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Two Tablets One Company: More Details on the Sony S1 and S2

posted Sunday Jul 17, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Two Tablets One Company: More Details on the Sony S1 and S2

In February of this year, Engadget sources revealed some information from about Sony's code named "S1" gaming and multimedia centered tablet. While both the S1 and S2 tablets were announced April of this year in Japan, at a Sony event in New York this month, details on the S2 tablet came to light. Both tablets run Android 3.0 and therefore share similar functionality; however, Kunimasa Suzuki, president of the Vaio and mobile business group, thinks that both will be successful in the market based on differences in form factor.

The S1, as we've seen before, more resembles a regular style tablet with two unique differences. One of which is the fact that the weight of the device has been shifted to rest on the user's arm, hopefully making it more comfortable to use while holding with one arm. The other is the stand coming off the back that resembles a folded over magazine. This is supposed to put the screen at a more friendly angle when it is set down on a flat surface. The S2 more closely resembles a Nintendo DSi in terms of form factor. That means that there are two screens both of which are 5.5 inches. It also means that the device is foldable allowing it to more easily fit inside a pocket.

To get a better idea about what Sony has in store for the S1 and S2 launch this fall, hit the break.

Apple's App Store Eclipses 15 Billion Downloads

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's App Store Eclipses 15 Billion Downloads

As much as we dislike Apple almost all the time, there are just certain events that occur where you have to tip your hat and give credit where credit is due. This is one of those cases as last week, Apple announced that it has toppled way over the 10 billion downloads it set a goal for and has now surpassed the 15 billion download mark.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing:

In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen. Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.

That's pretty impressive. It's also impressive that they have over 425,000 apps on the platform as well, regardless of the tens of thousands cow moo and gunshot apps that may be roaming around.

It should be noted here that there are a staggering 100,000 native iPad apps on the platform as well (take note, HP!), and to date Apple has paid developers over $2.5 billion.

So congratulations, Apple, that's a pretty big number to hit. Enjoy the kudos while they last, we don't give them to you often around these parts, because we don't like you, and you usually don't deserve it.

China's Economy is Scarier Than We Thought

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

China's Economy is Scarier Than We Thought

In general, we tend to avoid political topics as they often alienate people, but seeing as this year China overtook the US as the leading manufacturer in the world and we talk about Apple's use of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, I decided to buck the trend and bring you this information.

We hear often about how China's economy is booming, and it is pretty difficult to dispute. They own so much of the US's $14 trillion debt, they have had an almost constant 10% GDP growth and, as I said before, they are now the largest manufacturer on the planet. As it turns out, the lack of ability to dispute the boom is exactly what China has been trying to produce.

How have they managed to create an indisputable economic boom? Hit the break to find out.

Spotify Here At Last!

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Here At Last!

Spotify is finally here! After months of covering their hopeful arrival to the US, I can finally rest with ease in a streaming bliss of musical exasperation. However, first I feel the need to recap everyone of where Spotify was and how they got here.

All caught up? Great. The Cliffs Note version of all of that is that Spotify needed to secure the major labels to really make a notable debut in the US and had to round up more paid subscribers in order to make a sustainable impact.

Has all that happened? We'll wrap up the Spotify arrival after the break.

HTC Responds to Apple's Litigious Ways

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

HTC Responds to Apple's Litigious Ways

Apple has been in a pretty litigious mood lately. By lately, I mean the last decade or so. With current legal action against GetJar, Nokia, Kodak, Amazon and the Moon, it isn't surprising that HTC, whom Apple has taken before the ITC at least 5 times recently, has responded rather succinctly. In fact, the comment was rather harsh, though correct.

HTC's general counsel, Grace Lei, said in a statement:

HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market... HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights

Quick and to the point. While it is fun to have HTC going after the jugular, Jobs doesn't usually take kindly to attacks like these; he prefers to make them, instead. This one should get fun quickly.

Microsoft's Probably Brilliant Accident

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft's Probably Brilliant Accident

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched a splash page for a project they call Talalip (the screen can be seen on the right). The page, if you cannot see it, says "Welcome. With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever." In addition to this welcome text, there is a Facebook and Twitter sign-in and a series of Windows Phone 7/Windows 8/Xbox Dashboard-style tiles with people's photos. If this doesn't cry social network, I don't know what does.

Well, Microsoft knows and they know they published the splash page. In fact, not too long after, the page came down and an acknowledgement message (yes, that's right, a company that doesn't deny a product everyone now knows exists) went up in its place. The message reads:

Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn't mean to, honest.

Didn't they mean to? Hit the break to find out.

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