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    by Published on 04-28-2011 04:54 PM
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    HowardForums has three pairs of tickets to giveaway for a Calgary screening of Textuality this Saturday (April 30th) at 7 pm.

    The first three members (in the Calgary area) to reply to this thread will get the tickets. I will contact the winner via private message Friday evening.

    Head over to promo site http://www.textualitymovie.com/ to learn more about the film.



    If there are any Calgarians who miss the boat tonight/tomorrow, WIND will also be doing a twitter giveaway Friday afternoon on the @winwithWIND handle.

    Special thanks to WIND for sponsoring this giveaway.

    To win, simply comment in the thread: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...0#post14378580
    by Published on 04-27-2011 09:47 AM
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    The long-awaited white iPhone 4 launches tomorrow and will available in Apple’s online and retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

    What's your take? "Finally!" or "Big whoop?"
    by Published on 04-26-2011 07:43 PM
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    CONTEST LINK: Boost CDMA - Win A Samsung Galaxy Prevail!


    Contest Plot: Spot HowardForums! (Ends 5/10/2011 @ 11:59 PM CST)

    Contest Action: Take a PUBLIC picture showing off HowardForums. Your submission must be a picture and must some how show off HowardForums. You may take a photo of anything public, a car, sign, building, person, animal, plane, bus, tree, bridge, structures or statues, shoes, food, or just anything you can think of as long as it's in a public location and can some how show off either the HowardForums logo, piece of paper that says HowardForums, a laptop/cellphone screen with the HowardForums logo displayed. (example below) ...
    by Published on 04-26-2011 09:47 AM
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    Sprint announced today that the Nexus S 4G will be launching on May 8th for $199.99 with a new agreement.

    For more info and to pre-order the device, check out Sprint's Nexus S 4G page here.

    Via: Phandroid
    by Published on 04-25-2011 03:31 PM
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    Bloomberg reports that a Federal lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Florida by two iDevice users saying that Apple is violating the privacy of iPhone and iPad users by tracking their locations.

    At issue is the recently discovered file stored in the aforementioned devices (and in their computer backups) that contains a history of their locations.

    “We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple is now basically tracking people everywhere they go,” Aaron Mayer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said today in a telephone interview. “If you are a federal marshal you have to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple is doing it without one.”
    What do you think of this? Tempest in a teapot or real privacy concern?

    Bloomberg | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 04-24-2011 03:30 PM
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    I just got a Rogers branded Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Here’s my review.

    The Arc has a very large 4.2” 854x480 LCD but at the same time it has a very narrow bezel. The Arc is about the same width as my Google Nexus One even though the Nexus One has a smaller 3.8” display.



    My Arc from Rogers came with the phone, micro USB cable, 850mAh (4.25W) AC adapter with USB port and a 8GB Micro SDHC card. It didn’t come with a micro HDMI cable. There is no Rogers branding anywhere on the body of the Arc. Only the software is customized.
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    by Published on 04-23-2011 09:35 PM
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    BGR has scored photos of a supposed iPhone prototype that is compatible with T-Mobile USA's 3G service. Whether or not (or when) it will see the light of day considering AT&T's planned union with T-Mobile USA remains to be seen.

    Check the pictures out here.

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 04-23-2011 03:15 PM
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    I just got a Rogers branded Xperia Arc. Here are my first impressions.

    The Arc has a very large ...
    by Published on 04-22-2011 09:56 PM
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    So I just got a 16GB Blackberry Playbook. Here are my first impressions.

    When you pick it up it has a nice heft so it doesn’t feel cheap. The back and sides are covered with rubberized paint. Along the top are a headphone jack, play/rewind/forward buttons along with a power button. The bottom has a micro HDMI, micro USB and a docking connector that reminds me of Apple’s Macbook magnetic power connector.
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    by Published on 04-21-2011 11:47 AM
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    Minnesota Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Apple's CEO Steve Jobs expressing his concern over the recently discovered iOS 4 location tracking data stored unencrypted on iPhones and in computer backup files.

    View the letter (PDF) from the link above for details.

    ars technica Via: MacRumors.com

    Update: If your iDevice is jailbroken you can install untrackerd through Cydia. It installs a daemon that cleans up the tracking database on your device.
    by Published on 04-21-2011 09:56 AM
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    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

    April 19, 2011 (202) 449-9866

    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member

    Las Vegas, NV – Today, at its 19th Annual Convention & Innovation Expo, RCA (Rural Cellular Association) welcomed Sprint as its newest affiliate member. In the opening session of the Convention, RCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry announced that Sprint (NYSE: S) has joined RCA to help fight for issues critical to wireless competitive carriers in Washington, DC.

    In a statement, Berry said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Sprint to RCA as an affiliate member, and we look forward to working with them on all policy issues that are crucial to competitive carriers. This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch.”

    Full press release here.

    Is Sprint joining just to use the RCA as a club against the AT&T-T-Mobile merger or are they totally disgusted with the CTIA as being dominated by the big 2?
    by Published on 04-20-2011 10:47 PM
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    Here's a review of the Nokia C6-01 written by our very own HC no i

    Design and Specifications



    The Nokia C6-01 is a Symbian^3 based mid-range smartphone. It has a candy bar form factor, 3.2" AMOLED display, glass touch screen with chrome bezel and stainless steel housing. There are several chrome buttons around including the volume rocker, screen lock slider, camera shutter release on the right side and a backlit home button on the front. The backlit Call / Answer and End / Power buttons are recessed on the left and right side of the home button respectively. It has a front-facing camera for video calls at the top right corner of the glass, a light sensor and proximity sensor at the top left corner. The earpiece is located between them.
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    by Published on 04-19-2011 11:55 AM
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    Today Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launches.

    It features RIM's new BlackBerry Tablet OS (based on QNX), a 7" display at a resolution of 1024x600, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, HDMI out, Flash support, and the ability to run Android apps (with caveats).

    AT&T users take note, the BlackBerry Bridge application is not available for you (presumably because of its free tethering capability) through official channels, but can be downloaded OTA. Instructions here.

    Anyone pick this up today, or planning to?
    by Published on 04-17-2011 03:34 PM
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    Sprint's CEO recently came out blasting the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile deal saying it would stifle competition and innovation in the industry:

    “If AT&T is allowed to swallow T-Mobile, competition, innovation… will be stifled in the mobile industry.”
    His comments come on the same day that the FCC is set to review the deal.

    The AT&T and T-Mobile deal would create the U.S.'s largest wireless carrier by a sizable margin with the combined entities along with Verizon Wireless comprising approximately 80 percent of the U.S. market.

    What do you think about this? Is this good or bad for the industry? Would a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile be a better option?

    IntoMobile
    by Published on 04-14-2011 07:33 PM
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    You won't hear him now.

    Verizon Wireless is taking its famous cell phone commercials -- featuring actor Paul Marcarelli uttering the phrase, "Can you hear me now?" -- in a new direction.

    In a new profile in The Atlantic, Marcarelli says he was informed of the change via email last September.

    "Don't feel bad for me, but I'm definitely glad that chapter is over," he said. "Most people my age are now trying to trade in their street cred for money, and I kind of made my money."

    Marcarelli landed the role of Test Man nine years ago. At first, he says he was embarrassed. "The reality was, it was a job," he says.
    Read the rest here.
    by Published on 04-13-2011 02:16 PM
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    Here’s my review of the Apple iPad 2. Specifically the 64GB 3G version in white. While tablets have been around for years they’ve only become popular recently. While previously most Tablets were powered by Windows the iPad is powered by Apple’s iOS which is also found on the iPhone. So what are people using their tablets for?
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    by Published on 04-12-2011 04:00 PM
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    HTC Sensation 4G: T-Mobile Unveils Its Most Powerful Handset



    HTC today announced its next T-Mobile exclusive phone, the HTC Sensation 4G. Coming this Summer, the HTC Sensation 4G will be T-Mobile’s most powerful handset.
    You don’t like to wait forever for content to load and now you don’t have to.With a 1.2 Ghz dual core Snapdragon 2 processor running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the HTC Sensation 4G delivers all the entertainment you can handle. Web pages delivered in the snap of a finger. Watch videos now, not in five minutes. Video games outside in the sun? No problem with T-Mobile’s largest, most high resolution screen, a 4.3” qHD touch screen (540x960 pixels).

    HTC Innovation
    HTC devices have become synonymous with innovation. The HTC Sensation 4G builds upon that reputation with the introduction of a new version of HTC Sense, technology that enhances the user experience, and a new premium design.

    HTC Sense
    The latest HTC Sense experience boasts a host of new features and enhancements, helping people to have more fun and get more done. New experiences include:

    • A customizable active lockscreen experience that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content. Social updates, photos, weather or stock updates can be viewed by simply waking up the display.
    • Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense look better than ever.
    • A more cinematic and immersive weather experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

    HTC Sense also makes it easy to have fun by enabling people to capture and share special moments. The HTC Sensation 4G’s 8-megapixel camera doesn’t just shoot gorgeous photos but, with the new instant capture feature, let’s people capture the moments they want without worrying about missing or keeping up with the action. The HTC Sensation 4G also shoots full HD video in 1080p resolution, with full stereo sound, at up to 30 frames a second, giving the user smooth video that is better than many other phones. With the new Video Trimmer tool, people can crop their clips to the perfect size for easy sharing with friends and family.

    Premium Design and Materials
    Tapping into HTC’s trademark design, the HTC Sensation 4G’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction and the touch screen surface protected by a contoured screen that feels more natural as a finger is glided across it. The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and gives the HTC Sensation 4G slender proportions that feel natural in a person’s hand.
    Keep an eye out for additional information about the HTC Sensation 4G to be announced over the coming months.
    by Published on 04-11-2011 09:11 AM
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    Sprint Nextel is using an alternative to diesel backup generators typically used to keep cell towers powered when natural disasters cut power.

    With the help of a $7.3 million federal grant and $10 million of its own money, Sprint is rolling out a second phase of its experiments with hydrogen fuel cells.

    Sprint began using the cells in 2005, eventually adding around 250 of them to cell towers in areas most likely to see power failures, said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network for the Overland Park, Missouri-based company.

    With the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the company is adding 260 cells to towers in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and upgrading 70 cells in Texas and Louisiana.

    Hydrogen fuel cells work like a battery, using the readily available substance to create electricity and emitting little more than oxygen and water. They’re also much quieter than diesel generators and can provide as much as 72 hours of power without needing refueling, compared with eight hours or less for diesel.
    More: http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/04...gy-efficiency/
    by Published on 04-07-2011 09:50 PM
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    The Street.com posts their list of the last decade's ugliest cell phones:

    "Attractive cell phones are easy to find.

    Ever since Motorola's Razr and, later, the Apple iPhone, manufacturers have had to work hard on pleasing designs. Gorgeous, giant glass fronts framed in elegant black, sleek steel or shiny chrome, smartphones pack brains and beauty.

    But not always. Before the mobile phone industry got all busy with design makeovers and tummy tucks, there were -- and still are -- some delightfully hideous phones that represented the other side of the beauty trend. The Street has gone back through the past decade to dig up some of the best examples of designs that make you wince and stare in disbelief. The clueless stylings, the flights of fancy into odd shapes, the obsession with square versus rounded -- it is a wonderfully colorful history."


    On their list: ...
    by Published on 04-07-2011 08:47 PM
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    Credit Suisse expects Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will sign network sharing deals both LightSquared and Clearwire Corp. (NASDAQ: CLWR) between now and mid-year.

    The brokerage said the LightSquared deal could be announced within the next month, while the Clearwire deal will likely follow the announcement of new wholesale pricing.
    "We have assumed the same basic deal terms for both LightSquared and Clearwire in the analysis that follows: We assume partners pay Sprint $2,400 per base station per month. We assume both LightSquared and Clearwire will pay 50 percent in cash and 50 percent in capacity. We assume $700 per site per month per partner in incremental operating expenditure," said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at Credit Suisse.
    Chaplin assumes Sprint incurs additional upfront capital expenditure of $2.2 billion in total ($1.4 billion for LightSquared; $0.8 billion for Clearwire), with the bulk of the spend occurring in 2012 and 2013.
    Read more: IBTimes