Normally we pass on Mac or iPhone specific news, but just in case it ever comes up in a debate, 9 to 5 Mac has proven that without a doubt, Apple is indeed shafting iPhone 4 customers. It seems an enterprising young hacker by the name of Steven Smith has not only ported the Siri AI interface to the iPhone 4, but the two way communication with Apple servers is now working perfectly.
When even the purpose of our own existence continues to be a mystery, Taiwan-based ITG has every right to sell a desktop OS-running phone that apparently has no clearly defined purpose. By the same token, it also has the right to come up with a successor to that pointless phone. And that’s exactly what ITG plans to do.
A San Francisco judge on Thursday ruled that a city-wide ordinance mandating that cell phone vendors warn customers about radiation are a little too strict, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The judge took issue with both the specific warning messages and how they have to be posted, and then ordered the city to change both.
When it launches, Motorola's Maserati will be known as the Droid 4, so that should alleviate any confusion as to whether Motorola's getting into the automobile business (it's not). Hardcore typists who want nothing to do with a virtual keyboard and prefer to pilot a physical plank will want to take the Droid 4 out for a spin, on 4G LTE highways, no less.
Samsung said it shipped 28 million smartphones during its third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011, which represented a 40 percent increase on-quarter and 300 percent year-on-year. Perhaps just as important, Samsung raced ahead of Apple smartphone sales, which sold 17 million iPhone devices in the same time frame. Samsung's continued global rollout of its flagship Galaxy S II smartphone is doing particularly well and has sold more than 10 million units in the five months since its introduction, Samsung said.
The fragmentation that exists on the Android platform is an annoying side effect of Google's open-source ecosystem, and we'll be reminded of that once Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) slowly rolls out to certain devices, while others are left out in the cold. Such will be the case of the Nexus One, a phone Google said is simply "too old" for a major OS update. But do Nexus One owners have it all that bad?
Sprint didn't just sell its soul when it inked a long-term agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone, it sold out its investors who were kept in the dark as to how much Sprint was spending on the deal. Until now. Sprint ultimately got what it wanted and felt it needed in order to compete with Verizon and AT&T, and as a result, the third largest wireless operator in the U.S. said it might need $7 billion in financing over the next few years in order to upgrade its network to handle all those iPhone activations, Reuters reports.
As if Apple’s ridiculous tablet design patent didn’t hold enough ominous tidings for the mobile tech industry, the US Patent and Trademark Office just awarded the company another ludicrous claim: that's right, “slide to unlock” is officially an Apple patent. That means all the non-Apple phones and tablets that use the omnipresent unlocking maneuver are possibly infringing on Apple’s intellectual property – which could lead to complex legal battles that tie up competitors’ products, as Apple has done with the Galaxy Tab in Australia.
Nokia's officially back in the smartphone game. The Finnish phone maker announced the launch of its Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 devices at Nokia World, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone, and according to company CEO Stephon Elop, "Lumia is the first Windows Phones" period. Those are big words coming from Nokia, do these phones have the moxie to back them up?
Are you a mover and a shaker? What’s that, you’re not sure? If you were on Klout, there wouldn’t be any doubt in your mind. The service keeps track of your activity across the social networks and assigns you a numerical score that lets you know, basically, whether you’re hot or you’re not. If you’ve got Klout, you might get a Mango-packing Windows Phone, too; Microsoft’s giving away 500 of the devices – along with passes to VIP launch parties – through the Klout Perks rewards program.