It's not as if the Motorola Droid X is the first smartphone to roll through Verizon, but apparently it's enough of an upgrade over previous devices to warrant a significant increase in data usage.
"On Droid X, we're seeing something like 5x the data usage of any other device," said Jennifer Byrne, a business development executive director at Verizon.
What makes this even more remarkable is that the Droid X has only officially been on the market for a week. This also could be the final in the coffin for Verizon's unlimited data plan, which earlier in the year Verizon CTO Dick Lynch hinted might be coming to an end.
"The problem we have today with flat-based usage is that you are trying to encourage customers to be efficient in use and applications but you are getting some people who are bandwidth hogs using gigabytes a month and they are paying something like megabytes a month," Lynch said. "That isn't long-term sustainable. Why should customers using an average amount of bandwidth be subsidizing bandwidth hogs?"
More recently, reports began to surface that Verizon plans to move to a tiered pricing plan similar to AT&T's starting on July 29, though it's unclear how closely Verizon's will stack up.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a message for all the social networking haters out there: Facebook is doing just fine without your support, thank you very much. He didn't actually say that, nor did he need to - the numbers speak for themselves.
"As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them," Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. "This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about."
To celebrate the occasion, Zuckerberg and company launched a new app called "Facebook Stories" so you can tell the other half billion members what brought you into the social networking scene and what you use Facebook for.
Not hokey enough for you? Not to worry, the Facebook team also assembled a photo album filled with their messages of thanks. Maybe at the one billion members mark the company will spring for a celebratory video.
Businesses big and small may come to regret not making a bigger effort to keep IT workers happy during the tough economic times that have rocked the tech sector the past 12 -24 months. As the economic outlook starts to improve, IT workers may end up seeking greener pastures elsewhere.
Or so says a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Harris pinged 4,367 tech workers in the second quarter of 2010, with 241 of them directly involved in IT operations. Out of those surveyed, 61 percent of IT workers making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year said they are "likely" to look for a new job within the next year. And of those making over $75,000 annually, 36 percent said they are "likely" to jump ship.
"In some areas, salaries were cut or certainly salary increases were suspended," said Sean Ebner, a regional vice president at Technisource.
At the same time, just 27 percent of IT workers making between $35,000 and $50,000 said that they expect more jobs will open up in the next 12 months.
As the 2011 International CES show approaches, Future US is proud to announce the Future Tech Winner (FTW) awards at this year's show.
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Wilocity and Atheros Communications today announced a partnership to build tri-band wireless solutions that will operate on the 2.4-, 5.0,- and 60GHz frequency bands. Wilocity has been developing 60GHz technology for three years. Atheros is a major player in the dual-band IEEE 802.11n chipset market.
Both companies have seats on the WiGig Alliance’s board of directors and contributed to the draft standard for wireless networking using the 60GHz frequency band the alliance announced on May 10. The alliance is also contributing ideas to the IEEE Task Group AD, which is working on the IEEE 802.11ad but it’s not taking any chances that the standards body will move quickly enough to enable standardized 60GHz products to reach retail shelves on a timely basis.
Oh, Woot. You really can't deny the genius of their daily product descriptions. Today the popular daily deal site has used the product description to call out the Associate Press on a bit of hypocrisy. You see, Woot's acquisition by Amazon was big news the other day, and the AP covered it. In doing so, they quoted a few words from founder Matt Rutledge’s blog post. Not a big deal for most publications, but the AP has a sordid history regarding quotations.
The AP has made a stink about bloggers quoting from their content, even if the source is cited. They think blogger ought to pay as much as $12.50 for five of the AP's precious words. Woot figures that since the AP quoted them, they should pay Woot $17.50. It's only fair, right?
Woot isn't all hard edged about it though. They are offering the AP the opportunity to have the debt called off so long as the collective entity known as "The AP" buys today's Woot, a lovely 2-pack of Sennheiser MX400 earphones. They're only going for $6.99, so we think the AP should take them up on it.
When TechCrunch revealed that HP was killing its Windows 7 Slate shortly after the acquisition of Palm, many came to the logical conclusion that it probably had something to do with WebOS. Officials from HP were pretty tight lipped on the matter considering Steve Ballmer showcased the HP Slate as a poster child for Windows 7 tablet computing, but fans of the device were forced to assume the worst.
The Windows 7 slate might never see the light of day, but if you believe the guys over at the Examiner the HP Hurricane featuring Palm's WebOS could be hitting stores by Q3. If this turns out to be true, it would be no small feat considering that the current x86 architecture of the Windows 7 slate would be incompatible with WebOS which requires an Arm based processor. The result would be a complete hardware redesign over what was shown a few months back.
At the end of the day whether the sources at the Examiner are legitimate or not it seems likely this is the direction HP will pursue in the coming months. Tablet critics seem to agree that mobile OS platforms scaled up stand a far better chance of winning over the masses then desktop OS's scaled down.
We'll have to wait and see what happens, but does anyone out there still think HP will launch a Windows 7 tablet?