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Newest Amazon Kindle already sold out from preorders

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 22:27 CDT

Amazon began taking orders for their newest Kindle about a week ago, and now preordering the device will not even get you one on launch day. Looking up its product page on Amazon gives you a big red "Sold Out" message.

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E-reader fans have definitely been looking to the "Kindle 3," with its lighter design, improved functionality, and comparatively wallet-friendly price tag. Pre-ordering now only gives you a "place in line" with no definite ship date. I guess standing in line is not only reserved for camping out in front of stores anymore

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Android 2.2 for the EVO 4G now live!

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 19:31 CDT
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Froyo is here, EVO 4G fans! The Android 2.2 update is now being rolled out over the air one day ahead of schedule. Those that installed the unofficial update that came out the other day will have to wait a bit for a fix from Sprint to get you hooked back up. So what are you waiting for; The updated OS, slicker UI, and of course your flashlight ability is waiting for you!

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Jailbreaking and 3G Facetime made easy for iPhone 4 owners

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 19:15 CDT

With the advent of "legalized" jailbreaking, a few sites are popping up to take advantage of the situation. One that's hot right now with a lot of owners is JailbreakMe, a site that helps you with step by step instructions after you open up the site on your iPhone 4. No software to install is promised, but the site's been pretty busy so have a little patience with load times.

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Facetime fans who give jailbreaking a go can also use a program that will allow Facetime chat over 3G and bypass the current WiFi only restriction. My3G promises to allow 3G Facetime chatting after install, and has a free trial you can use before shelling out the 4 bucks they ask for the full version. Sounds like a nice way to give your new expanded access a try, right?

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Over half of Blackberry owners planning to go Android or iPhone

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 16:57 CDT

It looks like RIM may have a bit of trouble on their hands in the near future; according to a poll of Blackberry owners done by Nielsen, over 50 percent of current Blackberry owners are planning on defecting to Apple or Android devices when their contracts are up. This is opposed to 89 percent of Apple owners and 71 percent of Android owners planning to stay loyal to their current brand.

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The people planning to leave Blackberry were fairly evenly split with 21 percent planning to go Android and 29 percent to the iPhone. Only 2 percent of iPhone owners and 3 percent of Android owners were planning to switch to Blackberry. RIM had better hope that Blackberry 6 and the Blackpad resonate well with customers, or the future could look a little ugly for their sales numbers.

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Hammacher Schlemmer 3D Camcorder to ship on August 6

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 14:08 CDT

There are a few 3D cameras and camcorders coming to the market and one of the first to ship will be the Hammacher Schlemmer 3D camcorder. The thing looks a lot like a Sanyo Xacti to me.

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The camcorder is a small handheld unit measuring in at 4.5" x 1.5" x 3.5" and weighing six ounces. The camera has a pair of lenses each with a 3MP sensor. 3D video is recorded in 640 x 480 resolution.

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Corning Gorilla Glass headed to HDTV market in 2011

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 13:10 CDT

Corning's Gorilla Glass isn't that uncommon in the smartphone market. The glass is used on smartphones like the iPhone 4 and promises more strength and durability than normal glass.

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Corning has announced that starting in 2011 Gorilla Glass will come to the HDTV market. The glass will be used in place of normal glass sheets over LCD and plasma TVs.

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AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to trial smartphone credit cards

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

The only thing that could get three of the four major wireless carriers to work together on one goal is money. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are teaming up on a new plan that could replace MasterCard and Visa with smartphones.

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The system would reportedly use the Discover and Barclays processing networks and users would present the smartphone at checkout to pay. The credit card industry is huge and another way to pay will be good for consumers and retailers.

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ATC9K rugged camera now available for purchase

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

If you are an outdoor enthusiast that likes to do all sorts of extreme sports there is a new camera you can get that can survive your adventures. The new camera is the Oregon Scientific ATC9K.

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The camera is rugged and designed with several mounting options to choose from. The mount options include a tripod mount and a Velcro system that lets you hook it to handlebars and other devices.

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Microsoft ad execs forced IE8 design team to eliminate privacy features

By: Shane McGlaun | Software | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

For many years, almost every one used Internet Explorer from Microsoft, which had 95% of the market at one point. The IE market share is around 65% today and much of that has been taken by browsers like Firefox.

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Early in the IE8 design process the development team had big plans for privacy setting on the browser. The settings would have been integrated in a way that would have seen almost all users of IE8 completely blocking tracking software online.

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ACMA gives thumbs up to in-flight mobile phone use

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 2, 2010 @ 7:48 CDT

After a nine month trial of "pico" cell tranceiver stations from AeroMobile, with customers including Qantas, V Australia, Malaysia Airlines and Emirates, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has given the green light to allow passengers to use their mobiles in the air within Australian airspace.

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Airlines now have the ability to offer satellite services which can be accessed via roaming arrangements with their carriers. The source has all the details.