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Secret funds case: List of 282 journalists made public

ISLAMABAD: The list of the 282 journalists who received payments and gifts from the secret fund of the information ministry was made public following a Supreme Court order.

Jasmeen Manzoor, Arif Nizami, Saleh Zafar, Munizhe Jehangir, Rameeza Nizami, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Asma Chaudhry, Sherbano Taseer, Raza Rumi, Amir Mir, Sohail Warraich, Nazir Naji and Baqir Sajjad Syed feature on the list, among others.
According to the rules and regulations, the purpose of the secret fund is only to obtain or uncover sensitive information necessary to protect ‘national interest/national security’.
It cannot be used for any other purpose, such as emergencies or incidental expenses. All withdrawals are supposed to come under specific heads and justifications.
Another list of 155 journalists who took gifts and payments from the information ministry will also be made public later.
A spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting clarified that secret funds have no link with Inte…

Top 5 Cydia Tweaks iPhone 5,4S, iPad Mini, 4, iPod Touch After 2013 Jailbreak 6.1.3 & iOS 6.1.2

CNET Analysis: NEW TOP 5 Cydia Tweaks for the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, iPad 4, iPad Mini and the iPod Touch 5G & 4G. Awesome new Tweak List for iOS 6.1.3, the Evasi0n Jailbrea…

Twitter, BBC America team up on branded video advertising

CNETAnalysis: Not content to just launch a music discovery service and companion iOS app this week, Twitter has paired with BBC America to provide video ads embedded into tweets. AllThingsD reported Thursday that BBC America and Twitter have inked an advertising deal, only days after the real-time communications service was rumored to be in similar talks with NBCUniversal and Viacom. Best known for shows like Doctor Who and Top Gear, BBC America confirmed the deal with a tweet of their own, while promising more “details to come” on its Tumblr page . The tweet describes the deal as the first to offer “in-Tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series” following an earlier Twitter experiment with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) March Madness basketball. How it works As described by AllThingsD , the advertising model allows content owners to post a brief video clip via Twitter, who is paid up-front for its distribution and promotion services. Revenue generat…

Microsoft bigwig quits as Windows sales stagnate, but Xbox is doing just fine

CNETAnalysis: Peter Klein, Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer, has announced he will be leaving the company at the end of June. The announcement is obviously bad news for Microsoft. Although Redmond just posted a 18 per cent revenue jump in its third-quarter results , that doesn’t change the fact that global PC sales are on a major down right now. The released numbers might also fail to turn around general opinion of Microsoft right now, with Forbes reporting last week that Goldman Sachs has downgraded its stock rating for the company. CF-Go “The bold bets we made on cloud services are paying off as people increasingly choose Microsoft services including Office 365, Windows Azure, Xbox LIVE, and Skype,” said Steve Ballmer in a statement on the website. “While there is still work to do, we are optimistic that the bets we’ve made on Windows devices position us well for the long-term.” When it comes to its Entertainment and and Devices Division, however, Microsoft is doing pretty well,…

Stats point to Chromebook failure

CNETAnalysis: Some first usage figures for the Chromebook have surfaced, suggesting that Google’s netbook has failed to resonate in the post-PC age. NetMarketShare reported that during the first week of monitoring Chomebook web activity, only 0.02 per cent of overall traffic came from the Google OS system. The Chromebook first began shipping in June 2011, with talk that it would see off Windows and shake up the post-PC market. But it looks like the device might have hit at the wrong time, with the netbook category ailing rapidly. But wait… However, this might not be the whole story. Stephen Baker, industry analyst with the NPG Group in the US, told PCWorld that despite these poor figures the Chromebook still owns over 20 per cent of clamshell notebook sales below $300 (£195/AUS$290). “In terms of sales volume, we have been extremely impressed with how the new Chromebooks are doing at retail,” he said. “It’s selling at a pretty decent rate for a product that retailers have been reluct…

Microsoft bigwig quits over PC woes, but Xbox is doing just fine

CNETAnalysis: Peter Klein, Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer, has announced he will be leaving the company at the end of June. The announcement is obviously bad news for Microsoft. Although Redmond just posted a 18 per cent revenue jump in its third-quarter results , that doesn’t change the fact that global PC sales are on a major down right now. The released numbers might also fail to turn around general opinion of Microsoft right now, with Forbes reporting last week that Goldman Sachs has downgraded its stock rating for the company. CF-Go “The bold bets we made on cloud services are paying off as people increasingly choose Microsoft services including Office 365, Windows Azure, Xbox LIVE, and Skype,” said Steve Ballmer in a statement on the website. “While there is still work to do, we are optimistic that the bets we’ve made on Windows devices position us well for the long-term.” When it comes to its Entertainment and and Devices Division, however, Microsoft is doing pretty well,…

T-Mobile iPhone 5 Unboxing and Speed Test

CNET Analysis: iReignTech’s Eray Dursun unboxes his T-Mobile iPhone 5 and shows off his great 4G speeds!

Smaller Windows 8 touch devices are on the way

CNETAnalysis: Smaller Windows 8 devices are arriving in the coming months. How do we know? Well, Microsoft basically just said as much. During its third quarter fiscal year 2013 earnings call today, CFO Peter Klein talked about Microsoft’s plans to offer more devices through its OEMs that hit more attractive price points as the year unfolds. “As part of this, we are also working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows,” he said. “These devices will have competitive price points partly enabled by our latest OEM offerings designed specifically for these smaller devices, and will become available in the coming months.” Klein didn’t talk about Microsoft’s own plans for a smaller, touch-enabled device, though with the recent reports that have surfaced about a 7-inch Windows tablet cooking, there’s a good chance we’re only months away from a smaller Surface hitting store shelves. Staying Surface strong Last month, Microsoft revised its display resolution …

Samsung flexible screens reportedly warbled by delay

CNETAnalysis: There’s been a lot of hubbub surrounding flexible displays this past year, but now it looks like one of the technology’s main advocates may have hit a snag. According to the Korean site etnews , Samsung Display’s efforts to get flexible displays out to market have been stalled by problems with the displays’ encapsulation technology. Encapsulation technology helps protect displays from damage from moisture and air, but the encapsulation process patent that Samsung purchased from a company called Vitex Systems in 2011 reportedly takes too long in the manufacturing stage. Samsung is looking to replace the technology with a more efficient process, etnews said this week, which means it could still be a while before flexible displays take off commercially. Flexible displays: the future? According to the Korean site, Samsung’s biggest flexible screen obstacle previously was related to its plastic substrate technology, but that problem is a thing of the past. The encapsulation …

Updated: CTIA 2013: 10 things we expect

CNETAnalysis: We’re heading back to the desert sun of Las Vegas for a tech show, and no, not CES . Come May 20, we’ll join thousands of journalists, exhibitors and eager attendees in populating the Sands Expo & Convention Center for four days of seminars, press conferences, interview hunting and exhibit floor meandering for CTIA 2013, the annual industry tech show. Here’s the latest on what we’ve heard about CTIA: Verizon wants us to save the date What’s this in our inbox? A save the date invite from Verizon for May 22? “Join Verizon Wireless for a Special Announcement at CTIA,” it read. Intriguing. During MobileCon, Verizon reveled in it’s 4G LTE dominance, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the company took yet another opportunity to talk up just how many American’s its high-speed network covers. Another take is that we’ll get word on a new product, with our hearts hoping it’s Verizon’s own version of the HTC One. TechRadar will be there live, so tune in at 11 a.m. May 22 for more…

Go through the Google Glass, with the latest issue of tech. magazine

CNETAnalysis: The latest issue of tech. – TechRadar’s weekly magazine – is out now for iPad and is packed with the greatest technology around. It takes a close-up look at Google Glass, Google’s foray into wearable technology that’s shipping to early adopters now. Inside, the magazine reveals the specs’ specs and all the reaction from those who have tried the technology. It may have only been announced but Twitter’s new music service is also detailed, as well as an analysis into Microsoft’s problem with the Start button. To celebrate the launch of Twitter Music tech. also reveals the best music-making apps for your iPad as well as reviewing the biggest phones around – interactive reviews no less. From the Samsung Galaxy Mega to the Asus FonePad, these giant devices are tried and tested by our expert reviews team. Tech talk And don’t forget about the regulars: Week tells you the things you need in your life right now, Video rounds up the best tech footage on the web. Bitcoin is explain…

BlackBerry 10.1 camera update one of numerous improvements

CNET Analysis: BB10 seemed like a breath of fresh air when it was first released, but it never takes long before users begin to see a few kinks in the armor, which is why an update will be welcome. Having already discussed some of the features of BlackBerry 10.1 and how the Q10 would see the most benefit from the update, we now thought we would look at some of the other features. The BlackBerry 10.1 camera update is just one of numerous improvements that will help to make the Z10 a far better device, as well as the upcoming Q10. The shooter will get a HDR camera mode, which is meant to capture a greater dynamic range, but the result is not always as good as what you would expect. Having said that, the camera software on the BlackBerry Z10 is already pretty decent, so another update will be welcome for owners. That’s not all, as BlackBerry 10.1 will also bring with it PIN to PIN messaging in BlackBerry Hub, APN editing will now be enabled, an improved version of Text Picker, Sharing m…

Microsoft joins the two-step boogie, adds more security in new update

CNETAnalysis: Throughout the rest of the week, Microsoft will be rolling out a new security upgrade for its accounts, which will provide a new two-step verification process. The accounts affected include Outlook, Skype, SkyDrive, Xbox and anything else that used to fall under the old Windows Live ID banner. With more than 700 million people using Microsoft accounts on various devices around the globe, that’s a lot of potential users that will no doubt benefit from stronger security provided by the new two-step process. The optional process has already been offered for services at commerce.microsoft.com and xbox.com, but is now being opened up to the rest of the Microsoft-using public. Microsoft doubles down While you can still use just the standard password to access any of your networking or email accounts, the voluntary second step requires a unique code to also be entered. This code is activated and sent to secondary devices or email accounts once you decide to take the necessary …

Apple 2013 – iPhone 5S, iOS 7, iPad 5, iPad mini 2, iWatch, iTV и др.

CNET Analysis: Apple 2013 – iPhone 5S, iOS 7, iPad 5, iPad mini 2, iWatch, iTV и другое – все слухи о новинках. Партней и магазин: http://applejesus.ru Twitter для скидок: …

Fancy a premium Windows 8 laptop with 221 ppi? Toshiba thinks you do

CNETAnalysis: Meet Kirabook, the Windows 8 laptop from Toshiba that could give Apple’s Retina-rowdy MacBooks a run for the money. The Kirabook is the first out of Toshiba’s Kira line, a new range of premium laptops, and it’s an impressive preliminary go. Spec wise Kirabook runs with a 13.3-inch screen that’s beset with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and what the company calls “PixelPure” touch technology. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina houses 2560 x 1600 and slams 227 ppi into the screen, six more than Kirabook’s 221ppi. So, in a word, Kira is comparable, though it has the option of touch up its sleeve. Kirabook boon By even more comparison, Google’s Chromebook Pixel lauds 239ppi, but the real coup for the Kirabook is its pixel density, one that is the highest we’ve heard for a Windows laptop. Moving on, the body weighs 2.6 pounds and slips in at 0.7 inches thick, meaning it’s lighter and thinner than the Pro with Retina . There’s also an LED backlit keyboard and Harman Kardon spe…

Using Windows Azure as your data centre

CNETAnalysis: Microsoft has intensified its efforts to increase take-up of its Windows Azure cloud platform. Last week it announced that the Azure Active Directory service was ready to use in production and launched the full version of its Azure based backup service. Today its Linux and Windows Server virtual machines (VMs) are moving from test to general availability, as part of the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service update. The move is part of the move to support companies developing a hybrid cloud – applications that connect to data and services across a number of data centres. “We want you to think about extending your data centre into our data centre, into Windows Azure” David Aiken, Windows Azure Technical Product Manager, tells TRPro. “We’re not saying a business should move everything into the cloud; we want to use the cloud in ways that make sense to the business.” He says the advantage is in getting things faster than with hardware in the office. “Many businesses sti…

Predicting Samsung Galaxy S5 design from S4 concept

CNET Analysis: Limited pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 have already begun, with the release of the handset expected at the very end of the month, and shipping in the first days of May. However, it will not take long for people to envisage want the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be like, and if there will be a radical design change, as we had hoped to see with the S4? Predicting the Samsung Galaxy S5 design is not as tough as you might think, as a new concept of what the S4 could have looked like has just been released by Concept Phones , and we can see this being used in the next version. Well, we do hope Samsung does something special with the design of the S4 successor, because while the hardware has been given a much-needed spec bump, the design has stayed pretty much the same. Maybe Samsung is taking the same approach as Apple, as they never change their iPhone design every year, although it’s clear to see the Galaxy S4 is no minor refresh. Having said that, we cannot see Samsung getting aw…

Dell loves Windows RT and thinks you should too

CNETAnalysis: Computing giant Dell isn’t giving up on Windows RT even though customers have been slow to react to the scaled down version (specifically for ARM-based tablets) of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8 . Neil Hand, vice president at Dell is reported by IDG to have said that Windows RT has “turned slower than we were hoping at this point in time”. Dell already has a Windows RT tablet on the market in the form of the Dell XPS 10 , which comes with a detachable keyboard similar to that of the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity . The XPS 10 didn’t particularly blow us away during our in-dpeth review, garnering a mediocre 3 out 5 stars, and if we’re honest we’re yet to be really dazzled by a Windows RT tablet. In for the long haul It looks like Dell is willing to take its time with Windows RT, allowing the platform to grow with Hand noting: “over the long haul it shouldn’t matter if it tablets is Windows on ARM, Windows on Intel, Windows on anything else”. Those hoping f…

Blip: Kama Sutra app for iOS makes the tantilizing Twister easier to recreate at home

CNETAnalysis: Put a neck tie on the door knob, folks. We got us some sex to talk about. A new book and iOS app combo is claiming to teach the lessons of the Kama Sutra in a way that may help those baffled by the ancient text before. If you’ve ever struggled to follow the instructions that come with new IKEA cabinets, this could be for you. Using augmented reality (AR) the app brings the positions of the Kama Sutra to life, creating a 3D model of the action on the screen of the iPad. Reality, augmented Going by the woeful title Kama Xcitra, the book includes AR recognition prints on its pages which the app can “see” through the tablet’s camera and it places the animated models within the virtual boundaries of these prints. You can move the camera around the models at see them from all sides. Similar technology was included with the Sony PlayStation Vita game console, allowing gamers to create a virtual game space in their living rooms. It doesn’t seem like the models in the tutorials …

Galaxy Tab 3 Plus ‘Roma’ specs are more impressive in latest leak

CNETAnalysis: A new set of specs for an upcoming Samsung tablet that reportedly carries the codename “Roma” leaked today to form an impressive image. The last time we heard the name Samsung Roma was January, when it was attached to a leaked Samsung tablet with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. “Roma” could be the codename for the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus, part of a range that was half expected to debut at Mobile World Congress 2013 . It didn’t, but after two (contradictory, we might add) leaks this week it seems the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus “Roma” could be close to a debut. Roma = Galaxy Tab 3 Plus? The first 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 leak this week came Monday, and though the word “Roma” was never mentioned, a 1280 x 800 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 3-megapixel camera (all of which reportedly matched an 8-inch counterpart) were. Those specs were topped off by 1GB of RAM and a 7000mAh battery. Android Community reported on that leak, but amended its stance with a new post today alleging that the …

Apple offering replacements for Apple TV boxes with busted Wi-Fi

CNETAnalysis: Without Wi-Fi connectivity, an unthethered Apple TV set-top box might make a decent coaster, or maybe a makeshift hockey puck? Beyond that it’s difficult to think of many plausible uses for the little blighter. So it’s good to hear that Apple has opened a replacement programme for the small number of users it says are experiencing issues with the wireless connections on their devices. The company revealed the problem is affecting a limited number of owners of the most recent third-generation, £100 (USD$100, AUD$109) media streamer. Apple has informed staff at retail stores: “Apple has determined that a very small number of Apple TV (3rd generation) products might experience one of these Wi-Fi related connectivity issues: Cannot locate network, Unable to join network, Dropped or intermittent connection.” Help is on the way If an Apple technician or store employee believes the unit is being affected by the issue then it’ll replace the device free of charge, providing it m…

Potential iPhone 5S camera vs. Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z

CNET Analysis: The current iPhone was 6 months old at the end of last month, and as you would imagine there has been a lot of talk about its successor, which if history is correct will be the iPhone 5S. If Apple stick to their release cycle then this will only be a minor upgrade, but there are a few features we can look forward to, if we can believe recent rumors that is. Over the past few years Apple has upgraded the camera on their iPhone, and we have reason to believe the iPhone 5S camera will also benefit from a spec bump . The iPhone 5 currently makes use of an 8-megapixel sensor, the successor could pack a 12-megapixel sensor instead. If this is true, then the iPhone 5S sensor would be pretty similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z, which both have a 13-megapixel sensor. However, Apple always likes to one-up their rivals, so we are not surprised that the camera upgrade could improve taking photos in low-light conditions. Apple has already improved in this area wi…

RIP netbooks, set to fade away completely in 2015

CNETAnalysis: It’s not the world’s boldest prediction, but a research firm is saying that the netbook will be dead by 2015. Research house IHS iSuppli cites the netbook’s falling shipments as evidence – its figures show that demand dwindled from 14 million in 2012 to an expected 4 million netbook shipments this year. It doesn’t see a recovery coming – IHS says shipments are likely to bottom out at a quarter of a million in 2014 then fade away to zero in 2015 and beyond. RIP We’ve heard talk of the death of the netbook before – ever since the iPad put tablets in the picture in 2010, netbook makers have shuffled uncomfortably in sales meetings and coughed awkwardly to obscure figures. Dell , Samsung , Toshiba and Intel have all hinted at consigning netbooks to the great charging port in the sky, with Dell taking the plunge and ditching them altogether and Toshiba calling time on the teeny laptops in the US. PC sales have been slipping over the last few years – take another bow, tablets…

Mobile malware jumped 163 percent in 2012, mostly on Android

CNETAnalysis: Smartphones seem a little dumber today, falling victim to 163 percent more malware in 2012 than the previous year, according to a new report. The NQ Mobile 2012 Security Report found that this was especially true for devices running the Android operating system, with nearly 95 percent of malware found on Google hardware. That amounts to more than 32.8 million Android devices infected in 2012 when just 10.8 million were host to malware in 2011. App Repackaging was the most common method used by malware authors, the report found, followed by malicious URLs and SMiSishing . Mo’ mobiles, mo’ problems Of course, Android does have a larger market share this year, with Google expecting to top one billion device activations by the end of 2013. There were just 300 million as of early in 2012, TechCrunch points out. Knowing this, it’s hardly fair to compare it to a discontinued platform like Symbian, for example, which ended up with a 4 percent infection rate. Malware by country …

Too late for Coachella, but YouTube for iOS app update adds live streaming

CNETAnalysis: The YouTube app for iOS devices now allows users to access events live streamed through the video sharing service. The update, posted to the App Store on Monday, comes just a day after the first weekend of YouTube’s live streaming of the Coachella music festival in Indio, California concluded. As many sites have already pointed out in their reports, it’s poor timing for those who would otherwise have been able to watch the hugely popular event on their iPhone and iPad devices. A live stream of Psy performing his new single Gentleman M/V aired on Saturday, while sporting events, press conferences and popular online multiplayer games often appear on the YouTube Live site. Send to TV enhanced The update also brings an enhancement for the AirPlay-style Send to TV feature, unveiled for iOS users in February after the initial Android roll out in November . Users can now queue-up videos to send to the compatible devices like Google TVs, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games con…

We want spectrum: Verizon said to make a move on Clearwire

CNETAnalysis: Spectrum, that hot carrier commodity, is top of mind for one major U.S. network, so much so that said company reportedly put a good chunk of money where its mouth is recently. The Wall Street Journal , citing people with knowledge of the matter, reported today that Verizon offered as much as $1.5 billion to gobble up spectrum leases from Clearwire. These deals are never cut and dry, but complicating the matter is the fact that Clearwire already agreed to sell itself to Sprint, owner of a 50.8 percent stake in the firm. Yet another wrinkle is part of the fold: Japanese telecom Softbank wants to buy a controlling share in Sprint for $20.1 billion. Dish, meanwhile, just put a $25.5 billion bid up for Sprint , though one that the third-place carrier called “unsolicited.” Head spinner What’s more, Dish itself has an offer out to pick up Clearwire at $3.30 a share, and while Chairman Charles Ergen said Dish hasn’t formally rescinded its offer for Clearwire, it would honor Spr…

Dish says ‘me too!,’ puts unsolicited bid on Sprint

CNETAnalysis: After years of being ignored by potential suitors, third-placed U.S. carrier Sprint now finds itself being courted by not one but two potential buyers. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Dish Network has formally placed its cards on the table in a high-stakes bid for Sprint, a move that could fend off a planned acquisition by Japanese giant Softbank. Sprint confirmed receipt of the “unsolicited proposal” from Dish valued at $25.5 billion, an amount said to offer the carrier’s stockholders a 13 percent premium over Softbank’s offer of $20.1 billion for 70 percent of the carrier. “Sprint is in play,” Dish Chairman Charles Ergen said Monday, three months after the satellite provider asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the Sprint-Softbank merger. “We think we’ve made an offer that’s much more compelling than the Softbank transaction.” Mobile fast track The Sprint bid comes on the heels of an unconfirmed report from Bloomberg on Friday that E…

In Depth: Microsoft: emphasis on Start Screen shackled Windows 8

CNETAnalysis: Not that bothered about Windows 8 ? You’re not alone. To even the most disinterested observer, it’s clear Microsoft has a lot work to do to get people enthused about its touch-centric efforts, and the forthcoming Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) update is a big part of that. Global PC sales are in huge decline , and although Windows 8 isn’t totally to blame and some retailers have a better story , it’s palpable that Microsoft faces a massive challenge to keep Windows relevant and encourage us to upgrade our PCs – especially in the face of some depressing views from partners and rumoured price cuts . We met Microsoft’s Windows Product Manager Ian Moulster away from the show floor at the recent UK Gadget Show to get an update on how things are going with the OS. The change in tone from previous Windows 8 briefings we’ve experienced was marked. Gone were the big messages about the Windows 8 Start screen and Windows 8-style apps. The atmosphere was more introspective – has the St…

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 could be double trouble as 8- and 10.1-inch variants leak

CNETAnalysis: The sound of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 speculation is reaching a cacophonous state and the latest leak claims to have the specs for two tablets destined for the new range. Details turned up on Greek site Techblog which reckons it has exclusive information of the next slates to come out of the Korean firm, reporting that 8-inch and 10.1-inch models are on the way. According to the leaked specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 will sport an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4500mAh battery and run Android Jelly Bean . It will apparently measure a svelte 209.6 x 112.1 x 6.95 mm – smaller than the 7.9-inch iPad mini – and weigh in at a tidy 330g, slightly heavier than its Apple counterpart. Big brother Over in the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 court, the larger tablet is said to pack a screen with the same resolution plus the same processor, cameras and operating system as its 8-inch brother. RAM will apparently b…

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 US release date after rivals teased

CNET Analysis: Anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is really starting to reach fever pitch now. The highly anticipated superphone is due out in the US at the end of this month and we now have some potentially crucial launch dates to bring you now on the Galaxy S4 on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. It is Big Red’s version of the device that is getting the most attention it seems though, partly due to the fact that Verizon are insisting on staying true to their now infamous silent tactics. AT&T and T-Mobile have already provided customers with a solid order-date, but Verizon is keeping everyone waiting. In our previous report, we told you that it was likely that a Galaxy S4 release date on AT&T would happen on April 26, followed by a T-Mobile launch on May 1. While this is still a rumor at this point, we do have some new evidence to back it up with the release of an internal document courtesy of Engadget. This document name drops the April 26 and May 1 launch da…

‘Worried’ Samsung to embrace the metal with Galaxy Note 3?

CNETAnalysis: The near-universal standing ovation offered to the HTC One ‘s aluminium body may have convinced Samsung to up its design game, according to reports this weekend. The Korean company may have enjoyed a series of box office smashes with its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, but each has been critiqued in some capacity for their plasticky, cheap-looking designs. Now, according to Sam Mobile sources, the company is “worried” by how the HTC One raised the stakes and plans to strike back with an improved build material for the Galaxy Note 3 , rumoured for later this year. The site wrote: “According to SamMobile’s famous insider, Samsung is planning to switch build quality for the next flagship device. He pointed out that the Galaxy Note 3 will not use the design guidelines of the Galaxy S4.” Taking Note The report didn’t elaborate on which material Samsung would be choosing for the Galaxy Note 3, but with the iPhone and HTC One going with aluminium, that would clearly be the f…

Apple board member says ‘watch’, world chants ‘iWatch! iWatch!’

CNETAnalysis: Bill Campbell, a Silicon Valley heavyweight and Apple board member, has dropped a subtle hint that the company may be working on more ‘intimate’ tech, including the heavily rumoured iWatch . Campbell, who was a close personal friend of Steve Jobs, praised the Google Glass project as a ‘phenomenal breakthrough’ which would usher in a new era of technological intimacy. Speaking to employees at Intuit, the software firm where he serves as Chairman, Campbell said there were “a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things.” “When you start to think about glasses or watches, they become as intimate as the cell phone was.” Wristy business While this is far from confirmation that the company is indeed working on an iWatch, it will add to the growing feeling that something is indeed in the pipeline. Recent reports have suggested that Sir Jony Ive is behind the wearable iOS device , which is expected to perform many of the tasks currently fu…

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