It’s been confirmed that the Verizon-bound Galaxy S4 is coming out in May this year after the carrier’s silence for quite some time. Other U.S. carriers have been talking a lot about their upcoming versions of Samsung’s newest smartphone and the latest Verizon announcement is just a reflection of its always “fashionably late” character. The first batch of releases is happening this month and Big Red is indeed late with its May announcement.
Verizon’s twitter announcement is lacking in details though since no exact date was given, and the price. Galaxy S4 is set to succeed Galaxy S3 as announced by Samsung last March and it is bound for a host of U.S. network carriers like the U.S. Cellular, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Most of these carriers with the exception of Verizon were already taking pre-orders of the smartphone ahead of its arrival within this month.
Leaked sources have revealed different exact dates of release but nothing has been confirmed and the date itself remains a mystery for all and sundry. As to the price, the carrier could probably pair it with the other carriers such as AT&Ts $ 199.99 (16Gb) on contract, Sprint’s $ 150 on-contract for new customers, and T-Mobile’s minimum downpayment technique. Verizon again remains mum on the price or options.
Asus scored extra brownie points today when it announced the Transformer Pad TF300 will be getting the newest Android 4.2 update. Having the latest version of the Android on a non-Nexus device is a big win for the Taiwanese company and says something about its drive to become a major player in the tablet market.
Actually, a specially customized ROM has already been integrated on Asus devices for several weeks now, but the official 4.2 update has just been released in the US and is now available to be downloaded OTA (over-the-air). TF300 users only need to go to Settings, then the About Tablet menu to get the download going. Or they can just wait for a notification regarding the 4.2 to arrive. International users will also be getting the update before the month ends, but no specific date has been given.
The Android 4.2 update will bring with it the expected improvements in performance, stability as well as introduce new features like multiple user support. Features like the App Locker, lock-screen, setup wizard, virtual keyboard and widgets have also been enhanced.
In other good news, the TF300 isn’t the only one to be getting an upgrade. Asus devices like the MeMO Pad, the MeMO Pad Smart 10 and the Transformer Pad Infinity will be getting the Android 4.2 update sometime during the second quarter.
The MDR-X10′s smaller sibling, the MDR-X05, is the latest product collaboration between Sony and Simon Cowell. The compact headphones allows for a listening experience that is comparable to that in a recording studio with its audio’s full spectrum functionality. The headset is driven by 40mm drivers and complemented with memory form earpads for audio quality and extraordinary comfort, respectively.
The popular X-Factor judge has always been in the works with the X-headphone line in strategic partnership with the company. The on-ear device is a killer sound reproducer in a portable and compact form with unmatched performance and efficient design. The precision drivers power the music in bass-heavy weigh incomparable to other headphones in the market today. The earpads give the acoustic comfort with its sound leakage prevention. Portability is hassle-free with its dual folding style allowing users to fold the on-ear device or swivel the ear pads for an astonishing listening experience.
The new X headphones are fully compatible with common music devices such as iPad, iPhone or iPod as it contain the Apple 3-button control, while compatibility with Android devices is also possible with the basic controls. Unlike the Beats by Dr Dre which usually goes into bass overload, the X05’s bass weight is perfectly manageable. The Sony MDR-X05 will be available in the US on March 22 at $ 200 apiece and in 5 colors. Meanwhile, UK residents should be able to pre-order at Sony’s webstore.
During Sony’s much awaited event in New York City, the company has unveiled that the PlayStation 4 will pack amazing features in the form of x86 CPU, much improved GPU and a whopping 8GB RAM. We have been anticipating Sony’s official press release about the PlayStation 4 but we were certainly quite pleased that Sucker Punch Productions has also made its own announcement during the event.
Apparently, the developer of the InFamous series is now ready to introduce its sequel called the InFamous: Second Son which will be a PS4 game. With this, the company has shown a game trailer in order to pique the interest of the guests in the event.
Looking at the video, many have commented that the sequel is being consistent with its predecessor in terms of dark superhero themes as well as art style. On the other hand, the Second Son has a more anti-authoritarian feel, has a new character hero called Deslin Rowe, and is set in an new place.
The video also showed a certain character that is able to teleport, become invisible and reappear at will during combat. This ability seems to be the main “magic” in order for the character to defeat its enemy.
After watching the trailer, several people have become excited for the release of the game. Unfortunately, a release date was not announced. A lot of people are hoping for a 2013 release and so are we.
If revealing a secret becomes an expensive commodity, Apple may have become the richest and the most sought after company so far. These days, everyone tries to be the first to have a peek on Apple’s latest product and device. The latest news so far deals with the Cupertino-based company‘s plans to release a new Apple TV otherwise known as the iTV.
While it is true that there is already an Apple TV in the market, it should never be confused with the currently rumored iTV. The current second generation Apple TV connects to a TV and allows movie downloads and music streaming. You can also use the TV as your MacBook’s monitor. However, the latest streaming device from Apple sold an unimpressive 2.7 million units during the first five months of 2012.
If an iTV is for real, most likely it will use several features found in the current Apple TV. On the other hand, many fans are hoping that the upcoming iTV is a real TV. It should be something that is lighter, can be easily hung on a wall, displays sharper picture and receives signals wirelessly.
Apple’s plans in holding a media event next month is the first big step to get nearer to everyone’s speculations on the iTV. Though the media announcement revolves around introducing the new developer tool for the new Apple TV such as an iTV SDK, it’s just a matter of time before we can hear a formal announcement for the new Apple TV launch itself.