Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

By on April 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM.

Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

Earlier this month, we told you about Internet voice and video chat company fring and its plans to release a multi-user video chat client. Today, the company announced that both its Android and iOS software bundles now have this new feature. “With fring’s Group Video calling, four fring friends can now share a simultaneous video call, for free, on their mobile phone (on Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G) using fring’s proprietary DVQ technology, that delivers the highest quality video for all four participants,” reads the press release. The apps are ready to be downloaded from the Android Market and App Store. There is an awesomely bad music-video demo thingy waiting for you after the break. More →

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Netflix issues apology, service credit for Instant downtime

By on March 24, 2011 at 7:57 AM.

Netflix issues apology, service credit for Instant downtime

In the wake of Tuesday’s Netflix Instant outage, the company has issued a mea culpa and service credit to affected users. “We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused,” reads an email from Netflix. “If you attempted and were unable to instantly watch TV episodes or movies yesterday, click on this account specific link in the next 7 days to apply your 3% credit to your next billing statement for your Watch Instantly Unlimited plan.” The note does not explain why the service when down, rather it references “technical issues.” The full text of the letter is after the break.
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Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

By on March 22, 2011 at 3:31 AM.

Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

UK wireless provider Three has had the misfortune of having its entire summer handset lineup leak online, but its loss is our gain. What does the next few months look like for the carrier? Busy. In April alone, the company will release no less than three handsets, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Samsung Galaxy Pro, and the until-now-unknown Samsung Galaxy S II Mini. The smaller version of Samsung’s high-end smartphone will boasts a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 1.4GHz processor, 21Mbps HSDPA radio, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n with hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). And that’s just in April. In May, the company plans to release the HTC Flyer tablet, HTC Wildfire, Nokia E7, and Samsung Galaxy S II. June will bring the Nokia X7, HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus 3D, and the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s going to be quite the summer for Three customers looking to upgrade their mobile hardware. Let’s hope some of these device, especially that S II Mini, make their way across the pond sooner rather than later. More →

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iPhone’s personal hotspot will only support 3 connections over Wi-Fi

By on March 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM.

iPhone’s personal hotspot will only support 3 connections over Wi-Fi

To Apple’s credit: it has consistently said that its Personal Hotspot feature would “support five connections.” It did this without ever actually specifying what type of connections those were. According to support documentation on the iPhone maker’s website, those utilizing the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3 will be allowed to share their phone’s internet connection with up to five devices, however, only three of them can be over Wi-Fi. Yes, it seems the other two connections will have to be made using Bluetooth and USB respectively. Most of the tech world assumed — present company included — that the five connected devices in question would all be suckling from the iPhone’s data connection via Wi-Fi. Which is, obviously, not the case. We can’t say we remember the last time (if there ever was a time) that we had five devices connected to a cellular hotspot device, but that’s just us. Is this a deal breaker for anyone? More →

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Pre-order your Pre 2 on Verizon Wireless with the Pre 3 looming

By on February 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

Pre-order your Pre 2 on Verizon Wireless with the Pre 3 looming

We have to admit, HP’s timing on the Pre 2 in the U.S. is a little funny. Just one day after the announcement that the Pre 3 will be here this summer, HP and Verizon Wireless made the Pre 2 available for pre-order. You can reserve yourself the webOS 2.0 handset for $99, with delivery occurring on February 17th. We’re not sure why anyone would opt for the Pre Deuce with the Tre set to drop this summer, but it’s nice to have options. Anyone out there with that crazy look in their eye going to order the Pre 2?

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Apple’s Verizon iPhone plans: Our predictions

By on January 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM.

Apple’s Verizon iPhone plans: Our predictions

Earlier today, we posted information that led us to believe Apple’s iPhone for Verizon Wireless will go on sale starting February 3rd. The dates all line up with previous reports of Apple vacation blackouts in addition to Apple keeping on the extra Holiday staffers for its stores until further notice. Our independent sources confirmed that in multiple regions, Apple employees are not able to take vacations from February 3rd to February 6th. If those dates hold true, and turn out to be the dates the Verizon iPhone goes on sale, Apple will have to announce the device fairly quickly. While Verizon is one carrier that Apple could trust to keep a product secret (if there is such a thing), there is still no way the company would let the stock piles of Verizon iPhones move before an announcement. More →

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Google officially announces electronic bookstore

By on December 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM.

Google officially announces electronic bookstore

Today, Google took the wraps off of its highly anticipated eBook store. With over 3 million books in its catalog, the electronic bookstore — simply named Google Books —  is aiming to take a piece of an anticipate $1 billion business in 2011. As the press release reads:

We designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks—everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. With the newGoogle eBooks Web Reader, you can buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. That means you can access your ebooks like you would messages in Gmail or photos in Picasa—using a free, password-protected Google account with unlimited ebooks storage.

Hit the read link to check out the official announcement from the Big G. More →

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Facebook hosting mysterious ‘mobile event’ November 3rd

By on October 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM.

Facebook hosting mysterious ‘mobile event’ November 3rd

Moments ago, Facebook began to send out invites to a “Mobile Event” scheduled for November 3rd at the company’s headquarters. Back in September, TechCrunch and Business Insider both reported that the social networking behemoth was developing their own handset with deep Facebook integration. Will we see the rumored device come to fruition on Wednesday? Perhaps a more feature rich mobile application? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

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HTC HD7 available from T-Mobile on November 8, $199.99

By on October 21, 2010 at 4:20 AM.

HTC HD7 available from T-Mobile on November 8, $199.99

T-Mobile is really utilizing the “social networks” these days. Hours after lighting-up their Twitter feed with the release date and pricing for the Motorola DEFY, T-Mobile has done it again; this time announcing the release date and pricing for the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset. The HD7, which will be available in stores on November 8, will retail for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. For those that need a quick refresher, the HD7 packs a 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. Any T-Mobile fans going after this sexy slab of glass? More →

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Motorola DEFY coming to T-Mobile November 3

By on October 20, 2010 at 7:21 PM.

Motorola DEFY coming to T-Mobile November 3

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the Motorola DEFY; a rough and rugged Android handset we first told you about in August that was announced just last month. But that all changes today. T-Mobile has announced, via Twitter, that the 3.7-inch scratch-resistant, touchscreen device — which also boasts a 5 megapixel camera with flash, DLNA support, FM radio, Wi-Fi Calling, and GPS — will be available for $99 with a 2-year contract starting on November 3. Not a bad little device for a c-note — especially if you’re one of those people who are unusually rough on electronics.

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Blackberry Bold 9780 pricing revealed in the UK

By on October 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM.

Blackberry Bold 9780 pricing revealed in the UK

T-Mobile UK has jumped the gun and revealed pricing for the, BlackBerry OS 6-toting Bold 9780. The  Bold 9780 is the successor to the aging, but wildly popular Bold 9700. According to Electricpig, the new BlackBerry will be available before Christmas. The handset will be available for £0 ($0, if you convert) if you sign 2 years of your life away for a £30/month. Reasonable, no? However, we still don’t have any info on tariff details.

The three other major carriers in Blighty – O2, Orange and 3, have remained tight-lipped on availability. With the festive shopping season around the corner, you can expect all the major carriers to jump on-board

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Dell to launch 7-inch tablet in 'the next few weeks'

By on September 29, 2010 at 8:55 AM.

Dell to launch 7-inch tablet in 'the next few weeks'

The Wall Street Journal has filed a report indicating that PC manufacturing giant Dell will be releasing a 7-inch tablet “in the next few weeks.” The information comes courtesy of Amit Midha, Dell’s president of Greater China. “It [the 7-inch tablet] was showed off at Oracle World by Michael last week and we’ll be launching very, very soon—within the next few weeks,” said Mr. Midha. The president confirmed that the 7-inch offering would run Google’s Android operating system but noted that future products could (and would) be released running Microsoft’s Windows 7; Mr. Midha also noted that Google Chrome was still under consideration by the company. The Dell executive also mentioned that a 3-inch product and 10-inch tablet would be launching within the next 6 to 12 months as well. From the sounds of it, the tablet market will be a very crowded space by 2011… and that isn’t a bad thing.

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Microsoft: All 5 major UK wireless providers will carry Windows Phone 7 devices at launch

By on September 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM.

Microsoft: All 5 major UK wireless providers will carry Windows Phone 7 devices at launch

Today, Microsoft announced that all five major UK wireless carriers — Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Three, and Vodafone — will be carrying handsets that run the Windows Phone 7 operating system. “It is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7,” said Alex Reeve, Microsoft UK’s director of the Mobile Business Group. We know plenty about the “who,” what we really want to know is the “when.” More →

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