BlackBerry owners on AT&T unable to install Bridge [UPDATED]

Today’s the big day: months after the BlackBerry PlayBook was originally unveiled, RIM’s first entry into the tablet market is finally available to Joe Consumer. Unfortunately, if Mr. Consumer happens to be an AT&T user, he may have some trouble downloading and installing BlackBerry Bridge, which allows a user to access their email, calendar, and BBM on the PlayBook. For reasons unknown, anyone rocking an AT&T BlackBerry will be met with the message above when trying to download Bridge from the App World. The folks at CrackBerry think the issue here is that ATT doesn’t like the fact that Bridge allows the user to tether their phone’s Internet connection to the PlayBook free of charge. Luckily, a workaround has been discovered. If you picked up a PlayBook and want to Bridge it with your ATT ‘Berry, check out the download links right here.
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Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children.

“Perfect, just like that,” cooed NBC Action News staffer Susanne McDonald to her four-year-old daughter Laine as she took a series of smartphone pictures. “Ready? One, two, three! Good Girl.”

We loaned McDonald and Laine a smartphone to see just how threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be once loaded online.
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Apple releases iOS 4.3.2 & 4.2.7 updates for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches

Apple released the iOS 4.3.2 update for the following products:

*iPad & iPad2
*3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch
*iPhone 3GS and AT&T iPhone 4

The update fixes or updates the following issues:

*Occasional blank or frozen video during Face Time call
*Prevention of international and domestic users from connecting to 3G networks on the Wi-Fi+3G iPad2 (check out video below from Jon at technobuffalo)
*Latest security updates

The iOS 4.2.7 update is specifically for the Verizon iPhone 4 and includes bug fixes and security updates.

To download click on link above or go to the “download and update” button in iTunes on your device.

Update: There is already a jailbreak for the iOS 4.3.2. Check out the complete “how to” guide from Redmond Pie.

4G Phone Shootout: Which phone is fastest?

















A few days ago, Mark Sullivan from Computerworld put out the article “4G Phone Shootout: Which phone is fastest?” I have had many requests to get info on this exact subject. The only drawback is that this article was very long and specific. For me to post the entire article would be unfair to those of you trying to get the basic info. Fear not people, I have written a condensed version of the highlights of the article so you can get the gist of what Mark found out. Of course I have also provided the link to the entire article for those of you who want all the facts and specs. It is a good read and well worth the time if you are interested. So here we go.
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Froyo-based LG Thrive becomes AT&T’s first prepaid smartphone, ships April 17th alongside Phoenix

AT&T and LG Launch First Smartphone for GoPhone
LG Thrive™ and its post-paid version, LG Phoenix™ available on April 17 from LG Mobile Phones.
Both Android 2.2 Devices Available In AT&T Stores Nationwide

Key Facts

* AT&T* will begin selling LG Thrive™ and LG Phoenix™ on April 17.
* LG Thrive™ is AT&T’s first prepaid smartphone. GoPhone customers can choose from new data packages with no long-term commitment required.
* Both smartphones will be available for purchase nationwide at AT&T company-owned retail stores and in select national retail locations.
* Both feature a 3.2 inch color full-touch display, Android™ 2.2 platform, Exchange email support, unlimited Wi-Fi usage on the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

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FCC votes to require large carriers like Verizon, AT&T to agree to data roaming deals

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to approve a new rule that requires large carriers like Verizon and AT&T to agree to “reasonable” deals allowing smaller operators to roam on their networks for data use. A similar mandate is already in place for voice roaming, but today the FCC voted 3-2 to make data roaming agreements required, as well. The new rules say that larger carriers must offer data roaming deals to smaller companies at “commercially reasonable terms” and, if a deal can’t be made, the smaller carrier can appeal to the FCC.
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Why is AT&T raising the no-contract and one-year contract pricing of phones?

Earlier this morning, Ol’ Blue confirmed yet another change to the way they do business. They announced that they would be raising both the one-year agreements and no-contract pricing on smartphones, quick messaging phones, and feature phones alike.

All smartphones (save for the iPhone) purchased with a one-year agreement will jump $150 from their previous listing and iPhone early upgrades will go up $50. Smartphones bought without a contract will be selling for $50 more than before. Messaging and feature phones will be raised $10 from their current pricing for one-year agreements and $20 more for contract-free.
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AT&T intros phone insurance, tracking bundle

AT&T outs new Mobile Protection Pack for phones

Provider AT&T on Thursday began offering a new Mobile Protection Pack for several phones offered by the company. Priced at $10 per month, it combines existing Mobile Insurance and Enhanced Support services with a new Mobile Locate app that will find a lost or stolen handset. Users can also lock or sound an alarm of their missing handsets using this service from a remote location.
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FCC Commissioner Copps not pleased with T-Mobile and AT&T merger

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps confirmed in a C-SPAN interview that he is not happy with AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The FCC regulator is concerned about the amount of power and influence this merged company would have over the wireless industry in the US. This merger would take 80% of the cellular industry and place it in the hands of two companies – AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Smaller companies like Sprint, Cellular One and U.S. Cellular may find it difficult to compete against such overwhelming odds. In Copps’ opinion, the merger will be even more difficult to approve than the Comcast-NBC Universal merger which Copps voted against, but was approved by the FCC as a whole.
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AT&T slashes Windows Phone 7 prices again in new sale

AT&T kicked off another promo on Monday that hinted at lingering issues for Windows Phone 7 sales. Both the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have dropped to $50 on contract for the sale. The move helps clear a path for the HTC HD7s but follows a pattern where both the carrier and third parties like Amazon have singled out AT&T WP7 phones for heavy discounts.
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