Archive for Apr 28, 2011

Verizon iPhone Sales Help Apple Become Third-Largest Handset Brand In The U.S.

Verizon iPhone Sales Help Apple Become Third-Largest Handset Brand In The U.S.

According to market research firm NPD, thanks to the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, Apple has now become the third-largest mobile phone brand in the U.S. Sales for Apple's smartphones have reached 14 percent of the U.S. market, ranking them ahead of HTC, Motorola, and RIM. Only Samsung and LG come ahead with 23 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

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Three Foxconn Employees Arrested And Charged For Leaking iPad 2 Design

Three Foxconn Employees Arrested And Charged For Leaking iPad 2 Design

According to a report today from DigiTimes, three employees of electronics manufacturer Foxconn in Shenzhen, China, have been arrested and charged for leaking the design of the iPad 2. The Apple tablet was launched just last month with its design and specs kept deeply under wraps the way Apple usually conducts launches, but properly sized shell and case accessories had already begun selling online as early as December of last year.

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Verizon 4G LTE back online

Verizon 4G LTE back online

Verizon's 4G LTE network is back up and running, after embarrassingly going offline yesterday on the same week that the carrier's second 4G smartphone, the DROID Charge, goes on sale. Verizon is yet to confirm the exact reasons for the downtime, though did say yesterday that it had been "working with major vendors to restore connections."

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Space LEGO! Bricks in Space as blocks ready for blast-off

Space LEGO! Bricks in Space as blocks ready for blast-off

Space travel and LEGO: two of the three most awesome things science has given us (the third being Hot Pockets), and now getting to co-exist in zero gravity. Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off on Friday with a cargo hold jammed full of LEGO as part of the company's Bricks in Space project.

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Huawei sues ZTE over LTE patent theft & more; ZTE denies everything

Huawei sues ZTE over LTE patent theft & more; ZTE denies everything

Huawei Technologies has sued rival ZTE over claims of patent and trademark infringement, filing suits in three European countries. The telecoms company alleges ZTE has used Huawei patented technologies related to data card and LTE, as well as illegally using one of Huawei's registered trademarks on ZTE data cards. However, ZTE has denied any wrongdoing.

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RIM’s BlackBerry 7 a simple OS 6.1 rebadge?

RIM’s BlackBerry 7 a simple OS 6.1 rebadge?

RIM may be closer to releasing BlackBerry 7, its new mobile OS, sooner than we thought, though it's not quite the software revolution we were hoping for. According to CrackBerry's sources, RIM intends to launch BlackBerry 6 at its BlackBerry World 2011 event next week; however, rather than being the QNX-based smartphone platform rumored before, it's expected to be a more straightforward rebrand of what has, until now, been known as BlackBerry 6.1.

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Apple slashes CDMA iPhone 4 orders in half tip insiders

Apple slashes CDMA iPhone 4 orders in half tip insiders

All eyes may be on Apple's white iPhone 4 today, but according to the latest reports coming out of Taipei, the real movement may be around the CDMA version on sale at Verizon. DigiTimes' sources claim Apple has halved its order with Pegatron for CDMA iPhone 4 production, now asking for just 5m of the handsets in 2011.

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Bug reports out Chrome OS ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet

Bug reports out Chrome OS ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet

Yesterday I talked a bit about the details that had surface to the new Acer ZGB netbook that runs Chrome OS. The detail that we learned yesterday came by way of a bug report that showed some of the features of that notebook. We learned that it has a 1366 x 768 screen resolution and would be running an Atom processor for instance. Another bug report has pointed to the ZGB again along with a previously unknown tablet.

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Turntable iPhone Dock puts iPhone into a record player

Turntable iPhone Dock puts iPhone into a record player

We like a good concept product around here and a cool one has turned up over on Yanko Design today. The concept combines old school with new high tech gear in a way that looks modern and retro at the same time. The device is a handmade turntable that is constructed from wood and has an aluminum turntable for your old vinyl records. The concept reminds me of a giant turntable that my mom had when I was a kid in the 70's.

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Triton 36,000 submarine has a glass dome that gets stronger as it dives

Triton 36,000 submarine has a glass dome that gets stronger as it dives

Back on April 6, we first talked about billionaire Richard Branson's new Virgin Oceanic project that had a cool looking submarine with the goal of diving to the bottom of the deepest trenches in the ocean just to see what's there. Branson and his project aren't the only folks set on exploring the deepest recesses of the ocean in specially built, high-tech submarines. Another interesting sub has surfaced today and is called the Triton 36,000.

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Sony moving PSN data center in hack response

Sony moving PSN data center in hack response

Sony still refuses to detail the exact exploit used to hack the PlayStation Network and its Qriocity streaming service, but has admitted that as well as updating the software security of the network, it is physically "moving our network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location." The changes are part of a number of steps Sony has been forced to take after reportedly pulling down the PSN after rampant piracy took hold.

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Rice University graduate student extends WiFi for a mile using empty TV stations

Rice University graduate student extends WiFi for a mile using empty TV stations

I would bet most of us are cable users, so we don't think much about the airwaves around our homes that local stations use to broadcast to people that still use antennas. In many smaller local markets there will only be one or two networks using those airwaves leaving much of the bandwidth unused and wasted. A graduate student named Ryan Guerra at Rice University has devised a really cool way to extend WiFi signals for over a mile using the vacant TV broadcast airwaves.

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