Category Archives: AT&T

Galaxy S5 available to the public April 11

galaxy s5Sprint and T-mobile announced this morning that their newest Galaxy device will be available to purchase on April 11. Unfortunately, there has been nothing said about the price of the phone or even the availability but both carriers promised to give more information in the upcoming weeks (along with AT&T who also announced they will be offering the device).

Samsung VP of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said that the Galaxy S5 along with other new Galaxy devices will all be available in about 150 countries.

Samsung unveiled the phone Monday at the Mobile World Congress. The review of the phone can be seen here.

Are any of you planning on picking one up? Tell us what you think below!

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Apple iTunes Announces Their “App of the year”

Apple has just announced their “app of the year” as well as some other best of 2011 winners on iTunes.   The recipient of the app of the year award was Burbn’s Instagram, while Nik Software’s Snapseed was designated the iPad App of the Year.

The app, Instagram, is a popular (obviously) free photo editing app that not only allows you to take pictures, but you can also add filters and other tweaks, and perhaps most importantly, share your photos with others.  Runner ups for this award go to VidRhythm ($1.99) and Band of the Day (free).

Other awards handed out go to Apple’s iPhone game of the year,  Tiny Tower (free), a Sim-like game of empire building. Runners-ups in this category were Tiny Wings and Touchgrind BMX.

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The Good and The Bad of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Update

If you are an owner of a Xbox 360 then chances are that you received the new dashboard update yesterday and had to go to hell and back in order for it to work (most of you).  After a delay on the release of the update which left many users unhappy, the new update was distributed to the 35 million Xbox Live users around the world.  This marked a huge stepping stone for Microsoft but it seems as though there were mixed emotions on it.  However, people were still having trouble with the update as it prevented many users from accessing Xbox Live as you can see in one of my earlier posts.

A Twitter user by the name of “Kelvinwins”  tweeted, “I’m underwhelmed by the Xbox Update,” “Metro design is lovely, but the app selection should have been ready for launch. Just a new skin until then.”

This way just one of the many complaints on the update.  However, not everyone was so picky to the new dashboard.  It seems like there are more people that enjoy the new interface which allows more content to be shown.

“Let me say, I like it. I really do,” an Xbox user going by the handle “PTP Run And Gun” wrote in Microsoft’s official forums. “It’s simplified a lot of things for people but the real treat for me is the ability to add my achievements to Facebook, which is a little similar to the way you can do this with the PlayStation. Basically what I’m saying is that this change is good on the whole but people will always try and resist change no matter the benefits.”

Microsoft announced the “all-new Xbox 360 experience” earlier this week. The update comes with Kinect voice control with Bing search and a new interface.  It also supports professional programming from ESPN, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and others. In the coming weeks and months, content from Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, HBO Go, and others will be added.  Follow me on Twitter to find out when.

New Gaming Rating System For Mobile Industry

Mobile telecom trade group CTIA and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will roll out a rating system for mobile applications similar to ratings on other electronic games, the groups announced Tuesday.

From what CTIA said, six storefronts in total will be supporting the rating system.  These include AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each company will make its own announcement on when the rating system will be available to customers.

When game developers submit an application to the storefront, will be required to fill out a detailed multiple choice questionnaaire which is designed to assess how appropriate the application is.  The questionnaire will look for violence, sexual content, language and references to controlled substances, as well as whether the app exchanges user-generated content with others and whether it shares the user’s location.

The new rating system received positive reviews from Senators Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat, as well as the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).

Your iPhone May Catch on Fire!

Reports say that last Friday, some passengers that were on a flight from Lismore to Sydney saw black smoke in the cabin.  While looking for the source of the smoke, it was found to be coming from a passenger’s Apple iPhone 4, which combusted in mid flight.

The iPhone began glowing red and emitting dense smoke on the flight according to Regional Express.

“In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully. All passengers and crew on-board were unharmed,” REX said in a statement.

While the cause of the apparent combustion is still unclear, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority recently issued a warning over lithium batteries in-flight. The safety authority limits the carriage of batteries to two, with a requirement for them to be placed in separate bags to protect the terminals and the battery from short circuiting.

Looking For A New Phone? Now Is The Time To Buy It

With the biggest shopping day of the year approaching in the next couple days, Amazon has just announced that they will be dropping the price of all Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T phones to an outstanding ONE CENT.  A lot of online stores will be having “crazy” deals on different products throughout the week.  Amazon is among these stores and the price drop to one cent is the first of many online deals to come.

The “Penny Pincher Sale”, as Amazon calls it, will last through November 28 which is also known as the popular “cyber Monday”.  As always, there is a catch.  With each purchase of a phone, you will have to sign up for a new contract/line of service.  Either way, it is still an amazing deal and you should pick up a new smartphone while you can.  Some of the popular phones included in this sale is the Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Atrix.

So in short, if you are looking to buy a new smartphone this fall, now is the best time for the best price.

Hacking Group Attacks Child Pornography Sites

The largely known hacking group, Anonymous, has recently been attacking websites that host or share child pornography.

The group has recently launched Operation Darknet, which so far has largely targeted and crashed Freedom Hosting, which is an anonymized Tor Onion site that Anonymous members have accused of serving as a clearinghouse for child pornography.

“By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100GB of child pornography,” according to a Pastebin post from Anonymous.

In a YouTube video released last week, Anonymous had announced the formation of Operation Darknet, noting that “the growing trade of child pornography has become a major problem,” and also that “a potentially benevolent resource”–namely, anonymized Tor networks–“has been corrupted.” In the video, Anonymous invited authorities to begin working with the usernames it had divulged. “If the FBI, Interpol, or other law enforcement agency should happen to come across this list, please use it to investigate and bring justice to the people listed here,” it said.

Apple Launches iPhone 4S at Apple Event

Earlier today at the much anticipated Apple event,  Tim Cook announced the release of the new iPhone, the iPhone 4S.  From a quick look at the phone, it looks to be the same as the previous version (iPhone 4) but on the inside, the 4S holds many advantages over the iPhone 4.

The new 4S will continue to have the 3.5 inch Retina display just as previous versions that we have all come to know and love.  Besides this, the phone will have a brand new dual-core A5 chip alongside a new dual-core GPU that has been said to boost graphic performance 7x.  The antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it.

On the back of the phone there is a 8-megapixel camera which has a CMOS sensor which helps capture better pictures in low-light situations.  The improvement in visuals also extends to video.  The 4S can now record 1080p video  and has a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition, making the handset’s camera comparable to many point-and-shoots.  This new camera is also said to be faster than most smartphone cameras out there needing only 1.1 seconds before being able to shoot the first picture and only half a second between successful pictures.

Besides these new features on the iPhone 4S, the phone is the first to “test” out the new vocal recognition software, Siri.  Just tap the mic on the keyboard and start talking to enter text, check the weather, get directions or perform web searches.

The 4S will come in both black and white, starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, but the big news is a new 64GB model coming in at a whopping $399. You’ll be able to pre-order this friday, October 7th, and it’ll start shipping on October 14th in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

Side note, is that Apple is officially welcoming Sprint to the family here in the states while Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three will all be carrying it in the UK.

T-Mobile Introduces Two New Smartphones

Earlier today at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, T-Mobile announced the forthcoming of two new smartphones running on the 4G network.

Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.

Both smartphones are scheduled to be available on October 12. A week ago, AT&T said it would offer the Samsung Galaxy S II on its network on October 2.

Along with these two smartphones, Brodman also introduced T-Mobile’s new 4G Mobile Hotspot which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet.

Virtual Money, Carry A Wallet Again

Earlier this week, Google rolled out its newest app, Google Wallet.

Google Wallet will allow its users to leave their house without the worry of forgetting their wallets as their phone will take its place.  The mobile app uses a chip in the phone so it can be waved in front of payment stations to buy things.  Users set it up by registering a credit card to the phone or loading a Google Prepaid Card with a credit card.  Along with this a four digit password will be required for the user to be able to make the digital transactions.

Google Wallet works only with phones with an NFC (near field communication) chip, which allows secure digital transactions over a short distance.  So unfortunately, the only phone that people will be able to use the Google Wallet with would be the brand new Nexus S 4G although more phones are to be expected with this chip soon.

As of right now, the app is relatively new so paying with Google Wallet is possible only at stores that offer MasterCard PayPass.  A MasterCard PayPass finder is built into the app and displays nearby locations where PayPass works. These can be viewed on a map, in a list or filtered by category. For now, only 150,000 merchants have the equipment in stores to use PayPass.

For now, Google Wallet is new but it is easy to see that digital wallets will be a lot more developed in the near future.