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Verizon plans big Windows Phone push for the holidays

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Verizon Wireless chief financial officer Fran Shammo said the company is looking to market a third mobile platform to help develop a strong competitor to Apple and Google. That operating system will be Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8. “We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it,” Shammo said in an interview with Reuters following the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The carrier expects to have Windows Phone 8-powered handsets in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. The executive suggested that Verizon could play a similar role in helping Microsoft’s platform to grow as it did with Google’s Android OS.

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PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones

Monday, April 9th, 2012
PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or enjoying the weekend holidays), AT&T on Friday revealed its plans to start unlocking out-of-contract iPhones. However, customers looking to take advantage of the deal will have to meet a few requirements first, which include having an account in good standing (so pay those past due fees before inquiring), a fulfilled contract, paid an early termination fee or that a handset upgrade was done. The unlocking process can be achieved at any brick-and-mortar shop, online via chat or by dialing AT&T’s 611. For what it’s worth, we tried this and found it to be pretty straightforward. In this writer’s case, it only took about 40 minutes after the initial approval went through. The most tedious step was that required restore, after which we were greeted with a joyful “congratulations your iPhone has been unlocked” message. Still, users are reporting mixed results: depending on whose account you believe, AT&T is asking users to wait 72 hours, or telling folks the unlock will complete on April 16th. Be sure to let us know in the comments how it’s all turning out for you.

PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google’s Mystery HUD Glasses Could Be on Sale By the Holidays [Rumors]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Free Airport Wifi Courtesy of Skype Over The Holidays [Video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Free Airport Wifi Courtesy of Skype Over The Holidays [Video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Google’s Androidify holiday wardrobe update lets your bot ring in the New Year

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Ready to celebrate the holidays this year? Google has gone and refreshed its free Androidify app with some season-appropriate gear for your avatar. The new virtual wardrobe selections should certainly please a variety of tastes, whether you’re itching to fit your robo with an ugly Christmas sweater or just a pair of New Years party specs. You can catch our bot’s new winter threads below, and snag the update for yourself by hitting up the Android Market link below.

Google’s Androidify holiday wardrobe update lets your bot ring in the New Year originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More than 50 ultrabooks expected to debut during CES

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Last year more than 100 tablets were unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show and this year it appears the focus could shift to Intel-powered ultrabooks. Demand for ultrabooks — devices defined as powerful thin and light notebooks with long-lasting battery life — is expected to begin to heat up following the holidays and January’s Consumer Electronics Show. More than 50 new ultrabook models will be displayed during CES and the category is expected to be one of the hottest consumer electronic segments on the show floor, Taiwan Economic News said Tuesday, citing insights from a show organizer. Intel, which invested $300 million in the utltrabook platform, also said that there will be more than 60 different ultrabook models available during 2012, and the chip maker’s upcoming Ivy Bridge processors will power many of them. Initial reports suggested that ultrabooks are off to a slow start, with just 50,000 units shipped so far from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba combined. Additionally, weak sales of the first models from Asus and Acer forced both firms to scale back production by as much as 40%, another report suggested.

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How to Use Photoshop to Make Your Loved Ones Look Pretty These Holidays [Video]

Monday, November 28th, 2011
This is a very simple, quick method to make everyone have beautiful skin in these holidays family photos, even if your family is on meth. I’ve used a variant of this method in the past years and it works perfectly. More »


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iPad most wanted holiday gift among young children, study finds

Friday, November 18th, 2011

If you have children aged 6-12 in your family, chances are they want an iPad, iPod touch or an iPhone for the holidays. According to new data from The Nielsen Company, the iPad is the most desired electronic gadget this season. 44% of the children surveyed are interested in buying (read: receiving as a gift) an iPad in the next six months, 30% want an iPod touch and 27% want an iPhone. Those figures are on a par with last year’s numbers. In 2010 31% of kids aged 6-12 wanted an iPad, 29% wanted a computer, 29% wanted an iPod touch and 25% wanted a Nintendo DS/DSi/DS Lite. The story changes a bit for kids over 13, but the iPad still sits at the top of gadget wish lists. 24% of teenagers older than 13 are interested in buying an iPad during the next 6 months, 18% want to buy a computer and 18% want to buy an eReader. Nielsen’s survey was conducted during October 2011 and it involved 3,000 participants. An infographic showing data for kids aged 6-12 follows after the break.


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Motorola Facebook phone resurfaces as Motokey Social, destined for Telus?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
If you thought we’d forgotten all about Motorola’s little Facebook Phone that could, you’d be incorrect. Only known previously as the EX225, it appears the portrait QWERTY may have a final destination and name. According to YS Tech, the device seems set for a collision course with Telus as the Motokey Social, a prepaid feature phone that offers basic access to Gmail, Facebook and Twitter. The leaked specs are right on the money with what we’ve heard already: 2.4-inch touchscreen, 3MP camera and a proprietary platform (read: not Android), which means this could be an inexpensive option to appease the kiddies during the holidays. No official announcement has been made yet, so we don’t have any idea of pricing or availability. Time will tell, as always.

Motorola Facebook phone resurfaces as Motokey Social, destined for Telus? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 23:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Rezound hands-on

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We just spent a couple minutes with HTC’s latest and greatest, the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless complete with Beats audio, and it’s surely positioned as an iconic media device. It’s reasonably thin, packs 4G LTE, a super high resolution 720p display which looks amazing, and that’s not mentioning the 8-megapixel camera with improved optics and low-light performance. And then, of course, there’s Beats audio processing that will work with the included Beats headphones or ones you might already own. All in all, Verizon’s lineup for the holidays is incredible, and the HTC Rezound will surely be music to a media-centric person’s ears. Check out all of the photos in our gallery!

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We’ll be reporting live as HTC unveils its ‘latest innovation’ at 3PM EDT

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

HTC is holding a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Pacific to unveil its latest “latest innovation.” That innovation is expected to be a king-sized Android powerhouse dubbed “HTC Rezound” that is expected to land on Verizon Wireless ahead of the holidays. Beyond the presence of Beats Audio, as tipped in the event invitation pictured above, the Rezound will supposedly sport a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera, hopefully on par with the terrific camera touted by the Titan. Nothing is set in stone until it comes from from the horse’s mouth, however, and we only have a few hours left until HTC unveils the newest edition to its smartphone lineup.

Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event begins later today, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of HTC’s press conference! Coverage starts at or around 3:00 p.m. EDT / 12:00 p.m. PDT.

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T-Mobile may launch LG DoublePlay on November 2nd

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

T-Mobile USA may launch the LG DoublePlay on November 2nd, at least, according to a leaked internal screenshot obtained by TmoNews. The LG DoublePlay was announced on October 18th and it is a mid-range Android handset with a unique slide-out QWERTY keyboard that is home to a secondary 2-inch touchscreen display. The phone is equipped with a 3.5-inch primary screen, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. T-Mobile said the phone will be available in time for the holidays, but it has not provided any pricing details just yet — we wouldn’t be surprised to see the DoublePlay end up in the sub-$100 category.

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