Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Apple iBooks updated with night mode, full screen reading

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 04:54 AM PST

Apple has updated its iBooks app to now offer a nighttime reading mode (for those that like to read late night) as well as adding a new full screen layout. Other improvements with version 1.5 include an improved set of fonts, a redesigned annotation palette, and new classic covers for public domain books. The update is available now from the iTunes App Store.
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Posted: 06 Dec 2011 09:57 PM PST

TeamViewer releases Meetings app for iOS

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 02:37 PM PST

Remote access software maker TeamViewer has released a new app for the iOS platform that makes its easier for users to participate in online meetings while on the go. Called TeamViewer for Meetings, the app allows users to join, watch, listen, and paticipate in an online meeting, messaging with other participants in chatrooms, and quickly join meetings with just the meeting ID. TeamViewer for Meetings is free and available in iTunes App Store now.
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BlackBerry PlayBook gets bug fix, security patch update

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 02:17 PM PST

Though RIM has promised to update the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to version 2.0 of the BlackBerry Tablet OS next February, that hasn't stopped it from releasing iterative bug fixes and security patches for the tablet. Today, the company released version of the Tablet OS, which contains a fix for Daylight Savings Time and various security updates that pertain to file sharing between the PlayBook and a computer. Users can go to the Software Update section of the Settings menu to download and install the update now.
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AT&T, Sprint to go to court after Justice Department's trial ends

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 01:56 PM PST

AT&T and Sprint have decided that they will wait until after the Justice Department's trial to head to court for their own case involving AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile. While both carriers have agreed to wait until after the DoJ's case is resolved, they disagree as to how soon their trial should start. Sprint wants it to happen immediately after the DoJ's case, while AT&T would rather wait until the Justice Department comes down with a verdict. C Spire (formerly Cellular South) has also sued AT&T over the proposed merger, though it's arguments center around roaming costs and device pricing, while Sprint has focused mainly on device pricing in its complaints. The Justice Department's trial is set to begin on February 13, 2012, while the other cases have yet to be scheduled.
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Boost Mobile offers Facebook app to add funds to prepaid accounts

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 01:22 PM PST

Boost Mobile has announced the Re-Boost Application for Facebook that gives users the ability to add funds to their Boost Mobile accounts right from Facebook. Boost customers can also use the app to request funds for their Boost account from their Facebook friends or through email, send a gift of money to another Re-Boost user, or check the last 10 transactions on their account that have come from the app. The Re-Boost Application for Facebook is free to use and available for the desktop version of Facebook now.
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Archos to upgrade G9 tablets to Android 4.0 ICS next year

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 12:25 PM PST

Archos has announced that it plans to make an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available for the 101 G9 and 80 G9 tablets early next year. Both tablets originally launched with Android 3.2 Honeycomb when they became available this past fall. The G9 tablets were the first Android tablets from Archos that shipped with access to the Android Market and feature dual-core processors.
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Verizon now points to hardware as the reason for no Google Wallet in Galaxy Nexus

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 11:43 AM PST

Earlier today Verizon Wireless gave a statement concerning the lack of Google Wallet in the Galaxy Nexus that made it sound like security was the reason for its omittance. Now, the carrier says that because of the hardware requirements of Google Wallet, it is not found in the Galaxy Nexus, though Verizon does leave the option open for Google Wallet on other phones in the future.
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Consumer Reports ranks AT&T dead last in consumer satisfaction again

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 11:17 AM PST

Back-to-back wins! If AT&T considered getting dead last in Consumer Reports' annual consumer satisfaction survey a win, that is. We are thinking that it probably doesn't. Verizon Wireless and Sprint scored the highest in CR's survey, with T-Mobile taking the third place trophy. Interestingly enough, CR's electronics editor, Paul Reynolds, says that "Our survey indicates that subscribers to prepaid and smaller standard-service providers are happiest overall with their cell-phone service." He does point out that the limitations of pre-paid service and smaller carriers mean that they are not always the right fit for everyone. The survey polled 66,000 Consumer Reports readers and will be available in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.
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Verizon issues statement about lack of Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 09:46 AM PST

Verizon Wireless has issued a statement concerning the lack of Google Wallet on the forthcoming Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
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Google launches 10-cent app promotion for 10 billion downloads in Android Market

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 09:30 AM PST

Google has kicked off a new promotion to celebrate the 10 billionth app download from the Android Market. For the next 10 days, there will be 10 apps that normally sell for a few bucks each available for 10 cents a piece.
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Verizon to offer white Motorola DROID RAZR this month

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 09:13 AM PST

If you have your eye on the Motorola DROID RAZR, but would prefer it in white instead of black, Verizon Wireless has just the thing for you, as it plans to offer a white version of the crazy-thin smartphone this month. The white model features all of the same specs as the black one, including that important 7.1mm thickness, and will cost the same $299.99 price with a new two-year contract. Verizon did not say exactly when the white DROID RAZR would be available, other than that it is coming this month.
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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1, 8.2 tablets hit Verizon this month; priced from $429.99

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 08:36 AM PST

Verizon Wireless has released the pricing information for the upcoming Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 tablets that are due to arrive this month. The DROID XYBOARD tablets are Verizon's versions of the Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition that were released in the UK last month.
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Spectrum swap with Verizon nets Leap $100 million in straight cash

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 08:07 AM PST

More details have come to light concerning the proposed spectrum swap between Leap Wireless and Verizon Wireless that we reported on last week. Earlier it wasn't clear how much money was involved in the transaction, but now it seems that Leap stands to gain over $100 million in cash once everything is said and done. It will likely use these funds to build out its LTE network in Chicago and other markets over the next year. Or, it could just dive into a giant pile of cash and swim around in it Scrooge McDuck-style. The swap between the two carriers still has to gain approval from the Federal Communications Commission before it can be completed.
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Google adds Arabic, Hebrew to Voice Search for iOS, Android

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 07:41 AM PST

Google has expanded its Voice Search services on iOS and Android to the Middle East with support for both the Arabic and Hebrew languages. With these two new languages, Google says that Voice Search supports a total of 29 languages and accents in 37 countries around the world. Google's updated Voice Search service is available now for Android 2.2 Froyo or higher and iOS smartphones.
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Windows Phone now supports Twitter images in People Hub

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 07:20 AM PST

It appears that Microsoft is doing some behind-the-scenes work on its People Hub in Windows Phone 7.5, as it now supports images from Twitter in the What's New stream. Prior to this, the What's New feed would display thumbnails for images uploaded to Windows Live or Facebook, but would merely display a link to the Twitter pictures. Now, images stored on Twitter's own image servers display a thumbnail right in the feed, providing a much better experience when scanning than before. It should be noted that this only seems to work with images uploaded to Twitter's own picture service, which is powered by Photobucket. Images stored on yFrog, TwitPic, or others will still just show up as links. It's nice to see Microsoft quietly improving things to make the user experience better on Windows Phone 7.5, and we hope that this activity will continue in the future.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY now available from C Spire Wireless

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 06:59 AM PST

C Spire Wireless is hoping that you haven't forgotten that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY smartphone, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone on the market, still exists, as it has picked it up in time for the holiday season. The Xperia PLAY for C Spire is the same version that hit Verizon Wireless this past spring and features a 4-inch, FWVGA (480 x 854 pixel) display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and that all important slide-out gamepad. C Spire is offering the device in-store and online for $49.99 with a new two-year agreement.
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Google Galaxy Nexus won't have Google Wallet thanks to Verizon

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 06:38 AM PST

Google's upcoming Galaxy Nexus smartphone for Verizon Wireless may be considered a "pure Google" experience by many, but that doesn't mean that Verizon didn't have some say as to what can and cannot be included on the device when it hits retail stores. Apparently, Verizon stepped in when the topic of Google Wallet was broached, likely to protect its own interests in the forthcoming ISIS mobile payment program that it is involved in.
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Dell's last U.S. Android tablet vanishes, company insists it is still interested in Android

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 06:15 AM PST

Dell has discontinued offering the Streak 7 Android tablet in the U.S. The Streak 7 was Dell's sole remaining Android tablet to be available in the U.S., but the company insists that it is still very much interested in Android - for the global market, at least.
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Samsung Focus S Windows Phone review

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 06:00 AM PST

The Samsung Focus S is one of two new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones for AT&T. While it does have a number of upgrades over the smaller Focus Flash, does it do enough to justify its much higher price tag? Dan finds out in the full MobileBurn review of the Samsung Focus S.
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Researcher says Carrier IQ is not evil, has limited snooping capabilities

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 05:40 AM PST

According to yet another security researcher, the much-maligned Carrier IQ software that is found in many smartphones is not evil, and is not guilty of many of the privacy crimes ascribed to it. Dan Rosenberg of application security company VSR claims in a blog post to have extensively dissected the inner workings of the Carrier IQ software on a Samsung Epic Touch 4G for Sprint.
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HTC's November sales slide 30 percent from October, 20 percent from last year

Posted: 06 Dec 2011 05:17 AM PST

HTC may be facing some uncertainty in the courtroom, but that doesn't seem to be the only troubles the Taiwanese manufacturer has. The company released information on its November 2011 sales today that doesn't sound all that promising. HTC says that its November sales dropped a total of 20 percent from where they were in the same time last year, and a full 30 percent from October 2011 sales.
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