T-Mobile is discontinuing the FlexPay option for a more conventional deposit method. This move could be the result of the high numbers of customer turnover T-Mobile has suffered recently. The new Deposit Product method will go into effect on March 13th.
AT&T is preparing to step beyond typical carrier duties, by launching a new location-based text ad service. The carrier will be sending out text ads such as coupons and other special offers to subscribed customers based on their locations as detected by their phones. The program will start only in certain metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Samsung has sent out an invitation for an event at CTIA in Orlando on March 22nd. The company already has a 7-inch Galaxy tablet and just announced their 10.1-inch tablet recently at MWC, so the 78910 number displayed prominently could stand for an 8.9-inch tablet coming our way. This lines up with the recent rumors of an 8.9-inch tablet from Samsung.
There are rumors that Microsoft could have its first offering of Windows 8 operating system by the end of June, which is Microsoft’s fiscal year end. The design is specifically for tablets and the new interface is rumored to take hints from Apple and parts of the Metro interface found in Windows Phone 7.
I worked in the North Orange, New Jersey school district for one day. It was a training day. I had accepted a job as a teacher in a fine High School (read: rich) teaching Journalism and Theater Arts. As a challenge, this was a step down from the English teaching I had been doing at inner city High Schools for the past five years, but it would have been a very cushy teaching job. I had been offered a salary of $75,000, which is more than I thought a teacher could make. On my first day of training, a couple weeks before the school year started, I got a call from a Web site to which I had also applied for a job. They wanted me to work for them as a product reviewer and news writer.
We reported before that LG filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles from entering the U.S. due to alleged patent infringements. At the time we thought actual bans would be unlikely, but it looks like LG has won a preliminary injunction against Sony not in the U.S., but in Europe. LG alleges that Sony has infringed on a number of their Blu-ray technology patents. The ruling made by the civil court of justice in Hague means that all new PS3s must be confiscated when they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for a minimum of 10 days. Tens of thousands of PS3s have already been seized in by customs officers.
Tony Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research met with the top execs at Apple last week. He relased a note on Monday explaining what he learned during his meeting with COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer, and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue. Notably, Tim Cook mentioned that Apple is looking to expand their market share. Apple does not want it's products to be "just for the rich." Toni wrote that Tim "appeared to reaffirm the notion that Apple is likely to develop lower priced offerings." These seem to be targeted more to emerging markets in China and South East Asia than here in the West.
The U.S. Army launched today an iPhone app and mobile website blogging platform aimed at engaging current and potential recruits. Named Army Strong Stories, both the iPhone app and the mobile website offer portable access to site content and allow users to share their own Army Strong story, post comments, and learn more about Army service and career opportunities.
Pocket-lint posted an interesting story on augmented reality (AR) use in online retail and advertising. The technology that has been deemed a “gimmick” in the past is expected to bring in $1.5 billion in global revenues from AR applications by 2015. Advertising is now using AR to promote things from movies and cars to food and watches. The technology uses cameras and “augments” the user’s reality, whether it be their face or something their holding, and digitally alters it for the purposes of the product or application. See videos of AR in action for advertising and online retail after the cut.
Take a look at Mazda's entry into the latest Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge. The design was created by Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse. This most recent challenge was all about eco-friendliness and efficiency in a four passenger vehicle that could only weigh in at 1000 pounds. Mazda's team came through the with a design they named the MX-0. It's a 999 pound electric automobile that looks like it could cut you.