Rumored Release Date of iPhone 5 is September ?????
Rumored Release Date of iPhone 5 is September ?????

So far, according to rumors, those waiting for the next iPhone should expect a new, larger and widescreen display as well as a smaller dock connector on the sixth generation iPhone. While there is really no shortage of rumors — and they seem to affect current iPhone 4S sales to a certain extent — we haven’t really heard of a release date confirmed by more than one source/rumor.

Of course there was the August 7 rumor — which we’ll soon find out about — but according to a French online publication, September 21 is the release date for the iPhone 5. Based on sources within Chinese accessory makers, App4phone is reporting that Apple might have included the September 21 bit given out to these accessory manufacturers. Last year’s iPhone 4S was launched in October on the 14th, a little bit off from previous year’s dates, and September 21 seems to be off every previous date (given that Apple usually makes the phone available ten days after its announcement). A September 11 keynote is possible but highly unlikely though.

Source: App4phone

Anton D. Nagy | July 25, 2012

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T-Mobile revs up network for better iPhone service

The carrier extends its faster HSPA+ network on the iPhone-compatible 1900 megahertz band to 10 new markets.

T-Mobile boosts its network speed in new cities in an attempt to lure more iPhone customers.

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T-Mobile USA has expanded the number of markets where unlocked iPhones can tap into its higher network speeds.

The carrier said yesterday in a blog post that 10 new metro areas would get its faster HSPA+ network on the 1900 megahertz band. That’s important because the iPhone is compatible only with 1900MHz, meaning that in most other markets, it is stuck on the much slower 2G Edge network.

Part of the allure of the 1900MHz HSPA+ is it that allows unlocked AT&T devices to enjoy 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s network.

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In addition, other T-Mobile customers should get enhanced voice and data coverage as a result of the network upgrade. The 10 new areas include: Miami; Phoenix; San Francisco; Mesa and Tucson, Ariz.; Modesto, Oakland, San Jose and Stockton, Calif.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

These 10 new markets with 1900MHz HSPA+ network join already existing areas Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas and Washington D.C. Looking ahead, T-Mobile anticipates that Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, the New York metro area, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle, should see enhanced coverage. First announced back in the summer, the enhanced coverage is part of T-Mobile’s $4 billion effort to fill gaps as it deploys its LTE network next year.

T-Mobile’s network improvement and push to lure in unlocked iPhones is part of the carrier’s ”challenger strategy.” While T-Mobile may not want to strike a deal with Apple to officially sell the handset, it will do its part to peel away users. Still, the carrier has made it very obvious that it would like to provide service for users who own the iPhone.

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 November 21, 2012 http://news.cnet.com

AT&T to launch service to report and block stolen phones

The service would allow customers to block access to a phone or tablet while keeping their account intact.

AT&T plans to launch a service that will allow customers to report and block stolen mobile devices.

The service was initially reported by the Verge earlier today.

The service would let a customer block data, voice, and text message access to the phone or tablet but keep their account information in place, avoiding the hassle of creating a new account and SIM card.

It’s part of a broader effort the national carriers agreed to in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission. In April, the carriers agreed to work together to compile and manage a database of stolen phones, preventing them from being reused.

An AT&T representative confirmed that the service, which will launch next week, is the first step in that initiative. The company said it is working on a cross-carrier service for later this year.

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The database is a list of stolen devices that will be blocked out of future use. The hope is that thieves will be deterred from stealing a phone if it will inevitably become “bricked,” eliminating its value for resale.

Customers can add a device to the list by calling customer service directly, and customers with remote-wipe capabilities will be asked to erase the device’s content before it is blocked.

Security has become a bigger part of the carriers’ focus, and in particular the protection of personal data. Carriers such as AT&T and Sprint Nextel have increasingly talked security as an additional feature.

People Barely Using Smartphones for Making Calls, Study Shows

A mobile phone’s main characteristics, by definition, are the ability to make and receive phone calls as well as exchange text messages. A smartphone should be a phone that has the ability to run applications but these days it seems to be the other way around: a mobile computer that can also do voice calls.

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A recent O2 study shows that smartphone owners have at least four more important things to do on their smartphones than to place calls. According to the findings, people are using their smartphones for at least two hours every day, out of which more than half of that time is dedicated to Internet, social media, music and gaming. People talk on their phones for 12 minutes on average out of the two hours with the rest of the time being dedicated to other activities, like shown in the graphic above.

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Which iPhone Carrier Is the Best in Your City?

NEW YORK — The myth: You’re getting five bars on your cell phone, so you’re getting good service, right? The reality: It’s way more complicated than that.

The answer to a very simple question — “What’s the best cell phone carrier in my area?” — depends on a tangled web of factors, including the network’s download speed, response time, signal strength, and the number of cell towers in your area.

You’ll feel the effects of those factors. You’ll notice the network’s speed and stability when you browse the Web, download apps, stream music or buffer streaming video.

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Carriers don’t generally share any information about those metrics with the public. That means real network performance data and carrier comparisons have been almost impossible to calculate.

Source: SwayMarkets

Until now.

With the help of Boston-based startup SwayMarkets and its CarrierCompare iPhone app, CNNMoney gained exclusive access to real, user-generated network data.

CarrierCompare, released in April, allows iPhone users to see their network’s speed and response time and contrast it with the other two major iPhone networks. SwayMarkets analyzed the 3G network data generated by CarrierCompare users in Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Get ready for a few surprises.

AT&T: As advertised, AT&T (T) has the fastest 3G network: Its median speed was the highest in each of the six cities SwayMarkets measured. That’s what you’d expect. AT&T’s network technology has considerably higher top speeds than that of Verizon or Sprint — in theory, at least.

That’s the headline. The full story is much murkier.

AT&T delivers the most inconsistent experience, with speeds varying wildly depending on the time of day, SwayMarkets found. When the network gets more congested in the afternoon hours, download speeds become more of a crapshoot. Sometimes they’re excellent, but usually they’re just mediocre.

SwayMarkets also found that AT&T’s network speeds do not come remotely close to what the company advertises.

AT&T labels its enhanced 3G service as “4G,” but it’s not the same as its far faster 4G-LTE service. The company says its enhanced 3G service — the one it brands as “4G” — offers a “smoother, more consistent 4G experience overall" than Verizon’s.

AT&T likes to point out that Verizon’s network has a steep drop off in speed when users downshift from 4G to 3G. Yet network congestion makes the drop-off from true 4G to enhanced 3G (“4G”) on AT&T’s network just about as steep as its rivals.

We ran these findings past AT&T. “While we haven’t reviewed the data, there are always puts and takes in these types of surveys,” a representative replied.

We’ve posted the full response from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in our blog.

Verizon: Verizon’s speeds were second-fastest in every city but New York, where it was third. Big Red came closest to AT&T in Washington and Boston, where Verizon’s 3G speeds were 72% as fast as AT&T. It was farthest from the mark in Chicago, where it was half as fast.

But, as with AT&T, speed only tells part of the story. Verizon’s network delivers a more consistent experience than AT&T’s, with speeds varying less hour by hour.

Verizon (VZ) also has by far the quickest network response time, meaning that Web pages begin loading faster than on any other network after a user clicks on a link. Verizon’s network starts churning in half the time it takes AT&T’s to respond, and often about a third of the time it takes Sprint’s network.

That makes Verizon’s network feel much faster, even if its actual speeds are slower than AT&T’s.

SwayMarkets also found that Verizon has stronger signal strength than either of its competitors.

That can actually be a pretty inconsequential metric. So long as a user has at least one bar, the strength won’t really affect download speeds.

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But more bars does imply that Verizon has more cell towers in cities, giving consumers more access points to connect to. That results in more consistent data speeds and, often, in better voice clarity.

Sprint: Sprint’s network speeds clocked in last in every city but New York, and it wasn’t even close.

Sprint’s 3G network offered speeds of less than a third of AT&T’s network in Chicago and Los Angeles. By far its best speed performance is in New York, where its median speed was three-quarters that of AT&T.

The carrier’s response times were also quite slow, often taking nearly three times longer than Verizon to start loading content. Sprint’s network lag was the greatest in all six cities.

Yet Sprint (S) offered by far the most consistent experience, with speeds rarely deviating more than 25% from the median. Sprint’s signal strength was roughly comparable with Verizon’s in four of the six cities, and it was always better than AT&T’s.

The winner: AT&T is the clear speed winner.

Yet the crowd-sourced data collected by SwayMarkets’ indicates that Verizon is the overall top performer. It’s generally the best at getting users connected to its network and responding to requests, and its throughput (speed and consistency) are pretty good.

The networks, which do their own field testing of their own and rivals’ networks, had their own views on SwayMarkets’ data. None were particularly surprised by the conclusions. Our blog has the full text of their responses.

Here’s the key takeaway from SwayMarkets’ data dive: If you’re thinking about which carrier is right for you, there’s a lot more than bars to consider. 

By David Goldman | CNNMoney.com - 5-30-12

Paperless Payphone: Doxo Now Lets You Receive & Pay Bills From Your Mobile Device

Since launching in mid-2011, doxo has been on a mission to make your life paperless. With its “digital filing cabinet” software, the Seattle-based startup aims to create a single place for users to manage their bills, be they phone, cable, or credit card.

Of course, the world is quickly going mobile, and payment solutions are going right along with it. So, in an effort to close the loop between web and mobile services, Doxo is today launching a new mobile payment and management solution, along with a new Android app, to finally allow users to both receive and pay bills from their mobile devices.

Doxo’s new Android app complements the updatediOS app the startup launched last summer so that the pair of apps now allow users to take advantage of mobile bill payment and management on top of its flagship “digital file cabinet” and secure backup offerings.

Both apps now include the startup’s new so-called “doxoPAY,” a feature that allows users to receive and pay bills with one account and one password from a single app. This means that you no longer have to set up separate usernames and access credentials to manage payment accounts across multiple websites, instead, you can simply create a free Doxo account to start organizing your household accounts and docs, connecting with service providers that include AT&T, Sprint, Puget Sound Energy, and Sound Community Bank — to name a few.

The startup is currently hard at work on expanding this list, signing up as many banks, public utilities, and major phone and cable carriers as it can. Obviously, while the value proposition is evident, for Doxo to truly become your default digital file cabinet and bill payment solution, it has to be integrated with all the providers you’re using. That’s half the battle, and it still has a ways to go there.

That being said, Doxo has the potential to significantly mitigate a huge pain in the ass for consumers. For most people, whether you receive bills electronically or in good old paper form, payment is a three step process: Read the bill when and wherever you receive it, open it again when you’re ready to pay, and then file through another system. Doxo’s mobile payment solution condenses that down to a single step by embedding payment options in the bill itself.

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Users simply connect with their providers to pay bills, directly on Doxo Mobile, receiving bills from those providers while uploading documents and bills from home or on the go, with the added benefit of being able to manage, upload, and organize account information, important documents, and bills by account. Plus, you can use the apps to snap photos and upload bills and receipts into Doxo’s digital filing cabinet, while automatically backing up those critical documents to their hard drive or cloud providers like Box.com and Dropbox.

On the flip side, for businesses, Doxo is trying to eliminate the hurdles most often cited by consumers in regard to going paperless. Not only that, but it can streamline and reduce the additional costs inherent to most customer-provider interaction by speeding collection, cutting credit card fees (like overdue payments), and make it easy to go paperless. Which, for businesses, can mean eliminating the need for custom software — or having to develop their own standalone app.

According to Doxo CEO Steve Shivers, this translates to businesses saving an average of 80 percent on the cost of mailing documents, bills, and accepting payments. And, of course, the best part is that, because Doxo saves businesses money on paper, its mobile apps are free for the consumer — and available in the App StoreGoogle Play, and the Amazon App Store.

Founded in 2008, Doxo seemed to miss the memo on the whole “ship or die” approach, taking its sweet time to go to market, testing and developing for over two years before finally coming out of invite-only beta last summer. Better safe (and market ready) than sorry. Of course, it also helps one’s slow and steady method when there’s $15 million in venture funding from Sigma Partners, Mohr Davidow, and Jeff Bezos to fall back on.

For more, check out Doxo at home here.

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Verizon to start allowing texts to 911 emergency services

We can all agree that 911 emergency services can be a life-saver. Therefore, it is a service that should be improved as much as possible, and it seems Verizon Wireless will be the first to take the next step forward. Big Red is currently working on rolling out the ability to send text messages to 911.

Whether you are in a hostage situation or have speech/hearing disabilities, calling 911 can simply be inconvenient (or impossible). Just imagine how many lives could be saved with this feature? And it is a bit disappointing to hear that companies have been taking their sweet time with this since it was suggested by the FCC in 2010.


It might also be a good idea if our phones’ GPS and location services could activated once one sends a text to 911. That would probably be a software issue, but it is definitely possible. I know this could raise certain privacy concerns, in terms of location. Personally, I would be more than willing to give my location to the authorities during emergency situations, though. But what do you think?

Verizon is said to have this feature ready by early 2013, at the soonest. It will simply go through Verizon’s towers as normal text messages, so no upgrades or changes will be needed once the service rolls out. Until then, we will have to stick with good ol’ calling when we want to reach 911 operators. So, what is next? 911 E-mail?

by Edgar Cervantes on May 5th, 2012 phandroid.com

Reminder: Verizon’s $30 Upgrade Fee for Existing Customers Starts Today

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Not necessarily a subject that we like to write about, but we thought it was part of our duty to remind you that today is go live for Verizon’s new $30 upgrade fee. When you cruise into a store going forward to grab a new phone at a subsidized price and then proceed to lock in for 2 years on a new contract with Big Red, you will also have to pay an additional $30 which they are calling an “upgrade fee.” According to their release notes, this fee will help them to continue to provide workshops, educational tools and train their own staff to be the experts of a more advanced smartphone era. Mmmhmm.

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New Research Could Mean Cellphones That Can See Through Walls

Team Finds New Possibilities in Untapped Terahertz Range With Implications For a Host of Devices

Apr. 18, 2012

Dr. Kenneth O, director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence and a professor of electrical engineering, left, worked with a team including Dae Yeon Kim, who was among the authors of the research report.

Comic book hero superpowers may be one step closer to reality after the latest technological feats made by researchers at UT Dallas. They have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.

The team’s research linked two scientific advances. One involves tapping into an unused range in the electromagnetic spectrum. The other is a new microchip technology.

The electromagnetic spectrum characterizes wavelengths of energy. For example, radio waves for AM and FM signals, or microwaves used for cell phones or the infrared wavelength that makes night vision devices possible.

But the terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum, one of the wavelength ranges that falls between microwave and infrared, has not been accessible for most consumer devices.

“We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,” said Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas and director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE).  “The terahertz range is full of unlimited potential that could benefit us all.”

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Tapping the Terahertz Gap

Shown is the electromagnet spectrum, from radio waves used for FM and AM signals, to infrared waves used for remote controls, to gamma rays that kill cancer cells.  A team at UT Dallas is focusing on the “terahertz band,” which has not been accessible for most consumer devices.

Using the new approach, images can be created with signals operating in the terahertz (THz) range without having to use several lenses inside a device. This could reduce overall size and cost.

The second advance that makes the findings applicable for consumer devices is the technology used to create the microchip. Chips manufactured using CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) technology form the basis of many consumer electronic devices used in daily life such as personal computers, smart phones, high definition TV and game consoles.

“CMOS is affordable and can be used to make lots of chips,” Dr. O said. “The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and a transmitter on the back of a cellphone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”  Due to privacy concerns, Dr. O and his team are focused on uses in the distance range of less than four inches.

Consumer applications of such technology could range from finding studs in walls to authentication of important documents. Businesses could use it to detect counterfeit money. Manufacturing companies could apply it to process control.  There are also more communication channels available in terahertz than the range currently used for wireless communication, so information could be more rapidly shared at this frequency.

“The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and receiver on the back of a cellphone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”

Dr. Kenneth O,
Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair, TxACE director

Terahertz can also be used for imaging to detect cancer tumors, diagnosing disease through breath analysis, and monitoring air toxicity. 

“There are all kinds of things you could be able to do that we just haven’t yet thought about,” said Dr.  O, holder of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair.

The research was presented at the most recent International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The team will work next to build an entire working imaging system based on the CMOS terahertz system.

Other authors of the paper include Ruonan Han and Yaming Zhang, former students of Professor O, Youngwan Kim and Dae Yeon Kim, TxACE members,  and Hisashi Sam Shichijio, research professor at TxACE.

The work was supported by the Center for Circuit & System Solutions (C2S2 Center) and conducted in the TxACE laboratory at UT Dallas, which is funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the state through its Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Texas Instruments Inc., The UT System and UT Dallas.

Media Contact: LaKisha Ladson, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4183, lnl120030@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu.