Howard Stern on the verge of inking three-year deal with Apple?

By on December 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM.

Howard Stern on the verge of inking three-year deal with Apple?

Is controversial radio-host Howard Stern on the verge of signing a three-year deal with Apple, Inc. to host an iTunes radio program? According to whomever operates the Sirius Stock News (@SIRI_STOCK) Twitter account, yes. Yesterday, the account posted a tweet that stated:

Howard Stern on the verge of signing $600 million 3 year agreement with Apple to host an Internet/TV/iTunes broadcast. $SIRI

The idea of Stern and Apple joining forces seems unlikely, but is — if you really stretch your imagination — plausible. We’ve reached out to both Apple and Sirius and will update this report with any additional information provided.

UPDATE: Blog softsquatch.com has published a post taking credit for the tweet and calling the whole thing a hoax. This new information, like the original post on Twitter, has not been authenticated by anyone of authority from Sirius or Apple. 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.

[Via TmoNews] More →

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T-Mobile G2 update rolling out, brings Wi-Fi Calling and mobile hotspot creation

By on October 12, 2010 at 7:29 AM.

T-Mobile G2 update rolling out, brings Wi-Fi Calling and mobile hotspot creation

It looks like T-Mobile is pushing out an over-the-air update to their recently released G2 handset that packs a couple of handy features. According to users over at xda-developers, the update brings Wi-Fi Calling, mobile hotspot creation, an update to the radio code, and several other performance tweaks. We’re sure the new code will be welcomed with open arms by those of you who have already picked up a G2. If you’re rocking said handset, and install the OTA update, let us know what you find!

[Via AndroidPolice] More →

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Motorola DROID 2 has FM radio receiver, hack

By on September 27, 2010 at 1:59 PM.

Motorola DROID 2 has FM radio receiver, hack

Have a hankering for that old-fashioned frequency modulation (FM) radio?  A member of the XDA forums has successfully ported several Motorola DROID X files over to the DROID 2 allowing the FM radio application to function on the QWERTY-slider handset. All that is required is a rooted DROID 2 and a fair amount of patience. Hit the read link to view the full instructions sheet. More →

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Do you want us to do a weekly podcast?

By on June 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM.

Do you want us to do a weekly podcast?

We’ve sort of done some light podcasting, a couple radio-themed segments, and all, but we’re interested to know if you want a weekly no bull news recap / opinion-influenced podcast with the BGR staff. If you do, we’ll do it. See how much power you have right there with that computer mouse?

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Cisco dumps its WiMAX base station and modem business

By on March 10, 2010 at 6:05 AM.

Cisco dumps its WiMAX base station and modem business

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Clearwire may be optimistic about the growth of WiMAX in 2010 and beyond but network hardware manufacturers are a bit more bearish on the 4G wireless technology. Last month, Alcatel Lucent announced it will be scaling back on its WiMAX equipment and focusing on LTE; while popular WiMAX chipset maker Beceem introduced a new WiMAX/LTE multi-mode chipset to be used in devices that will support both wireless technologies. The latest company to join this burgeoning WiMAX exodus is Cisco, which announced plans to discontinue the production of new WiMAX base stations and modems. Rather than provide the radios for the wireless 4G technology, Cisco is adopting a radio agnostic strategy and will focus on the IP network and IP equipment that runs behind the base stations and modems. This discontinuation is more symbolic than it is detrimental to Clearwire as most of the Cisco equipment purchased by Clearwire is IP and not radio equipment. Nonetheless, it is yet another indication that, though WiMAX currently has the lead, network hardware manufacturers see a bright future for LTE and are not willing to place all their eggs in the WiMAX basket. That’s certainly understandable. More →

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HTC DROID Eris OTA update hitting handsets about… now

By on December 9, 2009 at 11:18 PM.

HTC DROID Eris OTA update hitting handsets about… now

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Verizon just let us know that an OTA update for the HTC DROID Eris is being pushed to handsets at about midnight this evening. The ROM is 1.16.605.1 and the radio version is 2.32.40.11.09 for those inquiring minds. Just as Motorola’s OTA update worked, the DROID Eris will as well — slowly to a small group of people, then expanding over the coming days. Here’s a brief list of some of the fixes and you can always check the documentation on Verizon’s site.

  • While on a call and the device is in screensaver mode, pressing the
  • End key now takes the device out of screensaver mode, and a second press will end the call.
  • On-call mute and speakerphone icon functionality is enhanced.
  • Upgraded functionality after activation eliminates the delay users were experiencing in receiving their first call.
  • Device now switches effectively from 1x mode to 3G.
  • Device no longer requires users to reselect a default email after power-cycling.
  • SMS and MMS messaging delivery is improved.
  • Eighty-character MMS/SMS message subject lines are now allowed
  • Improved picture messaging functionality allows messages from LG phones to be opened.

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iPhone ready to make its way to 'The Shack' this month

By on November 7, 2009 at 1:48 PM.

iPhone ready to make its way to 'The Shack' this month

We all knew that the iPhone was going to start hitting more third-party retailers at some point, but we just didn’t think it would be this soon. RadioShack, or The Shack, has announced that it will be carrying the iPhone 3G and 3GS in select stores in Dallas-Fort Worth and New York City at the end of this month. The company expects to have the iPhone available nationwide in 2010. So, for now, you’ll have to settle with Apple Stores, AT&T retail locations, Wal-Mart or Best Buy if you want to nab one. Come to think of it, there really is no shortage of suppliers so if you’re finally going to be eligible to upgrade or you want to pick one up on a whim, you can add another to the list of iPhone retailers to choose from. But just remember where all this Shack nonsense started, ok?

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Verizon and Slacker make sweet music together on your BlackBerry Storm

By on July 16, 2009 at 5:37 PM.

Verizon and Slacker make sweet music together on your BlackBerry Storm

If you own a BlackBerry and haven’t yet heard of Slacker, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. The spunky Internet radio provider is making headlines again today and VZW-branded Storm owners should take note — Big Red has announced a new deal to get Slacker on your handset whether you like it or not. But why wouldn’t you like it? Slacker streams custom genre or artist-based stations directly to your handset, computer or Slacker portable device and keeps things fresh with a library of over 4 million songs. A free version of the service plays an occasional ad and only allows users to skip up to five songs per hour, while a paid subscription option removes both annoyances and adds a few more features. Over the next few days the app will be pushed out to VZW Storms OTA and unlike prior versions, the app will give users the option to purchase tracks they hear through the V CAST music store. Ahh, it all makes sense now. Congrats to the Slacker folks on a pretty huge coup and congrats to Big Red for adding even more functionality and value to its Storm.

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Pandora resolves royalty dispute; policy changes coming

By on July 8, 2009 at 2:53 PM.

Pandora resolves royalty dispute; policy changes coming

First and foremost, Internet radio lovers have some serious cause for celebration as Pandora announces a somewhat workable resolution to the ongoing royalty dispute that nearly drove the company into the ground. By somewhat workable, we mean it’ll keep them in business but it’s still paying the highest royalty rate in radio. What does this mean for Pandora users? Well it means they can keep using Pandora of course, and 90 percent of users will experience no changes whatsoever. For the other 10 percent though — users who don’t pay for Pandora One but stream more than 40 hours of music per month — the free ride is over to an extent. Any non-subscriber who goes over 40 hours in a month will have to cough up $0.99 in order to continue streaming during that month. $0.99, as in less than a dollar… We’d say that’s pretty fair. In all seriousness though, if you’re listening to 480+ hours of Pandora per year and not supporting the company by forking over $36 for a year of Pandora One, well, you should definitely consider it. So congratulations to Pandora on ending a 2-year fiasco. It might not have been the best possible outcome but hey, if it keeps the company afloat it’s not all bad.

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Slacker for BlackBerry updated to version 2, iPhone to follow

By on May 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM.

Slacker for BlackBerry updated to version 2, iPhone to follow

The winners of our recent Slacker Radio Plus giveaway won’t be the only ones excited to learn that Slacker Radio’s mobile app has just received a major upgrade. Version 2, 2.0.2 actually, is now available and it includes a variety of bug fixes and enhancements. Highlights include faster performance / app response and much (MUCH) shorter gaps between songs. Transition gaps were one of the few complaints users had with Slacker but now once the app gets rolling, users can move through that 4 million-track library with almost no interruption. The BlackBerry version is available immediately via direct download (uninstall the current version, reboot and visit http://www.slacker.com from your BlackBerry browser) and it will show up in BlackBerry App World this coming week. Likewise, the updated iPhone app is currently awaiting approval and should hit the App Store this coming week as well.

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Napster re-re-launches as streaming radio/music store combo

By on May 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM.

Napster re-re-launches as streaming radio/music store combo

Shawn Fanning has long since bailed but his brainchild, Napster, has just been re-launched again and this time Best Buy is at the helm. Whether or not the consumer electronics mega-retailer will have more success with the service remains to be seen but one thing is certain — the innovation that made Napster so popular when it first launched has been completely replaced by emulation. The new Napster is merely a combination of a few RIAA-friendly services and it’s using DRM-free MP3s and unlimited free streaming to bait fresh meat. An advertising blitz spanning Best Buy retail locations nationwide will likely reel in a fair number of subscribers but Web-savvy music fans may not be as easy to bring on board. Essentially, the new Napster is Rhapsody with a lower monthly fee. Or… The new Napster is Last.fm or Pandora with a higher monthly fee but no need to jump off the site to purchase tracks. Yeah, for now we’ll stick with Pandora/Last.fm/Slacker/Songza/Favtape/Spotify/SeeqPod/Rhapsody/imeem/etc, etc. Hit the jump for Napster’s press release.

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Pandora Radio now available for the BlackBerry Storm

By on April 14, 2009 at 12:32 PM.

Pandora Radio now available for the BlackBerry Storm

You won’t see it on the dedicated BlackBerry page just yet but rest assured, Pandora has launched the highly anticipated BlackBerry Storm version of its mobile streaming application. When we told you about initial BlackBerry availablility last month, there were two main caveats: 1) No T-Mo. 2) No Storm. Resourceful as our readers are, it was quickly discovered that the whole no T-Mobile thing could be circumvented pretty easily. The lack of a Storm-compatible build however, would prove to be a slightly tougher nut to crack (obviously). No matter, as Pandora unveiled an official Storm build via its Twitter feed last night. Enough talk — time to get streaming. Hit http://www.pandora.com from your Storm’s browser or look for it in App World to get your hands on Pandora Radio and let us now how it goes.

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