Apple to launch iPad in 21 additional countries this month

By on April 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Apple to launch iPad in 21 additional countries this month

Apple announced on Monday that it will launch its wildly popular third-generation iPad tablet in 21 additional countries this month. Beginning on April 20th, the new iPad will be available in South Korea, Malaysia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and eight more countries. Then on April 27th, the device will launch in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel and five additional countries. Apple confirmed in March that it sold more than 3 million iPad tablets during the device’s first four days of availability. The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Best Buy reports lower than expected December sales

By on January 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

Best Buy reports lower than expected December sales

Best Buy on Friday reported weaker than expected revenue for the five weeks ended December 31st, 2011. The company noted $8.4 billion in revenue, which was flat compared to the same period last year but included a comparable store sales decline of 1.2%. The company’s international segment generated $1.9 billion in revenue, a 1.7% decrease and a 4.3% drop off in store sales. Its domestic segment generated $6.5 billion in revenue, which was up 0.4% from the same period last year but it also represented a 0.4% drop in store sales. Read on for more. More →

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SIMPLE Mobile introduces $10 international calling plans

By on December 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

SIMPLE Mobile introduces $10 international calling plans

SIMPLE Mobile recently introduced two new international calling plans. Customers can now opt to sign up for a $10 unlimited international long distance plan or a $10 pay-as-you-go option. The $10 monthly unlimited plan allows customers to place calls to more than 50 countries including to Canada, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The $10 pay-as-you-go option can be used to place calls to any country in the world at low per-minute rates, and the full list is available on SIMPLE Mobile’s website. The carrier also noted that international text messaging is included. “We continue to offer free international text messaging with all our current plans and our totally new international calling plans are the perfect compliment to that feature,” SIMPLE Mobile senior vice president of marketing Tim Garrett said. “The majority of SIMPLE Mobile customers have friends and family outside of the US, so these upgrades will definitely appeal to them.” Simple Mobile’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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Apple details international launch of iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud

By on December 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM.

Apple details international launch of iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud

Apple recently posted a support page with information about the international rollout of iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes Match is now officially available in 17 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. However, 9to5Mac points out that users in other countries such as Brazil have noticed that iTunes Match is working. Apple also provided information on the international markets in which it has rolled out iTunes in the Cloud. There are more than 120 countries in total although unlike the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia, most countries do not feature broad support for repeated downloads of music, music videos, TV shows apps or books. Apple customers in Algeria, for example, can only re-download books and apps. More →

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Samsung unveils two Android-powered dual-sim smartphones

By on December 22, 2011 at 11:30 PM.

Samsung unveils two Android-powered dual-sim smartphones

Samsung on Thursday unveiled two new dual-SIM smartphones, the Galaxy Y Duos and the Galaxy Y Pro Duos. A phone with two SIM card slots offers a number of benefits; it’s perfect for two people hoping to share a single phone in emerging markets, but it’s also great for business travelers that want to use one account for personal matters and a second as a business line. The Galaxy Y Duos runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has a processor clocked at 832MHz and a 3-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos offers similar specs but has a smaller 2.6-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard. Both phones will initially launch in Russia. The Galaxy Y Duos will then roll out into Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos will launch in Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Samsung’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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‘AT&T Call International’ VoIP app launches for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone

By on November 8, 2011 at 11:10 PM.

‘AT&T Call International’ VoIP app launches for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone

AT&T recently launched its new “AT&T Call International” VoIP application that, exactly as its name implies, allows its customers to place international phone calls from their AT&T’s phones using a Wi-Fi connection anywhere in the world. AT&T’s per-minute VoIP rates are cheaper than its international roaming plans and, judging from AT&T’s product page, calls placed to wireline phones appear to be more affordable than those placed to wireless phones. Customers will be billed for calls placed through the app directly on their credit cards at the end of each monthly billing cycle. AT&T Call International is available for free from the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and in Apple’s iOS App Store.   More →

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UBS: Apple to ship 42.5 million iPhones in Q4

By on October 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM.

UBS: Apple to ship 42.5 million iPhones in Q4

Spurred by the iPhone 4S launch, several analysts expect sales of Apple’s iPhone lineup to explode during the fourth quarter of this year. “The timing of the 70 [international] launches could have some impact on sales ahead of the launch, the US/International split, and hence, our estimates look conservative,” UBS analyst Maynard Um said in a recent note to investors. “A similar 27.5 percent U.S. / 72.5 percent international split from this quarter would imply 42.5 million units in CY4Q or an upside of 14.5 million iPhones.” Apple shipped 17.1 million iPhones during the fiscal fourth quarter, and the lower-than-expected sales were blamed on rumors and anticipation ahead of the iPhone 4S launch. Um predicts a huge turnaround for Apple in the fourth calendar quarter, and of course he isn’t alone. The “resoundingly successful” iPhone 4S launch is expected to result in a big holiday season for the Cupertino-based company, Ticonderoga Securities said in a recent note.

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Google Translate for Android now supports 14 languages [video]

By on October 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM.

Google Translate for Android now supports 14 languages [video]

Google updated its Translate application for Android devices on Thursday with support for 11 additional languages as part of a major update. The application will now translate and speak English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish. Google originally launched the conversation feature of Google Translate in January of this year and subsequently added support for Japanese in the wake of the country’s earthquake and tsunami crisis. Users can speak words and then correct them, if there was an error, before the phone speaks them in the translated language. The text translation aspect of Google Translate offers support for 63 different languages. A video of the application in action follows after the break.  More →

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AT&T to launch $25 monthly GoPhone prepaid plan on September 18th

By on September 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

AT&T to launch $25 monthly GoPhone prepaid plan on September 18th

Beginning on September 18th, AT&T will offer a new $25 GoPhone prepaid plan that will include 250 minutes and unlimited messaging. Starting on the same day, customers can opt to sign up for a new $10 international long distance plan that offers 250 minutes of calling to more than 50 countries. The minutes for both plans expire after 30 days. GoPhone customers will also be able to roam in Canada at a rate of $0.39 per minute. Text messages in Canada will cost $0.25 per message sent and $0.20 per message received. AT&T currently offers thirty different GoPhone devices ranging from basic handsets to more advanced Android or Windows Phone-powered smartphones. The plans do not require a contract and unsubsidized phone prices range from $19.99 on the low-end to $500 on the high-end. More →

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As analysts and investors jump ship, Macquarie sees opportunity in RIM

By on June 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

As analysts and investors jump ship, Macquarie sees opportunity in RIM

Following first-quarter earnings that sent investors and the media into a tizzy, analyst coverage of RIM has been fairly monotone. The consensus? The company is doomed. Sure, there’s been an odd half-hearted vote of confidence here and there, but the majority of analyst coverage we’ve seen has been negative and investors are exiting en masse. In a 45-page report published last Tuesday, however, analysts at Macquarie Capital Markets paint a different picture of RIM’s business. Despite product delays and declining market share, the firm issued an Outperform rating and set a 12-month target on shares of RIM stock at $40. Read on to find out why. More →

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AT&T intros $50 unlimited GoPhone plan

By on June 22, 2011 at 2:50 AM.

AT&T intros $50 unlimited GoPhone plan

On Tuesday AT&T officially announced that its customers can now sign up for a $50 unlimited GoPhone plan that includes unlimited text, talk, and web for $50 per month. AT&T’s GoPhone option does not require a contract and it also allows customers to text Mexico, Canada, and 100 other countries at no additional cost. AT&T’s new pricing is a considerable drop from the original $60 per month GoPhone option, which just provided unlimited talk and text.Read on for the full release. More →

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Apple iPad 2 to be available in 12 more countries this week including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea

By on April 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM.

Apple iPad 2 to be available in 12 more countries this week including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea

Not content with two press releases, Apple has just announced that the iPad 2 will be hitting over 10 countries this week, starting with Japan on April 28th. On April 29th, the iPad 2 will be available for purchase in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, and in the UAE . The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will then be available in China starting on May 6th. Hit the break for Apple’s full press release. More →

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Sprint's Google Voice integration now live

By on April 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM.

Sprint's Google Voice integration now live

Despite leaked information that Sprint and Google would launch Google Voice integration services on April 26th, multiple sources have confirmed that the service is already being rolled out to users. Sprint and Google announced the partnership last month, and the new service will allow Sprint users to access calls and text messages, or place calls through Google Voice’s Web interface using their Sprint number. Alternatively, users can opt to have their Google Voice number replace their Sprint number on their Sprint handset as well. International calls will route through Google Voice, which offers discounted fees. The feature is free and can be turned off at any time.

Thanks, Clayton!

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