Facebook App For iPad in The Works
Jun18

Facebook App For iPad in The Works

We’re not sure why it’s taken them so long, but Facebook is putting the final touches on an app that will be available for iPad users. Many Facebook users have resorted to using third-party apps to access the popular social networking site on their tablet devices, including My Pad, iFace and Friendly. The delay in an iPad-friendly app might be due to Facebook’s rumored plans of a new mobile platform that will take on Apple’s App Store, according to reports. Called “Project Spartan,” it will reportedly be HTML5-based and will aim to “break the stranglehold” Apple currently has on the mobile app market. Previously, Facebook was quick to launch their mobile app for the iPhone when the app store launched in 2008.  The iPad though has been out since April 2010, with users waiting over a year for an app from the social-networking giant....

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Facebook To Create Photo-Sharing App For iPhone
Jun15

Facebook To Create Photo-Sharing App For iPhone

Not to be out done by popular instant photo-sharing apps such as Instagram or Color, social-networking site Facebook has plans of its own to create a stand-alone app for its users to more efficiently upload and share their personal photos with their online friends on their mobile phone. In the new app, users will be able to share their photos and videos with their friends, similar to the current Facebook app, but with a better interface that displays the user’s photo album and tagged photos on the same screen, plus possible multiple photo-tagging capabilities that are currently only available on the social-networking’s site. According to sources, the app might be called “Hovertown” or “With People,” but that’s yet to be confirmed.  There’s also no official word from Facebook as to when the app will be released. Facebook’s social-networking site currently sees 6 million photos uploaded by its users every month. Via TechCrunch...

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Samsung Galaxy S II Hits One Million Mark in South Korea
Jun12

Samsung Galaxy S II Hits One Million Mark in South Korea

The Samsung Galaxy S II has already hit the one million mark in sales in South Korea, proving to be a big hit in its home country.  The popular smartphone made its South Korean debut on April 29. According to data, wireless carrier SK Telecom has activated more than half a million Samsung Galaxy S II phones, while competitors KT and LG U+ have sold 300,000 and 150,000 units each. The Samsung Galaxy S II has already made its debut in several markets worldwide, but is yet to officially launch in the United States.  Stateside fans have many reasons to wait, as the Android Gingerbread smartphone boasts an AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p recording capabilities, dual-core 1GHz Samsung chip lus 1GB of RAM. An official launch date in the U.S. is still to be determined....

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Apple Sued Over The iCloud Name
Jun12

Apple Sued Over The iCloud Name

Well, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Just like with the iPhone and iPad, Apple has been hit with another lawsuit over the use over the iCloud name. Phoenix, Ariz.-based iCloud Communications has filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, claiming trademark infringement against Apple over the iCloud name. In addition, iCloud Communications claims that Apple’s new mobile-streaming service is identical to that of their own business model.  The company provides VoiP and broadband solutions in Phoenix and surrounding areas. “The goods and services with while Apple intends to use the ‘iCloud’ mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud marks since its formation in 2005,” the complaint says. Surely, Apple is going to have some explaining to do as this isn’t the first time the company has been accused of trademark infringement.   In 2007, Cisco claimed they were first in introducing the iPhone name with a VoiP phone by them and in 2010 Apple had to fend off Fujitsu for the rights to the iPad name. Whether iCloud Communications will back down from their lawsuit or hand over the name to the Cupertino, Calif.-based giant, remains to be seen.  Apple’s iCloud service has so far received rave reviews after making its much-anticipated debut this past week. Image via Zdnet.com.  ...

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Next-Gen MacBook Airs In Production
Jun11

Next-Gen MacBook Airs In Production

If you’re holding off on buying a new iPhone until the iOS 5 comes out, then you might as well save your money before buying a new MackBook Air, too.  Reports indicate that the next-generation MackBook Airs are currently in production. According to the Apple Insider, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple has placed orders for the production of about 400,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs for June. The revamped Airs will likely come with low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips with its Sandy Bridge upgrade along with 3MB and 4MB of Smart Cache and a possible 8GB of internal system memory. Just late last year Apple had revamped its svelte laptop by slimming it down even more, replacing the hard drive for solid-state storage and introducing a smaller model with an 11.6-inch screen.  It also came with an attractive price tag of under $1,000. It’s likely that the new MacBook Airs – which may come out sometime late this year or in 2012 – will debut with Apple’s new operating system, the OS X Lion....

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Some Wal Marts Already Selling HTC Sensation 4G Before Its Launch Date
Jun11

Some Wal Marts Already Selling HTC Sensation 4G Before Its Launch Date

If you plan on stopping by at Wal Mart this weekend, you might want to add the new HTC Sensation 4G to your shopping list.  Reports are indicating that some Wal Mart stores are already selling the long anticipated Android phone. Originally, the new HTC smartphone was to launch June 12th at Wal Mart stores nationwide and on June 15th in other retail outlets.  It is uncertain why the chain superstore decided to sell the phones early. Those picking it up this weekend have reportedly paid $148.88 for the phone.  The smartphone was originally announced to cost $199.99 after a $50 rebate along with a two-year commitment. The Android 2.3-running phone features a 4.3-inch qHD display as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  It also comes equipped with a rear 8-megapixel camera and 1080p HD recording capabilities. So far, the phone has received rave reviews for its high-resolution screen, Web browsing and overall solid quality design....

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iPhone Coming To Sprint This Year?
Jun10

iPhone Coming To Sprint This Year?

9to5Mac reports that the iPhone might be joining Sprint’s network this year.  A test version of the iPhone is in testing stages, with rumored plans to join Sprint’s catalog either late this year or in 2012. Sources say Apple ordered Sprint towers to be installed on their campus late last year, in addition to creating job postings for an engineering team near Sprint’s headquarters in the Kansas City area. The rumored device is currently being tested in Sprint’s research and development department at their Kansas City headquarters.  Some sources say that the phone could run on Sprint’s 4G network – a first for an Apple device – alongside many competing Android devices already running on the network. Additional reports state that the Sprint iPhone will include dual-band support with T-Mobile and that Verizon/AT&T and Sprint/T-Mobile tag teams will switch each year in debuting new iPhones.  This of course is yet to be confirmed by either Apple or Sprint. This is not the first time Apple has created speculation with an “are they, or aren’t they?” rumor.  The Cupertino, Calif.-based company tested the Verizon iPhone against Verizon cell towers on their campus before joining its network in January as well. Image via Today’s iPhone....

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Sam’s Club Offering iPhone 4 for $147
Jun10

Sam’s Club Offering iPhone 4 for $147

Wholesale retailer Sam’s Club is offering Apple’s iPhone 4 for $147, down $50 from the normal price. The popular smartphone is available in both black and white through wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon.  The offer is valid in-stores with a two-year wireless data contract. In addition, Wal Mart – who owns and operate Sam’s Clubs – has also lowered its iPhone 4 price to $147 earlier this week in a move to keep sales figures up before the iPhone 5 debut later this year. Retailers such as Sam’s Club and Wal Mart are looking to capitalize on the price cuts with consumers who are looking to buy an iPhone for grads and dads with graduation season and Father’s Day both this month. The deal will be available at Sam’s Club locations nationwide until June 21st.      ...

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RIM To Launch PlayBook In 16 Additional Markets
Jun10

RIM To Launch PlayBook In 16 Additional Markets

Research in Motion has announced plans to debut its PlayBook tablet in 16 international markets in the next 30 days. RIM is launching the tablet in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Mexico, France, Italy, India, Indonesia and Colombia. Australia had already announced its PlayBook launch a few days earlier, with wireless carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra set to carry the device.  Pricing and availability in the additional markets are expected to be announced closer to their launch dates. The device come with front and rear facing cameras and a 1 GHz dual-core processor along with 1080p HD video recording capabilities.   Consumers who have already purchased the PlayBook in the United States have moaned about the tablet’s lack of a native email application and inability to play popular movie-streaming subscription service Hulu. The PlayBook launched in the United States in April with an estimated 500,000 units sold, despite less than stellar reviews....

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Latest Nook e-Reader Comes With Undocumented Web Browser
Jun10

Latest Nook e-Reader Comes With Undocumented Web Browser

The iPad and Kindle might want to make some extra room for their little cousin, the Nook.  Barnes and Noble’s latest offering, the Nook Simple Touch Reader, has an undocumented “hidden” Web browser that allows users to access their email and browse headlines. Users that have purchased the new Android device can simply press the virtual “Search” button on the bottom of the Nook’s screen and type in a URL into a search bar when it appears. The added functionality is a pleasant surprise for Nook users.  The e-Reader’s color version already received a software update last April that transformed it to a stripped-down Android tablet with basic email and Web browser capabilities. Launched in May, the redesigned Nook is thinner and lighter than its first generation e-Reader and comes with a 6-inch touchscreen, 2GB of built-in storage, and WiFi connectivity.  Unlike its competitors, it can also run up to two months on a full battery charge. The Nook is available for $139....

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