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    by Published on 08-31-2011 12:34 PM
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    The Department of Justice has moved to block AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile.

    The government sued to block the deal in a Washington, D.C. federal court, arguing that combining the two wireless companies will "substantially lessen competition" in the market. Ultimately, the agency wants the court to also find that AT&T purchasing T-Mobile would violate U.S. antitrust laws and hand down a court order blocking the deal.

    What do you think of this? Discuss here.

    More: PCMag | Bloomberg
    by Published on 08-30-2011 07:21 PM
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    Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S II phone today during an event. The phone will finally be making its way to the United States, becoming available on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The Samsung Galaxy S II has been popular internationally, selling over 5 million in 85 days.

    The Galaxy S II packs a 540 x 960 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, Android 2.3, 1 GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The phone will be 4G-compatible among all carriers, with it supporting Sprint's WiMAX and T-Mobile's and AT&T's HSPA+ networks.

    Check out the full press release here.
    by Published on 08-30-2011 09:08 AM
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    In an interview with Reuters regarding HP's possible spinoff of its computer business, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group (PSG) Todd Bradley mentioned that the company...

    ...could resurrect HP's short-lived TouchPad tablet computer, which was introduced on July 1 before being terminated only about six weeks later.

    "Tablet computing is a segment of the market that's relevant, absolutely," Bradley said.
    The current remaining 16GB $99 and 32GB $149 TouchPads have been selling like hotcakes since HP began its fire sale on them after announcing that it was pulling out of the webOS device business. If HP does decide to bring back the TouchPad, that could squash any rumors of Samsung's interest in webOS.

    Would you like to see the TouchPad make a triumphant return? Discuss here.

    Reuters | Via: BGR
    by Published on 08-29-2011 04:39 PM
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    According to a study released by J.D. Power, in six different geographical regions Verizon was ranked best in all regions except for North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) where it fell to second behind U.S. Cellular.

    Now in its ninth year, the semiannual study has been expanded in 2011 to collect evaluations from wireless customers’ most recent usage activities in three areas that impact the network performance: calling, messaging and data. Overall network performance is based on 10 problem areas that impact the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; email connection errors; and slow downloads. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, where a lower score reflects fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; North Central; Southwest; and West.

    For a 14th consecutive reporting period, Verizon Wireless ranks highest in the Northeast region. Verizon Wireless achieves fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, initial connections, transmission failures and late text messages, compared with the regional averages. Verizon Wireless also ranks highest in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West regions.

    In the North Central region, U.S. Cellular ranks highest for a 12th consecutive reporting period. Compared with the regional average, U.S. Cellular has fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, failed initial connections, audio problems, failed voice mails and lost calls.
    J.D. Power | Regional Ratings | Via: BGR
    by Published on 08-29-2011 11:06 AM
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    HowardForums presents: Are we there yet? A discussion on the future of wireless at CWTS.

    WHAT: I will be moderating a round table discussion on the future of wireless from the perspectives of carrier, network, handset and end users.

    WHO: Our round table will feature these distinguished guests:

    Dave Dobbin, Chief Executive Officer, Mobilicity

    Dave Keegstra, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada

    John Kennedy, Director of Mobile, LG Canada

    WHERE: the Canadian Wireless Trade Show at the Toronto Congress Centre (near Pearson International Airport).

    WHEN: Thursday, September 15th, 3 – 4 pm.
    The first 30-45 minutes will consist of questions posed by myself. I will serve as moderator.
    The final 15+ minutes will be allocated to audience questions.

    Upon wrapping up the discussion, we invite panelists and audience members back to the HowardForums booth for light refreshments and to mingle/network. After the show ends at 6pm join me for and other forum members for dinner.

    WHY: The 2011 Canadian Wireless Trade Show which runs from Sept 15-16 is the ideal venue for the discussion. Come and connect with over 100 Exhibitors including RIM, Samsung and the HowardForums booth. We’ll be giving away free HowardForums TShirts plus a bonus gift if you’re wearing your HoFo T shirt (both while supplies last).

    HOW: In order to attend the show you must register here. Registration is free. Don't forget to specify that you heard about the show here at HowardForums.com.

    See you there!
    Howard Chui
    Found HowardForums.com
    by Published on 08-25-2011 12:21 PM
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    Today Research In Motion announced BBM Music, an addition to the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform that will allow users to share music with their BBM contacts.

    With a $4.99 monthly subscription (first month is free), users will be able to download up to 50 songs a month and share them with other BBM Music members.

    It is currently in closed beta with availability expected later this year.

    The Official BlackBerry Blog | Via: CrackBerry

    Any BlackBerry users excited by this? Is it something you'd use? Discuss here.
    by Published on 08-24-2011 06:05 PM
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    Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO of Apple effective immediately. Tim Cook formerly COO will be replacing him as CEO. No reason was given on why Steve Jobs is quitting.


    UPDATE - Steve Jobs provided the following letter to the company:

    To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

    I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

    I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

    As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

    I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

    I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

    Source: Yahoo! News

    It appears that Apple's board will honor Mr. Jobs' requests and recommendations: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011...-of-Apple.html

    Discuss here.
    by Published on 08-24-2011 10:37 AM
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    While not yet officially requested, the Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon would like to see president Obama step in and override any import restrictions made by the ITC against consumer wireless devices:

    But another peculiarity of the ITC is that its rulings can be waived by the president. Verizon thinks it would be great if President Obama, in a blanket statement, made clear he would not let stand any decision blocking importation of consumer wireless devices. The parties then would have to recur to normal patent litigation, and whatever rights and wrongs are discovered could be settled by exchanges of cash. Mobile is a rare industry exhibiting growth, job creation and animal spirits. Who needs a paralyzing meltdown?
    Do you think this would be a good or bad thing? Is it right for a device to be outright banned from import instead of settling through other means? Especially considering that Samsung Galaxy phones sales may be banned in the EU?

    Wall Street Journal | Via: Phone Scoop
    by Published on 08-23-2011 12:26 PM
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    On Monday during a trial before the International Trade Commission, Microsoft requested that the ITC halt the import of certain Motorola smartphones running Android that it believes infringe on seven of its patents.


    “We have a responsibility to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard our intellectual property,” David Howard, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation, said in an e-mail. “Motorola is infringing our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor.”
    Motorola's response:

    Motorola Mobility is “vigorously defending” itself “against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy,” Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. “We have also brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents.”
    A ruling in the case is expected early November.

    What do you think of this? Discuss in the Android forum here.

    Bloomberg | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 08-23-2011 12:10 AM
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    Just got the release:

    Today RIM announced three new BlackBerry Curve smartphones: the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350, BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 and BlackBerry Curve™ 9370. These new additions to the popular BlackBerry Curve series are ideal choices for those looking to upgrade from a feature phone or an existing BlackBerry Curve for an affordable, socially-connected smartphone experience.

    Key features include:
    · Slim, sleek design
    · GPS and Wi-Fi support
    · 5MP camera with flash and video recording
    · MicroSD/SDHC slot supporting up to 32 GB memory cards
    · New BlackBerry 7 Operating System – Featuring:
    o Faster, more fluid web browsing
    o Voice activated universal search
    o Smoother navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for gaming and video
    o Pre-loaded premium version of Documents To Go
    o BlackBerry Balance and BlackBerry Protect
    o The latest release of BlackBerry® Messenger, extending the real-time BBM experience to other popular apps

    The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones are expected to be available in Canada this month and from other carriers around the world beginning in September.
    What do you think? You going to get one?
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