Archive for Jan 27, 2011

AT&T grabs #1 spot from Verizon as nation’s largest carrier

AT&T grabs #1 spot from Verizon as nation’s largest carrier

AT&T added 2.8 million new customers in the past quarter and became the largest carrier in the U.S. with 95.5 million subscribers, squeaking past Verizon’s 94.1 million.  The question is how long can AT&T sustain its lead as Verizon’s much hyped iPhone is debuting in two weeks?

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Verizon iPhone – New pre-order details available

Verizon iPhone – New pre-order details available

There is word over at MacRumors forums that Verizon has begun sending out information to their corporate customers containing some exclusive details about the upcoming iPhone launch. It seems that they will be offering the Verizon iPhones at a first come first serve basis to their existing customers on February 3rd, a week before the general public launch. Details from the email shown after the break.

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Lenovo and NEC team up for PCs and smartphones

Lenovo and NEC team up for PCs and smartphones

During a news conference earlier today, Lenovo CEO announced that they are forming a joint venture with NEC to focus on increasing sales of personal computers in Japan. With the market focused on mobile products, the joint venture has expressed interest in pursuing developments in that arena as well.

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More Action And Fewer Cutscenes In Video Games, Please

More Action And Fewer Cutscenes In Video Games, Please

Video games are more like movies than ever before. Studios are spending boatloads of cash to get epic games on store shelves, and along the way, they’re making stories more engaging and dramatic. A key component in a developer’s ability to create a more cinematic experience is the use of cutscenes. Just about every game nowadays starts out with a cutscene to break gamers into the title and ends with a cutscene to close out the story. Most titles also have scenes sprinkled throughout to add a bit more color.

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Double USB – It goes both ways

Double USB – It goes both ways

Inserting a USB connector is generally a fairly simple task. But there's always that little pesky split second you spend checking which side is on top. Now considering how many devices these days rely on us plugging and unplugging their USB connectors, we are possibly wasting loads of time each day. This problem may now be solved should the Double USB design from Yanko be adopted as a standard.

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Netbook shipments expected 18% decline

Netbook shipments expected 18% decline

Tablet PCs are elbowing out netbooks according to a report put forth by DRAMeXchange in Taiwan. The forecast predicts that netbook shipments in 2011 will decline 18% to about 27 to 28 million units with primary growth only to remain in emerging markets.

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Sony NGP to come in 3G and WiFi-only versions

Sony NGP to come in 3G and WiFi-only versions

The Sony NGP may have a significantly more impressive spec sheet than its PSP predecessor, but there's still confusion as to whether all versions of the console will have integrated 3G connectivity. While it's on the spec sheet alongside WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SCEE president Andrew House told Eurogamer that there will be 3G and non-3G versions of the NGP.

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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to do simultaneous voice & 3G data?

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to do simultaneous voice & 3G data?

The Verizon iPhone 4's inability to do simultaneous voice and 3G data is still one of the key differentiators between it and AT&T's GSM version, but it seems not all Verizon smartphones are created equal. According to a purported leak from inside the carrier and passed to Phandroid, the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt will actually support simultaneous voice and 3G data; however, it's not something we should expect to hear Verizon making much noise about.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27 2011

Let's take a look at a few statistics before we begin a day of releases and leaks, shall we? First, AT&T finances reveals that thus far, 4.1m iPhones & 442k tablets have been activated. Then, Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report reveals $1.17 Billion in Net Income, that being up a whopping 39% since last year. Next, there's some big reveals coming your way from Sony: Sony PlayStation Suite & PS Store for Android gaming and Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2. Looks like a day for gaming if you ask me. How about one from the makers of Final Fantasy - Square Enix announces Crystal Defenders for Android. That font treatment remind you of anything? It's squaring up to be a colorful day here on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play caught in wild

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play caught in wild

It's obviously the day for unannounced smartphones to get caught in the wild. After a duo of HTC devices were spotted, it's the turn of Sony Ericsson's well-leaked XPERIA Play - aka the PlayStation Phone - which is currently considered a lock-in for MWC 2011 next month. A SlashGear tipster sent in this shot of Sony Ericsson's gaming handheld being thumbed on the Tube.

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Pandora open-source console goes on general sale

Pandora open-source console goes on general sale

Like the idea of Sony's NGP but not the closed ecosystem? Pandora is now offering its open-source Pandora console for general sale, promising a seven day turnaround on the $499.99 clamshell. Your money gets you a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, dual analog sticks, an ARM Cortex A8 CPU and PowerVR SGX graphics.

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Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report $1.17 Billion in Net Income, Up 39% Compared to Last Year

Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report $1.17 Billion in Net Income, Up 39% Compared to Last Year

Miraculous. Qualcomm, the folks that bring you Snapdragon chips, the ones going in basically every big-name superphone coming out in the near future. In addition to their First Quarter Results showing a 39% increase in Net Income when compared to exactly one year ago, their Non-GAAP Revenues have gone up 25% as well over the past year, from $2.67 billion to $3.35 billion. Massive amounts of cash flying around here. Why have profits increased so much at this time when smartphones are taking over the mobile market? Why, that's both the question and the answer, of course!

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