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HTC Desire HD aka HTC Ace Video Leaked

An Italian website has leaked a 90 second video of the upcoming HTC Desire HD, which also goes by the name HTC Ace. The Ace will sport a unibody aluminum design with a 4.3-inch WVGA widescreen display, and run on Android 2.2 (Froyo). Under the hood, the Ace will house a meaty 1GHz Qualcomm processor.

When it comes to appearance, the Ace bears a closer resemblance to the HD2 than the Desire. It also packs a 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash that is capable of capturing HD (720p) video. Unfortunately, HTC has decided to continue with its annoying practice of placing the 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the handset.

The HTC Desire HD is still probably a few months away. We will have to wait to learn more about it. However, it is already shaping up to be another impressive Android handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

via Engadget

Motorola Droid 2 Pricing Leaked by Best Buy

Verizon has said precious little about Motorola Droid 2 – the highly anticipated successor to the smartphone that is widely credited for kick starting the Android revolution. However, the steady supply of leaks and rumors has ensured that we already know a fair amount about it.

A North Carolina Best Buy store was careless enough to put dummy units of the new Droid on display. As you can see from the snap procured by Engadget, the Droid 2 will be available for $199.99 with a two year contract and for $599.99 without. There is nothing shocking about the pricing, but it’s always nice to have some confirmation.

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The Droid 2 is expected to be launched on August 12, and will have Froyo (Android 2.2) right of the bat.

Rumor: YouTube to Increase Video Duration to 15 Minutes

YouTubeAlthough, select partners have long been able to upload lengthy videos on YouTube, most uploaders have had to contend with 10 minute clips. BoingBoing is now reporting that YouTube is preparing to increase the maximum duration of uploaded content to 15 minutes.

Earlier, Google had revealed that although YouTube was serving 2 billion views per day, an average user spent only 15 minutes per day on YouTube. One of the biggest challenges for YouTube is to increase its engagement factor. It’s a great venue for some quick-fire entertainment, but it lacks the compelling programming offered by traditional television channels. The increased video duration will offer more leeway to content creators to come up with content that will hopefully be more attractive to folks looking for something more substantial than David After Dentist.

Update: It’s official. Google has just confirmed the news through the official YouTube blog.

BlackBerry 9780 Specifications And Pictures Surface

Research In Motion (RIM) is expected to launch three new BlackBerry handsets, along with an update to their OS soon. Now the folks over at Salomondrin have got their hands on another upcoming BlackBerry the 9780. TheBlackBerry 9780 BlackBerry 9780 features an HVGA (480×320) screen, along with Wi-Fi b/g, 2G and 3G connectivity. However, from the available information the screen of the phone does not look like a touch-screen one.

The BlackBerry 9780 looks similar to the BlackBerry 9700 Bold. In all probability, the 9780 will be a successor of the 9700 Bold.   The handset will also be running on the upcoming BlackBerry OS 6. Other specifications of the 9780 are similar to the 9700 Bold, except for the 512MB of RAM and a 5MP camera.

We hope RIM will announce this and the other 3 upcoming BlackBerry handsets sooner, than later.

New Low-End Android Phone from Motorola for Verizon Leaked [Pictures]

Motorola promised us loads of Android phones this year and they are certainly making good on their promise. Engadget has managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of a yet unnamed Motorola phone for Verizon.

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The leaked handset goes by the model number Motorola WX445 and is a low-end Android phone. It runs on Android 2.1 and has a Blur-esque user interface. The touchscreen is between 2.5” and 3” and the battery is an 1170mAh one. It also has a flash-less camera.

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Going by the feature set, this handset will probably be marketed as a value for money Android phone, which can act as a Motorola Devour alternative.

Android 3.0 Gingerbread Will Require 1GHz Processor and 512MB Ram

With out of the way, Google has already begun developing the next generation OS dubbed Android 3.0 Gingerbread which is expected to be released in Q4 2010.

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If you are excited about Gingerbread, here is a catch that might make older handset users cringe. According to a French website WebDevOnLinux, Google will be imposing a minimum configuration for running the next release of Android.

The minimum configuration will be a 1GHz processor, 512MB Ram and 3.5 inches or more screen size. This new requirements will mean that older Android handsets will not be able to use Gingerbread unless they root it.

Nevertheless, the newer handsets being released these days meet these minimum requirements. Just make sure that they follow these requirements, or else you will not be able to use Gingerbread in the future. You can also take a look at the Top 10 Android Handsets in the Market before you make your decision.

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Lots More Windows 8 Information: Power Conservation, Evolved Identity Management, Stereo 3D and More

There has been a deluge of Windows 8 related information over the past few hours. We have already covered various aspects of the successor to Windows 7 including online app store, tablet optimizations, facial recognition and more. It appears that the source of all the leaked information was Win7Vista.com, which published a huge stockpile of confidential documents. Of course, as you can imagine, Microsoft is not bemused. Francisco Martin’s blog, which was hosted on Microsoft Live Spaces, has already been pulled down (possibly by Microsoft). Worse still, in their eagerness to share the confidential documents, Win7Vista might have exposed their source. One of the slides clearly identifies one Mr. Derek Goode from HP as the legitimate owner of the documents.

Anyway, the documents are still available for download from the aforementioned forum. If you are excited about Windows 8, then you should really check them out. In this post, I will highlight some of the stuff (other than that has already been mentioned) that caught my fancy.

Fascinated by Apple

Really! Microsoft openly acknowledges Apple’s cool cred and discusses Apple in at least three of the slides. No wonder, Apple keeps mocking Windows for stealing ideas.

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Optimized for Variety of Platforms

Microsoft will continue with its philosophy of using the same operating system on different form factors. Windows 8 will be optimized for tablet PCs, laptops and normal desktops.

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Instant On

I briefly discussed this earlier, but going through the slides I found a lot more information. With Windows 8, Microsoft is aiming for “Instant On”. The documents also suggest that Microsoft might be weighing Logoff + Hibernate as an alternative to conventional shutdown.

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Energy Efficiency

Given that Windows 8 will run on both laptops and tablet devices, power efficiency is a critical aspect.

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Improved Help and Support

Microsoft wants to broaden the Windows Help and Support by integrating more resources including custom resources provided by the OEMs.

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Improved Recovery Option

Windows 8 will provide an option called “Factory Reset”, which will reset your system to its original condition, while retaining your data and configurations. Microsoft also wants to provide a pre-boot recovery environment, which will be simple enough to be useful to everyone, but will also house advanced diagnostic tools for power users.

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3D

There are a lot of people who believe that 3D is a passing fad. However, Microsoft is not one of them. As suggested by the following slides, Windows 8 ecosystem will be capable of providing a rich 3D experience.

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Improved Identity and Authentication

Windows 8 might include a system level key ring to manage all your login information, thus freeing you from the burden of remembering hundreds of passwords. It also means independence from web browsers and other 3rd party tools for managing passwords.

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With Windows 8, user accounts will finally become user centric. Your cloud based user account will follow you, from machine to machine.

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As a part of its enhanced focus on simplified user authentication, Microsoft wishes to integrate facial recognition in Windows 8. Check our previous post for more on the Kinect-like features Microsoft is currently contemplating for Windows 8.

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Some More Windows 8 Information: App Store, Attention Tracking and More

Making a mockery of Microsoft’s non-disclosure agreements, leaked documents pertaining to Windows 8 are showing up left, right and center. Now, Neowin has managed to get their hands on some of the leaked goodness.

The new leaked documents reveal that Microsoft is planning to launch a full-fledged app store for Windows 8. The objective of this store will be to provide a safe venue to users for discovering and installing new applications.

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Quite obviously, this will be a strictly optional feature and users will still be able to install 3rd party software without having to go through the online store. According to Neowin’s Tom Warren, “The ‘Windows Store’ will be a software service Microsoft provides and hosts fully in the cloud. The company will likely build the distribution model on Windows Azure to lure application developers”.

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Of course, unknown to most, Microsoft has already dabbled with an app store for Windows before. However, the Windows Marketplace failed to gain much traction. It was shut down and replaced with the Microsoft Store in 2009.

In related news, Manan Kakkar has released some more documents concerning Windows 8. It appears that Microsoft is also focusing on Tablets in a big way.

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One of the more interesting features described by Microsoft is something called “Attention Tracking”. Microsoft has a horrible reputation when it comes to naming new technologies and concepts. Thankfully, with Windows 8, they have chosen to go down the obvious and sensible route. Attention Tracking does just what its name suggests.

Now that your interest is piqued, imagine a situation where you are playing a game when someone knocks on the door. Interrupted, you leave your tablet device on the couch and attend to the person at the door. Microsoft wants the tablet to be capable of detecting that the subject of your attention has changed, and automagically pausing the game.

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If Microsoft indeed succeeds in implementing everything described so far in the leaked documents, then (at the very least) Windows 8 would turn out to be an interesting operating system.

More Windows 8 Details: Get Ready For Kinect Like Facial Recognition

Just a few hours back, we reported that confidential Windows 8 documents have been leaked. The leaked documents gave us an early glimpse of Microsoft’s plans for the successor to the highly successful Windows 7. Among the discussed features was facial recognition.

Now, Manan Kakkar has revealed some more specifics. As it turns out, Microsoft is planning to provide a very Kinect like experience on Windows systems. The idea is that your PC should be able to automatically recognize you and log you into the correct account, when you approach the system. Similarly, when you leave your PC, Windows should be able to detect this and automatically go to sleep. Microsoft is aptly calling this concept My PC Knows Me.

Here are the concept diagrams shared by Manan.

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Before you get too excited, remember that Windows 8 is still a long way off. And if the Longhorn fiasco has taught us anything, it is that Windows’ feature list can be extremely flexible.

Confidential Windows 8 Details Leaked

Windows 8 is still a long way off, but Microsoft has already started communicating with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) regarding the general direction they wish to take with Windows 8. Microsoft enthusiast, Francisco Martin, managed to get his hands on some of the confidential documents sent under non-disclosure agreement to select partners.

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One of the areas, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on is the system startup time. Microsoft wants Windows 8 enabled systems to focus on POST performance, S3 resume support and general performance optimizations for each of the Off states.

Windows 8 will also be better adapted to take advantage of modern trends like facial recognition for user authentication, automatic display adjustment through ambient light sensors and premium media experiences such as stereoscopic 3D and Wireless TVs. All this will be complemented by cutting edge graphics, which can be leveraged by developers to provide a rich user experience.

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As expected, Windows 8 will support high speed connectivity options like USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. Microsoft is also working on improving Bitlocker (hard disk encryption tool) and System Restore to make them more functional and easier to use. Windows 8 will feature a new factory reset option, to restore your system to the original condition.

I am sure that this is only the beginning. In the coming weeks and months, we will be learning more about Windows 8. Stay tuned to Techie Buzz for more.

Samsung Galaxy S Pro Specifications Leaked

The Samsung Galaxy S is the most powerful and impressive Android phone out there in the market. The only thing it lacks is a QWERTY keyboard, and an LED flash. It was just a few days ago we had showed you the leakedclip_image002 images of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro. The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S, except that it features a QWERTY keyboard.

The folks over at AndroidCentral have managed to get some kind of confirmation about the hardware specification of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro. The phone features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, along with 512MB of RAM and 8.2gigs of internal memory. The screen size of the phone is reported to be around 4and yes, it is Super-AMOLED. Along with Wi-Fi b/g/n, the phone also has Wimax.

Additional SIM card slot points were also found on the phone, which means a variant of the phone for the rest of the world is on the cards as well. The camera at the back of the phone remains the same at 5MP, and has 720p video recording capability as well. The slider mechanism of the phone is very smooth, and the QWERTY keyboard of the phone is impressive as well.

The only problem the tipster had with the phone was that it had a plastic-y feel to it. Hopefully, Samsung will announce the phone within a couple of weeks from now on.

LG GW910 WP7 Based Phone Specifications Leaked

The LG GW910 in all probability will be the first WP7 based phone from LG’s stable. LG stillclip_image001 has not spoken anything about the phone, except for its name (or was it leaked as well?). Well, the guys at WMExperts managed to get hold of the specifications of the LG GW910. The specifications of the LG GW910 are :

* 3.5-inch AMLOED Capacitive touch screen with WVGA resolution

* 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor

* QWERTY Keyboard

* 5 MP camera with 720p video recording

The phone is also equipped with standardfeatures like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, no information about the ROM and RAM of the phone are available. The specifications of the phone is nothing but standard. Snapdragon processor is quite a common sight in the higher-end phone market nowadays. The phone is expected to launch sometime in Q4, 2010.

It will be interesting to see the WP7 based phones, which will be launched by HTC. HTC has always set a benchmark in this race of which-phone-has-WOW-specs.

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Next Generation iPod Touch With 2-Megapixel Camera Leaked??

Thanks to Apple, Vietnam sure is grabbing a lot of headlines nowadays. A few days ago, Tinhte.vn got their hands on the upcoming MacBook, and the iPhone HD/4G. Now Tinhte.vn has managed to get their hands dirty withiPod Touch an iPod Touch that has a 2-megapixel camera at its back! The device has a ‘DVT-11′ code written at its back, which points to this device being an early prototype. The serial key of the device shows that this it is a 3rd generation iPod touch, manufactured in late 2009.

The device has 64 GB of memory, as indicated by the ’64G’ written on the device. The 2-megapixel camera is manufactured by Omnivision. The device was shown running the iPhone OS 3.1 when connected to a computer. Apple might release a new iPod Touch with camera at the upcoming WWDC on June 7th. Users can check the leaked iPod Touch pictures here.

iPhone 4G/HD Leaks Continue [Specifications/Pictures/Videos]

Apple may be hell bent on punishing Gizmodo for the iPhone 4G/HD leaks, but they aren’t the only ones who have managed to get their hands on a next gen iPhone. Not one but two Vietnamese websites have managed procure iPhone 4G prototypes. First off, it was Tinhte (who also managed to get their hands on secret new MacBook model), and now it is MainGuyen.

Neither of the leaked iPhone handsets had the iPhone OS on them. While Tinhte’s device was running “Bonfire” test routine, MainGuyen’s handset had something called “Inferno”.

Here are some more iPhone HD Snaps and Videos

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According to Digitimes, iPhone 4G will sport a super high quality in-plane switching (IPS), fringe-field switching (FFS) display with a resolution of 960×640. FFS enables a wider viewing angle and provides clear display even under direct sunlight. IPhone 4G/HD will be powered by ARM Cortex A8 processor, along with a 512MB memory module from Samsung Electronics. Approximately 24 million units of iPhone 4G are expected to be shipped in 2010.

Why Steve Jobs Wants His iPhone 4G Back

We all know the story of how Gizmodo’s Lam got hold of an iPhone 4G model and has been in trouble ever since. Well, here is a quick round up from PCWorld on what all happened if you were not following.

Apple engineer Robert “Gray” Powell accidentally left his fourth-generation iPhone in a Redwood City, California restaurant. One Brian Hogan gained possession of the phone and began shopping it around to several tech publishers, supposedly including PCWorld (although a hasty newsroom poll revealed no e-mail or other contact from Hogan). Gizmodo bit, paying the 21-year-old Hogan $5000 (and perhaps more) for the phone. It then published a detailed preview of the device, garnering millions of page views in the process.

In a further move, when Steve Jobs sent an email to Gizmodo’s editor Brian Lam, he responded with,

When we get a chance to break a story, we have to go with it, or we perish. I know you like walt and pogue, and like working with them, but I think Gizmodo has more in common with old Apple than those guys do.

The thing is, Apple PR has been cold to us lately. It affected my job right at iPad launch. So we had to go outside and find our stories like this one, very aggressively.

Walt and Pogue are tech columnists from The Wall Street Journal and NY Times respectively.

Apple has claimed that this move by Gizmodo has adversely affected sales of current iPhone units as people will be waiting for the new iPhone 4G now. More news will come to light now that a San Mateo County judge has ordered documents like search warrants to be made public.