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    by Published on 05-12-2011 11:26 AM
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    The HowardForums Android and iOS apps have been updated. They include bug fixes and removes the ad for our premium members.

    You can update through your device. You can also check it out on Android here (the listing hasn't been updated to reflect the changes) and on iOS here.

    For more info on becoming a premium member go here.
    by Published on 05-11-2011 11:07 PM
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    On day two of their I/O conference Google announced that two "Chromebooks" are June 15th and will be available to purchase online at that time. The Chromebooks will run Google's new operating system called Chrome OS, which is based on their Chrome web browser.

    Models will be available from Samsung and Acer and will be priced between $350 - $500 USD. 3G will be available as an option and will come with limited monthly allowances.

    Anyone planning to get one of these? Is the price right?

    More info at the Official Google Blog | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 05-11-2011 10:55 PM
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    http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=464629

    Sprint drops strongest LTE hints yet
    By Nick Wood , Total Telecom, in San Jose
    Tuesday 10 May 2011
    U.S. mobile operator says announcements to be made soon; aims to reuse 800-MHz iDEN spectrum.
    Sprint has given the strongest indications to date about adopting LTE to power its high-speed mobile network.

    "There is a high likelihood that LTE is in our future in one flavour or another," said Geoff Martin, who heads up the U.S. operator's M2M collaboration centre in Silicon Valley, on Monday.

    "Announcements will be made soon," he declared, without giving a specific date.

    Sprint has until now used WiMAX technology as the basis for its next-generation mobile network, but with LTE adoption more prevalent among the world's mobile operators the ecosystem for WiMAX is likely to be limited by comparison.

    "We don't want to be an island," said Martin.

    A switch to LTE would bring Sprint in line with its rivals, and Martin said it plans to reuse the frequencies currently utilised by its iDEN network.

    "Sprint has been sitting on 14 MHz of contiguous 800-MHz spectrum, which is really valuable, really powerful, and using it for a 1.5 [generation] push-to-talk network," he said.
    by Published on 05-11-2011 10:50 PM
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    http://theheatmag.com/google-partner...droid-updates/

    Google has announced that they are putting together a team of people from many of our favorite carriers and OEMs, to commit to bringing the latest Android updates to users devices. These new guidelines will be constructed by folks from Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT&T and, of course, Google.

    According to Google, new devices will receive the latest updates for 18 months after their release — if the hardware allows.
    by Published on 05-11-2011 05:24 PM
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    Microsoft may have just alienated their carrier partners, AT&T and Verizon, by buying Skype. Analyst Craig Moffett told BusinessWeek that the Skype acquisition was a “head scratcher” because of how it will complicate Microsoft’s relationship with AT&T and Verizon regarding WP7. Today, Microsoft announced that Skype technology would be brought to the Xbox 360 and yes, Windows Phone 7. Obviously, AT&T and Verizon (and other carriers) may wonder why they’re going to support an operating system that has a built-in way to cut into their voice traffic revenue.

    Read: Microsoft Buys Skype: Does This Mean Carriers Will Shun Windows Phone 7? [Microsoft Promises That Skype Technology Will Make It Into WP7, But Will AT&T & Verizon Refuse To Carry Any New Windows Phones?] | TFTS
    http://nexus404.com/Blog/2011/05/10/...-hurt-windows/

    I think it would be easier for both carriers to let WP7 die on the vine if they thought Skype Mobile threatened their voice business.
    by Published on 05-10-2011 03:30 PM
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    Google announced today at the Google I/O conference that the next version of their Android operating system dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich" will be released in the fourth quarter this year.

    Ice Cream Sandwich will be the first Android OS to unify the smartphone and tablet OS's into one singular OS that will support all Android device form factors.
    by Published on 05-10-2011 09:15 AM
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    This morning Microsoft announced that they will be acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion.

    REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG – May 10, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

    The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

    With 170 million connected users and over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations in 2010, Skype has been a pioneer in creating rich, meaningful connections among friends, families and business colleagues globally. Microsoft has a long-standing focus and investment in real-time communications across its various platforms, including Lync (which saw 30 percent revenue growth in Q3), Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE.

    Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

    “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

    Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer.
    Full press release here.
    by Published on 05-09-2011 05:07 PM
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    These days I’ve been missing a lot of calls due to low signal in my office which is located in the basement.

    To help with this Maximum Signal sent me their newest amplifier: the Maximum Signal Sphere. It retails for around $550 Canadian and promises to fix the reception problems I’m having in my basement.



    Here’s what you get: outdoor antenna, antenna mount, mounting hardware, 2 x 25ft LMR-400 cables, antenna amplifier, AC adapter, indoor antenna and a quick install guide.
    ...
    by Published on 05-09-2011 12:28 PM
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    If the latest rumor pans out Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 device the HTC Trophy may be coming as soon as May 12th.

    More info and press shots of the device here.
    by Published on 05-07-2011 03:09 PM
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    U.S. Cellular has announced plans to launch LTE service and devices in time for the winter holiday season this year. They plan to cover 25 percent of their customers in two dozen markets and continue expansion through 2012.

    Read the press release here. Discuss in the forums here.
    by Published on 05-06-2011 10:58 AM
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    Verizon has released their Spring and Summer Consumer Guide. Some unreleased devices are shown inside, but a few devices expected to be released during that time frame are absent.



    Read the entire document here.
    by Published on 05-05-2011 11:24 AM
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    According to the source link (below), Apple and Verizon are in negotiations to deliver iOS updates after version 5 over-the-air.

    Multiple sources say the new feature will debut in iOS 5, meaning iOS 5 will not come over-the-air but following point updates to it will. Just like tethering in iOS 3, Apple has the technology but cannot just unleash it everywhere. Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to have been in talks over these wireless software updates since early this year. Sources could not comment on whether or not Apple is negotiating similar deals with AT&T or international iPhone carriers.
    This also seems to indicate that Apple may start delivering smaller incremental updates to iOS instead of several hundred megabyte files which would likely not be welcome OTA by the carriers.

    9to5 Mac | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 05-04-2011 01:23 PM
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    The credit card sized HP Veer 4G will be launching exclusively with AT&T May 15th for $99 with a two-year contract.

    The Veer 4G includes HP's (formerly Palm) webOS 2.1 with Flash support and an intuitive multitask interface.

    Anyone excited for the next generation of webOS devices? Will the tiny Veer do it for you or are you holding out for the Pre3?

    Press Release | HP Veer
    by Published on 05-02-2011 05:18 PM
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    It appears that all the major U.S. carriers other than Sprint are beginning to block installation of free tethering apps like EasyTether and PdaNet through the Android Market.

    You can still get them by sideloading the .apk's, but the days of unfettered free tethering seem to be coming to an end.

    What do you think about this? Is it your data to use however you wish, or are the carriers right to charge an extra fee for tethering?

    Engadget | Via: Android Central
    by Published on 05-02-2011 04:13 PM
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    Here’s my review of the Motorola ATRIX.

    The ATRIX is a solid phone. Personally, I think 4” is the perfect size for typing on an Android. Despite the ATRIX beefy hardware, it’s more or less the same size as similar single core phones. As far as the build quality goes, the ATRIX is a pretty solid device despite the fact that it has a removable back cover. What I like is that the back cover doesn’t completely cover the sides - that means it doesn’t squeak or creak when you squeeze it.



    The screen measures 4” and has a resolution of 960x540, higher than last year’s crop of high- end Android phones. For example, the Galaxy S and HTC Desire have 800x480 displays while the Motorola Milestone and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 are at 854x480.
    ...
    by Published on 05-02-2011 10:26 AM
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    Today RIM announced new additions to its Bold lineup of BlackBerry smartphones.

    New BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones are the Thinnest and Most Powerful BlackBerry Smartphones yet, Featuring the Renowned BlackBerry Keyboard Together with a Brilliant Touch Screen and the New BlackBerry 7 OS

    Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today unveiled two new BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphones. The high-performance BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones feature a stunning and iconic design that integrates an incredibly easy-to-use BlackBerry keyboard with a brilliant, high resolution, capacitive touch screen. These exceptional smartphones are built on a new, performance-driven platform powered by the BlackBerry® 7 operating system and designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity for users around the world.

    "The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.”

    Thin, Sleek, Iconic Design
    Distinguished by an iconic design and the industry's best keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones feature the premium materials and finishes that characterize the BlackBerry Bold line. Both models have a lustrous exterior with a brushed stainless steel frame and a high-gloss glass-weave backplate. They are also the thinnest BlackBerry smartphones yet, at only 10.5mm. The quality materials and optimized design of the new BlackBerry Bold smartphones are instantly evident when held in the hand.

    Performance-Driven
    These BlackBerry Bold smartphones are built on a new performance-driven platform featuring a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics™ touch screen, and support for high speed 4G/HSPA+ wide area wireless networks.

    The Liquid Graphics touch screen, a key new feature powered by BlackBerry 7, delivers fast, smooth performance for highly responsive touch-based navigation, web browsing, pictures, video and graphics intensive games*. Offering up to 60 frames-per-second performance with instant UI action/response, Liquid Graphics gives customers a visually rich and immersive experience that's responsive to the touch. In addition, the smartphones feature brilliant displays with an eye-popping 287 dpi to deliver crisp, stunning visuals.

    The new platform also provides support for 4G networks; the 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity, and the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.
    Full press release here.
    by Published on 05-01-2011 03:01 AM
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    T-Mobile decided to kick Verizon while it was down:



    Funny? Lame?

    Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 04-29-2011 01:45 PM
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    Verizon has sent a letter to congress saying (among other things) that they will be putting location tracking warning stickers on their devices to inform customers of the devices' capability to determine their whereabouts.

    Read the full letter here.

    Forbes | Via: PhoneScoop
    by Published on 04-29-2011 10:36 AM
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    Forthcoming BlackBerry OS 6.1 is now being called BlackBerry 7.

    "we're now calling BlackBerry 6.1 BlackBerry 7. It's such a big update from 6."
    It will be shown off at BlackBerry World 2011 being held next week in Orlando, Florida.

    What do you hope to see in BlackBerry 7?

    CrackBerry.com
    by Published on 04-28-2011 05:54 PM
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    HowardForums has three pairs of tickets to giveaway for a Calgary screening of Textuality this Saturday (April 30th) at 7 pm.

    The first three members (in the Calgary area) to reply to this thread will get the tickets. I will contact the winner via private message Friday evening.

    Head over to promo site http://www.textualitymovie.com/ to learn more about the film.



    If there are any Calgarians who miss the boat tonight/tomorrow, WIND will also be doing a twitter giveaway Friday afternoon on the @winwithWIND handle.

    Special thanks to WIND for sponsoring this giveaway.

    To win, simply comment in the thread: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...0#post14378580