Rumor: HTC One’s successor may be called the One+, will have Snapdragon 805 CPU after all


Just yesterday @evleaks revealed what he called “preliminary” specs for the HTC M8, which included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, an UltraPixel rear cam, 2.1MP front cam and KitKat with Sense 6.0. Now if a new report from recognized XDA member Mike1986proves correct, we’re learning even more about the handset.

First, the phone will reportedly be named the HTC One+, and it will feature the newer Snapdragon 805 CPU after all. We also have learned a bit more about battery size, camera and other specs.

Rumored specifications

  • 5″ FullHD 1080p covered by Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • 6 or 8MP UltraPixel camera (possibly with double lens)
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • Software buttons
  • 2900mAh battery
  • Android KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
  • micro-SIM, microSD
  • NFC

As you can see, the HTC One+ might not be a massive leap up from the original, but it look like it will feature some welcome changes when it comes to processing power, battery size, screen size and — most importantly — it will have an SD slot for memory expansion.

Of course it’s important to note that these specs are still unconfirmed, and so details of the so-called HTC One+ should be taken with a grain of salt. If the rumored specs are true however, the next-gen flagship from HTC is certainly worth looking out for.

What do you think of the HTC M8 (aka HTC One+) based on the rumored specs, impressed or not?


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Jailbreak Tweak ‘AppLocker’ Locks Individual Apps With Touch ID

by Juli Clover

Following the December release of the evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7 devices, several new jailbreak tweaks for the iPhone 5s are in the works, including a newly updated version of AppLocker that is designed to take advantage of the Touch ID sensor of the iPhone 5s.

AppLocker is a tweak that has existed for some time, allowing users to lock individual apps with a password. With iOS 7 and an iPhone 5s, AppLocker is able to lock and unlock apps using Touch ID’s fingerprint recognition capabilities. iDownloadBlog has a detailed video of the tweak in use:

AppLocker is only able to access fingerprints that have been entered into the iPhone 5s via the Touch ID menu in the Settings app, and different fingerprints are not distinguished by the system, so there is little setup needed to install the tweak. As demonstrated in the video, app unlocking works as seamlessly as standard device unlocking with Touch ID.

At the current point in time, Touch ID on non-jailbroken devices is limited to unlocking the phone and making purchases in the App Store. It is likely that Apple will expand the use of Touch ID in the future, but it remains unknown whether Apple has plans to release a Touch ID API that would allow the functionality to be built into individual apps as in the AppLocker jailbreak tweak.

The security implications of the Touch ID-supported AppLocker tweak are unknown, as Apple has said that all Touch ID data (in the form of a mathematical representation of a fingerprint) is stored in a “Secure Enclave” inside the A7 processor that is walled off from the rest of iOS and unavailable to iOS or other apps.

According to the developer of the tweak, who spoke to Cult of Mac, AppLocker is not accessing Touch ID data, but rather confirming that a finger is authenticated. “All I am doing is asking iOS, ‘Hey, is this finger authenticated?’ and I get either a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No,'” he said.

The Touch ID functionality in AppLocker 2.2 is currently available for download onjailbroken devices via the ModMyi repo. The update is free for current AppLocker users and $0.99 for new purchasers.

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Music sales decline for the first time since the iTunes Store opened

By Casey Newton

Adele iTunes store

Digital music sales declined for the first time in 2013 since the iTunes Store opened a decade before, according to new data from Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard reports that sales of tracks declined 5.7 percent, to 1.34 billion units, while album sales fell 0.1 percent, to 117.6 million. The chief culprit, according to executives interviewed byBillboard: streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.

At around $10 a month for unlimited listening, the streaming services are proving to be an attractive alternative to albums that cost $10 apiece. The good news for record labels: so far, revenue from streaming services has offset the decline in sales. And digital sales are falling much more slowly than sales of physical media — CD sales fell 14.5 percent last year.


Apple Said to Be Targeting Fall 2014 Launch for 12-Inch iPad Focused on Enterprise

by Eric Slivka

Amid rumors of a larger “iPad Pro” perhaps arriving in 2014 with a larger display in the range of 12-13 inches, Evercore analyst Patrick Wang yesterday released a research report indicating that supply chain sources are indeed supporting the circulating claims.

According to Wang’s sources, Apple is looking to launch a 12-inch iPad in the fall of this year, targeting enterprise with a new “hybrid” device intended to bridge the gap between tablets and notebooks. Wang believes that the larger iPad will unsurprisingly also include a new A8 processor from Apple that may be a quad-core chip, as well as increased storage.

Arriving in fall ‘14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12” iPad. Powered by the A8 chip (perhaps 4C), this expands ARM’s reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it.

– Expect a 2-1 hybrid – think iPad + MBA – similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT’s Surface.

Wang points out that bill-of-materials estimates peg the cost of the Intel processors used in the MacBook Air in excess of 20% of the machine’s cost, while the ARM processors used in Apple’s iPad represent only about 5% of total cost for high storage capacity models. The much lower pricing for Apple’s A-series chips could allow the company to pose a serious threat to the business notebook market for those applications where a new and larger iPad would be appropriate.

In his note, Wang points out that Apple faces two primary challenges in penetrating the enterprise notebook market with a larger iPad. The first is storage capacity, with the current iPad maxing out at 128 GB, while the second is support for the full Microsoft Office suite that is entrenched in the enterprise market. Microsoft has been reported for some time to be working on a version of Office for iPad, and the most recent reports have indicated that it could arrive in fall of 2014 following completion of the “Touch First” interface for Windows earlier in the year.

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Apple’s environmental report claims the new Mac Pro is a green, power-sipping machine

by Nate Ralph

Dylan Tweney/VentureBeat Another view of the Mac Pro’s insides.

Apple’s new Mac Pro might set you back a hefty $2,999, but the company has taken steps to ensure that Mother Nature won’t be taking as dramatic a hit as your wallet.

In an environmental report released on Thursday, Apple revealed that the new design consumes far less power than its predecessor, and it’s packaged and designed with eco-friendliness and recycling in mind.

It all starts at the electrical outlet: The new Mac Pro consumes approximately 68 percent less power when idle than its predecessor — a mere 43 watts, versus the older model’s 134 watts. Power consumption under load will vary, but its power supply is also slightly more efficient than the previous model, and newer energy-sipping components like flash storage and Intel Xeon E5 CPUs should prove more power-efficient than those in previous Mac Pros.

The packaging has also taken a cut, weighing 84-percent less than before. That should be rather obvious — it is a relatively tiny thing — but the new packaging is also made with a minimum of 33 percent post-consumer recycled corrugated cardboard. Smaller, lighter boxes means a smaller footprint for shipping, allowing distributors to pack more hardware into every shipment, ostensibly reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions used in getting it from the factory to your home. And in addition to Apple’s usual stance on steering clear of restricted substances, much of the Mac Pro’s material chassis consists of recycler-friendly materials like aluminum and copper.

Anyone in the market for a $3,000 workstation will have a lot of requirements to consider, but it is nice to see that energy-efficient and environmentally friendly isn’t necessarily stricken from the list.

You can check out how the new Mac Pro fares (warning: PDF), and see how the rest of Apple’s lineup stacks up at the company’s environment site.

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The Complete List: All the New Netflix and Hulu Releases

By  (@lesleymesser)

It’s an all too familiar situation: You went to the grocery store to make sure that your fridge was stocked for this snowstorm, but now you’re stuck inside with nothing to do. We get it. You may be aware that last week, a host of fan-favorite films disappeared from Netflix, but this week, new ones are being added. Here are a few new movies and TV shows that you can binge watch on Netflix while staying in from the cold, complete with their official summaries. If you prefer Hulu, those new releases are listed after the Netflix listings.


Jack Reacher (2012), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall

When ex-military cop Jack Reacher investigates an elite sniper charged with killing five people, he teams up with a beautiful defense lawyer — and they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game in this exciting thriller.

American Psycho (2000), starring Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto

With a chiseled chin and physique, Patrick Bateman’s looks make him the ideal yuppie — and the ideal serial killer. Bateman takes pathological pride in his business card and his CD collection, all while plotting his next victim’s vivisection.

Dexter: Seasons 5-8, starring Michael C. Hall

Mild-mannered Dexter Morgan works for the police department as a blood-splatter analyst but moonlights as a murderer who only targets other killers, implementing a moral code instilled in him by his father.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett

Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie, a young heir vacationing in Italy. Hired to persuade Dickie to return to America, Tom embraces Dickie’s posh lifestyle and takes extreme measures to hold onto it.

Drinking Buddies (2013), starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston

Workmates at a small Chicago brewery, Luke and Kate are romantically involved with others but also the best of friends — on and off the clock. Things get complicated, however, when the couples spend a weekend together at a lakeside retreat.

Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. In the documentary “Good Ol’ Freda,” the band’s former secretary tells her personal stories for the first time in 50 years.

Hulu Film Releases

Monsters Ball –

Spaceballs –

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28 Hotel Rooms –

Man About Town –

Ali G Indahouse –

Rikki Tikki Tavi –

The Secret of Nimh –

The Secret of Nimh 2 –

All Dogs go to Heaven –

VeggieTales –

Space Dogs –

Death Becomes Her –

Mr. Mom –

Jolene –


Acer’s new tablet is a low-cost Android alternative to the iPad mini


Summary: Acer announced the A1-830, a $149 7.9-inch Android tablet that looks a lot

photo: Acer

like the iPad mini but still doesn’t compete when it comes to display clarity.

If you like the iPad mini, but wish it only cost half the price and ran Android, Acer has just the tablet for you. On Friday the company introduced the A1-830, a 7.9-inch Android tablet that bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini. The specs aren’t quite top-notch, but it only costs $149.

The first thing you notice about the A1-830 is that it looks a lot like the iPad mini. It has an aluminum body and a white bezel. It also features the same size 7.9-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s a bit chunkier, however, at 0.32 inches thick and 0.84 pounds.

Physical similarities aside, the A1-830 is closer to the original iPad in terms of specs, rather than the new retina display-equipped model. The 7.9-inch IPS LCD only features 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, which is pretty low at this point. The $199Nexus 7, by comparison, features a much sharper 7-inch, 1280 x 800 display (which also qualifies as a “retina display,” even without Apple’s branding). And the A1-830 is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 (Clover Trail+) processor, rather than a newer Bay Trail chip. While the tablet runs Android, it ships with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), which places it a few generations behind the latest version.

You do get a 1080p rear camera and 720p front-facing camera (Acer doesn’t specify the megapixels), along with dual rear speakers, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot for further expansion. Overall, though, this doesn’t seem like a strong alternative to the Nexus 7, which gets you better hardware and software for an additional $50. Unless all you really want is a tablet that has the iPad mini’s form factor, your money will likely be better spent elsewhere.

Acer B1

Acer also introduced an even less expensive tablet in the form of its $129 third-generation B1-720. It’s thinner than previous generations, but like the A1-830, it features lower-res 1024 x 768 display. It’s also running on an older 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT811 processor and Android 4.2.1, which places it firmly on the low-end of the spectrum.

Like the A1-830, judging by the specs alone, I can’t help but feel like it’s worth it to spend some extra money on a higher-end device. Even the Kindle Fire HD will get you more power and a sharper screen, as long as you don’t mind being tethered to Amazon.

This post was updated at 8:31am to show that Acer has changed the price of the A1-830 from $179 to $149.

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