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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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  • Google Uses Location Based News
    Posted on May 20, 2011 by Pure Mobile

    As of right now, Google’s location based news services do not have the best reputation because of the bugs that they have had recently, but Google seems to be eager to put them out there to the public regardless. Now, they have released a new service titled “News Near you.” The entire purpose of “News Near you” is for you to receive local news automatically when you log in to the service from your android cell phone such as unlocked Motorola Atrix, HTC Inspire, etc.. It will then provide you with the news from your local area that might be relevant to you based on your search history and other factors that dictate which local news that are going to display for you.


    Google Uses Location Based News


    You point your Android and Safari browser to the news page. Then, you agree to use your current location to get news for the area around you. There will be a number of local stories that are placed in a category on the left site of the page. This allows you to get the local news without having to actually alter the regular news feed. A quick test of the service shows that there is quite a bit of news out there for all of the different local areas so it might be something that is worth checking out to find great local stories that might not be mainstream news with your local news sources.


    Google Uses Location Based News


    Look for Google to continue to release more location based services if this most recent release is any indication of where the company is heading next. They have put together a really great service that allows for you to get an aggregation of the local news in your area based on where you are when you log into the site using your cell phone . While this service is still in the early stages, its shows a lot of potential in terms of how much local news it is able to deliver.




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  • New MacBook Air Could Debut In JuneThe MacBook Air is certain to be on of the most popular additions to their line of MacBooks by Apple, and the newest version of the device could be released as early as next month. So, if you are planning on picking up the new MacBook Air you might want to save a few hundred dollars for now.


     


    The new Macbook, which features an 11.6 inch model as well as a 13.3 inch model will be some of the lightest laptops in the industry. As of right now, it looks as though the device will be launched at some point in June or July, according to the production road map at this point. The device will be assembled and put together by Quanta Computer, along with a number of other components that should make it one of the most interesting options available to MacBook fans in quite some time.


    New MacBook Air Could Debut In June


    The current line of MacBook Air devices were first revealed in October of 2010, which is a little more than half a year ago. The MacBook Air has been a highly anticipated device since it was first announced and the first wave of them was received very well by consumers. The next line of MacBook Air’s will probably receive a similar reception because of the upgrades that have been added to the device.


     


    While Apple might be the leading company in the mobile space with their unlocked iphone 4 at this time that does not mean that they have completely forsaken desktops and laptops. The MacBook Air has performed very well in the market and this update should bring some attention back to the device. Apple themselves have yet to confirm any of the information that has been released, other than that the new version is indeed coming, and has not yet announced when they are planning on releasing the devices to the public.




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  • Barnes and Noble Adds New Features to Nook ShopA number of new updates have been added to the Nook app from Barnes and Noble that allows users to purchase a wide range of new items. Includes in the new items is access to a number of newspapers and magazines. Users that have tablets that are at least seven inches and have a resolution of 800 x 400 and are utilizing the Android Os 2.1 or higher. There are a number of tablets that this will include, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and newer iterations of the device, the XOOM and the G-Slate.


    Barnes and Noble Adds New Features to Nook Shop


    As of right now there are more than 120 magazines in total. A number of other magazines are expected to be included at some point in the near future. Included in the update are huge names such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.


     


    Users will be able to access the content that these magazines provide with a free 14 day trial. After that, they will be expected to take out a subscription. The option is also there for them to take purchase each of the items individually as well, which should allow for users to get a better idea of what magazines they like, and which magazines are worth it for them to subscribe to.


    Barnes and Noble Adds New Features to Nook Shop


    Although there are only 120 magazines taking part right now, you can bet that this is an area of their business that Barnes and Noble are looking to expand. The app has been a huge success thus far, and these updates will only make it more popular. The app update is already available through the Android users such as Motorola Atrix Unlocked, HTC Desire, etc. that have purchased the app.


     


    It will be interesting to see what kind of response that the app receives following this update. Previously only books were available through the Nook Shop app, but Barnes and Noble has shown that they are interested in moving to other types of media as well.




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  • new iphone 4S
    Posted on May 18, 2011 by Pure Mobile

    iphone 4SIt looks like those rumors that have said that the next version of the unlocked iPhone 4 will be called the iPhone 5 are wrong, and the phone may actually be called the iPhone 4S. There are many different rumors that have been floating around the net about the name of the next iPhone, so it can be a little hard to tell what to believe that this point. The latest info comes from Jefferies and Co. analyst Peter Misek. He stated that the name will be “4S” in a recent site posting. First, the company released their 3G. Then, they released their 3GS. This was surprising at the time, but the phone offered significant upgrades over the previous version of the device.


    iphone 4S


    They also went on to say that the phone would be undergoing a number of very small cosmetic changes, and would also have better cameras on both sides of the phone. Also included in the upgrade would be an A5 dual core processor, along with HSPA+ support. This would mark a number of minor upgrades, similar to the differences that we saw between the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.


     


    Although Apple has not commented on this rumor, you can bet that they will let it flourish as they usually do with rumors. Apple obviously enjoys the press that they receive, and only shoots down rumors that get out of control in terms of popularity, and they do not want people to start taking untrue rumors as fact.


    iphone 4S


    Hopefully the release of this iPhone version will go a little more smoothly than the release of the previous, which was hampered by various connection problems in the early days of the device. It will be interesting to hear how Apple reacts, if they ever do. Not much is available about the next version of the iPhone 4 unlocked, but some probably will be here soon.




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  • PSN comes Back
    Posted on May 18, 2011 by Pure Mobile

    PSN  (PSN comes back) has been down for so long that many users forgot what it was once like to take their PlayStation 3 online and play games with their friends. However, now they are rolling out updates and have put together a huge security patch to ensure that the hacking that the company suffered would not happen again. In the early goings of the hack, the network went down and Sony was mostly silent while they took a look at the damage that had been caused. After quite some time, they stated that they believed that some credit card numbers had been broached, and the federal government got into the investigation. Other personal information was leaked as well. In all, over one hundred million user accounts were compromised.


    PSN comes Back


    The firmware update has created some problems of its own. After Sony put the update out there, users were asked to change their passwords. Sony said that it would take some time for the update to roll out across the country, and that they would be rolling it out in segments to ensure that no further issues were experienced.


     


    It is clear that Sony has to win the trust of their customers back again. Already the leak of all of that sensitive data has caused quite a firestorm, with federal authorities investigating who might have been behind the attack. Sony has remained quiet but open throughout the process and has released a number of public relations videos detailing what they are doing to win back their customers and to help them turn around their image in the wake of one of the biggest leaks that the country has ever seen.


    PSN comes Back


    Although the company has made their efforts as clear as possible, there are still those that believe that they were wronged in the process and the outcry around the Internet has affected the way that many view the company. Now they must attempt to win back customers faith that they may have potentially lost with the caption "PSN comes back" .




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  • Twitter Launches New Web App
    Posted on May 16, 2011 by Pure Mobile

    Twitter Launches New Web AppTwitter has launched their new web app that features a redesigned menu that makes it easier for users to go between their Twitter feed and individual Twitter accounts. The mobile version of their website has already started rolling out. Not all users will see the new version of the site, but you can bet that people will start to see it across the board here soon. Twitter is known for rolling out huge changes very slowly to look for issues before throwing it in front of every user.


     


    The new design definitely shows an improvement over the previous design. The mobile site design of the web app previous to this was quite cartoony and definitely did not match the changes that Twitter has made on their main website.


     


    The native apps are still going to be better for the most part than using their mobile site, but this new design is going to be far less clunky and will be easier to navigate for a large bulk of their users. Web apps currently do not have the same access to the API catologue that apps and other platforms currently have access to. Twitter has stated that most users will see the roll out of the new site over the course of the next few weeks, with larger roll outs coming with each passing day. So far, it is being rolled out to users with Android devices, as well as a select number of users with unlocked iPhone 4, iPod Touch’s and various other devices in the coming days.


    Twitter Launches New Web App


    So far the new web app has been received with critical acclaim from users and media sources alike. It is a greatly improved design that is not going to cause the issues that users have complained about for a very long time. It is good to see that twitter has finally addressed this issue.


     


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  • Nokia N9 Received by FCC
    Posted on May 13, 2011 by Pure Mobile

    The Unlocked Nokia N9 was a device that most thought was never going to be released, but it looks as though there might still be a chance for the device that most thought was scrapped at the time. The FCC filing for the device made its way online today. The device was found in the government database, in which it was claimed that there were six cell frequencies along with Bluetooth and a 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.


    Unlocked Nokia N9


    This shows that the device would be able to debut on a number of different carriers, so narrowing that down is going to be tough until more details are released. The device will also feature a QWERTY sliding keyboard that suggests based on the layout that the device will be available in the US or Canada.


     


    Some have suggested based on the specs that the device might be a great device to run on the Windows Phone 7 platform, although no information regarding that can be released.  The device is a promising one, but not a lot has been released about it, until this FCC file made its way online.



    A number of different phones have become known to the public in this way, and you can bet that it will be not be the last time either. Although nothing is concrete at this point, the fact that the paperwork has been filed to the FCC shows that there is a fairly great chance that the device could see the light of day some time in the near future.


     


    The unlocked  Nokia N9 was a phone that a lot of people were excited about when the first details were released, but it quickly died down when it looked like the phone was never going to see the light of day. Now that things have changed, perhaps there will be a buzz for the device again.


     


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  • Facebook Runs Smear campaign Against GoogleGoogle always says that you should do no evil, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook from engaging in some relatively shady business tactics, according to some sources over the course of the last few days. Facebook reportedly launched a smear campaign against Google in an effort to influence members of the media to write about data that Google was collecting and using from users. Facebook has all but confirmed the rumors through swift denials of the reports that have been out there.


     


    Reportedly, Facebook hired the PR firm Burson-Marsteller to release information to journalists about the fact that Google has been retaining personal information about users and using it ways that they have not made clear.


     


    There is only one thing that this could possibly mean - Google has something here that Facebook feels is a threat to them. Just when it appeared that Facebook was going to be able to take over the whole of the Internet through integrating their services into websites around the web, you can bet that Google is not going to be going down without a fight. Facebook has 500 million users, but you can not make it to that level without playing dirty occasionally and sending the competition some jabs to the stomach.


    Facebook Runs Smear campaign Against Google


    Their plan unravelled when a blogger that they sent the emails to decided to publish the emails online. This is something that they definitely should have seen coming and definitely was a miscalculation on their part.


     


    This is not the first time that both companies have faced off and although they both deny their never ending feud in public, their actions have made their attention more than clear in most cases. This is one of the most direct attacks that either company has taken on the other, so you can bet that they will be retaliating at some point and time for this direct attack against Google.



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  • The unlocked Samsung Galaxy was a device that received a lot of attention when it was first released and has been critically acclaimed. The newest version of the device has also received a lot of attention as well. Samsung announced today that the global preorders for the phone have reached the three million level. This was the level that they were at near the end of April. It is clear that there is a huge demand for the device, and that Samsung has a real winner on their hands.


    One week ago Samsung’s device was pre ordered in South Korea alone a total of 200,000 times. That is a huge number for that region and the 4.3 inch AMOLED device is one that will continue to gain in popularity. They are hugely popular in their home market and the Samsung Galaxy S II is a device that is also popular in other areas of the world.


    The Galaxy S II will be offered throughout more than 120 different countries in total and will be on more than 140 carriers across the globe. The device will continue to grow in popularity as long as they continue to put out solid smart devices.


    The device is really the only device that currently rivals the unlocked iPhone 4 in terms of smart phone popularity. The over sized screen is one thing that has drawn many users to the device and many users are looking forward to more specs to be released about the device moving forward. With over three million pre-orders, the Samsung Galaxy S II is easily the most popular phone that they have, and will continue to be one of the most popular devices in their line moving forward if the amount of pre-orders is any indication.




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  • Have you ever wished that you could send an mp3 to someone that you were talking to without having to hook up your devices to one another? The AirPlay to AppleTV support was a similar feature that was recently added to the Android media player. Now, you will be able to send your mp3 from one phone to another without having to connect them, straight through NFC technology. The video that was released also offers a few details that will give you a better idea of how the technology will work. The update first went live in the Android Market throughout the night. You will be able to send the mp3 to someone that is on a unlocked Samsung Nexus S Google, Galaxy S II and hopefully soon other devices.


    In order to use the software you will have to have two different Android phones that also have the NFC technology. The file sharing features work over the WiFi or Bluetooth connection strings, and will continually be updated by DoubleTwist.


    This is exciting because it is the first of many ways that we will see this technology to be used in the future. The ability to wirelessly send files from one device to another will be hugely popular in the near future. As of right now, only a few devices actually have the NFC technology to make it possible, but you can bet that as more devices are added to lineups with this technology that there will be more and more uses for wirelessly sending files back and fourth.


    Several companies have announced new phones that have NFC technology to be released in the near future, so it appears that the trend will continue to grow moving forward as well. Sharing music is just the very beginning, but you can bet that all sorts of files will be shared moving forward into the future.


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