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Verizon wireless' 4G LTE available in Clarksville on Thursday!

Verizon Wireless announced today it is turning on the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE Network in Clarksville, Tenn. on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network is the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

The deployment of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE in Clarksville, Tenn. provides LTE coverage to surrounding areas including Fort Campbell, St. Bethlehem and New Providence, as well as Oak Grove, Ky., and Hopkinsville, Ky.

4G LTE provides wireless consumers access to services up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE technology also will improve coverage strength inside buildings, as it runs on a powerful 700 megahertz wireless frequency.

“Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better,” said Jerry Fountain, the president of the Carolinas/Tennesee Region for Verizon Wireless. “Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America. We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 we will cover the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area. The activation of our lightning fast 4G LTE network in Clarksville is further evidence of our commitment to and investment in the residents of this area.”

4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans and Devices

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems are currently available: the LG VL600 and the Pantech UML290, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network.

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Mass production of Apple's A5-, Qualcomm-powered iPhone 5 rumored for Sept.

Apple's iPhone 5 will feature "slight modifications" from its predecessor, including an 8 megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, and will go into production in September, a new report claims.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities issued a note on Monday offering alleged details of the next iPhone. His checks with supply chain sources indicated that the next handset from Apple will not feature an all-new-design, but rather only "slight modifications" from the iPhone 4.

Specifically, Kuo has heard that the iPhone 5 will include the faster A5 processor already found in the iPad 2, as well as a higher resolution 8 megapixel rear camera. He has also been told that Apple will switch to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, along with an improved antenna design.

Kuo has also been told that the new iPhone will go into trial production in August and mass production in September, allowing Apple to reach shipment volumes of between 28 million and 32 million units this year. That would align with previous reports that have indicated Apple plans to make its new iPhone available for sale later than usual this year, likely in Apple's next fiscal year beginning in October.

The earthquake and tsunami disaster have reportedly resulted in constrained supplies for Apple, which plans to focus components toward building the new iPhone 5 later this year. As a result of those component shortages, Kuo said to not be surprised if a new fifth-generation iPod touch is not announced as usual in September this year.

Kuo's report also presumes that Apple will unveil its fifth-generation iPhone at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled for June 6 through 10 in San Francisco. However, other reports have indicated that Apple does not plan to introduce any new hardware at this year's event, choosing instead to focus on iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion software.

In addition, if Kuo's information about production in September is correct, it is highly unlikely that Apple would announce a new iPhone in June, three months before the device is even scheduled to be built in large quantities.

Regardless, Kuo said he believes the "main selling point" of the iPhone 5, due to its similar design to the iPhone 4, will be the new iOS 5 mobile operating system. Kuo expects a more dramatic hardware change to the iPhone in 2012 when the presumed sixth-generation model will arrive.

Kuo said he has heard that Apple plans a new design and greatly improved hardware specifications for the sixth-generation iPhone. Sources have also indicated that the device could go on sale in the first half of 2012, an earlier-than-usual date due to "fierce competition" with Google's Android mobile platform.

In January, Kuo correctly claimed that Apple's iPad 2 would feature the same 1024-by-768-pixel display as the first-generation iPad, and that it would use the same cameras as the iPod touch, which are of lower quality than the iPhone 4.

Kuo also said in March that Apple was set to begin production of the white iPhone 4 and ship the device in April. Last week, numerous reports confirmed that Apple will make the white iPhone 4 available for sale in the "next few weeks."
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Why Apple Should Make the Move to Content

The biggest failure of my life was getting let go from an employer many years ago. I was young, found the job kind of boring, and after a while I mentally checked out. But I decided that it would reflect poorly on me to leave it so soon after starting, so I resolved to stay for a set period of time and then quit. Well, I guess the feeling was mutual, because my boss beat me to the punch by a few weeks. That failure left a permanent scar on me, and I resolved to never let it happen again.

I bring this up because in thinking about Apple (AAPL), I can't help but grimace and wonder if it will be soon be facing a crossroads not unlike the one it faced in the late '80s. There, it failed. Macintosh computers were fantastic products, superior to PCs in most ways (so people tell me -- I was in early elementary school at the time and was more focused on Mario 2), and yet they lost to Wintel-based systems. As innovation slowed down it allowed lower-price, commoditized competitors to catch up and beat Apple on price and customization. Apple fell into a morass from which it did not reemerge until Steve Jobs returned to the company in the late '90s.

Today, Apple is one to two years away from a similar crossroads. Innovation is slowing. The iPhone and iPad remain category killers, though slowly but surely you can see Google's (GOOG) Droid-based competition and others nipping at their heels. In the long run, hardware gets commoditized. That's not a game Apple is positioned to or desires to win. It's not clear where it goes from here, with iPod/MacBook/iPhone/iPad all at various stages along the maturation curve. It's in their DNA to try to compete with Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) in the services/enterprise world -- that's for losers like PC guy.

Apple needs to make a big move into a new product category. Something as big as the first iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Which brings us to its cash horde. Apple currently has about $60 billion in cash, and is projected to earn a ludicrous $50 billion in earnings (not revenue) over the next two years. It's going to become a bigger and bigger investor concern -- what can Apple possibly do with $100 billion?

Two options. One, give it all back to investors. Two, buy something gigantic. But what should it buy? Increasingly its moving away from computing and toward being at the intersection of computing, communications, and media delivery. That's its vision of a post-PC world. It's already world-class at computing, communications, and media delivery. The missing piece to the puzzle, of course, is content.

Enter Disney (DIS). The music industry more or less accepted its fate of being at the mercy of iTunes. The TV industry has had more time to respond and they're fighting back with Hulu and their own initiatives. They see what Netflix (NFLX) is doing to their business. Google's got YouTube. Amazon (AMZN) is muscling its way into the business. Facebook's going to give it a shot. It's clear this fight won't be as easy for Apple as music was. What better way for Apple to show its dominance than to buy Mickey Mouse?

And if it's a media company, it's gotta be Disney. Steve Jobs is already on the Board of Directors. He loves brands, and Disney is a top 10 global brand, and stands for creativity, wonder, and imagination -- not unlike Apple.

Steve Jobs is the Walt Disney of our age. Might as well make it official.
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Apple Online Forums Become Apple Support Communities

Apple revamped its online discussion forums over the weekend with a push towards social interaction. The newly named Apple Support Communities will award members with points based on their activities, and lets users “like” posts they find helpful or interesting.

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The Apple Support Communities forums include “communities,” or sub-groups that categorize posts by topic, along with the ability to customize views with widgets.

Apple began the migration from its older style discussion board system into its new social forums in August 2010.

Like the online discussion boards Apple Support Communities replaces, users don’t need to pay any fees to participate, and they can sign in using their Apple ID.
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Archos' £131 iPad 2 Rival Tablet Lands

Although it might be pretentious to call the Archos Arnova 10 a proper iPad 2 rival, the fact that it costs less than a third the price of the Apple's tablet means that many will forgive its shortcomings.

The tablet is currently available on sale from Insight for £130.79 including VAT and will be ordered upon request by the online retailer.

And the least we can say is that it comes with some decent configuration; there's a Rockchip RK2818 ARM9 system on chip clocked at 600MHz, Android OS 2.1, a 10-inch resistive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, 4GB onboard storage, possibly 256MB RAM, microSD, Wi-Fi, a front facing VGA camera, two USB 2.0 ports and a weight of 570g.

Unfortunately, there's no rear camera, 3G connectivity or HDMI port and the presence of Eclair means that there's no Wi-Fi hotspot or support for Flash yet. Plus Archos has its own proprietary version of the Google Android market with oer 25,000 apps.

Archos says that the device - which was released earlier this year - will be able to deliver 40 hours worth of music playback or up to six hours video. There will be an updated version coming up, potentially with Honeycomb, a capacitive touchscreen and perhaps more importantly, a 1GHz system on chip.

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Looking to Take on the IPad 2

It seems that every time that the industry hears of a new smart tablet hitting the market, they are promoting it as the thing that will compete with the iPad 2. The Motorola Xoom was a device that a lot of industry insiders predicted could have the chance of overtaking the iPad 2 but the sales for that device have not met expectations, falling way behind the iPad 2.

Now there is talk of a new tablet and that being the BlackBerry PlayBook. BlackBerry claims that they could be the one to topple the dominance of Apple.

The PlayBook will hit stores on April 19th and you can bet that the smart tablet industry will be waiting in anticipation as to what the early sales numbers will be. If the PlayBook has success like the BlackBerry phone, there could easily be a battle between Apple and BlackBerry for smart tablet supremeness.

The PlayBook takes the same approach as the iPad 2 by making things sleek and simple. There are no buttons with the PlayBook and the front screen is made of glass. While it is a 7 inch screen, the PlayBook is the smart tablet that resembles the iPad 2 the most amongst the other competitors.

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No iPad 2 release in India now

BANGALORE, INDIA: Apple iPad 2 is up for sale in the US from March 11. Yet, there are no reliable indicators that suggest the release of the gadget in India, the second fastest growing mobile market in the world.

Referring to media reports on the launch of iPad 2, an Apple Inc. spokesman told CIOL on Monday that reports were mere speculation and Apple has not announced any date for the launch. Ever since Apple announced the launch of iPad 2, speculations were doing the round saying that the gadget may hit the Indian shores in April, May or June.

The spokesman said “Apple has only committed to the world launch as of now. Apple has never commented on iPad 2 release in India. I just don't understand who is churning these rumours.”

wever, in India iPad 2 can be brought from several online stores. HomeShop18 recently announced that will bring the Apple iPad 2 on their e-commerce portal. The gadget will be priced at 34900 and the product will delivered to the customer's doorstep with free in-transit insurance, a HomeShop 18 release said.

Previously, several managers with Apple partners had told CIOL on condition of anonymity that they had been told by Apple to expect an announcement in just two weeks' time, and it was rumoured that it could be the iPad 2. But this turned out to be the announcement of iPhone 4 release.

Two leading cellular operators in India - Airtel and Aircel - only recently announced the sale of Apple's iPhone 4 in India. Though the release was speculated at the time of the global launch of iPhone 4 with Vodafone, it just remained a speculation only.

According to sources, Apple partners, who were anxious to know when iPad 2 would be launched in India, were told during the partners meeting held in New Delhi in March that Apple was indeed working on a release date.
The list of countries where iPad 2 will be released on March 25 include; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

However, in India iPad 2 can be brought from several online stores. HomeShop18 recently announced that will bring the Apple iPad 2 on their e-commerce portal. The gadget will be priced at 34900 and the product will delivered to the customer's doorstep with free in-transit insurance, a HomeShop 18 release said.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that is expected to hit stores in June with a similar price tag as the base 16GB WiFi iPad 2 model ($499) has showed up in a tradeshow in Vietnam.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 brags a thinner frame than the iPad 2 as well as matches its dual-core processor. Samsung no doubt has the iPad 2 in its sights as it reportedly redesigned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the eleventh hour when the iPad 2 released and they noticed its sleeker body. Just like how the Samsung Galaxy S2 is expected to go head to head with the upcoming iPhone 5, Samsung has high hopes for its Galaxy Tab 10.1
iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

As can be seen from the mostly Vietnamese video clip, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb however there is no UI over it at this time (expected to be added in the retail version). It is put side to side with the iPad 2 where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 appears slightly larger but at the same time thinner (although the iPad 2 does have a case on it so the difference may be negligible.

The tablets are then pitted against each other on the table as the user runs Angry Birds on both of them simultaneously. There is no obvious difference between both the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 although the latter's wider screen proportions does make it appear a little more nicer.

Moving on we see the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 return to the homescreen where the fluidity of the screen transition is tested. We can see that the iPad 2 seems more confident here as it responds more smoothly as the user flicks to the different homescreens on both tablets.

But that's about all we can tell from the short video. It is again important to note that this may not be the production ready Galaxy Tab 10.1 as is evident with the missing TouchWiz UI. So we may expect slightly different results with the real thing.

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GroupLink's Help Desk Offers Free iPad 2 for K-12 Schools

SALT LAKE CITY, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GroupLink announces a free iPad 2 for K-12 organizations to assist them in implementing everything HelpDesk. For years, GroupLink has been helping those that enlighten the minds of the future through cutting edge service desk and CRM technology. To continue with the tradition of shaping the future, GroupLink is offering a free iPad 2 for the IT or maintenance staff of K-12 organizations.

For more information about the iPad offering and the academic service desk for K-12 visit http://www.grouplink.net/landing/k12ipad.html

GroupLink's everything HelpDesk is the academic solution for public and private schools and everything education. This web based solution provides the way to keep the lines of communication open between departments and end users, solve problems quickly and efficiently, and assist faculty and staff in developing the brightest minds. The mobile help desk software gives organization the ability to access trouble tickets on mobile devices such as the Apple iPad. As a result, K-12 organizations can ensure that issues are resolved, even if technicians are on the road.

Many K-12 organizations have experienced rapid return on investment (ROI) through GroupLink's service desk solution. K-12 organizations have seen the need to utilize the iPad in schools to help in the learning process. GroupLink would like to facilitate this need by offering this great technology for free to use with the K-12 academic help desk solution.

This education service desk, which has added great value to K-12 environments, is also available as the free K-12 help desk.

For more information about the free help desk for K-12 visit http://www.grouplink.net/products/ehd/freehelpdesk/k12.html

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Incipio Introduces Smart feather iPad 2 Case

Incipio is bringing its Feather case to support the iPad 2, which will also be compatible with Apple’s magnetic Smart Cover.

The Smart feather iPad 2 case provides users with additional protection for the rear and sides of the Apple-made tablet. Cutouts for the case give users access to the necessary ports and also allow the hinge of the Smart Cover to attach to the iPad 2.

The case measures less than 1 mm thick and is light, weighing in at under 2 ounces. The case is said to be coming soon, though no date or pricing information was announced by Incipio.

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Apple testing new LED backlight maker for iPad 2 supply chain

Apple is said to be testing a new LED backlight maker in an effort to expand its supply of components for the still-hard-to-buy iPad 2.

Everlight Electronics has delivered samples of its LED backlight products to Apple, according to China Times (via Google Translate and DigiTimes). Everlight's products are intended for use in tablet-style devices, and it is presumed that Apple is exploring the use of the company's LED backlights for the iPad 2.

Everlight's products were recently sent to Apple for certification, as the Taiwanese company hopes it can break into Apple's supply chain. With one recent report suggesting that iPad 2 shipments in 2011 could reach 45 million, supplying components for Apple's touchscreen tablet is a lucrative opportunity.

Founded in 1983 in Taipei, Taiwan, Everlight's LED-based products have grown it into a global company with over 6,400 employees. The company has been shipping new LED backlights with a brightness of 2,000 millicandelas for use in tablet computers to other Taiwan-based tablet-makers since March.

Immediately after the iPad 2 arrived in the U.S. in March, some customers reported problems with LED backlight "bleeding" on the edges and in the corners of the display. Such defects, where white light "bleeds" onto the screen, are most noticeable when the screen is operational but dark, such as a dark scene in a movie.

But scattered reports of defects have had no major impact on sales, as Apple has struggled to meet demand for its second-generation iPad. In the U.S. and around the world, Apple stores and retail partners have continuously sold out of the iPad 2 while customers continue to form lines in hopes of obtaining a device.

Apple has steadily expanded availability of the iPad 2, launching in new countries and adding new retailers in the U.S., like Toys R Us on Sunday. But component supplies for the iPad 2 reportedly remain constrained, ensuring that demand continues to outstrip supply for the hot-selling device.
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As predicted, Toys R Us now carrying iPad 2

Apple fans still looking for an iPad 2 can now check the supply at their local Toys R Us store. As expected, Toys R Us is now selling the popular tablet in select stores across the US. Not every store is carrying the tablet so you should consult this list on Toys R Us' website before you trek out to your local shop.

This expansion to yet another retail chain suggests supply constraints on the iPad 2 are easing. When the table first debuted, Apple stores quickly sold their initial stock and online delivery times extended out to 4-5 weeks. One month later, the iPad 2 is available from Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Apple stores nationwide. Online shipping times have also dropped to 2-3 weeks with customers reporting delivery times earlier than the projected 14-21 days. There are also rumors Apple is working to expand component suppliers to ease supply issues.

Though the retail footprint of the iPad 2 is increasing, finding the tablet in stock is still hit or miss. Call regularly and check early are two simple strategies to increase your odds of snagging the model you want. With Mother's Day right around the corner, it may also be a good idea to start your hunt now if you want to surprise Mom on her special day.

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