Archive for October, 2010

Sprint pledge MeeGo support

Sprint pledge MeeGo support

A common criticism for Nokia in the US is that the company fails to collaborate sufficiently with the carriers, thus seeing its handsets marginalized in favor of rival phones.  It seems Intel and Nokia aren't willing to let that be the fate of MeeGo, however; they've thrown in with Sprint at the carrier's annual developer conference, where the operator confirmed it would be looking to leverage the open-source OS "across an array of devices."

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iPhone embedded SIM could bypass carriers and debut NFC tip sources

iPhone embedded SIM could bypass carriers and debut NFC tip sources

Apple are tipped to be attempting to further marginalize their carrier partners by using a new pre-programmed SIM card for the iPhone.  The card - which according to GigaOm's sources is being developed with Gemalto - has both a pre-written ROM and an upgradable flash chip, the latter capable of being injected with carrier information over a network connection, such as while being activated through iTunes, and would be integrated into the iPhone rather than user-accessible.  Gemalto, meanwhile, would handle the backend required for the system.

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The Daily Slash: October 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 27th 2010

Lots of money moving around today. Lots of legal battles battling today. Lots of tidbits about that ever-so-sassy White iPhone flying around today. Two big fat reviews by our folks in the field on SlashGear (T-Mobile myTouch 4G and HTC Desire HD,) a little bit of info on that wild and weird PlayStation phone (with Android,) and all the other little updates and crannies you're all about. And what's that? I think it's the sound of a thousand bummed-out pirates. Pour one out for LimeWire.

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myTouch 4G hands-on

myTouch 4G hands-on

T-Mobile USA has just made the myTouch 4G official, their latest Android smartphone and another new device to take advantage of the carrier's high-speed HSPA+ network, and we're at the NYC launch event. Made by HTC, the 3.8-inch 4G smartphone slots in-between the more typical 3.7-inch and 4.3-inch devices from the company; check out our first impressions after the cut.

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England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

England’s Pizza Express Installs iPod Docks in Restaurants

If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, you might very well be aware of the pizza chain "Pizza Express." What you might not know is that they'll soon have iPod docks behind the seats, starting first with their Richmond location. This installation is part of a ground-up redesign of their chain, an experiment they're calling "The Living Lab." Reminds me of something we had (and they still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Classrooms of the Future. Plugs and switches and controllers all over the place. Plug in and power up.

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HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

Take a bit of notice and remember last spring when the talk of the town was the fact that Apple was pushing for HTML5 to be the standard for video on the web. Opposite what? Adobe's flash player. Where a year ago basically everything you saw as far as video was based in flash, now the standard has all but completely switched over to HTML5 - to a point.

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Sylvester Cann Captures President Barack Obama in an iPad

Sylvester Cann Captures President Barack Obama in an iPad

Last week, at a rally in Seattle for Sentator Patty Murray, the most calm, cool, collected dude in the world Sylvester Cann, wearing a Shepard Fairey Obama HOPE t-shirt, held up his iPad to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and asked for an autograph. As Cann notes, this might be the first digital signature a president has ever made (doubt it), almost certainly the first presidential autograph ever signed on an iPad, and unless we're talking finger painting - the first presidential autograph ever signed with the president's finger instead of a writing tool.

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Google on Purchasing Android Inc: “Best Deal Ever”

Google on Purchasing Android Inc: “Best Deal Ever”

For those of you that don't know, Android and its mobile operating system was once separate from Google. In 2005, Google "quietly" acquired Android for what's estimated to be around $50 million USD - a good hunk of their acquisition money that year, the whole lump being somewhere around $130 million. Now, at a panel at the 16th annual Stanford Accel Symposium, vice president of corporate development at Google David Lawee said that the pickup of Android was Google's "best deal ever."

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LimeWire Ordered to Shut Down Forever

LimeWire Ordered to Shut Down Forever

After a four-year legal fight with US record labels, LimeWire loses! Starting in 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began a lawsuit against LimeWire filesharing service, saying that by facilitating the illegal trade of music, movies, and other media, it infringed the copyright of its clients. They've won, and now the LimeWire site has been forced offline by a US court. ...But there's more.

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