In a short press release yesterday, Microsoft announced a deal with the State University of New York (SUNY) to bring the company’s Live@edu cloud-based collaboration services to all 64 SUNY campuses. “SUNY sought to decrease costs while providing its 465,000 students with up-to-date technology necessary for success in college and in today’s workforce,” reads the press release. “As a result, SUNY students will have access to advanced online software, including hosted e-mail, calendars, online storage, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, document sharing and videoconferencing, among other services.” SUNY estimates that the move to Microsoft’s cloud system will save the state roughly $600,000 over the next five years. More →
Early this morning, the nation’s fifth largest cellular provider — MetroPCS — announced three new cities now incorporated into its LTE fold: Boston, New York City, and Sacramento. The company currently has one LTE mobile handset offering, the Samsung Craft, and has LTE talk and data plans starting at $55 (including taxes and fees).
“As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance wireless service provider offering 4G LTE services, we continue to build our network to allow more customers to experience our unparalleled value and flexible, affordable service,” said Roger D. Linquist, MetroPCS’ president, chairman, and CEO. “By offering customers the ability to do more with easy access to their social networks, exclusive MetroSTUDIO content and expanded web browsing capabilities, we are giving our customers what they need – a way to stay connected, without sacrificing time or money.”
MetroPCS is now offering its LTE services in nine major metropolitan areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, New York City and Sacramento. More →
That’s right boys and girls — BGR is here live at Samsung’s mobile event in New York City. The stage has been set for the second, more official unveiling of the Continuum Galaxy S handset and we’re waiting at the ready. Sure there have been plenty of Continuum–related leaks, but things get real tonight, and we’re going to make sure you know everything there is to know as soon as it happens. Hit the jump for our liveblog chocked full of all the Android-powered Samsung action you can handle. And yes… the two Samsung reps you see above are in fact wearing t-shirts that have “Continuum” scrolling across the chest. More →
This isn’t the first time rumors of a Brooklyn Apple Store have surfaced, but it is without question the first time they’ve come right from the horse’s mouth. BGR has learned that Apple is currently seeking Apple Solutions Consultants in Brooklyn, NY. Apple’s job listing clearly calls for candidates who would work at a retail sales location, and it is currently the only job listing found when Brooklyn is specified as the search location. While further details are scarce for the time being, we could be getting fairly close to a grand opening if Apple is already looking for a sales team.
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For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re going to rewind time all the way back to 1993 (did you see what we did just there… try and keep up). Let’s take a trip down memory lane to try and get you into the proper frame of mind. In 1993: Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States, the band Ace of Base had a hot new single called The Sign, and Macaulay Culkin was regarded as an up-and-coming young actor… and still sane. In fact, you have a young Mr. Culkin and 20th Century Fox’s Home Alone franchise to thank for this product’s existence. Hit the jump to read more about… the Tiger Talkboy. More →
Today, Sprint announced that its WiMAX, 4G network is officially open for business in six additional locales: New York; New York, Hartford; CT, New Haven; CT, New Brunswick; NJ, Trenton; NJ, and Tampa; FL.
“Sprint has provided customers with 4G service since 2008 and we’re proud to extend our leadership to six more cities today, including New York City,” said Sprint’s president of 4G, Matt Carter. “Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers and with the addition of these six new markets we are now in 61 cities, including Chicago, Baltimore and Houston, and are growing. By the end of the year Sprint 4G plans to light up several major new markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Washington DC to name a few.”
If you’re in the Big Apple, or any of the other aforementioned markets, fire up your 4G device(s) and let us know what kind of speeds you’re seeing. More →
CNN and other media outlets are reporting that U.S. wireless carrier Sprint has plans to launch its 4G, WiMax network in New York City on November 1 and in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early December. Sprint has been testing its next generation data network in both New York and L.A. for the last several months. Sprint currently has 54 U.S. cities covered in 4G and has publicly stated that they plan to cover 120 million Americans by the end of 2010. Evo and Epic owners in NYC, LA, and SF… rejoice! More →
Yesterday in New York City, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially unveiled his company’s next generation mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. The mobile device arena is a crowded space — with well established systems from Apple, Google, and Research In Motion already in the market — but Microsoft made a big splash by announcing nine new handsets that will be available in the coming months (both in the U.S. and abroad). Microsoft has posted the keynote presentation from yesterday’s event for those who want to see and hear, first hand, just what the Redmond company has been up to. If you’re interested in hearing every word from Steve Ballmer and company, hit the jump. The video is waiting for you. More →
Today at CTIA, Verizon Wireless announced that its next generation, LTE, 4G network will cover 38 major U.S. cities and 60 additional airports by the end of 2010. Some of the initial cities getting LTE include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The official press release, with a full list of cities an airports, is after the break. More →
Here’s an interesting development, it looks like AT&T and Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone 7 event on October 11. Despite Microsoft’s own website billing the “Worldwide Launch Event” for 3:00 PM on October 11 with T-Mobile in tow, we’ve just been sent an invitation to a 9:30 AM October 11th event; complete with appearances by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega. Looks like AT&T may be the exclusive launch partner for Windows Phone 7 after all… even if it is only for a few hours.
Pocket-lint is reporting that “multiple sources familiar with the matter” have informed them that Microsoft plans to officially announce its new mobile operating system — Windows Phone 7 — on October 11th. The site writes that the announcement will be made at an event in New York City and the device will be given an official release date, at said event, for later in the month. The October 11 date does line up with the company line Microsoft has been feeding us for months: “in time for the holiday season.” More on this as it becomes available. More →
According to recent survey, New Yorkers literally don’t have time to talk on their cell phones. In terms of rank, New York is #15 in the nation for total number of calls, yet almost dead last in terms of actual call durations. If you’re from New York, you’re probably shaking your head in agreement as we’re most likely to take a call while doing seven hundred other things; say what we have to say, and jump off. What state would you guess holds the title for most prolific cellphone users? That would be Georgia. Because everyone is friendly in Georgia. Some more quick data from the study: teens send almost 3,000 text messages a month, and women talk on the phone 22% more than men. Though I doubt anyone is surprised by those last figures… More →
New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) has written an open letter to Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs asking for a quick and transparent fix for the iPhone 4’s antenna woes. Citing the Consumer Reports report from several days ago, Schumer’s letter also asks for “a written explanation of the formula it uses to calculate bar strength.” We’ve got the full letter for your scrutiny after the bounce. More →