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    by Published on 04-19-2011 12:55 PM
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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 04:34 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 08:33 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 03:16 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?
    ...
    by Published on 04-12-2011 05:00 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 10:11 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 10:50 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 09:47 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
    by Published on 04-06-2011 10:26 AM
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    Neowin.net is reporting on a issue brought up in Apple's official discussion forums here that the iPhone 4's front-facing camera might be taking photos of its users without their knowledge.

    This was corroborated by other users in the aforementioned Apple forums discussion thread who launched FaceTime to see seemingly random photos of themselves taken when they were sure they weren't using the feature.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    Apple Discussions | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 04-04-2011 04:19 PM
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    Check the rest out here: http://mashable.com/2011/04/03/vinta...e-commercials/

    How far we've come!

    Hard to believe now, but I used to have a bag phone similar to the one in commercial #5.
    by Published on 04-04-2011 10:07 AM
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    Here’s my review of the HTC Incredible S.



    Let’s go through the specs: 4.0” 800x480 display, 1ghz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual LED flash and 720P video capture along with a front facing 1.3MP camera. ...
    by Published on 04-03-2011 04:07 PM
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    A team of testers from BTIG Research conducted approximately 1,000 speed tests in New York comparing the 4G data speeds between Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt (LTE) and Sprint's HTC EVO 4G (WiMAX) and found that Verizon's LTE network was consistently faster, more reliable, and offered better coverage.

    The tests were done using Apple's iPad 2 and a Windows laptop connected to the phones via their hotspot feature.

    What are your experiences?

    BTIG Research | Via: BGR
    by Published on 04-01-2011 11:31 AM
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    Look up, you may have noticed a small change to our logo.

    Since we launched our current logo I have been inundated with emails telling me how unrealistic it is. Usually it's: "Who get's full bars of signal all the time?" with the occasional "What is the clothes hanger on the left?"

    While I can't do anything to help the people who are asking about the clothes hanger I have updated the logo so that it's more realistic.
    by Published on 04-01-2011 11:06 AM
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    It is with great sadness that Howard has asked me to announce that HowardForums will be closing just shy of our 10th anniversary of being online.



    Recently Howard has been experiencing an existential crisis. It started off with him being annoyed by the Android ecosystem's fragmentation. Then it led to his feeling trapped by iTunes on his iPhone. Next he spent five hours on the phone complaining about BlackBerry's dated devices followed by days of wondering when his Windows Phone 7 device would be updated.

    Anyways let's just say that Howard has just lost interest in cell phones and went back to using his MOTO RAZR.

    We appreciate everyone who has stuck with us over the last 10 years. Any member who has been with us for the last 12 years will receive a cell phone of their choice.

    Thanks for making this a great forum... We'll see you around Teh Interwebz.
    by Published on 03-31-2011 10:39 AM
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    If you're still waiting for NoDo to be delivered to your device, some of you may be able to get it now via a workaround if your device is in the "delivering update" phase. Here's how:

    1. Start Zune
    2. Turn off Data connection and Wifi on the Phone
    3. Connect the Phone with the PC (USB)
    4. Start the update search in Zune
    5. About 3 seconds later, disconnect your PC from the internet (Turn WLAN off).
    6. Zune finds NoDo-Update. Press OK.
    7. Connect to the internet again and install the update.
    It can take a couple tries before it works. Let us know if this works for you.

    Neowin.net | wpcentral | XDA
    by Published on 03-29-2011 03:29 PM
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    Yesterday I got a chance to play with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Play. 2 new Android phones which are coming to Rogers. The Arc is a replacement for the x10. While both are powered by a 1Ghz processor the Arc's is a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 which has substantially faster graphics. It also has a bigger 4.2" LCD display with a slightly higher resolution - 854x480 compared with 800x480. The Arc's display looks better than the x10's plus the digitizer is much closer to the actual LCD panel. On the x10 you get the feeling that you're looking through a thick piece of glass when you look at the display. You don't get that with the Arc (it's kind of like a Super AMOLED display in this respect). ...
    by Published on 03-28-2011 11:26 AM
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    Amazon's new Android Appstore includes a feature that allows you to "test drive" an app for 30 minutes before buying. It essentially creates a virtual Android device and launches the app inside it where you can play around with it before deciding to buy it. It currently only works from your computer, test drives aren't support on mobile devices.

    Below is a video I took of the process: ...
    by Published on 03-28-2011 10:44 AM
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    Apple will be holding its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco from 6-10 June where they will give a preview of the next version of iOS.

    If iOS rumors pan out, the next version of iOS (5) will launch in the fall and is expected to be a major update that will include a cloud-based hosting service for media as well as a location-based service that offers to find friends and family.

    Anything you'd like to see in the next iOS update?

    Apple Via: Mac Rumors | TechCrunch
    by Published on 03-25-2011 03:39 PM
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    Apple has released iOS 4.3.1 for the GSM iPhone 4 (sorry Verizon iPhone users), iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.

    This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

    - Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
    - Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
    - Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
    - Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services
    Connect to iTunes to get the update.

    Via: Mac Rumors