ThunderBolt First LTE Smartphone for VZW

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Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced availability of the long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt, a new LTE-capable smartphone. The ThunderBolt HTC, which will be exclusive to Verizon Wireless, will be available March 17 for $249.99 with a new two-year contract.

Powered by Android 2.2, the ThunderBolt is the first smartphone to run on Verizon’s new LTE network. The ThunderBolt features the latest version of the HTC Sense experience, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 GB of internal memory expandable up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a built-in kickstand for viewing media.
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How Steve Jobs bent the truth at the iPad 2 announcement

Steve Jobs, as always, was a masterful salesman at the iPad 2 rollout. But Fortune’s Seth Weintraub notes that he used “twisted facts” and “factual errors” to make his points about the superiority of Apple’s revamped tablet to the competition.

Weintraub says that the distortions began with Jobs’ first bullet points, in which a slide claims that the iPad 2 is the “First dual core tablet to ship in volume.” Weintraub notes that the Dell Streak 7 has been shipping since January, and the Xoom “is certainly shipping in volume as well.”

As for the iPad 2, it isn’t even shipping yet, and won’t until March 11.
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No Posts for a few days or maybe this week

Due to a death in the family I will not be doing posts until the end of the week or possibly next week. Thanks to all the faithful and I will be back up and running soon.

Apple’s Droid X antenna accusation just doesn’t fly

Apple, flailing around to find any way to distract attention from its iPhone 4 antenna woes, is now claiming that the Droid X suffers from similar problems. But I’ve tried re-creating Apple’s claims many times with my Droid X and I simply can’t do it. I’m not alone. It’s time for Apple to admit it was wrong and move on.
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T-Mobile Charms with Motorola Social Phone

Motorola today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola Charm, a touch screen smartphone with a BlackBerry form factor aimed at the social networking set. The Charm is expected to be available later this summer exclusively from T-Mobile USA.

According to a press release, the Charm runs Android 2.1 with Motorola’s Motoblur UI. The phone also features Backtrack, a navigation pad, which is located on the back of the smartphone directly behind the home screen, which is similar to a laptop touch panel for screen navigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple Battles Frauds in iTunes

Apple Inc. said it is putting new security measures in its iTunes store after hundreds of consumers’ accounts were breached by an app developer, the latest sign that the popular online service is attracting unscrupulous activity.

Other customers, in interviews, have complained about fraudulent activity on iTunes. Some say hackers have hijacked their accounts and gone on digital spending sprees—and claim Apple has done little to stop them.
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Cellphone towers not linked to childhood cancer

British scientists who conducted the largest study yet into cell phone towers and childhood cancers say that living close to one does not increase the risk of a pregnant woman’s baby developing cancer.

In a study looking at almost 7,000 children and patterns of early childhood cancers across Britain, the researchers found that those who developed cancer before the age of five were no more likely to have been born close to a cell phone tower than their peers.
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Are you the Ultimate Movie Buff? Prove it!

I admit it, I am a self-confessed movie junkie. When watching animated movies, I love to identify the actors from their voices, and on the rare occasion when I can’t place the name, I have the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) app and website close at hand. So I looked forward to playing with Ultimate Movie Buff, $0.99, from Super Monko Studio, especially since it is billed as “dedicated to cinemaholic people”!
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Beautiful retro handset base for the iPhone

It’s the weekend, which seems like the perfect time for a groovy retro item like this one. The iRetrofone is a handset base for the iPhone that brings an old-school aesthetic to your new-school touchscreen cell phone. We’ve seen cool handsets before, but this one goes all the way. Any iPhone can sit firmly in that space where the rotary dial would be, you can pick up a dialer app from the App Store, and then there’s room for the dock to get plugged in, and the handset itself plugs into the headphone jack.

“But Mike,” you may say, “there’s no actual value to that. All it does is make the slim and trim iPhone into a bulky mass of resin.” And you’d be right. But the shape of that bulky mass of resin happens to bring back some excellent memories for me, of cradling a handset while chatting with friends and family, and hanging the phone back up when it had fallen off the hook, and carrying the base with me while pacing during an important call.

The handset is $195, the shipping is $15

Apple promises fix for iPad Wi-Fi problems Users hope update addresses weak signals, dropped connections, slow speeds

Computerworld – Apple will issue a fix to answer complaints from iPad owners of weak wireless signals, dropped connections and slow surfing speeds, the company said in a recently-published support document.
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