HTC announces the One series at MWC 2012

Yesterday HTC unleashed the One series to the world, a next-gen phone for the company delivering a focus on user experience as they maximize their smartphone in everyday use. The series will come in 3 variants for users to pick from, each of them addressing the needs of their targeted demographics, there’s a list below but we’ll talk about the upcoming features to these ICS powered phones carrying HTC Sense 4.

Camera changes:

ImageSense is a new platform delivering improved sensors, lenses and software to their line of phones. This feels like a natural progression after using so many of their phones over the years since the Droid Eris.  The development doesn’t stop there, HTC also includes a new ImageChip to help deliver fast captures, high quality under hard conditions and quick review options for users.

ImageSense perks: Quick AF, f/2.0 lens, HDR support, Video Pic (capture stills during video), dropbox web storage

Audio changes:

As seen in 2011, HTC has increased its effort into producing higher quality sound output from their devices. Beats by Dr. Dre Audio is now standard across the line allowing for more authentic sound reproduction in any of your apps. Those on Cyanogenmod might already notice this flaw in regular audio playback when using the DSP tools to fix their frequency balances on the phone. Sync manager allows for traditional management to continue on and it also includes a Music Hub to match with favorite services and applications.

HTC One X

  • Polycarbonate unibody design
    • Lightweight with rugged strength of metal
    • (Assuming currently this means it’s laminated Polycarbonate)
  • High Gloss Piano Black finish with matte back.
  • Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad core with battery saver core enabled
  • 12 Core NVIDIA GPU
  • 4.7″ 720p HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • LTE Support
    • LTE enabled Snapdragon S4 with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One S

  • Metal Unibody design
    • 7.9mm thin
    • Ultra-matte black ceramic metal finish (microarc oxidation formed)
    • Anodized gradient finish
  • 4.3″ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One V

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Using the design from the HTC Legend
  • Focus on broad market and casual features
  • Improved camera and sound ability

Review – The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)

The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)
Written By:  Felicia Day and Kim Evey
Art: Ron Chan
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Howard Chaykin with Jesus Aburto
Alternate Cover: Greg Aronowitz
Back Cover: Ross Campbell
Published By: Dark Horse

Felicia Day has done such an amazing job with The Guild and it’s characters that from the very first page they are captured with such precision, such that if there were no accompanying art you would know exactly which character was saying what.  As each of the characters speaks you hear the actors saying the lines.  This one-shot focuses on everyone’s favorite self-absorbed, oblivious but likable Clara.

We begin this issue with Clara having made false promises to her understanding and patient husband, George. Without giving too much away George takes away the computer until Clara does what she promised.  We see Clara at her finest, shes a bad parent, shes narcissistic and shes selfish, yet somehow shes charming and you love her!  We get to see flashbacks of Clara from baby to high school which are all over the top scenarios and are hilarious.  As the flashbacks are unfolding she is also doling out motherly advice in a way that only Clara can.  Her husband appears in the flashbacks and his story is unexpected and entertaining.

This comic is DEFINITELY recommended, it was funny, charming and endearing just like Clara!

Release Date: September 21st 2011

Batman Year One trailer emerges

Year One is upon us. In preview form at least, MTV seems to have the luck of presenting the new trailer for this animated film coming in October to Blu Ray and DVD. If you’re going to Comic-Con and can’t wait though, you can see it on Friday July 22 though way ahead of time and get an early taste of what the caped crusader has to offer in his latest adaptation.
For those who don’t know about the story, it’s regarded as one of the top pieces and it was developed thanks to the help of Frank Miller of mass comic book fame. (300, Sin City, etc). It’s something Batman fans probably shouldn’t miss for releases this year. I’m looking forward to facepalming at the size of the line at SDCC in a few weeks as I try to just pop in to see it.

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