Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi in Canada, too

By on June 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM.

Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi in Canada, too

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Thanks to a partnership with Bell, Starbucks Canada has announced that it will be joining its American brethren in offering free Wi-Fi to all customers come July 1st. A one-click login system means that passwords and users names are not required. Anyone planning to waste away Canada Day holed up in a Starbucks with an iPad and Frappuccino in hand?

P.S. Are we the only ones that find it odd that Starbucks would take the time to mention that its free Wi-Fi is perfect for people who are unemployed? More →

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Best Buy ends DROID X pre-orders due to low inventory levels?

By on June 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM.

Best Buy ends DROID X pre-orders due to low inventory levels?

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Say it ain’t so! There’s a rumor going around this afternoon that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile were forced to abruptly end all pre-orders of the Motorola DROID X. As we understand it, the problem is that the number of units requested by Android-crazed customers greatly exceeded the number of handsets that will be on-hand come launch day. We’ve not been able to independantly confirm this, so does anyone have first hand knowledge of what’s going on? More →

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Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed

By on June 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM.

Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed

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It’s no secret that the next delicious chapter in Android will be made out of Gingerbread, but until today we didn’t have much of an idea about its ingredients. Thanks to Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin, we believe we now know. First and foremost, it’s important to note that Android 3.0 is designed exclusively for high-end devices. For the foreseeable future, everything else will advance no further than 2.1 or 2.2. As much as that might rub people the wrong way, there’s a very good reason behind it: 3.0 has a strict set of hardware requirement that must be met. Specifically we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and a minimum display size of 3.5″ (presumably WVGA). If a manufacturer wants to build a Shaq-sized phone with display in excess of 4″, resolutions of up to 1280×760 will be supported. Curious to know what 3.0 will look like? Thanks to Google’s actually paying attention to updating the UI, 3.0 will expand upon the UI seen in the Photo Gallery on the Nexus One. That is definitely a redesign we don’t take issue with. Excited? Well you should be, but apparently you’re going to have to sit tight a while as Android 3.0 Gingerbread is said to be headed towards an announcement on or around the 15th or 16th of October, with the first handsets going on sale in time for Christmas. More →

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Apple looking to hire antenna engineers

By on June 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM.

Apple looking to hire antenna engineers

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Lost in all of the buzz surrounding the iPhone 4 antenna fiasco was the fact that Apple has three new job listings for antenna engineers. Well, that is until Engadget unearthed them after sitting unnoticed since June 23rd, or one day before the official launch of the iPhone 4 and the very same day that the now infamous reception issues came to light. Here’s a little snippet from the job description.

“Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices […] The The candidate should be able to design antennas suitable for wireless handheld devices with excellent radiation performance […] Work closely with other RF and antenna design engineers, mechanical and industrial designers, and EMC engineers to integrate the antenna design in our products.”

Irony, we love you so!

Thanks, Zachary! More →

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Cisco Cius: An Android tablet with video conferencing for business types

By on June 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM.

Cisco Cius: An Android tablet with video conferencing for business types

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The iPad might be the cool tablet to own, but for busy business people who really need to get things done, there are things like the Cisco Cius. Announced today, the Cius is what Cisco likes to calls a “mobile collaboration business tablet.” Based on Android, the Cius weighs in at 1.15lbs. and features a 7″ touchscreen display, front-facing camera for multi-party video conferencing that records and streams 720p video at 30 FPS , Bluetooth 3.0 as well as support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G/4G wireless networks. Pricing and a release date are unknown. More →

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Research concludes that tiered data plans are a win for consumers

By on June 29, 2010 at 7:23 PM.

Research concludes that tiered data plans are a win for consumers

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FierceWireless has a great article in which Roger Entner from The Nielsen Company breaks down smartphone data usage obtained from 60,000 cellphone bills. Apart from the fact that more than 1/3 of smartphone users do not have data plans and that 23% overall use no data per month, that data reveals that 6% of smartphone users are going through half of the data consumed. And what data everyone else using doesn’t add up to a whole lot. Although averages are not the best example to point to for a number of reasons, the average smartphone user went through 298MB of data in Q1 2010, up 230% YoY. Despite this growth, the reality is that all but all but 1% of smartphones users stand to benefit from being on a tiered data plan. In fact, on the whole, the only losers when it comes to tiered data are the carriers, as they lose out on revenue each and every time someone cancels their unlimited plan and moves to a tiered plan. There are quite a few other interesting tidbits to be learned from the article, so do hit the jump to check it out. More →

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Verizon to launch LTE network on November 15th, handsets on Black Friday

By on June 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM.

Verizon to launch LTE network on November 15th, handsets on Black Friday

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This information comes from a new tipster, but we have very good reason to believe that Verizon will begin rolling out its LTE network in 25 markets starting on November 15th. While 25 markets might not sound like a lot, but apparently they’re enough to give 100 million subscribers access to the next-generation wireless network. LTE handsets will not be immediately available at launch, but Verizon is planning to release “a slew of new devices” on Black Friday which is on November 26th. LTE data plans will indeed be tiered, but Big Red won’t be pulling a Sprint and charing a $10 premium for access to its 4G network. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Verizon starts harping about how its “empowering the user” with open devices.

Thanks, C.! More →

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Android 2.2 test build for Motorola DROID leaks out

By on June 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM.

Android 2.2 test build for Motorola DROID leaks out

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This isn’t the first time that Android 2.2 has been made available to adventurous DROID owners, but it is the latest, and therefore, to many, it is the greatest. Based upon a test build recently dished out to some lucky DROID users, a new ROM leaked by MyDroidWorld includes root access and a customized kernel. Getting the ROM up and running is simple enough and shouldn’t prove to be difficult, although we’d advise anyone who doesn’t fully understand what they’re doing (or are above begging for help on forums) to stay clear of this until everything is official. If you do try it out, you’ll let your pals at BGR know how it works, right? More →

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Bloomberg: Verizon launching iPhone in January

By on June 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM.

Bloomberg: Verizon launching iPhone in January

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Verizon Wireless will be selling the iPhone in January, according to a report filed by Bloomberg. Representatives from both Apple and Verizon did not comment on the matter, but Bloomberg is extremely confident about this one having verified it with two sources “who declined to be named because the information isn’t public.” Let’s just hope this Verizon iPhone has a better antenna system than the iPhone 4 as we know it. More →

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Hulu Plus gets official: $9.99 per month, supports iOS, TVs, Blu-ray players, and more

By on June 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM.

Hulu Plus gets official: $9.99 per month, supports iOS, TVs, Blu-ray players, and more

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Announced earlier today after months of speculation, Hulu Plus has finally become official. For $9.99 per month, subscribers will be able to watch their favorite shows — including those from seasons past — on a multitude of internet-connected devices. Mobile devices are a go, with iOS devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (3rd generation) being the main attraction at this point in time. The best part as far as mobile is concerned is that streaming will work on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Several internet-connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung already have support for the streaming service, and later on in the year, both Sony and Vizio will introduce support in some of their sets ad Blu-ray players. The PlayStation 3 will support the service “soon”, while the Xbox 360 will play nice come 2011. Hulu Plus will officially launch is July, but if you’re lucky you might just be able snag a preview invite. More →

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Sprint-bound Samsung Intercept breaks cover

By on June 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM.

Sprint-bound Samsung Intercept breaks cover

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We’ve been waiting for the Samsung Intercept to show its face for quite some time, and here it is. The successor to the Moment, the Intercept will land on Sprint on July 11th. While much of its features are still a mystery, it is known that the Intercept runs Android 2.1, has a 3.2″ display, has a four-row sliding QWERTY keypad, Wi-Fi, GPS, and — if we’re lucky — an improved camera. More →

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Koodo Mobile now supports HSDPA devices

By on June 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM.

Koodo Mobile now supports HSDPA devices

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Good news for Koodo customers who have spare HSDPA phones lying around, as the Canadian carrier today announced that it is now fully supporting HSDPA handsets. Koodo, a value brand owned and operated by Telus, was launched in mid-2008. One of its main selling points is the “Tab” payment system. With the Tab, customers are able to get a new phone at a discounted rate and pay for it in monthly increments. When the balance is paid off, customers start earning a positive balance on their Tab which can be used towards the purchase of a new handset. Koodo didn’t single out any HSDPA devices in its press release, although for now it looks like the only HSDPA phone being offered is the Nokia 3710, which is priced at $25 on a Tab, or $125 outright.

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Nokia N9 gets shown off on film

By on June 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM.

Nokia N9 gets shown off on film

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We told you last week that we’d be seeing more of the Nokia N9, and sure enough, a short little video overview of the device was published today. We’re not exactly sure how much there is to be learned from the video considering we know that the N9 will never ship with S60 (the OS it is seen running in the film), but at least we have video evidence that Nokia still knows how to make a solid piece of hardware. Hit the jump to check out the N9 in action.
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