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  • iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_3G_iOS_4_and_you_what_s_missing'; While iOS 4 is delivering on every promise for the iPhone 3GS users out there, as we were all told up front, the iPhone 3G would be missing some of those touted new features. Granted, we knew such disparities would exist but were never given the finer details. Now that the final build is percolating through the internet, we decided to take a look at what features are and aren't working on the earlier year's model.

    What's there
    • Folders
    • Threaded mail
    • iTunes playlist creation / editing
    • 5x digital zoom: just tap on the display near the capture button, but be warned, it doesn't paint a pretty picture
    • iBooks: we were having issues with the earlier build, but it seems to be running fine after today's official download -- PDFs work, too.
    • Photos: you can now sort by albums, events, faces, and places
    • Game Center: the icon is present, but as of this writing we're unable to connect to the servers. (Update: a number of readers saying it didn't come with today's download. We nabbed ours as a gold build, which might explain the discrepancy despite still being considered "up to date" by iTunes.)
    • Spell check has been updated
    • Spotlight search: you can search the web and Wikipedia from the home screen search bar. That said, not all our queries -- "Engadget," for example -- weren't offering the option. [Thanks, jkane08]
    What isn't
    • Multitasking: this is the big one. Double-tapping the home button doesn't give you the handy menu, there's no fast app switching, and background use is missing in action.
    • Screen lock: normally in the multitasking menu (which isn't available on 3G), it's nowhere to be found, even under Settings. Bummer.
    • Home screen wallpaper: you'd think this simple addition would make the cut, but sadly no. The dock has been given a visual upgrade, though.
    • Bluetooth Keyboard support: we haven't tried this ourselves, but an influx of reports from Twitter suggest this is also a no-go.
    We'll keep testing, but be sure to let us know your own discoveries below!

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you -- what's missing (spoiler: multitasking) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • AT&T users can keep $30 unlimited data when upgrading phones… unless they want tethering

    AT&T users can keep $30 unlimited data when upgrading phones… unless they want tethering

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/AT_T_forces_you_to_choose_wisely_young_grasshopper'; There's naturally been a ton of feedback in the past few hours on AT&T's new data pricing strategy, and the company has been responding to comments all morning over on its Facebook page; one of the key tidbits that's come out of the discussion so far is that folks on the current $30 smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan when upgrading hardware. Translation: yes, you'll be able to get a new iPhone without switching to the $25 / 2GB DataPro plan if you so choose. What you won't be able to do, though, is keep the $30 plan and add on the $20 tethering option -- tethering specifically requires DataPro, so your hopes and dreams of a soft 5GB cap are quashed (unless you want to pay $30 for 3GB of overage, of course).

    On a related note, we've been tipped that some folks' iPad orders from Apple have been pushed back to June 7 -- an interesting coincidence, considering that's when DataPlus and DataPro go live. If true, it's likely so that Apple can pre-install new orders with updated software for managing the new plans, but it's also a preemptive strike against a horde of people trying to grandfather into the $30 plan over the next few days.

    [Thanks, John and Aaron]

    AT&T users can keep $30 unlimited data when upgrading phones... unless they want tethering originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Debunk: Steve Ballmer not speaking at WWDC

    Debunk: Steve Ballmer not speaking at WWDC

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/Debunk_Steve_Ballmer_not_speaking_at_WWDC_Engadget'; An analyst named Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research set off a firestorm of rumors last night after he claimed that Steve Ballmer would appear onstage with Steve Jobs at WWDC for exactly seven minutes to announce Visual Studio development for the iPhone -- and the maelstrom of crazytalk quickly expanded to include everything from a Bing partnership to Silverlight for the iPhone. Turns out all that chatter was just as insane and untrue as you'd expect, though: Microsoft's official Twitter account just clamped down on the speculation, saying that Ballmer isn't speaking at WWDC, or appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Sorry kids -- looks like we'll have to just hold out hope for next season.

    Debunk: Steve Ballmer not speaking at WWDC originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 May 2010 14:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Confirmed: Palm’s Matias Duarte joins Google as User Experience Director for Android

    Confirmed: Palm’s Matias Duarte joins Google as User Experience Director for Android

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Palm_s_Matias_Duarte_joins_Google_as_UI_Director'; We'd heard rumors this morning that webOS design guru Matias Duarte had left Palm for Google, but now we've got it straight from Mountain View: Mr. Duarte is the new User Experience Director for Android. If you'll remember, Matias previously worked on Sidekick with Android head Andy Rubin, so it's a reunion of sorts for these two -- we're pretty excited to see where they take Android in the future. As for Palm, well, we're sure HP has plenty of talented designers waiting to lead webOS into the wild world of tablets, netbooks and, uh, printers, so we'll see what happens there -- things could get crazy on both sides of this transition.

    Confirmed: Palm's Matias Duarte joins Google as User Experience Director for Android originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 May 2010 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Confirmed: Apple’s next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes

    Confirmed: Apple’s next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/American_Beauty_director_at_work_on_iPhone_4G_ads'; Well this can't be tremendously surprising. Apparently American Beauty director Sam Mendes is in the process of putting together a series of commercials for Apple's next iPhone, which according to a tipster is being referred to internally as the Mammoth / N90. Besides that tip (with a handful of juicy details), a trusted source has confirmed to us that the ads will feature at least one spot where a mother and daughter are having a video chat conversation using the new front-facing camera that's been spied on the face of that iPhone floating around Vietnam and Northern California. Adding weight to this story, a cursory search on Twitter revealed that there's at least one actress who is up for a role in the "f***ing apple commercial" in New York, and another fellow who is auditioning for spots in California. We don't know much more than that, but we're fairly confident that this confirms video chat is coming to the next iPhone, and that that said iPhone isn't very far from our grasp. Remember folks, June 7th is just a kiss away.

    Continue reading Confirmed: Apple's next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes

    Confirmed: Apple's next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 May 2010 22:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Ralph de la Vega ‘laughs’ when asked about AT&T iPhone exclusivity expiration date, says most customers will stay

    Ralph de la Vega ‘laughs’ when asked about AT&T iPhone exclusivity expiration date, says most customers will stay

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/CEO_just_laughs_when_asked_about_AT_T_iPhone_expiration'; We still have no idea what's going on with Apple, Verizon, and the iPhone, but it sounds like AT&T isn't sweating it -- speaking at a J.P. Morgan conference today, Ralph De La Vega reportedly "just laughed" when asked when Ma Bell's iPhone exclusivity would run out, and indicated he wasn't worried about other carriers potentially getting the phone. According to Ralph, some 80 percent of AT&T iPhone customers are on family or business plans, and they're generally less likely to switch, so AT&T thinks it can hang onto them if Apple's phone hits another carrier. That certainly sounds like AT&T's been giving the issue some thought -- another piece of kindling for our ever-smoldering Verizon iPhone Rumor Fire, or just tough talk to keep Apple in line? We might never know -- but we do know that it'll be much harder to keep those iPhone customers if AT&T's service quality continues to suffer, and Ralph acknowledged the troubles, saying that AT&T's biggest issue right now is simply getting enough equipment built in China and put into place. We'll see what happens -- we're not going to believe that a Verizon iPhone is real until Steve asks if we can hear him now.

    Update: AT&T just sent us a tiny snippet of de la Vega's comments:
    Having said that, all the improvements that we have seen are not just driven by the iPhone. The non-iPhone customer churn has seen the same reductions as the overall total postpaid customer churn improvement levels. So we've seen improvements in churn that are driven by the iPhone and by non-iPhone customers. And so we view that having a great portfolio of devices and services has been the key to our success and will continue to be. And I think the iPhone will be a part of our portfolio. And I think that customers are still going to come to us, like they've done in the past, looking for great choices, great devices and great services.
    Interesting -- it certainly doesn't sound like he's betting too heavily on keeping the iPhone exclusive, but we'd like some more context here. We're looking for the full transcript (or better yet, video), so stay tuned.

    Update 2: And here's the followup question specifically regarding exclusivity:
    Q: I thought you might share with us the exclusivity end date, Ralph.
    A: No, I don't think I'm going to be able to do that, Mike. (laughs)
    Pithy!

    Ralph de la Vega 'laughs' when asked about AT&T iPhone exclusivity expiration date, says most customers will stay originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 May 2010 17:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Facebook launches free mobile access site for emerging markets… and Denmark

    Facebook launches free mobile access site for emerging markets… and Denmark

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/Facebook_launches_free_mobile_access_for_emerging_markets'; Following in the footsteps of Coca-Cola, Facebook is seeking to feed your addiction with a new zero version of its online service. 0.facebook.com leads users to a stripped down, text-only version of the social site, which will incur no data charges from your carrier. Of course, you won't be able to access any other sites or rich media without paying for it, but at least the core functionality of reading your friends' witty status updates and writing satirical responses will be there free of charge. This service is being rolled out primarily in the so-called emerging markets, though more mature environments like Belgium, Denmark and Finland are also present on the list (available after the break). SFR in France, 3 in the UK, and Australia's Telstra are also going to be joining in soon. Guess it's just a matter of finding a pliable carrier to accede to offering the minimal bandwidth necessary in exchange for being Liked by Facebookers.

    Continue reading Facebook launches free mobile access site for emerging markets... and Denmark

    Facebook launches free mobile access site for emerging markets... and Denmark originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 May 2010 03:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HTC Wildfire hands-on (update: video!)

    HTC Wildfire hands-on (update: video!)

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/HTC_Wildfire_hands_on'; Some eager beavers went ahead and busted through the embargo dam this morning, so you should already be up to speed on the Wildfire's specs and vital statistics. For the latecomers, this is an Android 2.1 device with the same processor as HTC's fabled Hero, a 3.2-inch capacitive QVGA display, and an ambition to sate the market for an affordable, socially connected Android smartphone. It's slated for a release in Europe and Asia early in the third quarter of this year, and you can see all four of its tasteful color options in the exhaustive gallery of intimate photography below. Skip past the break for the full spec sheet and our early hands-on impressions of the Wildfire.

    Continue reading HTC Wildfire hands-on (update: video!)

    HTC Wildfire hands-on (update: video!) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 May 2010 08:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

    Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Sprint_selling_HTC_EVO_4G_on_June_4_for_199_Engadget'; Everyone's favorite WiMAX-powered Android device finally has a date and a price, and you don't have terribly long to wait: June 4 is the date that you'll want to be lining up outside your local Sprint store for an EVO 4G, $199 in hand (assuming you're signing up for a new contract, of course -- according to the fine print, the full cost is $450 before all discounts). Interestingly, Sprint has specifically called out that you'll be able to video chat (remember, the EVO 4G has a front-facing cam) over both 3G and 4G using Qik -- not a bad choice, considering the company's well-established expertise with streaming live video out of handsets.

    Unfortunately, there's a downside to all this: customers will be paying a mandatory (as confirmed to us by Sprint reps) $10 per month "Premium Data add-on" on top of their plan -- ostensibly for the privilege of enjoying WiMAX when they're in a Sprint 4G market -- and the 8-device WiFi hotspot feature runs an extra $29.99 a month, which Sprint is quick to point out is half what you'd pay for a dedicated mobile broadband account. As we saw at CTIA, the phone is the first to offer on-phone YouTube high quality video, a feature that automatically kicks in when you're in the sweet confines of a WiMAX tower. Oh, and check this out: Sprint was hesitant to commit to offering simultaneous voice and data before, but HTC must've worked out the kinks, because it's all systems go -- you'll be able to yap and browse on 4G at the same time.

    We're at the EVO 4G's announcement in New York as we type, and we can tell you that everything Sprint is demoing is crazy fast -- we'd expect no less from an WiMAX device with a 1GHz Snapdragon -- and we're particularly stoked to see them demo Need For Speed Shift on it, which will be launching on Android around the same time as the device. Follow the break for Sprint's full press release!

    Continue reading Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

    Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 May 2010 18:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HTC files patent complaint against Apple, asks for ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

    HTC files patent complaint against Apple, asks for ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/HTC_files_patent_complaint_against_Apple'; We'd been wondering how and when HTC would respond to Apple's patent lawsuit, and here we go: the Taiwanese phone manufacturer just filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, asking for importation and sales of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod be halted due to alleged infringement of five patents. ITC complaints like this are pretty familiar territory -- you'll recall that Nokia and Apple have both asked for similar bans in their lawsuit against each other -- but the interesting wrinkle here is that HTC apparently hasn't filed a corresponding federal lawsuit. We'll see if that's the next step for HTC down the line -- for now, we're digging into what patents are involved in the ITC complaint, so stay tuned.

    Continue reading HTC files patent complaint against Apple, asks for ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

    HTC files patent complaint against Apple, asks for ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 May 2010 13:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G

    Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Sprint_nixes_Nexus_One_in_favor_of_EVO_4G'; In light of Verizon's recent decision (or was that Google's decision?) to say goodnight to the Nexus One in favor of the Droid Incredible, we thought it might be wise to reach out to Sprint and get a comment on its own version -- the EVO 4G is just around the corner, of course, and it's lying in wait to cast a long, long shadow over any other Android device in Sprint's lineup. Sure enough, the carrier says that it's now taking a pass on Google's first "superphone," seeing how the EVO 4G is basically better in every respect: WiMAX support, larger screen, better camera, and so on. Of course, this might peeve a few folks who'd prefer stock Android over HTC's Sense UI -- if for no other reason than the fact that Sense-powered devices tend to have wildly longer firmware upgrade lag times than stock ones do -- but otherwise, the move seems to be a perfectly logical one. Oh, and as for that EVO? No update on a launch window, but Sprint says that it's still targeting Summer, thank goodness.

    Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 May 2010 15:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Kin available online starting tomorrow, in Verizon stores on May 13

    Kin available online starting tomorrow, in Verizon stores on May 13

    Dearest members of the Upload Generation: the wait to buy the Kin of your dreams is a short one -- provided Mommy and Daddy are willing to pony up the $30 a month in data charges, of course. Verizon will be selling both the Kin One and Kin Two online starting tomorrow, May 6, for $49.99 and $99.99 respectively, after you agree to a two-year contract and come to terms with the fact that you'll be paying $100 more upfront while you wait for your rebate to be mailed to you on a debit card (par for the course these days). If you'd rather play with the devices first, your wait isn't much longer -- you'll be able to score both of them in Verizon retail locations starting a week later on the 13th.

    Continue reading Kin available online starting tomorrow, in Verizon stores on May 13

    Kin available online starting tomorrow, in Verizon stores on May 13 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 May 2010 11:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Twitter controversy mars Shorty Awards ceremony

    Twitter controversy mars Shorty Awards ceremony

    The Shorty Awards were handed out last night in New York amid incredible controversy. The awards, if you've never heard of them before, are handed out to Twitter users who exemplify Twitter's potential "to create the best real-time short form content." It's sorta cute I guess, just recognizing people who tweet interesting things. There's one problem, and it has to do with the award handed out in the "Weird" category.

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  • Nokia asks ITC to ban iPhone, iPod, and MacBook imports, files another lawsuit against Apple

    Nokia asks ITC to ban iPhone, iPod, and MacBook imports, files another lawsuit against Apple

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/Nokia_Wants_to_Ban_iPhone_iPod_and_MacBook_Imports'; Looks like Nokia is going all-out in its patent fight with Apple: in addition to the lawsuit it's filed over GSM standards and last week's International Trade Commission complaint, Espoo just filed a second complaint with the federal court, alleging that Apple's infringing several "implementation patents" that cover everything from camera sensors to touchscreens. That's three fronts in the same war, if you're counting -- the original regarding GSM patents, and these two latest over specific device technologies. The biggest bombshell so far is the ITC complaint, in which Nokia's asking the commission to ban imports of basically every Apple mobile product from the MacBook to the iPhone for infringing its device patents -- a strategy we've seen in other high-profile cases. Since the ITC has the ability to move quite quickly, we'd expect that case to be the primary battleground for the moment -- but remember that Apple has plenty of its own incredibly broad patents of its own to fight back with here, so don't expect a quick resolution. Looks like 2010 is going to be awfully good for these attorneys, don't you think?

    [Thanks, Matt]

    Nokia asks ITC to ban iPhone, iPod, and MacBook imports, files another lawsuit against Apple originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jan 2010 10:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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