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HTC Reveals Hero Android Handset

by on Jun.26, 2009, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

HTC’s Hero, is the latest Android powered handset. They’ve already had quite a lot of success with previous models and the Magic is also now going to be available. This is their third handset so far.

HTC Hero

The Hero will feature –

  • a Qualcomm MSM7200A chipset with a 528MHz CPU, 288MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM
  • a 3.2-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution which will also feature multi touch and an accelerometer
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Wi-Fi
  • MicroSD card support
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • Trackball for navigation
  • 5MP AF camera
  • Digital Compass

Aside from these features, HTC has also developed a new UI to run on the OS that they are calling the HTC Sense that is designed to deliver on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

Make It Mine
Make It Mine is a concept created with the sense of instilling the idea about feeling like your HTC phone was created for and by you. HTC has designed this UI to be extremely customizable so users can organize how you want to access content in a way that fits you best. You can at a glance view widgets that push content like Twitter feeds, weather and other content to the surface while others may want quick access to business-focused information like email, calendar and world-times. HTC is also introducing a new profile feature called Scenes that will enable users to create different customized content profiles around specific functions or times in their life.

HTC Hero

Stay Close
HTC Sense takes a different approach to personal communication by integrating communication channels and applications into one single view enabling you to stay closer to your important contacts. With HTC Sense, friends' Facebook status updates and photos along with their Flickr photos are included with their text messages, emails and call history in a single view.

Discover the Unexpected
HTC Sense is focused on providing a variety of simple yet innovative experiences on your HTC phone. It can be something as basic as turning the phone over to silence a ring or as simple as improving the smart dialer for making calls quicker. HTC Sense also includes perspectives, a new way for viewing your content such as email, photos, Twitter, music and more in different ways.

The HTC Hero will be available to people across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer. A distinct North American version will be available later in 2009. Check out their first look video below:

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King of Pop Michael Jackson is no more

by on Jun.26, 2009, under News

RIP Michael Jackson

It is a tragic day for the world of music as King of Pop Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at 3 am (IST) in Los Angeles.

Paramedics were called to the singer’s home around midday local time after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

He was rushed by an ambulance to a medical centre, while several US media outlets started saying that the 50-year-old star has died.

Michael Jackson was supposed to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK starting from July 13.

He has had a history of health problems because of which he could not do any concert in 12 years.

US media reports say paramedics were called to the singer’s house in Bel Air at midday. They performed CPR on Jackson and rushed him to the UCLA medical centre.

Crowds had begun to gather outside the hospital, and the emergency centre was roped off by the police.

Jackson began his career as a child in his family group The Jackson 5. He then went on to achieve global fame as a solo artist with smash hits such as Thriller and Bad.

But the singer had been dogged by controversy and money trouble in recent years, becoming a virtual recluse.

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