Archive for July, 2011

RadioShack To Ditch T-Mobile For Verizon

RadioShack To Ditch T-Mobile For Verizon

RadioShack has had an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile, which in recent months has proven to be a bad pairing for the electronics retailer, who saw a major slump in sales back in April caused by the weakness in T-Mobile's offerings. Hence, unsurprisingly, RadioShack announced today that it will be giving T-Mobile the boot, to welcome new partner Verizon.

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Windows Phone Mango Released To Manufacturing

Windows Phone Mango Released To Manufacturing

Microsoft's much anticipated Windows Phone 7 Mango update has been officially finalized. Today, the company announced that its development team has officially signed off on the final build of Mango for release to manufacturing. This marks the end of development for the platform, which is now in carrier testing. From this point forward, what remains to be done is optimizing the code for Mango handset manufacturer and carrier partners.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Coming to USA via Verizon First, So Sayeth Mueller

Samsung Galaxy S II Coming to USA via Verizon First, So Sayeth Mueller

Industry analyst Paul Mueller spoke today on the Samsung Galaxy S II, noting that according to his intel, the device will be coming out extremely soon, and with Verizon as a carrier about a month before anywhere else. He spoke rather specifically, saying that the Galaxy S II would very possibly be in the states in mid August (2 to 3 weeks from now,) and that Samsung would indeed be marketing the device directly against the iPhone.

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Face Detection API Added To iOS 5

Face Detection API Added To iOS 5

Back during Apple's WWDC 2011, when they highlighted several of the new features to come with Mac OS X Lion, one involved a demo showing face detection technology being used in the popular self-portrait app, Photo Booth. Now, it looks like that face detection technology will likely make its way to iOS 5, where it may be an integral part to many new apps.

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Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

It's time for some more Xbox bits and pieces! Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb has a personal message for you in the video below, showing off the headset side of this equation, letting you know that the "Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth" will be available November 2011, just in time for the holidays, and it'll be US ERP (estimated retail price) at $59.99. This device, says Hyrb, will go on to replace the current Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, but whether or not that means the original headset will cease to work / degrade / explode into flames in November is still yet to be seen.

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Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Several major e-book publisher apps, including Amazon's Kindle, Google Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook, had their store links stripped away yesterday as Apple's new in-app purchasing policy was laid down in full force. The Kobo store and e-reader was among these apps, but today announced an HTML5 web app alternative for customers to continue purchasing e-books from the Kobo store in a convenient way.

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Motorola XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Confirmed For September

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Confirmed For September

Motorola XOOM 3G customers who have been patiently waiting for the promised 4G LTE upgrade, have gotten a little worried in recent months as rumors emerged that the company was pushing a new tablet and leaving previous customers in the cold. Well, thankfully that's not the case and the company has just begun sending out emails to confirm with customers that the upgrade will be happening sometime in September.

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BlackBerry Bold 9930 Outed By Verizon Ahead Of Official Announcement

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Outed By Verizon Ahead Of Official Announcement

RIM is expected to launch seven BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones before the end of this year, with one of them being the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. Just yesterday, the company's Twitter account hinted at a major announcement to come today, asking followers to check back for details on the upcoming phones, but it looks like Verizon beat them to the punch with a video demo of the device.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Slide from AT&T Pictured in Photos

Samsung Galaxy S II Slide from AT&T Pictured in Photos

It appears that in addition to the HTC Puccini 10-inch tablet having its press images leaked today, there's another AT&T-bound device hanging in the rafters. This handset is a Samsung device by the looks of it, employing a slide-out keyboard, an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a flash and speaker grille, textured battery cover, and by the looks of its model number SGH-I927, may well be a variant of the hottest Android device in the world, the Galaxy S II.

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HTC Puccini Tablet Press Images Leaked

HTC Puccini Tablet Press Images Leaked

It appears that HTC's newest effort in the Android business has been revealed in real live photo form. That or there's a rather talented mock-up artist amongst us creating a masterpiece when they should be working for HTC. This tablet takes a step away from their previous tablet, the HTC Flyer, in that it's not White (though it's HTC EVO View brother certainly isn't either), and that it's got one solid piece covering the entirety of its back instead of the EVO-ish three piece situation. This tablet will almost certainly be released before the dropping of Androids 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this fall, and will therefor be running something along the lines of Android 3.1 or 3.2 Honeycomb upon release.

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