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by George Heymann

Windows Phone 8 to become third platform on Verizon, Galaxy S III makes cameo appearance in Vietnam?

Smartphone Briefs

by Chris Coleman@PhoneKnack

After garnering some additional attention from carriers for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is teaming up with Verizon Wireless to help promote Windows Phone 8, which is due out later this year. Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo said that Verizon is looking to make Windows Phone their third platform behind iOS and Android.

“We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it”

While the Windows Phone platform continues to grow it will be interesting to see what other interest they can garner as time gets closer to Windows 8.0 holiday release.

Rumors are constantly flooding the web, its part of the technology world. But what we just stumbled upon may be more then just a rumor. A Vietnamese site has just posted a video of them playing around with the new Samsung Galaxy S III.

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AT&T outlines data throttling, Windows 8 consumer preview available

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

After losing in court to an angry customer who’s data was throttled, AT&T has decided to outline their unlimited data throttling process to its customers. Customers lucky enough to be grandfathered in for the unlimited data plan and using 3G or 4G (HSPA+) smartphones, your data will be throttled after 3GB of usage. Customers who are using 4G (LTE) smartphones, data throttling begins at 5GB of usage.

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Verizon to allow shared Family Data Plans by Mid 2012, Verizon “Loyalty” Offer, Skype arrives on Windows Phone.

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Verizon’s CTO Fran Shammo revealed that Verizon Wireless will be offering shared family data plans to Verizon Wireless customers by the middle of this year. The rumor has been circulating for a while, Shammo said that Verizon has been working on this for a year, so that everything will be smooth once the shared family plans are launched.

Unfortunately the rollout of these shared plans will begin with current 4G subscribers, so 3G users, looks like it’s time to upgrade.

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Titan II and Lumia 900 set launch date, Xbox games coming to other platforms? Google Music Updated

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

AT&T is hitting the ground running in 2012, opening the year with two Windows Phones. Both the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 are hitting shelves on March 18th. The HTC Titan II can be yours for $199.99 on a new two-year contract. It features a whooping 4.7 inch screen, a 16megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz processor, and will run on AT&T’s LTE(4G) network. The Nokia Lumia 900 on the other hand will be only $99.99 but still gives the Titan II a run for it’s money. The Lumia has a slightly smaller 4.3 inch screen, with a 8megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.4 GHz processor, however, it has a larger battery compared to the Titan II. Like the Titan II, the Lumia is also compatible with AT&T’s LTE(4G) network.

This year is starting off very well for Microsoft and their Windows Phone line, look for them to continue to make a push in the smartphone market throughout the rest of this year

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Temple Run to land on Android, Instagram coming to WP7? Motorola will perform live magic show to highlight RAZR MAXX battery life

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

The hit iOS game, Temple Run will be making its way to Android this year, says creator, Imangi Studios. The game developers took to their Facebook page  posting a simple status saying, “On a (Samsung) Galaxy not-so-far away. Temple Run Android coming February 2012. We’re so excited to announce this and appreciate all of our fans’ support across both platforms!” The post has accumulated over 1,000 comments and over 6,000 likes showing that Android users are more then ready for Temple Run to make the jump. Temple Run will be debuting in the Android market in February. Now all we need is for Instagram to reveal a set date to join the Android Market and we will be set for the year.

Bil Simser has been working on an unofficial  Instagram program for Windows Phone, titled Metrogram. If you do not know, Instagram is a popular photo app exclusively for the iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc) that allows you to take pictures and add filters to them. You can then share them with your Instagram followers as well as upload them to Twitter or Facebook. It is unknown if Instagram will accept the development of the Windows Phone app as Bil Simser’s Metrogram program is an unofficial version of the original Instagram application.

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Microsoft completes purchase of Skype

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

Microsoft has closed its acquisition of Skype Global. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.

Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.

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Gears of War 3 sells more than 3 million in one week, taking franchise past $1 billion

by Mai Tao

Technology Market

The most anticipated video game of the year arrived last week with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 3. Following more than 22,000 midnight madness launch events, Microsoft and Epic Games today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive sold more than 3 million copies worldwide in its first week since release, cementing Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011 and catapulting the franchise beyond one billion dollars in lifetime sales.

In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date. In addition to topping this year’s sales charts, the Gears of War franchise joins the elite ranks of only a select few game franchises to surpass $1 billion in sales.

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Tablet shipments to reach 253m by 2016 as new vendors converge on sector, says Juniper Research

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

A new report by analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that tablet shipments will reach 253 million by 2016, nearly a five-fold increase from the 55.2 million tablets the company expects to reach the market in 2011.

With a second generation of Apple’s iPad hitting the market earlier this year, other smartphone vendors have followed suit: HTC, LG, Motorola and RIM launched first generation models in 2011. As other opportunities elsewhere in the PC market diminish, leading players from this space – including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Toshiba – are also joining the fray.

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Apple and Dropbox join DPP coalition to reform Electronic Privacy Law

by George Heymann
techeadlines@gmail.com

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been defending privacy, free speech, and digital rights since it was founded in 1990. In April the EFF launched the “Who Has Your Back” campaign calling on thirteen major internet companies to stand with the EFF defending users rights when it comes to government demands for users data.

The petitioned companies include Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Skype, Twitter, Verizon and Yahoo.

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Latest comScore reports key trends in US mobile subscriber market share

by Maria Santiago  

Technology Market

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2011.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market shareGoogle Android led among smartphone platforms with 38.1 percent market share.

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