Apple iOS 4.3.2 to fix Verizon iPad 2 connectivity and FaceTime issues, we go hands-on!

By on April 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM.

Apple iOS 4.3.2 to fix Verizon iPad 2 connectivity and FaceTime issues, we go hands-on!

One of our Apple sources has just let us know that Apple’s iOS 4.3.2, due within the next week or so, will fix the issues we’ve been hearing about with some Verizon iPad 2 models. Additionally, the new update is said to contain a fix for FaceTime in addition to security fixes for things like WebKit vulnerabilities and other minor changes. We’ve loaded up iOS 4.3.2 on our iPhone, and we’ll let you know if we notice any other changes.

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TiVo’s customer email list hacked

By on April 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM.

TiVo’s customer email list hacked

It’s always nice when an email service that contains customer’s personal and private email addresses is hacked. TiVo has publicly disclosed that their email service provider, Epsilon, had customer’s names and email addresses released to “unauthorized” people. TiVo hasn’t disclosed how many emails were accessed in the security breach, but does note that the information was limited to email addresses and possibly customer’s names. The company is advising notified customers to be careful opening any emails from unknown third parties. Nice.

Thanks, preppy17!

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RIM is not releasing BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone on April 26th

By on March 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM.

RIM is not releasing BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone on April 26th

We knew this story was a hoax when we first saw it, but we reached out to Research In Motion to get an official comment from the company. RIM tells us that rumors that BlackBerry Messenger might launch as an app for Apple’s iPhone on April 26th, is false. “RIM did not hold a conference in Toronto this week, and Jim Balsillie did not speak at any event in Toronto this week.” We’re not saying it isn’t coming at some point in the future, but BlackBerry Messenger is definitely not hitting the App Store on April 26th.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.1 coming soon?

By on March 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.1 coming soon?

One of our BlackBerry sources just shot us over some information on the latest version of Desktop Manager, version 6.1. Besides bringing compatibility to upcoming BlackBerry handsets that will run OS 6.1, Desktop Manager 6.1 is also said to bring little enhancements and changes to the desktop application. One noticeable addition we caught? The ability to forget a previously backed up / synced device. See? Still using a BlackBerry has its perks from time to time. One more shot of the new Desktop Manager after the break. More →

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Apple iOS 4.3.1 hands-on!

By on March 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM.

Apple iOS 4.3.1 hands-on!

One of our Apple connects just installed the unreleased and unseen iOS 4.3.1 build on one of our iPhones, and we’ve been playing around with it for a couple days. We reported the changes from iOS 4.3 a few days back, and it really does look as if iOS 4.3.1 will simply fix bugs, hence the version numbering. Battery life seems a tad bit better, though that’s not scientific at all. Our source says we should continue to expect iOS 4.3.1 in the next 1-2 weeks, just as we previously reported.

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Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM.

Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

We’ve just been given some info on Apple’s next iOS release, 4.3.1, and from what we have been told, it will contain minor bug fixes. Here are the changes from iOS 4.3:

  • Baseband updates for the 3GS and iPad (original)
  • Fixed memory hang that results in memory corruption when reading large files from USIM filesystem
  • Fixed problem with NTLM authentication in apps and on websites
  • Fixed issue with the Springboard and 3rd party apps not recgonizing the gyroscope on the iPad 2
  • Fixed iPad 2 jailbreak vulneratbility

That’s all we’ve got for the new iOS release. No word on whether or not it will also finally bring Apple’s updated OS to Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4.

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Sprint’s CTIA announcements: HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO View 4G, Motorola XOOM, much more

By on March 18, 2011 at 8:08 PM.

Sprint’s CTIA announcements: HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO View 4G, Motorola XOOM, much more

We have just been informed of most of Sprint’s planned announcements at CTIA this year. There have been mumblings surrounding the two headline devices, but we finally have the information to share with you. To start things off, the HTC EVO 3D most certainly will be part of the announcement, and it’s going to be a pretty feature-packed handset. We’re talking about a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 450-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display, 4GB of RAM, 1GB ROM, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon CPU, dual rear 5-megapixel cameras with dedicated camera button, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 1730mAh battery. That’s not all, though. The HTC EVO 3D will run Android Gingerbread 2.3 with HTC Sense UI and it will also output 1080p video via HDMI and output 720p 3D content as well. There will also be a Blockbuster 3D on demand app as well as YouTube 3D. Check out the rest of our exclusive report after the break! More →

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Amazon Android Appstore spotted

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM.

Amazon Android Appstore spotted

Amazon’s answer to Google’s Android Market may be just around the corner. AndroidNews recently paid a visit to Amazon.com/apps and found a listing of Android applications, 48 in total, with prices. That address redirects to Amazon’s homepage now, but some screen shots revealed a snapshot of what we can expect when the store launches. When Amazon announced it was throwing its hat into the app store ring, we weren’t sure what it would do to differentiate itself, but it looks like offering exclusive app titles is going to be the game plan. Angry Birds Rio for Android, which will launch as an exclusive, wasn’t to be found, but others, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Force Recon, were listed. Those may be reason enough for us to check out the Amazon Appstore when it launches.   More →

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Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

By on March 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM.

Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

Rovio, the developer behind the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise, announced on Monday that its forthcoming Android title Angry Birds Rio for Android will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon announced in January that its app store, which will rival Google’s own Android Market on the Android platform, was open for developer submissions. The exclusive deal with Rovio marks Amazon’s first major coup in the space, as the title is expected to be a wildly popular game for Android. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available for the first time on the Android platform exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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T-Mobile to eliminate FlexPay plans

By on February 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM.

T-Mobile to eliminate FlexPay plans

We don’t have too much information to share on this one, but here’s the meat of it: T-Mobile USA is going to be getting rid of its FlexPay plans. Our tipster said that T-Mobile should soon announce, or at least communicate internally what, if anything, will replace the FlexPay option for customers.

Thanks, justfinethankyou!

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Is this Apple’s next iPad? [updated]

By on February 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

Is this Apple’s next iPad? [updated]

We have been sent an image that looks very convincing. A tipster has shot us over what could be — and appears to be — an image of the back of Apple’s next generation iPad. The rear-facing camera, redesigned speaker, and flat back with tapered edges are all visible. We’ll know either way pretty soon — Apple’s iPad event is quickly approaching.

UPDATE: Though it is highly likely that the image above will end up being a good representation of the iPad 2, it’s looking like this image was created by an Apple fan and is not an official render.

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Bank of America trialing Mobile Wallet program, uses NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones

By on February 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM.

Bank of America trialing Mobile Wallet program, uses NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones

According to a BGR source, Bank of America has started inviting select customers to trial its new Mobile Wallet payment service program based on NFC technology. The program only works with BlackBerry smartphones at this point, and in order to make your existing phone NFC-capable, Bank of America is sending testers a new battery cover in addition to a microSD card. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 and 8530; BlackBerry Bold 9000, 9650 and 9700; and BlackBerry Tour 9630 are all supported devices. Payments can be made at any location where Mastercard’s PayPass is accepted, and the program will become active very shortly “this Spring.” We have a couple shots of the program materials after the break!

Thanks, Dylan! More →

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Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

By on February 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM.

Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. Maybe we’ll see this release unify the Verizon iPhone OS-wise as well? We’ll probably see this in the wild next week if we had to bet…

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