I was given an HTC 8X at the Windows Phone 8 launch event and loved the design that seemed to disappear in your hand. Sprint hasn’t seen much Windows Phone love, but has two decent options for customers. I’ve been using the HTC 8XT for a couple days and wanted to share some first impressions.
The HTC 8XT from Sprint brings a mixture of HTC’s best with design aspects of the HTC 8X and 8S, along with features from the excellent HTC One. It is available now from Sprint for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.
It comes in California Blue and at first glance looks like a slightly larger 8S with a different shade of color on the bottom button area. Specifications include:
As you can see this is more of a mid-range device with the lower resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and processor. Then you see high end aspects with the HTC BoomSound speakers, Beats Audio, NFC, and 1GB of RAM.
Like the HTC 8X, the 8XT feels great in your hand and if I was a Sprint customer looking for a Windows Phone then this would probably be the one. The camera has been improved over the 8X with a more attractive design around the lens and new HTC Camera utility. The HTC Camera utility gives you some different effects to use when you capture your photo, just like the HTC One camera utility. You also get the ability to capture photos in burst mode with the software then selecting the best shot so you can make sure to capture the best photo. You can also capture still images while recording video, something again seen on HTC Android devices.
The HTC 8XT launches with Windows Phone 8, which is a very functional OS that has enough apps to compete with iOS and Android. You will find all the typical Windows Phone 8 functionality in the 8XT with some HTC-specific experiences included. Windows Phone 8’s latest Data Sense utility is included with Office, OneNote, Wallet, and more. Don’t forget you can also download and install HERE Maps from Nokia on the 8XT.
HTC includes their weather/news/stocks utility, handy flashlight app, photo enhancer, unit converter, and utility to manage space on your device. As I mentioned earlier, they also provide an HTC Camera app similar to what Nokia does with their special apps. I haven’t taken a ton of photos yet, but so far I am pleased with the camera performance and functionality of the HTC Camera application.
Sprint also includes apps and services, but like all Windows Phone devices you can easily remove anything you want, unlike on Android devices. Sprint apps and services include Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, Visual Voicemail, and Slacker Radio.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Telenav Scout on the HTC 8XT since I find this application to be quite useful on my iPhone 5. I did not know they had a Windows Phone 8 client and after trying it on the HTC 8XT I saw it is also available on T-Mobile Windows Phone devices so I
The company behind the development applications, known as IDM or Internet Download Tonec reportedly named recently presented its latest version of the build for the users on the move IDM. The latest version is nothing but the Internet Download Manager 6:17 Build 3.
Although the official release notes have not obtained so far, the presence of this latest version of IDM build more likely intended to improve the stability and reliability of the whole application in a particular case.
Previous versions of Internet Download Manager has received an update to increase download speeds YouTube videos, as well as bug fixes in addressing some of the problems reported by users in the older release.
Internet Download Manager can be operated smoothly in all the editions of Windows out there, including Windows XP to the latest Windows 8 though. And even special versions of the latest build, reportedly can run well on both versions of the Windows operating systems that exist, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Jakarta – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Google, Larry Page, said he likes to wear Google Glass although not as often as his fellow founders, Sergey Brin ie.
“It was like living in the future,” he said when presenting the company’s performance for the second quarter via teleconference. “It really makes me excited.” At a wedding in Croatia, Larry is seen wearing smart glasses.
“For some people, working on crazy projects are very challenging,” he continued. “Attempting to change the world with ten co-workers.”
Some projects that turned into a popular product used by many people in the world like Gmail, Chrome, and Android. “I see the results of our work on a number of projects and I feel satisfied.”
Several other projects are being worked on is the smart glasses Glass, Google Now, Project Loon, and a vehicle without a driver. “Misrepresentation if we assume the technology will be static,” he said.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Facebook’s (FB_) second-quarter earnings focused on mobile revenue. Shares were soaring in premarket trading Thursday as Wall Street raised price targets and upgraded shares.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting Facebook to earn 14 cents a share on $1.62 billion in revenue for the quarter.
The company ended the quarter with 1.15 billion monthly active users (MAUs), up 21% year over year. There was a 51% annual increase in mobile MAUs, which drove the strength in mobile revenue. Daily active users (DAUs) were 699 million, up 27% annually.
Following the earnings, many analysts were bullish, with several upgrading shares and raising price targets. Here’s what some analysts on Wall Street had to say:
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth (Overweight, $44 PT)
“Facebook delivered its strongest quarter yet as a public company–results that we think could be thesis-changing for many–and we would continue to buy Facebook shares even after the ~17% move up in the after-market. Our revenue and nonGAAP EPS estimates increase 12% and 38% for 2013, and 22% and 46% for 2014.”
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Victor Anthony (Buy, $40 PT)
“Facebook needed to, and delivered, a blowout quarter. What is clear from the results is advertisers have validated Facebook as an advertising platform. For full year 2013, our revenue and Adj. EPS increases to $7.196B and $0.71, resp, from $6.733B and $0.63. We still see more upside for the stock and recommend purchase. There are several well defined catalysts over the next two years that should lead to further share price appreciation, including: 1) monetizing Instagram, which, per CEO Zuckerberg, will generate “a lot of profits”, 2) launch of auto-play video ads, 3) monetizing Graph Search, 4) a bigger push into e-commerce, and 5) the potential for S&P 500 inclusion. Further, only 1mm or 6% of FB’s 18mm potential advertisers are buying ads, implying a huge runway for advertiser uptake exists.”
Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia (Buy, $37 PT)
“We are incrementally bullish on FB’s prospects following 2Q results and believe the stock should be a core holding in Internet portfolios. 2Q’s highlight was Mobile advertising (+76% q/q versus consensus +20%). Overall revenue (53% y/y) and EBITDA (+57% y/y) accelerated from 1Q’s 38%/35% revenue/EBITDA growth. Better than expected user engagement, strong monetization and good cost control helped FB outperform even the most bullish expectations on the Street. Reiterating Buy.”
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein (Outperform, $36 PT)
“Following materially better than expected 2Q results, we are increasing our estimates and price target, and are reiterating our Outperform rating. 2Q upside was driven by higher advertiser demand for newsfeed, both on volume and price, and since mobile Newsfeed pricing is similar to desktop and advertisers are largely indifferent between mobile and desktop, revenues are tracking the consumer shift to smartphones. We believe this dynamic is an important differentiator vs. other ad-supported internet companies, that are being hurt by the mobile mix shift. As such, we are increasing ’13E and ’14E revenue by 3% and 5%, and non-GAAP EPS by 7% and 9%, respectively. Raising target to $36 from $32.”
Shares of Facebook were soaring following earnings, tacking on 30.48% to $34.59
Ghiboo.com – HTC finally officially introduced its latest smartphone which is a mini series of HTC.
Quoted from Techradar, Friday (19/7), it is clearly seen that the presence of HTC Mini is to become a major competitor Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
With frills ‘Mini’, of course, HTC offers a size and a smaller screen than the original version. In addition, some hardware also decreased.
HTC Mini armed with a 4.3-inch 720p display with overall body dimensions are 132×63, 2×9, 25mm and weighing 122gram. The processor used is a dual-core 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM and support for 16GB of internal memory.
Ultrapixel camera still be the main dish, which fortunately, had equivalent quality original HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturers rely on the operating system of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, plus the HTC Sense UI and Blinkfeed are also provided.
There is no information about when the HTC One Mini will be released to the market, as well as about the price. To be sure, if you really want to compete directly with the Galaxy S4 Mini, of course, the price offered will not differ much.
Panasonic not only introduced the new Lumix cameras that rely on high zoom capability. The Japanese company also helped bring a compact camera Lumix DMC-XS3 that rely 14.1 MP MOS sensor with high sensitivity.
This digital camera is designed with a slim shape and body size of 14 millimeters. Although the size is quite small, this camera is claimed to deliver high quality images thanks to sensors that can reduce noise. In addition, this camera also features a 5x optical zoom and 10x zoom intelegent.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 also has the ability to record full HD video in MP4 format. In it there is also a feature called Intelligent Auto (iA) which enables features like Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Exposure is done automatically.
For shooting in low-light atmosphere, there is a Handheld Night Shot mode. This mode can produce high quality images with a single shot.
Jakarta (Reuters) – In the midst of the Muslims fasting Ramadan, Indonesian BlackBerry app launches pay the Zakat charity through the foundation for users of smart phones or smart phones.
“This may be an application of zakat (charity) is the first in the world in the BB World. Users can perform three types of payments that zakat religious endowments, Infaq, and Sadaqah,” said Managing Director BB Maspiyono Handoyo Indonesia in Jakarta, Friday night.
Applications can be downloaded on zakat homes BlackBerry World for free to all BB “Operating System” (OS), including 10 BB. The application is made by software developers (software) Indonesia PT Jaya Dihital Solutions, said Maspiyono accompanied by Head of Distribution Management and Ibn Rumah Zakat Cholidin infallible, software developers Alms Houses in BB.
Cholidin said, Rumah Zakat application will allow users to calculate the monthly zakat and provide complete information on activities, projects, and news from the zakat.
Features at Zakat House includes an easy interface to support user transactions, zakat calculator helps the user to determine the amount of funds that will be donated, the latest news about the activities of the Zakat House, related to the purchase of livestock Superqurban needs of Eid al-Adha, and Infaq Card support users make a donation for 100 years until after the death, clearly Cholidin.
But for the payment, users still have to do the transfer via ATM Bank. But in the future, will be developed through a transaction online payment system or by use BB Money, adds Ibn infallible, the developer of the software.
“With this app in BB, we would like to pay zakat into a lifestyle that gives peace and pleasure of living in the world. Such people using BB or other gadgets. Pay zakat is made easy,” said Cholidin.
Meanwhile Managing Director BB Maspiyono added, with this application, users not only get the benefits of BB ease in running businesses and organizations, but also the ease of paying zakat and “ticket” to heaven.
According Cholidin, existing donors who pay zakat through BB worth Rp172 billion from Rp400 million earned in a year Alms Houses.