Want to get in on the smartphone craze but don't quite have the up-front loot for the newest and shiniest phones? Sprint is looking to help you. A limited selection of refurbished phones will be made available that are reset to factory settings and free of cosmetic defects for highly discounted prices.
The phones included in the initial rollout for current customers are the BlackBerry Tour for $79.99, the green Samsung Reclaim and the blue or pink Sanyo 2700 for $49.99. New contract customers can get a refurbished HTC Hero or Tour for $29.99 or the other listed phones for free. The phones only have a 30 day return policy, but it's not a bad deal if you don't have up to $200 up front for something brand new.
Apple's iPad, which has already been made available at Target, Best Buy, and Amazon, will be made available at Wal-Mart starting on Friday. Availability will begin online with orders being picked up in stores, with in-store stock expected at 2,300 stores by the end of the year.
Despite Wal-Mart's well known discounted prices on most items, the iPad's pricing is not expected to undercut Apple's prices through the Apple Store and their website. Wal-Mart will sell the most basic WiFi version for $499, with prices increasing to $829 for the top of the line 64GB 3G/WiFi model.
Aluratek has released a pretty versatile looking product called the Internet Radio Alarm Clock(IRAC). With a WiFi connection, this little device can stream content from over 11,000 radio stations worldwide with no monthly subscription fees.
The IRAC does really function as an alarm clock, allowing you to wake up to your choice of alarm tones, radio stations, or even music from an external USB device such as an Ipod or flash drive. An FM tuner is built in for local radio service, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and dual RCA plugs to connect some beefier speakers than the onboard 2x2W stereo provided. The Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock retails for $99 and is available now.
There's tonnes of news, photos, etc floating around the interwebs today about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.
There's a big difference between WP7, iOS, Android and Blackberry - which by this video, is quite obvious from the start. The latter mobile OS's generally have a desktop with icons, where Windows Phone 7 is a completely different experience. It opens up with dynamic tiles which update with changing content from the phones app's.
The idea is that, all of the info is not hidden inside the apps, but displayed directly on the first screen you see.
One thing that Zune software has never done since its initial availability in 2006 is play nice with Macs. With Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, this may be about to change. Oded Ran, an executive at Microsoft, tweeted today that Zune software will be made available for Mac users to sync with WP7.
The tweet has since been removed, but it shows some progress towards the Zune and Windows Phone 7 devices being Apple-friendly. This makes a lot of sense; there's no reason to alienate a chunk of your potential user base when you're trying to elbow your way back into the smartphone market.
Right now, Google Chrome OS is in release candidate stages.. for those of you who don't know what release candidate is, it's also referred to as "RC". Obviously, the words are simple enough to decipher to "a candidate for release", which always means it's pretty close to shipping time.
Chrome OS was teased last year - in November, and Google promised it would be released before the end of 2010. It looks like that promise just might be polished in gold, or is that chrome?
Some speed bumps along the way - the explosion of Android, also losing their key Chrome OS engineer to Facebook.
SquareTrade is a company that offers third-party warranty for consumer electronics that covers accidental damage, has released an analysis of damage rates, comparing Apple's iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3GS. The report stated damage reports by warranty holders, the GorillaGlass-clad iPhone 4 suffers from damaged or cracked screens - here is the surprising bit, twice as often as the iPhone 3GS.
The analysis was formed by accident reports from claims submitted to SquareTrade by the users who took out warranty protection for new iPhones. After 4 months, 3.9 percent of iPhone 4 owners had reported cracked screens. Where, the iPhone 3GS had reports of cracked screens by only 2.1 percent within the first four months of ownership.
That's an 86 percent increase in cracked screens.
Intel have recorded another record quarter, raking in $11.1 billion in revenue, with $3 billion of that in profits.
Supposedly, the record revenue and profits are due to increases in laptop and server chip sales, but Atom doesn't get any of the fan-fare, Atom sales actually dropped by four percent.
Other Q3 highlights are:
One of the things that many people like about a DSLR camera is that they tend to give you control over all of the little things the camera can do right from the front of the camera on the lens or with little knobs on the camera body. The way the cameras are designed for the most part means you can adjust all the settings without having to take your eye away from the viewfinder. Samsung has a similar technology for its interchangeable lens cameras like its NEX10.
The technology is called i-Function lenses. These lenses are able to communicate with the body of the camera to get optimized settings and allow more creative control over photos. Samsung has announced that it has updated the firmware for the NEX10 digital camera and with the update applied; the camera will now support the i-Function features of the lenses. The camera gets an updated GUI as well.
The amount of storage space on a computer is sort of like thinking about how much money is in a bank vault for me. I can think about how cool it would be to have a billion dollars in my account, but the reality is that it's hard to fathom exactly how much money that would be. The same goes for storage capacity. I have a hard time fathoming how much data is contained in 17 petabytes of storage.
Autonomy is a company that offers all sorts of services to corporations and one of those services is access to the firm's private cloud computing network. That private cloud now manages 17 petabytes of data according to the company. The data includes things like email, multimedia, and documents. If you convert 17 petabytes to gigabytes, that works out to 17,825,792 gigabytes of data. We can put that into terms that are a bit easier to compare though.