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No Hybrid Modem for 3G iPad 2; Verizon iPad 2 lacks Global Roaming

No Hybrid Modem for 3G iPad 2; Verizon iPad 2 lacks Global Roaming

Unlike the original iPad, Apple is offering AT&T and Verizon versions of the iPad 2 WiFi + 3G out of the door. Unfortunately, carrier choice doesn't offer quite the flexibility we were hoping for: according to Apple, "the iPad model you purchase is specially configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon — not both."

"While you don’t have to activate 3G service right away, you should choose your iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G according to the carrier you prefer" Apple warns. We'd hoped that the iPad 2 would have a hybrid GSM/CDMA modem which could be used on both AT&T's 3G/UMTS and Verizon's EVDO Rev.A networks, but sadly that's not the case.

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iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

Apple's iPad 2 isn't expected to see delays in-between announcement tomorrow and going on sale, but launch numbers could well be limited. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, Apple's choice of a super-thin glass screen for the second-gen tablet has led to supply chain delays, reports AppleInsider; the issue is supposedly not one of technology, but of yield, and Shope believes "volumes [will] ramp fairly quickly as the process improves"

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Kindle 3G to arrive in AT&T stores March 6

Kindle 3G to arrive in AT&T stores March 6

Amazon and AT&T have announced that the Kindle 3G will go on sale in AT&T retail stores as of March 6, offering would-be ebook readers the opportunity to check out the best-selling device in person. Priced at the same $189 as Amazon sells the Kindle 3G online, the ereader already uses AT&T's 3G network in the US.

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Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

It's something of a teardown day, with first the new MacBook Pro getting stripped to basics and now the Motorola XOOM suffering the same. iFixit whipped open the casing - a straightforward process, given Motorola obviously doesn't want to make things too difficult for its technicians adding in 4G modem support - and discovered that the XOOM actually uses the same hybrid CDMA/GSM modem as found in the Verizon iPhone 4.

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Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola's big launch of CES 2011 and the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet on the market, the Motorola XOOM has a lot to live up to. In its haste to reach Verizon shelves, the XOOM could seem a little half-baked; it doesn't get Flash Player support for another few weeks, and won't have 4G until an update sometime in Q2. Still, as the iPad has shown, there are undoubtedly benefits to being first out of the gate, and there's undoubtedly plenty on offer. Can the XOOM bypass pricing skepticism? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony VAIO S Series: 13.3-inch ultraportable with 14hr runtime

Sony VAIO S Series: 13.3-inch ultraportable with 14hr runtime

Sony has outed its latest ultraportable range, the 13.3-inch VAIO S Series. Just 24mm thick and around 1.75kg, the S Series can be paired with a slice battery for up to 14hrs runtime, uses up to Intel's Core i7-2620M and 8GB of DDR3 memory (in the Sony VAIO VPC-SB1A9E/B) along with up to a 128GB SSD and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics doing double-duty with an Intel HD GPU.

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Motorola XOOM WiFi/EVDO/HSPA detailed; “ability to deliver 50MB/s” justifies $799 price

Motorola XOOM WiFi/EVDO/HSPA detailed; “ability to deliver 50MB/s” justifies $799 price

Details of Microsoft's various XOOM models have been released, with the initial Verizon version of the slate up against the WiFi-only MZ604 and HSPA MZ601/MZ603 versions. Meanwhile, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has defended the $799 pricing of the 32GB Verizon XOOM MZ600, confirmed earlier this week, saying that it's the potential for 4G that makes the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet more valuable than Apple's iPad.

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MacBook Air 3G tipped by Apple survey

MacBook Air 3G tipped by Apple survey

A new Apple survey has prompted suggestions that the company is planning a MacBook Air 3G, with integrated high-speed cellular connectivity. The questionnaire, spotted by AppleInsider, asks a number of questions of MacBook Air owners about their use of 3G wireless, including how often they take advantage of it and what sort of modem they use - USB, wired or wireless tethering, mobile hotspot or something else.

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Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio promises tiny 2G/3G/4G cell base-stations

Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio promises tiny 2G/3G/4G cell base-stations

Cellular base-stations generally aren't all that interesting or visually endearing, but at least Alcatel-Lucent's new lightRadio technology promises to make them easier to ignore. Billed as a way to break down existing base stations into a combination of individual antenna and cloud-based components, rather than demanding multiple 2G, 3G and 4G antennas the lightRadio system has a single, 5cm cube with a software-defined radio.

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Google Cr-48 gets Gobi 3G unlock for GSM support

Google Cr-48 gets Gobi 3G unlock for GSM support

One of the lucky minority with a Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook? Maybe you were one of SlashGear's lucky winners a few months back, or came up trumps in Google's invitation-only program. Either way, there's a new Google update out which apparently enables GSM functionality on the Cr-48's integrated modem. Hexxeh spotted the update to the Qualcomm Gobi modem, and quickly figured out some instructions as to how to get it all to work on AT&T.

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