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    by Published on 08-18-2011 03:45 PM
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    HP announced today that they plan to discontinue work on webOS devices and are seeking other ways to capitalize on webOS software. From the press release:

    HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
    Considering the lackluster market adoption of webOS devices, this move was expected. HP previously hinted that they might consider licensing webOS to other hardware vendors, and now that they plan to exit the webOS device business; it's possible webOS could appear on devices from other companies in the future.

    What are your thoughts on this? Discuss in the webOS forum here.

    HP Press Release
    by Published on 08-17-2011 09:40 PM
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    According to a report by AllThingsD, major electronics retailer Best Buy has only sold 25,000 units of the 270,000 HP TouchPad tablets they have in inventory; not accounting for returns. The situation is so bad that Best Buy reportedly doesn't want to pay for the remaining inventory and instead is asking HP to take them back. Ouch.

    Other major retailers are also reporting lackluster sales of the TouchPad.

    Do you own a TouchPad? Are you in the market for one? Would you rather having something else like the iPad or an Android tablet, or is a tablet just not your thing?

    Let us know in the TouchPad forum here.

    AllThingsD
    by Published on 08-17-2011 06:46 PM
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    I just got back from a Rogers demo of their new home monitoring service.

    The heart of their service is the SMCRB5701-Z Ruby Touchscreen.
    http://na.smc.com/products/commercial/sma/smcrb5701-z/

    It's basically a touch screen device that allows you to control and monitor devices around your house. You can connect various sensors like window, door, temperature and moisture. It can also control compatible AC outlets, dimmer switches along with IP networked cameras. They are all wireless, all use batteries and connect using the zigbee standard. The device has a built in GSM/GPRS modem (no HSPA, LTE), along with wireless and a network jack. There is a 24hr battery built into the device in case of a blackout.
    ...
    by Published on 08-17-2011 12:36 AM
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    T-Mobile today announced the availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. This phone is the first 4G compatible BlackBerry and runs on RIMís latest OS, BlackBerry 7. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is arguably the best BlackBerry available right now with a 1.2 GHz processor and a beautiful display.

    The phone is available today for pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers. It will be available in stores beginning on August 31. Of course, you have to be willing to shell out $299.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate while signing a two-year contract.

    Read more at Smartphone Nation.
    by Published on 08-16-2011 09:55 PM
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    From AT&T:

    AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G Eligible for $50, 5GB Data Plans

    The AT&T* USBConnect Momentum 4G** and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G** will be available in stores and online Aug. 21.

    AT&T also confirmed data pricing for data-only mobile broadband devices on the companyís forthcoming LTE network.

    Customers will be able to choose 5 gigabytes of data for a monthly rate of $50 with any additional data consumed available for $10 per gigabyte.

    LTE Roadmap

    AT&T recently announced plans to roll out 4G LTE in five markets Ė Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio Ė later this summer. Customers with compatible devices and 4G LTE coverage in those markets will be able to enjoy access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&Tís 4G LTE is turned up.

    As AT&T rolls out 4G LTE, customers outside of its 4G LTE coverage areas will still have access to AT&Tís fast HSPA+ network.

    By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE to customers in at least 15 markets, covering 70 million Americans.
    Discuss in the forums here.
    by Published on 08-15-2011 07:03 PM
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    Hereís the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G. Itís an Android phone running Gingerbread. Itís got a 4.5Ē Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2Ghz processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB of storage (13GB usable) and a 21mbps HSPA+ chip.



    Visually it shares the same design language with the Galaxy S II though the Infuse 4G has an extra search button and all menu buttons are touch sensitive.
    ...
    by Published on 08-15-2011 02:13 PM
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    Here's my thoughts Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility:

    They did it for Motorola Mobility's patents. Patents are an increasing important front in the smartphone war. Buying Motorola gives Google more ammunition to fight with.

    Motorola Mobility hasn't been doing great lately. As such they're been shedding a lot of jobs plus they recently split the company which makes them quite lean and thus makes them easier for Google to digest.

    Google has said they will operate Motorola Mobility as a separate company. In the short term this is a no brainer - it's 2 different companies with 2 different corporate cultures. However, going forward Google may be tempted to go full steam and become more vertically integrated: They'll start designing their own hardware to go with the software.
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    by Published on 08-15-2011 01:55 PM
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    A Motorola Nexus phone may be in the cards as Google has announced that they will be buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in a cash acquisition.

    The deal will allow Google to acquire Motorola's patent portfolio to protect itself against patent litigation, as well as its set-top box business which could be a boon to Google's faltering Google TV service.

    The deal is set to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012 pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

    What do you think of this deal? Discuss in the forums here.

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    by Published on 08-14-2011 11:56 AM
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    One of AT&T's main arguments for acquiring T-Mobile was that they needed their resources to expand their LTE network from 80 percent to 97 percent of the country.

    However a letter that was briefly posted on the FCC's website by a law firm representing AT&T contains information that appears to undermine the argument according to an analysis by DSLReports.com. DSLReports speculates that AT&T simply wants to reduce competition and doesn't need T-Mobile to expand their network but rather is using the expansion argument as an incentive to get approval.

    What's your opinion? Does AT&T really need T-Mobile or are they simply buying them out to better position themselves against the competition?

    Discuss in the AT&T forum here.
    by Published on 08-12-2011 01:44 PM
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    Back in the day I used to own a Acer tablet TM100 Tablet PC. It was slow, had a hard to see screen and had terrible battery life. Anyways that was then and now tabletís are all the range. It was a horrible piece of garbage that nearly scarred me for life. Since things have changed drastically. Now everyone is getting on the tablet-wagon. Here's HP's entry: the webOS powered Touchpad.

    The first thing that jumps out at me is how similar the Touchpad to a iPhone 3G. After thinking about it for a while though it also shares a lot of itís design language with the original Palm Pre. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2011 11:57 AM
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    Forum member "ceb unit" has kindly posted some pictures of the upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic, a highly anticipated 4G LTE device for Verizon Wireless. See them below. ...
    by Published on 08-11-2011 11:14 AM
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    VzBuzz reports that Laptop Magazine recently conducted a number of tests on the four major U.S. carriers' 4G networks. While not everything was rosy, when all was said and done Verizon came out on top:

    Speedtest.net rated Verizonís average download speed for the five test cities tested more than 2.5 times faster than T-Mobile, more than 3 times faster than Sprint and more than 5.5 times faster than AT&T. Verizon average download rate in the five cities was 12.3Mbps with an average upload rate of 4.7Mbps. The upload rate wiped the floor with the competition with more than 3 times faster than T-Mobile, 5.8 times faster than Sprint and 8 times faster than AT&T.

    When the test turned to downloading a 155MB file, Verizon once again dominated the competition with an average download rate of 4.4Mbps with Sprint and T-Mobile being a full Mbps behind. While attempting to upload a 2.7MB file Verizon averaged 1.7Mbps with only T-Mobile coming close averaging 997 Kbps. When downloading websites Verizon finished in an average of 10.2 seconds against Sprints 12.6 seconds, 14 seconds for T-Mobile and 16 seconds for AT&T.
    The overall results placed the carriers in the following order:

    1. Verizon
    2. T-Mobile
    3. Sprint
    4. AT&T

    See the full details of the test at Laptop Magazine. What is your 4G experience? Discuss in the carrier forums here.

    VzBuzz
    by Published on 08-11-2011 10:12 AM
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    Recently HP slashed the prices of their webOS based TouchPad devices by $100. It was intended to be a temporary back-to-school promotion but HP has since issued a statement saying the price cuts would now be permanent.

    The new prices are $399 and $499 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.

    Anyone tempted to try one at these prices? Do you think it'll better compete with the competition at these lower price points?

    Discuss in the TouchPad forum here.

    Neowin.net
    by Published on 08-09-2011 09:57 PM
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    Hereís my review of the LG Optimus 2x on Wind. Itís currently $445 on Wind Mobile which is considerably cheaper than the Motorola ATRIX, Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation 4G, EVO 3D, etc.


    The best thing about the 2x is itís beautiful screen. When I first turned it on I was a little surprised by how great it looks. Itís very clear with great colour and an excellent viewing angle. I actually prefer it to the higher resolution screens found on the Motorola ATRIX (easy decision) and the HTC Sensation 4G (a little harder). Itís a 4Ē display with a resolution of 800x480.
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    by Published on 08-09-2011 05:09 PM
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    Facebook has released a standalone mobile messaging app that ties in with its web-based messaging service.

    It is currently available for iOS and Android with BlackBerry support coming soon.

    Learn more and get it here.
    by Published on 08-09-2011 02:18 PM
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    Nokia's head in the U.S. has stated in an interview with AllThingsD that once they begin selling Windows Phone 7 devices that they will be pretty much out of the Symbian and S40 business in North America. Instead they plan to put their focus on selling their devices with Microsoft's new mobile OS using the traditional carrier route.

    When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc., Ē Nokia Inc. President Chris Weber said in an interview. ďIt will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesnít matter what we do (elsewhere).
    Anyone gonna miss Symbian? What do you think of Nokia's WP7 push?

    AllThingsD | Via: Phone Scoop

    Check out the Nokia S60 and S40 forums here and
    here
    .
    by Published on 08-09-2011 10:14 AM
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    Based on reports from BGR and Mobiledia, it seems Verizon has now joined AT&T and is putting a stop to people tethering without an authorized tethering/hotspot plan.

    Has this happened to you? What are your thoughts on tethering? Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 08-08-2011 04:43 PM
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    BGR reports having received details on RIM's first QNX phone codenamed BlackBerry "Colt" possibly launching in the first quarter of 2012.

    For those who don't know, QNX is a unix-like operating system acquired by RIM in 2010 that now powers their BlackBerry PlayBook.

    More info here.

    Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 08-06-2011 06:38 PM
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    According to Silicon Alley Insider, Apple is planning to disable iPhones running unauthorized copies of iOS 5 Beta. They are cracking down on developers selling slots to others.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/apple...iphones-2011-8

    Forum discussion here: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...-Beta-Firmware
    by Published on 08-04-2011 08:43 PM
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    AT&T will soon (August 11th?) be forcing those with unlimited data plans who tether without authorization onto a tiered data plan.

    An AT&T spokesperson had this to say:

    Earlier this year, we began sending letters, emails, and text messages to a small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but arenít on our required tethering plan. Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. (This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.)

    The letters outline three choices:

    1) Stop tethering and keep their current plan (including grandfathered unlimited plan)

    2) Proactively call AT&T or visit our stores and move to the required tethering plan

    3) Do nothing and weíll go ahead and add the tethering plan on their behalf ó after the dated noted in their customer notification
    Forum discussion here.

    9to5Mac