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    by Published on 07-26-2011 03:31 PM
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    Microsoft has signed off on the RTM build of the long awaiting Windows Phone 7 update dubbed "Mango."

    The update will provide a host of new features including multitasking and Internet Explorer 9 and will be subject to manufacturer and carrier testing and optimization prior to being released to the public.

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    by Published on 07-25-2011 11:32 AM
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    Today Sprint announced two phones by Kyocera and a Motorola smartphone that will serve as their first CDMA-based Direct Connect devices and will be available in the Fourth Quarter of this year.

    Sprint's new Direct Connect service will serve an area three times larger than their current iDEN direct connect service.

    Discuss here.

    Sprint | Via: Phone Scoop
    by Published on 07-24-2011 02:50 PM
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    It has been reported that those who have jailbroken devices running iOS 5 beta cannot OTA update to the latest beta just released. They can still update by plugging in and updating through iTunes.

    This may be a move by Apple to counter jailbreaking activity, but some believe this is actually a blessing for jailbroken users as unwittingly updating their OS OTA could remove the jailbreak.

    What do you think? Good or bad for jailbreakers? Discuss here.

    Neowin.net
    by Published on 07-15-2011 01:21 PM
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    For those hoping that Verizon and AT&T could roam off each other's LTE network, a Verizon spokesperson has said that Verizon's LTE devices won't be compatible with their competitors' LTE networks due to frequency differences.

    While it's possible that manufacturers could put compatible radios into their devices, there's still the issue of roaming as a "policy."

    PCMag | Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 07-13-2011 06:49 PM
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    Virgin Mobile USA has announced that beginning in October that it will start throttling data throughput to 256 kbps or less for users who exceed 2.5 GB of usage before the end of their billing cycle. The data speed will be reset at the beginning of the next billing cycle.

    Virgin Mobile USA claims that 97% of its user base will not experience this.

    Virgin Mobile USA | Via: Phone Scoop

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    by Published on 07-08-2011 10:31 AM
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    The popular finger swiping-based keyboard used on Android is now available in beta form for iOS. If your device is jailbroken you can install and try it by adding the following repo in Cydia: http://wynd.x10.mx

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    by Published on 06-29-2011 05:08 PM
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    LTE Advanced: mobile broadband up to 10 times faster

    * Ericsson demonstrates LTE Advanced over the air in a mobile environment
    * More than 10 times faster than today's commercial LTE networks
    * Based on commercial hardware compliant with 3GPP Release 10
    * Commercial operation expected to start in 2013

    Consumers in Sweden were the first in the world to experience commercial LTE services. Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) demonstrated the next step of LTE, known as LTE Advanced, to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). The demonstration, held in Kista, Sweden, featured speeds more than 10 times faster than those currently experienced by LTE consumers in Sweden.

    The system, based on commercial hardware, was operating on a test frequency provided by the PTS. This enabled Ericsson to demonstrate LTE Advanced functionality such as carrier aggregation of 3 x 20MHz (60MHz aggregated) over the air in a mobile environment for the first time.

    Mr. Urban Landmark, Head of Spectrum Department of Swedish regulator PTS, says: "Sweden is in the forefront when it comes to usage of mobile broadband. Sweden was both early with licensing of harmonized spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 800MHz bands, and the first country in the world where LTE was commercially deployed. The demonstration today indicates that mobile broadband technologies continue to evolve rapidly."

    LTE Advanced will further enhance the speed and capacity that will be needed in the Networked Society in the years to come. The technology is compliant with the 3GPP Release 10 global standard. Recently, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also selected LTE Advanced as one of the technologies that fulfills International Mobile Telecommunication's criteria. The first stages of LTE Advanced are expected to be in commercial operation in 2013.
    Full press release here. Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 06-24-2011 11:10 AM
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    The image above shows Nokia's brief flirtation with the idea of using Android. They quickly decided against it, obviously, in favor of Windows Phone 7.

    Would you have liked to see a Nokia running Android? Would you have bought one?

    Neowin.net
    by Published on 06-21-2011 12:31 PM
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    LightSquared Inc. reached a 15-year deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company.

    Falcone told Harbinger Capital Partners investors about the accord in a letter today obtained by Bloomberg News. The companies were discussing a deal valued at as much as $20 billion, people familiar with the matter said earlier this month.

    "LightSquared and Sprint will jointly develop, deploy and operate LightSquared’s 4G LTE network," according to the letter. "Sprint will become a significant customer of LightSquared’s 4G LTE network."

    Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...th-sprint.html
    by Published on 06-17-2011 08:03 PM
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    Microsoft gets antitrust approval to buy Skype

    On Friday June 17, 2011, 5:57 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting on Friday.

    Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try and best rivals such as Google Inc.

    The approval was announced in a listing of deal approvals that comes out several times a week.

    Microsoft's interest in the money-losing, but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software. Skype has 145 million users on average each month and has gained favor among small businesses.
    Good or bad?

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    by Published on 06-16-2011 07:49 AM
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    New Apple Technology Stops iPhones From Filming Live Events

    Published June 16, 2011 | NewsCore

    CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Fans at concerts and sports games may soon be stopped from using their iPhones to film the action -- as a result of new technology being considered by Apple, The Times of London reported Thursday.

    The California company has plans to build a system that will sense when a person is trying to film a live event using a cell phone and automatically switch off their camera.

    A patent application filed by Apple, and obtained by the Times, reveals how the software would work. If a person were to hold up their iPhone, the device would trigger the attention of infra-red sensors installed at the venue. These sensors would then instruct the iPhone to disable its camera. Other features, such as the phone’s ability to make a call or send text messages, would not be affected.
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    by Published on 06-15-2011 08:37 PM
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    Here's a cool video I found on Verizon Wireless's YouTube account about the different network stories from the April 27th, 2011 tornadoes in Alabama.

    They apparently had 4 completely destroyed cell site's in the Birmingham Metro, and over 80 sites damaged and on backup power or temporarily out immediately after the storm!!

    Throughout the entire state, AT&T Mobility lost the ability to process any calls or data period over 3G in most area's, and GSM was down as well for a period of about 3-5 days in the hardest hit area's like Tuscaloosa/Jefferson/Shelby/Cullman and North AL counties.

    Verizon immediately after the storm had about a 70% success rate for outgoing/incoming calls due to everyone calling their friends and family to check up on them.

    T-Mobile went down for quite a while as well, and in some areas they are still down or running on half capacity. Sprint and Nextel went down for over 1-2 weeks in some areas that didn't have power since most of their sites don't have backup generators.

    Southern Linc stayed up or was brought back up very quickly after the storm's, 95% of their sites have backup Diesel/Propane/Natural Gas Generac Generators and most have microwave redundancy.

    The public and the relief effort's used Verizon wireless data to help plan rescue and recovery efforts throughout the state.

    Anyways here's the vid.

    by Published on 06-15-2011 01:07 PM
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    The free and unlimited 4G mobile hotspot promotion for Verizon's LTE phones has been extended again until July 6th, after which a software update will remove the free hotspot capability from the devices and the user will be required to sign up for a data plan.

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    by Published on 06-14-2011 09:22 AM
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    The back and forth patent dispute that has gone on for a while now between Apple and Nokia has been settled with Apple agreeing to license patents from Nokia. As a result Apple will start with making an initial payment to Nokia and will continue to make royalty payments for the duration of the agreement. It is not clear how much Apple will be paying. It is also worth noting that the issue wasn't about whether or not Apple should be paying Nokia, but how much they should be paying to license Nokia's patents, as Apple believed Nokia wasn't giving them a fair and reasonable price.

    This effectively ends the dispute between the two companies.

    Update: $608 million up front, ~$138 million a quarter (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/14/...kia-estimated/)

    Mac Rumors | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 06-11-2011 03:51 PM
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    Virgin Mobile USA has stated that all Android handsets it offers will only have the stock Android UI and not come with manufacturer UI overlays. However, Virgin Mobile USA will still have icons for their own apps pre-installed.

    "Virgin Mobile USA aims to make available devices that allow the end user to have the freedom to customize the device to their liking. We like to take a consistent approach with our Android portfolio and so we prefer to have the true Android experience loaded on all our Android phones," a Virgin spokesperson said in an email to PCMag.com.
    This could make software updates easier and more timely for Virgin Mobile USA Android handsets.

    Do you like this move? Or do you like Sense UI, MotoBlur, etc.?

    PCMag | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 06-09-2011 10:39 AM
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    HP Announces HP TouchPad Availability for United States, Europe and Canada

    Wi-Fi version of first HP webOS tablet also coming to Asia Pacific later this year
    PALO ALTO, Calif., June 9, 2011

    HP today announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1.

    HP's first webOS tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

    HP TouchPad will be available from U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(1) for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.(2) Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.

    "What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. "The platform's unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP's scale can do with webOS."

    With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology, the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP's exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones.(3)

    Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).

    HP also announced it will be partnering with AT&T to introduce a connected version of HP TouchPad later this summer. More information will be available closer to availability.
    Full press release here | HP TouchPad
    by Published on 06-07-2011 11:41 PM
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    If you get caught doing it at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, this could be you:



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    by Published on 06-06-2011 02:12 PM
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