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Looks like HTC is going to join LG, Nintendo, and Sharp as major manufacturers of portable glasses free 3D gadgets, by announcing the CDMA-based EVO 3D for Sprint, a major American carrier. Depending on its reception when it launches in the third quarter, HTC will probably bring a GSM version of the device to other territories as well.

The EVO 3D has a 4.3-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) 3D display coupled with dual 5MP cameras at the back to record stereoscopic 720p HD video, and 2MP 3D still shots. Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the EVO 3D packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor that is coupled with an Adreno 220 graphics chipset, and an entire gigabyte of RAM. As always, HTC Sense is skinned over Android, bringing its new HTCSense.com features.The HTC EVO 3D has an extra large 1730 mAh battery that’s rated to provide up to 7.5 hours of talktime. A GSM offering is already listed up on HTC’s site, but there are no details as to carriers or launch regions. The 4.3-inch phone is not diminutive, and weighs a hefty 170 grams. It offers the latest connectivity options, with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and even a MHL port that works for USB and HDMI.

HTC also announced another 7-inch tablet, essentially the same as the HTC Flyer, except that it bears both CDMA and WiMAX radios, and, its aluminium unibody is black instead of the silver of the Flyer. It bears the same specs all around – the same 1.5GHz single-core processor, Gingerbread OS, and 1024×600-pixel screen.

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Firefox 4 released

The long awaited update to Firefox is finally available for download, and has managed to beat Internet Explorer 9’s download count of 2.3 million in 24hrs in around a third the time! This isn’t surprising though, as Firefox 3.0 currently holds the record for the most downloaded software application in 24 hours with 8 million downloads back in 2008, before anyone had even heard of Google Chrome.

To celebrate each download, Mozilla has launched http://glow.mozilla.org/, a website that tracks each download across the world and plots it on a world map. It also provides additional statistics about the geographical distribution of downloads. It seems quite appropriate to showcase the latest HTML5 features of the browser by demonstrating them in showing how the browser is spreading across the world. Looking at the browser statistics for today, Firefox 4 already seems to have surpassed the antiquated Firefox 3.5 in usage, although this doesn’t indicate much right now.

It has been nearly 3 years since the last major update to the browser. To be fair, Firefox 3.5 was quite a major update, however it has been nearly 2 years since that too, and the browser landscape has changed considerably since then.

Google Chrome has had a significant impact on the browser market by starting a competition over browser JavaScript performance, spurring browser developers to boost their own JavaScript engines. The only winners are the users.

Firefox had not aged well in the meantime, due to the long gap between Firefox 3.6 and 4.0, a gap that it vows to never have again thanks to a rapid release cycle. It has been almost painful to see Firefox 3.6 lag so far behind in so many ways, while the nightly development versions have shown great progress, it’s a good thing this won’t happen again.

So what does Firefox 4 have to offer? We will do a more thorough review later, but here are the essentials:

New minimal UI — Firefox 4 features a new UI with minimal chrome and tabs on top. Windows versions now use Aero, and put tabs in the title-bar on maximize. Linux users too can disable their menu-bar and use the Firefox button instead.
Firefox button — this unified button contains the features people use most often, and replaces the menu.Home page — Firefox 4 has a new locally hosted home-page that loads instantly
JägerMonkey — MUCH faster JavaScript performance
Panorama — a completely new rich way of organizing and managing tabs
AppTabs — you can now pin tabs to the tab bar to have them launch automatically each time you launch your browser whether you restore your session or not. AppTabs collapse to the left of the titlebar to a tab the width of the websites icon
Switch to tab — instead of ending up with multiple tabs open to the same page, Firefox now searches in open tabs while you are typing an address and offers to switch you to an already open tab
Firefox Sync — Firefox 4 no integrates sync out-of the box, and makes it easy to sign up, configure your sync account, and to add new devices to Sync with
Do not track — Firefox 4 user can opt out of bring tracked by websites by selecting an option in their preferences. Of course it is up to the website in question to regard the request
Content Security Policy
Revamped Add-on manager — Firefox 4 includes the new add-on manager that opens in a tab instead of a small window, includes an add-on details page, and better add-on search and discoverability features
Startup time — Firefox now loads much faster and does not automatically restore your session. Instead the home page displays an option to do so on launch
Support for latest standards — Firefox 4 comes with improvements to HTML5 and CSS3 support, and new standards such as:
WebGL — 3D content rendered right in the browser
WebM — Google’s new open format for HTML5 video
File API
Audio API
HTML5 parser
IndexedDB
Hardware acceleration — Firefox 4 now features hardware acceleration of web content on Windows and Mac OS
and many more smaller features…

The Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 CTIA event was meant to introduce the world to just the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but Samsung had a surprise in store – a completely new Galaxy Tab 10.1 than it had shown off at MWC 2011, with a fancy new slim design that’s thinner than Apple’s latest iPad. Admittedly, the iPad 2 is the device to beat, and this isn’t the first time Samsung has taken a pill from Apple’s diet designs – the MacBook Air openly inspired the Samsung 9 Series laptops after all.

The two Honeycomb tablets have been given competitive prices pegged to the iPad 2, with the 16GB WiFi-only 10.1-inch model priced at $499 and the 32GB model at $599, while the 16GB WiFi-only 8.9-inch model will retail for $469, and the 32GB model for $569. For now, only WiFi models of the two tablets have been announced, though 3G and 4G HSPA+ tablets were detailed. The WiFi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 is scheduled to hit shelves in the U.S. on June 8th, and the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab 8.9 has been given an ‘early summer’ or July-August arrival.
Find specifications in the Samsung released spec sheets above. While Samsung has still not revealed exact nature of the 1GHz dual-core application processor that powers both tablets, it’s still assumed to be Nvidia’s Tegra 2 offering. Both tablets are thinner than the 8.8mm thick iPad 2, measuring just 8.6mm. The large 6000 mAh and 6860 mAh batteries that power the devices are expected to give about 10 hours of video playback. Both tablets also pack Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity, will support Flash 10.2, and have dual speakers for stereo surround sound.
As confirmed in yesterday’s leak, both the 10.1 and 8.9-inch tablet have an impressive WXGA 1280×800 resolution screen, and both feature Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UI onboard. While this last fact has bothered many, Engadget reports that a few additions and features were actually quite useful, such as the ability to resize widgets, both its own Live Panel and Google’s native widgets. The Mini Apps Tray was also deemed useful, but redundant in the fact of Google’s app launcher. Samsung has also thoroughly customized the native apps in the Galaxy S-style. The CTIA event also showcased some TouchWiz 4.0 features like Readers Hub, Social Hub, and Games Hub. Some regions can expect vanilla versions of the tablets however.

Microsoft has released its first Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed NoDo, which brings the much vaunted Copy and Paste functionality to the platform, as well as other performance and interface enhancements, including better application and game performance and reduced load/resume times, improved Windows Marketplace search functions, and enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity and configuration options.
Other improvements include some Outlook interface and compatibility enhancements, better Facebook synchronization, improved MMS reception and display, and, another much wanted feature – stability while switching between video and still camera modes.
True-multitasking and other major feature additions including IE9 and native Twitter integration will now come with the Mango update, expected to release in the second half of the year – possibly on the 1 year anniversary of the platform in October.

If you are wondering how to update your WP7, you should receive a Microsoft notification on the device itself, informing you of the update’s availability, expected to arrive across devices within the week. The installation should happen OTA.