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Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 teased by FCC, launching with 9.7-inch display this month?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Lenovo’s been hard at work with various phones and tablets so far this year, and here’s yet another one that’s just popped up in FCC’s database. Dubbed the IdeaTab S2109 (or S2109A-F, to be specific), we’re told by a reliable source that ’tis an Android 4.0.3 tablet assembled by Foxconn, and it’ll come with a 9.7-inch, 4:3 IPS display (supplied by Chi Mei), a TI OMAP chip and four powerful SRS-ready speakers as featured on the beefy K2010. The above diagram suggests said slate has a microSD slot accessible from the outside, and if you take a closer look at the product label, you’ll see that the device requires a whooping 2.5A input at 5V, which means it’ll come with a 12.5W adapter — a lot more powerful than many tablets’ consumption at 10W (including the new iPad) or below. Here’s hoping that this is an indication for a faster charge time.

As for availability, we heard that this S2109 will launch at some point this month, though our shy friend didn’t specify which market it’ll debut in — the FCC document lists Germany, Canada, US, India, Russia, Turkmenistan, Mexico, Chile, Japan and China. If Ice Cream Sandwich on a 4:3 screen sounds like your cup of tea then stay tuned for more news.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 teased by FCC, launching with 9.7-inch display this month? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Throttling unlimited data plans is pointless, study finds

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

AT&T’s questionable policy with regard to unlimited smartphone data plan holders recently found its way back into the limelight following a new wave of subscriber complaints. The nation’s No.2 carrier no longer offers an unlimited data plan to smartphone users, though many subscribers on its network still have grandfathered plans that provide an unlimited amount of smartphone data each month. Subscribers who approach the top 5% of unlimited data users in a single billing period see their data speeds throttled, however, and countless users have found that AT&T is now beginning to throttle users after less than 2GB of data usage in a billing period. According to a new study, subscribers are right to be furious at AT&T because throttling does nothing to alleviate network bandwidth issues. Read on for more.

Wireless bill analysis firm Validas extracted data from more than 55,000 cell phone bills belonging to AT&T and Verizon Wireless subscribers from 2011, and the firm sought to determine whether or not data throttling is necessary. According to Validas’s findings, throttling may indeed simply be a ploy to push unlimited users into newer tiered plans.

“When we look at the top 5% of data users, there is virtually no difference in data consumption between those on unlimited and those on tiered plans—and yet the unlimited consumers are the ones at risk of getting their service turned off,” Validas wrote in its report. “So it’s curious that anyone would think the throttling here represents a serious effort at alleviating network bandwidth issues. After all, Sprint does seemingly fine maintaining non-throttled unlimited data for its customers.”

Verizon Wireless subscribers on unlimited smartphone data plans actually used less data on average than those with tiered plans according to Validas’s data. The opposite was the case at AT&T, however the difference was 0.78GB on average and median data usage varied by 0.53GB.

AT&T is not the only wireless carrier in the U.S. that throttles smartphone data speeds for unlimited data plan holders, of course. Verizon throttles the top 5% of unlimited data users and T-Mobile throttles its smartphone subscribers after 5GB of data usage in a single billing period. AT&T has drawn the most attention of late because it has been throttling unlimited data plan holders after less than 2GB of usage in many cases. AT&T offers a 3GB tiered plan for the same $30 per month that unlimited plan holders pay for 2GB of full-speed data or less, however the tiered plan offers 3GB of full-speed data.

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Smartphone data usage jumps 89% in the U.S., Android users still biggest gluttons

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Nielsen Company on Friday released its latest findings regarding smartphone data usage and as expected, data consumption continued to increase at an explosive pace in the first quarter of 2011. In the same quarter last year, the average smartphone user consumed 230MB of data on their device each month. Last quarter, that number shot up 89% to 435MB. The heaviest data users are responsible for the bulk of the growth, with average data usage among the top 10% of smartphone owners having grown 155% from 1.8GB to 4.6GB on average each month. Lucky for them, the average cost per megabyte of smartphone data has dropped 46% over the same period, from $0.14 in the first quarter of 2010 to $0.08 last quarter. Android users remain the most data hungry, averaging 582MB each month, and iPhone users followed closely behind last quarter, using 492MB of data each month on average. Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry users round out the top-5, consuming 317MB, 174MB and 127MB on average each month, respectively. Some additional data from Nielsen’s report can be seen after the break.


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Our annual data consumption estimated at 9.57 zettabytes or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The internet is a mighty big place that’s only growing larger each day. That makes it a perfectly unwieldy thing to measure, but the traffic it generates has nonetheless been subjected to a rigorous estimation project by a group of UC San Diego academics. Their findings, published online this month, reveal that in 2008 some 9.57 zettabytes made their way in and out of servers across the globe. Some data bits, such as an email passing through multiple servers, might be counted more than once in their accounting, but the overall result is still considered an under-estimation because it doesn’t address privately built servers, such as those Google, Microsoft and others run in their backyards. On a per-worker basis (using a 3.18 billion human workforce number), all this data consumption amounts to 12GB daily or around 3TB per year. So it seems that while we might not have yet reached the bliss of the paperless office, we’re guzzling down data as if we were. Check out the report below for fuller details on the study and its methodology.

Our annual data consumption estimated at 9.57 zettabytes or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yahoo Mail gets IMAP patch, Windows Phone 7 data consumption catches a break

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Yahoo had been pegged a few weeks ago as the culprit behind excessive data usage on Windows Phone 7 devices, sending far more information in replies to requests from the phone than necessary — not really a big deal for those on unlimited data plans, but a legitimate cause for concern if you’ve got a data cap and overage to worry about (as more and more customers on AT&T do these days). Well, turns out Yahoo went ahead and updated its IMAP servers at some point in the last few days, fixing the issue and more or less obliterating the ravenous gobbling of kilobytes. If you don’t use Yahoo… well, this is of little concern, but for the rest of you — whether you’re on a Windows Phone, an iPhone, or pretty much anything else with a limited bucket — this should be music to your ears.

Yahoo Mail gets IMAP patch, Windows Phone 7 data consumption catches a break originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft ‘Ventura’ could replace Zune music, video services

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Following recent reports that Microsoft will soon be killing off its Zune suite of entertainment services and replacing them with a new offering, All About Microsoft has uncovered what may end up being Microsoft’s Zune successor. The blog’s tipsters claim knowledge of a new set of services currently being developed by Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division. These services, codenamed “Ventura,” are said to be focused on media discovery and consumption — much like Zune. To help firm up the report, All About Microsoft also reveals a Microsoft job posting that references Ventura. ”The Ventura Media Services team is looking for a highly motivated Software Development Engineer to help drive some great new service innovation,” the job description reads. It goes on to say, “In this position you will have the chance to help choose direction and drive innovation on some of the most cutting edge media services. Think large scale. Think Azure. Being a web and services group, our goal is to release early and often while maintaining high quality.”


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Multi-core voltage regulator uses fast voltage scaling to curb your processor’s wasteful habits

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Your processor may be able to react to your every, fickle demand when it comes to churning out the numbers that make the magic happen, but when it comes to managing its own power it’s a bit more lazy. Chips can throttle an individual core’s consumption back, but do so slowly, a problem that Harvard grad student Wonyoung Kim appears to have solved. He’s created an on-chip multi-core voltage regulator that uses what’s called fast-voltage scaling, a technique of rapidly cutting power that could drastically extend battery life on mobile devices — or, you know, make it so that your gaming rig doesn’t dim the lights quite so badly when you crank it up to the gigahertz. No word on when this regulator will start making an appearance in consumer electronics, but Mr. Kim has achieved a patent for his work, so you can be sure he’ll be making bank whenever it does.

Multi-core voltage regulator uses fast voltage scaling to curb your processor’s wasteful habits originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 01:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon Wireless will move to tiered data plans this summer

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this afternoon, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told investors that Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans in the near future. The plans, which could roll out as early as this summer, may be based on consumption, speed, or a combination of the two. “We are still working on the models,” said Mr. Shammo. The CFO mentioned that Verizon Wireless consciously decided against a tiered data option with the recently launched iPhone 4, noting that the company did not want to dissuade any potential buyers. When asked about the unlimited $30 data plan currently being offered for smartphones, Mr. Shammo quipped, “Everyone knows that isn’t long-term. We will move to tiered pricing in the mid-summer time frame.” What do you think Big Red customers? Sound off in the comments.


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Fujitsu’s tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf, and never scratchy like Windows 7 (video)

Friday, January 28th, 2011

There’s no denying that Meinolf Althaus brings some personality to an otherwise stoic slate. Good thing too, because the idea of Fujitsu and Microsoft spawning a stylus-driven tablet from a session of ugly-bumping doesn’t elicit much excitement in the burgeoning tablet space. Enter Mr. Althaus who begins his lesson with an explanation that software user elements must be based on recognition and not on something that’s remembered. You know, like a hammer (or Fujitsu’s new slate) which is obvious in its usability and function. He then likens the current crop of consumer-based tablets to chocolate bars: they’re great for consumption but do little to help with content creation unlike Fujitsu’s Windows-based slate that is optimized for corporate content creation — spreadsheets naturally, not music or illustrations. The highlight, however, has to be the point in the video where he equates the Windows 7 user experience to a “scratchy” kitchen sponge that’s useful for utilitarian tasks like cleaning the dishes. Fujitsu’s tablet, he contends, is “cozy” like a silk scarf thanks to a custom-built layer that sits on top of the standard Win7 desktop. Brilliant. We’ll take two… Meinolfs that is. You will too after watching the video embedded after the break.

[Thanks, Hanson]

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Fujitsu’s tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf, and never scratchy like Windows 7 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon demonstrates new Kindle for the Web, coming to Chrome Web Store early next year

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

What do you do when the web’s 500-pound Googorilla decides to muscle in on your action? Amazon’s answer, apparently, is to work with said primate. Instead of making pouty faces about Google eBooks, the Kindle purveyor has unwrapped a new version of its Kindle for the Web browser-based reader and is rolling it into Google’s Chrome Web Store. Up until now, this web offering only ever permitted the consumption of book samples in its short beta existence, but that’s a limitation that Amazon is lifting with its new software, promising to “enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books.” And hey, since it’s on the web, you shouldn’t have any trouble accessing it on Chrome OS, either! Coming to a Web Store near you early next year.

Amazon demonstrates new Kindle for the Web, coming to Chrome Web Store early next year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CPT’s Colorful Sunlight Readable screen uses half the power of an LCD (video)

Monday, November 8th, 2010
CPT's Colorful Sunlight Readable screen uses half the power of an LCD (video)

The last time we heard from CPT it was showing off what looked to be a competitor to Pixel Qi, a super low-power transflective display. Now the company is demonstrating something completely different, new enough to not really have a name but promising to deliver all the quality of a standard LCD at less than half the consumption of a typical backlit display while also working well in direct sunlight. Sadly that’s about all that’s known about it at this point, but you can see a prototype working in the flesh after the break. Well, a video of one in the flesh, anyway.

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CPT’s Colorful Sunlight Readable screen uses half the power of an LCD (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Nov 2010 19:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android mobile web presence continues to rise

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Quantacast has released their mobile web consumption numbers for August 2010, and Android continues to perform extremely well. The study shows that the Android web market-share grew 2.0% from July to August and has grown 5.5% on the quarter. The jump gives Android a 25% share of all mobile web consumption. Apple’s iOS dropped 0.3% from July to August, however, iOS is still the front-runner with 56% of all mobile web consumption. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion registered 10% of the mobile web pie; a pie that will continue to grow as more and more people adopt and use smartphones.

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Android PlayStation Emulator Now Available for Your Nostalgic Consumption [Emulators]

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Microsoft KIN ONE and TWO available starting May 7th

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010


Life streamers should mark their calendars for Friday, May 7th as Microsoft’s socially-driven KIN ONE and KIN TWO handsets are slated to make their official debut on Verizon Wireless. With its 5MP camera and diminutive design, the clamshell KIN ONE will be available for a reasonable $49.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and 2-year contract. With is 8MP camera and HD capability, the KIN TWO is the premium of the pair and will sport a slightly higher $99.99 price tag after a $100 mail in rebate and a 2-year deal. The KIN ONE and the KIN TWO can be activated on a Nationwide Talk plan and due to the presumed copious data consumption of upload hungry tweens, both will require a minimum data plan of $29.99 per month. If you listen closely enough, you can hear the collective gasp of penny-pinching parents around the nation.


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Motorola MILESTONE firmware travels over pond, brings multitouch

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

DROID doing multitouch

A little Android breaking and entering? Yes, please. The Android hacking community has successfully ported the Motorola MILESTONE’s firmware over to it’s stateside relative, the Motorola DROID. A video, shot on what appears to be the worst video camera in the United States, has emerged displaying the Euro firmware running on the DROID, multitouch and all. The boys over all AllDroid say that a baked ROM will be ready for consumption within a week or two. We’ve got the fuzzy video all queued up for you after the break.

UPDATE: Looks like you won’t have to wait too long as the actual ROM should be out within days.


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