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  • Cablevision inks deal with The Walt Disney Company, brings WatchESPN and more to subscribers

    Cablevision inks deal with The Walt Disney Company, brings WatchESPN and more to subscribers

    For some time now, Cablevision subscribers have been missing out on many of the internet-based and other offerings from The Worldwide Leader in Sports. Today, however, folks will be happy to know that The Walt Disney Company (ESPN’s parent outfit) and Cablevision have reached a deal which will bring access to a variety of new content on different platforms, including WatchESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D as well as on demand channels from ABC and Disney’s extensive repertoire. Mum’s the word on how much cash was involved in the deal, but we do know it’s a multi-year agreement and that Walt & Co. feel rather content about it, with a company’s spokesperson saying, “With our robust and ever-growing multi-platform content offerings, we’re pleased to be able to expand our relationship with Cablevision.”

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note II for AT&T hands-on: an S-Pen phablet with 4G LTE

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    AT&T’s still keeping us in the dark about a hard date for the Galaxy Note II’s release, but at least we know it’s real and on the way. Confirmed to ship sometime this holiday season, this variant of Samsung’s phablet refresh sports a 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video capture, beefy 3,100mAh battery and, of course, a refined S-Pen. It’s nigh unchanged from both the global and Sprint models we’d gotten hands-on with previously; a trend the OEM sparked off with the release of the GS III earlier this year. And in a move that augurs well for those of you averse to branding, there’s no superfluous carrier logo blemishing its smooth white back.

    If you thought the original Note was big and unwieldy, prepare to stretch your palm even further. Samsung added 0.2-inches to this update, while incorporating elements of its “famed” inspired by nature design that conspire to lend this handset a reassuring in-hand fit. On the lower right-hand side, you’ll find a convenient slot for the S-Pen which, when removed, triggers an action menu that can be customized to launch selected apps. A large physical home button rests just below the expansive 16:9 screen and is flanked by capacitive buttons for menu and back, while the front-facing camera resides up above and hardware keys for volume and power are placed on the left and right edges, respectively.

    On the software front, you’re still looking at a TouchWizzed version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as well as some carrier-specific apps that come pre-loaded.

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  • Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T hands-on: a Windows Phone 8 flagship with PureView imaging and LTE

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    Much like the 900 before it, Nokia’s Lumia 920 will be making its US debut on AT&T as an exclusive. Despite not having Microsoft’s “signature” blessing, this Windows Phone 8 flagship is poised to ship sometime this November with all the stuffings of its international counterpart. Inside that vibrant polycarbonate hull, of which there are now five colors (including cyan), is a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 1,280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor buffered by 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel PureView rear camera and 2,000mAh battery augmented by the inclusion of wireless charging. Naturally, this locked and branded variant will run on the carrier’s 4G LTE network and offer the same “Super Sensitive Touch” panel that we tested extensively at the company’s Espoo HQ.

    This being Microsoft’s WP8 game, however, we still weren’t able to go past the live-tiled start screen and into the meat and potatoes of the fuller app drawer, nor could we truly give the OS a spin — that’ll all have to wait until end of October. From the tightly controlled software bits we did demo, though, the 920’s shaping up to be a smooth and solid contender for the beast phone race. Icons and text scroll by without any marked blur thanks to the screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. And colors on that saturated display pop, while viewing angles remain consistently impressive. What also hasn’t changed is the handset’s girth and weight — it’s still chunky and relatively heavy in hand, but we’re willing to overlook it for the PureView rear module alone.

    Within the frenzied constraints of events like these, it’s hard to really dive deep into camera performance. But we don’t really have much need for that given our exhaustive coverage of the 920’s optical image stabilization, low light capabilities and Cinemagraph GIF-making magic. Still, expect us to give it a fuller poke when final review units land in our laps (hopefully) later this month.

    Unfortunately, the wait for Nokia’s next of high-end Lumia kin isn’t over yet. AT&T’s playing coy and won’t fess up to a concrete date or even on-contract price. That should all change as soon as Microsoft makes things officially official. Until then, sate yourself with the images below.

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