DROID BIONIC teaser campaign begins

By on August 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM.

DROID BIONIC teaser campaign begins

Verizon Wireless just had a high-security briefcase hand delivered to our office, and it sure looks like the Motorola DROID BIONIC hype machine has started. First off, the briefcase is covered with the DROID logo, and there’s also a plaque on the briefcase that says that this is #2 of four pieces in existence. Sure enough, a visit to http://www.droiddoes.com/bionic allowed us to input a special code engraved on the object inside the case. So what is inside the briefcase? Check out our gallery below for images and hit the jump for the text engraved on the inside of the case.

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U.S. government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger [updated]

By on August 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

U.S. government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger [updated]

The United States government has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying that such a deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the U.S. wireless market. Bloomberg reports that the complaint was filed by the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, and the government is asking for a declaration that the proposed merger would violate U.S. antitrust laws. The complaint seeks to have the deal blocked as a result. “AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low- priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market,” the U.S. said in its filing. AT&T has argued that it needs T-Mobile’s spectrum in order to improve service quality and cover the majority of the U.S. population with 4G LTE service.

UPDATE: AT&T has issued a statement in response to the DOJ lawsuit. The FCC has issued a statement as well, as has Sprint. More →

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AT&T HTC Jetstream 4G LTE tablet launches September 4th for $700 (yes, $700) on contract

By on August 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

AT&T HTC Jetstream 4G LTE tablet launches September 4th for $700 (yes, $700) on contract


AT&T announced on Wednesday that it will offer the HTC Jetstream, AT&T’s first 4G LTE/HSPA+ tablet on September 4th for $699.99 with a new two-year contract. The Jetstream, which we brought you exclusive details on in July, is equipped with a 10.1-inch “HD” display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. It runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) with HTC’s Sense user interface and AT&T will include the HTC Scribe pen at no cost for a limited time. Read on for the full press release.
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T-Mobile may offer free signal boosters to stop subscribers from fleeing

By on August 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

T-Mobile may offer free signal boosters to stop subscribers from fleeing

T-Mobile intends to offer cellular signal boosters to customers looking to switch carriers due to poor reception at home, according to T-Mobile watcher TmoNews. The move appears to be part of a new program intended to slow service quality-related cancellations, which are apparently a significant problem for the nation’s No. 4 carrier. Beginning on September 7th, T-Mobile will seemingly begin offering in-home signal boosters “when a customer triggers for cancellation of service due to poor in-home coverage,” according to a purported leaked internal memo to T-Mobile staff. The memo also warns that signal boosters should never be offered to customers as an incentive when closing a sale. In order to take the signal booster, which will be free of charge, customers will need to sign a new 2-year service contract and it is unclear if they will be permitted to test the level of improvement afforded by the booster before signing. More →

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Amazon's quad-core 'Hollywood' tablet may ship later than expected

By on August 31, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Amazon's quad-core 'Hollywood' tablet may ship later than expected

Amazon’s second tablet, initially thought to be scheduled for a late 2011 or early 2012 launch, may not begin shipping to users until after the first quarter next year. According to a report from DigiTimes on Wednesday, Amazon will use manufacturing giant Foxconn to assemble its 10-inch tablets, and mass production is not set to begin until some time in the first quarter of 2012. Depending on when production ramps up, this likely means the tablet will not be released until the second quarter at the earliest. BGR exclusively reported back in May that Amazon was developing a flagship “Hollywood” tablet powered by NVIDIA’s upcoming quad-core Kal-El chipset alongside its 7-inch “Coyote” slate. Amazon will reportedly unveil the dual-core Coyote later this fall. More →

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'Exciting new features' coming to iOS location services, Apple says

By on August 31, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

'Exciting new features' coming to iOS location services, Apple says

Apple has big plans for location services according to a new job listing posted by the Cupertino, California-based company. In a listing for a new “OS QA Location Engineer,” Apple said the candidate will “join a dynamic team responsible for qualifying the latest iOS products, working on exciting new features for iOS location services.” The job also requires “familiarity with GPS, A-GPS, LBS, or navigation algorithms” and “experience with cellular technologies.” Apple has already said that it wants to “radically improve” its current iOS Maps application, which we would argue certainly needs an update, so it is possible the job could be on that team. In addition, Apple included a new location-based Reminders application inside iOS 5, which will launch to the public in the fall. Perhaps the company has similar ideas in store. More →

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Samsung reveals bada 2.0-powered Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y [video]

By on August 31, 2011 at 3:00 AM.

Samsung reveals bada 2.0-powered Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y [video]

Just days ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Samsung officially unveiled three new bada 2.0-powered handsets: the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. We first heard wind of the Wave 3 last week when an Android user spotted it inside of Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked APK and now we have the full details. The Wave 3 is the high-end smartphone of the bunch and comes equipped with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.4GHz processor and HSPA connectivity all in a 9mm thin brush-aluminum shell. The Wave M is the first device to hit the market with Samsung’s new ChatON messaging software pre-installed. It offers a 3.65-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, optional NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi direct, a tempered glass screen and a metallic body. The Samsung Wave Y is an entry-level bada 2.0 device and it is equipped with a a 3.2-inch HVGA display and a 2-megapixel camera. Read on for the full press release and a video detailing the new bada 2.0 operating system.
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Windows Phone Marketplace now home to more than 30,000 apps

By on August 31, 2011 at 12:45 AM.

Windows Phone Marketplace now home to more than 30,000 apps

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile is now home to more than 30,000 applications according to app tracking website WindowsPhoneAppList. On July 2nd, the Windows Marketplace for Microsoft’s Windows Phones passed the 25,000 milestone. By comparison, Apple’s iTunes App Store is populated with more than 500,000 applications and Google confirmed in May that the Android Market has more than 200,000 apps. The Windows Marketplace’s paid app list is loaded with games — as it should be considering the great Xbox Live integrations — and the top-five paid apps are Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Need for Speed Unleashed and Cro-Mag Rally. More →

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