Motorola announces 4.5-inch Atrix HD for AT&T’s LTE network, arrives July 15 [Video]

Motorola announced its much-rumored Atrix HD today exclusively for AT&T’s LTE network.

The smartphone, previously codenamed “Dinara” among the blogosphere, sports a Kevlar backing and 8.4mm-thick body, while the specs include a 1780mAh battery, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and a 4.5-inch, 720p HD display with Motorola’s ColorBoost. It also boasts a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p, 30 fps video, and it even comes quipped with an HDMI-out port.

This $99.99 device, on a two-year contract, sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the gate. Oh, and it arrives July 15 in Modern White and Titanium flavors.

The press release is below (via MarketWatch).

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Google set to report Q2 2012 financial earnings July 19

Google revealed today that it is set to report its Q2 2012 financial earnings to investors July 19 at 1:30 p.m. PST. In typical fashion, Google will release the earnings in a press release 30 minutes prior, and then it will stream the call with investors on its Investor Relations page. You can tune in to 9to5Google for when the earnings hit for a full, complete breakdown. We will most likely also hear more about Google’s planned stock-split on the call. In the mean time, check out the full press release below. Last quarter’s earnings are going to be hard to beat.

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Nexus 7 shipping this week from a growing number of retailers?

It has been a couple of weeks since Google dropped its Asus-built Nexus 7, but the Jelly Bean-powered tablet is just now becoming available at a slew of third-party online retailers.

The 7-inch Android slate first debuted on the Google Play store, where the 16 GB version retails for $249, with a $25 credit. Folks can only pre-order at the moment, because shipping is still another two to three weeks out, but they can now place their orders for the Nexus 7 just about anywhere. GameStop, Staples, B&H, Adorama, Abt, and Canada’s FutureShop are just a few of the latest places to offer the world’s first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet. Canada’s Best Buy reportedly started selling the Nexus 7 as well, but United States listings are currently not live on the retailer’s website.

Interestingly, Staples offers the Nexus 7 with free shipping. It also promises delivery between July 12 and July 17, if pre-ordered by July 10. B&H, Best Buy and Future Shop peg expected availability around mid-August, while Adorama does not even have the tablet in stock. Abt is vague about shipping with estimated delivery between “3-5 Business Days,” but the website also noted, “Estimated Arrival dates are based on in-stock items only.” GameStop features similar wording, too.

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Director accepts HTC One challenge, shoots 4-minute film with smartphone [Videos]

Last spring, as part 2012’s 24 Hour Film Race presented by HTC One, Director Frank Hannah shot a four-minute film with the manufacturer’s popular Android-powered smartphone.

The challenge occurred from May 18 to May 19, where over 750 teams around the world were given the following criteria:

Create an original short films (4 minutes max) in just 24 hours based on a theme (one), action (listening to music), and prop (the number one).

Hannah interpreted and completed the challenge, and then HTC honored his work by recently posting the short film on YouTube (above). A second video even documents the behind-the-scenes footage (below). Check ‘em out!

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Google demands Oracle pay its $4M in court costs

Love this from Wired:

“Google prevailed on a substantial part of the litigation,” read Google’s brief. “[Oracle] recovered none of the relief it sought in this litigation. Accordingly, Google is the prevailing party and is entitled to recover costs.”

Moreover, $2.9 million of that amount included copying and organizing documents. Google juggled a mind-boggled 97 million documents during the case.

After a year of pre-trial wrangling and six weeks in court, Oracle walked away with next to nothing. Judge and jury decided that Google was liable for lifting nine lines of code and two test files, but otherwise, they sided against Oracle. Last month, Judge William Alsup ruled that Google owed Oracle exactly nothing for lifting those small pieces of code.

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Rumor: Galaxy Note 2 to unveil at Berlin’s IFA in August with 5.5-inch display

The original Galaxy Note model.

A recent report suggests the Galaxy Note successor will début with a slightly larger display at a popular consumer electronics show in Europe next month.

According to Maeil Business Newspaper, the Galaxy Note 2 will boast a 5.5-inch display, which is .2-inches larger than the original model, and it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A quad-core Exynos processor will give the phablet a performance boost, and its rear-facing camera will see an upgrade from 8-megapixels to 12- or 13-megapixels.

“Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 2 during the IFA 2012, a consumer electronics show held in Berlin, Germany in late-August,” reported South Korea-based Maeil, while quoting a source “familiar with the matter.”

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Confirmed: Galaxy Nexus removed from Google Play due to injunction, slated to return next week with Jelly Bean [Updated]

The Google Play store abruptly removed the Galaxy Nexus earlier this week for unknown reasons, but Google just confirmed that it pulled the device from the Android marketplace due to Judge Lucy Koh’s recent decision to not lift the injunction against the smartphone.

The device will continue sales on Google Play next week, according to ABC News, with Jelly Bean preloaded as the operating system to solve the contending issues within the dispute:

Google confirmed to ABC News that the Galaxy Nexus had been pulled from its Google Play store as a result of the judge’s decision, but said it would begin selling the device again next week running the latest version of Android — Android 4.1, known as Jelly Bean. The updated version of Android would address the issues in dispute, Google said.

The Galaxy Nexus is currently listed on Google Play as “coming soon,” and visitors have the option to receive an email notification for when the smartphone becomes available.

Update: As The Verge reports, this afternoon the Court of Appeals has suspended the ban on the Galaxy Nexus until a formal response is given from Apple. From there, the Court will decide if the ban should go in effect or not.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer had some lovely words for former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

The August issue of Vanity Fair fully dissects “How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo,” but it also gives an interesting glimpse at how the once-reigning tech company foolishly underestimated Google.

The actual article is not online, but BetaBeat obtained a physical copy and found a little nugget buried inside that describes chief executive Steve Ballmer going on a rampage in 2004. After allegedly throwing a chair, the CEO had this to scream say about an engineer who left Microsoft for Google:

“Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy!” Ballmer yelled, according to the court document. “I’m going to fucking bury that guy! I have done it before and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.”

Ballmer is notorious for his emotional antics and miscalculated quotes about the competition. The video atop is a perfect demonstration of Ballmer going, well, crazy. Meanwhile, the video below shows the executive laughing about the iPhone in 2007, while dismissing its ability to handle business-oriented tasks due to its lack of a tangible keyboard.

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Google overhauls employee education program

In a story detailing some recent updates to the two-year-old GoogleEDU program, The Wall Street Journal noted today that last year saw roughly 11,000 Google employees enrolled in the program’s classes as Google “cut classes that didn’t work and retooled others.” That is about one-third of the 33,100 Google employees worldwide.

“What’s important is that it aligns with our overall business strategy,” says Karen May, Google’s vice president of leadership and talent, who has led the revamping of GoogleEDU.

As part of the revamping of the program, the report described how Google is using data analytics and other methods to suggest new courses to employees:
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Report: Judge who dismissed Apple’s case against Motorola disputes legal protection for tech industry

Reuters interviewed the U.S. judge today who dismissed Apple’s patent court case against Motorola, and the details behind the jurist’s reasoning for tossing the lawsuit are as interesting as they are controversial.

Richard Posner sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and disputes whether software and related tech industries should even have patents for their products.

“It’s not clear that we really need patents in most industries,” said Posner, referring to the slew of features in smartphones that are legally protected. “You just have this proliferation of patents. It’s a problem.”

Posner, 73, argued the pharmaceutical industry better deserved protection for its intellectual property because of the, as Reuters coined it, “enormous investment it takes to create a successful drug.” He tossed Apple’s lawsuit against Google’s Motorola Mobility last month and denied an injunction against the sale of Motorola devices using Apple’s patented technology.

The judge attributed Apple’s scramble to attack competitors allegedly using its technology to a “constant struggle for survival.”

“As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem,” Posner contended.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus temporarily taken-off Google Play shelves, in wake of recent legal rulings

In wake of Judge Koh rejecting Samsung’s request to thwart the preliminary injunction Apple gained on its Galaxy Nexus, the pure-Android smartphone has disappeared from the Google Play website this evening. It is not clear if the removal is due to the phone being updated to the all-new Jelly Bean, or because of the injunction itself, but it certainly does make for interesting timing.

In the meantime, Google and Samsung are said to be working on a software patch to fix the issues that are causing legal happenings. A few months ago, the Galaxy Nexus dropped down to $399 and then lower to a solid $349 a few weeks later. Fast forward to now, and the Galaxy Nexus is just listed as “coming soon.” The device is still available on Amazon, for a little heftier price.

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Google reminds us that a free and open Internet needs some celebrating and support

Google supports the Declaration of Internet Freedom:

Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open Internet.
More than any time in history, more people in more places have the ability to make their voices heard.
Just as we celebrate freedom, we need to celebrate the tools that support freedom.
Add your voice in support of a free and open Internet.

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