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AT&T’s Coverage Is Growing

If you’ve ever avoided joining AT&T because of coverage, Verizon is clearly known to have the best in most markets, you might want to consider it now. Especially if you have been eyeing an iPhone for the past couple of years. Check out this article from the Seattle PI:

AT&T Inc. said Friday it will buy the assets of Verizon Wireless in 79 mainly rural areas for $2.35 billion, a deal that will affect more than 1 million subscribers.Verizon Wireless was forced to sell the service areas, which are spread over 18 states, to satisfy regulatory conditions of its purchase of Alltel Corp.

The areas are mainly Alltel territories that overlap with Verizon’s own coverage, but also some Verizon territories and areas covered by Rural Cellular, another carrier Verizon bought last year.Dallas-based AT&T, the country’s largest telecommunications company, was the expected winner of the auction for the assets.

AT&T is getting spectrum licenses, cell towers and 1.5 million subscribers in the deal. Since AT&T phones aren’t compatible with Alltel or Verizon phones, these subscribers will need new phones to use AT&T’s network.AT&T said the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. After that, it will take less than a year to convert the areas to its own network technology, which will require about $400 million in investment.

The states with areas included in the deal are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

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May 10, 2009 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Is The New Booty Call

booty-callWell, not for me because the last thing I want is the ability to be leaving a laundromatwith a thought of ‘Hmmm what should I do now?’ followed by my iPhone app giving my proximity to some skeezer in the apartment building across the street.  However, I do know a few people who are on their way to the AT&T kiosk ’round the corner to one up.  As if I really needed another reason to think my phone is a germ metropolis – thanks MENSA guys!

TechCrunch.com:
The iPhone is a hotbed for location-based social networks, which tap into the phone’s geolocation features to help users find nearby friends and strangers that they might like to meet. We’ve seen a handful of dating applications that cater to the straight community, and today brings the launch of Grindr (iTunes Link), one of the first iPhone applications geared towards gay and bisexual men.

While privacy is an issue for all location based social networks, it is of the utmost importance on gay networks. Without proper security measures, bigots could easily download such applications and use them to pinpoint targets for hateful slurs and potentially even violence. Grindr deals with these issues by obscuring a user’s absolute location by default. Rather than plotting each user on the map. Grindr displays how far away they are (distances can range from a few feet to miles away).   READ MORE HERE

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Lies, Lies – Don’t Believe The Lies!

iPhone App Usage Drops Off:

A study has shown that less than 5 percent of consumers still use their free iPhone applications a month after downloading them. What do you think?

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , | Leave a comment

AT&T Does What Wal-Mart Can’t

The prospect that $99 iPhones would be offered for sale by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had analysts and prospective buyers buzzing before Christmas, but when they were finally announced for sale last week they cost $197 – only a $2 discount.

But shoppers willing to buy a refurbished 8-gigabyte version of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) can now get them while supplies last from AT&T Corp. , the iPhone’s designated service provider.

The offer appeared on AT&T’s (NYSE:T) Web site, which said the black models were “previously owned devices that have been unused or lightly used and returned during the 30-day trial period.”

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , | 1 Comment

iPod “Building Block” Speaker

So cool, I love little ideas to listen to my music throughout the house as I pretty much have to have music just to brush my teeth. So having said that, check this out but since they appear to be out, you might have to do a little research, although I found the yellow one here. A little video is below. 

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Idea > Bad Idea

Good Idea
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Icoi’s Butterfly Design Wall Mounted Fireplace

Bad Idea
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iLounge’s Cardboard iPhone Coffee Table

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Economy, Funny, technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bacon Wrap My iPhone Please!

Would an iPhone skin designed to look like bacon be an example of consumerism at it’s portliest….? 

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Gotta Sell That Sizzle!

November 15, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Funny, technology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Takes the Lead In Cell Phones

iphone-3g1Apple’s iPhone 3G broke the Motorola RAZR’s 12-quarter run as the country’s best-selling cellphone through consumer channels in the third quarter, when industrywide handset purchases by consumers fell 15 percent from the year-ago period to 32 million, The NPD Group said.

The sales figures, which exclude purchases made by corporations and other enterprises, are based on more than 150,000 online consumer research surveys completed each month.

The top handsets, based in order of unit sales, were the Apple iPhone 3G, all models of the RAZR V3, all models of the RIM Blackberry Curve, LG’s Rumor, and LG’s enV2.

In-demand functions include digital cameras and text messaging, NPD found. When consumers were asked what features motivated them to buy a specific phone, 43 percent of buyers cited the need for a camera, and 36 percent cited messaging.

The survey also found that the percentage of phones equipped with Bluetooth and MP3 playback continued to rise. In the third quarter, 83 percent of phones purchased were Bluetooth-enabled, up from the year-ago 72, and 68 percent of phones purchased were music-enabled, up from the year-ago 49 percent. (source)

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Today – Apocalypse Tomorrow

Ponder This:   Before a future version of Apple’s iPhone wakes you up in the morning, it will have downloaded the morning’s news feeds and sent a message to your coffee maker to begin brewing a fresh pot.  If you’d rather read the morning news on your TV while you sip your fresh brewed cup of Joe, you’ll be able to simply wave the handset towards the TV to throw the day’s feeds up on the big screen

That’s the future for the iPhone, and the think tank behind the program isn’t likely to set false expectations.  (Read More)

Anyone else wondering where this is headed…..

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Google Earth For The iPhone Is Now Available!

Go to the Apps Store and pick it up – I’m pretty excited because you can either use it on a daily basis if you need navigational guidance or if you miss a particular street from your past, you can just look at it now and again. I know, kind of weird. Below is an excerpt of an article I found:

The Google Earth geographical software has been altered to make maximum use of the iPhone’s screen and functionality. You’re able to tilt the device to adjust your view when browsing mountainous terrain, use the ‘My Location’ feature to jump right to where you are in the blink of an eye, and use Google’s local search engine to look for information on cities, places and businesses. Google has also added additional layers to the application, namely Panoramio and Wikipedia, for geo-located high-quality photos and informative articles respectively.

This marks the main differentiator between the official Google Earth app and the one Earthscape released last May. More recently, the Earthscape application dropped its price from $10 to free, but will most likely be trumped by the official app now.

As CNET points out, Google Earth for iPhone has a small Webkit-based browser to show the specific information users click on, and includes a link to the Safari browser Apple builds into the iPhone. When you click the address of a business using the local search engine, the iPhone will intercept the command and show it on the Google Maps application, enabling you to get directions instantly.

Click here to read more.

October 27, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , | Leave a comment

You Can Be A ‘Flying Ace’

Coming up in November, you can get “Flying Ace” for your iPhone or iPod Touch. This game puts you in control of an F-15 Eagle flying over the Persian Gulf and uses accelerometer controls to give you a more realistic flight experience. There will also be a ranking systems for players to compete against one another. The more A.I.-controlled enemy fighters you shoot down, the higher your rank will be.

This version of the game will be available on the App Store sometime in November for $7.99. SnakeHead Software is planning to release a multiplayer version of the game sometime in the future. At that point, the game will be priced at $9.99. According to the company, users that purchased the first version of the game will “most likely” be able to get the upgrade for free. Check out the video down below. 

October 27, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IBM releasing iNotes for iPhone | Apple

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10053844-37.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

NOKIA’S TOUCHSCREEN PHONE NEARS RELEASE!

Nokia tends to make a great product, might this be the true “iPhone Killer?” It’s called The Tube and next week in London, this little gem will appear at a media event in London. 

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WHY iPHONE DEVELOPERS SHOULD DEFECT TO THE ANDROID


Would these developers get the same exposure? Doubt it.

Here’s the article link for this discussion. 

September 25, 2008 Posted by | technology | , | Leave a comment

Googlephone Will Cost the Same as the iPhone

“An iPhone killer it ain’t.”

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/googlephone-wil.html

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment