Tech wrap: Google +1 = happier advertisers

March 30, 2011

An image detailing Google's new "+1" feature as screen grabbed from www.google.com/experimental.  REUTERS/Google/HandoutGoogle launched “+1″, its version of Facebook’s “like” button, enabling you to publicly share search results that you fancy with friends, the Web and advertisers. Google found that including +1 recommendations on ads boosted the rates at which people click on them. Eventually, Google plans to let third-party websites feature +1 buttons directly on their own pages, the company said. The ability to +1 ads and for that endorsment to appear on ads on websites other than Google’s is key, writes TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, and another volley fired in the war between Google and Facebook.

Tech wrap: Ripe BlackBerry not sweet enough

March 24, 2011

A man looks at a BlackBerry product display in a shop at a mobile and computer shopping complex in northern Tehran January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi Research In Motion’s quarterly net profit jumped 32 percent, boosted by strong global BlackBerry smartphone sales. But a weaker-than-expected outlook as it spent heavily on the launch of its PlayBook tablet next month, sent RIM’s shares tumbling after the bell.

Tech wrap: Amazon offers Android apps, gets sued by Apple

March 22, 2011

A demonstrator plays a racing game on an Android-based Motorola Atrix smartphone during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Steve MarcusAmazon.com opened its store for Google Android smartphone applications, ratcheting up its fight with Apple after the iPhone maker sued Amazon in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using its App Store trademark.

Tech wrap: AT&T/T-Mobile a done deal?

March 21, 2011

Reflections are seen in the window of an AT&T store in New York March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAT&T’s planned buy of T-Mobile USA is ultimately expected to get regulatory approval, combining the second and fourth largest wireless operators to create a new leader that will control around 43 percent of the U.S. wireless market. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson suggested he had little choice but to do it as AT&T is in dire need of more wireless airwaves to increase network capacity for mobile Web services.

Verizon iPhone gets dinged by Consumer Reports (Update)

February 25, 2011

VERIZON/IPHONE“Antennagate” again?

The reception problem that plagued AT&T’s iPhone 4 last summer is also found on the Verizon version of the iPhone, according to Consumer Reports.  The influential nonprofit organization, which publishes guides on everything from cars to TVs, said Friday that holding the Verizon iPhone “in a specific but quite natural way” can cause the phone to drop calls.

What did not happen at the Verizon iPhone launch

January 11, 2011

USA/After years of rumors and breathless anticipation, Apple’s iPhone is finally coming to the network of Verizon Wireless. But because Verizon is launching a version of the device that has been available from rival AT&T for more than half a year, there was little new technology on display to excite the gadget geeks and Apple fanboys.

Verizon’s iPhone antenna ‘death grip’ proof?

January 11, 2011

vzapplOn the face of it, the iPhone 4 unveiled by Verizon Wireless on Tuesday is pretty much the same device that AT&T has been selling. It costs the same, and features essentially the same bells and whistles — with the nice addition of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, that allows up to five other devices to share its wireless signal.

Liveblog: Verizon set to launch the iPhone. Finally.

January 11, 2011

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Verizon is set to launch the iPhone today — January 11, 2011 at 11am ET. Cheeky.

Verizon’s iPad launch: Is this the right party?

October 28, 2010

It’s become a time-honored tradition: Start selling an Apple gadget and brace for the throngs of eager consumers.VZiPad

MetroPCS boasts first U.S. LTE service, phone

September 21, 2010
Ninety percent of MetroPCS customers have been using its handsets for data services. More than half of them rely on MetroPCS handsets as their primary means to accessing the Internet. On Tuesday, the pay-as-you-go company become the first carrier to launch commercial high-speed wireless long term evolution services in the United States. LTE is a fourth-generation technology that Verizon Wireless and AT&T plan to support. “We think this is going to serve the sweet spot for consumers who want more, who want the next best thing and who are willing to pay a little more for the handset,” Chief Operating Officer Tom Keys said. MetroPCS launched the world’s first commercially available LTE handset, the Samsung Craft. The service is first available in Las Vegas and is expected to most markets it serves by the first quarter of 2011, Keys said. The company is offering 4G LTE services under two service plans – $55 or $60. Under its plans, customers pay a monthly fee in advance for unlimited phone calls without committing to a long-term contract. MetroPCS is offering the Samsung Craft for $299, after $50 instant rebate, plus tax. MetroPCS plans to launch another 3-5 handsets in the next 12 months, Keys said. “2012 will probably have a larger roadmap in terms of handsets for the entire LTE ecosystem,” Keys said. The company is also considering offering tablet-like devices, he added.

MetroPCS LTE PhoneOn Tuesday, MetroPCS  said it has become the first US carrier to launch commercial high-speed wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services and and an handset, beating its biggest rival Verizon Wireless to the post.  LTE is a next-generation technology Verizon Wireless and AT&T plan to support.