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    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
    by Published on 03-24-2011 05:12 PM
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    It's official: The Blackberry Playbook will support both Android and Blackberry apps

    RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook· BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps

    · Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support

    · Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)

    · BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps

    Waterloo, ON - Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

    RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

    In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

    “The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.”

    Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

    Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

    BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).

    BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

    The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe® AIR®, through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe® Flash® as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

    RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

    Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:

    • Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
    • Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
    • Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
    • Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
    • Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools

    “The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users,” said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. “The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on.”

    Gaming Engines

    Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    "Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers," says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, "however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers."

    RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm’s games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.
    “With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit,” said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. “Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform.”

    The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.
    by Published on 03-23-2011 11:41 AM
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    Microsoft has started pushing out the long awaited "NoDo" Windows Phone 7 update. It should be available worldwide on all handsets by the end of the week.

    The update provides the following:

    March 2011
    OS version: 7.0.7390.0

    • Copy & paste. You asked for it—now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. To learn more, see Copy & paste.

    • Faster apps and games. Nobody likes to wait. That's why we've whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

    • Better Marketplace search. We've streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

    • Other Marketplace improvements. We've improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. We've also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, using a credit card with an address outside the United States, sharing links to apps via email, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date, and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.

    • Wi-Fi improvements. We now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We've also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

    • Outlook improvements. We've improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]").

    • Messaging improvements. We've improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM.

    • Facebook integration. We've improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.

    • Camera improvements. We've improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes.

    • Audio improvements. We've improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.

    • Other performance improvements. This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone.
    Microsoft | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 03-23-2011 02:43 AM
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    Amazon has taken the wraps off their Android Appstore. The store is currently offering a free paid app every day. As of this writing, Angry Birds Rio is being offered free of charge.

    The Amazon Appstore for Android can be accessed via a web browser or their Android app.

    More info here.
    by Published on 03-22-2011 11:16 AM
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    "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to Reuters ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference.
    Verizon will not oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, nor are they interested in purchasing Sprint to leap back in front of AT&T in subscriber numbers. Instead:

    The CEO said the company did not want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.
    Reuters | Via: Neowin.net

    Is a Verizon purchase of Sprint completely off the table or is it inevitable?
    by Published on 03-22-2011 10:04 AM
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    The Blackberry Playbook is now available for preorder from Future Shop/Best Buy for $499/599/699 for 16GB/32/64:

    U.S. – www.bestbuy.com/playbook Canada – www.bestbuy.ca/blackberry or www.futureshop.ca/blackberry

    Today, RIM and Best Buy announced the pre-orders, pricing and launch date for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will come in three models, featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. It is scheduled to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S., as well as Best Buy and Future Shop* stores in Canada. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can place their orders beginning today by visiting their local Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop store, or by ordering on-line (after 8 a.m. EDT)

    Today, RIM also announced plans to make the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada. The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models and will feature a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $499 in the U.S. and Canada. Read the full lineup of retailers and wireless carriers currently expected to carry the BlackBerry PlayBook in the U.S. and Canada at http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=4914.
    by Published on 03-22-2011 01:55 AM
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    Angry Birds Rio, a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Rovio has been released on iOS. The game is a tie-in to the Fox movie Rio which is coming out in April.

    iPhone/iPod touch | iPad

    The Android version is forthcoming will be launching exclusively on the Amazon Appstore