Monthly Archives: April 2011

Amazon Undercuts iTunes, Now Offering Popular Songs For 69 Cents

Amazon is really vying for attention in the music downloading arena. Despite having launched its Cloud Player last month, Amazon still doesn’t generate as much interest as do the upcoming cloud music services of Apple and Google. And despite selling music at prices generally lower than those at iTunes, Amazon still ranks a distant number two as a retailer of mp3s. In a bid to get folks to switch over from iTunes, Amazon is now extending their 69-cent offerings to chart topping songs.

Amazon had been offering 69-cent songs for some time now, but had limited the selection to older or niche songs. As of today, they began offering top-sellers including Katy Perry’s “E.T.” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” for only 69 cents. Popular songs like those currently sell for $1.29 on iTunes. Read the rest of this entry

Microsoft Offers App Migration Tool For iPhone to Windows Phone 7

In a bid to win over more developers, Microsoft is offering up a new app migration tool to make it easier to port over iOS apps to the Windows Phone 7 platform. The new API Mapping Tool lets iOS coders take programming calls and translate them to the equivalent classes, methods, and notification events in Windows Phone 7.

The API Mapping Tool is available with plenty of documentation, videos, and other resources to help guide along developers. The API works more like a dictionary that allows developers to pick out bits of code to be translated. Microsoft notes that there’s “no magic wand that will do the work for you,” but that the new API will make things less painstaking. Read the rest of this entry

Untethered Jailbreak for Verizon 4.2.7 NOW Available

As of last night, @iH8snow along with @pushfix released an untethered solution for Verizon iPhone users on 4.2.7. Sn0wbreeze v2.6.1 is now available on the iH8sn0w website at the following address:

Sn0wbreeze 2.6.1

It is currently only available for Windows users and hopefully will be transferred to a Mac client soon.

For those who are currently jailbroken on a tethered 4.2.7 can use a package by @pushfix to make it untethered. Follow the steps below to do this:

• Add this repo: http://cydia.pushfix.info
• Install the package “Verizon Untether for 4.2.7”
• Reboot
• And now you’re untethered

HTC bringing a Sensation successor with NFC in Q3 2011?

HTC NFC enabled phone mockup

Rumors are always just rumors, but a current one flying around the Internet has an unnamed HTC sales manager outing a 4.3-inch successor to the HTC Sensation, with NFC capabilities, to hit in the third quarter of 2011.  Yes, a new phone will be better than an old phone — shocker — even though this particular old phone hasn’t even hit the shelves yet.

So far the only Android phone to have NFC on-board is the Nexus S, and that’s because Google wanted it available for developers.  NFC technology is something Nokia’s been doing forever, yet still hasn’t caught on for most of the world.  Maybe a bigger push from Google will have the same result that putting a front facing camera on the HTC Evo 4G did, and bring it mainstream.  Or maybe not — consumers, especially us American ones, are pretty fickle.

Finally, there’s been a bit of speculation that this will be the next Nexus phone.  While that’s possible, and the time frame fits, I think it’s way to early for anyone to be jumping to those conclusions.  But if it is, and has a similar curvaceous unibody design, tell me who to throw my money at now please.

Apple iCloud May Serve More Than Music

Last week we reported that Apple was ahead of Google in launching a cloud music service, a digital locker of sorts that would allow users to store and stream their iTunes music. Apple’s momentum continues, striking at least two out of four successful deals with the record companies, and spurring rumors of a new “iCloud” branding after it was rumored that the company spent $4.5 million to acquire the domain iCloud.com. Now, it is further speculated that the iCloud will be serving up more than just music.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Apple is already using the name iCloud internally with several of the associated products it’s developing for their cloud service. They say that Apple is preparing beta versions of iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion that can integrate with the iCloud. Users will be able to sync and store information on the iCloud much like they currently do with Apple’s MobileMe service. It is believed that Apple is busy at work to have this ready to demo at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, five weeks from now. Read the rest of this entry

Inspire 4G update pushing out now

Android Central

Have an HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T? Have the latest software upgrade? You don’t? Well, get to your nearest system update (it’s in settings, boys and girls) and see if yours is waiting for you, as 1.84.502.11 is being pushed out now. According to HTC, you’re getting:

  • Hotmail, Live, and MSN email auto configuration settings update.
  • Makes the email set up process much easier and includes the most current settings for each type of email.
  • Increased potential data speed at which data can travel on the network. Read the rest of this entry

Samsung Profits Drop, Saved Only By Smartphones And Tablets

Samsung reported a 30 percent drop to $2.6 billion in their Q1 2011 profits when compared to the same quarter last year. The Korean electronics manufacturer blames the dip on falling chip prices and slowing display sales. What’s kept going strong, is there smartphone sales, including its Galaxy S series, which have jumped 18 percent from the previous year.

According to recent NPD report, Samsung takes the lead in the U.S. smartphone market with a 23 percent market share, followed by LG and then Apple. Samsung’s semiconductor division that supplies tablet components and other devices is also doing well with a 70 percent increase. However, despite the success in smartphones and tablet components, Samsung gives a cautious forecast:

We forecast that the challenging business conditions will persist in the second quarter, effected by lingering worries over the global economy and tight competition in consumer electronics and mobile businesses

Samsung is also in the midst of a legal battle with Apple. Despite being Apple’s major components supplier, Samsung has been slapped with a patent suit from Apple saying that their Galaxy series smartphones and tablets intentionally copy the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has fought back with its own patent suit, and adding one more just recently.

With Samsung’s other divisions, such as its LCD panels, TVs, and PC components, failing to perform, it will be important that they protect their smartphone and tablet division with the onslaught of rivals while battling Apple over patents.

Twitter Gets Hit With Class-Action Law Suit Over Unwanted Text Messages

Lawyers seem very trigger happy lately with class-action cases—well, when are they not?—with lawsuits recently filed against Apple and Google for location tracking, to Sony for the PlayStation Network breach, and to now a bizarre case against Twitter. Two Californian residents, Drew Moss and Sahar Maleksaeedi are suing Twitter for sending unwanted text messages.

Moss and Maleksaeedi claim that Twitter sent them confirmation text messages after they sent text messages with the command ‘STOP’ to turn off all phone notifications. They claim that Twitter is engaging in unlawful conduct by contacting them via SMS without their consent. They say that this is not only an invasion of their privacy but a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.

The duo further claim that the automated confirmation messages sent back to them after they requested to stop receiving messages resulted in additional charges to their mobile service plans. They are seeking up to $1,500 in damages for each alleged violation. If aggregated as a class-action suit in the tens of thousands, it could exceed $5 million.

Part of the filed document reads:

At some point Plaintiffs decided that they no longer wanted to receive text message notifications on their cellular telephone from Defendant.

Plaintiffs then responded to Defendant’s last text message notification by replying “stop,” as instructed by Twitter.

At this point, Plaintiffs withdrew any express or implied consent to receive text message notification to their cellular telephone that they may have previous given Twitter.

In response to receiving this revocation of consent, Defendant then immediately sent another, unsolicited, confirmatory text message to Plaintiffs’ cellular telephones.

[via TechCrunch]

Droid Charge system dump and goodies available in the forums

Droid Charge

You guys know how it goes — a few people get their hands on a phone a little early and we bring out the system dumps, the Samsung Droid Charge being no exception.  The whole kit and kaboodle checks in at 300 MB, but we’ve went ahead and pulled out the wallpapers and ringtones for those of you who don’t feel like fooling with the whole system.

The system itself doesn’t hold any surprises — it’s TouchWiz 3, has Media Hub on board, and a new build of CityID.  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)  But enterprizing types will end up pulling everything useful out of it for other custom ROMs, and that’s good for everyone.  You can find all the links and discuss in the Droid Charge forums while we wait for thelaunch to get back on track.

HBO Go now available for iOS, brings over 1,400 shows with it

HBO has finally released their much-awaited HBO Go iOS app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app gives HBO subscribers free access to over 1,400 shows in addition to many sports event and full-length films. What’s great is that the app offers up all of HBO’s quality programming — True Blood, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, and more — and the app streams over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi. It’s available now in the App Store if you want to get your Nucky Thompson on.

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