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    by Published on 03-03-2011 12:56 PM
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    Malware called "DroidDream" has infected more than 50 apps in the Android Market as discovered by a Reddit user named Lompolo, and Android Police.

    The apps have since been removed by Google from the Market but the malicious code likely remains on the devices the apps have been installed on, which is estimated to be around 200,000.

    Trend Micro Senior Security Advisor Rik Ferguson recommends affected users either replace their handset or reinstall the OS.

    Full list of infected apps here.

    Via: Neowin.net

    Update: Google is using Android's "kill switch" feature to remotely remove the malicious apps from affected devices and in the process is also writing new code to the devices that nullifies the exploit. More at BGR.
    by Published on 03-02-2011 02:22 PM
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    At a media event this morning Apple announced the successor to their popular iPad, the iPad 2. Here's a run down of the features:

    • Apple A5 Dual Core Processor
    • Front and Rear Cameras
    • FaceTime and PhotoBooth
    • iOS 4.3
    • 10 Hour Battery Life
    • Thinner and Lighter
    • HMDI Out (to 1080p) With Simultaneous Charging
    • GarageBand and iMovie
    • New Magnetic Cover Accessory (Smart Cover) in Multiple Colors
    • Same Starting $499 Price
    • Mute or Rotation Lock Preference (with iOS 4.3)
    • AT&T and Verizon Versions
    • White or Black
    • 9x Faster Graphics
    • Gyro


    The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th in both black and white versions. iOS 4.3 will also be available on March 11th for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone (GSM version) and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.

    More info here.
    by Published on 03-01-2011 10:13 AM
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    T-Mobile has announced that the Danger service powering its Sidekick line of devices will be ending on May 31st.

    After May 31, 2011, the Danger Service (a subsidiary of Microsoft) used by T-Mobile Sidekick customers for data services will no longer be available on Sidekick devices.

    T-Mobile will provide offers for our Sidekick customers before May 31, 2011, to help make an easy transition from their existing Sidekick device to a new device. We will have more information to share about these offers with our customers in the weeks ahead.

    To ensure the best possible transition for our loyal Sidekick customers, an enhanced Web tool is available on myT-Mobile.com to easily export their personal data, including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks, from the Danger service to a new device, computer, or a designated e-mail account. An application is also available in the Sidekick Catalog to make it easy to export personal data to the Sidekick’s memory card. Many T-Mobile stores can transfer data from that card to a new T-Mobile device if the customer brings in the memory card and Sidekick.
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    by Published on 02-28-2011 04:23 PM
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    T-Mobile has started slamming AT&T, Verizon and their iPhones in their "State of the Smartphone" posting here. They compare Android vs. iPhone and their 4G network and devices to AT&T and Verizon's 3G iPhones.

    Is speed alone enough? Especially with Verizon and AT&T ramping up their own 4G networks?

    T-Mobile | Via: BGR
    by Published on 02-28-2011 11:25 AM
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    Check out the video below which demos a notification system for jailbroken iPhones that improves upon the standard modal iOS notifications.



    You can get the app by adding the following repo to Cydia: http://phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo

    More info here.
    by Published on 02-26-2011 01:41 PM
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    Consumer Reports has stated that the same death touch/grip issue found in the GSM iPhone 4 is also present in the CDMA iPhone 4. As such they are also excluding it from their list of recommended smartphones.

    Big deal or tempest in a teapot?

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    by Published on 02-24-2011 12:17 PM
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    Sprint's first Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Arrive will be available on March 20th for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It can be pre-ordered now via Sprint stores.

    More info and pre-order details here.
    by Published on 02-21-2011 05:35 PM
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    Today Microsoft started rolling out an update to Windows Phone 7 devices that will pave the way for future updates. It's not the update you've been waiting for, but will ensure a better process for when that update finally comes.

    More: Windows Phone Blog | Windows Phone Update History

    Via: BGR
    by Published on 02-14-2011 10:11 PM
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    Qualcomm announced today a quad-core Snapdragon mobile chipset capable of running 2.5GHZ per core. Qualcomm says it will offer 12x the performance with 75 percent less power required than first-gen Snapdragon chips.

    It should start rolling out early 2012.

    Press release here | Via: Android Central
    by Published on 02-11-2011 10:28 AM
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    Nokia and Microsoft have announced they will work together on the future of the Windows Phone ecosystem, with Nokia contributing its hardware, language support and imaging expertise to the platform, as well as bringing Windows Phone in at a variety of price points.

    Is this a good move? Or is it the day that Nokia died?

    More info | Press release
    by Published on 02-10-2011 08:57 PM
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    Just caught this one. Still some time left to win. Check it out on their Facebook page here.

    Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 02-07-2011 10:15 PM
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    From the press release:

    07 February 2011
    Kyocera Echo, Exclusively from Sprint, Revolutionizes the Android Experience as the First Dual-Touchscreen Smartphone

    Two screens connected by an innovative pivot hinge offer the ability to complete two tasks at once, taking the ability to multitask to a powerful new level

    Available this spring for $199.99 after mail in rebate; Visit sprint.com/echo to pre-register and check out images of the only Android phone with two screens
    NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE), February 07, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the first dual-touchscreen Android™ smartphone, Kyocera Echo™, exclusively from Sprint. This Android-powered device features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a patent-pending “pivot hinge” that enables the two displays to operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonally) integrated display.

    Until now, a single screen on a smartphone could only be used to complete one task at a time, even with limited multitasking capabilities available on some smartphones. Kyocera Echo’s second screen provides the ability to do two things at the same time and get more done – send an email on one screen while surfing the web on the other, watch a video on one screen while texting on the other, comparison shop online with one web site on each screen and so much more.
    In its closed position, Kyocera Echo is a pocket-friendly, single-display smartphone. When opened, Kyocera Echo reveals a revolutionary new platform for wireless multitasking and gives customers a new level of versatility in Android. Its innovative hardware and optimized software enables consumers to use the touchscreens in four unique ways:

    * Single-Screen Mode with all the functionality of a single-display, touch-screen smartphone.

    * Simul-Task™ Mode with two of the phone’s seven core apps (messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, phone, gallery, contacts and VueQue™) running concurrently but independently on the dual displays – e.g., reading e-mail on one screen and opening a text message on the other; checking Facebook® via the browser on one screen while looking through a photo gallery on the other; or even searching the Web on one screen and checking email on the other.

    * Optimized Mode with both displays supporting a single, optimized app with complementary functionality and enhanced usability – e.g., composing e-mail on one screen with a touchscreen keyboard on the other; watching a YouTube™ video on one display while browsing and queuing additional YouTube videos on the other (with a preloaded Kyocera app called VueQue™); or viewing gallery images on one display while browsing image thumbnails on the other.

    * Tablet Mode with one application spread across both displays for a full 4.7-inch viewing area. Tablet Mode is ideal for viewing maps, videos, websites, detailed documents, and long lists on-the-go.
    Kyocera Echo will be available this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $100 mail-in rebate in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). Pricing excludes surcharges and taxes.
    Specs:
    * Android 2.2
    * Sprint’s nationwide 3G network and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)*
    * Wi-Fi hotspot capability, which supports wireless connections for up to five devices
    * 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and digital zoom
    * 720p HD camcorder to quickly capture those on-the-go memorable moments
    * Corporate (Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP & IMAP) e-mail, IM (Google Talk™), text messaging
    * Media player with a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
    * Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1 (+ EDR)
    * Full HTML Web browser with Google Search™
    * 1GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD 8650 Android)
    * 1 gigabyte (GB) of onboard memory and an 8GB microSD™ card for the external memory card slot supporting cards up to 32GB
    * Voice and text prompts in both English and Spanish

    Full press release here
    by Published on 02-05-2011 03:40 AM
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    The iPhone war is heating up between AT&T and Verizon.



    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 02-03-2011 11:21 AM
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    A memo (in PDF format) available on Verizon's site here details some changes to how Verizon will be handling data throughput for heavy consumers as well has optimizing the delivery of content to make data consumption more efficient.

    From the memo:

    Important Information about Verizon Wireless Data Plans and Features

    As part of our continuing efforts to provide the best experience to our more than 94 million customers, Verizon Wireless is introducing two new network management practices.
    We are implementing optimization and transcoding technologies in our network to transmit data files in a more efficient manner to allow available network capacity to benefit the greatest number of users. These techniques include caching less data, using less capacity, and sizing the video more appropriately for the device. The optimization process is agnostic to the content itself and to the website that provides it. While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device. For a further, more detailed explanation of these techniques, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/vzwoptimization

    If you subscribe to a Data Plan or Feature on February 3, 2011 or after, the following applies:

    Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren't negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.
    What do you think of this? Is this a step toward removing the unlimited data feature? Are they bracing for the iPhone 4?

    Discussion in the Verizon forum here.

    Via: BGR
    by Published on 02-02-2011 04:29 PM
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    AT&T will soon be offering smartphone users who tether an additional 2GB of data for their $20 instead of charging just for the ability to tether.

    They've also announced the creation of a mobile hotspot plan that will enable multiple devices to connect via wi-fi to select smartphones with a 4GB allotment.

    Press release below: ...
    by Published on 01-31-2011 10:33 AM
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    Canalys reported today that the Android platform has supplanted Symbian as the world's best selling smartphone platform with Q4 2010 shipments at 33.3 million to Symbian's 31 million.

    Nokia retained the top spot as the top selling smartphone hardware vendor with 28% of the smartphone market.

    More: BGR
    by Published on 01-29-2011 03:45 AM
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    If you previously signed up for the email notification with Verizon you should be receiving (if you haven't already) info on exactly when and where to pre-order your iPhone 4.

    As shown in the image above the pre-orders begin for current Verizon customers at 3 AM Eastern (Midnight Pacific) on Thursday February 3rd.

    Who's staying up (or waking up) to pre-order the iPhone 4?

    You can discuss the iPhone in our Apple forum here.
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:52 PM
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    The updates should start pushing OTA tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern Time and can also be updated through the Desktop Manager.

    Via: Phone Scoop
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