AT&T has begans presales of the HTC Status today on online, the first phone with a dedicated Facebook share button. The HTC Status is exclusive to AT&T customers for $49.99 with a two-year contract. The HTC Status is available in time for back-to-school shopping season. Best Buy stores will offer exclusive color.
The HTC Status is the ultimate phone for customers who love posting on Facebook what they’re doing, seeing or listening to, the HTC Status is the first phone to feature a dedicated Facebook share button.
Not just a link to a mobile Facebook application, the button lets you quickly share what you are doing on Facebook with a simple press. It is also context aware and lights up when there is an activity to share, such as a song you are listening to, a website you are viewing or a photo you have taken.
The Facebook share button allows people to:
| Amazon.com, Inc. recently announced three enhancements to Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player: storage plans that include unlimited space for music, free storage for all Amazon MP3 purchases and Cloud Player for Web, now on iPad.|
"Customers are already enjoying Cloud Drive and Cloud Player and now for just $20 a year, customers can get unlimited space for music," said Craig Pape Director of Amazon Music. "Additionally, we are adding free storage for all MP3s purchased from Amazon MP3, and support for the iPad. Our customers love Cloud Drive and Cloud Player and we're excited to innovate these services on their behalf."
| LightSquared, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, announced today the creation of the Empower Rural America Initiative led by an advisory board that includes former Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and former Representatives George Nethercutt of Washington and Charlie Stenholm of Texas.|
The group will partner with LightSquared to:
- Work with small cities and rural communities to ensure the deployment of this new satellite and broadband service;
- Work with LightSquared and other parties to make sure device filters and other approaches are developed that will resolve any GPS issues related to precision agriculture and other areas;
| Apple yesterday announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by the more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide. The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 native iPad apps.|
“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.”
| With the release of v2.1 of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, new APIs and application functionality are now available for download! For those following the project on github, this release has also been known as the “Delta” release outlined on the BlackBerry WebWorks roadmap.|
The goals for this release are focused on narrowing the gap between the BlackBerry WebWorks API functionality available on the BlackBerry Smartphone OS and the APIs available on the Tablet OS, as well as exposing more BlackBerry PlayBook tablet development functionality to web developers.
| Citrix Systems today announced that Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver will be pre-loaded on the DROID 3 by Motorola, the latest Android-powered device from Motorola now available through Verizon Wireless. DROID 3 by Motorola smartphone users now have the ease and convenience of mobile collaboration with the ability to attend online meetings anytime, anywhere, and they can access their applications, desktop and data while on the go.|
The availability of the pre-loaded apps brings the popular, market-leading web conferencing solution GoToMeeting and the universal software client Citrix Receiver to a Motorola device completely designed for work productivity. In line with its vision of providing new ways to move work to a more optimal place – a concept Citrix calls ‘workshifting’ – Citrix continues to help businesses increase productivity, reduce costs and attract and retain top talent by enabling more flexible work arrangements.
Citrix plans to make GoToMeeting for Android available in the Android Market later this summer.
| Boost Mobile, ranked by J.D. Power and Associates as the Highest in Overall Customer Satisfaction with Non-Contract Wireless Service, will provide its monthly unlimited customers even greater value when calling International destinations with enhancements to the International Connect add-on to Monthly Unlimited.|
Available today, Boost Mobile has added unlimited calling to all of Mexico for as low as $5 a month when added to a monthly unlimited plan. This limited-time offer, coupled with Boost’s $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, unleashes unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, email, 411 along with unlimited international text from the US and unlimited international calling to Mexico for only $55 a month – the wireless industry’s best value for unlimited calling to Mexico.
|This spring, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II, a new flagship member of its Android smartphone lineup. As part of its new Teardown Research Service, ABI Research has dismantled, analyzed, and tested the device down to the component level. The conclusion? If you are looking to keep up with the latest technology in 2011, the Galaxy S II is a good place to start.|
According to ABI Research vice president of engineering James Mielke, “Samsung started from scratch with this phone: almost every component is new. Its application processor is the most powerful on the market at present. It is the first to use the Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core application processor (a competitor to NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2). The name Exynos combines Greek words for ‘smart’ and ‘green,’ indicating Samsung’s energy-efficiency goals for the design.”
Google introduced a new experimental feature called “Download map area." With Download map area if you are visiting an unfamiliar location, Google Maps for mobile will help you get an idea of how close you are to your destination, where streets and landmarks are in relation to each other, or just for getting “un-lost.”
If you don’t have a data signal, or you’re abroad and don’t have a data plan you’ll never need to carry a paper map again. The “Download map area” lab in Google Maps 5.7 for Android is a step in making that statement true even when you’re offline. For more information visit http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/07/download-map-area-added-to-labs-in.html.
Google has announced that they have updated the look of Google Docs for mobile browsers and added the ability to sort, narrow, and share multiple docs in your mobile docs list.
To get started:
- Go to docs.google.com from your supported device’s browser.
- Press Sort to organize the list of docs visible in the mobile browser, or press Narrow by to specify the subset of docs you’d like to see.
To share from your mobile docs list:
- Select one or more documents.
- Press the Share button, and select Share.
- Get the link to share for public or unlisted docs, or Email as attachment.
Sharing a doc in your mobile browser works the same way as it does on the desktop.
Google recently released Google Maps 5.7 for Android. From Bangkok to Baltimore, Google has added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer to Place pages—all of which can help you whether you’re traveling to an unfamiliar part of town or visiting a city across the world. (See video above).
| Verizon Wireless smartphone and tablet customers have a variety of ways to monitor and manage their wireless data usage, including new text message alerts that will be sent to smartphone customers to help them keep track of monthly domestic data usage.|
Starting this week, smartphone users will begin to receive free text message alerts when their data usage crosses thresholds of 50 percent, 75 percent, 90 percent, 100 percent and 110 percent of their data plans’ monthly allowances. Customers who are registered with My Verizon, the online account management tool, may also request email alerts and can add up to three additional email addresses to receive the notifications. My Verizon users also have the option of suppressing the 50 percent and 75 percent alerts. Email alerts for the same threshold levels are already available to tablet, netbook, PC card and Mobile Broadband device customers on usage-based plans.
KernSafe Free WinCE iSCSI Initiator enables connection to a computer that is running any iSCSI SAN like iStorage Server from any Windows CE based devices, such as: WinCE Embedded device and Windows Mobile, in order to connect to iSCSI Target storage over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network.
WinCE iSCSI Initiator can be used over existing wired and wireless (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G etc.) networks to create storage area networks (SANs). That will help iSCSI Initiator device to expand their virtual storage without any additional hardware requirements which is a huge benefit for home and business solutions.
It can be installed on any Windows Embedded device or Windows Mobile phone. Upon installation, it can be connected to already existing iSCSI Targets. To increase security, using CHAP user authorization is preferred.
| Remember back in the days when you had to pay for verizon iphone ringtones? Well not any more! With today’s cell phones you should not have to pay for ringtones. So how do you get free or even make your own ringtones? You can do it all online for free, fast and easy at Brinked.com. |
Brinked.com offers free ringtones in mp3, wav and m4r (for iphones) formats which are supported by more than 90% of today's phones. What makes Brinked.com unique compared to other similar services it that they were the first to allow users to make ringtones from YouTube videos. No other services allows you to download, cut and create ringtones from YouTube faster than Brinked.com.
| SRS Labs, Inc., officially recognized as one of America’s Greatest Brands and the industry leader in surround sound, audio and voice technologies, today announced it has signed an agreement with Lemon Mobiles, an India-based mobile brand owned and managed by Fastrack Communications Pvt. Ltd, to incorporate SRS WOW HD within its Beat line of music phones.|
“With an ever-growing number of mobile phone users in India, we are very excited about our new partnership with Lemon Mobiles and are looking forward to be increasing our market penetration in that region,” said Bob Lyle, Vice President of Mobile Solutions Group for SRS Labs. “Lemon Mobiles is a highly regarded brand in India and by incorporating our world-class audio solutions within their product lines, they are aiming to elevate their market position and enhance the equity of their brand further which will ultimately serve as a catalyst for growth in the market.”
| comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market share. Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 38.1 percent market share.|
OEM Market Share
For the three month average period ending in May, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 24.8 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, followed by LG with 21.1 percent share and Motorola with 15.1 percent share. Apple strengthened its position at #4 with 8.7 percent share of mobile subscribers (up 1.2 percentage points), while RIM rounded out the top five with 8.1 percent share.
| Cincinnati Bell Inc. announced today the launch of its 4G wireless network with speeds that are twice as fast as other national wireless companies* and three times faster than its 3G network.|
"Every day the people of Greater Cincinnati use wireless phones to share news with friends and family and stream music and video," said Mike Vanderwoude, vice president and general manager of wireless for Cincinnati Bell. "With our new 4G wireless network, they can do all that and more at speeds that are faster than ever."
Nokia today announced the Nokia 3D World Gaze, an experimental mixed reality application for your Symbian^3 devices. This app gives you a new kind of perspective: a 3D, real-time, first-person view to the entire world. You can simply look down through the Earth to see all the continents, cities, media, and other information where they exist in reality. (See video above).
Orange Vallée, the Orange Group’s innovation and development centre, today announced that its recently launched ON Voicefeed iPhone app just got even better.
ON Voicefeed is bringing voicemail into the modern era with its latest updates that radically enhances its feature set to make ON Voicefeed a global communication platform. As well as a host of new features, it now delivers free instant messaging (IM) between ON users and callback functionality from within the app.
| In honor of National Cellphone Courtesy Month, wireless provider Consumer Cellular is encouraging its customers – and cellphone users around the country – to be mindful of others while on the phone.|
“Cellphones have been a prominent part of our lifestyle for more than 15 years, yet people still find themselves wondering when – and how – it is most appropriate to make calls and respond to messages,” said John Marick, Consumer Cellular CEO. “Consumer Cellular is dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for our customers, and part of this includes sharing tips on how to avoid or break potentially rude cellphone habits.”
Recent studies show the most significant concerns regarding cellphone habits are texting while driving, loud public conversations and talking on the phone in restaurants, movie theaters and bathrooms. In light of these annoyances, Consumer Cellular is providing a quick lesson in cellphone etiquette.
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