Stuff Office Cat's Diary – 20/03/13

Google scales Everest and the HTC One faces component shortages, in today's news round-up

Google Street View scales Everest

Not content with taking its Street View cameras beneath the ocean waves and to the ends of the earth, Google has sent them to the top of the world – Mount Everest. As well as snapping Everest's base camp, Google has also scaled Kilimanjaro, Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt Elbrus in Russia. Perfect for armchair explorers – though Office Cat is still waiting on turn-by-turn directions to the summits.

Source: Google Blog via The Register

Griffin launches Samsung Galaxy S4 cases

You've pored over our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S4, you've puzzled over the launch event, and you've decided: you want one. But how to protect its fragile form from the elements? Griffin's announced a range of cases for the Galaxy S4, including the rugged polycarbonate and silicone Survivor Military-Duty case (priced £35), the silicone Survivor Skin (priced £15) and the minimalist Reveal case (pictured, priced £20). Office Cat rather likes the look of the Griffin Midtown Wallet, for the style-conscious cat-about-town (£35).

HTC One delays due to loss of 'tier-one' status

An HTC executive has addressed the issue of component shortages for the HTC One handset, claiming that the Taiwanese manufacturer has been demoted from 'tier-one' customer status by component suppliers. As a result, HTC's facing shortages of the parts used in the One's Ultrapixel camera and its gorgeous aluminium unibody case. HTC expects to start rolling out orders of the HTC One to US customers from mid-March – though the shortages don't seem to have affected UK availability, with Carphone Warehouse quoting an expected delivery date of 28th March.

Source: Android Central via Recombu

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