Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook takes his place

By on August 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM.

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook takes his place

Steve Jobs has officially resigned from his job as CEO of Apple, though he has been elected Chairman. Tim Cook, Apple’s long-time COO, who acted as CEO during Steve Jobs’ medical leaves will replace Jobs as CEO. Full press release from Apple after the break.

UPDATE: Steve Jobs’ letter to Apple and the Apple community

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Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 [updated]

By on August 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 [updated]

Enjoying a quiet Saturday? Well, Apple has just released iOS 5 beta 5 for developers. While the update continues the tradition of bringing OTA updates to iOS devices, beta 5 will require your device to be erased before being able to update — a little frustrating, though it’s obviously not meant for the general public. Apple also released an updated iTunes 10.5 beta 5 and Apple TV beta 4.

  • I have noticed the ability to send a photo from the camera roll directly to the Messages app for iMessage or MMS, additionally the inclusion of a camera button in the camera roll to skip back to the camera after viewing a photo.
  • The terrible autocorrect algorithm seems to have been fixed.
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BBC News for Android now available for all

By on June 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM.

BBC News for Android now available for all

In May BBC launched its official BBC News Android application, but unfortunately it was only available in the UK after its debut. Now Android users worldwide can download and install the application from the Android Market. We typically used to install third-party BBC News apps, but the official one blows those out of the water. Top stories are side-scrollable with beautiful headline thumbnails, and you can easily quickly listen to the World News Bulletin, the Live BBC World Service, or view a quick 1-minute global news summary — all from the home screen. There’s also an option to be notified of breaking news stories. If you’re a news fiend, this app is a must have.

[Via Android Central]

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Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

By on June 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM.

Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall just made Apple’s iOS 5 official, and it’s a serious update. Over 200 new features and 1,500 new APIs, but that’s not the most exciting part. We’re talking about redone notifications with Notification Center, a place to combine all notifications; Newsstand, which will automatically download the latest issues of your favorite subscription newspaper and magazines; deep Twitter integration including a system-level sign-on, Tweeting from Photos app and Safari, Twitter contact syncing; and even tabbed-browsing in Safari (finally!). Hit the break for more. More →

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Sprint close to $20 billion network deal with LightSquared

By on June 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM.

Sprint close to $20 billion network deal with LightSquared

LightSquared Inc., a 4G LTE communications network, is very close to a deal that could put up to $20 billion in the bank for Sprint Nextel over the next 15 years. According to two anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg, the agreement would give LightSquared the ability to expand faster while letting both companies share costs in regards to network build-out.

Sprint would receive as much as $2 billion annually from LightSquared in the first stages of the contract to help pay for the network equipment and construction costs, said one of the people. Payments thereafter would vary annually based on the number of users on the LightSquared network and usage patterns, said the person. The full value of the contract will depend on those payments.

4G LTE, here we come. More →

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HTC to not lock Android bootloaders going forward

By on May 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM.

HTC to not lock Android bootloaders going forward

In a quick statement just published on HTC’s Facebook page, HTC CEO Peter Chou said:

“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience,” Peter Chou, CEO of HTC

For anyone out there that roots their devices to customize them, this is probably the best news you can get. Well, or stock Android devices from the beginning, we guess. More →

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BBC launches official Android app

By on May 26, 2011 at 5:20 AM.

BBC launches official Android app

BBC announced the availability of its free mobile news application for Android on Wednesday. The application provides quick access to BBC’s top stories complete with pictures, videos, and the option to share stories on Facebook or via email. Other features include breaking news notifications, pre-cache viewing, background sync, and a compact widget for viewing headlines from your home screen. There’s even an option to stream live BBC News video content, provided you’re running a phone with Android 2.2 and Flash pre-installed. BBC News for Android is available for free in the Android Market now. Update: for now it’s only available to U.K. residents. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 gets official, finally touch and type

By on May 2, 2011 at 8:30 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 gets official, finally touch and type

After years of waiting from BlackBerry users, the ultimate BlackBerry has finally been made official. We broke the story on the next generation BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, and we even spent some one-on-one time with it, but there is nothing like an official announcement, right? As far as specs, it’s everything we reported it would be — 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, and more. As far as availability, RIM said that the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 will be available from “carriers around the world” starting this summer. We’re hearing June / July still. Entire press release is after the break. More →

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CNN outs free Android app

By on April 20, 2011 at 5:59 AM.

CNN outs free Android app

On Tuesday, CNN announced the availability of its mobile news application for the Android platform. The app provides quick access to CNN’s main news stories and features — complete with a picture-driven user interface — and closely resembles the news organization’s current iOS offering. Other features include free access to CNN Radio, breaking news notifications, and the option to share live photos and videos with CNN — a feature CNN refers to as “iReporter.” We’ve installed the CNN application on our T-Mobile G2x, and enjoy the robust feature set it offers. We also dig the customizable widget that is bundled with the app. CNN for Android requires Android 2.1 or higher and is available in the Android Market now. More →

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T-Mobile unveils G2x smartphone, 4G Mobile Hotspot, more; doubles HSPA+ speed to 42Mbps

By on March 22, 2011 at 12:01 AM.

T-Mobile unveils G2x smartphone, 4G Mobile Hotspot, more; doubles HSPA+ speed to 42Mbps

Just because it’s most likely going to be acquired doesn’t mean T-Mobile is going to be a no-show at CTIA this year. The carrier just introduced its latest smartphone, the T-Mobile G2x, which is a new Android handset from LG. It is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with a 4-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2. In addition to the new handset, T-Mobile is continuing the company’s 4G onslaught with an announcement that it will be doubling its HSPA+ speeds — first in markets like Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, with Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Chicago close behind. The carrier expects 140 million people in 25 markets to have access to increased 4G speeds by mid-year. T-Mobile also introduced its first portable hotspot — a 4G Mobile Hotspot manufactured by ZTE. It will allow up to five devices to connect via Wi-Fi to a compact 21Mbps-capable 2.64 ounce device. Lastly, T-Mobile says that the Rocket 3.0 from ZTE will be the its first 4G product to take full advantage of the new 42 Mbps service, and it will join the T-Mobile Jet 2.0 and prepaid Rocket 4G laptop sticks. All of the aforementioned devices will be available later this spring except for the Jet 2.0 laptop stick, which will launch later this week on March 23rd.

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AT&T to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion

By on March 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM.

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion

AT&T, the nation’s second largest wireless provider, has just announced that it will acquire T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $39 billion. With all of the talk of Sprint and T-Mobile joining up, the AT&T news comes out of the blue — though strategically it makes more sense due to both carriers’ spectrum and network technology. It has been widely reported that Deutsche Telekom was looking to get rid of T-Mobile USA for various reasons. AT&T has also committed to delivering LTE to an additional 46 million people with the T-Mobile acquisition, promising to cover close to 95% of the U.S. population with LTE wireless services in the future. The deal is expected to close, pending regulatory approval, within the next 12 months. The full press release is after the break.

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Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Pro

By on February 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM.

Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Pro

Sony Ericsson has just taken the wraps off their Xperia Pro handset, and it’s a large one. The phone is a full QWERTY keyboard sliding device, and nicely joins the Xperia Neo and Xperia Play that have been announced. There’s an EXmor 8.1 megapixel camera sensor on the Xperia Pro, Sony’s mobile Bravia engine for the display, HDMI out, and Google’s latest mobile OS, Gingerbread 2.3.

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BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with… 4G support coming to Sprint this summer

By on January 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM.

BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with… 4G support coming to Sprint this summer

RIM let us know that in addition to their BlackBerry PlayBook that pairs with your BlackBerry smartphone, they have a 4G version of the tablet lined up ready to go on Sprint’s 4G network. It is set to launch this summer on Sprint’s “blazingly fast” network, and will provide “a high performance platform that will enable a mobile services revolution for both application developers and customers.” We could go on quoting their press release all night long, but why don’t you just check it out for yourselves after the break? Pricing information wasn’t announced. More →

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