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    by Published on 03-28-2011 09:44 AM
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    Apple will be holding its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco from 6-10 June where they will give a preview of the next version of iOS.

    If iOS rumors pan out, the next version of iOS (5) will launch in the fall and is expected to be a major update that will include a cloud-based hosting service for media as well as a location-based service that offers to find friends and family.

    Anything you'd like to see in the next iOS update?

    Apple Via: Mac Rumors | TechCrunch
    by Published on 03-25-2011 02:39 PM
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    Apple has released iOS 4.3.1 for the GSM iPhone 4 (sorry Verizon iPhone users), iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.

    This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

    - Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
    - Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
    - Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
    - Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services
    Connect to iTunes to get the update.

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 03-24-2011 04:12 PM
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    It's official: The Blackberry Playbook will support both Android and Blackberry apps

    RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook· BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps

    · Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support

    · Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)

    · BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps

    Waterloo, ON - Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

    RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

    In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

    “The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.”

    Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

    Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

    BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).

    BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

    The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe® AIR®, through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe® Flash® as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

    RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

    Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:

    • Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
    • Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
    • Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
    • Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
    • Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools

    “The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users,” said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. “The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on.”

    Gaming Engines

    Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    "Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers," says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, "however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers."

    RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm’s games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.
    “With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit,” said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. “Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform.”

    The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.
    by Published on 03-23-2011 10:41 AM
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    Microsoft has started pushing out the long awaited "NoDo" Windows Phone 7 update. It should be available worldwide on all handsets by the end of the week.

    The update provides the following:

    March 2011
    OS version: 7.0.7390.0

    • Copy & paste. You asked for it—now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. To learn more, see Copy & paste.

    • Faster apps and games. Nobody likes to wait. That's why we've whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

    • Better Marketplace search. We've streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

    • Other Marketplace improvements. We've improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. We've also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, using a credit card with an address outside the United States, sharing links to apps via email, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date, and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.

    • Wi-Fi improvements. We now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We've also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

    • Outlook improvements. We've improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]").

    • Messaging improvements. We've improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM.

    • Facebook integration. We've improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.

    • Camera improvements. We've improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes.

    • Audio improvements. We've improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.

    • Other performance improvements. This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone.
    Microsoft | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 03-23-2011 01:43 AM
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    Amazon has taken the wraps off their Android Appstore. The store is currently offering a free paid app every day. As of this writing, Angry Birds Rio is being offered free of charge.

    The Amazon Appstore for Android can be accessed via a web browser or their Android app.

    More info here.
    by Published on 03-22-2011 10:16 AM
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    "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to Reuters ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference.
    Verizon will not oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, nor are they interested in purchasing Sprint to leap back in front of AT&T in subscriber numbers. Instead:

    The CEO said the company did not want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.
    Reuters | Via: Neowin.net

    Is a Verizon purchase of Sprint completely off the table or is it inevitable?
    by Published on 03-22-2011 09:04 AM
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    The Blackberry Playbook is now available for preorder from Future Shop/Best Buy for $499/599/699 for 16GB/32/64:

    U.S. – www.bestbuy.com/playbook Canada – www.bestbuy.ca/blackberry or www.futureshop.ca/blackberry

    Today, RIM and Best Buy announced the pre-orders, pricing and launch date for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will come in three models, featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. It is scheduled to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S., as well as Best Buy and Future Shop* stores in Canada. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can place their orders beginning today by visiting their local Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop store, or by ordering on-line (after 8 a.m. EDT)

    Today, RIM also announced plans to make the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada. The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models and will feature a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $499 in the U.S. and Canada. Read the full lineup of retailers and wireless carriers currently expected to carry the BlackBerry PlayBook in the U.S. and Canada at http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=4914.
    by Published on 03-22-2011 12:55 AM
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    Angry Birds Rio, a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Rovio has been released on iOS. The game is a tie-in to the Fox movie Rio which is coming out in April.

    iPhone/iPod touch | iPad

    The Android version is forthcoming will be launching exclusively on the Amazon Appstore
    by Published on 03-21-2011 02:28 PM
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    Here's a quick demo of the WiFi Xoom:

    Here's the press release. It's as low as $599.99. The launch date hasn't been announced yet.

    March 21 CNW - TELUS today announced the upcoming release of the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi tablet, called "the most potentially disruptive technology" by CNET at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. The MOTOROLA XOOM is the first wireless device to run Google's new Android 3.0 platform, which has been optimized for tablets.
    Android 3.0 (also known as Honeycomb) features the latest Google Mobile services, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to over 150,000 apps from the Android Market. This latest version of Android also takes advantage of the larger screens and the power of tablets to introduce features such as tabbed browsing, visual bookmarks, interactive 3D user interfaces and true multitasking.
    The MOTOROLA XOOM showcases all these built-for-tablet innovations offered by Android 3.0 with a product that delivers the power of a laptop in the portability of a tablet. It can be connected to the Internet via a traditional Wi-Fi hotspot, or through data sharing with a Wi-Fi capable smartphone with a data plan for use anywhere you can get a wireless signal. The beautiful 10.1" HD display, with 1280x800 resolution, is ideal for surfing and reading, viewing photos or video and gaming. Content can be projected to an HDTV using the available HDMI cable. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera captures HD video while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera supports video chats. The MOTOROLA XOOM also comes equipped with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB on-board memory to satisfy even the most intensive browsing, gaming and multimedia needs.
    "We are thrilled to bring the first Android 3.0 powered tablet to Canadians. Almost by the month, Canadians are doing more through multiple 'screens' which tablets and smartphones provide. They're a dashboard for our busy lives and on-the-go entertainment needs," said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. "TELUS is committed to delivering not only multiple screens, but the very best screens for the job. The MOTOROLA XOOM boasts best-in-class features and a rich mobile experience in one breathtaking package. This was worth waiting for."
    "Motorola is focused on delivering game-changing, innovative technologies that delight users and enhance their mobile computing experiences," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility. "The MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi packs the power of a laptop in a tablet, the first tablet to run Google Android 3.0 for unparalleled multi-tasking, HD entertainment, and Adobe Flash PC-like web browsing".
    Get the most from your time online
    With TELUS Voice and Data Flex plans paired with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot-enabled smartphone, Canadians can share their 4G mobile internet connection with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi wherever they go while knowing they do not have to worry about tracking or limiting their data usage and with no additional fees. Each month, clients start with 1 GB of data and, depending on their usage that month, the Flex Plan will automatically adjust up to 5 GB, helping clients avoid unexpected overage fees.
    For more information, please visit: http://www.telusmobility.com/clear_choice_voice_data/
    Getting started on a tablet has never been easier
    TELUS is committed to helping Canadians navigate their new smartphone and tablet purchases, including the MOTOROLA XOOM. The TELUS Learning Centre is a complimentary learning service designed to provide a unique in-store and online experience for all clients. With an easy and convenient web-based scheduling tool, TELUS clients can book a "how-to" session at 200 TELUS locations across Canada to learn how to get the most out of their MOTOROLA XOOM and other TELUS devices from trained experts.
    The perfect pair: MOTOROLA XOOM and Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR
    Powered by Android 2.2, the soon-to-be-released Motorola DEFY smartphone from TELUS lets users create their own mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Paired with the MOTOROLA XOOM, the Motorola DEFY creates a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling users to share access to the web on their tablet on TELUS' blazing fast 4G network anytime and anywhere. This connection also allows for easy data-sharing, file transferring and more.
    The Motorola DEFY is a smartphone built for everyday life with a water-resistant, dustproof design, and a scratch-resistant display that can keep up with the many adventures of everyday life. Durable, powerful and versatile, the Motorola DEFY is the perfect complement to the powerhouse MOTOROLA XOOM and a sure-fire solution for keeping users connected no matter where they are.
    Stay tuned for pricing and availability of the Motorola DEFY at TELUS.
    TELUS will offer the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi for as little as $599.99. Stay tuned for information on availability.
    * available as a free download from Android MarketTM
    by Published on 03-20-2011 03:16 PM
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    DALLAS & BONN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future”

    AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

    With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

    Stephenson continued, “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

    Deutsche Telekom Chairman and CEO René Obermann said, “After evaluating strategic options for T-Mobile USA, I am confident that AT&T is the best partner for our customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem. Our common network technology makes this a logical combination and provides an efficient path to gaining the spectrum and network assets needed to provide T-Mobile customers with 4G LTE and the best devices. Also, the transaction returns significant value to Deutsche Telekom shareholders and allows us to retain exposure to the U.S. market.”

    As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would give Deutsche Telekom an ownership interest in AT&T of approximately 8 percent. A Deutsche Telekom representative will join the AT&T Board of Directors.

    by Published on 03-18-2011 02:33 PM
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    In the wake of the crisis in Japan, Google has released an updated version of its Android Translate app that provides experimental support for translating between Japanese and over 50 other languages. This experimental version currently only runs on Android 2.0 and higher.

    Download this experimental version of Google Translate for Android to translate text automatically between Japanese and over 50 other languages. You can also use Conversation Mode for speech-to-speech translation between English, Spanish and Japanese.
    Get it here.

    Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-18-2011 10:21 AM
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    AT&T has begun sending letters, emails and text messages to those they suspect are tethering without a required tethering plan. In essence they are instructing those users to cease and desist, volunteer to sign up for a tethering plan, or otherwise be forced onto a tethering plan. This would affect users who've jailbroken their iPhones and using apps such as MyTether and MyWi to tether their computers with their devices.

    Anyone gotten this?

    More: TiPb

    UPDATE: It appears that users who don't tether at all are also receiving the same message and that perhaps AT&T is simply targeting users with high data usage. Both MyWi and TetherMe don't show any tethering data usage under Settings--General--Usage. modmyi.com
    by Published on 03-17-2011 03:17 PM
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    WIND has announced today that Russian Mobile Operator VimpelCom will acquire WIND Telecom for $6 Billion. For details on how WIND Mobile is affected, hit up the source link.

    Source: WIND | Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-15-2011 04:08 PM
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    Chitika Insights is reporting that the Verizon iPhone now comprises approximately 12 percent of total U.S. iPhone ownership just over a month after being made available on the carrier. Note: the tally is updated regularly and can fluctuate both up and down depending on when you view the page linked above.

    Any HoFo'ers defect from AT&T to Verizon?

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 03-15-2011 03:47 PM
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    T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to Japan and Wi-Fi Calling and Text Messaging Charges to and From Japan


    T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company is taking steps to provide relief and help customers stay connected to loved ones in the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
    “During this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Japan,” said Philipp Humm, CEO and president, T-Mobile USA. “Many of T-Mobile’s customers, their friends and families have been directly impacted by this disaster, and our promise is to help them connect with their loved ones.”
    Effective immediately:

    • T-Mobile USA is enabling phone calls to Japan for postpaid customers without charges for international long distance through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
    • T-Mobile postpaid customers can make Wi-Fi calls to and from Japan free of charge through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
    • Text (SMS) messaging is also free of charge to and from Japan for T-Mobile postpaid customers through March 31, 2011 and retroactive to March 11, 2011.

    Ways Customers Can Directly Assist Relief Efforts

    If you are a T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid customer interested in helping immediately, you can text “REDCROSS” to 90999, and your donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Crossto help with relief efforts. This donation will be charged to your T-Mobile phone bill, and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the Red Cross. There is no per-text fee for this service for T-Mobile customers who do not have a messaging plan, nor will the text be deducted from your messaging plan. Similarly, you can send donations via text message to a number of other relief organizations. T-Mobile does not charge for text messages sent to mobile giving campaigns.
    by Published on 03-15-2011 09:13 AM
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    Verizon and HTC announced via press release that the eagerly awaited LTE-capable HTC Thunderbolt will be available on March 17th for $249.99 with a two-year contract.

    4G LTE unlimited data is $29.99 a month and Verizon is offering Mobile Hotspot for free with the device through May 15th.

    HTC Product Page | Verizon's Thunderbolt Page
    by Published on 03-14-2011 10:47 AM
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    In an effort to help people reach out to loved ones in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami, AT&T and Verizon will offer free calling and waived text charges until the end of this month.

    Via: Phone Scoop

    UPDATE: Sprint is now offering free calling and text: More.

    You can also donate to the Japan Red Cross relief efforts by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10. More details and participating carriers here.
    by Published on 03-11-2011 11:22 AM
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    According to the official Windows Phone Blog, the long awaited update to Windows Phone 7 sporting copy-and-paste functionality has been delayed until the latter half of this month:

    Status of the “copy and paste” update

    We have the next update waiting in the wings. It delivers copy and paste, better Marketplace search, and other key improvements.

    But I believe it’s important that we learn all we can from the February update. So I’ve decided to take some extra time to ensure the update process meets our standards, your standards, and the standards of our partners. As a result, our plan is to start delivering the copy-and-paste update in the latter half of March.
    The delay shouldn't affect the update announced at Mobile World Congress:

    This short pause should in no way impact the timing of future updates, including the one announced recently at Mobile World Congress featuring multitasking, a Twitter feature, and a new HTML 5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile.
    Windows Phone Blog
    by Published on 03-10-2011 12:00 PM   
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    Angry Farm, a game freakishly similar to Angry Birds, has come to BlackBerry. It sports Angry Birds-like slingshot action against opponents protected by fortresses.

    It's the closest that BlackBerry fans can currently get to Angry Birds and is available in BlackBerry App World here for $4.99.

    Via: IntoMobile

    UPDATE: An updated version of this app has been released that improves upon the original. And according to CrackBerry.com Rovio is considering releasing a version of Angry Birds that will work on the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. ...
    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.
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