Chitika: iOS 4 accounts for 50% of iPhone traffic

By on July 23, 2010 at 4:04 PM.

Chitika: iOS 4 accounts for 50% of iPhone traffic

It took just over a month for iOS 4 to rack up 50% of iPhone traffic according to metrics from online advertising firm Chitika. Chikita has compiled data from over 9 million impressions from Apple devices on its advertising network and calculated that iOS 4 edges out iPhone OS 3.x.x, 50% to 49% respectively. Taking the top spot amongst OS 3.x devices with 29.87% of overall traffic is OS 3.1.3 , which is the latest firmware version prior to iOS 4 and the final version for the original iPhone. Interestingly enough, the latest 4.0.1 firmware update has only been adopted by 10% of iOS users in its first week of availability which suggests that iPhone users are not in a rush to apply this much ballyhooed signal strength software fix.   More →

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Verizon Wireless' acquisition of AT&T-divested Centennial Wireless entangled in regulatory process

By on July 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM.

Verizon Wireless' acquisition of AT&T-divested Centennial Wireless entangled in regulatory process

While AT&T’s is beginning the transition of its newly-acquired Verizon Wireless assets, the acquisition of AT&T-divested Centennial Wireless by Verizon Wireless has stalled in the middle of the regulatory process. Verizon Wireless has been granted two time extensions to give the wireless carrier additional time to respond to the FCC’s questions, and the FCC has issued a second protective order to keep much of the proceedings confidential. An objection issued by Cellular South is also still active and under consideration by the FCC. With all of this bureaucratic red tape still in the way, this transition is proceeding very, very slowly and most likely wont be initiated until 2011. Folks in those five markets within Louisiana and Mississippi that are affected by this merger will become well acquainted with the phrase, “be patient, just wait”. More →

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White iPhone delayed until later this year

By on July 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM.

White iPhone delayed until later this year

Folks hoping to snag a white iPhone anytime soon will be disappointed by Apple’s latest press release. The Cupertino company confirmed yet again that the white iPhone 4 has been “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected.” Here is the full statement:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected. More →

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Bell to launch the iPhone 4 on July 30th

By on July 23, 2010 at 2:23 AM.

Bell to launch the iPhone 4 on July 30th

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Bell made it official on its web page and will be joining Telus in launching the iPhone 4 on July 30th. Interested Canadians can point their browser to Bell’s website to register for the latest news on iPhone 4; while those dead set on getting Apple’s latest offering can start staking out a camping spot in front of their local retail store. Anyone going full bore to get the iPhone or has the antenna issues dampened some of your enthusiasm? More →

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AT&T begins transition of acquired Verizon Wireless assets

By on July 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM.

AT&T begins transition of acquired Verizon Wireless assets

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Verizon Wireless customers in the 79 markets that AT&T acquired are being alerted that they will soon be AT&T customers. A welcoming letter detailing the initial phase of the transition is being sent out to this lucky group of Verizon Wireless subscribers and one of our readers was kind enough to share the letter with us.  The letter confirms that  AT&T  is activating its service on a market-by-market basis and is working on integrating the two disparate networks. Once integration is complete, AT&T will transition customers over to its service, plans, and handsets shortly thereafter. In a bit of irony, these Big Red customers will be the first to have an iPhone 4. Any Verizon Wireless customers a bit jealous?

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The big winner in the wireless data wars is Sprint/Clearwire

By on July 22, 2010 at 6:21 PM.

The big winner in the wireless data wars is Sprint/Clearwire

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With the #1 and #2 wireless carriers scrambling to beef up their network and limit data usage by instituting tiered data plans, Sprint/Clearwire is sitting pretty on to a treasure trove of 100-120 MHz of spectrum across much of its coverage area. In this dawning age of data hungry devices, Sprint/Clearwire has three to four times the spectrum resources of its closest, upcoming competitor Verizon Wireless and could theoretically build out a network capable of supporting 540Mbps of capacity per cell. With all that available capacity, Sprint/Clearwire is in a prime position to buck the the trend of tiering data and offer a competively priced, unlimited data plan that provides consumers with the best price per bit. If given a choice, what would you chose – unlimited WiMax/LTE data from Sprint or capped LTE data from a competitor? More →

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Serious Safari security flaw found

By on July 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

Serious Safari security flaw found

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If you are a Mac user, and fancy Safari as your default internet browser, you are going to want to pay attention to this one. A bug found in Safari’s AutoFill feature can allow a malicious website to gather personal information from a users address book card — more specifically: first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address. There is a published proof of concept exploit for the bug that can be found here. We suggest Safari users navigate to: Preferences > Auto-fill, and uncheck “Use info from my Address Book card” until Apple sorts this one out. Hit up the read link for more details. More →

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InNova Patent Licensing LLC files infringement lawsuit against thirty-six companies over email spam patent

By on July 22, 2010 at 3:33 AM.

InNova Patent Licensing LLC files infringement lawsuit against thirty-six companies over email spam patent

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Texas-based InNova Patent Licensing LLC has filed a broad lawsuit against thirty-six defendants accusing them of infringement upon an email spam patent that was granted to InNova founder Robert Uomini. The patent describes a method of identifying incoming email as spam by using external context information obtained from the sender and according to Christopher Banys, lead counsel for InNova, it is “one of the building blocks for all email communications”. The thirty-six defendants are a motley crew and include technology giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo, RIM, and HP, retail giants like JCPenney Co., food manufacturers such as Frito-lay and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc, and finance stalwarts including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Company. Full press release is after the jump. More →

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enTourage partners with Cengage Learning, O'Reilly, and the University of Chicago Press

By on July 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM.

enTourage partners with Cengage Learning, O'Reilly, and the University of Chicago Press

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enTourage announced three major deals with publishers that will bring thousands of new book titles to its dual-screen eDGe ereader. Targeting the higher education market, the trio includes Cengage Learning which publishes a wide variety of educational content under brands such as Delmar, Heinle, and more, O’Reilly which offers over 1,ooo titles in technology and programming, and the University of Chicago Press which has over 1000 academic titles in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. With these agreements, enTourage is making a play for the academic market and is hoping to succeed where Amazon and its Kindle DX failed. Anyone on the way to college interested in this electronic reading and note taking system? More →

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Facebook hits 500 million user milestone

By on July 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

Facebook hits 500 million user milestone

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Facebook confirmed on Wednesday that the social network has 500 million active users, a figure that puts MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, and even Twitter to shame. Facebook continues its impressive growth, adding 100 million users since February and boasts of the following the statistics:

  • 500 million active users
  • 50% of users login on any given day
  • People spend 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • More than 25 billion pieces of content (links to news stories and blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared each month
  • More than 100 million active users currently acces Facebook through their mobile devices

Whether you like Facebook or not, those stats are undeniably impressive and assure Facebook its title of social networking king for the foreseeable future.  Though its #1 position is solidified, the next six months will be interesting to watch. Will Facebook continue its exponential growth to one billion and beyond, or has it reached its plateau? While we wait to find out, you can spend some of those 500 billion monthly minutes checking out BGR’s Facebook pageMore →

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Bing to be the one and only search engine for Windows Phone 7

By on July 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Bing to be the one and only search engine for Windows Phone 7

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We knew that Bing was the default search engine for Windows Phone 7 handsets, but earlier information about the mobile OS suggested that carriers and OEM’s could change the search engine as part of the allowed customizations. Apparently that information, which was based upon leaked documents, is now incorrect. In a recent interview with Pocket-Lint, Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Microsoft, confirmed that Bing is the one and the only search engine for Windows Phone 7 handsets. Sullivan stated that “the search engine has been heavily integrated into the OS, so it would be hard to offer an alternative.” While the default search engine for the device can not be changed, OEMs, carriers, and individuals can presumably add a second search engine via a downloadable application or possibly within the Hub interface. Anyone turned off by this restriction or is it a non-issue? More →

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Verizon Wireless DROID X plagued by Wi-Fi connectivity issues?

By on July 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM.

Verizon Wireless DROID X plagued by Wi-Fi connectivity issues?

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Chatter on the forums suggests that the latest update hitting the DROID X has not fixed the WiFi connectivity problem many users were reporting. Affected DROID X owners report that their handsets have difficulty connecting to a WiFi router and poor network performance once a connection has been established. Several users report that changing the encryption from AES to TKIP has alleviated the problem, while others note that changing your router to 802.11g instead of 802.11n has decreased the number of network disconnects. Anyone with a DROID X currently experiencing this problem?

Thanks, Goreja! More →

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Popular Shipped ROMS website now in suspended animation

By on July 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM.

Popular Shipped ROMS website now in suspended animation

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After compiling and posting ROMs for hundreds of smartphones — from HTC, RIM, Motorola, and more — Conflipper is throwing in the towel and no longer updating his popular Shipped ROMS website. The decision is part of a compromise negotiated with HTC following a Cease and Desist letter from the handset manufacturer over these publicly available ROMs. As part of the agreement, Conflipper is permitted to keep all current ROMs on his site but is forbidden to upload any new ones. Rather than go head-to-head with the handset giant, Conflipper announced, in a blog post, that he is begrudgingly accepting this agreement and leaving the PPC community to pursue other interests. More →

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