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    by Published on 05-11-2011 09:50 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 05-10-2011 02:30 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 08:15 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 05-07-2011 02:09 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 05-04-2011 12:23 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 09:26 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 04-29-2011 12:45 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 09:36 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 04-27-2011 09:47 AM
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    The long-awaited white iPhone 4 launches tomorrow and will available in Apple’s online and retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

    What's your take? "Finally!" or "Big whoop?"
    by Published on 04-26-2011 09:47 AM
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    Sprint announced today that the Nexus S 4G will be launching on May 8th for $199.99 with a new agreement.

    For more info and to pre-order the device, check out Sprint's Nexus S 4G page here.

    Via: Phandroid
    by Published on 04-25-2011 03:31 PM
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    Bloomberg reports that a Federal lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Florida by two iDevice users saying that Apple is violating the privacy of iPhone and iPad users by tracking their locations.

    At issue is the recently discovered file stored in the aforementioned devices (and in their computer backups) that contains a history of their locations.

    “We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple is now basically tracking people everywhere they go,” Aaron Mayer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said today in a telephone interview. “If you are a federal marshal you have to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple is doing it without one.”
    What do you think of this? Tempest in a teapot or real privacy concern?

    Bloomberg | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 04-21-2011 11:47 AM
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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 04-21-2011 09:56 AM
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    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

    April 19, 2011 (202) 449-9866

    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member

    Las Vegas, NV – Today, at its 19th Annual Convention & Innovation Expo, RCA (Rural Cellular Association) welcomed Sprint as its newest affiliate member. In the opening session of the Convention, RCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry announced that Sprint (NYSE: S) has joined RCA to help fight for issues critical to wireless competitive carriers in Washington, DC.

    In a statement, Berry said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Sprint to RCA as an affiliate member, and we look forward to working with them on all policy issues that are crucial to competitive carriers. This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch.”

    Full press release here.

    Is Sprint joining just to use the RCA as a club against the AT&T-T-Mobile merger or are they totally disgusted with the CTIA as being dominated by the big 2?
    by Published on 04-19-2011 11:55 AM
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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 04-17-2011 03:34 PM
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    Sprint's CEO recently came out blasting the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile deal saying it would stifle competition and innovation in the industry:

    “If AT&T is allowed to swallow T-Mobile, competition, innovation… will be stifled in the mobile industry.”
    His comments come on the same day that the FCC is set to review the deal.

    The AT&T and T-Mobile deal would create the U.S.'s largest wireless carrier by a sizable margin with the combined entities along with Verizon Wireless comprising approximately 80 percent of the U.S. market.

    What do you think about this? Is this good or bad for the industry? Would a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile be a better option?

    IntoMobile
    by Published on 04-14-2011 07:33 PM
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    You won't hear him now.

    Verizon Wireless is taking its famous cell phone commercials -- featuring actor Paul Marcarelli uttering the phrase, "Can you hear me now?" -- in a new direction.

    In a new profile in The Atlantic, Marcarelli says he was informed of the change via email last September.

    "Don't feel bad for me, but I'm definitely glad that chapter is over," he said. "Most people my age are now trying to trade in their street cred for money, and I kind of made my money."

    Marcarelli landed the role of Test Man nine years ago. At first, he says he was embarrassed. "The reality was, it was a job," he says.
    Read the rest here.
    by Published on 04-11-2011 09:11 AM
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    Sprint Nextel is using an alternative to diesel backup generators typically used to keep cell towers powered when natural disasters cut power.

    With the help of a $7.3 million federal grant and $10 million of its own money, Sprint is rolling out a second phase of its experiments with hydrogen fuel cells.

    Sprint began using the cells in 2005, eventually adding around 250 of them to cell towers in areas most likely to see power failures, said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network for the Overland Park, Missouri-based company.

    With the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the company is adding 260 cells to towers in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and upgrading 70 cells in Texas and Louisiana.

    Hydrogen fuel cells work like a battery, using the readily available substance to create electricity and emitting little more than oxygen and water. They’re also much quieter than diesel generators and can provide as much as 72 hours of power without needing refueling, compared with eight hours or less for diesel.
    More: http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/04...gy-efficiency/
    by Published on 04-07-2011 08:47 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 04-03-2011 03:07 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 03-28-2011 10:26 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: ...