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Comex Still Working on iPad 2 Jailbreak

Following anyone's Twitter conversation can be a confusing experience, especially when it involves something as technical as an iOS jailbreak, but two recent tweets from Comex suggests he is still working on the rumored iPad 2 jailbreak we've all been waiting for.
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After several hints, teases, and an actual confirmation a rumored July 17 release date was announced, but was quickly shot down by Comex and his team. This week Comex admitted that the iPad 2 jailbreak is late tweeting, "See, I’m always lying about my release dates."

Previously, Comex released a long explanation basically saying the new jailbreak will be easier to perform, but what do all these reports and tweets mean? The same as before, interpreting his tweets makes it look like an iPad 2 jailbreak could be right around the corner.
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Did Courtney phone this one in?

I don't know enough about the proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile to say whether it's good for the country.

My natural skepticism, though, would suggest it can't be too good for consumers to create two giants in the wireless industry. And aren't most mergers about cutting jobs through consolidation?

My instincts are that it's not so good, a suspicion confirmed by the reaction of quite a few national consumer groups that have written in opposition to the merger.

My sense, too, would be that U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney of eastern Connecticut's 2nd District might also not know enough about the proposed merger to decide if it's good for the country.

But evidently Rep. Courtney, who has received more than $11,000 in political contributions from AT&T during his career, knew enough to sign a letter last month, along with 75 other Democratic members of Congress, in general support of the merger.

"The pending AT&T merger proposal pledges to help realize that vision (for nationwide, next generation broadband) and for this reason, we urge you to give important consideration to these and other prospective benefits during your comprehensive review," Courtney and the other Democrats wrote.

The letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski stopped short of actually endorsing the merger.

But presumably it delivered some of the $500,000 in political firepower AT&T paid for in contributions to 71 of the 76 members of Congress who signed the letter.

When I called Courtney's office to ask about his signing the letter, I said I was surprised by his support, given his history of protecting consumers.

His office responded by referring me to a policy paper on the merger written by the Progressive Policy Institute.

Courtney's office also issued this statement from the congressman:

"I have heard directly from eastern Connecticut workers and have reviewed independent analysis that AT&T's post merger investment in wireless infrastructure will have a positive impact on domestic jobs and Connecticut's economy.

"For this reason, I joined three of my Connecticut House colleagues in urging a thorough review of the proposed merger, including consumer prices, competition and economic impact."

I still can't shake the feeling that this is what $11,000 would sound like if it could talk.

Courtney's three Connecticut colleagues who also signed, by the way, also had career totals of more than $11,000 in contributions from AT&T. They are Rosa DeLauro of the 3rd District, John B. Larson of the 1st District and Christopher S. Murphy of the 5th District.

AT&T's generous contributions to nonprofits like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Education Association, which threw support to the merger, have also raised some eyebrows and hackles.

The president of the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) had to resign after a firestorm of protest erupted in response to his signing a letter in support of the AT&T merger.

Prominent consumer groups that have thrown down red flags at the prospect of the merger say it will make AT&T and Verizon giant toll takers on the wireless highway with others unable to compete.

If the merger goes through, Verizon and AT&T would control 80 percent of the mobile market in America. That lack of competition would increase prices and stifle competition and innovation, the consumerists argue.

I am sorry that Rep. Courtney did not seem to give their arguments more consideration.

In light of the contributions he has accepted, he could have at least erred more on the side of neutrality.

This is the opinion of David Collins.
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Anite Takes LTE Data Performance to the Next Level

As LTE promises an enhanced mobile broadband experience, with data speeds on a par with fixed-line broadband, network operators and device manufacturers need to consider a comprehensive set of data throughput tests as part of LTE device acceptance and evaluation. Anite, the global leader in wireless device testing, announced today the availability of a new solution - that will include carrier based scripts for LTE data throughput performance - to address the need for LTE data performance testing in the laboratory environment.

The new solution has taken into consideration the data throughput requirements of major LTE network operators. Anite's unique LTE data performance solution is based on SAS (Anite's industry-leading network simulator for device interoperability testing), the Anite 9000 Mobile Test Accelerator platform, and Azimuth Systems ACE MX advanced channel emulator . The ACE MX is architected to meet the needs of OFDM* and MIMO** based wireless systems in addition to the emulation requirements of 2G/3G systems. Supporting all industry-standard bands and channel models for LTE, WiMAX, 2G/3G and Wi-Fi, the ACE MX is renowned for its ease-of-use and features that support advanced channel modelling and propagation conditions.

"New mobile devices need to conform to strict industry and operator specific criteria, and thereby live up to user expectations when launched, said Paul Beaver, Product Director at Anite. "With LTE data performance now also under the spotlight Anite can help ensure that LTE devices will perform as expected and accelerate their time to market. These new LTE carrier acceptance scripts offer a cost-effective option for SAS customers who are also interested in LTE data performance testing."

"The integration of SAS with ACE MX provides Anite's customers with the best-in-class solution for their LTE data performance testing needs," says Peter Paglia, Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Azimuth Systems. "This solution enhances the consideration of real-world conditions in the laboratory environment so that customers can test the signalling and data behaviour of LTE devices in a faster and more cost-efficient way."
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Verizon the latest carrier to tighten the data spigot

The days when cellphone users could get all the Internet, video, and downloads they want for a flat monthly fee are fading, as Verizon Wireless becomes the latest cellphone carrier to do away with unlimited data plans.


Beginning tomorrow, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, will cap the amount of data downloads allowed under its $30-a-month wireless broadband plan; it will also unveil more costly options for users with big appetites for digital data.

The changes will affect only new customers. Customers who now have unlimited data plans, or who sign with Verizon today, will be able to continue paying a flat fee for all the data they wish to download.

Verizon follows the country’s number one carrier, AT&T Inc., which did away with unlimited data plans last year. The smallest of the nation’s top four cellular companies, T-Mobile USA, still offers an unlimited service, but the company dramatically slows down data transfers for heavy users - in effect, imposing a speed limit instead of a usage quota. Of the top wireless companies, only Sprint Nextel Corp. still offers unlimited data plans.

The trend follows an explosion in the amount of digital information sent and received as more people buy devices like Apple Inc.’s iPhone and smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system. With limited network capacity, cellphone carriers can discourage heavy usage by placing caps on data transfers and charging more. “What we’re trying to do is streamline our data plan,’’ said a Verizon Wireless spokesman, Howard Waterman.

Limited plans “will certainly affect consumer behavior,’’ said Craig Moffett, a cellular industry analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein Co. in New York. “If it’s going to cost more for the consumer to watch a video, they’re going to think twice before they click on that link of the squirrel on water skis.’’

Verizon Wireless subscribers now pay $29.99 a month for as much data as they want. That means unlimited access to e-mails, Web pages, and entertainment services that stream music, video clips, or movies.

After tomorrow, Verizon Wireless will allow new customers to send and receive a limit of 2 gigabytes of data per month for $30 - enough, said Waterman, to send 1,000 e-mails, view 100 Web pages, listen to more than 20 hours of streaming music, upload more than 20 photographs, and view over two hours of high-definition video.

Verizon will offer higher-priced plans for consumers who use more data. Consumers will be able to buy 5 gigabytes of data per month for $50, or 10 gigabytes for $80. Users who exceed their quotas will be billed $10 per extra gigabyte.

Edgar Dworsky, a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general who now runs the consumer education website consumerworld.org, noted that Verizon’s new plan lacks a low-priced option for consumers who use very little wireless data. AT&T, for instance, charges $15 a month for 200 megabytes of data, but at Verizon, the lowest-priced plan will be $30 a month, the price it now charges for unlimited data.
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Microsoft seeks smartphone licensing payments from Samsung - report

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system as the U.S. software giant has a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform, local media reported on Wednesday.

Samsung would likely seek to lower the payment to about $10 in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the U.S. company's Windows platform , the Maeil Business Newspaper quoted unnamed industry officials as saying.

Samsung had no immediate comment.

In April last year, Microsoft said it had reached a licensing deal with Taiwan's HTC Corp , under which it would receive royalty payments on its handsets running Android.

The move comes as Android phones gain in popularity. Microsoft charges handset makers such as HTC and Samsung to use its Windows mobile software and has tied up with Nokia to challenge Google and Apple Inc in the smartphone market.

Analysts forecast Samsung, the world's No.2 handset maker, to have sold about 19 million smartphones in the April-June quarter, with the dominant position running on Android. It is widely expected to emerge as the No.1 smartphone maker, replacing Nokia's more than 10-year reign.

Samsung's Galaxy S II, successor to its flagship Galaxy S smartphone, which runs on the Android platform, has sold more than 3 million units since its debut in late April. (Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Chris Lewis)
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Put Your Tablet to Work

A tablet is no longer a toy. More and more, users are ditching their laptops in favor of carrying nothing more than a tablet--not just for a trip to grandma's house, but for honest-to-goodness work. This decision, however, is not one to undertake lightly: Tablets have numerous weaknesses--from the lack of a physical keyboard to muddy file management--that you need to address before you traipse out the door with your iPad or Android slate in hand. Here's what you need to think about before you make the switch.

Go Big or Stay Home

As every netbook owner has learned, you need a little real estate to get work done. To that end, you're likely to end up with better results if you plan for productivity from the start (before you ever buy a tablet at all), by considering a unit with a relatively spacious screen. That means the Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom are in, while the almost pocket-size original Samsung Galaxy Tab is out. Remember: Even the largest tablets on the market today are small enough to slip easily into any briefcase (and even most purses), so a big screen doesn't mean you'll be weighing yourself down.
Plan for Connectivity

Your tablet can liberate you from the chains of traditional computing, but not if you're constantly running from one Wi-Fi hotspot to another. All the major tablet makers offer 3G/4G versions of their products that work over cell phone networks; if you're serious about going all-tablet, you'll need to bite the bullet and get one with a data plan. For the iPad, this is a $130 upgrade, plus data-plan service fees from your carrier of choice.
Prepare for Attachments

Put Your Tablet to WorkThe biggest challenge you'll face in doing real work with an iPad or some other tablet is file management, specifically when you're dealing with Microsoft Office files, the de facto standards of the business community. Clients will email spreadsheets that need proofing and Word files that require editing, but you won't be able to make changes to those files without an application that supports them. Your best bet: Dataviz Documents to Go, a $10 to $17 application that not only lets you edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, but also stores them on the device for you. A sync system lets you keep track of the changes you make on your tablet versus those you make on your PC back home. Versions exist for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook, too.
Keep It in the Cloud

You can't just load up your tablet with every file you might possibly need--most tablets don't have the storage capacity for that, for starters--but you can do the next best thing by dropping those files into the cloud, via a service such as Dropbox (free). Dropbox's Web-storage system works for iPad, Android, and BlackBerry, letting you keep copies of just about anything in the ether, always at the ready for when you need it.
Set Up a Lifeline

LogMeIn IgnitionLogMeIn IgnitionEven if you have a Dropbox account, what happens if you need to dredge up a decade-old presentation that you never thought to store in the cloud? Enter remote-control software, your connection back to the home office. LogMeIn Ignition ($30) lets you use the iPad to interact with your PC or Mac just as if you were sitting in front of it, and allows you to transfer files back and forth. If you have a custom app that doesn't run on a tablet but that you absolutely have to access, this is the way to reach it. Copious alternatives exist for just about every mobile OS, including VNC Viewer for Android and TeamViewer for iPad or Android. (For more recommendations, check out our remote-PC-access app roundups for iOS and Android.)
Upgrade Your Typing Speed

Kensington KeyFolio Pro Performance Keyboard CaseKensington KeyFolio Pro Performance Keyboard CaseEven the fastest touchscreen typists typically max out at 25 or 30 words per minute. That's okay, but if you're typing for long stretches that pace will put a severe cramp in your productivity, and you're likely to make a lot of errors, too. The easiest way to improve your typing performance on a tablet is to add a physical keyboard to it. Products such as the Kensington KeyFolio Pro Performance Keyboard Case ($100) add a little bulk, but they double as a case and certainly make working on any sort of flat surface much more convenient and speedy. The only problem: You'll miss having a mouse, and you'll have to retrain yourself to touch the screen to move the pointer instead of reaching to the right.

Swype can speed up your Android typing.Swype can speed up your Android typing.Android users can go the physical-keyboard route, but they also have additional options, since Android (unlike iOS) doesn't lock down the interface, letting you use alternative input methods. First consider the Android Thumb Keyboard app (about $3), which reorients keys to the sides, making it easier for thumb-typers to peck out messages. Another great option is Swype, which lets you type without lifting your finger off the screen, and which many users report as giving outstanding results.
Use Apple's Own Apps

Apple knew that people would want to use apps for real work, so it created a series of full-featured (yet simplified) tools to make that happen. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are iPad simulacra of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively. At $10 each, they're relatively minor investments for a serious businessperson, especially the presentation-centric Keynote, which streamlines the slideshow creation process and turns your iPad into a projectorless projector.
Stay on Task

ActionComplete Pro for AndroidActionComplete Pro for AndroidThings for iPadThings for iPadBusy schedules require a lot of maintenance in the form of calendaring, list making, and other task-management duties, lest you forget exactly what you have to do each day. Universally beloved is Things ($10), a full-on project manager that makes the iOS built-in calendar look like a sticky note. It's not designed for multiple users or sharing schedules, but for keeping your own business life straight, it's a good investment. Android users might check out ActionComplete Pro ($5), which is "inspired" by David Allen's Getting Things Done system.
Try One-Stop Travel Management

One of the big benefits of a tablet is that it can take the backache caused by lugging a bag full of gear out of travel. But it can also eliminate some of the headache, too. Checking in for flights, carrying a ream of paper-based itineraries, and figuring out exactly where you need to be can be an inelegant nightmare. Fortunately, plenty of apps are available to take the hassle out of managing complex travel plans. A good first place to start is TripIt Pro (free app; service is $49 per year), which alerts you when you can check in for flights, lets you know via text and/or email if departures are delayed, and, best of all, gives you one-stop access to all of your travel plans via your tablet. Just forward your itineraries to plans@tripit.com, and the app does the rest. It's available for iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.
Don't Forget to Lock the Doors

If you're doing serious work on your tablet, it will probably be chock-full of files whose loss would be devastating were they to fall into the wrong hands. Keeping your tablet secure is of paramount importance, and doing so isn't all that difficult. On the iPad, that means turning on a password: The "simple" four-digit passcode is a start, but using the standard passcode setting--which lets you use any password you want--is probably better. Also, you can set your iPad to wipe its contents after ten failed passcode attempts, using the 'Erase Data' option under Settings, General, Passcode Lock. Android and BlackBerry offer similar options, which you'll find under the appropriate security settings menus.
Keep On Keepin' On

One final consideration: Since your tablet will now be your lifeline to, well, everything, you'll need to make sure that the battery can handle a full day of always-on computing. The good news is that most tablets will give you 7 hours or more of battery life, although not all tablet models are created equal. But if that isn't good enough, you'd be wise to investigate an external power pack that can plug into your tablet to give you a boost when you've otherwise gone dark. Devices such as the Trent iCruiser line connect through USB, making them compatible with dozens of models of tablets and cell phones. You'll also find tablet sleeves on the market with extra batteries secreted inside, giving you a case and extra power in one.
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Android IP headache may become a migraine

How dominant can Google's Android operating system become? Dominant enough for almost an entire industry of rivals to play a $4.5 billion game of patent keep away. Now it's time to rev up the lawsuits.

Last week, a consortium that included Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony won 6,000 Nortel patents for a cool $4.5 billion. Google had started the bidding with a $900 million stalking horse bid, reportedly got cute with pi-related offers, and lost its best chance to defend Android in the courtroom. Nortel's patents are one swell swan song for the bankrupt telecom equipment provider that has already been split up and sold in chunks.

Few parties involved in the consortium are talking, but Android must be a real pain for Apple, Microsoft, and RIM to all team up against Google. RIM chipped in $770 million and Ericsson added another $340 million to the winning patent bid. The remaining splits are unknown, but Robert X Cringely reported that Apple put up $2 billion for Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G patents, with Microsoft and Sony adding $1 billion. Microsoft is staying mum about its role.

The odd thing here is that Google initially said it was bidding on Nortel's patents to defend against lawsuits. Apparently, Google thinks it can get better returns on $4.5 billion by paying lawyers to defend Android.

So what's next? Lawsuits. Lots of them.

As previously noted, Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard reckons that Google has little intellectual property to defend Android. He said:

Google appears to have very little IP to defend itself with. The general protocol when a defendant is faced with an IP infringement accusation is to "retaliate" with infringement counterclaims and ultimately force some sort of cross licensing or other detente instead of entering a prolonged and costly legal proceeding that may result in a costly or disruptive settlement. Without significant IP of its own, Google is not likely to be able to deploy this defense...

Cringely said that it's likely that Google will file lawsuits over the $4.5 billion winning bid with an antitrust and restraint of trade complaint. The search giant will juggle any upcoming suit with its ongoing battle with Oracle over Android.

But the real battle royale will come as the consortium moves to sue Google over Android. If Oracle vs. Google is notable, just wait until Apple sues over Android. For its part, Microsoft is already busy collecting royalties over Android. Florian Mueller recaps Microsoft's licensing deals with Android device makers.

Google wasn't going to cure all of its Android IP problems with Nortel's patents, but it would have acquired one nice line of defense. Losing Nortel's patents--even at the ridiculous $4.5 billion price tag--may come back to haunt Google and Android.

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Sony Ericsson, China Mobile to develop 4G phones

BEIJING - Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will cooperate with China Mobile Holdings Ltd to develop mobile phones that support China's domestic fourth-generation telecommunications technology, Sony Ericsson's global president said.

Bert Nordberg, president and chief executive officer of Sony Ericsson Mobile, said the company hopes to work on the time division long-term evolution (TD-LTE) technology, which is going global.

Operators in Japan, India and the United States have already adopted the technology.

"It will be beneficial to work closely with partners in China to develop (the TD-LTE handset), and then we will have the opportunity to export it to other markets," said Nordberg in an exclusive interview with China Daily in Beijing.

He also said Sony Ericsson plans to bring the first LTE mobile phone to the market in 2012, when it is expected that 4G chipsets will become more cost-competitive.

The TD-LTE devices are likely to be developed in a new research and development (R&D) center in Beijing, according to Magnus Ahlqvist, president of Sony Ericsson China.

Sony Ericsson, China Mobile to develop 4G phones

The company officially set up the global R&D center and an operations center in Beijing on Monday, in the hope of increasing its presence in the world's biggest mobile phone market.

The Beijing center will have almost 2,000 staff, second only to the R&D center in Sweden. It will design and develop more than half of Sony Ericsson's new products worldwide.

"The Chinese market plays a critical role for Sony Ericsson," said Nordberg, as more than 95 percent of handsets that the company sold last year were made in China.

China's market offers huge growth potential for smartphone consumption. The research firm Gartner Inc estimated that more than 40 percent of handsets sold in China in 2015 could be smartphones.

"China has the world's biggest mobile phone user population of 900 million, but the number of smartphone users is still small," Nordberg said. In the past two years, the country experienced a rapid increase in 3G and smartphone users.

As Sony Ericsson wants to become the world's top supplier of Android-based mobile phones, the company must be the leader in China to achieve its goal, Nordberg added.

Sony Ericsson claims to be the third-largest vendor of Android-based smartphones in the mainland and the second-largest Android phone supplier in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

According to a report from Beijing-based research firm Analysys International, Sony Ericsson sold 1.38 million smartphones in China in the first quarter, accounting for 6.9 percent of the smartphone market.

"Sony Ericsson has a relatively small role in China's mobile phone market," said Lu Libin, a telecom analyst with Analysys International.

Sony Ericsson's sales in China lag international rivals such as Apple Inc, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Lu said.

However, the company has an advantage in attracting young, trendy consumers by capitalizing on the entertainment technologies of parent Sony Corp, Lu added.

Sandy Shen, an analyst at Gartner, said Sony Ericsson is good at making mobile phones with strong entertainment offerings, which distinguishes the company from other Android phone producers.

"The company has a limited target market, primarily students," Shen said. She also noted that Sony Ericsson's distribution channels in China are limited, making it difficult to find its products outside of first- and second-tier cities.

Sony Ericsson, a 50-50 Japanese/Swedish venture, was profitable for five consecutive quarters after losing 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in 2009. The company shifted its strategy to Android-based smartphones two years ago and has seen the decision begin to pay off.

Nordberg said Sony Ericsson has seen its smartphone business boom, but its feature phone segment faces tough competition.

"I start every day like I was selling fresh fish. If your fish is not fresh, people don't like it. It gets rotten very quickly," Nordberg joked, saying that the mobile phone industry is undergoing rapid change and Sony Ericsson must respond to market demand quickly.

Sony Ericsson sold 8.1 million mobile phones in the first quarter, down 23 percent year-on-year.

Smartphones accounted for more than 60 percent of its sales during the quarter and the average retail price rose 5 percent.

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Verizon ends unlimited plans but you probably won’t notice

Smartphones have become a mainstream method for connecting to the web. We all use apps to access online content, get real-time messages from email and Facebook, and use the web browser quite a bit. We do these things without thought as they have become a part of everyday life. We have never worried about how much data we are consuming on our phones because it was all included in the buffet-style unlimited data plans. Those unlimited plans are going away, and for Verizon customers this week. Metered smartphone data plans are going to be the norm, but the fact is you probably won’t notice anything different on your monthly bill.

We all love unlimited anything as opposed to tiered billing that charges us more for something the more we use. In the case of smartphone data plans we have grudgingly paid high monthly bills with the knowledge we at least had unlimited data at our disposal. The reaction to carriers ending unlimited data plans and switching to metered plans is overwhelmingly negative, and rightly so. When companies take away something we have gotten for “free” we don’t take that lightly.

Since the news broke today that Verizon has confirmed the end of its unlimited smartphone data plans, I have been swamped with communications from friends and family about what that means for them. Everyone is paying a high monthly phone bill already, and fear is rampant that it is going to shoot up now that the unlimited free ride is over. The fact is, hardly anyone is going to see anything different on the bill as long as they have a data plan that is sufficient for them. That plan is probably smaller than many folks realize, based on my years of heavy smartphone data usage.

I have been using both smartphone data and aircard/hotspot data for years, and because it is important to my work I have always tracked usage very carefully each month. I have been paying so much for data plans that I had no desire to pay for more than I really needed, but I couldn’t afford to pay for too little and have expensive overages kick in.

How much data does a heavy user go through each month? In my case less than 2GB per month; over years of data plans I have never exceeded that amount. That’s why in the beginning of Aircard plans I quickly dropped from a 5GB monthly plan to a much cheaper 2GB plan. It is all I have ever needed, even when using my phone to tether to a laptop.

This is why I have been telling everyone contacting me in a panic today to calm down and don’t worry. Unless you watch a lot of streaming video (movies, TV shows or other online video) odds are the move from unlimited data to a tiered system won’t affect you. Video addicts better think things through though, or make sure they don’t lose the unlimited data that carriers are grandfathering in. Other folks should be just fine with 2GB of data in the plan. Don’t forget that tethering options cost an extra monthly fee, but in most cases augment the data allowed.

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RIM loses 1m BlackBerry users in US while Android and Apple boom



ComScore data shows that nearly one in three US mobile users now has smartphone, with Android and Apple taking two-thirds of share – but RIM, Microsoft and Palm are losers

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There are now 1m less BlackBerry users in the US. Photograph: Paul Sakuma/AP

BlackBerry-maker RIM lost more than 1 million users in the US in the three months to May, as Google's Android platform cemented its lead as the most-used smartphone platform there and Apple gained more than 3 million users, according to new statistics from market research company comScore.

The figures confirm trends that are now becoming endemic in the US market for Android and RIM, which has struggled with falling profitability and handset prices as it tries to retain customers.

Smartphone ownership in the US has risen by 11% in the three months, from 69.1 million users to 76.8 million people, representing 32.8% of the 234 million Americans aged over 13 using a mobile phone, comScore says.

In the period from February to May there were nearly 6.5 million new Android users, up to 29.2 million, while iPhone users rose from 17.4 million to 20.4 million. Apple thus passed RIM, which fell from just under 20 million to 19 million.
US smartphone share and users

share (%)

share (%)

absolute numbers (million)

absolute numbers (million)


Share source: comScore. User numbers: calculated
three months ending Feb 2011 May 2011 Feb 2011 May 2011 change in users (million)
Android 33 38.1 22.8 29.26 6.46
Apple 25.2 26.6 17.41 20.43 3.02
RIM 28.9 24.7 19.97 18.97 -1
Microsoft 7.7 5.8 5.32 4.45 -0.87
Palm 2.8 2.4 1.93 1.84 -0.09
total users 69.1 76.8 67.44 74.96

The data suggest that all platforms except Android and Apple lost users as well as share in the three-month period. The comScore data are collected through a survey of more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers. It is not clear whether that includes pay-as-you-go customers, though BlackBerry users would probably only be a small proportion of PAYG users.

The data suggest that the Microsoft platform – principally the ageing Windows Mobile – lost 860,000 users. Palm, which last produced a phone nearly two years ago, dropped from 1.93 million to 1.84 million users, according to the data.

RIM now faces serious challenges both external and internal. In its last quarter, to the end of May, it reported a 9.6% fall in profits despite revenues up nearly 16% year-on-year, and a dramatic fall in the average selling price of its devices.

But worse may be ahead, according to internal memos that have leaked to the web recently. In an open letter sent to the website BGR.com last week, a RIM staffer – apparently in a senior position – criticised the company's lack of focus.

"I desperately want RIM to regain its position as a successful industry leader. Our carriers, distributors, alliance partners, enterprise customers, and our loyal end users all want the same thing … for BlackBerry to once again be leading the pack," the executive wrote. (The Guardian has not been able to verify the identity of the writer – but the content chimes with criticisms of RIM's operation made by other previous RIM staffers.)

The RIM executive suggests that:

Let's obsess about what is best for the end user. We often make product decisions based on strategic alignment, partner requests or even legal advice – the end user doesn't care. We simply have to admit that Apple is nailing this and it is one of the reasons they have people lining up overnight at stores around the world, and products sold out for months. These people aren't hypnotized zombies, they simply love beautifully designed products that are user centric and work how they are supposed to work. Android has a major weakness – it will always lack the simplicity and elegance that comes with end-to-end device software, middleware and hardware control. We really have a great opportunity to build something new and "uniquely BlackBerry" with the QNX platform.

He also suggests cutting back on projects to increase focus, and "becoming developer friendly" because there "is no polite way to say this, but it's true – BlackBerry smartphone apps suck. Even PlayBook, with all its glorious power, looks like a Fisher Price toy with its Adobe AIR/Flash apps. Developing for BlackBerry is painful, and despite what you've been told, things haven't really changed that much since Jamie Murai's letter." Murai's letter in February 2011 complained about the excessive complication of developing for the PlayBook.

He also suggests that the concentration on Flash as a differentiator from the iPad is "lazy marketing". "I've never seen someone buy product B because it has something product A doesn't have. People buy product B because they want and lust after product B."

RIM responded to the publication of the memo with a long statement saying in part that "it is fair to say that the senior management team at RIM is nonetheless fully aware of and aggressively addressing both the company's challenges and its opportunities. RIM recently confirmed that it is nearing the end of a major business and technology transition. Although this transition has taken longer than anticipated, there is much excitement and optimism within the company about the new products that are lined up for the coming months."

But that only prompted more letters from RIM staff, two more of whom wrote to BGR. The key one complained that a small core of 200-300 employees have to ensure that the core services – RIM's servers for email and messaging – work around the clock, a process "made worse by poor management decisions we deal with every day".

RIM has not responded to the second set of letters.

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Chronic Dev Team Gives Update On iPad 2 Jailbreak

On June the 14th, 2011, iPhone Dev team teased about the jailbreak by updating their website with an image that showed a sign board with PDF written on it. Experts came up with an idea that this was pointing towards a potential PDF-based exploit. Later on June the 15th, Comex, memeber of iPhone Dev Team, answered an iPad user who asked him about the jailbreak with 'It's almost ready.' But no words from Comex have been heard since then.

Today Joshua Hill of the Chronic Dev Team has once again given an update on the state of iPad 2 jailbreak by posting a tweet on his Twitter account:



We don't know what exactly are the "lots of other exciting projects" that Joshua Hill has tweeted about, but what interests us is the fact that the Chronic Dev Team is working very hard on the iPad 2 jailbreak and will most probably release it in the very near future.

Previously, it has been confirmed that Greenpois0n is not going to jailbreak iPad 2, rather the Chronic Dev Team is going to make an entirely new program for jailbreaking the iPad 2. It is possible that development of this new program has caused some delays in the iPad 2 jailbreak release. Stay tuned.

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iPad 2 Jailbreak Drama: The “Real” Story.

Yesterday morning we learned the iPad 2 jailbreak had leaked into the wild, albiet in an unfinished state. At the time, it was claimed an internal/private beta tester was to blame for directly leaking the files. Late yesterday, however, the claimed leaker — 20 year-old Ryan Lobbins from Arizona — attempted to clear his name on his blog. His main defense: Curiosity.

According to his story, the leak was indirectly his fault. Adding to that, Lobbins says that he never claimed to be a beta tester. That claim — and the entire elaborate story from yesterday’s article — appears to have come from the person he sent the files to to test.

Lobbins initially downloaded the iPad 2 jailbreak files to try on his iPad 2 (out of curiosity) but they didn’t work. Lobbins then uploaded the files he pulled from Comex’s server to his own website/server and directed fellow iDevice forum member “MultimediaWill” (Will Sawyer) to test the files on his device to see if the jailbreak even worked at all. To both guys’ surprise, they did. And that’s where things went south. Will promised he wouldn’t leak the files. As we all know now, that didn’t exactly end up being the truth.

Lobbins has since deleted any and all files relating to the iPad 2 jailbreak off of his server and has gone on to say that he feels “stupid” and “horrible” for how things played out. But the damage has already been done.

Is this the end of the drama? For now, perhaps. Stay tuned…
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IPad 2 Jailbreak: It's Been Far Too Long

Comex, who has been teasing us with an iPad 2 jailbreak for over two-weeks now, updated Jailbreakme.com with a message that reads, "It's been far too long, no seriously."

Last week Comex tweeted that he is "working on both the iPad 2 jailbreak and lots of other exciting projects" before posting a long explanation via Twitlonger. The famed userland jailbreak hacker also said he missed his own deadline, and that the "leaked" July 17 iPad 2 jailbreak release date is untrue.
SHSH BLOBS

In an only somewhat-related matter, Musclenerd recently tweeted advising the freedom to downgrade iOS devices currently provided by saving SHSH blobs would soon come to an end. He added that Apple is becoming much "smarter" with the APTicket.

Take the time to read up on the coming changes, and back up your SHSH blobs, just in case.

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Beware of Apple iPad 2 Jailbreak Claims

Notwithstanding the tall claims of iPad 2 jailbreak, beware of such claims and claimants. They may charge you money and may also destroy your pricey tablet too.


The iOS jailbreaking scene is somehow animated with Apple about to roll out a host of new products this fall. Apple is supposedly set to bring out next version for its iPhone, (likely an iPhone 5) iPad (an iPad 3) and iPod touch (an iPod touch 5th gen) late this year.

That means iOS jailbreak hackers will have to work hard to develop suitable hacks for the new devices and software updates.

Hackers are yet to develop a better jailbreak hack for iPad 2, the second generation iPad Apple launched in April 2011. Though three months have gone away, not a reliable exploit is still available for the tablet PC. As per reports, jailbreakers like Comex, iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team are working on a hack for iPad 2.

Comex, the famous developer of JailbreakMe.com, an untethered PDF-based exploit for iPhone 4, may be bringing up an update for the same, may be a JailbreakMe 3.0 for iPad 2. Many rumors tell that the iPad 2 hack may certainly be a userland jailbreak like JailbreakMe.

In the meantime, Dev Team and Chronic Dev are also in progress to develop jailbreaks for iPad 2. Chronic Dev Team may be working on an update for its GreenPois0n for iPad 2. Whatever, it is high time that iPad 2 users need a hack since reports on iPad are going abuzz on the Web.

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Late News: iPad 2 Jailbreak Launch Soon, Google Realtime Search Halted, Google+ Fake Invites Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2011/07/05/late-news-ipad-2-jailbreak-launch-soon-google-realtime-search-halted-google-fake-invites/

Yes, I know we have released some similar news over the past week or two, which actually proved to be jumping the gun, but bear with me on this one. This time, two strong pieces of evidence suggest that the hacker who goes by the name Comex is ready to release the iPad 2 jailbreak tool, possibly even today.

Internet search giant Google disabled the Realtime Search feature in the search engine on July 3rd due to the expiration of an agreement with Twitter. Apparently, the move has also been taken with a view to integrate the feature with the company’s fledgling social networking site Google+.

UK mobile phone operator Vodafone has launched its own branded app channel within Google’s Android Market app store. In what seems like the latest attempt by the carrier to jump on the mobile apps bandwagon, Vodafone says that the channel will comprise of the company’s own apps and services that cater to news, gaming, information and sports.

Search engine giant Google has quietly launched a new website that allows people to set up competitions and offer cash prizes to winners. The new platform, called Prizes, allows people to create competitions, which centre on particular questions and tasks. Users can offer cash prizes for the competitions they set up.

Only a few days after its launch, Google’s social networking platform, Google+, has been exploited in a massive spam campaign. According to a post on the Naked Security blog run by security firm Sophos, scammers are sending out fake Google+ invites that redirect users to a pharmaceutical website.

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JailbreakMe 3.0 is live – iPad 2 jailbreak at last!

Yesterday we posted the rumor that jailbreakme.com was set for a re-launch very soon. Throughout the entire day, the only thing on the site was an Apple-style sticky with the words “we’ll be back soon” displayed. This morning – you’ll be pleased to know – the jailbreak is finally live.

JailbreakMe 3.0 is the first solution that can successfully jailbreak the iPad 2, which due to the dual-core processor – has proven a tough nut to crack. It is compatible with the following devices, running the stated OS versions.

iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPad2: 4.3.3
iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3

If you don’t have any of these devices/iOS versions, don’t worry, going to the site will just give you the message “not supported on your device”. So, there’s no chance of you accidentally bricking your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. If you want to check which version of iOS you are running you can plug it in to iTunes and check on your summary screen, or go to settings>general>about on your iDevice.

If you want to jailbreak your device, and yours is compatible, all you need to do is go to www.jailbreakme.com from your device’s Safari browser and follow the simple instructions. Whereas the last version involved the “slide to jailbreak” instruction, this is like purchasing an app. You simply tap the “free/install” icon and you’re away.

If you are intending to jailbreak your iPad 2, or any other device, please make sure you plug your device in to iTunes and do a full sync/backup. This way if you decide you don’t like your iDevice hacked, you can simply reverse it by restoring your gadget to your desired settings. If you’re confused about jailbreaking, or you want to know more, head on over to the JailbreakMe info page.

Via: MacRumors
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