Tag - Puccini
AT&T began carrying its first 10-inch tablet outside of the iPad on Wednesday with the formal launch of the HTC Jetstream. Previously known as the Puccini, the 10-inch Android 3.1 tablet is the carrier's first non-modem to support LTE for its 4G, with a fallback to a still-fast HSPA+ 3G if necessary. The slate is much faster than the seven-inch Flyer through a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon fast enough to both record and play 1080p video.
Rogers on Tuesday revealed it will be the first to get the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, along with four other LTE-capable hardware devices. The also include the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot, a new LTE Rocket Stick, an unnamed LTE tablet (likely the HTC Puccini) and an HTC smartphone. At the same time, the company's LTE network will launch in Toronto on September 28, following a release in Ottawa early in July.
HTC's first full-size entry into tablets, the Jetstream or Puccini, has at last been sighted live for the first time. Its 10-inch tablet is now known for certain to have the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and the AT&T-ready LTE to preempt any 4G iPad plans. Android 3 ships mostly stock, although there's some light customization in Engadet's view that includes HTC Hub for content like news and weather as well as Notes, presumably for Scribe pen input.
The nearing September 1 event from HTC will focus on the unveiling of several new Windows Phone Mango devices, BGR heard. A source said the unveils will include the HTC Eternity, with as much as a 4.7-inch display and due at AT&T, as well as the T-Mobile-bound HTC Omega, with a 4.5-inch screen. Cases for either were spotted about a month ago.
HTC on Friday posted an open invitation to the public for a special event on September 1. The London gathering would give fans and the media alike a chance to "see what's next." No clues were given as to what the device roster would be.
The future HTC Puccini tablet will be called the Jetstream when it arrives at AT&T at an undisclosed date, PocketNow learned. The outfit also managed to get two screenshots of the device that confirm it will have a 4G connection that's likely LTE and not the HSPA+ 3G AT&T has been marketing as 4G.
HTC's upcoming Puccini tablet will be released either this September or October, the company's CFO Winston Yung indicated, according to the Chinese daily Liberty Ttimes. The 10-inch device will have an LTE radio built-in to take advantage of high-speed 4G networks, most notably AT&T. It's more than likely to ship with Android 3.1 or 3.2 onboard and be powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor.
HTC appears to have slipped several screenshots that show the company's Sense interface running on Honeycomb. The images, which were posted on Android Central, first appeared in OpenSense documentation on HTC's development site. The screenshots are believed to show the Sense UI that may eventually land on the rumored Puccini tablet.
HTC's Puccini tablet has finally been seen closer to its actual production form with renders escaping on Tuesday. The tablet will look more like HTC's smartphones with a 'wave' running through the back. As seen, BGR's example also includes the capacitive-friendly pen from the Flyer and an upscale leather case that would hold both the Puccini and its input add-on.
The FCC late last week approved HTC's first full-size Android tablet, the Puccini, for use in the US. Apart from showing that the 10-inch Puccini will share some of the design of the seven-inch Flyer, the listings show it working on both 700MHz and 1,700MHz bands for LTE-based 4G. The move would let it work not just on AT&T's network when it goes live in the summer but the new Rogers network, which runs on the 1,700MHz band.
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Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl
XCOM 2 ships on Steam for Mac, Windows
Feral Interactive today announced that the highly anticipated turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 is out now for OS X and Windows, and is available to buy through Steam and through the Mac App Store shortly. The sequel to the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 is available as a standalone base game and as the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. The XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition comprises the base game, the Reinforcement Pack and the XCOM 2 digital soundtrack. Versions start at $60. http://bit.ly/1KuEFsX