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  • Why I Ditched My Smartphone And You Should Too

    06/04/2015 9:42:45 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 50 replies
    Thomas Dishaw ^ | 6-4-15 | Thomas Dishaw
    (Thomas Dishaw) As a blogger and concerned citizen I try to put my money where my mouth is. I believe voting with my dollars is a way of life, therefore I do my best to only support companies, products, and people who I truly stand behind morally and politically. I came to an understanding long ago that the only way to get a point across criminal corporations is to affect their bottom line. Over the last few months I have been having discussions with friends and family about getting rid of my smartphone and downgrading to a cheaper, less traceable...
  • FTC: T-Mobile Customers Hit With 'Bogus' Charges

    07/01/2014 3:14:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint alleging that T-Mobile US failed to remove unauthorized charges on its customers’ phone bills. The charges stem from text-message scams that send content like celebrity gossip to mobile devices. According to the complaint, T-Mobile received 35% to 40% of the total amount charged to users for the subscription, which costs $9.99 a month. T-Mobile continued to bill customers for those services years after becoming aware of the fraudulent charges, the FTC said. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier received a high number of consumer complaints as early as 2012. In a...
  • Seeking a PSTN (NOT VOIP) telephony solution for the PC (vanity)

    10/18/2010 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Used to be freeware ^ | 10/18/2010 | Blueflag
    Techies - I seek a software solution that will do this: Enable my Windows PC to be a telephone/ speakerphone plugged in to the PSTN via an UTP/RJ-11 jack out the modem, NOT a VOIP ( a la Skype ) phone emulator connected to the Internet via RJ-45/TCP/IP. I recognize this involves a modem. This stuff used to be bundled freeware with PCs and has fallen out of fashion. What's out there now?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Droid X Proves a Hit: Sold Out (Most retail stores reporting little to no stock left after)

    07/16/2010 1:48:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 07/16/2010 | Daniel Ionescu
    The Motorola Droid X launched Thursday and is already sold out, exceeding Verizon's demand expectations. The carrier had said that there would be no Droid X shortage, but the initial online stock of the hot Android smartphone is now exhausted, with the next shipping date pushed back to July 23. Many Verizon Wireless retail stores and Best Buys around the U.S. are reporting low or no stock. The Droid X is this summer's flagship Google Android phone, selling for $200, after a $100 online discount on Verizon's site. It has a roomy 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED...
  • Cellphone inventor Marty Cooper uses a Droid.... and a Jitterbug

    05/23/2010 5:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 985+ views
    Engadget ^ | March 11, 2010 | Donald Melanson
    Sure, you read reviews and take recommendations from friends before you buy a new cellphone, but have you ever stopped to consider what the inventor of the cellphone uses on a daily basis? C-SPAN has, and recently took the opportunity to ask the man himself, Marty Cooper, that very question during a wide-ranging interview. While Cooper said that he has used an iPhone previously, he recently passed it on to his grandson in favor of a Motorola Droid, which he says he chose because he wanted to get more experience with Android. But that's not all, Cooper also revealed that...
  • Sweden awards five 4G mobile licences

    05/08/2008 5:27:28 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 191+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 05082008 | www.thelocal.se
    The technological and economical development of Scandinavia (including Finland) is today more groundbreking than anywhere else in the world. The investments being made in relation to population size is mind-boggling. Despite a mere population of 25 million inhabitants, the combined GDP of the Scandinavian countries today ridicules that of a Russia often viewed to be a "reborn" super power "on the go" (combined Scandinavian GDP is actually 125% that of of Russia - and the gap is widening!!) But, let's focus on telecommunications here; Five bidders have paid €226 million ($346 million) for fourth generation (4G), super-fast mobile telephony licences,...
  • Hello VoIP, It’s Ooma Calling

    07/22/2007 6:34:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 186+ views
    Red Herring ^ | July 20, 2007 | Cassimir Medford
    Despite SunRocket failure and Vonage trouble, startup says it’s poised for success.Even with SunRocket’s spectacular demise and what could be Vonage’s imminent collapse, VCs are still not convinced VoIP is a bad investment. Exit SunRocket stage left. Enter Ooma stage right. Ooma is a new VoIP startup armed with $27 million in funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an early Skype backer, and The Founders Fund. Palo Alto, California–based Ooma launched a beta of its product on this week, and its CEO and founder, Andrew Frame, talked to Red Herring about what makes his company different. “Comparing Ooma to SunRocket or...
  • Hillary Clinton Texting to Beat Obama (Cell Phone Campaigning)

    05/14/2007 1:32:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 986+ views
    NewsMax ^ | May 14, 2007
    Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has launched a mobile-to-mobile text-message campaign in an effort to reach more of America’s 236,000 cell phone users. Users who text the word "Join” to 77007 will receive regular updates about the Clinton campaign, which will "ask for voters’ input and offer a feature allowing supporters to surf Hillary’s Web site on their mobile phones,” according to a statement from her campaign. "By harnessing the power of text messaging, we can engage voters in the political process using the latest technology and provide personalized, local campaign updates to our supporters nationwide.” The text-message initiative is "a...
  • 'Skype clone' surfaces in China (Reverse Engineered)

    07/17/2006 11:27:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Register ^ | Monday 17th July | John Leyden
    Stealth firm plays reversi with VoIP codeChinese software developers have reportedly reverse engineered Skype's internet telephony software to develop a clone. The unnamed company has developed a software client using the same protocol and encryption technology used by Skype. This software, which is still in the early stages of development, was used to call Charlie Paglee, co-founder of Voice over IP startup Vozin Communications. Although the software lacks features that indicate whether someone is online or instant messaging technology, Paglee reports that the mystery firm involved plans to add these features (along with stability improvements) and release a stable version...
  • FCC approves new Internet phone taxes

    06/22/2006 11:30:15 AM PDT · by TheBattman · 26 replies · 1,023+ views
    ZDNet ^ | June 21, 2006 | Anne Broache
    WASHINGTON--An estimated 4 million subscribers to Internet phone services like Vonage could see new fees on their bills under a plan approved Wednesday by federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously at its monthly meeting here to require all voice over Internet Protocol services that connect to the public-switched telephone network--as opposed to using peer-to-peer technology, like Skype--to contribute to the Universal Service Fund. The $7.3 billion fund, which has been a feature of U.S. policy for more than 70 years, subsidizes telephone service in rural and low-income areas. It also runs a controversy-plagued program called E-Rate that provides...
  • The 'Prior Art' of VoIP (Impact of Sprint Nextel Lawsuit Against Vonage, theglobe.com, Voiceglo)

    11/12/2005 8:45:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 260+ views
    TMCnet ^ | November 11, 2005 | Robert Liu
    When Sprint Nextel filed its lawsuit last month against theglobe.com, Voiceglo and Vonage Holdings for allegedly infringing on its proprietary technology, it may have catapulted all voice over IP (VoIP) service providers into the complicated world of patent litigation. Whether the two defendants eventually have their day in court or settle matters privately still remains to be seen. As of this article's publication date, no response has yet been filed by either defendant. But legal experts familiar with the case generally agree that Sprint is executing on a well-constructed legal strategy that the puts the defendants before an uphill climb....