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    by Published on 09-28-2011 11:51 AM
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    Amazon's long-rumored Android-based tablet made its debut today. It sports a highly customized version of Android, has a 7" multi-touch IPS display, runs Android apps, has Wi-Fi, a dual-core processor and 8GB of on-device storage.

    The Kindle Fire will launch November 15th for $199. Any takers?

    Forum discussion here.

    More info at Amazon.

    by Published on 09-27-2011 11:08 AM
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is inviting journalists to its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters next week for an iPhone-related event on Oct. 4.

    The invitation Apple Inc. sent on Tuesday does not go into details. It says "let's talk iPhone," suggesting that the usually secretive company is likely to unveil the next iteration of its popular smartphones.
    Forum discussion here.

    Yahoo! News
    by Published on 09-26-2011 09:50 AM
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    Seems Motorola may have a DROID RAZR in the works?

    Forum discussion here.

    This is my next…
    by Published on 09-21-2011 02:49 PM
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    From the official Windows Phone Blog:

    For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status.
    by Published on 09-19-2011 09:39 AM
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    Verizon Wireless To Launch Pantech Breakout™

    Pantech Breakout Combines Tremendous 4G LTE Speed and the Latest Features with Affordability

    09/19/2011

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Pantech Breakout™ will be exclusively available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22.

    The Pantech Breakout smartphone, brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), shines with super-fast downloads packaged in a slim and attractive design. Customers will have access to custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices by using the Net Media app on their Pantech Breakout.

    Additional features:

    - Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas
    - Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
    - 1 GHz processor
    - 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)
    - Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
    - 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
    - Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails
    - 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p
    - VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
    - Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
    - Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access
    - 8 GB pre-installed microSD™

    Pricing and availability:

    - The Pantech Breakout will be available on Sept. 22 in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. - Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
    - Customers that purchase a Pantech Breakout smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
    Any takers? Discuss in the forums here.

    Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 09-15-2011 11:21 AM
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    AT&T CFO John Stephens stated during a conference appearance today that the company will launch LTE service in San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston on September 18th and have 15 markets up by year's end.

    More in the forums here.
    by Published on 09-13-2011 10:05 AM
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    Acting president of HTC America, Martin Fichter, says the iPhone is starting to lose its "cool" factor for young people based on an informal survey he held of his daughter's dorm buddies at Reed College in Portland, OR.

    “None of them has an iPhone,” Fichter said, “because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacturer’s devices.”

    Added Fichter: “Macbook Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”
    Any truth to this? Do you have something other than an iPhone because your parents have one? iPhone toting parents, are your kids carrying something different than you?

    Mashable
    by Published on 09-12-2011 09:30 AM
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    HTC Corp. chairwoman Cher Wang, has said that the company is considering buying a smartphone OS. While HP's webOS could be in the cards, Ms. Wang didn't name it specifically.

    After the global PC heavyweight Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) announced on Aug. 18 a plan to spin off its PC business and stop sales of its TouchPad tablet that uses the WebOS operating system, a slew of manufacturers like HTC and Samsung reportedly have been trying to acquire the WebOS platform to expand their mobile market reach.

    "We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse," Wang said in an interview with the Economic Observer of China.
    Is this a good move by HTC? Assuming webOS is the logical (and only) choice, would it be a good fit for HTC? Forum discussion here.

    Focus Taiwan | Via: BGR
    by Published on 09-09-2011 10:03 AM
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    Bloomberg reports today that Sprint plans to offer the iPhone 5 starting mid-October and will pair it with unlimited data in order to better compete with AT&T and Verizon. This coincides with a previous report by the Wall Street Journal stating almost as much.

    Any Sprint users jonesing for an iPhone? Talk about it here.

    Bloomberg | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 09-07-2011 11:40 AM
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    In the midst of their bleak outlook on RIM, Canaccord Genuity financial analysts Michael Walkley and Matthew Ramsay said they are seeing increased carrier and OEM support for Windows Phone 7 as a third ecosystem to iOS and Android.

    “With our checks indicated increased carrier support and [manufacturer] focus on [Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7] as a third competitive smartphone ecosystem versus [Google Inc.'s Android] and [Apple's iOS], we believe RIM with its QNX strategy faces a steep uphill climb to regain consumer mindshare,” they said.
    Read the full report at: Financial Post | Via: WMPoweruser | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 09-07-2011 11:13 AM
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    Verizon has officially announced that Motorola's first 4G LTE phone the long-awaited DROID BIONIC will launching tomorrow, September 8th, for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.

    Press release below: ...
    by Published on 09-05-2011 05:08 PM
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    How familiar is this?



    Nokia is looking to replace its iconic ringtone with something new. To achieve that, they have launched a global competition to find someone who can compose the new ringtone, and in return is offering a prize of $10,000 USD.

    Think you've got Nokia's next jingle in your head? Enter the competition (and listen to other entries) here and discuss in the forums here.


    Nokia
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    by Published on 09-04-2011 07:12 PM
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    Apple has told the ITC they they believe Andy Rubin got the inspiration for Android from his work at Apple many years ago. From FOSS Patents:

    Android and Mr. Rubin's relevant background does not start, as HTC would like the Commission to believe, with his work at General Magic or Danger in the mid-1990s. In reality, as the evidence revealed at the hearing, Mr. Rubin began his career at Apple in the early 1990s and worked as a low-level engineer specifically reporting to the inventors of the '263 [realtime API] patent at the exact time their invention was being conceived and developed. [...] It is thus no wonder that the infringing Android platform used the claimed subsystem approach of the '263 patent that allows for flexibility of design and enables the platform to be "highly customizable and expandable" as HTC touts.
    FOSS Patents has also stated:

    If Apple sued Google directly over the '263 patent, there could be an injunction against Android
    Do you think Andy Rubin got the idea for Android from his time at Apple, or is this a stretch by Apple? Discuss here.

    More at: FOSS Patents | Via: Phone Scoop
    by Published on 09-03-2011 10:57 PM
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    Researchers Gartner and IDC have predicted that Windows Phone 7 could have a market share of approximately 20% by 2015. This will put it ahead of Apple's iOS but still significantly behind Google's Android which could be sitting pretty at 49% by then.

    However...

    Forecasts by researchers Gartner and IDC, which expects a market share of about 20 percent in 2015, are conservative, said Achim Berg, head of Windows Phone marketing, in Berlin today.
    Microsoft believes that due to multiple hardware manufacturers, increased marketing efforts, and with the upcoming release of WP7 devices in Europe, it could capture more than 20% of the market.

    Thoughts? Discuss here.

    Bloomberg | Via: BGR
    by Published on 09-01-2011 02:19 PM
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    Today HTC unveiled two of its next generation Windows Phone 7 devices, the mid-range Radar and the high-end Titan.



    The Radar has a 1 GHz processor, 3.8 inch 480x800 display, 8 GB of storage, and a 1520 mAh battery. More info here. Radar promo video below:





    The Titan sports a 1.5 GHz processor, a MASSIVE 4.7 inch 480x800 display, 16 GB of storage, and a 1600 mAh battery. More info here. Titan promo video below: ...
    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 09:59 AM
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    Amid the rumors (repeatedly denied) that Samsung was considering purchasing HP's PC business, now comes a rumor that Samsung is eying the purchase of webOS. Sources reported that Samsung may be considering it due to Google's planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

    Samsung already has their own home grown OS called Bada, but it hasn't picked up much traction outside of Asia.

    Assuming there's any truth to the rumors, would Samsung be a good home for webOS? Discuss here.

    Digitimes | Via: PreCentral
    by Published on 08-26-2011 03:45 PM
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    ZDNet's Matthew Miller blogged today that he believes Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most stable modern mobile phone operating system. Some snippets of his opinions on WP7 other mobile phone OS's: ...
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