5-28-10 One Laptop per Child, Verizon iPhone no time soon

New info on why no Verizon iPhone in the near future, Is cell phone coverage actually as advertised, Is Apple a great marketer or subtle brain washer, One Laptop per Child switching from PC to tablet, Verizon announces 4G LTE tier pricing, Facebook for Android, Fring app video calling on Android, Motorola banks with Google and Verizon, Mozilla puts watered down version on iPhone

Whither Verizon?

Speculation over the iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless will continue until it actually happens. Loyal Verizon customers want iPhones, and AT&T continues to take it on the chin. The promise of a huge untapped market is enough to keep analysts and investors buzzing indefinitely.
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It’s not about depth, it’s about width

| Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News

T-Mobile USA’s announcement this week that its HSPA+ network was now covering more than 30 million potential customers seemed to be a significant milestone for a carrier that is battling to stay competitive in the mobile data space with its competition as well as in the mobile space in general. (Not to mention the fact the carrier also announced its long-time CEO was set to start relinquishing his titles over the next 12 months.)
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Apple, great marketing or subtle brain washing?

| Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News

With rumors running rampant that Apple will unveil its not-so-secret next-generation iPhone in the coming weeks, fan-boys are foaming at the mouth in anticipation. I think we are all in constant awe of the innovation Apple brings to the market, but I am personally more impressed by the subtle brain-washing techniques the company employs. I can’t tell you how many people I know that own iPhones that are convinced that everything that the device can do is a unique experience onto that device.
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One Laptop Per Child’s next move: the $100 tablet

The nonprofit organization that has tried to produce a $100 laptop for children in the world’s poorest places is throwing in the towel on that idea __ and jumping on the tablet bandwagon.

One Laptop Per Child’s next computer will be based on chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd.’s Moby tablet design. Marvell announced a prototype of the device this year and said it costs about $99.
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The Official Facebook SDK for Android

We’re really excited to launch the beta version of the Facebook SDK for Android, which we demoed at Google I/O in San Francisco last week. Over 100 million people use Facebook on their mobile phones every month, and Android is one of the fastest growing mobile platforms. We’re open-sourcing tools and example code that make it simple for the thousands of Android developers to integrate Facebook Platform into their applications and reach a large and ever-growing mobile audience.

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Have Smartphone, Skip Check-in at Holiday Inns

Holiday Inn is ready to begin testing new technology that will allow guests to use their smartphone as a room key.

A spokesman for parent InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), confirmed guests using the technology would be able to skip the front desk, and head right to their guestrooms.
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Apple Passes Microsoft as World’s Biggest Tech Co.

SEATTLE (AP) — Apple has surpassed Microsoft as the largest technology company in the world by market capitalization.

Apple’s move comes as the company’s iPhone, and now its iPad tablet computer, have taken on more of the personal computing tasks once handled by computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating system and other programs.
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iPhone 4G Prices Revealed?

A well known Apple watcher said he believes Apple will launch a 4G version of the iPhone next month at some familiar price points.

Apple will introduce a 32GB version of the so-called iPhone 4G at $199, and a 64GB version at $299, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted in a research note published Wednesday.
Those are the same as the prices for the 16GB and 32GB versions of the current iPhone 3GS—except at Wal-Mart, which has cut the price of the 16GB version to $97.
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