Archive for September, 2011

AT&T confirms iPhone insurance hike on October 4

AT&T confirms iPhone insurance hike on October 4

AT&T has confirmed previous rumors that it will be increasing the cost of iPhone insurance starting October 4. The carrier looks to be taking advantage of the high influx of new iPhone customers that will likely result from next Tuesday's unveiling of the iPhone 5. It's interesting to note that AT&T had this date picked all the way back in July, according to the below leaked screenshot obtained by 9to5mac.

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Google Nexus Prime renderings appear accurate

Google Nexus Prime renderings appear accurate

It looks like those fabulous 3D illustrators are at it again, this time to bring us a good glimpse at what might well be what the Nexus Prime looks like. It's the fine team of renderers at Ciccarese Design that draw us up a look at what might well be the next hero phone for Google's mobile operating system, this time looking rather similar to two devices: the last Nexus phone, aka the Nexus S from Samsung, and the Samsung Galaxy S II line here in the USA. From what we understand via the ever-expanding rumor library surrounding this device, that combination might not be all that far off from the truth.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

The folks at Sony Ericsson have announced the USA release of the Xperia ray, a device we last heard about in June, here in the states for the first time and pushed to Newegg for the unlocked price of $429.99 (on sale today for $379.99 for a limited time.) This device is only sold here at the moment unlocked, your option to get it carried by AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, Fido, up to you. This device features a single-core 1GHz processor, 1GB internal memory with 300 MB user available and 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage, and a 3.3-inch TFT display at 480 x 854 pixel resolution. The display also boasts some cool BRAVIA ENGINE tech.

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Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile has decided to postpone its original plans to throttle smartphone data speeds for its heaviest data users. Back in July, the carrier revealed that data throttling would begin in October, but today it announced that those plans will be delayed until 2012. But the company did not give any specific dates as to when it will implement the new policy.

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Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

If you're an avid fan of Android, you've got to know that there's a gigantic developer community out there that's not just interested in creating market-ready apps. They' call themselves developers, but what the rest of the world calls them is hackers. In particular, Sony Ericsson wants to get in on this party by voicing their support for ROM creators across the board. The program Sony Ericsson is announcing this week is FreeXperia, an assistant group for developers looking to create great new customized experiences for Xperia devices. Neato!

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Chevy shows off actual Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie cars

Chevy shows off actual Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie cars

I have enjoyed the Transformers films well enough. My kids liked the last film the best and it was one of the better ones in the franchise. If you have watched the film you have seen Bumblebee and Sideswipe during the flick. At the Texas State Fair, Chevrolet had both the Stingray Concept that was actually the Sideswipe car from the film and the actual Camaro that was Bumblebee in the film on hand.

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Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Starting on the 3rd of October, those hoping for a lower price point for the Zune Pass unlimited music service will be jumping for joy as $14.99 turns into $9.99. With this price cut comes a few other cuts as well, including the option to download 10 songs per month that you can keep for your own forever. This price cut will take place on October 3rd, 2011, and will be available to Canadian Zune users as well. Will this cut finally convince you to jump in on the Zune revolution*?

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HTC Flyer tablet $299 at Best Buy starting in October

HTC Flyer tablet $299 at Best Buy starting in October

Best Buy and HTC must have had a sit-down recently regarding the Flyer tablet that's been out for some months, because come October 1st, the price of this tablet will be reduced by $200 from its original price of $499.99 to its lowest price ever, $299.99. It's time to drop those tablet prices, ladies and gentlemen, and it's not just because the Amazon Kindle Fire is scaring the cheese out of the competition (not verified, but quite possible). Low sales and the ever-deepening pool of tablets out there certainly has had an impact on the price of tablets across the board, as evidenced here in the Flyer and the now sold-out TouchPad from HP.

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