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    by Published on 04-24-2011 04:30 PM
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    I just got a Rogers branded Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Here’s my review.

    The Arc has a very large 4.2” 854x480 LCD but at the same time it has a very narrow bezel. The Arc is about the same width as my Google Nexus One even though the Nexus One has a smaller 3.8” display.



    My Arc from Rogers came with the phone, micro USB cable, 850mAh (4.25W) AC adapter with USB port and a 8GB Micro SDHC card. It didn’t come with a micro HDMI cable. There is no Rogers branding anywhere on the body of the Arc. Only the software is customized.
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    by Published on 04-23-2011 10:35 PM
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    BGR has scored photos of a supposed iPhone prototype that is compatible with T-Mobile USA's 3G service. Whether or not (or when) it will see the light of day considering AT&T's planned union with T-Mobile USA remains to be seen.

    Check the pictures out here.

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 04-23-2011 04:15 PM
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    I just got a Rogers branded Xperia Arc. Here are my first impressions.

    The Arc has a very large ...
    by Published on 04-22-2011 10:56 PM
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    So I just got a 16GB Blackberry Playbook. Here are my first impressions.

    When you pick it up it has a nice heft so it doesn’t feel cheap. The back and sides are covered with rubberized paint. Along the top are a headphone jack, play/rewind/forward buttons along with a power button. The bottom has a micro HDMI, micro USB and a docking connector that reminds me of Apple’s Macbook magnetic power connector.
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    by Published on 04-21-2011 12:47 PM
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    Minnesota Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Apple's CEO Steve Jobs expressing his concern over the recently discovered iOS 4 location tracking data stored unencrypted on iPhones and in computer backup files.

    View the letter (PDF) from the link above for details.

    ars technica Via: MacRumors.com

    Update: If your iDevice is jailbroken you can install untrackerd through Cydia. It installs a daemon that cleans up the tracking database on your device.
    by Published on 04-20-2011 11:47 PM
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    Here's a review of the Nokia C6-01 written by our very own HC no i

    Design and Specifications



    The Nokia C6-01 is a Symbian^3 based mid-range smartphone. It has a candy bar form factor, 3.2" AMOLED display, glass touch screen with chrome bezel and stainless steel housing. There are several chrome buttons around including the volume rocker, screen lock slider, camera shutter release on the right side and a backlit home button on the front. The backlit Call / Answer and End / Power buttons are recessed on the left and right side of the home button respectively. It has a front-facing camera for video calls at the top right corner of the glass, a light sensor and proximity sensor at the top left corner. The earpiece is located between them.
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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 04-13-2011 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?
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    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 04-07-2011 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 04-06-2011 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 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.”

    Availability
    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.