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    by Published on 10-05-2011 06:51 PM
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    http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

    Steve Jobs has passed away
    He has changed the mobile landscape in so many ways, it would be hard to imagine what we would be without his influence and Ideas

    R.I.P. Steve

    Apple's Official Statement...

    CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

    Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

    His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...-Jobs-has-died
    by Published on 10-05-2011 03:51 PM
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    From All Things D:

    http://allthingsd.com/20111005/exclu...mod=googlenews

    Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone

    Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.
    “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein. Sprint’s $69.99 plan includes unlimited data and 450 voice minutes as well as unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited calling and data costs $99 a month.
    Sprint is counting on unlimited pricing to help it stand out from AT&T and Verizon — which will also carry the very same iPhone 4S. Sprint and Verizon will also have the iPhone 4, while only AT&T will have the older iPhone 3GS to offer for free with a new contract.
    Both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data plans for the iPhone in the past, but have since shifted to tiered pricing for new customers.
    As for whether Sprint will be able to handle all of that traffic, Mermelstein said. “We have every confidence in the ability of our 3G network to handle the influx of devices we expect to get. It certainly hasn’t been an issue to date.”
    Although a mention of the iPhone still has yet to appear on Sprint’s home page, the carrier is indeed very excited about the ability to finally offer Apple’s smartphone. The company appears to be just making sure all of its proverbial ducks are in a row before shifting into iPhone overdrive.
    by Published on 10-05-2011 11:14 AM
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    To pressure the telecommunications giant to ease off demands for concessions from workers in its deteriorating landline division, the employees will ask customers not to buy the next iPhone.

    A day before Apple is scheduled to unveil its iPhone 5, two major labor unions announced a nationwide campaign to encourage Verizon Wireless customers not to upgrade to the new device until Verizon and Verizon Wireless agree on a contract with 45,000 workers.

    Several national advocacy groups are joining the “iWont” initiative, including MoveOn.org, which will spread the word to millions of members. In addition to the online outreach, union members and supporters will leaflet Apple and Verizon Wireless outlets across the country to ask customers to delay their iPhone 5 purchases. ...
    by Published on 10-05-2011 10:39 AM

    Dropbox has been updated for BlackBerry to 1.0.55 with OS7 support.

    it's not showing in the Appworld yet, so go to Dropbox.com, select desktop then pick mobile and install the BlackBerry version

    or, click the link:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11891001/rim-7.0.0/dropbox.jad

    happy Drob Boxin'g ...
    by Published on 10-04-2011 09:19 PM

    FourSquare has been updated for iPHone
    it's currently sitting at 3.5.2
    it lists:
    "Bug fixes"

    happy updating!

    ...
    by Published on 10-04-2011 01:40 PM

    A Day 15 months in the making, June 7th was the last WWDC for Apple. So I followed along the various Blogs like TIPB and Thisismynext and BGR to piece together this blurb for Hofo. It’s going to be abstract, so follow along if you like:

    So the event started off with “under my thumb” by the Rolling stones. Appropriate, I think seeing as the phone is basically all touch.

    Twitter it totally broken. Wow> 1:03pm

    *Set to launch Oct 14th in japan, Also will launch in Canada as well. Phew!
    *Tim Cook is out, sans turtleneck. Hmmmm
    *10 years ago the original iPod came out. Wow, already!
    *93% of fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iphone
    *JD power rates iphone # 1 6 times in a row
    *iPhone is 5% of the total market, apple wanted 1%
    *95% satisfaction rates in the Iphone, and I believe that
    *ipad, every state in the US has an iPad pilot to get iPad’s in the classroom
    *”kids are going to be amazing at those virtual keyboards when they grow up” -- shot at RIM maybe?
    *92% fortune 500 companies testing or deploying iPad
    *3/4 tablets sold in the US are IPad’s. which makes me believe the statement “people don’t want a tablet, they want an iPad”
    *250 milliion iOS devices. iOS is #1 mobile OS
    *ios 61% of browsing market
    *500000 apps in the app store
    *140000 ipad apps
    *18 billion downloads
    *Apple has paid out $3Billion to dev’s
    *”cards” app is new. Lets you make cards. Apple is going to mail them for you. Create the card on your iPhone and apple will do the rest. –very odd
    *$2.99 in the US mailed within the US
    *io5 100k ios seeds to dev’s

    top 10 features of ios5:

    notifications: new notifications centre, swipte to go directly to the app

    iMessage: text photo’s, get read receipts, videos. Pushed over 3G and Wifi

    Reminders: location based reminders, IE, as you approach your favorite Timmie’s “HUATZZZ” will pop up on your screen
    Twitter integration: built in to many of the apps like photo

    NewsStand: easier to read publications for iOS. Looks and feels like wap web pages IMHO

    Camara: access via lock screen, use volume keys to take pic, grid lines, pinch to zoom, edit right on device, double tap home button camera comes up,

    iCloud: integrated into all the apps, happens automatically,

    Find my Friends, Foursquare similar, you can send requests and share locations for a few hours instead of indefinitely. Parentel Control’s, no iStakling.

    Itunes Match: scan and match your library, upload remaining songs, streams immediately, intelligently stored on device, matches songs are upgraded to 256k AAC DRM free

    iCloud, Oct 12th, Itunes Match end of October (in the US)

    Phil Schiller on the stage: Come on, tell us something new

    IPod Nano
    *16 new clock faces for the nano, to use as a watch:
    *8 gig $129 16 gig is $149.99 US

    Ipod touch:
    *#1 portable game player, Ultra thin retina display, facetime, HD video recording, GYRO
    *now available in White
    *8GIG and 32 GIG and 64 GIG

    iPhone:
    *”despite competitors trying really hard to copy it they haven’t come close”
    *iPHone 4S, runs A5 Dual core up to 2x faster, up to 7x faster graphics, dual core graphics
    *8 houts talk time, 14 hours 2G, 6 hours browsing, 9 hours wifi browsing
    *can switch between 2 antenna’s to swap better call quality
    *14.4 speeds
    *iphone 4S is CDMA AND GSM, 1 phone now
    *8 megapixel backlit LCD camera 3264 * 2448, backside illumination, 73% more light, Hybrid IR filter, Five element lens, 30% more sharpness, f/2.4 aperture, face detection, better while balance, less then 2 seconds for a photo. 1.1 seconds for the first phone, half a second for the next shot.

    Video recording:
    *Video image stabilization, 1080P video recording, temporal noise reduction

    Siri Voice Assistant:
    “wake me up tomorrow at 6am” and the phone will set an alarm for 6am, pretty straightforward.
    its pretty impressive stuff, simply tell your phone to do something and it’ll do it. You can ask for appointments, you can confirm appointments, you can speak out SMS’s.
    *English, French, German. Beta, adding more features and languages as they go along

    *64 gigs 399, No launch delay in Canada apparently.


    And that’s all the information i could cram up

    hope you enjoyed it!
    ...
    by Published on 10-04-2011 10:30 AM
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    New T-Mobile.com/Walmart plan to compete directly with Virgin Mobile's $35 plan:

    http://www.tmonews.com/2011/10/t-mob...-october-16th/


    Who thinks this plan will take customers away from T-Mobile postpaid plans?
    by Published on 10-03-2011 04:27 PM
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    New details, not previously reported, give a rare look at Apple's closely guarded dealings with carriers, and reveal just how high the stakes are for Sprint.

    Mr. Hesse told the board the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years—a commitment of $20 billion at current rates—whether or not it could find people to buy them, according to people familiar with the matter. In order to keep the price people pay for the phone low and competitive with rivals, Sprint would be subsidizing the cost of each phone to the tune of about $500, which would take a long time to recoup even at the high monthly fees iPhone users pay.

    Directors debated what they had just heard. Some worried the payoff would be too long in coming. One member questioned whether the multiyear deal might outlast the iPhone's popularity. To sell that many iPhones, Sprint would have to double its rolls of contract customers, convert all of them to the Apple device or a combination of the two.

    "This is a bet-the-company kind of thing,'' said a person familiar with Sprint's decision-making. The projected hit to the company's operating income is "staggering," the person said.

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    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1ZkLoXQFn

    Wow, I hope it's worth it! If they fail, they might as well shutter the company up.
    by Published on 10-01-2011 08:57 PM
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    http://www.chieftain.com/business/lo...cc4c03286.html

    AT&T promises no job layoffs at sites such as its 500-worker call center in Pueblo if its bid to buy rival T-Mobile is successful, the company's Colorado president says.

    Bill Soards, who visited Pueblo this week, said the merger also would allow AT&T to move quickly on adding upgraded broadband services — including 4G service — in Southern Colorado and other under-served areas, taking advantage of wireless spectrum T-Mobile now owns.

    AT&T recently committed to make billions of dollars of major infrastructure upgrades across the country if the sale goes through, he said. The system upgrades would generate an estimated 60,000 to 90,000 jobs in the U.S. in coming years, he said. ...