Huawei Mate 10: Huawei Opens Preorders In US, Priced At $799

Electronic giant Huawei has officially opened on Monday its Mate 10 Pro for U.S market. The company’s new flagship smartphone would be sold in the US, especially on sites like Best Buy and Amazon, respectively.


Huawei Mate 10 preorders open in the US


Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be sold for $799, according to the company. Those who will be buying the new smartphone through a preorder would get a free $150 gift card. Customers could get the gift card from various retail stores where they bought the smartphone.


The company said it would start shipping the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on February 18. The new 6-inch flagship comes in two color options: the Midnight Blue and Titanium Gray. It can be recalled that Huawei’s new smartphone was actually adjudged as one of CNET’s favorite smartphone.


What’s amazing with Huawei’s new smartphone is that it is powered by the company’s
Kirin 970 processor. Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor equally performs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered phone like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 device.


Huawei’s new smartphone came after a deal with AT&T was nixed as it tries to crack the US market. If the partnership were pushed through, Huawei would be getting a boost with AT&T as the major carrier partner.


At this year’s CES, the electronic giant was poised to announce that its Mate 10 Pro would be sold in the US market with AT&T partnership. The company selected AT&T because 90 percent of smartphone sales in the US derived from carriers.



Unfortunately, AT&T nixed the deal before the CES event last month, fearing of security threats as Huawei has ties with China.

Apple having problem with WiFi connectivity in iOS 6?

Apple recently updated the software versions of their devices and people have found a lot of reasons to bombard the company with criticisms and insults.

Not only is Apple having a hard time to make believers out of their native Maps app, but a number of users of iPad, iPod touch and iPhone owners who have updated their operating systems to iOS 6 find it hard to connect to WiFi.

According to CNET, some users can connect with WiFi, while at times they couldn’t.

Some users have even reported having difficulty in connecting to a Netgear WiFi router, although this problem can be solved by simply downloading a new firmware for the router.

Other individuals said that while they can connect to a WiFi network, the WiFi connection is very slow.

On Apple’s support pages, a number of individuals have aired problem in the AirPlay connectivity on their iPad 2s. Since updating their iPad 2s to the latest OS, it has ceased to function properly.

Apple has still not released a statement regarding the WiFi problem that their users have been experiencing.

Have you updated your Apple device to the latest iOS 6? Do you experience the same troubles?

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Windows 8 Intel Clover Trail SoC powered tablets coming to market

A number of tablet manufacturers are set to unveil their own Windows 8 tablets that will use Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip.

Both Hewlett-Packard and Acer are currently on the drawing table working on designs for their latest tablet according to CNET. The report also adds that Lenovo is also trying to develop a tablet which is going to use Intel’s Clover Trail SoC.

These tablets that will run on Windows 8 and Intel’s Clover Trail SoC are different from those that run on Windows RT tablets because the latter does not offer backward-compatibility with Windows software programs. The former has the ability to do just that.

According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, “We are… tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SoC in addition to a number of core-based tablets.”

If this is the case, then the tablet market looks crowded when these companies release their own versions of Windows 8 tablets that run on Intel’s new technology.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have a 10.1 inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. It also features a n HSPA+ broadband option and only weighs 1.4 pounds.

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Google Drive and Chrome now available for iOS

Users of iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone and iPod can now use Google’s cloud storage service, Google Drive, and Google’s browser, the Google Chrome.

During the annual developer conference of Google, the company announced that both the Google Drive and Chrome are going to invade Apple devices.

Vice president of Chrome, Briand Rakowski, demoed the Chrome browser on iOS devices. This includes synching settings from a multiple devices.

Google also announced that the Google Drive, which enables individuals to store files and share documents via cloud, is now up and running for iOS devices.

Director of product for Google Apps Clay Bavor said, “We brought many of the best features of Drive to mobile.”

According to CNET, Bavor presented during his keynote address was the ability of images to be scanned and stored as PDF files in Google drive and the best thing is that they are searchable.

Google’s browser, the Chrome, is considered by many as the best browser out there in the market. Being a light on your system, it doesn’t slow your PC or laptop.

If Google can bring this to the Chrome for iOS devices, then this would be surely a hit to Apple fanatics!

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Facebook to launch new feature Find Friends Nearby?

If the report by TechCrunch is true, then Facebook would again be on the hot seat, as the social networking giant is set to unveil a new feature that allows its users to view their Facebook friends that are nearby.

Find Friends Nearby is a Facebook feature that enables individuals to find new friends at locations or events, without keying in their name/s on the search bar.

Facebook hasn’t announced the new feature as of yet. But according to TechCrunch, Find Friends Nearby is currently operational on iOS and Android devices.

CNET asked Facebook to comment on the issue. The company was tight lipped and said, “We are constantly testing new features but have nothing more to share at this time.”

But Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson told TechCrunch regardind Find Friends Nearby, “For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.”

Will this new feature cause a stir and violate privacy issues?

Would you be interested to Find Friends Nearby?


Sprint to unveil own version of online wallet

Telecommunications giant, Sprint is reportedly launching their own version of the Google Wallet.

To be called “Touch”, Sprint’s mobile wallet is rumored to be launched as early as this summer. Unlike Google Wallet, the company is said to want to create a relationship with banks and other service providers.

According to a report by NFC Times, “The limitation isn’t the wallet’ the limitation is the secure element.”
CNET contacted Sprint to comment about the NFC Times report and the company sent this: “In keeping with our open approach, Sprint is actively working with others in the mobile payment ecosystem. We will continue to bring practical, easy-to-use mobile payment solutions to customers on Sprint devices, however, we don’t not have any new to share at this time.”

Google is the first company to launch their own digital wallet. Other companies have been toying with the idea, but have not yet released their own wallet.

Sprint is currently the only network backing up the Google Wallet. If the reports are true that the company is going to release their own version of the wallet, it is unclear whether they’d still continue to carry Google’s wallet or would they be discarding it for their own.

Are you willing to use you smartphones to purchase products?

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Sony teaming up with Kaspersky for Vaio

One of the leading antivirus security firms in the world has found an ally today, after they announced that they are offering its security products for home PC protection.

Kaspersky Lab announced that the company and Sony have agreed to consolidate in a joint venture that would make Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus program the stock security protection for Sony Vaio devices in America.

This exclusive agreement will give customers premium protection during the first weeks of setup. A 30 day subscription to Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 will come with the Sony Vaio packages in the United States, Latin America and Canada starting May 2012.

Kaspersky is the world’s third largest security vendor. Their products usually earn high rankings from independent security evaluations and security analysts. Kaspersky Internet Security earned a 4.5 out of 5 star rating in an evaluation done by CNET and was awarded the “Product of the Year” last year by AV-Comparatives.

Kaspersky Lab president Steve Orenberg said, “We are genuinely thrilled with the opportunity to work with the Sony Vaio team and its incredible lineup of consumer computing devices. For years, Sony has been the gold-standard of consumer electronic quality and consumer experience, and at Kaspersky Lab, we pride ourselves on delivering the same quality and experience to our own customers.”

Did Sony make the right decision by choosing Kaspersky?

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Apple’s iOS preferred by most app developers

Universally, Google’s Android is known to have the greater share on the smartphone market. But when we talk about having support from app developers, it is a different story.

According to data released by Flurry Analytics, seven out of ten apps that were created during the first quarter of this year were for the iOS platform. This is despite Android’s dominating the smartphone market, having 50.8% of the total smartphone market.

ComScore pegs Apple’s iOS share at 31.4%.

Steve Musil of CNET writes that Apple’s lead in this category is because of its dominance in the tablet market. Apple holds 88% of the tablet market during the first five months of 2012. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab only holds 9% followed by Amazon’s Kindle with 3%.

Flurry Analytics also noted that developers who create apps for Android earn four times more revenue than their Android counterparts.

Flurry said, “At the end of the day, developers run businesses, and businesses seek out markets where revenue opportunities are highest and the cost of building and distributing is lowest. In short, Android delivers less gain and more pain than iOS, which we believe is the key reason 7 out of every 10 apps built in the new economy are for iOS instead of Android.”

Is Google affected by this news?

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Tweets climb to 400 million per day

Want to know the total number of tweets people send in a day?

According to a report by CNET, about 400 million tweets are sent by Twitter users up from 340 million a month ago.

Another fact that they would like to divulge is that majority of these 400 million tweets are sent via mobile and not desktop computers.

Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, revealed this at an interview at the Economist’s Ideas Economy: Information 2012 conference.

Costolo said, “Because tweets are 140 characters, and born of mobile and constrained that way, when we designed the ad platform our ads would go everywhere tweets go, and the only way is if the ads are tweets. We have an ad platform that is already inherently suited to mobile. Even though we launched the ad platform on the Web already, a couple of weeks ago we saw mobile revenue in a day greater than non-mobile.”

“The fascinating thing about big numbers is you get macro trends and events, and incredible personal moments where you have to dive all the way to see things,” he added.

Costolo also said that he isn’t thinking about the idea of IPO. Unlike his counterpart Mark Zuckerberg, he isn’t toying with the possibility of going public.

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Lumia 610 problem: Can’t run certain apps

The Nokia Lumia line of devices may be Nokia’s key to salvation. But it seems that the company and Microsoft are having trouble with their Lumia 610 device, as CNET reported that the latter is having difficulties running several popular apps.

Nokia’s entry level Lumia is the company’s first Microsoft powered smartphone with a 256MB of RAM can’t seem to run Angry Birds and Skype, which by the way is owned by Microsoft.

Other apps that won’t run on the Lumia 610 are Plants vs. Zombies, Assassin’s Creed and PES 2012. When someone’s tries to download these games, an error message would appear.

The popular Android platform doesn’t have any problems with running these apps, so what happened to the Nokia Lumia 610?

According to CNET, Microsoft has set standards for the hardware on smartphones that would want to run on the Windows platform. With the Android, this is not a problem because the software of the latter is open sourced and apps can be tested in a wide range of devices.

Microsoft on the other hand, the company lowered their standards for phones running on Windows Phone. This process may have caused the problem. By lowering the standards of the phones, this allowed companies to develop cheap smartphones for the budget strapped individual.

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