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WIRELESS by Marauder
May 19, 2009, 4:43 PM
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WIRELESS

Sprint has officially announced that the Palm Pre will be launching on June 6th for $200 after a $100 MIR and a two-year contract. You’ll be able to purchase a Pre from Sprint, Best Buy, Wal Mart, and Radio Shack. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/19/official-palm-pre-to-launch-on-june-6-for-200 5/19)

After Techcrunch broke the news this morning that Nokia was cracking away at a phone-friendly and potentially ad-supported version of their Internet tablet OS, Maemo, they figured they might be able to swing a screenshot. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/05/18/exclusive-leaked-screenshot-of-nokias-maemo-harmattan/ 5/18)

Maemo

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

After a lull around Thanksgiving, December has seen some of the biggest layoffs in the tech industry yet since the economy entered its tailspin in the fall. Our Layoff Tracker is now past 100,000 lost jobs (109,629, as of this writing) across nearly 300 different technology and media companies both large and small. To put this in perspective, Citigroup alone announced 52,000 layoffs in November, and across the U.S. economy, just counting September and October, there were nearly 500,000 unemployment claims as a result of mass layoffs (data isn’t in yet for November or December). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/12/tech-layoffs-surge-past-100000 12/12)

layoff

In a promotion with RadioShack, AT&T has created what is said to be the first known bundling of wireless-broadband service offered in the U.S. with netbooks, the budget notebooks geared largely for Web browsing. The consumer-electronics retailer is offering customers a $99.99 Acer Aspire One netbook if they agree to a two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile-broadband contract for at least $60 a month. Telephony Online (12/12)

Comcast announced it is rolling out it’s DOCSIS 3.0-powered “wideband” service in Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and Ft. Wayne, Indiana in the coming weeks. The service, capable of hitting 50Mbps down and 5Mbps upstream, is now available to about 10 million homes and businesses including areas of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oregon, Washington and New England. (Cynopsis 12/15)

With no time to waste before the end of the holiday shopping season, lucky reporters from The Boston Globe sat down to sample some of the best HDTVs that are popping up on Santa’s wish list this year. The paper field-tested the 50-inch Pioneer Elite Kuro, the 46-inch Sony Bravia XBR 6 and the 65-inch Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 4. The Boston Globe (12/14)

Singapore-based Shiro has launched the SQ-S, a media player that can be recharged by the sun. The solar-powered unit, which also can be recharged via USB port, has as much as 16 GB of capacity and an expected battery life of 35 hours. Pocket-lint.co.uk (12/12)

Digeo is shipping a limited number of its new Moxi HD digital video recorder. The device, with a 500GB hard drive and CableCard support, links TVs, personal computers and the Internet through the Moxi menu. ElectronicHouse.com (12/12)

Establishing a path to connect the bandwidth-intensive multimedia devices that will be available in the future, the International Telecommunication Union has accepted a global standard for power, coaxial cable, phone and other home-network wiring. The standard, which will enable things such as room-to-room HDTV, will help build transceivers that likely will be incorporated into devices by 2010. iTWire (Australia) (12/15) , Cartt News Service (subscription only) (12/13) , EE Times (12/12)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
October 29, 2008, 4:00 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Numark has introduced the PT-01USB, a battery-powered turntable system that enables vinyl lovers to take their collection with them on the go. The $149 system is compatible with Mac and PC setups to enable the transfer of tunes from record to MP3s. ElectronicHouse.com (10/28)

RadioShack has launched a program by which consumers with old camcorders, MP3 players, laptops and other CE devices they no longer want can trade them in for store credit. Manufacturers participating in the program are Apple, Archos, Creative, Dell, iRiver, Microsoft, Philips, RCA, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony and Toshiba. InformationWeek (10/28)

Sunfire has come out with a new A/V receiver, the Theater Grand 401 Receiver, with a suggested price tag of $4,000. System features include 200 watts of amplification, support for Sirius satellite radio, Olé touchpad ports and a VIA!migo port for iPods, to name a few. CEPro.com (10/28)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
August 29, 2008, 7:05 AM
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Samsung’s answer to the iPhone — the Instinct — will gain another distributor when RadioShack begins selling the smartphone over the Labor Day weekend with a four-day price promotion in its 4,400 stores, the retailer announced. Those who sign up for a Sprint Simply Everything Plan can buy the Samsung handset for $130. TMC Internet Telephony (8/28)

Direct Line (iTunes link) is a service that helps you automatically navigate phone trees to get right to an operator (exactly what companies don’t want you to do).   Install the application, browse of search the included companies, and select the one you want. Direct Line then calls the number and preselects the appropriate choices to get you to an actual person. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/28/direct-line-saves-iphone-users-from-automated-call-hell 8/28)

There’s a huge security problem in the latest iPhone 2.0.2: if you have your JesusPhone password protected, using a very simple trick gives anyone full access to your cellphone private information in Mail, SMS, Contacts, and even Safari. The two-step trick is even simpler to the one used in the past to gain access to the phone to install unlocking cards or jailbreak. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid this obvious security breach until Apple fixes it. (http://gizmodo.com/5042332/huge-iphone-security-flaw-puts-all-private-information-at-risk 8/27)

Last May, Google announced the first set of winners in its two-part contest called Android Challenge. The challenge is meant to kick-start the creation of 3rd-party applications for its nascent mobile platform by enticing developers with a total of $10 million in awards.  Today, Google is releasing the names of its second set of winners, 10 of which receive $275,000 and 10 of which receive $100,000. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/28/final-winners-of-android-challenge-announced 8/28)

Sprint unveiled some of the content and location-based services that will be available as part of its planned Xohm WiMax wireless broadband network. The technology will enable high speed connections to be established while driving, which should lead to all kinds of navigation and location-based recommendation services. So far partners in the Xohm venture include:

  • uLocate – chosen for its Where platform powering friend finding and other location based mobile services
  • Yelp Inc. – providing user ratings and reviews of local restaurants, shops, doctors, etc.
  • Topix – offering local news based on location
  • AccuWeather – providing location based forecasts, radar/satellite images, etc
  • Google – powering search functionality, Google Maps, etc
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