HTC press invitation sparks speculation

first_img Google, Qualcomm extend Android updates Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 AUG 2014 Google taps retail with NYC store Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more HomeDevicesNews HTC press invitation sparks speculation Previous ArticlePantech gets reprieve, but not out of the woods – reportsNext ArticleP2P money service Paym hits 1M registrations HTC readies Vive Pro 2 VR headsetcenter_img Tags HTC has scheduled a US press event for 19 August, leading to frenzied guesswork as to what the troubled device maker may unveil.The most likely option appears to be One (W8), another variant of its flagship One (M8) smartphone, but powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone.While HTC has previously been a key player in the Windows device ecosystem – indeed much of the success of the early Windows Mobile platform can be laid at its door – the company has moved away from the Microsoft OS in favour of Android.But with Microsoft recently making changes to Windows Phone in order to make it easier to run on Android hardware, the Taiwanese device maker may have decided it is the right time to get back into the ring.The device is apparently a CDMA/LTE device for Verizon Wireless, and would mark the only premium smartphone powered by the latest version of the platform (Windows Phone 8.1) to come from a vendor that isn’t the now Microsoft-owned devices business of Nokia.And if it uses the metal body of One (M8), it will also contrast with the bright coloured, polycarbonate devices from Microsoft’s own hardware arm.Another option is an anticipated wearable device from the company, likely to be an Android Wear-powered smartwatch.Called One Wear, reports suggest that it will feature a metal body which takes its design cues from One (M8), and have a square face similar to recent products from Samsung and LG.Finally, the event may see the debut of an anticipated tablet from the company which will join Google’s Nexus line as Nexus 8. In this case, it would be more likely that it would debut at a Google-hosted event rather than one by HTC. Author Devices Related AndroidHTCMicrosoftNexusWindows Phonelast_img read more

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A dynamic duo on SM East basketball court, Vance Wentz and Zach Schneider reunited at college level

first_imgReunited: Zach Schneider (left) and Vance Wentz on the campus of Northwest Missouri State this week. Submitted photo.The air of melancholy that surrounded SM East’s one-point loss to Blue Valley West in the state 6A basketball semi-final in 2013 was punctuated by the fact that it meant the end of one of the school’s most productive tandems. After graduation, guard Vance Wentz was headed up to Montana State University. His favorite target under the basket, Zach Schneider, would accept an offer to play for Northwest Missouri State. Everyone believed their time together on the court had come to a close.But after their freshman years in college, Wentz and Schneider are being reunited on the court — and Bearcats basketball fans are hoping they can recreate the dynamic presence that they produced in high school at SM East for Division II Northwest Missouri State.Wentz was the first new player to commit to Montana State for the Bobcats 2013-2014 team. A talented ball handler with solid shooting skills, he was elated to be heading to play Division I college ball, a dream for any high school player. But things looked different when he arrived in Bozeman. After a year with the team, Wentz felt disconnected, like he wasn’t really a part of things.“I started thinking back on the year of practice and it felt like I was just kind of there, but not in it,” he said. “I didn’t really do much.”Wentz had been excited to sign on with a Division I school. But he had been more excited about the prospect of actually playing college basketball — not sitting on the bench. And the toll of being 1,100 miles away from his tight-knit family was higher than he’d expected.“It was pretty tough for me,” he said. “I missed my family and friends. I had this feeling that I wasn’t where I needed to be, in terms of basketball or as a person.”Vance Wentz (14) and Zach Schneider (11) were one of the most productive duos in recent SM East history. Photo by Caroline Creidenberg.As Montana State’s middling season wound down in March, Wentz told his parents he wanted to transfer. He asked Montana State coach Brad Huse for a release, and Huse granted it. Wentz wanted somewhere closer to home where he had a good chance to get real playing time.He set up visits to Rockhurst, Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri State, where Schneider had just won the MIAA Freshman of the Year award. The Northwest Missouri State coaches had mentioned a desire to see Wentz in Maryville before, but Schneider was cautious about lobbying too hard for Wentz to make the move.“The coaches knew who he was from recruiting me at SM East, and they brought him up to me a couple times, but I didn’t want to interfere,” he said. “When he made his visit here, that’s when we really talked about it.”Wentz liked what he saw out of the Bearcats program, right away. And the chance to be reunited with Schneider was especially attractive. He signed on, and in May he moved to Maryville for a month for team workouts. The chemistry with Schneider reemerged quickly.“There are a lot of times where you see that he knows what I’m going to do and I know what he’s going to do,” Schneider said. “You can see the connection.”Last week, Wentz moved to Maryville for the school year, just an hour and a half from Kansas City. His parents and younger brother Joey will be able to see him play this year — and he’ll be able to come back and see some SM East games as well, he hopes. He’s rooming with Schneider and two other Bearcats basketball players. Pre-season starts the first week of school.“I’ve known Zach for a long time,” Wentz said. “We’ve been close since our first year at SM East. The playing chemistry with him is still there. But the whole team’s chemistry is amazing. That’s one of the reasons I chose Northwest Missouri. You feel like this team could really be something special.”last_img read more

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