Archive for December, 2010

Verizon to show off new connected home and home automation gear at CES

Verizon to show off new connected home and home automation gear at CES

The ability to control many of the things inside your home from the road is cool. For instance if you get to work and realize you left your door unlocked, you can connect with a automated home online and lock the door. If the weather changes while you are away and you want the house to be just the right temperature when you get home, you can adjust the thermostat online. These things are but a few of the items you can do with a connected home.

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LG to “actively respond” to Sony patent lawsuit over phone infringement

LG to “actively respond” to Sony patent lawsuit over phone infringement

New details on Sony's patent lawsuit against LG have emerged, with the Korean company saying it "will take action and actively respond" to claims that over ten LG handsets infringe on Sony technology. Sony is seeking an injunction on LG imports into the US, alleging the devices use audio and microphone technology, caller ID systems and radio transmission tech that Sony and the Sony Ericsson joint venture have patented.

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ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

I'm not a huge text message myself, but my wife is. Before we had unlimited texting on our mobile devices she once racked up a $500 bill in texting expenses alone. She's not the only one that texts a lot either, all of her gal pals text tons too, all I hear is her phone beeping all day. This happens all around the world apparently and ABI Research has offered up its predictions on how many SMS messages will be sent in 2011.

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RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM has blamed absent power management systems for any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet power issues, claiming that third-party testing would have been looking at pre-beta units without the necessary software. The statement, passed to Erictric, comes on the heals of suggestions by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu that the PlayBook can only manage "a few hours" of runtime and that issues with prolonging usage have delayed the slate's release.

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Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

A virus affecting third-party Android app stores has been spotted, with the potential to strip handset and SIM identifier data and send it, as well as location information, to the trojan's authors. Dubbed Geinimi, the malware is currently infecting various Chinese third-party app stores; according to Lookout, as well as stealing personal information, the trojan could leave an Android phone open to remote access and control by a hacker.

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B&N NOOK2 trademark application tips next ereader?

B&N NOOK2 trademark application tips next ereader?

Barnes & Noble has been on a trademarking spree, applying for names including NOOK2 - suggesting a second-gen ereader - along with Nook Smart, Nook Cook and even Nook Kids. Pocketnow have dug through the USPTO applications, and reckon that while the Nook Kids description matches that of the presumably hardware NOOK2, it may well be a content-only platform and companion iPad app.

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Apple’s Verizon iPhone unveil by February 14 claims insider

Apple’s Verizon iPhone unveil by February 14 claims insider

Apple's Verizon iPhone announcement is expected to take place sometime before February 14 2011, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, but the CDMA smartphone won't be making its official debut at CES 2011 next week. Previous sources had suggested Apple would attempt to outshine the trade show by launching the much-anticipated Verizon iPhone; however, "a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly" says the reveal isn't expected until after CES is finished.

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Motorola DROID XOOM tablet to have optional 4G LTE, go on sale February 14?

Motorola DROID XOOM tablet to have optional 4G LTE, go on sale February 14?

Motorola's incoming Android 2.4 Honeycomb tablet is expected to launch as the Motorola DROID XOOM, according to sources, though it will not come with Verizon 4G connectivity as standard. Droid Life's tipsters confirmed the name and the fact that the Tegra 2 slate won't automatically be able to log onto the new LTE network that so impressed us earlier in the month; however, Android and Me has separately heard that the XOOM will be able to use an optional embedded 4G modem instead.

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