Thursday, December 8, 2011

Verizon admits to 4G LTE service outage

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:23 PM PST

Verizon Wireless users across the country are having trouble connecting to its 4G LTE network today, and now the carrier has acknowledged the problem. In a public statement on the service outage, Verizon said "Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4G LTE service that is affecting some customers' 4G devices. 3G data and voice devices are unaffected. All customers' voice calls and text messages continue to go through." The company did not say when the problem would be resolved, but it claims that it is "working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible." This is not the first LTE service outage that Verizon has suffered, as one earlier this spring delayed the launch of the carrier's first LTE smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt.
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Microsoft outs My Xbox Live app for iOS

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:13 PM PST

Everyone might be all excited for the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7.5 that Microsoft released today, but the Redmond company has another trick up its sleeve for iOS users. Also released today is the My Xbox Live app for the iPhone, which brings a Windows Phone 7.5 user experience to Apple's smartphone. It does not have nearly the capabilities of the Xbox Companion app - it really is only good for messaging other Xbox Live users, tracking achievements, or changing your avatar - but it does look like it was lifted straight from Windows Phone 7.5. It has three navigation buttons at the bottom, a swipe-based interface, and the Segoe UI font splattered all over it. Well done, Microsoft. The My Xbox Live app for iOS is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store now.
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White Samsung Galaxy S II hits T-Mobile on December 14

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 12:44 PM PST

That dashing white variant of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II that we got a look at last month is finally ready to make its debut on store shelves. T-Mobile has announced that it will be available for purchase on December 14 for the same $229.99 on-contract that the black model goes for. The white model has identical hardware specifications as the black version, including a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm processor and 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
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Google Goggles for Android gains continuous shutter mode

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 12:29 PM PST

Google has updated its Goggles app for Android devices to version 1.7, which has added improvements designed to make using the app to scan and search for items easier and faster.
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Google+ app for Android gets updated with new features, icon

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 11:58 AM PST

The Google+ app for Android smartphones and tablets has been updated. The app has gained a number of new features, including those that we saw added to the iPhone version of the app earlier this week.
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Facebook unveils new Android app that mimics recent iOS features

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 11:46 AM PST

Facebook is launching a new version of its Android app today that promises faster performance and a better experience. The new app borrows a lot from the iOS app that was released a couple of months ago.
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Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7.5 now available

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 11:26 AM PST

The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7.5 that Microsoft announced way back in October is now available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app allows users to control their Xbox with their phone, as well as consume content stored on the Xbox on the phone itself. There is also extensive integration with certain Kinect games as well as support for features found in the Xbox dashboard update that rolled out yesterday. The Xbox Companion app is free and works on all Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones
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Nokia offers details on upcoming Lumia 800 update

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 10:53 AM PST

Nokia announced last month that a software update for the Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone would be coming in early December, and, lo and behold, here we are in early December and the company has released more details about what the update entails. Nokia plans to offer the update in a slow roll-out over the next two weeks.
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Posted: 07 Dec 2011 10:04 AM PST

New Designs and Color-ways Dress Up i-Devices Just in Time for the Gift Giving Season
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Motorola promises Android 4.0 ICS upgrades for DROID RAZR, DROID BIONIC, XOOM (again)

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 09:49 AM PST

Motorola has posted a rather lengthy explanation of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade process to its corporate blog, where it details the four major steps that need to occur before a software update is made available to users. Unfortunately, the company doesn't provide any extra information as to exactly when the Android 4.0 upgrade for existing devices will be released or when it plans to launch new devices with Android 4.0 already on them. It did reiterate its previous commitment to bring the new software to the DROID RAZR, DROID BIONIC, and XOOM tablet, but it has yet to provide an exact timeframe.
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Google offers ten more apps at 10 cents a pop

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 09:23 AM PST

Continuing its celebration of 10 billion app downloads, Google has added ten more premium apps to the 10-cent special. As with the ten apps offered yesterday, the new apps usually sell for a few dollars a piece, which means they are quite a steal at 10 cents.
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Verizon CEO "thinks" shared data plans will come next year

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 08:57 AM PST

There has been talk of shared, or family, data plans coming to Verizon Wireless for months, but it has all been of the "sometime in the future" variety. Now, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam has offered a timeframe, albeit an extremely broad timeframe, for when we can expect to see the carrier implement shared data plans.
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Flipboard falters under stampede of iPhone users

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 08:29 AM PST

Late last night, Flipboard finally launched the long-awaited iPhone version of its magazine-style news aggregation app. It has been universally loved across the board, and users have clamored to snap it up and start perusing through the day's news with it. In fact, it has become so popular, Flipboard's servers have been taken out of commission, leaving many with an app full of stories that are hours old and won't update.
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BlackBerry Twitter client updated with multi-account support

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 07:34 AM PST

RIM has announced a new update to its Twitter client for BlackBerry smartphones. Version 2.1 brings multiple account support, which gives users the ability to see up to five different Twitter accounts in one consolidated timeline. The new update also includes additional profile functions. Download the app now from the BlackBerry App World.
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AT&T officially launching 4G LTE service in New York this month

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 07:16 AM PST

Though users have been able to access AT&T's new 4G LTE network in New York City without official approval for a while, the carrier has revealed that it plans to officially launch the network in NYC and other markets this month. AT&T did not say which other markets were planned to launch, nor did it provide an exact launch date for LTE in NYC, but it claims that it will have 70 million residents covered by its LTE network by the end of 2011. During our brief experience with LTE service in NYC, we were impressed with the download speeds we attained, though, of course, speeds are expected to slow down once the network is loaded with other users.
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AT&T's LG Nitro HD offers gobs of HD enjoyment and LTE speeds

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 06:41 AM PST

LG's flagship Nitro HD Android-powered smartphone for AT&T offers one of the best spec sheets on the market. Offering a 720p HD 4.5-ich display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and amazing 4G LTE data speeds, it has everything going for it. Well, almost. Find out how the Nitro HD performs in Michael's full review.
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Evernote launches iPhone apps for forgetful foodies, people meeters

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 06:24 AM PST

Evernote has introduced a pair of apps for the iPhone that are designed to help users remember the foods they love and the various people they meet in life. Called Evernote Food and Evernote Hello, both apps draw from Evernote's extensive experience in note-taking and organization.
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Apple loses iPad trademark battle in China

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 06:01 AM PST

In China recently Apple suffered a rare legal defeat, losing a courtroom battle over the rights to the iPad name, its flagship tablet device. A Chinese court has thrown out Apple's lawsuit against Proview, citing that the Chinese company has had rights to the name since 2000, long before the iPad was around.
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Flipboard for iPhone now available

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 05:38 AM PST

Social magazine Flipboard, which offers news, photos, and updates all in one magazine-like view, is now available for iPhone users.
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RIM officially changes BBX OS name to BlackBerry 10 in face of lawsuit

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 05:20 AM PST

RIM announced at a developers conference in Asia that it is officially changing the name of its next-generation mobile platform from BBX to the more pedestrian BlackBerry 10. The name change does not come as much of a surprise, as RIM was sued by a company called BASIS under claims that RIM's use of BBX was in violation of its existing trademarks on the name.
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