HTC One X: two months on…

So, it has been just over two months since I reviewed the HTC One X and I thought it was time for an update now that I’ve been using it for some time. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time to do much technical fiddling with it, so I’m impressed that it has not only slotted into my life so seamlessly but that it does help me all of the time in ways that my previous phones didn’t.

Super Software

On a general note, the One X’s software and hardware work together to make every experience with the device good. However, I want to highlight some hidden gems in the included software.

Back in the days of Windows Mobile, I was a big user of the tasks functionality to maintain a list of things I needed to do. However, as I moved to Android for the last few years, I gradually switched to solutions such as Post-it notes on things such as my desk. Now I’ve completely switched back to managing tasks on my mobile device again thanks to the excellent Tasks app on the One X.

The HTC One X's tasks app and widget

The number on the icon for the HTC One X’s tasks app indicates the number of tasks due to be completed today, and it’s very easy to add, edit, postpone and complete tasks

HTC Watch, mentioned again in a section below, provides a decent range of films available for purchase and renting – the latter is often very attractively priced!

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Website of the month, June 2012…

The website of the month for June 2012 is thou shalt not commit logical fallacies – a handy and good-looking website and creative commons licensed poster with quick explanations of a range of logical fallacies. Apologies for the slight lateness of this post – this month has been and will continue to be unusually busy for me. However, I have built up a larger than usual range of links to share and have enough time to do them all reasonable justice. 🙂

Dead Drops is an interesting anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network consisting of USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. The size of the network seems to be increasing at a good pace too, so keep an eye on it if there are none near you currently!

You may have missed a few less-obvious bits of mobile news lately amongst the various announcements from Apple, HTC, Samsung, Sony and others. Here are some fascinating illustrations of which smartphone designers/manufacturers are making money today and how this has been changing over the last 5 or so years. This is an interesting insight into what those companies are cooking up for late 2012 and some of 2013. Hopefully we’ll see more software able to put the increasingly excessive power and speed to good use.

Google recently produced a friendly animation explaining the process of sending an email via Gmail – potentially insightful if you don’t know how a lot of the magic of the Internet happens. It features landline broadband with a Wi-Fi router on one end and a cellular (mobile) network on the other end, which leads me to a piece of information the companies above should find interesting: the HTC HD2 is one of the most popular Android phones according to one study (34th, if I’ve counted correctly), despite being shipped with a completely different operating system. Also, speaking of Android, you can now get USB sticks that run Android increasingly cheaply.

I have a few links on broader research this month too: researchers at the MIT Media Lab have been up to some pretty cool stuff with magnets, Monmouth (in Wales) has become the world’s first Wikipedia town, Starlite is a miracle material that could be lost forever, the Map of Life brings together in an easily-usable way all types of information about species distribution to support the understanding and protection of the world’s biodiversity.

In other news, Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest printing and publishing company, is handing its printing business – it does make sense to print books closer to where they are needed, though there are many other other arguments for and against what is truly the end of an era. It was also nice to see the Olympic torch in Ireland, you can view an informative and historically accurate recreation of the great pyramids from your browser here and this website and the screensavers it hosts are good.

Finally, I leave you with two nice tracks from the recently released Madagascar 3 soundtrack and news that I hope to do one or two further posts this week, but will then be too busy to post for a few weeks again.

New York City Surprise

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