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HP Says New webOS Phones Coming Sometime Early Next Year

posted Sunday Oct 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP Says New webOS Phones Coming Sometime Early Next Year

For those who didn't catch it, take note at the plural form of the word 'phones'. HP is looking to release more than one smartphone sometime in early 2011 using the coveted webOS software they ended up with after purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion earlier this year.

For more on the phones, follow the break.

Hybrid Optical Drives Spin and Store

posted Thursday Oct 7, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Hybrid Optical Drives Spin and Store

This new take on optical drives comes from a collaborative relationship between Hitachi and LG. Like most optical drives we're used to, they function as CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray readers/writers but these drives also have the ability to store data in flash memory. More specifically, Micron's 25nm NAND flash memory which currently sits at 64GB or less. The physical size of the drive is 12.77mm making it a good fit for a slim tray.

Hit the break to decide is these new hybrid drives have any merit.

Google TV Eyes Hulu Plus

posted Thursday Oct 7, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Google TV Eyes Hulu Plus

Most TV watched is still on TV but over the past several years we have seen significant growth in the Internet-based television programs and movies currently offered by services such as Netfilx and Hulu. Hulu Plus is set to make its debut this fall but it stands at a few disadvantages that it must confront if the joint venture is to be a success.

Hit the break to find out more about Hulu Plus and Google TV.

Wrongful Data Charges Put Verizon Out 90 Million

posted Sunday Oct 3, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Wrongful Data Charges Put Verizon Out 90 Million

No matter how good your cell service providers is, at some point in your relationship mistakes will be made. I have had wrongful charges from Sprint, some iPhone users had massive charges from AT&T and now 15 million Verizon Wireless customers are experiencing the same. That doesn't mean it's the end of the world however. Shockingly, companies make mistakes but how they remedy those mistakes is what really matters.

Hit the break to find out how Verizon Wireless might make amends.

T-Mobile Says 4G Isn't Important

posted Sunday Oct 3, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile Says 4G Isn't Important

T-Mobile's USA Chief Network Officer Neville Ray seems to think 4G networks are just not important, but if T-Mobile were do have to choose, they'd pick LTE.

We'll look towards LTE at the right point in time for us. That ecosystem is going to be much richer than the competing one from WiMax, which is really a niche play.

Fourth-generation networks promise average download speeds of about 10 megabits per second, compared with 1.7 megabits per second for 3G.

For why Ray thinks this way, follow the break.

Microsoft Sues Motorola for General Stuff

posted Sunday Oct 3, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Sues Motorola for General Stuff

Lawsuits are fun and if anyone knows that, it's the smartphone industry. This week we have Microsoft filing suit against Motorola for patent infringement. They are claiming 9 patents are infringed through Motorola's implementation of Android on their current line of smartphones.

Motorola and Microsoft were partners for many years, with Motorola making many second-tier Windows Mobile handsets, like the Motorola Q series. Motorola's love with WinMo has waned in recent years and their focus has shifted to second-tier Android phones instead.

Hit the break for more on the lawsuit.

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