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    by Published on 10-10-2010 08:17 PM
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    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be taking the wraps off the company's highly anticipated new mobile operating system at an event in New York on October 11th.

    NEW YORK (AFP) – Microsoft unveils a new mobile phone operating system on Monday in what is being seen as a potentially make-or-break effort by the US software giant to remain a player in the hotly competitive niche.

    Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to take the wraps off a new line of smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7 (WP7) at an event in New York and the devices are expected to hit stores around the world in the next few weeks.

    Though mobile makes up only one percent of Microsoft's revenue, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt said WP7 is a "pivotal release" for the Redmond, Washington-based company.

    "This is an 11 on a scale of one to 10," agreed Ramon Llamas of technology reseearch firm IDC. "They've been slow to come to market, and when they do, they use yesterday's technology. There's some catching up to do."
    Read more at: Yahoo! News - Microsoft pinning mobile hopes on new operating system
    by Published on 10-09-2010 04:49 AM
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    BGR is reporting that Verizon Wireless is planning an "interactive" BlackBerry 6 launch on October 14th. This is good news for Verizon Wireless's BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Curve 9330 users.

    Source: BGR - Verizon Wireless will have ‘interactive launch’ of BlackBerry 6 on October 14
    by Published on 10-07-2010 11:09 PM
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    Mozilla has announced the public launch of Firefox 4 Beta for Mobile. For Mobile uses the same foundation as the desktop client, but is optimized for browsing from your mobile phone. Firefox 4 Mobile allows you to sync your desktop with your mobile phone using Add-ons, Firefox Sync, and the Awesome Bar.


    The mobile Beta takes advantage of JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, and pinch to zoom to deliver the best browsing experience to users. You can download Firefox 4 Beta for Mobile for your Android and Maemo powered devices through their respective application stores or by using the link below.

    Download here

    Read more on Mozilla's blog.

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    by Published on 10-06-2010 04:27 PM
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    Verizon Wireless plans to cover 110 million people in 38 major metro areas with its LTE network by the end of this year; Verizon president and chief operating officer Lowell McAdam announced today.

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.

    McAdam said, “We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.”
    See the planned areas and read more at: Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 10-06-2010 03:41 PM
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    It is official! Two unlimited prepaid carriers that were once competitors have now officially been aligned. Pocket Communication’s assets have are now part of Cricket, a Leap Wireless company. The new venture will target markets in McAllen, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and Harlingen. Pocket customers will now have access to data services and the coverage area of Cricket according to Leap representatives. They will also be able to buy phones currently offered by Cricket.

    “Obviously, there’s going to be a big increase in our network,” said Frank Vos, Cricket’s director for Upper Valley operations. “Pocket customers will have nationwide talk and text, which they didn’t have before.”

    Cricket currently holds 76% stakes in the joint venture with Pocket holding the other 24. The pocket brand will be phased out in the next 6 to eight months. Customers will start noticing changes by the end of the year but should not see any increase in price.
    by Published on 10-06-2010 12:27 AM
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    Visual searching is now available on your iPhone with the Google Goggles app. Visual search technology uses the iPhone camera to take a picture of landmarks, logo, and covers of books, DVDs and games and provide information about that item though Google search. Check out the video above to see Google Goggles in action.

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    by Published on 10-05-2010 02:07 PM
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    The HoFo Shop has been updated with our new logo and new selections. See below for a sampling of the items available. Check out the shop for the full selection and to preview and purchase. ...
    by Published on 10-04-2010 11:16 AM
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    I was recently approached by Mobilicity about a special plan for you guys. Basically you can get the $65 dollar plan for 35 or the 45 for 25. All you have to do is PM user melmart (a Mobilicity employee, NOT a dealer) saying your interested. melmart will send you the information you need to get these plans.

    The catch is that you have to promise to fill out a survey on how much you love/hate Mobilicity after a month or 2. You DON'T have to sign a contract, you can cancel your service after a month if you're not happy. ...
    by Published on 09-30-2010 09:25 PM
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    U.S. Cellular is preparing to make some big changes on October 1st. The Belief Project will give what U.S. Cellular is calling a wake-up call to the wireless world.

    There are a number of points here:

    U.S. Cellular customers only have to get a 2 year contract ONCE. After the initial term is up they no longer have to sign another contract to receive a discounted price on a new phone.

    U.S. Cellular is also reducing the time it takes to receive a discount on a new phone to 18 months.

    The waiting time for a new phone discount can be accelerated using Belief Points which are awarded to customers on Belief Plans (in as few as 10 or 11 months). ...
    by Published on 09-28-2010 08:45 AM
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    RIM has announced their new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Supports BES and BlackBerry Smartphone syncing.

    The tablet supports 1080p high-definition video and has front- and rear-facing high-definition cameras. It also comes with full BlackBerry smart phone applications. Like BlackBerrys, the device comes with the security specifications necessary for enterprise use, Mr. Lazaridis said.

    The PlayBook runs on an operating system separate from that of BlackBerry smart phones. Instead, it runs on an operating system, designed by QNX, a company RIM recently bought, which specializes in building such systems for industrial uses. ...
    by Published on 09-27-2010 06:56 PM
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    RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie offers some thoughts on how RIM might be able to comply with wiretap orders. ...
    by Published on 09-24-2010 10:18 AM
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    Verizon's CEO recently announced that Verizon Wireless will soon start moving to a tiered data pricing structure, though one that would be different than what competitor AT&T is offering. ...
    by Published on 09-23-2010 09:33 AM
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    So, I got a Torch the other day. Here are my first impressions:

    When I first picked it up I was surprised that it has some heft to it - sort of like how the Storm. It's nice and makes the Torch feel expensive.

    I was disappointed that my Torch didn't come with a holster. It's slightly bigger than the Bold 9700 and the same size as a Storm so you can use holsters for those phones with the Torch.

    The battery cover is plastic but it's covered by a very nice rubberized finished which has ribs on it. While I prefer the Bold's leather covers but this is very nice too. ...
    by Published on 09-18-2010 10:40 PM
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    Wal-mart sells everything from caskets to toilet paper. Now they will be adding no-contract wireless to the vast selection of goods and services already offered. The service, Wal-Mart Family Mobile, will run on T-Mobile USA’s network. Pricing can be found in the above image or on Wal-Mart's website. There are already five devices planned for launch this week. Motorola Cliq XT, Samsung Highlight, Samsung T139, Nokia1661, and Samsung T369 will all be sold at any of the 2,500 Wal-Mart's expected to launch the new service Monday.

    For more information visit: Wal-Mart Family Mobile
    by Published on 09-18-2010 04:18 PM
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    Cricket corporate reps are already in the test phases of this new Android device that I’m being told is currently set to launch in November. Huawei states that the device will retail between $129 - $179 “off-contract” where most require a contract to reach a similar price. The device will be packed with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and rumor has it that 3.0 (Gingerbread) is set for late 2010 to early 2011. Expect to see all of the current features of Android including the mobile hot spot that Froyo currently offers.
    by Published on 09-16-2010 07:01 PM
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    I recently had a chance to play with the Galaxy Tab. While the iPad has had the tablet market mostly to itself I always thought it was too big.

    Anyways the Galaxy Tab has a 7" display which makes more sense to me. The display is a Super TFT with a resolution of 1024x600 (most netbooks displays have the same resolution). The super TFT is very nice, good colour, viewing angle is decent - the only flaw is that it's kind of reflective. ...
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:40 PM
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    First in the new Cseries lineup is the sleek C7 which boasts a 3.5-inch AMOLED display and is a hand-friendly 10.5mm thin. Like the E7 this device also sports an 8-megapixel camera with 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 40GB with microSD). ...
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:40 PM
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    What's different from the previous release (v3.04)?

    We have made a few major improvements to Ovi Maps in this release. These include:

    * Visually refreshed main menu and icons,
    * New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines,
    * Improved search experience - find places and addresses around you - or anywhere in the world - fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and "did you mean?" functionality,
    * New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way - you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map,
    * Share a place - send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices),
    * Check in - keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you're up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history,
    * New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow - after clicking Drive, you're instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings,
    * More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you'd like to keep on your main menu for instant access.

    See: http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/ovi-maps-306
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:39 PM
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    Nokia C6 (C6-01) is a compact little number with an 8-megapixel camera though with a more pocket-friendly 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It sports the same Nokia ClearBlack technology as the E7, offering much improved outdoor visibility. Like the C7, this new device will also be a social networker’s dream with live feeds from your favorite social networks available on your home screen. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2010 06:41 PM
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    Walmart announced today a branded wireless service that will run on T-Mobile USA's network.

    NEW YORK – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers.

    The Wal-Mart Family Mobile service will run on T-Mobile USA's network. Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45 per month for the first line and $25 for each additional line for the family. The service will be offered starting next week in most of its stores across the nation.

    Since last year, Wal-Mart has been the exclusive seller of the Straight Talk service, which runs on the Verizon Wireless network. Wal-Mart is also trying out another service from Sprint Nextel Corp. called Common Cents.

    Those are both "prepaid" plans, under which customers pay in advance and don't need to sign contracts.

    Wal-Mart Family Mobile will be "postpaid" like conventional contract-based plans, so the family bill is paid at the end of the month. But in other ways it works much like prepaid service, and it won't come with a contract requirement or early termination fees. Buyers also won't need to go through credit checks.
    Read more: AP via Yahoo! News