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The Daily Slash: September 22nd 2010

The Daily Slash: September 22nd 2010

It's the middle of the week, so we're just about to the end. Hopefully you've got some plans for the weekend, with plenty of rest before we get back into it on Monday. With that in mind, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. In our news from around the Web segment, we got an update for their new 27-inch displays. And then, as usual, we wrap up what's been going on around the R3 Media Network.

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Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Details of Verizon's roadmap covering not only the rest of 2010 but partial details of 2011 and even 2012 have leaked, tipping a 1.3GHz Motorola Android phone, various tablets and LTE handsets and MiFi mobile hotspots.  However, the information - provided to BGR by a source at Verizon Wireless - makes no mention of a CDMA iPhone 4.  Instead, the de-facto flagship is the Motorola DROID Pro, a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1.3GHz processor and global wireless, apparently due to arrive in November this year.

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Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 Review

Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 Review

Two years ago, mobile broadband was levied out on a per-device basis: one connection per gadget. Novatel Wireless changed that with their MiFi, a portable 3G router that shared a single wireless connection with up to five WiFi devices. Now, Virgin Mobile USA are hoping to change the way we pay for our shareable mobile data, with the first prepaid MiFi on the US market. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

As expected, Virgin Mobile USA has launched the Novatel MiFi 2200 as its latest mobile broadband offering, pairing the mobile WiFi hotspot with various pre-pay data packages.  Priced at $149.99 for the MiFi itself - which is capable of sharing an EVDO Rev.A 3G connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients - service plans range from $10 for 100MB through to $60 for 5GB of data.

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Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2372 has been making headlines today after reports surfaced claiming the Bell Mobility version of the portable wireless hotspot had been recalled over safety issues. We've just got off the phone with Rob Hadley, Novatel's CMO, to clear up exactly what happened, and as you might expect the actual story belies the hyperbole. According to Hadley, only two incidents of user-induced damage have been recorded - the Novatel labs suggest that one MiFi 2372 owner used a knife or other sharp object to open the battery compartment, while another used "excessive force" and damaged the battery due to over-compression - and, since damaged lithium ion batteries can overheat, the company decided to redesign the battery door assembly so as to make it easier for customers to remove.

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Novatel 4G WiMAX MiFi and “wearable mobile devices” coming

Novatel 4G WiMAX MiFi and “wearable mobile devices” coming

Interesting news out of Novatel Wireless today, with the company announcing not only that they've completed testing a new, WiMAX version of their popular MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hostpot, but that they're seemingly experimenting with wearable mobile devices.  The new 4G WiMAX MiFi apparently achieved 18Mbps throughput, with a theoretical peak of over 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink.

MiFi GPS apps get video demo; new versions discussed

MiFi GPS apps get video demo; new versions discussed

We've been waiting to hear about Novatel Wireless' plans for the MiFi portable internet hotspot and their developer program, and it turns out they've been busy working on improving longevity and enabling GPS-linked apps.  UMPC Portal caught up with the company at MWC 2010, and found out that the next-gen MiFi is on course to pack the same 3G sharing over WiFi only with extended battery life, USB charging from a notebook, and new GPS firmware.

Novatel on MiFi GPS hack threat: security patch is coming

Novatel on MiFi GPS hack threat: security patch is coming

Yesterday's news that hackers had figured a way to illicitly access the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 and pull out GPS location data had some users looking anxiously at their personal internet hotspot.  Novatel's official comment on the situation has come in, and the company are basically saying that while the likelihood of encountering the problem is slight, they're still planning a security patch that will close off the hole.

Novatel MiFi exploit reveals GPS position, security settings, more

Novatel MiFi exploit reveals GPS position, security settings, more

Novatel Wireless' MiFi personal 3G hotspot has won plenty of admirers, but that attention has also uncovered a security loophole that could allow third-parties to not only discover a user's GPS position but extract their entire configuration remotely.  The issue, identified by EvilPacket's Adam Baldwin, has been shown to affect the MiFi 2200 units sold by Verizon and Sprint in the US; users need only visit a certain webpage to reveal their location or have configuration settings changed.

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