Sprint To Offer Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 With LTE?It was earlier this month when Verizon Wireless revealed to folks living in the US that they will be carrying the spanking new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with LTE support, which means you ought to be able to wrap your fingers around one pretty soon. Well, Sprint is not one to remain far behind its competitors, and the Now Network has announced that they too, will be carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for the masses, considering how a Sprint-specific version of the tablet has already received the nod of approval from the folks over at the FCC.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 from Sprint will come with the model number SPH-P600 (SPH always points toward Sprint, just like how their Galaxy Note 2 was the SPH-L900, while the Galaxy S3 is known as the SPH-L710, etc.), not to mention coming with LTE connectivity that is compatible with Sprint’s network as well. Do expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to ship with Sprint’s Galaxy Note 10.1 right out of the box.





Motorola X Phone Could Be New Flagship With Android 5.0 Key Lime PieI can just foresee it, assuming Motorola’s upcoming rumored flagship model takes on the whispered “X Phone” moniker – “X Marks The Spot”, as some headlines will read, if Motorola’s X Phone really lives up to the hype, expectation, and more. Word on the street has it that the Motorola X Phone will come with a 5-inch display (surely it needs to do so if it were to keep up with the Joneses), in addition to sporting an edge-to-edge design that translates to one thing – no more ugly bezels, and your eyes would get plenty more visual real estate!

The Motorola X Phone is said not to be a Nexus device, and there are rumors going around that Motorola will market this as a cross-carrier-branded device, which is where the “X” comes in handy. Apart from that, there are also rumors that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will ship with it, which is rather disturbing since Google tends to introduce their own smartphones (from a different manufacturer, of course) that carries the latest version of a new operating system. Perhaps Motorola’s X Phone will debut at Google I/O, who knows? Just take all of the above in with a pinch of salt and you should be all right.



HTC M7 Render Is Close To The Real Thing (Rumor) What you see above is actually a render of the upcoming HTC M7 that will be the flagship device for the beleaguered Taiwanese company who has fallen on hard times recently, although they are not too far down the rabbit hole to be rescued if they chart their path correctly in the weeks and months ahead. The date spotted on HTC Sense is January 15, which could be the date that the render was created, and the location, Barcelona, could very well be a prophetic “message” that makes the HTC M7 ripe for a Mobile World Congress unveiling.

Well, some folks would say that a render is nothing until the real deal is released, but according to Bartosz of Czujnym Okiem, what you see above is not an official render from HTC, but from folks who claim to have had access to a photo of the HTC M7. While the front looks as though it adds up, the back does not really seem to be much to believe in, with Windows Phone 8X being used as a starting point. If you ask me, the HTC M7 render does seem to share some design cues as that of the Sony Xperia range of smartphones, what do you think?


Thieves Dig Tunnel Into Berlin Bank“As safe as a bank” might not be a phrase that you would want to use anytime soon, especially after you hear of thieves who managed to tunnel their way into a bank in Berlin earlier in the week. According to police who investigated the scene, this particularly sophisticated tunnel would have more or less taken months to burrow out with the help and assistance of heavy machinery, but the strange thing was, not one person noticed until, well, it was too late.

The entire tunnel measured nearly 45 meters in length, where heavy machinery was used to drill through concrete wall before the thieves painstakingly dug through sand and dirt. In fact, the underground tunnel was stabilized with beams and supports, where it began from a rented garage at a parking lot and went all the way to the bank. The loss is still being calculated by the loss by police, who are also doing their best to search for DNA and fingerprints.

Now, what does this have to do with Ubergizmo? Well, I am quite sure that they must have had quite a fair share of gizmos and gadgets that would make even Batman envious. Heck, this whole idea is starting to sound a whole lot like how Bane managed to burrow his way to right under Batman’s secret armory, even though Lucius Fox has already declared that it is “off the books”. This just goes to show that nothing is impossible, and were the thieves inspired by Bane? More like driven by greed. Just what kind of gizmos do you think that they had on hand?


Texter Mesmerized By Phone, Falls Into CanalJust how connected are you to your smartphone, that you have suffered from the syndrome known as “phantom vibrations” in the past? You know, that awkward moment when your hand reaches for the phone in your pocket because you swore it vibrated due to an incoming message or email, only to realize it was your imagination and body playing tricks on you. Well, some of us are definitely too connected to our devices these days, as evident by a British radio newscaster who was so engrossed with texting on her phone, that she actually toppled into a freezing canal despite a bystander sending out a warning shout, hoping that she stopped before it was too late.

The unfortunate radio newscaster, Laura Safe, was texting her boyfriend, and she was rescued by the bystander who calls himself Edgington from the wet and cold. Safe said, “I was there on the edge, teetering on the edge, moving my arms around, trying to save myself from falling into this horrendous canal which is most probably full of, well I don’t know what’s in there.” Now, if she had the Xperia Z, I’m quite sure that her phone would not have been declared unusable any more, but the most important thing is, she’s safe and sound.


Mega Goes LiveLast Friday, we brought you word that Kim DotCom’s Mega will offer users up to 50GB of free storage on the cloud among other goodies, and over the weekend, Kim DotCom’s personal “sequel” to MegaUpload has been launched for public use. This comes about one year after his pet project, MegaUpload, was nullified by U.S. law enforcement officials who had piracy in their sights.

DotCom tweeted earlier, “As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government. Welcome to http://Mega.co.nz.” DotCom continued, “Site is extremely busy. Currently thousands of user registrations PER MINUTE.”

Are you one of those who have jumped aboard the Mega bandwagon, and how have you found your experience of Mega so far? Is it up to snuff, and just what are you going to do with 50GB of free storage space? Do share with us your next step in the comments. I am quite sure that most of us would just send plenty of photos and videos to the cloud, in order to relieve our external hard drives of some space for additional uploads of data from your digital camera and other digital devices.


Texas School Dismisses Student After Refusing To Wear RFID ChipNow this is a rather interesting nugget of information to cap your weekend – a Texas high school ruled in favor to prevent a girl from attending her classes last Friday since she had made up her mind not to wear an RFID-chip student ID around her neck, as she touts that doing so would be wearing the “Mark of the Beast” that is often associated in the book of Revelation.

The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, started to issued the RFID-equipped student-body cards when the semester started last fall, where this ID badge featured a bar code that is associated with a student’s Social Security number. This chip is capable of keeping track of where a student is on campus, including their time of arrival and departure.

The girl involved, Andrea Hernandez, was notified in November last year that unless she adhered to the rulings and wear this around her neck, she would have to find a different high school to further her studies. The whole motivation of having the school use RFID chips is money, since majority of state-financed schools see their budget affected by the average daily attendance. Do you see a different way out of a similar situation down the road?


AIDS Awareness Tweet Make Its Home On Times Square BillboardIn this day and age, the word “AIDS” is no longer taboo, and with the right amount of cash and medical care, you can more or less manage the disease for a long time, such as Magic Johnson. Well, in order to raise more awareness about HIV/AIDS and with hopes of creating an AIDS-free generation, a spanking new social-media campaign has begun to show tweets on a Times Square billboard as part of an interactive art installation in midtown Manhattan.

Whenever you send a tweet with the hashtag #ArchesofHope, your tweet will automatically be in the running to be part of an LED ticker tape as seen above, where it will subsequently be beamed onto jumbo screens located in Times Square. This campaign is a collaboration between Lifebeat and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

Campaign spokesperson Sandra “Pepa” Denton, of “Salt-N-Pepa” fame said, “This is where we’re at, it’s all about social media. We’re trying to promote safe sex and getting tests since that’s not being talked about in the schools or the church or probably for some at home. We encourage everyone to start tweeting and getting the message out.”

It is nice to see technology cross lines with so many other industries, and I’m saying this in a good way.


God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta Now Open To All PSN UsersDo you love all things God of War? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you would want to check out the PlayStation Network (PSN for short) that has now opened the God of War: Ascension mutiplayer beta to just about everyone. This is good news, as it was originally available only to participants of the “Rise of the Warrior” experience on the God of War website, followed by exclusive accessibility to PlayStation Plus members, and now, the general public.

The multiplayer beta was open at the end of last week all the way through the holiday weekend, but this offer is good only if you have a PlayStation 3 and a valid North American PlayStation Network account. After all, the “try before you buy” concept is one that still works even in this day and age, where you have different kinds of modes (8-player or 4-player), a deathmatch known as Favor of the Gods (Deathmatch), as well as new maps such as Desert of Lost Souls (large map) & Forum of Hercules (arena).


Sony Xperia Tablet Z Officially AnnouncedThe Sony Xperia Tablet Z has been a recently rumored device and according to rumors last week, it was said that NTT DoCoMo could be announcing the tablet on the 22nd of January. Well it looks like the dates were pretty close as Sony themselves have taken the wraps off the tablet and as expected, some of the specs are in line with the rumors. For starters you can look forward to seeing the Android 4.1 tablet sport a 10.1” display with a resolution of 1920×1200, and under the hood Sony will be packing a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Xperia Tablet Z will also come with an 8MP rear-facing camera which according to Sony, is the first backside-illuminated camera that they have put into a tablet which should help with low-light situations.

One of the other features Sony is hawking is the fact that the Xperia Tablet Z measures an impressive 6.9mm thin which makes it thinner than Apple’s iPad mini! Similar to the Xperia Z, it looks like Sony will also be introducing protective features such as waterproof and dustproof to the tablet, along with a sound system the company calls “S-Force Front Surround 3D” which is said to improve the sound coming from the tablet, although this is one feature we’ll have to try for ourselves in order to believe. The Xperia Tablet Z will also pack LTE and NFC connectivity and is said to be available in Japan this Spring. No word on when it will be making its way stateside or how much it will cost, but any takers? [Press release]