Posts by Chuong Nguyen

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    If you're a Canadian resident and haven't taken advantage of Fido's and Rogers' generous smartphone data plan, which offers 6 GB of data per month for $30, you should sign up soon as the promotion is set to end on October 5. Originally slated as a short-term promotion through September 30th with the launch of the iPhone 4, the carriers are extending the rate plans through the 5th of October. With smartphones gaining increasing multimedia capabilities--such as high resolution pictures videos and pictures upload and download, and streaming video content--these rate plans should be beneficial ...

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    Early adopters of the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone, which has been shipping early to existing customers who are eligible to pre-order the handset, are noticing some problems starting to arise. First, some users are reporting loose hinges, which will mean that the screen and keyboard won't stay tight together when the keyboard should be tucked away underneath the screen in closed position. The second issue appears to be missing storage, with some users noticing that only 2 GB of storage showing up, half of the promised 4 GB on the retail box. Whether this has to do with a software glitch ...

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    If you're a smartphone lover, you'll be happy to hear that someone had leaked some launch dates for upcoming Verizon Wireless smartphones. The dates were tipped to popular gadget blog Engadget. 1. BlackBerry Storm 3: Unfortunately, Verizon Wireless will not be carrying the Storm 3. The BlackBerry 9570 model has been cancelled for the carrier, but could launch elsewhere in the world. 2. Samsung Continuum: This Galaxy S variant with a slightly smaller display and secondary "Ticker" display is slated for a late October launch. 3. Motorola Venus: Motorola's latest Android-powered smartphone ...

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    Called the Belief Project, regional U.S. carrier U.S. Cellular has announced its plan changes that will make it easier for customers to commit and sign on the dotted lines and for the carrier to retain its customers. The highlight of the Belief Project is that customers will only need to sign one two-year contract--ever! The carrier says that after the initial two years, customers can upgrade a phone once every 18 months and never have to worry about signing another contract or ETF fees. There are also other components of the project as well, such as capped overage charges, loyalty rewards ...

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    If you like T-Mobile USA's Samsung Vibrant as a worthy member of the Galaxy S family of Android smartphones from Korean phone maker Samsung but wished the device had a front-facing camera, then you'd be happy to know that you can hack a hardware camera into your Vibrant to bring on the video chats. The good news is that the part costs around $15, but the bad news is that it does require a bit of technical know-how and instructions on XDA-Developers are not for the faint of heart. Essentially, you'll need to buy the hardware part, solder it in, and install some drivers to get the camera ...

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    With news of the Sprint Samsung Trasnform circulating around, the latest rumor has it that what looks to be the keyboard-less variant of the Samsung Epic 4G will be launching on October 10th on America's third largest carrier. The Transform will definitely give Sprint another high-end, lust-worthy smartphone in its lineup and may appeal to those who desire a phone with Samsung's TouchWiz integration but without the bulk of the sliding keyboard found on the Epic 4G. (via: Phonedog)

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    We've seen pictures of the HTC Merge before for Verizon Wireless as the carrier's variant of the T-Mobile G2, and now the leaked user manual may shed a little bit more light on this Android phone. According to the user manual, the HTC Merge will be a world phone for global travelers, meaning that it would support Verizon Wireless's CDMA/EV-DO network in the States while transitioning users to a GSM card for worldwide roaming on GSM/HSPA. The other thing that the HTC Merge shows is a lot of Bing integration, much like the carrier's variant of the Galaxy S called the Samsung Fascinate, and ...

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    While Sprint may be looking to add another Samsung Galaxy S to is arsenal by the name of the Samsung Transform, its 4G partner Clearwire may be looking to adopt its Galaxy S model by the name of the Epic 4G and rebadge that handset as the Samsung Notion. The speculated Notion is said to have a QWERTY keyboard--like the Epic 4G--a front facing camera with VoIP integration with OOVOO services, and free hotspot features. Whether the Notion will be an exclusive 4G device or whether it will be a dual-mode 3G/4G device like Sprint's Epic 4G is unclear. The Samsung Notion is speculated to launch ...

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    PayPal, speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, announced that an updated iOS app will be hitting Apple's iPhone App Store in a day or so that will let iOS users deposit checks by taking pictures of the front and back of the check. PayPal won't be the first one to offer this technology as Chase, which acquired Washington Mutual, and USAA have been offering this capability on the iPhone app for some time now. PayPal says that this technology has been enabled by the change in thinking after 9/11, when most of the U.S.'s financial infrastructure was shut down or collapsed under heavy ...

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    Forum member dshoem01 on Sprint's community forums has promised that the carrier will be releasing an update to the Sprint Epic 4G that will be coming tomorrow, September 30th, and will be rolled out over the air over four days. The firmware update should fix the slow upload speeds that Epic 4G owners have been experiencing, which caps their uploads to a measly 150 kbps on Sprint's 3G network. According to the forum post, "Good news - an update will be released tomorrow 9/30. It will be rolled out over a 4 day period so not everyone will get it on day 1. I will have the standard MR ...

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    Wireless carrier AT&T has announced that Research in Motion's consumer-focused BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Pearl 3G will indeed be coming to the carrier in time for the holiday. The revised Curve and Pearl brands will be gaining 3G GSM radios to support the carrier's HSPA network, a first for a consumer BlackBerry that operates on a GSM network although the enterprise-targeted BlackBerry Bold has had a 3G radio for GSM networks for a while now. AT&T is saying that the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, model number 9100, will launch on October 17th in the U.S. for $149 on contract, which seems a ...

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    Considering the similarity in parts between Apple's newest Apple TV and the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, it should come as little surprise that hackers would devote a fair bit of attention to the iOS-powered living room device. Ahead of app store availability for Apple TV, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has stated that the company may bring an app store for the living room box when the time is right, but jailbreakers have already gotten a jailbreak solution for Apple TV. The latest work, however, isn't about jailbreaking, but about porting the simple user interface on Apple TV to other iOS devices. ...

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    With rumors flying that Amazon.com may be launching its own version of an app store on Google's Android operating system, Web blog SlashGear has obtained a leaked terms for Amazon's offering that, if successful, should deliver for Android what Google's own Android Market had failed to do. Namely, Amazon is reserving the right to implement DRM of its choosing on any submitted apps. While that may sound controversial, developers may not be adversed to the idea considering many developers, game studios, and software houses still have not port high-end titles to the Android platform due to a ...

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    Sprint has announced that it is the first U.S. carrier to offer the Motorola ES400S rugged Enterprise Digital Assistant, or EDA, which will be targeted at businesses and vertical markets. The Motorola ES400S, unlike consumer Motorola smartphones, will utilize Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system rather than Android, and will be built rugged for the demographics that it targets. "Motorola ES400S was built with the business user in mind and expands Sprint's leadership in rugged devices," said Danny Bowman, president – Integrated Solutions Group, Sprint. The world phone device ...

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    Carrier Vodafone has unveiled its own self-branded Vodafone 945 Android smartphone, which features Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch WQVGA capacitive touchscreen, HSDPA, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 5-megapixel camera with flash, and micro SD card support. Because of the lower resolution screen, this may be a more budget Android handset offering, though Vodafone hasn't released pricing information yet at this time. The handset is meant as an update to the carrier's 845 handset. (via: Unwired View)

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    Just a little over a week left to go for the official launch of the T-Mobile G2 on October 6th and someone has already unboxed the device in photos. The 800 MHz Android smartphone will be the first smartphone to make use of T-Mobile's upgraded HSPA+ network, which the carrier is claiming to deliver 4G speeds though it is still technically a 3G network. There's a gallery of unboxing photos at TmoNews and Engadget just posted a quick video preview of the device. Photos from TmoNews.

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    After stagnant adoption of its Tegra chipsets, chipmaker NVIDIA, known primarily for its graphics processor, is finally making inroads with its Tegra 2 processors. According to the DigiTimes, NVIDIA has signed on several smartphone and tablet makers to deploy the Tegra 2 dual-core processing chips inside their forthcoming handhelds, including Motorola, Asus, HTC, and Toshiba. Recently, the Tegra 2 has been swaying smartphone and tablet makers because of its full 1080p HD video encoding and decoding capabilities, longevity of battery life on a single charge, 3D performance, and full Flash ...

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    Microsoft's next generation of Windows Phone 7 smartphones could utilize a form factor that's been familiar with Research in Motion. The possibility, also rumored as chassis 2, would utilize a smaller screen and a front-facing keyboard, according to Microsoft's Paul Foster in an interview with Silicon.com. Such a strategy would mean that Microsoft would target consumers first, and hopefully have satisfied consumers be product evangelists to convince their IT heads to purchase Windows Phone 7 devices in the corporate space. Initial devices running Windows Phone 7 will have a larger ...

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    After being available in the U.S. for sometime on carrier AT&T, the HTC Aria had recently been made available in Taiwan and now will be made available in Australia on carrier Optus. The Aria is a mid-range Android smartphone with an HVGA display, 600 MHz processor, HTC Sense, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera. Beginning in October, on Optus, with a two-year contract, the Aria will be available for free on plans of $49 per month or more. Optus will be the exclusive Australian carrier for the Aria. (via: Unwired View)

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    After launching its PlayBook tablet yesterday, Research in Motion also let another secret out of the bag in announcing that the PlayBook's QNX operating system would eventually migrate to smartphones as well, a potential to replace the BlackBerry operating system and give RIM a fresh start much in the same way that Microsoft had scrapped Windows Mobile in favor of Windows Phone 7 for future developments. The transition won't happen right away and BlackBerry 7 will most likely be released as a stepping stone before QNX gets official on BlackBerry smartphones. Right now, the majority of ...

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    Despite the fact that the T-Mobile G2 will launch with Froyo, which does provide support for tethering, a leaked document obtained from TmoNews suggests that tethering won't be enabled on the handset by T-Mobile at launch. T-Mobile USA has subsequently confirmed the news, stating, "T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan. Though tethering and Wi-Fi sharing will not be initially supported on the T-Mobile G2, we know that consumers are interested in these features and we are working to develop a solution to support them in the future." The ...

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    For those hopeful MeeGo users who may have settled for an Android-based handset before MeeGo's official release by Nokia and others, the most recent hacked MeeGo port will allow the Intel-Nokia's joint mobile operating system to run on current generation Android hardware, including the Dell Streak, HTC Desire, and Google Nexus One Android smartphones. The hitch right now is to get MeeGo to work with Qualcomm's 3D drivers, which aren't open and may need some serious development work to get compatibility. So far, the port is still described as a work in progress and there is quite a bit of ...

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    If you're married to Verizon Wireless's network but are aching for the T-Mobile G2 to come your way, you're in luck as BGR has posted some nice pictures of an HTC-made Android device that resembles the G2, except it will be compatible with Verizon's CDMA/EV-DO network. The off-set keyboard on this one looks comfortable, and the device, model number ADR6325, has shown up before through wireless certification testing with a prior codename of the HTC Merge. We're not sure if this will be an official "Droid" family release when this device hits the carrier as it has a Bing app, something that ...

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    For owners of the Droid 2 who were jealous of the Droid X's FM tuner functionality, a new hack has emerged on XDA-Developers that promises to bring your favorite broadcast radio stations to your Droid 2. In order for the hack to work, you do need a rooted device, and you can follow the instructions on XDA-Developers. (via: PhoneArena)

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    Microsoft's cute, square-ish KIN One Windows Phone, which promised to be a social networking powerhouse, has been discontinued, but that's not stopping imitators from cloning the KIN One's unique shape. The UI and overall hardware looks very familiar to the original that it is trying to knock-off, while the clone eschews Verizon Wireless's CDMA network support in favor of GSM via the clone's dual-SIM support. Other features include a 2.2-inch QVGA screen, 1.3-megapixel rear camera with flash and 0.3-megapixel front camera, and a 108 MHz CPU. Not quite the powerhouse that the original had ...

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