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iPhone 4 carrier unlock looms, dev-team making progress

July 6th, 2010

Dev-team member MuscleNerd gave an update — via Twitter — on the carrier unlock progress of the iPhone 4…and so far, things are looking up. The baseband-unlocking code used by the dev-team on the first, second, and third generation iPhones (ultrasn0w) needs to be completely rewritten for the fourth generation model — thanks to a new baseband …

HTC sees profits jump 33%, revenue 58% year-over-year

July 6th, 2010

The WSJ is reporting that Taiwanese handset maker HTC saw Q2 unaudited net profits rise 33% in 2010. Some key metrics from HTC’s Q2 include: $268 million in unedited profit, earnings of $0.37/share, and revenue growth of 58% (beating out HTC’s April forecast of 50% growth). Yuanta Securities analyst, Bonnie Chang, predicts that HTC will …

CDMA BlackBerry Curve 9300 crosses FCC's desk

July 5th, 2010

It looks like the FCC has just released the approval documents for the next iteration of the BlackBerry Curve, the 9300. Packing a CDMA radio, the 9300 looks to be the heir apparent to the Curve 2 (8530) that resides on a plethora of CDMA carriers here in the States. From the FCC filing we …

Apple nixes 10% restocking fee on iPhone 4 returns

July 2nd, 2010

Computerworld is reporting that Apple has temporarily suspend their standard 10% restocking fee for returns of the iPhone 4. Computerworld writes: An AppleCare support representative who gave her name as “Erica” confirmed that the restocking fee had been ditched. The restocking fee is also central to at least one of several lawsuits that consumers have filed …

Nexus One Froyo update gets update, FRF91 available OTA

July 2nd, 2010

A few days ago, Google officially released Android 2.2 (Froyo) Build FRF85 to its army of Nexus One owners. Yesterday, Google began making a small update to 2.2 — labeled with build number FRF91 — available via an over-the-air download. The update, which weighs in at around 2 MB, is labeled as being “security fixes”; no further …

Apple releases statement about iPhone reception, fix due in "a few weeks"

July 2nd, 2010

Apple has released a statement regarding reception issues with the iPhone 4. The statement, which is in letter format, cites the “formula” Apple uses “to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display” being “totally wrong,” and the fact that “gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 …

HP finalizes Palm acquisition

July 1st, 2010

Today, HP announced that it has officially completed the acquisition of Palm. The former Palm business unit will continue with webOS development under the leadership of Jon Rubenstein who will report directly to Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group. Look for the new HP/Palm to further develop its webOS smartphone …

Samsung to cut AMOLED power consumption by 50%, double lifespan by end of 2011

July 1st, 2010

Display-centric blog oled-display.net is reporting that Samsung’s mobile display division will double the lifespan of its much sought-after AMOLED displays (from 50 kilowatt hours to over 100 kilowatt hours) while decreasing power consumption (from 62 watts to under 30 watts) by the end of 2011. The blog reports that: “By increasing of substrate size from …