by George Heymann

Verizon To Remove Customers Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans Starting This Summer

Smartphone Briefs

by Chris Coleman@PhoneKnack

During a recent conference call, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo announced that Verizon Wireless would not be honoring customers “grandfathered” unlimited data plans when they choose to upgrade. Customers will be forced to pick between the selection of tiered data plans that Verizon has to offer.

This news is kind of disappointing to hear from Verizon Wireless, who is the number one carrier in the US. It is not yet clear if this policy will apply to customers who decided to purchase their upgrade off-contract through Verizon or other retail services. If you are a Verizon customer who still has their unlimited data, either hurry and upgrade or do not upgrade ever again!


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Sprint set to bring Galaxy Nexus to the Now Network, Samsung to pull the wraps off of the Galaxy S III

Smartphone Briefs

by Chris Coleman@PhoneKnack

The time is finally here, the Sprint version of Galaxy Nexus is now up for pre-order. The announcement came via Sprint’s Twitter page, revealing that the Nexus will be sold for $199.99 and would be coming to stores April 22nd. All signs had been leading to a tentative release by Sprint and now it is a reality.

With Sprint being the only major cellphone company that does not throttle unlimited data plans, will you be making the jump to the Sprint Network?

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Androidify receives a fashion update including a bunch of new winter gear.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

We have covered Androidify and some related services before, for those that are unfamiliar with the popular Google Android app it helps you create a personalized Android Avatar by customizing the little green Android mascot and turning it into your Android alter-ego.

The latest update to the application allows you to dress up your Robot avatar with host of new winter gear. Some of the additions include mittens, skis, antlers, sweaters, 2012 party glasses and more! You can download the latest Androidify update from the Android Market

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Social virtual goods revenues generated via mobile devices to reach $3b in 2011 rising to $4.6 billion in 2016

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report from Juniper Research finds that soaring usage of social gaming – driven largely by the sharp rise in smartphone adoption – will push the global market for virtual goods bought from mobile social media services from $3 billion this year to $4.6 billion by 2016.

The report found that sales of virtual goods via mobile social media services are flourishing in Japan and China; as social gaming familiarizes consumers with virtual goods, this trend will quickly become global. Increasing tablet usage is also expected to provide further momentum as these devices offer a significantly better user experience for social gaming than smartphones.

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Seeing through walls

Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab have developed new radar technology that provides real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls.

The front of the phased array radar system developed by researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, which sends and receives signals of movement behind solid concrete walls. Photo provided by the researchers

by Emily Finn

Courtesy of MIT News Office

The ability to see through walls is no longer the stuff of science fiction, thanks to new radar technology developed at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

Much as humans and other animals see via waves of visible light that bounce off objects and then strike our eyes’ retinas, radar “sees” by sending out radio waves that bounce off targets and return to the radar’s receivers. But just as light can’t pass through solid objects in quantities large enough for the eye to detect, it’s hard to build radar that can penetrate walls well enough to show what’s happening behind. Now, Lincoln Lab researchers have built a system that can see through walls from some distance away, giving an instantaneous picture of the activity on the other side.

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VMware extends enterprise social and Cloud-based applications to iPad and Android

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Advancing its vision for the future of applications in the post-PC Era, VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced new iPad and updated Android applications from SlideRocket and Socialcast that will help modern businesses empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise.

“Modern business users are looking for more effective ways to connect to their applications and share information with their co-workers, partners and customers on mobile platforms,” said Brian Byun, vice president and general manager, Cloud Applications, VMware. “SlideRocket and Socialcast will enable this new, more connected way to work in the post-PC era.”

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Blizzard unveils community website ahead of Diablo 3 beta launch

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Blizzard Entertainment has lifted the curtain on its Diablo III community site in anticipation of the forthcoming game and the Diablo 3 beta. Diablo’s third incarnation does not yet have a release date but Blizzard has now announed that a beta version of the dark fantasy horror action RPG will be launched very soon – perhaps by the end of September.

Meanwhile, the company advises fans to join the Diablo III community and check for the latest developments.

“You’ll want to check out the new Diablo III news feed regularly. We’ll use it to share everything about Diablo III and to highlight recent community activity, including your most entertaining videos, art, comics, fansites, and much more,” says Blizzard.

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We’re back from a brief hiatus!

by George Heymann

Hello, We’re back from a brief hiatus during the week preceding the fourth of July holiday. We’re refreshed and look forward to sharing the technology news, our views and some product and software reviews in the near future.

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Best theater PSA ever (Uncensored)…. If you talk or text during the movie they throw you out!

by George Heymann

I love technology as much as anyone but seriously folks if you can’t stay off your phone for a couple of hours while you’re at the cinema then just stay home.

Apparently the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain agrees, if you talk or text during the movie they throw you out. If I had the option here I would definitely make them my theatre of choice because of its policy.

Here is the Alamo Drafhouse Cinema Policy:

“We do not tolerate people who talk or text in the theater. In fact, before every film, we have several warnings on-screen to prevent such happenings. Occasionally, someone doesn’t follow the rules, and we do, in fact, kick their asses out of our theater. This video is an actual voicemail from a woman who was kicked out of one of our Austin theaters. Thanks, anonymous woman, for being awesome.”

For more info on the Alamo Drafthouse, visit

They turned a call from an irritated customer that was thrown out because of texting into a promotional video for its theater chain. The video is uncensored and contains profanity.

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Hallmark announced its return to Comic-Con 2011 with a limited series of Keepsake Ornaments

Hallmark announced its intention to return to Comic-Con 2011 International in San Diego July 20-24.

 During the convention Hallmark will sell limited quantities of the following ornaments:

  • IG-88 and Dengar:This two-pack features the assassin droid IG-88 and Corellian mercenary Dengar

    (PRNewsFoto/Hallmark Cards, Inc.)

    from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™. IG-88 and Dengar are the third and fourth bounty hunters to become Keepsake Ornaments. Limited run of 1,000 sets.

  • Comic Book Guy: Wearing his own Comic-Con apparel, the Comic Book Guy from “The Simpsons” celebrates his 20th year as a popular cartoon character. This is the second year that “The Simpsons” has inspired an exclusive Keepsake Ornament for Comic-Con. Limited run of 1,000 Keepsake Ornaments.
  • Descending Upon Gotham: Batman swoops down from the dark heights of Gotham in this Keepsake Ornament. A repainted version of a 2009 Keepsake Ornament, the Caped Crusader wears a contemporary gray and black bat suit rather than the blue and gray one popularized in the 1960s. Limited run of 750 Keepsake Ornaments.

“We are excited to participate in Comic-Con for the fourth year,” said Beth Dorr, associate merchandise manager for Keepsake Ornaments. “The convention gives us a great opportunity to meet and interact with some of our most passionate fans and reward them with exclusive opportunities and sneak peeks.”

Anyone planning on attending this years Comic-Con?

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