by George Heymann

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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Electronics gifts don’t have to be budget-busters

by George Heymann


Despite the downturn in the economy, early polling indicates that a majority of consumers — 52 percent — plan to spend the same or more for gifts this holiday season, according to a recent ICM Research report.

Last year, nearly a third of U.S. consumers’ holiday gift-spending budget went to consumer electronics.

I don’t know who the folks are that participated in the ICM poll, but most of my friends and associates have a more conservative budget this holiday season. Keeping in mind that many of us will need to spend less, I wanted to share my picks for hot tech gifts that won’t break the bank or your budget. Happy Holidays!

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Google and Samsung officially announce the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

by George Heymann


Google and Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) at its press event in Hong Kong last night and there is a lot to report.

Let’s begin with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of the Android OS by Google, it looks fantastic. The user interface (UI) appears to be heavily influenced by Matias Duarte the Director of Android user experience at Google. Matias was formerly the VP of User experience at Palm and led the interface design teams at both Helio and Danger.

The ICS user interface is elegant in its simplicity, its emphasis on typography starting with ICS Roboto font and layout stands out as a divergent path in Android development. ICS unified gestures throughout the UI and applications should make navigation simpler for new and experienced users alike.

The capacitive buttons are gone, ICS uses full touch screen controls that automatically orient themselves to match the orientation of the phone. The buttons can also be adapted for specific functions that are context sensitive within application sub-menus.

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Feature phone apps market to almost double to $1 billion

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

The mobile apps market for feature phones will almost double by 2016, hitting revenues of $1 billion, after being spurred on by the success of apps in the smartphone sector, according to Ovum.

In a new report, the independent telecoms analyst claims that while the feature phone apps market has not taken off in the same way as its smartphone counterpart,  it is beginning to take strides forward.

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Amazon introduces Kindle Textbook Rental program, claims up to 80% savings over list hardcover textbook price

by George Heymann


Amazon has introduced a Kindle Textbook rental program which it claims can save up to 80% of the list hardcover textbook price. The price will vary depending on the rental length which a user can set between 30 and 360 days. If you need to rent longer, the rental can be extended in increments as little as 1 day.

The rental program will let you access your annotations and highlights even after the rental expires. The rental can be converted to a purchase if you decide you would like to keep the ebook for future reference.

You can access your Textbook by downloading one of the free Kindle reading apps for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android device, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or Kindle .

You can search the Amazon Textbooks Store by title, author or ISBN number to see if a particular textbook is available.

Source: Amazon

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Mobile security software will be essential for smartphone users in the near future

by George Heymann

It’s unfortunate but the time is rapidly approaching where installing some type of mobile security software will be essential to the operation of a smartphone. Several well publicized security breaches in the news recently including attacks on Sony, Citibank, Discover have security and malware on the radar for many consumers.

On the mobile side, Google has had to remove dozens of malware applications that were introduced to the Android Market. iOS has been affected to a lesser degree but hasn’t been immune from Malware. Security experts Stonesoft and McAfee are both forecasting that sophisticated malware attacks to iOS will increase as mobile continues to grow and additional attention is focused on popular smartphones.

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Hamilton Mobile Cap Tell offers free word-for-word transcriptions on Android, Blackberry and iOS

by George Heymann

Hamilton CapTel is a free 24/7 service that delivers real-time word-for-word transcriptions of phone calls for the hearing impaired — similar to captions on a television. Cap Tell has previously been available for home and business users on specially equipped traditional counter-top telephones.

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Microsoft previews next release of Windows Phone

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Microsoft today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango”, through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet.

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Android apps to Eclipse iOS by August. Welcome your robot overlords, resistance is futile!

by George Heymann

The two most recent reports analyzing application market trends provided by app research specialist Distimo and research2guidance concur that Android apps should surpass iOS by August.

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Nodo WP7 pre-update finally rolling out to T-Mobile HTC HD7

by George Heymann

After several rumors and a couple of false starts the January, February, early March, WP7 “Nodo” pre-update has started rolling out to the T-Mobile HTC HD7. No word yet on when we will see the actual update for the Phone. Microsoft has botched these updates for WP7 to the point that I can no longer recommend the platform to readers.

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