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[ 24 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on T-Mobile kicks off “Magenta Days,” lets customers trade-in phones ]

T-Mobile’s new “Magenta Deal Days” will allow customers to trade-in their old phones, from any carrier, and receive a guaranteed trade-in value towards the purchase of a new T-Mobile phone.
The deals run until May 8 and customers will get $50 to $200 for any T-Mobile smartphone, including the new HTC-S
The official release is below:
 
Cleaning out your tech closet to trade in an old phone for a trade up to a super-fast 4G smartphone has never …

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[ 24 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Apple posts huge quarter results ]
Apple posts huge quarter results

Chalk up another solid quarter for Apple.
The Cupertino, CA, company announced financial results for fiscal 2012 second quarter Tuesday. It had quarterly revenue of more than $39 billion and a net profit of $11.6 billion.
Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, and that is 88 percent better in terms of unit growth than the second quarter of 2011. Apple also sold nearly 12 million iPads or a 151 percent increase over the same quarter …

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[ 24 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on adidas introduces even lighter Crazy Light 2 basketball shoes ]

Improving on the popularity of its 2011 Crazy Light basketball shoe, adidas has released an even lighter new version, the Crazy Light 2.
If you saw those electric green shoes Baylor wore during the NCAA Tournament (with the electric green uniforms), those were the new “three stripes” shoes.
The new shoes weight 9.5 ounces and adidas claims its 10 percent lighter than the nearest competitor. Does light make a difference? We haven’t tried the new version, but …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Motorola Droid 4 review ]

Recently had a week with the Motorola Droid 4, which was introduced and heavily hyped at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It has a 1.2 gigahertz processor and a five-row QWERTY keyboard with edge-lit keys. To me, the keyboard and keys, while they felt a little small, were the best things about the phone. The raised and curved keys, when you got used to them, worked well, but to be honest, after years …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on HTC One S smartphone to drop on T-Mobile April 25 ]

T-Mobile is getting a new high-powered smartphone next week. The HTC One S will be available to customers April 25 for $199 with the standard two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate card.
The phone will be able to access T-Mobile’s fastest faux 4G network speeds and will run the latest Android smartphone software (version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich) as well as HTC’s Sense 4.
The phone has an eight megapixel camera and comes with 25 gigs …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Acura gets back to its “entry level luxury” roots with $26K ILX model ]

There’s been a lot of talk throughout the industry about Acura’s new ILX, which is based on the Honda Civic. Acura has struck out recently trying to make small compact cars, but this one, while based on the Civic, doesn’t look the least bit like the Civic.
The ILX, which starts at $26,000 and runs to $35,000, comes in three versions: a base engine, a sport tuned engine and a hybrid. The hybrid is Acura’s first, …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Verizon Wireless making major upgrades for Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention ]

What do you do when you’re a major wireless company getting ready for a fairly large convention when lots of people will want superior wireless coverage?
You boost the signal.
Verizon recently announced plans to enhance its wireless network in Charlotte ahead of the Democratic National Convention this fall. And when Barack Obama and Co. leave town, Charlotte residents will still continue to enjoy the benefits of all the signal enhancements.
Verizon has also started making similar enhancements …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments ]

One of the features that the iPad is just BEGGING to have is the ability to have multiple users use the thing with a little privacy.
You know, multiple sign-ons.
That way I can log out and give the darn thing to the kids without the kids nosing around all of Dad’s texts and emails (I’m not the only one, right?).
A Surf City, N.C., company is inching towards that goal with Passtouch, a lockable web browser that …

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[ 21 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Time Warner Cable adds new iOS, Android channel availability ]

Time Warner Cable has a neat little present for its customers today. It’s adding a ton of national and regional sports networks to its TWC TV app for the iPad, iPhone and Android version 4.0 smartphones and tablets. It’s also adding them to its TWCTV.com, a browser-based portal that customers can hit on their computers.
Satellite services need to catch up. And TWC fans — just in Charlotte, New York and Dallas for now — can …

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[ 18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Apple may turn to exotic metal for next iPhone ]

Apple iPhone rumors are flying faster now that the latest iPad is out and, well, Apple fanboys need something else to talk about.
So, will it have a bigger screen, a faster processor, 4G LTE and 1 gig of ram? Some if not all of that will be included but the latest bit of news has more to do with cosmetics than function. Apple may be using liquid metal for the case of what is said …