Friday, December 2, 2011

Apple gets Australian courts to extend ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1

Posted: 02 Dec 2011 05:21 AM PST

It had appeared earlier this week that Samsung had finally won a victory against Apple in Australia when a court ruled that the ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was unfair and ordered it to be lifted today, December 2. As it turns out, Apple's legal team was rather quick on its feet, and just before the injunction was set to be lifted, Apple was able to get it extended for another week.
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Vodafone UK now carrying Google Galaxy Nexus ICS smartphone

Posted: 02 Dec 2011 12:57 AM PST

Vodafone UK has announced that it is now offering the Google Galaxy Nexus smartphone to its customers. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-equipped Galaxy Nexus has been on sale in the UK since November 17, but it was not available for Vodafone customers. The carrier is offering the smartphone for free with two-year agreements and plans that cost 41 GBP per month or more, though you can choose a lower rate plan and pay an up-front fee for the phone if you choose. Vodafone may be late to the UK Galaxy Nexus party, but it beat all of North America, so that's worth something, right?
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AT&T's 4G LTE network live in New York City

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 04:28 PM PST

While attending an event for the LG Nitro HD for AT&T, we noticed that AT&T's 4G LTE network was live and functioning to the tune of 20Mbps downloads. While speeds are sure to drop once consumers start making real use of it, we were still impressed since Verizon's network rarely touched upon 15Mbps in our tests when that network first was activated and equally under utilized. For the record, upload speeds were averaging a speedy 7Mbps after a dozen or so tests, which is rock solid. So while AT&T has yet to officially announce that LTE is available in NYC, let us assure you that it is.
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LG Nitro HD 4G LTE smartphone hands-on and first look

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 04:00 PM PST

LG held a large press gala for the new Nitro HD LTE smartphone for AT&T, which gave us a chance to get a hands-on look at the device. The Nitro HD packs a 4.5-inch, 720p display that really lets it live up to its name.
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Kik's cross-platform messaging app debuts on Symbian

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 03:33 PM PST

Cross-platform messaging app Kik appears to be intent on being available on every smartphone operating system out there, as it has just debuted a new version of the app for the Symbian platform. Kik is already available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. With Symbian added to the mix, Kik says it is now available on over 95 percent of smartphones that are on the market.
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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket ignites in user's pocket

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:59 PM PST

Proving that Apple's iPhone isn't the only smartphone prone to spontaneously erupt into flames, a user on the XDA-developers forums tells a tale of a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket that suddenly started heating up and smoking while in his friend's pocket.
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Verizon Samsung Fascinate users seeing Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:37 PM PST

Users of Samsung's Fascinate Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless are reporting that Google's Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update is coming in over-the-air to their handsets. The Gingerbread OS update can be initiated by going to the device's Settings app, and then jumping into Software Update and Check New. The new update adds improved power management and battery monitoring and a large number of general bug fixes and enhancements.
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Verizon to launch two Motorola DROID Xyboard tablets this month

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:05 PM PST

According to a report from CNET, Verizon Wireless intends to launch two Motorola tablets this month. The two tablets are both Android-based and are known as the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition overseas, though Verizon intends to brand them as the DROID Xyboard.
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FCC bites back at AT&T over comments about merger report

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 01:09 PM PST

The tit for tat between the Federal Communications Commission and AT&T over the carrier's proposal to purchase T-Mobile and the FCC's subsequent report continues, though this time it is taking place on social networks. In response to AT&T's vitriol-filled remarks that were a response to the FCC's analysis report released to the public this week, Joel Gurin, chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the FCC posted on the agency's official Twitter account that he was "Deeply concerned about @ATTPublicPolicy J. Cicconi comments today re: FCC's role in protecting US consumers." Since it seems that neither party will give up the last word, we expect that AT&T might offer a further rebuttal in the near future.
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Apple says it stopped using Carrier IQ in iOS 5

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 12:33 PM PST

After traces of Carrier IQ's software had been found in iOS dating all the way back to iOS 3, Apple has finally issued a statement on the matter, claiming that while it did use the software in the past, it no longer supports it and plans to remove it with a future software update to iOS devices.
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Sprint says Carrier IQ is used for network and device performance analysis, nothing else

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 11:21 AM PST

Sprint has finally revealed what it actually uses the Carrier ID software that is installed on most of its smartphones for. Denying that it can read messages or view photos and videos captured or sent by users, Sprint claims that it uses the data collected by Carrier ID to analyze and improve network performance.
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AT&T responds to FCC report, claims it is biased, one-sided

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 09:26 AM PST

AT&T has already made it quite clear that it was unhappy about the Federal Communications Commission's release of a report on the carrier's proposal to purchase T-Mobile, but today it has released a long rebuttal on the report itself. Within AT&T's statement is a fair amount of vitriol and anger towards the FCC, as it tries to make its case that the FCC's report was not fair and didn't look at all of the facts presented.
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Amazon Kindle Fire software update breaks root access; hackers remain undeterred

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 08:31 AM PST

Unsurprisingly, the software update that Amazon pushed to the Kindle Fire this week has fixed the exploit that allowed hackers root access to the tablet, which gave them the ability to install Google's own Android Market and other apps on the tablet. This didn't deter hackers for too long, however, as another exploit has been found and enterprising users can actually use the same tools to root the device as they did before. Reportedly, enabling root access will delete the Android Market and third-party keyboards that might have been installed, but those can be easily reinstalled when root is achieved again. Other third-party apps seem to be unaffected. It probably won't be long before Amazon figures out a way to fix this new exploit, but chances are, hackers will just find another method to shoehorn unapproved apps onto the Kindle Fire.
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Verizon, Vodafone, O2, Nokia deny use of Carrier IQ software on smartphones

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 08:07 AM PST

The Carrier IQ software that supposedly logs all of a user's actions on a smartphone and provides the data to carriers has been in the news the past few days over concerns that it violates users' privacy. In light of this, a number of carriers and manufacturers have stepped forward to say that they do not use the software on any of their devices.
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Sprint signs new deal with Clearwire for 4G WiMAX, LTE networks

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 07:28 AM PST

Sprint and Clearwire have renewed their long-standing relationship, as the two companies have signed new network access agreements that cover both current WiMAX networks and future LTE networks. Under the new agreement, Sprint will pay $926 million for unlimited access to Clearwire's WiMAX network in 2012 and 2013 and will continue to sell WiMAX handsets throughout 2012, supporting them throughout their two-year contracts. Clearwire has committed to keeping its WiMAX network active through 2015. Looking forward to an LTE future, Sprint has agreed to pay Clearwire $350 million in a series of pre-payments over two years for LTE network access if Clearwire can build its LTE network out enough by June 2013. Clearwire has said that it wants to deploy a TDD-LTE network, but it needs $600 million in capital to do so. The fresh infusion of cash from Sprint should only help Clearwire reach its goal.
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Nokia's X2-02 feature phone packs dual-SIM support, FM radio

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 07:03 AM PST

Nokia has added the X2-02 feature phone to its lineup of dual-SIM devices for emerging markets. The X2-02 makes it easy to swap between cellular service providers and packs a number of features for music lovers, too.
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Sharp's new camera sensor for phones fixes your shakes

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:51 AM PST

Sharp has announced a new camera sensor for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets that features a high resolution and built-in image stabilization. The 12.1 megapixel CMOS chip measures a mere 5.47mm tall, making it the smallest camera sensor with integrated image stabilization on the market. The sensor is back-illuminated for better low-light performance, and can be paired with an f/2.5 lens. It also supports full 1080p HD video recording. Sharp says that mass production on the new chip will begin next month and it will be delivered to device manufacturers shortly after.
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White Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket hits AT&T on December 4

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:34 AM PST

Following up on the white Galaxy S II Skyrocket that was spotted on Samsung's website a few days ago, the manufacturer has revealed that the phone will hit AT&T's network on December 4 - in time for the holidays. The white model features the same specifications as the black version, including a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm processor, a 4.52-inch, Super AMOLED Plus display, and that all-important 4G LTE connectivity. You can expect to pay $249.99 with a new two-year contract when the white version goes on sale. In the meantime, be sure to check out our full review of the black version of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
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Japan's NTT DoCoMo denies reports of iPhone launch plans

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:05 AM PST

Yesterday a rumor circulated by Japanese newspaper Nikkei Business claimed that Apple intends to release LTE versions of the iPad and iPhone next year with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. This would be the first time that DoCoMo would carry the iPhone or iPad, though other Japanese carriers (KDDI and Softbank) already offer the devices. NTT DoCoMo has come out and flatly denied the rumors, claiming that it has not reached an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone or iPad at this time. While it is highly likely that Apple will release LTE versions of the iPad and iPhone at some point in the future, it just might not be with NTT DoCoMo.
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Video: Samsung DoubleTime (AT&T) video review

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 05:47 AM PST

The Samsung DoubleTime is a budget-level Android smartphone with a unique form-factor that is headed to AT&T. Featuring a flip design, the DoubleTime has two touchscreens and a four-row QWERTY keyboard. The two screens are each 3.2 inches in size, and pack HVGA resolution.
Watch the video here.

ASUS Transformer Prime hits online shelves December 12, retail stores on December 19

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 05:23 AM PST

Those who have been anxiously awaiting the world's first tablet with the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor now have an exact date that they can mark on their calendars, as ASUS has announced the U.S. release dates of the Transformer Prime tablet. The Transformer Prime features a 10.1-inch WXGA display, runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and features an optional keyboard dock with extended battery life and connectivity options.
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Press Release: Getac Releases World's Smallest, Toughest Tablet

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 05:07 AM PST

Getac UK has announced the launch of its 7 inch fully rugged tablet, built to be the smallest and most robust Android tablet on the market.
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Another Apple iPhone burns up; this time in Brazil

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 05:05 AM PST

Following the combustible iPhone that erupted into flame on an Australian airliner last week, reports are coming out of Brazil that another iPhone has spontaneously caught on fire. This time the afflicted device was plugged in overnight and was less than a foot from the owner's head when it ignited. The phone started shooting sparks and smoking, rustling the owner from sleep. Brazilian media say the owner escaped any injury, but was suitably shaken from the event. Reportedly, the iPhone in question was purchased in France and imported into Brazil, leaving the owner without a local warranty to pursue for reparations.
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