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Texting While Parking Is Not a Trend (But Still Makes You a Good Person) [Rant]

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Amid the inevitable rush of last-minute iPad rumors we’re trying desperately to avoid, one report in particular caught our eye. It suggests that Apple may include an emerging tactile technology in its third-generation iPad display that is as fascinating as it is unexpected. Speaking with Pocket-lint last week during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, touchscreen interface solutions developer Senseg seemingly hinted that Apple may be including the company’s innovative technology in the iPad 3, or iPad HD, as it may be named. Senseg’s technology allows touchscreen device makers to alter the feel of a screen to coincide with graphics being displayed at any given time. So rocks might feel rough, silk might feel smooth and the user might actually feel an object he or she is moving around the device’s UI. Read on for more.

“Senseg turns touch screens into Feel Screens,” the company said on its website. “With Senseg touch screens come alive with textures, contours and edges that users can feel. Using Senseg technology, makers of tablet computers, smart phones, and any touch interface device can deliver revolutionary user experiences with high fidelity tactile sensations. Your customers will Feel the Difference with Senseg.”

When asked if its technology might be included in Apple’s new iPad, a Senseg spokesperson replied that the firm “won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement.” While Pocket-lint takes that along with a number of other hints to mean we might see Senseg’s exciting technology appear in the third-generation Apple tablet that will be unveiled on Wednesday, there is still no firm evidence to support the speculation.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad at a press conference on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Pacific.

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

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Best Buy announces free smartphone offer for the holidays

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Big box retailer Best Buy has announced a new promotion aimed at potential smartphone purchasers this holiday season. Citing the success of its Free Phone Fridays campaign, BB will be offering “a minimum of four free smart phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy stores, in all Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online” through the holiday shopping season. Currently, Best Buy’s website has fourteen smartphones listed with a $0 price tag, including HTC’s DROID Incredible and Aria, LG’s Optiums S and T, BlackBerry’s Curve 9300, and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10.

“We were excited by the amount of consumer interest we received around our ‘Free Phone Fridays’ promotion in October, so we wanted to do it again only bigger,” said Best Buy Mobile’s president, Shawn Score. “People want smart phones and we couldn’t think of a better way to end the year for our customers than to offer free devices every day in December.”

As with most free phone promotions, a new or upgraded activation with a signed two-year contract is required.

Read [Press Release] Read [Free Phone Site]

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HTC phone with CDMA and WiMAX hits the FCC: the EVO Shift 4G, perhaps?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

It’s not every day that a new HTC phone with CDMA and WiMAX support swings through the FCC’s labs — so even though we don’t really know what this is, we thought we’d better point it out. Odds are it’ll be headed to Sprint considering the unique combination of technology, and the test report lists it as a “Smart Phone” — Windows Phones from these guys usually say as much, so we’re thinking this is probably Android. The elephant in the room would have to be the Knight / EVO Shift 4G we’ve been hearing about lately… and considering that there are mentions of tests in the “slide off” and “slide right” configurations, we wouldn’t doubt this is it. Any crazy theories out there?

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Square Trade: Apple, Motorola, HTC make most reliable smartphones

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Square Trade, a company that sells warranties for a host of products, has released a study on smartphone reliability. In analyzing the failure of just over 50,000 smartphones, the company has compiled a list detailing which OEM makes the most reliable device.

In measuring hardware durability, Square Trade reports that, after 12-months of ownership, both BlackBerrys and iPhone 3GS’ were the least accident prone handsets. RIM’s smartphones had a 6.7% accident rate while the iPhone 3GS had a 9.4% accident rate. HTC and Motorola were tied for third amongst specific OEMs with a 12.2% accident rate. The report lists the overall rate of “other” smartphones as 10.2% and — unsurprisingly — the iPhone 4 fared the worst with a 13.8% rate.

Square Trade also tried to measure overall smartphone reliability. As the company explains: “To arrive at overall failure rates, we looked at and combined both types of failures, accidents and normal malfunctions.” The company reports that the iPhone 4 was the most reliable smartphone after 12-months of ownership with a 2.1% failure rate followed by the iPhone 3GS and Motorola sets both boasting a 2.3% rate of failure. HTC placed third with a 3.7% failure rate and BlackBerry ended up fourth with 6.3%; the failure rate of “other smartphones” was listed at 6.7%.

Obviously some figures reported were projections, as devices like the iPhone 4 have been available for less than twelve months… but the study is still pretty interesting. Hit the jump to see some other highlights from Square Trade.

• The iPhone 4 was the most reliable phone, with 2.1% projected to have a non-accident malfunction in the first 12 months The major makers of Android devices, Motorola and HTC, were also very reliable, with just 2.3% and 3.7%.
• BlackBerry and other smart phones were less reliable, with 6.3% and 6.7% failing in the first 12 months of use.
• Accidental damage is responsible for over 75% of smart phone failures. BlackBerry devices had the lowest one-year accident rate at 6.7%, and the iPhone 4 had the highest at 9.4%.
• The iPhone 3GS had the lowest overall failure rates, with just 11.7% failing over the course of a year, and the aggregated pool of other smart phones had the highest failure rate at 16.9%.

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U.S. Cellular jumps on Galaxy Tab bandwagon

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

It looks like regional carrier U.S. Cellular will throw its proverbial hat in the Samsung-ring and offer its customers the Galaxy Tab Android device. Most of us, by now, are familiar with the device’s spec sheet — Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and 7-inch display — what we’re really interested in is the price and launch date of the device; all things the press release lacks. Hit the jump to read what you already know about the Tab and we’ll reach out to U.S. Cellular for a comment on the date and price.

Samsung Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab™ with U.S. Cellular®

Mobile tablet will feature 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2™ platform, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat support

DALLAS – October 28, 2010 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No.1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ with U.S. Cellular®. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is designed for people who want a premium mobile entertainment experience on the go, but don’t want to be weighed down by a bulky device. Weighing only 13 ounces and 12 millimeters thin, the Galaxy Tab fits conveniently in a pocket or purse.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and 1.3 megapixel front and 3 megapixel rear-facing cameras and is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1.

Just like Samsung’s Galaxy S™ smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application, which syncs a users Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

Services like Google Maps™ Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles are available on Google’s Android platform. With useful location-based services like Google Maps™, consumers can search in Standard English instead of entering an exact address. A search-by-voice function is just as intuitive, meaning searches can also be completed easily on the go.

Key features:

  • 7-inch enhanced TFT display with WSVGA resolution – Offers brighter colors and clearer pictures and delivers 1024 x 600 resolution whether watching a movie or reading a book
  • Rear-facing, 3MP camera and camcorder – AutoFocus captures DVD quality video
  • Front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder – Enables video chat with other people who have video conferencing capabilities (applications available in Android Market™).
  • Corporate Email – Supports Android 2.2 Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity (802.11 b/g/n) and Wireless Hotspot support
  • Built-in 2 GB internal memory with 16 GB pre-installed microSD™ expandable to 32 GB
  • 4,000 mAh Battery – Provides ample power to watch movies, share content and surf the Web
  • Ultra thin at 12 millimeters and weighing 13 ounces – For users who don’t want to be weighed down by adding a mobile tablet to their pocket or purse Samsung Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive daily activities, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
  • Customizable touch screen menu with drag-and-drop widgets

For additional information about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit

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HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 device and others exlusive to Best Buy

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Remember that Best Buy flier featuring the white Samsung Fascinate, white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Dell Streak, and HTC Surround we showed you yesterday? Well, according to a press release, those four devices will all be exclusive offerings from Best Buy. The white Fascinate and X10 are interesting, but not overly shocking; Best Buy getting exclusivity on the Streak and recently announce Surround, however, is quite interesting. As reported, the X10, Fascinate, and X10 will all be available on October 24 for $99, $149 and $299 respectively with 2-year agreements. The HTC Surround will be available on November 8 and will retail for $199 with a 2-year agreement.

It’s an Exclusive Holiday at Best Buy Mobile® With Launch of Four New Smart Phones

Pre Sale Begins Today on All Four Exclusive Devices: Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 in White with The Essential Taylor Swift Experience, Dell Streak™, HTC Surround™ Based on Windows Phone 7 and White Samsung Fascinate™

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Best Buy Mobile has the most smart phones under one roof and, this holiday, it is adding to that selection with several exclusive smart phones as well. Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy Co. Inc (NYSE:BBY), today proudly announced the exclusive launch and pre sale of four dynamic new smart phones. The lineup includes:
“There are thousands of places to buy mobile phones in America, but there is only one place where customers can buy one of these great smart phones. And that place is Best Buy Mobile”

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in White on AT&T with the Essential Taylor Swift Experience
  • Dell Streak™ on AT&T featuring a 5” screen
  • HTC Surround on AT&T featuring the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system (National Retail Exclusive)
  • White Samsung Fascinate on Verizon

All four devices are exclusive to Best Buy Mobile and go on pre sale today at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores nationwide, as well as online at

“There are thousands of places to buy mobile phones in America, but there is only one place where customers can buy one of these great smart phones. And that place is Best Buy Mobile,” said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “Each one of these devices offers something new and unique to the market and we are excited and honored to bring them to our customers. Best Buy knows consumers expect the hottest products, but also great prices along with a level of service and support that simply makes life easier – that’s what we’re delivering.”

White Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 with The Essential Taylor Swift Experience
Customers can only get this experience here – with the exclusive white version of the X10 plus music and media from one of this Holiday’s hottest artists. The phone retails for $99 with a new two-year activation and will be in stores on Oct. 24.
The ultimate media pack of Taylor Swift content includes:

  • Taylor Swift’s self titled and ‘Fearless’ albums
  • Her new single ‘Mine’ along with the Ringtone and Music video
  • Plus, get access to all of the music from the new “Speak Now” CD on the Oct. 25 release day.
  • Additionally, there is an exclusive accessory pack for the White X10 that includes a Skin for the phone and matching headphones – the fan’s essential!

The X10 runs on the Android operating system and features:

  • 8.1 MP camera
  • Large 4” WVGA capacitive touch display
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Timescape™ – Easily manage Facebook™, Twitter™, Email & more in an animated deck-of-cards format
  • Mediascape – Photos, online photos, videos and music all in one place, plus music links to YouTube™.

5” Android-based Tablet: Dell Streak on AT&T
The Dell Streak has found a way to fit your whole world in a 5-inch screen, and in your pocket. The 5-inch Android-based tablet is designed to provide people the best on-the-go entertainment, social connection and navigation experience.
Dell Streak features:

  • Only 5” Tablet optimized to be pocket friendly for easy portability
  • 5” Gorilla glass display creates a high quality damage resistant display
  • Fast processing power with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor
  • Two cameras allow users the flexibility to capture the moment by photo or video chat
  • Integrated A-GPS and e-compass enables Location-Based Services (LBS) applications for personal navigation w/ real time maps.

The Streak retails for $299.99 with a new 2 year activation and launches in stores on Oct. 24.

Windows Phone 7 arrives: HTC Surround on AT&T
The HTC Surround is the first smart phone at Best Buy to feature Windows Phone 7. It retails for $199 with new two-year activation and will be in stores on Nov. 8.

With Windows Phone 7, the things that matter most to people, such as games, music and video, photos and office productivity are organized through integrated experiences known as Hubs and fueled by the rich experiences of Xbox LIVE, Zune, Bing, and Office.
The HTC Surround includes integrated Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound speakers. The speakers slide-out and reveal a kickstand for watching video beneath its 3.8-inch touch screen.

White hot: White Samsung Fascinate on Verizon
One of Verizon Wireless’ best selling phones now comes in white and is only at Best Buy Mobile. The phone is $149.99 with new two-year activation and launches on Oct. 24. It features:

  • Brilliant 4” Super AMOLED screen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 5MP Camera
  • 720 DH Video Recording
  • 16GB pre-installed SD Card

Best Buy Mobile rapidly has become a leading destination for smart phone purchases, in part because of the promises the store offers its customers: better choice of phones and networks; impartial, informed advice; straightforward pricing; and someone to be there for the life of the phone.

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