Your wallet can stop screaming at you now, Verizon discounting data devices

By on August 23, 2008 at 1:32 PM.

Your wallet can stop screaming at you now, Verizon discounting data devices

If you aren’t planning to catch the Hogwarts Express when it leaves on September 1, you might want to use the time you’ll save packing between now and then to run over to a Verizon store. It seems as if they’ll be discounting select data devices through the end of this month. Prices of discounted devices are as follows:

  • LG enV2 – $79.99 (reduced from $99.99)
  • LG Voyager – $99.99 (reduced from $149.99)
  • Blackberry Curve 8330 – $99.99 (reduced from $149.99)
  • Blackberry 8830 World Edition – $149.99 (reduced from $199.99)

Looks like a great week to replace that RAZR you just dropped in the sand with something a little more 2008 (or 2007, as the case may be).

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DNVR: a look into the DNC’s l33t Communications System

By on August 23, 2008 at 6:52 AM.

DNVR: a look into the DNC’s l33t Communications System

Although the winner of the Barack Obama Veepstakes is still a secret (not for long), Motorola is proud to announce that it is the official two-way radio provider of the Democratic National Convention. Why the Democrats are still using two-way radios, we haven’t quite figured out … but Moto tells us that the “mission-critical communication hardware” will include more than 900 iDEN (read: Nextel) Push-to-Talk units to connect the members “smoothly and efficiently”. We guess we won’t see Joe Biden toting a Curve around Denver while clutching a Louis Vuitton bag on CelebrityBlackBerrySightings.com!

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Impending BlackBerry shutdown in India?

By on March 12, 2008 at 1:36 PM.

Impending BlackBerry shutdown in India?

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It looks as if the Indian government is not content with its inability to decrypt their citizens BlackBerry e-mails, and is threatening a shutdown of Research In Motion’s devices in the country as punishment. Business Standard reports that the Indian government desires access to RIM’s proprietary e-mail network, in order to monitor e-mails being sent and received through the country. It is reported that a meeting will take place on March 14th, involving RIM representatives, members of wireless companies within the country, and representatives of the Indian government. Hey, China finally allowed BlackBerrys and you so know they have a shady back-door. Should India be given one as well?

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First Facebook, now Barack Obama on BlackBerry

By on March 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM.

First Facebook, now Barack Obama on BlackBerry

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Barack Obama fans, this one is for you – you can now call your phone the BarackBerry. We started the month with the Apple iPhone supporting Microsoft Exchange functionality, and now it appears as if Research in Motion is taking another step towards the consumer market. The maker of the BlackBerry device announced that it is partnering with will.i.am and his website, Dipdive, to create a mobile version for BlackBerry devices. The website, heavily geared towards Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, will "bring the artist into a direct relationship with the fan," according to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. Now all we need is Hillary Clinton and John McCain RIM applications – heck, even Ralph Nader may need one. We just find it funny this was announced Thursday, you know, the day Apple announced their SDK and Enterprise details?

[Via BBGeeks]

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Apple to allow purchases from your iPhone and iPod

By on December 28, 2007 at 3:32 PM.

Apple to allow purchases from your iPhone and iPod

Apple recently applied for a patent to allow users to purchase items through their iPhone. The last major annoucement for the iPhone from Apple was the ability to purchase songs wirelessly and this appears to be the next evolution of the technology. For a couple of years now, Japanese cell phone users have been able to make purchases from their phone in Japan. This however, seems to be a different technology utilizing the iPhone’s built in Wi-Fi allowing it to be rolled in with the current generation iPhones and iPod Touch. We all know the drill by now, right? Keep your eyes on the upcoming Mac World for the possibility of this annoucement. Or possible not.

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Texts keep you posted

By on December 28, 2007 at 10:22 AM.

Texts keep you posted

 

It’s an annoyance to keep checking a site or your RSS reader every now and again to stay on top of the latest news, right? Instead, wouldn’t it be great if you could just receive a text message every time it’s updated? It’s Web-Alerts.com, and what it does is let you punch in a website with an RSS feed or the site directly, and then updates get forwarded to your phone. You get a preview, therefore you only need to go online if its worthy of your time. There’s also a really neat feature that lets you use keywords to nit pick just what you fancy. Sounds expensive? Not all all, it’s free. The again, you might have to talk to your carrier about being charged for incoming text messages, but if you aren’t, you’re in the clear! Now you’ll never have to miss out on the breaking news as it happens.

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Facebook and Match.com team up to get you stalked

By on December 19, 2007 at 7:30 AM.

Facebook and Match.com team up to get you stalked

In case the world of Internet strangers wasn’t scary enough, Match.com has now added a new feature to their service, called Little Black Book. Clever name, and definitely out-of-the-box thinking. With it, Match.com members can be linked through Facebook with other singles looking for love. And, as expected, it will also hook you up with singles on Match.com, but who might not be on Facebook’s social network. Not revolutionary enough? How about this…your friends and family can team up to create a profile for you in an effort to get you a date. Now, the world of getting fixed up has extended to your Internet. Sure, it requires your approval, but we envision that sinking-heart feeling when you get a "request for approval" on your Facebook page signaling your friends’ and family’s desire to set you up with strangers in some kind of weird inter(net)vention. Pass.

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FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

By on December 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM.

FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Apple named it FireWire, but Sony preferred i.Link, so we suppose neither liked the boring standard name IEEE1394. Then again, who cares what it’s called, the important thing is the IEEE1394b standard is getting a boost to 3.2 gigabits per second with a new electrical specification called S3200. You can’t deny that’s quite a jump from the current 800 megabits per second. But that’s not all folks, because the 1394 Trade Association has just begun to open the goodie-bag. Anything eSATA or USB 2.0 can do, S3200 can do better. And why stop at covering your computer in S3200 compliant cables, when you can do it with your TV. Apparently the new specification is set to take over the realm of HD, and move signals further and at better quality compared ordinary HDMI cables. We’re game!

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T-Mobile acquisition approved by SunCom shareholders

By on December 18, 2007 at 7:52 AM.

T-Mobile acquisition approved by SunCom shareholders

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Regional carrier SunCom Wireless, famous for Harry Connick Jr.’s stunning marketing voice and "Worryless Wireless," officially passed a hurdle in its effort to be acquired by T-Mobile USA. The SunCom / T-Mobile merger agreement, announced on September 16, 2007, was passed by a majority of SunCom (NYSE: TPC) shareholders and is now awaiting FCC approval. SunCom expects the buyout to be completed by April 2008. In the meantime, since T-Mobile’s preliminary BlackBerry Pearl 8120 launch date is February, take advantage of the regional goodness and pick up a SunCom BlackBerry Pearl 8120 — the first US GSM carrier to offer it–while you can.

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11th Grader knows more than the teacher, gets punished for it

By on December 17, 2007 at 1:01 PM.

11th Grader knows more than the teacher, gets punished for it

We don’t feel bad or look down upon people who aren’t as tech-savvy as the folks who read this site. We actually feel bad for people who, because of their ignorance, actually take it out on those that are savvy. The latest case-in-point is a teacher who gave a student detention for using Firefox instead of the usual Internet Explorer in class. In spite of trying to explain to the teacher that he was doing nothing wrong, the teacher punished him anyway. Make the jump to see the letter that went home to his parents…

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iPhoners be afraid, be very afraid…maybe

By on December 15, 2007 at 11:49 AM.

iPhoners be afraid, be very afraid…maybe

 

If you have an iPhone and you love your mobile internet, you might want to start crossing your fingers or invest in cellular voodoo spells. According to Arbor Networks, you’re very likely to meet a hacker through your phone sometime during 2008. But before you start thinking that it’s just the voice of a hater, this claim is backed up by the director of security from nCircle Security (seriously, what’s with all the lowercase first letters?). They say that going after the new big thing, such as the iPhone, is basic hacker mentality, and the new SDK developer’s kit will just help hackers hide malware in the flood of 3rd party apps coming soon. The iPhone has already been proven vulnerable through a bug in the TIFF images, so a fast spreading malicious worm isn’t an implausible scenario. And just when you had stopped believing in the boogeyman, the scare stories just get that much more real.

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kwiry is a dumb novelty, or maybe not?

By on December 14, 2007 at 2:21 PM.

kwiry is a dumb novelty, or maybe not?

When we first heard about kwiry, a text message service meant for helping you to remember things by letting you text your email, we scoffed, and then said "novelty" out loud in a patronizing aristocratic voice. Your phone already offers you a bunch of different ways to make small memos, not to mention that you can find dozens of applications online with the same purpose. You can even use your phone for email and send yourself one if you want to be sure you get your message at home. So why in the world would anyone think twice about this? Writing a text message is easy. For most people, texting is a fast and common thing, and that might just be the difference from actually bothering to write something down or not. The icing comes in form of versatility, since kwiry offers a couple more services. You can get your texts as RSS feeds, let your friends get emails as well, and you can even share everything via Facebook and iGoogle. Yeah, we know it sounds a bit too much, but as long as it’s only the price of free + your normal text charge, it might have a useful purpose. Anyone willing to give it a go?

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Canadian dude opens mailbox to C$85,000 cell phone bill

By on December 14, 2007 at 11:59 AM.

Canadian dude opens mailbox to C$85,000 cell phone bill

You hear horror stories about carriers offering "unlimited" data plans, only to find that they aren’t exactly unlimited. Most are surprised with a bill that’s a couple hundred dollars. But Piotr Staniaszek, an oil worker in Alberta, Canada, got the surprise of his life when is bill read somewhere in the neighborhood of C$85,000. Wtf? Turns out, he used his unlimited plan to tether his phone to his laptop, which Bell claims is a violation of the plan’s, uh, unlimitedness. They’ve since reduced the bill to C$3,400, but that’s still a crazy amount for a guy who, quite frankly, probably needs the internet just to get through some grueling, cold days. And nights.

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