Thursday, January 31, 2013
Yesterday during the day, it is said that HTC will hold a media event on February 19, or a week before the Mobile World Congress, which is expected to be the launch of a new model of the phone company, HTC M7.
However, now under HTCSource said that HTC will start selling the new phone model of 8 March 2013, and that date would presumably apply to the European continent initially, to be followed by other countries, including the U.S. it.
According to current reports, HTC M7 comes with touch screen with 4.7 inch full HD interface with 1920 x 1080 pixels, and Android Jelly Bean and quad core 1.7Ghz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro.
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The Final Word
An unassuming little band you wear on your wrist - which can quietly guilt you into becoming more active
At its heart, the FuelBand is little different to the UP or Fitbit; it's basically an accelerometer you wear on your wrist that tracks how active you are throughout the day, and though its understated styling and system of monitoring and achievements on your iPhone or at nikeplus.nike.com is cleverer and richer than with its competitors, the fundamental idea is the same.
That's good, because the idea works really well. Even if you make no other conscious changes to your lifestyle, just having something telling you how active you are each day is an astonishing motivator.
Tired and want to get the bus home instead of walking, for instance? Ah, but that'll probably mean you won't hit your goal for the day. It sounds almost petty, but we're yet to meet anyone with one of these monitoring devices who isn't affected in the same way.
It doesn't hurt that the Nike+ FuelBand just looks gorgeous, with its simple black rubbery exterior and single band of silver at the clasp. Press the single button on the FuelBand and a system of LEDs light up on the face; unlike pretty much every other gadget we've seen, these lights really do look as if they're embedded into the band, and the effect is mightily pleasing.
The white lights give readouts for its key metrics - number of steps taken, calories burned or NikeFuel (of which more shortly) accrued - as well as telling the time. It would be nice to have the option of keeping the time always displayed so you could glance at the FuelBand like a watch, but that would presumably have a hugely detrimental effect on the battery life; as it is, the battery can just about last a full week.
Below the white readout is a line of coloured LEDs that show you how far you are towards your goal. Having all this information live on your wrist, rather than having first to sync with your iPhone as with the UP is terrific. And unlike the Fitbit, which can only sync over a PC or Mac, the FuelBand can also sync directly with your iPhone over Bluetooth.
The iPhone app is very slick, and though the process as presented is essentially broken at the moment, the fact that you can track your activity against FuelBand-owning friends on Facebook is great.
Going for the burn
Although NikeFuel is a synthetic measure that Nike has just made up, we quickly adjusted to it; you can also measure steps and calories, but while their accuracy seems reasonable, the fact that we can't question the accuracy of NikeFuel oddly made us trust it more. Besides, NikeFuel is standardised across a huge range of Nike products, and it's a level playing field - you can 'compete' against Olympic athletes as easily as against Sandra from accounts.
As with all these things, we remain annoyed that you're on your own when it comes to setting goals. We'd like your first week, say, using the FuelBand for it to just monitor your typical activity levels, and then gently but firmly set you goals to gradually get you fitter and more active over the next few months.
As it is, we spent the first few days (when we had no real feel for NikeFuel) setting wildly generous and then impossibly stringent goals for ourselves. We feel like a bit more nannying would be beneficial as we progress; you can set goals on the Nike+ website that are bigger-picture than the usual daily goals, and it can suggest some, but we'd like it to be very much more in-your-face.
The FuelBand is easy and convenient to wear, and though some forms of exercise will be tracked less well just by the nature of the device (weightlifting, for example, or swimming, since it's water-resistant but not waterproof), it's such a pleasant system to use that you will use it.
We'd like GPS as well to track runs, say, but quite understand the technical trade-off here - it would soak up too much battery - and you could always use the separate, free Nike+ Running app on your iPhone for this.
Yes, it's maddeningly expensive, but if you can afford it - or can justify it to yourself from a pot of money you had apportioned in your head marked 'A Nice Watch' - it's a beautifully-crafted bit of kit backed up by both services online and apps, and happily complements the rest of the Nike+ range. It's just a shame that it's only on sale in five Nike Stores in London - and that, for some reason, Nike won't comment on future availability.
Apple used to be the underdog, but of late it's spent time flirting with being the biggest company in the world by market cap (depending on the price of petrol - Exxon's its closest rival at any given time).
Because of this, Apple continues to be a company people love to love (if they use its products) but also love to hate (if they don't use its products… and sometimes if they do).
2012 was the first year Apple was without its charismatic and forward-thinking founder Steve Jobs, and many pundits fired up their bonehead-o-meters and predicted nothing but doom and gloom.
Instead, we got the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and the bloke Apple bafflingly hired from Dixons got fired.
But there were lows to match the highs; not least Apple's disastrous iOS Maps app, and the realisation from onlookers that although the company is angered by plagiarism, Apple itself isn't against the odd bit of pilfering.
Apple's highs of 2012
1. iPhone 5
The iPhone 4S was great, but underwhelmed people who apparently didn't understand something can be new without changing shape.
No problems with the iPhone 5. Taller! Thinner! Faster! Better! Of course, a few doomsayers said it wouldn't sell. Predictably, they were very wrong indeed.
2. iPad mini
The worst-kept secret in tech arrived in October 2012.
It wasn't the first smallish tablet, and the display is closer to the one on the original iPad than the Retina models. However, those who've used an iPad mini mostly say it's surprised them: the device is light, fast and every bit as good as its larger siblings.
3. Retina displays
High-res displays on smartphones are one thing, but the iPad 3 wowed with its 9.7-inch Retina display.
Apple then took things further later in 2012, giving its MacBook Pro line the most beautiful displays imaginable; they come at a price and complicate Apple's line-up a touch more than we'd like, but they look gorgeous and are the new benchmark everyone must beat.
4. Growth and profits
If you've been around the block a few times, you'll remember Apple earnings calls used to be depressing affairs.
By contrast, the term 'record' is now used an awful lot. Apple in 2012 grew fast and was hugely profitable, which is a high in anyone's book.
5. A pile of new iPods
At Apple's September 2012 event, the iPad mini was expected, but new iPods showed Apple could still keep secrets.
The iPod touch got major upgrades (redesigned case; new camera; faster chip; better screen) and even the nano found itself back in favour, with a sleek new design and revised iOS-like interface.
6. Optical drives are go
And by 'go', we mean 'gone - as in 'outta here'.
The Mac Pro and the old MacBook Pro are now the only shipping Macs withoptical drives. Good riddance. The fewer moving parts, the better; and, let's face it, someone needs to drive this kind of thing, or we'd all be using floppy discs.
7. Social integration
On the face of it, Apple welding Twitter and Facebook functionality to iOS and OS X doesn't seem like a big deal; but we're listing it as a high as recognition, more than anything, that Apple's realised it sucks at social. It also shot Ping. Hurrah!
8. Sir Jony Ive and chums
Ive has a major hand in all Apple's hardware, and 2012 was a great year for him: new iPads, new iPods, the iPhone 5, new iMacs and MacBook Pros. Oh, and he got a knighthood.
It's understandable, then, that Apple CEO Tim Cook now has Ive in control of all Apple human interface teams.
9. Bye bye, Dixons guy
When John Browett was hired by Apple to take over from Ron Johnson as the guy to run Apple's retail stores, Brits uttered a collective BWUH? This was the Dixons guy!
Six months later: boom - he was outta there. Not a high for Browett, but definitely one for Apple, given Browett's mistakes. It also showed Cook would put things right when needed.
10. Education inroads
Our final high is Apple's renewed focus on education.
iTunes U continues to improve, as does iBooks Author, which got a major upgrade in October 2012. Kids are the future, and if Apple can help get them there with more enthusiasm for education, that can only be a good thing.
Apple's lows of 2012
1. iOS Maps
Each year, Apple has a tech disaster that pundits desperately weld 'gate' to. This year: mapgate.
Having ditched Google data, Apple rolled its own solution. The result: bendy architecture and data occasionally so inaccurate police said it could kill.
But, hey, at least you got free turn-by-turn! Although the Google Maps app now does this too...
2. The new iPad
We don't mean the new new iPad (a.k.a. the iPad with Retina display/iPad 4), but the new iPad (a.k.a. the iPad 3).
To some, it looked interim at the time, and it became the first iPad to not last a year, punted out of the line-up after six months to make way for a faster successor. Tough luck if you bought one in spring 2012.
3. Lawsuits everywhere
We suspect for every engineer working at Apple there must be several hundred lawyers, if ongoing lawsuits are anything to go by.
To be fair to Apple, it's been the industry's R&D department too often, but even if Apple's sometimes in the right, legal action's never anything but a low.
4. Crazy stock swings
Given how profitable Apple is, its gargantuan cash reserves, and that people clamour for whatever device the company releases, 2012's stock swings were barmy.
AAPL crashed several times, and although it will probably end the year up on 2011, constant worry from an investment standpoint is troubling. (Note: we could say something nasty at this point about analysts regularly getting things wrong and in part causing said crashes, but we won't.)
5. Missing launch windows
iTunes 11: it'll be out in October! Or November! And that new iMac? Pre-order soon, and we'll get it to you, uh, sometime!
Given that Apple's now run by Tim 'clockwork' Cook, that launch-window screw-ups have occurred at all is a nasty surprise and really isn't very 'Apple'.
The competition would be delighted it if wasn't busy being far worse.
6. Increasingly buggy software
Long time Apple users are wondering if Apple's 2012 software slogan is 'fire and forget'.
A lot of software seems almost abandoned, with former iWork and iLife apps becoming increasingly sluggish.
Even new products like Game Center and iTunes 11 are surprisingly buggy coming from a company that prides itself on detail and polish.
7. Web service problems
Apple's never gotten the hang of web services, and 2012 found the company flailing.
Regular outages for iCloud, iTunes Match, the App Store and more caused untold problems for users.
Things didn't get 'MobileMe bad', but Apple hardly covered itself in glory online.
8. Losing Scott Forstall
We hear Forstall was a pain to work with and liked welding textures to iOS and OS X apps.
And, yes, Tim Cook's new system of organising Apple's senior staff could pay dividends. But it's worth remembering that Forstall was much of the brains behind iOS and the system having third-party apps.
He will be missed.
9. Send in the clones
This one's not Apple's fault, but a low for the company this year has beenthe continuation of rivals cloning its products; not least the MacBook Air.
No, it's not 'obvious' a laptop should look exactly like that - think of your own ideas!
10. Apple pilfering
Of course, Apple comes off as a touch hypocritical when it nicks designs itself, as per the Swiss national rail company's clock, which was more or less copied verbatim for the iPad Clock app.
Apple reportedly subsequently coughed up a cool £13 million for a license. That's an expensive clock-up.