the daily » digest

December 2011digest

auto, tech »

[ 31 Dec 2011 | One Comment ]

You may find this as hard to believe as I, but some of the first Chevy Sonics built may be missing brake pads.
Yes, and the people who own them may not know they are missing.
Really?
According to the Associated Press, The Car Connection and a slew of others, General Motors is taking a look at 4,296 Sonics built to check if such a problem exists.
General Motors said a rental Sonic was undergoing warranty repair for noisy …

auto »

[ 31 Dec 2011 | One Comment ]

I don’t get to drive BMWs often but it only takes a few seconds of seat time to remember why I like them so much: nothing else drives like one.
 
Nope, there is no other less-than-exotic maker that gives you this kind of visceral feeling. You just like them. You don’t even have to think about it. You just know you do.
I still think the 3-Series is so close to perfection it’s scary. That’s from a …

featured, tech »

[ 28 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Report: Apple TV to launch summer 2012 ]

After months and months of rumors, and Steve Jobs even saying in his autobiography that he’d cracked making TV better, reports are beginning to come fast and furious about an Apple branded TV.
One of the strongest comes from DigiTimes, which reports via industry sources that Apple has already begun to lower prices for its Apple TV set-top box and will be launching a full fledged TV next summer.  The TVs will come in 32- and …

tech »

[ 24 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Bad news for Samsung Galaxy S users: no Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade ]

Samsung will bring the popular new Ice Cream Sandwich Android software to its Galaxy lineup of cellphones next year, but it won’t hit the 2010 Galaxy S, which sold more than 10 million units. It also won’t run on the older version of the Galaxy Tablet, a 7-inch version that didn’t exactly break sales records.
Samsung announced Friday that its popular Galaxy S smartphone will continue to run an older version of Android, version 2.3 Gingerbread …

featured, tech »

[ 24 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on iPad 3 to debut Feb. 24, on Steve Jobs’ birthday? ]
iPad 3 to debut Feb. 24, on Steve Jobs’ birthday?

Talk about a rumor that makes a lot of sense.
Focus Taiwan reports today that a local Chinese newspaper, The Economic Daily News, has reported Apple plans to launch the hotly anticipated iPad 3 on Feb. 24, the birthdate of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The newspaper cited sources close to the iPad 3 supply chain:
After the iPhone 4S successfully took the tech market by storm, the iPad3 is widely expected to be Apple’s first hit product …

etc., featured, opinion »

[ 23 Dec 2011 | One Comment ]
We won’t vote, but we’ll line up to buy Air Jordan Concords

We’re not sure what it says about this country that we can have just 40 percent voter turnout during the 2010 election season but shoppers line up en masse to spar over the latest Air Jordan basketball shoes.Nike just released a new version of an old fave, the new Air Jordan XI Concords that were initially released in 1996. If you follow the sneaker blogs (yes, there are sneaker blogs), this has been the hot …

featured, tech »

[ 23 Dec 2011 | 47 Comments ]

AT&T didn’t get the T-Mobile spectrum it wanted to help further its 4G LTE network, but Thursday it received approval to buy mobile television spectrum licenses from Qualcomm. The deal was worth nearly $2 billion and will allow AT&T to continue rapid deployment of its new 4G LTE mobile broadband network.
The new wireless capacity will allow AT&T to cover more than 300 million U.S. customers. It will be used to supplement AT&T’s existing network.
This new …

featured, gaming, tech »

[ 23 Dec 2011 | 74 Comments ]
Sony releases launch details for PlayStation Vita

One of the most interesting tech hardware launches in recent memory comes early next year when Sony delivers its new PlayStation Vita handheld system.
It’s said to boast PlayStation 3 quality graphics on a 5-inch screen in the palm of your hand. It will run via WiFi or 3G. It has full gaming industry support and will have 25 titles on launch day Feb. 22. Software will run you between $10 and $50.
Ay, there’s the rub.
With …

featured, tech »

[ 22 Dec 2011 | 43 Comments ]

Now that we know the T-Mobile and AT&T merger or acquisition — or whatever you want to call it — is not going through, T-Mobile’s German parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is trying to reassure U.S. workers they’ll still have a job and the parent company still has some plans for its struggling U.S. business.
T-Mobile has already tried to address its current customers in this note from the head of the company:
Dear T-Mobile Customers:
By now I …

featured, tech »

[ 22 Dec 2011 | 35 Comments ]

The first Nokia phone in the U.S. to use the Windows operating system is going to run on T-Mobile.
T-Mobile hopes to lure some of the more than 150 million Americans who don’t own a smartphone with the Nokia Lumia 710. It’s a 3.7 inch WVGA touch display and features a powerful 1.4 gigahertz processor.
The price point of $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate is aggressive, but of course, it requires the standard two-year agreement.
The press …