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Three years ago…

…today was when I made my first post on this blog. Over the last three years, the number of posts has gone from one to 360 (counting this one). Posts about the NFL (including the fourth installment of my 32 in 32ish series coming this summer) and Major League Baseball are my most common during that time, but there’s also an occasion tech-related post when there’s a flagship phone announced from the likes of Samsung or Apple.

The (somewhat-surprising) list of the five most-read posts is:

The Week in Android Wear: iPhone compatibility, Huawei Watch, Moto 360 (2nd gen), ASUS ZenWatch 2
[Updated: Will Smith injury] 2nd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: Milwaukee Brewers 3rd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: San Diego Padres
3rd Annual 30 in 30ish MLB Previews: Milwaukee Brewers My way-too-early MLB All-Star Game ballot

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Apple’s new product announcements highlighted by iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Wednesday was the day that Apple holds its annual event to announce the latest additions to its iPhone lineup, in addition to other products. This time around, the big announcements at the event were the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which don’t feature many external design changes from the previous generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model but do feature some notable changes, including the controversial removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 is the smaller of the two devices, weighing in with a 4.7-inch Retina HD screen with 326 ppi resolution compared to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch Retina HD screen that comes with slightly higher 401 ppi resolution. Both are equipped with a A10 processor and 7 MP front-facing camera. The 7 comes with a 12 MP rear camera with 5x optical zoom while the 7 Plus has a dual-camera setup on the back of the device, with 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras featuring 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. A Touch ID fingerprint sensor is built into the home button on both models with Apple Pay functionality. The devices are also the first iPhones to be water-resistant.

For the first time, Apple is releasing iPhones that come with a base storage option bigger than 16 GB. The phones come with storage options of 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. With the lack of a headphone jack, Apple is including a pair of Lightning earbuds, which connect to the device’s Lightning port, as well as a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle to allow users to use standard 3.5mm earbuds.

Color options include rose gold, gold, silver, black and jet black (with the latter only available in the two larger storage sizes). As with other recent iPhone models, both the 7 and 7 Plus include the cellular bands needed to operate on all of the major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile — in addition to the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Both also come with iOS 10, the latest version of the operating system which is scheduled to exit its beta on September 13.

The iPhone 7 Plus color options

The iPhone 7 Plus in its various color options

Pre-orders begin this Friday, September 9, with the U.S. release date scheduled for a week later on September 16. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 for the 32 GB model, with pricing for the iPhone 7 Plus starting at $769.

You can get full specs and more for the devices at Apple’s site here.

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch Series 2

Also announced at the event was the Apple Watch Series 2, which has a similar design to the original Apple Watch. Its upgrades include built-in GPS and 50 meters of water-resistance.  The Series 2 has similar battery life — 18 hours — as the original. The Apple Watch Series 2 has the same pre-order and release dates as the iPhone 7 models. Pricing starts at $369, while the original Apple Watch is getting a faster processor and a price break, bring its base price down to $269.

Full details on the Apple Watch Series 2 can be found here.

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Samsung unveils upcoming Galaxy Note 7 flagship phone

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone last fall, which means the Galaxy Note 6 must be around the corner, right? Not quite. The next phone in the Note line is right about the corner, but it’s not the Note 6 — it’s the Galaxy Note 7, skipping a number to get the line in sync with Samsung’s other flagship phone, the S7 (and S7 edge).

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 earlier today at an event in New York City and it has the type of specs you’d expect to see in an Android flagship in 2016 — in fact, the specs are nearly identical to the S7 and S7 edge. Internally, you’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor (in the U.S. variant), 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage (expandable with microSD card up to 256GB) and a 3500mAh battery. It’ll ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat once it is available to the public.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs diagram

The phone features a 5.7″ Super AMOLED dual-edge screen (2560×1440 resolution) with Gorilla Glass 5 to protect it. It has a 5MP front camera and 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilization. In addition to typical security features, like a fingerprint reader, the Note 7 features an iris scanner that allows the user to use their eyes to unlock the phone or use features like Samsung Pay. It also comes with a new version of the S Pen stylus that is a staple of the Note line.

The Note 7 has the latest in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a USB-C charging port, fast charging, Qi wireless charging capability, a heart-rate sensor and IP68 water resistance. It also includes the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, which some phones — including the Moto Z and, if the rumors are true, the iPhone 7 — are now leaving out. It has the cellular bands needed to work on all of the major U.S. carriers, but versions bought directly from carriers will likely be locked to that particular carrier.  Color options will include black, silver, blue and gold but, as usual, not all colors will likely be available for all carriers or at all retailers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 colors

Pre-orders will begin tomorrow, August 3, with an expected release date of August 19. Pricing varies by carrier but is expected to be in excess of $800 full price, with pricing for payment plans depending on the individual carrier’s full price and length of the payment plan.

You can find out more about the Galaxy Note 7 on Samsung’s site here.

Below, you will find a spec list, Samsung’s introduction video and the official press release

OS Android 6.0.1
Display 5.7″ Quad HD dual edge Super AMOLED
Processor US: Snapdragon 820 Quad Core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process
International: Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14 nm process
Storage 64GB internal, microSD support up to 256GB
Camera Rear: 12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7
Front: 5MP, f/1.7
Battery 3500mAh
Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
Weight 169g
SIM Nano
Other Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, USB Type-C, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, S Pen, Fingerprint Sensor, Heartrate Monitor, MST
Dust and Water Resistance IP68
Bands Main 2G CDMA: CDMA800, USPCS1900
Main 2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
Main 3G CDMA: BC0(800), BC1(1900), BC10(800)
Main 3G UMTS(WCDMA): B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)
Main 3G TD-SCDMA: B34(2010), B39(1880)
Main 4G LTE FDD: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(800), B29(700), B30(2300)
Main 4G LTE TDD: B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)
Colors Black, Silver, Blue, Gold

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7 the Intelligent Smartphone That Thinks Big

The Galaxy Note7 combines advanced S Pen capabilities with ultimate security features to help users accomplish and do more

SEOUL, Korea – August 2, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with innovative features that set a new standard for large-screen devices. With refined craftsmanship, premium materials and a unique, symmetrical edge design, the Galaxy Note7 features:

  • A water resistant body and S Pen (IP68)*
  • Top-of-the-line security that combines Samsung Knox with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature
  • Immersive entertainment features with HDR video streaming capabilities.

The Galaxy Note7 strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

Galaxy Note7 S Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life
The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select. In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, a new unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.

The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides a real pen-like experience. With the peace of mind that IP68 water resistant provides, the Galaxy Note7 S Pen lets users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye
Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phone protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an industry-leading security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.

The Galaxy Note7 instills a new level of user confidence with Secure Folder, a separated folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The iris recognition technology will also be used to authenticate secure purchases that are made on Samsung Pay**. The Galaxy Note7 will also support Samsung Pass, bringing authentication such as iris scanning and fingerprint recognition to more apps and services.

Best-in-Class Entertainment
The phone is one of the most important screens in a user’s life because it’s with them all of the time. The Galaxy Note7 features a gorgeous, curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen delivering a bold and immersive picture on a smartphone. It is ready to stream HDR video, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black, which ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended. The Galaxy Note7 also features Game Pack, available through Google Play, including top game titles, an easier redemption process and new user benefits.

By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts, users in the center of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places users have never been before, there’s always something new to discover.

For people who live to create, tell stories and transport people to entirely new worlds, the Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840×1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived with the ultra-immersive Gear VR.

Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship

With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to perfect the user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the device’s design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large-screen, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The curved screen lets the Galaxy Note7 add the powerful Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.

In addition to 64GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager, and charges quickly using the new USB-C port. Recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.

A new line of accessories will be available to complement the Galaxy Note7, including the new S View Standing Cover, a light and portable cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content, as well as an IP68 water resistant Backpack for on-the-go charging.

Creating a Phone+ Ecosystem of Connected Experiences

The Galaxy Note7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 or Gear IconX and track their data through S Health 5.0.** In addition to accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, the new S Health enables users to stay connected to family and friends by sharing fitness updates or competing in friendly challenges with one another.

With the Galaxy Note7, consumers can use the iris scanner to access value-added Samsung services like Samsung Pay** for quick and easy mobile payments.

The Smart Switch feature has been enhanced further with Samsung Cloud, which supports a seamless device experience by providing continuous backup and easy transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices. Galaxy Note7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud.**

The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting on August 19, and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx.

Moto Z front and back

Motorola announces the Moto X successor Moto Z and Moto Mods, beats iPhone 7 to the punch

Motorola’s flagship phone over the last three years has been the Moto X line, but the Lenovo-owned company is switching things up this year, renaming its flagship device the Moto Z, the company’s first modular phone. Announced alongside the Moto Z was a higher-end Moto Z Force Edition and Moto Z DROID Edition, both Verizon exclusives.

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Moto Z

Specs are similar for the devices, with a 5.5″ Quad HD display (2560×1440), Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (with microSD support up to 2TB). The Moto Z has 15MP rear and 5MP front cameras, with a 2600mAh battery while the Force Edition ups those specs to 21MP rear camera and 3500mAh battery. The Force also has a shatterproof display. Both have USB-C port with turbo charging, water-repellent coating and a fingerprint sensor. Both will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow installed.

One thing you won’t find on the Moto Z devices is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. As is rumored to be the case with Apple’s yet-to-be-announced iPhone 7, you will have to use an adapter (in this case USB-C to 3.5mm adapter) to use wired headphones with the devices. Otherwise, you’ll have to use Bluetooth headphones with the phones.

Moto Mod backs

Moto Mod interchangeable backplates

The Moto Z family also introduces the debut of Moto Mods, swappable backplates that either add functionality to the device or change the look of it. The backs, which attach to the phone using strong magnets, allow you to enjoy the additional functionality without drastically changing the look of the phone.

At launch, the available Moto Mods will include

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker, which improves the audio coming out of the speaker, adds a kickstand to the back of the phone and includes its own battery for up to 10 hours of music
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector, a pico projector with kickstand and built-in battery that allows the phone to project images up to a screen of up to 70 inches
  • Power Packs, which Motorola says can add up to 22 hours of battery life to the phone
  • Moto Style Shell, which offers a different look to the phone; different variations include wood, leather and other personalizations (similar to Moto Maker options available with Moto X devices)

Motorola says that more Moto Mods will be available in the future.

The phones will be available this summer, exclusively for Verizon customers in the U.S. In the fall, the standard Moto Z will be available in an unlocked version for AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM carriers. No word yet if there will be a Sprint version of the Moto Z available later in the year.

The Moto Z is available in black/lunar gray and white/fine gold options, while the Moto Z Force is only available in black/lunary. Additional backplate color options should be made available through the Moto Style Shell mods. Motorola did not announce prices for the devices, but you can expect them to run in the typical $600-700 range for a flagship, unless Motorola wants to compete on price on puts it closer to the $500 range.

Here are specs for the Moto Z (left) and Moto Z Force (right):

OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with up to 2.2 GHz CPU Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with up to 2.2 GHz CPU Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 32GB/64GB UFS, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB) 32GB/64GB UFS, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)
Dimensions Height: 153.3 mm
Width: 75.3 mm
Depth: 5.19 mm
Height: 155.9 mm
Width: 75.8 mm
Depth: 6.99 mm
Weight 136g 163g (5.8 oz)
Display 5.5” AMOLED
1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
535 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
5.5” AMOLED
1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440)
535 ppi
ShatterShield
Battery 2600mAh
Turbo Charging
3500mAh
Turbo Charging
Water resistance Water repellent nano-coating Water repellent nano-coating
Sensors Fingerprint reader
Accelerometer
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Hall Effect
Magnetometer
Proximity
NFC
Fingerprint sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Hall Effect
Magnetometer
Proximity
NFC
Rear camera 13 MP
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Laser Autofocus
Zero Shutter Lag
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs
1.12um pixel
21 MP
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Laser Autofocus
Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
Zero Shutter Lag
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs
1.12um pixel with Deep Trench Isolation (DTI)
Front camera 5 MP
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
Flash
1.4um big pixel for better low light
5 MP
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
Flash
1.4um big pixel for better low light
Connectivity Moto Mods™ connector
USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer
3.5 mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included
Moto Mods™ connector
USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer
3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included
Bluetooth 4.1 4.1
Network bands CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
SIM Nano Nano

You can learn more about Moto Mods here.

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HTC 10

HTC introduces its newest flagship, HTC 10

HTC has dropped the One branding from its latest phone, introduced earlier today, but is keeping continuing the numbering scheme from the One M8 and One M9 with the HTC 10. The Taiwanese company is looking to get back in the mix with Samsung and LG as a leading manufacturer of Android phones after disappointing sales over the last couple of years. The HTC 10 has the latest specs you’d expect to see on a top-tier phone, but will it be enough to compete with the other Android OEMs?

The phone features a 5.2-inch, Quad HD (2560×1440, 564ppi) Super LCD display with 4GB of RAM with storage options of 32GB or 64GB, with a microSD slot that supports up to 2TB cards. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and comes equipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The phone, of course, comes with dual cameras. The main camera features a 12MP UltraPixel 2 sensor with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS); the front camera has a 5MP sensor with autofocus and OIS. Both cameras include auto-HDR functionality and self-timer capabilities. The rear camera can record 4K video, and the front camera has Full HD 1080p recording.

HTC is touting the device’s audio, which includes a new version of the company’s BoomSound technology dubbed the Hi-Fi edition. The HTC 10 has three noise-cancelling headphones on board along with Dolby Audio.

The phone comes with a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 that HTC says can charge the device to 50% in 30 minutes. It has a fingerprint sensor and all of the usual connectivity — Wi-Fi ac compatible, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC — and is the first Android device to support Apple’s AirPlay technology. As with most recent Android phones, it has a USB Type-C port.

It comes in carbon grey, glacier silver, topaz gold and camellia red colors, although not all options will be available at all carriers or retailers.

Pre-orders began today for the unlocked version through HTC’s site; it can be used on AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, and it will be available through T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. It will not, however, be sold directly by AT&T, which means the unlocked version is the only way to use it on the second biggest wireless carrier in the U.S. Pricing and availability for the carrier variants will be announced by the carriers at a later date; the unlocked version is available for $699, but using coupon code HTC1008 will net you $100 off your purchase for a limited time. The unlocked model is expected to ship in early May.

Full details are available here. Specs and the official press release can be found below:

Display 5.2-inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 564 ppi), Super LCD 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad Core, 64bit, up to 2.2GHz
Software Android 6.0 with HTC Sense
RAM 4GB RAM
Storage 32GB/64GB storage expandable up to 2TB via microSD
Camera Rear: 12MP (HTC UltraPixel 2, 1.55μm pixels), laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), f/1.8 aperture, Pro mode, Auto-HDR, Zoe Capture, hyperlapse, 12X Slow motion mode, 4K video recording with Hi-Res Audio
Front: 5MP (1.34μm pixels), autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), f/1.8 aperture with ultra wide-angle lens, Live Makeup, Auto-HDR
Sound HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, Dolby Audio, Personal Audio Profile, Hi-Res Audio Certified, Hi-Res Audio Earphones, Three microphones with noise cancellation, Hi-Res Audio Stereo Recording
Other USB Type-C, Nano SIM, Fingerprint Sensor, Sensor Hub
Connectivity NFC, BT 4.2, Wi-Fi@: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Battery 3000mAh
Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge
Up to 50% charge in 30 min
Colors Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, Camellia Red
Network 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: 800/1900 with EVDO Rev A
3G UMTS
850/AWS/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G LTE (up to 450Mbps)
FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30
Support Cat 9 LTE, download up to 450 Mbps, upload up to 50 Mbps
Dimensions 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0 mm
Weight 161g

HTC’S NEW FLAGSHIP: SCULPTED TO PERFECTION

Power of 10: HTC’s engineering excellence delivers obsessive craftsmanship, unparalleled performance and imaging leadership

Seattle – April 12, 2016 – HTC has today unveiled what it has been working on behind closed doors for the last 12 months with the launch of its latest smartphone. With customer feedback an integral part of the development process combined with an obsessive attention to detail, the HTC 10 delivers everything that you would want from a flagship device.

Playing to the Power of 10 – symbolizing greatness and independence but also that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – this newest addition to the HTC phone family combines a world-class camera with gold-standard audio, bold new metal unibody design and unparalleled performance.

Designed to Perfection

Inspired by light and sculpted to perfection, the HTC 10 employs a new approach to design where bold contours are carved out of solid metal. Capturing the light beautifully, the chamfered edges boast a slimmer, more slender look with its full-glass front merging seamlessly into the metal body.

Passionate about the small details, it’s not just the materials that come under scrutiny when we create a new handset. With the HTC 10, our design teams worked tirelessly to build a phone where even the power button has been beautifully crafted, where the speakers deliver a sleeker look and better sound quality and where the fingerprint sensor recognizes your finger from almost any angle.

It is also important that we got the build absolutely right. Mercilessly engineered to handle everyday knocks, bumps and scratches, the HTC 10 was subjected to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from a freezing -20’C to a scorching 60’C; and over 10,000 drop, bend, scratch and corrosion tests.

World-class camera!

With HTC 10 we’ve delivered what we believe to be the best smartphone camera available on the market today. With the world’s first optically stabilized, larger aperture f/1.8 lenses on both the front and rear cameras, new larger sensors, 12 million of our new generation UltraPixels (1.55um per pixel), faster laser autofocus powering the main camera and a wide angle lens and screen flash on the front UltraSelfieTM camera, this smartphone delivers brilliantly sharp, low light and high-resolution photos whether behind or in front of the lens.

With the camera designed to launch in as little as 0.6 seconds, and a 2nd generation laser autofocus that gives you focused shots faster, it’s quick enough to even work in burst mode. All the settings are also conveniently located at your fingertips with Pro Mode still offering advanced options for more experienced photographers, including RAW format functionality.

Boasting a DxOMark score of 88*, this is one of the highest camera quality scores of any smartphone to date and is the result of tens of thousands of hours spent fine tuning each element to deliver world-class photos and videos.

Best in sight, best in sound

But it’s not just the imaging that puts this smartphone at the top of its game – the HTC 10 combines vivid 4K video with the world’s first stereo, 24-bit, Hi-Res audio recording – capturing 256 times more detail than standard recordings across twice the frequency range and enabling you to bring to life your recorded content as if you were actually there in person.

Built for audiophiles, the HTC 10 is certified for Hi-Res audio and has been designed to make music sound the way that the artist intended. A headphone amp that delivers two times the power of a conventional headphone amp, the ability to upscale from 16-bit to 24-bit audio and high performance digital to analogue conversion combine beautifully to produce ten times lower distortion than other devices on the market, delivering an all round audio performance that cannot be beaten.

Everyone hears things differently, which is why the HTC 10’s all-new Personal Audio Profile system enhances your audio experience even further. By creating a unique profile that is tuned to your individual hearing, it dynamically adjusts specific sound frequencies to each ear, allowing you to hear music the way that the artist intended. Re-engineered HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition speakers feature the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems and combine with a dedicated amplifier on each speaker, adding to the experience and delivering sound clarity unprecedented on a smartphone.

Performance at its Best

Whilst the HTC 10 nails it on the hardware, we have also delivered what we believe to be best-in-class software by focusing on getting the fundamentals right. With apps that launch twice as fast and that perform to the highest standard and a next generation quad HD display that is 30% more colourful, creating a true cinematic feel, and that is 50% more responsive to touch than its predecessor, even the smallest and fastest of finger movements track perfectly.

This attention to detail doesn’t stop there! With security high on people’s agendas, we have created a fingerprint scanner, which unlocks in a lightning fast 0.2 seconds and which has been algorithmically designed to recognise you faster and more accurately over time.

Engineered from the inside out to last longer, the HTC 10 boasts the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with enhanced 4G LTE. Each device also comes with Boost+ which is designed to make your phone faster, to consume less power and to provide effective security and applications management features. This includes smart boost, which automatically optimizes your memory; a game battery booster, which uses less battery during gameplay; and a new PowerBotics system, which auto detects and shuts down apps that use excessive power – improving battery life by 30% and delivering up to two days charge.

Not only does Boost+ optimize performance, making it easier to launch apps, but its App Lock function also adds a new layer of security by enabling you to lock any app you choose, whilst App Manager provides an instant fix for when an app isn’t behaving.

The HTC 10 also includes the latest in-box quick charge 3.0 Rapid Charger with improved thermal management that can charge the battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes – ideal for people who find their phone running low on juice before the end of the working day.

Controlled by You!

By reducing the number of duplicative and pre-loaded apps and bloatware and integrating the best of both HTC and Google, we have created a more streamlined phone that enables you to decide what you want on your handset.

With HTC’s specially created new Freestyle Layout, you no longer have an on-screen grid that dictates the layout. Instead you can get creative by dragging icons, stickers and widgets anywhere you like. Layer them, group them, link stickers to apps or get rid of screen icons altogether, the choice is yours.

The latest version of HTC Themes also provides you with access to thousands of professional looking themes that each come with their own icons, backgrounds and sounds so you can customize your phone based on your own personal style.

Accessories and availability

To further streamline your experience, the HTC 10 offers an all-new Ice View case with a semi-transparent and highly versatile single front-cover case. So when that next call or message comes in, when you need to skip a track or snap that perfect shot, you can do it without opening your smartphone’s case. It’s simplicity without sacrificing protection.

The HTC 10 will come in two variants with different Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors to cater for different market needs. They will both offer the same design, audio, camera and display, with a similar software experience and battery life. In the U.S., the HTC 10 will come with the Snapdragon 820 processor.

In the U.S., HTC 10 will be available across multiple wireless providers including Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile, which will announce colors, availability and pricing. In addition, HTC will be offering an Unlocked edition on http://www.HTC.com, which will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks and will be available for pre-orders beginning today, April 12, with shipping in early May. The Unlocked edition from HTC.com comes in Glacier Silver and Carbon Gray, and costs $699. It also comes with UH OH Protection, which includes one replacement at no charge within the first 12 months of ownership for a cracked screen or water damage.

Microsoft buys popular Android and iOS keyboard SwiftKey

Microsoft hasn’t had much success through the years in the mobile war against rivals Google and Apple so it is trying to compete by buying popular Android and iOS apps in recent months. Its latest acquisition: SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboards on the two biggest mobile operating systems.

The announcement was made in blog posts on both companies’ websites. On its blog, Microsoft says the purchase of SwiftKey, which is known for its ability to predict what a user will type based on their history, “supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud.” Microsoft says SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved “more than 100,000 years in combined typing time” and “nearly 10 trillion keystrokes” in more than 100 languages using the keyboard’s predictive capability since it launched for Android devices in 2010 and iOS less than two years ago.

In their blog post, SwiftKey co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock credited the app’s success to its userbase and thanked “the awesome team” that works on the app, who Reynolds and Medlock call “the heart of our company.” The founders promise that SwiftKey will continue to be available, for free, on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store, and that “they are as committed as ever to improving [their apps] in new and innovative ways.”

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hey Siri event highlights: Apple announces new products, including iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro

It’s always a big deal in the tech world when Apple holds an event to announce new products, and today’s Hey Siri event is no different. At the event, held in San Francisco, the company announced a number of new products, most notably the latest iPhones and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple also announced that iOS 9 will be available to download on September 16. Continue reading