Apple is now employing a reservation system for iPhone buyers to request a unit before heading to the company's retail stores. The new system, picked up by Macrumors earlier today, lets buyers pick out one of Apple's 18 iPhone 4S variants, then request that the company holds the unit so they can come in to complete the purchase. The system doesn't open up each day until 9 p.m. Pacific time, with in-store pickup available the following day.
On the same day that Apple announced that it sold more 4 million iPhone 4S smartphones, Samsung said global sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices have hit more than 30 million. Sales of the Galaxy S II have been particularly record-breaking, Samsung said, reaching 10 million since their debut earlier this year. That is "quicker than any device in Samsung's history," the company said. With 20 million sold, meanwhile, the Galaxy S is the highest-selling mobile device in Samsung's portfolio to date.
Although the iPhone has its Facetime program, the limitation has been that it can't use 4G and it can only connect to other Facetime users on an Apple product. Microsoft is planning on integrating Skype into their Windows 7 and 8 phones soon. This will allow and Skype enabled device, be it PC Mac, tablet or phone to use the Skype service. This could be a big advantage to business travelers in the near future.
The iPad3 is going into production, and Apple has ordered even more to be made than the iPad2. 12-14 million appear to be under construction compared with 11-13 million iPad2's. We don't have specifics on the changes, other than faster processors, but the big news is a possible iPad mini to compete with the Amazon Fire. The mini would be the same size tablet but would have less features. It may look similar to the first iPad in capability. The price should be in the $200 range and both will be available sometime next year.
Hackers took control of the Sesame Street You Tube channel for exactly 22 minutes over the weekend when they replaced the loveable puppets with pornography. Kids who visited the channel got an adult education when logging in, but You Tube did respond very quickly to remove the content. Parents be ware of where you let your kids go.
A married couple in New York were one of the first ones to own the new iPhone 4s. The husband had a feeling his wife was cheating on him so he installed the "Find My friends" app on her phone without her knowing. While the wife was texting her husband saying that she was in one part of town, the app showed her exact location in her boyfriend's apartment. It then took pictures from her iPhone and sent them to her husband's automatically at the husband's request. The incriminating photos are now being used in his divorce case against his wife.
Research In Motion offered up a handful of free apps on Monday in an effort to make up for three days' worth of BlackBerry email and messaging outages that left many without email access last week.
Thanks to a new plan developed by the FCC and CTIA, an organization that represents the wireless communications industry, cell phone customers should soon see an end to "bill shock" - that sinking feeling of dread we experience when reading through a monstrous, completely unexpected wireless bill. The plan is slated to roll out during the next 12 months, and should help prevent consumers from getting hoodwinked by unanticipated service fees and roaming charges. The "Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines," as the plan is called, is simple: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will send free alerts to consumers who are about to incur pricy international roaming charges, or are on the verge of surpassing their monthly limits on voice calls, data use, and text messaging. Under the plan, carriers must provide notifications for at least two of these four areas by this time next year, and must provide notifications for all four areas by October 2013.
Facebook said Monday that it had partnered with the NRDC and Opower to develop a Facebook application that will encourage users to save power. Using technology to encourage consumers to save energy, however, has proven to be a challenge that has daunted companies like Google and Microsoft. With the new app, Facebook and its partners appear to be using social pressures to achieve the same goals. "Most people want to make smart energy choices in their homes, but they just don't have the tools they need to do it," Brandi Colander, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) is kissing Google Buzz goodbye. Google Buzz is the long-struggling social network that Google launched in February 2010 as an attempt to rival Facebook and other social media darlings. It will be shut down in coming weeks as Google turns its attention to its other suffering social network, Google+, Google announced this week. Google Buzz had been unable to gain traction after its lukewarm reception. While Google hasn't set an exact data for Buzz's big shutdown, the search giant said that users who want to save their Google Buzz posts can use Google Takeout to download them. "In a few weeks we'll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout," wrote Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product for Google, in a blog post.
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