand will invariably catch enough of the button sensor to take you out of your app or media. Hold it on the left and you will utterly obscure the speakers housed on the other side.

Steve Jobs may think that the 7-inch form factor is "DOA" but once we learned the best way to hold the device, it was very comfortable to hold for long periods of time. The screen is large enough to comfortably enjoy full-screen apps with movies and can even fit into a pants pocket, although we wouldn't recommend you use it that way. It's sufficiently compact enough that you can even comfortably use it one-handed, as long as your fingers are agile enough.

Display and sound

The tablet's 1024 x 600 capacitive display has weak backlighting, which means it won't win a fight against direct sunlight. Still, it has a wide viewing angle and the matte covering won't attract fingerprints as easily as its high-gloss cousins. It handles video pretty well, with a detailed picture, good black levels and only minor colour bleaching -- well enough, in fact, that it's a worthy replacement for a similarly endowed PMP. The display supports multitouch gestures, and in most apps they feel surprisingly fast and responsive. In the home screen, specifically, the tablet became sluggish and unresponsive, giving the impression of being far slower than it actually is.

Taking the device on a train journey with a pair of high-end Radiopaq earbuds, video refused to play stereo sound correctly even after several restarts. Afterward, testing with a pair of JVC Marshmallow earbuds and a variety of cheaper pairs, the problem seems isolated, but it's worth noting that it can throw a fit with the wrong accessories. Build quality rears its ugly head when you plug in headphones -- any pressure, like a finger tap on the rear shell causes any sound you hear to be replaced by an electrical buzzing.

Camera

On the back is a 2 megapixel camera, which provides reasonable shots and a 0.3 megapixel VGA lens for video chatting on the front. Sadly, none of the bundled apps, nor Skype can take advantage of the camera and only Fring was able to do anything useful with the snapper. Again, this is a software issue that should have been addressed before the device went on sale. At least you can get away with not putting any makeup for a video chat, it's highly unlikely anyone will notice.

Performance and battery life

The company rates battery life at six hours, and in our test (WiFi on, Bluetooth off, video looping) it actually went over that benchmark by a few minutes, which was a pleasant surprise. Six hours of battery life puts it in the same ballpark as the Galaxy Tab 7 and you feel as if this could go a full day, maybe two, without a recharge if it's only being used casually.

We can't be as effusive about the general performance of the device. Running the show is a Rockchip RK2918 Cortex A8 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM, and while it's a budget chip, it's no slouch. In general, apps run smoothly and video playback is fluid. Punctuating it all, though, is that lingering annoyance with the home screen, where performance slows to a crawl. Button pushes and swipes take far too long to register, and the icons have a habit of disappearing momentarily. It's worth repeating that the home screen's lagging performance makes a poor impression, even though it's otherwise an adequate performer.

Software

The AndyPad Pro runs a barely-modified version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Swiftkey X replaces the standard Android keyboard as default, although the split layout in landscape mode takes some getting used to. Aside from Dropbox, Evernote and Facebook, the majority of the apps are free or demo versions of popular Android market games (Chess, Drag Racing, Checkers, Four in a line, Glow Hockey, Mouse Trap, Move it!, Reversi, Jewels, et cetera), which at times makes the device feel cluttered and bloated. You also get Android Market access to download most anything you want.

Aside from UI tweaks, Verticool has bundled the Andy App, its own software designed to hold the hand of novice users. It can handle OS updates, install apps and includes a series of short video tutorials that explain how to use the device -- something we wish came with all devices to teach impatient relatives.

The browser contains no surprises -- nearly everything renders quickly over WiFi, apart from element-intensive sites like, erm, this one. Trying to load the desktop versions of many sites means waiting for everything to load before you can commence browsing. We expected the device to collapse at the idea of a full-Flash page like GetTheGlass.com and yet it actually ran it, nearly keeping up with the constant stream of animation that the California Milk board threw at it.

Wrap-up

When reviewing an Android Tablet, the question to ask is "Why this device over another?" In this case, it's because for the price of an iPad 2, you can have two £180 ($280) AndyPad Pros with enough change left over for a meal out. It's wise to mention that UK gadget prices are substantially higher than in the US. In sterling, the 16GB AndyPad Pro is very aggressively priced: £90 cheaper than the 8GB Iconia A100 (£273; $328 on Amazon), £100 cheaper than the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (£280; $345 on Amazon) and nearly half the price of the 16GB HTC Flyer (£330; $499 on Amazon).

This is a device that high-end users will struggle to appreciate. Suspect build quality, fussy with accessories and the operating system all detract from the tablet's strengths. There are performance issues with the AndyPad Pro, nearly all of which can be laid at the feet of Gingerbread. The company is currently investigating porting Honeycomb onto the device. If it can achieve that and improve the build quality without inflating the price, it would be hard to justify the higher prices of tablets in the same class. Until then, this is a budget tablet that will appeal to price-watching novices only.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/andypad-pro-review/

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30Sep/110

Pour one out for the Tevatron particle accelerator, because it’s shutting down today

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30Sep/110

SwiftKey X for Android hits v2.1, fingers party everywhere

Update: SwiftKey X 2.1

September 30, 2011

The TouchType team's been busy listening and taking feedback from its more than 25,000 VIP members since its public launch. They're excited to tell you some of the company's new updates going live today, Friday 9/30.

These updates include a robust number of new features that VIP members clamored for, as well as fixing a number of bugs. The latest version of SwiftKey X for Android Smartphones and Android Tablets will be available today, Friday 9/30.

New Features with Clear Benefits:

- Blog Personalization: In addition to support for Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, SwiftKey X can now intuitively learn your typing style from your blog posts
- New Insights Into Your Typing: Track how you type, keystrokes saved, words completed and typos/words corrected with SwiftKey X, then share your results with your friends via links.
- Heat-Map Visualization: See how SwiftKey models your typing accuracy to help tailor predictions more effectively. Share your visual results on how you use your keyboard.
- New Localization: Fully localized app support for more than 20 languages, including -- French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
- New Languages: Support for predictions in five new languages; Bulgarian, Finnish, Greek, Slovenian and Ukrainian. This brings the app's support to 33 total languages supported.
- Language Switching: Transition between two language keyboards by simply gesturing to the right or left on the spacebar.
- Autocaps Toggle: Now you can choose whether your sentences automatically begin with a capital letter or not.

And More Improvements:

- Alternative character selection: Now select special characters with a slide rather than a new tap (works for smileys too).
- Instant language updates: Refresh your language list to see new languages and new updates as soon as they are ready.
- Various layout and user interface usability improvements.
- General performance and memory usage improvements.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/swiftkey-x-for-android-hits-v2-1-fingers-party-everywhere/

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30Sep/110

Keepin’ it real fake: Chinese Nokia N9 makes but minor sacrifices



Chinese rip-off merchants have been crafting N9s since before the handset even existed and by now they're pretty good at it. This latest bogie comes in at just $64 -- way cheaper than a genuine budget smartphone -- but it still manages to pack in dual SIM slots, a mock iPhone UI and a resistive touchscreen that gives you the ergonomic pleasure of pressing everything three times. Sure, we have a few misgivings about the lack of functioning apps and the blurry 1.3MP rear camera, but then even the N-Man himself has the occasional phony moment.

Update: We switched the pic to show you the iOS version, rather than the mock Sense variant depicted earlier. Yes, it seems you do get a choice.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/30/keepin-it-real-fake-chinese-nokia-n9-makes-but-minor-sacrifice/

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30Sep/110

Samsung Galaxy W gets the FCC once over (again), appears ready for AT&T

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30Sep/110

Griffin’s Multidock system charges and syncs up to 30 iPads at once

Don't you hate it when all of your iPads collectively run out of juice? Well, praise Griffin for announcing its first business centric iOS "accessory" in the shape of the Multidock. It has its own power connection for simultaneous charging of ten iPads, but it can be chain-linked to two other docks for syncing of up to 30 tablets with a single Mac. With each server-esque tower measuring up at 18.6 inches (47.2 cm) tall and priced even higher at $700, this one's for IT pros and Scrabble aficionados only.

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