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  • Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?

    05/02/2011 6:05:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | April 13, 2011 | SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE
    On Jan. 21, 1993, the television talk-show host Larry King featured an unexpected guest on his program. It was the evening after Inauguration Day in Washington, and the television audience tuned in expecting political commentary. But King turned, instead, to a young man from Florida, David Reynard, who had filed a tort claim against the cellphone manufacturer NEC and the carrier GTE Mobilnet, claiming that radiation from their phones caused or accelerated the growth of a brain tumor in his wife. “The tumor was exactly in the pattern of the antenna,” Reynard told King. In 1989, Susan Elen Reynard, then...
  • Cell Phones, Microwaves And The Human Health Threat

    04/30/2011 11:24:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 04/28/2011 | kfc
    The microwaves that cell phones emit can interact with human tissue in an entirely new way, says theoretical biologist at a government lab If there's one topic likely to generate spit-flecked ire, it is the controversy over the potential health threat posed by cell phone signals. That debate is likely to flare following the publication today of some new ideas on this topic from Bill Bruno, a theoretical biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.The big question is whether signals from cell phones or cell phone towers can damage biological tissue. On the one hand, there is a...
  • Samsung Galaxy Indulge---Your Opinion of this Phone

    04/27/2011 5:22:25 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    Self | April 27, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    I notice that the Samsung Galaxy Indulge in currently the top phone at MetroPCS. The price is currently $399 minus a $100 rebate so the net price is $299. I expect this price to drop by about a hundred bucks by this summer. At that time I would like to get it but first I want to hear some feedback from owners of this phone or others who know something about it. Thanx in advance for your input.
  • Confusion over California's hands-free cellphone law

    04/21/2011 8:09:30 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 19 | Gary Richards
    When the state's hands-free cellphone law was enacted three years ago, the rules seemed so simple. Holding a phone in your hand to make a call would be illegal. Few ifs, buts or maybes. Then came a law against texting. Then came an explosion of phones that double as GPS devices, cameras, music players, voice recorders and email dispensers. And today, amid an unprecedented crackdown this month on cellphone scofflaws, what's legal and what's not has motorists and even some cops scratching their heads. "When you look for loopholes, the whole issue of cellphone use, texting or distracted driving becomes...
  • Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network

    04/14/2011 10:05:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 4-13-11 | MARGARET COKER and CHARLES LEVINSON
    A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications. The new network, first plotted on an airplane napkin and assembled with the help of oil-rich Arab nations, is giving more than two million Libyans their first connections to each other and the outside world after Col. Gadhafi cut off their telephone and Internet service about a month ago. That March cutoff had rebels waving flags to communicate on the battlefield. The new cellphone network, opened on April 2, has become the opposition's main tool for communicating from...
  • It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

    03/26/2011 3:19:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2011 | NOAM COHEN
    A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. Spitz went to court to find out exactly what his cellphone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his whereabouts. The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009,...
  • New Wi-Fi Standards Could Revolutionize Hotspots

    03/23/2011 7:13:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    PC World ^ | March 23, 2011 | Keir Thomas
    Cell phone carriers have a secret: Although they sell us data plans on their 3G or 4G networks, the idea of us actually using data brings them out in a cold sweat. Put simply, they're struggling to find the bandwidth to cope. There are forecasts that in 2012 cellular data requirements will reach 4.56 million terabytes--double that of this year. It's down to networks designed for low-bandwidth voice calls. Some data provision was allowed in the original plans but the recent explosion in consumer smartphones was a bolt from the blue. Whereas mobile users were once happy to visit low-bandwidth...
  • Cell phone advise.

    03/22/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT · by goseminoles · 107 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3/22/11 | Self
    My Verizon contract is up and I am requesting guidance from fellow freeper friends. My contract is expired. Where to go from here???
  • AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA

    03/20/2011 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Sunday, March 20, 2011 · 3:07 pm
    AT&T press release follows verbatim: AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution...
  • Woman Killed Crossing Street While Talking on Phone

    03/12/2011 3:12:49 PM PST · by winstonwolf33 · 45 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | March 11, 2011 | staff
    SAN YSIDRO, Calif. -- A pedestrian struck by a car and killed just north of the international border was identified Friday as a 31-year-old Tijuana woman. Alma Luz Alfaro Gonzalez was crossing the street in a crosswalk at Paseo de las Americas at Siempre Viva Road when she was hit by a tractor-trailer rig making a right turn just after 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. San Diego police Officer David Stafford said the woman was talking on her cell phone and ignored a red light. Witnesses gave aid to the woman and called...
  • Simple Tips To Protect Yourself From ‘Geo-Stalking’

    03/01/2011 4:01:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBS) ^ | March 1, 2011 1:29 PM
    Through a combination of Web technologies and cheaper, more ubiquitous devices, we are now witnessing what could be the golden era of geo-stalking. Certainly, having a GPS inside your phone is convenient. But, because of GPS data embedded in pictures taken with cell phones, those pictures may also share information with strangers that allows them to track you all the way to your front door. For more information on how to protect your information and turn off your GPS photo function....
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • 4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

    02/15/2011 2:25:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    SWITCHED ^ | February 1, 2011 at 01:30 PM | Terrence O'Brien
    Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was confusing, the 4G scene is about as convoluted as 'Jersey Shore' sleeping arrangements. As was the case with 3G, there are different technologies competing to become...
  • New York Lawmaker Moves to Ban Use of Distracting Gadgets While Walking

    01/25/2011 3:29:33 PM PST · by Baladas · 61 replies
    FOX News/Associated Press ^ | January 25, 2011 | staff
    New York state Sen. Carl Kruger wants to make his state’s streets safer. To do that, he's not proposing a tough new gun law or advocating for broader police search powers. No, Sen. Kruger sees a greater danger out there. Distracting gadgets. He hopes to ban the use of mobile phones, iPods and other gadgets by pedestrians in major cities while crossing the street.
  • The State Worker: Jerry Brown can't round up cell phones by himself

    01/13/2011 10:27:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 1/13/11 | Jon Ortiz
    So Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered at least half of California's 96,000 state-issued cell phones out of service by June, saving an estimated $20 million.We asked state workers what they think. Here's a summary of their responses:You go, Jerry! Good start. Now get serious about cutting the state car fleet and dumping duplicative boards and departments. Oh, and while we're at it? Senators and Assembly members, you have stuff like this you can whack, too.Great shot, wrong target. Why ax cell phones? Dump office land lines. "If you work in the field and you're not at your desk, which tool...
  • Brown orders 48,000 cell phones confiscated

    01/11/2011 12:20:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/11/11 | Jim Sanders
    First to suffer from this year's budget crisis? Cell phones. New Gov. Jerry Brown today ordered the collection and return of 48,000 state government-paid cell phones - half of those now in use - by June 1. The Democratic governor estimated that cutting the use of cellphones by state employees in half will save the state $20 million a year. "It is difficult for me to believe that 40 percent of all state employees must be equipped with taxpayer-funded cell phones," Brown said in a written statement. The state currently pays for 96,000 cell phones, the governor added. "Some state...
  • 10 unexploded homemade bombs found in suburban Denver cell phone store

    12/25/2010 2:33:43 PM PST · by freespirited · 45 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/25/10
    <p>Police in the Denver suburb of Englewood say 10 unexploded homemade bombs were found in a cell phone store after they were thrown through the windows.</p>
  • Soros-funded Criminals Lobby Sparks Prison Revolt

    12/24/2010 3:36:10 PM PST · by detective · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 24, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Convicted serial killer Charles Manson, whose deranged followers killed a pregnant movie actress and then stuck a fork into her stomach, was recently in the news when it was discovered that he had a cell phone that had been smuggled to him in prison. Far less attention was given to Georgia inmates who used contraband cell phones to organize and stage a “strike” in several prisons. This uprising struck a chord with members of the “progressive” community, including former Obama official and communist Van Jones.
  • US. proposes cell phone ban for truck drivers

    12/18/2010 7:51:26 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies · 2+ views
    CNBC News ^ | Decembefr 17, 2010 | Reuters
    The U.S. government on Friday proposed prohibiting commercial truck and bus drivers from using cellphones while behind the wheel. The Transportation Department rule would affect approximately 4 million drivers, who are already banned by the government from texting while working
  • Free Cell Phone and Airtime for "Income-Eligible" Customers

    12/07/2010 8:26:35 AM PST · by pelican001 · 35 replies · 2+ views
    SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.
  • Obama Administration Seeking Technology to Disable Cell Phones

    12/06/2010 12:28:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies · 12+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 4 December 2010 | John Semmens
    Citing the “dangerous distraction” that cell phones pose to motor vehicle drivers, US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is proposing that a means of disabling cell phones from operating while they are in vehicles be installed in all vehicles. “It’s bad enough that we so readily allow nonprofessional drivers to operate vehicles on our roads,” LaHood said. “The vast majority of them aren’t really competent to drive. They should be riding public transit. But when you allow cell phone conversations to driving it’s a deadly combination.” LaHood observed that “there’s a lot of technology out there that can disable...
  • DoT exploring technology that would disable cell phones in cars

    12/03/2010 3:33:04 PM PST · by Innovative · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Dec 2010 | Sara Jerome
    The Transportation Department is looking into technology to disable cell phones in vehicles, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "There's a lot of technology out there that can disable phones and we're looking at that," LaHood said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think it will be done," he said.
  • Technology Suspension

    11/23/2010 8:27:11 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 4 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 11/22/2010 | Guy Smith
    Given that overreaching government control is antithetical to freedom, it is a tiny logical step to believe that the same big government that created the bottomless Social Security pit is at best brainless and at worst dangerous. It then makes sense that most of the schemes politicians and bureaucrats brainstorm are imbecilic. Such as disabling your cell phone during an emergency. ... Yet transportation secretary Ray LaHood, of the Peoria LaHoods, thinks letting your child die is an acceptable loss to his grander visions of controlling all recreational driving activities (better talk your girlfriend into that highway hummer before LaHood...
  • Mobile Cell Phone Radiation The Health Hazards

    11/07/2010 6:05:20 PM PST · by blam · 129 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-7-2010 | Joel S Hirschhorn
    Mobile Cell Phone Radiation The Health Hazards Politics / Social Issues Nov 07, 2010 - 01:03 PM By: Joel S Hirschhorn It is now inconceivable that our world could function without the 5 billion cell phones used globally. The new book by Devra Davis “Disconnect” deserves your attention. Indeed, if you use a cell phone a lot it should be mandatory reading. It also seems inconceivable that the trillion dollar cell phone industry and governments worldwide could have pushed this technology without ever having solid research results proving the safety of cell phones. If true that would be deadly frightening....
  • Cell Phone Progressivism: Hazardous To Our Health

    11/06/2010 9:11:37 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 3 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | November 6, 2010 | Joseph Klein
    We have been warned about the potential hazards of cell phones. According to one recent study, funded by the World Health Organization,using a cell phone for as little as 30 minutes may increase your risk of getting a brain tumor. Nevertheless, scientists are not in total agreement on the true extent of the danger to our brains from cell phone use. However, there is one politically progressive cell phone company that is using some of its revenues to emit political propaganda that is definitely a hazard to the health of our body politic. The name of this cell phone company is...
  • Is Video Killing the Concert Vibe? (cellphone recording is harshing the scene, man)

    09/30/2010 4:23:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | John Jurgensen
    ...At most concerts these days, when the houselights go down, the tiny glowing screens go up. As more fans mark the moments with smartphones, cameras and pocket-sized video recorders, a new kind of digital divide is emerging. Music lovers who try to document and share the essence of concerts are squaring off against those who think that just defeats the purpose. The debate is drawing participants from both sides of the stage. "I'm right here. This is live. This is where the show is."--Natalie Merchant ...Chris Robinson, 44-year-old singer for the Black Crowes, isn't on board. "As a band we've...
  • Girl, 17, sues officials who found nude pics on her phone...gets $33K.

    09/21/2010 12:04:09 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 63 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Tuesday, September 21st 2010 | John Springer TODAYshow.com contributor
    A Pennsylvania teen who stored intimate photos of herself on her cell phone — but never e-mailed or shared them with anyone other than her longtime boyfriend — settled her federal privacy case against high school officials who had seized the phone without a warrant and turned it over to prosecutors. Still unsettled, however, is the question of how far educators can go when it comes to fulfilling their obligation to keep sexually explicit images, audio and text from reaching the eyes and ears of minors while on school grounds. "I hope this settlement will lead school officials in the...
  • Oakland North: Gang leaders orchestrate crimes from prison using cell phones

    09/20/2010 7:41:29 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Oakland North / oaklandnorth.net ^ | September 1, 2010 – 9:23 am | Dara Kerr
    A coalition of law enforcement agencies has arrested four Nuestra Familia gang leaders and 30 gang members, California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced at a press conference in Oakland on Tuesday. Several of those caught were allegedly given orders to commit murder and other violent crimes by imprisoned gang leaders who sent them encrypted messages via cell phones. Many of the crimes were allegedly ordered by “incarcerated inmates that are supposed to be serving their time and out of circulation,” said Brown, who served as Oakland’s mayor from 1998 to 2006. “But because of the introduction of cell phones these...
  • Wal-Mart introduces wireless plan under own brand

    09/14/2010 10:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal / The Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2010 | Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers. The Wal-Mart Family Mobile service will run on T-Mobile USA's network. Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45 per month for the first line and $25 for each additional line for the family. The service will be offered starting next week in most of its stores across the nation.(continued)
  • Can you hear me now? Of course; I'm on a land line

    09/06/2010 7:28:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | September 6, 2010 | By Stephen Randall
    Sitting here in my den, I have two ways that I can call you and two ways that I can get a call from you. One of them has been around since the late 1800s and still does pretty much what it did when it was invented. The other is virtually magic in a box — and that box isn't much bigger than a deck of cards. One sits like a weird dusty antique on my desk. It's not pretty. No talented designer has ever bothered to make it museum-worthy. When it rings, I hear the same sound, no matter...
  • Pair on Chicago-Amsterdam Flight Arrested for Terrorism

    08/30/2010 3:20:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC reports: Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with “preparation of a terrorist attack,” U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News. A spokesman for the Dutch public prosecutor, Ernst Koelman, confirmed the two men were arrested this morning and said “the investigation is ongoing.” He said the arrests were made “at the request of American authorities.” The two were allowed to board the flight at O’Hare airport last night despite security concerns surrounding one of them, the officials said. The men were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al...
  • What’s Next? A Mandatory 8-Track In Your Xbox?

    08/24/2010 8:39:49 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/24/2010 | David Hogberg
    The cell phone industry is lightly regulated. As a result, the quality of cell phones has grown at nearly an exponential rate in the last two decades. But praising markets is soooo 1990s. Today the in-crowd is all about using government to force consumers to buy their products.
  • Deal Would Mandate FM Radios In Cell Phones - agreement between NAB/RIAA headed to Congress

    08/23/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 69 replies
    Information Week ^ | August 23, 2010 02:13 PM | W. David Gardner
    There may be an FM radio in your next cell phone whether you want it or not. The National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying Congress to stipulate that FM radio technology be included in future cell phones. In exchange, the NAB has agreed that member stations would pay about $100 million in so-called performance fees to music labels and artists. Radio stations would be required to pay performance royalties on a tiered schedule with larger commercial stations paying more than smaller and non-profit stations. The agreement is part of a compromise between the NAB and the Recording Industry Association of...
  • Verizon Roadmap Is Android Heavy

    08/20/2010 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    InformationWeek ^ | August 20, 2010 01:14 PM | Esther Shein InformationWeek
    Android fever has hit Verizon Wireless, which is reportedly preparing to launch several Android-powered devices including the Motorola Droid Pro and the LG enV Touch 2. A Verizon Wireless spokeswoman declined to confirm the phones’ release, saying “We don’t pre-announce our phones.” However, a leaked roadmap detailing the carrier’s plans for the rest of 2010 and further down the road reveal the Droid Pro may see possible release in November, as well as another Motorola device in the works that will run Android 2.2, according to website Boy Genius Report. The Droid Pro will reportedly have a 1.3 GHz CPU,...
  • Could your cell phone be dangerous?

    08/19/2010 12:40:50 AM PDT · by South40 · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 17, 2010 | LAUREN DIPERNA
    An Orange County woman walked into a breast cancer clinic with a tumor roughly the shape of her cell phone. She routinely carried the phone in her bra to improve her Bluetooth connection. The tumor was unusual, but her surgeon didn't think much of it. Then another woman came in with the same story. "Wouldn't you know it, a month later we have another lady come in," said Dr. John West, surgeon at the Breast Care and Imaging Center in Orange. "She has the same history. The cancer was located just directly under where she put her cell phone."
  • Sales Soar For Google’s Android Smartphone System

    08/12/2010 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Source ^ | * August 12, 2010, 2:47 PM GMT | Gustav Sandstrom
    As the global handset market continues to recover from the recent economic downturn, smartphones based on Google’s open Android platform are taking a fast-growing slice of the pie. While overall mobile phone sales grew 13.8% in the second quarter from a year earlier to around 326 million units, shipments of Android devices soared to 10.6 million from less than one million the year before according to research firm Gartner.The platform has already overtaken Apple’s iPhone OS as the world’s third-largest smartphone operating system after Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS and market leader Symbian–the main platform in Nokia’s smartphones–and is likely...
  • 200,000 Android devices sold every day

    08/05/2010 6:04:22 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 91 replies · 1+ views
    Afterdawn ^ | 04 Aug 2010 23:27 | Andre "DVDBack23" Yoskowitz
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said today that about 200,000 new Android devices are now being sold daily, leading to huge growth in revenue for the search giant thanks to mobile search traffic. When asked about the recent studies showing Android outpacing the iPhone handily, Schmidt added: "People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is. The number was about 100,000 (a day) about two months ago. It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but incredibly phenomenal in its growth rate. God knows how long that will continue." While Google does not directly gain revenue from Android...
  • Is Android unstoppable?

    08/03/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 159 replies · 36+ views
    Unwired ^ | 03 Aug 10 | Vlad Bobleanta
    What the numbers say Android’s market share grew by an amazing 886% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009. And as exciting as that sounds, it was pretty much to be expected. Back in Q2 2009 Android had 2.8% of the smartphone market. You can only go up from such a measly number, basically. This time last year, Android was on just over a million of the handsets sold. And almost all of those sales were made up by the HTC Dream/G1. Android 1.5 was released during that second quarter of 2009, but by...
  • Google Android continues to gain smartphone market share but still trails iPhone, Blackberry

    08/03/2010 3:59:44 PM PDT · by RachelFaith · 43 replies · 27+ views
    Columbus Mobile Gaming Examiner ^ | 8/3/10 | Paul Williams
    Google's Android OS is still showing excellent growth in smartphone market share, actually topping Apple's iPhone in new purchases for the first half of 2010, according to market researcher, Nielsen. In the first six months of 2010, Google gained 27% of new phone purchases, bettering the iPhone's 23%, but still trailing Blackberry's 33% market share. The Apple iPhone is still the most desired smartphone for future purchases, ahead of both Google and Blackberry.
  • Android Soars Past RIM And Apple In Q2: Now The U.S.'s Top-Selling Smartphone Platform

    08/02/2010 10:32:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 143 replies · 38+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2010 | Dan Frommer
    It's happening, Apple! Google's free and open-source Android operating system shot past its competitors last quarter to become the top-selling U.S. smartphone OS, according to research firm Canalys. Android accounted for 34% of the 14.7 million smartphones sold in the U.S. last quarter, while RIM was 32.1% of the market and Apple was 21.7%, Canalys estimates. That's a huge victory for Google, which was zero two years ago. Yes, Apple's iPhone 4 didn't launch until the very end of the quarter, and Q3 should be bigger for Apple. But the fact that Google is anywhere near Apple's market share --...
  • Motorola Droid Getting Android Froyo Update Next Week

    07/30/2010 5:30:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Maximumpc ^ | 07/30/10 at 04:57:06 PM | Ryan Whitwam
    Until now, only users of Google's tragically short lived Nexus One had access to Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo), but according to a communiqué from Verizon, the original Droid will be getting the update next week. This is big news for a large segment of the Android user base as the Droid was a very popular phone.  Android 2.2 brings some useful new features to the platform. For instance, Google's new Jun-in-time compiler speeds up applications dramatically, and the browsers new JavaScript V8 engine makes web pages render much faster. We're going to be very interested to see how Motorola handles...
  • String Quintet WIN

    07/26/2010 5:02:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies · 2+ views
    YouTube ^ | July 26, 2010 | failblog
    This guy wasn't paying attention when they said to "silence your cell phones..."
  • Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed ( AnandTech goes deep under the cover for the details )

    07/21/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Anandtech ^ | 7/20/2010 4:27:00 PM | Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi
    You have to hand it to Motorola; as little as a year ago their future looked bleak. Android was still in its infancy and lacking polish, mainstream devices running it were few, and there weren’t public or visible signs of any forthcoming devices which would challenge the dominance of BlackBerry or iOS, especially from Motorola. A few months later, they launched the Motorola Droid, and a few months after the floodgates opened up - out has poured a steady stream of relatively polished devices running Android 2.x. It’s been breakneck almost, with new flagships every 3 months on average -...
  • Motorola Droid X Sold Out? Not Necessarily

    07/21/2010 12:14:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    PC World ^ | Jul 20, 2010 2:45 pm | JR Raphael,
    Verizon's Motorola Droid X is a hot commodity these days. Despite what you may have read, though, the phone isn't too hot to get your hands on -- if you know where to look. Within a day of the Droid X launch last Thursday, Verizon's online store had to push its shipping date back to July 23 in order to keep up with demand. Now, Verizon appears to be extending that delay: Big Red has just bumped its Droid X shipping date to August 3 for all orders placed online. Verizon Wireless locations around the country are reporting the same...
  • Droid smartphone unveiled by Motorola, Verizon

    10/28/2009 12:47:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies · 1,470+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 28, 2009 9:44 a.m. CDT, | Wailin Wong
    Motorola and Verizon Wireless on Wednesday unveiled the Droid, a smartphone that will test whether the companies can use software from Google to chip away at the dominance of Apple's iPhone. The Droid, a svelte slider with a full keyboard and an expansive touchscreen, will be available at Verizon Wireless Nov. 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers have to sign up for a two-year contract and data plan. Success of the new phone, which is being launched in a competitive holiday season, is crucial for Motorola, where co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha has placed a heavy bet on...
  • Motorola DROID review

    11/03/2009 9:46:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 922+ views
    Engadget ^ | Oct 30th 2009 at 1:10PM | by Joshua Topolsky
    It's hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life. Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with... well, disappointment. While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed have not been especially fruitful or compelling. Over the past year or so, we've seen Motorola beating its way back into the mainstream through a series of smart plays: first embracing Android as a platform, then shucking off the weight of Windows Mobile and finally bringing some desirable (and high profile) devices to market. With the DROID, the...
  • Motorola Droid X in serious lockdown

    07/15/2010 12:15:47 AM PDT · by TeachableMoment · 21 replies · 1+ views
    TGDaily ^ | 14th Jul 2010 | AHARON ETENGOFF
    Motorola's eagerly anticipated Droid X smartphone is expected to hit the hot summer streets in just a few hours. But don't plan on hacking, rooting or modding the Android-powered device anytime soon. 
In addition to locking down the smartphone with an encrypted bootloader, Motorola has instructed its obedient Droid to brick itself if the kernel, bootloader or ROM becomes noticeably compromised.
  • Nokia, RIM, HTC, Samsung and Motorola: Shut Up, Apple

    07/19/2010 3:39:48 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 18 replies
    AllThingsDigital ^ | July 19, 2010 | John Paczkowski
    There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 4 that isn’t wrong with its rivals. That claim, made by Steve Jobs at the special iPhone 4 press conference Apple held last Friday, drew a loud round of catcalls from the smartphone industry, which clearly didn’t appreciate being tarred with the same brush that has smeared Cupertino these past few weeks. Nokia (NOK), Research in Motion (RIMM), HTC, Samsung and Motorola (MOT) have all issued statements taking issue with Apple’s claims and accusing it of unfairly trying to draw them into its death-grip drama. Here are their rebukes. -snip- Research in Motion: Apple’s...
  • Droid X: The five absolute best features

    06/26/2010 11:27:00 PM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 28 replies · 1+ views
    dvice.com ^ | 2:03AM on Jun 25, 2010 | Kevin Hall
    For every iPhone, there's always a Verizon response. With the iPhone 4 out in the spotlight, Verizon has a new flagship device launching on July 15th: the Droid X. Like the iPhone 4, it's getting put through the paces, and the folks who have gotten to play with it are loving it just as much. How does it match up, though? Hit the link below to find out. The Odd Design The Droid X isn't shaped like other phones. It's got a fat top and a tapered bottom, yet it doesn't make it feel awkward. "The bottom is super...
  • Cell phones: Theft dressed up as charity

    07/16/2010 11:23:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Sometimes, government programs, subsidies and entitlements need no embellishment. In 2008, TracFone Wireless of Miami began distributing free cell phones to people who get food stamps, welfare or other government assistance. Recipients of the free cell phones are allowed to earn up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or no more than $33,075 a year for a family of four. The phones provide 68 free minutes a month and, in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "they're paid for, in part, by charges on phone bills that the federal government allows carriers to levy." The free cells are...