Video: Verizon iPhone4 Antenna Issues Also, “Steamy Windows” app Infected-PhoneScholar.com 2-28-11

http://www.phonescholar.com/ Consumer Reports said that its testing shows that the Verizon iPhone4 also suffers from the same antenna problems as the AT&T version, “Steamy Windows” app on Android infected with “Trojan” horse app that runs up huge texting charges, Sprint introduces Total Equipment Protection app that will locate, lock, clear and restore phone if lost, AT&T begins ShopAlerts program for texting sales and specials from affiliate companies, Motorola will not upgrade your Xoom to 4G if you send it to them rooted, AT&T to sell the Amazon Kindle in stores starting March 6th.

Looking to root your Motorola Xoom? Wait until it gets the 4G upgrade

If you’re the new owner of a Motorola Xoom, and you want to get your hack on, we suggest you wait it out for a while. According to Motorola’s support forums, if you choose to root (hack) your Xoom, it will no longer be eligible for the free 4G LTE upgrade it has coming to it.

While we’re not surprised that Motorola would pull something like this, we can imagine waiting to root the device will be worth it. How a mere software modification could affect a hardware upgrade is beyond us, but Motorola can do whatever they want. That said, we’re not sure just how much digging Moto will do to try to find out if you’re rooted or not.
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AT&T Brings Kindle to Retail Stores

AT&T today announced that it will begin selling Amazon’s Kindle 3G eReaders in AT&T retail stores nationwide beginning March 6. The Kindle gets its connectivity from AT&T’s 3G broadband network.

AT&T will include Kindle 3G in its connected devices displays throughout AT&T company-owned stores, offering customers the opportunity to test drive the device onsite.

“As the first dedicated eReader offered in our stores, we are confident the Kindle will be an attractive addition to our in store connected devices lineup,” said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T.
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Verizon iPhone 4: Mind the gap, our tests show

Posted directly from ConsumerReports.com electronics blog

The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.

The problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple’s newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone’s external casing is covered. The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem.

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Infected Android app runs up big texting bills


Hackers up ante by adding more malicious ‘features’ to legitimate smartphone apps, says Symantec

A rogue Android app that’s been tweaked by hackers can hijack a smartphone and run up big texting bills before the owner knows it, Symantec said today.

The newest in a line of compromised Android apps, said Vikram Thakur, a principle security response manager at Symantec, is Steamy Window, a free program that Chinese hackers have modified, then re-released into the wild.

The cyber criminals grabbed a copy of Steamy Windows, then added a backdoor Trojan horse – “Android.Pjapps” by Symantec’s label — to the app’s code. The reworked app is then placed on unsanctioned third-party “app stores” where unsuspecting or careless Android smartphones find it, download it and install it.
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Smartphone Lost? Locate It, Lock It, Clear It and Restore It with New Protection App from Sprint

Free application is available to customers who subscribe to Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection plan

The cost to replace a lost mobile device is usually the least of a wireless customer’s worries, especially if he or she is protected by Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection, which provides coverage against loss, theft and damage. The bigger nightmare is the thought that a customer’s personal contacts, photos and other private information could fall into the wrong hands. To help alleviate those fears, Sprint (NYSE: S) customers needing to track down a lost device and protect their personal information can do so now with the launch of a new application called Total Equipment Protection App.*

Sprint customers with Total Equipment Protection will be able to access the new application, beginning today, at www.sprint.com/protection, where they will benefit from the following features:
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AT&T Begins Service to Text Users in Certain Locations

On Monday, AT&T will announce the company’s first location-based marketing service through which companies can send text messages to users who choose to receive special offers.

The service, called ShopAlerts by AT&T, will send users messages from brand partners including Hewlett-Packard, Kmart, JetBlue and S. C. Johnson. The company is working with Placecast, which supplies a technology known as geo-fencing that allows retailers to send messages to users in a defined geographic area.
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Video: Motorola Xoom unboxing and First Impression, Critics Overall Opinion-PhoneScholar.com 2-25-11

http://www.phonescholar.com/ Video and article of the Motorola Xoom unboxing and first impressions of the tablet, Xoom review round-up the biggest industry critics weigh in, 4G LTE for Motorola Xoom to require shipment to Motorola for retrofit, Verizon changes its mind no more data plan or activation fee required for Motorola Xoom, Can’t get your Motorola Xoom to work with your PC? Here’s how to fix it, How to make Android’s Honeycomb browser load desktop-not mobile-web sites.

Can’t get your Motorola Xoom to work with your PC? Here’s how to fix it.

From Preston Galla-ComputerWorld

I bought a Xoom yesterday, and when I connected a USB cable between it and my PC, the PC refused to recognize it, and the drivers wouldn’t install right. After a bit of work, I finally managed to get the driver fixed, and now all is well. If you have the same problem, here’s how to fix it.

When I first connected the Xoom to the PC with the USB cable, at first it looked as things would go fine. My Windows Vista PC saw a new device had been connected, and began installing a driver — or so it appeared. But after taking far too long to install it, Windows told me the drivers hadn’t been installed properly. I tried restarting my PC and trying again. That didn’t work, either.
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How to make Android’s Honeycomb browser load desktop — not mobile — Web sites

By JR Raphael-ComputerWorld

With the launch of the Motorola Xoom this week, the world’s getting its first taste of Google’s new Android Honeycomb tablet operating system. And for the most part, it’s as sweet as can be.

Like anything, though, Honeycomb isn’t without its quirks. And one of the most pesky traits comes in the platform’s browser.
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