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    by Published on 10-24-2010 02:41 PM
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    On Friday HowardForums.com was the target of a DDOS attack. While the site experienced some downtime we were back after some countermeasures were put in place. Despite the countermeasures the attacks never actually stopped and have now changed.

    As such the HowardForums.com search engine has been temporarily disabled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    In the meantime you can search HowardForums.com using Google like this:

    site:howardforums.com search terms here

    You may also receive log-in errors and the WAP site and Tapatalk support may be down. We are working to resolve these issues and appreciate your patience.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 08:53 PM
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    Because we know you might curious as to why we were down today, we wanted to pass on to you what happened.

    Earlier today we were subjected to a denial-of-service attack called a "SYN flood" that took down our web servers for several hours. We were aware of it immediately after it happened, but it took a while to get everything back up and running.

    I asked Howard for a statement and he had this to say:

    "I believe the hacker group 'Pay Phone Posse' was responsible for the attack, blaming us for the demise of pay phones worldwide. I have word that they also hit some other cell phone related sites today. I believe their plan was to execute the DOS attack and then hang themselves with their telephone cords."
    If you're curious about what a SYN flood is, Wikipedia has an article about it here.

    Humor aside, all of us at HowardForums apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.
    by Published on 10-22-2010 10:04 AM
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    This morning Verizon Communications released their third quarter results.

    Wireless highlights:

    • 997,000 total net customer additions, excluding acquisitions and adjustments, in 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter; continued low retail postpaid churn of 1.07 percent.
    • 93.2 million customers; 101.1 million total connections.
    • 6.0 percent increase in total revenues from 3Q 2009; 7.7 percent increase in service revenues; data revenues up 26.3 percent; 29.9 percent operating income margin and 47.2 percent Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP).
    • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 86.7 million retail customers, which represented 93 percent of the company's wireless customers, the largest number of retail customers of any U.S. wireless provider.
    • In addition, the company had 7.9 million other connections at the end of the quarter -- such as machine-to-machine and telematics -- adding 251,000 net other connections in the quarter. This brings the number of total wireless connections to 101.1 million at the end of the third quarter.
    • Retail service ARPU (average monthly service revenue per user) grew 1.8 percent over third-quarter 2009, to $51.99. Retail data ARPU increased to $18.61, up 19.0 percent year over year.
    • Verizon Wireless announced the first tablets to be available to its customers: the Apple iPad Wi-Fi will go on sale on Oct. 28 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch on Nov. 11. In addition, the company continued to expand its smartphone lineup during the third quarter with the launch of the DROID X, DROID 2 and limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola; the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone; and a new model of the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone.
    • The company hosted its second annual Verizon Developers Conference in September, reaffirming its commitment to an open network and helping developers deliver applications to market quickly. Since the VDC was established in 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless customers.

    The full press release can be viewed here.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 04:27 PM

    I ran across this quiz posted over at FierceWireless and thought I'd share it here.

    They've come up with a pretty interesting list of questions to test your knowledge of the wireless industry. Check it out* and see how well you fare.

    *Name and email address are required in the quiz.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 03:17 PM
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    Droid-Life has posted a couple screenshots of a Verizon 4G "Reference Guide" that compares and contrasts LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+.

    Some quick notes:

    LTE: Downlink: 5 - 12 Mbps | Uplink: 2 - 5 Mbps

    WiMAX: Downlink: 3 - 6 Mbps | Uplink: 500 Kbps

    HSPA+: Downlink: 1.5 - 7 Mbps | Uplink: 1 - 4 Mbps

    In the Reference Guide, Verizon also touts other advantages of LTE over the competing technologies such as: global adoption, lower latency, and speed to market for device and app development.

    Verizon plans to first intro USB modems over 4G followed by smartphones and mobile hotspots.

    Visit Droid-Life at the link above for the screenshots and more details. And go here to learn more about Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network.

    That all being said, we know that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What do you think about Verizon's 4G claims?
    by Published on 10-21-2010 11:32 AM
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    3. News,
    4. Apps

    Winamp Beta for Android was released last night for devices running Android 2.1 and above and supports wireless and USB syncing to your desktop Winamp application (using 5.59 beta).

    Some notes below from the Winamp blog:
    Winamp, the Ultimate Media Player, is now available in beta on AndroidTM (Android 2.1 OS and above). It offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with the Winamp desktop library. In addition to high quality playback and persistent player controls, Winamp for Android offers wireless desktop sync with your Winamp desktop application (Winamp 5.59 beta required). Standard USB syncing also available.

    Mobilize Your Library
    A complete Android media management solution, that seamlessly syncs with your Winamp desktop library (USB or Wi-Fi).

    Wireless Desktop Sync
    No need to tie your Android phone down. Enable Wi-Fi sync and leave your cable behind (Winamp 5.59 beta required).

    Persistent Player Controls
    Quickly pause, change tracks, manage your play queue, see what's playing and access the Winamp home screen.

    Play Queue Management
    The play queue is a temporary track listing that allows you to easily select and sort tracks. And if you like, save it as a playlist.

    Widget Players & Shortcuts
    Add playlist shortcuts and the widget player to the Android home screen. As well as enable playback control from the lock-screen.

    Now Playing
    Displays song info, album art and more. Press and hold on the song info to interact with other apps like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.

    Supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app installed (on your Android device). Capturing all of your mobile listening history in real time.
    Read more and get the download at: Winamp Blog
    by Published on 10-21-2010 11:26 AM
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    AT&T released its third quarter results today.

    Record Wireless Sales, Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth Highlight AT&T’s Third-Quarter Results

    Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2010

    $2.08 diluted EPS compared to $0.54 diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2009; EPS of $0.55, excluding $1.53 in one-time gains from a previously disclosed tax settlement and the sale of Sterling Commerce

    Consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $31.6 billion in the third quarter, up $847 million, or 2.8 percent, versus the year-earlier period

    11.4 percent growth in wireless revenues, with a 10.5 percent increase in wireless service revenues

    Record wireless volumes, with more than 8 million postpaid integrated device sales

    2.6 million increase in total wireless subscribers — the highest third-quarter net gain in the company's history — to reach 92.8 million subscribers in service

    Postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 2.0 percent to $62.84, the seventh consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase

    1.32 percent total wireless churn, best-ever third-quarter

    30.5 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter

    First year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues in more than two years

    30.0 percent growth in consumer IP data revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion

    236,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.7 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates

    148,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections

    15.4 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services
    Read more at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pi...code=financial
    by Published on 10-20-2010 10:59 PM
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    2. Devices,
    3. News,
    4. Gaming,
    5. Apps

    Tonight Angry Birds maker Rovio released a Halloween supplement to their popular game. It features 45 levels of Halloween-themed avian destruction. Check out the promo video below and pick up your copy from the App Store (iOS devices only).

    iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398157641?mt=8

    iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398329664?mt=8

    Cheers touchArcade!
    by Published on 10-20-2010 06:55 PM
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    Some details below on Verizon's new data tiers for the various types of devices. Also included are some details on their 4G roll-out. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2010 04:24 PM
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    At the 4G World trade show Clearwire says it has recorded peak LTE download speeds of 90 Mbps during testing in Phoenix.

    CHICAGO--Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert said the operator has recorded peak download speeds of 90 Mbps in its initial testing of LTE technology in Phoenix. The results are notable in that the carrier currently advertises that its WiMAX network provides download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of 10 Mbps. For its part, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has said it will provide real-world LTE download speeds on its forthcoming network of 5-12 Mbps.

    Sievert, speaking here at the 4G World trade show, noted that the speeds were recorded in a real-world driving scenario, though clearly in a test network unburdened by actual customers. Test results are often much different than speeds obtained in real-world wireless networks.

    Clearwire announced earlier this year it would test LTE technology, and Sievert said the carrier hasn't yet made any decisions about its technological future.

    "This is not something we have decided about, but that we're actively testing," he said.
    Read more at: FierceBroadbandWireless - Clearwire details results of initial LTE testing
    by Published on 10-19-2010 12:37 AM
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    2. Devices,
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    4. Commentary and Analysis,
    5. Carriers

    During Apple's financial earnings call today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't mince words, offering a scathing opinion of Android vs. iOS.

    Watch the video below to hear what he has to say:

    Thoughts? Opinions? Is he right or wrong? Both? Sort of?

    Source: Neowin.net - Steve Jobs tears into Android on Apple's earnings call

    UPDATE - RIM, Google, and TweetDeck responses are below:

    "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 - 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple's preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM's August-ending quarter doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple's Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story."

    - Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)
    From CrackBerry.com.

    the definition of open: "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make"

    - Andy Rubin via Twitter
    Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't.
    We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is

    - TweetDeck CEO
    Sources: AndroidCentral.com | MacRumors.com
    by Published on 10-18-2010 09:45 AM
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    [I]Broadcom today announced that it has acquired Beceem Communications for $315M. According to Broadcom, the acquisition will allow the companies to accelerate the availability of low cost WiMax, and more importantly, LTE devices.

    Beceem, a privately-held company, is a leading provider of fourth generation (4G) wireless platform solutions. Beceem has announced the industry’s first 4G multimode chips that can support both LTE and WiMAX 4G networks. Beceem’s industry leading WiMAX chips are in many clients offered by Clear and others.

    Beceem had filed for a $100 million IPO in April on the strength of its WiMax and “4G” orders. This exit by acquisition will likely be noted with interest by other chip startups, such as Altair Semiconductor and Sequans Communications, notes LightReading.

    Eran Eshed, co-founder of Altair, told Dailywireless this morning that the Broadcom purchase was “not a surprise” and that their exit was “sub-optimal”. Eshed believes the real value growth of 4G start-ups like his will be in the next couple of years. He’s also skeptical that Beceem’s LTE chip is ready to go.

    More at: dailywireless.org
    by Published on 10-14-2010 09:39 AM
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    Beginning October 28th Verizon Wireless will be selling Apple's iPad. Service will be month-to-month with no termination fee. It won't run directly on Verizon's network, but will connect to it via Wi-Fi and the MiFi Mobile Hotspot.

    Verizon will also sell the iPad as a standalone product without the MiFi bundle.

    More: Verizon Wireless - iPad | FAQ's
    by Published on 10-13-2010 09:56 PM
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    The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is making its way to Canada in the coming weeks and will be launching on Rogers, Bell, and Virgin Mobile. Aside from shipping with BlackBerry 6 and 512MB of added RAM there are only minor changes from the 9700 which was released last year.

    Mark October 28th on your calendar as the launch date, but a source tells us the Bell and Virgin might start the party off early with a Oct. 21 launch. Look for the refresh BlackBerry Bold to set you back $150 on a 3 year term with voice and data.

    Thanks BerryReview!

    by Published on 10-13-2010 04:44 PM
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    Condensed version:

    T-Mobile Jet Prepaid USB stick coming Oct 18th online and 20th in store

    prepaid data plans:

    $10 week pass (100MB)
    $30 month pass (300MB)
    $50 month pass (1GB)

    prepaid voice and data plans:

    $70/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 2 GB of Data
    $50/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 100 MB of Data
    $30/month 1,500 Talk and Text (mix and match voice and text messages) with 30 MB of Data
    Unlimited Text and $0.10/minute
    $1.49/day Web DayPass ...
    by Published on 10-13-2010 12:54 PM
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    Apple is holding a special Mac-focused media event on October 20th at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

    Could "Lion" be the name of a new version of Mac OS?

    Read more: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 10-12-2010 04:49 PM
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    The image says it all...
    Head over to your local WIND Mobile location to score yourself an awesome deal!

    by Published on 10-11-2010 11:36 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Reviews and Hands-on

    I had a chance to play with the LG Optimus 7 and Quantum last week.

    The Quantum has a slide out QWERTY keyboard. It's coming to ATT and Bell

    The 7 is touch screen only, coming to TELUS.

    Both have the regular WP7 stuff (1ghz processor, WVGA display, 5MP camera). LG WP7 phones also come with DLNA, Augmented reality (like layers), and an assisted photo stitch panorama feature.
    by Published on 10-11-2010 10:27 AM
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    Microsoft just announced Windows Phone 7. They will be available starting Nov 8th.

    There will be 9 phones; 5 from HTC, 2 from LG and 1 each from Samsung and Dell.

    AT&T, T-Mobile, TELUS, Bell and Rogers will all have phones at or around launch time.

    AT&T: HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum

    T-Mobile USA: HTC HD7, United States, Dell Venue Pro

    TELUS: HTC 7 Surround, LG Optimus 7

    Rogers: Samsung Focus

    Bell: LG Optimus Quantum

    All have 1Ghz snapdragon processors with WVGA displays and 5 megapixel cameras. ...