Report: HP could announce Tegra 4 Android tablet soon, working on Android smartphone

hp-touchpadHP already has an Android product or two with its printers, but Readwrite.com reported on Wednesday that sources have confirmed HP will soon introduce an Android device in the form of a high-end tablet running a NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip. The report claimed that HP is also looking into launching an Android smartphone:

The tablet has been in the works since before Thanksgiving and sources say it could be one of the first tablets to ship with the Tegra 4. NVIDIA’s latest mobile chip was just announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and it features some impressive specs, but we have not seen many devices adopt it yet.

Sources also say that HP is currently exploring the launch of an Android-powered smartphone, but recent comments from CEO Meg Whitman indicate HP will not offer a mobile phone this year.

We heard rumors in 2011 about the company being open to Android straight from CEO Meg Whitman. Today’s report hinted the device has been in the works since before November and could be ready to ship as one of the first Tegra 4 devices as early as Q2 2013: Read more

US Naval Academy goes Google with Google Apps for Government

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The U.S. Naval Academy has adopted Google Apps for Government.

The Maryland-based, four-year coeducational federal service academy has offered an appliance-based email solution with secure communications to students, midshipmen, and faculty for years, but it has recently realized the “hefty license fee” it comes with is too expensive and limiting.

The USNA subsequently discovered many of its 4,400 midshipmen were using personal Gmail accounts, and so the academy decided to try Google Apps for Government instead. They assigned 100 users to Google Apps, with instructions to fully test all capabilities, and the trial eventually proved successful. The USNA has now rolled out Google Apps support to 7,200 users at the academy.

“It provided a full suite of communication and collaboration tools such as Docs and Calendar. Coincidently, Google Apps for Government also provided universal mobile access with no additional licensing costs,” explained USNA Chief Information Officer Lou Giannotti on the official Google Enterprise blog.

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Aside from the USNA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. General Services Administration are just a few of the federal agencies currently offering Google Apps for Government. Giannotti said the USNA uses Gmail the most—roughly four terabytes of mail to be exact—and finds the chat feature very useful for communicating with midshipmen, but adoption of Docs and Calendar is steadily increasing too.

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YouTube files appeal with Russian regulators to unblock controversial make-up FX tutorial (Video)

Russia has blocked the above YouTube video that features a make-up FX tutorial.

Roscomnadzor, otherwise known as Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Mass Media and Communications, a.k.a. Russia’s regulatory watchdog, blacklisted the video because it shows how to create a wound and implies suicide or suicidal tendencies. Russia notably launched a firewall Nov. 1, 2012 to restrict content like child porn and suicidal content.

YouTube has apparently removed the video in Russia to avoid the regulators blocking all of YouTube in the country, but Russian newspaper Vedomosti and the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube LLC filed an appeal on Feb. 11 to unblock the video and cited it isn’t clear what type of video content is permissible to Roscomnadzor.

A spokesperson for YouTube in Russia, Alla Zabrovskaya, gave a statement on the matter to TechCrunch:

“YouTube provides a community where people from around the world can express themselves by sharing videos and being informed. While we support the greatest access to information possible, we will, at times, restrict content on country-specific domains where a nation’s laws require it or if content is found to violate our Community Guidelines. In this case, we have appealed the decision of Russian Consumer Watchdog because we do not believe that the goal of the law was to limit access to videos that are clearly intended to entertain viewers.”

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Redonkulous Vertu now runs Android 4.0 at a $10,500 premium

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Vertu, a luxury smartphone manufacturer previously owned by Nokia, launched an $11,000 USD Android-powered device today, dubbed “Vertu Ti.”

The Vertu Ti boasts a 3.7-inch sapphire crystal screen and runs Android 4.0 paired with a custom Vertu UI. The smartphone also features a grade 5 titanium casing, as well as a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 64 GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and “Bang & Olufsen tuned” sound.

So, just think something like the HTC Incredible from a few years ago. Oh, and along with coming in four different shades of black, the new Vertu line sports the following fancy slogan: “Handmade in England. Powered by Android.” But, it doesn’t come with 4G.

There are only 326,000 Vertu smartphone owners in the world since launching 10 years ago, according to the BBC, and China is supposedly the largest market for such a high-end device. Despite the mediocre numbers, Vertu CEO Perry Oosting said the company went with Android instead of Windows when it left Nokia last October because of global reach.

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Android 4.2.2 released to Nexus devices only

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WeeManFoo, a user on the popular Internet board site Reddit, claimed his Galaxy Nexus received a OTA update of Android 4.2.2 this morning. Judging by the comments, it seems the update was only rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus’, but download links and a screenshot from a Google+ user seems to put the kibosh on the rumor. While there’s no word on what the update holds, because it’s an x.x.1 update, it’s probably a mix of bug fixes and minor improvements. More on what the update holds as information comes in. In the meantime, get downloading!

HTC One M7 gets a fresh leaked image, looks familiar

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HTC has an event in exactly seven days and we’ll be on hand.  What’s on order? No one knows for sure, but @evleaks, a notorious leaker of fine products, today tweeted the image to your right.

This is the same product we’ve seen a few times before with the codename “M7“. It appears it is a new design, and we’re definitely feeling some white iPhone 5 inspiration.

The M7 will likely also be announced at MWC in Barcelona, and it will be HTC’s flagship device running a 5-inch 1080p display similar to the Droid DNA (which we are still missing). Other rumored specs include a 13-megapixel camera and quad-core processor.

We don’t have any word on carriers, but we’d be willing to bet that AT&T, which lined up quick for the One X, will be onboard. T-Mobile might even join the fun. Verizon may take a pass since it is already slangin’ the DNA, and Sprint will likely do an EVO 2013 in short order.

Come back next week on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. EST as we cover the event live.

Google’s Nexus 4 wireless charger finally lands on Google Play for $60, ships in less than 1 week

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Ever wonder what Google did with all of those extra Nexus Qs? Presenting the Nexus 4 charging dock. Up until today, Google’s Nexus 4 wireless charger wasn’t actually available to purchase—despite being announced and detailed alongside the device as far back as October. Google has finally made things official for the wireless charging pad, at least in the U.S., with Google Play now accepting orders and shipping the device to customers “in less than one week.” The design clearly looks like it came from the same team as Google’s Nexus Q, but hopefully it’s able to stick around a little longer than the now discontinued streaming orb.

DIMENSIONS
-76pi x 53.05(T) (mm)
COLOR
-Black
WEIGHT
-130g
DC INPUT
-5Vdc/1.8A
DC OUTPUT
-5Vdc/1.0A
CHARGING TIME
-Approximately 4 hours

The Nexus 4 wireless charger sells for $59.99 USD through Google Play.

Join President Obama for a Google+ Hangout following the State of the Union

Google is no stranger to inviting big names in politics and the entertainment world to take part in live hangouts with supporters. President Obama has already joined in Google+ Hangouts with a live-streamed interview going down last year, but today Google announced that Obama would once again take to Google+ this week. Following this week’s State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama will answer questions via a live Google+ Hangout on Thursday at 4:50 p.m. EST.

Much like the Fireside Hangouts held by Vice President Biden and Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz over the past few weeks, the President’s Fireside Hangout will include a group of people who regularly discuss important issues of the day online. During the conversation, the selected participants will ask the President their own questions—but we’d also like to hear from you before the Hangout. To let the President know what’s on your mind, head to the White House YouTube channel and submit a video or text question.

Google noted that you will be able to watch the President’s State of the Union address on YouTube tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST.

Google’s Solve for X 2013 conference highlights posted, inspiration renewed

Google had their Solvefor(x) conference last week hosting 50 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world.

We heard 18 technology moonshot proposals, which you can watch on SolveforX.com. Make sure to catch Danielle Fong, whose creativity, courage and persistence shine through as she describes her potentially game changing idea for renewable energy storage. Take a look at Peter Diamandis and Eric Andersonbdescribing their new asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources—exactly the kind of moonshot thinking that Solve for X was created to celebrate. Watch Flaminia Catteruccia suggest an ingenious shift in our approach to stopping the spread of Malaria, and check out Keith Black’s proposal to diagnose Alzheimer’s 20 years before any symptoms appear using a test that could be included in a routine eye exam.

Google X labs are where moonshots like Google Glass and Driveless cars (and a bunch of stuff we don’t know about) are coming from. As of Today, there are some excellent updates on the solveforx.com site:

  • Submit moonshots: Whether it’s an early idea, something you’re already working on, a proposal you’d like to see others work on, or a moonshot idea from someone else that you’d like to promote, we’d like to hear from you—pleasesubmit those moonshot videos. Read more about what qualifies as a moonshot.
  • Join and declare your X: We’ve added community areas and we hope you will join and create a profile declaring your X. Your “X” is something you are passionate about working on or solving in the world like learning access or robotics or climate change or raising happy kids. You can watch, share and rate moonshots. Search to find moonshot proposals that match your interests and join the innovation conversation.
  • Check out even more moonshot ideas: Several new partners have joined Solve for X to amplify moonshot ideas, including X PRIZE, GE FOCUS FORWARD, TED, MIT Technology Review, Singularity University, and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Talks from their events and programs that are aligned with the moonshot ethos (huge problem, radical solution, breakthrough technology) are now cross-linked and hosted on SolveforX.com. Some of our favorites are The Invisible Bicycle HelmetThe Music ManSolar RoadwaysBio-Integrated ElectronicsSimple DesignsSlingshot and Gulf Oil Cleanup X PRIZE Winning Team Vor-Tek. Take a moment to watch them!

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Google’s Nexus 4 reaches 1M shipments


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After a month of delay, website crashes, and an all-too familiar “Sold Out” sign, the Nexus 4 is back in stock. Oh, and Google has just shipped its millionth unit. Nearly three months after its initial launch on Google Play, a “Senior Member” of the Android hacking community XDA claimed that the millionth unit of the LG/Google phone has just been shipped in Turkey. While this of course isn’t official word from Google or LG, the serial number the poster provided (“ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY”) seems to be enough evidence.

About a month ago, the same user, who goes by the name “draugaz”, claimed that he figured out the serial number of what each Nexus 4 meant. His breakdown of what he believes each number to mean is below.

“LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N”

If you break this string apart, you get:
LGE960 = phone model
A = ?
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Color
2 = ?
12 = Production Month (November)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.
2012121206 = The production date in YYYYMMDD format”

If his breakdown of the serial number is to be believed, then the Nexus 4 sold in Turkey is the 999,998 Nexus 4 made and not the millionth. While TechCrunch claimed that Google has yet to respond to the report, it’s expected for Google to announce the exact amount sold at I/O in May.

Google publishes new ad during Grammy Awards, showcasing Google Now on the Nexus 4

“It’s a fish.”

Google aired its first Nexus 4 commercial during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday.

The 1-minute-long ad focuses on Google Now and the many ways it’s usable from around the world, like Apple often does with Siri in commercials, such as planning trips, checking weather, finding a restaurant, language translations, and even Hangout video chats, but the ad notably features all of these Google Now functions on the Nexus 4.

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Eric Schmidt to sell 42% of his stock in Google after it hits all-time high

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Google’s stock hit an all-time high last week, with a market cap of $255.17 billion and shares hitting nearly $775 dollars. Just a mere seven days after these incredible numbers, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said he planned to sell 42 percent of all the stock he owns in the company. In shares, that comes out to about 3.2 million in total. He currently owns 7.6 million shares. Once Schmidt sells his stock, he’ll have nice big check of about $2.51 billion dollars coming his way. Of course, selling 3.2 million shares of any company will have a huge impact on the stock market. So, it’s likely he will spread out the selling of the stock over the course of the next year.

This sale comes 10 days short of the one-year anniversary of Schmidt’s other big selling. On Feb. 18, 2012, when the shares were about $604, the chairman decided to sell $1.5 billion dollars worth of Google stock. At the end of that selling, Schmidt had about 0.9 million shares less of Google than he has today (6.7 million to today’s number, 7.6 million).

Schmidt today owns 2.3-percent of Google.