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    by Published on 11-01-2010 11:48 AM
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    The iPhone DST bug that hit Australia a while back has now struck in Europe. Apple has promised a software updated the resolve this issue, but at this point it has not been addressed.

    North America is making the switch on November 7th, hopefully Apple will address the situation by then. If not, those that rely on their iPhone alarm should take precautions to ensure they don't get woken up sooner or later than planned.

    More at: Engadget

    UPDATE: Fix coming in iOS 4.2 and a workaround for now.
    by Published on 10-30-2010 02:10 AM
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    Rovio, the creator of popular mobile multi-platform game "Angry Birds," is now offering plush toy versions of the game's avian protagonists in time for the holiday season.

    They're claiming limited quantities and start shipping in December, so if you're interested you may want to venture over to Angry Birds Shop or ToyWiz and pre-order.

    Cheers AndroidCentral.
    by Published on 10-29-2010 10:41 AM
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    Verizon customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and some markets in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida are being given the option to trial new plans that include unlimited calling and text to any mobile in the United States, no matter the carrier.

    The trial is only slated to run through the end of the calendar year.

    Source and image: Engadget
    by Published on 10-29-2010 01:01 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. News,
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    Without much fanfare, the combine HP/Palm logo debuted earlier this month.

    What do you think? Do you miss Palm's orange?

    More: IntoMobile
    by Published on 10-27-2010 05:15 PM
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    Though no specific timeline has been given, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has indicated that his company plans a gradual shutdown of the iDEN network it acquired after its merger with Nextel a few year ago.

    "Over time, we'll have fewer and fewer customers on the iDEN network," he said. "That allows us to use some of that capacity on the network that is freed up and use it for CDMA. It's a gradual process. There will be an end date for all 2G, just like there was an end date for 1G."
    Source: FierceWireless - Hesse: Sprint eventually will shut down iDEN
    by Published on 10-27-2010 10:58 AM
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    Sprint Nextel has reported their 3rd Quarter 2010 results. A conference call is scheduled for 8:00am EDT this morning to discuss.

    From the press release:

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 27, 2010 - Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported that during the third quarter of 2010, the company achieved its best total company wireless subscriber net additions since 2006, adding 644,000 total wireless subscribers driven by positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 354,000 for the Sprint brand and the company’s best year-over-year improvement in postpaid churn in five years. Demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4GTM and HTC EVO™ 4G remained strong, and the company delivered postpaid churn of 1.93 percent – the best postpaid churn result Sprint has reported in the third quarter of any year.

    Sprint announced third quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, a net loss of $911 million and a diluted loss per share of 30 cents. The company generated $384 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter, and maintained a strong liquidity position with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.

    “Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint’s momentum continued this quarter,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The Sprint brand gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to our competitors. In addition, our last two quarters have been all-time bests for postpaid churn. We also saw improvement sequentially in prepaid net adds and our lowest prepaid churn in almost five years.”
    Read more here.
    by Published on 10-27-2010 01:24 AM
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    TELUS added Saskatchewan to their growing national HSPA network starting today, According to their website they are also launching a 30 Day Risk Free Trial on All 3G+ Handsets. ...
    by Published on 10-26-2010 11:44 AM   
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors

    Apple's recently updated Apple Store app is now showing listings for the both the 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4. Whether this comes to fruition or is simply an error, remains to be seen.

    Anyone jonesing for a white iPhone 4?

    More at ZDNet

    Image credit: ZDnet

    UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson revealed today that white iPhone 4 has been delayed until Spring 2011. Source: PhoneScoop

    UPDATE 2: Now cancelled altogether?!

    UPDATE 3: Apple removes white iPhone 4 from Online Store
    by Published on 10-25-2010 04:16 PM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Tips

    For Mac users who plan to get (or already have) a Windows Phone 7 device, you can get Windows Phone 7 Connector For Mac (beta) here:

    Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) - Beta
    by Published on 10-25-2010 02:44 PM
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    2. Commentary and Analysis

    CNN Tech has posted an article detailing some annoying habits observed amongst smartphone (and regular cell phone) users.

    The 10 most annoying smartphone habits

    Their list:

    - The Behind-the-Wheel Chatterbox

    - The Movie Theater Lightning Bug

    - The Bathroom Stall Texter (or Talker)

    - The Smartphone Superiority Complex

    - The Social Situation Dropout ...
    by Published on 10-24-2010 03:41 PM
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    On Friday HowardForums.com was the target of a DDOS attack. While the site experienced some downtime we were back after some countermeasures were put in place. Despite the countermeasures the attacks never actually stopped and have now changed.

    As such the HowardForums.com search engine has been temporarily disabled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    In the meantime you can search HowardForums.com using Google like this:

    site:howardforums.com search terms here

    You may also receive log-in errors and the WAP site and Tapatalk support may be down. We are working to resolve these issues and appreciate your patience.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 09:53 PM
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    2. HowardForums,
    3. Humor

    Because we know you might curious as to why we were down today, we wanted to pass on to you what happened.

    Earlier today we were subjected to a denial-of-service attack called a "SYN flood" that took down our web servers for several hours. We were aware of it immediately after it happened, but it took a while to get everything back up and running.

    I asked Howard for a statement and he had this to say:

    "I believe the hacker group 'Pay Phone Posse' was responsible for the attack, blaming us for the demise of pay phones worldwide. I have word that they also hit some other cell phone related sites today. I believe their plan was to execute the DOS attack and then hang themselves with their telephone cords."
    If you're curious about what a SYN flood is, Wikipedia has an article about it here.

    Humor aside, all of us at HowardForums apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 11:04 AM
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    This morning Verizon Communications released their third quarter results.

    Wireless highlights:

    • 997,000 total net customer additions, excluding acquisitions and adjustments, in 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter; continued low retail postpaid churn of 1.07 percent.
    • 93.2 million customers; 101.1 million total connections.
    • 6.0 percent increase in total revenues from 3Q 2009; 7.7 percent increase in service revenues; data revenues up 26.3 percent; 29.9 percent operating income margin and 47.2 percent Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP).
    • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 86.7 million retail customers, which represented 93 percent of the company's wireless customers, the largest number of retail customers of any U.S. wireless provider.
    • In addition, the company had 7.9 million other connections at the end of the quarter -- such as machine-to-machine and telematics -- adding 251,000 net other connections in the quarter. This brings the number of total wireless connections to 101.1 million at the end of the third quarter.
    • Retail service ARPU (average monthly service revenue per user) grew 1.8 percent over third-quarter 2009, to $51.99. Retail data ARPU increased to $18.61, up 19.0 percent year over year.
    • Verizon Wireless announced the first tablets to be available to its customers: the Apple iPad Wi-Fi will go on sale on Oct. 28 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch on Nov. 11. In addition, the company continued to expand its smartphone lineup during the third quarter with the launch of the DROID X, DROID 2 and limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola; the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone; and a new model of the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone.
    • The company hosted its second annual Verizon Developers Conference in September, reaffirming its commitment to an open network and helping developers deliver applications to market quickly. Since the VDC was established in 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless customers.


    The full press release can be viewed here.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 05:27 PM

    I ran across this quiz posted over at FierceWireless and thought I'd share it here.

    They've come up with a pretty interesting list of questions to test your knowledge of the wireless industry. Check it out* and see how well you fare.

    *Name and email address are required in the quiz.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 04:17 PM
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    4. Carriers

    Droid-Life has posted a couple screenshots of a Verizon 4G "Reference Guide" that compares and contrasts LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+.

    Some quick notes:

    LTE: Downlink: 5 - 12 Mbps | Uplink: 2 - 5 Mbps

    WiMAX: Downlink: 3 - 6 Mbps | Uplink: 500 Kbps

    HSPA+: Downlink: 1.5 - 7 Mbps | Uplink: 1 - 4 Mbps

    In the Reference Guide, Verizon also touts other advantages of LTE over the competing technologies such as: global adoption, lower latency, and speed to market for device and app development.

    Verizon plans to first intro USB modems over 4G followed by smartphones and mobile hotspots.

    Visit Droid-Life at the link above for the screenshots and more details. And go here to learn more about Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network.

    That all being said, we know that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What do you think about Verizon's 4G claims?
    by Published on 10-21-2010 12:32 PM
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    3. News,
    4. Apps

    Winamp Beta for Android was released last night for devices running Android 2.1 and above and supports wireless and USB syncing to your desktop Winamp application (using 5.59 beta).

    Some notes below from the Winamp blog:
    Winamp, the Ultimate Media Player, is now available in beta on AndroidTM (Android 2.1 OS and above). It offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with the Winamp desktop library. In addition to high quality playback and persistent player controls, Winamp for Android offers wireless desktop sync with your Winamp desktop application (Winamp 5.59 beta required). Standard USB syncing also available.

    Mobilize Your Library
    A complete Android media management solution, that seamlessly syncs with your Winamp desktop library (USB or Wi-Fi).

    Wireless Desktop Sync
    No need to tie your Android phone down. Enable Wi-Fi sync and leave your cable behind (Winamp 5.59 beta required).

    Persistent Player Controls
    Quickly pause, change tracks, manage your play queue, see what's playing and access the Winamp home screen.

    Play Queue Management
    The play queue is a temporary track listing that allows you to easily select and sort tracks. And if you like, save it as a playlist.

    Widget Players & Shortcuts
    Add playlist shortcuts and the widget player to the Android home screen. As well as enable playback control from the lock-screen.

    Now Playing
    Displays song info, album art and more. Press and hold on the song info to interact with other apps like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.

    Scrobbling
    Supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app installed (on your Android device). Capturing all of your mobile listening history in real time.
    Read more and get the download at: Winamp Blog
    by Published on 10-21-2010 12:26 PM
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    AT&T released its third quarter results today.

    Record Wireless Sales, Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth Highlight AT&T’s Third-Quarter Results

    Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2010


    $2.08 diluted EPS compared to $0.54 diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2009; EPS of $0.55, excluding $1.53 in one-time gains from a previously disclosed tax settlement and the sale of Sterling Commerce

    Consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $31.6 billion in the third quarter, up $847 million, or 2.8 percent, versus the year-earlier period

    11.4 percent growth in wireless revenues, with a 10.5 percent increase in wireless service revenues

    Record wireless volumes, with more than 8 million postpaid integrated device sales

    2.6 million increase in total wireless subscribers — the highest third-quarter net gain in the company's history — to reach 92.8 million subscribers in service

    Postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 2.0 percent to $62.84, the seventh consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase

    1.32 percent total wireless churn, best-ever third-quarter

    30.5 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter

    First year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues in more than two years

    30.0 percent growth in consumer IP data revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion

    236,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.7 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates

    148,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections

    15.4 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services
    Read more at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pi...code=financial
    by Published on 10-20-2010 11:59 PM
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    3. News,
    4. Gaming,
    5. Apps

    Tonight Angry Birds maker Rovio released a Halloween supplement to their popular game. It features 45 levels of Halloween-themed avian destruction. Check out the promo video below and pick up your copy from the App Store (iOS devices only).



    iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398157641?mt=8

    iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398329664?mt=8

    Cheers touchArcade!
    by Published on 10-20-2010 07:55 PM
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    Some details below on Verizon's new data tiers for the various types of devices. Also included are some details on their 4G roll-out. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2010 05:24 PM
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    At the 4G World trade show Clearwire says it has recorded peak LTE download speeds of 90 Mbps during testing in Phoenix.

    CHICAGO--Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert said the operator has recorded peak download speeds of 90 Mbps in its initial testing of LTE technology in Phoenix. The results are notable in that the carrier currently advertises that its WiMAX network provides download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of 10 Mbps. For its part, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has said it will provide real-world LTE download speeds on its forthcoming network of 5-12 Mbps.

    Sievert, speaking here at the 4G World trade show, noted that the speeds were recorded in a real-world driving scenario, though clearly in a test network unburdened by actual customers. Test results are often much different than speeds obtained in real-world wireless networks.

    Clearwire announced earlier this year it would test LTE technology, and Sievert said the carrier hasn't yet made any decisions about its technological future.

    "This is not something we have decided about, but that we're actively testing," he said.
    Read more at: FierceBroadbandWireless - Clearwire details results of initial LTE testing