Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

By on April 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM.

Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

Earlier this month, we told you about Internet voice and video chat company fring and its plans to release a multi-user video chat client. Today, the company announced that both its Android and iOS software bundles now have this new feature. “With fring’s Group Video calling, four fring friends can now share a simultaneous video call, for free, on their mobile phone (on Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G) using fring’s proprietary DVQ technology, that delivers the highest quality video for all four participants,” reads the press release. The apps are ready to be downloaded from the Android Market and App Store. There is an awesomely bad music-video demo thingy waiting for you after the break. More →

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Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

By on March 22, 2011 at 3:31 AM.

Three UK’s summer lineup leaked; Galaxy S II Mini, Flyer, PlayBook and more

UK wireless provider Three has had the misfortune of having its entire summer handset lineup leak online, but its loss is our gain. What does the next few months look like for the carrier? Busy. In April alone, the company will release no less than three handsets, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Samsung Galaxy Pro, and the until-now-unknown Samsung Galaxy S II Mini. The smaller version of Samsung’s high-end smartphone will boasts a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 1.4GHz processor, 21Mbps HSDPA radio, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n with hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). And that’s just in April. In May, the company plans to release the HTC Flyer tablet, HTC Wildfire, Nokia E7, and Samsung Galaxy S II. June will bring the Nokia X7, HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus 3D, and the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s going to be quite the summer for Three customers looking to upgrade their mobile hardware. Let’s hope some of these device, especially that S II Mini, make their way across the pond sooner rather than later. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Pro unveiled; low-end Android phone with BlackBerry form factor

By on March 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Pro unveiled; low-end Android phone with BlackBerry form factor

British cellular carrier Three on Monday unveiled a new Android device from Samsung that will launch soon in the UK. While pricing and availability have not yet been detailed, the Samsung Galaxy Pro appears to be an entry-level Android smartphone that will target enterprise users. The phone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), HSDPA, Samsung Hub compatibility, a 3-megapixel camera and a BlackBerry-like form factor with a full QWERTY keypad. Like many Nokia devices, however, the keypad layout on the Galaxy Pro places letters in columns instead of staggering them properly, which could be a problem for some potential customers. Hit the break for a video of the Samsung Galaxy Pro in action. More →

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Subsidized iPad fails to interest U.K. consumers according to report

By on January 5, 2011 at 1:52 AM.

Subsidized iPad fails to interest U.K. consumers according to report

As rumors of iPad subsidies becoming available from U.S. carriers this year gain momentum, The Times reports that similar strategies in the U.K. do not appear to be paying off in the short term. Orange, T-Mobile and Three each recently began offering discounts on the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G when purchased alongside a new service contract. The 16 GB iPad model, which typically costs £529 in the U.K., is available for just £199 when purchased with a £25-per-month data plan. While sales performance at T-Mobile and Three is still a bit of a mystery, The Times reports that Orange sold just 1,000 subsidized iPads during the first week of availability. The sales figure has not been confirmed by Orange, but if it is anywhere near accurate it could indicate that customers don’t have much interest in signing up for yet another data contract — especially one tied to a device that is anything but a commodity at this point. More →

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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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Microsoft: All 5 major UK wireless providers will carry Windows Phone 7 devices at launch

By on September 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM.

Microsoft: All 5 major UK wireless providers will carry Windows Phone 7 devices at launch

Today, Microsoft announced that all five major UK wireless carriers — Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Three, and Vodafone — will be carrying handsets that run the Windows Phone 7 operating system. “It is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7,” said Alex Reeve, Microsoft UK’s director of the Mobile Business Group. We know plenty about the “who,” what we really want to know is the “when.” More →

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